Project Description

From Only $3985

What’s Included

  • 16 Nights Accommodation

  • Some Daily Activities

  • National Park Fees

  • Knowledgable Guide

  • Transport

Hobbiton

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We will plant 5 trees to offset your Carbon footprint!

Taking into account 17 days of food and waste, travel by coach, a ferry journey and a day cruise your Carbon Emissions reach approximately 1.26 tons.

Based on evidence that a tree can absorb as much as 1 ton of CO2 over a lifetime (of approximately 40 years) we plant 4 trees per ton of CO2 to speed up this process.

This donation will be made on your behalf and is included in the price you pay.

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Why we love this package

This trip encompasses the very best parts of New Zealand in under 3 weeks.

Prepare to have the time of your life with a group of like-minded travellers and an energetic driver guide. Visit the famous hot water beach, beautiful waterfalls, the stunning beaches of the Abel Tasman National Park, see the milky way in Mount Cook National Park, and hike the Tongariro Crossing – New Zealand’s most famous day hike – you’ll tick off all the all important ‘Bucket List’ activities!

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Itinerary

Nau mai, haere mai (welcome)! Your journey kicks off in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland. We depart Auckland and head south east to the pristine sands of Hahei Beach, from which you can access the famous Cathedral Cove. Accessible only by foot, boat or kayak, you’ll discover some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery and stunning sea views in this beautiful coastal spot. Cathedral Cove is a definite ‘must see’ on the Coromandel Peninsula. After an afternoon of seaside exploration, we gather together for a shared dinner.

*Dinner Included

*Accommodation included: Comfortable beachside accommodation

*Activities included: Walk to Cathedral Cove

*Optional activities: Cathedral Cove Kayaks

Today we start by driving to Hot Water Beach, a unique surf beach where you can dig a hole in the sand to create in your own personal spa pool (tide dependent). After the beach, we’ll head straight to the adventure capital of the north, Rotorua. This evening you will be welcomed into the authentic Tamaki Maori Village, where you will discover Maori art, ancient rituals and traditions. Tonight we dine on a delicious hangi (Maori feast), enjoy an interactive cultural performance and the company of our Maori hosts.

*Breakfast and Dinner Included

*Accommodation included: Central city lodge

*Activities included: Dig your own spa pool at Hot Water Beach (tide dependent), Tamaki cultural experience with traditional hangi meal, Kapa Haka (Maori song and dance) and interactive cultural performance

You have a full free day in Rotorua to discover an area well-known for its Maori heritage, adventure and geothermal activity. Here you have the chance to do some great optional activities, such as a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, white water rafting, ziplining through native bush, mountain biking and more. A great option to finish the day is to spend the evening soaking in the hot pools at the luxurious Polynesian Spa.

*Breakfast Included

*Accommodation included: Central city lodge

*Optional activities: Visit Hobbiton, white water rafting, Zorbing, the luge, ziplining, mountain biking, Polynesian Spa

It’s a very early start this morning so we can make our way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘Tongariro National Park,’ where you’ll get the chance to do what is rated as one of the world’s best one day walks, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Trek through dramatic natural scenery past volcanic peaks, vast craters and stunning turquoise lakes on one of the most spectacular treks in New Zealand. Alternatively you can go on one the shorter walks around this volcanic region or visit the Volcanic Centre Museum.

*Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

*Accommodation included: Alpine lodge

*Activities included: Tongariro Alpine Crossing and transfers, or Taranaki Falls walk and Tawhai Falls (Gollum’s Pool)  

After your big day of hiking, you get a chance to sleep in and we won’t depart until mid-morning. Our destination today is one of the most remote parts of the North Island by road. We’re heading for the award winning Blue Duck Station in Whakahoro, a 7,200 acre high country farm that is both a working sheep and beef station and an environmental conservation leader. This afternoon you get the opportunity to take part in a 4WD Bush Safari and farm adventure, where you’ll explore this vast land and the New Zealand native bush, discover the remains of an unbelievable local history, and learn about the farm’s conservation efforts. Your dinner is cooked using local produce.

