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19 Day Auckland to Christchurch Overland Discovery

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Duration 19 Days
Meals 18 breakfasts, 8 dinners
Group Size Max 36
Starts Auckland
Ends Christchurch
Tour Style Guided
Accommodation 18 Nights

Details

Explore the best of New Zealand's North and South islands including all the highlights! See Tongariro National Park, Milford Sound, Queenstown and more on this 19-day adventure! 

 

Highlights: 

  • Wine tasting in Marlborough
  • Kapa Haka performance
  • Overnight in a traditional Maori Marae
  • Arrow River bike trails
  • Stay in Fox Glacier region
  • Traditional Kiwi lamb roast dinner with pavlova
  • Visit Tongariro National Park & Lake Taupo
  • Crayfish tastings
  • Visit Kaikoura Peninsula & see the marine life
  • Milford Sound experience

What's Included: 

  • 18 breakfasts, 8 dinners
  • 15 nights in hotels, motels & lodges, 1 night in a hostel, 1 night in a traditional Maori Marae & 1 night in a cabin
  • Cook Strait ferry crossing
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
  • Awesome crew

Itinerary

Day 1: Auckland to Paihia, Bay of Islands 

Leave the city behind and get ready to explore New Zealand in all its breathtaking glory as we step into an adventure 130 million years in the making. Become a tree hugging hippie as you wrap your arms around NZ’s botanical elder, the Kauri tree, then 'Rock the Boat' on an optional overnight houseboat trip.

 

Day 2: Paihia, Bay of Islands 

The Bay of Islands is big on numbers: 144 islands, a 90-mile beach, and 100-metre-high Te Paki sand dunes, ready for some serious sandboarding action. The islands (and all their optional activities) are your oyster on this free day.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 3: Paihia, Bay of Islands to Auckland

Wave bye-bye to the wilds for now – it’s back to the modern world today as we return to Auckland. Take some time to wander the heart of the city at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 4: Auckland to Rotorua (Marae Stay) 

We’ll make a stop to check out the Waitomo Caves, then learn the tongue-thrusting Haka and polish off a traditional Maori dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 5: Rotorua 

When it comes to optional activities, mud, Middle Earth and massages are the order of the day in the bubbling, gurgling and sulphursoaked town of Rotorua. Also: optional whitewater rafting. Ahh, yaaasss!

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 6: Rotorua to Tongariro National Park 

Next up: Lake Taupo and a chance for a bungy over the river, or check out some natural hot pools before heading to the hills of Tongariro National Park.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 7: Tongariro National Park 

Lace up your boots and opt into tramp the lunar landscape of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing – home to three active volcanoes – or save your feet and take to wheels (or some optional skis).
Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 8: Tongariro National Park to Wellington 

From hiking over lava to readjusting to city life, today we make tracks to buzzing, beautiful Wellington – the ‘best place to live in the world 2017’. Expect artsy vibes, waterfront promenades and a cool nightlife scene (you bring the facial hair and tatts, Wellington will supply the craft beer).

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 9: Wellington to Nelson 

Ferry into the arms of the world’s best Sauv Blanc on the banks of the Marlborough Sounds and enjoy a private tasting in a family-owned vineyard.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 10: Nelson 

Dense forest, incredible beaches and the epic Abel Tasman National Park. Kayak with seals or jump out of a plane. You’ve got the whole day to explore.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 11: Nelson to Kaikoura

It’s down the coast we go to spy New Zealand fur seals before we lace up our boots for a Peninsula walk. If you work up an appetite as you roam, no worries – this afternoon we’ll be sampling some of the yummiest crayfish you ever did taste. Mmm.
Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 12: Kaikoura to Christchurch 

Today, brace yourself for the triple threat of dolphin swimming, seal swimming or whale watching. Then on to Christchurch.
Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 13: Christchurch to Fox Glacier 

The Canterbury Plains make for epic scenery. Stop for whitebait fritters and pounamu (jade) pendant shopping. Try to grab a shot of NZ’s two tallest mountain peaks reflected in Lake Matheson.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14: Fox Glacier to Queenstown 

Hit up NZ's most famous glacier. Strap on some crampons and get an up-close look on an ice walk or optional heli-hike. Then journey past Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea and feel your pulse start to quicken as we roll into Queenstown.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15: Queenstown 

Queenstown has adrenalin on tap. Get your fix with our optionals: bungy jumping, a narrow canyon swing, Shotover Jet, paragliding, hiking, horse riding and the skyline gondola.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 16: Queenstown 

Queenstown has adrenalin on tap. Get your fix with our optionals: bungy jumping, a narrow canyon swing, Shotover Jet, paragliding, hiking, horse riding and the skyline gondola.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 17: Queenstown Including Milford Sound 

Steady yourself for the otherworldly beauty of the fjords. Milford Sound comes complete with seals, dolphins and thundering waterfalls.
Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 18: Queenstown to Lake Ohau 

Zig-zag a gold-bearing river on a mountain bike ride through A+ scenery. Think: icy clear pools, an 80m suspension bridge, and the site of the world’s first bungy at the finish line.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 19: Lake Ohau to Christchurch via Mt Cook village 

Round off the trip with an optional soak in a hot pool today – or take to the skies with a scenic flight for some stunning views of the Tekapo region. Then, it’s on to Christchurch to say our goodbyes

Meals: Breakfast


Pickups / Departures

Departing Auckland
Pick up at 8:30 am in Auckland
Finish Christchurch
Drop off at 7:00 pm in Christchurch

Departing Christchurch
Pick up at 7:00 pm in Christchurch    
Finish Auckland
Drop off at 6:00 pm in Auckland


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