New Zealand South Island Adventures

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We operate five different scheduled trips throughout the year, as well as custom trips occasionally. If a custom trip is advertised, it is open to the public and you are welcome to join it. If you have a group of people, let us design a trip for you!

The trips are named after favorite New Zealand trees and birds. We're very enthusiastic about New Zealand's natural history, and sharing that knowledge is an important part of our trips.


New Zealand Kayaking, Biking and Hiking Trips:

South Island Adventure
Winter Rimu
Family Trip

Rimu: US$3,399 + tax plus tax     

We designed the Rimu for the active and adventurous person. We spend 14 days seeing the wilder parts of New Zealand and staying well off the beaten path. We provide plenty of options, and this is absolutely the best way to see the South Island if you're looking for an alternative to tour buses and resorts. You'll need to have a reasonable degree of fitness to enjoy this trip.

RIMU: 14 days Christchurch to Christchurch
Mon: Arrive and snorkeling with seals in Kaikoura
Tue: 3-day hiking in Nelson Lakes, mountain biking on
Queen Charlotte Track, OR sea kayaking in Marlborough Sounds
Wed: 3-day module continued
Thu: 3-day module continued
Fri: Hiking in Punakaiki & beach in Okarito Lagoon
Sat: Kayaking in Okarito Lagoon, hiking & beach
Sun: Hiking near Franz Josef Glacier
Mon: Mount Aspiring National Park to Queenstown
Tue: Free day in Queenstown
Wed: Cycling Eglinton and Hollyford Valleys & hiking Routeburn Track
Thu: Sea kayaking in Milford Sound
Fri: Exploring high country sheep farm
Sat: Hiking near Mt. Cook
Sun: Depart

For detailed itinerary click here: South Island Adventure

Queenstown Rimu: For our most popular departure dates, we've added a trip that begins and ends in Queenstown instead of Christchurch. It's the same trip, but just in a different order and perfect if you have a few extra days. Have a look at the specific itineraries for the trips listed belowmountain view

Winter Rimu: US$ $2,999 plus tax

Our most action-packed trip runs year round! From May through September, there's plenty of blue sky and we'll enjoy spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains from some lower elevations and have the national parks to ourselves! Winters down here are generally fairly mild so we'll still be able to hike, kayak and paddle just about everywhere, with a few extra layers on. We'll tailor our activities to take account of the conditions and have added some spectacular spots that we can't do in the summer when they're teeming with visitors, such as a two-night backpacking trip up to the winter wonderland & hot springs of Welcome Flat and the stunning alpine environment of Mt Aspiring Hut. Come in July, August or September for world-class skiing or snow boarding on your free day in Queenstown or a day up at a local ski field near Lake Ohau.

WINTER RIMU: 14 days Christchurch to Christchurch
Mon: Arrive, hiking Temple Basin
Tue: Rainforest and beach hiking in Punakaiki
Wed: Kayaking in Okarito Lagoon, hiking & beach
Thu: Fox Glacier then hiking up to Welcome Flat
Fri: Hiking to Douglas Rock & soaking in hot pools
Sat: Hiking out & relaxing in Makarora
Sun: Hiking in Mount Aspiring National Park
Mon: Hiking in Mount Aspiring National Park
Tue: Free day in Queenstown (skiing/snowboarding?)
Wed: Cycling near Queenstown or free day (skiing/snowboarding?)
Thu: Sea kayaking in Milford Sound
Fri: Cycling near Te Anau
Sat: Hiking at North Temple Valley
Sun: Depart


Manuka: US$3,799 plus tax

Our Rimu trip is not for everyone, so we run another 14-day trip for those who are interested in traveling in a (slightly) more leisurely manner, and who enjoy a higher standard of accommodation. The Manuka cuts out the first few days of the Rimu, leaving us more time to take in the sights, and includes a choice of the Milford Track Guided Walk or the Hollyford Track Guided Walk. But make no mistake – this is not a trip for couch potatoes! We do plenty of great hikes and we GUARANTEE you will not be bored!! For a detailed itinerary click here: Manuka

