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New Zealand Adrenaline Junkie

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New Zealand Adrenaline Junkie

Explore the magnificence of New Zealand’s South Islands on this jaw-dropping, heart-pumping adventure!

Prices from $2,245

Experience the magnificent beauty of New Zealand and its fascinating culture. From epic scenery, mind boggling fjords, dramatic mountains, and a rich culture boasting unique traditions, travelling through New Zealand is an unforgettable experience. Not surprisingly this incredible destination can be found at the top of most travellers’ wish lists. The country has much to offer the intrepid traveller from exciting adventure sports to satisfy adrenalin junkies, to stunning landscapes just waiting to be explored. New Zealand boasts an array of opportunity to all who visit her shores, and will undoubtedly leave you well and truly bitten by the travel bug. 

Are you looking for an adrenaline tour that gets your blood pumping and pulse racing, or simply looking to explore the epic landscapes and thrilling scenery? Either way, this is the perfect tour for you. Experience the very best of New Zealand’s South Island over 12 spectacular days. 

Our tours are flexible and easy to customise with a healthy mix of adrenaline and down-time, and our small groups also mean you get to make great friends along the way - we aren't a big, impersonal bus.

The flexible itinerary allows you to tailor your trip, and the extensive knowledge of our experienced guides will undoubtedly make sure you get the most out of your New Zealand adventure. 



  • Visit the very best of New Zealand's South Island
  • Test your nerve on a range of adrenaline activities 
  • Enjoy New Zealand’s most spectacular landscapes and geological wonders
  • This is a Frontier Connect project!


  • Minimum age 18


Location South Island, New Zealand

Travel around New Zealand’s South Island
See stunning scenery
See amazing wildlife
Gondola ride in Queenstown

Rain forest stay on the South Island's west coast
Overnight boat trip in Abel Tasman National Park (seasonal) 
Skydiving (additional fees apply)
Bungee jumping (additional fees apply)
Kayaking (additional fees apply)

Transport In-country transfers
Accommodation Shared dormitory style backpacker hostels


Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation (6 sharing, private upgrades available)
Food (breakfast)
In-country transfers
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up
Gondola ride in Queenstown
Guided tour of each location on the itinerary
Overnight boat trip in Abel Tasman National Park
Discounted rates available for add-on tours


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


The South Island is home to both the very best scenery and extreme activities in New Zealand, which make it perfect for travelling adrenalin seekers, or simply those just looking to see the must see sights of New Zealand.

Our 12 day tour will take you from Christchurch to Wellington, via Queenstown, Lake Tekapo, Franz Joseph, Abel Tasman and even Milford Sound.

If you’re looking for an extreme action packed way to see this country, then look no further. You’ll be happy to know we spend 2 nights in Queenstown, the adrenalin capital of the world! You'll have plenty of opportunities to get your blood racing with the range of add-on activities available to you, such as skydiving, bungy jumping, kayaking and more.

Our tour is a complete package which includes all of your accommodation, transport and a local kiwi guide that will show you the best of each location you visit!


