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24 Day Epic New Zealand Adventure Tour

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Overview

The adventure of a lifetime...If you want to travel New Zealand in the detail it deserves, we do recommend 3 or 4 weeks. This 24 Day Epic New Zealand Adventure Tour will allow you to truly get to grips with what our beautiful country has to offer you. We designed this journey, with this in mind, and the route has gradually evolved with previous groups' feedback.

Starting and ending in our biggest city Auckland, the we descend down the middle of the North Island. From Wellington we catch the ferry across the Cook Strait to the South Island, which we then circle in a clockwise direction before returning to the North. 

Cape Brett Hole in the Rock Cruise

Hot Water Beach Coromandel Peninsula

Sea Kayaking Coromandel Peninsula

Lost World Waitomo

Black Water Rafting Waitomo

Maori Village Rotorua

Zorb Rotorua

Tandem Parapent Rotorua

Orakei Korako Taupo

Tongariro Crossing

Swimming with Dolphins Kaikoura

Hot Air Balloon Christchurch

Kawarau Bridge Bungy Queenstown

Canyon Swing Queenstown

Paragliding Queenstown

Milford Sound

Shotover Jet Queenstown

Skydive Lake Wanaka

Ski Wanaka

Franz Josef Glacier

Quad Bike Franz Josef Glacier

Kayak Abel Tasman National Park

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Day 1Auckland to Paihia

After kicking things off in NZ’s largest city, we’ll make our way north to the Bay of Islands, exploring Northland and Paihia. The most tropical part and hottest part of New Zealand, Northland is home to some of the North Island’s best beaches and scenery. Kick back and relax and leave the planning and surprises to our guides.

Bonding with the group and getting to know each other, take in your first glimpse of the lush New Zealand landscape together, from volcanic islands, turquoise waters and perfect beaches, check out where the locals go on holiday.

Apart from having some of the best weather in New Zealand, Northland’s tropical climate and plentiful beaches leave all travelers with a smile on their faces.

Day 2Paihia

Paihia is the perfect base to explore the Northland region and Bay of Islands. Home to the famous ‘Hole in the Rock,’ there are plenty of boat trips here as well as other activities to chose from in the area. You can swim with dolphins, skydive or go sailing or just chill out with new friends and take it all in. If fishing is your thing there are a few opportunities to cast a line and cook up the days catch on a barbecue on the beach – doesn’t get more kiwi than that!

This is also one of the most historically important areas of New Zealand. Rich in Maori heritage and culture, we’ll have the chance to visit some spectacular waterfalls, take scenic walks or ferry over to one of the island vineyards and even visit Waitangi, where the famous treaty between the Maori and Europeans was signed.

We can even visit Cape Reinga, the top of NZ where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet, drive around the famous 90 mile beach and try sand boarding on the dunes if you’re looking to try something new.

Swimming with Dolphins - Paihia (November to April only) - Additional Cost

Playful bottlenose and common dolphins inhabit the sheltered waters of the Bay of Islands all year round and can be encountered every day, weather permitting.

On the dolphin tour you are also sometimes lucky enough to see other marine mammals such as baleen whales, orca (killer whales), seals, penguins and birdlife.

Hole in the Rock Cruise - Paihia - Additional Cost

Head out on a power cat vessel for a trip to the 'Hole in the Rock' in the Bay of Islands.

This trip departs from the Paihia wharf, and lasts about 4 hours. You will hopefully see some dolphins, seals and birdlife while you are on this trip.

Scuba Diving - Additional Cost

If you have your Advanced Open Water Dive Certificate, you can explore further into one of these two wrecks, depending on which one the group is going to.

At the HMNZS Canterbury, you will be able to explore the lower levels, with the stern resting at approximately 36m.

Skydiving - Paihia - Additional Cost

Want the absolute best view of the Bay? Then jump out of a plane with the team at Sky Dive Bay of Islands. Enjoy the incredible scenery before your jump to free at over 200km an hour! This activity is definately a favourite with the team at Haka Tours.

It's natural to be a little nervous, but don't worty - their tandem masters will take awesome care of you - no one ever regretted sky diving

Day 3Paihia to Auckland

There are plenty of exciting things to do and try in the city of sails. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, be sure to sign up for a bungy jump off the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Crossing the top of the bridge trapped in on a guided bridge climb is also an option, and it’s one of only 3 places in the world where you can do this. Cheer on your friends who are taking the plunge from above!

From catching the ferry out to one of the local islands, or just exploring the downtown, there’s plenty to do in Auckland. The harbour area has a great selection of fun bars and delicious restaurants to try out with the rest of the Haka gang.

Thanks to Auckland’s generally good climate, it’s also the perfect opportunity to get to know each other on a harbor barbecue cruise. There’s no better way to take in New Zealand’s biggest city than from the turquoise waters of the sea.

Day 4Auckland to Coromandel

Depart Auckland and head to the Coromandel Peninsula. Visit Hot Water Beach, at low tide you can make your own spa bath in the sand! Arrive at Whitianga, and in the afternoon their is an opportunity to carve your own kiwi pendant from bone - a souvenir many choose to wear for the rest of the trip! In the evening you could visit Lost Springs and relax with a drink in one of the hot pools.

Sea Kayaking Coromandel - Additional Cost

There is no better way to explore Coromandel's stunning Cathedral Cove than by sea kayak. This is what we consider one of the best kayaking trips in the country - paddle through amazing sea caves, explore volcanic islands in the Marine Reserve and enjoy a cappuccino at the exclusive Cathedral Cove beachfront cafe.

Day 5Coromandel to Waitomo

Spend the morning exploring the local beaches. Experience the gorgeous coastal scenery of the area with a walk along the cliff top to Cathedral Cove, a bay made famous by films such as The Chronicles of Narnia. Pure New Zealand!

After lunch we make the short journey south to Waitomo, with possible stops at Matamata (home to Hobbiton from "Lord of the Rings" and Otorohanga Kiwi House.

Day 6Waitomo to Rotorua

Waitomo has become famous around the world thanks to its magnificent glowworm caves. How many chances do you get to go caving in a place with blue glowworms twinkling on the ceiling? There are many different ways to explore the caves, but if you are open to adventure and getting your feet wet, the best way to experience Waitomo is by black water rafting. (Optional Add-on)

Dressed in a wetsuit, sitting on top of an inner tube, you can float down the caverns and underground maze. With your headlamp off, it seems as if you are looking up at the sky filled with blue stars. If you’re feeling even more adventurous, you can opt on one of the caving tours where you abseil down into the caverns, tube, zipline and climb waterfalls before popping out at the end. But don’t worry, there’s a different way to explore the caves for everyone.

After lunch we’ll hop on over to Rotorua, famous for its geothermal activity and Maori culture. Nicknamed the Vegas of New Zealand, Rotorua has heaps of activities and things to do for everyone.

A favourite activity for many is the Zorb – a Kiwi invention that involves rolling down a hill whilst inside a giant air cushioned ball! Taking in one of the Maori cultural evenings, getting to experience the traditional Maori heritage and welcome, is another tour highlight.

Black Water Rafting Waitomo - Additional Cost

Waitomo is world famous for the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. New Zealanders being New Zealanders, we could not just observe this spectacular natural phenomenon onboard a simple observation deck, so enter Black Water Rafting!

Lost World Caving Experience - Additional Cost

Enjoy the best caving adventure tour on a four hour expedition that combines abseiling the breathtaking tomo, with climbing and tight rock squeezes!

Abseil 100m into this unique and spectacular chasm alongside your instructor. The beauty of this iconic cavern is unsurpassed.

OGO Zorb Rotorua - Additional Cost

Owned and operated by the inventors, OGO Rotorua is an adventure activity that is great all year round.

Visitors are rewarded with spectacular views over Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island as they Superman-dive into the OGO ride of their choice.

