Sidharth Malhotra's South Island Adventure


1,016 km


  • Action and adventure
  • TranzApline Scenic Journey
  • Wildlife encounters


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Take a Sidharth Malhotra inspired journey through the South Island.

From Christchurch travel to Akaroa for history and wildlife encounters, explore Canterbury via motorcycle or climb aboard a hot air balloon for a different view. Journey on the TranzAlpine railway as it travels through the spectacular Southern Alps to Arthurs Pass National Park.

See the night sky come alive with the milky way in Lake Tekapo, hike New Zealand’s longest glacier in Aoraki Mount Cook, then head on to Queenstown for jet boating, bungy jumping and scenic flights. End your journey with some indulgence in luxurious hot pools.


    Day 1: Christchurch

    Take to the open road
    Christchurch - Canterbury
    Motorcycle touring in NZ, Christchurch - Canterbury

    By Camilla Rutherford

    Christchurch - Canterbury

    Christchurch - Canterbury

    Christchurch accommodation


    • Hot Air Ballooning
    • Explore the city by tram
    • Visit the Orana Wildlife Park

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    Begin your day with an early morning flight in a hot air balloon. See the sprawling patchwork of the Canterbury Plains set against the awe-inspiring Southern Alps.

    Book a Harley Davidson tour and take to the open road in the afternoon on a thrilling ride through the New Zealand countryside.

    In the evening visit one of Christchurch’s many sumptuous dining establishments at Victoria Street, Stranges Lane or The George.

    Day 2: Akaroa

    Meet dolphins up close
    Christchurch - Canterbury
    Meeting the local wildlife, Christchurch - Canterbury

    By Camilla Rutherford


    • French heritage & colonial architecture
    • Wildlife harbour cruises
    • Fine foods


    • By car: Christchurch to Akaroa return
    • By : 3 h | 160 km

    Travel to the French colonial township of Akaroa, on the tranquil Banks Peninsula. Board a harbour nature cruise to encounter some of New Zealand's most popular wildlife, including Hector's dolphin; the world's rarest.

    Before returning to Christchurch, take some time to discover Akaroa’s unique French history with its heritage buildings and French cuisine.

    Day 3: Arthur's Pass via TranzAlpine

    Journey across snowcapped mountains
    Christchurch - Canterbury
    Exploring the South Island by train, Christchurch - Canterbury

    By Camilla Rutherford


    • The Devil's Punchbowl Falls
    • Mountaineering
    • Alpine Wildlife


    • By train: TranzApline to Arthur's Pass return
    • By : 2 h 30 min | 150 km

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    Board the magical TranzAlpine railway bound for Greymouth.  From the comfort of world-class cabins, watch the landscape transform from city to farmland to towering mountains, as the train winds its way through the spectacular Southern Alps.

    Disembark in Arthurs Pass National Park and explore the park's many short trails, such as the dramatic Devil's Punchbowl Falls walk, before returning to Christchurch.


    Day 4: Lake Tekapo

    Be dazzled by the night sky
    Christchurch - Canterbury
    Mt John Observatory, Christchurch - Canterbury

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    • By car: Christchurch to Lake Tekapo
    • By : 3 h 10 min | 244 km

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    Travel south-west to picturesque Lake Tekapo. Spend the day exploring on foot or cycle around the vivid turquoise coloured lake. Visit the Church of the Good Shepard, for a perfect view of the Southern Alps through its altar window.

    In the evening, journey up to Mount John Observatory perched high in the mountains, for a spectacular night of stargazing. If you’re lucky, you may see the Southern Lights, which are most visible between April and September.

    Day 5: Aoraki Mount Cook

    Step on an ancient glacier
    New Zealand
    Putting life in perspective - Mt Cook, New Zealand

    By The Helicopter Line

    Christchurch - Canterbury

    Christchurch - Canterbury

    Aoraki Mount Cook accommodation


    • Stargazing
    • Alpine tarns, herb fields and glaciers
    • Wildlife encounters


    • By car: Lake Tekapo to Aoraki Mount Cook
    • By : 1h 30 min | 120km

    After a relaxed morning, drive the short distance to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, home of New Zealand’s tallest mountain and longest glacier. Take a spectacular trip to Tasman Glacier. Discover the awesome power of the ever-changing glacial landscape as you travel by boat through the glacier’s terminal lake.

    For an alternate view, climb aboard of the many scenic heli flights, some land on the ice, allowing you to get out and hike the glacier’s surface.

    Day 6: Queenstown

    get your Thrills in Queenstown
    Queenstown, Queenstown

    By Camilla Rutherford


    • By car: Mount Cook to Queenstown
    • By : 3 h | 258 km

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    Journey south and prepare for an action packed day in Queenstown, New Zealand's adventure capital. As the home of bungy, the Kawarau Bridge is the perfect spot for a bungy jump. Board a Jet boat for a thrilling ride up the Dart River or ride the Skyline Gondola and take in the spectacular views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu.

    Spend the evening soaking up Queenstown's vibrant nightlife.

    Day 7: Queenstown day 2

    soak up a little luxury
    Onsen Hot Pools, Queenstown

    By Camilla Rutherford


    • Bungy jumping and jet boating
    • Day walks and stunning views
    • Winery tours


    • By car: Towns within driving distance of Queenstown
    • By : Arrowtown 20 min | 20 km
    • By : Glenorchy 45 min | 46 km -

    Spend your last day exploring Queenstown and surrounding towns. Visit the historic settlement of Arrowtown for a slice of gold mining history, or journey west to the idyllic town of Glenorchy, a great spot for horse riding, kayaking or nature walks.

    If you’re looking for more adventure, try skydiving or hang-gliding amidst the breath-taking Remarkables Mountain range.

    Finish your journey with some pampering at the luxurious Onsen Hot Pools

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