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Best of New Zealand: Maori Culture & Mountain Coastlines

Best of New Zealand: Maori Culture & Mountain Coastlines
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21 Days

Highlights

Learn about Maori culture, surf some waves, get an adrenaline rush in Rotorua and Queenstown, discover Abel Tasman National Park by foot, cycle a historic rail trail

What's included

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Accommodation
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Breakfast
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Lunch
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Dinner
Compared with their enormous neighbour to the left, the islands of New Zealand don’t look especially big on the map, but don’t let their small stature deceive you. There is much to do here, be it biking to old gold mining sites, cruising remote fjords, or taking in some of the world's most breathtaking views. But if you’re short on travel dollars, fear not; this trip squeezes in the very best of both the North and South Islands into an affordable, action-packed 21-day itinerary that moves swiftly without ever seeming rushed.
Best of New Zealand: Maori Culture & Mountain Coastlines
Starts
Auckland
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21 Days
Ends
Wellington

Itinerary

  • Arrive at any time.
  • Visit an eel farm which focuses on developing sustainable aquaculture to learn about their methods before sea kayaking to a harbour for a picnic lunch.
    Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH
  • Enjoy an included surf lesson in one of the world's most famous surf areas, then opt to go hiking or rent a stand up paddle board.
    Meals: BREAKFAST, DINNER
  • Opt to go caving in world famous Waitomo before heading to Rotorua, notable for its geothermal activity and culture. Visit a local village to gain insight into Maori culture.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Take advantage of free time in the adrenaline capital of the North Island, and opt to go whitewater rafting, check out a geothermal park with technicolour pools, or hit up a nearby spa. Continue on to spend the night near the shores of Lake Taupo.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Take in the ever-changing scenery on the drive down to the nation's capital at the southern end of the North Island. Opt to take the cable car to the hills overlooking the city, visit the national museum, Te Papa, or stroll along Oriental Parade. Enjoy a Big Night Out with the group.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Take a ferry over to the South Island and transfer to Abel Tasman National Park.
    Meals: BREAKFAST, DINNER
  • Hike and explore Abel Tasman's golden beaches and waterways.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Head south down the coast of black-sand beaches. Visit a seal colony before travelling to Westport, the stop for the night.
    Meals: BREAKFAST, DINNER
  • Take in the pancake rock formations at Punakaiki before continuing on to Franz Josef. Enjoy free time for optional activities like helicopter hiking, glacier valley walking, and kayaking.
    Meals: BREAKFAST, DINNER
  • Free day for optional activities. Options include various hikes, kayaking, or a glacier walk.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Visit the adventure capital of the world—Queenstown.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Free time in Queenstown. Get the heart pumping with some adrenaline-filled options, such as jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking or skydiving.
  • Free time in Queenstown. Get the heart pumping with some adrenaline-filled options, such as jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking or skydiving.
  • Visit Fiordland National Park and enjoy a boat cruise through breathtaking Milford Sound. In the evening, opt to cruise across Lake Te Anau and visit a cave that is home to thousands of glowworms.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Enjoy free time in the morning to discover the natural beauty of Te Anau. Later, transfer to Wedderburn in Central Otago.
    Meals: BREAKFAST, DINNER
  • Bike 35 km of the Otago Rail Trail, passing through one historic town to the next. Along the way sample some local food and drink.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Walk around Christchurch this afternoon and learn about how the city was rebuilt following an earthquake in 2011. Enjoy some free time this evening.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Opt to go whale watching, swim with seals or take a walk along the coast.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Travel to Picton to catch the ferry back to Wellington. Opt for a final night out with the group.
    Meals: BREAKFAST
  • Depart at any time.
    Meals: BREAKFAST