21 Day New Zealand North & South Island Amazing Tour
21 Day North & South Island
The tour for the ultimate adrenaline seeker! New Zealand is world renowned for being an adventure playground and has invented some of the most unique adventure activities on the planet. We've compiled many of them in this once in a lifetime adventure. Skydiving, bungy jumping, jet boating, rafting, caving, wilderness kayaking, heli-hiking....it's all on the menu!
In between all of these adrenaline pumping activities, this tour still shows you the most breathtaking places in New Zealand at the same time, so you won't miss anything.
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HighlightsHot Water Beach Wai -O-Tapu Geothermals Abel Tasma National Park Pancake Rock Milford Sound Cruise. Mount Cook
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Day 1 : Auckland
Day 2 : Auckland- Coromandel
Today your destination will be the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula with its secluded bays, white sandy beaches, and spectacular but rugged mountainous interiour. Thames is the first town you pass in the Coromandel, which is full of history from New Zealand's early gold mining and logging days. You'll climb over the Coromandel Forest Park ranges with its magnificent ferns and from a distance you can see views of the Pacific Ocean. As you approach Tairua you'll the see dramatic Pinnacles on your left.
- Spend some time in Coromandel Forest Park, or hike the Pinnacles track for Jurassic Park like scenery
- Visit New Chums Beach, voted one of the best 10 beaches in the world
- Try some amazing seafood at Whitianga
- Walk down to Cathedral Cove
- Dig your own hot spa at Hot Water Beach
Diving Time: 2 Hours 33 Minutes & Driving Distance : 190 Km.
Day 3 : Coromandel
We've organized an amazing Kayaking trip to Cathedral Cove this morning, no doubt one of the best in the country. This trip will show you stretches of coast line no other travelers get to see.After your kayaking experience , dig your own spa at the nearby Hot Water Beach.
Driving Time : 1 hour & Driving Distance : 55 Km.
Day 4 : Coromandel - Rotorua
It's a fairly short drive to Rotorua today. Rotorua s also nicknamed Roto Vegas by Kiwis for the amount of attractions it has. The main attractions are Maori culture and amazing geothermal activity. The region also has many beautiful lakes to explore. World-class biking trails, excellent hiking traills, natural hot streams, luxurious spas, a whole range of adventure activities such as rafting, sledging, jetboating, zorbing, racing down a steep hill in a luge, Rotorua won't bore you.
- Take the gondola and ride down the hill in the luge
- Soak in the mineral waters of an authentic Polynesian spa
- Hike the Tarawera Trail
- Have a go at Zorbing
- Fly through the treetops on a zipline
- Attend a traditional Maori cultural experience, and enjoy a hangi feast.
Driving Time 3 Hours & Driving Distance : 211Km.
Day 5 : Rotorua - Taupo
The drive to Taupo from Rotorua is only about an hour, but there are many things to see en-route. Wai-O-Tapu geothermal wonderland with its colorful hot springs, boiling mud pools and barren moon landscapes will leave you in awe. This is one of the most unique places you'll ever visit.
About 2kms north of Taupo, a must see are the impressive Huka Falls. This is where the Waikato River, New Zealand's longest river, enters a shallow ravine of hard volcanic rock. The resulting sight is nothing but spectacular. More than 220,000 liters of water per second rushes by.
Driving Time : 1 Hour & Driving Distance : 83.5 Km.
Day 6 : Taupo - National Park
Be ready for a day of sensory overload on this incredible one-day trek across a dramatic volcanic landscape that will leave you in awe...The contrasts are amazing with glacial valleys, ancient lava flows, steaming vents, vivid crater lakes and a true alpine experience, all with stunning views from start to finish. This IS one of the best day hikes in the world, and simply must be on your itinerary in New Zealand...full stop!
Tongariro National Park :
Day 7 : National Park - Wellington
Today you'll make your way down to Wellington, the coolest little capital in the world. Find out yourself why Wellington was named the best liveable city in the world in 2016! A visit to the national museum Te Papa is a must-do. A trip on the iconic cable car gives you great views across the city and bay at the top. Stroll around in Cuba street, with its many funky bars known for their craft beers, cafes, and excellent restaurants.
Driving Time : 3 Hours 52 Minutes & Driving Distance : 288 Km.
