Ultimate New Zealand

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 24 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 18-99 yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-44738
  • 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
  • +12
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Explore rare bird species at Zealandia
  • An Unmissable Māori Cultural Experience and Hāngi
  • Full-day sailing trip to Poor Knights Islands
The "Ultimate New Zealand" trip starts from Auckland and ends in Christchurch. It is an explorer trip that takes 24 days taking you through Ohau, Paihia, Auckland and 11 other destinations in New Zealand. "Ultimate New Zealand" is a guided small group trip that includes accommodation in hotels, transport, meals and others.

Welcome to the 24-Day Ultimate New Zealand Haka Plus Tour!

Created for travellers in their mid-thirties and upwards, on this tour you will discover New Zealand’s unmissable highlights in just over three weeks: geothermal wonders, other-worldly glaciers, sublime beaches, lush forests, lofty mountains, secluded swimming spots, UNESCO World Heritage Areas, flora, fauna, heritage and culture.

This New Zealand tour includes special activities such as one of the world’s most scenic train journeys, boat cruise on Lake Wanaka to the remote Mou Waho Island nature reserve, a fully guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set, a traditional Māori meal, tour of Zealandia Nature Reserve in Wellington and a full-day sailing trip to Poor Knights Islands. You can also choose to select some tour add-ons such as hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, kayaking to a natural hot pool, climbing a glacier, visiting an off-shore eco-sanctuary, or flying over snow-capped mountains!

You’ll have the chance to swim, kayak, hike a glacier, skydive, see kiwis, relax in hot pools, roll down a hill in a giant ball, eat and drink like a local, and more! This is your trip, and it’s designed to be flexible. The choice is yours – pick the activities that appeal to you.

We'll fill your days with the best things to see and do in the North Island and the South Island and also give you a great insight into New Zealand life and culture. At the end of the day, you can relax in comfortable 3–4 star accommodation to ensure you have a great night’s sleep ready for the following day’s activities.

On this tour you’ll encounter an array of landscapes: lush, green rolling hills; beautiful golden sand beaches, tumbling waterfalls, geothermal valleys filled with bubbling mud and sulphuric lakes, magnificent mountains, icy glaciers, jurassic rainforests, cosy laid-back surf towns and vibrant cities. Prepare your camera and get ready to make some magical memories!

As our tours are made up of a combination of tours, the composition of your group may change throughout your tour (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch are the hubs where the group may change).
  • Day 1 Auckland
  • Day 2 Auckland to Tutukaka
  • Day 3 Tutukaka to Paihia
  • Day 4 Paihia
  • Day 5 Paihia to Auckland
  • Day 6 Auckland to Coromandel
  • Day 7 Coromandel to Raglan
  • Day 8 Raglan to Rotorua (via Waitomo and Matamata)
  • Day 9 Rotorua
  • Day 10 Rotorua to Taupō
  • Day 11 Taupō
  • Day 12 Taupō to Wellington
  • Day 13 Wellington
  • Day 14 Wellington to Kaikōura
  • Day 15 Kaikōura to Christchurch
  • Day 16 Christchurch to Ohau (via Lake Tekapo)
  • Day 17 Ohau to Queenstown
  • Day 18 Queenstown
  • Day 19 Queenstown to Wanaka
  • Day 20 Wanaka
  • Day 21 Wanaka to Franz Josef
  • Day 22 Franz Josef
  • Day 23 Franz Josef to Christchurch
  • Day 24 Christchurch
  • Stay each night in twin-share 3–4 star accommodation: a mix of hotels, motels, lodges, and rainforest retreats.
  • 23 nights in twin-share 3–4 star accommodation: a mix of hotels, motels, lodges and rainforest retreats.
  • Feast on hearty breakfasts provided for you each morning.
  • Enjoy 5 dinners, including a traditional Māori hāngī cooked in an underground oven.
  • Comfortable and air-conditioned bus transport
  • Ride one of the most scenic ferry journeys in the world, over the Cook Strait.
  • Passionate and knowledgeable local Kiwi guide
  • A fully guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set.
  • Orientation tour of each and every location
  • Small groups of maximum 16 people
  • Experiences to teach you about our unique Māori culture
  • Discover the stunning Whangarei Falls – a 26m cascading waterfall
  • Enjoy a full-day sailing trip to Poor Knights Islands and spot marine wildlife
  • Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the birthplace of New Zealand
  • Walk a stunning coastal track to Cathedral Cove (as seen in the Chronicles of Narnia movies).
  • Take in the stunning Southern Alps and the vast Canterbury Plains aboard the TranzAlpine, New Zealand’s finest inland rail journey.
  • Watch a Māori cultural performance and check out a geothermal valley of bubbling mud pools including the famous Pōhutu Geyser in Rotorua.
  • See endangered kiwi birds up close and personal.
  • Soak up a sunset boat cruise in the West Coast surf town of Raglan – the fish and chips are on us!
  • Brave the Redwoods Treewalk, crossing 23 raised suspension bridges.
  • Hike through the forested gorge of Ruakuri (45 minutes) – bring your camera for this one.
  • Taste some of the world’s best sauvignon blanc at a Marlborough wine tasting.
  • Discover rare animal species tour of Zealandia Nature Reserve in Wellington.
  • Enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Wanaka to the remote Mou Waho Island nature reserve.
  • Carve your own pounamu (jade) pendant in Franz Josef.
  • 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 Ultimate New Zealand tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. World Nomads' travel insurance has been designed by travelers for travelers.
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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.
  • Protected Travel within your own bubble.
  • Professional Access our Travel Specialists' insider knowledge.
  • Privacy Enjoy a tour focused solely on you or your travel group.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Ultimate New Zealand 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 26 August 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 26 August 2024, a deposit of 61 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 62 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Ultimate 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 Ultimate 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:

  • Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Guests are requested to follow the hygiene guidelines from WHO including the regular washing of hands. Hand sanitiser will also be readily available on tour
  • Implemented COVID-19 Protocols
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