South Island Lick Tour

South Island Tour

If you only have a short time to explore the largest island of New Zealand, this is the tour for you! Prepare for seven days of spectacular scenery and lots of opportunity for adventure. Turquoise lakes, majestic glaciers, dramatic mountain peaks, golden tussocklands and the picture-perfect towns of Queenstown, Wanaka and Franz Josef are all on our week-long road trip!

This small-group guided tour of the South Island will visit Christchurch, Wanaka, Queenstown, Tekapo (an International Dark Sky Reserve), Franz Josef Glacier, and back across to Christchurch via Arthur’s Pass onboard the world-famous TranzAlpine train. You’ll have the option to visit Milford Sound, and we’ll stop at many other scenic spots along this South Island itinerary.

There’s a range of optional add-on activities: from adrenalin-pumping bucket-list items like bungy jumping, jet boating, and sky-diving to more gentle activities like heli-hiking (okay for all abilities), quad biking, kayaking, scenic flights and hiking. None of these are compulsory; just add the ones you want.

South Island Lick Tour Tips:

  • Activities can also be purchased on the road – just let your tour guide know. We can't always guarantee availability when booking on the road, so we suggest pre-booking any activities you especially want to do.

  • As the tour starts early in the morning, you can opt to book accommodation in Christchurch with us the night before the tour – only having to walk downstairs on the day the tour starts makes for a stress-free morning!

  • The tour price includes dorm share accommodation (4–6 share) but if you would prefer your own space you have the option to upgrade to a private room. You can select this upgrade when you start building your tour online

  • Please note, there is 1 night on this tour (in MacKenzie Country) where private accommodation upgrades are not available due to limited availability. In special circumstances arrangements may be possible - please contact info@hakatours.com for more information.

Tour highlights

Enjoying a world-famous train trip (Included)

Traverse the Southern Alps through Arthur’s Pass on the stunning TranzAlpine Train Crossing.

Scenic flight then cruise Milford Sound (Add-On)

View this extraordinary and iconic attraction from above, then see it up close on a cruise.

Create your own greenstone souvenir (Guide Pick)

In Franz Josef you’ll have the opportunity to carve your very own pounamu pendant.

What’s included?

What's included on every adventure tour:

  • Small groups, up to 16 people
  • Passionate Kiwi guides
  • Comfortable bus transport
  • High-end hostel accommodation
  • Tasty continental breakfasts every day

What's also included on this tour:

  • 7 nights in high-end hostel accommodation
  • Carve your own pounamu/jade pendant in Franz Josef
  • Discover NZ's most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas
  • Journey through multiple National Parks
  • Plus many surprise stops on the way

Available dates

Only $99 to secure your seat unless you book within 45 days of departure. Once your spot is booked, you can log in and customise your tour with any extra experiences or activities up to 45 days before departure.

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