Day 8 : Wellington-Picton-Nelson
A journey across the Cook Strait on the Interislander ferry will take you to the South Island, with great views of the Marlborough Sounds along the way. Upon your arrival in the small but picturesque fishing town of Picton, you will carry on your journey to creative Nelson, the sunniest place in New Zealand.
Driving Time : 1 Hour 43 Minutes & Driving Distance : 143 Km.
Day 9 and 10 : Two days freedom walking in Abel Tasma
1 st Day Freedom Walk
A two day independent hiking trip in the coastal paradise of the Abel Tasman National Park is your next adventure. A 9am water taxi will leave from Marahau and will take you to Torrent Bay where your 2 day hike starts.
Begin your walk at the settlement there, and head up and over to the iconic Falls River Swing Bridge, and further on to Bark Bay. From this lovely bay the track heads up the largest ascent on the whole trip ending up back at sea level at Tonga Quarry. A lovely walk along crescent shaped Onetahuti Beach follows and then the last saddle sees you arrive at wonderful Awaroa Lodge.
Approx. 6.5 hours walking – 18.8kms
- 1 night’s accommodation in a wonderful hotel room at Awaroa Lodge
- All luggage transfers – you carry just a daypack with your lunch etc.
- 2 packed lunches
- Breakfast included at Awaroa lodge (Dinner is not provided)
- All water taxi transport – two shuttles
- Your personalised itinerary, maps and other information
- A detailed pre trip briefing by in Marahau
2 Day Hiking : Awaroan Inlet -Totaranui and water taxi return to Marahau
About 20 minutes from Awaroa Lodge is a wide tidal crossing, then journey in to some wonderful podocarp forest before bursting out on the golden sand of Waiharakeke Bay and Goat Bay before the final ascent over to the popular camping spot of Totaranui. Once at Totaranui the Aquataxi will pick you up and return you past all those golden sand beaches to Marahau.
Day 11 : Abel Tasma - Punakaiki
You'll continue your journey south through the Motueka Valley with its many fruit orchards and hops. The scenery changes dramatically driving through the Buller Gorge on the way to the West Coast. The first town you pass on the West Coast is the coal mining town of Westport, once a gold mining town. Nearby you can find the seal colony at Cape Foulwind.
A little further south lies Paparoa National Park and the famous pancake rocks, where columns of water shoot skyward from rocks that resemble giant stacks of hotcakes. This is your final destination for today.
Driving Time : 4 Hours & Driving Distance : 282 Km.
Day 12 : Punakaiki - Franz Josef
It's a short drive to Franz Josef in Westland National Park today, an area of magnificent primeval vistas – snow-capped mountains, glaciers, forests, tussock grasslands, lakes, rivers, wetlands and beaches.
On the road down there are a few interesting places to visit around the seaside town of Hokitika, known for its jade jewellery. Spend some time at the impressive Hokitika Gorge, walk high along the treetops at West Coast Treetop Walk, or visit some rugged West Coast beaches.
As you approach Franz Josef, you enter Westland National Park, an area of magnificent primeval vistas – snow-capped mountains, glaciers, forests, tussock grasslands, lakes, rivers, wetlands and beaches. Visit either Franz Josef or Fox Glacier, spend some time at Gillespies beach for a true wilderness beach experience, or walk around Lake Matheson for picture perfect reflections of Mt Cook.
Driving Time : 2 Hours 44 Minutes & Driving Distance : 217 Km.
Day 13 : Franz Josef - Queenstown
Your drive today takes you through a number of national parks. The road between Frans Josef and Haast winds its way along the rugged West Coast with lush native bush and rainforest. Haast is located in the heart of Te Wāhipounamu World Heritage Area, with national parks to the north, south and east. You'll head inland and into the Mt Aspiring National Park with its towering mountains and glaciel fed rivers with crystal clear waters. The road then takes you along Lake Hawea before arriving into Wanaka.
In winters skiers from all over the world flock to Wanaka for its great skiing, and in summer the impressive mountains provide for a range of adventure activities. You will return here in a few days , but for now you carry on to the adventure capital of the world...Queenstown! Regardless of the season, Queenstown gets your adrenaline flowing year round, and the options are endlesss. Want to throw yourself out of a plane in amazing scenery, jump off a bridge in the birthplace of Bungy, jetboat, raft down a river, you name it...Queenstown has it all.
In the afternoon we've scheduled a Bungy Jump at the Kawarau Bridge, the home and origin of bungy jumping!
