Day 1: Christchurch to Fox Glacier
Roll across the pastoral patchwork quilt that forms the Canterbury Plains and watch 50 shades of green melt into snow-topped peaks. Hang out in Hokitika for whitebait fritters and pounamu (Jade) shopping, then take your best photography shot of NZ’s two tallest mountain peaks reflected in Lake Matheson for the #picoftheday. Excited? You should be.
Day 2: Fox Glacier to Queenstown
Today’s your chance to walk on water. Well, frozen glacial water to be precise. Scale a mountain in minutes to get amongst ethereal ice caves and formations. With barely enough time to let your heart rate slow, we journey back through the mountains past Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea. Feel your pulse start to quicken as we roll into Queenstown.
Day 3: Queenstown
Here’s some basic math: Queenstown has over 220 activities. You have two days. No rush. This lakeside city has adrenaline on tap and will match any adventure you had in mind and then throw a Fergburger (amazing Queenstown burger place) in there for good measure. Get your fix with bungee, a narrow canyon swing, Shotover Jet, or paragliding, hiking or horse riding. If you’re bored here, there’s something wrong.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 4: Queenstown
It’s a free day – jump off more stuff or chill out and let your pulse drop. Your call.
Day 5: Queenstown (Milford Sound)
By now you might be becoming a little desensitised to the otherworldly beauty of NZ but when you see the Fjords for the first time, it’s okay to enter a total Instagram meltdown! Carved by glaciers during the ice age, the Milford Sound comes complete with seals, dolphins and thundering waterfalls. Steeped in Maori myth, this is a history and geology lesson rolled into one, minus the homework.
Day 6: Queenstown to Ohau
Back in the heyday of Arrowtown, everyone was here for the gold. Recharge your batteries with venison burgers and a central Otago pinot noir in Arrowtown then zigzag across the five bridges that span the ever-changing Arrow River. Test your nerves on the suspension bridge then chill out by the crystal clear river waters while you catch your breath. Cue relaxation and a chance to practice your stone-skimming skills in Lake Ohau.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 7: Lake Ohau to Christchurch
Lap up Lake Pukaki under the shadow of Mt Cook. It’s about as Kiwi as ‘fush and chups’ (fish and chips with a local accent). Then shift into sheep country, where these furry things outnumber humans 12:1. It makes sense that today includes the Church of the Good Shepherd, a monument to the faithful sheepdog. Then back to into the city of Churches as our trip winds to a close.
7 day Adventure - from £799
With flights from £1749