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  • Wine tasting in Marlborough
  • Haka & Poi class
  • Visit Lake Matheson
  • Stay in Fox Glacier region
The Kiwi Encounter tour starts in Auckland and ends in Christchurch. The Kiwi Encounter is an Explorer tour that takes 16 days taking you from Auckland to Christchurch and through other destinations in New Zealand.

Wherever you look it’s beauty, beauty and more beauty. You’ll see everything from soaring volcanoes and towering mountains to mirror-like lakes and dolphins. Journey through wine regions (and try the local goodies) and chill out in a craft beer capital. Make friends for life and see the best that New Zealand has to offer. Are you ready for it?
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Today we’ll make our way to Waitomo Caves. There are plenty of optional activities on offer here like Black Water Rafting and a Glow Worm Cave tour. Tonight, Maori legends and mythology come alive with a cultural performance, storytelling and a home cooked dinner.
Meals
  • Dinner
Others
  • Marae Stay including cultural performance
  • Visit the Waitomo Caves Black Water Rafting or Glowworm Caves Tour
While you're in Rotorua, you could head to the spa for a massage, jump into Tolkien's dreams at the Hobbiton movie set, take on the highest commercially-rafted waterfall in the world or roll down a hill inside a giant inflatable ball (all optional). When in New Zealand!
Meals
  • Breakfast
Others
  • Visit a day spa
  • Visit the Hobbiton movie set
  • OGO Rotorua
  • Whitewater rafting
Crank the heat up to the max – today we’re off to check out the geothermal activity in Rotorua on an included tour. Enjoy a traditional Hangi lunch – a meal cooked in an underground oven pit. Then, after taking a look at some Kiwi birds, we’ll make tracks to the epic Huka Falls (you’ll hear the rumble of the falls before you see them). Finally, we’ll swing by beautiful Lake Taupo before settling in at our accommodation near Tongariro National Park.
Meals
  • Traditional Maori Hangi buffet lunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Others
  • Visit Rotorua
  • Visit Huka Falls
  • Visit Lake Taupo
Known as one of the best one-day hikes in the world, you’ll get the chance to complete the Tongariro Alpine Crossing today (optional and weather dependent). With three volcanic peaks dominating the horizon and terrain that’ll make you feel like you’re on Mars, this hike is so worth the sore legs the next day. Look at you adventuring like a pro!
Meals
  • Breakfast
Others
  • Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing
  • Shorter, local walks
Next up: Wellington. Get your bearings on an orientation tour, then go exploring. Our top tips? The incredible Te Papa Museum and the pretty botanical gardens. Don’t miss the nightlife here either. With more bars and restaurants per capita than New York, what better way to spend the night?
Meals
  • Breakfast
Others
  • Orientation tour in Wellington
  • Visit the Te Papa Museum
  • Visit the botanical gardens
Today we’ll cross the Cook Strait by ferry and sail into the blue waters of Marlborough Sound. Hop off in Picton and you’ll find out why this region has become so famous for its wine (and scenery).
Meals
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Others
  • Cook Strait ferry crossing
Explore the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park by boat, take to the walking tracks, paddle along the shoreline in ocean kayaks, or see it all from above with a skydive. This is a real South Island gem, so get amongst it.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Others
  • Visit Abel Tasman National Park
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Skydiving
This place is famous for producing some of the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc. Today, see if you agree with an included tour and tasting at a Marlborough winery. As we carry on down the coast, try to spot a New Zealand fur seal or two in Kaikoura.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Others
  • Wine tasting in Marlborough
Few places in the world can boast such natural wonders as Kaikoura. Get amongst it today with some unique optional activities. There’s optional whale watching and swimming with the resident dusky dolphins today. Then: after an orientation tour in Christchurch, the city is yours to wander.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Others
  • Christchurch orientation tour
  • Whale watching
  • Swim with dolphins
The Canterbury Plains make for pretty window views today – but we’ll be in mountain territory in no time. We’ll make a pit stop by the stunning Lake Matheson en route to Fox Glacier. Fingers crossed for good weather so you can see NZ’s two tallest mountain peaks reflected in the mirror-like lake!
Meals
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Others
  • Visit Lake Matheson
  • Stay in the Fox glacier region
Hit up NZ's most famous glacier with an optional guided terminal face walk or heli-hike. Then, we’ll journey past Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea as we roll into Queenstown. Get your bearings on an orientation tour, then be free! The nightlife here is unreal. Trust us.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Others
  • Queenstown orientation tour
  • Helihike
  • Guided terminal face walk
Queenstown has sooo many adrenalin-fuelled activities to try. Question is, how many can you fit in to your time here? You could try bungy jumping, a canyon swing, skydiving, hiking or the skyline gondola. Hungry after all of that adventuring? Don’t miss Fergburger, Queenstown’s famous burger joint. The queues are worth it.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Transport
  • Jet boating
  • Scenic helicopter flights
  • Scenic helicopter flights
Others
  • Bungy jumping
  • Canyon swinging
  • Skydiving
  • Skiing in winter
  • Hanggliding
  • Ziplining
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Half day hike
It’s time for the main event! We’re headed to the unbelievable beauty of NZ’s southwestern fjords for a cruise through Milford Sound. This place comes complete with thundering waterfalls and towering cliffs that’ll blow your mind. Keep your eyes peeled for resident seals and dolphins too (cute).

Included activities:
-Cruise Milford Sound
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Our hot tip for your last day here? Sign up for a jet boat ride or some rafting (both optional). For dinner, why not try the yummy pizzas at Winnie’s before a final night out on the town? Let’s gooo!
Meals
  • Breakfast
Transport
  • Jet boating
Others
  • Rafting
Hop on a bike and ride past mountains, lakes and rivers in Arrowtown on the most spectacular ride on the Queenstown trail. Crossing the 80 m suspension bridge, get ready for open farmland and stunning views.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Others
  • Mountain bike in Arrowtown
It may be our last day, but there’s still plenty of time to squeeze in a visit to a real working farm. We’ll tuck into afternoon tea with the owners before moving on to Christchurch to say our goodbyes.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Others
  • Visit a local farm
what’s included
Accommodation
  • 5 nights in hotels, 4 nights in motels, 3 nights in lodges, 1 night in a cabin, 1 night in a hostel, 1 night in a traditional Maori Marae
Meals
  • 15 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
Activities
  • Wine tasting in Marlborough
  • Haka & Poi class
  • Visit Lake Matheson
  • Stay in Fox Glacier region
  • Visit Huka Falls
  • Visit Lake Taupo
  • Cruise Milford Sound
  • Mountain bike in Arrowtown
Others
  • Cook Strait ferry crossing
  • Awesome Topdeck Crew
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to Auckland and from Christchurch 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 Kiwi Encounter tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 16 days
Tour Type Group Tour
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Auckland, New Zealand/ Christchurch, New Zealand
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A deposit of 200 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 42 days before departure. For any departures within 01 August 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Kiwi Encounter 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 Kiwi Encounter 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.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Kiwi Encounter tour. You can cancel the tour up to 43 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 42 days of departure.
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