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Highlights of New Zealand

Highlights of New Zealand
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15 Days

Highlights

Check out Hot Water Beach, feast on a hangi in a Maori village, let loose in Queenstown, cruise around the fjords of Doubtful Sound

What's included

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Breakfast
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Two weeks is barely enough time to thoroughly explore your hometown, let alone a place as fascinating as New Zealand. For adventurers on a tight time-budget, this 15-day trip wraps up the must-sees of both islands with a nice little bow. Check out the Coromandel Peninsula's gorgeous beaches, hang with the Maori in a traditional village, and get your adrenaline fix in Queenstown. Consider this your New Zealand starter kit.
Highlights of New Zealand
Starts
Auckland
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15 Days
Ends
Christchurch

Itinerary

  • Arrive at any time.
  • Depart early for the stunning Coromandel Peninsula. Take a walk to Cathedral Cove or opt out in favour of sea kayaking. If the tide is right, grab a shovel and dig a natural jacuzzi in the sand on Hot Water Beach.
    Meals: DINNER
  • Visit Rotorua and opt to check out the geothermal area or go whitewater rafting. Later, enjoy a cultural overnight in a Maori village featuring a traditional hangi dinner and show.
    Meals: DINNER
  • Take in the ever-changing scenery of the North Island and travel to the capital, Wellington.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Enjoy the atmosphere in this relaxed but lively city. After an orientation walk, enjoy a free day to explore. Opt to visit the Te Papa Museum or take the cable car up to the botanical gardens.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Board a ferry to the South Island, then travel to the seaside town of Kaikoura, known for its diverse marine life.
  • Opt to swim with dolphins or go whale watching during a free morning in Kaikoura before travelling to Hanmer Springs, stopping en route for a wine tasting at a local winery. Opt to take a soak in the hot springs.
  • Take in the stunning scenery while travelling across the Southern Alps to the rugged and remote West Coast, before staying in the rainforest near the world's fastest moving glacier.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Enjoy a free day to explore the area around Franz Josef. Opt to explore the glacier with a heli hike.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Continue to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world. With beautiful scenery and tons of activities, there's something for everyone. Enjoy the great night life.
  • With free time here, opt to go bungee jumping (in its birthplace), jet boating (also born here!), skydiving, paragliding, hiking or mountain biking. Or take it a little slower and travel by gondola to the top of a local peak.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Enjoy the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Doubtful Sound on a day cruise. Take in the waterfalls and wildlife, then return to Queenstown for the night.
    Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH
  • Head through the centre of the South Island to Twizel, near New Zealand's highest peak, Mt Cook. Visit Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park and spend the afternoon hiking the region, taking in the alpine scenery. Learn more about mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary at the Visitor's Centre.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Continue on to Christchurch and learn about how the city was rebuilt following an earthquake in 2011. Enjoy one final night together with the group.
  • Depart at any time.
    Meals: BREAKFAST