Yolo: New Zealand Encompassed (ONNZ)

Countries Visited: New Zealand
Trip Style: Yolo - You're only young once, but you can be young-at-heart forever. That's the ethos that powers our Yolo trips; fast-paced and affordable trips designed with the 18-to-thirtysomething traveller in mind. Explore the world by day, stay up all night and do it all again somewhere new the next day with a collection of new best friends you'll want to keep in touch with for the rest of your life. You only live once. Make it count.
Service Level: Basic
  • Excellent value, amazing prices, quality experiences
  • Simple and clean hotels, guesthouses and hostels chosen for location and character
  • Affordable public and private transport for maximum cultural interaction
  • Plenty of optional activities tailored to your interests and budget
    Trip Style: Yolo - You're only young once, but you can be young-at-heart forever. That's the ethos that powers our Yolo trips; fast-paced and affordable trips designed with the 18-to-thirtysomething traveller in mind. Explore the world by day, stay up all night and do it all again somewhere new the next day with a collection of new best friends you'll want to keep in touch with for the rest of your life. You only live once. Make it count.
    Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
    Group Size: Max 20, avg 16
    Meals Included: 23 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 12 dinners
    Accommodations: Hostels (10 nts), basic hotels (4 nts), houseboat (1 nt), basic lodges (7 nts), floating boat hostel (1 nt in summer, cabin in winter months). Most nights are multi-share.

    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.

