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.

    • 22
    • PTRZC
    • 4.67 out of 5
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $3,725
      CAD $3,570
      AUD $3,450
      EUR €2,650
      GBP £2,270
      NZD $4,435
      ZAR R25,070
      CHF FR3,025
      *
    •  
       
       
       
       
    •  
       
       
       
       
    • Explorer
    • Basix
Book

This 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 - including Franz Joseph Glacier, Milford 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, the New Zealand Explorer has something for everyone.

  • Be dwarfed by spectacular Mt Cook
  • Bushwalk in Abel Tasman National Park
  • Enjoy an overnight cruise through the Bay of Islands
  • Glide through breathtaking Milford Sound
  • Go wild in Queenstown - the adrenaline-rush capital of the world
  • Marvel in the majesty of Mt Ruapehu
  • Spot sperm whales and dolphins in Kaikoura
  • Visit Wellington's Te Papa Tongarewa museum

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Auckland, New Zealand
  • Finish:

    Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 15
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    No meals included
  • Accommodation:

    Hostel (1 nt), Lodge (18 nts), Overnight boat (2 nts)
  • Transport:

    Ferry, Van
  • Included activities:

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

  • Notes:

    1. Please note that due to a brochure printing error, the prices in the current brochure are incorrect. Prices found on-line are the most up to date. 2. Accommodation is generally on a 4 share single sex room basis. In some areas we may need to use larger rooms. Double rooms can be obtained at extra cost depending on availability. This must be requested at the time of booking. 3.The tour commences on Day 1 at 630pm and finishes on arrival in Christchurch on day 22 at around 18:00. Please take this into consideration when booking any flights and accommodation. We recommend you book accommodation in advance for any extra nights either prior to your stay or extend your stay here.

  • Total price from

    USD $3,725
    CAD $3,570
    AUD $3,450
    EUR €2,650
    GBP £2,270
    NZD $4,435
    ZAR R25,070
    CHF FR3,025
    *
    Price information
  • Per day from:

    USD $169
    CAD $162
    AUD $156
    EUR €120
    GBP £103
    NZD $201
    ZAR R1,139
    CHF FR137
Book

About New Zealand

New Zealand Explorer Southbound Summary

Add to Shortlist

Day 1 Auckland

Arrive early to make the most of the distinctive Pacific flavour of Auckland, New Zealand's largest city. Enjoy a cosmopolitan vibe and a wide variety of well positioned cafes that bask in the lively atmosphere.

Day 2 Bay of Islands

Travel north to the Bay of Islands. Take an overnight cruise through this amazing region. Soak up the stunning scenery, be on the lookout for wildlife and enjoy the many water activities on offer.

Day 3 Waitomo

Savour picture-perfect views of the 'City of Sails' while crossing the Auckland Harbour Bridge on the way to Waitomo. Here, discover limestone caves, opportunities for blackwater rafting and, of course, those iridescent glow worms that put Waitomo on the map.

Day 4 Waitomo

Savour picture-perfect views of the 'City of Sails' while crossing the Auckland Harbour Bridge on the way to Waitomo. Here, discover limestone caves, opportunities for blackwater rafting and, of course, those iridescent glow worms that put Waitomo on the map.

Day 5 Rotorua

Geysers, bubbling mud pools and volcanic cliffs shaped by seismic forces make Rotorua a must-see while travelling in New Zealand. This popular resort town also boasts a fine selection of restaurants and cafes.

Days 6-7 Taupo/Mt Ruapehu

Visit the beautiful Huka Falls on the way to Taupo. While in Taupo, take the opportunity to bungee jump or jet boat - this is the extreme sports capital of the North Island after all! Be inspired and captivated by the majesty of Mt Ruapehu. For the energetic, a hike along the Tongariro Crossing is recommended.

Day 8 Wellington

Spend time exploring Te Papa Tongarewa museum. In free time perhaps jump in the cable car to the Botanic Gardens for spectacular views of Wellington city and harbour.

Days 9-10 Nelson

Cruise the Marlborough Sounds while aboard a scenic ferry from the North to the South Island, on the way to Nelson. Be sure to make time to visit Abel Tasman National Park or perhaps indulge in a local winery tour.

Day 11 Kaikoura

Travel to Kaikoura, where animal lovers can spot sperm whales, dolphins, seals and wandering albatrosses in this wildlife mecca.

Day 12 Christchurch

Arrive early and discover why Christchurch is known as the 'Garden City'. Visit Hagley Park or hire a punt and glide down the Avon River. Leave the city behind and head over the Canterbury Plains on to Punakaiki, located on New Zealand's wild West Coast.

Day 13 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.

Days 14-15 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.

Days 16-19 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 20 Milford Sound

Explore Milford Sound on a cruise. When weather permits, kayak its tranquil bays and search out bottlenose dolphins, seals and crested penguins. This area dishes up scenery that is nothing short of breathtaking, with tall mountain peaks, waterfalls and crystal clear water.

Day 21 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 which shelter the world's only alpine parrot, the kea.

Day 22 Christchurch

Travel back to Christchurch where it will be time to say farewell to new friends. Perhaps choose to celebrate the end of this epic South Island adventure with a group dinner!
    • 22
    • PTRZC
    • 4.67 out of 5
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $3,725
      CAD $3,570
      AUD $3,450
      EUR €2,650
      GBP £2,270
      NZD $4,435
      ZAR R25,070
      CHF FR3,025
      *
    •  
       
       
       
       
    •  
       
       
       
       
    • Explorer
    • Basix
Book