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If you're travelling to New Zealand, you wouldn't want to have to choose between the two islands. With all the activities you can choose from in each island, you want to make the most of the chance to lose your breath. Across three weeks on two islands you can hike, kayak, and cycle across this diverse land. There's also time for boat cruises and local culture, just to be sure you don't miss out on anything.

Australasia

Duration: 21 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Hiking, Canoeing, Kayaking (unspecified), Multisport, Trekking Physical rating: Demanding
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 142730
Starts: Auckland, New Zealand Finishes: Wellington, New Zealand
You will visit
  • Auckland
  • Wellington

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Auckland

Arrive at any time.

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.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Auckland/Hahei (1B)

Early morning departure to Waihi, to pick up bikes and ride through Karangahake Gorge. Continue onto Hahei by bus and enjoy a walk to Cathedral Cove in the afternoon. If the tide is right, grab a shovel and dig a natural jacuzzi on in the sand on Hot Water Beach.

Included Activities:
Karangahake Gorge Cycling
Cathedral Cove Scenic Walk

Transport:
Karangahake Gorge
Approximate distance cycled: 8km/4.9mi
Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours)
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 95km)

03

Day 3: Hahei/Rotorua (1B, 1D)

This region of New Zealand is renowned for its geothermal qualities. Travel to Rotorua, with free time to experience the regions' geothermal wonders. Opt to mountain bike in the world famous Redwood Forest, go white water rafting, or indulge in the therapeutic hot springs. After an engaging cultural experience on the grounds of a historic Maori village, enjoy a Hangi dinner cooked in an underground pit.

Additional Notes:
Accommodation is in a Maori wharepuni (sleeping house). Groups will often stay together in one sleeping house (multi-share, mixed gender), staying in line with Maori traditions.

Included Activities:
Maori Cultural Experience

Transport:
Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)

04

Day 4: Rotorua/Tongariro National Park (1B, 1D)

An early start to walk across the Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek. Collect supplies before heading out. The transfer will drop the group off at the beginning of the self-guided trek and collect everyone at the other end.

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

Included Activities:
Tongariro Alpine Crossing Trek

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

05

Day 5: Tongariro National Park/Whanganui National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

The third longest river in New Zealand, the Whanganui River begins at Mt Tongariro and flows all the way out to the west coast of the North Island. After a safety briefing, embark on a 12-25km canoe journey downriver to an overnight stay in the heart of Whanganui National Park.

Included Activities:
Whanganui River Canoeing

06

Day 6: Whanganui National Park/Raetihi (1B, 1L, 1D)

In the morning, trade the canoe for a jet boat and continue downriver. After a short walk to the Bridge to Nowhere, board the jet boat again and return to the bus, travelling on to Snowy Waters Lodge for the night. Enjoy a delicious dinner.

Included Activities:
Whanganui River Jet Boating

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))

07

Day 7: Raetihi/Wellington (1B)

In the morning, transfer to Wellington and visit the Te Papa museum, dedicated to the history and culture of New Zealand.

Included Activities:
Te Papa Museum Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.25 hour(s))

08

Day 8: Wellington/Abel Tasman National Park (1B, 1D)

Travel by ferry to the South Island and then transfer by water taxi into Abel Tasman National Park.

Transport:
Ferry
Water taxi

09

Day 9: Abel Tasman National Park/Marahau (1B, 1L)

Set off from the beach and kayak along the Abel Tasman coastline towards Marahau.

Included Activities:
Kayaking to Marahau

10

Day 10: Marahau/Paparoa National Park (1B, 1D)

Transfer to Paparoa National Park, and enjoy a trek in the park.

Additional Notes:
Should you prefer, there is the option to kayak in the National Park.

Included Activities:
Paparoa National Park Trek
Pancake Rocks Trek

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)

11

Day 11: Paparoa National Park/Franz Josef (1B)

Continue south along the coast towards Franz Josef, stopping for an invigorating walk at the wildlife mecca of Okarito Lagoon. Spend 2 nights staying amongst verdant temperate rainforest.

