Weka Tour: 10 days, 9 nights

Starts & ends in Christchurch. Perfect South Island tour in 10 days. Select departure date and make it happen. Travelling before 30 October 2021? Select our Weka Winter21 Tour!

From: NZ$1,795

Weka Tour: 10 days, 9 nights


Advantages of a Stray Tour

Dorm-style accommodation is included. Upgrades are available.

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We'll do the driving. You'll travel by private, air-conditioned bus.

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Charismatic Stray Guide: expect tips, support & insider knowledge

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From: NZ$1,795

Starts & ends in Christchurch. Perfect South Island tour in 10 days. Select departure date and make it happen. Travelling before 30 October 2021? Select our Weka Winter21 Tour!

Upgrade: double/twin room

Upgrade can only be added if you are travelling with a companion. Make sure to select 2 travellers!

Only a 10% deposit is needed to secure your seat

Money-back guarantee: you'll get a full refund if the tour doesn't go ahead.

Flexibility: no fee to make changes
Swap tours or change dates. Easy as!

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Weka Tour logo - Stray bus tourThe Weka tour is all about the scenery! Each day delivers more breathtaking views, epic hiking and insane landscapes. Hop aboard a scenic train journey across the Southern Alps, then aboard the Stray bus (this feisty bird can’t fly) to take in the icy glaciers of the West Coast, reach new levels of adrenaline in Queenstown, gaze at Lake Tekapo and hike in the impressive Mount Cook National Park.

Itinerary of the Weka Tour

From mid-October 2021, the itinerary of the amazing Weka Tour is as follows.

Day 1: Christchurch to Franz Josef

Transverse the Southern Alps on the highly regarded TranzAlpine Scenic Train. You'll start the day by travelling through the stunning Arthur's Pass to the historic gold mining town of Greymouth on the West Coast.

Your Stray group will meet you outside the Greymouth train station. From here we’ll make a stop in Hokitika (the best place to buy ‘Pounamu’, native greenstone) before continuing on to the quaint township of Franz Josef, home of the famous Franz Josef Glacier and our base for the next two nights.

Accommodation: Rainforest Retreat

Day 2: Franz Josef

Ice, ice baby! Get ready to experience the Franz Josef Glacier, an iconic highlight of the West Coast. Take a short drive to the beginning of the track. Hike through native bush and across glacial streams to the terminal face of the glacier for spectacular photos or just hang out at the Retreat and relax in one of NZ’s largest spa pools.

Accommodation: Rainforest Retreat

Day 3: Franz josef to Wanaka (via Fox Glacier)

It’s another scenic journey today with plenty of photo stops – your Mum isn’t gonna be the only one who thinks your travel photos are world-class! First up is the amazing mirror-like Lake Matheson for a short walk. We travel inland through the mountainous Haast Pass and alongside beautiful Lake Hawea to arrive in Wanaka late afternoon. It’s the perfect time to get your own photo of the famous Wanaka Tree set against a sunset backdrop. Dreamy!

Accommodation: Central Wanaka hostel

Day 4: Wanaka to Queenstown

Kick start your day with a brisk walk up Mt Iron or have a sleep in (we know they’re necessary sometimes!). Mid-morning we’ll make our way to Queenstown, known in New Zealand as the ‘Adventure Capital of the World’ and the spiritual home of bungy jumping. We stop at Kawarau Bridge on our way into town a.k.a. the first commercial bungy jumping site in the world. If you’re feeling brave you can tick the bungy off your bucket list or if you’d prefer to just watch then you can cheer your mates on from the viewing platform!

Accommodation: Central Queenstown hostel

Day 5-6-7: Queenstown (3 days)

Yaaaasssss Queen(stown)! You’ve got 3 full days in the adventure capital. With a buzzy nightlife, beautiful mountain scenery and plenty of outdoor activities, it’s easy to understand why so many backpackers refuse to leave this place.

