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New Zealand Experience

17 days from $3,585

$95 Deposit

Untamed wilderness, rich Maori heritage, great beaches and buzzing cities!

Golden sand beach with green blue water
Small church on an island in the middle of a lake
Maori huka dance
Explore New Zealand in 17 days
Experience Kiwi culture
See waterfalls, volcanos & caves
Group size: Avg 6-18

Trip Highlights

  • Discover the magical glow-worm caves of Waitomo – like something out of a fairy-tale
  • Enjoy an evening in a Maori village, including traditional performances
  • Explore the real life Hobbiton, where Lord of the Rings was filmed
  • Take a cruise through Fjordland, into the spectacular Milford Sound
  • Take a night-time soak in Tekapo Springs, while gazing at the brightest stars you’ve ever seen

Trip Summary

New Zealand is the ultimate adventure! Explore beautiful beaches and coastlines, experience breathtaking National Parks, soak in natural thermal pools amongst volcanic landscapes, cruise misty fjords and more with a group of like-minded travellers and an awesome guide on this 17 day ultimate adventure in NZ!

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Day 1: Arrive in Auckland. Kia ora – welcome to beautiful New Zealand! Meet your guide and your travel crew this evening and learn all about the amazing adventures we’ve got planned!

Day 2: Auckland orientation. Get to know beautiful Auckland today on an orientation tour. This evening we’ll see what the city’s nightlife is made of.

Day 3: Waitomo, Hobbiton & Rorotua. Our first stop today is at the famous glow-worm caves of Waitomo. We’ll see the fairy-tale caves by boat - prepare to be amazed by the surreal underground landscape. Next stop is Hobbiton. Take a tour of the real-life movie set and enjoy a drink at the Green Dragon Inn, before continuing to Rotorua.

Day 4: Rotorua hot springs. Welcome to New Zealand’s thermal wonderland. First on the menu is Kerosene Creek, a natural hot spring, then we’ll head to Wai-O-Tapu, a surreal landscape shaped by geo-thermal activity. The rest of the afternoon is yours – why not have a go at zorbing?

Day 5: Rotorua thermal pools and Maori village. See more of Rotorua’s volcanic treasures this morning with hot springs, bubbling pools of mud and natural ‘foot spas’. This evening, immerse yourself in traditional culture at an authentic Maori village.

Day 6: Taupo & sunset sail. Make tracks for the lakeside town of Taupo. We’re taking a very special sunset sail tonight across Lake Taupo – cameras at the ready!

Day 7: Huka Falls & hot springs. Today we’re hitting Huka Falls. Marvel at the natural spectacle of tons of water thundering down from the Waikato River before relaxing in some natural hot pools – bliss.

Day 8: Back to Auckland. Head back to Auckland today and enjoy some free time to explore Auckland more. Tonight, we’ll get the crew together for dinner and a final night out on the town in Auckland.

Day 9: Fly to the South Island. Take an inclusive flight from Auckland to Queenstown and start the second part of our journey in the South Island!

Day 10: Queenstown tour & jetboating. Have a relaxed morning of free time, before an orientation tour of Queenstown. This afternoon enjoy an afternoon of jet boating at 80kmh through Skippers Canyon!

Day 11: Milford Sound & Te Anau. Explore Milford Sound today, one of the most spectacular places in New Zealand (that’s saying something!) Marvel at the sheer cliffs and cascading waterfalls (keep your eyes peeled for seals!) Then spend the evening in charming Te Anau.

Day 12: Lord of the Rings & Wanaka. Travel to Wanaka through jaw-dropping landscapes. We’ll stop to see some Lord of the Rings filming locations. Marvel at the views over ‘Middle Earth’, before we arrive in the lovely lakeside town of Wanaka.

Day 13: Wanaka. Take some pics of the Insta-famous ‘Wanaka Tree’ before hiking up Mount Iron for mind-blowing views of Lake Wanaka, Lake Hawea, and Mt Aspiring National Park from the top. New Zealand – you’re gorgeous.

Day 14: Lake Tekapo & Mt Cook National Park. Drive through the Southern Alps, before stopping at the milky blue waters of Lake Tekapo. Take a hike this afternoon down the iconic Hooker Valley track, for unforgettable views of Aoraki / Mt Cook.

Day 15: Lake Tekapo. Explore Lake Tekapo at your own pace today. Take a hike, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd, or just chill lakeside. This evening relax in the Tekapo Springs while learning about Maori mythology and gazing at the unbelievable canopy of stars.  

Day 16: Queenstown. Travel back to Queenstown today for some chilled out free time, or how about booking skydiving, bungee or ski passes? This evening get together for one last dinner and a night out on the town.

Day 17: Trip end. Your amazing Kiwi adventure comes to an end today. The guide will help you book transport back to the airport. Where is next on your list?

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  • 16 nights accommodation
  • 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 4 dinners
  • Auckland city orientation
  • Waitomo glow-worm caves boat tour
  • Hobbiton film set tour
  • Kerosene creek
  • Wai-O-Tapu thermal pools
  • Kuirau geothermal park
  • Maori cultural experience
  • Lake Taupo sunset sailing
  • Huka Falls
  • Hot springs
  • Queenstown city tour
  • Canyon jet boating
  • Milford Sound cruise
  • Lord of the Rings tour
  • Hike Mount Iron
  • Mount Cook/Aoraki National Park
  • Hot springs star gazing experience
  • Group leader
  • Airport pick up
  • All on-trip transport (including internal flight)
  • Help with onward travel
  • 24 hour emergency assistance

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Some meals, drinks and snacks
  • Optional activities
  • Return airport transfer

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Where you'll be staying...

Accommodation will be in some specially selected, centrally located hostels, where you will share rooms with 4-6 people on a mixed sex basis. 

  • 3 nights in Auckland at Attic Backpackers - one of the most popular centrally-located city hostels
  • 3 nights in Rotorua at YHA -  with outdoor deck and within walking distance to the geothermal Kuirau Park
  • 2 nights in Taupo YHA Hostel - a well equipped, comfy hostel with lake views
  • 3 nights in Queenstown Absoloot Hostel - a top-rated hostel which is centrally located and has epic views
  • 1 night in Milford Sound at YHA Te Anau Hostel - a comfy hostel with vibes to match the gorgeous surroundings
  • 2 nights in Wanaka YHA Hostel - a chilled hostel with great views of the lake and mountains
  • 2 nights in Lake Tekapo YHA Hostel - brand new and right on the waterfront.

These are the usual accommodations groups will stay at during the trip. On certain occasions, alternative accommodation may be used.

Meals

10 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners are included. You’ll need to cover the rest of your meals, snacks and drinks yourself. This means you’ve got the flexibility to eat where and when you like, and to try a wide variety of New Zealand’s diverse cuisine. Alternatively, you can prepare meals for yourself in the hostel kitchens if you’re on a tight budget.

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The trip kicks off on day 1 in Auckland. You can arrive at any time on day 1 and an airport pick up is included. We finish up on day 17 in Queenstown as well and you can depart at any time.

 

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You need to be a minimum of 18 years old to join this trip. This trip is designed for those aged 18-39.

British citizens do not need a visa to enter New Zealand for up to six months, but you will need to get a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) before you travel. This can be applied for online or via the dedicated mobile app. You’ll also need to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) of NZD $35 when you apply.

Your passport should be valid for a minimum of three months from your date of exit, and you’ll need to be able to demonstrate that you have an onward ticket and sufficient funds to support you during your stay.

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Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:

Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.

Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.

Arrival meetings
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.

Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.

Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.

Medical care
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.

Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.

Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.

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