Slip and slide with 40 litres of water (warm in the winter, cool in the summer) down the world’s longest H2OGO Sidewinder track, or race one another down the two-double straight H2OGO tracks or try out their latest creation the DRYGO.

Just five minutes from town, next door to Mitai, Rainbow Springs and Skyline Rotorua.

Day 7Rotorua to Taupo

This morning you are free to explore Rotorua, visit one of the Geothermal Hot Springs, or do one of the optional activities. After lunch in town we take a trip up the Rotorua gondola (cable car) to another stunning panoramic view and the chance to ride down on the luge – heaps of fun! On the way to Taupo we make a stop at Orakei Korako, an extraordinary geyserland and thermal park and see some great examples of the thermal activity.

Rafting Kaituna River Rotorua - Additional Cost

The Kaituna River is home to the highest commercially rafted waterfall, the 7 metre Tutea falls. This trip is a fantastic introduction to white water rafting for those who have never or barely rafted before. Nevertheless, we promise the more experienced amongst you will not fail to be impressed by the incredible waterfall at the end of the route! In rafts of 4-6 people you will pass through steep, bush clad canyons over 14 awesome drops – grade 4 and 5 rapids. The rafting guides are at the top of their game with heaps of knowledge and safety awareness. A unique mix of history, culture and adrenalin overload.

The Shire Set Tour in Rotorua - Additional Cost

See and explore The Shire from the movie The Lord of the Rings! Leaves from Rotorua.

Sledging Rotorua - Additional Cost

Sledging is otherwise known as river boarding which means navigating down river rapids on a specially designed body board! You need no experience! You may not notice it that much whilst in the water but your scenery is absolutely stunning, with bush clad canyons either side of the river.

Water Touch Bungy - Additional Cost

Located in the stunning volcanic Waikato River Valley, Taupo Bungy is considered one of the world’s most spectacular jump sites and also boasts NZ’s highest water touch bungy!

(Water touching is optional)

Day 8Taupo

Lake Taupo was created a few thousand years ago in what was the largest volcanic eruption in 5,000 years. The eruption was so dramatic that records report the sun became hazy in places as far as China. What is left today is a fresh-water lake the size of Singapore and the largest in Australasia. You could go quad biking, play golf or bungy jump over New Zealand’s longest river, the mighty Waikato, or take a cruise to see Maori rock carvings alongside Lake Taupo. In the evening your guide will treat you to a soak in some naturally-heated thermal rock pools situated in a local park. It will keep you warm for hours!

Tongariro Alpine Crossing - Additional Cost

Rich in cultural identity, the Tongariro National Park has dramatic scenery and unique land forms which when combined make a world-renowned trek. Rated as the best one day trek in New Zealand and listed by many as one of top 10 day treks in the world, the Tongariro Crossing is a challenging hike taking 7 - 8 hours covering a distance of 17 km one way.

Skydiving over Lake Taupo - Additional Cost

Skydiving is a definite inclusion on our New Zealand bucket list and is something no one on our tours has ever regretted doing! The sights of Lake Taupo and the central plateau of NZ are breathtaking through an aeroplane window as you fly up to your chosen height. Take in the scenery, climb in style, and before you know it you are thousands of feet above ground, there is no window – it’s just you, a lot of adrenalin and a completely unrestricted view! 

Sail Lake Taupo - Additional Cost

Join the locals on a boutique Lake Taupo cruise to the renowned Maori Rock Carvings. Sailing Taupo's beautiful bays, Barbary offers the perfect mix of relaxation, fun and adventure at an awesome price.

Soak up the sun or roll up your sleeves; you can take the wheel, help hoist the sails or just sit back and enjoy the view. Barbary is nothing like your run-of-the-mill Lake Taupo cruise; our eco-friendly yacht offers year-round water activities the Kiwi way.

Water Touch Bungy - Additional Cost

Located in the stunning volcanic Waikato River Valley, Taupo Bungy is considered one of the world’s most spectacular jump sites and also boasts NZ’s highest water touch bungy! There are a number of different jump styles to choose from on the day.

Sail Fearless - Additional Cost

Be Fearless! Join our crew for a sail on Fearless, Great Lake Taupo’s only 48’ ketch offering small groups, of up to 14 people, pure sailing magic.

Experience the beauty and thrill of a scenic journey out to the infamous Maori rock carvings taking in the popular Te Kopua and Acacia Bays en route.

The trip includes a swimming stop in summer or winter if your brave, and be sure to bring your camera to capture some of the most breathtaking views around. Come and join us on Fearless for a trip to remember.

Trips take 2 to 2 1/2 hours and are weather dependent. Bring a warm jacket just in case and a towel if you fancy a swim.

Day 9Taupo to Wellington

On our way down to Wellington, we will get spectacular views of the famous volcanoes – Ruapehu, Tongariro and of course, Ngauruhoe, which is better known as Mt Doom in the Lord of the Rings films. Your guide will definitely have a surprise or two in store along the way as well.

When we arrive in Wellington, kick back, relax and let our knowledgeable guide sort out the planning for an exciting night on the town.

Water Touch Bungy - Additional Cost

Located in the stunning volcanic Waikato River Valley, Taupo Bungy is considered one of the world’s most spectacular jump sites and also boasts NZ’s highest water touch bungy!

Day 10Wellington

After breakfast take a tour of Wellington. Ride the cable car to the botanic gardens, take in the view from Mt Victoria and visit Te Papa, New Zealand's national museum.

For those of you still seeking their adrenalin kick, during summer there is some great windsurfing here (Wellington is in fact named “Windy Wellington!), some great mountain bike tracks and “Adrenalin Forest” – an adventure high ropes course which is heaps of fun plus loads more activities. This evening will go out for dinner in the Courtney District, famous for funky café’s and bars.

Weta Workshop - Additional Cost

Although best known for design and effects work on award winning film projects, including The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, King Kong, The Hobbit, Avatar, The Adventures of Tintin, District 9 and Elysium, Weta Workshop now has a creative portfolio that spans a large number of other blockbuster movies and gaming properties including The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Godzilla and DOTA 2.

The Weta Cave Workshop Tour is a movie based visitor experience in the heart of Miramar, Wellington. The 45 minute guided tour starts and finishes in the famous Weta Cave Shop and provides a unique, behind-the scenes glimpse into the workings of Weta Workshop. The story of the creative process is told by members of the talented crew from the workshop floor using the props, models and weapons they helped make for the movies and may even reveal some of the secrets behind the movie magic.

Day 11Wellington to Kaikoura

This morning you take the Interislander Ferry to Picton. The ferry crossing is one of the most beautiful in the world, and passes through the Cook Strait into the Marlborough Sounds, with views of the mountains in the distance. After lunch we travel on to Kaikoura. Meaning "to eat crayfish", Kaikoura is a coastal settlement rich in marine activity, with its deep sea trench allowing sea creatures such as whales, dolphins and seals to come up close and personal. The water here is as deep as the mountains surrounding it are high. We walk over the peninsula from South Bay to the northern seal colony, where many fur seals choose to bask lazily along the rocks. If the conditions permit, there may be a chance to go snorkelling along this area and your guide may catch something for dinner!

Day 12Kaikoura to Christchurch

This morning is for activities and you have the chance to swim with dolphins, watch for whales, learn to surf or even play mini golf. Dolphin swimming is incredibly popular, with groups often seeing hundreds of dolphins at a time! After lunch we leave for the Garden City of Christchurch.

Swimming with the Dolphins Kaikoura - Additional Cost

An activity on most people’s bucket list! Dusky dolphins inhabit the coastal waters off Kaikoura all year round and can be encountered every day, weather permitting. This means that the success rate of swimming with dolphins is second to none. On the dolphin tour you are also sometimes lucky enough to see other marine mammals such as orca (killer whales), pilot whales, New Zealand fur seals, and Hector dolphins.

