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27 days Ultimate Explorer from Auckland - Heading North First

These totally unique trips are the most flexible tour option out there. Enjoy the convenience of a tour with small groups of like-minded travellers whilst you choose the accommodation style, activities, hikes and bike rides you want - you can even take extended breaks at any point. Following on from their National Geographic "Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth" listing, Flying Kiwi are proud to be the only New Zealand tour operator listed in the prestigious World Travel Awards

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  • Duration: 27 Days
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: AKLHNF/168204
  • Starts: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Finishes: Auckland, New Zealand
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Itinerary

01

Day 1

AUCKLAND – PAIHIA
Leaving Auckland at 10am we head to the "winterless north" and the pristine beaches of the Bay of Islands. We stop at the incredible Uretiti beach for a swim and a walk along the sand. Grab a rugby ball and frisbee off the bus and brush up on your passing skills at this picturesque beach spot. On arrival into Paihia, the gateway town to the Bay of Islands, choose from the Mangrove walk or a beautiful cycle to the thundering Haruru waterfall.
walks: mangrove walk to Haruru Falls - highly recommended
bike rides: Twin Coast Trail – 16km trail ride
activities (own cost): Waitangi Treaty House (Maori culture), twilight kayak
cabin upgrades: basic single from $45, basic double from $20pp - (limited rooms available!)
meals: dinner

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Day 2

PAIHIA
Experience a full day exploring the Bay of Islands and its turquoise waters. This subtropical region is the perfect playground for water lovers and a great place to soak up the sunshine. With a staggering 144 islands, the Bay of Islands offers diving, sailing, swimming and fishing along with some excellent walks in the native forests leading to quiet beaches and special views. This region is also home to some of the oldest European settlement in New Zealand and many historic buildings.
walks: scenic viewpoint or coastal walkway
bike rides: road cycling or Waitangi forest trail of varying lengths
activities (own cost): sailing, fishing, diving, dolphin swimming, kayaking, parasailing, Maori Culture
cabin upgrades: basic single from $50, basic double from $20pp - (limited rooms available!)
meals: breakfast & dinner

03

Day 3

PAIHIA - OREWA
There is a day full of adventure ahead as we travel to the rugged and soulful West Coast. Our first stop comes with a chance to try your skills sand boarding or if you don’t fancy heading down the sandy slopes there’s a nice coastal walk. Then it’s back on board as we head south towards the Waipoua Forest, travelling through the largest remaining tract of native kauri forests in northland. We leave the West Coast and cross back over to the East towards our final destination and camp for tonight, Orewa. Home to one of the Auckland regions longest and safest beaches it’s a great place for a stroll and a swim, or relax at the local hot pools.
hikes: coastal walk to Omapere, walk amongst the Kauri trees of the Waipoua forest
bike rides: 32km road cycling, Twin Coast Cycle Way, Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway
activities (own cost): sand boarding, hot pools & slides
cabin upgrades: basic single from $50, basic double from $25pp - (limited rooms available!)
meals: breakfast & dinner

04

Day 4

OREWA – AUCKLAND – HOT WATER BEACH
Orewa is often blessed with a beautiful sunrise over the sea which is well worth the early start to check it out. We then travel the short distance to Auckland where we farewell those finishing their tour and welcome new
travellers joining us there. Leaving Auckland at 10am we continue onwards to the Coromandel, renowned for its natural beauty, misty rainforests and pristine white, sandy beaches. Marvel at the views on a beautiful coastal walk or take in the coastline from the water by kayak. Visit the unique and famous Hot Water Beach to dig, then relax, in your own thermal pool! Soak up the breath-taking scenery and cameras ready for spectacular sunsets at our beachside camp.
walks: stunning coastal walk with views over the Pacific
bike rides: 8km – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway, scenic road cycling options
activities (own cost): sea kayaking around hidden bays
cabin upgrades: basic single from $72, basic double from $27pp
meals: breakfast, dinner

05

Day 5

HOT WATER BEACH - ROTORUA
The morning is filled with activity as we make our way south into the thermal wonderland of Rotorua. On the way, those visiting Hobbiton leave us in Matamata as we continue to the cultural and geological heart of the North Island and the perfect place to experience and learn about Maori culture and the dramatic natural thermals, Rotorua. There is plenty of action to choose from such as Zip Lining, OGO and the Luge or go biking in the Whakarewarewa forest. We recommend finishing your day with a Maori cultural experience at the Tamaki Maori Village, there really is something for everyone!
walks: stroll through towering, ancient forests & unique thermal landscapes
bike rides: great off-road trail rides
activities (own cost): Hobbiton, Tamaki Maori Village, OGO, Luge, hot pools, Zipline canopy tour
cabin upgrades: basic single from $50, basic double from $18pp
meals: breakfast & lunch

