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An abundance of wildlife awaits you in New Zealand
Dates Please call for current departure information.
Duration 9 days
Group Size 4-6
Land Cost $5,750 Details
Single Supplement $1,145
Lodging 4 stars
Grade I-II
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South Island Explorer

Natural New Zealand featuring glaciers, fiords, and rain forests with hiking

Our South Island Explorer is for travelers who want to go deep into a variety of environments in the company of a seasoned, brilliantly informed guide. The accommodations are small and magnificently sited and are reserved by our operator two years in advance. Each day brings new activities, new vistas, and new experiences. Evenings bring good food and warm conversation that inevitably heighten understanding of the region and its people. You'll find your hosts to be open, good-spirited, and deservedly proud of their precious birthright, New Zealand.

On this South Island adventure, you will first explore Christchurch and witness the spectacular scenery of Arthur’s Pass and Fox Glacier. Next, take in the sights of Lake Moeraki, experience the natural beauty of the surrounding rain forests, and observe the flora and fauna of the area. From here, you will pass by glacial lakes on your way to Queenstown, where you will have a full day to enjoy any number of activities from hiking to shopping. Finally, you will visit Milford Sound, an absolutely breathtaking section of Fiordland National Park, filled with glaciated valleys, lush rain forests, and stunning alpine views.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1Christchurch
Day 2Arthur's Pass
Day 3Arthur's Pass/Hokitika/Fox Glacier
Day 4Fox Glacier/Lake Moeraki
Day 5Lake Moeraki
Day 6Wanaka/Arrowtown/Queenstown
Day 7Queenstown
Day 8Milford Sound Excursion
Day 9Queenstown/Onward

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"Brian did a superb job guiding us. I would highly recommend this trip!"
Brenda Protheroe, 2006

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