New Zealand Multisport

Active, Auckland to Wellington

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Travelling to New Zealand? Don't worry, you won't have to choose between the two islands. With all the activities you can choose from on each island, we'll make sure you make the most of the chance to lose your breath. Across three weeks you can hike, kayak, and cycle across this diverse land. There's also time for boat cruises and local culture, just to be sure you don't miss out on anything.

What’s included

  • Local Living: Maori Village Overnight Visit, Rotorua Carte Blanche: Franz Josef Carte Blanche: Queenstown
  • Cycling through Karangahake Gorge
  • Traditional hangi dinner and marae greeting
  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing hiking excursion (weather dependent)
  • Jet boating and kayaking along Whanganui River
  • Water taxi to Abel Tasman NP
  • Sea kayaking in Abel Tasman NP
  • Routeburn Track hiking excursion
  • Fiordland NP visit
  • Milford Sound cruise
  • Cycling the Otago Rail Trail
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Cycle through stunning karangahake gorge
  • Visit bubbling mud pools in a geothermal area
  • Hike the tongariro crossing and routeburn track
  • Kayak along the whanganui river
  • Try exhilarating adventures in queenstown
  • Cycle the rail trail in central otago

Itinerary

Day 1 Auckland Arrive at any time. Additional Notes: Jump right into your adventure by adding the 'Auckland Sailing: America's Cup Experience' extra to your tour. Work with a crew to sail around Auckland's Waitemata Harbour on a competitive yacht, and take in the stunning views. PLEASE NOTE: If booking this extra, a pre-night in Auckland is highly recommended as this activity may start early in the morning on Day 1. This tour departs Auckland early on Day 2. If you are interested in exploring the city and its nearby attractions, like the Hobbiton Movie Set or local wineries, it is recommended you book additional pre-trip accommodation nights. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Auckland/Rotorua (1D) In the evening visit a Maori village for traditional ceremonies, a Hangi meal and entertainment. After dinner, lounge by the bonfire and have some time to get to know the Maori hosts. Additional Notes: Accommodation is in a Maori wharepuni (sleeping house). Groups will often stay together in one sleeping house (multi-share, mixed gender), staying in line with Maori traditions. Included Activities: Karangahake Gorge Cycling Maori Village Overnight Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours) Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 120km)
Day 3 Rotorua (1B) This region of New Zealand is renowned for its geothermal qualities. Enjoy free time to experience the regions' geothermal wonders. Opt to mountain bike in the world famous Redwood Forest, go white water rafting, or indulge in the therapeutic hot springs. Additional Notes: Accommodation is in a Maori wharepuni (sleeping house). Groups will often stay together in one sleeping house (multi-share, mixed gender), staying in line with Maori traditions.
Day 4 Rotorua/Tongariro National Park (1B, 1D) An early start to walk across the Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek. Collect supplies before heading out. The transfer will drop the group off at the beginning of the self-guided trek and collect everyone at the other end. After the trek, travel to a ski lodge on the side of a mountain for the night. An on-site spa and sauna will help ease those tired muscles. Included Activities: Tongariro Alpine Crossing Trek Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 180km)
Day 5 Tongariro National Park/Whanganui National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) The third longest river in New Zealand, the Whanganui River begins at Mt Tongariro and flows all the way out to the west coast of the North Island. After a safety briefing, embark on a 12-25km canoe journey downriver to an overnight stay in the heart of Whanganui National Park. Included Activities: Whanganui River Canoeing
Day 6 Whanganui National Park/Raetihi (1B, 1L, 1D) In the morning, trade the canoe for a jet boat and continue downriver. After a short walk to the Bridge to Nowhere, board the jet boat again and return to the bus, travelling on to Snowy Waters Lodge for the night. Enjoy a delicious dinner. Included Activities: Whanganui River Jet Boating Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
Day 7 Raetihi/Wellington (1B) In the morning, transfer to Wellington and visit the Te Papa museum, dedicated to the history and culture of New Zealand. Included Activities: Te Papa Museum Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 310km)
Day 8 Wellington/Abel Tasman National Park (1D) Travel by ferry to the South Island and then transfer by bus and water taxi into Abel Tasman National Park. Transport: Ferry (3.50 hour(s), 92km) Water taxi
Day 9 Abel Tasman National Park/Marahau (1B, 1L) Start the day with a short hike before setting off from the beach to kayak along the Abel Tasman coastline towards Marahau. Included Activities: Kayaking to Marahau
Day 10 Marahau/Westland District (1B, 1D) Enjoy the scenery of the mountainous coastal Westland region, and stop en route to see the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 11 Westland District/Franz Josef (1B) Continue south along the coast towards Franz Josef, stopping for an invigorating walk at the wildlife mecca of Okarito Lagoon. Spend 2 nights staying amongst verdant temperate rainforest. Included Activities: Okarito Lagoon Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 220km)
Day 12 Franz Josef (1B) A free day for optional activities. Options include various hikes, horseback riding, quad biking as well as the unique and stunning Franz Josef Glacier.
Day 13 Franz Josef/Wanaka (1B) Transfer to Wanaka, where there are a variety of optional activities available. Opt to go mountain biking, skydiving, or check out the giant maze and optical illusions of Puzzling World. Included Activities: Te Wahipounamu Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-5.50 hours, 290km)
Day 14 Wanaka/Queenstown (1B) Free day to maximize time for all the optional activities in the area. Opt for a jet boat outing, bungee jumping, mountain biking, sky diving, or a vineyard tour. The options in this adventure capital are endless. Two nights are at a centrally-located hostel, which means you can make the most of your time here. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 130km)
Day 15 Queenstown (1B, 1L) Enjoy a full-day hiking excursion along the world renowned Routeburn Track, taking in the gorgeous mountains, valleys, waterfalls, and lakes surrounding the track. Included Activities: Routeburn Track Day Hike
Day 16 Queenstown Enjoy a free day for optional activities in Queenstown.
Day 17 Queenstown/Te Anau Travel to the fiords of the South Island. Enjoy the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound from the deck of a boat, then return to Te Anau for the night. Included Activities: Milford Sound Cruise Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 120km)
Day 18 Te Anau/Central Otago District (1B) Cycle the Rail Trail, a route created specially for mountain biking. Pass through scenery unspoiled by traffic and not visible from any roads. Included Activities: Otago Rail Trail Cycling Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s), 315km)
Day 19 Central Otago District/Christchurch (1B) Drive through breathtaking Central Otago via the Lindis Pass and Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. Arrive in Christchurch in the evening. Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 520km)
Day 20 Christchurch/Kaikoura (1B) Early start to drive the scenic coastal road up to Kaikoura. A free afternoon can also be spent swimming with dolphins or taking a scenic flight over the peninsula. Bird watchers will be pleased to know that big ocean birds such as albatrosses, petrels, and shearwaters frequent the area. Hikers can opt to go on several day hikes in the Seaward Kaikoura mountains. Transport: Drive from Christchurch to Kaikoura Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s))
Day 21 Kaikoura/Wellington (1B) Transfer to Picton and take the ferry back to Wellington where the tour ends upon arrival. Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 150km) Ferry (3.00 hour(s), 92km)
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