shopping cart icon 0
New Zealand
Starting From AU$1,983.72

Stray Journeys - HAAST (SH9)

9 Day South Island Tour

What’s Included

+ Experienced tour guide

+ Meals and touring as indicated

+ Multi-share accommodation (or upgrade to twin/double/single)

 

Activities Included

+ Pounamu jade factory

+ Walks around Lake Matheson and the Blue Pools, Mt Aspiring National Park

+ Jet Boat Ride in Makarora

+ Doubtful Sound overnight cruise

+ Sea kayaking in Doubtful Sound

+ Central Otago Rail Trail with mountain bike hire

 

What to Bring

+ Sturdy walking shoes/boots

+ Bathers/towel

+ Hat & sunscreen

+ Motion sickness tablets

+ Water bottle

+ Toiletries

+ Warm clothing

+ Waterproof jacket

+ Insect repellent

+ Camera

 

Note:

  • ^Upgrade accommodation is excluded in Doubtful Sound.
  • Tours should be reconfirmed at least 48 hours in advance by calling +64 9 526 2140.
  • Luggage should be restricted to 15kg in a single bag, plus a small day pack.

HAAST Tour (SH9)

South Island Stray Journeys Itinerary

 

Start: Christchurch

Finish: Christchurch

Duration: 9 days/8 nights

 

Day 1:                       Christchurch to Franz Josef

 

Nau mai, haere mai (welcome)!  Your journey kicks off when we depart Christchurch in the morning for a stunning journey across the Canterbury Plains and over the famous Arthur’s Pass to the West Coast. Around almost every corner there is a picturesque backdrop to enjoy so have your camera ready as we stop often for walks and photo opportunities. We visit Hokitika, famous for pounamu (jade), before our day ends in the quaint little West Coast town of Franz Josef, home to Franz Josef Glacier. (D)

 

Accommodation included: Hostel close to all attractions

Activities included: Pounamu jade factory

 

Day 2:            Full day at Franz Josef

 

Enjoy a free day and get out and explore the mighty Franz Josef Glacier. Navigate the maze of ice and explore the incredible landscape on a guided glacier tour, which we highly recommend (own expense). There are also many excellent bush hikes available in the region. Tonight you self-cater, giving you the opportunity to dine at one of the many local cafes and restaurants in town or make use of the self-catering kitchen at our accommodation. (B)

 

Accommodation included: Hostel close to all attractions

Optional activities: Glacier Ice Explorer, helicopter flight

 

Day 3:                        Franz Josef to Makarora

 

Today we head down the West Coast towards Mount Aspiring National Park, stopping to take in some breathtaking scenery at the amazing mirror Lake Matheson, NZ’s most photographed lake.  See waterfalls as we travel through the mountainous Haast Pass towards Makarora then visit the stunning Blue Pools.  On arrival in Mount Aspiring National Park we go jet boating, experience the best in shallow water boating skimming just inches from the riverbed, see pristine waterways, snow-capped peaks and native bush. (B,D)

 

Accommodation included: Unique mountain chalets

Activities included: Walk around Lake Matheson – Mirror Lake, walk through beech forest to the Blue Pools, jet boat in Mt Aspiring National Park

 

Day 4:            Makarora to Doubtful Sound

 

Fiordland National Park is one of New Zealand’s most beautiful locations, with stunning ice-carved fiords, valleys, lakes and mountain scenery; it is our first port of call today. Within Fiordland we visit Doubtful Sound, the deepest of all the fiords, surrounded by towering peaks and huge waterfalls. We will board a purpose built boat and enjoy complimentary afternoon tea while cruising past fur seals, penguins and dolphins. There are also sea kayaks to explore the fiord. (B,D)

 

Accommodation included: Overnight on the boat, anchored within a secluded bay in a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Activities included: Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise, sea kayaking, wildlife spotting

 

Day 5:            Doubtful Sound to Queenstown

 

We depart Doubtful Sound around midday, leaving behind the stunning Fiordland to head for the ‘adventure capital of the world’ Queenstown. Queenstown offers an optional big (make that huge) night out with excellent restaurants, pubs and live music. (B)

 

Accommodation included: Lodge located close to town with awesome views

 

Days 6 & 7:               Queenstown

 

You have two free days to fully explore everything on offer. Queenstown is a great place to spend a few days, no matter what your past-time of choice is. Options include: bungy jumping, zipline tours, canyoning, Shotover River jet boating, skiing, sky diving or walk Ben Lomond or Queenstown hill for amazing views, or just enjoy the stunning scenery and do nothing. Optional activities and meals not indicated are at your own expense. (B)

 

Accommodation included: Lodge located close to town with awesome views

Optional activities: AJ Hackett Bungy, Canyon Swing, Skyline Gondola and Luging

 

Day 8:            Queenstown to Central Otago

 

Leaving Queenstown behind, we’ll jump back on the bus to head for the historic town of Naseby.  Located in a shallow valley in the foothills of the Mt Ida Range, Naseby is a unique gold mining village just minutes from the Central Otago Rail Trail. Arriving by midday, there is time to ride our favourite part of the Central Otago Rail Trail in the afternoon. It’s an ideal activity for riders of all abilities and the best way to soak up the incredible scenery of the area. (B,D)

 

Accommodation included: Fully restored historic hotel 

Activities included: Mountain bike Otago Rail Trail

 

Day 9:            Central Otago to Christchurch

 

From Central Otago we head back to the Pacific coast, where we’ll turn to head north on a scenic coastal drive towards Christchurch. Stop along the way to see the fascinating Moeraki Boulders and the town of Oamaru before arriving in Christchurch in the afternoon. There is an option to stay with your group for a tour of the city’s highlights with your driver guide. We hope you had a blast on your New Zealand journey! (B)

               

Optional activities: Guided city sights tour

 

 

What’s Included

+ Experienced tour guide

+ Meals and touring as indicated

+ Multi-share accommodation (or upgrade to twin/double/single)

 

Activities Included

+ Pounamu jade factory

+ Walks around Lake Matheson and the Blue Pools, Mt Aspiring National Park

+ Jet Boat Ride in Makarora

+ Doubtful Sound overnight cruise

+ Sea kayaking in Doubtful Sound

+ Central Otago Rail Trail with mountain bike hire

 

What to Bring

+ Sturdy walking shoes/boots

+ Bathers/towel

+ Hat & sunscreen

+ Motion sickness tablets

+ Water bottle

+ Toiletries

+ Warm clothing

+ Waterproof jacket

+ Insect repellent

+ Camera

 

Note:

  • ^Upgrade accommodation is excluded in Doubtful Sound.
  • Tours should be reconfirmed at least 48 hours in advance by calling +64 9 526 2140.
  • Luggage should be restricted to 15kg in a single bag, plus a small day pack.

Depart Thursday from Oct 16 - Apr 17

None