Accommodation: Central Queenstown hostel

Day 8: Queenstown to Tekapo

Depart Queenstown to drive over the Lindis Pass through the beautiful Mackenzie Country and past the vivid blue waters of Lake Pukaki. Our final destination of the day is Lake Tekapo. The Lake is a stunning electric blue and is framed by the Southern Alps. See the famous Church of the Good Shepherd, a quaint stone church right on the edge of the lake or hike up to the Mount John Observatory to see the incredible views.

Accommodation: YHA Tekapo (probably the most amazing hostel in the YHA range)

Day 9: Tekapo

This morning we’ll make our way to take in the stunning views of Aoraki Mount Cook. While you’re there you can hike the scenic Hooker Valley Track or head to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre. This evening, why not head to the Tekapo Hot Springs - they're the perfect place to relax and soak up the scenery. If skies are clear tonight, be sure to head outside to experience one of the best stargazing spots in the country.

Accommodation: YHA Tekapo (probably the most amazing hostel in the YHA range)

Day 10: Tekapo to Christchurch

Our final destination is Christchurch where the tour will end. We hope you had a blast travelling with us!

If you have time at the end of your tour, there's plenty to explore in Christchurch. Spend your afternoon wandering the city streets and laneways to discover creative street art and hidden eateries.

Take a walk down Hereford St to discover the ‘Cardboard’ Cathedral.

If you have a bit more time, visit the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and see how Christchurch earned its nickname as the Garden City or visit the Canterbury Museum to learn about the past, present and future of the region.

Free activities

There are so many amazing free activities to do on our Weka Tour!

  • Day 1: Hokitika greenstone store, chill out in the spa pool at your accommodation
  • Day 2: Glacier hike, bush tracks, soak in the spa
  • Day 3: Lake Matheson walk, Ship Creek walk, Blue Pools walk, Thunder Creek Falls walk
  • Day 4: Walk Mt Iron, watch people jumping off a bridge!
  • Day 5-6-7: Hike Ben Lomond, the Queenstown Hill, or Bob’s Peak
  • Day 8: Church of the Good Shepard, Hike to Mt John Observatory
  • Day 9: Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, Hooker Valley Track, stargazing
  • Day 10: Finish in Christchurch. If you have time at the end of your tour, there’s plenty to explore in Christchurch.


Dorm-style accommodation (4-10 beds) is included. You’ll stay in comfortable backpacker hostels, cabins and lodges. All accommodation facilities have self-catering kitchen facilities.

You can choose to upgrade your accommodation to a single or twin/double private room (subject to availability) when booking the Morepork Tour online. Prices for these paid upgrades are shown when you make the booking. Please note: At some destinations, your private room will include an ensuite bathroom and at some, it won’t.

Private Coach Transport

Take the pressure off, kick back, relax, soak up the scenery and let someone else do the driving. You’ll travel by private, air-conditioned bus.

Stray Guide

Expect entertaining anecdotes, great recommendations, extra support and local insider knowledge from your charismatic guide. They know every inch of this country. You can’t get this from a google search!

TranzAlpine Train

Experience the South Island’s striking natural landscape as you travel on one of the world’s greatest train journeys. From Christchurch to Greymouth, The TranzAlpine train is a New Zealand must-do.

Lots of free activities along the way

At each stop, there are various free activities to do, from hikes to experiencing our unique flora & fauna. Make sure the batteries of your camera are charged so you can make heaps of Insta-worthy photos.

Meals & drinks (not included)

All accommodation facilities have self-catering kitchen facilities.

Optional paid activities

Your Stray driver can book these for you, often at a discounted price. Examples of optional paid activities on this tour:

  • Shuttle to the hiking track
  • Puzzling World
  • Skydiving
  • Mountain biking
  • Pilot your own stunt plane or learn to fly and take a friend for free
  • Bungy jumping
  • Canyon swing
  • Jet boating
  • Skydiving
  • Zipline
  • Horse riding
  • Hot Springs
  • Ice Skating
  • Snow tubing

Amazing views on this tour

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