G Adventures - Highlights of New Zealand Itinerary

Arms in the air, rejoicing at the natural beauty among New Zealand's snow capped mountains.


‘Haere Mai’ … Welcome to New Zealand!

Today is Arrival Day. You will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your hotel. Depending what time you arrive, you will then have some time to explore the city of Auckland before meeting your travelling companions over a complimentary pre-dinner drink after which your Tour Leader will review the details of your trip.

Some Activities and sightseeing options if you have time:

Explore Waiheke Island    Island Kayaking Adventure    America’s Cup Sailing
Auckland's Sky TowerRelax on the BeachRangitoto Island Cruise & Walk
West Coast Wine TourWhale and Dolphin SafariMuriwai Surf Beach

Accommodation: Ramada Hotel Auckland (or similar) - 1 night

Auckland skyline by night.
All modern apartments are air-conditioned and feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. There is also a kitchen or kitchenette, fitted with a dishwasher, microwave, and toaster. A refrigerator and kettle are also featured. Every unit is fitted with a private bathroom with free toiletries. Towels and bed linen are also included. Aotea Centre is 100 m from the property. Private parking is available on site for an additional charge. Free WiFi is provided.
Ramada Auckland


Hahei, Coromandel Peninsula - Lifes a Beach!

The Coromandel Peninsula lies east of Auckland, on the other side of the Hauraki Gulf. An impressive, heavily forested mountain range runs up the middle of this peninsula, bordered on each side by kilometres of spectacular coastline. Check out the beaches and cliffs and keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and whales. Make friends with the locals, including "hippies" who arrived in the 1970s and never left.

Pack your swimsuit and walk from the north end of Hahei Beach along a cliff-top path that leads down to Cathedral Cove. Swim, lay in the shade, and enjoy the beauty of this idyllic spot.

Hot Water Beach is a unique spot on the Coromandel Peninsula. If the tide is right, you can dig into the sand to create a natural jacuzzi.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation Tatahi Lodge - 1 night (or similar)

Nice picture of the coastline of Coromandel Peninsula.

Nestled within 1.5 acres (half a hectare) of beautiful tropical gardens, Tatahi Lodge offers you space, privacy and comfort with all the little extras to make your visit to Hahei a truly memorable one. Conveniently situated being only a 400m (1300 feet) level walk to the white sands of Hahei Beach, 50m (160 feet) to local cafes, restaurants & amenities and within walking distance of Cathedral Cove, you won't need your vehicle again until its time to leave or to visit nearby Hot Water Beach.

Tatahi Lodge


Rotorua / Maori Village Stay

Rotorua is a geothermal spectacular. Giant geysers rocket into the air and colourful sulphur terraces hiss and boil. The earth's crust at its most exciting and accessible in the downtown parks and lakefront-  the smell of sulphur and sight of steaming vents invade the senses.  But Rotorua is more than boiling mud, there are ancient forests set amongst pristine lakes, and the area is steeped in the history and tikanga (culture) of Maori, the First People of New Zealand. 

 Maori Village Overnight Visit 

Visit the Tamaki Maori Village. Receive the traditional Powhiri welcome ceremony followed by a captivating stage performance explaining Maori history and culture. For dinner, enjoy a traditional Hangi meal, similar to the Hawaiian Luau, with dishes cooked in the ground. After, enjoy some quiet time with our Maori hosts by a fire.

Recommended excursions in and around Rotorua:

See Geysers & Boiling Mud    Polynesian Hot Springs  Whirinaki Forest Walk
Thermally Active GolfBiking the Mighty ForestsFlight to Volcanic Island
Museum of Art & HistoryEvening Cultural Experience   White Water Rafting

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation: Tamaki Maori Village - 1 Night (or similar)

Maori Cultural Experience

Immerse your-self into Maori culture, stay overnight in the heart of a Maori village. Join the Maori people for a night, enjoy their traditions such as the Hangi food feast. This peaceful and unique overnight Marae Stay is based on Maori traditions and hospitality. You have the opportunity to spend exclusive time with the people in the heart of the Maori Village!

