This 10 day guided New Zealand adventure tour is one of our most popular tours and follows the same South Island route as our legendary NZ Adrenalin trip. We begin in Christchurch and finish in Queenstown, taking in Methven, Peel Forest, Lake Tekapo, Lake Wanaka, Mt Aspiring National Park, Lake Te Anau and Milford Sound in Fiordland along the way for a truly spectacular route of the South Island.
This trip has been carefully designed to include amazing must-do adventures and is balanced with stunning New Zealand scenery and free time in your schedule to enjoy the beautiful mountain towns of Wanaka and Queenstown. We have also planned the trip to minimise travelling times and include modern comfortable ensuite accommodation as well as great food throughout to keep you energised and rested for your next big adventure.
We include lots of great activities including multiple hikes, white water rafting, ziplining, jet boating, sea kayaking and mountain biking, and the free time in the itinerary allows you to either relax and take it easy, or speak to your guide and add additional adventure or adrenalin activities as you go.
Our NZ Adventure and NZ Adrenalin tours run together in tandem for the full 10 days. This means that couples, friends and groups who have different appetites of adventure and adrenalin can tour together and each have the perfect customised adventure tour experience.
Summer 2023/2024 Departures
16th October 2023 – 25th October 2023
20th November 2023 - 29th November 2023
8th January 2024 – 17th January 2024
5th February 2024 – 14th February 2024
4th March 2024 – 13th March 2024
8th April 2024 - 17th April 2024
- White Water Rafting
- Sea Kayaking
- Mountain Biking
- Jet Boating
- All equipment & training provided
- 9 Nights in 4* Hotel/Motels
- Breakfast & Lunch Daily - No set menus
After group introductions and a trip briefing we head directly to the Christchurch Adventure Park in the Port Hills for an awesome 4 line zip adventure which has both the highest (at 150 metres) and the longest (just over 1 Kilometre) ziplines in New Zealand. This course is dual lined so great for racing your mates and also offers spectacular views over the forests of Victoria Park, Christchurch City and towards the mighty Southern Alps.
After lunch we head inland and to a secret hiking spot with great waterfalls, rich history and impressive panoramas of the Canterbury Plains before a final stop at the stunning Rakaia Gorge on our way into Methven.
Taking the Inland Scenic Route through the Canterbury Plains and alongside the foothills of the Southern Alps we head through Peel Forest and into the hills for an exhilarating white water rafting on the Rangitata River.
We think this is the best and most extreme white-water rafting available in New Zealand where you will experience the longest sections of grade 5 rapids in the country at all water levels.
Fed by the enormous catchment of the Upper Rangitata Basin, this massive volume of water winds its way down the valley and where the river is wide and calm in the initial stages, you receive a full safety brief and on water training from your professional guide.
By the time you reach the rip-roaring grade 5 section where the gorge narrows to a pinch and the action escalates, you're fully prepared and ready for what lies ahead!
All rafts stop before these grade 5 rapid sections which offers the chance to to take a look and see what's ahead, the option is always there to walk around this section if you prefer!
Once off the river we'll enjoy a classic Kiwi BBQ before heading to our destination for the evening Lake Tekapo which is a major highlight of any South Island tour. Lake Tekapo is famed both for it's fabulous Turquoise colour with picture perfect views during the day, and with very limited light pollution, as one of the world's best places for stargazing at night.
Continuing South through the MacKenzie High Country we take in more picture perfect views across Lake Pukaki to 'The cloud piercer' Aoraki Mt Cook (3724m), then over the Lindis Pass and into the heart of New Zealand's Southern Lakes themselves. Prepare to be wowed. After a lunch stop on the shores of Lake Wanaka we cross the fords to Mount Aspiring National Park and into the wilderness of the Matukituki Valley. From here we undertake a spectacular afternoon Return Hike to the Rob Roy Glacier.
Today is full free day in Lake Wanaka where you can choose to relax and enjoy the scenery of this beautiful Southern Alps lakeside town with some R & R and souvenir shopping. Alternatively your guide can advise and help arrange other great activites for you such as renting a kayak to go for a freedom paddle or taking in a local half day. Wanaka also has excellent rock climbing and canyoning options as well as scenic helicopter flights, lake cruises and sky diving options!
