Note that this tour utilizes a variety of accommodation including hostels. See the 'About Accommodation' section of the trip details for more information.

21 days,Auckland to Wellington

Cycle through Karangahake to Hotwater Beach, visit bubbling mud pools in a geothermal area, learn a traditional Maori greeting on the Marae, hike the Tongariro Crossing – one of the world's greatest one day hikes, canoe along the Whanganui River, rustle up a dinner from the wilds of New Zealand, kayak in the waters of Abel Tasman National Park, trek through the wilds of the South Island's national parks, try exhilarating adventures in Queenstown, cross the spectacular Southern Alps, cycle ...

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If you're travelling to New Zealand, you wouldn't want to have to choose between the two islands. With all the activities you can choose from in each country, then you want to make the most of the chance to lose your breath. Across three weeks on two islands you can hike, kayak, cycle across this diverse land. There's also time for boat cruises and local culture, just to be sure you don't miss out on anything.

What's Included

  • Cycling through Karangahake gorge. Traditional Hangi dinner. Tongariro Alpine Crossing walk. Jet boat and canoeing along Whanganui River. Wild food dinner. Te Papa Museum. Ferry crossing to South Island. Water taxi to Abel Tasman. Sea kayak in Abel Tasman. Trek in Paparoa National Park. Cruise on Milford Sound. Cycling the Otago Rail Trail.
  • 20 breakfasts, 5 dinners. (Allow NZD300-400 for meals not included.)
  • Hostels (14nts), hotels (2 nts), camp (3 nts), Maori village (1 nt, multi-share).
  • Private bus, jet boat, canoe, walk, cycle, sea kayak, ferry, water taxi
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12
Itinerary Notes

More information about the accommodation that we use for this trip can be found by clicking the button below.

Accommodation Info

Day 1 Auckland

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Hahei (1B)

Enjoy a morning cycle through Karangahake Gorge, then travel onto Hahei for the afternoon.

Day 3 Rotorua Marae (1B, 1D)

Visit a geothermal area with boiling mud and hotpools. After a traditional greeting on the Marae, learn the traditional arts of the Haka and Poi before a traditional Hangi dinner.

Day 4 National Park (1B)

Conquer the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek. Spend the afternoon on an active volcano.

Day 5 Whanganui River Camp (1B, 1L, 1D)

Canoe along the Whanaganui River to your overnight camp, in the heart of Whanganui National Park. Enjoy a dinner of food taken from the wild.

Day 6 Snowy Waters Lodge (1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue along the Whanaganui River by jet boat visiting old Maori and European settlements before continuing onto Snowy Waters Lodge by bus.

Day 7 Wellington (1B)

Transfer to Wellington. Visit the Te Papa Museum before a free evening.

Day 8 Abel Tasman (1B)

Transfer by ferry to the South Island. Transfer by water taxi into Abel Tasman National Park

Day 9 Marahau (1B)

Sea kayak through Abel Tasman to Marahau.

Day 10 Paparoa National Park (1B)

Transfer to Paparoa National Park, before a trek in the park. Overnight on the edge of the Paparoa National Park.

Days 11-12 Franz Josef (2B, 1D)

Transfer to Franz Josef, stopping at Okarito lagoon en route. Day 12 is free for optional activities in Franz Josef such as glacier trekking.

Day 13 Makarora (1B)

Transfer to Makarora, where there are a variety of optional activities available. Options include hiking, jet boat excursion and scenic flights.

Day 14-15 Queenstown (2B)

Travel through into the heart of Central Otago, stopping at the resort town of Wanaka. Continue onto the “adventure capital of the world”, Queenstown, in time for an afternoon of optional activities such as from bungee jumping (in its birthplace), jet boating (also born here!), sky diving, rafting, mountain biking, hang gliding, and so much more!

Day 16 Milford Sound (1B, 1D)

Continue to the fjords of the South Island. Enjoy the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound from the deck of a boat.

Day 17 Te Anau (1B)

Continue onto Te Anau where you can explore the area surrounding the South Islands largest lake with the option to hike, bike or explore the Te Anau glowworm caves.

Day 18 Central Otago (1B)

Cycle the Rail Trail, a route created specially for mountain biking. Cycle through scenery unspolied by traffic and not visible from any roads.

Day 19 Christchurch (1B)

Drive through breathtaking central Otago via the Lindis Pass & Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak arriving in Christchurch for the evening.

Day 20 Kaikoura (1B)

Transfer to Kaikoura, with optional of whale or dolphin watching in the afternoon.

Day 21 Wellington (1B)

Transfer to Picton, visiting a seal colony along the way before taking the ferry back to Wellington where the tour ends upon arrival. Onward travel can be booked after 8pm.

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