Ultimate South Island Adventure

    enquire now From NZD $8,704 pp twinshare
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    1-14 March, 8-21 March, 15-28 March, 5-18 April, 19 April – 2 May 2021.

    We’ll take you on an unforgettable journey exploring our mountains, coastlines and countryside, on foot, by bike and with a paddle in your hands. Experience our unique culture and wildlife along the way.
    This is our signature adventure and a great, outdoorsy way to see New Zealand. We’ve been fine-tuning this perennial favourite since 1996 and it’s simply an awesome trip.

    You’ll explore the most beautiful, famous and little-known places in the South Island – up close and personal – with legendary hospitality and our unsurpassed attention to detail.

    Be prepared to leave a piece of your heart in New Zealand!

    Please contact us for Single traveller rates and options.

    Remember, the activity distances and elevations that you see on the detailed itinerary are flexible with shorter and longer options usually available. Get in touch if you’d like to chat about these alternatives.


    • Have fun hiking and kayaking
    • Enjoy Wildlife and Nature
    • Travel through Rainforests and Vineyards
    • Round trip Christchurch to Christchurch


    • All guiding services. Two experienced New Zealand guides per trip. Having two guides allows for much greater flexibility, meaning you’re able to go at your own pace.
    • All accommodations. A range of hotels, lodges, chalets, inns, sheep stations and backcountry huts. The only tour company to overnight at the Milford Lodge in Milford Sound!
    • All meals. Breakfast, lunch and dinner on all days, except where indicated on the itinerary (usually 1 day per trip is a free day, allowing you to choose your own dining location).
    • All activities. Hiking, kayaking, biking and more! On this trip we’ve refined the subtle art of adventure travel, allowing you to discover the South Island on foot, by pedal, or by paddle.
    • All transport. Airport transfers on the first & last days. When you’re not travelling under your own steam, there will be comfortable air-conditioned vans to stretch your legs.

    Day 1 – Arrive, hike to a fur seal colony on the Kaikoura Peninsula

    Day 2 (morning) – Visit vineyard, start multi-day options

    Days 2, 3 and 4 – Multi-day hiking or sea kayaking options

    Option A, Nelson Lakes Hiking: The Angelus Circuit

    Option B, Nelson Lakes Experience: The Rotoiti Circuit (extra fee applies)

    Option C, Sea Kayaking, Marlborough Sounds (extra fee applies)

    Day 4 (afternoon) – Finish multi-day backpacking or sea kayaking

    Day 5 – Hike Punakaiki Rainforest, explore Hokitika

    Day 6 – Kayak Okarito Lagoon, hike coastal forest and beach

    Day 7 – Hike near Franz Josef Glacier

    Day 8 – Hike Rocky Mountain

    Day 9 – Free day in Queenstown

    Day 10 – Hike Routeburn Track

    Day 11 – Sea kayak Milford Sound, hike Kepler Track

    Day 12 – Journey over Lindis Pass, Bike the Alps to Ocean trail

    Day 13 – Hike Aoraki Mt Cook National Park

    Day 14 – Depart for home

    Active Accomodation

    These trips are no ordinary adventure holiday!. We believe that you can’t truly experience a country through a bus window, or on the tourist trails that you read about in Lonely Planet. Sure, we’ll include some of those ‘bucket list’ hikes and locations, but we’re all about getting ‘off the beaten track’ and up close to the culture and people that make a destination and travel experience so special.

    The Guides

    We’re often asked the question ‘Why should I travel with a small group operator, rather than go independently and plan it myself?’ and our incredible guides are the first, and biggest reason!

    They are the story when it comes to traveling with us. You’ll be guided by personable, friendly, active, empathetic people, who love showing off our superb trip destinations, but more than just that, they love watching you experience it. Our guides will entertain you, they’ll cook delicious meals for you, make sure every aspect of your trip is safe, enjoyable, and full of lasting memories.

    Imagine a cross between Bear Grylls, David Attenborough and a Four Seasons Hotel concierge and you’ll get the idea of what these guys are like!

    If you’ve traveled with us before, we won’t have to tell you what a difference an exceptional guide makes in building that special camaraderie Active Adventures trips are known for and to make the absolute most of your time. If this is your first guided trip, you’re in for a real treat.


    Safety is always a priority when you’re exploring in the wilderness, and we have an impeccable record. Our guides are trained extensively, they have their outdoor First Aid certificate, food safety certificate, they undergo our customised and comprehensive guide training trip and our lead guides have a full class 2 drivers license with passenger endorsement – plus there’s always a support team available here at HQ. Another reason to travel with the experts.

    Comforts and Accommodation

    We like to visit some exciting locations by bike, on foot, rafting, kayaking, and canyoning, but we also enjoy our creature comforts. Our days end with hot showers, clean rooms and delicious meals. We even arrange rest days, where you can read a book all day or shop till you drop. Most important of all – our aim is to exceed your expectations and we will do all we can to make this vacation the best one you’ve ever had.

    Accommodation can be very hard to come by in travel hotspots once the busy seasons really take off. By travelling with us you know that we’ve booked space for all of our trips years in advance, so there’s never the disappointment of not being able to stay at that perfect place!


    Food is such an important part of any holiday – and getting the right fuel on an active trip is crucial (and of course, we cater to all dietaries!). When you travel with us your guides will prepare the food around half the time, the other half we’ll be eating out in restaurants. But what’s great about it, wherever we’re eating, there’s nothing for you to worry about.

    Another reason to travel with us, as opposed to planning and taking your own trip, is cost. We believe our trips represent good value, and once you’ve considered all of the expenses involved in running all-inclusive trips, we think you will too. You see, we have no hidden costs and everything is included, you’ll find all of this information clearly laid out in our itineraries, so you don’t have to do any guesswork.

    This means we don’t limit people to two cups of tea a day and an entree and main or main and dessert only! Other tour operators charge what looks like a really cheap price, but it only covers road transport, guides, and accommodation. We think of all the small things. This is your trip of a lifetime and we’re going to do everything possible to exceed your expectations!

    The Physical Side

    Our trips are sometimes physically and mentally challenging. That said, our trips are designed for people who understand that a little challenge means a lot of reward. You might not be an athlete, or have even done any serious trekking before, but if you’ve got a little bit inside you that wants to take on a physical challenge, be it big or small, then we can help you light the fire!