Fijordland National Park | New Zealand
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Wellington & South Island - 14 days map

Discover the very best of New Zealand’s majestic South Island in two weeks. Setting off from the capital of Wellington, you will cross the Cook Strait and reach the pretty town of Nelson. Hike amongst the stunning scenery of Abel Tasman National Park, see the 'Pancake Rocks' of Punakaiki and explore Glacier Country. Marvel at Mt Cook, take tea with locals at Lake Tekapo and cruise Milford Sound, all before ending in Christchurch.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Abel Tasman National Park – Cruise the waters of this national park and enjoy optional hiking across wild beaches and through lush scenery
Wanaka - Choose from an ecological tour to a serene island on Lake Wanaka or a 4X4 excursion into the surrounding countryside
Fiordland National Park – Journey through New Zealand's great wilderness, enjoying the breath-taking scenery as you travel
Queenstown – Spend a free day here exploring as you please, with optional zip-lining, rafting, or a 4X4 safari
Lake Tekapo – See a tiny church set against a majestic backdrop, one of New Zealand’s most photographed spots
Punakaiki -Discover the world-famous Pancake Rocks and blowholes, an impressive natural wonder
Te Anau - Stay beside the largest lake on the South Island and the gateway to Fiordland National Park
Milford Sound – Pass through incredible Fiordland National Park and enjoy a cruise on Milford Sound - look out for dolphins!
Mount Cook – Drive along the shores of Lake Pukaki and enjoy views of New Zealand's highest peak
Christchurch – End your adventure in the city, with an included punting experience and a farewell group dinner

Included

13 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 1 dinner
Airport arrival and departure transfers on day 1 and day 14
All relevant transfers and transportation in modern air-conditioned vehicle
Touring of Christchurch
Abel Tasman National Park cruise
Local eco-guided tour or an authentic 4WD adventure at Wanaka
Morning tea at a local home on the shores of Lake Tekapo
Note: This tour is operated in conjunction with our trusted partner and you will join travellers from different operators, not solely On The Go.
13 nights 4 star hotels
Escorted by an expert local guide/driver with specialist local guides at some sites
Ferry across the Cook Strait
Wine tasting at one of Marlborough’s premier wineries
'Pancake Rocks' visit at Punakaiki
Milford Sound cruise & lunch
Christchurch Edwardian punt & heritage tram experience

Not Included

International flights and visas
Optional activities
Items of a personal nature (telephone calls, laundry, travel insurance etc)
Tip for your tour guide driver. We recommend you allow $4 - 7 USD per day per traveller. Tipping your tour guide is an entirely personal gesture.

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Wellington

Welcome to Wellington! Today is yours to explore New Zealand's friendly capital city. Wander Oriental Parade, explore Cuba Street's unique boutiques, and don't miss the enlightening Te Papa, the national museum.
Overnight: Wellington

Day 2

From North to South Island

Wellington – Nelson. Today we cross the Cook Strait on one of the most picturesque ferry journeys in the world. Often accompanied by dolphins riding the bow wave, we arrive in Picton on the South Island. We travel to Blenheim, nestled in the heart of the renowned Marlborough wine country. What could be a more perfect way to savour this region, celebrated for its Sauvignon Blanc, than indulging in wine tasting at one of Marlborough's top wineries? From here we head to the delightful town of Nelson, where we spend the next two nights.
Overnight: Nelson  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Abel Tasman National Park

Your choice of activity today must be made at the time of booking. Please let our Reservations team know which included activity you would like to partake in.

We spend today soaking up the beauty of Abel Tasman National Park, with its golden coves, turquoise lagoons and forest ranges. Since there are few roads in this national park we see the sights of it by boat instead. Boarding a small cruiser at Kaiteriteri we head out to enjoy the scenery with plenty of stops along the way for swimming and exploring on foot. Arriving back in Kaiteriteri after the cruise, you have three options.

Option 1 is to relax in the town of Kaiteriteri at leisure.

Option 2 is to join a shorter 7km (2.5 hour) self-guided walk to fabulous Anchorage Beach.

Option 3 is to join a longer 10.5km (4 hour) self-guided walk to Anchorage Beach including the scenic highlights of the South Head lookout, the famous Falls River swing-bridge and Cleopatra’s Pool.

