“”&noscript=1” />

Inspirational reflections come naturally on this walking tour in New Zealand among the South Island’s mountain-backed lakes and blue-green bays.

Step out from your lodge to stargaze, and the sweep of the night sky is gloriously different. On this remote inlet accessible only by foot or boat, it’s not just that the stars shine brighter. They’re completely reconfigured. Stretched out before you, Awaroa Bay reflects the light of the Southern Cross in the moonlight. As you wander the legendary Abel Tasman and Queen Charlotte tracks and explore the South Island’s great national parks on this hiking tour, New Zealand’s most magnificent landscapes become your second home. Even better: its friendly locals—met in charming towns, trails, and even a boat cruise—will become like family. Along the way, its pristine lakes, coves, and sounds—glimmering in gorgeous shades of jade green, turquoise, and topaz—will give you a lifetime of memories to reflect on.

Highlights

  • Hike the Mt. Robert Circuit, an alpine trail overlooking Lake Rotoiti, in Nelson Lakes National Park, gazing up for views of the snow-capped Southern Alps.
  • Explore one of New Zealand’s “Great Walks,” the Abel Tasman Coast Track, admiring its golden beaches, crystal-clear bays, and stunning rock formations.
  • Take in panoramic views of turquoise waters and stunning coastlines at Marlborough Sounds, as you ascend the ridge-top trails of the Queen Charlotte Track.
  • Enjoy iconic Greenshell mussels and local Sauvignon Blanc aboard a private cruise across Marlborough Sound, sailing past some of the most spectacular scenery on the South Island.
  • Browse the charming town center of Hanmer Springs, with its colorful galleries and inviting shops, before soaking in the thermal, mineral-rich pools around which the town was established.

Positive Impact

Country Walkers is proud to support Wine to Water with a donation on behalf of each guest on this tour. Wine to Water is an international organization providing access to clean drinking water and emergency supplies in water-challenged regions. We believe in giving back to the places that have enriched the lives of our guests. We’re committed to identifying and supporting sustainable initiatives in a variety of areas including education, world health, economic equality, safe drinking water, the environment, and the preservation of cultural traditions.

On all Guided Adventures you can count on...
Icon of road-signs
Expert local guides to introduce you to the best of your destination
Icon of map
Off-the-beaten-path places you’d never find on your own
Icon of cutlery
Delicious multi-course meals—a majority are included
Icon of hikers
A maximum of 18 fun-loving fellow travelers to share the journey
Icon of house
Gracious accommodations that are a clean, comfortable home away from home
Icon of check-list
Experts to handle all the details
Icon of airplane
Air Packages include plane tickets, airport shuttles, and pre- and post-tour accommodations

Itinerary

Wed, Oct 30 to Sun, Nov 10 - 2024

Show Itinerary:

Your vacation is about to begin! Spend your first nights aloft and arrive ready for an unforgettable trip.

Flying to New Zealand requires crossing the International Date Line, so this day is “lost.”

Start off your first day in Christchurch right by having a Country Walkers representative greet you at the airport. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your centrally located hotel. From here, you are perfectly positioned to explore this charming city at your leisure.

Meet in Christchurch. Conical Hill Walk; 3 miles, easy to moderate

After enjoying an included breakfast at your hotel, meet your guides at the Chateau on the Park at 8:30 a.m. in the lobby. They will be wearing Country Walkers shirts. Please be dressed for walking.

Drive from Christchurch this morning to Hanmer Springs, a walker’s paradise of forested hills dotted with soothing thermal baths. The small town was discovered and settled for its hot springs, which today lure those seeking curative waters in a pastoral setting. Upon arrival, set off on a short scenic walk among diverse sub-alpine flora. The iconic Conical Hill Walk features a gentle climb that zigzags through exotic varieties of trees, including Japanese cypress and giant fir. At the summit, enjoy spectacular views of the sweeping Hanmer Basin. Relax here for a while at the lookout where a plaque honors the work of Duncan Rutherford, an early settler who helped develop the area.

Later, browse the charming center of Hanmer Springs, with its colorful galleries and inviting shops and restaurants. Then it’s time to indulge in the thermal pools around which the town was established. A soak in the springs’ soothing, mineral-rich waters will leave you relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready for your New Zealand adventure.

