22 Day New Zealand Explorer Northbound Overview

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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    • PTOACU
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    • Explorer
    • Original
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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Trip Validity

  • 2014-04-01 - 2015-03-31

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.

  • Bushwalk in Abel Tasman National Park
  • Discover why Christchurch is known as the 'Garden City'
  • Enjoy the pristine surroundings of the Bay of Islands
  • Experience Rotorua's geysers and bubbling mud pools
  • Marvel in the majesty of Mt Ruapehu
  • Meet Waitomo's glow-worms
  • Soak up Auckland's cosmopolitan vibe
  • Take a guided hike across ancient ice and rock at Franz Joseph Glacier

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Finish:

    Auckland, New Zealand
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 15
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    15 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Lodge (20 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 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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22 Day New Zealand Explorer Northbound Summary

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Day 1 Christchurch

Known as the Garden City, Christchurch's beautiful location and easy access to a fun range of activities makes it the perfect gateway to New Zealand's South Island.

Day 2 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 3-4 Franz Josef Glacier

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

Days 5-9 Queenstown and Doubtful Sound

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 10 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 11 Christchurch

Known as the Garden City, Christchurch's beautiful location and easy access to a fun range of activities makes it the perfect gateway to New Zealand's South Island.

Day 12 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.

Days 13-14 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 15 Wellington

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

Days 16-17 Mt Ruapehu

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 18 Taupo/Rotorua

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

Day 19 Waitomo

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

Days 20-21 Waitomo/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 22 Auckland

Popularly referred to as the 'City of Sails', a distinct Pacific flavor is apparent in Auckland's cosmopolitan markets and lively waterfront precinct.
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    • PTOACU
    • Total price tool tip
    • Explorer
    • Original