22 Day New Zealand Explorer Southbound Overview

This all-encompassing New Zealand tour takes you to the very best of both the North and South islands. Visit attractions like Mt Ruapehu and Rotorua, plus Auckland, Wellington, Queenstown, Franz Joseph and much more.

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There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from May 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016. View later 22 Day New Zealand Explorer Southbound.

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Trip Validity

  • 2014-04-01 - 2015-04-28

This tour captures the best of both the North and South Islands

Explore and experience New Zealand to the fullest, from the secluded beaches and volcanic craters of the north to the glaciers, mountains and fjords in the south. Adventure activities abound throughout the trip - sea kayaking and snorkelling, underground black-water rafting, bungy jumping, jet boating, mountain biking and kayaking. From Auckland to Christchurch and everything in between, this journey has New Zealand covered.

  • Bushwalk in Abel Tasman National Park
  • Discover the beautiful the Bay of Islands
  • Go wild in Queenstown - the adrenaline-rush capital of the world
  • Let Waitomo's glow worms show you the way
  • Savour the majesty of Mt Ruapehu
  • Soak up Auckland's cosmopolitan vibe
  • Take a guided hike across ancient ice and rock at Franz Joseph Glacier
  • 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:

    15 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    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 PTOACU. 4. Allow NZD 870 for meals not included. 5. A single supplement is available on this trip.

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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 flavor 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 Doubtful Sound

Explore Doubtful Sound on a cruise, searching 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

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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