Note: Please have your swimwear easily accessible in your day bag if you wish to soak in the thermal pools.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

0.5 mile, easy, Honeydew Walk; 2 miles, easy

After breakfast, you begin the northeast drive to the small alpine village of St. Arnaud. En route, enjoy a short, easy walk through an alpine environment. Once you reach the Alpine Lodge, your home for the next two days, you’ll have time to settle into your room before rejoining the group. Located on the northern shores of Lake Rotoiti, St. Arnaud is a favored base for New Zealand trampers exploring the picturesque contours of Nelson Lakes National Park. This 390-square-mile stretch encompasses the surrounding mountains and sparkling waters of Lake Rotoiti and Lake Rotoroa—its vistas are magnificent, as you will discover.

Head out directly from the lodge to trace a loop trail, the Honeydew Walk. This mostly flat trail provides the perfect introduction to the plants and birdlife that call the northern mountains of the South Island home—from thick beech forests and grassy tussocks to kākāriki (parakeet) and korimako (bellbird).

This evening, join your fellow walkers and guides for a delicious dinner of locally sourced ingredients. Throughout your adventure, you’ll dine on fresh foods harvested from local farms and the surrounding sea. Though much of New Zealand’s cuisine is British-based, modern-day dishes have Mediterranean, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Rim influences.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

5 miles, moderate, Optional – Brunner Peninsula; 2 miles, easy

A hearty breakfast at your lodge provides fuel for today’s longer walk. With a guide-prepared picnic lunch in your pack, travel to the trailhead for the Mt. Robert Circuit. There, you set out on a loop around the flank of Pourangahau, the mountain’s indigenous name. These slopes were crowded with beech trees until 1887, when a fire consumed many of them. In the ensuing years, early settlers favored grass growth over tree regeneration for the grazing of sheep. Still an actively recovering forest today, it provides a fascinating glimpse of the area’s natural history.

As you climb steadily toward the summit, your hike offers sweeping views of Lake Rotoiti. You can make use of the huts and shelters along the way to take a break and marvel at the dramatic scenery. As you ascend, the forest recedes, and you walk past alpine herbs and shrubs. At the mountain’s open face, you pass several scree-filled gullies before crossing the ridge for your return hike. For a gentler walk, follow the Brunner Peninsula Nature Trail, a mostly flat loop path with views from Kerr Bay and West Bay across Lake Rotoiti to surrounding peaks. If you wish, enjoy the lake’s beach and browse the visitor center before returning to the lodge for a relaxing afternoon or swim. In the event of rain in New Zealand’s unpredictable climate, your guides provide wet-weather options.

Savor another delectable dinner at the lodge tonight, then perhaps go for a walk to search for the Southern Cross in the night sky. Visible year-round only from the Southern Hemisphere, it is among the smallest of constellations: four bright stars shining close together.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Abel Tasman Coast Track; 3 or 5 miles, easy to moderate

You leave the magnificent mountains of St. Arnaud and Nelson Lakes National Park behind this morning, traveling north to the coast. Enjoy the scenic, two-hour drive, arriving at seaside Kaiteriteri in time to enjoy lunch in the village before boarding the Sea Shuttle that will whisk you to New Zealand’s acclaimed Abel Tasman National Park. As you cruise, take in the marine vistas and marvel at the famous Split Apple Rock, a massive granite boulder cleaved in half over millennia by wind and water. You also pass Adele Island, home to a colony of fur seals, and numerous pristine beaches lapped by crystalline turquoise waters.

Disembark at either Medland’s Beach for a long option or Tonga Quarry to set off along the celebrated Abel Tasman Coast Track, heralded as one of New Zealand’s “Great Walks” by the Department of Conservation. This magnificent trail leads past rocky outcrops, quiet sheltered coves, and golden, palm-fringed beaches. You’ll arrive at your lodge late this afternoon. You may wish to head down to the beach for a swim or simply relax on your room’s private deck, perhaps pausing to chat with other walkers passing through. As the day draws to a close, the day-hikers leave and a hush falls over the lodge; you are among the lucky few to experience this magical place overnight.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

6 miles, easy to moderate

The beauty of Abel Tasman is its shape-shifting character. Over millennia, tidal activity has sculpted the landscape, which has some of the largest tidal ranges in New Zealand. Park walks often involve crossing inlets, but only at low tide and when conditions allow. Rest assured that, with a flexible mindset and readiness to change course, your experience in this breathtaking region will be richly rewarding.

