$3,999.00 NZD

Auckland > Christchurch

From November - May

20-Day Auckland To Queenstown Tour

Discover more of NZ than most New Zealanders, as you thoroughly explore the best of both the North and South Islands with amazing group activities included! From Auckland to Queenstown to Christchurch and everything in between. Secure your getaway now as this tour will be unmissable! Secure your getaway now as this tour will be unmissable!

Trip Details

The Particulars

Price

$3,999.00 NZD

 

You can secure your spot with a $99 deposit and pay the rest later! Check our Terms & Conditions for more details.



Meeting point

You will need to meet us at 9:00am on Day 1 at Haka Lodge Auckland.

 

This tour finishes at 10:00AM on Day 20 in Christchurch.


On the road

20 days, 19 nights


Group size

Small groups of up to 12 people


Taking part

You must be 18+ years old to book


Accommodation

Multi share dorms with shared facilities + 1 overnight cultural experience


Tour staff

You will have 2 tour guides with you during your road trip with us. They will be your drivers, hosts, cooks, and new best mates!


Availability

2022 dates

  • 24th November – 14th December – 20% off – use code ‘XMAS’

 

2023 dates

  • 12th January – 31st January
  • 2nd February – 21st February
  • 23rd February – 13th March
  • 16th March – 4th April
  • 6th April – 25th April
  • 27th April – 16th May
  • 2nd November – 21st November
  • 16th November – 5th December
  • 30th November – 19th December

 

2024 dates

  • 11th January – 30th January
  • 25th January – 13th February
  • 8th February – 27th February
  • 22nd February – 12th March
  • 7th March – 26th March
  • 21st March – 9th April
  • 4th April – 23rd April
  • 18th April – 7th May
  • 2nd May – 21st May

What's Included on this tour?

Tasty continental breakfasts every day + 1 lunch and 3 dinners

18 nights in high-end hostel accommodation (dorm share) and 1 night shared cultural experience

Domestic flight from Wellington to Christchurch

Comfortable mini-bus transport & Passionate local kiwi guides

Relax in River Valley’s Spa and Sauna & Enjoy a beach day at Hahei Beach

See a living Maori and geothermal village – learn about daily way of life

Learn a haka and learn to weave flax with a local iwi (tribe)

Eat a traditional Māori hāngī meal cooked in an underground oven

Experience the famous Cathedral Cove & Dig a mini-Jacuzzi at Hot Water Beach

Experience the amazing Blue Springs & the stunning Okere Falls

Enjoy a native rainforest guided cultural walking tour

Sail on a private charter around Lake Taupo & visit the breath-taking Huka Falls

Transport to and from Tongariro National Park or an optional day trip to Ohakune

Wander through the National Army Museum then enjoy an epic night out in our Capital city ‘Wellington’

Visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd, nestled by the shores of Lake Tekapo

Carve your own pounamu (greenstone/jade) pendant in Franz Josef

Enjoy 3 nights in Queenstown! Free time for you to explore the adventure capital of the world

Visit the charming, historic gold rush village of Arrowtown

Visit NZ’s highest mountain Mt Cook and learn about NZ history at the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre

Experience our '8th Wonder of the world', Milford Sound. Get up-close views of the impressive fiordland, stunning waterfalls and local wildlife

Explore Castle hill rocks - named the ‘Spiritual center of the universe’ by the Dalai Lama

Get your photo at #ThatWanakaTree and visit our famous ‘Remarkable Sweet shop’

Indulge in the milky blue ‘Lake Tekapo’ and visit NZ’s second largest lake – Lake Pukaki

Visit the vivid turquoise waters of 'Hokitika Gorge' surrounded by beautiful lush native bush

What You'll See & Do

A nice early start sees us leave Auckland and head to the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula. Here, you’ll see why this region is a favourite for Kiwis on their summer holidays and why it’s constantly regarded as one of the most stunning parts of the world. First a quick lunch stop in the famous Goldmine town in historic Thames. Then we will visit the famous Cathedral Cove beach (as seen in multiple Hollywood feature films). You have the option to do a free 30 min walk one way to this beautiful spot. Or you could choose to do a kayaking tour as an optional add on. Depending on the time of the tides we may have time today or tomorrow to grab a shovel and dig a mini Jacuzzi at the unreal Hot Water Beach. After an epic day of sun, sand and surf, it’s time to head to our accommodation in Coromandel township, where you can explore the local kai (food) – and from there, the night is yours!

