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5-Day South Island Heaphy Tour from Christchurch

Tour Code: 978-5718
From USD  $650  
Sat (Oct 7, 2017 - May 5, 2018)
Depart from:
Christchurch, New Zealand
5 Days 4 Nights

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Highlights: Visit Abel Tasman National Park, Hanmer Springs, Kaikoura, Marlborough Sounds (Marlborough Wine Tours), Picton, Kahurangi National Parks.

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 8:15am Christchurch International Airport
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Room TypeSurcharge Date / Date Range AdultChild
Upgrade to Single Room Year round $144.44$122.78
Upgrade to Double/Twin Room Year round $72.22$61.90
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    Adult Child (7-17 yrs)
    $650 $553.02

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    Room TypeSurcharge Date / Date Range AdultChild
    Upgrade to Single Room Year round $144.44$122.78
    Upgrade to Double/Twin Room Year round $72.22$61.90
    • We've chosen high quality backpacker accommodation in a variety of hostels, wilderness lodges, cabins and historic hotels. Quad-share accommodation is included with your tour. You can choose to upgrade your accommodation to a single or twin/double private room (subject to availability).
    • Please note that at some destinations your private room will include an ensuite bathroom and some it won't.
    • Tours are not suited to children under 7 years. 7 - 17 year old's may travel if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The Age based on the time of commencing travel (not booking).
    Day 1

    Christchurch - Picton (273 km)

    Nau mai, haere mai! Welcome to New Zealand! Our journey begins this morning in Christchurch, where we will take a scenic drive through Lewis Pass, headed for the coastal town of Picton. When we arrive in the early evening, we will have some time to go for a walk around and get our bearings or relax at the spa.
    • Picton, NZD

      Picton is possibly New Zealand’s most pretty seaside town with its relaxed island feel, secluded bays and crystal clear waters. The waterfront has one of the world’s best water views known for its ever changing colours and its marinas are a stunning testament to the importance of boats to this charming waterside village.
    Standard Hotel: Cozy villa or similar
    Day 2

    Picton - Abel Tasman (271 km)

    We will spend the morning exploring the stunning Marlborough Sounds on foot or on bicycles. At midday, we will drive through the famous Marlborough wine region and visit the wine cellar of a local vineyard to sample some authentic New Zealand wine. Then, we will head to the spectacular Abel Tasman National Park. In the evening, we will enjoy some delicious seafood and BBQ at our campsite accommodation.
    • Picton, NZD

      Picton is possibly New Zealand’s most pretty seaside town with its relaxed island feel, secluded bays and crystal clear waters. The waterfront has one of the world’s best water views known for its ever changing colours and its marinas are a stunning testament to the importance of boats to this charming waterside village.
    • Marlborough Sounds, NZD

      The Marlborough Sounds are an extensive network of sunken valleys at the north end of the South Island of New Zealand. Visitors can explore water inlets by kayak or forests by foot of visit over 50 reserves and wildlife sanctuaries.

      Marlborough Wine Tours

      The Marlborough region is best known for beautiful outdoor recreational sites as well as for producing some of the world's best wines. Take a guided tour and sample wine at local vineyards while also enjoying the tranquil atmosphere of the Marlborough region.
    Standard Hotel: Beach accommodation in the national park
    Dinner: Included (Some delicious seafood and a BBQ dinner)
    Day 3

    Abel Tasman National Park

    We will be able to spend free time exploring the incredible Abel Tasman National Park, a stunning coastal region that features some of New Zealand's best beaches. We will also be able to take part in some fun optional activities at our own expense, like sailing or kayaking. In the evening, we can use the BBQ equipment in the park to cook a delicious dinner.
    • Abel Tasman National Park, NZD

      Abel Tasman is New Zealand's smallest national park, but what it lacks in size it makes up for with golden sandy beaches, dramatic outcrops, and pristine estuaries. Visitors can explore the natural beauty of the park, enjoy recreational activities, and much more.

      Abel Tasman Sailing Trips

      Our yachts are fun, sail fast and stable. The large, open, flat decks allow you to relax and enjoy the wind in your hair. Experience the joy of sailing while taking in the fantastic sights of the Abel Tasman National Park.

