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Highlights -
  • The local knowledge of your Extra Mile Guide
  • All inclusive seem less Extra Mile itinerary
  • Central Otago Pinot Noir
  • Mount Aspiring, Fiordland and Abel Tasman National Parks
  • Hike on 4 of New Zealand’s Great Walks: The Routeburn Track, Milford Track, Kepler Track and Abel Tasman Track
  • 10 days exploring the diversity of New Zealand’s South Island
  • Mercedes Sprinter luxury vans for the ultimate in comfort and reliability
  • Our selection of the best restaurants and dining experiences
  • The company of likeminded Travelers
  • Optional Activities: Scenic Helicopter Flights, Sea Kayaking and more.
Itinerary +

Day 1 - Arrive Queenstown / Gibbston Wine Country / Kinross Cottages

Rated the World’s most scenic landing, Queenstown Airport is the perfect place to start off on a great adventure. Meet your guide at the airport and in minutes you’ll be enjoying the wonderful scenery the Southern Lakes is famous for. Stretch your legs on a short walk around Lake Hayes, a favorite local walking trail, before checking into our cozy cottages nestled beneath the Southern Alps within the vineyards of Gibbston. Central Otago is one of New Zealand’s premier wine making regions and is best known for it’s stunning Pinot Noir. Other varieties include Pinot Gris, Riesling and Chardonnay. Enjoy a relaxing and informative wine tasting at the cellar door. Kinross represents 5 of the best local boutique wineries: Valli, Wild Irishman, Hawkshead, Coal Pit and Domain Thomson. As the sun sinks towards the horizon we’ll bask in the warmth and ever changing views while dining al fresco in the wine garden.
Hiking Time: 1-2 hours
Driving Time: 30 Minutes
Meals Included: D

Day 10 - Awaroa Lodge / Abel Tasman National Park / Depart Nelson

After a relaxed breakfast there’s time for a walk along the beach before it’s time to board our water taxi for one last look at this incredible coastline on our way to Nelson. Stopping for lunch at a local winery we’ll make sure you are relaxed and ready for your travel’s ahead. Stay on in Sunny Nelson or depart Nelson Airport in the afternoon. It is here that we say farewell.
Approximate Driving Time: 1 hour
Meals Included: B,L

Day 2 - Lakeside Hike / Arrowtown / AJ Hacket Bungy

Start the day with a hearty breakfast at one of our favorite local restaurants situated beneath the imposing Remarkables Mountains. Our morning hike takes us up the nearby rouche moutone, a hill of bedrock left behind after the last glaciation. The summit reveals beautiful views of Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown before our descent which takes us along the lakeside. Visit quaint Arrowtown who’s character reflects it’s historic goldmining past and learn about the 1860’s goldrush that changed New Zealand forever. Gold was found in the Arrow River in 1862, and a township of 1,000 miners soon sprang up. At the high point of the gold rush the population of Arrowtown rose to over 7,000 and it became the center of a larger municipality, which covered the new settlements of Macetown, Skippers Canyon and Bullendale (today only ghost towns). Today, Arrowtown offers boutique shops, cafes and restaurants. After leaving Arrowtown, we’ll walk along the Gibbston Track to the historic Kawarau Bridge. It was here in 1988 that two kiwi’s, AJ Hackett and Henry Van Ash, set up the world’s first commercial bungy jump. Take the plunge or encourage someone else in the group by offering to take photos. Return to Kinross Cottages in the afternoon to freshen up before heading back to Arrowtown for dinner.
Approximate Driving Time: 1 hour
Approximate Hiking Time: 3 hours
Meals Included: B,L,D

Day 3 - Mount Aspiring National Park / Rob Roy Glacier / Lake Wanaka

We start the day by driving over the Crown Range and through the majestic Matukituki Valley in Mount Aspiring National Park to start our day’s hike through a spectacular river gorge ending in a natural amphitheater— the perfect place for a picnic lunch. Surrounding us are hundreds of waterfalls pouring from hanging sheets of ice and over vertical cliffs. Some evaporate before they reach the ground while others produce brilliant rainbows. Keas, the world’s only alpine parrot, soar on the updrafts and the air is filled with their distinctive calls. Declared a World Heritage Site, this immense alpine reserve is dominated by a pyramid-shaped peak of snow and ice that the Maori call Tititea (“Upright Glistening Mountain”). At 9,961 feet, Mt. Aspiring towers above a sea of mighty peaks and more than 50 named glaciers.
Late this afternoon, we return to our vineyard cottages. Enjoy a soak in the hot tub under a starry southern sky before bed.
Approximate Driving Time: 3.5 hours
Approximate Hiking Time: 4 hours
Meals Included: B,L,D

