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Itinerary Notes

Due to the recent earthquake in New Zealand, there has been significant damage to the area around Kaikoura. As a result, we have rerouted Days 22 & 20 of this itinerary for all departures through Oct 31, 2017. Please see the full itinerary for details of the change.

Itinerary

Day 1  Auckland

Arrive at any time.

Day 2  Auckland/Bay of Islands

Travel north via backroads, stopping to see giant kauri trees, and go for an included snorkel at Goat Island Marine Reserve (seasonal). Board a large houseboat for an overnight trip through the beautiful Bay of Islands.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 3  Bay of Islands/Paihia

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. Opt to go on a dolphin watching tour. Disembark with some time to explore Paihia before a Kiwi barbecue.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4  Paihia/Auckland

Enjoy a free morning to relax, or opt to swim with dolphins, go skydiving, or check out the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 5  Auckland/Raglan

Visit a special conservation farm to learn about their methods before sea kayaking to a harbour for a picnic lunch.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 6  Raglan

Enjoy an included surf lesson in one of the world's most famous surf areas, then opt to go mountain biking or rent a stand up paddle board.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Hands-On Surf Lessons

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7  Raglan/Rotorua

Opt to go caving before heading to Rotorua, notable for its geothermal activity and culture. Visit a local village to gain insight into Maori culture.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8  Rotorua/Tongariro National Park

Travel around Lake Taupo and explore the volcanic UNESCO World Heritage-listed national parks in the area. Conquer the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek (seasonal).

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 9  Tongariro National Park/Wellington

Hit the nation's capital and visit the national museum, Te Papa, or stroll along Oriental Parade. Check out some of the area's great bars and cafés.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Big Night Out

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 10  Wellington/Abel Tasman National Park

Take a ferry over to the South Island and transfer to Abel Tasman National Park.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 11  Abel Tasman National Park

Hike and explore Abel Tasman's golden beaches and waterways.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 12  Abel Tasman National Park/Punakaiki

Head south down the coast of black-sand beaches. Visit a seal colony and take in the pancake rock formations at Punakaiki.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 13  Punakaiki/Franz Josef

Stay in a lodge surrounded by rainforest and explore this UNESCO World Heritage area.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 14  Franz Josef

Free day for optional activities. Options include various hikes, horseback riding and quad biking.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Carte Blanche

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 15  Franz Josef/Queenstown

Visit the adventure capital of the world—Queenstown.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Days 16–17  Queenstown

Free time in Queenstown. Get the heart pumping with some adrenaline-filled options, such as jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking or skydiving.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Carte Blanche

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 18  Queenstown/Doubtful Sound

Visit Fiordland National Park en route to Doubtful Sound.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 19  Doubtful Sound/Wedderburn

Enjoy a guided kayak excursion through jaw-dropping scenery (seasonal), then travel to Central Otago.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 20  Wedderburn

Bike 35 km of the Otago Rail Trail, passing through one historic town to the next. Along the way sample some local food and drink.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 21  Wedderburn/Christchurch

Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Christchurch.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 22  Christchurch/Kaikoura

Opt to go whale watching, swim with seals or take a walk along the coast.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 23  Kaikoura/Wellington

Travel to Picton to catch the ferry back to Wellington. Opt for a final night out with the group.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 24  Wellington

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast
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What's Included

  • Hands-On: Surf Lessons, Raglan
  • Big Night Out: Wellington
  • Snorkelling, kayaking and hiking (Bay of Islands)
  • Conservation farm visit (Raglan)
  • Sea kayaking excursions (Raglan and Doubtful Sound)
  • Maori cultural experience
  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing (seasonal)
  • Visit to a seal colony
  • Walks in Franz Josef and Abel Tasman National Parks
  • Mountain biking excursion (Central Otago)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hostels (10 nts), basic hotels (4 nts), houseboat (1 nt), basic lodges (7 nts), floating boat hostel (1 nt in summer, cabin in winter months). Most nights are multi-share.

Meals

23 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 9 dinners
Allow USD425-555 for meals not included.

Transportation

Private vehicle, kayak, boat, ferry

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

 

This tour offered by G Adventures

 

Available extras (Add these to your tour when you book)

Queenstown Jet Boating - From $131.00

It's a jet boat ride along the Shotover River of Queenstown - need we say more? Okay, how about this - imagine a whitewater ride with sharp turns and fast pace expertly navigated by a trained driver. All you need to do is strap in and get ready to get wet.

Auckland Sailing: America's Cup Experience (Pre Tour) - From $162.00

As part of the boat crew, you'll work together with your teammates to sail around Auckland's Waitemata Harbour in this competitive yacht. Either take the helm and participate or sit back and enjoy the spectacle - the choice is yours.

 

For more details including pricing and dates, contact your travel professional

Experience Information