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7 Day South Island Lick Tour

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Day 1: Christchurch to Lake Tekapo
This morning we’ll explore iconic downtown Christchurch and your guide will show you the cool and creative ways the city is being rebuilt after the life-changing 2011 earthquake here.
After lunch we head for Lake Tekapo. The lake’s breathtaking turquoise colour and mountain backdrop is a photographer’s dream come true.
Day 2: Lake Tekapo to Queenstown
This morning if you’re feeling energetic, hike up to the summit of Mt John. With awesome views of the Southern Alps, you’ll feel on top of the world. Speaking of views, today’s scenic drive to Queenstown is a show-stopper.
From the golden tussocklands of Mackenzie country – where epic battles of Return of the King were filmed – to the dramatic peaks of the Southern Alps, it’s like you’re driving into a postcard.
Day 3: Queenstown
With a full day in Queenstown, let’s work on that bucket list! There are heaps of options to choose from: paragliding over the lake, mountain bike parks and trails to die for, bungy jumping while your Haka friends cheer you on, horse riding through Lord of the Rings scenery, and swinging through a canyon are just a few of our favourites.
Day 4: Queenstown to Wanaka
After the excitement of Queenstown, today is a chance to chill. Wanaka is Queenstown’s slightly quieter little sister, a mere one hour drive away. On the way we’ll stop in at charming Arrowtown, a historic gold rush village with heaps of old world character.
Day 5: Wanaka to Franz Josef
After a relaxing morning in Wanaka, the journey to Franz is an another stunner – many of our Haka Guides rate it as their favourite drive in New Zealand. From the cascading waterfalls of Haast Pass to classic Kiwi coastal views, you won’t want to nap on the bus in case you miss anything. Your guide will have some epic surprise photo stops and short walks along the way.
Day 6: Franz Josef
With Aoraki/Mount Cook (New Zealand’s highest mountain) twinkling behind the glaciers, Franz Josef is about as beautiful a setting as you can find in New Zealand. There are heaps of ways to enjoy Franz Josef Glacier; weather permitting, to get up onto the bluest ice you can take a scenic helicopter flight and hike onto the glaciers.
Day 7: Franz Josef to Christchurch
We head further along the beautiful west coast on another of the most spectacular drives in the country (and, some would say, the world): a rugged, primeval landscape of luxuriant rainforest juxtaposed against breathtaking beach and ocean waves. On the way back to Christchurch, you'll traverse the South Island on the stunning TranzAlpine Train Crossing. Travelling across the Southern Alps through Arthur’s Pass, you'll arrive in Christchurch around 6.30pm before transferring to your accommodation.
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Reviewed April 8, 2019 via mobile

I went on the South Island Lick tour, and it was an amazing experience! Our tour manager was really organized and knowledgeable, and traveling in a small group made it so much easier to get to know everyone. I’d definitely recommend Haka Tours to other...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed February 23, 2019 via mobile

Haka tours did an excellent job of fitting stops at lake tekapo, Queenstown, wanaka, and Franz Josef in 7 days with plenty of time for optional activities. The Milford sound optional day trip from Queenstown is an essential part of this tour. Our overnight stay...More

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Reviewed January 28, 2019 via mobile

It was our tour guide's (Benny) first trip. The trip had three options: going for the North and South Island or just North or South. I joined just the Southern part. It was well organized and allowed plenty of time at each destination - all...More

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Reviewed January 6, 2019

I took the Dec 16 - 22 tour. We went through picturesque countries of the south island. Every turn of the bus gave us a postcard level picture. The tour also stopped at view points. Our tour guide is very thoughtful, helping us adjust our...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 23, 2018

This is was my first solo trip out of my country and I was super excited and little bit scared hahaha!!!. Once I got out of the airport and reached the Haka Lodge at Christchurch and Avie was welcoming and very helpful. Following day I...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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