This page showcases our itinerary offering for a seven day tour around the West Coast & South Island of New Zealand. We've pieced together day by day activities with purchase links for your consideration.

We're really looking forward to showing you some hidden spots and local walks around the West Coast of New Zealand. At an affordable price, you will get a true experience of New Zealand with our local guides and experiences. This whole package includes my time, meaning you have a tour guide with you for the whole trip to answer any questions and help get you to where you need to be (at no extra cost). Myself and the Bushman Tours team really look forward to showing you our New Zealand.

Ollie Law // Chief Bushman

Days broken down

To make things easy, we have listed out day by day what your group will be doing during their holiday. Starting in Auckland in the far north, the group will make their way south through beautiful landscapes to meet with us in Christchurch. After, we will provide a true experience travelling west to meet with some more guides and experience the Jurassic coast. If you have any questions or want to adjust your trip, please contact your account manager.

North Island (Auckland)

Itinerary

20th October // Land in Auckland

The group will land in Auckland (times still to be confirmed). We recommend catching the earliest flight possible. We will then require you to book and catch a flight to Christchurch as this is where our tour begins. If your flight does not land in Christchurch until the late afternoon or evening, please advise us as we will move the tour around to accommodate. 

South Island (West Coast)

20th October // City Tour & Godley

After landing in Christchurch (should you catch an early enough flight), your tour guide Ollie will meet you at the airport and pick you up. He will then drive you to your prearranged hotel. Once settled, we will meet Bushwoman Jill who will join us to guide around Christchurch City. Here, she will show us the effects and damage of the 2010 Earthquakes and how the city has been rebuilt, as well as the stunning coastline for plenty of opportunities for local coffee and food. 

After this, we will head south of the city to begin climbing the beautiful Port Hills. Here, we will head towards Godley Head to complete an easy 4 hour walk. This walk circles an old World War 2 battery site that lurks above a dead volcano. Views of the bay, city and a sunset will complete your day before being dropped back at your hotel. Read more about Godley Head here.

Hotel: 4.5 Star Sudima Hotel Christchurch City

21st October // Arthurs Pass & Bealey Spur

On this day, we will get up promptly to head west toward the coast. You will get a good view of the city plus our largest and most active river system, the Waimakariri River. Only 45 minutes in, we begin to be surrounded by mountains. Here, we will be greeted by Bushman Jackie who is going to take the group up a local favourite walk, Bealey Spur. This walk is an easy, pleasant day hike with fantastic views over the Waimakariri Valley. Follow the track through beech forest, open grassland and sub-alpine scrub until it ends at the historic Bealey Spur Hut (once used for high country sheep farming). Stunning views from a gradual track begins with a steep walk up a road from the car park. From there it climbs steadily through beautiful forest until the path emerges into the open and continues onto a ridge. We will have a chance to rest, get plenty of photos and enjoy some food.

We have arranged smaller walks around the Arthurs Pass village and surrounding areas if the weather is too bad. This region has giant mountains, native wildlife (including the chance to see our native Kea down by the shops) and plenty of views for it to be a beautiful and memorable place to relax. Hear the noises and surroundings of our New Zealand natural world. 

Hotel: 4.6 star Arthurs Pass Motel & Lodge
This Lodge is the highest rated in the region, brand new and overlooks stunning mountains close to short walks.

22nd October // Punakaiki & West Coast

Today you have the morning to yourself to meet and have breakfast with the locals (the Kea!) and enjoy the fresh air and sounds of the Arthurs Pass. We will make our way to the West Coast where you will begin to see the landscape become greener with more jungle surroundings. Historic river systems and bendy roads provide some amazing views. We will have plenty of chances to stop and look around. 

That afternoon, we will head to the Punakaiki Rocks (also known as the Pancake Rocks). These natural formations have been used in many nature documentaries and are known around the world. We will aim to be there at high tide, allowing you a chance to see some really exciting "blow hole" movement where the ocean bursts through the large openings in the rock - sometimes leaping 100 feat in the air. The rocks are a heavily eroded limestone area where the sea bursts through several vertical blowholes. The foundations of the Pancake Rocks were formed 30 million years ago when minute fragments of dead marine creatures and plants landed on the seabed about 2 km below the surface. This is an easy walk and can take around 1 hour, but there is no rush. Get some great photos and videos of this amazing and historic place.

Hotel: 4 star Punakaiki Resort
Stunning views of the ocean and surroundings make this resort the top place to stay in the region.