*Breakfast and Dinner Included

*Accommodation included: Remote country station lodge

*Activities included: 4WD eco-wilderness farm adventure  

We depart early to arrive into Wellington around midday. Wellington is known as the ‘coolest little capital in the world’ thanks to Lonely Planet, and it’s a great place to check out the lively arts scene, shopping, craft breweries and café culture. As New Zealand’s capital city, it is home to New Zealand’s parliament and the iconic Beehive government building. This afternoon, you have the option to tour the world famous Weta Workshop, marvel at the wonders of Te Papa National Museum or wander along the Oriental Parade.

*Breakfast Included

*Accommodation included: Central city hostel

*Optional activities: Weta Workshop Tour, Te Papa National Museum, craft beer sampling  

Leaving Wellington we’ll travel across the Cook Strait to the South Island’s coastal town of Picton. Here we meet our coach and cruise through the famous Marlborough wine region. We visit a local vineyard’s cellar door to sample New Zealand’s world famous Sauvignon Blanc, before heading to the spectacular Abel Tasman National Park. Tonight we enjoy some delicious seafood and a BBQ dinner at our exclusive campsite accommodation.

*Breakfast and Dinner Included

*Accommodation included: Beach accommodation in the national park

*Activities included: Bluebridge Ferry trip, winery cellar door visit  

Today is a free day to experience the incredible Abel Tasman National Park. Explore this stunning coastal area famous for being one of the sunniest spots in New Zealand. Walk the coastal track and discover some of New Zealand’s best natural golden sand beaches or choose an optional activity like sailing or sea kayaking (own expense). Tonight you can self-cater and use the BBQ facilities at our accommodation on the edge of the national park.

*Breakfast Included

*Accommodation included: Beach accommodation in the national park

*Activities included: Abel Tasman Track and Aqua Taxi

We start early to head south along the ‘wild’ West Coast, travelling on the rugged rocky coastline that makes this stretch of road one of the country’s top drives. We’ll stop at Cape Foulwind to view a wild seal colony that’s active year round, then make our way further down the coast to visit the spectacular limestone Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and blowholes. From there, we carry on to our next overnight stop in the quaint little West Coast town of Franz Josef, home to the mighty Franz Josef Glacier.

*Breakfast and Dinner Included

*Accommodation included: Hostel close to all attractions

*Activities included: Cape Foulwind seal colony, Punakaiki Pancake Rocks walk

Enjoy a free day and get out and explore the mighty Franz Josef Glacier. Navigate the maze of ice and explore the incredible landscape on a Franz Josef Glacier guided tour which we highly recommend (own expense). There are also many excellent bush hikes available in the region. Tonight we self-cater, giving you the opportunity to dine at one of the local cafes and restaurants in town or make use of the communal kitchen at our accommodation.

*Breakfast Included

*Accommodation included: Hostel close to all attractions

*Optional activities: Glacier heli-hike, scenic helicopter flight

Today we head further down the West Coast towards Mount Aspiring National Park, stopping to take in the breathtaking scenery at the amazing mirror-like Lake Matheson, NZ’s most photographed lake. See waterfalls as we travel through the mountainous Haast Pass towards Makarora then visit the stunning Blue Pools. On arrival in Mount Aspiring National Park we go jet boating to experience the best in shallow water boating, skimming just inches from the riverbed, viewing pristine waterways, snow-capped peaks and native bush.

*Breakfast and Dinner Included

*Accommodation included: Unique mountain chalets

*Activities included: Walk around Lake Matheson – Mirror Lake, walk through beech forest to the Blue Pools, Jet Boat Mt Aspiring National Park  

Fiordland National Park is one of New Zealand’s most beautiful locations, with stunning ice-carved fiords, valleys, lakes and mountain scenery; and it is our first port of call today. Within Fiordland we visit Doubtful Sound, the deepest of all the fiords, surrounded by towering peaks and huge waterfalls. We will board a purpose-built boat and enjoy complimentary afternoon tea while cruising past fur seals, penguins and dolphins. There are also sea kayaks available to explore the fiord.