Included Activities:
Okarito Lagoon Walk

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

12

Day 12: Franz Josef (1B)

A free day for optional activities. Options include various hikes, horseback riding, quad biking as well as the unique and stunning Franz Josef Glacier.

13

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

Travel through Te Wahi Pounamu World Heritage Area to Makarora, where you can spend the afternoon exploring the area by foot, or opt for a jet boat excursion or scenic flight.

Included Activities:
Te Wahipounamu Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 225km)

14

Day 14: Makarora/Queenstown (1B)

Free day to maximize time for all the optional activities in the area. Opt for a jet boat outing, bungee jumping, mountain biking, sky diving, or a vineyard tour. The options in this adventure capital are endless. Two nights are at a centrally-located hostel, which means you can make the most of your time here.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 130km)

15

Day 15: Queenstown (1B)

Free day to enjoy the city.

16

Day 16: Queenstown/Milford Sound (1B)

Continue to the fjords of the South Island. Enjoy the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound from the deck of a boat.

Included Activities:
Milford Sound Cruise

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)

17

Day 17: Milford Sound/Te Anau (1B)

Continue onto Te Anau with a free day to explore the area surrounding Lake Te Anau, including the start of the Kepler Track.

Optional activities including hiking, biking, exploring the Te Anau glowworm caves or taking in a screening of the award-winning ‘Ata Whenua' – ‘Fjordland Film' documentary at the local cinema.

Included Activities:
Explore Lake Te Anau

18

Day 18: Te Anau/Central Otago District (1B)

Cycle the Rail Trail, a route created specially for mountain biking. Pass through scenery unspoiled by traffic and not visible from any roads.

Included Activities:
Otago Rail Trail Cycling

Transport:
Private Vehicle

19

Day 19: Central Otago District/Christchurch (1B)

Drive through breathtaking central Otago via the Lindis Pass and Mt Cook, New Zealand's highest peak. Arrive in Christchurch for the evening.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours, 500km)

20

Day 20: Christchurch/Kaikoura (1B)

Early start to drive the scenic coastal road up to Kaikoua.

A free afternoon can also be spent 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.

Hikers can opt to go on several day hikes in the Seaward Kaikoura mountains.

Transport:
Drive from Christchurch to Kaikoura
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 180km)

21

Day 21: Kaikoura/Wellington (1B)

Transfer to Picton and visit a seal colony along the way before taking the ferry back to Wellington where the tour ends upon arrival.

Included Activities:
Seal Colony Visit
Departure Day (Activities)

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 156km)
Ferry (3.00-3.50 hours)

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Cycling through Karangahake gorge
    • Traditional Hangi dinner and Marae greeting
    • Tongariro Alpine Crossing walk (weather dependent)
    • Jet boat and canoeing along Whanganui River
    • Locally sourced/grown dinner
    • Opportunity to visit Te Papa Museum
    • Ferry crossing to South Island
    • Water taxi to Abel Tasman
    • Sea kayak in Abel Tasman
    • Trek in Paparoa National Park
    • Cruise on Milford Sound
    • Cycling the Otago Rail Trail
    Accommodation
    • Hostels (14nts), hotels (2 nts), lodges (2 nts), floating hostel (1 nt), Maori village (1 nt, multi-share)
    Meals Included
    • 20 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners
    Transport
    • Private bus, jet boat, canoe, walk, cycle, sea kayak, ferry, water taxi
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Cycle through Karangahake to Hot Water Beach
  • Visit bubbling mud pools in a geothermal area
  • Learn a traditional Maori greeting on the Marae
  • Hike the Tongariro Crossing one of the world's greatest one day hikes
  • Canoe along the Whanganui River
  • Kayak in the waters of Abel Tasman National Park
  • Trek through the wilds of the South Island's national parks
  • Try exhilarating adventures in Queenstown
  • Cross the spectacular Southern Alps
  • Cycle along the remote rail trail in Central Otago
  • Cruise majestic Milford Sound.