Best of New Zealand
Discover the best of both islands on this 21 day group tour of New Zealand!
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Group Size: Max 14, avg 12.
Trip code: ONNS
Duration: 21 days
Get ready to embark to New Zealand on a fantastic 21 day whirlwind of a trip and experience all the mesmerising sights of both the North and South Islands in an action-packed adventure of a lifetime! Prepare yourself for epic mountains, gigantic national parks, lively Maori culture, and amazing surfing spots. New Zealand will leave you speechless!
- Learn all about Maori culture
- Go surfing on the crashing waves
- Be an adrenaline junkie in Rotorua and Queenstown
- Discover Abel Tasman National Park entirely on foot
- Cycle an epic historic rail trail
Day 1: Hello Auckland - Touch down in Auckland and get lost exploring this fantastic city. Take a ferry over to Waiheke Island or visit the Maritime Museum. Tonight you’ll meet your group and trip leader for a welcome meeting!
Day 2: Auckland/Raglan - Visit a fascinating marine conservation farm which focuses on the development of sustainable aquaculture then head out on a sea kayak to a remote harbour for a delicious picnic lunch.
Day 3: Raglan - Surf the waves at one of the world’s most famous surf areas, then opt for some relaxing yoga, rent a stand up paddle board or wander the area’s stunning hiking trails for incredible views.
Day 4: Raglan/Rotorua - Go on an exhilarating caving excursion in the famous Waitomo Caves. Be a true traveller as you venture out and explore the stunning scenery on foot whilst spotting glow-worms.
Day 5: Rotorua/Taupo – Choose to hit up a rejuvenating spa, witness the technicolour pools at the spectacular geothermal park or go whitewater rafting. This is an adrenaline-packed day to remember!
Day 6: Taupo/Wellington - Gaze in amazement as you travel past the astonishing scenery en route to Wellington. Take a visit to the spectacular National Museum, Te Papa, then opt to take the cable car to see breathtaking views of the city.
Day 7: Wellington/Abel Tasman National Park - Jump on a ferry towards the Cook Strait. Witness the impressive views of the Marlborough Sounds at the top of the South Island then travel onwards to Abel Tasman National Park.
Day 8: Abel Tasman National Park - Spend the day hiking and exploring the gorgeous beaches and waterways. Why not walk along the beautiful coastline from Anchorage to Marahau and take your camera? You’ll be spoilt with photograph opportunities!
Day 9: Abel Tasman National Park/Westport - Drive past beautiful black sandy beaches. Then make a pitstop to a fascinating New Zealand fur seal colony at Cape Foulwind. Then make your way onwards to Westport for the night.
Day 10: Westport/Franz Josef - Head out on a loop trail to see how the Pancake Rocks were formed millions of years ago. Reach the coastline and look out to the incredible views of the ocean, rocks and blowholes - don’t forget to take it all in!
Day 11:Franz Josef - Take in everything that Franz Josef has to offer today. Chill out or head out for some fun optional activities! Go on a glacial hike, a helicopter hike, or quad biking!
Day 12: Queenstown - Sit back and watch the New Zealand scenery pass you by as you journey to Queenstown today - the adventure capital of the world!
Days 13-14: Queenstown - Get your adrenaline pumping with some super exhilarating activities. Why not go jet boating or bungee jumping? Or go mountain biking or skydiving instead!
Day 15: Queenstown/Te Anau – Explore more of New Zealand’s incredible scenery today. Get your camera at the ready to shoot some spectacular photos of waterfalls, epic mountains and then go dolphin and seal spotting.
Day 16: Te Anau/Central Otago - Wander throughout the natural beauty of Te Anau and see if you can spot any endangered takah birds before leaving for Wedderburn in Central Otago.
Day 17: Central Otago - Hop on your bike and peddle along an easy gradient through the most breathtaking of scenery alongside 35km of the old rail trail. Relish in the roads unseen and speed by with hardly any traffic in sight!
Day 18:Wedderburn/Christchurch - Learn about how this fantastic city was rebuilt after an earthquake in 2011. After you’ve explored the area with your travel buddies, enjoy some free time this evening to wander.
Day 19: Christchurch/Kaikoura - Go for a spot of whale watching, take a stroll along the coast and keep and eye out for the seals. Then afterwards spend the afternoon swimming with friendly dolphins or taking a breathtaking flight over the peninsula.
Day 20: Kaikoura/Wellington - Travel to the picturesque little seaside town of Picton then opt in for a final night out with your travel buddies and make some everlasting memories.
Day 21: Wellington - Explore on your last day in the vibrant city of Wellington before waving goodbye to New Zealand as you fly home. Don’t forget to take all of your memories with you!
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You should plan to arrive into Auckland Airport in New Zealand at any time on day 1. On day 21, you can depart at any time from Wellington International Airport. If you would prefer to extend your stay in New Zealand, your trip guide can help you with any onwards travel arrangements.
You will be staying in varied accommodation throughout this trip - 11 nights in hostels and 9 nights in basic lodges. Most nights are in single-sex multi-share dorms of 4-6 people.
18 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 5 dinners are included on this trip.
The minimum age for this tour is 18. This tour is designed for 18-39 year olds.
Visitors who are transitting through or entering New Zealand as tourists will need to hold an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) before travelling to New Zealand. Tourists will also need to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) alongside the ETA. Tourists can enter for up to 6 months. People entering New Zealand on a Working Holiday Visa do not require an ETA.
If you are planning on working at all during your time in New Zealand, you will need to apply for a Working Holiday Visa (available to 18-30 year olds) and can do this by visiting the New Zealand Immigration website.
Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for up to date information.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.