18 day - North & South Island Tour (All inclusive)

Tour includes:
Accommodation x17 nights.
Breakfast x17
Dinner x2
Activities include; Waitomo Glowworms Caves tour, Te Puia entry ticket, Tamaki Maori Village overnight experience, Spa thermal park reserve, Te Papa museum, Winery Tour (FROMM), Lake Tekapo Dark Sky reserve observatory, Queenstown Skyline and buffet dinner, Lots of hiking.

From the secluded beaches and volcanic craters of the north to the glaciers, mountains and fjords in the south, this is our most immersive experience possible. Adventure activities aplenty throughout the trip, with accommodation and some activities included, our all-inclusive tours are hassle-free, authentic experiences for those short on time. From Auckland to Christchurch and everything in between, this tour has New Zealand covered.

Duration 18 days
Pickup Hotel pickup available
Voucher Mobile ticket
What's included :
  • 18x Breakfast
  • 3x Dinner
  • Accommodation included: 17 nights
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Accommodation (17 nights)
  • Private transportation
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Entry/Admission - Tamaki Maori Village
  • Entry/Admission - Wellington
  • Entry/Admission - FROMM Winery
  • Entry/Admission - Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve
  • Entry/Admission - Skyline Queenstown
  • Entry/Admission - Roys Peak Track
What's excluded :
  • Entry/Admission - Cathedral Cove Kayak Tours
  • Entry/Admission - Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Entry/Admission - Tongariro Alpine Crossing
  • Entry/Admission - AJ Hackett Bungy - Queenstown Bungy Centre
  • Entry/Admission - Shotover Jet Queenstown

Day 1: Auckland to Hot Water Beach

Stop At: Hot Water Beach, Hot Water Beach, Coromandel Peninsula, Waikato Region, North Island
Dig your own hot pool and relax as the geothermal energy beneath you creates your own natural hot tub.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Cathedral Cove Walk, 65 Grange Rd S, Hahei 3591 New Zealand
Walk down to the famous Cathedral Cove.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Stop At: Cathedral Cove Kayak Tours, 88 Hahei Beach Road, Hahei 3591, New Zealand
Paddle through sea caves, interact with the local marine life and discover the thrill of kayak sailing with the wind on your back. The tour offers great photo opportunities and is topped off with cappuccinos, hot chocolates and cookies at Cathedral Cove!
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Hot Water Beach Top 10 Holiday Park

Day 2: Hot Water Beach to Waitomo

Stop At: Waitomo Glowworm Caves, 39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3943 New Zealand
Enter a majestic underground world and visit the unique Waitomo Glowworm Caves.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Ruakuri Walk, Off Tumutumu Road, Waitomo Caves New Zealand
Your guide will talk you to this beautiful bush loop track, through limestone outcrops, caves, native forest and descends into the Ruakuri natural tunnel.
Duration: 40 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Waitomo Homestead Cabins

Day 3: Waitomo to Rotorua

Stop At: Hobbiton Movie Set, 501 Buckland Road Matamata, Hinuera 3472 New Zealand
Stop at Hobbiton Movie Set and visit The Shire, home to Hobbits from the famous Lord of the Rings series.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Kuirau Park, Ranolf Street and Lake Road, Rotorua New Zealand
Nature park with geothermal foot baths, hot springs & a lake, plus picnic tables & a playground.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Tamaki Maori Village, 1220 Hinemaru St 1070 State Highway 5, Rotorua 3073 New Zealand
This afternoon, we head off to visit the Tamaki Māori Village where you will be immersed in the traditions and cultural values of the Māori people. Participate in a pōwhiri (welcoming ceremony), learn about the history of the marae (village) and the Rotorua-area from a local Māori guide before feasting on some top kai (food) from the hāngi pit. Afterwards, gather around a blazing bonfire where you will enjoy Māori myths and legends before relaxing in a private forest spa pool and retiring for the night in a traditional carved whare moe (sleeping house).
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Tamaki Maori Village