If you wish, you may join your guide on a four- to five-hour walk from your lodge to Totaranui. Your walk and return shuttle are timed to work with the tides. You depart the lodge with a packed lunch and traverse the Awaroa Inlet, lush with beech, rimu, and matai forest with sweeping views of the wilderness. Descend into Totaranui, passing giant rata trees in their clifftop habitats. Upon arrival at Totaranui’s National Park headquarters, peruse the informative exhibit on local ecology, and walk down to the beach for a swim. After time to relax, board the Sea Shuttle back to Awaroa. This afternoon, enjoy time on the nearby beach, or head out for some birdwatching in search of petrels, herons, or even penguins. Or seek out other wildlife in the Awaroa wetlands, perhaps deer or wild goats. Regroup with your fellow travelers for dinner together in the dining room of the Lodge.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

1 mile, moderate; Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve, 1 mile, easy

This morning, “have a lie-in,” as the locals say, and enjoy a leisurely breakfast. Once you’re ready for the day, spend an hour or so traversing the Sky Track Trail, a splendid loop walk open only to guests of the lodge. The path climbs about 300 feet above the inlet, affording breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and azure waters along the coastline.

In the late morning, walk five minutes from the lodge to the beach to catch the Sea Shuttle back to Kaiteriteri. From here, enjoy a scenic drive to Havelock, the gateway to the Marlborough Sounds. Before reaching Havelock, discover ancient rimu trees and enjoy expansive views of the Pelorus River on the Circle Loop Trail at the Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve. In the north of this spectacular coastal region, a vast expanse of sea-drowned valleys forms dozens of secluded bays, islands, and beaches. It’s an ideal place for exploration on foot. In the south, the undulating hills are blanketed with vineyards that produce some of New Zealand’s finest wines. Later, stop in for lunch at a riverside cafe and enjoy the laid-back vibration of the small, artistic community.

This afternoon, embark on a private cruiser and set off across shimmering waters to reach your lodge on Kenepuru Sound. About an hour later, arrive at Portage Bay and your home for the next two nights, with easy access to Kenepuru Sound from a private dock. Enjoy fresh-from-the-water seafood during dinner on your own this evening.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

7 miles, easy to moderate

The Marlborough Sounds comprise one of New Zealand’s most fascinating playgrounds for outdoor lovers. And your lodge is ideally positioned for you to take full advantage of the surrounding beauty and invigorating activities. Join us for a final and unforgettable walk along portions of the 43-mile Queen Charlotte Track, one of New Zealand’s most remarkable walks.

After breakfast, embark a water taxi from the lodge’s dock to the start of your walk on the Queen Charlotte Track, traversing the ridgeline of hills that surround the sound. As you cruise, the captain enlightens you about greenshell mussels, a local delicacy. On foot, follow the Portage Track through native bush along rolling ascents and descents, marveling at magnificent views over the mirror-like water, reflecting the distant hills and sky. Your walk ends with a leisurely descent back to your hotel in Portage Bay, where you might hop on a paddleboard or kayak before the evening descends, both free for use by guests of the hotel.

Tonight, gather with your travel mates for dinner in the hotel’s dining room.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, you travel to the town of Nelson, the oldest city on the South Island, where there will be time to explore on your own or walk to the hilltop “Centre of New Zealand,” which many believe to be the nation’s geographic center. From the top, enjoy sweeping views of surrounding hills and the city of Nelson. You say goodbye to your guides after an included lunch downtown. The small city is yours to explore for the remainder of the day. Your luggage will be delivered to your hotel, and your guides will provide walking maps so that you may return to the hotel at your leisure in the afternoon. Please note that check-in may not be available until after 3:00 p.m.

The rest of the day is yours to enjoy—perhaps explore the city, rest up in the hotel, or select a local restaurant for dinner. We provide detailed city information to help you plan your day.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After an included breakfast this morning, a complimentary shuttle to the Nelson Airport, about 10 minutes away, will be provided by SuperShuttle based on your departure time.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Sat, Nov 2 to Sat, Nov 9 - 2024

Show Itinerary:

Meet in Christchurch. Conical Hill Walk; 3 miles, easy to moderate

Your guides meet you at the Chateau on the Park at 8:30 a.m. in the lobby. They will be wearing Country Walkers shirts. Please be dressed for walking.

