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It dosent look so big on the map, but New Zealand is positively massive once youre there in person. This comprehensive 24-day trip our longest in this part of the world delivers the most immersive NZ experience possible. Get close to the land by exploring glaciers, national parks, a sustainable farm, and meet the water up-close on expert-led kayak excursions and during surf lessons. Best of all, youll get to explore the magnificent Bay of Islands, home to some of the worlds top fishing. 24 days? Youll wish it was longer.

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  • Duration: 24 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Hiking, Parks & Nature Reserves
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: ONNZ.B/201769
  • Starts: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Finishes: Wellington, New Zealand
You will Visit
  • Auckland
  • Bay of Islands
  • Paihia
  • Raglan
  • Rotorua
  • Taupo
  • Wellington
  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Westport
  • Franz Josef
  • Queenstown
  • Te Anau
  • Wedderburn
  • Christchurch
  • Kaikoura

Itinerary

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Day 1: Auckland

Arrive at any time.
Arrive in Auckland at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Visit the Maritime Museum, walk the waterfront, or even take the ferry to Waiheke Island.

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Day 2: Auckland/Bay of Islands

Travel north via backroads, stopping to see giant kauri trees, and go for an included snorkel at Goat Island Marine Reserve (seasonal). Board a large houseboat for an overnight trip through the beautiful Bay of Islands.
Depart early and travel to a local reserve with giant kauri trees. Native to New Zealand, these trees are some of the largest in the world. Learn about their importance to European settlement in New Zealand. Head to the Goat Island Marine Reserve for an included activity of snorkelling to see abundant sea life (seasonal).

Continue on to the Bay of Islands and board a houseboat – your home for the night.

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Day 3: Bay of Islands/Paihia

Enjoy free time in the morning on the boat. Choose to do a number of included water activities like kayaking, snorkelling, fishing or visiting nearby islands. Opt to go on a dolphin watching tour. Disembark and explore Paihia before a Kiwi barbecue.
Enjoy a morning of activities from our boat base. Then travel back to the mainland for a walk around the small town of Paihia. An optional visit to the Treaty House in the nearby town of Waitangi is highly recommended.

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Day 4: Paihia/Auckland

Enjoy a free morning to relax, or opt to swim with dolphins, go skydiving, or check out the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
Take advantage of optional morning activities such as skydiving, dolphin watching, fishing or visiting the historic town of Russell. Travel back to Auckland.

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Day 5: Auckland/Raglan

Visit a conservation farm to learn about their methods before sea kayaking to a harbour for a picnic lunch.
Travel backroads to a remote conservation farm where they are using natural means to boost the stocks of traditionally farmed marine life. Farmers have created a balanced ecosystem to attract native birds and animals back to the area.

After, kayak to a remote part of the harbour for a boat cruise and lunch, before heading to our lodge a few minutes drive from the famous surf and arts town of Raglan for the night.

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Day 6: Raglan

Enjoy an included surf lesson in one of the world's most famous surf areas, then opt to go mountain biking or rent a stand up paddle board.
Head down to the beach for an included surf lesson. The afternoon is open for optional activities such as yoga, mountain biking or exploring the many trails in the area.

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Day 7: Raglan/Rotorua

Opt to go caving in world famous Waitomo before heading to Rotorua, notable for its geothermal activity and culture. Visit a local village to gain insight into Maori culture.
Stop en route at Waitomo. Enjoy free time to visit the Waitomo Caves, famous for their flow-worms and adventure activities, or explore this scenic area by foot.

Continue to Rotorua for an engaging cultural experience on the grounds of a historic Maori village.

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Day 8: Rotorua/Taupo

Take advantage of free time in the adrenaline capital of the North Island, and opt to go whitewater rafting, check out a geothermal park with technicolour pools, or hit up a nearby spa. Continue on to spend the night near the shores of Lake Taupo.

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Day 9: Taupo/Wellington

Take in the ever-changing scenery on the drive down to the nation's capital at the southern end of the North Island. Opt to take the cable car to the hills overlooking the city, visit the national museum, Te Papa, or stroll along Oriental Parade. Enjoy a Big Night Out with the group.
Travel to Wellington, New Zealand's capital city. Arrive early enough for a visit to the National Museum, Te Papa.

Take a short walk from our accommodation to see the sights of the central business district. Finish the day off with an optional night on the town.

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Day 10: Wellington/Abel Tasman National Park

Take a ferry over to the South Island and transfer to Abel Tasman National Park.
Catch a morning ferry and cross the scenic Cook Strait. Make sure to stand outside and enjoy the views of the Marlborough Sounds at the top of the South Island. Disembark and transfer to Abel Tasman National Park, well-known for its stunning white sand beaches. Board a water taxi to transfer to the middle of the National Park for the night. The night will be spent on a floating boat hostel.

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Day 11: Abel Tasman National Park

Hike and explore Abel Tasman's golden beaches and waterways.

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Day 12: Abel Tasman National Park/Westport

Head south down the coast of black-sand beaches. Visit a seal colony before travelling to Westport, the stop for the night.

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Day 13: Westport/Franz Josef

Take in the pancake rock formations at Punakaiki before continuing on to Franz Josef. Enjoy free time for optional activities like hiking, horseback riding, and quad biking.
Continue following the coastal road towards Franz Josef arriving at a unique wilderness lodge set in the rainforest for the night.

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Day 14: Franz Josef

Free day for optional activities. Options include various hikes, horseback riding and quad biking.

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Day 15: Franz Josef/Queenstown

Visit the adventure capital of the world—Queenstown.

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Day 16: Queenstown

Free time in Queenstown. Get the heart pumping with some adrenaline-filled options, such as jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking or skydiving.

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Day 17: Queenstown

Free time in Queenstown. Get the heart pumping with some adrenaline-filled options, such as jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking or skydiving.

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Day 18: Queenstown/Te Anau

Visit Fiordland National Park and enjoy a boat cruise through breathtaking Milford Sound. In the evening, opt to cruise across Lake Te Anau and visit a cave that is home to thousands of glowworms.

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Day 19: Te Anau/Central Otago

Enjoy free time in the morning to discover the natural beauty of Te Anau. Later, transfer to Wedderburn in Central Otago.

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Day 20: Central Otago

Bike 35 km of the Otago Rail Trail, passing through one historic town to the next. Along the way sample some local food and drink.

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Day 21: Wedderburn/Christchurch

Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Christchurch.
Overnight in the very unique converted jail house.

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Day 22: Christchurch/Kaikoura

Opt to go whale watching, swim with seals or take a walk along the coast.
Spend the afternoon swimming with dolphins or taking a scenic flight over the peninsula.

Bird watchers will be pleased to know that big ocean birds such as albatrosses, petrels and shearwaters frequent the area.

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Day 23: Kaikoura/Wellington

Travel to Picton to catch the ferry back to Wellington. Opt for a final night out with the group.

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Day 24: Wellington

Depart at any time.
We highly recommend pre- or post-accommodation to fully explore this vibrant city.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Snorkelling, kayaking and hiking (Bay of Islands)
    • Conservation farm visit (Raglan)
    • Sea kayaking excursions (Raglan and Doubtful Sound)
    • Surf lesson (Raglan)
    • Maori cultural experience
    • Tongariro Alpine Crossing (seasonal)
    • Visit to a seal colony
    • Walks in Franz Josef and Abel Tasman National Parks
    • Mountain biking excursion (Central Otago)
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hostels (13 nts), basic hotels (3 nts), houseboat (1 nt), basic lodges (6 nts). Most nights are multi-share
    • 23 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, kayak, boat, ferry
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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