Kaikoura Whale Watch - Additional Cost

Every Whale Watch tour is a unique experience, with sightings of whales varying all the time. Giant Sperm Whales are the stars of the show and year round residents. A typical tour may encounter New Zealand Fur Seals, pods of Dusky Dolphins and the endangered Wandering Albatross. Depending on the season you may also see migrating Humpback Whales, Pilot Whales, Blue Whales and Southern Right Whales.

Day 13Christchurch to Lake Tekapo

This morning you are free to explore Christchurch, or do one of our optional activities. After lunch we leave New Zealand's 'Garden City' and head south. The jewel of the Mackenzie Country, Lake Tekapo is an alpine village in the heart of the South Island high country. It sits at the edge of its 20 kilometre glacial lake, completely surrounded by the impressive Southern Alps.

Hot Air Ballooning Christchurch - Additional Cost

Take a trip of a lifetime and admire the beauty of Christchurch and its surrounding region from a hot air balloon! This is the only place in the world where it is possible to fly from the centre of the city in view of the ocean and toward snow-capped mountains.

Day 14Lake Tekapo to Queenstown

We have time to enjoy Lake Tekapo before leaving for Queenstown in the mid-morning. Your guide will take a break at one of the many salmon farms along the drive to allow you to feed the salmon and taste some sashimi. Queenstown has more adventure options per square metre than any other similarly sized town across the globe. It is one of the most beautiful settings on earth, nestled beside Lake Wakatipu. In the evening we take the Queenstown gondola to view our spectacular surroundings. The nightlife in the town is also second to none and there is always something going on no matter what day it is.

Scenic Flight Lake Tekapo - Additional Cost

This is a flight of a lifetime over two World Heritage National Parks and 200km of New Zealand’s most memorable and spectacular scenery. The 50 minute flight passes over Mt Cook (Aoraki) and Westland National Parks, 12 major glaciers, the highest peaks in Oceania and the sub tropical rain forests of the South Island's West Coast.

Kawarau Bridge Bungy Queenstown - Additional Cost

No trip to Queenstown would be complete without at least considering a bungy jump! The world's first and most infamous of leaps, Kawarau Bridge, is still going strong. You can choose from a number of options: topple over backwards, forwards, with another person, spin or somersault. The bungy is also the only one in Queenstown where you can choose to bob above the water, touch it, or be fully immersed.

Paragliding Queenstown - Additional Cost

Treat yourself to an incredible paragliding experience, enjoying breathtaking views taking off from Coronet Peak, the highest take off in Queenstown! After a short briefing from your instructor, you will enjoy a tandem flight of 15-20 minutes before landing at the grassy Flight Park landing field.

Day 15Queenstown

You have a whole day to spend in Queenstown and you are spoilt for choice! See options below for what you are able to pre-book. For a more relaxed day, your guide may take you to Glenorcy where there are multiple half and full day walks. Another awesome and world famous experience that we fully recommend is a trip to Milford Sound – absolutely gorgeous. This can be accessed by coach or by flight.

Canyon Swing - Additional Cost

The canyon swing is a bit different to a bungy. You are secured in a full body harness enabling you to depart from the 109 metre high platform in any position imaginable! Upon leaving the platform, you will have a pure free fall for 60 metres before the lines take up tension and swing you into a smooth 200 metre arc at 150 kph!! There are over 10 different jump styles to choose from on the day, some more scary than others!

Extreme Jetboating - Additional Cost

This is a jet boat trip like no other! Tour into Skippers Canyon, along the sheer canyon walls, on the 'road to riches' carved from the rock walls and sheer cliffs by miners over 120 years ago. And that’s just getting to the boat!

Skiing/Snowboarding Day at the Remarks - Additional Cost

From the first timer through to those who like to be challenged by narrow chutes, rock drops and off-piste powder, The Remarkables is all about fun, freestyle and the love of the big mountain environment.

Canyoning Queenstown (October - April Only) - Additional Cost

Descend the spectacular canyons, explore your way through crystal pools and native forest, plunge down water polished chutes, abseil down waterfalls.

Climb, swim and float through a spectacular world of water sculpted rock and sparkling, crashing waterfalls.

Nevis Bungy - Additional Cost

The experience kicks off with a rugged 35 minute back-blocks 4x4 drive before you get harnessed up and board a shuttle which ferries you to the Bungy Pod.

The bungy itself is the highest in the Southern Hemisphere at 134m (8.5 seconds of freefall). The ultimate adrenalin challenge!

Kawarau Bridge Bungy - Additional Cost

No trip to Queenstown would be complete without at least considering a Bungy jump.

Bungy was born in Queenstown and quickly rocketed this once sleepy town to the envious status of the adventure-tourism capital of the world.

Paragliding - Additional Cost

Treat yourself to an incredible paragliding experience, enjoying breathtaking views taking off from Coronet Peak, the highest take off in Queenstown!

To get to the Paragliding site, you ride the Queenstown Gondola. This ride is included on one of your days in Queenstown, as part of your tour.

However if for whatever reason you can't Paraglide on that day, you will need to pay an additional $33 NZD to get to the Paragliding site on an alternative Queenstown day.

Horse Trekking at Glenorchy - Additional Cost

The River Wild is a beautiful 2 hour horse ride across the delta flats between the Rees and Dart Rivers (in Glenorchy). The ride is suitable for all riding abilities, from complete novice to lifetime rider. There are several river crossings with opportunities for the more experienced rider to canter whilst beginners are tutored.

Heli Mountain Biking - Additional Cost

An amazing helicopter flight over the Remarkables mountain range is followed by 18 kms of exclusive and varied terrain. Starting from the 2000 metre summit of Ben Cruachen there's only one way down and that's on ya bike! Rolling ridge lines, gold miner's single track - thanks "oldtimers", then a flowing farm 4WD track leads you to the finish amongst the Gibbston Valley vineyards. It's big and beautiful but not too scary!

Milford Sound Trip - Additional Cost

This scenic day trip departs Queenstown where you travel by coach via Lake Wakatipu to stunning Fiordland. Upon arrival, you have time to explore the local area, after which you will step aboard a luxurious scenic boat and embark on a cruise of breath-taking Milford Sound. Flight option available.

Skydiving over the Remarks - Additional Cost

Skydiving is a definite inclusion on our New Zealand bucket list and is something no one on our tours has ever regretted doing! It is said Queenstown is where beauty and extreme sports go hand in hand, and there is no better illustration than sky diving over the world's adventure capital.

Middle-earth Tour in Queenstown - Additional Cost

Come see Middle-earth in Queenstown! Hop on the safars and see the sets of Lord of the Rings.

Day 16Queenstown to Wanaka

Still time to do one more Queenstown activity in the morning! We then drive over the Crown Range along the highest inland road in the country. At the end of our drive we are greeted by the shores of picturesque lakes Wanaka and Hawea. Over 1,300 feet deep and an incredible blue, both lakes are fringed by breathtaking mountain ranges. During summer, wake-boarding, water-skiing, stunning lake cruises and swimming are always high on the agenda but in the winter Wanaka is a complete snow sports destination.

Skydiving over Southern Alps - Additional Cost

Scared? Believe it or not, 15,000 feet is recommended over 12,000 feet because you have more time to adjust to the freefall.

Tiger Moth Acrobatic Plane Ride - Additional Cost

See Lake Wanaka like you've never seen it before in a 1941 open cockpit bi-plane

Canyon Swing - Additional Cost

The canyon swing is a bit different to a bungy. You are secured in a full body harness enabling you to depart from the 109 metre high platform in any position imaginable! Upon leaving the platform, you will have a pure free fall for 60 metres before the lines take up tension and swing you into a smooth 200 metre arc at 150 kph!! There are over 10 different jump styles to choose from on the day, some more scary than others!

