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Compared with their enormous neighbour to the left, the islands of New Zealand dont look especially big on the map, but dont let their small stature deceive you. There is much to do here, be it biking to old gold mining sites, kayaking remote coves or hiking some of the most breathtaking routes in the whole world. But if youre short on travel dollars, fear not; this trip squeezes in the very best of both the North and South Islands into an affordable, action-packed 21-day itinerary that moves swiftly without ever seeming rushed.

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  • Duration: 21 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ONNS.C/201767
  • Starts: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Finishes: Wellington, New Zealand
You will Visit
  • Auckland
  • Raglan
  • Rotorua
  • Tongariro National Park
  • Wellington
  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Westport
  • Franz Josef
  • Queenstown
  • Doubtful Sound
  • Wedderburn
  • Christchurch
  • Kaikoura

Itinerary

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Day 1: Auckland

Arrive at any time.
Arrive in Auckland at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. If you arrive early enough, opt to visit the Maritime Museum, walk the waterfront, or even take the ferry to Waiheke Island.

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Day 2: Auckland/Raglan

Visit a conservation farm to learn about their methods before sea kayaking to a harbour for a picnic lunch.
Travel backroads to a remote conservation farm where they are using natural means to boost the stocks of traditionally farmed marine life. Farmers have created a balanced ecosystem to attract native birds and animals back to the area.

After, kayak to a remote part of the harbour for a boat cruise and lunch, before heading to our lodge a few minutes drive from the famous surf and arts town of Raglan for the night.

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Day 3: Raglan

Enjoy an included surf lesson in one of the world's most famous surf areas, then opt to go mountain biking or rent a stand up paddle board.
Head down to the beach for an included surf lesson. The afternoon is open for optional activities such as yoga, mountain biking or exploring the many trails in the area.

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Day 4: Raglan/Rotorua

Opt to go caving in world famous Waitomo before heading to Rotorua, notable for its geothermal activity and culture. Visit a local village to gain insight into Maori culture.
Stop en route at Waitomo. Enjoy free time to visit the Waitomo Caves, famous for their glow-worms and adventure activities, or explore this scenic area by foot.

Continue to Rotorua for an engaging cultural experience on the grounds of a historic Maori village.

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Day 5: Rotorua/Tongariro National Park

Travel around Lake Taupo and explore the volcanic UNESCO World Heritage-listed national parks in the area. Conquer the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek (seasonal).
Start early to walk the Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek. Collect all your supplies before the hike – the transfer will drop the group off at the beginning of the self-guided trek and pick up everyone at the end.

After the trek, travel to a ski lodge on the side of a mountain for the night. An on-site spa and sauna is available to help ease tired muscles.

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Day 6: Tongariro National Park/Wellington

Hit the nation's capital and visit the national museum, Te Papa, or stroll along Oriental Parade. Check out some of the area's great bars and cafés.
Travel to Wellington, New Zealand's capital city. Arrive early enough for a visit to the National Museum, Te Papa.

Take a short walk from our accommodation to see the sights of the central business district. Finish the day off with an optional night on the town.

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Day 7: Wellington/Abel Tasman National Park

Take a ferry over to the South Island and transfer to Abel Tasman National Park.
Catch a morning ferry and cross the scenic Cook Strait. Make sure to stand outside and enjoy the views of the Marlborough Sounds at the top of the South Island. Disembark and transfer to Abel Tasman National Park, well-known for its stunning white sand beaches. Board a water taxi to transfer to the middle of the National Park for the night. The night will be spent on a floating boat hostel.

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Day 8: Abel Tasman National Park

Hike and explore Abel Tasman's golden beaches and waterways.

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Day 9: Abel Tasman National Park/Westport

Head south down the coast of black-sand beaches. Visit a seal colony before travelling to Westport, the stop for the night.

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Day 10: Westport/Franz Josef

Take in the pancake rock formations at Punakaiki before continuing on to Franz Josef. Enjoy free time for optional activities like hiking, horseback riding, and quad biking.
Continue following the coastal road towards Franz Josef arriving at a unique wilderness lodge set in the rainforest for the night.

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Day 11: Franz Josef

Free day for optional activities. Options include various hikes, horseback riding and quad biking.

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Day 12: Franz Josef/Queenstown

Visit the adventure capital of the world—Queenstown.

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Day 13: Queenstown

Free time in Queenstown. Get the heart pumping with some adrenaline-filled options, such as jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking or skydiving.

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Day 14: Queenstown

Free time in Queenstown. Get the heart pumping with some adrenaline-filled options, such as jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking or skydiving.

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Day 15: Queenstown/Doubtful Sound

Visit Fiordland National Park en route to Doubtful Sound.

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Day 16: Doubtful Sound/Wedderburn

Enjoy a guided kayak excursion through jaw-dropping scenery (seasonal), then travel to Central Otago.

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Day 17: Wedderburn

Bike 35 km of the Otago Rail Trail, passing through one historic town to the next. Along the way sample some local food and drink.

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Day 18: Wedderburn/Christchurch

Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Christchurch.
Overnight in the very unique converted jail house.

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Day 19: Christchurch/Kaikoura

Opt to go whale watching, swim with seals or take a walk along the coast.
Spend the afternoon swimming with dolphins or taking a scenic flight over the peninsula.

Bird watchers will be pleased to know that big ocean birds such as albatrosses, petrels and shearwaters frequent the area.

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Day 20: Kaikoura/Wellington

Travel to Picton to catch the ferry back to Wellington. Opt for a final night out with the group.

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Day 21: Wellington

Depart at any time.
We highly recommend pre- or post-accommodation to fully explore this vibrant city.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Hands-On: Surf Lessons, Raglan Big Night Out: Wellington
    • Conservation farm visit (Raglan)
    • Sea kayaking excursions (Raglan and Doubtful Sound)
    • Maori cultural experience
    • Tongariro Alpine Crossing (seasonal)
    • Visit to a seal colony
    • Walks in Franz Josef and Abel Tasman National Parks
    • Mountain biking excursion (Central Otago)
    • Orientation walks in Wellington and Christchurch
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hostels (8 nts), basic hotel (4 nts), basic lodges (7 nts), floating boat hostel (1 nt, summer, cabin in winter months). Most nights are multi-share
    • 20 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, kayak, boat, ferry
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Learn about the Maori culture
  • Conquer the Tongariro Alpine Crossing
  • Get an adrenaline rush in Queenstown
  • Weave through the remote fjords of the Doubtful Sound by sea kayak
  • Discover Abel Tasman National Park by foot