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Highlights of New Zealand

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Tour style - Active & Adrenaline, Chill out & Beach

15 days

Two weeks is barely enough time to thoroughly explore your hometown, let alone a place as fascinating as New Zealand. For adventurers on a tight time-budget, this 15-day trip wraps up the must-dos of both islands with a nice little bow. Check out the Coromandel's gorgeous beaches, hang with the Maori in a traditional village, walk the black-sand beaches of Kaikoura and get your adrenaline fix in Queenstown. Consider this your New Zealand Starter’s Kit.
  • Day 1 Auckland

    Arrive in time for an evening Welcome Meeting and optional group dinner. There are no activities planned for today so check into your hotel and enjoy the city. Please note: if you have pre-booked the Queenstown Jet Boat your CEO will inform you when you will do the activity throughout your tour, days are subject to change: Jet Boat (Day 11 - Queenstown). For more information on the Extra see the Optional Activities section.

  • Day 2 Hahei (1B,1D)

    Depart early for the stunning Coromandel Peninsula, famous for its white sand beaches. If the tide is right, grab a shovel and dig a natural jacuzzi on in the sand on Hot Water Beach. Take a scenic walk to Cathedral Cove or opt to try sea kayaking. Estimated travel time: 3 hours

  • Day 3 Tamaki Marae (Rotorua) (1B, 1D)

    Visit Rotorua and opt to check out the geothermal area or go whitewater rafting. Later, enjoy a cultural overnight featuring a traditional dinner and show, and stay in a Maori village. Here, the local accommodation is multi-share. Estimated travel time: 4 hours

  • Day 4 National Park (1B,1D)

    Start early and enjoy a variety of walks in the National Park area to suit everyone's interests and fitness levels. Opt for the Taranaki Falls, a 2-hr loop through the park or add on a side trip to Tama Lakes, making the trek 5 hours in total. For someone looking for a little less activity, or in inclement weather, there are shorter 20-30 min hikes that are just as lovely. Estimated travel time: 3 hours (driving time, walking time depending on group speed and size) Travel distance: 180 km

  • Day 5 Wellington (1B)

    Free morning before hopping on the train and taking the scenic journey to New Zealand's capital, Wellington. Enjoy the atmosphere in this relaxed but lively city. Estimated travel time: 4.5 hours

  • Day 6 Kaikoura (1B)

    Early morning ferry to the South Island. Travel the Coastal Railway from Picton to the seaside town of Kaikoura, known for its volcanic black sand beaches. Opt chow down on the national dish – fish and chips – on the beach for dinner tonight. Please note that the train on the south island is seasonal and does not run from May to September. Today and Day 7 you will take a public bus during this time period. Estimated travel time: 3.5 hours (ferry), 2.5 hours (train)

  • Day 7 Christchurch (1B)

    Enjoy a free morning in Kaikoura where you can choose to swim with dolphins, go whale watching or take in the peninsula walkway. In the afternoon, travel the coast by train to the garden city of Christchurch, a little piece of England in New Zealand. Opt to wander the city and see the rebuilding efforts, have a pint or two at the local pubs or walk along the Avon River. Estimated travel time: 3 hours

  • Days 8-9 Franz Josef (2B,1D)

    Travel by bus across the Southern Alps via the stunningly scenic Arthurs Pass. Stretch your legs with a mountain walk. In the evening, enjoy staying in the rainforest near the world's fastest moving glacier. Day 9 is a free day for optional activities. Options include various hikes, heli-hiking, horseback riding, kayaking or quad biking. Estimated travel time: 5 hours Travel distance: 380 km

  • Days 10-11 Queenstown (2B)

    Continue down to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world, stopping for walks along the way. Opt to go bungee jumping (in its birthplace), jet boating (also born here!), skydiving, parapenting, hiking or mountain biking. Otherwise, take it a little slower and travel by gondola to the top of a local peak to take in the view. Enjoy the great night life this evening. Estimated travel time: 6 hours Travel time: 365 km

  • Day 12 Milford Sound (1B,1D)

    Continue to the fjords of the South Island. 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 before an overnight on board (seasonal). In the winter, the overnight boat does not operate. We'll spend the day on a cruise around the fjords and then head back to Queenstown for the night. This alternate itinerary will run May through September.

  • Day 13 Twizel (1B)

    Head up through the centre of the South Island to Twizel, near New Zealand's highest peak, Mt Cook. Enjoy the stunning scenery around MacKenzie Country - wide open plains and lakes ringed with mountain ranges. Estimated travel time: 7 hours (2.5 hours in winter)

  • Day 14 Christchurch (1B)

    Spend the morning exploring this region surrounding Mt Cook taking in the alpine scenery with the chance to learn more about mountaineer Sir Edmond Hillary. Continue on to Christchurch for one final night together. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 290 km

  • Day 15 Christchurch

    Depart at any time.

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