$6,499.00 NZD

Auckland > Nelson

November - May

Our 28 Day Full New Zealand Adventure Holidays

Immerse yourself in a full New Zealand adventure tour covering every best bit of the country! With 28 days to explore we will spend more time in places, more free time and a local travel style, off the beaten track and not sure rushed! From meaningful Māori culture inclusions to amazing scenery to your bucket list hikes! Secure your getaway now as this tour will be unmissable!

Trip Details

The Particulars

Price

$6,499.00 NZD

You can secure your spot with a $99 deposit and pay the remaining balance 30 days prior to your tour departure!

See our Terms & Conditions for more details.


Meeting point

You will need to meet us at 9AM on the first day at Lylo Auckland (54 Cook St, Auckland)

This tour will finish at 3PM on Day 28 in Nelson at Bridge Backpackers


On the road

28 days, 27 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 a local tour guide with you during your road trip with us. They will be your driver, host, cook, and new best mate!


Availability

2023 dates

  • 8th January – 4th February SOLD OUT!
  • 29th January – 25th February SOLD OUT!
  • 19th February – 18th March – SOLD OUT!
  • 12th March – 8th April – only 2 seats left!
  • 2nd April – 29th April – only 3 seats left!
  • 23rd April – 20th May – filling up fast!
  • 29th October- 25th November
  • 12th November – 9th December
  • 26th November – 23rd December

2024 dates

  • 7th January – 4th February
  • 21st January – 17th February
  • 4th February – 2nd March
  • 18th February – 16th March
  • 3rd March – 30th March
  • 17th March – 13th April
  • 31st March – 27th April
  • 14th April – 11th May
  • 28th April – 25th May

What's included on this tour?

24 x Tasty continental breakfasts, 1 x Lunch, 5 x Dinners

26 nights in multi-share hostel accommodation and 1 night shared cultural experience

1 x domestic flight from Wellington to Christchurch

Comfortable mini-bus transport & Passionate local kiwi guides

Relax overnight at a beautiful rural lodge in Taihape with an opportunity for white water rafting!

An indoor astrology Dark Sky Project experience which brings together science and Māori astronomy

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

Learn our traditional haka (war dance) and learn to weave flax with a local Māori 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

Witness the amazing crystal-clear Blue Springs of Waikato

Native rainforest guided cultural walking tour & Maori geothermal settlement 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

Enjoy a scenic view up Mt Victoria of our Capital City ‘Wellington’ and enjoy an epic night out here!

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 view our stunning Tasman Glacier

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

Relax at Hanmer Springs, New Zealand’s only natural geothermal alpine spa village

Sit back, bring a drink or two, and relax while taking in the Bay of Islands’ sights and sounds on our private sunset cruise

Visit and walk to the incredible Whangarei Falls

Visit our 'God of the forest' and the largest Kauri tree in NZ ‘Tane Mahuta’

Beach day at Matauri Bay with a short hiking opportunity to see the stunning coastline

Explore the epic nightlife and local cuisines of Paihia with your new crew!

Try New Zealand’s most famous fish and chips!

Try local brewed beers at Mcleod’s Brewery

Learn to surf at the famous 90 mile beach with a group lesson with qualified instructors

Guided Maori cultural experience to learn about the beginning of NZ – ‘Footprints of Kupe’

Sunset session at 90-mile Beach with your crew for your last night!

Pass by the birthplace of NZ, cross the magical Hokianga by car ferry

Learn to paddle a waka (Māori war canoe) along the Abel Tasman coastline

Visit the iconic split apple rock & experience NZ wildlife and the famous 'Seal Colony'

Sail on a private yacht charter around the National Park

Take a full day to play in the coastal paradise of Abel Tasman National Park

Enjoy a day trip to Golden Bay and visit the famous Wharariki beach

Tick off the Abel Tasman Coastal walk off your hike bucket list!

Visit the largest freshwater springs in New Zealand ( Te Waikoropupū Springs)

What You'll See & Do

Welcome on board! A nice early start sees us leave the ‘big smoke’ of Auckland, after our meet and greet we load into the van and head north towards Waipu for lunch via a beautiful section of coastline only a stone’s throw from the city of sails. We stop at Mcleod’s Brewery and Pizza Barn for lunch, then continue on our way to the Bay of Islands. On arrival at our accommodation in Paihia, you will be given time to settle in and get changed before we embark on an exclusive evening sailing trip around the surrounding bays. We have chartered the boat just for our group, so this is the perfect opportunity to share a drink and get to know your fellow road-trippers. After the sailing trip, we head back to the accommodation where you can explore the local cuisines for dinner and experience the Paihia nightlife with your new crew.