Accommodation: Multi share hostel with shared facilities
Included activities:

  • Visit Thames township,
  • Beach day at Hahei Beach
  • Experience the famous ‘Cathedral Cove’
  • Dig a mini Jacuzzi at Hot Water Beach

Optional activities:

  • Cathedral Cove Kayaking Tour – $125

After breakfast and a van-load of new friends, it’s time to head south. From Coromandel well head to New Zealand’s tourism Mecca – Rotorua. On the way to this geothermal wonderland you will have the option to get lost in the magical world of Hobbiton or check out some of the clearest springs you’ve ever seen. After we check out a beautiful waterfall we arrive in Rotorua where we are welcomed by a local tribe and be guided through Ohinemutu Village where you will experience a living Maori and geothermal village and learn about daily way of life. The rest of the day is yours where you can immerse yourself in more traditional Maori culture in Rotorua or try out any of the exciting adrenaline filled activities in this town.

Accommodation: Multi share hostel with shared facilities
Included meals: Breakfast
Included activities:

  • Experience the clearest waters at the ‘Blue Springs’
  • Visit the stunning ‘Okere Falls’
  • See a living Maori and geothermal village – learn about daily way of life

Optional activities:

  • Hobbiton Tour – $89

With far more to do than you can fit in just one day, we’re staying an extra 2 nights in Rotorua tonight so you have a full day of free time! With plenty of optional paid activities on offer all around the city to keep you and your new mates busy. Explore Te Puia’s world famous Geothermal Valley, Kiwi Sanctuary, learn about Maori history/culture with an option for buffet lunch including the famous Maori ‘hangi’. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie and want to tackle the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall, or if zip-lining through the forest canopy sounds more like you, we’ll be sure to offer you all the best experiences based on what you’re looking for.

Accommodation: Multi share hostel with shared facilities
Included meals: Breakfast

Optional Activities:

  • Redwood Altitude Walk – $99
  • Kaituna River Rafting – $115
  • Day Trip to Lake Rotoiti Hot Pools – $75
  • Mitai Maori Village Evening experience – $123
  • Tamariki Maori Evening experience $160
  • Jet boat ‘The squeeze’ – $89-189
  • Skyline Rotorua (Gondola + 3 Luge rides) – $52 pp
  • Zorb Rotorua – $40

After breakfast its our last day to enjoy this culture filled town! You’ll have free time today till the afternoon to tick off your last bucket list activities! At midday we will head over to start our overnight cultural experience close to Lake Aniwhenua. We will be welcomed to the Ngati Manawa tribal lands, Learn about the history of forestry to their people where we stay overnight with with them. See hangi (cultural meal) being laid in the ground, enjoy a haka lesson and weaving class. See your hangi being pulled up from the ground and enjoy a buffet feast followed by storytelling around an outdoor fire place! This is as authentic as it gets!