Extreme Jetboating - Additional Cost

This is a jet boat trip like no other! Tour into Skippers Canyon, along the sheer canyon walls, on the 'road to riches' carved from the rock walls and sheer cliffs by miners over 120 years ago. And that’s just getting to the boat!

Canyoning Queenstown (October - April Only) - Additional Cost

Descend the spectacular canyons, explore your way through crystal pools and native forest, plunge down water polished chutes, abseil down waterfalls.

Climb, swim and float through a spectacular world of water sculpted rock and sparkling, crashing waterfalls.

Nevis Bungy - Additional Cost

The experience kicks off with a rugged 35 minute back-blocks 4x4 drive before you get harnessed up and board a shuttle which ferries you to the Bungy Pod.

The bungy itself is the highest in the Southern Hemisphere at 134m (8.5 seconds of freefall). The ultimate adrenalin challenge!

Kawarau Bridge Bungy - Additional Cost

No trip to Queenstown would be complete without at least considering a Bungy jump.

Bungy was born in Queenstown and quickly rocketed this once sleepy town to the envious status of the adventure-tourism capital of the world.

Paragliding - Additional Cost

Treat yourself to an incredible paragliding experience, enjoying breathtaking views taking off from Coronet Peak, the highest take off in Queenstown!

To get to the Paragliding site, you ride the Queenstown Gondola. This ride is included on one of your days in Queenstown, as part of your tour.

However if for whatever reason you can't Paraglide on that day, you will need to pay an additional $33 NZD to get to the Paragliding site on an alternative Queenstown day.

Horse Trekking at Glenorchy - Additional Cost

The River Wild is a beautiful 2 hour horse ride across the delta flats between the Rees and Dart Rivers (in Glenorchy). The ride is suitable for all riding abilities, from complete novice to lifetime rider. There are several river crossings with opportunities for the more experienced rider to canter whilst beginners are tutored.

Heli Mountain Biking - Additional Cost

An amazing helicopter flight over the Remarkables mountain range is followed by 18 kms of exclusive and varied terrain. Starting from the 2000 metre summit of Ben Cruachen there's only one way down and that's on ya bike! Rolling ridge lines, gold miner's single track - thanks "oldtimers", then a flowing farm 4WD track leads you to the finish amongst the Gibbston Valley vineyards. It's big and beautiful but not too scary!

Skydiving over the Remarks - Additional Cost

Skydiving is a definite inclusion on our New Zealand bucket list and is something no one on our tours has ever regretted doing! It is said Queenstown is where beauty and extreme sports go hand in hand, and there is no better illustration than sky diving over the world's adventure capital.

Day 17Wanaka to Franz Josef

After some time in Wanaka we head over the Haast Pass to the rugged West Coast. Travelling north through Fox Glacier we arrive at Franz Josef, our overnight stop.

Skydiving over Southern Alps - Additional Cost

Scared? Believe it or not, 15,000 feet is recommended over 12,000 feet because you have more time to adjust to the freefall.

Tiger Moth Acrobatic Plane Ride - Additional Cost

See Lake Wanaka like you've never seen it before in a 1941 open cockpit bi-plane

Day 18Franz Josef

You cannot visit Franz Josef without paying your respects to the glacier. Both the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers are world-renowned on account of their relative accessibility and the low level to which they descend, although they no longer extend far enough down their valleys to reach the forest. The most popular way of visiting the glacier is with a half day guided trek.

Heli Experience with Snow Landing - Additional Cost

If your priority is seeing the many glaciers in the area including the Franz Josef glacier, the Westland National Park and our highest mountains; Mt Cook and Mt Tasman, from the unique perspective of a heli-copter, then this heli option is for you!

Kayak in Glacier Country - Additional Cost

Leaving from Jetty Bay, this unique guided half day kayak tour takes you across the glacial lake past rain forest and imposing vertical walls of glacial moraine.

You then paddle through the pristine environment of the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary and 900-year-old kahikatea trees.

Glacier Hike - Additional Cost

Glacier trekking is considered an absolute must-do of New Zealand, and is actually suitable for all abilities. Half and Full Day Hikes available.

Glacier Heli-Hike - Additional Cost

Glacier trekking is considered an absolute must-do of New Zealand, and is actually suitable for all abilities. We recommend the heli-hike as a quicker way to reach the bluer ice of the glacier, compared with the half day trek. You’ll enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and with plenty of photo opportunities and the chance to learn more about this magnificent glacier, this will almost certainly be one of your most memorable experiences whilst in New Zealand.

Quad Biking - Additional Cost

Embark on a 4WD adventure and head across stony braided riverbeds, see glacial fed rivers and listen to your guide tell you about local history. Then drive through dense rain forest and soak up the atmosphere as you pass by ferns, mosses and mature podocarp trees in this lush watery world.

Day 19Franz Josef to Punakaiki

We head to the beautiful west coast on one of the most spectacular drives in the world. A rugged, primeval landscape. We take a break at Hokitika to visit a Jade factory. We like to boast that we are the only tour company to stay at the unique Te Nikau Retreat. A firm favourite on tour, the resort is set 3km north of Pancake Rocks; a set of spacious lodges and cabins in peaceful rainforest beside the coast. In the evening we watch the sunset over the ocean and make use of the resort's superb facilities.

Day 20Punakiki

Surfing, horse trekking, kayaking, four wheel driving, walking or simply taking in the view are all great activities in this region! In particular, Punakaiki is world famous for its 'Pancake Rocks', which are huge columns of limestone resembling stacks of pancakes. With a heavy swell running at high tide, seawater is forced upwards through blowholes with an impressive roar.

Underground Rafting - Additional Cost

Similar to Black Water Rafting, this cave adventure takes you into Paparoa National Park to explore primeval rainforest, enormous cave systems, and glowworm grottos!

Day 21Punakiki to Abel Tasman

Upon leaving Punakaiki we continue north along the State Highway 6. There is a stunning beach beside the Fox River where we can explore some awesome caves. Just ten kilometres west of Westport is Cape Foulwind where there is a fur seal colony accessible by a walking track.

Westport is home to a company that specialises in various adventure activities, including quad biking, extreme jet boating and river rafting along the Buller River. The river is one of the longest in the country and we travel alongside it for much of the day.

Our accommodation tonight is just on the outskirts of Abel Tasman National Park, near the town of Motueka. The golden beaches, tranquil lagoons, clear water, native bush, seals and bird life make this an amazing year round destination.

Sky Diving Abel Tasman National Park - Additional Cost

Skydiving is a definite inclusion on our New Zealand bucket list and is something no one on our tours has ever regretted doing!

Day 22Abel Tasman National Park

During summer we will stay another night within the park, but in winter our accommodation is within Nelson. Today is all about exploring Abel Tasman National Park – New Zealand’s smallest, but by no means least beautiful, national parks. One way to experience the park is with a half day kayak to the Split Apple. No previous experience is required as qualified guides will teach you all the basic skills to make sure this is a safe, yet awesome activity!

Kayaking Abel Tasman National Park - Additional Cost

You have a choice of navigating Abel Tasman National Park in three ways – on foot, by water taxi or by kayak. This trip includes kayak hire for a one way journey into the park, with full instruction beforehand. You are welcome to walk back or return via water taxi (extra cost on the day).

Abel Tasman Canyons - Additional Cost

Let us take you to the heart of the Abel Tasman National Park where we jump, slide, abseil and zipline our way down Torrent River.

Canyoning in is a combination of lots of fun stuff all bunched into one exciting activity. Trips normally start with a walk up through beautiful scenery. Then it’s time to get the rubber suits on and start making our way down the canyon.

