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 Maori culture, explore the Bay of Islands, trek the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, get an adrenaline rush in Queenstown, weave through the remote fjords of the Doubtful Sound by sea kayak.
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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 Yolo accommodation in New Zealand is multi-share. For more info, see our Trip Details.
Arrive at any time.
Travel north, 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.
Free morning to relax, or opt to swim with dolphins, go skydiving, or check out the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
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 rainforest, 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.
Enjoy an orientation walk and a free afternoon of exploration in 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, arriving in the evening.
Depart at any time.
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