1. New Zealand: 9 Day South Island Tour
Begin an epic 9-day adventure of New Zealand's South Island from Christchurch. Hike around the beautiful Lake Tekapo before exploring the wonders of Queenstown. Experience breathtaking views from Mount Iron, carve your own jewelry, and trek across the Franz Josef glacier. Day 1:Set off from Hotel Give in Christchurch and meet your guide and group for your journey. Drive through the scenic countryside until you reach the shores of Lake Tekapo. Enter the Dark Sky Project and gaze into the stars at this renowned spot for astronomy. Prepare yourself for a moderate hike up to the heights of Mount John and catch your breath as you admire the awe-inspiring scenery. Enjoy panoramic views of Lake Tekapo below and get even closer to the stars. Day 2:Travel to the Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park to see the highest mountain in New Zealand. Immerse yourself in the alpine environment and look out over the glaciers. Within the National Park, get your hiking boots back on for another trek. Walk through sacred areas of the land as you follow the Hooker Valley Track, the most popular and least challenging route in the area. Day 3:Say a brief goodbye to the fresh mountain air as you drive from the wilderness back into city life to arrive in Queenstown. Have the chance to buy your own dinner at the Skyline Stratosfare Restaurant. Day 4 and 5:Have the whole day to yourself as you take in all the attractions of Queenstown. Plan your own itinerary and consider going to see Kiwi Park, Lake Wakatipu, Coronet Peak, and Queenstown Gardens. Day 6:Relax in comfort on a transfer from Queenstown to Wanaka for another day of hiking and unforgettable views. Revel in the true beauty of the South Island as you trek up to the summit of Roys Peak or Mount Iron, depending on the season. Gaze across the serene waters of Lake Wanaka, known for its turquoise color, the 4th largest lake in New Zealand. Walk around the shores and find That Wanaka Tree, or the Wanaka Willow, which grows on its own in the lake. Day 7:Discover part of the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Te Wahipounamu region as you enter Mount Aspiring National Park. Feel the immense power of the aptly named Thunder Creek Falls, fed by melting glacier water. Continue exploring the park and head towards Lake Matheson, which was a traditional food gathering place for local Maori. Watch the sun shine over the crystal clear surface and see the reflection of Aoraki / Mount Cook. Day 8: Get in touch with your craftsman spirit as you carve your own greenstone jewelry in a workshop on the West Coast. Take home something special to remember your adventure on the South Island. Make your way to Franz Josef Glacier and walk through the valley as you feel like you've walked into another world. Day 9:Conclude your journey in style with a scenic hike across Arthurs Pass in the national park. Study the hundreds of different rock formations along the Castle Hill Track. Walk through a dense beech forest and keep an eye out for wild kiwis as you approach the Devil's Punchbowl Waterfall. Head back to the car and return to Christchurch to finish your adventure.