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Walking Vacation Walking New Zealand: Splendor of the South Island​

Activity Level: Easy / Moderate  |  Daily Mileage: 2 – 6 mi  |  Daily Walking: 1 – 5 hr
Air package plus
12 days from only
$4595
Price includes roundtrip airfare.
Land only
9 days from only
$3245
Pre-trip Extension:
Sydney · 3 nights $795*

Post-trip Extension:
Queenstown · 2 nights $445* 
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Small wonder Kiwis have perfected the art of “tramping”: With its soaring mountains, crystalline lakes, verdant meadows and pristine beaches, New Zealand is truly a walker’s paradise.

Especially the South Island—and you’ll discover why during invigorating walks in the foothills of the Southern Alps and along the scenic shores of the Marlborough Sounds. As we “tramp,” we’ll enjoy closer looks at fascinating plants and wildlife. And we’ll stay in remote, intimate lodges with splendid settings, including a two-night stay in the heart of Abel Tasman National Park. Join VBT and experience the singular beauty of the South Island firsthand!

What's Included

Walking Tour Only – without Air

  • 8 nights in comfortable lodgings
  • 17 meals – 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Air Package Plus

  • Roundtrip international airfare
  • 9 nights in comfortable lodgings
  • 18 meals – 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Transfers
  • AND the option to add our Low-Cost Trip Extensions: Pre-trip: Sydney – 3 nights for only $795*  Post-trip: Queenstown – 2 nights for only $445*

*Please note: For those traveling in 2015, the Pre-trip Sydney is $1095, single supplement is $245. Post-trip Queenstown is $395, single supplement is $145.

Both Vacation Options Include

  • FREE use of our custom VBT walking poles
  • Service of two or three VBT Trip Leaders
  • On-tour full vehicle support
  • Daily route directions and maps
  • Welcome reception
  • Sightseeing and cultural activities
  • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit to use on your next VBT vacation
  • Special Good Buy Discount 

Cultural Highlights

  • Delight in the alpine landscapes of Nelson Lakes National Park
  • Gaze skyward to view the Southern Cross, visible only from the Southern Hemisphere
  • Hike the spectacular Abel Tasman Coastal Track, passing by secluded coves and palm-fringed beaches
  • Savor the flavors of the South Island, from fresh Greenshell Mussels to award-winning Sauvignon Blanc
  • Step outside our lodge’s door and kayak through the Marlborough Sounds’ scenic inlets
  • Enjoy a rejuvenating soak in the thermal, mineral-rich waters of Hanmer Springs

What To Expect

This tour features a combination of easy terrain mixed with moderate hills. We walk primarily on dedicated footpaths, which may be rough at times and can become wet and muddy on rainy days. While in the Marlborough Sounds, we travel via water taxis, which require stepping over a transom. Our VBT on-tour support vehicle is available at specific meeting points for those who need assistance. It is ideal for both enthusiastic beginners and experienced walkers. Several of the walks require a transfer from our hotel to the start of the walk. Our tour leaders often use this time in the van for our morning route review, so we can enjoy a more leisurely morning at breakfast.
  • Activity Level: Easy/Moderate
  • Average Daily Mileage: 2 – 6 miles
  • Average Daily Walking Time: 1 – 5 hours
 
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