Trails of New Zealand

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4.9 Based on 24 Reviews
  • duration 18 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 18-99 yrs
  • max group size 14
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-7510
  • 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
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Discover Tongariro National Park, the oldest national park in New Zealand
  • Gain an insight into Māori culture, join in a hāngi (Māori feast) and cultural performance
  • Enjoy a half-day coastal walk and sailing trip in Abel Tasman National Park
  • Cruise the stunning Milford Soundwith one night on board the Milford Mariner
  • Discover Queenstown and enjoy the scenic delights of this world-famous destination
  • Visit Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park: home to the highest mountains and longest glaciers in New Zealand
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Starting in Auckland and ending in Christchurch, the "Trails Of New Zealand" trip is a guided cultural, religious and historic sites trip that takes 18 days. You will travel through Matukitiki, Rotorua, Christchurch and 13 other destinations in New Zealand. "Trails Of New Zealand" is a small group trip which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

From the waterfront city of Auckland to the spectacular Southern Alps, New Zealand is blessed with an array of natural wonders that are best experienced by foot and boat. This active trip maximises time spent outdoors, whether it’s sailing through waterways, hiking between volcanic peaks or jetboating through Mount Aspiring National Park. Make the most of your time in New Zealand – a country that always exceeds expectations – with this jam-packed itinerary that includes highlights of the north and south islands.
  • Day 1: Arrive Auckland
  • Day 2: Visit Rangitoto Island
  • Day 3: To Rotorua
  • Day 4: To Tongariro National Park
  • Day 5: Free day in Tongariro National Park; option to hike Tongariro Crossing and other activities
  • Day 6: To Wellington
  • Day 7: Ferry across Cook Strait to Marlborough; drive to Abel Tasman National Park
  • Day 8: Half-day coastal walk; boat to Motueka
  • Day 9: To Buller River; sunset walk at Punakaiki
  • Day 10: To Fox Glacier, passing Okarito en route
  • Day 11: Walk to Fox Glacier; continue to Wanaka
  • Day 12: Jetboat in Matukituki
  • Day 13: Transfer to Milford Sound and board overnight boat
  • Day 14: Cruise inner sound; drive to Queenstown
  • Day 15: Free day in Queenstown
  • Day 16: Transfer to Mount Cook National Park; trek in Hooker Valley
  • Day 17: Drive to Christchurch via Canterbury Plains
  • Day 18: End Christchurch
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts, one lunch and two dinners
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Free arrival (shared shuttle) and departure (taxi) transfers (must be booked at least one month before departure)
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request – available for 16 nights)
  • Visas or vaccinations
4.9 - Excellent
Based on 24 reviews
  • Joan
  • From Scotland
  • On Jun 06 2019
5 - Excellent
Loved the tour. Great way to explore New Zealand in an active manner. Excellent guide.
  • Anonymous
  • On Mar 12 2019
5 - Excellent
A wonderful trip.
This trip covers a lot of ground, with a packed itinerary and with plenty of walking in beautiful scenery. The weather was very kind to us - we even saw Milford Sound with clear blue skies!
  • Anonymous
  • On Mar 11 2019
5 - Excellent
Title is good.
Its a very full an encompassing trip. It covers a great deal and involves a lot of hiking, which is really the only way to truly see and appreciate this spectacular country.
  • Anonymous
  • On Nov 27 2018
5 - Excellent
An Unexpected Journey.
An excellent introduction to both islands. There is so much to see and do that the time we had just whizzed by. It is clear that this trip only just touches the surface but in saying that we had an unprecedented insight into the... Read more
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Trails of New Zealand tour. You can cancel the tour up to 93 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 92 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 26 August 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 26 August 2024, a deposit of 25% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 92 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Trails of New Zealand 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 Trails 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 traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • Group sizes are kept small to maintain a low risk ‘small group bubble’, with an average of 10 guests in each group.
  • Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
  • All travellers will be required to be fully vaccinated no less than two weeks prior to travel.
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