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Experience the best of New Zealand’s adrenaline scene with our New Zealand adventure holidays.
This 7 Day South Island Adventure Holiday Package includes a stay in Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand, as well as countless top experiences. Enjoy a jet-boat ride, skydive, and overnight cruise as you explore the South Island.
Our New Zealand adventure holidays are perfect for active travellers, including families.
Read on for more details on the 7 Day South Island Adventure Holiday Package.
Arrive in Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital. Collect your rental car from the airport and make your way to your Queenstown accommodation.
Stay 3 nights in Queenstown.
Today, get ready for the world’s most exciting jet boat ride! Shotover Jet is the only company permitted to operate in the spectacular Shotover River Canyons. It’s a thrilling ride. Skimming past rocky outcrops at close range in your Shotover Jet ‘Big Red,’ twist and turn through the narrow canyons at breathtaking speeds. And a major highlight – hold tight for the world-famous Shotover Jet full 360º spins!
Your adrenaline will be racing today as you gear up for a 9,000 ft tandem skydive! It takes a certain kind of person to jump from an aircraft into thin air. It takes courage—and a bit of craziness! After a 15 minute scenic flight to altitude, you will nudge towards the edge of the plane before taking the plunge! Harnessed by space age materials to an experienced qualified Jumpmaster, you step out of that aircraft door. For some 60 seconds you plummet towards the ground at 200 kph – Terminal Velocity.
Keep your head up, smile at your skydive photographer and take in the stunning surroundings. After an exhilarating freefall, you will experience a 5 minute parachute ride, floating safely back down to the skydive drop zone.
*Option to upgrade to 12,000 ft or 15,000 ft tandem skydive options.
Driving time Queenstown to Te Anau 172 km / 106 miles, 2.5 hours
Journey alongside Queenstown’s stunning Lake Wakatipu and then through lush green farmland to reach Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park.
While you relax in Te Anau, you may wish to visit Fiordland Cinema and watch Ata Whenua – Shadowland, which was filmed by helicopters flying over the remote reaches of Fiordland National Park. You could also visit the Department of Conservation visitor centre for displays on the natural wonders of the region. Take a stroll along the lakefront to the Wildlife Park, where you can view endangered native birds, or visit the nearby Lake Manapouri for even more impressive views.
Te Anau is known as the walking capital of New Zealand, so the hiking options are endless! Enjoy the walk to the top of Key Summit for stunning views over Fiordland National Park, take a full day to explore the Kepler Track, or stroll along the lakefront esplanade.
Stay 1 night in Te Anau.
Driving time Te Anau to Milford Sound 119 km / 75 miles, 2.5 hours
The Milford Road (between Te Anau and Milford) is one of the finest alpine drives in the world. The scenery is exceptional, ranging from broad grassy flats, dense rainforest, and towering mountains through to glacial lakes and alpine herb fields. No other road in Fiordland offers such a diverse glimpse into New Zealand’s alpine zone.
Once in Milford Sound, embark on an overnight adventure for a truly immersive Milford Sound experience. Begin your overnight trip with a full length cruise of Milford Sound accompanied by a specialist nature guide. The atmosphere on board is friendly and relaxed, and you’ll quickly get to know your crew and fellow travellers.
As you explore the fiord, keep a lookout for wildlife, especially fur seals basking on the rocks. In the late afternoon, take a guided walk on a section of the world-famous Milford Track or explore the shoreline by tendercraft (small boat) with our nature guide. If you’re feeling brave, you can even go swimming in the fiord’s pure, cold waters.
As the shadows deepen, the Milford Wanderer will return under sail (weather permitting) to sheltered Harrison Cove for the night. Enjoy a three-course meal in the cosy saloon, order drinks from the fully licensed bar and relax in the company of like-minded travellers. After dinner you may want to check out the stars in the incredible inky blackness of the remote Fiordland night sky. When you’re ready, retire to a comfortable cabin.
Includes: Quad Share Male/Female cabin with shared facilities, three course dinner and breakfast.
*Option to upgrade to Private Double or Twin Cabin with shared facilities.
Stay 1 night aboard the Milford Wanderer.
Driving time Milford Sound to Wanaka 343 km / 213 miles, 5.5 hours
In the morning, fuel up for the day with a hearty breakfast before heading back out to the Tasman Sea (depending on the weather of course) to explore the fiord further. Return to Milford midmorning.
Drive through historic Central Otago—past farmland, orchards and vineyards—to reach Wanaka, an alpine paradise with views so good it’s hard to put down your camera.
Stay 2 nights in Wanaka.
Relax and explore Wanaka today—you may want to visit Puzzling World, Wanaka’s illusional attraction, or the National Toy and Transport Museum. Visit Rippon Vineyard and Tasting Room to sample local wines, or catch a film at Cinema Paradiso, Wanaka’s quirky local theatre. You may also want to take a look around Wanaka’s boutique shops, stroll around the lake’s edge, or indulge in one of the many activities on offer.
Driving time Wanaka to Queenstown 69 km / 43 miles, 1.5 hours
Make your way back over the Crown Range toward Queenstown where you will drop off your rental car at Queenstown Airport and depart Queenstown.
Our New Zealand adventure tours are fully customisable. If this itinerary isn’t quite what you were looking for, these alternatives will help provide inspiration:
Our New Zealand adventure holidays include activities, accommodation, and a rental car for ultimate convenience.
As you begin planning your New Zealand adventure holiday, your personal travel consultant will work with you to ensure your itinerary matches exactly what you want.
Contact New Zealand Travel Organiser today to begin planning the adventure of a lifetime.
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