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 there are no set activities – you are free to explore Christchurch on your own this evening. Just remember, you need to wake up early the next day to head out on your adventure across the South Island!

Day 2: Christchurch – Fox Glacier

Today we’ll take a long bus ride through some stunning scenery! The tiny township of Fox Glacier is our destination tonight. After dinner, we will walk along the nearby rainforest in search of glowworms that are hidden in the undergrowth.

Day 3: Fox Glacier to Queenstown

Today is glacier day. The mighty Fox Glacier is the largest and longest of the magnificent West Coast glaciers. Jump in a helicopter and soar to the peak of Fox Glacier to witness the majesty of the glacier from high above before landing in the snowfield at the top for the most incredible scenery and perfect photos. We’ll also see the unique transition from rainforest to ice as we fly to the glacier. After landing and walking on the glacier, descend to Fox village, jump back on the bus and head to Queenstown.

*If the heli hike is cancelled due to weather conditions, we will still be able to go see the Fox Glacier and we’ll replace the heli tour with an added adventure activity in Queenstown.

Day 4: Queenstown

It’s our first day in Queenstown – get ready for an adrenaline rush! In the morning, head out on a thrilling jet boat ride through the Shotover Canyons and then to the city’s iconic gondola for breathtaking views followed by some serious fun on a luge track! Finally, conclude the day with a traditional Maori Haka dance performance.

Day 5: Queenstown Free Day

Today is yours to explore as we recognize you might want to choose your own adventure. Your guide can assist you in organizing the Queenstown activities you’d like to try.

Day 6: Milford Sound

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

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 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 a sheep shearing display and sheep dog demonstration. Christchurch is our final destination today for one last night before flying out in the morning.

Day 8: Transfer to Airport

After seven epic days, the tour must end and our flight back to your host city awaits.

Inclusions

What’s Included

  • 8 nights group share backpacker accommodation
  • Experienced guide
  • Scenic helicopter ride with glacier landing 
  • Glacier Valley walk
  • Milford Sound cruise 
  • Traditional Maori performance 
  • Visit a genuine sheep farm
  • Shotover jet-boat trip
  • Luge and gondola rides
  • Ground transportation in New Zealand on a charter bus
  • Includes 11 meals
  • Mandatory insurance

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