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Adventure Seeker Holiday and Accommodation plan
Adventure Seeker

Five days of South Island Adventure:

Fox Glacier, Lake Hawea, Wanaka, Queenstown

Whether kayaking, climbing or enjoying the adrenaline thrills provided by the extensive adventure tourism industry in this part of the world, the South Island has it all! Buckle up and enjoy the ride.

Day One:  Christchurch- Fox Glacier 5- 6 hours:

Head out of Christchurch and aim straight at the mountains! Up and over Arthur’s pass through the heart of the Southern Alps and down to the sea, following the coast down through the lush West Coast to stop for the night at Fox Glacier.

Fox Glacier Accommodation: Fox Glacier Holiday Park and Motels offer a range of clean comfortable campground accommodation handy to the township.

Tim’s Tip: It’s worthwhile making the short detour to Okarito lagoon for a guided sea kayaking trip.  

Day Two: Fox Glacier - Lake Hawea.  5 hours:

It’s ice time! A guided glacier walk surrounded by the towering Southern Alps is an awe inspiring experience. Fox Glacier guides operate a highly professional operation with a range of options for the adventurous traveller

Lake Hawea Accommodation: Lake Hawea Holiday Park sits right on the shore of Lake Hawea giving stunning views of the Alps and water. A traditional campground with cabins, powered campervan parks and tent sites has been a kiwi family favourite for generations.  With all the activities on offer, it’s worth staying a day or two in the area to enjoy what the camping ground accommodation here offers.

Tim’s tip: Stretch your legs out after the drive by renting a mountainbike from the campground and follow the Hawea River trail down from the dam.

Day Three: Lake Hawea – Wanaka – Queenstown activities:

For a real Birdseye view of the Hawea - Wanaka landscape try out a skydive from 10,000 feet! There is also jetboating, kayaking and plenty more to keep the adrenaline flowing in the Wanaka area. Otherwise, head overt the hill to Queenstown where the adventure activities are also world renowned.  Home of the bungy jump, a range of rafting and jetboat trips, paragliding, riversurfing, luge …you decide the limit.

Tim’s tip: Do the Wanaka based Deep Canyon! This highly professional canyoning operation was set up by some of New Zealand’s top climbers. Exploring the prehistoric underworld and waterways of the remote Matukituki Valley is a ‘must do’ for the adventure minded.

Day 4: Lake Hawea– Mt Cook 4 hours:

Mt Cook Village is in the heart of the Southern Alps is the base for a number of mountaineering expeditions and training courses. Take a day hike on the Hooker glacier or a helihike above the snowline.

Mt Cook Accommodation: the Hermitage at Mt Cook has a range of accommodation for different budgets, with from high end suites with views of Aoraki/Mt Cook to motel units.

Tim’s tip: Glacier sea kayaking is a thrilling way to get up close to the icebergs on Lake Muller while surrounded by NZ’s highest mountains.

Day 5: Mt Cook– Christchurch 4-5 hours:

Pudding Hill near Methven has one of New Zealand’s most highly regarded tandem skydiving operations with views of the Southern Alps and Ocean

Christchurch Accommodation: The Christchurch YMCA has hotel and hostel accommodation in the city centre and has a huge climbing wall and gymnasium as part of its facilities.