If you’re travelling to New Zealand, you wouldn’t want to have to choose between the two islands. With all the activities you can choose from in each island, you want to make the most of the chance to lose your breath. Across three weeks on two islands you can hike, kayak, and cycle across this diverse land. There’s also time for boat cruises and local culture, just to be sure you don’t miss out on anything.

Expect simple and clean hotels and hostels; affordable public and private transport and lots of optional activities on this physically demanding tour of New Zealand. There will be some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but they should be accessible to most healthy travellers.

Small group experience; Max 16 fellow minded travellers with an average of 12 – Age requirement: 12+ All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Trip Code: ONAP

Image: G Adventures © Daniel Noll

What’s Included

  • Cycling through Karangahake gorge
  • Traditional Hangi dinner and Marae greeting
  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing walk (weather dependent)
  • Jet boat and canoeing along Whanganui River
  • Locally sourced/grown dinner
  • Te Papa Museum
  • Ferry crossing to South Island
  • Water taxi to Abel Tasman
  • Sea kayak in Abel Tasman
  • Trek in Paparoa National Park
  • Cruise on Milford Sound
  • Cycling the Otago Rail Trail
  • Accommodations
    Hostels (14nts), hotels (2 nts), lodges (2 nts), floating hostel (1 nt), Maori village (1 nt, multi-share).
  • Meals
    20 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners (Allow USD440-575 for meals not included.)
  • Transportation: Private bus, jet boat, canoe, walk, cycle, sea kayak, ferry, water taxi
  • Staff & experts
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Available extras

(Add these to your tour when you book)

Queenstown Jet Boating – £55.00
It’s a jet-boating ride along the Shotover River of Queenstown – need we say more? Okay, how about this? Imagine a white-water ride with the turns and paces expertly done by a trained driver up to 85kph. All you need to do is strap in and get ready to get wet.

Auckland Sailing: America’s Cup Experience – £68.00
As part of the boat crew, you’ll work together with your teammates to sail around Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour in this competitive yacht. Either take the helm and participate or sit back and enjoy the spectacle – the choice is yours.

When arranging your transportation, such as flights, please take into consideration the below time restrictions for joining and departing from your group. With these times, we have taken into account travel time to/from the airport in the given destination and required time for check-in or baggage collection/immigration.

Arrive at any time. Your flight must depart no earlier than: 8 p.m.

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Day 1: Auckland

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting 1h19:00
The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour.

Accommodation: Ibis Styles Auckland (or similar) Hotel

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Day 2: Auckland/Hahei Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy a morning cycle through Karangahake Gorge, then travel onto Hahei for the afternoon.

Early morning departure to Waihi, to pick up bikes and ride through Karangahake Gorge. Continue onto Hahei by bus and enjoy a walk to Cathedral Cove in the afternoon. If the tide is right, grab a shovel and dig a natural jacuzzi on in the sand on Hot Water Beach.

Approximate distance cycled: 8km/4.9mi Private VehicleAuckland – Waihi 2h-3h/Morning

Karangahake Gorge 1h-2h/ 8km

Enjoy beautiful scenery on this interesting ride through Karangahake Gorge that combines history, nature, and adventure all in one trip! Follow the historic Paeroa to Waihi rail line. Cycle old lines and through a tunnel along the river that runs through the gorge. Take it easy, if you wish – this trail is suitable for cyclists with little experience and offers lots to take in on the way.

Private Vehicle Waihi – Hahei 1h30m-2h95km

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Cathedral Cove Scenic Walk Cathedral Cov e1h-1h30m 2-4km

Pack your swimsuit and walk from the north end of Hahei Beach along a cliff-top path that leads down to Cathedral Cove. A giant arch formed into the headland separates two secluded coves. Swim, lay in the shade, and enjoy the beauty of this idyllic spot.

