Southern Loop

Epic adventure tours for 18 to 35 year olds

Southern Loop

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Southern Loop

Southern Loop

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


Abel Tasman

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


Experience the abundant wild life up close and personal.

Golden Bay

Where golden beaches, alpine valleys & tranquil rivers get close to the sea.


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


Below is an overview of our planned itinerary although at times, weather and other conditions may affect or alter our route. Don't worry your guide will keep you aware of any changes along the way.

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.

Day 2

Hanmer Springs to Westport

Today we drive one of three scenic passes across the Southern Alps to the west coast. 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 including a stop to explore the famed Pancake Rocks and walk around the blowholes on our way to Westport.

Day 3

Westport to Abel Tasman

Drive the wild west coast with stops that include lighthouse views and seal colonies. As we head inland we drive through the scenic Nelson Lakes towards arguably New Zealand’s most beautiful National Park, Abel Tasman. Spend the afternoon exploring the tiny town or go on an adventure to collect fresh green lipped mussels.

Day 4

Abel Tasman

Kick back on the beach or, if you’re feeling adventurous, discover the raw natural beauty of Abel Tasman National Park by hiking parts of the track or grab a kayak and spend the day along the coastal track. If you’re lucky, you might spot native wildlife such as the Tui or Tuatara.

Day 5

Golden Bay

Today we head to Golden Bay, home to New Zealand's longest sandspit along with stunning beaches and wildlife. Be ready for an adventure today, as we stop to explore the Ngārua Caves followed by a walk around Te Waikoropupū Springs, some of the clearest water you will see. Finally, follow the track to the most northern point on the South Island at Wharariki Beach.

Day 6

Abel Tasman to Marlborough

After a few epic adventures on our way out of town we head to the famed Marlborough Wine Region. Driving through the beautiful Marlborough Sounds we'll pop by Picton before settling into one of our favourite wineries. Have a sip or two of it’s world-famous Sauvignon Blanc and snap some insta worthy shots in the vineyards.

Day 6 cont

Marlborough 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. As we come into town you'll notice the dramatic, rugged cliffs on the edge of town, which are as impressive as the whale watching and dolphin swimming.

Day 7

Kaikoura to Christchurch

Spend the morning ticking off the rest of your bucket list, whether it's spotting seals, searching for whales or swimming with dolphins. After a morning of adventure we will hop on the road for our final drive back to Christchurch. Say your goodbyes to your Wild Kiwi fam or convince them to continue the adventure through the funky neighbourhoods of Christchurch.

What’s included on every Wild Kiwi tour

Expert local guide/driverLuxury Travel VehiclesFlash-pack accommodationBreakfast everyday

What's also included on this tour

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

Amazing trip! The itinerary is put together well to see all the highlights of the East Coast in two weeks, while still having enough time to indulge in each city’s unique atmosphere.

Frank Plessers

The bus trips were excellent and traveling with a smaller group was far more fun then the larger tour groups. Got to see many things a long the way with plenty of stops. Would definitely recommend this trip. Made family and friends back home very jealous.

Luke Malynn
New Zealand

I could go on and on but I believe with other reviews, this company's reputation speaks for itself. Mahalo for a wonderful time. Aloha!

Florence James
United States

Why Wild Kiwi

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

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

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 direct (or via Auckland) to Christchurch with many International carriers and the airport is also well serviced with domestic carriers within New Zealand. Your pick-up location will be at the main entrance to Jucy Snooze Christchurch in the carpark, only a 5-minute walk from the airport.