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Day 6

ROTORUA - TURANGI
Enjoy a relaxed start to the day before we check out the geysers & mud pools at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. First, we visit the Lady Knox Geyser before exploring one of New Zealand’s most extensive geothermal networks, a unique landscape with colourful sulphur lakes and diverse volcanic vistas. We then take time to explore the impressive Huka Falls before arriving into Taupo,
considered the North Island`s adrenalin capital. Test your fear of heights on the giant swing, bungy or go skydiving, the scenery is well worth it! We finish the day with a beautiful drive around the edge of Lake Taupo on our way into camp at Turangi.
walks: walks of various distances past dramatic waterfalls and around Lake Taupo
bike rides: ride through the Redwood Forest or take the Lion’s Track cycle path around the lake
activities (own cost): skydive, bungy, giant swing, Wai-O-Tapu (free – this one is on us)
cabin upgrades: basic single from $38, basic double from $11pp
meals: breakfast & dinner

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Day 7

TURANGI - PAEKAKARIKI
Today you have the chance to experience the Tongariro Alpine Crossing - considered NZ`s best day hike, offering a remarkable journey across volcanic landscapes. Lava flows, emerald-coloured lakes, magnificent views and steaming vents combine to make this an unforgettable hike. For those who aren`t keen on hiking you can enjoy short local walks or cycle the Tongariro river track. After the hike, we make our way south and stay on the Kapiti coast in a quiet little place called Paekakariki.
walks: Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Tongariro river track
bike rides: Tongariro river track
activities (own cost): Tongariro Alpine Crossing, white water rafting (grade 3 rapids), fly fishing
cabin upgrades: basic single from $60, basic double from $25pp
meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner

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Day 8

PAEKAKARIKI – WELLINGTON - PICTON
Heading south to "the coolest little capital in the World" (as recently named by Lonely Planet), our early arrival by 9am gives you time to experience some of Wellington’s attractions or simply soak up the culture and buzz of our capital city. There are plenty for all tastes including the highly recommend Te Papa museum. Check out some of New Zealand’s rare birds at Zealandia or take a walkup Mt Victoria for great views across the city and harbour. Later that day, it’s time to say goodbye to the North Island as the South Island welcomes us with picturesque scenery of the Marlborough sounds as we cross the Cook Strait by ferry. Camping isn’t feasible tonight so we stay at a great friendly hostel where we have dorm beds reserved for everyone on board.
activities (own cost): Te Papa museum (free), movie tour, Zealandia, cable car
hostel (own cost): dorm bed from $30pp, private single/double room from $72
meals: breakfast

09

Day 9

PICTON - KAIKOURA
Today we travel the scenic Pacific coast to Kaikoura where close encounters with seals and sea birds are common. Kaikoura translates to `meal of crayfish` (Kai - food, koura - crayfish) a reference to the abundance of seafood and sea life in the area. The town has transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a hot spot for whale watching, dolphin swimming and seal spotting. This picturesque town sits right on the ocean at the foot of the mountains – a spectacular spot. Stretch your legs with a recommended afternoon peninsula walk and build up an appetite for a tasty feast of locally caught fresh seafood.
walks: Kaikoura peninsula walk with opportunity to spot seals, a variety of birdlife and the occasional dolphin!
bike rides: Kowhai bike track and a short road ride
optional activities: whale watching, sea kayaking, deep sea fishing
cabin upgrades: basic single from $50, basic double from $18pp - (limited rooms available!)
meals: breakfast, & dinner

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Day 10

KAIKOURA – CHRISTCHURCH - RANGITATA
For those that are keen there is the chance to rise early for a wonderful sunrise and then enjoy one of our most highly rated optional activities – dolphin swimming. The resident dusky dolphins are amongst the most interactive and entertaining in the World and it’s not unusual to swim with pods of 50 or more in their natural habitat, the ocean! We then have the chance to explore this quaint seaside town before heading south to Christchurch to collect and drop off those starting or ending their tour. You’ll have time to explore Christchurch city and buy your lunch from one of the many quirky container cafes at the ‘Restart Mall’. At 2:30pm we travel towards the Southern Alps with fantastic views across the Canterbury Plains – real Lord of the Rings country! Tonight’s unique camp is at the Shearer’s Headquarters (an actual operating farm) located at the foot of the Southern Alps.
walks: take an early walk around our coastal camp, evening walk in Peel Forest
bike rides: 18km country road, 9km country road cycling around camp
activities (own cost): highly recommended dolphin swim, dolphin viewing
cabin upgrades: basic single or double room from $15pp
meals: breakfast & dinner

