Best of New Zealand

  • 21Day(s)
  • Trip Code: GAONNS

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Compared with their enormous neighbour to the left, the islands of New Zealand don’t look especially big on the map, but don’t let their small stature deceive you. There is much to do here, be it biking to old gold mining sites, cruising remote fjords, or taking in some of the world's most breathtaking views. But if you’re short on travel dollars, fear not; this trip squeezes in the very best of both the North and South Islands into an affordable, action-packed 21-day itinerary that moves swiftly without ever seeming rushed.

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Day 1 Auckland

Arrive at any time

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Auckland/Raglan (1B, 1L)

Visit an eel farm which focuses on developing sustainable aquaculture to learn about their methods before sea kayaking to a harbour for a picnic lunch

Visit an eel farm which focuses on developing sustainable aquaculture to learn about their methods before sea kayaking to a harbour for a picnic lunch.

Day 3 Raglan (1B, 1D)

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

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

Day 4 Raglan/Rotorua (1B)

Opt to go caving in world famous Waitomo before heading to Rotorua, notable for its geothermal activity and culture

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

Day 5 Rotorua/Taupo (1B)

Take advantage of free time in the adrenaline capital of the North Island, and opt to go whitewater rafting, check out a geothermal park with technicolour pools, or hit up a nearby spa

Take advantage of free time in the adrenaline capital of the North Island, and opt to go whitewater rafting, check out a geothermal park with technicolour pools, or hit up a nearby spa. Continue on to spend the night near the shores of Lake Taupo.

Day 6 Taupo/Wellington (1B)

Take in the ever-changing scenery on the drive down to the nation's capital at the southern end of the North Island

Take in the ever-changing scenery on the drive down to the nation's capital at the southern end of the North Island. Opt to take the cable car to the hills overlooking the city, visit the national museum, Te Papa, or stroll along Oriental Parade. Enjoy a Big Night Out with the group.

Day 7 Wellington/Abel Tasman National Park (1B, 1D)

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

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

Day 8 Abel Tasman National Park (1B)

Hike and explore Abel Tasman's golden beaches and waterways

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

Day 9 Abel Tasman National Park/Westport (1B, 1D)

Head south down the coast of black-sand beaches

Head south down the coast of black-sand beaches. Visit a seal colony before travelling to Westport, the stop for the night.

Day 10 Westport/Franz Josef (1B, 1D)

Take in the pancake rock formations at Punakaiki before continuing on to Franz Josef

Take in the pancake rock formations at Punakaiki before continuing on to Franz Josef. Enjoy free time for optional activities like hiking, horseback riding, and kayaking.

Day 11 Franz Josef (1B)

Free day for optional activities

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

Day 12 Franz Josef/Queenstown (1B)

Visit the adventure capital of the world—Queenstown

Visit the adventure capital of the world—Queenstown.

Days 13-14 Queenstown

Free time in Queenstown

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

Day 15 Queenstown/Te Anau (1B, 1L)

Visit Fiordland National Park and enjoy a boat cruise through breathtaking Milford Sound

Visit Fiordland National Park and enjoy a boat cruise through breathtaking Milford Sound. In the evening, opt to cruise across Lake Te Anau and visit a cave that is home to thousands of glowworms.

Day 16 Te Anau/Central Otago (1B, 1D)

Enjoy free time in the morning to discover the natural beauty of Te Anau

Enjoy free time in the morning to discover the natural beauty of Te Anau. Later, transfer to Wedderburn in Central Otago.

Day 17 Central Otago (1B)

Bike 35 km of the Otago Rail Trail, passing through one historic town to the next

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.

Day 18 Wedderburn/Christchurch (1B)

Walk around Christchurch this afternoon and learn about how the city was rebuilt following an earthquake in 2011

Walk around Christchurch this afternoon and learn about how the city was rebuilt following an earthquake in 2011. Enjoy some free time this evening.

Day 19 Christchurch/Kaikoura (1B)

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

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

Day 20 Kaikoura/Wellington (1B)

Travel to Picton to catch the ferry back to Wellington

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

Day 21 Wellington (1B)

Depart at any time

Depart at any time.

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Is this for me?

  • Trip Style: 18-35s , Small Group Adventures
  • Comfort Level: Basic
  • Physical Demands: Trips may include activities like hiking, biking, rafting or kayaking. No sweat, right?

What's included?

  • 18 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Hostels (11 nts), basic lodges (9 nts). Most nights are multi-share.
  • Private vehicle, kayak, boat, ferry
  • Max 20, avg 16
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

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