Day 4: Rotorua to Taupo

Stop At: Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, Long Mile Road The Redwoods, Rotorua 3046 New Zealand
The history and culture surrounding the Whakarewarewa Forest, the variety of outdoor recreational opportunities, diverse range of exotic tree species, mix of native undergrowth, panoramic views, and proximity to lakes, thermal areas and the city centre have made The Redwoods & Whakarewarewa Forest one of Rotorua’s most spectacular natural assets and one of the city’s greatest treasures.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Tiki Lodge or similar

Day 5: Taupo free day

Stop At: Huka Falls tracks, Huka Falls Road, Taupo New Zealand
At Huka Falls you can witness the phenomenon of natural hydro power with more than 220,000 litres of water per sec barreling over 11 meter high waterfall.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve, Taupo 3378 New Zealand
From Huka falls you can walk along side the Waikato river until you reach the warm geothermal waters from Otumuheke Stream. These waters flow gently into the Waikato River at Spa Thermal Park, providing a hot spot where bathers can relax in healing mineral water.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Off State Highway 48 Mangatepopo Valley, Whakapapa Village, Tongariro National Park New Zealand
Often described as the best one day hike in New Zealand, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing provides an opportunity to experience some of the most scenic, volcanically active areas of the park.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Tiki lodge Taupo

Day 6: Taupo to River Valley

Stop At: Lake Taupo, Lake Terrace, Taupo 3330 New Zealand
At the heart of New Zealand’s central volcanic plateau sits the largest freshwater lake in Australasia, Lake Taupo. This huge, shining expanse of water, moving between aquamarine blue and jade green, is crystal-clear to a depth of 13 metres. It is home to one of the best wild trout fisheries in the world, more than 30 species of water bird, several types of native fish and native koura (crayfish).Most days, the lake is beautifully calm, but its creation was one of the most spectacularly violent natural events in history. The gigantic Oruanui eruption, 27,000 years ago, shot volcanic debris 50km into the air, covered the North Island in a thick layer of volcanic ash, and created the caldera that is now the lake.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Taranaki Falls, Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park New Zealand
Walk this hike to a beautiful waterfall
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
Accommodation included: River Valley Lodge

Day 7: River Valley to Wellington

Stop At: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 55 Cable St, Wellington 6011 New Zealand
A Museum
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Mount Victoria, Alexandra Lookout Rd, Wellington 6001 New Zealand
Great views over our capital city and the Wellington waterfront
Duration: 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Nomads Wellington or similar

Day 8: Wellington to Kaikoura

Stop At: Wellington Ferry Terminal,District of Freedom#8573311~!#, 1 Aotea Quay, Pipitea, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Interislander ferry service is New Zealand's original Cook Strait ferry. Sailing between Wellington and Picton, the Interislander journey is considered one of the most beautiful ferry journeys in the world and one of New Zealand's most iconic experiences.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: FROMM Winery, 15, Godfrey Road, Blenheim 7272 New Zealand
Wine tour and tasting along with cheese platters in the heart of the Marlborough wine region
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Ohau Point Seal Colony, State Highway 1, Ohau Point, Kaikoura New Zealand
Check out one of NZ's most populated seal colonies on your way to the marine capital of NZ, Kaikoura.
Duration: 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Dusky Lodge or similar

Day 9: Kaikoura to Christchurch

Stop At: Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, 40 Fyffe Quay West End, Kaikoura 7300 New Zealand
Check out the beautiful peninsula walkway finishing in south bay before making your way further south to the south island's most populated city.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: All stars inn

Day 10: Christchurch to Lake Tekapo

Stop At: The Church of the Good Shepherd, Pioneer Drive, Lake Tekapo 7999 New Zealand
The most photographed church in NZ, sitting on the picturesque shores of the stunning lake Tekapo. You will soon see why this church is a photographers dream.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Mount John University Observatory, 422 Godley Peaks Road, Lake Tekapo 7999 New Zealand
Hike to the top of Mt John to get stunning 360 degree views of the lake below and the towering southern alps. This hike will not disappoint.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo 7945 New Zealand
Enter the world of the "Dark sky project," where your guide will take you on a journey into the universe and a chance to learn more about our stars and moons
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Lakefront Lodge Tekapo or similar

