Mountains & Fiords of the South Island


New Zealand from Christchurch to Queenstown

Mountains & Fiords of the South Island


Custom | 12 Days | Easy Touring and Hiking
  • A private journey handcrafted for you: use this itinerary or let us custom design one for you
  • Alpine scenery, the finest lodges, and delectable cuisine
  • Kayak amid rain forest at Lake Moreaki
  • Helicopter into the Southern Alps for magnificent hiking based from a unique chalet
  • Visit the charming cities of Christchurch and Queenstown

New Zealand is a gem of a country and it shines brightly on this elegantly paced journey to its South Island—which we'll customize to your interests and time frame. Get ready to discover its natural majesty and stunning bio-, eco-, and scenic diversity, including its world-famous fiords (they’re "fiords" in New Zealand, not the more familiar "fjords"). Linking your explorations are some of the country’s finest and most engaging hostelries. And while you're thinking about the South Island, consider pairing it with the North. 

ITINERARY


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Day
1–2

Christchurch welcomes you with its beautiful gardens, broad avenues, and vibrant arts scene Enjoy views of Akaroa Harbour and then a cruise along the bay.

Day
3

After taking the TranzAlpine train into the Southern Alps, continue to Franz Josef, a tranquil village nestled among native forest and its mighty namesake glacier.

Day
4–5

A scenic charter flight reveals the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers and rugged Westland National Park Drive to Lake Moeraki to hike and kayak amid ancient rain forest, watching for crested penguins and fur seals.

Day
6–7

You’re whisked by helicopter from the lakeside town of Wanaka to Mount Aspiring National Park for relaxing walks among ice-carved mountains and native forest.

Day
8–9

Taste local wines and feast on seasonal dishes at a Central Otago vineyard before crossing the Crowne Range to Queenstown, cherished for its dramatic setting below the Remarkable Ranges.

Day
10–12

An overnight cruise in Fiordlands National Park takes you through magnificent Doubtful Sound (lengthier and less visited than the better press-agented Milford Sound) Depart from Queenstown.

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Optional Extensions

Milford Track or Routeburn Track

We're happy to arrange one of the famous lodge-to-lodge treks—the Routeburn (three days of hiking) or the Milford Track (five days of hiking).

Tie In New Zealand's North Island

We'll work with you to design an adventure that showcases culture and traditions of indigenous Maori people, UNESCO-listed Tongariro National Park, active volcanoes, and thermal springs.

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Dates & Prices


Dates

Custom Trips offered October–April

Pricing

From $12,850 per person (Custom Trip)

Inclusions:

  • Expertise of GeoEx’s travel specialists
  • Services of GeoEx’s in-house air reservations team
  • All accommodations
  • All ground transportation and airport transfers
  • Sightseeing, events, visits, and entrance fees
  • Most meals
  • Bottled water at included meals and while sightseeing
  • Services of local guides, drivers, and other staff
  • Some gratuities
  • Emergency evacuation services and secondary medical expense insurance

A Journey Built Just For You

Take customization to the next level on a journey fully tailored to you. GeoEx's destination specialists will gladly tailor this existing itinerary—or build one completely from scratch—to suit your style, interests, and time frame. Contact us to see what's possible.

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