22 Day New Zealand Explorer Northbound Overview

This New Zealand tour takes in the best of both the North and South islands. Visit attractions like Mt Ruapehu and Rotorua, plus Auckland, Wellington, Franz Josef, Queenstown and more.

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    • 4.64 out of 5
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $3,195
      CAD $3,400
      AUD $3,530
      EUR €2,455
      GBP £2,110
      NZD $4,185
      ZAR R32,130
      CHF FR3,025
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Trip Validity

  • 2014-04-01 - 2015-03-31

This all-encompassing tour captures the best of both the North and South islands

From sprawling glaciers, snow-capped mountains and spectacular fjords on the South Island to the secluded beaches, volcanic craters and cosmopolitan cities of the North Island, this three-week NZ tour has it all - Franz Joseph Glacier, Milford Sound, Kaikoura, Mt Ruapehu, the Bay of Islands are just some of the highlights. This trip is packed with adrenaline activities for those with an adventurous streak, such as sea kayaking, snorkelling, blackwater rafting, bungee jumping, jet boating, mountain biking and kayaking. Or for travellers after a slower pace, walking trails, picture-postcard scenery, galleries, shops and restaurants are all on the cards. With a perfect combination of sights and activities, this New Zealand Explorer trip has something for everyone.

  • Bushwalk in Abel Tasman National Park
  • Discover the beauty of the Bay of Islands
  • Discover why Christchurch is known as the 'Garden City'
  • Go wild in the adrenaline-rush capital of the world
  • Marvel in the majesty of Mt Ruapehu
  • Soak up Auckland's cosmopolitan vibe
  • Take a guided hike across ancient ice and rock at Franz Joseph Glacier
  • Visit Wellington's Te Papa Tongarewa museum

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Finish:

    Auckland, New Zealand
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 15
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    No meals included
  • Accommodation:

    Hostel (20 nts), Overnight boat (1 nt)
  • Transport:

    Ferry, Van
  • Included activities:

    Queenstown - Skyline Gondola, Rotorua - Te Puia Maori Art & Cultural Centre, Waitomo - Caves Entrance, Wellington - Te Papa Museum

  • Notes:

    1. Tour commences in Christchurch with group meeting on day 1 at 6:00pm and finishes in Auckland day 22 at approx 6pm; please consider when booking flights and accommodation. 2. We recommend you book accommodation in advance and extend your stay. 3. Trip runs in reverse, see tour code PTOZC. 4. Allow NZD650 for meals not included. 5. You can upgrade to lodge style accommodation, see tour code PTOACU.

  • Total price from

    USD $3,195
    CAD $3,400
    AUD $3,530
    EUR €2,455
    GBP £2,110
    NZD $4,185
    ZAR R32,130
    CHF FR3,025
    *
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  • Per day from:

    USD $145
    CAD $154
    AUD $160
    EUR €111
    GBP £95
    NZD $190
    ZAR R1,460
    CHF FR137
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22 Day New Zealand Explorer Northbound Summary

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Day 1 Christchurch

Known as the Garden City, Christchurch's beautiful location and easy access to a fun range of activities makes it the perfect gateway to New Zealand's South Island.

Day 2 Punakaiki

Nestled in the foothills of Paparoa National Park, Punakaiki has a magnificent oceanfront location with dramatic views of the wild West Coast beaches.

Days 3-4 Franz Josef Glacier

The impressive Franz Josef Glacier offers many hiking opportunities to explore this spectacular area of mountains, valleys and glaciers.

Days 5-8 Queenstown

The adrenaline sports capital of the world, Queenstown is a lively alpine resort on the shores of Lake Wakatipu with an incredible array of year-round activities on offer.

Day 9 Doubtful Sound

Explore Doubtful Sound on a cruise, searching out bottlenose dolphins, seals and crested penguins. This area dishes up scenery that is nothing short of breathtaking, with its tall mountain peaks, waterfalls and crystal-clear water.

Day 10 Mt Cook

Home to New Zealand's highest peak, Mt Cook National Park has grand vistas across the Southern Alps, featuring rocky peaks and glacial lakes.

Day 11 Christchurch

Known as the Garden City, Christchurch's beautiful location and easy access to a fun range of activities makes it the perfect gateway to New Zealand's South Island.

Day 12 Kaikoura

Set on a beautiful stretch of coastline where towering mountains fall into the Pacific Ocean, Kaikoura is famous for its seafood and marine life.

Days 13-14 Nelson

A pleasant, sunny place in the heart of a wine-producing region, Nelson is home to some of the most beautiful sea kayaking in the world.

Day 15 Wellington

New Zealand's vibrant capital, Wellington has something for everyone - a picturesque harbour, fascinating museums and a great restaurant/bar scene.

Days 16-17 Mt Ruapehu

Located in the beautiful surrounds of Tongariro National Park, Mt Ruapehu is one of the world's most active volcanoes and a majestic sight to behold.

Day 18 Taupo/Rotorua

The North Island's home of extreme sports, Taupo sits on the shore of New Zealand's largest lake - the water-filled crater of an ancient volcano. Renowned as a geothermal wonderland, Rotorua's bubbling geysers and steaming mud pools provide an amazing display of mother earth's power.

Day 19 Waitomo

Famous for its limestone caves, glow worms and black-water rafting, Waitomo is one of New Zealand's most awe-inspiring destinations.

Days 20-21 Waitomo/Bay of Islands

A secluded marine area of amazing beauty, the Bay of Islands boasts stunning coral reefs, fascinating marine life and excellent beaches.

Day 22 Auckland

Popularly referred to as the 'City of Sails', a distinct Pacific flavour is apparent in Auckland's cosmopolitan markets and lively waterfront precinct.
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    • PTOAC
    • 4.64 out of 5
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $3,195
      CAD $3,400
      AUD $3,530
      EUR €2,455
      GBP £2,110
      NZD $4,185
      ZAR R32,130
      CHF FR3,025
      *
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