Day 14 : Queenstown
Enjoy this unmissable experience with the exhilaration of a wilderness jet boat ride combined with a leisurely downstream float on our easy to use Funyaks (inflatable kayaks). Ideal for the whole family, this trip is a must-do to explore the truly unique Dart River.
Day 15 : Queenstown - Milford Sound ( e Anau)
Heading south along the shores of Lake Wakatipu you are heading for Te Anau today. This picturesque town on the shores of Lake Te Anau is your base for the Fiordland National Park wilderness. When you arrive in Te Anau, your will continue onwards to Milford Sound on one of the most spectacular drives in New Zealand. Once you arrive you will board for a cruise through the fiords. Also keep an eye out for bottlenose dolphins and fur seals as you cruise along.
Milford Sound is truly breathtaking in any weather. The fiord's cliffs rise vertically from the dark waters, mountain peaks scrape the sky and waterfalls cascade downwards, some as high as 1000 metres. When it rains in Milford Sound, and it often does, those waterfalls multiply with magnificent effect. You will feel humbled by the magnitude of nature upon your return to Te Anau late in the afternoon.
Driving Time : 2 Hours 72 Minutes & Driving Distance :172 Km.
Day 16 : Te Anau
Enjoy panoramic and dramatic views of mountains and alpine lakes on this section of the Routeburn Track which starts off Milford Road between Te Anau and Milford Sound.
Day 17 : Te Anau - Wanaka
Your journey will take you to Wanaka today via Queenstown and over the Crown Range. Relax by the waterfront, pay a visit to Puzzling world or the War Birds and weeks.Tomorrow morning you will do The Roys Peak Track - a NZ must do - will give you magnificent views of Wanaka, the lake and Southern Alps.
Driving Time : 2 Hours 45 Minutes & Driving Distance : 226 Km.
Day 18 : Wanaka
A steep climb through Alpine tussock fields and alpine meadows takes you to the summit with breathtaking views over Lake Wanaka and Mt Aspiring. This is a popular track and one of the very best day hikes New Zealand has to offer.
Day 19 : Wanaka - Lake Tekapo
Today you'll be heading to New Zealand's tallest mountain, Mt Cook. You will cross the the Lindis Pass, one of the highest roads in New Zealand. The contrast in scenery will be noticeable as you leave Otago and enter the McKenzie Country. Once you arrive at Lake Pukaki, Mt Cook dominates the landscape, and how! It will leave a memorable impression, and the drive along the lake with its green and turquoise water is nothing but spectacular. This is New Zealand driving at its best!,and then you will go to Lake Tekapo where you are going to spend the night.
Driving Time : 2 Hours 18 Minutes & Driving Distance : 201 Km.
Day 20 : Lake Tekapo- Christchurch
On your return to Christchurch, Lake Tekapo will leave you dazzled with its remarkable turquoise coloured water against the backdrop of the Southern Alps. The picturesque Church of the Good Shepherd is a great place for great photo opportunities, but please note that photos are not allowed inside the church.
As you leave the Southern Alps you're now on your final stretch to Christchurch along the vast Canterbury plains.
Day 21 : Christchurch Airport
Today is your last hours in Christchurch, we hope to see you again and have a nice flight home.
- Complimentary airport transfers
- Detailed tour pack upon arrival at first night's accommodation.
- 21 day car rental with unlimited daily kilometers
- Standard insurance with zero excess reduction option.
- 20 Nights Accommodation. in hotels 4 stars with breakfast
- Cathedral Cove Kayaking
- Tamaki Maori Village
- Huka Fall Jet.
- Wai -O-Tapu Geothermals
- 2 Day free walking Abel Tasma
- Franz Josef Heli Hike
- Interislander Ferry
- Bungy Queenstown
- Dart River Funyak
- Milford Sound Cruise
- Queenstown Bungy
- Where the date of cancellation is a date 45 days or more before the start of the tour, the cancellation fee will be equivalent to the deposit paid
- Where the date of cancellation is a date 30 to 45 days before the start of the tour the cancellation fee shall be 25% of the contract price
- Where the date of cancellation is a date 7 to 30 days before the start of the tour the cancellation fee shall be 50% of the contract price
- Where the date of cancellation is a date 7 days or less before the start of the tour the cancellation fee shall be 100% of the contract price
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