New Zealand South Island Adventure

07/18/2021 through 01/06/2022
07/18/2021 through 01/22/2022
Intrepid Travel

New Zealand South Island Adventure

From an ancient world of forests and glaciers to a culture of hospitality that has long defined New Zealand’s people, discover the best of the South Island on a 14-day adventure. Take in highlights from Reefton to Franz Josef, Pancake Rocks to botanical gins, gold panning to spa soaking. Make your way to the shores of the South Island’s biggest lake and sail the silent waters of glacier-carved Fiordland National Park on an unforgettable cruise on Milford Sound. Cross to the cliffs of the Catlins and hike to coastal caves, then span the gap to untouched Stewart Island to explore the wilderness, listening out for the call of the kiwi. When it comes to natural wonders, it doesn’t get better than this.


  • Reefton – Distillery visit
  • Reefton – Miners Hut visit
  • Reefton – Gold Panning
  • Tauranga Bay – Fur Seal Colony
  • Karamea – Charming Creek Walkway (unguided)
  • Denniston – Heritage Walk (guided)
  • Punakaiki – Pancake Rocks & Blowholes Walk
  • Greymouth – Brunner Coal Mine
  • Franz Joseph Glacier – Hot Pools
  • Fox Glacier – Lake Matheson Walk
  • Okarito – Okarito Lagoon Walk
  • Hokitika – Historical Walk
  • Milford Sound – Cruise
  • Milford Sound – Leader-led walk to Milford Lookout
  • Milford Sound – Walk to Mirror Lakes and Lake Gunn
  • The Catlins – Leader-led walk to Nugget Point Lighthouse
  • The Catlins – Leader-led walk to Cathedral Caves
  • Stewart Island – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Stewart Island – Leader-led Dark Sky briefing


  • Take in the magic of the spectacular Franz Josef Glacier region during dips in hot pools weaving through rainforests and a walk around the shimmering Lake Matheson.
  • Witness the stunning, millions of years old scenery at the dramatic Pancake Rocks and the Hokitika Gorge, and spot fur seals of the Tauranga Bay Colony.
  • Soak up the silence of Milford Sound on a cruise across its waters – you’ll be left speechless by the hundreds of tumbling cascades and deeply forested mountains.
  • Explore the Cathedral Caves of the Catlins, an untamed coastal wilderness home to rugged cliffs, dense forest, and spectacular hidden waterfalls.
  • Cross the Foveaux Strait to unspoilt Stewart Island and spend two days cruising the bays and inlets to spot penguins and seabirds and walking along its forested coastal tracks in search of kiwis.


Day 1 Greymouth to Reefton
Day 2 Karamea
Day 3 Punakaiki
Day 4 Franz Josef Glacier
Day 5 Franz Josef Glacier
Day 6 Hokitika
Day 7 Wanaka
Day 8 Wanaka
Day 9 Queenstown - Te Anau
Day 10 Te Anau
Day 11 The Catlins
Day 12 Stewart Island
Day 13 Stewart Island
Day 14 Stewart Island - Queenstown

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