South Island Eco-Adventure

School Eco Tour of New Zealand’s South Island

Spend time hiking, rafting and kayaking throughout this stunning region in the South Island of New Zealand! Swim with Dusky dolphins, New Zealand native Fur Seals, or embark on a thrilling whale watching boat trip. Enjoy camping and eating under the stars in the world renowned Abel Tasman National Park, and finish off our journey with a soak in the natural hot springs of Hanmer.


Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Christchurch, high ropes course at Adrenalin Forest and travel to Kaikoura where we walk around the Kaikoura Peninsula, have the opportunity to go fishing and Eco-Adventure Handbooks are handed out

Day 2: Students can either go Dolphin Swimming or Whale Watching followed by short drive to Clarence for an overnight rafting trip

Day 3: Mornings rafting followed by travel to Marahau and Abel Tasman National Park

Day 4 & 5: Kayaking and trek through Abel Tasman National Park

Day 6: Mornings trek in Abel Tasman, drive to Hanmer Springs where we soak in the thermal pools.

Day 7: Depart Hanmer Springs for Christchurch, depart for home

Sample Inclusions

  • Qualified Tour Manager
  • 3 and 4 person tents for the students, sleeping mats, sleeping bags, gas cooker per tent and all necessary cooking equipment
  • Teachers will be in separate 1 person tents
  • 6 x Breakfast
  • 3 x Lunch ( Day 2, 4, 5)
  • 6 x Dinner
  • Transportation
  • Adrenalin Forest - Christchurch
  • 2 days rafting the Clarence River on an overnight rafting trip
  • 3 day trek in Abel Tasman including all park fees
  • Kayaking in Abel Tasman
  • Entrance to Hanmer Springs Thermal Resort for post trek wind-down
  • Instructional Eco-Adventure Student Handbook for every student which needs to be populated with key learnings throughout the trip


  • Investigate the unique flora, fauna and geology of the northern part of New Zealand’s South Island
  • Students will become self-sufficient, cooking their own meals over campfires
  • Be exposed to rugged outdoor activities, including hiking and sea kayaking
  • Learn about efforts to preserve wildlife in this unique ecosystem, and contribute to a conservation project by planting a tree