Kiwi Encounter

16 day Adventure - from £1849

This 16 day Kiwi Encounter is a memorable trip taking in the highlights of New Zealand, from thermal grounds, soaring volcanoes and towering mountains to mirror-like lakes.

Highlights:

  • Explore Tongariro National Park
  • Wine tasting in Marlborough
  • Cruise Milford Sound
  • Kaikoura marine life
  • Adventure capital Queenstown
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Your Itinerary

Day 1: Auckland to Rotorua

Today we’ll make our way to Waitomo Caves. There are plenty of optional activities on offer here like Black Water Rafting and a Glow Worm Cave tour. Tonight, Maori legends and mythology come alive with a cultural performance, storytelling and a home cooked dinner.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Rotorua

While you’re in Rotorua, you could head to the spa for a massage, jump into Tolkien’s dreams at the Hobbiton movie set, take on the highest commercially-rafted waterfall in the world or roll down a hill inside a giant inflatable ball (all optional). When in New Zealand!

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Tongariro National Park

Crank the heat up to the max – today we’re off to check out the geothermal activity in Rotorua on an included tour. Enjoy a traditional Hangi lunch – a meal cooked in an underground oven pit. Then, after taking a look at some Kiwi birds, we’ll make tracks to the epic Huka Falls (you’ll hear the rumble of the falls before you see them). Finally, we’ll swing by beautiful Lake Taupo before settling in at our accommodation near Tongariro National Park.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Tongariro National Park

Known as one of the best one-day hikes in the world, you’ll get the chance to complete the Tongariro Alpine Crossing today (optional and weather dependent). With three volcanic peaks dominating the horizon and terrain that’ll make you feel like you’re on Mars, this hike is so worth the sore legs the next day. Look at you adventuring like a pro!

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Wellington

Next up: Wellington. Get your bearings on an orientation tour, then go exploring. Our top tips? The incredible Te Papa Museum and the pretty botanical gardens. Don’t miss the nightlife here either. With more bars and restaurants per capita than New York, what better way to spend the night?

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Nelson

Today we’ll cross the Cook Strait by ferry and sail into the blue waters of Marlborough Sound. Hop off in Picton and you’ll find out why this region has become so famous for its wine (and scenery).

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 7: Nelson

Explore the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park by boat, take to the walking tracks, paddle along the shoreline in ocean kayaks, or see it all from above with a skydive. This is a real South Island gem, so get amongst it.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Kaikoura

This place is famous for producing some of the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc. Today, see if you agree with an included tour and tasting at a Marlborough winery. As we carry on down the coast, try to spot a New Zealand fur seal or two in Kaikoura.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: Christchurch

Few places in the world can boast such natural wonders as Kaikoura. Get amongst it today with some unique optional activities. There’s optional whale watching and swimming with the resident dusky dolphins today. Then: after an orientation tour in Christchurch, the city is yours to wander.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Fox Glacier

The Canterbury Plains make for pretty window views today – but we’ll be in mountain territory in no time. We’ll make a pit stop by the stunning Lake Matheson en route to Fox Glacier. Fingers crossed for good weather so you can see NZ’s two tallest mountain peaks reflected in the mirror-like lake!

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 11: Queenstown

Hit up NZ’s most famous glacier with an optional guided terminal face walk or heli-hike. Then, we’ll journey past Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea as we roll into Queenstown. Get your bearings on an orientation tour, then be free! The nightlife here is unreal. Trust us.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 12: Queenstown

Queenstown has sooo many adrenalin-fuelled activities to try. Question is, how many can you fit in to your time here? You could try bungy jumping, a canyon swing, skydiving, hiking or the skyline gondola. Hungry after all of that adventuring? Don’t miss Fergburger, Queenstown’s famous burger joint. The queues are worth it.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 13: Queenstown

It’s time for the main event! We’re headed to the unbelievable beauty of NZ’s southwestern fjords for a cruise through Milford Sound. This place comes complete with thundering waterfalls and towering cliffs that’ll blow your mind. Keep your eyes peeled for resident seals and dolphins too (cute). Included activities: -Cruise Milford Sound

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 14: Queenstown

Our hot tip for your last day here? Sign up for a jet boat ride or some rafting (both optional). For dinner, why not try the yummy pizzas at Winnie’s before a final night out on the town? Let’s gooo!

Meals: Breakfast

Day 15: Lake Ohau

Hop on a bike and ride past mountains, lakes and rivers in Arrowtown on the most spectacular ride on the Queenstown trail. Crossing the 80 m suspension bridge, get ready for open farmland and stunning views.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 16: Christchurch

It may be our last day, but there’s still plenty of time to squeeze in a visit to a real working farm. We’ll tuck into afternoon tea with the owners before moving on to Christchurch to say our goodbyes.

Meals: Breakfast

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Your Guided Tour includes:

  • 15 nights accommodation
  • Transport and sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and meals shown
  • Awesome driver / guide
  • Interislander ferry crossing

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