Accommodation: Tatahi Lodge Hahei (or similar) Lodge

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Day 3: Hahei/Rotorua

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Visit a geothermal area with boiling mud and hotpools. After a traditional greeting on the Marae, learn the arts of the Haka and Poi before a traditional Hangi dinner.

This region of New Zealand is renowned for its geothermal qualities. Travel to Rotorua, with free time to experience the regions’ geothermal wonders. Opt to mountain bike in the world famous Redwood Forest, go white water rafting, or indulge in the therapeutic hot springs. After an engaging cultural experience on the grounds of a historic Maori village, enjoy a Hangi dinner cooked in an underground pit.

Private Vehicle Hahei – Rotorua 3h-4h

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Enjoy free time in Rotorua to enjoy one of the many optional activities available in the area.

Maori Cultural Experience Rotorua 1h-1h30m

Immerse yourself in a Maori cultural experience on the grounds of a historic Maori village. Participate in a pōwhiri (welcoming ceremony), and learn about the history of the marae (village) and the Rotorua-area from a local Maori guide. Discover the abundant geothermal energy surrounding the village that’s used for cooking, heating, and communal bath houses.

Optional Activities – see our separate tab.

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Day 4: Rotorua/Tongariro National Park

Meals included: Breakfast

Conquer the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand’s top-rated 1-day trek and spend the afternoon on an active volcano.

An early start to walk across the Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand’s top-rated 1-day trek. Collect supplies before heading out. The transfer will drop the group off at the beginning of the self-guided trek and collect everyone at the other end.

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

Private Vehicle Rotorua – Tongariro National Park/3h180km

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing Trek Tongariro Crossing 5h-6h30m/ 19-20km

Enjoy spectacular views and otherworldly landscapes on this challenging and rewarding 19.4km (12 mi) trek across a volcanic range. This trek has been called one of the best day hikes in the world. Get prepared before you head out – go through a safety checklist and be sure to buy supplies, food, and water ahead of time. Dress accordingly – elements change constantly.

Note: if the weather is too bad to trek, there will be alternative options such as smaller walks in the area or a visit to remote hot springs. If you do not wish to do the Tongariro Crossing, other activities can be arranged.

Accommodation: Skotel Alpine Resort (or similar) Hotel

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Day 5: Tongariro National Park/Whanganui National Park

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Canoe along the Whanganui River to your overnight stay in the heart of Whanganui National Park. Enjoy a dinner of locally sourced food.

The third longest river in New Zealand, the Whanganui River begins at Mt Tongariro and flows all the way out to the west coast of the North Island. After a safety briefing, embark on a 12-25km canoe journey downriver to an overnight stay in the heart of Whanganui National Park. Enjoying amazing scenery along the way. Get up close to the area’s natural beauty, and see sights that you may miss on shore. It’s a great way to unwind and pack in some more New Zealand adventure.

Canoeing Whanganui River 5h-6h/ 12-25km

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Day 6: Whanganui National Park/Raetihi

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Continue along the Whanganui River by jet boat visiting old Maori and European settlements before continuing on to Snowy Waters Lodge by bus.

In the morning, trade the canoe for a jet boat and continue downriver. After a short walk to the Bridge to Nowhere, board the jet boat again and return to the bus, travelling on to Snowy Waters Lodge for the night. Enjoy a delicious dinner.

Private Vehicle Whanganui National Park – Raetihi 1h30m

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Whanganui River Jet Boating 3h-4h /50km

Have fun and hold on! Fulfil your need for speed travelling down the amazingly scenic Whanganui River by jet boat.

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Day 7: Raetihi/Wellington

Meals included: Breakfast

In the morning, transfer to Wellington and visit the Te Papa museum, dedicated to the history and culture of New Zealand.

Private Vehicle Raetihi – Wellington 4h15m

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Te Papa Museum Visit, Wellington 30m-6h

Visit this must-see museum, home to displays of historical Maori artifacts and modern exhibits. See how the museum is constructed on shock absorbers to withstand New Zealand’s many earthquakes – find the stairwell just outside the entrance and descend into the foundations of the building.

