22 Day New Zealand Explorer Southbound Overview

This 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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    • 4.63 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

Discover the best of both New Zealand's North and South islands

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

  • Be dwarfed by spectacular Mt Cook
  • Bushwalk in Abel Tasman National Park
  • Discover the Bay of Islands
  • Glide through breathtaking Doubtful Sound
  • Marvel in the majesty of Mt Ruapehu
  • Meet Waitomo's glow-worms
  • Soak up Auckland's cosmopolitan vibe
  • Visit Wellington's Te Papa Tongarewa museum

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Auckland, New Zealand
  • Finish:

    Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 15
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    No meals included
  • Accommodation:

    Hostel (19 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 Auckland with group meeting on day 1 at 6:00pm and finishes in Christchurch 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 PTOAC. 4. Allow NZD650 for meals not included. 5. You can upgrade to lodge style accommodation, see tour code PTOZCU.

  • 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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About New Zealand

22 Day New Zealand Explorer Southbound Summary

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Day 1 Auckland

Popularly referred to as the 'City of Sails', a distinct Pacific flavour is apparent in Auckland's cosmopolitan markets and lively waterfront precinct.

Days 2-3 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 4 Waitomo

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

Day 5 Rotorua

Renowned as a geothermal wonderland, Rotorua's bubbling geysers and steaming mud pools provide an amazing display of mother earth's power.

Days 6-7 Taupo/Mt Ruapehu

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. 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 8 Wellington

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

Days 9-10 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 11 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.

Day 12 Christchurch

New Zealand's second-largest city is well on the way to recovery with a whole new range of pop-up cafes, restaurants and bars to explore in Christchurch.

Day 13 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 14-15 Franz Josef Glacier

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

Days 16-19 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 20 Doubhtful Sound

Majestic, mysterious and breathtakingly beautiful all at once, the Doubtful Sound serves as a study of the sublime. Embark on an overnight cruise, passing sheer rock walls, cloud-draped peaks and gushing waterfalls, keeping eyes peeled for penguins, seals and whales broaching the surface.

Day 21 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 22 Christchurch

New Zealand's second-largest city is well on the way to recovery with a whole new range of pop-up cafes, restaurants and bars to explore in Christchurch.
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    • PTOZC
    • 4.63 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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