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AUCKLAND

‘Haere Mai’ … Welcome to New Zealand!

Today is Arrival Day with a 'Welcome' Meeting early evening, feel free to explore the city after making your way in from the airport. Tonight After introductions, your tour leader will review the details of your trip. Take some time to explore the city of Auckland before meeting your travelling companions.
 

Some Activities and sightseeing options if you have time:

Explore Waiheke Island     Island Kayaking Adventure     America’s Cup Sailing
Auckland's Sky Tower Relax on the Beach Rangitoto Island Cruise & Walk
West Coast Wine Tour Whale and Dolphin Safari Muriwai Surf Beach


Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Jucy Snooze - 1 night (or something similar)

Accommodation:
The rooms at JUCY Snooze have either private bathrooms or access to shared bathroom facilities. Some rooms include an LCD TV, work desk, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Guests have access to a shared lounge area, luggage storage and barbecue facilities. Secure undercover car parking is available. You can enjoy an extra 5 minutes' of snoozing with a 10.05am check-out time. Guests enjoy simple breakfast.
Jucy Snooze

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SNORKEL GOAT ISLAND / BAY OF ISLANDS

Depart early and travel along the beautiful hibiscus coast road to a local reserve guarded by 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. Grab one of our snorkels and masks and play Jacques Cousteau. See an array of marine life up close at this amazing snorkelling site and reserve that’s been protected for more than 30 years. Keep an eye out for blue maomaos, eagle and sting rays, octopi, kahawais, dolphins, and orcas!

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.

We continue on to the Bay of Islands and board a houseboat – your home for the night.

Meals: breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation Rock the Boat Houseboat (or similar)

Accommodation:

The only overnight cruise in the Bay of Islands, offering snorkeling, kayaking, island walks and the opportunity to catch or collect seafood. Come aboard The Rock for a truly unique experience - with a homely atmosphere, a warm welcome from our crew and a variety of awesome activities to keep you entertained and immersed in this amazing part of the world.

The Rock Overnight Cruise

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RELAX ON-BOARD IN THE BAY

Enjoy free time in the morning on the boat. Choose to do a number of included water activities like kayaking, snorkelling, fishing or visiting nearby islands. Opt to go on a dolphin watching tour. Disembark with some time to explore Paihia before an evening barbecue.

Board a houseboat for some marine fun and a memorable overnight excursion. Go kayaking, swimming, target shooting, shellfish gathering or dolphin spotting – the list is endless. Spend some quality R&R time on a nearby remote island after an active day. Leave your worries behind - all activities and meals on board are included, and the night is spent anchored at a secluded bay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation The Bay Adventurer (or Similar)

Accommodation:

A 2-minute walk from Paihia's main beach, this down-to-earth hostel is also an 8-minute walk from the town centre's tour companies and 6 km from Haruru Falls. This well appointed Travellers lodge has excellent guest facilities: swimming pool, outdoor spa pool, internet/email room, large BBQ area, tennis courts, 42 inch flat screen TV in communal lounge, free WIFI network, free Skype international calling more....

The Bay Adventurer

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FREE MORNING IN THE BAY / AUCKLAND

The Bay of Islands has a distinct subtropical feel, full of secluded bays, islands and history, the Bay is considered by Kiwi's to be a coastal paradise. Get out on the water with a boat cruise or sailing charter and spot dolphins and whales frolicking in the water before seeing the Hole in the Rock, just off Cape Brett. Stroll the streets of Russell, New Zealand’s first capital, and soak up its whaling and pioneering past. Learn about the birth of New Zealand in Waitangi, where the treaty that made New Zealand a British colony was signed.

 Excursions available from Paihia if you want to get 'Out and About'

Historical Island Cruise   Diving Rainbow Warrior   4WD Adventure Cape Reinga
Sailing the Islands   Dolphin Swimming   Giant Kauri Forest Walk
Cultural Tour of Waitangi   Golf at Kauri Cliffs   Sea Kayaking the Bay


This afternoon we head south to Auckland City.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Jucy Snooze - 1 night (or something similar)

Accommodation:
The rooms at JUCY Snooze have either private bathrooms or access to shared bathroom facilities. Some rooms include an LCD TV, work desk, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Guests have access to a shared lounge area, luggage storage and barbecue facilities. Secure undercover car parking is available. You can enjoy an extra 5 minutes' of snoozing with a 10.05am check-out time. Guests enjoy simple breakfast.
Jucy Snooze

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ECO FARM / COASTAL KAYAK / RAGLAN

Drive the southern scenic route through the rolling hills of the Waikato, visit a special conservation farm to learn about their methods before sea kayaking to a harbour for a picnic lunch. 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.

