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NZ Adventure 17 day

Experience
Tour
Destination
New Zealand
Duration
17 days
Ages
0 to 0
Operated by
IntroTravel

Limited spots. Earliest available arrival is currently Feb 2023, and closing very soon.

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Trip overview

From the volcanic landscapes of the North Island to the snow-capped mountains of the South, New Zealand is a magical land of wilderness and wonder. And our NZ Adventure group tour takes you through the absolute best of it and more! Over 17 days we’ll show you the highlights of both islands including some off-the-beaten-path adventures and full onward travel support afterwards. Explore the capital of Auckland, wander the real Hobbiton film set, experience traditional Maori culture, soak in thermal hot springs and discover underground caves, then fly south to cruise misty fjords, go on incredible hikes, jet boat through breathtaking landscapes, and so much more. Oh, and did we mention you’ll be doing all this with an awesome group leader and a new crew of friends? The adventure of a lifetime just got even better.

Inclusions

What's Included

  • Airport pickup
  • 16 nights accommodation
  • Auckland city orientation
  • Waitomo glowworm caves boat tour
  • Hobbiton film set tour
  • Kerosene creek
  • Wai-O-Tapu thermal pools
  • Kuirau geothermal park
  • Maori overnight 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
  • plus all transport, some meals, experienced group leader, 24/7 support in New Zealand, help with all onward travel after NZ Adventure.

Meals

10 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinner

Accommmodation

You'll spend 16 nights in hostels in the heart of some of New Zealand's most vibrant cities.

Transportation

Your included airport transfer will take you to our hostel in Auckland.

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Interest-free payment plans

Pay your trip off in instalments that you get to choose.

Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility

If Covid gets in the way, again, we've got your back. Read more here.

Trip itinerary

Day 1

Arrive and Meet your Group – Kia ora! Landing in Auckland, we’ll meet you at the airport and take you to our hostel to settle in and refresh. Tonight you’ll meet up with the rest of your travel crew and get excited for all the adventures yet to come in New Zealand.

Day 2

Auckland City Orientation – Today we’ll get oriented with the beautiful city of Auckland. This evening we see what Auckland’s all about after dark! (B)

Day 3

Glowworm Caves & Hobbiton - Leaving Auckland, we’re off to discover the best of the beautiful North Island. Our first stop is Waitomo, home to the world-famous glowworm caves. We’ll explore this surreal, subterranean landscape by boat, watching in awe as glow worms light up the darkness in front of our eyes. Next we’re heading to Hobbiton, the real-life movie set featured in The Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit trilogies. After strolling through the enchanting village on a guided tour, we’ll enjoy a drink at the Green Dragon Inn before departing for Rotorua. (B)

Day 4

Explore Rotorua – Waking to the scent of sulphur, you’ll definitely know we’re in Rotorua today! First on the agenda is Kerosene Creek, a naturally heated hot spring where we can laze away the morning. Next we’re off to explore the geothermal area of Wai-O-Tapu, then the afternoon is free for you to try zorbing, race your friends on the skyline luge, or perhaps do something with a bit more of an adrenaline rush.

Day 5

Thermal Pools & Maori Overnight Experience - Today we’re off to check out Kuirau Park, an area full of natural hot springs, bubbling mud pools and thermal ‘foot spas’ for you to indulge in. Tonight we journey back to a time of proud warriors and ancient traditions and prepare to feast and witness spine-tingling performances with an overnight stay in a Maori village. It doesn’t get more authentic than this! (D)

Day 6

Taupo & Sunset Sail – Get your cameras out as we head to Taupo, a lakefront town right in the heart of the North. Tonight we’ve got something special lined up - a sunset sail across the lake. The majestic scenery will wow us, and the sunset will add a touch of magic. NZ, you’re breathtakingly beautiful. (D)

Day 7

Waterfalls & Hot Springs – This morning we’ll check out the epic Huka Falls, a spine-tingling torrent of icy water thundering down from the Waikato River. After witnessing this feat of nature, we’ll slow things back down again, soaking our bodies and souls in mineral-rich natural hot pools. (B)

Day 8

Chill Out In Auckland – Today we’ll head back to where it all started in Auckland! Spend the afternoon relaxing, checking out the sights, and getting ready for the trip down south tomorrow. (B)

Day 9

Fly to Queenstown – Catch a short flight to Queenstown and we’ll meet you at the airport and take you to our hostel in the city. We’ll head out for dinner tonight and get excited for our new adventure in the South Island! (B, D)

Day 10

Queenstown & Jet Boating – Today we’ll get all your local essentials set up before showing you around Queenstown, a backpacker hub that’s known as the adventure capital of New Zealand. The good news is that our first jolt of adrenaline isn’t far off, as this afternoon we’ll be zipping through Skippers Canyon on a jet boat going over 80 km/h. Tonight we’ll top off our first day of exploring by seeing what Queenstown has to offer after dark! (B)

Day 11

Milford Sound Cruise - Leaving Queenstown, today we’re heading to the majestic Milford Sound. We’ll hop on a boat to cruise around the fjord, feeling tiny amongst sheer cliff faces, ancient forests, and plunging waterfalls. We might even spot some fur seals lazing about! This evening we’ll get cosy in Te Anau, a charming town in the heart of Fiordland. (B, L)

Day 12

Travel to Wanaka – Driving through awe-inspiring landscapes that will have our jaws on the floor, we’ll stop at some notable Lord of the Rings filming locations nestled in the mountains. After soaking up the Tolkien-esque vistas and taking thousands of photos we’ll arrive in Wanaka, a dreamy resort town on sapphire lakeside shores.

Day 13

Discover Wanaka - Waking to the views of snow-capped peaks, today we’ll enjoy all that Wanaka has to offer. First up: a visit to the insta-famous ‘Wanaka Tree’, followed by a hike up Mt Iron that will reward our efforts with incredible views of Lake Wanaka, Lake Hawea, and Mt Aspiring National Park. This is the great outdoors at its finest. (B)

Day 14

Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park – Waving goodbye to Wanaka, we’ll enjoy a scenic drive through the southern alps towards Tekapo. Known for its milky turquoise hue, Lake Tekapo is an alpine oasis - so have your phone charged and camera ready! This afternoon we’ll strap on our comfy shoes and stretch our limbs hiking the iconic Hooker Valley track. One of the most well-known walks in the South Island, this walk winds us through the valley to grant unforgettable views of Aoraki/Mt Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand. (B)

Day 15

Lake Tekapo – Today we’ll have ample time to explore Lake Tekapo and its surrounds. Opt for another hike, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd, or find a classic Kiwi meat pie to munch on. This evening we’ll have the exclusive chance to learn about the convergence of Maori mythology and modern science whilst relaxing our bodies at Tekapo Springs. Within an official dark sky reserve, this is one of the world’s best places for star-gazing, and watching the skies whilst soaking in 37.5 degree naturally-heated pools is the best way to do it, we think.

Day 16

Onward Travel Planning – After travelling back to buzzing Queenstown, we’ll help sort out your onward travel. Tonight we’ll get the gang together one more time, dressing sharp for our farewell dinner and night out on the town. Sweet as, bro. (D)

Day 17

Check Out – This morning your unforgettable 17 day adventure comes to an end. Check out and journey home, stay in Queenstown, or continue the next leg of your travels with the new friends you’ve made! Whatever your plans, we’ll be there to help every step of the way. (B)

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