Topdeck 7 day Southern Explorer Christchurch to Christchurch
From $1,399.00 AUD
Explore Middle Earth on a Topdeck NZ trip!
Turn fantasy into reality with a Topdeck trip in New Zealand and savour the jaw-dropping scenery of ‘Middle Earth’, as made famous by the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie trilogies.
Enjoy the Land of the Kiwi’s myriad charms on a Topdeck NZ trip with a host of fellow 18-39 year old travellers. Throw yourself off a bridge in Queenstown, go whale watching in Kaikoura, hike on Fox Glacier and feast at a Maori Marae – there’s no wonder New Zealand is considered the world’s adventure capital.
We have an amazing range of New Zealand trips with Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch as possible start and finish points. Come and explore the mountains, lakes, rivers and plains of New Zealand’s North and South Islands – we guarantee you’ll fall in love with NZ!
Why choose Topdeck for your trip to New Zealand?
- Outstanding value for money with no worries
- Committed to seeing the real New Zealand
- Itineraries designed for the independent-minded traveller
- Professionally trained, passionate crew
- Great accommodation & quality transportation
- Interact with the Maori people and discover their traditions
- More free time to explore at your own pace
- Guaranteed departure dates
- Great food
- Heaps of ‘Totally Topdeck’ inclusions
Some of our New Zealand South Island highlights!
- Hike on Fox Glacier
- Bungy jump in Queenstown
- Take a cruise on Milford Sound
- Kayak in Abel Tasman National Park
- Travel through the scenery of ‘Middle Earth’!
Day 1: Christchurch to Fox Glacier
An early departure from Christchurch this morning bound for the stunning scenery of the wild west coast. Hang out in Hokitika for whitebait fritters and pounamu (jade) shopping, then take your best photography shot of NZ’s two tallest mountain peaks reflected in Lake Matheson for the #picoftheday. Excited? You should be.
Day 2: Fox Glacier To Queenstown
Today’s your chance to walk on water. Well, frozen glacial water to be precise. Scale a mountain in minutes to get amongst ethereal ice caves and formations. With barely enough time to let your heart rate slow, we journey back through the mountains past Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea. Feel your pulse start to quicken as we roll into Queenstown.
Day 3: Queenstown
Here’s some basic math: Queenstown has over 220 activities. You have two days. No rush. This lakeside city has adrenaline on tap and will match any adventure you had in mind and then throw a Fergburger (amazing Queenstown burger place) in there for good measure. Get your fix with a bungy jump, a canyon swing, Shotover Jet boat ride, horse riding, zip-lining, skydiving – the options are endless. If you’re bored here, there’s something wrong. Need some time out? Head to the Kiwi Birdlife Park, or kick back with a local pinot.
Day 4: Queenstown
Free day, take two. Get your adrenalin fix with canyoning, skydiving, hang gliding, the list goes on and on.
Day 5: Queenstown including Milford Sound Visit
By now you might be becoming a little desensitised to the otherworldly beauty of NZ but when you see the Fjords for the first time, it’s okay to enter a total Instagram meltdown! Carved by glaciers during the ice age, the Milford Sound comes complete with seals, dolphins and thundering waterfalls. Steeped in Maori myth, this is a history and geology lesson rolled into one, minus the homework.
Day 6: Queenstown to Lake Ohau
Back in the heyday of Arrowtown, everyone was here for the gold. Recharge your batteries with a bite to eat and wander around the quaint, charming shops then zigzag across the five bridges that span the ever-changing Arrow River by mountain bike. Test your nerves on the suspension bridge then chill out by the crystal clear river waters while you catch your breath. Cue relaxation and a chance to practice your stone-skimming skills in Lake Ohau.
Day 7: Lake Ohau to Christchurch Via Mt Cook Village
Lap up Lake Pukaki under the shadow of Mt Cook. It’s about as Kiwi as ‘fush and chups’ (fish and chips with a local accent). Then shift into sheep country, where these furry things outnumber humans 12:1. It makes sense that today includes the Church of the Good Shepherd, a monument to the faithful sheepdog. Afterwards, it’s back to into the city of Churches as our trip winds to a close.
Pick up at 7:00 am from Christchurch
Pick up at 7:30 am from another Christchurch location
Drop off at 7:00 pm Christchurch
Optional Activities and extra meals