22 Day New Zealand Explorer Northbound Itinerary

This comprehensive New Zealand tour captures the best of both the North and South Islands. Visit attractions like Mt Ruapehu and Rotorua, plus Auckland, Wellington and more.

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      USD $3,905
      CAD $4,155
      AUD $4,315
      EUR €3,000
      GBP £2,580
      NZD $5,115
      ZAR R39,275
      CHF FR3,700
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Day 1 Christchurch

Welcome to one of the world's most photogenic nations. Perhaps celebrate your arrival with a glass of a fine New Zealand wine.

Day 2 Punakaiki

Head west to the stunning white sand beaches and windswept cliffs of Punakaiki.

Days 3-4 Franz Josef Glacier

Spend a few days exploring the Franz Josef Glacier's incredible icy terrain by snow-shoe, kayak or helicopter.

Days 5-8 Queenstown

Soak up mountain vistas, meandering rivers and glassy lakes while travelling to Queenstown. Be sure to have camera batteries charged as there'll be countless photo opportunities along the way. Then be spoilt for choice in the undisputed adventure capital of New Zealand. Jet boat, bungee jump, paraglide and kayak around Queenstown before taking time out on the Skyline Gondola.

Day 9 Doubhtful Sound

Clamber aboard an overnight cruise boat for a relaxing journey through the glassy waters and imposing fiords of Doubtful Sound.
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Day 10 Mt Cook

Drive to the foot of Mt Cook, New Zealand's highest peak, passing across high country and witnessing stunning views of the Alps.

Day 11 Christchurch

Return to Christchurch and spend some more time getting to know this charming city.
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Day 12 Kaikoura

A 'must do' activity while in New Zealand is a whale-watching boat tour – try to spot humpbacks, blue whales and minkes.
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Days 13-14 Nelson

Drenched in greenery and buzzing with activity, explore the scenic wonderland of Nelson on a hike, bike, horse or kayak.
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Day 15 Wellington

Enjoy a cruise through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds on a ferry between the North and South Island. Explore Wellington's buzzing cafe scene or ride a cable car to the Botanic Gardens, taking in spectacular views of the city and harbour.
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Days 16-17 Mt Ruapehu

From crumbling volcanoes and barren wastelands to glistening emerald pools, Mount Ruapehu’s surroundings are breathtaking.
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Day 18 Taupo/Rotorua

Visit the spectacular Huka falls and take the opportunity to bungy or jet boat in Taupo - the North Island's home of extreme sports. Rotorua's geysers, bubbling mud pools and volcanic cliffs are shaped by seismic forces.
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Day 19 Waitomo

Discover Waitomo, which is famous for its limestone caves, glow worms and blackwater rafting - an unforgettable trip involving hiking and descending an underground river floating on an inner tube.
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Days 20-21 Waitomo/Bay of Islands

Soak up the serene scenery of the Bay of Islands.
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Day 22 Auckland

Arrive in Auckland, where this incredible journey winds up.