Day 4 - Kinross Cottages / Kepler Track / Te Anau / Loch Vista

This morning’s scenic drive takes us along the southern arm of Lake Wakatipu and into the fertile plains of Southland, eventually arriving at Te Anau at the edge of Fiordland. Fiordland is New Zealand’s largest and most remote National Park and also a part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area. Today we’ll hike through native beech forest beside the Waiau River along the Kepler Track, the first of 4 of New Zealand’s “Great Walks” we will experience on this trip. In the afternoon settle into our own private home for the next 2 nights. Loch Vista has all the comforts of home with stunning views of Lake Te Anau and the mountains of Fiordland.
Approximate Driving Time: 2 hours
Approximate Hiking Time: 30 mins – 3 hours
Meals Included: B,L,D

Day 5 - Milford Sound / Hike the Milford Track / Milford Cruise / Te Anau

It’s an early start this morning as we make our way along the scenic Milford Road. The landscape was carved by glaciers during the last ice age into a natural sculpture of incredible beauty. We get to explore the very best of Milford Sound by land and sea. First we’ll sample “the finest walk in the world”: the famous Milford Track. After a short boat ride to the start of the track, we’ll hike beside the cascading Arthur River and through lush rainforest to Giant’s Gate Falls. In the afternoon we’ll board our vessel for a 2 hour cruise through the fiord past Mitre Peak, Lady Bowen Falls, Lion Mountain, Copper Point, Seal Rock and Stirling Falls on our way to the Tasman Sea. Seals lie on the rocks basking in the sun, pods of dolphins often cruise in our bow wake and on occasion we even spy the rare Fiordland Crested Penguins that can be found seasonally in Milford Sound. Later in the afternoon we’ll make our way back along the Milford Road to our lodge beside Lake Te Anau.
Driving Time: 4 Hours
Hiking Time: 4 Hours
Meals Included: B,L,D

Day 6 - Te Anau / Nokomai Station / Queenstown

After breakfast we’ll stop in at the Te Anau Bird Sanctuary where we can see many of New Zealand’s native bird species including the rare and endangered Takahe, an unusual grazing bird which evolved in this land devoid of mammals to fill a unique alpine niche. Then we make our way to a high country sheep station where we enjoy a farm lunch and learn about the hardship and pleasures of living off this beautiful but often inhospitable landscape. In the afternoon we arrive in Queenstown, often referred to as “the adventure capital of the world”. It was here that a plethora of adrenaline activities were developed in the 80’s and 90’s as tourism attractions including bungy jumping, jet boating, rafting, river boarding, paragliding, and hang gliding to name a few. Queenstown’s CBD is a hive of activity and packed full of more than 100 restaurants and bars as well as a huge variety of shopping. This is your guide’s home town so he can help you make sense of it all so you can get the most enjoyment out of our 2 nights here.
Approximate Driving Time: 2.5 hours
Meals Included: B,L,D

Day 7 - Glenorchy / Routeburn Track / Queenstown

Today we journey along Lake Wakatipu, enjoying one of New Zealand’s most scenic drives. We head north of Queenstown to enter the heart of Te Wahi Pounamu World Heritage Area, with Mount Earnslaw towering above the Rees and Dart valleys behind the quaint town of Glenorchy, set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. At Glenorchy, our hike brings us across the Routeburn Track, once a route for Maori who were collecting greenstone (New Zealand’s nephrite jade) and today one of New Zealand’s “Great Walks.” We cross swing bridges above the crystal-clear jade waters of the Routeburn River as we follow a well-graded track through forest. For hardy hikers wanting more of a challenge, there are options to hike further up to Routeburn Falls or up the North Branch of the valley. Returning to Queenstown you have the evening on your own to explore this bustling alpine village.Approximate Driving Time: 2 hours 30 mins
Approximate hiking time: 5 hours
Meals Included: B,L

