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  • Learn about Maori culture.
  • Surf some waves.
  • Get an adrenaline rush in Rotorua and Queenstown.
  • Discover Abel Tasman National Park by foot.
The Best of New Zealand tour starts in Auckland and ends in Wellington. The Best of New Zealand is a Photography Tour that takes 21 days taking you from Auckland to Wellington and through other destinations in New Zealand.

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.
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“Mary, the CEO was great! She took very good care of us and kept the group together. Met some great people on the tour. Visited few communities on one of the days and it is great to see the local tradition as well as what G adventures are doing to help these communities. My trip also included the Lares trek which was guided by Jean Pierre who is a legend and his co assistant, Marco who was very friendly and helpful. They both made this trek memorable.”
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Arrive at any time.
Arrive in Auckland at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. If you arrive early enough, opt to visit the Maritime Museum, walk the waterfront, or even take the ferry to Waiheke Island.
Accommodation
  • Jucy Snooze Auckland (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Duration : 1.0 hr
    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.
Optional Activities
  • Maritime Museum Visit
    Tour the museum’s seven galleries to learn more about New Zealand’s relationship with the sea. Be inspired by the country's most celebrated mariner, Sir Peter Blake, and his many accomplishments, and see maritime art that speaks to the sentiment of a nautical nation.
  • Waiheke Island Excursion
    Price varies depending on if you organize your own transport and tour, or pick a locally organized tour.
  • Auckland Sailing: America's Cup Experience (Pre Tour)
    As part of the boat crew, you'll work together with your teammates to sail around Auckland's Waitemata Harbour in this competitive yacht. Either take the helm and participate or sit back and enjoy the spectacle - the choice is yours.
  • Hobbiton Tour
    Enjoy a 2-hour movie set tour and see where major scenes from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were filmed.
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.
Travel backroads to a remote conservation farm where they are using natural means to boost the stocks of traditionally farmed marine life. Farmers have created a balanced ecosystem to attract native birds and animals back to the area.

After, kayak to a remote part of the harbour for a boat cruise and lunch, before heading to our lodge a few minutes drive from the famous surf and arts town of Raglan for the night.
Meal
  • Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation
  • Lava Lounge (or similar)
Included Activities
  • Eel Farm Visit
    Duration : 1.0 hr - 1.5 hr
    Visit a local sustainable eel farm which focuses on developing sustainable aquaculture and biological solutions for dairy farms in an effort to restore lowland wetland eco-systems. Be inspired by their green initiatives – they practice the art of giving more back to the environment than they take out.
  • Sea Kayaking
    Duration : 1.5 hr - 2.0 hr
    Tour Raglan’s secluded bays and unique coastline by kayak. Paddle the inner harbour to get up close to wildlife, fish, and (fingers crossed) orcas. Discover the pancake rocks on the harbour's northern side.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 3.0 hr
    Distance : 160 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
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.
Head down to the beach for an included surf lesson. The afternoon is open for optional activities such as yoga, stand up paddle boarding or exploring the many trails in the area.
Meal
  • Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation
  • Lava Lounge (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Surf Lessons
    Duration : 3.0 hr
    No experience needed - you get wet but wet suits are provided
Optional Activities
  • Hiking
    Lace up your hiking boots and head out on local tracks for scenic views. Try walks around Mt Karioi, Te Toto Gorge, or Wainui Reserve.
  • Stand Up Paddle Lesson
  • Karioi Loop Walk
    Enjoy a pleasant forest walk on the flanks of extinct volcano Mt Karioi. Start and finish at our location in Whale Bay. Be ready to get a little muddy if it’s been raining – it’s all part of the adventure.
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.
Stop en route at Waitomo. Enjoy free time to visit the Waitomo Caves, famous for their glow-worms and adventure activities, or explore this scenic area by foot.