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Day 11

RANGITATA – LAKE PUKAKI
Wake up to mountain views and refresh yourself even more white water rafting on the mighty Rangitata River! If rafting isn’t for you then no problem - soak it all in with a morning cycle or walk through the Peel Forest. We then continue through more jaw dropping landscapes (they don’t stop in the South Island) to the picture postcard, Lake Tekapo where you will view the most spectacular turquoise waters. Leaving Tekapo we head to one of our best wilderness camps – sitting on the shores of Lake Pukaki you can set up your tent and take in the views of the lake with New Zealand’s highest peak Aoraki/Mt Cook visible in the distance.
walks: Peel Forest walks, lakeside walks around camp
bike rides: Tekapo Canal Alps to Ocean 30km, edge of Lake Pukaki trail riding
activities (own cost): white water rafting (grade 5 rapids!)
cabin upgrades: no – wilderness camp no upgrade options
meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner

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Day 12

MOERAKI - DUNEDIN
Before travelling south, we make a stop at the nearby Moeraki Boulders and then it’s onto the historic Scottish city of Dunedin, the South Island`s second-largest city. This southern city is home to the world’s steepest residential street and the coastline is home to some fantastic and rare wildlife. It’s possible to take a tour onto the Otago Peninsula to view some of this diverse wildlife which includes Albatross and Fur Seals. For the adventurous why not try surfing at one of Dunedin’s best breaks! Our camp is a short distance from
the beach with a variety of restaurants close by to choose from.
walks: tide permitting - walk to the Moeraki Boulders, walk the World’s steepest street
bike rides: 6km downhill ride into Dunedin, explore Dunedin by bike, ride to camp or along the waterfront
activities (own cost): Speight`s brewery tour, surfing, Otago Peninsula wildlife tour
cabin upgrades: basic single from $40, basic double from $12pp
meals: breakfast

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Day 13

MOERAKI - DUNEDIN
Before travelling south, we make a stop at the nearby Moeraki Boulders and then it’s onto the historic Scottish city of Dunedin, the South Island`s second-largest city. This southern city is home to the world’s steepest residential street and the coastline is home to some fantastic and rare wildlife. It’s possible to take a tour onto the Otago Peninsula to view some of this diverse wildlife which includes Albatross and Fur Seals. For the adventurous why not try surfing at one of Dunedin’s best breaks! Our camp is a short distance from
the beach with a variety of restaurants close by to choose from.
walks: tide permitting - walk to the Moeraki Boulders, walk the World’s steepest street
bike rides: 6km downhill ride into Dunedin, explore Dunedin by bike, ride to camp or along the waterfront
activities (own cost): Speight`s brewery tour, surfing, Otago Peninsula wildlife tour
cabin upgrades: basic single from $40, basic double from $12pp
meals: breakfast

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Day 14

DUNEDIN - HOLLYFORD
Today is one of our longer travel days as we drive through some of New Zealand’s most dramatic natural scenery on our way to Fiordland. Large parts of the landscape have been carved out over thousands of years to leave stunning paths that weave through snow-capped mountains. We stop briefly in Te Anau, the hub and gateway town for the Fiordland National Park and your last chance to get supplies for those doing the Routeburn Track tomorrow. From Te Anau we make our way to camp in the heart of the Hollyford Valley. You can learn more about the history of the camp at the onsite museum. Cyclists have the chance to cycle to camp through some great native bush and walkers can do some nice short walks from camp (ask your guide about the secret glow worm trails).
walks: plenty of short walks from camp
bike rides: 8km road cycle to camp
cabin upgrades: basic single from $45, basic double from $15pp - (limited rooms available!)
meals: breakfast & dinner