Accommodation: Overnight cultural experience at Lodge
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Included activities:

  • Haka Lesson
  • Weaving Class
  • Mau Rakau – Stick games
  • Witness how a hangi is prepared
  • Local Story telling

Wake up early and enjoy a breakfast prepared for you by our local hosts! After we will pack for the day ahead as we will be guided on a cultural walk through a Jurassic Podocarp Native Rainforest. See our 1,000 year old Totara, learn about our Rakau Rongoa (Natural Medicine Plants), hear and hopefully see our native and endangered birds in their natural habitat. Listen to their history, as you walk in the shadows of giants, and tread where dinosaurs once walked. Fill your water bottles from the pure waterfalls, and enjoy a packed picnic lunch infused with traditional cuisine – “Forest to Fork”. See the tallest moss in the world, and enjoy ‘Forest Bathing’ – connecting with nature and enjoying the health benefits of simply just ‘being’ at one with the forest. After this epic experience we are off to our next destination! This time to stunning Lake Taupo, but not before stopping in at the breath-taking Huka Falls. Here, 200,000 litres per second of crystal clear water flows from the great lake into the start of New Zealand’s longest river – the Waikato River. Once in Taupo, optional paid activities like bungy jumping, skydiving or jet boat riding are on offer, or simply ask your tour leader who’ll point you towards some of Taupo’s lesser known gems or the many free activities available. For sunset we will board an exclusive yacht charter with our group around the lake itself! We provide dinner on board, feel free more a few beverages for this epic experience.

Accommodation: Multi share hostel with shared facilities
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included activities:

  • Guided cultural forest walk
  • See our 1,000 year old Totara tree
  • Witness native and endangered birds in their natural habitat
  • Visit the breath-taking ‘Huka Falls’
  • Exclusive sunset sailing charter around Lake Taupo

After breakfast your free to explore the town and do as many activities or see as much as you want! There is also an option for people wanting to go for a trek and tick off the ‘Tongariro Alpine Crossing’ off their bucket list! This is heralded as the best one-day trek in New Zealand and is regarded as among the top ten single-day treks in the world. Other guests are of course welcome to spend the day in Taupo exploring the activities on offer or come for a drive and explore he town of Ohakune. We will all meet back in Taupo to explore the local cuisines with our crew! Then the night is yours!

Accommodation: Multi share hostel with shared facilities
Included meals: Breakfast
Included activities:

  • Transport to and from Tongariro National Park
  • Optional day trip to Ohakune

After a few hours in the van, we’ll arrive into New Zealand’s best kept secret, River Valley. This afternoon we’ll chill out and enjoy our stunning lodge with on-site café and bar, saunas, and spa. Using the Lodge as a base, you can go on a rafting adventure, a horse trek, or explore some of the local rural back roads on an e-bike. Of course, you could simply relax beside the river and enjoy some delicious food, many of the ingredients of which come from the on-site organic gardens. Tonight your in for a treat as you’ll be served a farm to table dinner made with fresh seasonal vegetables harvested from their gardens and free range organic or grass fed local meats. The night is ours after!

Accommodation: Multi share lodge with shared facilities
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Included activities:

  • Relax in our accommodations Spa and Sauna

Optional add-ons:

  • Horse Trek – $80
  • Grade 5 White water rafting – $215
  • E-bike hire – $80

Enjoy a full cooked breakfast before heading south from Taihape, we’ll stop at the home of New Zealand’s army base to stretch our legs and have some lunch. From there, we trek on to the nation’s capital – Wellington! Once in ‘Welly’, we’ll grab some dinner and hit the streets of this incredible city on a local pub crawl. Doesn’t sound like your cup of tea? No problemo! The night is yours to explore what is often referred to as NZ’s coolest city.

Accommodation: Multi share hostel with shared facilities
Included meals: Breakfast
Included activities:

  • National Army Museum

Optional morning add-ons:

  • Grade 5 White water rafting – $215

After breakfast, the day is yours! Get lost in Wellington. Visit a local cafe, take photos of the local street art, head along to New Zealand’s famous national museum – Te Papa (it’s FREE!), have your mind blown at the Peter Jackson’s famous ‘Weta Workshop’. Plenty of exciting things to choose from in NZ’s coolest city

Accommodation: Multi share hostel with shared facilities
Included meals: Breakfast

We will check out our accommodation at 10:00AM and say our goodbyes and board a flight to Christchurch! Once we arrive in this historical city you will have the whole day and night free to explore and enjoy tasting some locally-brewed beers and the delicious local cuisine before we head off tomorrow!