Continue to Rotorua for an engaging cultural experience on the grounds of a historic Maori village.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Rock Solid Backpackers Rotorua (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Maori Cultural Experience
    Duration : 1.0 hr - 1.5 hr
    While it is very relaxed here, it is asked you remove your footwear and headwear when entering buildings in the village. In addition, please stay with the group and be respectful of noise levels. This is a village with permanent residences.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 3.0 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Optional Activities
  • Waitomo Cave Excursion
    Enjoy a peaceful boat ride through caverns covered with magical glowworms that are unique to New Zealand. Hundreds of thousands of these tiny creatures radiate luminescent light in underground caves carved by rivers and time. Take in more than 120 years of cultural and natural history on this unique excursion.
  • Waitomo TumuTumu Toobing (Black Water Rafting)
  • Waitomo Lost World Cave Abseil
    Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing (jeans not advised). Allow 4 hours for this trip, including at least 2 hours underground. 
  • Waitomo Haggas Honking Holes
    Participants should be fit and brave but no prior experience is required. Full training & equipment is supplied. Allow 4 hours for this trip, including 2 hours underground. You’d have to be at least 15 to give this one a go, and the minimum number of participants is 3. Bring your swimwear, and a towel.
  • Waitomo Valley Walk
    Explore Waitomo Valley’s amazing rugged landscape by foot on this one-way walk - the CEO will see you off at the start. Check out a small cave on your way, and then follow the trail through the forest back to Waitomo Village. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, and take a rain jacket and water.
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.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Base Taupo (or similar)
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 1.0 hr - 2.0 hr
    Distance : 80 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Optional Activities
  • Mountain Biking
    Head out on an exhilarating cycling adventure. Explore the stunning Redwood Forest on two wheels on what some call the world's best mountain biking trails. Whether you're a beginner or expert mountain bike enthusiast there's sure to be a trail perfect for you.
  • Whitewater Rafting
    Get your adrenaline fix on this exhilarating white water rafting trip. Enjoy the amazing scenery along the way, but don't forget to paddle!
  • Hot Springs
    Soak tired muscles in the area's natural hot springs and let the mineral water work its magic. Rotorua is home to a number of amazing geothermal parks – be sure you don't miss the healing and relaxing benefits of the city's naturally heated waters.
  • Hells Gate Geothermal Park
    Experience a unique Maori owned geothermal, cultural, and geothermal mud bath spa, with erupting waters, steaming fumaroles and pools of boiling mud.
  • Zorbing
    Hop into a giant inflatable ball and take a thrilling ride down Mt Ngongotaha. This outrageously fun and bizarre ride is a must-do when in Rotorua, so don't miss out!
  • Hobbiton Tour
    Enjoy a 2-hour movie set tour and see where major scenes from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were filmed.
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.
Travel to Wellington, New Zealand's capital city. Arrive early enough for a visit to the National Museum, Te Papa.

