The Classic Thrive Adventure to the South Island of New Zealand

Trip Includes:

  • Accommodations in 6 Locations
  • Private Transportation for Duration
  • Maori Feast & Cultural Experience
  • Wild Dolphin Encounter
  • Abel Tasman Wildlife & Remote Coast Kayaking & Hiking Tour – 3 Days/2 Nights Camping or Backcountry Huts
  • Glacier Cruise
  • Skyline Gondola & Luge
  • Select Meals (10 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 8 Dinners)
  • Full Time Guide

Trip Pace:

Pace 3 – Several destinations, average time in each location: 2-3 days

Activity Rating:

Activity Rating 2 – Activities of mild intensity, basic level of fitness required

“Aotearoa” – Land of the Long White Cloud

Marvel at the immense fjords of breathtaking Milford Sound, sea kayak the pristine ocean lagoons of Abel Tasman National Park, dine at sunset and watch the colorful paragliders over The Remarkables mountain range in Queenstown, “The Adventure Capitol of the World,” savor a traditional Maori feast, swim with wild dolphins off the stunning coast of Kaikoura… and much more.

  • $3,499 USD
  • Reserve Seat: $299!

Departure Dates:

Available Departure Date Range
  • Nov – Mar
Trip Duration
  • 13 Days (+1) in Country
Travel New Zealand - Summer Adventure - South Island
Trip Extension Recommendations:   Australia Great Barrier Reef, Australia Fraser Island, Australia Sydney & Surrounds, New Zealand North Island – Contact us to explore personalized travel and trip extensions!

Included Activities

Sea Kayak Abel Tasman National Park
Water taxi into this pristine coastal paradise with kayaks and camp gear.  Spend the days exploring sunlit lagoons, playing frisbee on the beach, and taking short hikes to waterfalls, natural waterslides, and scenic overlooks.
Wild Dolphin Encounter
Outfitted with a buoyant wetsuit, fins, and snorkeling gear, embark out to sea on a catamaran to find the playful dusky dolphins.  Once the pods are spotted, jump in, laugh, and be amazed as hundreds of wild dolphins swim and play around you.
Glacier Cruise Mt CookGlacier Cruise
Explore a serene glacial lake with giant, colorful icebergs on a guided boat tour at the base of Mount Cook. If you’re brave, they’ll even let you jump in! The original stomping grounds of Sir Edmund Hillary will leave you in a feeling of awe.
queenstown-skyline-gondola-and-lugeSkyline Gondola Experience
Ride to the top of the gondola at Bob’s Peak in view of The Remarkables mountain range, the Queenstown waterways, and the many bungy jumpers, hang-gliders, and paragliders in the air around you.
maori-haka-new-zealand-cultureMaori Cultural Experience
Savor a traditional feast and spend an evening learning the unique culture, dance, and tribal traditions of New Zealand’s native Maori people.

Recommended Optional Activities

milford-sound-cruise-nzMilford Sound Cruise
Your mind will struggle to comprehend the beauty and magnitude of the sights as you cruise this magnificent world wonder.  
helicopter-glacier-hikingHelicopter Glacier Hiking
View the spectacular contrast of glacier, mountains, and ocean from the air… then experience the rugged beauty and unspoilt grandeur of the ice caves!  
white-water-rafting-new-zealandWhite Water Rafting
Conquer the wild and untamed Shotover River. No rafting experience necessary!
beautiful-views-queenstown-nzHorseback Riding
Settle in the saddle for a unique tour of Queenstown’s stunning landscapes and intriguing history!
DAY 1 :   Christchurch & Maori Cultural Experience
DAY 2 – 4 :   Marahau & Abel Tasman National Park
DAY 5 :   Nelson, the sunniest city in New Zealand
DAY 6 – 7 :   Kaikoura & Wild Dolphin Encounter
DAY 8 – 9 :   Mount Cook & the Southern Alps
DAY 10 – 12 :   Queenstown & Milford Sound
DAY 13 :   Christchurch & Farewell Celebration
DAY 14 :   Departure

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Extend Your Stay!

Thrive Adventures will gladly consult for and arrange your extended travel, be it completing the Matu Tapu Iron Man Race or relaxing on the glorious beaches of Fiji. View the adjacent links for a few of our featured options. These are some of our favorite destinations to extend your stay after the New Zealand South Island Adventure!
Australia Great Barrier Reef

Australia Sydney Opera House and Surrounds Thrive Adventures Trip ExtensionAustralia Sydney & Surrounds
Fraser Island Remote Tour Australia Thrive Adventures Trip ExtensionAustralia Fraser Island
tongariro-crossing-new-zealand-north-island-thrive-adventures-epicNew Zealand North Island

About New Zealand: “Aotearoa”

Aotearoa  (ah-oh-tay-a-RO-a) – Land of the Long White Cloud
New Zealand boasts some of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes on the planet, all tucked into an area about the size of Colorado! Among these are pristine beaches, lush temperate rainforests, captivating limestone caves, colorful thermal pools, cascading mountain ranges, and the unforgettable southern fjords that poet Rudyard Kipling could only describe as the Eighth Wonder of the World.
Despite New Zealand’s unfathomable beauty, our love affair with the country goes beyond the superficial. New Zealanders, or “Kiwis,” are among the most engaging and easy-going folk a traveler will ever have the pleasure of meeting. The country’s native Maori citizens contribute elements of culture, language, and art that will leave you longing for an intangible sense of mystery and intrigue long after you’ve returned home. In short, once you’ve traveled this land, the connection is unbreakable. Welcome to your New Zealand Thrive Adventure!
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We believe an adventurous spirit and a wonder for this glorious Earth lies within each of us. Together, let us set yours free.

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