21 Day The Awesome New Zealand Trip

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Cycle through Karangahake to Hotwater Beach, visit bubbling mud pools in a geothermal area, learn a traditional Maori greeting on the Marae, hike the Tongariro Crossing – one of the world’s greatest one day hikes, canoe along the Whanganui River, kayak in the waters of Abel Tasman National Park, trek through the wilds of the South Island’s national parks, try exhilarating adventures in Queenstown, cross the spectacular Southern Alps, cycle along the remote rail trail in Central Otago.

Day 1 - Auckland

Welcome to New Zealand! Tonight, the adventure begins, take the day to explore - and then meet up with your group late afternoon. After introductions, your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will give an over view of your trip.

Accommodation Auckland - 1 night

Day 2 Auckland - Hahei Cycling 8KM (4.9 MI) Walk 2-4KM (1.4 MI-2.6 MI)

Enjoy a morning cycle through Karangahake Gorge, then travel onto Hahei for the afternoon.

Its an early start for Waihi, to pick up bikes and ride through Karangahake Gorge. Continue onto Hahei for a walk to Cathedral Cove in the afternoon. If the tide is right, grab a shovel and dig out your own hot pool at Hot Water Beach.

  • Karangahake Gorge Cycling Karangahake Gorge 8km (5 mi)
  • Cathedral Cove Scenic Walk Cathedral Cove 2 - 4km (1.2 - 2.5mi)

(Breakfast)

Accommodation Hahei - 1 night

Day 3 Hahei - Rotorua

Enjoy the Volcanic Wonderland and experience boiling mud, steaming geysers and geothermal activity. Your evening begins with a traditional greeting on the Marae, learn the arts of the Haka and Poi before a traditional Hangi dinner.

Free Time The geothermal wonders of Rotorua  are not the only attractions, opt to mountain bike in the world famous Redwood Forest, go white water rafting, or indulge in the therapeutic hot springs.
Notes: Additional Optional Activities include: mountain biking, rafting, hot pools

(Breakfast, Dinner)

Accommodation Rotorua - 1 night

Day 4 Rotorua - Tongariro National Park 19-20 KM (11.1 - 12.8 MI)

Fancy a walk on the moon? The Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek, climb an active volcano. After the trek, travel to a ski lodge on the side of a mountain for the night. An on-site spa and sauna will help ease tired muscles.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing  19-20 km (12 mi)
​Enjoy spectacular views and otherworldly landscapes on this challenging and rewarding trek across a volcanic range. Be prepared - this is alpine hiking - and not to be taken lightly. Note: if the weather is too bad to trek, there will be alternative options such as smaller walks in the area or a visit to remote hot springs. If you do not wish to do the Tongariro Crossing, other activities can be arranged.

(Breakfast)

Accommodation National Park - 2 nights

Day 5 Tongariro National Park - Whanganui National Park Canoeing 12-25km (7.8-15.9 mi)

Canoe along the Whanganui River to your overnight camp in the heart of Whanganui National Park. Enjoy a dinner brought in from the wild. The third longest river in New Zealand, the Whanganui River begins at Mt Tongariro and flows all the way out to the west coast of the North Island. After a safety briefing, embark on a 31km (19 mi) canoe journey down river to an overnight campsite in the heart of Whanganui National Park.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 6 Whanganui National Park - Raetihi

Continue along the Whanganui River by jet boat visiting old Maori and European settlements before continuing on to Snowy Waters Lodge by bus.

In the morning, trade the canoe for a jet boat and continue down river. After a short walk to the Bridge to Nowhere, board the jet boat again and return to the bus, traveling on to Snowy Waters Lodge for the night. Enjoy a delicious dinner.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 7 Raetihi - Wellington

Continue on to  Wellington and visit the Te Papa museum, dedicated to the history and culture of New Zealand.

Free Time
​Take the chance this evening to eat out in the city with its vibrant cafe culture.

(Breakfast)

Day 8 Wellington - Abel Tasman National Park

Travel by ferry to the South Island, travel to Marahau at the start of the Park and then transfer by water taxi into Abel Tasman National Park.

(Breakfast) 

Day 9 Abel Tasman National Park - Marahau

Sea Kayaking back to Marahau. Take part in a safety briefing and preparation, then head out into the water to glide in and out of the bays and islets on the route to Marahau. Look for nesting seabirds and tiny islands, and enjoy amazing views along the way.

(Breakfast) 

 

Day 10 Marahau - Paparoa National Park

Transfer to Paparoa National Park, and enjoy a trek in the park 1-7 km (up to 4.3 mi). Take in spectacular coastal views hiking in Paparoa National Park. See the famous Pancake Rocks, a limestone landscape of pancake-shaped rock formations and blowholes.

