TEAN, together with our travel partner 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, climb glaciers, jet-boat through gorges and, of course, take a few photos!

Snapshot

Type

Pre- or Mid-Semester Excursion

Excursion Length

8 Days

Accommodation

Hostels and Lodges

Location

South Island of New Zealand

Dates

Late Jan / Early Feb (UNSW only)
March / April (Other Programs)
Check your program calendar to see if you are eligible.

Cost

Approx US$1,250 NOT including roundtrip airfare to Christchurch

Overview

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

Cruise through Milford Sound, a stunning fiord known for its striking Mitre Peak

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary

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

Day 1: Arrival in Christchurch

Tonight’s accommodation is included in the excursion cost but you are free to explore Christchurch on your own this evening, before waking up early the next day to head out on your adventure across the South Island!

Day 2: Christchurch to Fox Glacier

Head to the stunning Arthur’s Pass, the highest and most impressive pass across the Southern Alps, then make your way down to Fox Glacier.

Day 3: Fox Glacier to Queenstown

Today, enjoy the option of exploring on your own or joining the optional ‘Glacier Heli-hike’ excursion add-on excursion (weather permitting!) with Stray: a short helicopter ride into the Pinnacles area of the glacier, hiking through the glacier and then relaxing in the hot pools. Walk around the mesmerizing mirror lake of Lake Matheson 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. Continuing on, we will make a brief stop at Lake Wanaka before ending our day in Queenstown – known in New Zealand as the ‘Adventure Capital of the World’. This lakeside town has it all!

Day 4: Queenstown

Today is yours to explore as we recognize you might want to choose your own adventure. That said, there will still be plenty of organized add-on excursions for you to join if interested, including great local walks, a gondola ride, luging and biking!

Day 5: Queenstown with Day trip

Departing Queenstown in the morning, head for one of New Zealand’s most famous destinations – Milford Sound. You won’t want to nap on this journey – it’s stunning as you drive past Lake Wakitipu and watch the landscape change from farmland to mountains, fiords and glacier carved valleys. Once in Milford Sound, we’ll head out on a boat cruise where it’s very common to see dolphins, seals and penguins. After the cruise ends, we will express back to Queenstown for the night.

Day 6: Queenstown

Another day to enjoy Queenstown! In the morning we’ll head out on the thrilling Shotover Jet ride and then to city’s iconic gondola for breathtaking views followed by some serious fun on a luge track!

Day 7: Queenstown – Lake Tekapo/Christchurch

Today we embark on the final leg of the journey, so when we pack up the bus we’ll be saying our farewells to Queenstown. After all the excitement it’s time to kick back and relax. Today we will sit back surrounded by breathtaking mountains and a great view of Lake Tekapo. We head north through McKenzie Country and alpine lakes across the Canterbury Plains before arriving at Morelea Farm for our eagerly anticipated sheep shearing display and sheep dog demonstration. Christchurch is our final destination today, After 7 epic days the tour must end and our flight home awaits.

Day 8: Transfer to Airport

Inclusions

What’s Included

  • 8 nights group share backpacker accommodation
  • Experienced Stray Travel guide
  • Glacier Valley Walk
  • Milford Sound cruise 
  • Shotover jet-boat trip
  • Ground transportation in New Zealand on a charter bus
  • Mandatory insurance

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