Drive from Christchurch this morning to Hanmer Springs, a walker’s paradise of forested hills dotted with soothing thermal baths. The small town was discovered and settled for its hot springs, which today lure those seeking curative waters in a pastoral setting. Upon arrival, set off on a short scenic walk among diverse sub-alpine flora. The iconic Conical Hill Walk features a gentle climb that zigzags through exotic varieties of trees, including Japanese cypress and giant fir. At the summit, enjoy spectacular views of the sweeping Hanmer Basin. Relax here for a while at the lookout where a plaque honors the work of Duncan Rutherford, an early settler who helped develop the area.

Later, browse the charming center of Hanmer Springs, with its colorful galleries and inviting shops and restaurants. Then it’s time to indulge in the thermal pools around which the town was established. A soak in the springs’ soothing, mineral-rich waters will leave you relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready for your New Zealand adventure.

Note: Please have your swimwear easily accessible in your day bag if you wish to soak in the thermal pools.

Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner

0.5 mile, easy, Honeydew Walk; 2 miles, easy

After breakfast, you begin the northeast drive to the small alpine village of St. Arnaud. En route, enjoy a short, easy walk through an alpine environment. Once you reach the Alpine Lodge, your home for the next two days, you’ll have time to settle into your room before rejoining the group. Located on the northern shores of Lake Rotoiti, St. Arnaud is a favored base for New Zealand trampers exploring the picturesque contours of Nelson Lakes National Park. This 390-square-mile stretch encompasses the surrounding mountains and sparkling waters of Lake Rotoiti and Lake Rotoroa—its vistas are magnificent, as you will discover.

Head out directly from the lodge to trace a loop trail, the Honeydew Walk. This mostly flat trail provides the perfect introduction to the plants and birdlife that call the northern mountains of the South Island home—from thick beech forests and grassy tussocks to kākāriki (parakeet) and korimako (bellbird).

This evening, join your fellow walkers and guides for a delicious dinner of locally sourced ingredients. Throughout your adventure, you’ll dine on fresh foods harvested from local farms and the surrounding sea. Though much of New Zealand’s cuisine is British-based, modern-day dishes have Mediterranean, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Rim influences.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

5 miles, moderate, Optional – Brunner Peninsula; 2 miles, easy

A hearty breakfast at your lodge provides fuel for today’s longer walk. With a guide-prepared picnic lunch in your pack, travel to the trailhead for the Mt. Robert Circuit. There, you set out on a loop around the flank of Pourangahau, the mountain’s indigenous name. These slopes were crowded with beech trees until 1887, when a fire consumed many of them. In the ensuing years, early settlers favored grass growth over tree regeneration for the grazing of sheep. Still an actively recovering forest today, it provides a fascinating glimpse of the area’s natural history.

As you climb steadily toward the summit, your hike offers sweeping views of Lake Rotoiti. You can make use of the huts and shelters along the way to take a break and marvel at the dramatic scenery. As you ascend, the forest recedes, and you walk past alpine herbs and shrubs. At the mountain’s open face, you pass several scree-filled gullies before crossing the ridge for your return hike. For a gentler walk, follow the Brunner Peninsula Nature Trail, a mostly flat loop path with views from Kerr Bay and West Bay across Lake Rotoiti to surrounding peaks. If you wish, enjoy the lake’s beach and browse the visitor center before returning to the lodge for a relaxing afternoon or swim. In the event of rain in New Zealand’s unpredictable climate, your guides provide wet-weather options.

Savor another delectable dinner at the lodge tonight, then perhaps go for a walk to search for the Southern Cross in the night sky. Visible year-round only from the Southern Hemisphere, it is among the smallest of constellations: four bright stars shining close together.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Abel Tasman Coast Track; 3 or 5 miles, easy to moderate

You leave the magnificent mountains of St. Arnaud and Nelson Lakes National Park behind this morning, traveling north to the coast. Enjoy the scenic, two-hour drive, arriving at seaside Kaiteriteri in time to enjoy lunch in the village before boarding the Sea Shuttle that will whisk you to New Zealand’s acclaimed Abel Tasman National Park. As you cruise, take in the marine vistas and marvel at the famous Split Apple Rock, a massive granite boulder cleaved in half over millennia by wind and water. You also pass Adele Island, home to a colony of fur seals, and numerous pristine beaches lapped by crystalline turquoise waters.