Maori Village Stay New Zealand


Rotorua to Wellington

Rest your legs this morning as we drive south through rolling hill country to the capital city of Wellington

Wellington is a picture perfect city. It is compact, cultured and full of character. Nestled between the harbour and the hills, the downtown area is ideal for explorations on foot.

The city has long been recognized as the cultural and arts capital of New Zealand (with festivals almost every month) and is home to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, opera companies, theater and a large number of art galleries.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Comfort Hotel Wellington - 2 nights (or similar)

Wellington City
This 3-star hotel is located on the heritage side of the CQ Hotels Wellington Complex. Featuring classic architecture, this charming property offers a heated indoor pool, spa pool, and fitness centre. Guests can enjoy unlimited free WiFi. All rooms at Wellington Comfort Hotel include plunger coffee, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a modern bathroom. All rooms are serviced daily.
C Hotel


Wellington - Our Cool Little Capital

Enjoy the atmosphere in this relaxed but lively city. After an orientation walk the rest of the afternoon is yours, so take your time as you stroll 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 this walkable city.

Orientation Walk 

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Suggested outings in and around Wellington.

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

Wellington Cable Car   

Carter Observatory 

Meals: Breakfast

Wellington City


Travel to Kaikoura

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

Nestled between soaring mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Kaikoura is known as New Zealand’s ‘Serengeti of the Sea’. The natural wonders here are breath taking. Fur seals lounge on the rugged coastline and, just offshore, whales and dolphins thrive in an ocean that teems with life.

For dinner, opt to chow down on the national dish – fish and chips – near the beach.

Accommodation: White Morph Motor Inn (or similar) - 1 Night

Interislander Ferry

The White Morph Motor Inn is situated on the waterfront with an easy stroll into the township for convenient dining, shops and bars (there is also a restaurant on site). Choose between the deluxe spa rooms with ocean view balcony, or the 4 star studio rooms & family apartments with garden views. 

White Morph Motor Inn - Kaikoura


Kaikoura - Hanmer Springs

Enjoy your free morning in Kaikoura, you can choose to swim with dolphins or go whale watching 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.

Suggested Wildlife Encounters in Kaikoura

Whale Watching CruiseSwim with the Seals in Kaikoura
Whale Watching Flight Kaikoura  Dusky Dolphin Viewing or Swimming
Kayaking with Fur SealsAlbatross & Pelagic Bird Watching Kaikoura

Then travel to Hanmer Springs, a charming alpine village where you can take a soak in the hot springs.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Drifters Inn Hanmer Springs (or similar) - 1 Night

Kaikoura Whale Watching
Drifter's Inn quality accommodation is in Hanmer Springs, New Zealand Drifter's Inn combines the comfort and personal service of an alpine lodge with all the convenience of motel accommodation. Drifter's Inn is in the heart of the picturesque village of Hanmer Springs, just 80 metres from New Zealand's finest thermal spa and hot springs.
drifters Inn


Franz Josef

Travel across the Southern Alps via the stunningly scenic Arthur's Pass. Stretch your legs with a mountain or rainforest walk as we head south into the National Park known as ‘Glacier Country’ – in parts, huge valleys of ice tumble down almost to sea level. Also blessed with lakes, rivers and wetlands; Westland is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Here, the landscapes are highly revered by those kiwis who have lived here for generations, as well as by the local Ngai Tahu tribe who hold this wild place in high spiritual esteem.

On arrival at Franz Josef Glacier, take an hour to walk to the Glaciers Terminal face and treat yourself to a soak on your return. Nestled in lush rainforest enjoy a soak in the fabulous Glacier Hot Pools, a perfect way to unwind after your days drive and walk.

Meals: Breakfast 

Accommodation: Rainforest Retreat - 2 Nights (or something similar)

Franz Josef Glacier
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


Explore Franz Josef

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.

