Highlights of New Zealand

Classic, Auckland to Christchurch

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Two weeks is barely enough time to thoroughly explore your hometown, let alone a place as fascinating as New Zealand. For adventurers on a tight time-budget, this 15-day trip wraps up the must-sees of both islands with a nice little bow. Check out the Coromandel Peninsula's gorgeous beaches, hang with the Maori in a traditional village, and get your adrenaline fix in Queenstown. Consider this your New Zealand starter kit.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Resourceful Ōtautahi Walking Tour, Christchurch Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Wellness Moment: Hot Water Beach Excursion, Hahei Your Local Living Moment: Maori Village Overnight Visit, Rotorua Your Discover Moment: Franz Josef Your Discover Moment: Queenstown
  • Coromandel Peninsula visit
  • Cathedral Cove visit
  • Orientation walk in Wellington
  • Wine tasting
  • Fiordland National Park visit
  • Doubtful Sound day cruise
  • Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park visit with hiking opportunity (weather permitting)
  • Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park Visitor's Centre visit
  • Free time in Rotorua, Wellington, Franz Josef, and Queenstown
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Check out hot water beach
  • Feast on a hangi in a maori village
  • Let loose in queenstown
  • Cruise around the fjords of doubtful sound

Itinerary

Auckland Arrive at any time.
Auckland/Hahei Depart early for the stunning Coromandel Peninsula. Take a walk to Cathedral Cove or opt out in favour of sea kayaking. If the tide is right, grab a shovel and dig a natural jacuzzi in the sand on Hot Water Beach.
Rotorua/Maori Village Visit Rotorua and opt to check out the geothermal area or go whitewater rafting. Later, enjoy a cultural overnight in a Maori village featuring a traditional hangi dinner and show.
Rotorua/Wellington Take in the ever-changing scenery of the North Island and travel to the capital, Wellington.
Wellington Enjoy the atmosphere in this relaxed but lively city. After an orientation walk, enjoy a free day to explore. Opt to visit the Te Papa Museum or take the cable car up to the botanical gardens.
Wellington/Kaikoura Board a ferry to the South Island, then travel to the seaside town of Kaikoura, known for its diverse marine life.
Kaikoura/Hanmer Springs Opt to swim with dolphins or go whale watching during a free morning in Kaikoura before travelling to Hanmer Springs, stopping en route for a wine tasting at a local winery. Opt to take a soak in the hot springs.
Hanmer Springs/Franz Josef Take in the stunning scenery while travelling across the Southern Alps to the rugged and remote West Coast, before staying in the rainforest near the world's fastest moving glacier.
Franz Josef Enjoy a free day to explore the area around Franz Josef. Opt to explore the glacier with a heli hike.
Franz Josef/Queenstown Continue to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world. With beautiful scenery and tons of activities, there's something for everyone. Enjoy the great night life.
Queenstown With free time here, opt to go bungee jumping (in its birthplace), jet boating (also born here!), skydiving, paragliding, hiking or mountain biking. Or take it a little slower and travel by gondola to the top of a local peak.
Queenstown Enjoy the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Doubtful Sound on a day cruise. Take in the waterfalls and wildlife, then return to Queenstown for the night.
Queenstown/Twizel Head through the centre of the South Island to Twizel, near New Zealand's highest peak, Mt Cook. Visit Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park and spend the afternoon hiking the region, taking in the alpine scenery. Learn more about mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary at the Visitor's Centre.
Twizel/Christchurch Continue on to Christchurch and learn about how the city was rebuilt following an earthquake in 2011. Enjoy one final night together with the group.
Christchurch Depart at any time.
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