Day 8 - Queenstown / Arrive Nelson / Hike Abel Tasman Track / Awaroa Lodge

Departing Queenstown on an early flight we wing our way to the top of the South Island. Arriving into Nelson we transfer to the nearby Abel Tasman National Park. Golden sand beaches, turquoise waters, nikau palms and giant tree ferns all lend a tropical feel to this coast. Our water taxi drops at a trail head where we hike over the headland into Awaroa Bay, one of New Zealand’s most iconic beaches in the heart of the National Park. The remote Awaroa Lodge is only accessible by hiking or by boat and is the perfect place to relax at the end of an adventurous journey.
Approximate Driving Time: 1 hour
Approximate Hiking Time: 1.5 hours
Meals Included: B,L,D

Day 9 - Abel Tasman National Park / Hike Abel Tasman Track / Optional Sea Kayaking

Wake early for a quiet walk along a deserted beach or sleep in, the choice is yours. After breakfast we’ll set off on the Abel Tasman Track. Or you can take an optional (extra cost) sea kayaking trip along the coast. Whichever way you choose to enjoy the day, you will be rewarded with incredible scenery. We will visit stunning beaches, tranquil lagoons and get close and personal with the remarkable marine life including the NZ fur seal, Kekeno.
Returning to Awaroa Lodge relax for the rest of the afternoon on the beach before our final farewell dinner.
Approximate Hiking Time: 4 hours
Meals Included: B,L,D

Team +

Trip Team

Jon Imhoof

Guide

Jon Imhoof

As well as a guide and outdoor instructor, Jon works closely with our guests to design the perfect personally tailored adventure holiday.  Jon has been operating adventure tours in New Zealand since 1987. He has designed countless itineraries for individuals…
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Pricing +
Trip Cost
Special February Departure featuring guest Trip Leader Hashmat Singh $8,300 NZD Approx $6000 USD
Other Departures:
Trip Cost
$8,100 NZD (8-12 members) Approx $5900 USD
$8,900 NZD (5-7 members) Approx $6490 USD
$10,000 NZD (2-4 members) Approx $7290 USD
Single Supplement: $1325 NZD (Approx $970 USD)
Internal Airfare: $208 NZD (Approx $152 USD)
Queenstown—Nelson (subject to change)
Costs are based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee.
Trip Cost Includes
  • Expert leadership of The Extra Mile trip leader.
  • All activities and entry fees mentioned in the itinerary as included
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All meals listed as included in the itinerary, starting with dinner on the first day and ending with lunch on the last day. (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner).
  • All land and boat transportation, airport transfers for passengers on recommended flights.
Trip Cost Does Not Include
International airfare; internal airfare from Queenstown to Nelson (see separate cost above); transfers for independent arrival or departure; any meals not specified after each itinerary day; airport departure taxes; optional activities; optional gratuities to leaders or staff; additional hotel nights necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors; pre-­trip expenses of medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).
Trip Payment Schedule
At time of reservation: $750 NZD + internal airfare
90 days prior to departure: Balance
Cancellation and Transfer
Cancellation prior to 90 days before tour departure results in loss of deposit and internal air. Cancellation outside 45 days but within 90 days of tour departure results in a cancellation fee equal to 50 percent of the tour price. Cancellation 45 days, or less, prior to tour departure results in a cancellation fee equal to 100 percent of the tour price.
Trip cancellation Insurance
We highly recommend that trip members purchase trip cancellation insurance. The insurance premium must be paid at the time of final payment or earlier.
Arrival & Departure +

The South Island Odyssey begins in Queenstown and ends in Nelson on New Zealand’s South Island.  There are direct flights to these regional airports from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.  Queenstown is also an international airport with direct Trans Tasman flights available from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.  Please plan to arrive by mid day on day one.  The trip ends in Nelson at 3 pm with drop offs available at the airport or locations within the city.

Lodging +
Awaroa Lodge

Awaroa Lodge

Awaroa Lodge invites you to experience unique accommodation that carefully places you amongst untouched nature, leaving you to enjoy the experience of rare beauty. The Lodge is warm, spacious, and inviting. There’s a fireplace in the lounge, a library, a bar…
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Kinross Cottages

Kinross Cottages

On the outskirts of Queenstown but a world away from it's touristed streets you'll find a relaxed atmosphere in cosy cottages nestled amongst the vines.  Gibbston is within the Central Otago wine region, famous for it's high quality Pinot Noir and…
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