After these activities are completed, we transfer back to Nelson for the evening.
Overnight: Nelson  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Nelson Lakes National Park & Punakaiki

Nelson – Punakaiki. This morning we journey through the captivating Nelson Lakes National Park, which features rugged peaks, lush forests, glacial lakes, and the majestic Southern Alps. We take some time to explore the charming village of St. Arnaud, before turning inland along the Buller River Gorge, a stunning scenic drive. We then follow the coastline south to the small settlement of Punakaiki. This area is renowned for its wild and untamed shoreline, as well as the famous 'Pancake Rocks' – striking limestone formations that stand as a remarkable testament to the forces of nature.
Overnight: Punakaiki  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Franz Josef & Fox Glacier

Punakaiki – Fox Glacier. Leaving Punakaiki behind we travel on to Hokitika on the West Coast where we visit its galleries of greenstone jewellery and artwork. Continuing to Hokitika Gorge we stretch our legs and discover the blue/green waters that pass through the rugged rocks. Following the road south we reach Franz Josef and then on to the village of Fox which is where the huge rivers of snow and ice of the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers flow from vast snowfields high in the Southern Alps, down almost to sea level. If the weather allows there is the option of a helicopter ride over the glaciers at an extra cost.
Overnight: Fox Glacier  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Mt Aspiring National Park

Fox Glacier – Wanaka. First thing today we visit nearby Lake Matheson which, when weather conditions are just right, perfectly mirrors Mount Cook in its waters creating a stunning visual effect. From here we head up over the Haast Past along the river road, which took more than 40 years to complete, travelling deep into Mt Aspiring National Park to Lake Wanaka and the picturesque resort town of Wanaka.
Overnight: Wanaka  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Wanaka

Your choice of activity today must be made at the time of booking. Please let our Reservations team know which included activity you would like to partake in.

Today we have a choice of two included excursions. Option 1 sees you join an eco tour. Depart Wanaka by boat and escape civilisation as we cruise to an island where we hike through vibrant native vegetation to find a hidden mountaintop lake surrounded by small islands. We trek on to reach the island's summit for a 360-degree view of Lake Wanaka, its mountains and valleys, and the Arethusa Pool. Look out for the rare Buff Weka, a flightless bird extinct on Mainland NZ since 1920, which often joins visitors.

Option 2 is a 4WD adventure. We will explore a perfect mix of stunning scenery, history, and farm life in New Zealand's High Country. We will traverse remote back roads on an authentic farm with Lake Wanaka as our backdrop, surrounded by nature's beauty. We get up close to farm animals and visit historical sites, all while enjoying optional hikes through alpine meadows and lakeside forests, offering a unique insight into Wanaka's history, heritage, modern farming, and breathtaking landscapes.

When we return to Wanaka we have the afternoon at leisure to relax or enjoy the town.
Overnight: Wanaka  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Wanaka to Te Anau

Wanaka – Te Anau. We begin our day from Wanaka, stopping at the iconic Cardrona Pub. Then we venture through the Crown Range road to explore historic Arrowtown, a charming gold rush village nestled beneath majestic peaks near the Arrow River. We carry on along the scenic road between the Remarkables mountain range and stunning Lake Wakatipu before traversing a glacial valley turned farmland to reach Lake Te Anau, the South Island's largest freshwater lake and the entry point to Fiordland National Park.
Overnight: Te Anau  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Fiordland National Park & Milford Sound

Te Anau – Queenstown. The journey from Te Anau to Milford Sound is one of the most scenic drives you can experience. Fiordland National Park, part of the Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area is awe-inspiring, and features towering mountains and deep valleys sculpted by ancient glaciers. Milford Sound, famously dubbed the 'eighth wonder of the world' by Rudyard Kipling, is a breathtaking destination in any weather.

We embark on a comfortable cruise, passing the iconic Mitre Peak to reach the Tasman Sea. Keep a lookout for seals and dolphins, which often grace the fiord's waters. After the cruise we retrace our route back to Te Anau and then journey through the Southland farmlands and circle the stunning Lake Wakatipu to reach Queenstown.
Overnight: Queenstown  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10

Exploring Queenstown

Nestled amid majestic mountains and on the pristine shores of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown's natural beauty and unique ambiance provide an ideal setting for a visit filled with adventure, exploration, or relaxation. Today, we have the freedom to choose our own activities: thrill-seekers might opt for activities like zip-lining at Bob's Peak, a heart-pounding Shotover jet-boat ride, or white-water rafting. For those of us seeking a more leisurely experience, we can enjoy a gondola ride to Bob's Peak or embark on a 4WD safari to Skippers Canyon. Queenstown also offers boutique wineries, local gardens, and a chance to cruise Lake Wakatipu on the elegant steamship TSS Earnslaw for a visit to Walter Peak High Country Farm.
Overnight: Queenstown  |  Breakfast

