New Zealand Encompassed: Harbours & Houseboats

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Auckland to Wellington

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

It dosen’t look so big on the map, but New Zealand is positively massive once you’re there in person. This comprehensive 24-day trip — our longest in this part of the world — delivers the most immersive NZ experience possible. Get close to the land by exploring glaciers, national parks, a sustainable farm, and meet the water up-close on expert-led kayak excursions and during surf lessons. Best of all, you’ll get to explore the magnificent Bay of Islands, home to some of the world’s top fishing. 24 days? You’ll wish it was longer.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Resourceful Ōtautahi Walking Tour, Christchurch Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Hands-On Moment: Surf Lessons, Raglan Your Big Night Out Moment: Wellington Your Discover Moment: Franz Josef Your Discover Moment: Queenstown
  • Overnight houseboat excursion with onboard activities including snorkelling, fishing, and kayaking (Bay of Islands)
  • Conservation farm visit (Raglan)
  • Sea kayaking excursion (Raglan)
  • Maori cultural experience
  • Seal colony visit
  • Walks in Franz Josef and Abel Tasman National Parks
  • Fiordland NP visit
  • Milford Sound nature cruise
  • Mountain biking excursion (Central Otago)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Explore the bay of islands on a houseboat
  • Sea kayak to a harbour for a picnic lunch
  • Hike abel tasman national park
  • Get your heart pumping in the adventure capital of the world
  • Bike along the historic otago rail trail

Itinerary

Auckland Arrive at any time.
Auckland/Bay of Islands Travel north via backroads, stopping to see giant kauri trees, and go for an included snorkel at Goat Island Marine Reserve (seasonal). Board a large houseboat for an overnight trip through the beautiful Bay of Islands.
Bay of Islands/Paihia Enjoy free time in the morning on the boat. Choose to do a number of included water activities like kayaking, snorkelling, fishing or visiting nearby islands. Disembark and explore Paihia before enjoying dinner with the group.
Paihia/Auckland Enjoy a free morning to relax, or opt to go skydiving or check out the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
Auckland/Raglan Visit an eel farm which focuses on developing sustainable aquaculture to learn about their methods before sea kayaking to a harbour for a picnic lunch.
Raglan Enjoy an included surf lesson in one of the world's most famous surf areas, then opt to go hiking or rent a stand up paddle board.
Raglan/Rotorua Opt to go caving in world famous Waitomo before heading to Rotorua, notable for its geothermal activity and culture. Visit a local village to gain insight into Maori culture.
Rotorua/Taupo Take advantage of free time in the adrenaline capital of the North Island, and opt to go whitewater rafting, check out a geothermal park with technicolour pools, or hit up a nearby spa. Continue on to spend the night near the shores of Lake Taupo.
Taupo/Wellington Take in the ever-changing scenery on the drive down to the nation's capital at the southern end of the North Island. Opt to take the cable car to the hills overlooking the city, visit the national museum, Te Papa, or stroll along Oriental Parade. Enjoy a Big Night Out with the group.
Wellington/Abel Tasman National Park Take a ferry over to the South Island and transfer to Abel Tasman National Park.
Abel Tasman National Park Hike and explore Abel Tasman's golden beaches and waterways.
Abel Tasman National Park/Westport Head south down the coast of black-sand beaches. Visit a seal colony before travelling to Westport, the stop for the night.
Westport/Franz Josef Take in the pancake rock formations at Punakaiki before continuing on to Franz Josef. Enjoy free time for optional activities like helicopter hiking, glacier valley walking, and kayaking.
Franz Josef Free day for optional activities. Options include a glacier valley walk, a helicopter hike, and kayaking.
Franz Josef/Queenstown Visit the adventure capital of the world—Queenstown.
Queenstown Free time in Queenstown. Get the heart pumping with some adrenaline-filled options, such as jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking or skydiving.
Queenstown Free time in Queenstown. Get the heart pumping with some adrenaline-filled options, such as jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking or skydiving.
Queenstown/Te Anau Visit Fiordland National Park and enjoy a boat cruise through breathtaking Milford Sound. In the evening, opt to cruise across Lake Te Anau and visit a cave that is home to thousands of glowworms.
Te Anau/Central Otago Enjoy free time in the morning to discover the natural beauty of Te Anau. Later, transfer to Wedderburn in Central Otago.
Central Otago Bike 35 km of the Otago Rail Trail, passing through one historic town to the next. Along the way sample some local food and drink.
Wedderburn/Christchurch Walk around Christchurch this afternoon and learn about how the city was rebuilt following an earthquake in 2011. Enjoy some free time this evening.
Christchurch/Kaikoura Opt to go whale watching, swim with seals or take a walk along the coast.
Kaikoura/Wellington Travel to Picton to catch the ferry back to Wellington. Opt for a final night out with the group.
Wellington Depart at any time.
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