Enjoy free time to explore the city of Wellington, and take in the best that the area has to offer.

Accommodation: Downtown Backpackers – Waterloo Hotel (or similar) Hotel

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Day 8: Wellington/Abel Tasman National Park

Meals included: Breakfast

Travel by ferry to the South Island and then transfer by water taxi into Abel Tasman National Park.

Ferry Wellington – Picton/ Morning

Water taxi Cook Strait – Abel Tasman National Park

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Day 9: Abel Tasman National Park/Marahau

Meals included: Breakfast

Sea kayak in Abel Tasman out to the edge of the park before joining a short transfer to Marahau.

Kayaking to Marahau Abel Tasman National Park – Marahau /2h-3h

See Abel Tasman National Park at a pleasant pace by sea kayak. Take part in a safety briefing and preparation, then head out into the water to glide in and out of the bays and islets on the route to Marahau. Look for nesting seabirds and tiny islands, and enjoy amazing views along the way.

Accommodation: Old MacDonalds Farm (or similar) Hostel

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Day 10: Marahau/Paparoa National Park

Meals included: Breakfast

Transfer to Paparoa National Park, and enjoy a trek in the park.(Should you prefer, there is the option to kayak in the National Park.)

Private Vehicle Marahau – Paparoa National Park/3h-4h

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Paparoa National Park Trek Paparoa National Park 30m-3h/ 1-7km

Take in spectacular coastal views hiking in Paparoa National Park. See the famous Pancake Rocks, a limestone landscape of pancake-shaped rock formations and blowholes. Then, trek through a spectacular limestone gorge, and spend the night on the edge of the park. Enjoy nature at its best!

Pancake Rocks Trek Punakaiki 15m-30m/ 1km

Walk along a loop trail with informative signs detailing how the ‘Pancake Rocks’ were formed millions of years ago. When the trail reaches the coast, there are many lookouts for photo stops and beautiful views of the coast, the rocks and the blowholes found along the area.

Optional Activities See our separate tab for ideas

Accommodation: Te Nikau (or similar) Hotel

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Day 11: Paparoa National Park/Franz Josef

Meals included: Breakfast

Transfer to Franz Josef, stopping at Okarito lagoon en route. Opt to go glacier trekking in Franz Josef.

Continue south along the coast towards Franz Josef, stopping for an invigorating walk at the wildlife mecca of Okarito Lagoon. Spend 2 nights staying amongst verdant temperate rainforest.

Private Vehicle Paparoa – Franz Josef 4h/220km

Okarito Lagoon Walk Franz Josef 1h-2h /10km

Walk through the wetlands of Okarito Lagoon, bordered by forest and surrounded by nature. Enjoy spectacular views all the way up to the mountains on a clear day. Take the time to soak in the scenery – the walk is gentle and includes a variety of landscapes on the path through the estuary out through the wetlands.

Accommodation: Rainforest Retreat (or similar) Resort

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Day 12: Franz Josef

Meals included: Breakfast
A free day for optional activities. Options include various hikes, horseback riding, quad biking as well as the unique and stunning Franz Josef Glacier.

Accommodation: Rainforest Retreat (or similar) Resort

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Day 13: Franz Josef/Makarora

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Transfer to Makarora, where there are a variety of optional activities available. Opt to hike, go a jet boat excursion or take a scenic flight.

Travel through Te Wahi Pounamu World Heritage Area to Makarora, where you can spend the afternoon exploring the area by foot, or opt for a jet boat excursion or scenic flight.

Te Wahipounamu, Makarora 1h-2h

Tour the mountainous wilderness of Te Wahipounamu, a true natural wonder. See for yourself the views that make New Zealand famous – jagged mountains, snowy peaks, and clear blue waters. Wander among fjords, rocky coasts, towering cliffs, lakes, and waterfalls, and enjoy breathtaking scenery. Don’t forget your camera!

