Note that this tour utilizes a variety of accommodation including hostels. See the 'About Accommodation' section of the trip details for more information.
Learn about the Maori culture, conquer the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, get an adrenaline rush in Queenstown, weave through the remote fiords of the Doubtful Sound by sea kayak, discover Abel Tasman National Park by foot
Compared with their enormous western neighbour, the islands of New Zealand don’t look especially big on the map, but don’t let their small stature deceive you. There is much, much, much to do here, be it biking to old gold mining sites, kayaking remote coves and hiking some of the most breathtaking routes in the whole world. But if you’re short on travel dollars, fear not; this trip squeezes in the very best of both the North and South Islands into an affordable, action-packed 21-day itinerary that moves swiftly without ever seeming rushed.
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Please note that most accommodation in New Zealand is multi-share.
Arrive at any time.
Visit a conservation farm to learn about their farming methods before sea kayaking to a harbour for a picnic lunch. Enjoy an included surf lesson, then opt to take bone carving lesson with the local Maori.
Travel to Rotorua, notable for its geothermal activity and culture. Visit a local Maori village, and enjoy a traditional 'Hangi' experience.
Travel around Lake Taupo, then conquer the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek (seasonal).
Hit the nation's capital and visit Te Papa, the national museum. Check out some of the area's great bars and cafés.
Ferry over to the South Island. Hike and explore Abel Tasman's golden beaches and waterways.
Visit a seal colony and take in the pancake rock formations at Punakaiki.
Stay in a lodge surrounded by rainforestc and explore this UNESCO World Heritage Area.
Visit the adventure capital of the world—Queenstown. Get the heart pumping with some adrenaline-filled options, such as jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking or skydiving.
Visit Fiordland NP en route to Doubtful Sound. Enjoy a guided kayak excursion though jaw-dropping scenery.
Travel to Central Otago, and bike 35 km of the rail trail from one historic town to the next, with the chance to sample local food and drink along the way.
Orientation walk and a free afternoon of exploration of Christchurch.
Opt to go whale watching, swim with seals or take a walk along the coast.
Morning visit to a seal colony before catching the ferry back to Wellington.
Take an express journey from Wellington to Auckland, stopping in the king country town of Tamaranui for lunch. Tour ends upon arrival in Auckland at 7pm. Feel free to book onward travel anytime after 10:30pm.
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