Day 1: Christchurch to Lake Tekapo:
Your day begins with an orientation tour of Christchurch’s surrounding area. After lunch, you will head south to Lake Tekapo. 
You will be heading to a picturesque lakeside village, which is a ski resort through the winter and an aquatic playground in the summer.  
Day 2: Lake Tekapo to Queenstown:
After enjoying the morning at Lake Tekapo, you will leave for Queenstown around mid-morning. You will take a break at one of the many salmon farms along the drive to allow you to feed the salmon and taste some sashimi. After heading past Lake Pukaki and Mt. Cook (the highest mountain in New Zealand) and through the village of Omarama there may also be the chance to go wine tasting just outside of Queenstown. 
Once in Queenstown you will be given an orientation tour of the town centre before taking the evening gondola up the hill to view your spectacular new surroundings.  The nightlife in the town is also second to none and there is always something going on no matter what day it is. 
Day 3: Queenstown:
On day 3 you have a whole day to spend in Queenstown. You will have the opportunity to get involved in a range of add-on activities, including bungee jumping, skydiving, canyon swinging, quad biking, or even a visit to Milford Sound. These activities will incur and additional fee, which you will need to factor in to your own costs. Alternatively you may wish to just continue exploring the landscape on your own accord.
Day 4: Queenstown to Wanaka:
After exploring a bit more of Queenstown in the morning, you will be taken over the Crown Range along the highest inland road in the country. Along the way, we will stop for a cup of coffee in the oldest pub in New Zealand, the Cardrona Hotel. You may also have the chance to stop at Cardrona Adventure Park where more add-on activities are available including the opportunity to drive monster trucks for an additional fee.
The end of the drive will take you to the picturesque lakes of Wanaka and Hawea. Over 1,300 feet deep and an incredible blue, both lakes are fringed by breathtaking mountain ranges. Wake-boarding, water-skiing, lake cruise and swimming are high in the agenda during summer. In the winter, Wanaka transforms into a snow sports paradise. 
Day 5: Wanaka to Franz Josef:
Wake up with uninterrupted views of the stunning Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps. Again there is a range of add-on activities available in the morning for an additional fee, including skydiving with views of Fox Glacier and Mt Cook in the distance, acrobatic flights and wakeboarding. 
With heaps to see and do along our drive today we set off after any activities, passing along the shores of Lake Hawea to the Haast Pass. This journey encompasses spectacular scenery as you travel from mountainous alpine surrounds to the luxuriant rainforest of the West Coast.  You will stop off en-route at Roaring Billy Falls, a stunning waterfall and one of our favourites. 
Day 6: Franz Josef:
Day 6 will see you explore New Zealand’s glacier country, with a visit to the Franz Joseph glacier. Guided treks onto the glacier itself are available as an add-on for an additional fee, which can be arranged locally. Alternatively our guide will take you as close to the bottom of the glacier as possible.
The Franz Josef glacier is unique in that whereas most glaciers are retreating, Franz still flows almost to sea level. Surrounding the glacier is a stunning landscape of temperate rainforest of ancient podocarp trees and other evergreen species. The combination of ice and temperate rainforest is a unique feature of New Zealand's glacier country and is an ecosystem found nowhere else on the planet. 
Day 7: Franz Josef to Punakaiki:
The road from Franz Josef to Punakaiki is one of the most spectacular drives in the world! You will head to the beautiful west coast, a rugged primeval landscape of luxuriant rainforest juxtaposed against breath-taking beach and ocean waves.  
You will pass through Ross, a town that arose from gold mining. The gold rush days of the second half of the 19th century were largely responsible for opening up the West Coast for settlement. Before this there was a small number of Maori who searched for greenstone, or Jade. You may have the opportunity to visit a Jade factory in Hokitika along the way.
You will end your drive in Te Nikau Retreat, a favourite on the tour. This resort boasts spacious cabins and lodges in a peaceful rainforest beside the coast. Take this opportunity to relax. Bond with your fellow travellers and develop long lasting friendships! 
Day 8: Punakaiki:
Surfing, horse trekking, kayaking, four-wheel driving, walking or simply taking in the view are all great activities for you to choose from in Punakaiki! The region is world famous for its 'Pancake Rocks', which are huge columns of limestone resembling stacks of pancakes. With a heavy swell running at high tide, seawater is forced upwards through blowholes with an impressive roar.
Day 9: Punakaiki to Abel Tasman:
There are plenty of surprises awaiting you along the way to Abel Tasman. Exploring some awesome caves and getting acquainted with a fur seal colony may be on the list. You may also grab the chance to get involved in more adventure sports such as quad biking, extreme jet boating and river rafting along the Buller River upon reaching Westport for an extra cost.
The end of the day’s itinerary will take you to see golden beaches, tranquil lagoons, clear water, native bush, seals and bird life at Abel Tasman National Park.   
Day 10: Abel Tasman:
Explore Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand’s smallest national park. Take a walk or kayak. Either will give you a great perspective of what the park has to offer. In the park we'll get to overnight on a boat-turned-hostel, have a BBQ together on the deck, swim off the boat and hang out together under the stars. This is one of the most unique experiences you can have in New Zealand.
Day 11: Abel Tasman to Wellington: 
Azure skies, beaches, lakes, spectacular national parks, unique land forms, vineyards, gourmet cafes, artist galleries and boutique shopping experiences are only some of the offerings in-store for you in Nelson. 
You may spend a few hours in Nelson before heading to Picton, where you will be catching the Inter-Islander ferry to Wellington. On the way you may have the chance to stop at Havelock, the centre of the country’s green-lipped mussel industry, to pay a quick gastronomic visit to the Mussel Pot Café and sample New Zealand’s awesome seafood! 
You will board the Inter-Islander – a three hour journey penned as one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world. By the time we reach Wellington it will be around 10pm and so the rest of the evening is up to you! With some of the best nightlife in the country, it makes sense to take advantage of Wellington’s great bars and restaurants, many within short walking distances of the hostel.
Day 12: Wellington: 
Our last stop but not by any means the least is Wellington. Wellington is a stunning and compact city. Vibrant, exciting and cultured, the nation’s capital combines the stimulation and sophistication of a big city with the quirkiness of a charming village. Your friendly Frontier tour guide will introduce you to the city with an orientation tour. Visit grand museums and the Parliament Buildings to immerse in culture. Take a drive around the bays, walk up to the lookout point at Mt. Victoria and take a cable car ride to better appreciate the stunning views. Extending just two kilometres in diameter, the capital is a truly 'walking city’.