Eel Farm Visit 

Visit a local sustainable eel farm that focuses on developing sustainable aquaculture and biological solutions for dairy farms in an effort to restore lowland wetland eco-systems. Be inspired by their green initiatives – they practice the art of giving more back to the environment than they take out.

Sea Kayaking 

Tour Raglan’s secluded bays and unique coastline by kayak. Paddle the inner harbour to get up close to wildlife, fish, and (fingers crossed) orcas. Discover the pancake rocks on the harbour's northern side.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Lava Lounge - 2 nights (or something similar)

Accommodation:

The Lava Lounge Lodge has a whole lot of style & warmth with local and surf inspired artwork! Laze on the massive sunny deck in Summer or roast by the fire in Winter. Features a private deluxe 6-8 person spa, outdoor shower, a 10 seater outdoor table and chairs with umbrella, 2 sun-loungers and BBQ.

Lava Lounge Raglan

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RAGLAN (LITTLE HAWAII) FOR SOME BOHEMIAN TRANQUILITY

Surf Lessons
Head down to the beach, we have arranged for you to learn how to catch a wave in this three-hour surf lesson. Start with instruction on dry land before heading into the surf. Take advantage of the large soft boards used in class (they help everyone stand up).

Relax -  Free Time
Enjoy free time any way you want in this surfing town. Head to the beach to hang ten or relax with a cold drink and plan your next activities.


Optional Activities

Bone Carving Hiking Raglan Mountain Biking 
Stand Up Paddle Lesson      Yoga Raglan Style      More Surfing


Meals: Breakfast and Dinner


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WAITOMO CAVES / ROTORUA

Depending on the weather conditions and the desires of the group, opt to visit the Waitomo Caves region, famous for their Glow-Worms. For the adventurous, there is the option of trying the New Zealand sport of ‘Black Water Rafting’.

Immerse yourself in a Maori cultural experience on the grounds of a historic Maori Village. Participate in a pōwhiri (welcoming ceremony), and learn about the history of the marae (village) and the Rotorua from a local Maori guide. Discover the abundant Geothermal Energy surrounding the village that’s used for cooking, heating, and communal bath houses.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation Rock Solid Travellers Lodge Rotorua - 1 night (or similar)

All rooms include bed linens, reading lights, heating and access to either shared or private bathroom facilities. There is a communal kitchen with cooking facilities. The centrally located Rock Solid Backpackers Rotorua offers free WiFi, a neighboring rock-climbing wall and a spacious guest lounge including a tour desk, a billiards table, and a cinema.
Rock Solid Backpackers

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ROTORUA ADRENALINE CAPITAL OF THE NORTH

Take advantage of your free morning in Rotorua the adrenaline capital of the North Island, and opt to go whitewater rafting, check out a geothermal park with technicolour pools, or hit up a nearby spa. Rotorua is an adventure playground with a great range of activities to enjoy. It is filled with bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and natural hot springs and showcases New Zealand's fascinating Maori culture.

In the afternoon the adventure continues and you will be driven to Taupo. The town sits at the edge of Australasia's largest lake and offers breathtaking views.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Base Taupo 1 night (or similar)

Accommodation:
Base Taupo offers basic dormitory-style rooms or private guest bedrooms with en suite facilities. All of the accommodation is clean and modern, linen is included. Communal facilities include a shared kitchen and a sundeck. The property features free WiFi, BBQ facilities and a 24 hour reception.
Base Taupo

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WELLINGTON - OUR COOL LITTLE CAPITAL

Rest your legs this morning as we drive south through rolling hill country to the capital city of Wellington. The rest of the afternoon is yours, so take your time as you stroll along the fabulous waterfront and through the busy streets of this buzzing wee city. Absorb some of New Zealand’s history in the national museum - Te Papa, explore the waterfront or simply get lost admiring the heritage houses along one of the many improbably steep streets. Nowhere is very far in Wellington. You are spoilt for choice for places to dine this evening, so take your pick.


Suggested outings in and around Wellington.