Accommodation: Multi share hostel with shared facilities
Included meals: Breakfast
Included activities:

  • Scenic flight from Wellington to Christchurch
  • Night out in Christchurch with your crew!

Today we explore the stunning South Island! After a quick meet and greet in Christchurch, we load into our van and head west towards Rakaia Gorge for lunch. We then continue our way over The Rakaia Gorge Bridge which is a historic piece of architecture that dates back to 1945, and make our way towards Lake Tekapo. Surely a quick stop at the ‘Church of the Good Shepherd’ as it is one of the most photographed items in NZ. On our arrival, we will give you time to settle into your accommodation which looks out at the intense milky blue waters of the glacial-fed Lake Tekapo. In your downtime, you can walk around town or you can choose to soak and relax at Tekapo Springs with views of the brilliant blue of Lake, sparse golden mountain ranges, pine forest, and the pure blue skies of the Mackenzie Region. As the sun sets, watch the beautiful changing light and colours on the mountains and in the sky. At night, you can explore the local cuisines for dinner and hang out with your new crew. After you have the change to have your mind blown and discover the wonders of the night sky with many stargazing tours to choose from!

Accommodation: Multi-share hostel with shared facilities
Included activities:

  • Experience the historic ‘Rakaia Gorge’
  • Visit the ‘The Church of the Good Shepherd’
  • Indulge in the milky blue ‘Lake Tekapo’

Optional add-ons:

  • Tekapo springs day access – $30
  • Silver River private stargazing experience – $95
  • Dark Sky Indoor astrology experience – $30

In the morning, your guides will prepare a continental breakfast for you before we wind our way further south. We will pass Lake Pukaki which is the largest lake in the area, and it proudly shows off NZ’s tallest peak and our next spot to visit, Aoraki/Mount Cook. Take your time here exploring the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre for some extraordinary NZ history and a quick walk to view the largest glacier in the country. Afterwards we head towards a town situated on a lakefront and dwarfed by mountains they call Wānaka. After checking into our accommodation, you can wander the town and see why this place draws visitors from all around the world with unrivalled views of Mt. Aspiring National Park. The night is yours to try the delicious cuisines of this town and exciting nightlife.

Accommodation: Multi-share hostel with shared facilities
Included meals: Breakfast
Included activities:

  • Experience NZ’s second largest lake – Lake Pukaki
  • Visit NZ’s highest mountain Mt Cook
  • Learn about NZ history at the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
  • Enjoy a short walk to the Tasman Glacier Walk

Wake up and enjoy your breakfast with panoramic views of the stunning Lake Wānaka. You’ll be happy to know we still have time for you to relax around Wānaka before heading to Arrowtown, New Zealand’s historic gold-mining destination. The Kiwi style ‘Wild West’ is full of funky cafes, charming wooden-fronted shops, and remnants of the gold rush era. Whilst you’re there, you should visit the replica miner’s huts, buy some flakes of gold, wade in the river where people still pan for gold or buy some old-fashioned sweets from the Remarkable Sweet Shop. Enjoy your lunch time here and after our visit, we head straight to the stunning lakeside town of Te Anau where we stay the night to prepare for tomorrow’s adventure. This picturesque township is the main visitor base for the glacier-covered wilderness Fiordland National Park.

Accommodation: Multi-share hostel with shared facilities
Included meals: Breakfast
Included activities:

  • Get your photo at #ThatWanakaTree
  • Explore Arrowtown – the Kiwi style ‘Wild West’
  • Visit our famous ‘Remarkable Sweet shop’

After breakfast, we head to one of NZ’s most stunning attractions: the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, the Milford Sound. Deemed the world’s 8th wonder by Rudyard Kipling, this area has a magical combination of mountain peaks, forest-clad cliffs, and deep mysterious-blue waters. We really take advantage of this beautiful spot and include a 2-hour boat cruise on the sound itself. You’ll get up-close views of the impressive fiord and you will be in touching distance of the stunning waterfalls and local wildlife. Your guides will prepare you a gourmet lunch on board the boat too while you keep your eyes out for seals, dolphins, and more!