Day 11: Lake Tekapo to Mount Cook National Park

Stop At: Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Mackenzie District, Canterbury Region, South Island
Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park is a rugged land of ice and rock, with 19 peaks over 3,000 metres including New Zealand's highest mountain, Aoraki/Mount Cook.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: YHA Mt Cook or similar

Day 12: Mt Cook to Queenstown

Stop At: Skyline Queenstown, Brecon St Top OF Street, Queenstown 9348 New Zealand
Eat a buffet dinner overlooking Queenstown

Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner: Head up the world famous Skyline gondola for a dinner with some of the most insane views over Queenstown.
Accommodation included: Nomads Queenstown or similar

Day 13: Queenstown free day

Stop At: AJ Hackett Bungy - Queenstown Bungy Centre, Shotover &, Camp Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Ever since 1988, Aj Hackett has been in the business of fueling people with courage and adrenaline. Take an opportunity to Bungy/swing or catapult at one of the three sites located in Queenstown.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Shotover Jet Queenstown, 3 Arthurs Point Road, Arthurs Point, Queenstown 9371, New Zealand
Adventurous boat ride through the Shotover River Canyons, at 85km/hour, with spins & spraying water.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Nomads Queenstown or similar

Day 14: Queenstown to Glenorchy tour (return to Queenstown)

Stop At: Glenorchy, Glenorchy, Otago Region, South Island
Road trip out the head of lake Wakatipu in the small town of Glenorchy. Here you take some walks and soak up the picturesque scenes before making your way back to Queenstown
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Nomads Queenstown or similar

Day 15: Queenstown to Wanaka

Pass By: That Wanaka Tree, 3 Tapley Paddock, Wanaka 9305 New Zealand
Take a snap of the insta-famous tree in New Zealand


Stop At: Roys Peak Track, Wanaka-Mount Apsiring Road Mount Aspiring National Park, Wanaka New Zealand
Tackle this hike for the most amazing views

Duration: 6 hours

Stop At: Mount Iron Track, State Highway 84, Wanaka New Zealand
Get amazing views of Wanaka on this short hike

Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: YHA Wanaka or similar

Day 16: Wanaka to Franz Josef

Stop At: Thunder Creek Falls, Haast Pass-Makarora Rd Haast River, Wanaka 9382 New Zealand
Check out this amazing waterfall

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Lake Matheson Walk, Lake Matheson Road, Fox Glacier, Westland Tai Poutini National Park New Zealand
Scenic views of Lake Matheson

Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Rainforest Retreat or similar

Day 17: Franz Josef free day

Stop At: Franz Josef Glacier, Glacier Access Road Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Franz Josef, Westland Tai Poutini National Park New Zealand
check out some of the many hikes or simply relax in the rainforest surroundings

Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Rainforest Retreat or similar

Day 18: Franz Josef to Christchurch via Arthurs Pass National Park

Stop At: Arthur's Pass National Park Visitor Centre, State Highway 73, Arthur's Pass National Park 7654 New Zealand
Amazing views and walk in Arthurs Pass National Park

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Devils Punchbowl Walking Track, Punchbowl Road, off State Highway 73, Arthur's Pass National Park New Zealand
a 2 hour hike to the famous waterfall in Arthurs Pass

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Castle Hill, Castle Hill, Canterbury Region, South Island
Check out this weird and wonderful rock formation

Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.
Departure Point :
TMACS Backpackers, 199 Nelson Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Traveler pickup is offered
We recommend you stay at central accommodation in Auckland for the pick up.
Departure Time :
8:30 AM
Return Detail :
Bealey Quarter (previously All Stars Inn - Hostel & Hotel Accommodation), 263 Bealey Avenue, Edgeware, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
Hotel Pickup :
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Kiwi Experience

Activity ID: V-35584P14

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