Queenstown - Christchurch

Fly total time: 9 days

An action-packed journey from New Zealand’s adventure capital to the peaks of Aoraki Mount Cook.  

AT A GLANCE:
  • 9 days/8 nights 
  • World-class downhill mountain biking
  • Bungy jumping and canyon swinging
  • Ice climbing on New Zealand’s highest mountain
  • Whitewater rafting in pristine rivers 
  • Day 1: Queenstown

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    Fly into Queenstown and spend a relaxing afternoon exploring the picturesque town, surrounded by mountains and nestled on the shores of clear Lake Wakatipu. Or freshen up with a bike or hike on one of the town’s many scenic trails.

    Top tip: Start as you mean to go on with the rest of the itinerary, with a thrilling jet boat airport transfer!

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    • Arrive in style, choose KJet for a thrilling jetboat airport transfer.
  • Day 2: Queenstown

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    Rent a mountain bike and explore the Queenstown Bike Park. The Skyline Gondola takes the hard work out of it by dropping riders almost 500 metres above central Queenstown. The 30+ km trail network winds and drops through exotic and regenerating native forest with views across Lake Wakatipu to the jagged Remarkables mountains. 

    Top tip: Queenstown is a winter sports mecca. If you're an experienced skier or boarder and you arrive in winter, explore open bowls and steep chutes on a heli-ski adventure.

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  • Day 3: Queenstown – Glenorchy – Queenstown

    Drive Fly 2 hours 92 KMS 57 MI
    Skip your morning coffee and jump New Zealand’s highest bungy instead! Set in spectacular surroundings, the Nevis bungy offers a 134-metre plunge with an 8.5-second freefall. Right next door you can swing 300m over the canyon by yourself or tandem with a friend. This afternoon get off the beaten track in Glenorchy, just 40-minutes from Queenstown. Enjoy a breath-taking jet boat ride through Mount Aspiring National Park – hold on tight while your driver does full 360°spins. 

     

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  • Day 4: Queenstown

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    Battle the currents on a white-knuckled, journey down turbulent rapids. There are several different rivers to choose from in Queenstown, with rafting options from grade 2 to 5. Stunning scenery is guaranteed on all of them. Once your nerves have settled, go on a high-speed ride in a semi-submersible shark on Lake Wakatipu, reaching speeds of up to 80km/h. 

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  • Day 5: Queenstown

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    Experience the thrill of a helicopter ride to the top of a mountain range, then enjoy the ride downhill on a heli-biking adventure. From natural trails and steep track, technical rock, undulating mountain grass slopes to 4WD trails, there’s a downhill to suit every competent mountain biker. Or take to the skies with a skydive over Queenstown – the views don’t get better than at 15,000ft!
     

    Recommended activities:

    • Experience spic backcountry by mountain bike, with leading guided heli-bike company - HeliBike NZ.
    • Embrace the fear with NZONE Skydive.
    • If you’ve never sky dived before, take a test drive at the indoor wind funnel with iFLY.
  • Day 6 : Queenstown – Wanaka

    Drive Fly 1 hour 67 KMS 41 MI
    Make your way to picture-perfect Wanaka, for a day of advanced via ferrata climbing. Designed for experienced adventurers with a great head for heights, this climb takes you all the way to the top of a waterfall, before a helicopter takes you back down off the mountain. 

    Recommended activities:

    • Join Wildwire for the ultimate waterfall adventure. 
    • Hurl yourself down the Might Clutha on Kayak with Paddle Wanaka.
  • Day 7: Wanaka – Aoraki Mount Cook

    Drive Fly 2 hours 35 minutes 209 KMS 129 MI
    Today’s drive will take you past the turquoise shores of Lake Pukaki to Aoraki Mount Cook. There are many ways to explore Sir Edmund Hillary’s training ground – ice climbing, heli-snowshoeing, or a glacier ice trek. You don’t have to be a mountaineer to enjoy the scenery – there are various short alpine walks. Or take a boat across the terminal lake of the Tasman Glacier and explore the area in an all-terrain vehicle. 

    Recommended activities:

    • Explore glaciers by walking, hiking and snowshoeing with Mt Cook Guides.
    • Explore the southern stars in this International Dark Sky Reserve on a stargazing tour with Dark Sky Project
  • Day 8: Mount Cook – Christchurch

    Drive Fly 4 hours 15 minutes 332 KMS 206 MI
    Take the scenic drive to Christchurch, with a stop at sparkling Lake Tekapo. Visit Christchurch Adventure park for world-class mountain biking trails, ziplining or just taking in the scenery from the 1.8-kilometre chairlift. Spend your final night in Christchurch before flying out from Christchurch International Airport. 

    Recommended activities:

    • If you have a bit more time, take an overnight trip to Hanmer Springs. This alpine village offers lots of adrenaline-fuelled activities. But it’s best known for its natural hot pools and stunning landscapes, the perfect way to soothe any aching muscles at the end of your trip.