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New Zealand Southern Pioneer

New Zealand Southern Pioneer

New Zealand’s South Island has a reputation as one of the most naturally beautiful places on earth, yet it still manages to defy expectations. On this 10-day round trip from Christchurch, you’ll be met with astonishing sight after astonishing sight as a local leader shows you what they love about their country. Get your heart racing in Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world, discover the laidback delights of postcard-perfect Wanaka, stand in awe of the Franz Josef Glacier, and cross the Southern Alps on one of the world’s most spectacular train journeys. Between glacial lakes and snow-capped peaks, you’ll soon see what all the fuss is about.


  • Lake Tekapo – Mt John Lookout
  • Wanaka – Glamping Experience
  • Wanaka – Guided e-bike Tour
  • Wanaka – Blue Pools Walkway
  • Franz Josef – Greenstone Pendant Carving
  • Greymouth – Tranz Alpine Train Journey


  • Starting and finishing in the city of Christchurch, your local leader will show you the innovative and creative ways the city is rebuilding after a devastating earthquake in 2011.
  • Live it up in the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown. Whether you fancy bungy jumping, jet boating, horseback riding or wine tasting, there’s something here to entice everyone.
  • Get to know Wanaka, one of New Zealand’s prettiest towns (and that’s saying something!). Join your leader on an e-bike tour past glittering lakes and gorgeous peaks.
  • Visit a local gallery in Franz Josef and carve a pendant out of pounamu while learning about the precious stone’s significance to Maori culture.
  • You’re on track for one of the world’s most scenic train journeys – cross the spectacular Southern Alps on the famous TranzAlpine from the West Coast to Christchurch.

04/02/2023 through 03/23/2024
04/02/2023 through 03/26/2024

Day 1 Christchurch
Day 2 Christchurch / Lake Tekapo / Ohau
Day 3 Mackenzie Country / Queenstown
Day 4 Queenstown
Day 5 Queenstown / Wanaka
Day 6 Wanaka
Day 7 Wanaka / Franz Josef
Day 8 Franz Josef
Day 9 Hokitika / Greymouth / Christchurch
Day 10 Christchurch

05/19/23 - 05/28/23

Starting At $2,632

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06/06/23 - 06/23/23

Starting At $2,925

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09/12/23 - 03/26/24

Starting At $3,215

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