We depart Wanaka late morning driving through the historic Cardona valley and over the famed Crown Range to Queenstown, home of Adventure Junkies and the adventure capital of the world.
After lunch your afternoon is free to explore this unique mountain town and your guide will help you make the most of your time here. There are seemingly unlimited options for your free time here with Queenstown being a mecca for downhill and cross country mountain biking trails, epic day hikes in the mountains, hang gliding and paragliding from the local peaks, bungy jumping and canyon swinging (naturally!), luge riding accessed from the Skyline gondola, submersible shark rides, the world's only commercial jet sprint experience, incredible and unique off-roading, quad biking, river surfing, skydiving, helicopter flights and much, much more.
Queenstown is also a big bucket list destination for fans of Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit with guided tours available that take in classic filming locations, plus we have world famous vineyards with cellar doors for tastings and platters in the Gibbston Valley right here on our doorstep!
Today is a full free day and your guide is on hand to assist in organising additional adventure and adrenalin activities, sightseeing tours, hikes, spa days or wine tours so that you can really maximise your time in this truly special place.
Today we leave Queenstown, and if you haven't summoned up the courage already it's not too late to face your fears and upgrade to an optional jump from either the legendary Kawarau Bungy Bridge, the world's first ever bungy site, take on the mighty the 134m Nevis Bungy or even the Nevis Swing, the world's highest swing!!
After lunch we drive to picturesque Lake Te Anau which serves at the gateway to Fiordland National Park and your base for the next two nights. Here there is time to take in some big mountain and Lake views before making preparations for Sea Kayaking in Fiordland National Park the following day.
Lake Te Anau is also home to numerous cave systems and there is an opportunity to take in an optional lake cruise and check out some Glowworms this evening.
This morning you'll head deep into Fiordland National Park for a full day and to one of New Zealand's most amazing natural wonders for a Milford Sound Sea Kayaking adventure. Spectacular does not come close to describing both the drive from Te Anau on the Milford Road drive nor the Fiord of Milford Sound itself which has been coined as the eighth wonder of the world.
Whilst paddling amongst giants prepare to be amazed by truly awe inspiring natural beauty which includes sheer towering peaks, hanging valleys, thundering waterfalls and the opportunity to see NZ fur seals, dolphins and the beautiful Fiordland crested penguin.
This morning we depart Fiordland and travel into classic kiwi back country for a cross country mountain bike adventure through stunning and remote glacial valleys which finishes at Walter Peak homestead on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. The ride is approximately 35km in distance and typically takes 3.5 - 4 hours which includes time to enjoy a picnic lunch with unbelievable lake and glacier views. Electric bikes are available for this ride!
At Walter Peak station the historic TSS Earnslaw steamship or Lady of the Lake will provide you with a well earned cruise back to Queenstown Bay to round off a great day of adventure.
We finish off our tour with an iconic and world famous jet boating ride through the spectacular Shotover Canyons. The jet boat is a great kiwi invention and this ride will see us screaming through narrow canyons whilst doing 360 degree spins. This activity helped put Queenstown on the map as the adventure capital of the world so what better way to end an incredible 10 days of New Zealand adventure.
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"Awesome Adventure! Russ took us on an action filled, 10 day adventure on the south island. We were comfortably driven all over the country. Due to his thorough planning of of this package, every aspect of the trip including the best activities, food and lodging were lined up and the trip went flawlessly. Off road biking, hiking, white water rafting, jet boating, zip lining were just a few of the days adventures. He told us about the country and took us places that only the locals would know. Russ bent over backwards to accommodate everyone and make this the trip of a lifetime. I would not hesitate of recommend Adventure Junkies to all my friends."
"Wow. Don’t miss these guys for a brilliant experience.
I’ve travelled around the globe, last count about 35 countries and I have never had a more dedicated guide and service provider or a greater quality of service anywhere. Russ is the best! Amazing experiences, brilliant fun and a fantastic balance between casual and funny raconteur and professional guide. I bet you could do any of the experiences he provides and it would be magnificent. I did Routeburn canyoning, Rangitata rafting, multiple hikes, zip lining, etc all fantastic. Even time between gigs was fun. Great accommodations and wonderful attention to all the details with flexibility when needed. Hats off to you Russ. You Rock!"