National Museum - Te Papa  Visit Cuba Street Weta Workshop Tour
Zealandia Wildlife Reserve     

 Wellington Cable Car    

Carter Observatory 


Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Nomads Wellington (or similar)

This laid-back Travellers Lodge in the Nations capital Wellington is a 9-minute walk from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and 3 km from the Zealandia wildlife sanctuary. Nomads Capital is a 5-star Qualmark rated hostel 

Nomads Captial Backpackers

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ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK

Travel by InterIsland Ferry to the South Island, travel to Marahau at the start of the Park and then transfer by water taxi into Abel Tasman National Park.

Abel Tasman National Park

Golden beaches border the translucent turquoise sea, and sandy estuaries fringed by natural forests. The walking tracks here, both inland and coastal, are world-famous for their outstanding beauty. Walking and Kayaking and then just kicking back on one of the many unspoiled beaches you will discover along the way is what it's all about. Plus you have the added bonus of face-to-face encounters with marine wildlife and birds. The Abel Tasman National Park is home to the ever-entertaining seal colony and who knows you may be lucky enough to spot visiting dolphins and Orcas playing in the Abel Tasman National Park waters.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Old MacDonalds Farm (or similar) - 2 Nights

Accommodation:
A natural-land setting in Marahau. This quirky accommodation has tame farm animals roaming around and is situated on a river sporting many great swimming holes. The farm sits on 100 acres (40 Hectares) of working Kiwi farm. The camping ground has spacious power and non-power sites. with  comfortable backpackers' accommodation and self-contained, with ensuite - All just 400 metres (1300 feet) from the Abel Tasman Track. 
Old MacDonalds Farm

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HIKING THE ABEL TASMAN COASTAL TRACK

Hike and explore Abel Tasman's golden beaches and waterways. Walk along the Coastline Track from Anchorage to Marahau to one of the world's most scenic golden sand beaches. French names left by Dumont d’Urville and his crew add character to this part of the Abel Tasman Track. After Yellow Point it turns inland, winding in and out of several little gullies before emerging in open country overlooking Torrent Bay and the coast and islands to the north. On the far side of the estuary, the track passes through open country to Tinline Bay.
 
The track rounds Guilbert Point to Apple Tree Bay then passes through beech forest with large kanuka trees. After Yellow Point it turns inland, winding in and out of several little gullies before emerging in open country overlooking Torrent Bay and the coast and islands to the north.
 
Time: 4 hours   Distance: 12.4 km (7.5 mi)

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner


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WESTPORT - WILD COAST, SEALS AND BEAUTIFUL BLACK SAND BEACHES

Today we head south down the coast of black-sand beaches. The West Coast is wild and untamed, sparsely populated but the views are impressive.

Seal Colony - Cape Foulwind
Stop by a viewing platform over a New Zealand fur seal colony at Cape Foulwind. Female seals will live in the same colony for the duration of their lives, whereas male seals move around more. The males visit the Cape Foulwind colony between late November and mid-January for mating season. All seasons offer plenty of activity to check out, from mating to the raising of baby pups and feeding out at sea.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation Tripinn Hostel, YHA Westport (or similar)

Tripinn Hostel is a beautiful historical home on New Zealand’s South Island. Enjoy the cosy fires in the winter or the beautiful gardens and decks in the summer with room to pitch a tent. The accommodation offers two lounge rooms, a large, new, fully equipped kitchen and modern bathrooms all included in your stay in Westport, NZ. The Hostel features immaculate surroundings for you to enjoy and the unique atmosphere of this historical location.
YHA Westport

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FRANZ JOSEF - HEART OF GLACIER COUNTRY

In the morning we will start to make your way towards Franz Josef the heart of glacier country.

Pancake Rocks Trek
​Walk along a loop trail with informative signs detailing how the 'Pancake Rocks' were formed millions of years ago. When the trail reaches the coast, there are many lookouts for photo stops and beautiful views of the coast, the rocks and the blowholes found along the area.

After viewing the unique pancake rocks we continue to Franz Josef arriving at a unique wilderness lodge set in the rainforest for the night. In Franz Josef you will have free time to relax or try optional activities like a glacial hike, quad biking, and a helicopter hike.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation Rainforest Retreat 2 nights (or Similar)

Rainforest Retreat is centrally located in the heart of Franz Josef Village , Secluded yet handy to every local activity. Nestled in six acres of idyllic native bush at the foot of precipitous mountains the Rainforest Retreat is a inviting place to stay. Each unit was built exclusively to embrace its beautiful, secluded, natural environment providing guests with choices of either forest floor or mid canopy bush views.
Rainforest Retreat

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EXPLORE FRANZ JOSEPH

Spend the day exploring the stunning region around Franz Josef. Opt for various hiking adventures in the area, the most popular being a glacier trek. If relaxing is more your style, there are shorter day hikes and bush walks or local hot pools to take a dip. You are in the heart of Westland National Park, considered to be the most diverse and beautiful area in New Zealand.

