Active New Zealand
Day 1 Auckland
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Hahei (1B)
A free morning to explore the cosmopolitan city of Auckland at leisure. In the afternoon transfer to Karangahake Gorge, and pick up your bikes for the afternoon. The trail is suitable for cyclists with little experience. Following along an old railway line and through an old rail tunnel and along the river that runs through the gorge. From the gorge, continue on to Hahei, where depending on the tides you have the option of going to Hotwater Beach to dig yourself your own personal hot tub from the underground spring that flows under the beach. Karangahake Gorge Approximate distance cycled: 8km/4.9mi Estimated hiking time: 1-2 hrs
Day 3 Rotorua Marae (1B, 1D)
This region of New Zealand is renowned for it's geothermal qualities. This morning, visit hot pools and watch bubbling mud in the Rotorua region. In the afternoon, time for a traditional Maori greeting on the Marae, the name given to a collection of buildings that is important to Maori culture. After an engaging cultural experience on the grounds of a historic Maori village, enjoy a Hangi dinner, cooked in an underground pit.
Day 4 National Park (1B)
An early start to walk across the Tongriro Crossing, New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek. Collecting supplies before the trek, the transfer will drop the group off for the self-guided trek and collect eveyone at the other end. Experience spectacular views while traversing across the volcanic range, one volcano is currently active. We ensure that you are prepared by going through a safety checklist and taking you to buy the supplies you might not have for the 19.4 km trek. The elements can consistently be changing, remember to dress accordingly and bring snacks. If the weather is too bad for the trek there will be alternative options such as smaller walks in the area or a visit to remote hot springs. Additionally, if you do not wish to do the Tongriro Crossing other activities can be arranged. After finishing the trek travel to a ski lodge on the side of a mountain for the night. A spa and sauna on site will help ease those tired muscles. Estimated travel time: 3 hours driving time, walking time depending on group speed and size. Travel distance: 180 km driving, 19.4 km walking
Day 5 Whanganui River Camp (1B, 1D)
The third longest river in New Zealand, the Whanganui River begins at Mt Tongariro, and flows all the way out to the West coast of the country. To start getting the adrenaline pumping take a jet boat along the river to our put in point for our overnight canoeing excursion, where we set up camp for the night. Much of the river is not reachable by road, so this is the only way to se some of the scenery and great views along here. Camp alongside the river for the night.
Day 6 Snowy Waters Lodge (1B, 1D)
Getting up early this morning, after a safety briefing we continue along the Whanganui River by canoe, negotiating some white water and passing old European and Maori settlements on the way. At the end of our journey, we arrive at Snowy Waters Lodge, where we can enjoy a delicious dinner and a demonstration of axe throwing.
Day 7 Wellington (1B)
This morning transfer to Wellington, and visit the Te Papa museum, dedicated to the history and culture of New Zealand.
Day 8 Abel Tasman (1B)
Leaving North Island New Zealand this morning, catch a morning ferry and cross the scenic Cook Strait. Make sure to stand outside and enjoy the views of the Marlborough Sounds at the top of the South Island. On arrival travel by and water taxi into Abel Tasman National Park. Camp out this evening in Abel Tasman.
Day 9 Marahau (1B)
Setting off from the beach today, kayak along the Abel Tasman coastline towards Marahau. The panoramic views of Abel Tasman National Park accompany the kayak journey. We may see nesting seabirds, and tiny islands along the way. Overnight in Marahau.
Day 10 Paparoa National Park (1B)
Transfer to Paparoa National Park this morning, before a trek in the park. The coastal views here include the famous Pancake Rocks, a limestone landscape of pancake shaped rock formations and blowholes. The hike continues through a spectacular limestone gorge, and spend the night in the park. Should you prefer, there is the option to kayak in the National Park.
Days 11-12 Franz Josef (2B)
Continue following the coastal road towards Franz Josef arriving at a unique wilderness lodge set in the rainforest for the night. Day 13 is a free day for optional activities. Options include various hikes, horseback riding and quad biking. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 220 km
Day 13 Makarora (1B)
Transfer to Makarora, where there are a variety of optional activities available, such as a jet boat excursion.
Day 14-15 Queenstown (2B)
Follow the wild West Coast Road out of Mt. Aspiring National Park. Opt to take the plunge or simply observe the site where it all started while getting some great pictures of those who do decide to jump. Days 14 and 15 are free days to maximize time for all the optional activities in the area. Opt for a jet boating outing, bungee jumping, mountain biking, sky diving, or a vineyard tour. The options in this adventure capital are endless. Three nights at a centrally-located hostel means that fitting everything in won't be too hard. Estimated travel time: 2 hours Travel distance: 130 km
Day 16 Walter Peak (1B)
Travel by ferry to Walter Peak and overnight in the historic shearers quarter. Enjoy all that the area has to offer.
Day 17 Milford Sound (1B)
Travel on to Milford Sound this morning. Along the ways stop for a trek to the Mavora Lakes with it’s stunning views and back drops.
Day 18 Central Otago (1B)
In the morning enjoy the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound from the deck of a boat. Take in the waterfalls and wildlife or venture out on the provided kayaks. Continue to Central Otago, and enjoy a free afternoon for activities.
Day 19 Christchurch (1B)
Classified as a public reserve, the Central Otago Rail Trail is completely car free, so cycling here is free from the worries of traffic. Spend the better part of the day cycling (easy gradient) through stunning scenery along 35km of the old rail trail. Transfer to Christchurch for the evening.
Day 20 Kaikoura (1B)
Early start to drive the scenic coastal road up to Kaikoua. The views are breathtaking in this small town where the mountains meet the ocean. The just off shore deep water Hikurangi Trench brings an abundance of marine life very close to the shoreline. This is one of the premier spots in the world for whale watching. A free afternoon can also be spent swimming with dolphins, visiting a colony of Southern Fur seals, or taking a scenic flight over the peninsula. Bird watchers will be pleased to know that big ocean birds such as albatrosses, petrels and shearwaters frequent the area. Hikers can opt to go on several day hikes in the Seaward Kaikoura mountains, part of the Southern Alps range, that provide an excellent backdrop to the town's picturesque landscape. One of the most popular routes is the Kaikoura peninsula walkway that starts at a seal colony and provides excellent sea and mountain views. In Maori, “Kai” means food, and “Koura” means crayfish. Be sure to sample the delicious offerings from the sea. Estimated travel time: 3 hours Travel distance: 180 km
Day 21 Wellington (1B)
Transfer to Picton, then take the ferry across to Wellington where the tour ends.