TEAN, together with Stray Travel, offers an 8-day excursion package introducing students to some of the most beautiful locations and most exciting activities New Zealand has to offer. Not only will you see incredible sights but fully experience them taking part in a number of adrenaline-inducing adventure activities. If you love the great outdoors and pushing your limits, this is your trip! Hike across amazing countryside and glaciers, fly in between mountains, jet-boat through gorges, negotiate mazes and, of course, take a few photos! In addition to a packed itinerary, the Stray Travel guide will help you with even more information and recommendations on what to do on the South Island during your free time and evenings.



Mid-Semester Excursion

Excursion Length

8 Days




South Island of New Zealand


March / April
Check your program calendar to see if you are eligible.


Approx US$1,200 NOT including roundtrip airfare to Christchurch


Head to Lake Matheson for a walk around the amazing mirror lake, where you might be able to see your reflection

Hike within the glaciers and learn all about the environmental changes that have occurred

Feel like you’re on top of the world as you fly through the mountains on a heli flight

Jump in a 6WD tour of a rugged alpine region where the views are overwhelmingly beautiful


Sample Itinerary

Note: Itinerary is subject to change dependent on when you study abroad.

Day 1: Christchurch – Franz Josef Glacier

Head to the stunning Arthur’s Pass, the highest and most impressive pass across the Southern Alps. After that, make your way down to Franz Joseph.

Day 2: Franz Josef Glacier

Today get ready for the ‘Ice Explorer’ excursion, including a short helicopter ride into the Pinnacles area of the glacier. After hiking through the glacier, relax in the hot pools.

Day 3: Franz Josef to Wanaka

Lake Matheson is on the list for a walk around the mesmerizing mirror lake before briefly stopping in the town of Fox Glacier. Moving on, travel through the mountainous Haast Pass and onto the beautiful Lake Hawea where you will be able to stop for some awesome photos! Arrive in Wanaka, a picturesque lakeside town that charms all who visit.

Days 4 – 6: Queenstown

After arriving in Queenstown from the scenic drive of Lake Wanaka, you’ll see immediately why it’s known as the “Adventure Capital of the World”. These days are yours to explore as we recognize you might want to choose your own adventure. You’ll still have plenty of organized options and excursions during the day including sleeping in and relaxing, great local walks, a gondola ride, luging, and biking!

Day 7: Queenstown – Aoraki/Mt Cook

 Travel over the Lindis Pass through the beautiful Mackenzie Country and Lake Pukaki, then head north stopping at the base of New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki, or Mount Cook. Jump in that 6WD tour of this remote and rugged alpine region where the views are overwhelmingly beautiful.

Day 8: Mt Cook to Rangitata

Journey through the ‘Lord of the Rings’ landscape at Rangitata, heading past the scenic Lake Tekapo. With time for photos of the turquoise lake and picturesque Church of the Good Shepherd,today is full of awe-inspiring views.

Day 9: transfer to airport


What’s Included

  • 9 nights group share backpacker accommodation
  • Experienced Stray Travel guide
  • Glacier Valley Walk
  • Helicopter ride through mountains
  • Shotover jet-boat trip
  • 6WD Argo Tour
  • Ground transportation in New Zealand on a charter bus
  • Mandatory insurance

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