New Zealand Explorer

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5 Based on 3 Reviews
  • duration 19 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 16-95 yrs
  • max group size 15
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-23142
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
  • Starts Auckland, New Zealand
  • Ends Christchurch, New Zealand
  • +11
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Discover the beaches of Abel Tasman and cruise on the Doubtful Sound
  • Explore art deco Napier and enjoy wine tasting at Hawke's Bay
  • Walk to glaciers and discover volcanic White Island
Start in Auckland and end in Christchurch, the "New Zealand Explorer" tour is a guided rafting trip that takes 19 days. You will travel through Nelson, Napier, Fox Glacier and 10 other destinations in New Zealand. "New Zealand Explorer" is a small group tour which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Discover a little magic at the other side of the world on our packed tour of New Zealand. From sailing mist-shrouded fjords to hiking glacial valleys, spotting wildlife on the country's rugged coast to stepping inside Hobbiton, the land of giants has jaw-dropping scenery at every turn. Rub shoulders with locals, getting to the heart of Maori heritage and culture, sipping tipples at vineyards and walking the streets of the cosmopolitan capital, as you soak up the laidback charm of this bucket-list destination.

Sail Doubtful Sound - Cruise through the towering fjords of this UNESCO Heritage Site, one of the most breathtaking sites in New Zealand.

Explore Abel Tasman - Discover the sparkling blue waters and golden coastline of this stunning national park, by boat and on foot.

Relax in Hawke's Bay - Sample authentic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc in the world-famous wine-making region.
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  • Day 1 : Join trip in Auckland
  • Day 2 : Explore Auckland, visit Hobbiton and drive to the Bay of Plenty
  • Day 3 : Maori cultural experience with modern hangi lunch
  • Day 4 : Visit Lake Taupo en route to Napier, Hawke’s Bay vineyard wine-tasting
  • Day 5 : Art deco tour of Napier
  • Day 6 : Free time in Napier, drive to Wellington
  • Day 7 : Free day to explore the capital
  • Day 8 : Ferry across the Cook Strait to Picton, drive to Nelson
  • Day 9 : Explore the Abel Tasman National Park by boat and on foot
  • Day 10 : Scenic drive on the Great Coast Road to Hokitika
  • Day 11 : Visit Franz Josef Glacier en route to Fox Glacier
  • Day 12 : Explore Fox Glacier then travel to Wanaka
  • Day 13 : Free day in Wanaka
  • Day 14 : Visit Queenstown and see glowworms en route to Te Anau
  • Day 15 : Take a cruise on the magnificent Doubtful Sound
  • Day 16 : Drive to Dunedin, afternoon wildlife cruise to see albatross
  • Day 17 : Drive to Mackenzie Country via the Moeraki Boulders
  • Day 18 : Drive to Christchurch
  • Day 19 : Trip ends in Christchurch
  • 18 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches
  • Copthorne Hotel Auckland City (1 night)
  • Lakes Lodge Wilderness Retreat - Okataina Rotorua (2 nights)
  • Quality Inn (2 nights)
  • West Plaza Hotel (2 nights)
  • The Beachcomber (2 nights)
  • Beachfront Hotel (1 night)
  • Heartland Hotel (1 night)
  • Wanaka Hotel (2 nights)
  • Kingsgate Te Anau (2 nights)
  • Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin (1 night)
  • Mackenzie Country Hotel (1 night)
  • Towers on The Park Christchurch (1 night)
  • Bus
  • Boat
  • Ferry
  • Explore Tour Leader
  • 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 is not included in this New Zealand Explorer tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. World Nomads' travel insurance has been designed by travelers for travelers.
5 - Excellent
Based on 3 reviews
  • Judith
  • On May 02 2020
5 - Excellent
I have travelled with Explore to a number of countries. The standard of the service is excellent and the care and consideration to the people and country they are working in is always respectful. I have always e jilted travelling... Read more
  • Helen
  • On Mar 02 2020
5 - Excellent
It would be helpful to know that a degree of agility is need on the catamaran and stamina needed for walk at Abel Tasman park.However it was a wonderful experience
  • Michael
  • On Jan 03 2020
5 - Excellent
Great that Herbie organised excellent group meals most evenings.
REQUEST A PRIVATE, CUSTOMIZABLE DEPARTURE By design, this is a group tour. You can however request a private, customized version of this tour for yourself or your private group of people. Private departures are usually more expensive, but come with these benefits:
  • Personal Itinerary can be tweaked and customized.
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes

No additional cancellation fees apply for this New Zealand Explorer tour. You can cancel the tour up to 63 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 62 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 14 August 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 14 August 2024, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 62 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

New Zealand Explorer tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. World Nomads offers travel insurance for independent travelers and intrepid families.


For this New Zealand Explorer 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 traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • The average size of this tour is just 12 people.
  • Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be either fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure or have taken a negative test (rapid antigen or PCR)  within 72 hours of departure.
If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.

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