After our cruise, we drive back towards Queenstown whilst making stops at Eglinton Valley and Mirror Lake. On arrival, we’ll check into our accommodation and you’ll have some free time to go and explore this famous town! You can check out the world’s best burger joint (at least we think so)— Fergburger. And then, the night is yours. Have some drinks at the Ice Bar, take a trip through the haunted house, or head back to our accommodation to rest up for two more big days ahead in Queenstown.

Accommodation: Multi-share hostel with shared facilities
Included meals: Breakfast
Included activities:

  • Milford Sound Boat Cruise
  • Experience Eglinton Valley and Mirror Lake

Today is your first FREE DAY and what better place than to enjoy it in Queenstown! The bro John Travolta once said, “whenever I get stressed, I just want to hop on a plane to Queenstown.” People come here from all over the world for Queenstown adventure holidays and the town has subsequently been nicknamed our adventure capital, and for good reason! It has to be seen to be believed and, with two more nights in this incredible southern paradise, you’ll get your chance to do as much exploring as you can fit in. Spend it how you want; bungy jumping, skydiving, exploring the town, soak up in the ONSEN hot pools (pre booking required)… the bucket list activities are endless! 

Accommodation: Multi-share hostel with shared facilities
Included meals: Breakfast

Optional add-ons:

  • AJ Hacket Bungy – $199-299
  • ONSEN Hot pools – $99-199
  • Shotover Canyon Swing – $199
  • Go orange Jet boat – $99
  • Shotover Jet boat – $129
  • Skippers Canyon Jet – $159
  • Shotover Jet boat – $129
  • Kawaru Zipline – $49
  • Ozone Skydive – $199-399
    and many more..

There’s only one thing better than waking up to a Friday – and that’s waking up to a Friday in the beautiful Queenstown! Now, if you didn’t manage to do or see everything you wanted yesterday, no stress! You have another full day to explore this adventurous town. At midday, however, we have an optional add-on for a spectacular guided tour of Skippers Canyon via the infamous Skippers Road followed by the thrilling jet boat ride through the Shotover River’s dramatic canyons! In this area, you will discover a land rich in gold mining history and breathtaking scenery, just a short distance from central Queenstown.

Accommodation: 4 bed dorms
Included meals: Breakfast

Optional add-ons:

  • Skippers Canyon Jet – $159
  • Shotover Jet boat – $129
  • Go orange Jet boat – $99
  • Shotover Canyon Swing – $199
  • ONSEN Hot pools – $99-199
  • AJ Hacket Bungy – $199-299
  • Kawaru Zipline – $49
  • Ozone Skydive – $199-399
    and many more..

 

To start our day we will have an early breakfast and head off to Cardrona, a historic village situated on the famous crown range road. You’ll be able to grab a coffee at the iconic Cardrona Hotel at the heart of the village while surely grabbing a photo while you’re there! We will then hit the road and pass by Lake Hāwea, a place of vivid beauty. We will then carry on to experience one of the best scenic drives in this area. Today, we pass by non-stop Aotearoa eye-candy through the Haast Pass which is highlighted by ancient rain forests, small glaciers, and awesome waterfalls. We might even get the chance to meet some penguins if we are lucky!

Before lunch, we’ll visit the famous Blue Pools which is only a short walk from the car park. The blue of the water is not to be believed, it’s clear, it’s pure and makes for one amazing photo! Afterwards, we will pass by more epic waterfalls and you will have a beachfront lunch prepared for you by the friendly guides. After we’re satisfied, we’ll then make our way to Franz Josef Glacier for the night. Once settled into our new home for the night, you can opt-in for a pizza night, check out the local restaurants in the area and even use the giant hot tub (at the accommodation) to finish off your epic day with the squad!