Disembark at either Medland’s Beach for a long option or Tonga Quarry to set off along the celebrated Abel Tasman Coast Track, heralded as one of New Zealand’s “Great Walks” by the Department of Conservation. This magnificent trail leads past rocky outcrops, quiet sheltered coves, and golden, palm-fringed beaches. You’ll arrive at your lodge late this afternoon. You may wish to head down to the beach for a swim or simply relax on your room’s private deck, perhaps pausing to chat with other walkers passing through. As the day draws to a close, the day-hikers leave and a hush falls over the lodge; you are among the lucky few to experience this magical place overnight.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

6 miles, easy to moderate

The beauty of Abel Tasman is its shape-shifting character. Over millennia, tidal activity has sculpted the landscape, which has some of the largest tidal ranges in New Zealand. Park walks often involve crossing inlets, but only at low tide and when conditions allow. Rest assured that, with a flexible mindset and readiness to change course, your experience in this breathtaking region will be richly rewarding.

If you wish, you may join your guide on a four- to five-hour walk from your lodge to Totaranui. Your walk and return shuttle are timed to work with the tides. You depart the lodge with a packed lunch and traverse the Awaroa Inlet, lush with beech, rimu, and matai forest with sweeping views of the wilderness. Descend into Totaranui, passing giant rata trees in their clifftop habitats. Upon arrival at Totaranui’s National Park headquarters, peruse the informative exhibit on local ecology, and walk down to the beach for a swim. After time to relax, board the Sea Shuttle back to Awaroa. This afternoon, enjoy time on the nearby beach, or head out for some birdwatching in search of petrels, herons, or even penguins. Or seek out other wildlife in the Awaroa wetlands, perhaps deer or wild goats. Regroup with your fellow travelers for dinner together in the dining room of the Lodge.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

1 mile, moderate; Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve, 1 mile, easy

This morning, “have a lie-in,” as the locals say, and enjoy a leisurely breakfast. Once you’re ready for the day, spend an hour or so traversing the Sky Track Trail, a splendid loop walk open only to guests of the lodge. The path climbs about 300 feet above the inlet, affording breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and azure waters along the coastline.

In the late morning, walk five minutes from the lodge to the beach to catch the Sea Shuttle back to Kaiteriteri. From here, enjoy a scenic drive to Havelock, the gateway to the Marlborough Sounds. Before reaching Havelock, discover ancient rimu trees and enjoy expansive views of the Pelorus River on the Circle Loop Trail at the Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve. In the north of this spectacular coastal region, a vast expanse of sea-drowned valleys forms dozens of secluded bays, islands, and beaches. It’s an ideal place for exploration on foot. In the south, the undulating hills are blanketed with vineyards that produce some of New Zealand’s finest wines. Later, stop in for lunch at a riverside cafe and enjoy the laid-back vibration of the small, artistic community.

This afternoon, embark on a private cruiser and set off across shimmering waters to reach your lodge on Kenepuru Sound. About an hour later, arrive at Portage Bay and your home for the next two nights, with easy access to Kenepuru Sound from a private dock. Enjoy fresh-from-the-water seafood during dinner on your own this evening.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

7 miles, easy to moderate

The Marlborough Sounds comprise one of New Zealand’s most fascinating playgrounds for outdoor lovers. And your lodge is ideally positioned for you to take full advantage of the surrounding beauty and invigorating activities. Join us for a final and unforgettable walk along portions of the 43-mile Queen Charlotte Track, one of New Zealand’s most remarkable walks.

After breakfast, embark a water taxi from the lodge’s dock to the start of your walk on the Queen Charlotte Track, traversing the ridgeline of hills that surround the sound. As you cruise, the captain enlightens you about greenshell mussels, a local delicacy. On foot, follow the Portage Track through native bush along rolling ascents and descents, marveling at magnificent views over the mirror-like water, reflecting the distant hills and sky. Your walk ends with a leisurely descent back to your hotel in Portage Bay, where you might hop on a paddleboard or kayak before the evening descends, both free for use by guests of the hotel.

Tonight, gather with your travel mates for dinner in the hotel’s dining room.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional – Centre of New Zealand Walk; 1 mile, easy

After breakfast, you travel to the town of Nelson, the oldest city on the South Island, where there will be time to explore on your own or walk to the hilltop “Centre of New Zealand,” which many believe is the nation’s geographic center. From the top, enjoy sweeping views of surrounding hills and the city of Nelson. You may also forgo the walk and opt to visit the iconic weekly Nelson markets that take place in town each Saturday morning. After lunch at one of the restaurants in town, you will be driven to the airport, arriving at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodations

Linger Longer with a Tour Extension

New Zealand: The South Island 4
Pre-Trip
Airplane Air Package Only
2025 2024

2025 Pre-Trip Extension - Queenstown

  • Three nights at the Heritage Queenstown Hotel
  • Airport car service for arrival and departure
  • Internal flight from Queenstown to Christchurch
  • Daily breakfast
  • City information

3 Nights From $795
per person, double occupancy

Single Supplement: From $445

Your vacation is about to begin! Spend your first nights aloft and arrive ready for an unforgettable trip.

