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NZ Intro South Island

Experience
Tour
Destination
New Zealand
Duration
9 days
Operated by
IntroTravel
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Trip overview

From the soaring southern alps to bright blue lakes that put Instagram filters to shame, New Zealand’s South Island is full of spectacular natural beauty and good times galore. Planning on spending a gap year or working holiday in New Zealand? Our NZ Intro package is designed just for you! As well as sorting your life admin and helping find you a job in NZ, we’ll show the highlights of the scenic South, along with some off-the-beaten-path adventures. Cruise Milford Sound, hike rugged landscapes, jet boat through canyons, spot Lord of the Rings filming locations, hit up the nightlife in Queenstown, and so much more! Oh, and did we mention you’ll be doing all this with an experienced group leader and a new crew of mates? There’s no better way to kick off your adventure in New Zealand!

Inclusions

What's Included

  • Airport pickup
  • 8 nights’ accommodation
  • Queenstown city tour
  • canyon jet boating
  • Milford Sound cruise
  • Lord of the Rings tour
  • hike Mount Iron
  • Mount Cook/Aoraki National Park
  • hot springs star gazing experience
  • plus all transport, some meals, experienced group leader, NZ bank account, IRD number, SIM card, NZ Jobs membership unlimited job finding assistance, 24/7 support in New Zealand, help with all onward travel after NZ Intro

Meals

5 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Accommodation

You'll spend 8 nights in hostels located in the heart of NZ's most vibrant cities.

Transportation

Your included airport transfer will take you to your first hostel. 

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Global Emergency Line

Feel confident knowing we have a worldwide emergency team on standby, 24 hours a day, Monday to Friday. 

gWorld access

Stay organised with your personalised portal where you can keep all of your important documents and trip details in one spot and gain insider access to everything Global.

Global Academy

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Gain access to an ever-growing range of skills & languages to learn before & whilst you travel.

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Trip itinerary

Day 1

Arrive and meet your group – Kia ora! Landing in Queenstown, we’ll meet you at the airport and take you to our hostel to settle in and refresh. Tonight you’ll meet up with the rest of your travel crew and get excited about all the adventures yet to come in New Zealand!

Day 2

Queenstown & Jet Boating – Today we’ll get all your local essentials set up before showing you around Queenstown, a backpacker hub that’s known as the adventure capital of New Zealand. The good news is that our first jolt of adrenaline isn’t far off, as this afternoon we’ll be zipping through Skippers Canyon on a jet boat going over 80 km/h. Tonight we’ll top off our first day of exploring by seeing what Queenstown has to offer after dark! (B)

Day 3

Milford Sound Cruise - Leaving Queenstown, today we’re heading to the majestic Milford Sound. We’ll hop on a boat to cruise around the fjord, feeling tiny amongst sheer cliff faces, ancient forests, and plunging waterfalls. We might even spot some fur seals lazing about! This evening we’ll get cosy in Te Anau, a charming town in the heart of Fiordland. (B, L)

Day 4

Travel to Wanaka – Driving through awe-inspiring landscapes that will have our jaws on the floor, we’ll stop at some notable Lord of the Rings filming locations nestled in the mountains. After soaking up the Tolkien-esque vistas and taking thousands of photos we’ll arrive in Wanaka, a dreamy resort town on sapphire lakeside shores.

Day 5

Discover Wanaka - Waking to the views of snow-capped peaks, today we’ll enjoy all that Wanaka has to offer. First up: a visit to the insta-famous ‘Wanaka Tree’, followed by a hike up Mt Iron that will reward our efforts with incredible views of Lake Wanaka, Lake Hawea, and Mt Aspiring National Park. This is the great outdoors at its finest. (B)

Day 6

Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park – Waving goodbye to Wanaka, we’ll enjoy a scenic drive through the southern alps towards Tekapo. Known for its milky turquoise hue, Lake Tekapo is an alpine oasis - so have your phone charged and camera ready! This afternoon we’ll strap on our comfy shoes and stretch our limbs hiking the iconic Hooker Valley track. One of the most well-known walks in the South Island, this walk winds us through the valley to grant unforgettable views of Aoraki/Mt Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand. (B)

Day 7

Lake Tekapo – Today we’ll have ample time to explore Lake Tekapo and its surrounds. Opt for another hike, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd, or find a classic Kiwi meat pie to munch on. This evening we’ll have the exclusive chance to learn about the convergence of Maori mythology and modern science whilst relaxing our bodies at Tekapo Springs. Within an official dark sky reserve, this is one of the world’s best places for star-gazing, and watching the skies whilst soaking in 37.5 degree naturally-heated pools is the best way to do it, we think.

Day 8

Work & Onward Travel Planning – On arrival back in Queenstown, we’ll help sort out any onward travel for the rest of your time in New Zealand. If you’ve got questions, we’ve got answers! Eager to book a skydive, bungy jump, or ski pass? We’ve got you. Tonight we’ll get together one last time for our farewell dinner and night out in Queenstown! Sweet as, bro. (D)

Day 9

Check Out – This morning your unforgettable South Island adventure comes to an end. Check out and journey home, stay in Queenstown, or continue the next leg of your travels with the new friends you’ve made! Whatever your plans, we’ll be there to help every step of the way. (B)

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At Global Work & Travel, we share a deep love for animals and fully understand the special bond you have with your pet. We recognise the challenges of embarking on a trip without them. Due to travel restrictions, requirements, and limited pet-friendly accommodations among our host organisations, we regretfully cannot facilitate their inclusion in the journey. However, many of our customers choose to entrust their pets to a family member or friend, embark on their adventure, and return home to wagging tails and furry cuddles.

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