Excursions available in and around the Franz Josef area:

Kayak Okarito Lagoon 

   Glacier Hot Pools       Glacier Scenic Flight

Horseback Riding  

   Walk to Glacier Face    Glacier Heli-hike


Meals: Breakfast 


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QUEENSTOWN - THE ADVENTURE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD

Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and ringed by towering mountains, Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s ultimate holiday destinations. It may be the adventure capital of the world, but it’s also home to an excellent food and wine scene as well as great shopping, hiking and endless opportunities to relax. It’s just as easy to go fishing, golfing, gold panning or wine tasting as it is to Bungy jump or skydive. Famed for its international winter skiing profile and outdoor beauty, Queenstown is a brilliant destination to visit year-round. One thing is certain here: you won’t run out of things to do.  

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Jucy Snooze - 3 nights (or similar)

Accommodation:
Jucy Snooze Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown. The accommodation offers guests a rooftop bar and cafe with stunning views of Lake Wakatipu. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property. A range of rooms are offered including pod rooms, which consist of a private sleeping space in a shared room and hotel rooms fitted with an ensuite. At JUCY Snooze you will find a 24-hour reception as well as lift access.
Jucey Snooze

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TWO DAYS OFF - QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE

Explore everything Queenstown has to offer and do it your way on a day of leisure. You can get your adrenaline pumping with a thrilling Wilderness Jet Boat Ride  or if you prefer something more relaxing like a wine tour in the stunning vineyards of the Gibbston Valley, you won’t be disappointed. 

Recommended Queenstown excursions:

Routeburn Day Walk Highest Bungey Jump Explore Arrowtown

Wine Tasting Central Otago      

Biking Skippers Canyon       Round at Millbrook Golf Resort
Earnslaw Steamboat Cruise   Dart River Jetboat Safari      

Gibbston Valley Wine Trail

 

Meals: Breakfasts 


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CRUISE MILFORD SOUND

Today we drive deep into Fiordland and enjoy a Milford Sound Cruise.

Deep within Fiordland National Park lies Milford Sound, New Zealand’s most stunning natural attraction. With its magical combination of mountain peaks, ink-dark waters and superb dramatic forest-clad cliffs, it must be seen to be believed. In the evening, opt to cruise across Lake Te Anau and visit a cave that is home to thousands of glowworms.

Cruise Milford Sound
Enjoy the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound from the deck of a boat. Recharge your camera and be ready to shoot stunning photos of waterfalls, mountains stretching up to the sky and down to the sea and then search for dolphins and seals. This place is any artist's dream!


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park 1 night (or similar)

The spacious lakeside Holiday Park & Motels enjoy incredible views across picturesque Lake Te Anau and into the Fiordland’s mountains – immerse yourself in the vast wilderness as it meets Te Anau. With only a short stroll to the town center. This quiet established park has amazing lake and mountain views, children’s play area, BBQs, picnic tables, Sky TV lounge, Free wireless internet in common areas, laundries, sauna/spa bath, communal bathrooms, and kitchens.
Te Anau Holiday Park

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TE ANAU/ WEDDERBURN

Lace up your hiking boots and spend the free morning exploring Te Anau. Head out on a trek of your choice. Hikes range from short walks to more challenging full-day treks. The serene deep waters of Lake Te Anau make up the largest lake in the South Island and second largest in NZ, and are bordered on its western shore by lush virgin forest.

In the afternoon our journey continues to Wedderburn. Located close to the summit and at the halfway point of the Rail Trail, Wedderburn is the perfect stop to explore and experience the uniqueness of Central Otago.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation Wedderburn Cottages 2 nights (or similar)

Accommodation:

Nestled under the Hawkdun Range and surrounded by stunning landscape of farmland and tussock country, The Lodge & Cottages Wedderburn offers Otago Central Rail Trail accommodation & hospitality at its best, ranging from the comfortable 1928 farm homestead Lodge to attractive self-contained Cottages, both ideal for homestay or farmstay type accommodation.