Private Vehicle Franz Josef – Makarora 2h-3h/225km

Optional Activities – see our separate tab.

Accommodation: Makarora Tourist Centre (or similar) Hostel

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Day 14: Makarora/Queenstown

Meals included: Breakfast

Travel into the heart of Central Otago, stopping at the resort town of Wanaka. Continue onto the “adventure capital of the world,” Queenstown.

Free day to maximize time for all the optional activities in the area (see our separate tab). Opt for a jet boat outing, bungee jumping, mountain biking, sky diving, or a vineyard tour. The options in this adventure capital are endless. Two nights are at a centrally-located hostel, which means you can make the most of your time here.

Private Vehicle Wanaka – Queenstown 2h /130km

Accommodation: Nomads Queenstown (or similar) Hostel

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Day 15: Queenstown

Meals included: Breakfast

Free day to enjoy the city. Enjoy free time to try some of the challenging optional activities available in the “adventure capital of the world”. Check out ideas on our optional activities tab.

Accommodation: Nomads Queenstown (or similar) Hostel

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Day 16: Queenstown/Milford Sound

Meals included: Breakfast

Continue to the fjords of the South Island. Enjoy the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound from the deck of a boat.

Milford Sound Cruise 2h-3h

Enjoy the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound from the deck of a boat. Recharge your camera and be ready to shoot stunning photos of waterfalls, mountains stretching up to the sky and down to the sea and then search for dolphins and seals. This place is any artist’s dream!

Private Vehicle, Queenstown – Milford Sound 3h-4h/300

Accommodation: Milford Lodge (or similar) Hotel

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Day 17: Milford Sound/ Te Anau

Meals included: Breakfast

Continue onto Te Anau and explore the area surrounding the South Island’s largest lake with the option to hike, bike or explore the Te Anau glow worm caves.
A free day to explore the area surrounding Lake Te Anau, including the start of the Kepler Track.

Optional activities including hiking, biking, exploring the Te Anau glowworm caves or taking in a screening of the award-winning ‘Ata Whenua’ – ‘Fjordland Film’ documentary at the local cinema.
Explore the Te Anau area any way you want. Go for an active adventure or just sit back and relax and soak in amazing scenery. Try trekking the the first portion of the Kepler Track, seeing local sites by bike, or visiting the Te Anau glowworm caves. For an exhilarating on-screen journey, take in a screening of the award-winning ‘Ata Whenua’ – ‘Fjordland Film’ documentary at the local cinema.
Check out our suggested optional activities on a separate tab.

Accommodation: Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park (or similar) Campground

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Day 18: Te Anau/Central Otago District

Meals included: Breakfast

Morning departure to Central Otago to spend the afternoon cycling 42km (26 mi) along the Historic Otago Rail Trail, a route created especially for mountain biking. Pass through scenery unspoiled by traffic and not visible from any roads.

Private Vehicle, Te Anau – Central Otago District

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Otago Rail Trail Cycling Otago Central Rail Trail 5h-6h/ 42km

Accommodation: Wedderburn Cottages (or similar) Hotel

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Day 19: Central Otago District/Christchurch

Meals included: Breakfast

Drive through breathtaking central Otago via the Lindis Pass and Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. Arrive in Christchurch for the evening.

Private Vehicle, Central Otago District – Christchurch7h-8h/500km

Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

Accommodation: Jailhouse Accommodation (or similar) Hotel

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Day 20: Christchurch/Kaikoura

Meals included: Breakfast

An early start to drive the scenic coastal road up to Kaikoua, with optional whale- or dolphin-watching in the afternoon. Swim with dolphins, visit a colony of southern fur seals, or take 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.

Hikers can opt to go on several day hikes in the Seaward Kaikoura mountains.

Private Vehicle Christchurch – Kaikoura 3h/180km

Drive from Christchurch to Kaikoura

Free Time Kaikoura Afternoon

See our Optional Activities tab.