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

  • Visit the incredible Whangarei Falls, located in close to city centre!
  • Swim at a stunning east coast beach – Langs Beach
  • Try local brewed beers at Mcleod’s Brewery
  • Exclusive yacht sailing charter around the Bay of Islands

You’ll start the day in the beautiful coastal town of Paihia before the guides prepare a tasty continental breakfast. You then have a full free day to explore this town and learn the significance of the area! Try the Bay of Islands Skydive? Jump on a day trip to Cape Reinga to the top of NZ and try sandboarding our giant sand dunes! Explore the historical town of Russel (First capital of NZ), Jump on a cruise to see the famous ‘hole in the rock’ and dolphin watching or get familiar with the NZ Maori history and the famous Treaty of Waitangi at the grounds that you can join a guided tour and learn the roots of NZ. Enjoy your last dinner in Paihia with your group and the night is yours!

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

We start day 3 slightly later than the day before, to allow time for a sleep in and breakfast. Afterwards, we’ll then set off by winding our way up the east coast to explore some stunning beaches and short walks. We stop at one of, if not the best, fish and chip shops in the country (a bold claim, we know, so you’ll have to try for yourself!) for lunch*. We then continue on our way across the country (literally) to the west coast to our accommodation at the southern end of 90 Mile Beach. You may be lucky enough to witness a west coast sunset while your tour leader will be cooking up a feed on the barbecue because is it really a New Zealand road trip without a BBQ Dinner?

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

  • Beach day at Matauri Bay
  • Visit NZ’s most famous fish and chip
  • Sunset session at 90 mile beach

It may be the last day but we aren’t finished yet! Start your day right with a Sunrise surf lesson on the famous 90-mile beach where you’ll be looked after by qualified surf instructors. After this incredible experience, we will head back for breakfast then cruise back in time to board a car ferry that crosses the sleepy waters of the Hokianga Harbour. This little-known area was the birthplace of our nation where you’ll experience incredible Maori history on a guided tour and again when we go to visit Tāne Mahuta – the God of the forest. Depending on weather and group energy levels, there is an opportunity to stop at Kai Iwi lakes, before making the final leg of the journey back to Auckland where we plan to arrive back in Auckland CBD by 7:00pm.

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

  • Group Surf lessons with qualified instructor – Wet suit and Surfboard rental included
  • Experience a ferry across the Hokianga Harbour
  • Guided Maori cultural experience – ‘Footprints of Kupe’
  • Visit NZ’s largest Kauri Tree – Tāne Mahuta – the God of the forest

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 (depending on tides)

Optional add-ons:

  • 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. Once 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’
  • See a living Maori and geothermal village – learn about daily way of life

Optional activities:

  • Hobbiton Tour – $89 – you will need to pre booked with us!

With far more to do than you can fit in just one day, we’re staying an extra night in Rotorua so you have a full day of free time! With plenty of optional activities on offer all around the city we are sure you’ll stay busy! Check out a Geothermal Vally or maybe a Kiwi Sanctuary. 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
  • Rotorua Zipline – $159
  • Adventure rafting – $109
  • Adventure Sledging – $125
  • Mount Tarawera hiking tour – $164
  • Waimarino Glow worms Kayak Tour – $155
  • 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. 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.  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. 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

Optional Activities: 

  • Transport to and from Tongariro National Park – FREE (we got you!)
  • Tongariro River Rafting – $179
  • Taupo Tandem Skydiving $199 – 399

After breakfast we head into New Zealand’s best kept secret, River Valley. We let you 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, you’re 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 your own hidden paradise in Taihape
  • Enjoy short walks around the area

Optional activities:

  • Grade 5 rafting – $230
  • Horse Trekking – $230
  • Spa & Sauna use – $35
  • 1hr Massage – $120
  • E-bike hire – $100

Enjoy a full cooked breakfast before your rafting or horse trek! or just relax this morning and take in the beautiful scenery, At Midday we head south and 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

Optional activities:

  • Grade 5 rafting – $230
  • Horse Trekking – $230
  • E-bike hire – $100

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!

Note – You have an allowance of 7kg carry-on luggage and 22kg check in luggage on our included domestic flight. Any additional weight will need to be paid by you. 

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’ – one of the most photographed items in NZ. We then get to enjoy a treat for the senses at the Dark Sky Project experience for a 45min guided tour which brings together science and Māori astronomy. After this you 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 chance to have your mind blown and discover the wonders of the night sky with many outdoor stargazing tours to choose from!

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

  • Experience the historic ‘Rakaia Gorge’
  • Indoor astrology experience – Dark Sky Project
  • Visit the ‘The Church of the Good Shepherd’
  • Indulge in the milky blue ‘Lake Tekapo’

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 area 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
  • 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. 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
  • Take an epic photo of the 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.  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 through we 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 you have an opportunity for your last group dinner and night out with your crew before wrapping up the tour tomorrow morning.

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

  • Enjoy exploring Hokitika townshop and the beach
  • Explore Castle hill -, named the ‘Spiritual centre of the universe’ by the Dalai Lama
  • Final night out with your crew in Christchurch!