Wedderburn Cottage

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MOUNTAIN-BIKING A SECTION OF THE OTAGO RAIL TRAIL

This morning we head into Central Otago to spend the afternoon cycling from best starting points of the Historic Central Otago Rail Trail 42 km (26 mi). Pass through scenery unspoiled by traffic and not visible from any roads. 

Highlights include seeing The Rock and Pillar Range, this is Otago's most distinctive upland features; its summit ridge dominated by impressive schist tors or rocky pillars. The Taieri River, the Kakanui Mountains, the trail provides beautiful scenery and a peaceful scenic atmosphere

Meals: Breakfast


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CHRISTCHURCH - THE GARDEN CITY

New Zealand’s second-largest city 'Christchurch' has bounced back after a series of major earthquakes, and has shown its resiliency with a number of new and exciting developments popping up everywhere. Don’t miss the Re Start Shopping Mall, made out of shipping containers, as well as the many funky Pop Up bars dotted throughout the city. All public services and spaces are running as normal, and Christchurch continues to be a vibrant city to live, work and play. 

Some suggested excursions if you have time.

Easygoing Cycling Tour

   Punting the Avon River    Lyttelton Harbour Wildlife Cruise

Māori Cultural Evening

   French Akaroa Tour    Southern Alps Ballooning

Christchurch Gondola

   Clearwater Golf    Arthur's Pass TranzAlpine Hike


Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Jailhouse Accommodation 1 night (or similar)

Experience sleeping in a former jail! This fully renovated historical heritage is nowadays functioning as very high quality, award-winning budget accommodation, serving you extra facilities while staying over in a very special environment. The hostel is also conveniently located, close to the rail station, the AMI Stadium, Horncastle Arena, Addington Raceway and Hagley Park.
Jailhouse Accommodation

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KAIKOURA - SERENGETI OF THE SEA

The road to kaikoura has impressive coastal views, roaring surf, rocky bays dotted with fur seals sunbathing on rocks. The township of Kaikoura is a great place for lunch, take the opportunity to join an excursion to get up close and personal with dolphins, seals, whales and other sea creatures.

Suggested Wildlife Encounters in Kaikoura

Whale Watching Cruise

   Swim with the Seals in Kaikoura

Whale Watching Flight Kaikoura

   Dusky Dolphin Viewing or Swimming

Kayaking with Fur Seals

   Albatross & Pelagic Bird Watching Kaikoura


 

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation Dusky Lodge 1 night (or similar)

Accommodation:

Unwinding at the pools with a spectacular sunset - that's one of the features that makes the Dusky Lodge very enjoyable. With a very homely atmosphere and many facilities such as the pool, spa, sauna, three large kitchens and a BBQ on the outside deck, having a good time with fellow guests will become inevitable.

Dusky Accommodation

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WINE COUNTRY / WELLINGTON

After lunch continue your journey through Marlborough to Picton. Marlborough is the engine room of the New Zealand wine industry. In the 1970's the plains would have been filled by sheep - now it  is vines as far as the eye can see, producing world cool climate varietals such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir. Continuing north the vines will keep you company as you reach Blenheim. A 25 minute drive north of Blenheim you will find Picton the gateway to the Marlborough Sounds and your final leg an Interisland Cruise to Wellington.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Nomads Wellington (or similar)

This laid-back Travellers Lodge in the Nations capital Wellington is a 9-minute walk from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and 3 km from the Zealandia wildlife sanctuary. Nomads Capital is a 5-star Qualmark rated hostel 

Nomads Captial Backpackers

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HOMEWARD BOUND

"Haere rā" Goodbye! and Bon Voyage!

We know you will enjoy the 'New Zealand Encompassed Adventure Tour' and our promise to you is to make your travels through New Zealand as hassle-free and hospitable as possible - ensuring that today you leave with a memory card full of photos, and huge smiles on your faces when recalling your time in New Zealand! Have a great homeward journey, farewell and hope to see you again soon in Aotearoa, New Zealand. 

Meals: Breakfast


NOTES

Included 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

Inclusions

  • 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

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What Amelia says about this tour: Quite simply this tour offers 24 unforgettable days to fully immerse into kiwi culture. Jam packed with action and adventure, you and your small group tour will travel the width and breadth of both islands. From hiking the highest mountains to surfing Raglan's coast, it's hard to pick out what your highlight will be. You'll love the contrast of remote wilderness with culture and city life.
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