Accommodation: Dusky Lodge (or similar) Hostel

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Day 21: Kaikoura/Wellington

Meals included: Breakfast

Transfer to Picton and visit a seal colony along the way before taking the ferry back to Wellington where the tour ends upon arrival.

Private Vehicle Kaikoura – Picton 1h30m-2h/156km

Seal Colony Visit, Kaikoura 15m-30m 1-2km

Ferry,Picton – Wellington 3h-3h30m

Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

Depart on arrival to your final destination. Your CEO can help with any onward travel arrangements you require.

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Day 3:

Mountain BikingRotorua 2h-4h
35-130NZD per person

Head out on an exhilarating cycling adventure. Explore the stunning Redwood Forest on two wheels on what some call the world’s best mountain biking trails. Whether you’re a beginner or expert mountain bike enthusiast there’s sure to be a trail perfect for you.

Whitewater Rafting Rotorua
89NZD per person

Get your adrenaline fix on this exhilarating white water rafting trip. Enjoy the amazing scenery along the way, but don’t forget to paddle!

Hot Springs Rotorua
Free

Soak tired muscles in the area’s natural hot springs and let the mineral water work its magic. Rotorua is home to a number of amazing geothermal parks – be sure you don’t miss the healing and relaxing benefits of the city’s naturally heated waters.

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Day 10:

Kayaking
40NZD per person

Grab your life jacket and tour local waters by kayak. Get up close to marine life and see many sights you may miss on shore.

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Day 12:

Franz Josef Glacial Valley Walk, Franz Josef
75 NZD per person

Enjoy spectacular views on a guided interpretive walk that follows a riverbed along the Franz Josef Glacier’s retreat. At the end, you’ll be rewarded with a great view of the glacier off in the distance.

Franz Josef Quad Bike, Franz Josef
65-160 NZD per person

Hop aboard the 2-seater ATV quad and drive along ancient glacial pathways carved into the landscape by ice and water. Be amazed at what lies around every twist and turn as you are guided through rainforests, riverbeds, grasslands, sand and mud. Feel the thrill of fresh air in your face and the excitement of riding in the wild.

Hiking Franz Josef 30m-8h
Free

Take your pick of many scenic and memorable treks in Franz Josef – a true hiker’s haven. Get prepared before heading out, and be mindful of signs along the track. See majestic mountains, glaciers, rivers, and amazing views that you’ll definitely want your camera on hand for.

Horseback Riding Franz Josef
65-150 NZD per person

Hop in the saddle and explore Franz Josef’s amazing glacier landscape on horseback. Ride amid rainforests and mountain scenery, and enjoy fresh open air and natural beauty on this unforgettable trip.

Helicopter Hike,Franz Josef 3h-4h
325-429 NZD per person

Take a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter ride to the top of the Franz Josef Glacier. Hop out and trek on the white and blue ice.

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Day 13:

Jet Boating Excursion

Fulfill your need for fun and speed on this jet boat excursion. Take in amazing views of local wilderness, wildlife, and all around spectacular scenery flying along the water.

Makarora Scenic Flight Makarora30m-4h
240-355NZD per person

Fly high to take in incredibly scenic views of the Makarora area. Spot wildlife from a birds-eye view, and enjoy a breathtaking vantage point of unbeatable natural beauty. See mountains, lakes, and, even, glaciers, and learn more about the area’s natural history.

Hiking Franz Josef 30m-8h
Free

Take your pick of many scenic and memorable treks in Franz Josef – a true hiker’s haven. Get prepared before heading out, and be mindful of signs along the track. See majestic mountains, glaciers, rivers, and amazing views that you’ll definitely want your camera on hand for.

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Day 14:

Jet Boating Queenstown 2h-3h
129NZD per person

Jet boating is a typical New Zealand activity— go as fast you can in a boat over water. Hang on tight as you fly across the surface of the water. Shoot through narrow rocky gorges and dare to watch as the driver takes hairpin turns frighteningly close to the cliffs.