Day 11

Journey to Mt Cook

Queenstown – Twizel. This morning we head north through Kawarau Gorge and past the scenic Lake Dunstan. We cross the Central Otago Countryside to the Lindis Pass where we descend into the Mackenzie Basin where the Southern Alps dominate the horizon. We enjoy a picturesque drive along Lake Pukaki to arrive at Mt. Cook Village, nestled at the base of New Zealand's highest peak, Aoraki/Mt. Cook. Our overnight stay awaits in the charming town of Twizel.
Overnight: Twizel  |  Breakfast

Day 12

Twizel to Christchurch

Twizel – Christchurch. Today we get to experience Kiwi culture by visiting a local home on Lake Tekapo's shores to learn the art of making Pavlova, a beloved New Zealand dessert. We enjoy our Pavlova during morning tea, taking in the stunning lake views. We admire the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd, beautifully situated against the backdrop of the Southern Alps. Continuing our journey through the high country's tussock plains, passing through charming towns like Fairlie and Geraldine, en route to Ashburton we then travel across the fertile Canterbury Plains to reach Christchurch, a city that combines post-earthquake regeneration with a rich blend of heritage, culture, and innovation.
Overnight: Christchurch  |  Breakfast

Day 13

Christchurch

This morning we embark on a leisurely punt cruise along the River Avon in the company of boatmen sporting straw boaters and Edwardian attire as we glide through the picturesque Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Following this we experience the evolving cityscape of Christchurch from the comfort of a beautifully restored heritage tram. As our journey together is coming to a close, we'll conclude the day with a laid-back farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Christchurch  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14

Saying Goodbye

Today our adventure in New Zealand comes to an end. A transfer takes you to Christchurch Airport for your flight home.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates are guaranteed with 2 travellers. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to all solo travellers, or if your booking party cannot reach the minimum of 2 persons in a room. Single Rooms can also be booked by any other person wanting the comfort and privacy of their own room.

Guaranteed Departure
2025
Twin Share
Single Room
17 Jan - 30 Jan 5% off
€6,225
€5,914
€8,195
€7,785
31 Jan - 13 Feb 5% off G
€6,225
€5,914
€8,195
€7,785
21 Feb - 06 Mar 5% off G
€6,225
€5,914
€8,195
€7,785
28 Feb - 13 Mar 5% off G
€6,225
€5,914
€8,195
€7,785
14 Mar - 27 Mar 5% off G
€6,225
€5,914
€8,195
€7,785
28 Mar - 10 Apr 5% off G
€6,225
€5,914
€8,195
€7,785
25 Apr - 08 May 5% off G
€5,835
€5,543
€7,715
€7,329
16 May - 29 May 5% off G
€5,445
€5,173
€7,255
€6,892

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Pre Tour Accommodation - Wellington
€155
€0
Post Tour Accommodation - Christchurch
€135
€0

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

DoubleTree By Hilton Wellington, Wellington

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

DoubleTree by Hilton Wellington is perfectly situated in the heart of New Zealand's vibrant capital city. The hotel's location is unbeatable, just steps away from Wellington's bustling business district and the city's major attractions. It's a great base for exploring the Te Papa Museum, the iconic Wellington Cable Car, and the vibrant scene along the waterfront. Rooms are comfortable, clean and stylish and guests can expect plush furnishings, modern amenities and splendid views of the city from some rooms. Facilities include a fitness centre and a restaurant/bar serving Asian and European inspired cuisine.

Rutherford Hotel Nelson, Nelson

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Rutherford Hotel in Nelson is the perfect hotel for travellers to this charming coastal city. Ideally situated in the heart of Nelson's central business district, the hotel offers easy access to the city, as well as the picturesque waterfront and nearby parks. Rooms at the Rutherford Hotel are modern and comfortable in addition to many boasting splendid views of the city or the nearby Tasman Bay. The hotel features excellent facilities, including a fitness centre, and a restaurant/bar.

Scenic Hotel Punakaiki, Punakaiki

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

With a picturesque beach right on the doorstep, the Scenic Hotel Punakaiki boasts easy access to the famous Pancake Rocks and Blowholes, the seaside village of Punakaiki, and Paparoa National Park. Its comfortable and spacious rooms feature an en-suite, WiFi, and panoramic views of either the surrounding green forest or ocean. Guests can enjoy the ‘Ocean View Restaurant & Bar’ which offers delicious dishes prepared using premium New Zealand ingredients.