We jump off cliffs into deep pools below, slide down water polished chutes and abseil besides or sometimes even through showering waterfalls

Day 23Abel Tasman to Wellington

To visit the Nelson region is to discover azure skies and wide open spaces, beaches and lakes, spectacular national parks and unique landforms, vineyards and gourmet cafés, artists and galleries and boutique shopping experiences. This region expertly combines the finest elements of the New Zealand experience and delivers them across stunning geography, sun-ripened at the perfect latitude under New Zealand’s highest sunshine hours. Even the locals like to holiday here!

On our journey back towards Picton, where we will cross to Wellington once again on the Inter-Islander ferry, we stop at Havelock, the centre of the New Zealand green-lipped mussel industry. The Mussel Pot Café is a popular stop for seafood fans!

Day 24Wellington to Auckland

Take a deep breath, swap stories and photo's and journey back to Auckland, where it all started.

Itinerary

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Day 1Auckland to Paihia

After kicking things off in NZ’s largest city, we’ll make our way north to the Bay of Islands, exploring Northland and Paihia. The most tropical part and hottest part of New Zealand, Northland is home to some of the North Island’s best beaches and scenery. Kick back and relax and leave the planning and surprises to our guides.

Bonding with the group and getting to know each other, take in your first glimpse of the lush New Zealand landscape together, from volcanic islands, turquoise waters and perfect beaches, check out where the locals go on holiday.

Apart from having some of the best weather in New Zealand, Northland’s tropical climate and plentiful beaches leave all travelers with a smile on their faces.

Day 2Paihia

Paihia is the perfect base to explore the Northland region and Bay of Islands. Home to the famous ‘Hole in the Rock,’ there are plenty of boat trips here as well as other activities to chose from in the area. You can swim with dolphins, skydive or go sailing or just chill out with new friends and take it all in. If fishing is your thing there are a few opportunities to cast a line and cook up the days catch on a barbecue on the beach – doesn’t get more kiwi than that!

This is also one of the most historically important areas of New Zealand. Rich in Maori heritage and culture, we’ll have the chance to visit some spectacular waterfalls, take scenic walks or ferry over to one of the island vineyards and even visit Waitangi, where the famous treaty between the Maori and Europeans was signed.

We can even visit Cape Reinga, the top of NZ where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet, drive around the famous 90 mile beach and try sand boarding on the dunes if you’re looking to try something new.

Swimming with Dolphins - Paihia (November to April only) - Additional Cost

Playful bottlenose and common dolphins inhabit the sheltered waters of the Bay of Islands all year round and can be encountered every day, weather permitting.

On the dolphin tour you are also sometimes lucky enough to see other marine mammals such as baleen whales, orca (killer whales), seals, penguins and birdlife.

Hole in the Rock Cruise - Paihia - Additional Cost

Head out on a power cat vessel for a trip to the 'Hole in the Rock' in the Bay of Islands.

This trip departs from the Paihia wharf, and lasts about 4 hours. You will hopefully see some dolphins, seals and birdlife while you are on this trip.

Scuba Diving - Additional Cost

If you have your Advanced Open Water Dive Certificate, you can explore further into one of these two wrecks, depending on which one the group is going to.

At the HMNZS Canterbury, you will be able to explore the lower levels, with the stern resting at approximately 36m.

Skydiving - Paihia - Additional Cost

Want the absolute best view of the Bay? Then jump out of a plane with the team at Sky Dive Bay of Islands. Enjoy the incredible scenery before your jump to free at over 200km an hour! This activity is definately a favourite with the team at Haka Tours.

It's natural to be a little nervous, but don't worty - their tandem masters will take awesome care of you - no one ever regretted sky diving

Day 3Paihia to Auckland

There are plenty of exciting things to do and try in the city of sails. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, be sure to sign up for a bungy jump off the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Crossing the top of the bridge trapped in on a guided bridge climb is also an option, and it’s one of only 3 places in the world where you can do this. Cheer on your friends who are taking the plunge from above!

From catching the ferry out to one of the local islands, or just exploring the downtown, there’s plenty to do in Auckland. The harbour area has a great selection of fun bars and delicious restaurants to try out with the rest of the Haka gang.

Thanks to Auckland’s generally good climate, it’s also the perfect opportunity to get to know each other on a harbor barbecue cruise. There’s no better way to take in New Zealand’s biggest city than from the turquoise waters of the sea.

Day 4Auckland to Coromandel

Depart Auckland and head to the Coromandel Peninsula. Visit Hot Water Beach, at low tide you can make your own spa bath in the sand! Arrive at Whitianga, and in the afternoon their is an opportunity to carve your own kiwi pendant from bone - a souvenir many choose to wear for the rest of the trip! In the evening you could visit Lost Springs and relax with a drink in one of the hot pools.

Sea Kayaking Coromandel - Additional Cost

There is no better way to explore Coromandel's stunning Cathedral Cove than by sea kayak. This is what we consider one of the best kayaking trips in the country - paddle through amazing sea caves, explore volcanic islands in the Marine Reserve and enjoy a cappuccino at the exclusive Cathedral Cove beachfront cafe.

Day 5Coromandel to Waitomo

Spend the morning exploring the local beaches. Experience the gorgeous coastal scenery of the area with a walk along the cliff top to Cathedral Cove, a bay made famous by films such as The Chronicles of Narnia. Pure New Zealand!

After lunch we make the short journey south to Waitomo, with possible stops at Matamata (home to Hobbiton from "Lord of the Rings" and Otorohanga Kiwi House.

Day 6Waitomo to Rotorua

Waitomo has become famous around the world thanks to its magnificent glowworm caves. How many chances do you get to go caving in a place with blue glowworms twinkling on the ceiling? There are many different ways to explore the caves, but if you are open to adventure and getting your feet wet, the best way to experience Waitomo is by black water rafting. (Optional Add-on)

Dressed in a wetsuit, sitting on top of an inner tube, you can float down the caverns and underground maze. With your headlamp off, it seems as if you are looking up at the sky filled with blue stars. If you’re feeling even more adventurous, you can opt on one of the caving tours where you abseil down into the caverns, tube, zipline and climb waterfalls before popping out at the end. But don’t worry, there’s a different way to explore the caves for everyone.

After lunch we’ll hop on over to Rotorua, famous for its geothermal activity and Maori culture. Nicknamed the Vegas of New Zealand, Rotorua has heaps of activities and things to do for everyone.

A favourite activity for many is the Zorb – a Kiwi invention that involves rolling down a hill whilst inside a giant air cushioned ball! Taking in one of the Maori cultural evenings, getting to experience the traditional Maori heritage and welcome, is another tour highlight.

Black Water Rafting Waitomo - Additional Cost

Waitomo is world famous for the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. New Zealanders being New Zealanders, we could not just observe this spectacular natural phenomenon onboard a simple observation deck, so enter Black Water Rafting!

Lost World Caving Experience - Additional Cost

Enjoy the best caving adventure tour on a four hour expedition that combines abseiling the breathtaking tomo, with climbing and tight rock squeezes!

Abseil 100m into this unique and spectacular chasm alongside your instructor. The beauty of this iconic cavern is unsurpassed.

OGO Zorb Rotorua - Additional Cost

Owned and operated by the inventors, OGO Rotorua is an adventure activity that is great all year round.

Visitors are rewarded with spectacular views over Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island as they Superman-dive into the OGO ride of their choice.

Slip and slide with 40 litres of water (warm in the winter, cool in the summer) down the world’s longest H2OGO Sidewinder track, or race one another down the two-double straight H2OGO tracks or try out their latest creation the DRYGO.

Just five minutes from town, next door to Mitai, Rainbow Springs and Skyline Rotorua.

Day 7Rotorua to Taupo

This morning you are free to explore Rotorua, visit one of the Geothermal Hot Springs, or do one of the optional activities. After lunch in town we take a trip up the Rotorua gondola (cable car) to another stunning panoramic view and the chance to ride down on the luge – heaps of fun! On the way to Taupo we make a stop at Orakei Korako, an extraordinary geyserland and thermal park and see some great examples of the thermal activity.

