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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      CHF FR3,700
      USD $3,905
      CAD $4,155
      AUD $4,315
      EUR €3,000
      GBP £2,580
      NZD $5,115
      ZAR R39,275
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There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Apr 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016. View later 22 Day New Zealand Explorer Northbound.
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Day 1 Christchurch

Arrive early and discover Christchurch, the South Island's re-emerging city. Explore pop up bars, cafes and restaurants in the exciting new development dubbed Re:START. Relax with a coffee in a converted shipping container and see what’s happening in funky Christchurch.
ACCOM: Lodge - 1

Day 2 Punakaiki

Leave the dry east coast and cross the dividing range on the way to the lush, green west coast. Watch as the countryside changes radically to reveal deep-blue rivers springing from the steep mountainsides.
ACCOM: Lodge - 1

Days 3-4 Franz Josef Glacier

Sit back and relax on a breathtaking drive along the coast, passing forests, lakes and hidden beaches. Arrive in Franz Josef and choose from an array of optional activities here. Join a guided hike across the glacier, go for a kayak, take a spin on a quad bike or enjoy unrivalled views of the region on a scenic flight.
ACCOM: Lodge - 2

Days 5-9 Queenstown and Doubtful Sound

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.
ACCOM: Lodge - 4, Overnight boat - 1

Day 10 Mt Cook

Be dwarfed by spectacular Aoraki (Mt Cook) which, at an impressive 3,754 m (12,316 ft), is the highest mountain in New Zealand. Explore meadows, lakes, streams and glaciers that shelter the world's only alpine parrot, the kea.
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Day 11 Christchurch

Arrive in Christchurch, New Zealand's exciting re-emerging city. Spend some time visiting the pop up Re:START development or SOMO, Christchurch's most dynamic neighbourhood.
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Day 12 Kaikoura

Head up the coast to Kaikoura, where animal lovers may spot sperm whales, dolphins, seals and wandering albatrosses.
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Days 13-14 Nelson

Bushwalking tracks among the gorgeous inlets and coves outside of Nelson are just begging to be explored. It is also possible to fit in a spot of fishing, take a winery tour or perhaps just wander through the eclectic range of shops in Nelson.
ACCOM: Lodge - 2

Day 15 Wellington

Enjoy a cruise through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds on a ferry between the North and South islands. Visit the fascinating Te Papa Museum and, perhaps in free time, catch a cable car up to the Botanic Gardens for spectacular views over the city and harbour.
ACCOM: Lodge - 1

Days 16-17 Mt Ruapehu

Be inspired and captivated by the majesty of Mt Ruapehu. Perhaps hike the famous Tongariro Crossing track or take a different route through the lower forest.
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Day 18 Taupo/Rotorua

Visit the spectacular Huka Falls and perhaps 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 and are as spectacular as they sound.
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Day 19 Waitomo

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

Explore the Bay of Islands' pristine beaches by boat or kayak.
ACCOM: Lodge - 2

Day 22 Auckland

The final leg of this North Island adventure lands travellers in Auckland – enjoy crossing the harbour bridge that has a great view of this 'City of Sails'.