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  • Culture 3 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • Take on the highlights of the North and South Island in 17 days
  • Spend three nights in the amazing Queenstown
  • Check out New Zealand's cities: Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch
  • Cruise through the stunning Milford Sound
  • Spend the night in a traditional Maori village
  • See awe-inspiring National Parks: Tongariro, Abel Tasman
  • Stay in Fox Glacier

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From the snazzy Auckland to the sassy, majestic Queenstown, the New Zealand Experience discovers the best of what this incredible country has to offer in 17 days. Over the course of your trip you'll head over the most beautiful of landscapes, pass through the Southern Alps and visit some awe-inspiring places. Trust us, this trip has a little bit of something for everyone!

 

Starting out on the beautiful North Island, you'll head up to the calm and collected Bay of Islands. The next stop - Rotorua, is the perfect place to check out to Hobbiton, and the beautiful Tongariro National Park awaits. Wellington and Christchurch are awesome cities to explore and next up, Queenstown, is a personal RG favourite. We properly fangirl after that place. 

 

By the time you've checked out Abel Tasman National Park, Fox Glacier and the stunning Milford Sound, you'll have New Zealand covered. You're going to love your New Zeland adventure with us Real Gapper!

 

Want to know more? Read our blog post as to why YOU should book the New Zealand Experience


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What will I be doing?

  • Days 1 to 4 (4 days)

  • Days 5 to 7 (3 days)

  • Days 8 to 10 (3 days)

  • Days 11 to 14 (4 days)

  • Days 15 to 17 (3 days)

Days 1 to 4: 4 days

Next Leg

Destination info

New Zealand has two main islands – North Island and South Island – which are very different in landscape and climate. Your adventure tour will give you the opportunity to explore both. 

 

The North Island is where the major cities are - the capital Wellington and Auckland – ‘the city of sails’. It’s mainly volcanic in origin with lots of seismic features such as geysers and hot springs. 

 

The South Island is separated down its length by the Southern Alps, the highest point of which is Mount Cook (Aoraki in Maori). 

 

The country has a landmass a little larger than the UK with a population of some four million. With 10 sheep to every person it's no surprise their major export is lamb! Despite the huge number of visitors travelling there every year, it’s never crowded.

  • Location: Auckland to Rotorua

Day 1: Auckland to Paihia, Bay of Islands

Kio Ora! On the first day of your New Zealand Experience you'll leave the bright lights of Auckland behind and head north to the beautiful Bay of Islands. This place is majestic central: 144 islands, secluded bays and an abundance of marine life are waiting for you! The evening is yours to enjoy - relax by the pool, head into town for a meal (personally, we loved the chinese!) and most importantly get to know your new tour buddies!

 

There's also the choice for an optional 'Rock the Boat' overnight upgrade where you spend the night sailing through the islands and stargazing from the deck.

 

Day 2: Paihia, Bay of Islands

Today is a free day for you to explore the beautiful Bay of Islands; there are loads of things to see and activities to take part in (at your own cost). Adventure lovers can catermaran along the inner bay looking for dolphins (NZ$120), kayak through mangrove forests to the Haruru Falls (NZ$85), or take a ride along 90 mile beach to Cape Reinga (NZ$139). Remember to take your camera with you, there's loads of beautiful spots around here!

 

Day 3: Bay of Islands to Rotorua

Next stop Auckland! We'll have a lunch break here, and then head on to Rotorua. This steamy thermal goodness is renowned for its natural and cultural beauty and a distinct welcoming aroma in the air! Tonight you'll have the unique opportunity to stay in a traditional Maori Marae (sacred meeting house), so get ready for an awesome, spiritual evening of historical and cultural stories and learn local Haka and Poi dances.

 

Day 4: Rotorua

Famous for its geothermal activity, Rotorua is full of geysers and thermal spa pools all waiting to be explored. There are loads of other activities too; hire a mountain bike or go white water rafting (NZ$85). You'll experience a little bit of luxury tonight as you stay in Rotorua's largest hotel, right on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua and just a short stroll from the vibrant city centre.

Days 5 to 7: 3 days

Next Leg

Destination info

New Zealand has two main islands – North Island and South Island – which are very different in landscape and climate. Your adventure tour will give you the opportunity to explore both. 

 

The North Island is where the major cities are - the capital Wellington and Auckland – ‘the city of sails’. It’s mainly volcanic in origin with lots of seismic features such as geysers and hot springs. 

 

The South Island is separated down its length by the Southern Alps, the highest point of which is Mount Cook (Aoraki in Maori). 

