- Transport, breakfast and accommodation (max six shares, upgrades available)
- Passionate Kiwi guide
- Maori Cultural experience in the Coromandel and Rotorua
- Traditional Maori ‘Hangi’ (food cooked using heated rocks and buried in an underground oven)
- Ferry between the North and South Islands across the iconic Cook Strait
- Two nights accommodation deep in the rainforest on the South Island's West Coast
- Gondola ride in Queenstown to see panoramic views of the "Adventure Capital of the World."
- Intimate small groups (max 16 people)
- Guided tour to "off-the-beaten-track" locations
- Surprise stops on the way
WHERE WE VISIT
- Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
- Abel Tasman National Park
- 7 National Parks
- Waitangi Treaty Grounds
- Hundertwasser Toilets, Kawakawa
- Maungawhau/Mount Eden
- Cathedral Cove
- Huka Falls
- Matairangi/Mount Victoria
- Church of the Good Shepard
- Tekapo Dark Sky Reserve
- Franz Josef
- Pancake Rocks of Punakaiki
- Abel Tasman National park
WHAT TO EXPECT
Be amazed by spectacular glaciers, majestic mountain ranges and crystal clear blue water. Absorb the beauty of New Zealand's amazing landscapes, experience the traditional Maori culture and let the city of Queenstown take your breath away. This trip offers it all!
This New Zealand wide tour starts and ends in Auckland and covers all the highlights in 24 unforgettable days. Get ready for secluded beaches, jaw-dropping scenery, Maori culture, mountain ranges, lush rainforests - and more adventure activities than you can ever imagine!
'Must-do' events, such as a Maori Cultural night, Queenstown Gondola ride, 'Tiki' pendant carving experience and more are included.
Your trip starts early in the morning, so you can opt to book accommodation in Auckland the night before the tour. Then you only have to walk downstairs on day one. A stress-free morning. Likewise, you can book an extra night for when we get back, so you are not in a rush once we end our trip.
Upgrading your accommodation to a 2-person private room costs $1999. The cost is per room, so if you share the room with someone else, you can split the cost between the two of you. You can select this upgrade as you build your tour.
Day 1 - Auckland to Paihia
Breakfast and dinner included.
This morning meet your guide and group for tasty breakfast and introductions. Hop on the bus for a leisurely drive to the subtropical "Winterless North".
The Northland region is home to some ancient and impressive kauri forests, and you'll stroll through these today. Check out Tane Mahiuta, the hugest tree of them all! At over 1250 years old and over 51 metres tall, he will take your breath away.
You'll also visit Hikiange Harbour, known for its150-metre high dunes. If the weather is good, you can try sandboarding down these monsters into the beautiful water.
Later, head to Paihia where you'll enjoy the sunset and feast on fish and chips. This is a jewel in the Bay of Islands, and the views don't get much better than this!
Day 2 - Paihia
There are more than 140 islands dotted around the coastline here, so it's up to you how you spend your day!
Hit the water to discover the coves and beaches and take a cruise through natural rock archways and dolphin pods. You can even swim or snorkel with these beauties.
If you want to stay on land, take a trip to Cape Regina, the northernmost tip of New Zealand. Here you can see where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean collide, a truly unforgettable sight.
For the thrill-seekers, take a flight above the ocean on a parasailing adventure.
Day 3 - Paihia to Auckland
Today, take a trip to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and discover a piece of New Zealand history. The 35-metre carved waka (ceremonial war canoe) is a must-see.
Later, after lunch, wave goodbye to the Bay of Island before a very special rest stop in Kawakawa. Check out the grass-roofed, mosaic-covered Hundertwasser Toilets. Crazy!
There are some beautiful waterfalls around this area if you know where to look - and luckily your guide does! Stop off and check out the natural beauty on your way to Auckland.
You'll travel along the Northland's east coast, full of stunning beaches and coastal walks. There'll be time for a swim so keep your bathers handy.
Later, arrive in the city of Auckland for the night.
Day 4 - Auckland to Coromandel
Spend some time exploring hilly Auckland this morning. Many of these hills are volcanic cones, and you'll have the chance to walk up one of the most famous - Maungwhau. Also known as Mount Eden, you'll catch 360-degree views of both the city and sea from here.
Later, head to the Coromandel Peninsula where you'll discover a paradise of beautiful beaches and rainforests. The drive here will take your breath away, with twists and turns around dramatic coastline. Watcha s the ocean gets closer and closer!
The Coromandel is home to the famous Hot Water Beach where thousands of visitors dig their own hot tubs each year. If the tide allows, you'll do the same.
After some sandy fun, it's time to head to Whitianga. Sample the beaches take a surf lesson or just enjoy the vibes!
Day 5 - Coromandel to Waitomo
This morning take a stroll along the cliffs and down into Cathedral Cove. You might recognise this spot from the Chronicles of Narnia. Ther's perfect beaches galore and massive rock arches and columns that are great for a photo shoot.
You can also take a guided Cathedral Cove kayak trip and check out the stunning coastline from a different angle. Who knows, you might even meet a dolphin or two!
Later today, wave goodbye to the east coast and hello to the west as you head to the tiny town of Waitomo. You can meet the resident glow worms tonight or kick back with a beer and admire the stunning stars.
Day 6- Waitomo to Murupara
Breakfast and dinner included.