After breakfast this morning you have the opportunity to explore all the beauty Christchurch has to offer before we make our way to Nelson. We will make a stop at Hanmer Springs for you to enjoy a few hours in New Zealand’s only natural geothermal alpine spa village! After we will check out a stunning waterfall and walk NZ’s longest swing bridge. We will find a place for you to grab lunch then head straight to Nelson, where you will have the rest of the 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: 

  • Hanmer Springs pools entrance
  • Visit the beautiful Maruia Falls
  • Walk NZ’s longest swing bridge
  • Night out in Nelson city with your crew!

We kick off our adventure in Nelson at 9:00am from Bridge Backpackers, before setting off through the picturesque Nelson region. We then make our way Motueka Town for a snacks and supermarket shop then off to the beautiful golden sand Kaiteriteri Beach for lunch. After we embark on an exclusive sailing trip around the surrounding bays of the Abel Tasman National Park. We have chartered the boat just for our group, so this is the perfect opportunity to share a drink and get to know your fellow road-trippers. After the sailing trip, we head back to the accommodation where your can chill out and eventually find a local cuisine for dinner! You will also have the opportunity to experience the Marahau Nightlife with your new crew!

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

  • Visit the Iconic Split Apple Rock
  • Hop on board a Private Sailing trip around the bays
  • Experience NZ wildlife and the famous ‘Seal Colony’

After breakfast prepared by your tour leader, count yourself lucky as you completely immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the Abel Tasman National Park with a free day to explore how you like! For those who want to tick off one of the great walks in NZ you can do this today! Get your legs ready and walk the famous ‘Abel Tasman Coastal Walk’, for those more adventurous we can help organise a freedom kayak rental or a guided kayaking tour (highly recommend) to encounter resident seals and explore the outstanding coastlines, golden sand beaches and beautiful lagoons. For the adrenaline junkies you have the opportunity to Sky dive up to 20,000 ft! Or try the Torrent River canyoning adventure in the Abel Tasman, simply because it has it all. Jumps, slides, floats, abseils, you name it……Torrent’s got it. All this exciting stuff takes place in a gorgeous granite canyon filled with some of the purest water you can find and wrapped in mind-blowing, unspoiled rain forest. After your epic free day your tour leader will prepare a delicious Kiwi style BBQ dinner for the whole group!

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

Optional activities:

  • Hike in the national park – free
  • Freedom Kayak Rental – $75
  • Guided Full day Kayak Tours $150-250
  • Torrent River Canyoning – $289,
  • Abel Tasman Skydive – $289-$599

We start day 3 slightly later than the day before, to allow time for a sleep in and a late breakfast. Afterwards, we head straight for Te Waikoropupu Springs, where your guides explain the cultural significance of the largest freshwater springs in NZ. We allow some time to take in the beauty and magic of this special place. We then stop for lunch in the heart of Golden Bay, at the local ‘Courthouse Cafe’ for delicious food and coffee. After this we spend the rest of our Saturday at Wharariki Beach. Undoubtedly one of the most photographed beaches in the Nelson Tasman region. The scenery here easily rivals the recognised wonders of the world, enjoy exploring this wondrous coastal playground. If we have time we will stop at the iconic ‘Muscle Inn’ serving fresh, wholesome snacks with beers and cider brewed on site. before we head back to Marahau we will stop at a supermarket so you can grab food for your final group dinner!

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

Included activities:

  • Visit Te Waikoropupu Springs
  • Experience the famous ‘Wharariki Beach’
  • Road trip to Golden Bay

It may be the last day but we aren’t finished yet! We start our day very early with breakfast and pack to leave our new home in Marahau. We head straight to Kaiteriteri beach and share the magic of a NZ sunrise and Waka (Māori canoe) activity! Waka are the living expression of our tūpuna (ancestors) who sailed the Pacific Ocean for thousands of years. As the only form of transport across oceans and waterways, waka were vital to our travel and trade. We honour Te Rā (the sun) and the timatanga (begining) from the moana (ocean). This is a special experience when no one else is around private sunrise. After we make our way to Mapua Wharf, one of Nelson Tasman’s most popular dining, shopping and recreation attractions, overlooking the picturesque Waimea Estuary. You’ll find adventurous souls jumping from the wharf into the tidal current below. We have our last lunch here as a group before making the final leg of the journey back to Nelson city centre. We will be able to drop guests off at Nelson Airport at 3pm at the latest so if you are booking flights this day please make sure they are departing after 4pm

Included meals: Breakfast

Included activities:

  • Waka (Māori canoe)  sunrise trip
  • Free time at Mapua Wharf

Some Important Details


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.
  • For mor details about COVID-19 within New Zealand please check out our COVID-19 Policies page

 

What the deal with flights?

 

  • Flights to Auckland (starting point) are not included
  • Flights from Wellington to Christchurch are included as this is part of the tour package. You have an allowance of 7kg carry-on luggage and 22kg check in luggage. Any additional weight will need to be paid by you.

 

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
  • For more in depth details about what to bring please check out our ‘Packing List’ page