    It dosen't look so big on the map, but New Zealand is positively massive once you're there in person. This comprehensive 24-day trip - our longest in this part of the world - delivers the most immersive NZ experience possible. Get close to the land by exploring volcanoes, national parks, sustainable farms, and meet the water up-close on expert-led kayak excursions and during surf lessons. Best of all, you'll get to explore the magnificent Bay of Islands, home to some of the world's top fishing. 24 days? You'll wish it was longer.
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    Tour Operator
    G Adventures
    24 Days
    Escorted - Yes
    Day 1AucklandDay 1 Auckland
    Arrive in Auckland at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Visit the Maritime Museum, walk the waterfront, or even take the ferry to Waiheke Island. Additional Notes: Jump right into your adventure by adding the Auckland Sailing: Americas Cup Experience extra to your tour. Work with a crew to sail around Aucklands Waitemata Harbour on a competitive yacht, and take in the stunning views. PLEASE NOTE: If booking this extra, a pre-night in Auckland is highly recommended as this activity may start early in the morning on Day 1. This tour departs Auckland early on Day 2. If you are interested in exploring the city and its nearby attractions, like the Hobbiton Movie Set or local wineries, it is recommended you book additional pre-trip accommodation nights. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Day 2Bay of IslandsDay 2 Auckland/Bay of Islands (1B, 1D)
    Depart early and travel to a local reserve with 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 for an included activity of snorkelling to see abundant sea life (seasonal). Continue on to the Bay of Islands and board a houseboat - your home for the night. Additional Notes: 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. Included Activities: Goat Island Marine Reserve Snorkelling Bay of Islands Overnight Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)
    Day 3PaihiaDay 3 Bay of Islands/Paihia (1B, 1L, 1D)
    Enjoy a morning of activities from our boat base. Then travel back to the mainland for a walk around the small town of Paihia. An optional visit to the Treaty House in the nearby town of Waitangi is highly recommended.
    Day 4AucklandDay 4 Paihia/Auckland (1B)
    Take advantage of optional morning activities such as skydiving, dolphin watching, fishing or visiting the historic town of Russell. Travel back to Auckland. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)
    Day 5RaglanDay 5 Auckland/Raglan (1B, 1L)
    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. After, kayak to a remote part of the harbour for a boat cruise and lunch, before heading to our lodge a few minutes drive from the famous surf and arts town of Raglan for the night. Included Activities: Sea Kayaking Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 160km)
    Day 6RaglanDay 6 Raglan (1B, 1D)
    Head down to the beach for an included surf lesson. The afternoon is open for optional activities such as bone carving with local Maori, mountain biking or exploring the many trails. Included Activities: Surf Lessons
    Day 7RotoruaDay 7 Raglan/Rotorua (1B, 1D)
    Depending on the weather conditions and the desires of the group, opt to visit the Waitomo caves, famous for their glow-worms. For the adventurous, there is the option of `black water rafting'. Continue to Rotorua for an engaging cultural experience on the grounds of a historic Maori village. Included Activities: Maori Cultural Experience Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 260km)
    Day 8Tongariro National ParkDay 8 Rotorua/Tongariro National Park (1B, 1D)
    Start early to walk the Tongariro Crossing, New Zealands top-rated 1-day trek. Collect all your supplies before the hike - the transfer will drop the group off at the beginning of the self-guided trek and pick up everyone at the end. After the trek, travel to a ski lodge on the side of a mountain for the night. An on-site spa and sauna is available to help ease tired muscles. Additional Notes: Please note that the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is self-guided and will be without a CEO. The trail is clearly marked. Please note that during winter months (June-October), this is an optional hike. There is an extra cost of approximately $135NZD for winter equipment and guide if you opt to do this activity. Included Activities: Tongariro Alpine Crossing Trek Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 180km)
    Day 9WellingtonDay 9 Tongariro National Park/Wellington (1B)
    Travel to Wellington, New Zealands capital city. Arrive early enough for a visit to the National Museum, Te Papa. Take a short walk from our accommodation to see the sights of the central business district. Finish the day off with an optional night on the town. Included Activities: Te Papa Museum Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 400km)
    Day 10Abel Tasman National ParkDay 10 Wellington/Abel Tasman National Park (1B, 1D)
    Catch a morning ferry and cross the scenic Cook Strait. Make sure to stand outside and enjoy the views of the Marlborough Sounds at the top of the South Island. Disembark and transfer to Abel Tasman National Park, well-known for its stunning white sand beaches. Board a water taxi to transfer to the middle of the National Park for the night. The night will be spent on a floating boat hostel. Additional Notes: During the winter season (May - Oct), and when there is inclement weather in the summer, we will stay in cabins in a true rural setting on the edge of the park instead of the floating boat hostel. Transport: Water taxi (0.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 200km) Ferry (3.50 hour(s), 92km)
    Day 11Abel Tasman National ParkDay 11 Abel Tasman National Park (1B, 1D)
    Hike and explore Abel Tasmans golden beaches and waterways. Included Activities: Abel Tasman National Park Walk
    Day 12PunakaikiDay 12 Abel Tasman National Park/Punakaiki (1B, 1D)
    Visit the Cape Foulwind seal colony, then follow the stunning coastal road down to a beach camp in Punakaiki for the night. Visit the famous Pancake Rocks walk upon arrival into Punakaiki. Included Activities: Pancake Rocks Trek Seal Colony Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)
    Day 13Franz JosefDay 13 Punakaiki/Franz Josef (1B, 1D)
    Opt to kayak the river into the Paparoa National Park or stick to the local trails for some day hikes. Continue following the coastal road towards Franz Josef arriving at a unique wilderness lodge set in the rainforest for the night. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 220km)
    Day 14Franz JosefDay 14 Franz Josef (1B)
    Free day for optional activities. Options include various hikes, horseback riding and quad biking.
    Day 15QueenstownDay 15 Franz Josef/Queenstown (1B)
    Visit the adventure capital of the world-Queenstown. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 365km)
    Days 16-17QueenstownDays 16-17 Queenstown
    Free time in Queenstown. Get the heart pumping with some adrenaline-filled options, such as jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking or skydiving. Additional Notes: If you have pre-booked the Queenstown Jet Boating, your CEO will inform you when you will do the activity during your tour, as days are subject to change. Please note - in the winter months (late April - early Nov) skiing and snowboarding in the Southern Alps is a highlight for any visitor. Most of the optional activities are also available, ask your CEO which ones are in season.
    Day 18Doubtful SoundDay 18 Queenstown/Doubtful Sound (1B, 1L, 1D)
    Visit Fiordland National Park en route to Doubtful Sound. Additional Notes: Depending on weather the walk and kayak may be reversed to fall on different days. Included Activities: Fiordland National Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)
    Day 19WedderburnDay 19 Doubtful Sound/Wedderburn (1B, 1D)
    Enjoy a guided kayak excursion through jaw-dropping scenery, then travel to Central Otago. Additional Notes: Due to cold weather during the winter months (approx June to late September), we will be going on a three hour nature cruise in Doubtful Sound instead of kayaking in the area. Included Activities: Kayaking Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 350km)
    Day 20WedderburnDay 20 Wedderburn (1B)
    Bike 35 km of the Otago Rail Trail, passing through one historic town to the next. Along the way sample some local food and drink. Included Activities: Biking Otago Rail Trail
    Day 21ChristchurchDay 21 Wedderburn/Christchurch (1B)
    Overnight in the very unique converted jail house. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 400km)
    Day 22KaikouraDay 22 Christchurch/Kaikoura (1B, 1D)
    Spend the afternoon swimming with dolphins, visiting a colony of southern fur seals, or taking a scenic flight over the peninsula. Bird watchers will be pleased to know that big ocean birds such as albatrosses, petrels and shearwaters frequent the area. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 180km)
    Day 23WellingtonDay 23 Kaikoura/Wellington (1B)
    Morning visit to a seal colony before catching the ferry back to Wellington. Opt for a final night out with the group. Included Activities: Seal Colony Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 150km) Ferry (3.00 hour(s), 92km)
    Day 24WellingtonDay 24 Wellington (1B)
    We highly recommend pre- or post-accommodation to fully explore this vibrant city. Included Activities: Departure Day

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    10/18/2017$3,799.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 20; Minimum Age: 18; 1 AdultQuote
    11/01/2017$3,799.00* (USD) / Land Only; Per Person; Guaranteed Departure; Availability: 20; Minimum Age: 18; 1 AdultQuote

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