 

The country has a landmass a little larger than the UK with a population of some four million. With 10 sheep to every person it's no surprise their major export is lamb! Despite the huge number of visitors travelling there every year, it’s never crowded.

  • Location: Rotorua to Wellington

Day 5: Rotorua to Tongariro National Park

From one geothermal site to another, you'll stopover in the Taupo volcanic zone to explore the boiling mud and steaming waters of the Wai-O-Tapu region. There'll be the chance to visit Huka Falls and Lake Taupo, and there's loads of activities in the area to keep you busy. You'll then be taken to our alpine retreat in the amazing Tongariro National Park. Tonight we savour the flavours of our traditional Kiwi roast lamb dinner follwed by the ultimate Kiwi desert, pavlova!

 

Day 6: Tongariro National Park

You'll want to make sure you've had a good nights rest as today is your free day to explore the National Park- and there is loads to do. Hiking the beautiful Tongariro Crossing is a must or you can hire a mountain bike and even ski during the winter months. Later you can rest those sore feet as you have a realaxing evening in the spa pool and sauna at the accommodation.

 

Day 7: Tongariro National Park to Wellington

Today you'll leave behind the great New Zealand countryside as you rock up in the capital city, Wellington. Considered by many to be the coolest city in the country, Wellington is jam-packed full of funky galleries, designer shops, top museums, great restaurants and stylish bars. 

Days 8 to 10: 3 days

Next Leg

Destination info

New Zealand has two main islands – North Island and South Island – which are very different in landscape and climate. Your adventure tour will give you the opportunity to explore both. 

 

The North Island is where the major cities are - the capital Wellington and Auckland – ‘the city of sails’. It’s mainly volcanic in origin with lots of seismic features such as geysers and hot springs. 

 

The South Island is separated down its length by the Southern Alps, the highest point of which is Mount Cook (Aoraki in Maori). 

 

The country has a landmass a little larger than the UK with a population of some four million. With 10 sheep to every person it's no surprise their major export is lamb! Despite the huge number of visitors travelling there every year, it’s never crowded.

  • Location: Wellington to Christchurch

Day 8: Wellington to Nelson

You'll trade North Island for South Island with a ferry through the picturesque Marlborough Sounds today. First stop, an included wine tasting session in the Marlborough region! This area has one of the world's greatest wine trails: fabulous wine, breathtaking scenery, a warm climate and relaxed people clustered in one small grape growing region. The vineyard we'll be visiting is family-owned and was one of the first vineyards to be set up in this area and the passion the staff have for all facets of wine making is truly infectious. You'll then continue on to Nelson, New Zealand's sunniest region, where you'll stay overnight.

 

Day 9: Nelson (Abel Tasman National Park)

Today you can visit the nearby beauty of Abel Tasman National Park to hike the trails or take an optional ocean kayak trip. Other choices include horse riding, quad biking and many more. You'll finish the day off with a scrumptious local Kiwi BBQ.

 

Day 10: Nelson to Christchurch via Kaikoura

Pass through the Rai Valley with stops in Blenheim, Ohau Point to spot fur seals and Kaikoura, with options to go whale watching or dolphin/seal swimming (summer only). Tonight you'll stopover in Christchurch, a city heroically rebuilding itself after the 2011 earthquakes.   

Days 11 to 14: 4 days

Next Leg

Destination info

New Zealand has two main islands – North Island and South Island – which are very different in landscape and climate. Your adventure tour will give you the opportunity to explore both. 

 

The North Island is where the major cities are - the capital Wellington and Auckland – ‘the city of sails’. It’s mainly volcanic in origin with lots of seismic features such as geysers and hot springs. 

 

The South Island is separated down its length by the Southern Alps, the highest point of which is Mount Cook (Aoraki in Maori). 

 

The country has a landmass a little larger than the UK with a population of some four million. With 10 sheep to every person it's no surprise their major export is lamb! Despite the huge number of visitors travelling there every year, it’s never crowded.

  • Location: Christchurch to Queenstown

Day 11: Christchurch to Fox Glacier

Leaving Christchurch behind, we set off through the majestic Southern Alps to enjoy some of New Zealand's most jaw-dropping scenery. Along the way you'll visit a jade factory in Hokitika to see the carvers skilfully creating works of art from the iconic Pounamu greenstone.

 

The visit to Lake Matheson is a highlight of the day where you will hopefully catch a glimpse of New Zealand's two highest peaks reflecting in the lake's waters. You'll spend the night in Fox Glacier

 

Day 12: Fox Glacier to Queenstown

Most of the day will be spent in Fox Glacier with the opportunity to do a half-day hike or heli-hike on the glacier- an incredible experience that will live with you forever! Afterwards the amazing scenery will continue as you drive past Thunder Creek Falls, Haast River and Lake Wanaka en-route to the adreniline capital of the world, Queenstown!