Rafting Kaituna River Rotorua - Additional Cost

The Kaituna River is home to the highest commercially rafted waterfall, the 7 metre Tutea falls. This trip is a fantastic introduction to white water rafting for those who have never or barely rafted before. Nevertheless, we promise the more experienced amongst you will not fail to be impressed by the incredible waterfall at the end of the route! In rafts of 4-6 people you will pass through steep, bush clad canyons over 14 awesome drops – grade 4 and 5 rapids. The rafting guides are at the top of their game with heaps of knowledge and safety awareness. A unique mix of history, culture and adrenalin overload.

The Shire Set Tour in Rotorua - Additional Cost

See and explore The Shire from the movie The Lord of the Rings! Leaves from Rotorua.

Sledging Rotorua - Additional Cost

Sledging is otherwise known as river boarding which means navigating down river rapids on a specially designed body board! You need no experience! You may not notice it that much whilst in the water but your scenery is absolutely stunning, with bush clad canyons either side of the river.

Water Touch Bungy - Additional Cost

Located in the stunning volcanic Waikato River Valley, Taupo Bungy is considered one of the world’s most spectacular jump sites and also boasts NZ’s highest water touch bungy!

(Water touching is optional)

Day 8Taupo

Lake Taupo was created a few thousand years ago in what was the largest volcanic eruption in 5,000 years. The eruption was so dramatic that records report the sun became hazy in places as far as China. What is left today is a fresh-water lake the size of Singapore and the largest in Australasia. You could go quad biking, play golf or bungy jump over New Zealand’s longest river, the mighty Waikato, or take a cruise to see Maori rock carvings alongside Lake Taupo. In the evening your guide will treat you to a soak in some naturally-heated thermal rock pools situated in a local park. It will keep you warm for hours!

Tongariro Alpine Crossing - Additional Cost

Rich in cultural identity, the Tongariro National Park has dramatic scenery and unique land forms which when combined make a world-renowned trek. Rated as the best one day trek in New Zealand and listed by many as one of top 10 day treks in the world, the Tongariro Crossing is a challenging hike taking 7 - 8 hours covering a distance of 17 km one way.

Skydiving over Lake Taupo - Additional Cost

Skydiving is a definite inclusion on our New Zealand bucket list and is something no one on our tours has ever regretted doing! The sights of Lake Taupo and the central plateau of NZ are breathtaking through an aeroplane window as you fly up to your chosen height. Take in the scenery, climb in style, and before you know it you are thousands of feet above ground, there is no window – it’s just you, a lot of adrenalin and a completely unrestricted view! 

Sail Lake Taupo - Additional Cost

Join the locals on a boutique Lake Taupo cruise to the renowned Maori Rock Carvings. Sailing Taupo's beautiful bays, Barbary offers the perfect mix of relaxation, fun and adventure at an awesome price.

Soak up the sun or roll up your sleeves; you can take the wheel, help hoist the sails or just sit back and enjoy the view. Barbary is nothing like your run-of-the-mill Lake Taupo cruise; our eco-friendly yacht offers year-round water activities the Kiwi way.

Water Touch Bungy - Additional Cost

Located in the stunning volcanic Waikato River Valley, Taupo Bungy is considered one of the world’s most spectacular jump sites and also boasts NZ’s highest water touch bungy! There are a number of different jump styles to choose from on the day.

Sail Fearless - Additional Cost

Be Fearless! Join our crew for a sail on Fearless, Great Lake Taupo’s only 48’ ketch offering small groups, of up to 14 people, pure sailing magic.

Experience the beauty and thrill of a scenic journey out to the infamous Maori rock carvings taking in the popular Te Kopua and Acacia Bays en route.

The trip includes a swimming stop in summer or winter if your brave, and be sure to bring your camera to capture some of the most breathtaking views around. Come and join us on Fearless for a trip to remember.

Trips take 2 to 2 1/2 hours and are weather dependent. Bring a warm jacket just in case and a towel if you fancy a swim.

Day 9Taupo to Wellington

On our way down to Wellington, we will get spectacular views of the famous volcanoes – Ruapehu, Tongariro and of course, Ngauruhoe, which is better known as Mt Doom in the Lord of the Rings films. Your guide will definitely have a surprise or two in store along the way as well.

When we arrive in Wellington, kick back, relax and let our knowledgeable guide sort out the planning for an exciting night on the town.

Water Touch Bungy - Additional Cost

Located in the stunning volcanic Waikato River Valley, Taupo Bungy is considered one of the world’s most spectacular jump sites and also boasts NZ’s highest water touch bungy!

Day 10Wellington

After breakfast take a tour of Wellington. Ride the cable car to the botanic gardens, take in the view from Mt Victoria and visit Te Papa, New Zealand's national museum.

For those of you still seeking their adrenalin kick, during summer there is some great windsurfing here (Wellington is in fact named “Windy Wellington!), some great mountain bike tracks and “Adrenalin Forest” – an adventure high ropes course which is heaps of fun plus loads more activities. This evening will go out for dinner in the Courtney District, famous for funky café’s and bars.

Weta Workshop - Additional Cost

Although best known for design and effects work on award winning film projects, including The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, King Kong, The Hobbit, Avatar, The Adventures of Tintin, District 9 and Elysium, Weta Workshop now has a creative portfolio that spans a large number of other blockbuster movies and gaming properties including The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Godzilla and DOTA 2.

The Weta Cave Workshop Tour is a movie based visitor experience in the heart of Miramar, Wellington. The 45 minute guided tour starts and finishes in the famous Weta Cave Shop and provides a unique, behind-the scenes glimpse into the workings of Weta Workshop. The story of the creative process is told by members of the talented crew from the workshop floor using the props, models and weapons they helped make for the movies and may even reveal some of the secrets behind the movie magic.

Day 11Wellington to Kaikoura

This morning you take the Interislander Ferry to Picton. The ferry crossing is one of the most beautiful in the world, and passes through the Cook Strait into the Marlborough Sounds, with views of the mountains in the distance. After lunch we travel on to Kaikoura. Meaning "to eat crayfish", Kaikoura is a coastal settlement rich in marine activity, with its deep sea trench allowing sea creatures such as whales, dolphins and seals to come up close and personal. The water here is as deep as the mountains surrounding it are high. We walk over the peninsula from South Bay to the northern seal colony, where many fur seals choose to bask lazily along the rocks. If the conditions permit, there may be a chance to go snorkelling along this area and your guide may catch something for dinner!

Day 12Kaikoura to Christchurch

This morning is for activities and you have the chance to swim with dolphins, watch for whales, learn to surf or even play mini golf. Dolphin swimming is incredibly popular, with groups often seeing hundreds of dolphins at a time! After lunch we leave for the Garden City of Christchurch.

Swimming with the Dolphins Kaikoura - Additional Cost

An activity on most people’s bucket list! Dusky dolphins inhabit the coastal waters off Kaikoura all year round and can be encountered every day, weather permitting. This means that the success rate of swimming with dolphins is second to none. On the dolphin tour you are also sometimes lucky enough to see other marine mammals such as orca (killer whales), pilot whales, New Zealand fur seals, and Hector dolphins.

Kaikoura Whale Watch - Additional Cost

Every Whale Watch tour is a unique experience, with sightings of whales varying all the time. Giant Sperm Whales are the stars of the show and year round residents. A typical tour may encounter New Zealand Fur Seals, pods of Dusky Dolphins and the endangered Wandering Albatross. Depending on the season you may also see migrating Humpback Whales, Pilot Whales, Blue Whales and Southern Right Whales.

Day 13Christchurch to Lake Tekapo

This morning you are free to explore Christchurch, or do one of our optional activities. After lunch we leave New Zealand's 'Garden City' and head south. The jewel of the Mackenzie Country, Lake Tekapo is an alpine village in the heart of the South Island high country. It sits at the edge of its 20 kilometre glacial lake, completely surrounded by the impressive Southern Alps.