Flying to New Zealand requires crossing the International Date Line, so this day is “lost.”

Start off your first day in Queenstown right by having a Country Walkers representative greet you at the airport. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your centrally located hotel. From here, you are perfectly positioned to explore this charming city at your leisure.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore on your own, using our included city information to guide your discoveries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore on your own, using our included city information to guide your discoveries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, complimentary transportation is provided from your Queenstown hotel to the Queenstown Airport based on the departure time for your flight to Christchurch. A representative from Queenstown Taxis will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and assist with your transportation. Should you encounter any challenges locating the taxi, please call the company’s local representative at +64 3 450 3000.

Upon arrival at Christchurch Airport, gather your luggage and exit baggage claim to look for a representative holding a Country Walkers sign. Enjoy a complimentary shuttle to the Chateau on the Park, about 15-20 minutes away. The shuttle is provided by SuperShuttle. Should you encounter any challenges locating the taxi, please call the taxi company’s local representative at +64 9 522 5100.  You may also contact our third-party 24/7 travel assistance provider to advise of your delay and they will contact our transportation service on your behalf. Please note that your hotel room may not be available until 2:00 p.m.; however, you may store your luggage at the reception desk.

The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure—perhaps explore the city, rest up in the hotel, or select a local restaurant for lunch and dinner. We provide detailed city information to help you plan your day.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Heritage Queenstown

The Heritage Hotel Queenstown is a ski lodge-style building constructed from stone and cedar. It stands proud above the shores of Lake Wakatipu, with views of the majestic Remarkables Mountain Range. Well-appointed rooms include amenities such as WiFi and air conditioning. The main lodge building holds leisure facilities and a bar and restaurant, which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Air Conditioning
Air Conditioning
New Zealand: The South Island 4
Pre-Trip
Airplane Air Package Only
2025 2024

2024 Pre-Trip Extension - Queenstown

  • Three nights at the Heritage Queenstown Hotel
  • Airport car service for arrival and departure
  • Internal flight from Queenstown to Christchurch
  • Daily breakfast
  • City information

3 Nights From $795
per person, double occupancy

Single Supplement: From $445

Your vacation is about to begin! Spend your first nights aloft and arrive ready for an unforgettable trip.

Flying to New Zealand requires crossing the International Date Line, so this day is “lost.”

Start off your first day in Queenstown right by having a Country Walkers representative greet you at the airport. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your centrally located hotel. From here, you are perfectly positioned to explore this charming city at your leisure.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore on your own, using our included city information to guide your discoveries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore on your own, using our included city information to guide your discoveries.

Included Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, complimentary transportation is provided from your Queenstown hotel to the Queenstown Airport based on the departure time for your flight to Christchurch. A representative from Queenstown Taxis will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and assist with your transportation. Should you encounter any challenges locating the taxi, please call the company’s local representative at +64 3 450 3000.

Upon arrival at Christchurch Airport, gather your luggage and exit baggage claim to look for a representative holding a Country Walkers sign. Enjoy a complimentary shuttle to the Chateau on the Park, about 15-20 minutes away. The shuttle is provided by SuperShuttle. Should you encounter any challenges locating the taxi, please call the taxi company’s local representative at +64 9 522 5100.  You may also contact our third-party 24/7 travel assistance provider to advise of your delay and they will contact our transportation service on your behalf. Please note that your hotel room may not be available until 2:00 p.m.; however, you may store your luggage at the reception desk.