 

Days 13 to 14: Queenstown

Are you ready for Queenstown? This lively alpine resort on the shores of Lake Wakatipu has loads of extreme activities on offer. Deep breath...horseriding, boat safari, mountain biking, a skyline gondola, a walk to Ben Lomond for 360 degree views or one of the many fantastic walks Queenstown has to offer! Phew! If this is all a bit active for you, there are loads of beautiful spots to relax around the lake, or experience the legendary nightlife in the evenings. Most of the time spent in Queenstown will be free for you to do whatever you fancy!

Days 15 to 17: 3 days

Destination info

New Zealand has two main islands – North Island and South Island – which are very different in landscape and climate. Your adventure tour will give you the opportunity to explore both. 

 

The North Island is where the major cities are - the capital Wellington and Auckland – ‘the city of sails’. It’s mainly volcanic in origin with lots of seismic features such as geysers and hot springs. 

 

The South Island is separated down its length by the Southern Alps, the highest point of which is Mount Cook (Aoraki in Maori). 

 

The country has a landmass a little larger than the UK with a population of some four million. With 10 sheep to every person it's no surprise their major export is lamb! Despite the huge number of visitors travelling there every year, it’s never crowded.

  • Location: Queenstown to Christchurch

Day 15: Queenstown to Fiordland

Get ready for more awe-inspiring scenery as you take on the Fiordland region via Mirror Lakes and Hollyford Valley. This afternoon you're in for a treat with a nature cruise on the stunning Milford Sound- keep your eyes peeled for seals, dolphins and even penguins. Tonight you'll stay in the lakeside village of Te Anau.

 

Day 16: Fiordland to Lake Ohau

Journey alongside Lake Wakatipu and stop off in quaint Arrowtown where you'll leave the coach behind for just a little while and use pedal power! Cycle along the willow-lined Arrow River, crossing various bridges along the way before ending up at the famous Kawarau Bridge, home of the world's first commercial Bungy operation. It's then back to the comfort of the coach for more dramatic scenery as you head to your home for the night, a classic Kiwi lakeside lodge on the shores of Lake Ohau.

 

Day 17: Lake Ohau to Christchurch

Hop on board the coach for one last time as you head back to Christchurch where the tour will sadly come to an end. It's not over yet though and there's plenty more to see along the way. You'll stop at Mount Cook Village and Lake Pukaki for some photos and then take a lunch stop on the shores of Lake Tekapo's blue waters. In the afternoon you'll have a Kiwi Farm Experience in Fairlie where you'll learn about life on a sheep farm! From here it's on to the final destination, Christchurch, where the tour will end. The tour usually finishes at about 6:30pm so don't make any onward travel arrangements until after this time.

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What's included?

  • All accommodation
  • Activities as stated in the itinerary
  • Most meals (16 breakfasts, 1 afternoon tea, 7 dinners)
  • Cook Strait ferry crossing
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi
  • Services of a trip leader throughout
  • Overnight in a traditional Maori Marae
  • Wine tasting in Marlborough
  • Milford Sound cruise
  • Arrow River bike trail

What's not included?

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Optional activities

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum age is 18 years. Maximum age is 38 years.

 

Accommodation

15 nights in hotels, motels and lodges plus one night in a traditional Maori marae

 

On your trip you will stay at a variety of multi-share accommodations, which include hotels, motels, lodges and even a traditional Maori Marae! The number of people in a room varies depending on the type of accommodation however it is generally based on a 4-share same sex basis. There is also the option to upgrade to single or twin share rooms if you want a little extra privacy, for an additional cost.

 

Meals

16 breakfasts, 1 afternoon tea, 7 dinners

 

Breakfasts are included every day (except on the first morning). A typical breakfast may consist of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread and a range of spreads, with fruit juice, tea or coffee to drink. It is rare to get a hot breakfast, though on some occasions there may be some hot food available as well. Some included evening meals will be prepared by the Road Crew and some by local restaurants and accommodation places. If you have special dietary requirements e.g. vegetarian or wheat intolerance, we will make every endeavour to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise us when you book. Please be aware that in some areas, the restaurants we use for included meals may not be able to cater for every single dietary requirement, but we will always try our best to arrange it. However, we cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu. 

 

Tour Operator

This tour is operated by Topdeck.

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.

 

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Queenstown is a place that has something for all ages & tastes. The wide range of optional activities was brilliant & most don't depend on others for them to take place.

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Not everyone on the trip is doing the exact same tour you are! Expect people to hop on & hop off the coach.

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