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Netherlands: Adventure South Island - itinerary & map
The whole South Island of New Zealand, from the hills to the ocean, is like a vast New Zealand nature reserve - no wonder Kiwis are celebrating every chance to "try it out" on the go! In Kaikoura we explore first hand the nature's beauties as we float among rugged trophies, wander from mystic ferns to powdered sandy shores in Abel Tasman Nationalpark, explore the frozen wonder of Fox Glacier and spend the night in mountainous Milford Sound.
There are many open-air adventures (wine tastings and food from farms to tables), but our tour also shows the kiwi friendliness and tranquil tempo of this country that has been sanctified by Mother Earth. End the voyage with a three-day walk on the Hollyford Track in Fiordland National Park, a World Heritage Site. Our New Zealand tour was fantastic, with breathtaking landscapes, great kayak, dolphin swims and hiking, and our tour leader, Chris, was expert and very enjoyable.
In a neoprene suit, make-up, snorkels and flippers we step into the fascinating sea life and walk the Kaikoura Peninsula's coastline rocks. The Abel Tasman National Park with its gold sand and sandy beach, aqua marin water, indigenous woods and beautiful coast paths is a real enchantment for walking. Our chalet, which can only be reached on horseback or by ferry, follows paths through gentle ferns to promontories and rugged sandy shores with stunning vistas over Tasman Bay.
Our walks along the sea cliffs of Cape Foulwind and into the Paparoa National Park, luxuriant with Nikau palm groves, northerly ratas and cabbages, take us along the rugged west coast. Fox is bordered by green rain forests and the snow-capped Southern Alps. During our thrilling stroll we get a good view of the rest of the ice that has formed this scenery, and as we wander we can see it squeak and groan in the distant world.
We stroll along a rain forest path to Munro Beach in quest of some of the rarest Fiordland pinguins, and in the mighty Matukituki Valley in Mount Aspiring National Park we stroll through a stunning canyon to a wild amphitheatre - the ideal place for our picnics. We' re going on an night trip through this beautiful lake, passing a waterfall to the Tasman Sea.
Departure on the 13th day via Queenstown or with our Hollyford Track Extension.