Take a short walk from our accommodation to see the sights of the central business district. Finish the day off with an optional night on the town.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Nomads Capital (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Big Night Out
    Whether it’s a pub crawl, drink specials or a bonfire on the beach, celebrate late into the night with your new best friends.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 5.0 hr - 6.0 hr
    Distance : 375 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Optional Activities
  • Te Papa Museum Visit
    Visit this must-see museum, home to displays of historical Maori artifacts and modern exhibits. See how the museum is constructed on shock absorbers to withstand New Zealand’s many earthquakes – find the stairwell just outside the entrance and descend into the foundations of the building.
  • Wellington Cable Car
  • Weta Workshop Tour
  • Zealandia
Take a ferry over to the South Island and transfer to Abel Tasman National Park.
Catch a morning ferry and cross the scenic Cook Strait. Make sure to stand outside and enjoy the views of the Marlborough Sounds at the top of the South Island. Disembark and transfer to Abel Tasman National Park, well-known for its stunning white sand beaches. Board a water taxi to transfer to the middle of the National Park for the night. The night will be spent on a floating boat hostel.
Meal
  • Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation
  • Old MacDonalds Farm (or similar)
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 3.0 hr
    Distance : 200 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
  • Water taxi
    Duration : 0.5 hr
    Jump in and cross the water to the next stop.
  • Ferry
    Duration : 3.5 hr
    Distance : 92 km
    Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
Hike and explore Abel Tasman's golden beaches and waterways.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Old MacDonalds Farm (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Abel Tasman National Park Walk
    Duration : 4.0 hr
    Distance : 12 km
    Walk along a coastline track from Anchorage to Marahau to one of the world's most scenic golden sand beaches.
Optional Activities
  • Sailing
    Sail through crystal clear waters, admire spectacular scenery and investigate secluded cloves, small islands, golden beaches and lush forest. Don't forget to wear a hat and sunscreen!
  • Abel Tasman National Park Kayaking
    Explore the coastline and beaches in stunning Abel Tasman National Park. Kayak from Watering Cove along the coastline to Marahau.
  • Canyoning
    Jump, slide, rappel, swim and float down the Torrent River on this canyoning adventure. Make your way down stream and see the stunning rainforest scenery on this active adventure that will bring you into the heart of Abel Tasman National Park.
  • Skydiving
Head south down the coast of black-sand beaches. Visit a seal colony before travelling to Westport, the stop for the night.
Meal
  • Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation
  • Tripinn Hostel YHA Westport (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Seal Colony Visit
    Duration : 0.5 hr
    Distance : 1 km
    The viewing platform is an approximate 10-minute walk from the car park.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 4.5 hr - 5.0 hr
    Distance : 270 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Take in the pancake rock formations at Punakaiki before continuing on to Franz Josef. Enjoy free time for optional activities like hiking, horseback riding, and kayaking.
Continue following the coastal road towards Franz Josef arriving at a unique wilderness lodge set in the rainforest for the night.
Meal
  • Breakfast and Dinner
Included Activity
  • Pancake Rocks Trek
    Duration : 0.25 hr - 0.5 hr
    Distance : 1 km
    The trail is very well maintained and easy to navigate. Note that the blowholes are only active at high tide. We will aim to visit during high tide but it is not always possible.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 5.0 hr - 5.5 hr
    Distance : 285 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Optional Activities
  • Helicopter Hike
    Take a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter ride high up on Franz Josef Glacier. Hop out and trek on the white and blue ice. Cool!
  • Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk
    Enjoy spectacular views on a guided interpretive walk that follows a riverbed along the Franz Josef Glacier's retreat. At the end, you'll be rewarded with a great view of the glacier off in the distance.
  • Franz Josef Kayaking
    Explore the stunning Lake Mapourika by kayak. This lake was created as the Franz Josef glacier retreated 14,000 years ago, and the still water has created a natural mirror allowing you to soak in the incredible panoramic views.
Free day for optional activities. Options include various hikes, horseback riding and kayaking.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Optional Activities
  • Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk
    Enjoy spectacular views on a guided interpretive walk that follows a riverbed along the Franz Josef Glacier's retreat. At the end, you'll be rewarded with a great view of the glacier off in the distance.
  • Helicopter Hike
    Take a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter ride high up on Franz Josef Glacier. Hop out and trek on the white and blue ice. Cool!
  • Franz Josef Kayaking
    Explore the stunning Lake Mapourika by kayak. This lake was created as the Franz Josef glacier retreated 14,000 years ago, and the still water has created a natural mirror allowing you to soak in the incredible panoramic views.
  • Hiking
    There are many free hikes in the area but please note treks that start at locations that require a shuttle will require the cost of transport (typically $12 NZD).
  • Horseback Riding
    Hop in the saddle and explore Franz Josef’s amazing glacier landscape on horseback. Ride amid rainforests and mountain scenery, and enjoy fresh open air and natural beauty on this unforgettable trip.
Visit the adventure capital of the world—Queenstown.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Jucy Snooze Queenstown (or similar)
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 8.0 hr - 9.0 hr
    Distance : 365 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Free time in Queenstown. Get the heart pumping with some adrenaline-filled options, such as jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking or skydiving.
Accommodation
  • Jucy Snooze Queenstown (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Bungee Jumping
    Adrenaline junkies will be happy with a stop at the world's original commercial bungee site (bungy in New Zealand!). Opt to take the plunge or simply observe where it all started from the comfort of solid ground. Shoot some amazing photos of those brave enough to dive into the abyss.
  • Mountain Biking
    Hop on a bike and get familiar with some of the great trails in the area. There are routes for all levels of cyclist to enjoy so rent a and start exploring the hills.
  • Skydiving
  • Vineyard Tour
    Visit vineyards in New Zealand's fastest growing wine region. Taste some of Queenstown's finest Pinot Noir, as well as Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. Sample local cheeses and learn more about the grape varietals that flourish here. Pick up a few bottles to savour back home.
  • Paragliding
    Hang on! Get a birds-eye view of Queenstown on an exciting ride in the sky.
  • Gondola Ride
    Take a ride up to the top of the mountain by cable car gondola. Get a spectacular 220º view of Coronet Peak, the Remarkables mountain range, and Lake Wakatipu below.
  • Scenic Horse Riding Tour
    Head out on a scenic horse ride and enjoy the spectacular scenery of Te Wahipounamu, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the southwest of New Zealand. Take in the breathtaking views on your journey of discovery through the magnificent Dart Valley - the backdrop for many famous film locations.
  • Ziptrek
  • Shotover Canyon Swing/Shotover Canyon Fox
    The ultimate in adrenaline activities, this is the world’s highest cliff jump! Jump off a cliff and swing into a canyon on the 109m high Canyon Swing or the 182m high Canyon Fox. This is sure to get your heart pumping!
  • Queenstown Jet Boating
Free time in Queenstown. Get the heart pumping with some adrenaline-filled options, such as jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking or skydiving.
Accommodation
  • Jucy Snooze Queenstown (or similar)
Optional Activities
  • Bungee Jumping
    Adrenaline junkies will be happy with a stop at the world's original commercial bungee site (bungy in New Zealand!). Opt to take the plunge or simply observe where it all started from the comfort of solid ground. Shoot some amazing photos of those brave enough to dive into the abyss.
  • Mountain Biking
    Hop on a bike and get familiar with some of the great trails in the area. There are routes for all levels of cyclist to enjoy so rent a and start exploring the hills.
  • Skydiving
  • Vineyard Tour
    Visit vineyards in New Zealand's fastest growing wine region. Taste some of Queenstown's finest Pinot Noir, as well as Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. Sample local cheeses and learn more about the grape varietals that flourish here. Pick up a few bottles to savour back home.
  • Paragliding
    Hang on! Get a birds-eye view of Queenstown on an exciting ride in the sky.
  • Gondola Ride
    Take a ride up to the top of the mountain by cable car gondola. Get a spectacular 220º view of Coronet Peak, the Remarkables mountain range, and Lake Wakatipu below.
  • Scenic Horse Riding Tour
    Head out on a scenic horse ride and enjoy the spectacular scenery of Te Wahipounamu, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the southwest of New Zealand. Take in the breathtaking views on your journey of discovery through the magnificent Dart Valley - the backdrop for many famous film locations.
  • Ziptrek
  • Shotover Canyon Swing/Shotover Canyon Fox
    The ultimate in adrenaline activities, this is the world’s highest cliff jump! Jump off a cliff and swing into a canyon on the 109m high Canyon Swing or the 182m high Canyon Fox. This is sure to get your heart pumping!
  • Queenstown Jet Boating
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.
Meal
  • Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation
  • Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Milford Sound Cruise
    Duration : 2.0 hr - 2.5 hr
    Enjoy the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound from the deck of a boat. Recharge your camera and be ready to shoot stunning photos of waterfalls, mountains stretching up to the sky and down to the sea and then search for dolphins and seals. This place is any artist's dream!
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 4.5 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 2.0 hr
    Distance : 120 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Optional Activities
  • Te Anau Glowworm Caves
    Head underground to see the mysterious and beautiful glowworms that magically shine bright deep in limestone caves. Learn about local history, and experience an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind natural wonder.
Enjoy free time in the morning to discover the natural beauty of Te Anau. Later, transfer to Wedderburn in Central Otago.
Meal
  • Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation
  • Mt Ida Shearers Quarters (or similar)
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 4.0 hr - 5.0 hr
    Distance : 300 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Optional Activities
  • Hiking
    Lace up your hiking boots and head out on a trek to take in the amazing scenery around Te Anau. Hikes range from short walks to more challenging full-day treks -- take your pick!
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.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Mt Ida Shearers Quarters (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Biking Otago Rail Trail
    Duration : 5.0 hr
    Distance : 35 km
    Drive to one of the best starting points of the Historic Otago Rail Trail. Spend the better part of the day cycling along an easy gradient through stunning scenery along 35km of the old rail trail. Cycle through scenery unspoiled by traffic and not visible from any roads.
Optional Activities
  • Curling
    Try your hand at throwing a curling rock and sweeping the ice at the only year-round curling facility in Australasia. The sport of curling was introduced to New Zealand in the late 19th century by Scottish settlers.
Walk around Christchurch this afternoon and learn about how the city was rebuilt following an earthquake in 2011. Enjoy some free time this evening.
Overnight in the very unique converted jail house.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Jailhouse Accommodation (or similar)
Included Activity
  • Resourceful Ōtautahi Walking Tour
    Explore lesser-known paths around Christchurch on this walking tour of the city led by a member of Rekindle — a social enterprise where resourcefulness skills are shared among members to build self-confidence and create art out of under-valued materials. The hands-on, workshop-based environment keeps everyone engaged and helps to strengthen the community.
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 5.0 hr
    Distance : 400 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Opt to go whale watching, swim with seals or take a walk along the coast.
Spend the afternoon swimming with dolphins or taking a scenic flight over the peninsula.

