New Zealand Explorer

from £2099
excluding flights *
14 nights Sep-Mar, Jun-Aug

Overview

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's gorgeous beaches, spend time with Maori in a traditional village, walk the beaches of Kaikoura and get your adrenaline fix in Queenstown. Consider this your New Zealand starter’s kit!

Highlights

  • Dig your own hot spring on Hot Water beach in the stunning Coromandel
  • Feast on a traditional hangi in a Maori village
  • Let loose in Queenstown – the adventure capital of the world
  • Overnight cruise on majestic Doubtful Sound in Fiordland National Park

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private or shared bathroom
  • 1 night in a Maori village with shared bathroom
  • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Excursions as per itinerary

Full description

This G Adventures' 16 day active small group experience focuses on the incredible highlights of New Zealand’s North and South Islands all wrapped up in a package that includes culture, attractions and spectacular moments, at an affordable price. This is the ideal Classic tour suitable for those aged 30+ and suits those with a yearning for real adventure. The tour starts in Auckland and ends in Christchurch.

These group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip.

Comfortable tourist category accommodation with character is included throughout with a variety of facilities available at each, some have en-suite bathrooms and some have shared facilities.  A mix of public and private transport is used throughout the tour.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £825 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom

Departure Duration Twin Price (pp)
26 Aug 2018 14 nights £2099
16 Sep 2018 14 nights £2099
07, 14, 21 Oct 2018 14 nights £2099
04, 11, 25 Nov 2018 14 nights £2099
09, 16, 23 Dec 2018 14 nights £2099

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private or shared bathroom
  • 1 night in a Maori village with shared bathroom
  • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Transportation by mini-coach with luggage trailer
  • Coromandel Peninsula visit
  • Traditional Maori ceremony and Hangi dinner
  • Orientation walk in Wellington
  • Visit to Arthur’s Pass National Park
  • Doubtful Sound day cruise
  • Visit to Mt Cook National Park with hiking opportunity (weather permitting)
  • Services of group leader
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: arrive Auckland

Arrive at any time today. There are no activities until an evening welcome meeting so head out and enjoy the City of Sails. Feel free to explore, but make sure you are back in time to meet the group at 18:30 hours. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Auckland is a fantastic city with so much to see and do. Should you want more time to explore on your own, we recommend booking pre-nights.

Day 2: Auckland - Hahei

Depart early this morning for our trip to the stunning Coromandel Peninsula. Take a walk to Cathedral Cove or opt in favour of a sea kayaking adventure. If the tide is right, grab a shovel and dig a natural hot spring for yourself in the sand on Hot Water Beach.

Day 3: Hahei - Rotorua

Today we visit fascinating Rotorua with its geothermal bubbling mud pools and hot springs. You may like to explore one of the geothermal valleys nearby or go whitewater rafting. This evening enjoy a cultural overnight stay in a Maori village featuring a traditional hangi dinner and show.
Overnight: Maori warepuni (sleeping house). Groups will often stay together here in multi-share, mixed gender accommodation in line with Maori traditions.

Day 4: Rotorua - Wellington

Take in the wonderful ever-changing scenery of the North Island and travel to New Zealand’s capital, the southernmost capital in the world, Wellington.

Day 5: Wellington

Enjoy the atmosphere in this relaxed but lively city. After an orientation walk, you have a free day to explore. Make sure you visit the National Museum of Te Papa or take the cable car up to the botanical gardens.

Day 6: Wellington - Kaikoura

Today fly over the Cook Straight and the magnificent Marlborough Sounds to the South Island then travel to the seaside town of Kaikoura, known for its volcanic black-sand beaches and wildlife, including whales, seals and dolphins.

Day 7: Kaikoura - Hanmer Springs

Enjoy a free morning in Kaikoura. You may like to go swimming with dolphins or whale watching. Afterwards we travel to Hanmer Springs, stopping en route for a wine tasting at a local winery. Opt to take a soak in the hot springs.

Day 8: Hanmer Springs - Franz Josef

Travel across the Southern Alps via the stunningly scenic Arthur's Pass. Go for a hike in the mountains or rainforest. Tonight we enjoy a stay in the rainforest near the world's fastest moving glacier.

Day 9: Franz Josef Glacier

Enjoy a free day to explore the area around Franz Josef. The best way to explore this glacier is with a guided Heli-hike. There are dozens of optional activities in this area to suit just about any budget and preference from scenic helicopter flights, horse trekking, a glacier valley walk, lake kayaking or a visit to the hot pools.

Day 10: Franz Josef - Queenstown

Today we drive to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world. With beautiful scenery and tons of activities, there's something for everyone in this picture-perfect alpine village setting. Enjoy the great night life.

Day 11: Queenstown

With free time today, why not try a bungy jump. (Queenstown is its birthplace). Or one of many other adrenaline-pumping excursions such as, jet boating, tandem paragliding, hiking or mountain biking. Or take it a little slower and travel by gondola to the top of the local mountain for 360 degree views of magnificent Queenstown.

Day 12: Queenstown - Fiordland National Park

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

Day 13: Fiordland National Park - Twizel

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

Day 14: Twizel - Christchurch

Spend the morning hiking this spectacular region surrounding Mt Cook and take in the alpine scenery with the chance to learn more about renowned mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary at the visitors’ centre. Continue on to the garden city of Christchurch for one final night together.

Day 15: Christchurch

Say farewell to your group and to New Zealand today. Depart at any time, either to continue your journey or return home.

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