Bungee JumpingQueenstown1h30m-4h
175-510NZD per person

Adrenaline junkies will be happy with a stop at the world’s original commercial bungee site (bungy in New Zealand!). Opt to take the plunge or simply observe where it all started from the comfort solid ground. Shoot some amazing photos of those brave enough to dive into the abyss.

Mountain Biking Sucre
Strap on a helmet and get ready for some hardcore cycling through the mountains around Sucre. Bring water, snacks and a repair kit for your tires. Embrace the challenge of steep hills and altitude, then enjoy the views!

Skydiving Queenstown
299-439NZD per person

Enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of Queenstown from an eagle’s perspective. Suit up, get briefed and board the prop plane to soar high about the rugged alpine landscape. Strap onto your instructor, take a breath and leap into a once-in-a-lifetime free fall. This is what a natural high truly feels like!

ParaglidingQueenstown 15m-30m
210NZD per person

Hang on! Get a birds-eye view of Queenstown on an exciting ride in the sky.

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Day 15:

Jet BoatingQueenstown2h-3h
129NZD per person

Jet boating is a typical New Zealand activity— go as fast you can in a boat over water. Hang on tight as you fly across the surface of the water. Shoot through narrow rocky gorges and dare to watch as the driver takes hairpin turns frighteningly close to the cliffs.

Bungee JumpingQueenstown1h30m-4h
175-510NZD per person

Adrenaline junkies will be happy with a stop at the world’s original commercial bungee site (bungy in New Zealand!). Opt to take the plunge or simply observe where it all started from the comfort solid ground. Shoot some amazing photos of those brave enough to dive into the abyss.

Mountain BikingSucre
Strap on a helmet and get ready for some hardcore cycling through the mountains around Sucre. Bring water, snacks and a repair kit for your tires. Embrace the challenge of steep hills and altitude, then enjoy the views!

SkydivingQueenstown
299-439NZD per person

Enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of Queenstown from an eagle’s perspective. Suit up, get briefed and board the prop plane to soar high about the rugged alpine landscape. Strap onto your instructor, take a breath and leap into a once-in-a-lifetime free fall. This is what a natural high truly feels like!

Hang Gliding

Glide like a bird on this exhilarating and inspiring air adventure. Get all the guidance you need to go airborne with your instructor, and take to the skies for an unbeatable experience and amazing views. Careful – you may become addicted to the freedom of flying!

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Day 17:

Te Anau Glowworm CavesTe Anau
75NZD per person

Head underground to see the mysterious and beautiful glowworms that magically shine bright deep in limestone caves. Learn about local history, and experience an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind natural wonder.

Hiking Te Anau1h-8h
Free-25NZD per person

Lace up your hiking boots and head out on a trek to take in the amazing scenery around Te Anau. Hikes range from short walks to more challenging full-day treks — take your pick!

Mountain Bike RentalTe Anau
30NZD per person

Grab a bike, strap on a helmet and hit the road. This half day bike rental will let you really explore the area around Lake Te Anau and take in the incredible views.

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Day 20:

Swimming With Dolphins Kaikoura3h-4h
170NZD per person

Hop aboard a boat and head out to the open seas to search for wild dusky dolphins. Depending on conditions, most groups have 20-40 minutes of swim time with the dolphins.

Southern Fur Seals VisitKaikoura

See the lovable southern fur seals in their natural habitat. These confident and curious creatures can be pretty engaging, but be sure to keep a distance so they don’t feel threatened. Be sure to snap some pics of your new furry friends!

Scenic FlightKaikoura
135-180NZD per person

Take a 30-minute flight and set off to search for whales, dolphins, and other marine life. On land, you’ll see Maori sites, Kaikoura town and New Zealand’s southern fur seals.

