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Highlights of New Zealand

New Zealand

Highlights of New Zealand

Glacier hiking·
Hiking·
Paragliding·
Biking
·
Start: Auckland
·
End: Christchurch

Get your adrenaline fix in Queenstown. Consider this your New Zealand starter kit.

Activity
LocationNew Zealand
Duration15 days
Start / EndAuckland / Christchurch
Tour operatorG Adventures

New Zealand

Highlights of New Zealand

Glacier hiking·
Hiking·
Paragliding·
Biking·
15 days·G Adventures
Start: Auckland
·
End: Christchurch

Description

Two weeks is barely enough time to thoroughly explore your hometown, let alone a place as fascinating as New Zealand. For adventurers on a tight time-budget, this 15-day trip wraps up the must-sees of both islands with a nice little bow. Check out the Coromandel Peninsula's gorgeous beaches, hang with the Maori in a traditional village, and get your adrenaline fix in Queenstown. Consider this y...

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Itinerary

Day 1Auckland

There are no activities until an evening welcome meeting, so head out and enjoy the city.

Day 2Auckland/Hahei

Depart early for the stunning Coromandel Peninsula. Take a walk to Cathedral Cove or opt out in favour of sea kayaking. If the tide is right, grab a shovel and dig a natural jacuzzi in the sand on Hot Water Beach.

Day 3Rotorua/Maori Village

Rotorua sits over an active volcano with bubbling mud pits and multi-coloured pools in different areas around the town. Opt to visit one of the sites, like Hell's Gate, or go whitewater rafting nearby. In the evening visit a Maori village for traditional ceremonies, a Hangi meal and entertainment. After dinner, lounge by the bonfire and have some time to get to know the Maori hosts.

Visit Rotorua and opt to check out the geothermal area or go whitewater rafting. Later, enjoy a cultural overnight in a Maori village featuring a traditional hangi dinner and show.

Day 4Rotorua/Wellington

Take in the ever-changing scenery of the North Island and travel to the capital, Wellington.

Day 5Wellington

Enjoy the atmosphere in this relaxed but lively city. After an orientation walk, enjoy a free day to explore. Opt to visit the Te Papa Museum or take the cable car up to the botanical gardens.

Day 6Wellington/Kaikoura

Fly to the South Island, then travel to the seaside town of Kaikoura, known for its diverse marine life.

Day 7Kaikoura/Hanmer Springs

Opt to swim with dolphins or go whale watching during a free morning in Kaikoura before travelling to Hanmer Springs, stopping en route for a wine tasting at a local winery. Opt to take a soak in the hot springs.

Day 8Hanmer Springs/Franz Josef

Take in the stunning scenery while travelling across the Southern Alps to the rugged and remote West Coast, before staying in the rainforest near the world's fastest moving glacier.

Day 9Franz Josef

There are dozens of optional activities in the area to suit just about any budget and preference. Try heli hiking, scenic helicopter flights, horse trekking, quad biking, skydiving, glacier valley walk, lake kayaking or a hot pools visit.

Enjoy a free day to explore the area around Franz Josef. Opt to explore the glacier with a heli hike.

Day 10Franz Josef/Queenstown

Continue to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world. With beautiful scenery and tons of activities, there's something for everyone. Enjoy the great night life.

Day 11Queenstown

With free time here, opt to go bungee jumping (in its birthplace), jet boating (also born here!), skydiving, paragliding, hiking or mountain biking. Or take it a little slower and travel by gondola to the top of a local peak.

Day 12Queenstown/Te Anau

Enjoy the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Doubtful Sound on a day cruise. Take in the waterfalls and wildlife. In the evening, opt to boat across Lake Te Anau and visit a cave that is home to thousands of glowworms.

Day 13Te Anau/Twizel

Head through the centre of the South Island to Twizel, near New Zealand's highest peak, Mt Cook.

Day 14Twizel/Christchurch

Travel to the Garden City of Christchurch, a little piece of England in New Zealand, still recovering from a devastating earthquake.

Stop at Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park and spend the morning hiking the region surrounding Mt Cook, taking in the alpine scenery. Learn more about mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary at the Aoraki/Mt Cook Visitor's Centre. Continue on to Christchurch for one final night together.

Day 15Christchurch

Depart at any time.

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Accommodation

Hotels/motels (13 nts), Maori village (1 nt, multi-share).

What's Included

Coromandel Peninsula visit. Cathedral Cove visit. Hot Water Beach stop. Traditional Maori ceremony and Hangi dinner. Overnight in Maori village. Orientation walk in Wellington. Scenic train journey. Beach time in Kaikoura. Arthurs Pass. Fiordland National Park visit. Milford Sound overnight boat excursion (Seasonal; May through September will have a day cruise). Visit to Mt Cook NP with hiking opp... Read more

Meals Included

8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

What to Take

You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. Heavy luggage is not recommended for the health of the CEO, who will take a lead in loading the storage trailer. Due to space in the trailer, we will not be able to accommodate more than one piece of main luggage per perso... Read more
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