You will fly into Christchurch, before making your own way to the rendezvous point where you will be met by a friendly Frontier representative. You will be given more detailed instructions on where to meet the rest of your group nearer your time of departure. 

We recommend that you arrive into Christchurch the night before your project start date, as your adventure begins bright and early at 8am the next day. Your Frontier Volunteer Coordinator can help you make any accommodation and transfer arrangements; however, these would be at your own cost.    


Throughout the duration of your adventure you will be staying in a variety of high quality lodges and backpackers hostels all over New Zealand. You will be sharing dorm-style rooms with 4 to 6 of your fellow travellers (private upgrades available). Some rooms will have ensuite bathrooms, whereas others will have shared facilities. Sharing dorms is a really fantastic way of bonding with the other members of your group and re-living the day’s fun activities! All accommodation will have a fully equipped kitchen and lounge facilities, with computers and Wi-Fi to keep in touch with loved ones at home. 


You will receive a continental-style breakfast each morning of your tour to prepare you for the day’s adventure ahead. You will be responsible for sourcing your own lunch and dinner each day. You can either cook for yourself in the fully equipped kitchen facilities available at each hostel, or you can take the opportunity to sample local restaurants with your new found friends. Either way you are sure to sample new cuisines and learn some new recipes during your trip!   
Something that should not be missed is a visit to the infamous Fergburger café in Queenstown where you can try one of the numerous different delicious burgers! 

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You will also have the opportunity to get involved in a number of extra activities. You will have a selection of activities to choose from depending on your own interests, including bungee jumping and canyoning, canyon swing, taking a Milford Sound trip or challenging yourself with a sky dive. These activities will incur an additional fee which you will need to factor in to your own costs. 


Project fee $2,245

Registration fee $51



13th  February – 24th February

20th February – 3rd March

6th March – 17th March

20th March – 31st March

27th March – 7th April


3rd April - 14th April


12 days / 11 nights 


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Accommodation (6 sharing, private upgrades available)
  • Food (breakfast)
  • In-country transfers
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up
  • Gondola ride in Queenstown
  • Guided tour of each location on the itinerary
  • Overnight boat trip in Abel Tasman National Park
  • Discounted rates available for add-on tours and adventure activities


Nearest airport(s): Christchurch (CHC)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

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