*Breakfast and Dinner Included

*Accommodation included: Overnight on the boat, anchored within a secluded bay in a UNESCO World Heritage Site

*Activities included: Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise, sea kayaking, wildlife spotting

We depart Doubtful Sound around midday, leaving behind stunning Fiordland to head for the ‘adventure capital of the world’, Queenstown. Queenstown offers an optional big (make that huge) night out with excellent restaurants, pubs and live music.

*Breakfast Included

*Accommodation included: Lodge located close to town with awesome views

You have two free days to fully explore everything on offer. Queenstown is a great place to spend a few days, no matter what your past-time of choice is. Options include: bungy jumping, zipline tours, canyoning, Shotover River jet boating, skydiving or walk up Ben Lomond or Queenstown Hill for amazing views, or just enjoy the stunning scenery around you and do nothing. Optional activities and meals not indicated are at your own expense.

*Breakfast Included

*Accommodation included: Lodge located close to town with awesome views

*Optional activities: AJ Hackett Bungy, Canyon Swing, Skyline Gondola and Luging

You have two free days to fully explore everything on offer. Queenstown is a great place to spend a few days, no matter what your past-time of choice is. Options include: bungy jumping, zipline tours, canyoning, Shotover River jet boating, skydiving or walk up Ben Lomond or Queenstown Hill for amazing views, or just enjoy the stunning scenery around you and do nothing. Optional activities and meals not indicated are at your own expense.

*Breakfast Included

*Accommodation included: Lodge located close to town with awesome views

*Optional activities: AJ Hackett Bungy, Canyon Swing, Skyline Gondola and Luging

We’ll jump back on the bus for a short drive to Wanaka, where we’ll spend the morning cycling along some of the world’s most beautiful lakeside bike paths. After lunch, we head over the Lindis Pass through the picturesque Mackenzie region to the base of the country’s highest mountain, Aoraki/Mt Cook. There is time for a hike through the Hooker Valley for breathtaking views of the dramatic mountain landscape, or opt to take an alpine scenic flight (own expense). This is also one of the best places in New Zealand to join an evening stargazing tour.

*Breakfast and Dinner Included

*Accommodation included: Alpine lodge  

*Activities included: Mountain biking in Wanaka, scenic walk in Hooker Valley

*Optional activities: Big Sky Stargazing or scenic heli-flight  

Today we make our way through a landscape made famous in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ films. We’ll take a break for a stroll around Lake Tekapo, iconic for its historic church and turquoise waters. Between Tekapo and Christchurch there is an option for thrill seekers to hop-off and join a top-notch Grade 5 white water adventure on the Rangitata River (own expense). Those not rafting will continue on to Christchurch, where your driver guide will point out the highlights of the South Island’s largest city. The rafters will rejoin the group at the accommodation in Christchurch this evening. This is where your tour comes to an end – we hope you had a blast on your New Zealand journey!

*Breakfast Included

*Activities included: Explore Lake Tekapo area

*Optional activities: Rangitata white water rafting  

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Important Information

  • Starts:

    Auckland at 7:45am

  • Ends:

    Ends in Christchurch at 5:00pm on day 17

  • Departure Dates:

    This tour departs weekly on Wednesdays

  • Extra Costs: 

    Optional Activities

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Expect entertaining commentary, insight into local secrets and extra support from your tour guide.

Minimum age of 7 years

This tour runs during the Summer months only (18 September 2019 – 29 April 2020)

Please contact us for the Winter itinerary.

Luggage should be restricted to 15kg in a single bag plus a small day pack.

Expect high quality backpacker accommodation in a variety of hostels, wilderness lodges and cabins.

Please note that at some destinations your private room will include an ensuite bathroom and some it will not.

Please contact us if you have any further questions.

Pricing

Dorm

NZ$3985

Double/Twin

NZ$4500

Single

NZ$5060