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Day 15

HOLLYFORD – TE ANAU
Travel one of the world’s most scenic routes into Milford Sound! Described as the `eighth wonder of the world`, Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the ice ages. We highly recommend taking in the boat trip on Milford Sound with dramatic waterfalls, snow-capped peaks and possible wildlife spotting of dolphins, penguins and seals! As it’s just the one road in and out, we head back along the same breath-taking route to our lakeside camp in Te Anau. Along the way, we drop off those doing the 3-day Routeburn Track, one of New Zealand’s 9 Great Walks. This 3-day hike passes through two National Parks and is a haven for native birdlife. Charge up your camera as this hike offers everything from mountainous peaks and sheer rock faces to pristine lakes, cascading waterfalls and dense, luxuriant forest.
walks: 3-day Routeburn Track (re-join group in Queenstown on day 14) – pre-book with the Flying Kiwi office as
soon as possible as this activity can book out months in advance!
bike rides: 10.5km Te Anau loop, Ivan Wilson Park mountain bike trail
activities (own cost): highly recommend Milford boat cruise, Routeburn Track, Te Anau glow worm caves & boat ride
cabin upgrades: basic single from from $25, basic double from $25pp
meals: breakfast & lunch

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Day 16

TE ANAU - QUEENSTOWN
Today we journey to Queenstown along the shores of the photogenic Lake Wakatipu. Once we arrive at the adventure capital of New Zealand you can enjoy spectacular views, a free Gondola ride and a huge selection of activities to choose from. There is everything here, from adrenalin pumping bungy, canyon swing and skydiving to a relaxing horse trek or boat cruise – this place has it all. There are great tracks around the lake ideal for bikers and hikers and all with wonderful views of this alpine region.
walks: Queenstown lakefront or hill walks
bike rides: Lake Wakatipu trail 16km
activities (own cost): too many to list – something for everyone (see our website or ask us for details)
cabin upgrades: single en-suite from $135, double en-suite from $58pp - (limited rooms available!)
meals: breakfast

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Day 17

QUEENSTOWN
With so much to do we spend the full day in fantastic Queenstown with the opportunity to enjoy those once in a lifetime experiences (don’t forget to try the legendary and very tasty Fergburger!). Routeburn Track walkers re-join the group here at midday with time to try some of the many exciting activities this vibrant city has to offer. Tonight, we dine out at one of Queenstown’s many delicious eateries - a great chance for your group to enjoy a true kiwi feast (own cost).
walks: Queenstown walks, Ben Lomond
bike rides: Lake Wakatipu trail, Queenstown trail 48km
activities (own cost): too many to list – something for everyone (see our website or ask us for details)
cabin upgrades: single en-suite from $135, double en-suite from $58pp - (limited rooms available!)
meals: breakfast

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Day 18

QUEENSTOWN - MAKARORA
Our final morning in Queenstown and your last chance to indulge in the Queenstown’s action before we farewell those finishing their tour and welcome new travellers joining us here. Leaving at 2:30pm, after the thrills and spills of Queenstown we travel through more mountains and on towards more stunning glacial lakes. On the final stretch to camp we start getting views of Mt Aspiring National Park in the distance. Lake Wanaka is just over the next ridge and it’s on the edge of this glacial lake that we find our next wilderness camp. Enjoy great views of Lake Wanaka and the mountains beyond as we absorb the beauty of the area.
walks: multiple walking options
bike rides: road cycling around town. Lake Wanaka lookout to Boundary Creek
activities (own cost): too many to list – something for everyone (see our website or ask us for details)
cabin upgrades: no – wilderness camp no upgrade options
meals: breakfast & dinner

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Day 19

MAKAROA – FOX GLACIER
Enjoy a relaxed morning at our lakeside camp then it`s northward bound through Mt Aspiring National Park. Just before we reach the West Coast we stop for a walk to the amazing Blue Pools, and then head over the dramatic Haast Pass. As we travel towards the wild West Coast, the road follows braided rivers and huge glacier carved valleys. There are two more great walk options along the way, one through lush and ancient forests and the other through swampy vegetation, ending on the beach where it is possible to spot Hector
dolphins. Tonight, we will be staying in glacier country at the picturesque village of Fox Glacier.
walks: Blue Pools, Ship Creek
bike rides: 13km long and winding scenic downhill cycle from Haast Pass, 22km Copland track to Fox Glacier
cabin upgrades: basic single from $53, basic double from $18pp
meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner

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Day 20

FOX GLACIER - OKARITO
Today is your chance to explore one of NZ’s most unique and spectacular natural wonders - Fox Glacier. This staggering beautiful work of nature is over 13 kilometres in length and plummets 2,600 metres from its peak in the Southern Alps. To get on the ice you must go up by helicopter but it’s possible to view the glacier with a stunning walk through the main valley up to the terminal face. A walk around Lake Matheson is highly recommended where crystal clear reflections of Mount Cook and Mount Tasman make the perfect
photo opportunity. In the afternoon, we have a short drive up the coast to our beautiful beachside campsite next to the Okarito lagoon – one of the very few places where there are still rare sightings of our native kiwi bird and the home to NZ’s only colony of the White Heron (kotuku). Enjoy a fire down on the beach taking in the rugged coast and epic mountain views.
walks: wonderful hike around Lake Matheson, Te Weheka walkway to view the glacier
bike rides: Te Weheka Cycleway, Okarito road ride 10km
activities (own cost): Guided Heli-Hike, Terminal Face Walk
cabin upgrades: dorm bed (shared room) $15pp
meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner

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Day 21

OKARITO - PUNAKAIKI
Enjoy an early morning walk, with a view of the sunrise over the Southern Alps as a reward. We then continue up this spectacular coastal road to the quirky town of Hokitika, home to the Greenstone factories and a great place to pick up a traditional souvenir of your visit. Passing through Greymouth we keep following the coast to Punakaiki where you’ll notice a change in the landscape and vegetation with huge limestone cliffs appearing and Nikau Palm trees become abundant. Our beach camp has great sunsets, a beautiful river and
incredible views of Paparoa National Park. The pancake rocks and blowholes are the main attraction in Punakaiki where limestones rocks are stacked on top of each other and ocean swells are forced through gaps in the rock creating a whale’s blowhole effect. In the evening, explore a cavern with some glow worms hanging out in the dark then relax at the local tavern.
walks: Okarito Trig Walk, Point Elizabeth walk
bike rides: West Coast Wilderness Trail 14km, road ride to camp 37km
activities (own cost): Punakaiki blow holes (free), Bush n Bogs
cabin upgrades: basic single from $60, basic double from $23pp - (limited rooms available!)
meals: breakfast & dinner

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Day 22

PUNAKAIKI - MARAHAU
Before leaving Punakaiki we take time to explore part of the Paparoa National Park with a walk along the Porarari river or cycle up Bullock creek road to visit a cave resurgence. Leaving mid-morning we travel inland through the majestic Buller gorge and onto our favourite National Park, Abel Tasman. In one of the sunniest areas of the country you will discover beautiful secluded bays and stunning golden sand beaches. On arrival, you have the option to skydive or hang glide and then we look forward to spending 3 nights at our perfectly located campground, close to the park entrance which makes it the idea place to explore all corners of the park.
walks: Porarari inland track, Truman track
bike rides: Bullock Creek 16km, Cave Creek, coastal ride to camp, Kaiteriteri bike park
activities (own cost): skydive, hang glide
cabin upgrades: dorm bed (shared room) $12pp, basic single from $50, basic double from $18pp
meals: breakfast

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Day 23

MARAHAU
Taking time to explore arguably the best beaches and clearest waters in New Zealand - there are excellent options for everyone here. You can walk, sail or kayak around the numerous golden bays and dive into the crystal-clear waters along the way. There will be plenty of chances for wildlife spotting (dolphins, seals and even Orcas!) Explore the heart of the park on one of our most highly rated optional activities - canyoning high flow waterfalls and rapids!
walks: Abel Tasman National Park track
bike rides: Kaiteriteri Mountain bike park
activities (own cost): kayaking, canyoning, water taxi, sailing
cabin upgrades: dorm bed (shared room) $12pp, basic single from $50, basic double from $18pp
meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner

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Day 24

MARAHAU
We spend another full day at the doorstep to New Zealand’s smallest but most visited national park and our personal favourite, the Abel Tasman.
walks: Abel Tasman National Park track
bike rides: Kaiteriteri Mountain bike park
activities (own cost): kayaking, canyoning, water taxi, sailing
cabin upgrades: dorm bed (shared room) $12pp, basic single from $50, basic double from $18pp
meals: breakfast & dinner