23 October // Cape Foulwind & Seal Colony

Enjoy your breakfast as the sun rises in the east and overlook our most exotic ocean, The Tasman Sea. Afterwards, your tour guide Ollie will pick you up to head north over a short 52 minute drive (plenty of opportunity to stop and get fantastic photos including Perpendicular Point, a beautiful view along rock formations). Once we arrive in Cape Foulwind, we will be greeted by Bushman Drew. He is a true West Coast born and bred Bushman who knows this region well. He will guide us through this pleasant walk to see more views, wildlife and the famous Seal Colony. This easy 4 to 5 hour walk follows the local beaches and passed a well established Fur Seal Colony. We will stop here for some local tea and light food. We'll explore hidden beaches, caves and spots for amazing photos with Drew. 

That evening, you have the night to yourself to wonder around the historic Westport town. A town founded by settlers in the 1800's, it is most famous for its Jade Stone. We will make sure you have a chance to visit the world famous Jade Shops in the town. 

Learn more about Cape Foulwind here.

Hotel: 4.5 star Omau Settlers Lodge Motel

24th October // Charming Creek

Likely one of the most stunning and exciting day walks we offer, the Charming Creek walkway will take you through historic mining tracks deep into the West Coast bush. Here, you will be guided by Bushman Drew again who will point out many of the left over and abandoned trains and tracks. In fact, the walkway follows the railway deep through mountains and caves, alongside the roaring waterfalls and ice cold rivers. This is an easy 5 to 6 hour walk that takes you right under the native canopy and into our most wild jungles. Find out more about the walkway here.

Hotel: Remain at Omau Settlers Lodge

25th October // Hanmer & Waterfalls

On this day, we will cut through the West Coast, over the Southern Alps of New Zealand and through the country to Hanmer Springs; a resort town known to locals and a great spot to relax and unwind deep in the New Zealand back-country. Here, Bushman Drew will again meet us to walk us through the surrounding township and day walks. Drew spends his winters here in Hanmer working up at the ski field but also guides many day walks including the Dog Stream Waterfall or the option of hiking up Conical Hill for 360 degree views of the town and surrounding landscapes. 

Hanmer also boast plenty of shopping and restaurants to relax in the evening. Or grab a drink at a local bar.

Hotel: 5 star Braemar Lodge And Spa
This stunning Lodge and Spa is in high demand. Avoid the crowds at the public hot springs by enjoying your own hot tub spa in your room overlooking the surrounding mountains. 


26th October // Kaikoura & Wildfoods

After enjoying your breakfast and perhaps another spa before we start the day, your guide Ollie will pick you up and begin our two hour drive to Kaikoura on the east coast. This famous and beautiful township was recently hit by earthquakes and is only just recovering. This provides an opportunity to see some incredible sites of the seabed which has been pushed up and above the coast. We will arrive at your hotel before lunch for a chance to unwind. Afterwards, we will head to the jetty and boat ramp to meet your fishing charter. Over a few hours, you will head out with a local fisherman to catch your evenings dinner! This trip provides stunning views of the surrounding coastline and wildlife with a chance to perhaps even see Wales and Dolphins. 

When we arrive back to shore after (hopefully) catching the evenings meal, we will make our way to the Kaikoura Peninsula for a stroll around the east coast seal colony. Here again, you will get a chance to see how earthquakes have shaped the land. If available, Sabrina - who runs the Kaikoura Wildlife Rescue charity - will meet us and provide a presentation and talk on the surrounding wildlife and her work towards conservation and sea life. This is a unique and amazing opportunity to understand the region well and also give back to her cause. A portion of your fees go towards her work. (Read more below about her)

That evening we will meet Bushman Ian for an evening of locally sourced wine, beer and food. Ian provides a Wild Foods experience that is unique to Bushman Tours. Meats, fish and ingredients will create a meal that no restaurant could provide with most of it being caught that day. Ian will walk you through how he cooks it (which will be done in front of you) as well as where the food comes from. Much of this is sample food and provides a whole dish of variety to enjoy complimented by local wines and beer. 

Hotel: 5 star Manakua Lodge

27th October // Drive back to Christchurch

(Dependent on the time of your flight from Christchurch to Auckland) You will have a chance to enjoy a local coffee and breakfast down the quaint and peaceful Kaikoura High Street before we head south. The drive is a stunning, winding road along the coastline, over the hills and through local farm land. If time allows, we will have a chance to stop off at a beautiful beach only known to locals called Gore Bay. This is a great chance to stretch the legs and enjoy the ocean one last time - which is often visited by Dolphin. After we arrive to Christchurch, your guide Ollie can either drop you at the airport or into the city for one last wander around. 

