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, hike the Tongariro crossing – one of the world's greatest one day hikes, try exhilarating adventures in Queenstown, cross the waters of Milford Sound, cycle along the remote rail trail in Central Otago.

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 Wanganui 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 Rail Trail.
  • 20 breakfasts, 3 dinners. (Allow NZD250-300 for meals not included.)
  • Hostels (15 nts), camp (4 nt), lodges (1 nts).
  • 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

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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)

After a free morning, cycle through Karangahake Gorge then onto Hahei.

Day 3 Rotarua 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, 1D)

Take a jet boat and canoe along the Whanaganui River and camp out by the river overnight.

Day 6 Snowy Water Lodge (1B, 1D)

Continue along the Wanaganui River to Snowy Water Lodge, visiting old Maori and European settlements . Enjoy a dinner of food taken from the wild and relaxing in a hot spa.

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 in the Paparoa National Park.

Days 11-12 Franz Josef (2B)

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

Day 13 Makarora (1B)

Transfer to Makarora, where there are a variety of optional activities available in Mt Aspiring National Park. Try glacier trekking and take a jet boat out of the park (optional).

Day 14-15 Queenstown (2B)

Two days free for activities in Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand. The options here are endless with so many optional activities to choose from.

Day 16 Walter Peak (1B)

Travel by ferry to Walter Peak and overnight in the historic shearers quarter. Enjoy all that the area has to offer.

Day 17 Milford Sound (1B)

Continue on to Milford Sound this morning. Stopping along the way for different hikes around the Mavora Lakes

Day 18 Central Otago (1B)

Enjoy a cruise out on the water here, looking out for a variety of marine life before traveling to Central Otago. Enjoy a free afternoon here.

Day 19 Christchurch (1B)

Cycle the Rail Trail, a route created specially for mountain biking. Cycle through scenery unspolied by traffic and not visible from any roads. Continue to 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, then take the ferry across to Wellington where the tour ends.

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