$3,799.00 NZD

Auckland > Nelson

November - May

Our 10-Day New Zealand Adventure Holidays

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! Secure your getaway now as this tour will be unmissable! Secure your getaway now as this tour will be unmissable!

The Particulars

Price

$3,799.00 NZD

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


Availability

2022 dates

  • 3rd November – 22nd November
  • 24th November – 14th December

 

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

Meeting point

You will need to meet us at 9AM on the first day at Haka Lodge Auckland. This tour finishes in Nelson


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


Included

  • All accommodation
  • All transport
  • 1 x domestic flight
  • 18 x breakfasts
  • 10 x dinners
  • 4 x lunches
  • 2 x tour leaders
  • Milford Sound boat cruise
  • Carve your own Maori ‘Pounamu’ greenstone work shop
  • Taupo exclusive sailing trip
  • Te Puia Geothermal valley
  • Māori culture & Kiwi Conservation Centre
  • Redwoods night time treewalk experience

Not included

  • Flights to Auckland
  • Travel Insurance

Accommodation

Multi share dorms with shared facilities


Transport

Private Luxury 12 Seater Mercedes Sprinter


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

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!

Things to Look Forward to

Experience the most beautiful scenic drives through the Haast Pass, Arthur’s Pass

Enjoy learning about the mythology and technique behind traditional Maori carving, before supporting you through the creation process. Leave with your own hand-made necklace

2hr stargazing experience & exclusive night-time use of the Tekapo Hot Springs (optional add on)

2hr boat cruise through Milford Sound. You'll get up-close views of the impressive fiord and will be within touching distance of the stunning waterfalls and local wildlife

Create your own natural spa at the Hot Water Beach in Coromandel

Experience the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world (optional add on)

Enjoy 3 nights in Queenstown! Most of your stay here will be free time for you to explore the adventure capital of the world

Explore Arrowtown, New Zealand's historic gold-mining town aka the kiwi ‘Wild West’

An exclusive sailing charter in Taupo - New Zealand's Largest Lake

Experience our highest mountain, Mt Cook, and the famous Sir Edmond Hillary Centre

Embrace yourself on a Kayaking tour around the bays of Cathedral Cove (optional add on)

Visit our South Island's surfer paradise, Westport and try out a surf lesson or board rental (optional add on)

Wonder around New Zealand's vibrant Capital, Wellington

What You'll See & Do

Welcome on board! A nice early start sees us leave the ‘big smoke’ of 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 Whitianga, where we’ll have some kai (food) – a classic Kiwi BBQ. From there, the night is yours!

Accommodation: Multi share hostel with shared facilities
Included meals: BBQ Dinner
Included activities: Visit Thames township, Hahei Beach, Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach

Optional add-ons:

  • Cathedral Cove Kayaking Tour – $125

After breakfast and a van-load of new friends, it’s time to head south. From Whitianga, we’ll head to famous Mount Maunganui. On the way, we’ll stop in the popular beach/surfing town of Whangamata to stretch the legs and explore this idyllic beachside town. At Mount Maunganui, we show you freedom. The afternoon and evening is completely free for you to enjoy as you wish and, while it’s your choice, we’ll also recommend some awesome activities to help you have an unforgettable night of one of New Zealand’s most popular summer destinations.

Accommodation: Multi share hostel with shared facilities
Included meals: Breakfast
Included activities: Whangamata Beach, Optional Mt Maunganui Summit Walk

Optional add-ons:

  • Mt Maunganui Surf lesson – $89

It’s time to pack up the van and 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 and check out some of the clearest springs you’ve ever seen and the beautiful waterfall before arriving to our next stop. Today is your chance to immerse yourself in 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: Blue Springs, Okere Falls,

Optional add-ons:

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

With far more to do than you can fit in just one day, we’re staying an extra night in Rotorua tonight, but this morning we are taking you to explore Te Puia’s world famous Geothermal Valley, kiwisantuary and give you the opportunity to learn about Maori history and culture. After this we’ve decided to give you the the rest of your day free! With plenty of optional paid activities on offer all around the city, there’ll be plenty to keep you and your new mates busy. 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. After dinner time join your group at the Majestic and magical Redwoods Treewalk. Experience is truly a walk to remember. Suspended high above the forest floor, encounter 75-metre-tall redwoods as you walk across eco-suspended bridges and platforms intricately designed to honour and accentuate the stunning natural environment. Regarded by many as one of the best tree top walks in New Zealand.

