Discover the beauty and dynamism of New Zealand's North and South islands
Visually striking, culturally daring and ever-surprising, New Zealand will charm the socks off even the most reserved traveller. Nature enthusiasts will be awe-struck by the Franz Josef Glacier, photographers dazzled by the Bay of Islands, food lovers swooning over Kaikoura's cuisine and thrillseekers will have their pulses racing in Queenstown - the diversity of landscapes and activities in NZ is boundless. From south to north, beaches to volcanoes and charismatic towns to historical legacies, New Zealand has the capacity to wow on all fronts.
- Christchurch, New Zealand
- Auckland, New Zealand
- New Zealand
- Explorer, The Great Outdoors, Walking & Trekking
- Physical rating
- Min 15
- Group size
- Min 1, Max 15
Why we love this trip
Spend the night aboard a boat among the spectacular scenery of the Doubtful Sound. Cruise through fjords and take in the natural beauty of this remote wilderness area
Share amazing moments with your fellow travellers. As you'll be in a small group, the trip retains a fun, personalised atmosphere throughout
Tour a network of caves in Waitomo and witness nature's illumination in a section lit up with glow worms
Spend several nights in Queenstown, New Zealand's adventure capital, where's you'll have tonnes of time to explore
Discover the thermal regions of Rotorua, which offer an impressive mix of boiling mud pools and spectacular geysers
Kayak around the Bay of Islands during a full day of optional activities. With its sub-tropical climate and clear blue waters, this is the South Pacific's answer to paradise
The national parks of Abel Tasman and Tongariro feature some of the best scenery in New Zealand. Venture out on challenging treks or simply sit back and take in the views - it's up to you
Is this trip right for you?
Accommodation on this trip isn't luxurious, but it's comfortable enough for you to relax after a day of adventure.
There are more optional activities on this trip than included ones. These activities range from trekking moderate hiking trails to white water rafting, so you'll be able to choose your own adventure level.
You'll be spending quite a lot of time in a minibus as you travel through the islands. The bus may be small, but it's comfortable, and offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers and gaze at passing landscapes.
Meals15 breakfasts, 4 dinners
AccommodationLodge (20 nights), Overnight boat (1 night)
- Pancake Rocks and Blowhole
- Kiwi House
- Arrowtown Tour
- Lake Matheson
- Kaikoura Seal Colony
- Scenic Cruise via Queen Charlotte Sounds
- Wellington - Te Papa Museum
- Rotorua - Te Puia Maori Art & Cultural Centre
- Huka Falls
- Te Puia Thermals
- Waitomo - Caves Entrance
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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 PTOZCU.
4. Allow NZD 870 for meals not included.
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Our New Zealand Adventure Northbound (ex Christchurch) trips score an average of 4.29 out of 5 based on 7 reviews in the last year.
A wonderful way to experience this lovely country. Lots of hikes and other alternate activities so non- bungy jumpers always had options to enjoy. A lot of time in the bus but no other way to see so much of both islands. Accommodations were pretty basic, but we loved mingling with the backpackers. Highly recommend for folks of all ages!
Review submitted 01 Apr 2017
The country is beautiful and has lots of things to do and explore. In 22 days you just scratch the service and it makes you want to come back. Be prepared to spend lots of money. New Zealand is the most expensive place I've been. Even worse than Hong Kong.
Review submitted 25 Mar 2017