HikingKaikoura2h-10h
Free
Set off along one of many hiking trails to take in the beautiful scenery surrounding Kaikoura.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Itinerary Disclaimer

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Your Group and Group Leader Description

This G Adventures group trip is accompanied by one of our group leaders, otherwise known as a Chief Experience Officer (CEO). The CEO will be the group manager, leader and driver – this person is experienced in the routes travelled and will organize and lead the meal preparations and has experience in cooking a variety of local and international dishes for large groups.

As the group coordinator and manager, the aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. They will also offer suggestions for things to do and to see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends.

We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting – we think it’s the best of both worlds.

Group Size Notes: Max 20, avg 16

This tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour after your trip concludes.

Meals

Eating is a big part of travelling. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other’s company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Please note that most included breakfasts will consist of cereal, milk, bread and spreads, juice, tea and instant coffee. Having a simple breakfast together most days allows us the flexibility to get on the road early and get from point A to B all that much faster.

Transport

Our vans are mini-coaches. Occasionally with smaller group sizes we will use smaller, equally comfortable 13-seater vehicles. All mini-coaches tow a trailer for luggage and camping equipment (when needed). All groups have one CEO/Driver.

The vehicles are factory built with comfortable seats and air-conditioning. It is mandatory to wear a seatbelt while riding in our vehicles.
Please be aware that wifi and internet access is not as readily available in New Zealand as in other parts of the world. There are often additional charges to connect to the internet, and speeds may be slower than what you are used to.

Accommodation

Multi-share accommodation, on a single-sex basis (typically 4-6 people per room), is very common in New Zealand and is the way you will be spending most of your nights. We have specifically chosen unique accommodations to give local flavour to your trip.

Couples

Please note that due to the types of accommodation used in New Zealand, couples will likely be split into separate rooms where we use multi-share hostels. Pending availability, couples may be able to pay extra while on tour to have their own room in some destinations.

Solo Travellers

We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our 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. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Accommodation will be varied throughout your adventure. Towels and soap are not always provided at overnight stops, so it’s best to bring your own for bathing. Bathroom and showering facilities are shared and are very rarely en-suite.

Joining Instructions
Joining Hotel
Nomads Auckland
16-20 Fort Street
Auckland, New Zealand 1010
Tel: 0508 666 237
By Taxi: $70-80, approximately 30 minutes.
By Shuttle Bus: $33 for 1 person, $8 per additional. The “Super Shuttle” is a 24-hour service that takes approximately 1 hour. The shuttle waits outside of the terminal and provides door-to-door service.
By Air Bus: $16 per person. Leaves from outside the airport terminal every 10-15 minutes and takes approximately 1 hour.

Arrival Complications

We don’t expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier and contact us as soon as possible. If you have a pre-booked transfer, and you have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Starting Point hotel, following the Joining Instructions. Please apply to your travel agent on your return for a refund of the transfer cost if this occurs.

Emergency Contact

Should you need to contact G Adventures during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call our local office in Melbourne. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so we may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.

EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS

G Adventures Local Office (Melbourne)
During office hours, 9am-5pm Local Time
From outside Australia: +61 3 9413 5820
From within Australia: 03 9413 5820
After Hours Emergency Number (Australia) From outside Australia: +61 432 705 621
From within Australia: 0432 705 621

What to Take

You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. We recommend the use of a well-labeled duffel bag, soft bag or backpack (whichever you find easiest to carry). Suitcases or heavy luggage are not recommended for the health of the CEO! A good size day-pack (20-35L) is also essential as you will have the chance to walk and hike in different national parks during these trips. This daypack will be used to carry your personal gear for the day, your lunch and a water bottle.

For days in the outdoors, we recommend the use of lightweight, breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics made of wool or synthetic fibers. Cotton is not recommended for days spent hiking as it does not allow for heat or moisture to enter or escape, and it will not dry easily once wet.