Book

Total cost: $14,975 USD*

$2,995 USD per person.

* This price includes:

  • 5 people
  • Guided walks
  • Tour guides
  • Transport and fuel
  • Food for day walks
  • All accommodation 
  • Experiences (fishing & Wild Foods)
  • Full time guide
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • All fees and taxes

This fee does not include any hired gear which can be added at check out.

Something Special

On the morning after we arrive into Kaikoura, the group will have a few hours spare to either relax, wander or meet Sabrina, of the Kaikoura Wildlife Rescue. Bushman Tours directly supports and contributes to Sabrina’s work who, as the only volunteer of the foundation, rescues and rehabilitates many of Kaikoura’s fragile birds and sea life.

This presentation will be lead by Sabrina down by the seal colony, where she will share some of her success stories and the current state of conservation in New Zealand. Sabrina will detail all the wildlife found on this coast, how to spot them and most importantly, how to care for them. Your fare for this experience will go directly to supporting the foundation.

To find out more, read our article on KWR here.

Your transport

Your cost covers the hire fees of a Hyundai 8 Seater mini-van. This will be professionally driven by your guide and offer you a chance to enjoying the views instead of the road rules. Insurance and fuel costs are all covered here and there is plenty of room for luggage.

The Wild Foods Menu

Three hours or so of fishing and walking will have you nice and hungry. The whole group will head back to the Kaikoura coastline to enjoy the cooked meal we have prepared. Here, Bushman Tours will have gotten the food and kitchen ready for your evening of wild foods.

Subject to availability, this includes:

Nibbles  
Venison Salami
Goat chorizo
Cheeses
Pickles
Crackers
Chips & Dip
Drinks: Lager

Pre dinner
Seafood of crays, paua, 
kina and finger food with the 
appropriate dipping sauce.
Drinks: Pilsner

Main entree
Roast venison
Goat
Pork
Veges & salad
Drinks: Pinot Gris

Dessert
Local selection of cakes and ice-cream
Drinks: Dessert Wine 

Please let us know if anyone has a food allergy or requests we must be aware of.

Questions & Answers

Will we have a guide the full time?

Yes, Chief Bushman and lead guide Ollie will be with you from Christchurch. He will drive the mini-van and also guide on some of the walks. He is very knowledgeable of the area and will provide plenty of opportunity to see some hidden spots and get to know the area.

Will we get an itinerary and times?

Yes. Prior to the trip, you will be sent a document that details more times, check ins and requirements. This will be sent once the booking is confirmed and followed by Ollie when it the tour begins.

Can I hire extra gear when we arrive?

You must hire gear now if you wish to ensure you have enough for the walks. The weather won't be too cold this time of year but it's good to be prepared. There will be plenty of opportunity to buy anything when you arrive into Christchurch.

What happens if trips are cancelled due to weather?

We will provide other options and walks/experiences at no extra cost. These will be arranged and given to you as an option on the day should we have any issues with weather. All our walks are rarely called off due to weather, so we should be fine. It does rain quite frequently on the West Coast, so good jackets are required. 

What quality are the hotels?

We have sourced and reserved you the highest rated hotels in those regions which fluctuate between 4 and 5 star quality. We have only reserved ones with the highest customer rating as well. 

Have more questions not answered here? You can visit our FAQs website here, or contact us via phone or our chat function on the button right.

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Get to know our Bushmen & Women

What makes us super unique to New Zealand is that all our "guides" are locals who do this in their spare time. We don't "hire" them and provide them a schedule, they pick it themselves. This allows us to find people who are already out there doing all these amazing experiences. You're in great hands here.

Terms & Conditions

Bushman Tours will act as your booking agent for hotels. You must arrange your own flghts and any extra food you need. If any guest is late for a tour or unwell, they will have to forfeit that trip. Trips are subject to weather and natural events. By paying for this tour, Bushman Tours will secure your accommodation and transport, but there is no guarantee by the supplier the price will remain as quoted if booked after 7 days. Guests are required to carry their own adequate hiking gear and must adhere to our minimum requirements of gear. If this is not adhered to, we have the right to cancel any walks. You can hire gear through the checkout. You will have a Tour Leader with you from Christchurch who will set the agenda and guidelines for the tour. For further details on our terms, you can visit our terms and conditions. Otherwise, contact your account manager or info@bushmantours.com for more. To read more on this and our full terms of service, visit here.

 

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