Bird watchers will be pleased to know that big ocean birds such as albatrosses, petrels and shearwaters frequent the area.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Dusky Lodge (or similar)
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 2.5 hr
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Optional Activities
  • Swimming With Dolphins
    Hop aboard a boat and head out to the open seas to search for wild dusky dolphins. Depending on conditions, most groups have 20-40 minutes of swim time with the dolphins.
  • Scenic Flight
    Take a 30-minute flight and set off to search for whales, dolphins, and other marine life. On land, you'll see Maori sites, Kaikoura town and New Zealand's southern fur seals.
  • Whale Watching
    While there is a 95% success rate of finding the whales, there will be an 80% refund if a tour does not encounter a whale.
  • Hiking
    Part of the Southern Alps range, the Kaikoura Mountains provide an excellent backdrop to the town's picturesque landscape. One of the most popular routes is the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway that starts at a seal colony and provides excellent sea and mountain views.
  • Sea Kayaking
Travel to Picton to catch the ferry back to Wellington. Opt for a final night out with the group.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
  • Nomads Capital (or similar)
Transport
  • Private Vehicle
    Duration : 2.0 hr
    Distance : 150 km
    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
  • Ferry
    Duration : 3.0 hr
    Distance : 92 km
    Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
Depart at any time.
We highly recommend post-accommodation to fully explore this vibrant city. Looking for a lift back to Auckland? Add on the "Auckland Express" and ride with your CEO back north. Ask your sales CEO or agent about this Extra.

