Topdeck's Southern Explorer is a superb 7 day trip of NZ's South Island from Christchurch to Queenstown & back again. This is truly 'Middle Earth' , if you've seen the Hobbit & Lord of the Rings movies, then Milford Sound, Fox Glacier, Lake Ohau, Mt Cook & the Southern Alps will feel like old friends! If the scenery leaves you with any breath, then Queenstown's adventure activities will take it away. Enjoy an unforgettable New Zealand South Island tour with Topdeck.
Starting fromR10 440
Package ValiditySet departure dates between NOW - APR 2017.
Duration7 days
DestinationNew Zealand
Starts inChristchurch
Ends inChristchurch
Age GroupThis is a group tour for ages 18 - 38 years

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- 5 nights lodge & motel accommodation
- 1 night hostel accommodation
- 6 breakfasts, 1 afternoon tea & 3 dinner
- Touring by air-conditioned coach
- Assistance of a Trip leader & driver
- Touring & sightseeing of all sites as per itinerary


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Christchurch to Fox Glacier

Take off like Frodo Baggins as we roll across the pastoral patchwork quilt that forms the Canterbury Plains & watch 50 shades of green melt into snow-topped peaks. Hang out in Hokitika for whitebait fritters & Pounamu (Jade) shopping, then take your best photography shot of NZ's two tallest mountain peaks reflected in Lake Matheson for the #picoftheday. Excited? You should be.

Included today: Lake Matheson Walk

Meals: Dinner.

Did you know:
Every kiwi has at least one baby photo of themselves naked on a sheep skin. Don’t ask

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Fox Glacier to Queenstown

Today's your chance to walk on water. Well, frozen glacial water to be precise. Scale a mountain in minutes to get amongst ethereal ice caves & formations. With barely enough time to let your heart rate slow, we journey back through the mountains past Lake Wanaka & Lake Hawea. Feel your pulse start to quicken as we roll into Queenstown.

Meals: Breakfast.

Did you know:
In Queenstown you can hire a hydro attack - a cross between a torpedo & a fighter jet, painted as a shark. Jump & dive to the point at which your heart cannot take it anymore.

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Here's some basic math: Queenstown has over 220 activities-you have two days. No rush. This lakeside city has adrenaline on tap & will match any adventure you had in mind & then throw a Fergburger (amazing Queenstown burger place) in there for good measure. Get your fix with bungy, a narrow canyon swing, Shotover Jet, or paragliding, hiking, horse riding & the skyline gondola. If you're bored here, there's something wrong. Need some time out? Head to the Kiwi Birdlife Park, soak in a Japanese onsen, or kick back with a local pinot.

Meals: Breakfast & dinner.

Did you know:
In Queenstown you can hire a hydro attack - a cross between a torpedo & a fighter jet, painted as a shark. Jump & dive to the point at which your heart cannot take it anymore.

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Free day, take two. Jump off more stuff or chill out & let your pulse drop. Your call.

Meals: Breakfast.

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Queenstown to Fiordland

Instagram account meltdown warning! Today is going to chew through your memory cards with the Mirror Lakes, Hollyford Valley & Milford Sound. Sheer rock faces towering 1,200m above sea level, wildlife & waterfalls combine like an inch-thick chocolate ganache… 100% pure mouth-watering decadence out on the sound. You probably won't see any woolly mammoths, but dolphins & fur seals? You can pretty much bet your snow boots on it. Steeped in Maori myth, this is a history & geology lesson rolled into one, minus the homework.

Included today: Milford Sound Nature Cruise & Fiordland National Park Walks

Meals: Breakfast.

Did you know:
Remember Xena the Warrior Princess? Yep, she's kiwi too.

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Fiordland to Lake Ohau

Back in the heyday of Arrowtown, everyone was here for the gold. Recharge your batteries with venison burgers & a central Otago pinot noir in Arrowtown then zigzag across the five bridges that span the ever-changing Arrow River. Test your nerves on the suspension bridge then chill out by the crystal clear river waters while you catch your breath. Then cue relaxation & a chance to practice your stone-skimming skills in Lake Ohau.

Included today: Mountain Bike ride (13km/2hrs) along Arrow River

Meals: Breakfast & dinner.

Did you know:
New Zealand is also the only country with hobbits printed on their currency. Everyone in New Zealand knows at least one person who worked on the films.

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Lake Ohau to Christchurch

Lap up Lake Pukaki under the shadow of Mt Cook. It's about as Kiwi as 'fush & chups' (fish & chips with a local accent). Then shift into sheep country, where these furry things outnumber humans 12:1. It makes sense that today includes the Church of the Good Shepherd, a monument to the faithful sheep dog & a chance to watch them in action on a Kiwi farm. Then back to into the city of Churches as our trip winds to a close.

Included today: Mt Cook Village (weather dependant) & Scenic walks

Meals: Breakfast & afternoon tea.

Did you know:
After the 2011 Christchurch earthquake there was a national shortage of Marmite sandwich spread that lasted over a year. The dilemma was named "Marmageddon". A pop-up mall project called Re:START was constructed from shipping containers over the destroyed pedestrian mall after the 2011 quake


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