MANUKA: 14 days Christchurch to Christchurch
Mon: Arrive, Hiking Temple Basin
Tue: Rainforest and beach hiking in Punakaiki
Wed: Arts & crafts in Hokitika, coastal hiking
Thu: Hiking or sea kayaking in Okarito and hiking near Fox Glacier
Fri: Bush plane into Mt. Aspiring National Park, hiking & jet boat ride
Sat: Free day in Queenstown
Sun: Milford Track Guided Walk OR Hollyford Track Guided Walk
Mon: Guided walk continued
Tue: Guided walk continued
Wed: Guided walk continued
Thu: Scenic flight to Milford Sound (Hollyford option) and boat cruise in Milford Sound
Fri: Mountain Hiking in the Remarkables
Sat: Hiking near Mt. Cook
Sun: Depart

sea kayakingTui: US$ 2,299 plus tax

This trip is for adventurous, busy people who only have a week to see the best New Zealand has to offer. Fly out Friday evening from the US and we'll have you back the following Sunday. If you tried to see the entire country in that time, you'd do nothing but sit in a vehicle all day! So our philosophy is a little different to most, we minimize the driving and have an outrageously fun time in a smaller area, while staying in comfortable and interesting accommodations throughout.

TUI: 8 days Queenstown to Christchurch
Sun: Arrive & Bungy Jumping in Queenstown (optional, of course!)
Mon: Free day in Queenstown
Tue: Cycling Eglinton and Hollyford Valleys & hiking Routeburn Track
Wed: Sea kayaking in Milford Sound
Thu: Fly via bush plane into Mt. Aspiring National Park
Fri: Hiking through Siberia Valley, jet boat ride and cycling to Haast
Sat: Hiking near Franz Josef Glacier
Sun: Hiking in Arthur's Pass & depart

Kauri: US$1,599 plus tax

Want to see the other side of New Zealand? Explore the North Island with us. We stay in some spectacular lodges, meet the people of New Zealand, check out the local Maori culture, and do some great hikes as well. This trip is a great introduction to New Zealand, and works well at the beginning or end of our South Island trips. You can add the Kauri to most of our South Island
departures for a longer trip.


KAURI: 5 Days Auckland to Auckland
Tue: Arrive, Waitomo Caves for caving or boat ride
Wed: Hiking alongside Lakes Okataina and Tarawera
Thu: Rotorua, Maori culture and mountain biking
Fri: Hiking in Tongariro National Park
Sat: Waikato River Waterfall Walk & Depart


Family: US$2,799 plus tax ; US$1,999 for age 12 and under.

We’ve tweaked the Rimu, our most action-packed and popular trip, for parents traveling with their kids. It’s a multi-activity trip with lots of options – an awesome way to see New Zealand if your family enjoys the outdoors and likes a bit of a challenge. It’s suitable for active kids ages 8 and older and we have two guides to take good care of everyone and make sure neither grown-ups nor kids will be bored!

Current trip dates and availability (or ask us about a custom trip):


Sometimes we put together custom trips, to suit a particular interest or group. Every one of these trips is different. We sometimes run a wilderness rafting trip on the Clarence River in November. (This is the best time to raft in New Zealand, and the Clarence trip is our favorite. Not hard core whitewater, but enough to be interesting. Three days of snowcapped mountains and wilderness, following the river from source to sea.) Take a look at our schedule -- you are always welcome to join our published custom trips


Trip rates
Rimu 14 days South Island Christchurch - Christchurch
US$ 3399 plus tax
Winter Rimu 14 days South Island Christchurch - Christchurch
US$ 2999 plus tax
Manuka 14 days South Island Christchurch - Christchurch
US$ 3799 plus tax
Tui 8 days South Island Queenstown - Christchurch
US$ 2299 plus tax
Kauri 5 days North Island Auckland - Auckland
US$ 1599 plus tax
Family Trip 13 days South Island
US$ 2799 plus tax
US$ 1999 plus tax (15 and under)
Please add 12.5% government tax to your fare, for your total cost.




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