Accommodation: Multi-share hostel with shared facilities
Included meals: Breakfast
Included activities:

  • Visit the iconic ‘Cardrona Hotel’
  • View the magnificent Lake Hāwea,
  • Experience one of NZ’s best scene drives – Haast Pass,
  • Enjoy a short walk to the crystal clear ‘Blue Pools’
  • Shipscreek Beach & many stunning waterfalls

After breakfast, you’ll get to learn the process of carving a special Maori piece of jewellery from Pounamu known as ‘greenstone’, much of which has been sourced from local West Coast riverbeds. You even get to keep what you have made after as a souvenir. After this morning activity explore Franz Josef and all the wild activities on offer! You choose what you do for the rest of today! A popular thing to do is experience the original Franz Josef kayak adventure, epic helicopter tours and treks are also available for that unbeatable Instagram shot (your guides can give you some suggestions and help with bookings). We will then meet back to head out for a group dinner and make the most of our night there.

Accommodation: Multi-share hostel with shared facilities
Included meals: Breakfast
Included activities:

  • Carve your own Maori Greenstone ‘Pounamu’ workshop

Optional add ons:

  • Heli + Glacier Hike – $485
  • Heli Trip – $289
  • Skydive – $229-399
  • Kayaking Tour- $125

 

Breakfast will be prepared early and you’ll have time to enjoy your last couple hours here as we depart at 9 am. We will load the van back up and travel to Christchurch – from one coast and head towards the other. Stopping at Hokitika Gorge, you’ll have the chance to walk one of the west coast’s most popular trails! A 15min stroll to see surreal turquoise waters that drain from the distant Sale Glacier. You can then explore some lunch options in Hokitika town and after this before we hit the road again to drive through the Arthur’s Pass, climbing to more than 900 metres through Arthur’s Pass National Park, is the highest and most spectacular pass across the Southern Alps. Halfway throughwe will stop to witness the Limestone rocks at Castle Hill, also known as Kura Tawhiti by the indigenous Maori Tribe Ngai Tahu and named the ‘Spiritual center of the universe’ by the Dalai Lama. Once we arrive in Christchurch and get ready to say our goodbyes, we finish the tour where it all started at Jucy Snooze at 7:00PM

Accommodation: Multi-share hostel with shared facilities
Included meals: Breakfast
Included activities:

  • Enjoy a short walk along the stunning Hokitika Gorge
  • Explore Castle hill -, named the ‘Spiritual center of the universe’ by the Dalai Lama

Today is our check out day! After breakfast we wrap the tour up at 10:00am and say our good byes to all our new best mates! Your tour leader will be happy to help you plan your remaining travels or you could even join us for the next adventure in Nelson for our 4 day Abel Tasman Getaway! This can be purchased as a 14 Day Southern Adventure!

Included meals: Breakfast

Some Important Details


  • Flights to Auckland are not included
  • COVID restrictions/changes or cancellations to your booking
    • All cancellations of bookings by you must be made in writing. We will not regard a booking as cancelled unless an email written notice has been received by us from you.
    • Cancellation can only be made up to 14 days before the departure of your tour. Once the cancellation is accepted a refund of the total ticket price (less the $99 deposit) will be paid to you. The refundable portion does not include the non-refundable $99 deposit.
    • No refunds will be available for cancellations within 14 days of the departure date.
    • We recognise that our current tours may require flexibility around cancellations during this evolving global situation. As such, if your travel arrangement to the meetup zone has been affected due to COVID Alert level restrictions your tour purchase will be 100% refundable (excl. any credit card, booking fee).

What to bring?

 

  • We ask that you only bring 2 bags: 1 large-sized one for your clothes and general belongings, and 1 small day bag to keep with you on the bus
  • New Zealand weather can be unpredictable, so make sure you bring swimwear and a towel, as well as warm clothes and a rain jacket
  • All bedding is provided, but you can bring your favourite pillow if you like

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