      Scenic Boat Cruise

      This cruise allows you to relax in leaisure while ferrying you around beautiful Abel Tasman National Park, which provides amazing scenery while you enjoy a snack from the onboard cafe.
    Standard Hotel: Beach accommodation in the national park
    Breakfast: Included
    Day 4

    Abel Tasman - Hanmer Springs (214 km)

    Today, we will travel through beautiful scenery into Kahurangi and Nelson National Parks, where we will stop to enjoy a picnic lunch before heading to Hanmer Springs. We will have the afternoon free to enjoy this alpine setting, relaxing in thermal pools while surrounded by mountains and forests. We will enjoy a group dinner in the evening.
    • Kahurangi National Parks, NZD

      Located in the northwest corner of New Zealand's South Island, Kahurangi is New Zealand's second largest national park. In places it is an untracked wilderness, elsewhere a wonderful network of tracks lets you explore wild rivers, high plateaux and alpine herbfields, and coastal forests.
    • Hanmer Springs, NZD

      The resort town of Hanmer Springs is an attractive year-round holiday destination for adventure, relaxation and indulgence. Surrounded by dramatic mountains and towering forests, this charming town has a main street filled with boutique shops, cafes and eateries.
    Standard Hotel: Cozy alpine chalets
    Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included
    Day 5

    Hanmer Springs - Kaikoura - Christchurch (223 km)

    Today, we will head for the coastal village of Kaikoura, where we will explore the area's natural wonders. We can embark on dolphin and whale watching cruises at our own expense, among other activities. In the afternoon, we will make our way to the city of Christchurch.
    • Kaikoura, NZD

      Kaikoura offers activities all year round. By sea, visitors can swim with dolphins, whale watch or enjoy kayaking and surfing. By land, guests can enjoy wining and dining, shopping, bird watching, spas, hiking, and festivals. The possibilities are endless.

      Dolphin Encounter

      The dusky dolphins inhabit the coastal waters off Kaikoura all year round, making Kaikoura a unique place in the world where wild dolphins can be encountered every day, weather permitting. The opportunity to go out and watch the dusky dolphins from our boats gives visitors wonderful views of these spectacular and acrobatic dolphins.

      Admission (Optional): Adult N$165; Child N$165

      Whale Watching

      We have been able to view semi-resident sperm whales Manu, Tiaki, Tutu and Aotearoa. We have also been able to view migrating humpback whales as well as a pod of orca.

      Admission (Optional): Adult N$130.50; Child (3-15 yrs, Children under 3yrs are not permitted on the tour) N$130.50

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    • Departure & Return

    Location Address Departure
    Christchurch, NZD map link 30 Durey Rd, Christchurch International Airport, Christchurch, 8:15am
    • Drop off location will be the same as pick up location (some locations may not have drop off service).
    • The timetable above is subject to change. We reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary without prior notice.
    • Price Includes

    • 3 breakfasts and 2 dinners
    • Winery cellar door visit
    • Abel Tasman Track and Aqua Taxi or paddle board hire
    • Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa
    • Peninsula walk and seal colony visit
    • Transportation
    • 4 nights accomodation, quad-share (summer) or dorm-share (winter) (upgrades available)
    • Local knowledge, entertaining commentary and bookings service from your tour guide
    • Price Excludes

    • Admission Fees:
      Destination Adult Child
      Dolphin Encounter (Optional) N$165 N$165
      Whale Watching (Optional) N$130.50 N$130.50 (3-15 yrs, Children under 3yrs are not permitted on the tour)
      • Prices are subject to change without prior notice.
      • If you would like to join the optional activities, please pay the fee in cash to the tour guide. You cannot buy / use the tickets on your own or use City Passes. The tour guide will arrange the tickets for the group.
    • Walk or hire a bicycle for exploring the stunning Marlborough Sounds
    • Sailing, sea kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park
    • Whale watching, swim with dolphins in Kaikoura
    • Any private expenses
    • Additional Note

    • What to Bring: Sturdy walking shoes (ankle high), swimming gear, hat and sunscreen, motion sickness tablets, water bottle, towel and toiletries, warm clothing and waterproof jacket, insect repellent, camera.
    • Luggage should be restricted to 15kg in a single bag, plus a small day pack.
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