Tour 3: The Little Central South Island Explorer - Itinerary.

Duration: 5 Days
Cost: NZ$ 1500
Tour Dates: January 29th - February 2nd
Route: Christchurch - Arthur's Pass - West Coast - Lewis Pass - Christchurch

A tour around and over the mountains of the Central South Island. We cross East to West over the Southern Alps via Arthur's Pass, take some time to experience the rugged West Coast and return to Christchurch via the scenic wonders of Lewis Pass. We take plenty of time to experience the Southern Alps and top it all off with a soak in the hot pools...

 

Little Central South Island Explorer - South Island  Adventure Tour Route  
 
   
 

Day 1: Christchurch - Hamilton Hut

After pick up in Christchurch either from the Airport or your accommodation we set off for Arthur's Pass - one of the three crossing points for the Southern Alps. We set off up the Cass river valley stopping to enjoy the scenery and lunch alongside the river. After crossing Cass pass we descend into the river Valley to find our Accommodation perched on a river terrace over looking the valley.

Meals - Lunch and Dinner

Hamilton Hut  
 
   
 

Day 2: Hamilton Hut - Greymouth

After a good mornings breakfast we make our way up the Harper river valley to cross Lagoon pass. Our efforts are rewarded with stunning views over the Waimakariri River and surrounding mountains. After returning to the van we drive over the Southern Alps to the West Coast town of Greymouth.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Waimakariri River Valley  
 
   
 

Day 3: Greymouth - Westport

We give the legs a rest today and head to the river and caves for a bit of underground excitement. We'll spend a bit of time underground checking out awesome limestone formations and spectacular glowworm displays.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Did you know?

The only native mammals in New Zealand are two species of bat's. Every other mammal has been introduced.

 
 
   
 

Day 4: Westport - Paparoa National Park

Today we take a walk in the Paparoa National Park to experience some of the unique West Coast Forests. We'll spend our final night of the tour camped out in the 'Ballroom'

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Nikau Palms  
 
   
 

Day 5: Paparoa National Park - Christchurch

After walking out of the forest via the exquisite beauty of the Pororari Canyons we'll inspect the peculiar rock formations of Punakaiki before taking the drive over Lewis Pass to Christchurch. We'll stop for a relaxing soak in the hot pools and dinner along the way.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Punakaki Rocks  
       
   
       
 

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