Experience in Oceania

New Zealand

Publication date: 12 Oct 2018
  • Experiences USD 526
  • Accommodation USD 192
  • Transport USD 432
  • Total experience USD 1380

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Amazing landscapes and adventure on a trip to the Southern Island

If you want to see snow, waterfalls, forests and be on the beach in a single trip with spectacular views, do not miss to visit the Southern Island in New Zealand.

Discover Milford Sound, one of the most spectacular natural attraction in New Zealand on a cruise where you can get under the waterfalls. We also visit Queenstown, known as the adventure capital and one of the most fun cities in the country.

We will be at Nelson, city located in the sunniest region of New Zealand and the extreme northwest point of the South Island. We will visit Abel Tasman National Park, a place to relax and enjoy landscapes of bays and beaches with a long vegetation.

We will finish the trip by going through the south of the northern island, to visit Wellington, the city of the winds and the most popular place to see a game of Rugby, the national sport of the country.

DAY TO DAY Itinerary day by day

The prices that appear per day are referential and correspond to the sum of activities that were made that day

    DAY 1 USD 35

    Direct from Auckland we take a plane and go to Queenstown. There we walked through the town and relaxed for a while throughout the morning by watching incredible landscapes. In the afternoon we go up the cableway to see a spectacular view of the town and make a couple of races in these carts driven by gravity (Luge), you will not regret. We ended up by watching the sunset from the restaurant relaxing with the view.

    DAY 2 USD 155

    We go on a 12 hour tour to see one of the most incredible places on the southern island. We travel from Queenstown to Ta Anau to get to Milford Sound. Live this experience of eating a BBQ enjoying the views of the forest and wildlife. Then we will take a cruise through the fiords and the Tasmanian sea enjoying breathtaking waterfalls. The cruises go under the falls, so be careful to get wet.

    DAY 3 USD 172

    We leave on a bus from Queenstown to Lake Wanaka where we will get there before noon. We can rest awhile or walk through Wanaka and then, in the afternoon, take a tour of about 5 hours where a boat will take you to Mou Waho island and we will make a short excursion to visit the home of the wingless birds, Weka. Stunning views of blue lakes and natural pools.

    DAY 4 USD 21

    This day we return to Queenstown to take a flight in the afternoon to Nelson, but we have the whole morning to learn more about Wanaka. You can take a bicycle tour, rent a kayak, take a trekking route or just walk through the town. Do not forget to visit the solitary tree that grows inside the lake. We take a bus that takes us directly to the airport after lunch.

    DAY 5 USD 73

    In Nelson, we get up early and take a bus that takes us to Kaiteriteri. Getting there we will go to the office to take our tour until 4 in the afternoon by Abel Tasman National Park. A taxi-boat will take us through different beaches. We will be able to visit two beaches, so I recommend to get down at Medland Beach and Anchorage Bay. The tour gives you a basic lunchbox for lunch but there is a store before we start the trip so you can buy things.

    DAY 6 USD 70

    We take a plane headed from Nelson to Wellington. We can walk through the city after we settle in our hotel. We can go to the funicular and see the city from above. We can walk through the harbor and visit the Te Papa museum that is free. In the evening we look for a rugby match, which is the national sport par excellence of New Zealand.

ACCOMMODATION Lodging per night

The lodging that is shown in the list of each night is recommended by the traveler, you can find more similar options. The cost is per person in a double bed room.

Night City Recommended accommodation Type of lodging Cost of the person
Night 1 Queenstown HAKA LODGE Lodge USD 35
Night 2 Queenstown HAKA LODGE Lodge USD 35
Night 3 Wanaka YHA WANAKA Lodge USD 38
Night 6 Wellington BOXHILL LODGE Lodge USD 20

TRANSPORT Transportation per day

The prices that appear by transport are referential and correspond to what the traveler paid at that moment

Nº Day Origin Destination Link web Type of transport Cost
Day 1 Arpt Auckland (AKL) Arpt Queenstown (ZKN) http://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/ Plane USD 90
Day 1 Arpt Queenstown (ZKN) Queenstown Center https://www.orc.govt.nz/public-transport/queenstown-buses Public Transportation USD 4
Day 3 Queenstown Center Wanaka Lake https://obl.rtbslive.com/obl2/ritchies Shuttle USD 23
Day 4 Wanaka Lake Arpt Queenstown (ZKN) https://obl.rtbslive.com/obl2/ritchies Shuttle USD 23
Day 4 Arpt Queenstown (ZKN) Arpt Nelson (NSN) http://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/ Plane USD 136
Day 4 Arpt Nelson (NSN) Nelson Center https://www.supershuttle.co.nz Shuttle USD 14
Day 5 Nelson Center Kaiteriteri https://www.intercity.co.nz Shuttle USD 17
Day 5 Kaiteriteri Nelson Center https://www.intercity.co.nz Shuttle USD 17
Day 6 Nelson Center Arpt Nelson (NSN) https://www.nelsontaxis.co.nz Taxi USD 9
Day 6 Arpt Nelson (NSN) Arpt Wellington (WLG) http://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/ Plane USD 55
Day 6 Arpt Wellington (WLG) Wellington Center https://www.metlink.org.nz/timetables/bus/91 Public Transportation USD 7
Day 7 Wellington Center Arpt Wellington (WLG) https://www.metlink.org.nz/timetables/bus/91 Public Transportation USD 7
Day 7 Arpt Wellington (WLG) Arpt Auckland (AKL) http://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/ Plane USD 30


RECOMMENDATIONS Tips for your trip

In Queenstown I recommend that once we go up the cableway, make a couple of races in the Luge. It is a very fun experience and you will not want to stop doing it. Also have a time to eat something at the Skyline restaurant, one of the 20 restaurants with the best view in the world.

In Queenstown we can also find the most famous burger in New Zealand, Fergburger. I am sure that you have to queue to buy one.

In Wanaka you can go to the Wanaka Gourmet Kitchen and the Lake Bar to have a snack and a drink. In Nelson we can find a good restaurant like the Cod & Lobster Brasserie.

To eat something in Wellington, go to the port. You will find several restaurants in the Queens Warf and in the night, if you want to go to bars and cafes, you can find them in Cuba street or Courtenay street.

Important information:

Visa. See if you need visa to enter New Zealand:  https://www.immigration.govt.nz

Going in the spring and autumn seasons can be the most interesting time to go because it is not too hot or too cold and at the same time you can see the snowy peaks and you can go to the beaches.

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