Destinations Destinations
Christchurch, Lake Tekapo, Wanaka, Queenstown, Glenorchy
Activity Activity
Adventure, Nature & Wildlife, Culture & History, Trekking, Cities, Hiking, Water Sports, National Parks
Physical Level Physical Level

Take in the amazing cities and scenery of New Zealand’s South Island with a seven-day trip, starting in beautiful Christchurch on the east coast. From this starting point, venture inland to Lake Tekapo’s turquoise waters, the ideal spot to relax during the day before stargazing at night. Continue down the length of the island to Lake Wanaka, where you can try a range of outdoor activities with snowcapped mountains as your backdrop, before heading to the hiking trails of Glenorchy, nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Finish your trip at the stunning city of Queenstown, on the eastern side of Lake Wakatipu, and enjoy some of the myriad adventure sports available.

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Skydive high above the Glenorchy mountain range

Skydive high above the Glenorchy mountain range

The blue lakes and snow-capped mountains in and around Glenorchy are so stunning that they were used as locations for The Lord of the Rings films, and, for those who dare, skydiving is an incredible way to take in this amazing scenery.

Stargaze at Lake Tekapo
Lake Tekapo

Stargaze at Lake Tekapo

Part of UNESCO’s Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo’s sparkling emerald waters offer stunning views of the Southern Alps by day and fantastic stargazing at night. Flower-lovers should aim to visit between mid November-December for the thousands of lupins which decorate the waterfront.

Mountain biking in Wanaka

Mountain biking in Wanaka

The Deans Bank 11km track through the Otago landscape offers fantastic mountain biking for intermediate-advanced riders, with views of the Clutha River and Southern Alps.

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