Learn about the Maori culture, explore the Bay of Islands, conquer New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek—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.
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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.
Please note that most accommodation in New Zealand is multi-share, you can read more in the trip details in our about accommodation section.
Arrive at any time.
Travel north via the backroads, stopping for an included snorkel at Goat Island Marine Reserve (seasonal). Board a large house boat for an overnight trip through the beautiful Bay of Islands.
Enjoy free time in the morning on the boat. Choose to do a number of included water activities like kayaking, snorkelling, fishing or visiting nearby islands. Disembark with some time to explore Paihia before an evening barbecue.
Free morning to relax or opt to swim with dolphins, go skydiving or check out historic Russell or the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
Visit a special conservation farm to learn about their methods before sea kayaking to the harbour for a picnic lunch. Enjoy an included surf lesson in one of the world's most famous surf areas, then opt to take a bone carving lesson with the local Maori.
Travel to Rotorua, notable for its geothermal activity and culture. Visit a local village to gain insight into Maori culture. 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. Travel by bus and boat into Abel Tasman NP. Hike and explore the park's golden beaches and waterways.
Head south down the coast of black-sand beaches. Visit a seal colony and take in the pancake rock formations at Punakaiki.
Enjoy an overnight stay in a lodge surrounded by rainforest. Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Area.
Stop for lunch at the lakeside town of Wanaka before continuing onto the adventure capital of the world—Queenstown. Fill the time here with some adrenaline-filled options, such as jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking or sky diving.
Visit Fiordland NP en route to Doubtful Sound. Guided kayak excursion before overnighting in a hostel surrounded by jaw-dropping scenery and wildlife.
Travel to Central Otago, famous for its vineyards and goldmines. Bike 35 km of the rail trail from one historic town to the next, with the chance to sample local food along the way.
Head north to Christchurch for a free afternoon of exploration in the city.
Travel to the seaside town of Kaikoura for the night, where options include whale watching, swimming with seals or walking along the coast.
Morning visit to a seal colony before winding around the coast to Picton to catch 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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