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Highlights of New Zealand
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From Oct 19

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.

  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Supplier Tour ID: ONAC.D/231305
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Finishes: Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Auckland
  • Hahei
  • Rotorua
  • Wellington
  • Kaikoura
  • Hanmer Springs
  • Franz Josef
  • Queenstown
  • Twizel
  • Christchurch

Itinerary

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Day 1: Auckland

Arrive at any time.
There are no activities until an evening welcome meeting, so head out and enjoy the city.

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Day 2: Auckland/Hahei

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.

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Day 3: Rotorua/Maori Village

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.
Rotorua sits over an active volcano with bubbling mud pits and multi-coloured pools in different areas around the town. Opt to visit one of the sites, like Hell's Gate, or go whitewater rafting nearby.

In the evening visit a Maori village for traditional ceremonies, a Hangi meal and entertainment. After dinner, lounge by the bonfire and have some time to get to know the Maori hosts.

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Day 4: Rotorua/Wellington

Take in the ever-changing scenery of the North Island and travel to the capital, Wellington.

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Day 5: Wellington

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.

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Day 6: Wellington/Kaikoura

Board a ferry to the South Island, then travel to the seaside town of Kaikoura, known for its diverse marine life.

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Day 7: Kaikoura/Hanmer Springs

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.

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Day 8: Hanmer Springs/Franz Josef

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.

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Day 9: Franz Josef

Enjoy a free day to explore the area around Franz Josef. Opt to explore the glacier with a heli hike.
There are dozens of optional activities in the area to suit just about any budget and preference. Try heli hiking, scenic helicopter flights, horse trekking, quad biking, skydiving, glacier valley walk, lake kayaking or a hot pools visit.

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Day 10: Franz Josef/Queenstown

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.

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Day 11: Queenstown

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.

Pre-book the Queenstown Jet Boating activity on the checkout page to add this exhilarating optional to your trip.

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Day 12: Queenstown

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.

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Day 13: Queenstown/Twizel

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.

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Day 14: Twizel/Christchurch

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.
Travel to the Garden City of Christchurch, a little piece of England in New Zealand, still recovering from a devastating earthquake.

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Day 15: Christchurch

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Your G for Good Moment: Resourceful Ōtautahi Walking Tour, Christchurch Your Wellness Moment: Hot Water Beach Excursion, Hahei Your Local Living Moment: Maori Village Overnight Visit, Rotorua Your Discover Moment: Franz Josef Your Discover Moment: Queenstown
    • Coromandel Peninsula visit
    • Cathedral Cove visit
    • Orientation walk in Wellington
    • Wine tasting
    • Fiordland National Park visit
    • Doubtful Sound day cruise
    • Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park visit with hiking opportunity (weather permitting)
    • Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park Visitor's Centre visit
    • Free time in Rotorua, Wellington, Franz Josef, and Queenstown
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/motels (13 nts), Maori village (1 nt, multi-share)
    • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, walking, train, boat, ferry
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour 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