Summer Departures: October 2015 - April 2016
Winter Departures: May - September 2016 - View Winter Journey
The Haast tour is named after Julius Von Haast, a German geologist who helped chart various regions of the South Island. He has a mountain pass named after him as well as the world’s largest eagle (now sadly extinct) not to mention three small settlements in the South West corner of the West Coast. Make your mark on the South Island like Haast. Heading south from Christchurch you'll discover the West Coast taking in glaciers, lakes, snowcapped peaks and Fiordland before looping back up through central Otago's gold mining country towards Christchurch.
Summer Tour Highlights
- Hokitika Bushman’s Centre
- Franz Josef Glacier
- Mt Aspiring National Park
- Fiordland National Park
- Overnight cruise in Doubtful Sound
- Central Otago historic gold mining area and Otago Rail Trail with all-level mountain biking
- Experienced tour guide
- Accommodation transfers
- 9 nights' accommodation
- Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners
- Pounamu jade factory
- Exclusive overnight cruise on the incredible Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise
- Mountain biking on the Otago Rail Trail
Travel in March or April 2016 and get 10% off the price! Use the promo code: AUTUMN10 at checkout.
The itinerary details the accommodation provider for each night.
The base price is for quad share accommodation.
Private room upgrades are not available in January and February.
In March and April you can upgrade your accommodation to a single or twin/double private room (select this option when booking). Twin/Double upgrades are based on two people sharing and can only be booked if you are travelling with a companion.
The standard accommodation on the Doubtful Sound Cruise is quad-share and upgrades are limited. If available you can upgrade on arrival and pay direct to the operator.
What To Bring
Sturdy walking shoes (ankle high), swimming gear, hat and sunscreen, motion sickness tablets, water bottle, towel and toiletries, warm clothing and waterproof jacket, insect repellent, camera.
- Stray Journey Summer itineraries are October – April. Stray Journeys Winter tours operate from May - September and follow a different itinerary from the Summer tour. View the Haast Winter Journey.
- All rates are in NZD, per person, and are subject to change.
- A 15% discount off these rates is available for children aged 12 and under.
Summer Departures: October 2015 - April 2016
Departs from: Christchurch
Time: 9am from Christchurch International Airport.
If you're interested in travelling in the winter season between May - September click here.
Nau mai, haere mai (welcome)! You kick off your Stray Journey in New Zealand’s second largest city, Christchurch. Departing from the Christchurch International Airport at 9.00am, the day starts with a stunning journey across the Canterbury Plains. Make sure you have your camera on hand for the many fantastic photo opportunities as we travel through the famous Arthur’s Pass to the West Coast. We visit Hokitika, famous for pounamu (jade), before our day ends in the quaint little West Coast town of Franz Josef, home to the mighty Franz Joseph Glacier. Includes dinner
Enjoy a free day to get out and explore the mighty Franz Josef Glacier. Navigate a maze of ice and the incredible landscape on a Franz Josef Glacier guided tour (own expense) or visit the glacial terminal face for some spectacular photos. There are also many excellent bush hikes available in the area. Tonight’s dinner option is up to you, giving you the opportunity to dine at one of the local cafes and restaurants in town or make use of the self-catering kitchen at our accommodation. Includes breakfast
Today we head down the West Coast towards Mount Aspiring National Park, stopping to take in some breathtaking scenery at the amazing mirror-like Lake Matheson, NZ’s most photographed lake. We’ll take a short walk to a waterfall as we travel through the mountainous Haast Pass towards Makarora. On arrival in Mount Aspiring National Park there’s plenty of time to enjoy some activities, including a short walk through beech forest to the stunning Blue Pools, take a scenic flight or go jet boating (own expense). Includes breakfast and dinner
Today we visit the picturesque lakeside town of Wanaka, a great place to stop for lunch on our way to the ‘adventure capital of the world’ and spiritual home of bungy jumping, Queenstown. We’ll head to Kawarau Bridge, home to the world’s first commercial bungy and you’ll have the option to throw yourself over the edge (own expense) or watch others take the leap - it’s entirely up to you! Queenstown offers an optional big (make that huge!) night out with plenty of excellent restaurants, pubs and live music. Includes breakfast
You have two free days to fully explore everything on offer. Queenstown is a great place to spend some extra time no matter what your past-time of choice is. Options include: zipline tours, canyoning, Shotover River jet boating, skiing, skydiving, walk Ben Lomond or Queenstown hill for amazing views or just enjoy the stunning scenery around town and relax. Optional activities and meals other than breakfast are at your own expense. Includes breakfast
Our first port of call today is Fiordland National Park, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s one of New Zealand’s most beautiful locations, with stunning ice-carved fiords, valleys, lakes and mountain scenery. Within Fiordland we visit Doubtful Sound, the deepest of all the fiords, surrounded by towering peaks and huge waterfalls. We will board a purpose built boat and cruise past fur seals, penguins and dolphins. There are also sea kayaks to further explore the fiord. Includes breakfast and dinner
We leave Doubtful Sound around midday, leaving behind stunning Fiordland to head for Central Otago. We stop at the historic village of Arrowtown, a charming gold rush village located among beautiful peaks and surrounded by the Arrow River. We’ll jump off the bus and stretch our legs by doing one of the short walks in the area, before heading for the historic town of Naseby. Located in a shallow valley in the foothills of the Mt Ida Range, Naseby is a unique gold mining village just minutes from the Central Otago Rail Trail. Includes breakfast and dinner
This morning we kick off the day with an active mountain bike ride along parts of the Central Otago Rail Trail. Cycle the historic gold mining rail trail, explore the remaining mining relics and learn the history of the area. The trail is a lot of fun, suitable for all levels of riding abilities and a mountain bike ride is an ideal way to explore it. Afterwards we’ll board the bus and make our way through Lord of the Rings landscape towards our overnight stop in Rangitata. Tonight we spend the night in one of Canterbury’s original sheep stations, a great place to get outdoors and wander the native bush in Peel Forest. Includes breakfast
It’s an early departure for an express haul across the Canterbury Plains for an early morning arrival. This is where your Stray Journey ends – we hope you had a blast!