Kayak Okarito Lagoon   Glacier Hot Pools   Glacier Scenic Flight
Horseback Riding  Walk to Glacier Face   Glacier Heli-hike

Meals: Breakfast 

Franz Josef Heli Hike


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: Heartland Hotel - 2 nights (or similar)

Heartland Hotel Queenstown offers panoramic views over Lake Wakatipu to the mountains. The friendly Swiss-style Heartland Hotel boasting one of the best central locations in Queenstown. Access a range of leisure activities from bungy jumping to shopping from one of the best accommodation locations in Queenstown. Featuring 81 well-appointed guest rooms, many with spectacular mountain and/or lake views, restaurant & bar, extensive guest services and facilities, the Heartland Hotel Queenstown is the perfect place to base your stay in this premier resort town.
Heartland Hotel Queenstown


Queenstown at Leisure

Explore everything Queenstown has to offer. 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 WalkHighest Bungey JumpExplore 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: Breakfast

Queenstown TSS Earnslaw Steamship


Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise

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.

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise 

Cruise through the stunning Doubtful Sound, one of the most untouched, remote places in the world. The only way to get here is by boat across Lake Manapouri, then bus across Wilmont Pass to Doubtful Sound. Marvel at the steep cliff walls and cascading waterfalls, and keep an eye out for area wildlife: dolphins, penguins, seals, and a variety of birds. This isolated part of New Zealand is truly a special place!

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise


Mount Cook National - 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.

Mount Cook

Aoraki/Mount Cook is both a village, a national park and the name of New Zealand's highest mountain. Located in central South Island, the park includes a mix of rocks and glaciers, as well as alpine plants including the world's largest buttercup, the Mount Cook lily. There are several short walks that reward with spectacular views.

Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park Visitor Centre 

Stop by the visitor's centre to learn more about the region.

Meals: Breakfast 

Accommodation: Mountain Chalet Twizel (or similar) - 1 Night

Mount Cook National Park

The mountain chalets in the village of Twizel are set up together in a park. Around Twizel beautiful scenic views can be seen, for example looking over lake Ruataniwha and lake Pukaki. During winter this accommodation offers great possibilities for snow sport lovers, while in summer travellers can golf or explore the beautiful surroundings by hiking or helicopter rides.


Christchurch - The Garden City

Spend the morning hiking the region surrounding Mt Cook, taking in the alpine scenery with the chance to learn more about mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary at the visitor's centre. Continue on to Christchurch for one final night together.

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 EveningFrench Akaroa TourSouthern Alps Ballooning
Christchurch GondolaClearwater GolfArthur's Pass TranzAlpine Hike

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation All Stars Inn on Bealey (or similar)

Christchurch City Tram

Hyper modern All Stars Inn offers high quality accommodation for big and small groups, though private rooms are also available. The building is located a short walk from the city centre and has a bus stop directly in front as well. With Speight's Ale House next door guests are also spoiled with special offers on great food and drinks. In addition there is a comfortable courtyard where guests can hang out or use the barbeque.

All Stars Christchurch


Homeward Bound

"Haere rā" Goodbye! and Bon Voyage!

We know you will enjoy the 'The Highlights of New Zealand 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

New Zealand Lake


Included Highlights

  • Check out a Hot Water Beach
  • Feast on a hangi in a Maori village
  • Let loose in Queenstown
  • Cruise around the fjords of Milford Sound


  • Coromandel Peninsula visit
  • Cathedral Cove visit
  • Hot Water Beach stop
  • Traditional Maori ceremony and Hangi dinner
  • Overnight in Maori village
  • Orientation walk in Wellington
  • Beach time in Kaikoura
  • Arthurs Pass
  • Fiordland National Park visit
  • Milford Sound overnight boat excursion (Seasonal; May through September will have a day cruise)
  • Visit to Mt Cook NP with hiking opportunity (weather permitting)
  • Visit to Mt Cook NP Visitor's Centre
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
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