Optional Activities
(additional cost)

  • Kayaking - Grab your life jacket and tour local waters by kayak. Get up close to marine life and see many sights you may miss on shore.

(Breakfast)

Day 11 Paparoa National Park - Franz Josef 10 km (6.4 mi)

Continue south along the coast towards Franz Josef, stopping for a walk at Okarito Lagoon, a haven for wildlife, that includes a variety of landscapes on the path through the estuary out through the wetlands. Spend 2 nights staying amongst verdant temperate rainforest.

(Breakfast)​

Day 12 Franz Josef

A free day for optional activities. Options include various hikes, horseback riding, quad biking as well as the unique and stunning Franz Josef Glacier.

Optional Activities
(Additional cost)

  • Ice Explorer Franz Josef Glacier
  • Franz Josef Quad Bike Franz Josef
  • Hiking Franz Josef
  • Horseback Riding Franz Josef

(Breakfast) 

Day 13 Franz Josef - Makaroroa

Travel through Te Wahi Pounamu World Heritage Area to Makarora, where you can spend the afternoon exploring the area by foot, or opt for a jet boat excursion or scenic flight. See for yourself the views that make New Zealand famous - jagged mountains, snowy peaks, and clear blue waters. Wander among fjords, rocky coasts, towering cliffs, lakes, and waterfalls, and enjoy breathtaking scenery. Don't forget your camera!

Optional Activities
(Additional cost)

  • Hiking Franz Josef
  • Jet Boating Excursion
  • Makarora Scenic Flight Makarora

(Breakfast)

Day 14 Makarora - Queenstown

Travel into the heart of Central Otago, stopping at the resort town of Wanaka, before heading to the ultimate adventure playground that is Queenstown. The options in this adventure capital are endless. Two nights are at a centrally-located hostel, which means you can make the most of your time here.

Optional Activities
(Additional cost)

  • Bungy Jumping Queenstown
  • Hang Gliding
  • Jet Boating Queenstown
  • Mountain Biking ​
  • Horse Riding
  • Skydiving Queenstown

(Breakfast)​

Day 15 Queenstown

Free Time Queenstown Full Day Enjoy free time to try some of the challenging optional activities available in the “adventure capital of the world”.

Optional Activities
(Additional cost)

  • Bungy Jumping Queenstown
  • Hang Gliding
  • Jet Boating Queenstown
  • Mountain Biking
  • Skydiving Queenstown

(Breakfast) 

Day 16 Queenstown - Milford Sound

Continue to the fjords of the South Island. Enjoy the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound from the deck of a boat.

Milford Sound Cruise Milford Sound 2h - 3h
Moody an dramatic with cascading waterfalls, mountains stretching up to the sky and down to the sea - have your camera charged and ready as the search for dolphins and seals begins.

(Breakfast, Dinner)​

Day 17 Milford Sound - Te Anau

Continue onto Te Anau with a free day to explore the area surrounding Lake Te Anau, including the start of the Kepler Track.

Optional activities including hiking, biking, exploring the Te Anau glowworm caves or taking in a screening of the award-winning ‘Ata Whenua’ – ‘Fjordland Film’ documentary at the local cinema.

Optional Activities
(Additional cost)

  • Hiking Te Anau
  • Mountain Biking ​
  • Te Anau Glowworm Caves

(Breakfast) 

Day 18 Te Anau Cycling 42 KM (26 MI)

Morning departure to Central Otago to spend the afternoon cycling the Central Otago Rail Trail 42 km (26 mi) along the Historic Otago Rail Trail.  Pass through scenery unspoiled by traffic and not visible from any roads.

(Breakfast)

Day 19 Te Anau - Christchurch

Drive through breathtaking central Otago via the Lindis Pass and Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. Arrive in Christchurch for the evening.

(Breakfast)

Day 20 Christchurch - Kaikoura

Up for an early start to drive the scenic coastal SH1 highway north to Kaikoura. Known as the Serengeti of the Sea, Kaikoura’s unique submarine environment supports a phenomenal array of marine life. And it’s not just marine mammals that can be experienced up-close here – Kaikoura is one of the world’s most exciting arenas from which to view ocean birds (pelagic).  Hikers can opt to go on several day hikes in the Seaward Kaikoura mountains.

Optional Activities
(Additional cost)

  • Scenic Flight Kaikoura - observe whales & dolphins from the air
  • ​Southern Fur Seals Visit
  • Swimming With Dolphins Kaikoura
  • Bird Watching
  • Seal swimming

(Breakfast)

Day 21 Kaikoura - Wellington

Transfer to Picton and visit a seal colony along the way before taking the ferry back to Wellington where the tour ends upon arrival. Onward travel can be booked after 8pm.Ferry Picton – Wellington 3h 30m Sail across the Cook Strait to Wellington.

(Breakfast)

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