Accommodation: Multi share hostel with shared facilities
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Included activities: Te Puia day pass & Night Redwood forest walk

Optional add-ons:

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

 

OK, after two nights in Rotorua we’re off! This time to stunning Lake Taupo, but not before stopping in at the breathtaking 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 guide 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 the group around the lake itself! We provide dinner on board and your more then welcome to bring a few beverages for this epic experience.

Accommodation: Multi share hostel with shared facilities
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Included activities: Private yacht charter around Lake Taupo

Optional add-ons:

  • Taupo Skydive
  • Taupo Bungy Jump

This is an optional activity for people wanting to do a free hike. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing 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 welcome to spend the day in Taupo exploring the activities on offer.

Accommodation: Multi share hostel with shared facilities
Included meals: Breakfast
Included activities: Transport to and from Tongariro National Park

Optional add-ons:

  • Taupo Skydive
  • Taupo Bungy Jump

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: NA

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 add-ons:

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

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!), hell – spend the whole day hitting the bars if you want!

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

Optional add-ons:

  • Te Papa Musuem (free)

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 activities: Scenic flight from Wellington to Christchurch

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 the town or you can choose to soak and relax at Tekapo Springs with views of the brilliant blue of Lake Tekapo, 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, your guides will prepare a delicious BBQ dinner for you, and after you have the choice to join a 360° stargazing tour. If you are ready to have your mind blown then don’t miss out and discover the wonders of the night sky on the ‘Silverwater stargazing’ 1.5-hour experience; including 60 mins under the stars with one of their epic guides.

Accommodation: Multi-share hostel with shared facilities
Included meals: BBQ Dinner
Included activities: Visit Rakaia Gorge and The Church of the Good Shepherd

Optional add-ons:

  • Tekapo springs day access – $28
  • Silver River stargazing 2hr experience – $85

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. If we have time we will stop at the famous Omarama Clay Cliffs and afterwards, we will 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: Lake Pukaki, Mt Cook, Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, Tasman Glacier Walk, Omarama Clay Cliffs

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 & Dinner
Included activities: Explore Arrowtown for the day

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 & Lunch
Included activities: Milford Sound Boat Cruise

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 & lunch
Included activities: Cardrona Hotel, Lake Hāwea, Haast Pass, Blue Pools walk, Shipscreek Beach & many stunning waterfalls

fter 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 for a big family dinner prepared by your guides and make the most of our night there.

Accommodation: Multi-share hostel with shared facilities
Included meals: Breakfast & dinner
Included activities: Carve your own 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 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 visit the famous pancake rocks in Punakaiki. The most visited natural attraction on the West Coast with good reason, they really do look like pancakes! After a big road trip day, arrive in the surf town of ‘Westport’. This palce was first a gold town and then a coal town. The coal mining museum provides a glimpse of what it’s like to work underground. Westport is also a centre for outdoor adventures – jet boating, underground rafting, caving, white water rafting and kayaking. Scenic highlights include old coal towns, goldmining relics, forest hikes and coastal walks.

Accommodation: Multi-share hostel with shared facilities
Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Included activities: Hokitika Gorge & Punakaiki Rocks

Wake up early this morning as you have the opportunity for a surf lesson or rental and try the waves in this famous west coast beauty. After enjoying a cooked breakfast we head off to Murchison town, better known as the ‘whitewater capital’ of the country, because there are rivers everywhere – the Gowan, Mangles, Matiri, Glenroy, Matakitaki, Maruia and the mighty Buller. After exploring this town and grabbing lunch we make our way to Nelson where we end the tour at Bridge Backpackers at 3pm, say your goodbyes to our new family! For those wanting to carry on the adventure we have our 4 day Abel Tasman Getaway tour that starts the next day!

Included meals: Breakfast
Included activities: Explore Murchison Town & Nelson City.

Optional add ons:

  • Surf Lesson & Gear rental – $80

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 7 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 7 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).

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