Distinction Fox Glacier Hotel, Fox Glacier

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Situated in the charming township of Fox Glacier, the Distinction Fox Glacier Hotel provides a perfect base for exploring the awe-inspiring Fox Glacier and nearby attractions. Rooms are designed for comfort and relaxation, many with stunning mountain or rainforest views. Paired with its modern amenities and cosy furnishings ensure a pleasant stay. The hotel offers excellent facilities, including a welcoming bar and restaurant serving delectable cuisine, perfect for refuelling after a day of adventure in the surrounding wilderness.

Edgewater Hotel, Wanaka

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Edgewater Hotel in Wanaka offers a spectacular retreat set against the backdrop of the Southern Alps and the pristine waters of Lake Wanaka. This idyllic location provides guests with a serene and picturesque escape in the South Island. Many rooms offer breathtaking lake or mountain views and feature modern amenities such as ensuites, A/C, and TV’s, ensuring a comfortable and relaxing stay. The hotel's amenities include a restaurant serving delicious local cuisine and a bar for unwinding with a drink. Edgewater Hotel also features a heated pool, spa pools, tennis courts, and a fitness centre, offering opportunities for recreation and relaxation.

Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Distinction Luxmore Hotel in Te Anau is a gateway to the stunning Fiordland region, nestled on the shores of Lake Te Anau. The hotel provides a comfortable and welcoming retreat after a day of adventure. Rooms are thoughtfully designed and equipped with modern amenities such as an ensuite, WiFi, and a TV, ensuring a restful stay. Many rooms offer scenic views of Lake Te Anau or the surrounding mountains. The hotel features an on-site restaurant and a cosy bar where guests can savour local and international cuisine while taking in the picturesque surroundings. Other amenities include a fitness centre and a guest lounge.

Scenic Suites Queenstown, Queenstown

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Scenic Suites Queenstown offers a luxurious escape in the heart of New Zealand's adventure capital. Ideally located just a short walk from the vibrant town centre, the hotel enjoys a prime position for exploring the stunning landscapes, adrenaline-pumping activities, and the thriving dining and entertainment scene that Queenstown is famous for. Accommodation at Scenic Suites Queenstown is stylish and designed for comfort. Many rooms offer breathtaking views of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains, creating a tranquil and scenic backdrop for your stay. The hotel's amenities include a restaurant and bar serving delicious local and international cuisine and a modern fitness centre, ensuring that guests can unwind and rejuvenate after a day of adventure. The hotel's location is also convenient for exploring Queenstown's attractions, such as the Skyline Gondola and the waterfront.

Distinction Mackenzie Country Hotel, Twizel

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Distinction Mackenzie Country Hotel in Twizel offers a peaceful retreat amidst the stunning landscapes of the Mackenzie Basin. Located at the gateway to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, this hotel provides a picturesque setting for nature enthusiasts and those seeking outdoor adventures. Rooms at the Distinction Mackenzie Country Hotel are a cozy haven after a day of exploration where guests can enjoy comfortable furnishings and contemporary amenities such as an en-suite, TV, WiFi, and large windows offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. The hotel features excellent facilities, including an on-site restaurant serving delectable cuisine, a bar for relaxing with a drink, and sunny gardens offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and a peaceful place for a stroll.

Distinction Christchurch Hotel, Christchurch

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Distinction Christchurch Hotel stands in the heart of Christchurch. Located in the city centre, the hotel offers a convenient base for exploring the city's vibrant culture, shopping precincts, and iconic landmarks. The Distinction Christchurch Hotel is modern and stylish, and rooms provide modern amenities and chic decor, creating a comfortable retreat for all guests. The hotel's facilities include a sophisticated restaurant and bar, serving fresh and locally sourced cuisine and refreshing drinks in a refined atmosphere. With its central location, the hotel is within easy reach of Christchurch's attractions, including the Botanic Gardens and the Canterbury Museum.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Wellington
Ends
Christchurch
Departs
Fridays
Group Size
Min 1 / Max 16
Hotel Rating
4-star hotels
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide/driver
Meals
Breakfast: 13, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 1
Countries
Minimum Age
18
Arr. Transfer
Yes
Dep. Transfer
Yes
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