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Immerse yourself fully in New Zealand’s out-of-this world scenery on this 24-day tour of the North and South Islands. Hike its awe-inspiring mountains, volcanoes and glaciers, walk through rugged national parks, kayak in remote fjords, ride through forests on a mountain bike, swim in geothermal hot pools, camp on golden beaches and tour famous vineyards. Adrenalin junkies can get their next fix with optional bungy jumping over emerald lake, skydiving over pristine islands and surfing Raglan’s crashing waves. This incredible trip will show you all of NZ’s hotspots, unique wildlife and get you face-to-face with Maori culture.

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Duration: 24 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Photography, Beer Tasting Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 133106
Starts: Auckland, New Zealand Finishes: Wellington, New Zealand
You will visit
  • Auckland
  • Wellington

Itinerary

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Day 1: Auckland

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.

Additional Notes:
Jump right into your adventure by adding the 'Auckland Sailing: America's Cup Experience' extra to your tour. Work with a crew to sail around Auckland's Waitemata Harbour on a competitive yacht, and take in the stunning views. PLEASE NOTE: If booking this extra, a pre-night in Auckland is highly recommended as this activity may start early in the morning on Day 1.

This tour departs Auckland early on Day 2. If you are interested in exploring the city and its nearby attractions, like the Hobbiton Movie Set or local wineries, it is recommended you book additional pre-trip accommodation nights.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Auckland/Bay of Islands (1B, 1D)

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.

Additional Notes:
Please note: during the winter months (late April - early November) Goat Island snorkelling will be cancelled due to an earlier departure time for the houseboat. As a result, there will be more time for activities on board the houseboat.

Included Activities:
Goat Island Marine Reserve Snorkelling
Bay of Islands Overnight Excursion

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)

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Day 3: Bay of Islands/Paihia (1B, 1L, 1D)

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 (1B)

Take advantage of optional morning activities such as skydiving, dolphin watching, fishing or visiting the historic town of Russell. Travel back to Auckland.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)

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Day 5: Auckland/Raglan (1B, 1L)

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.

Included Activities:
Sea Kayaking

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 160km)

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Day 6: Raglan (1B, 1D)

Head down to the beach for an included surf lesson. The afternoon is open for optional activities such as bone carving with local Maori, mountain biking or exploring the many trails.

Included Activities:
Surf Lessons

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Day 7: Raglan/Rotorua (1B, 1D)

Depending on the weather conditions and the desires of the group, opt to visit the Waitomo caves, famous for their glow-worms. For the adventurous, there is the option of ‘black water rafting'.

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

Included Activities:
Maori Cultural Experience

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 260km)

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Day 8: Rotorua/Tongariro National Park (1B, 1D)

Start early to walk the Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek. Collect all your supplies before the hike – the transfer will drop the group off at the beginning of the self-guided trek and pick up everyone at the end.

After the trek, travel to a ski lodge on the side of a mountain for the night. An on-site spa and sauna is available to help ease tired muscles.

Additional Notes:
Please note that the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is self-guided and will be without a CEO. The trail is clearly marked. Please note that during winter months (June-October), this is an optional hike. There is an extra cost of approximately $135NZD for winter equipment and guide if you opt to do this activity.

Included Activities:
Tongariro Alpine Crossing Trek

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 180km)

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Day 9: Tongariro National Park/Wellington (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Te Papa Museum Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 400km)

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Day 10: Wellington/Abel Tasman National Park (1B, 1D)

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.


Additional Notes:
Overnight lodging will depend on weather conditions.

Transport:
Ferry (3.50 hour(s), 92km)
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 200km)
Water taxi (0.50 hour(s))

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Day 11: Abel Tasman National Park (1B, 1D)

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

Included Activities:
Abel Tasman National Park Walk

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Day 12: Abel Tasman National Park/Punakaiki (1B, 1D)

Visit the Cape Foulwind seal colony, then follow the stunning coastal road down to a beach camp in Punakaiki for the night. Visit the famous 'Pancake Rocks' walk upon arrival into Punakaiki.

Included Activities:
Pancake Rocks Trek
Seal Colony Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)

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Day 13: Punakaiki/Franz Josef (1B, 1D)

Opt to kayak the river into the Paparoa National Park or stick to the local trails for some day hikes. Continue following the coastal road towards Franz Josef arriving at a unique wilderness lodge set in the rainforest for the night.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 220km)

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Day 14: Franz Josef (1B)

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

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Day 15: Franz Josef/Queenstown (1B)

Visit the adventure capital of the world—Queenstown.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 365km)

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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.

Additional Notes:
If you have pre-booked the Queenstown Jet Boating, your CEO will inform you when you will do the activity during your tour, as days are subject to change: Jet Boat (Day 8 or 9 - Queenstown).

Please note - in the winter months (late April - early Nov) skiing and snowboarding in the Southern Alps is a highlight for any visitor. Most of the optional activities are also available, ask your CEO which ones are in season.

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Day 18: Queenstown/Doubtful Sound (1B, 1L, 1D)

Visit Fiordland National Park en route to Doubtful Sound.

Additional Notes:
Depending on weather the walk and kayak may be reversed to fall on different days.

Included Activities:
Fiordland National Park Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)

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Day 19: Doubtful Sound/Wedderburn (1B, 1D)

Enjoy a guided kayak excursion through jaw-dropping scenery. Travel to Central Otago.

Additional Notes:
Overnight in a historic miner's hotel.

Included Activities:
Kayaking Excursion

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 350km)

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Day 20: Wedderburn (1B)

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.

Included Activities:
Biking Otago Rail Trail

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Day 21: Wedderburn/Christchurch (1B)

Overnight in the very unique converted jail house.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 400km)

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Day 22: Christchurch/Kaikoura (1B, 1D)

Spend the afternoon swimming with dolphins, visiting a colony of southern fur seals, 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.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 180km)

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Day 23: Kaikoura/Wellington (1B)

Morning visit to a seal colony before catching the ferry back to Wellington. Opt for a final night out with the group.

Included Activities:
Seal Colony Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 150km)
Ferry (3.00 hour(s), 92km)

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Day 24: Wellington (1B)

We highly recommend pre- or post-accommodation to fully explore this vibrant city.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

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)
    • Te Papa Museum (Wellington)
    • 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 (10 nts), basic hotels (4 nts), houseboat (1 nt), basic lodges (7 nts), floating boat hostel (1 nt in summer, cabin in winter months). Most nights are multi-share
    Meals Included
    • 23 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 12 dinners
    Transport
    • Private bus, kayak, boat, ferry
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Learn about Maori culture
  • Explore the Bay of Islands
  • Trek the Tongariro Alpine Crossing
  • Get an adrenaline rush in Queenstown
  • Weave through the remote fjords of the Doubtful Sound by sea kayak.