Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
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 16, avg 12
Meals Included: 9 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Check out Hot Water Beach, feast on a hangi in a Maori village, let loose in Queenstown, cruise around the fiords of Milford Sound, travel a scenic rail route
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 Coromandels gorgeous beaches, hang with the Maori in a traditional village, walk the beaches of Kaikoura and get your adrenaline fix in Queenstown. Consider this your New Zealand starter's kit.
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- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 12/31/2017
- 15 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Auckland||Day 1 Auckland|
There are no activities until an evening welcome meeting, so head out and enjoy the city. Additional Notes: 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 2||Hahei||Day 2 Auckland/Hahei (1B, 1D)|
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. Included Activities: Coromandel Peninsula Visit Cathedral Cove Scenic Walk Hot Water Beach Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
|Day 3||Maori Village||Day 3 Rotorua/Maori Village (1D)|
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 Hells 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. Additional Notes: Accommodation is in a Maori wharepuni (sleeping house). Groups will often stay together in one sleeping house (multi-share, mixed gender), staying in line with Maori traditions. Included Activities: Maori Village Visit with Overnight Transport: Private Vehicle (3.50-4.00 hours)
|Day 4||Wellington||Day 4 Rotorua/Wellington (1B)|
Take in the ever-changing scenery of the North Island and travel to the capital, Wellington. Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours, 452km)
|Day 5||Wellington||Day 5 Wellington (1B)|
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. Included Activities: Orientation Walk
|Day 6||Kaikoura||Day 6 Wellington/Kaikoura|
Fly to the South Island, then travel to the seaside town of Kaikoura, known for its volcanic black-sand beaches. Additional Notes: An earthquake in November 2016 greatly damaged road and rail access to Kaikoura. As a result, all groups will fly from Wellington to Christchurch on Day 6 until the road and rail north of Kaikoura have been repaired. Completion is expected in late 2018. Groups departing before Oct 31, 2017 will travel directly from the Christchurch airport to Hanmer Springs instead of Kaikoura. Groups departing Nov 1, 2017 or later will travel from the airport to Kaikoura by road (access pending). Transport: Plane Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s))
|Day 7||Hanmer Springs||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. Additional Notes: For groups departing before Oct 31, 2017, this will be a full free day in Hanmer Springs. Opt to hike, visit local hot springs, go whitewater rafting, or spend the day exploring the town. Groups departing November 1, 2017 or later will operate as per the itinerary, pending road access to Kaikoura. Included Activities: Winery Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
|Day 8||Franz Josef||Day 8 Hanmer Springs/Franz Josef (1B)|
Travel across the Southern Alps via the stunningly scenic Arthurs Pass. Go for a hike in the mountains or rainforest. Stay in the rainforest near the worlds fastest moving glacier. Transport: Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. Driving time includes stops. Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s))
|Day 9||Franz Josef||Day 9 Franz Josef (1B)|
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.
|Day 10||Queenstown||Day 10 Franz Josef/Queenstown|
Continue to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world. With beautiful scenery and tons of activities, theres something for everyone. Enjoy the great night life. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 365km)
|Day 11||Queenstown||Day 11 Queenstown (1B)|
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.
|Day 12||Fiordland National Park||Day 12 Queenstown/Fiordland National Park (1B, 1D)|
Enjoy the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound from the deck of a boat. Take in the waterfalls and wildlife. Additional Notes: Due to weather during the winter (May - Oct), instead of staying overnight in Milford Sound well be taking a day cruise around Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound before returning to Queenstown for the night. Included Activities: Milford Sound Overnight Boat Excursion Transport: Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. Driving time includes stops. Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s))
|Day 13||Twizel||Day 13 Fiordland National Park/Twizel (1B)|
Head through the centre of the South Island to Twizel, near New Zealands highest peak, Mt Cook. Transport: Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. Drive time includes stops. Private Vehicle (7.00-9.00 hours)
|Day 14||Christchurch||Day 14 Twizel/Christchurch|
Travel to the Garden City of Christchurch, a little piece of England in New Zealand, still recovering from a devastating earthquake. Included Activities: Mount Cook Visit Visitors Centre Transport: Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. Drive time includes stops throughout the day, including a couple of hours to visit Mt Cook (weather permitting). Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 380km)
|Day 15||Christchurch||Day 15 Christchurch (1B)|
Depart at any time.
Local Flights: N/A
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