What is the Auckland Express Extra? Depart Wellington at 6am and return to the Nomads Auckland hostel for around 5pm (8-9 hours driving time). If you have booked this transfer NOT on the last day of your tour, you must book post-accommodation through G Adventures. All services must be connected.
Meal
  • Breakfast
Included Activity
  • Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
what’s included
Accommodation
  • Hostels (11 nts), basic lodges (9 nts). Most nights are multi-share.
Meals
  • 18 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
    Note: Allow USD445-580 for meals not included.
Transport
  • Private vehicle, kayak, boat, ferry
Staff & experts
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Included activities
  • Your G for Good Moment: Resourceful Ōtautahi Walking Tour, Christchurch
  • Your Hands-On Moment: Surf Lessons, Raglan
  • Your Big Night Out Moment: Wellington
  • Your Discover Moment: Franz Josef
  • Your Discover Moment: Queenstown
  • Conservation farm visit (Raglan)
  • Sea kayaking excursion (Raglan)
  • Maori cultural experience
  • Visit to a seal colony
  • Walks in Franz Josef and Abel Tasman National Parks
  • Fiordland NP visit
  • Milford Sound nature cruise
  • Mountain biking excursion (Central Otago)
  • Orientation walks in Wellington and Christchurch
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to Auckland and from Wellington are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Best of New Zealand tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 21 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 20 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Auckland, New Zealand/ Wellington, New Zealand
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A deposit of 250 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 61 days before departure. For any departures within 26 August 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Best of New Zealand tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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For this Best of New Zealand tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

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  • 1. Travel Style : 18-to-ThirtysomethingsFast, fresh, and fun adventures that never slow down, made for young, budget-minded travellers.
  • 2. Service Level : BasicSimple and clean hotels and hostels; affordable public and private transport; lots of optional activities.
  • 3. Physical Grading : 3 - AverageSome tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.
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Trip Details
  • Accommodation

    Hostels (11 nts), basic lodges (9 nts). Most nights are multi-share.

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    • Scarf
    • Warm gloves
    • Warm hat
    • Warm layers

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    • Passport (required) (With photocopies)
    • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
    • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)

    Essentials:
    • Binoculars (optional)
    • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
    • Cash, credit and debit cards
    • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
    • Ear plugs
    • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
    • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
    • Fleece top/sweater
    • Footwear
    • Hat
    • Locks for bags
    • Long pants/jeans
    • Moneybelt
    • Outlet adapter
    • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
    • Reusable water bottle
    • Shirts/t-shirts
    • Sleepwear
    • Small travel towel
    • Sunglasses
    • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
    • Watch and alarm clock
    • Waterproof backpack cover
    • Windproof rain jacket

    Light Hiking:
    • Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes
    • Hiking pants (Convertible/Zip-off and quick dry recommended)

    Warm Weather:
    • Sandals/flip-flops
    • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
    • Sun hat/bandana
    • Swimwear

    Note: The weather in New Zealand varies depending on the season. Make sure to check the forecast for the time you will be visiting and pack weather appropriate clothing for your trip.