The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure—perhaps explore the city, rest up in the hotel, or select a local restaurant for lunch and dinner. We provide detailed city information to help you plan your day.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Heritage Queenstown

The Heritage Hotel Queenstown is a ski lodge-style building constructed from stone and cedar. It stands proud above the shores of Lake Wakatipu, with views of the majestic Remarkables Mountain Range. Well-appointed rooms include amenities such as WiFi and air conditioning. The main lodge building holds leisure facilities and a bar and restaurant, which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Air Conditioning
Air Conditioning

What's Included

Air Package
Tour Only
Exceptional boutique accommodations Check Check
21 on-tour meals: 7 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners Check Check
Local guides with you throughout tour Check Check
Local wine and/or beer with dinner Check Check
Telescopic walking sticks provided on tour Check Check
Roundtrip airfare Check
One extra night in Christchurch Check
One extra night in Nelson Check
Airport car service for arrival and departure Check
Pre- and post-tour breakfasts Check
Business-class upgrades availableExceptional boutique accommodations Check
Morocco: Marrakesh, Foothills of the High Atlas & Essaouira

Dates & Prices

Departing Airport :

Select Year :

Air Package

12 days, includes roundtrip international airfare, airport shuttle, and additional hotel night with included breakfast.

Single Supplement: From $1,045.00

Wed, Jan 15 - Sun, Jan 26, 2025

Air Included

From
$7,895.00

Per person, double occupancy

Reserve Online

Wed, Jan 29 - Sun, Feb 9, 2025

Air Included

From
$7,395.00

Per person, double occupancy

Reserve Online
Limited Spaces Left

Wed, Feb 26 - Sun, Mar 9, 2025

Air Included

From
$7,295.00

Per person, double occupancy

Reserve Online

Wed, Mar 12 - Sun, Mar 23, 2025

Air Included

From
$7,295.00

Per person, double occupancy

Reserve Online

Wed, Nov 12 - Sun, Nov 23, 2025

Air Included

From
$7,395.00

Per person, double occupancy

Reserve Online

Wed, Nov 26 - Sun, Dec 7, 2025

Air Included

From
$7,395.00

Per person, double occupancy

Reserve Online

Wed, Oct 30 - Sun, Nov 10, 2024

Air Included

From
$7,295.00

Per person, double occupancy

Reserve Online

Wed, Nov 13 - Sun, Nov 24, 2024

Air Included

From
$7,295.00

Per person, double occupancy

Reserve Online

Select Year :

Tour Only

8 Days. Includes walking vacation only.

Single Supplement: From $845.00

Sat, Jan 18 - Sat, Jan 25, 2025

From
$5,695.00

Per person, double occupancy

Reserve Online

Sat, Feb 1 - Sat, Feb 8, 2025

From
$5,545.00

Per person, double occupancy

Reserve Online
Limited Spaces Left

Sat, Mar 1 - Sat, Mar 8, 2025

From
$5,545.00

Per person, double occupancy

Reserve Online

Sat, Mar 15 - Sat, Mar 22, 2025

From
$5,545.00

Per person, double occupancy

Reserve Online

Sat, Nov 15 - Sat, Nov 22, 2025

From
$5,695.00

Per person, double occupancy

Reserve Online

Sat, Nov 29 - Sat, Dec 6, 2025

From
$5,695.00

Per person, double occupancy

Reserve Online

Sat, Nov 2 - Sat, Nov 9, 2024

From
$5,695.00

Per person, double occupancy

Reserve Online

Sat, Nov 16 - Sat, Nov 23, 2024

From
$5,695.00

Per person, double occupancy

Reserve Online

For more information, call: 800-245-3868

Reviews
10 out of 21 (48%)
4.6 out of 5 stars.
Read More Reviews

New Zealand is the most beautiful place in the world. At least, that is the conclusion my wife and I reached during our wonderful Country Walkers trip to the South Island. Among other delights, we were treated to a wondrous mix of mountain and water scenery on the Queen Charlotte Track in Marlborough Sounds and fern jungles along along the coastal trails of Abel Tasman National Park. The walking was never too demanding but there was scope to do more for those of us willing to take it on. Our guides, Mark and Sarah, were absolutely superb. Our hotels and…

,

New Zealand: The South Island Tour

Country Walkers did a great job arranging every aspect of our trip! Our travel dates were perfect 3/7/20 - 3/14/20, not too cold and not too hot. Mark & Sarah were our tour guides during the hike/walk. Their knowledge of New Zealand was remarkable. In fact, I told Mark he was like a walking encyclopedia. Mark & Sarah helped make the adventure such a memorable time. They were both so patient with all the various people and personalities. They always had such a happy energy. They clearly LOVE what they do and have a passion for their industry. The hikes…

Amber, McKinney, TX

New Zealand: The South Island Tour

Expert Local Guides

Experience your destination like an insider with people who call it home.

60 other people have recently viewed this tour!
Click and hold to Zoom

0 of 4
Tours Selected