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Day 25

MARAHAU – WELLINGTON
Leaving early, we make our way towards Wellington stopping for a brief visit in sunny Nelson, the home of Flying Kiwi. Before leaving Nelson be sure to farewell your Tour Assistant as a new Tour Assistant will join you here for the remainder of your tour. Your Tour Leader will say farewell in Picton. On route to Picton we’ll make a stop at Pelorus bridge, a Hobbit film location and great place for a quick dip on a warm day. Finish this fantastic day with a scenic ferry (cost included) through the picturesque Marlborough sounds to Wellington - our base for the evening. Camping isn’t feasible in the heart of the nation’s capital so we will be staying at a great hostel giving you the best access to explore the city. We have dorm beds reserved for everyone on board.
walks: walk to the geographical centre of New Zealand
bike rides: great option to cycle various lengths of the Tasman taste trail – part of the great New Zealand Cycle Trail
activities: wine tasting (free - this one is on us ?)
hostel (own cost): dorm bed (shared room) from $31pp, basic single from $75, basic double room from $89
meals: breakfast

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Day 26

WELLINGTON – NEW PLYMOUTH
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast (own cost) before checking out the sights of New Zealand’s beautiful capital before we hit the road for our 11am departure. We travel up the scenic Kapiti Coast towards the Taranaki region – home to wonderful beaches, crashing waves and the spectacular Mount Taranaki, one of the most symmetrical volcanic cones in the world. Our campsite is beside the Taranaki coastline offering a short scenic walk or cycle to camp at the end of the day.
walks: the coastal walkway to camp
bike rides: the coastal walkway, easy path cycling to camp
cabin upgrades: basic single from $63, basic double from $23pp - (limited rooms available!)
meals: dinner

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Day 27

NEW PLYMOUTH - AUCKLAND
We depart early towards the limestone wonderland of Waitomo Caves, home to an endemic species of glow-worms that inhabit the vast cave systems. Black water rafting (optional) is a unique way to experience the caves as you float through the underground maze with the experienced guides and radiant light of the glow-worms to lead the way. We take time to enjoy a picnic lunch before continuing onto “the city of sails”, Auckland where we arrive by 6pm and say our farewells to those finishing their tour here.
walks: farmland walk or cave walk through limestone formations
bike rides: 7km – 22km road options
activities (own cost): blackwater rafting, glow-worm cave tour
meals: breakfast & lunch
accommodation: please note as your tour finishes today you will not be part of the group booking we have for others on board continuing with us further. If you need us to organise your end of tour accommodation please contact the
Flying Kiwi office prior to travel.

Inclusions:
    • All travel, ferry crossings, the activities below are usually chargeable but are included free with your tour:
    • WAI-O-TAPU THERMALS - NZ`s most colourful geothermal attraction. An area in which the landscape has been sculptured by geothermal activity and where unique volcanic features can be viewed from well defined tracks (retail price from $NZD30)
    • GONDOLA RIDE - board the Queenstown Gondolas (also known as cablecars) to experience magnificent landscapes like never before! This tranquil ride provides stunning panoramic views over the lakes and towns (retail price from $NZD27)
    • WINE TASTING - try some of NZ`s finest grapes in the beautiful Marlborough region - this round is on us!
    • SCENIC FERRY CROSSING - the 3 hour scenic crossing between the North and South islands is included in your trip price - keep your eyes peeled for whales and dolphins on the way (retail price from $NZD75 each way)
    • FRESH SEAFOOD DINNER - we enjoy great food on our trips but in Kaikoura we treat you all to a fresh seafood feast (priceless!)
    • Tongariro Crossing (bus transfer not included), glow worm walks, Te Papa museum, Wellington Botanical Gardens, heaps of free hikes, Punakaiki Pancake Rocks walk, seal spotting, gum boot throwing, Abel Tasman National Park walk, Lake Matheson mirror lake, Tekapo Church of Good Shepherd, Kauri forest walks, Huka Falls, access to National Parks (Paparoa, Abel Tasman, Tongariro, Fiordland, Aoraki), Waitomo museum, Weta Cave in Wellington (bus transfer not included - around $5), Hokitika greenstone factory, dig your own thermal pool on Hot Water beach (we provide the spades!), explore the Bay of Islands region, use of sports equipment on board (bodyboards, frisbee and more dependant upon bus), amazing sunrises and sunsets at beautiful beachside campsites, and more
    Accommodation

      Camping in a carefully chosen selection of commercial and Department of Conservation sites by lakes, mountains & oceans. Most nights you can upgrade to a cabin or private room for a small fee (subject to availability).
      On this 28-day itinerary, there are 3 nights spent in hostels, Picton (day 5), Wellington (day 22) and Auckland (day 24) that are at an additional cost.
      Payment is made direct to the hostel on check-in

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