Checklist

Documents

  • Passport (with photocopies)
  • Travel insurance (with photocopies)
  • Airline tickets (with photocopies)
  • NZD cash
  • Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
  • G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information and dossier
  • Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required

Weather-appropriate clothing

  • Light fleece top
  • Light windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Towel
  • Swimwear
  • Sun hat
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletries (biodegradable)
  • Watch or alarm clock
  • Water bottle
  • Money belt
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Camera, memory card(s) and charger
  • Electricity plug adapter
  • First-aid kit

Day pack

  • Camera with extra memory cards and batteries
  • Personal Entertainment
  • Binoculars
  • Waterproof backpack cover
  • Insect Repellent

Safety and Security

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government’s advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers’ cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelery at home – you won’t need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it deemed necessary, due to safety concerns. Your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy and explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions.

Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards), have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s).

Swimming, including snorkelling, is always at your own risk. Read more about travel safety for ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling.

Visas

All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. It is your own responsibility to have the correct travel documentation. Visa requirements for your trip will vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. We keep the following information up to date as far as possible, but rules do change and sometimes without warning. While we provide the following information in good faith, it is vital that you check the information yourself and understand that you are fully responsible for your own visa requirements as some nationalities need to show proof of an onward travel from New Zealand at the time entry.

Spending Money

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

Money Exchange

The currency in New Zealand is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD).

Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere in New Zealand and can be used to purchase small and large items. When purchasing products or services with a foreign credit card you may be charged additional fees by your credit card company for foreign purchases.

Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances but you must remember to bring your PIN number (be aware that many ATM machines only accept 4-digit PINs). Both Cirrus and Plus system cards are the most widely accepted debit cards. Both Visa and Master Cards are the most widely accepted credit cards. While ATMs are commonly available, there are no guarantees that your credit or debit cards will actually work check with your bank before you travel. A visit to an ATM can be arranged on Day 1 and other days of the trip.

Do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money. A combination of local currency (preferably smaller bills, 5’s, 10’s and 20’s), traveller’s cheques and credit cards is best. Currency exchange is best obtained prior to travel or at the airport, currency exchange is easy to find in New Zealand in the gateway cities and most banks do accommodate.

Always take more rather than less, as you don’t want to spoil the trip by constantly feeling short of funds. As currency exchange rates can fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com

Emergency Fund

Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an ’emergency’ fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!

Tipping

It is not customary in New Zealand or Australia to tip service providers, but if you do experience outstanding service it is good to do so. Such service would only usually be in places like quality restaurants and it would be very rare that you would tip more than 10%. Unless specifically asked to do so at the time (by your CEO) – do not tip your local guides. Also at the end of each trip if you felt your Chief Experience Officer did an outstanding job, you may consider a small tip – but it certainly isn’t expected.

Medical Form

Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility’ is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day’s activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information.

The medical questionnaire can be found online at:

www.gadventures.com/medical-form.

A Couple of Rules

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your leader, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency evacuation and repatriation. A minimum coverage of USD200,000 is required. G Adventures can provide you with the appropriate coverage. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

Planeterra-The G Adventures Foundation

Planeterra is G Adventures’ non-profit foundation created to make a positive difference in the communities where G Adventures takes travellers. Planeterra supports sustainable social and environmental solutions in destinations travellers love to visit.

As travellers, it’s natural to want to give back to the places we’ve come to love. But to truly impact poverty, we work to build self-sufficiency, not dependency.

Planeterra partners with grassroots organizations with firsthand knowledge of local culture and true community needs. This ensures that solutions come from the people we support. Then G Adventures brings travellers to visit, fuelling sustainable local income in these communities. This model is helping many rural and marginalized communities on their way to self-sufficiency because they are harnessing the power of the tourism industry as a force for good. G Adventures matches all individual donations and pays all administration costs, which means that 100% of each donation is doubled and goes directly to support our projects. For more information about Planeterra and the projects we support, or to make a donation, please visit planeterra.org.

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