Hot Air Ballooning Christchurch - Additional Cost

Take a trip of a lifetime and admire the beauty of Christchurch and its surrounding region from a hot air balloon! This is the only place in the world where it is possible to fly from the centre of the city in view of the ocean and toward snow-capped mountains.

Day 14Lake Tekapo to Queenstown

We have time to enjoy Lake Tekapo before leaving for Queenstown in the mid-morning. Your guide will take a break at one of the many salmon farms along the drive to allow you to feed the salmon and taste some sashimi. Queenstown has more adventure options per square metre than any other similarly sized town across the globe. It is one of the most beautiful settings on earth, nestled beside Lake Wakatipu. In the evening we take the Queenstown gondola to view our spectacular surroundings. The nightlife in the town is also second to none and there is always something going on no matter what day it is.

Scenic Flight Lake Tekapo - Additional Cost

This is a flight of a lifetime over two World Heritage National Parks and 200km of New Zealand’s most memorable and spectacular scenery. The 50 minute flight passes over Mt Cook (Aoraki) and Westland National Parks, 12 major glaciers, the highest peaks in Oceania and the sub tropical rain forests of the South Island's West Coast.

Kawarau Bridge Bungy Queenstown - Additional Cost

No trip to Queenstown would be complete without at least considering a bungy jump! The world's first and most infamous of leaps, Kawarau Bridge, is still going strong. You can choose from a number of options: topple over backwards, forwards, with another person, spin or somersault. The bungy is also the only one in Queenstown where you can choose to bob above the water, touch it, or be fully immersed.

Paragliding Queenstown - Additional Cost

Treat yourself to an incredible paragliding experience, enjoying breathtaking views taking off from Coronet Peak, the highest take off in Queenstown! After a short briefing from your instructor, you will enjoy a tandem flight of 15-20 minutes before landing at the grassy Flight Park landing field.

Day 15Queenstown

You have a whole day to spend in Queenstown and you are spoilt for choice! See options below for what you are able to pre-book. For a more relaxed day, your guide may take you to Glenorcy where there are multiple half and full day walks. Another awesome and world famous experience that we fully recommend is a trip to Milford Sound – absolutely gorgeous. This can be accessed by coach or by flight.

Canyon Swing - Additional Cost

The canyon swing is a bit different to a bungy. You are secured in a full body harness enabling you to depart from the 109 metre high platform in any position imaginable! Upon leaving the platform, you will have a pure free fall for 60 metres before the lines take up tension and swing you into a smooth 200 metre arc at 150 kph!! There are over 10 different jump styles to choose from on the day, some more scary than others!

Extreme Jetboating - Additional Cost

This is a jet boat trip like no other! Tour into Skippers Canyon, along the sheer canyon walls, on the 'road to riches' carved from the rock walls and sheer cliffs by miners over 120 years ago. And that’s just getting to the boat!

Skiing/Snowboarding Day at the Remarks - Additional Cost

From the first timer through to those who like to be challenged by narrow chutes, rock drops and off-piste powder, The Remarkables is all about fun, freestyle and the love of the big mountain environment.

Canyoning Queenstown (October - April Only) - Additional Cost

Descend the spectacular canyons, explore your way through crystal pools and native forest, plunge down water polished chutes, abseil down waterfalls.

Climb, swim and float through a spectacular world of water sculpted rock and sparkling, crashing waterfalls.

Nevis Bungy - Additional Cost

The experience kicks off with a rugged 35 minute back-blocks 4x4 drive before you get harnessed up and board a shuttle which ferries you to the Bungy Pod.

The bungy itself is the highest in the Southern Hemisphere at 134m (8.5 seconds of freefall). The ultimate adrenalin challenge!

Kawarau Bridge Bungy - Additional Cost

No trip to Queenstown would be complete without at least considering a Bungy jump.

Bungy was born in Queenstown and quickly rocketed this once sleepy town to the envious status of the adventure-tourism capital of the world.

Paragliding - Additional Cost

Treat yourself to an incredible paragliding experience, enjoying breathtaking views taking off from Coronet Peak, the highest take off in Queenstown!

To get to the Paragliding site, you ride the Queenstown Gondola. This ride is included on one of your days in Queenstown, as part of your tour.

However if for whatever reason you can't Paraglide on that day, you will need to pay an additional $33 NZD to get to the Paragliding site on an alternative Queenstown day.

Horse Trekking at Glenorchy - Additional Cost

The River Wild is a beautiful 2 hour horse ride across the delta flats between the Rees and Dart Rivers (in Glenorchy). The ride is suitable for all riding abilities, from complete novice to lifetime rider. There are several river crossings with opportunities for the more experienced rider to canter whilst beginners are tutored.

Heli Mountain Biking - Additional Cost

An amazing helicopter flight over the Remarkables mountain range is followed by 18 kms of exclusive and varied terrain. Starting from the 2000 metre summit of Ben Cruachen there's only one way down and that's on ya bike! Rolling ridge lines, gold miner's single track - thanks "oldtimers", then a flowing farm 4WD track leads you to the finish amongst the Gibbston Valley vineyards. It's big and beautiful but not too scary!

Milford Sound Trip - Additional Cost

This scenic day trip departs Queenstown where you travel by coach via Lake Wakatipu to stunning Fiordland. Upon arrival, you have time to explore the local area, after which you will step aboard a luxurious scenic boat and embark on a cruise of breath-taking Milford Sound. Flight option available.

Skydiving over the Remarks - Additional Cost

Skydiving is a definite inclusion on our New Zealand bucket list and is something no one on our tours has ever regretted doing! It is said Queenstown is where beauty and extreme sports go hand in hand, and there is no better illustration than sky diving over the world's adventure capital.

Middle-earth Tour in Queenstown - Additional Cost

Come see Middle-earth in Queenstown! Hop on the safars and see the sets of Lord of the Rings.

Day 16Queenstown to Wanaka

Still time to do one more Queenstown activity in the morning! We then drive over the Crown Range along the highest inland road in the country. At the end of our drive we are greeted by the shores of picturesque lakes Wanaka and Hawea. Over 1,300 feet deep and an incredible blue, both lakes are fringed by breathtaking mountain ranges. During summer, wake-boarding, water-skiing, stunning lake cruises and swimming are always high on the agenda but in the winter Wanaka is a complete snow sports destination.

Skydiving over Southern Alps - Additional Cost

Scared? Believe it or not, 15,000 feet is recommended over 12,000 feet because you have more time to adjust to the freefall.

Tiger Moth Acrobatic Plane Ride - Additional Cost

See Lake Wanaka like you've never seen it before in a 1941 open cockpit bi-plane

Canyon Swing - Additional Cost

The canyon swing is a bit different to a bungy. You are secured in a full body harness enabling you to depart from the 109 metre high platform in any position imaginable! Upon leaving the platform, you will have a pure free fall for 60 metres before the lines take up tension and swing you into a smooth 200 metre arc at 150 kph!! There are over 10 different jump styles to choose from on the day, some more scary than others!

Extreme Jetboating - Additional Cost

This is a jet boat trip like no other! Tour into Skippers Canyon, along the sheer canyon walls, on the 'road to riches' carved from the rock walls and sheer cliffs by miners over 120 years ago. And that’s just getting to the boat!

Canyoning Queenstown (October - April Only) - Additional Cost

Descend the spectacular canyons, explore your way through crystal pools and native forest, plunge down water polished chutes, abseil down waterfalls.

Climb, swim and float through a spectacular world of water sculpted rock and sparkling, crashing waterfalls.

Nevis Bungy - Additional Cost

The experience kicks off with a rugged 35 minute back-blocks 4x4 drive before you get harnessed up and board a shuttle which ferries you to the Bungy Pod.

