Epic adventure tours for 18 to 35 year olds

Southern Loop
7days

Southern Loop

DEPARTS CHRISTCHURCH
Days7
Price from$1,249 NZD
Per day$178 NZD
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Southern Loop

New Zealand’s South Island hosts the purest natural landscapes you’ll ever experience. From the turqoise waters in Abel Tasman, pods of dolphins in Kaikoura and world famous wineries, discover nature's best on our Southern Loop adventure.

Highlights

Abel Tasman

Golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs, and its world-famous coast track.

Kaikoura

Experience the abundant wild life up close and personal.

Hokitika Gorge

Venture through lush native bush and discover vivid turquoise water.

Marlborough

Taste award winning wine in New Zealand's famous wine region.

Itinerary

Christchurch to Hanmer Springs
Day 1

Christchurch to Hanmer Springs

Get ready to start an epic adventure with your new friends as we travel up the coast to beautiful resort town Hanmer Springs. The ultimate destination for adventure, relaxation and indulgence, this picturesque alpine village is full of exciting things to do but is best known for its natural hot pools.

Hanmer Springs to Kaikoura
Day 2

Hanmer Springs to Kaikoura

Next up is Kaikoura, there are very few places in the world that can boast such natural wonders as those offered by land and sea in this small community. The dramatic, rugged cliffs on the edge of town are as impressive as the whale watching and dolphin swimming.

Kaikoura to Abel Tasman
Day 3

Kaikoura to Abel Tasman

After a few epic adventures on our way out of town we head to the famed Marlborough Wine Region. Have a sip or two of it’s world-famous Sauvignon Blanc before heading through the seaside town of Picton and off towards arguably New Zealand’s most beautiful National Park, Abel Tasman.

Abel Tasman
Day 4

Abel Tasman

Kick back on the beach or, if you’re feeling adventurous, join us for a hike to discover the raw natural beauty of Abel Tasman National Park. If you’re lucky, you might spot native wildlife such as the Tui or Tuatara.

Abel Tasman to Wesport
Day 5

Abel Tasman to Wesport

Drive through the scenic Nelson Lakes as we head down the west coast to the former mining town of Westport. Enjoy the wild west with walks that include lighthouse views and seal colonies. In the evening, taste the local brew or capture a west coast beach sunset.

Westport to Hokitika
Day 6

Westport to Hokitika

Today we explore the famed Pancake Rocks and walk around the blowholes on our way to Hokitika. Discover friendly locals amidst the pubs and cafes in this charming old gold mining town. A trip here wouldn’t be complete without seeing the stunning turquoise gorge and a cheeky swim.

Hokitika to Christchurch
Day 7

Hokitika to Christchurch

On our way back to Christchurch, we drive one of three scenic passes across the Southern Alps. The Lewis Pass takes us through unmodified beech forests, alpine wetland and along the Lewis River. We have plenty of distance to cover but we will have stunning landscapes & stops along the way.

What’s included on every Wild Kiwi tour

Expert local guide/driverNew 18 seat vehicleFlash-pack accomodationBreakfast everyday

What's also included on this tour

  • 1 Group Dinner
  • Kaikoura Coastline, Famed for it's Marine Wildlife
  • Wine tasting in Marlborough
  • Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowhole Walk
  • Ohau Point and Cape Foulwind Seal Colonies
  • Abels Tasman National Park, Arguably One of the Best in New Zealand

Where do I start! Absolutely fantastic tour! The places are all breathtaking, postcard quality views around every corner. I am in love with New Zealand now and can’t wait to be back.

Melissa James
Australia

Had the most amazing tour in the south island. I was nervous about travelling solo the first time but such a small group of awesome people made it a great experience and I never felt like I was alone!

Isabella Durham
Australia

The itinerary was great, we got to see so much and even the driving days were fun because we got to stop off at so many beautiful and out of the way places.

Hayley Fraser
Australia

Why Wild Kiwi?

Our Vehicles

Our Vehicles

Our vehicles get wolf whistles wherever they go – and for good reason, with massive windows to give you an incredible view (they’re tinted too, to protect you from baking in the sun), USB ports and enough leg room to stretch out. There’s also unlimited WIFI available – Talk about the high life!

Our Guides

Our Guides

We find epic humans with a love for NZ, a fondness for creating good times, and the gift of the gab when we put them behind the wheel, tasked with giving you the EXPERIENCE of a lifetime. Our experienced guides pride themselves on finding places a little off the beaten track to ensure your trip is a memorable one.

Small Groups

Small Groups

Despite what people say, we think small is best – when it comes to travelling, that is. It means you don’t get lost or left out in the chaos of a large group and you really get to know your fellow Wild Kiwis. Be prepared to make some awesome friendships with people from around the globe – we tend to get tight on our tours!

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Getting there

You can fly to Christchurch via Auckland with many International carriers, and directly with domestic carriers within New Zealand. Your pick-up location will be at the Christchurch International Airport just head to the South Side of the Airport and exit the glass door next to the Air New Zealand desk and we will be in the 'Courtesy Shuttles Park'.