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2 Queenstown Christchurch

Small Group Tour

Small Group Tour

3 Day South Island Tour

Start: Queenstown
Finish: Christchurch

This small-group guided tour of the South Island is like no other. Start in the adventure capital of Queenstown and head on an epic adventure up the West Coast. Renowned for its rugged coastline and stunning mountain ranges, this is a journey you will never forget. From here, spend 2 nights in the West Coast's capital Franz Josef and take time to explore the glacier before travelling through the Arthurs Pass to Christchurch.

This tour departs at 8:00 am from Queenstown Nomads (5/11 Church Street, Queenstown). Breakfast will be at Red Rock after the Nomads departure.

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NZ $299

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Day 1Queenstown to Franz Josef

Leaving bright and early we leave behind Queenstown and set off for Franz Josef. This is one of the most scenic drives of your tour. We’ll cruise by the breath-taking Lake Hawea, past the aptly named ‘Blue Pools’ and visit the pounding Thunder Creek Falls before visiting Lake Matheson; a spot that makes a mockery of Instagram filters. We’ll then arrive in Franz Josef where we’ll retire to a wilderness hostel deep in the rainforest itself.


  • Rainforest Retreat

Included Experiences

Day 2Franz Josef

Today we have a free day in Franz Josef where you have the opportunity to experience a Heli-Hike to New Zealand’s most famous  Franz Josef Glacier or you can explore this lush corner of New Zealand (for free) on foot; hitting up the many walking trails in the area. For those wanting something a little more special to take home with them; passengers can carve their own greenstone necklaces (pounamu).


  • Rainforest Retreat

Included Experiences

Day 3Franz Josef to Christchurch

On your final day, we will cruise through the Arthur’s Pass National Park, a landscape of two halves. On the eastern side, you'll see wide, shingle-filled riverbeds and vast swathes of beech forest. Descend the western side and you venture through dense rainforest alongside and over deeply gorged rivers. Along this road, we will stop off at the Devil’s Punch Bowl and the breath-taking Castle Hill (included). Your tour will end back in Christchurch.

Included Experiences

  • Scenic hikes across Arthurs Pass
  • Devils Punchbowl and Castle Hill

What's Included

Optional Extras

Our Small Group Tours offer a fixed itinerary, with a few bucket list items included. There are plenty of additional activities you can add on to your experience as you travel.

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  • I’m a solo traveller... will I meet other solo travellers?

    Absolutely! The majority of our passengers are travelling solo. Kiwi Experience is a social experience guaranteed to leave with new friends from across the globe.

  • Am I too old/young for Kiwi Experience?

    We welcome the young, and the young at heart aboard our buses, there is no upper limit! There is however a lower limit; you’ll need to be 18 at the time of travel.

  • What visas do I need?

    Luckily, many nationalities are able to visit New Zealand for less than 3 months without a visa. However, if you are not from one of these countries, obtaining your own visa is your own responsibility. We ask that you check out the Immigration New Zealand website before booking your Kiwi Experience trip.

  • Do I need travel insurance?

    While not mandatory, travel insurance is recommended and should be taken out when travelling with us. As well as making sure your expensive stuff is covered, you should also get comprehensive travel insurance (covering you for all medical expenses you could incur while travelling).

  • How much should I budget for each day?

    We recommend you budget between $70 - $100 per day to cover food and super fun times. From time to time, it may be worth putting a little more aside to pay for the really crazy stuff like skydiving.

  • How much luggage am I allowed to bring?

    Passengers are allowed one 23kg suitcase/backpack and one day bag, as there are strict weight restrictions on our buses.

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