The bungy itself is the highest in the Southern Hemisphere at 134m (8.5 seconds of freefall). The ultimate adrenalin challenge!

Kawarau Bridge Bungy - Additional Cost

No trip to Queenstown would be complete without at least considering a Bungy jump.

Bungy was born in Queenstown and quickly rocketed this once sleepy town to the envious status of the adventure-tourism capital of the world.

Paragliding - Additional Cost

Treat yourself to an incredible paragliding experience, enjoying breathtaking views taking off from Coronet Peak, the highest take off in Queenstown!

To get to the Paragliding site, you ride the Queenstown Gondola. This ride is included on one of your days in Queenstown, as part of your tour.

However if for whatever reason you can't Paraglide on that day, you will need to pay an additional $33 NZD to get to the Paragliding site on an alternative Queenstown day.

Horse Trekking at Glenorchy - Additional Cost

The River Wild is a beautiful 2 hour horse ride across the delta flats between the Rees and Dart Rivers (in Glenorchy). The ride is suitable for all riding abilities, from complete novice to lifetime rider. There are several river crossings with opportunities for the more experienced rider to canter whilst beginners are tutored.

Heli Mountain Biking - Additional Cost

An amazing helicopter flight over the Remarkables mountain range is followed by 18 kms of exclusive and varied terrain. Starting from the 2000 metre summit of Ben Cruachen there's only one way down and that's on ya bike! Rolling ridge lines, gold miner's single track - thanks "oldtimers", then a flowing farm 4WD track leads you to the finish amongst the Gibbston Valley vineyards. It's big and beautiful but not too scary!

Skydiving over the Remarks - Additional Cost

Skydiving is a definite inclusion on our New Zealand bucket list and is something no one on our tours has ever regretted doing! It is said Queenstown is where beauty and extreme sports go hand in hand, and there is no better illustration than sky diving over the world's adventure capital.

Day 17Wanaka to Franz Josef

After some time in Wanaka we head over the Haast Pass to the rugged West Coast. Travelling north through Fox Glacier we arrive at Franz Josef, our overnight stop.

Skydiving over Southern Alps - Additional Cost

Scared? Believe it or not, 15,000 feet is recommended over 12,000 feet because you have more time to adjust to the freefall.

Tiger Moth Acrobatic Plane Ride - Additional Cost

See Lake Wanaka like you've never seen it before in a 1941 open cockpit bi-plane

Day 18Franz Josef

You cannot visit Franz Josef without paying your respects to the glacier. Both the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers are world-renowned on account of their relative accessibility and the low level to which they descend, although they no longer extend far enough down their valleys to reach the forest. The most popular way of visiting the glacier is with a half day guided trek.

Heli Experience with Snow Landing - Additional Cost

If your priority is seeing the many glaciers in the area including the Franz Josef glacier, the Westland National Park and our highest mountains; Mt Cook and Mt Tasman, from the unique perspective of a heli-copter, then this heli option is for you!

Kayak in Glacier Country - Additional Cost

Leaving from Jetty Bay, this unique guided half day kayak tour takes you across the glacial lake past rain forest and imposing vertical walls of glacial moraine.

You then paddle through the pristine environment of the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary and 900-year-old kahikatea trees.

Glacier Hike - Additional Cost

Glacier trekking is considered an absolute must-do of New Zealand, and is actually suitable for all abilities. Half and Full Day Hikes available.

Glacier Heli-Hike - Additional Cost

Glacier trekking is considered an absolute must-do of New Zealand, and is actually suitable for all abilities. We recommend the heli-hike as a quicker way to reach the bluer ice of the glacier, compared with the half day trek. You’ll enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and with plenty of photo opportunities and the chance to learn more about this magnificent glacier, this will almost certainly be one of your most memorable experiences whilst in New Zealand.

Quad Biking - Additional Cost

Embark on a 4WD adventure and head across stony braided riverbeds, see glacial fed rivers and listen to your guide tell you about local history. Then drive through dense rain forest and soak up the atmosphere as you pass by ferns, mosses and mature podocarp trees in this lush watery world.

Day 19Franz Josef to Punakaiki

We head to the beautiful west coast on one of the most spectacular drives in the world. A rugged, primeval landscape. We take a break at Hokitika to visit a Jade factory. We like to boast that we are the only tour company to stay at the unique Te Nikau Retreat. A firm favourite on tour, the resort is set 3km north of Pancake Rocks; a set of spacious lodges and cabins in peaceful rainforest beside the coast. In the evening we watch the sunset over the ocean and make use of the resort's superb facilities.

Day 20Punakiki

Surfing, horse trekking, kayaking, four wheel driving, walking or simply taking in the view are all great activities in this region! In particular, Punakaiki is world famous for its 'Pancake Rocks', which are huge columns of limestone resembling stacks of pancakes. With a heavy swell running at high tide, seawater is forced upwards through blowholes with an impressive roar.

Underground Rafting - Additional Cost

Similar to Black Water Rafting, this cave adventure takes you into Paparoa National Park to explore primeval rainforest, enormous cave systems, and glowworm grottos!

Day 21Punakiki to Abel Tasman

Upon leaving Punakaiki we continue north along the State Highway 6. There is a stunning beach beside the Fox River where we can explore some awesome caves. Just ten kilometres west of Westport is Cape Foulwind where there is a fur seal colony accessible by a walking track.

Westport is home to a company that specialises in various adventure activities, including quad biking, extreme jet boating and river rafting along the Buller River. The river is one of the longest in the country and we travel alongside it for much of the day.

Our accommodation tonight is just on the outskirts of Abel Tasman National Park, near the town of Motueka. The golden beaches, tranquil lagoons, clear water, native bush, seals and bird life make this an amazing year round destination.

Sky Diving Abel Tasman National Park - Additional Cost

Skydiving is a definite inclusion on our New Zealand bucket list and is something no one on our tours has ever regretted doing!

Day 22Abel Tasman National Park

During summer we will stay another night within the park, but in winter our accommodation is within Nelson. Today is all about exploring Abel Tasman National Park – New Zealand’s smallest, but by no means least beautiful, national parks. One way to experience the park is with a half day kayak to the Split Apple. No previous experience is required as qualified guides will teach you all the basic skills to make sure this is a safe, yet awesome activity!

Kayaking Abel Tasman National Park - Additional Cost

You have a choice of navigating Abel Tasman National Park in three ways – on foot, by water taxi or by kayak. This trip includes kayak hire for a one way journey into the park, with full instruction beforehand. You are welcome to walk back or return via water taxi (extra cost on the day).

Abel Tasman Canyons - Additional Cost

Let us take you to the heart of the Abel Tasman National Park where we jump, slide, abseil and zipline our way down Torrent River.

Canyoning in is a combination of lots of fun stuff all bunched into one exciting activity. Trips normally start with a walk up through beautiful scenery. Then it’s time to get the rubber suits on and start making our way down the canyon.

We jump off cliffs into deep pools below, slide down water polished chutes and abseil besides or sometimes even through showering waterfalls

Day 23Abel Tasman to Wellington

To visit the Nelson region is to discover azure skies and wide open spaces, beaches and lakes, spectacular national parks and unique landforms, vineyards and gourmet cafés, artists and galleries and boutique shopping experiences. This region expertly combines the finest elements of the New Zealand experience and delivers them across stunning geography, sun-ripened at the perfect latitude under New Zealand’s highest sunshine hours. Even the locals like to holiday here!

On our journey back towards Picton, where we will cross to Wellington once again on the Inter-Islander ferry, we stop at Havelock, the centre of the New Zealand green-lipped mussel industry. The Mussel Pot Café is a popular stop for seafood fans!

Day 24Wellington to Auckland

Take a deep breath, swap stories and photo's and journey back to Auckland, where it all started.

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