10-Day South Island Adventure from Christchurch

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Day 1: Christchurch to Franz Josef
Travel over the famous Arthur’s Pass to the historic gold mining town of Greymouth and then down onto the West Coast. You will visit Hokitika, famous for pounamu (jade), en route to Franz Josef, home of the mighty glacier.
Accommodation: Lodge in the rainforest

Day 2: Free day in Franz Josef
The day is spent in Franz Josef, a World Heritage area. As well as the glacier, the area is famous for its excellent walking trails. There are many great options, but a guided trip (at passenger's own expense) will enable you to get closer to the glacier.
Accommodation: Lodge in the rainforest

Day 3: Franz Josef to Wanaka
Depart early to visit Lake Matheson for a walk at this amazing mirror-like lake, stop at Fox Glacier for pickups, and then travel through the mountainous Haast Pass and Makarora. We pass by the beautiful Lake Hawea and arrive in Wanaka by late afternoon.
Accommodation: Central Hostel
Activities: Walk Lake Matheson, visit Blue Pools, explore Wanaka.

Day 4: Wanaka to Queenstown
Take a scenic bike ride around the lake before we depart Wanaka and cruise down to the famous A.J. Hackett bungy site, where you can bungy if you dare! Then, it’s on to the ‘Adventure Capital of the World!’, the vibrant lakeside town of Queenstown.
Accommodation: Central Hostel
Activities: Scenic bike ride (suitable for all levels)

Days 5, 6 & 7: Queenstown
With so much to see and do in and around Queenstown, you need three full days to take it all in! You'll also get to experience the exhilarating Shotover Jet Boat ride (Day 5) and take a day trip to the spectacular Doubtful Sound in Fiordland National Park (Day 6). Other optional activities are at your own expense.
Accommodation: Central Hostel
Activities: Shotover Jet, Doubtful Sound day trip

Day 8: Queenstown to Mt Cook
Tonight we stay at the base of New Zealand's tallest mountain, Mount Cook. Head out on a hike among awe-inspiring scenery. It's the perfect place for stargazing too!
Accommodation: Stunning alpine lodge.

Day 9: Mt Cook to Christchurch
We make our way through the 'Lord of the Rings' landscape past turquoise Lake Tekapo, where we stop for ice-skating, snow tubing or a swim at the hot springs. Continue across the Canterbury Plains to arrive in Christchurch by early evening.
Accommodation: Purpose built backpackers near the city centre.

Day 10: Free day in Christchurch
Your journey officially comes to an end here, but if you have more time to explore before you depart, we recommend checking out some of the city's highlights, such as the Re:Start Mall, Quake City or Canterbury Museum. We hope you had a blast!

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