New Zealand Uncovered (Southbound)

20 Days | Journey through the legendary landscapes of the North and South Islands

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Welcome to New Zealand, where snow-dusted peaks rub shoulders with glacial lakes, and off-the-grid surf towns give way to cosmopolitan cities. This in-depth 20-day adventure takes you to all the places where you can see the country at its best, from the North Island to the South Island. Join a local leader in Auckland and travel through the geothermal wonders of Rotorua, chill out on the beaches of Coromandel and Raglan, explore the otherworldly landscapes of Tongariro National Park and get to know Wellington’s creative side. Hop over to the South Island where the high-adrenaline activities of Queenstown, fabulous wineries of Marlborough, and awe-inspiring scenery of Franz Josef await.

Trip overview

Map of New Zealand Uncovered (Southbound) including New Zealand
Start
Auckland, New Zealand
Finish
Christchurch, New Zealand
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
New Zealand
Physical rating
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Style
Comfort
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 6 - Max 16
Trip code
PHKYC
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Discover the diversity of Rotorua, from unbelievable geothermal activity to rich Maori culture. Visit a Maori village for a hangi dinner and traditional haka performance.
  • Admire the out of this world landscapes of Tongariro National Park, from emerald green lakes to soaring volcanic peaks. If you’re up for the challenge, tackle the famous Tongariro Crossing.
  • Get to know New Zealand’s creative and cosmopolitan capital, Wellington. Your local leader will show you the best of the city, including Weta Workshop of Lord of the Rings fame.
  • Live it up in the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown. Whether you fancy bungy jumping, jet boating, 4WD-ing through Lord of the Rings scenery or wine tasting, there’s something here to entice everyone.
  • You’re on track for one of the world’s most scenic train journeys – cross the spectacular Southern Alps on the famous TranzAlpine from the West Coast to Christchurch.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip is operated and run by Haka Tours, an Intrepid Company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Haka customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid works closely with Haka Tours to ensure that all of our customers enjoy their time in New Zealand.

Itinerary

Map of New Zealand Uncovered (Southbound) including New Zealand

Inclusions

Meals

19 breakfasts, 4 dinners

Transport

Private Vehicle, Train, Ferry

Accommodation

Hotel/Motel (19 nights)

Activities
  • Coromandel Peninsula - Cathedral Cove
  • Coromandel Peninsula - Hot Water Beach
  • Raglan - Fish & Chips Dinner
  • Raglan - Sunset Boat Cruise
  • Waitomo - Ruakuri Bush Walk
  • Rotorua - Redwood Forest Canopy Walk
  • Rotorua - Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
  • Rotorua - Pohutu Geyser
  • Rotorua - Hangi Dinner & Haka Dance
  • Taupo - Huka Falls
  • Wellington - Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Lake Tekapo - Mt John Lookout
  • Wanaka - Mou Waho Island Cruise & Guided Nature Walk
  • Franz Josef - Greenstone Pendant Carving
  • Greymouth - Tranz Alpine Train Journey
  • Hokitika - Mountain Jade Greenstone Factory
Add on activities
  • Coromandel Peninsula - Cathedral Cove Kayaking - NZD145
  • Raglan - Kayaking Tour - NZD89
  • Waitomo - Glowworm Cave Tour - NZD75
  • Rotorua - Skyline Gondola Rotorua - NZD40
  • Rotorua - Mount Tarawera Crater Hike - NZD195
  • Rotorua - Forest Ziplining - from - NZD179
  • Rotorua - Whitewater Rafting - NZD135
  • Rotorua - ZORB - from - NZD40
  • Taupo - Skydiving - NZD279
  • Tongariro National Park - Tongariro Crossing (Unguided, Transport to/from Trail Head only) - from - NZD130
  • Wellington - Kapiti Island Eco Experience - NZD499
  • Wellington - Te Papa Museum Tour - NZD22
  • Wellington - Weta Workshop Cave Tour - NZD49
  • Queenstown - Walter Peak Lake Cruise with Gourmet Dinner - NZD189
  • Queenstown - Kawarau Bridge Bungy - NZD265
  • Queenstown - Lord of the Rings 4WD Tour - NZD270
  • Queenstown - Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise - NZD479
  • Queenstown - Skyline Gondola - NZD52
  • Queenstown - Milford Sound Fly-Cruise-Fly Day Trip - NZD640
  • Queenstown - Milford Sound Coach-Cruise-Fly Day Trip - NZD750
  • Queenstown - Milford Sound Coach-Cruise-Coach Day Trip - NZD255
  • Queenstown - Time Tripper - NZD15
  • Queenstown - Shotover River Jet Boat Ride - NZD135
  • Wanaka - Waterfall Climbing - from - NZD199
  • Wanaka - Skydiving - from - NZD379
  • Franz Josef - Glacier Lake Kayaking - NZD145
  • Franz Josef - Skydiving - from - NZD399
  • Franz Josef - Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk - Free
  • Franz Josef - Glacier Heli Hike - NZD695
  • Franz Josef - Heli Experience with Snow Landing - NZD325

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. This trip requires a minimum number of booked customers to guarantee the departure. Your Booking Agent will advise at time of booking if the departure has met minimum numbers. If minimum numbers are not met, you will be advised no later than 56 days out from departure (prior to full payment due). We recommend arranging flights and related travel services once your departure is guaranteed. In the event that your departure is cancelled due to minimum numbers not being met, a full refund will be provided.
3. This trip is operated and run by Haka Tours, an Intrepid Company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Haka customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid works closely with Haka Tours to ensure that all of our customers enjoy their time in New Zealand.
4. We recommend booking optional activities in advance. Please contact your booking agent if there are any you would like to add to your trip.

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Reviews

4 out of 5 based on 2 reviews submitted.
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Brenda · Traveled December 2023
Spend time before the trip and book your 'Add on activities' as some get booked up fast. Also recommend for Milford Sound the best option is Coach - Cruise - Fly day trip.
Review submitted 13 Jan 2024

Richard · Traveled June 2023
A fantastic trip around New Zealand. I enjoyed every moment.
Review submitted 09 Jul 2023
New Zealand Uncovered (Southbound)
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CHF  5,260