  • Group_leader

    Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

  • Group_size_notes

    Max 20, avg 16

  • 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

  • International_flights

    Check-in times and baggage allowances/restrictions vary by airline and can change at any time. For the most up-to-date information for your flight, please contact your airline. We recommend checking in online in advance to avoid potential delays at the airport.

  • Introduction

    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.

  • Meal_budget

    Allow USD445-580 for meals not included.

  • Meals_included

    18 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners

  • Minimum_age

    Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.

  • Packing_note

    The weather in New Zealand varies depending on the season. Make sure to check the forecast for the time you will be visiting and pack weather appropriate clothing for your trip.

  • Start_finish

    Auckland to Wellington

  • Transport

    Private vehicle, kayak, boat, ferry

  • Whats_included

    Your G for Good Moment: Resourceful Ōtautahi Walking Tour, Christchurch
    Your Hands-On Moment: Surf Lessons, Raglan
    Your Big Night Out Moment: Wellington
    Your Discover Moment: Franz Josef
    Your Discover Moment: Queenstown. Conservation farm visit (Raglan). Sea kayaking excursion (Raglan). Maori cultural experience. Visit to a seal colony. Walks in Franz Josef and Abel Tasman National Parks. Fiordland NP visit. Milford Sound nature cruise. Mountain biking excursion (Central Otago). Orientation walks in Wellington and Christchurch. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

  • Optional_activities

    Rotorua
    - Hobbiton Tour (112NZD per person)
    - Whitewater Rafting (89NZD per person)
    - Mountain Biking (35-130NZD per person)
    - Hot Springs (30-50NZD per person)
    - Zorbing (35-50NZD per person)
    - Hells Gate Geothermal Park (35-90NZD per person)

    Auckland
    - Maritime Museum Visit (20NZD per person)
    - Auckland Sailing: America's Cup Experience (Pre Tour)

    Waiheke Island
    - Waiheke Island Excursion (45-130NZD per person)

    Raglan
    - Stand Up Paddle Lesson (79NZD per person)
    - Hiking (Free)

    Whale Bay
    - Karioi Loop Walk (Free)

    Waitomo Caves
    - Waitomo Lost World Cave Abseil (324NZD per person)
    - Waitomo Cave Excursion (68NZD per person)

    Waitomo
    - Waitomo TumuTumu Toobing (Black Water Rafting) (172NZD per person)
    - Waitomo Haggas Honking Holes (220NZD per person)
    - Waitomo Valley Walk (Free)

    Wellington
    - Te Papa Museum Visit (Free)
    - Wellington Cable Car (4-7.50NZD per person)
    - Zealandia (9-95NZD per person)
    - Weta Workshop Tour (25-65NZD per person)

    Abel Tasman National Park
    - Abel Tasman National Park Kayaking (110NZD per person)
    - Sailing (90-176NZD per person)
    - Canyoning (235NZD per person)
    - Skydiving (249-399NZD per person)

    Franz Josef
    - Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk (79NZD per person)
    - Helicopter Hike (459-539NZD per person)
    - Franz Josef Kayaking (99-129NZD per person)
    - Horseback Riding (65-150NZD per person)
    - Hiking (Free)

    Queenstown
    - Vineyard Tour (185-230NZD per person)
    - Mountain Biking (31.50-140.00NZD per person)
    - Skydiving (299-439NZD per person)
    - Bungee Jumping (175-510NZD per person)
    - Paragliding (210NZD per person)
    - Gondola Ride (35-56NZD per person)
    - Ziptrek (120-170NZD per person)
    - Scenic Horse Riding Tour (165-325NZD per person)
    - Shotover Canyon Swing/Shotover Canyon Fox (169-299NZD per person)
    - Queenstown Jet Boating

    Te Anau
    - Te Anau Glowworm Caves (88NZD per person)
    - Hiking (Free-25NZD per person)

    Otago
    - Curling (30NZD per person)

    Kaikoura
    - Swimming With Dolphins (170NZD per person)
    - Hiking (Free)
    - Scenic Flight (135-180NZD per person)
    - Whale Watching (145NZD per person)

    Kaikoura
    - Sea Kayaking (95NZD per person)

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