New Zealand Explorer

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5.0 Based on 3 Reviews
  • COVID-19protected
  • Adventure
  • Food tour
  • Rafting
  • Active and outdoor
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  • duration 19 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 14+ yrs
  • max group size 17
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Auckland, New Zealand
  • Ends Christchurch, New Zealand
  • +14
Tour with Flexible Booking Policy
  • Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
  • Choose a different tour Select a new tour run by the same tour operator within 30 days of departure.
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Doubtful Sound Cruise through the towering fjords of the UNESCO World Heritage Fjordland National Park
  • Abel Tasman Explore the sparkling blue waters and golden coastline of this beautiful coastal national park
  • Glaciers Take walks through dramatic glacier valleys
  • Napier and Hawke's Bay Admire the art deco buildings of Napier and sample wine in the vineyards of Hawkes's Bay
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, Wellington, Whakatane and 13 other destinations in New Zealand. "New Zealand Explorer" is a small group tour which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Combining the best of New Zealand's North and South islands, explore the land of giants and discover jaw-dropping scenery and dramatic landscapes around every corner. Sailing through mist-shrouded fjords, hiking in spectacular glacial valleys and spotting coastal wildlife on the very southern tip of the country, discover a little bit of magic at the other side of the world. Doubtful Sound - Cruise through the towering fjords of this UNESCO Heritage Site, sleeping overnight on the boat on 2021 itineraries Abel Tasman - Discover the sparkling blue waters and golden coastline of this beautiful national park, by boat and on foot Hawke's Bay - Sample authentic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc in this famous wine-making region
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 with Explore.”
  • 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.”
  • Day 1 : Join trip in Auckland
  • Day 2 : Explore Auckland; visit Hobbiton and drive to the Bay of Plenty
  • Day 3 : Free day on the coast; take a boat trip to a protected wildlife colony or visit the Wai-O-Tapu geothermal pools. Evening Maori banquet
  • Day 4 : Drive to Gisborne through the Waioeka Gorge
  • Day 5 : Drive to Napier; visit Hawke's Bay vineyard
  • 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; drive to Dunedin
  • Day 16 : Free morning; 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
  • Copthorne Hotel - Auckland (1 night)
  • White Island Rendezvous Motel (2 nights)
  • Emerald Hotel (1 night)
  • Quality Inn (1 night)
  • West Plaza Hotel (2 nights)
  • Harbourside Motor Lodge (2 nights)
  • Beachfront Hotel (1 night)
  • Heartland Hotel (1 night)
  • Wanaka Hotel (2 nights)
  • Kingsgate Te Anau (1 night)
  • Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin (2 nights)
  • Mackenzie Inn (1 night)
  • Heartland Hotel Cotswold (1 night)
  • 18 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
  • Bus
  • Boat
  • Ferry
  • Explore Tour Leader / Driver
  • 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. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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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 60 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 59 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 16 November 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 16 November 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 59 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. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


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 travelling 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.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Various COVID-19 distancing measures have been implemented on this trip to ensure the safety of each traveller.
  • This tour has implemented COVID-19 protocols that are guided by the WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council), UNWTO (World Tourism Organisation), the European Commission and local government regulations. It amongst others take into account personal protection, extensive disinfecting and social distancing measures.
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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