Day 1 : AUCKLAND > HOT WATER BEACH
Departing Auckland we head south east to the pristine beaches of the Coromandel and the world famous Cathedral Cove (included). Here you have the option to kayak around this stunning coastline as well as the opportunity to visit Hot Water Beach (included); a unique surf beach where if you catch the tide right, you can dig a hole in the sand to create your own personal spa pool.
Day 2 : HOT WATER BEACH > KARANGAHAKE GORGE > WAITOMO
We’ll leave the gorgeous Coromandel behind and venture into the enchanting Karangahake Gorge nestled amongst the Kamai ranges, for a hike (included) amongst the walkways and old tunnels. If that isn’t enough fun for one day, then never fear, next we’ll be heading over to Waitomo for a magical tour of the glow-worm caves (Included!). For those feeling a little more adventurous you will have the opportunity to upgrade to a Black Water Rafting trip.
Day 3 : WAITOMO > HOBBITON > ROTORUA
Saying goodbye to those glowing little critters, we’ll get on the road to Rotorua, passing through The Shire of Hobbiton where you’ll have the opportunity to discover the Hobbiton movie set. We’ll then roll on through to Rotorua; a mystical land of bubbling mud pools, rocketing geysers and natural hot springs. First we’ll stop off at Kuirau Park (included) walk for a relaxing hot pool, before leaving you the remainder of the day to experience Rotorua your way. Optional activities (which are not included) are: SkyLine, White Water Rafting, Hells Gate, Waiatapu, Mountain biking through the Redwoods, Zorb, Polynesian spa or Kiwi Encounter.
Day 4 : ROTORUA > TAMAKI Māori VILLAGE
Today is going to be pretty special as we head off around midday to visit the Tamaki MāoriVillage where you will be immersed in the traditions and cultural values of the Māori people. Participate in a pōwhiri (welcoming ceremony), learn about the history of the marae (village) and the Rotorua-area from a local Māori guide before feasting on some top kai (food) from the hangi pit. Afterwards, gather around a blazing bonfire where you will enjoy Māori myths and legends before relaxing in a private forest spa pool and retiring for the night in a traditional carved wharemoe (sleeping house).
Day 5 : TAMAKI Māori VILLAGE > TAUPO
Onto Great Lake Taupo we go, taking in a walk to the pounding Huka Falls (included) before heading up river to the more tranquil Spa Park to experience a geothermic natural spa (included). In Taupo there is lots to do, just tell us what you’re in the mood for and we’ll get you there. The lake itself (actually an extinct volcano crater) is a sight to behold from the shoreline (included), but the more adventurous might want to take the opportunity to sail across the lake on a yacht to the Māori rock carvings, or even get a birds-eye view by skydiving above it.
Day 6 : FREE DAY IN TAUPO
Taupo’s central location mean it’s a hop, skip and a jump away from other world class activities which we give you the option to experience on day six. Head up the Sky Waka to experience Mount Ruapehu or hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing; a dramatic landscape of stunning contrasts created by extinguished lava flows and emerald lakes. It’s no surprise Tongariro is often described as one of New Zealand’s best one-day hikes
Day 7 : TAUPO > WELLINGTON
For the final day of our North Island tour, we’ll cruise through the southern end of the North Island to the capital, Wellington. Here you can experience Mount Victoria (included) and then passengers have the opportunity to experience the national museum, Te Papa and get amongst the thriving craft beer scene.
Day 8 : WELLINGTON > PICTON > KAIKOURA
We’re heading to the South Island! You will start the day experiencing what’s regarded as one of the most beautiful inter-island crossings in the world; the Cook Straight (included). Arriving into the top of the South island, we’ll journey through the dreamy Marlborough region, home to more vineyards than your eyes can see. Stopping off for a tasting along the way (included) we’ll then head onto Kaikoura to spot wildlife and experience local cuisine.
Day 9 : KAIKOURA > CHRISTCHURCH
Start the day with a sleep-in or for the more adventurous head out to sea to witness spectacular marine life such as dolphins, whales, albatrosses and so much more. (Not included.) Around mid-morning we’ll head up the Kaikoura Peninsula walkway to experience the seal colony (included). After a morning experiencing a real life Planet Earth episode we’ll cruise to the diverse city of Christchurch where we will go on a walking tour of the city (included) to learn about the street art, see the blooming botanical gardens, and learn about the history of a city that’s experienced so much in recent times.
Day 10 : CHRISTCHURCH > LAKE TEKAPO
Saying goodbye to Christchurch we’ll hit the road and cruise into the magnificent Mackenzie Country, home to Lake Tekapo. Here we will visit the charming stone Church of the Good Shepherd (included), sat next to the breathtakingly blue waters of the lake framed with colourful lupins. As night falls, we will visit the ‘Dark Sky Project’ situated amongst the UNESCO Dark Sky reserve. (Included!)
Day 11 : TEKAPO > MOUNT COOK > WANAKA
Cruising past the ‘powerade factory’ Lake Pukaki we head for Mount Cook village where we will hike the Hooker Valley Walk (included) which has breath-taking views which will break the internet. Here you will have the opportunity to experience the Tasman Glacier by helicopter or take a scenic flight through the Aoraki National Park. From mid- morning, we will continue to cruise through the National Park, through the stunning Lindas Pass through to Wanaka.
Day 12 : WANAKA > QUEENSTOWN
In Wanaka, we will have the morning to hike the famous Roys Peak (included), snap ‘That Wanaka tree’ or climb Mount Iron (included). For the more daring in the group there’s the option to experience a via ferata ‘Wild Wire’ or hit up the lakeside trails on a mountain bike. Late afternoon, you can catch your breath in the back of the bus as we cruise through the Crown ranges and head for the adrenaline fuelled Queenstown. We’ll end the day heading up the Gondola (included) for a tasty dinner at the ‘Skyline’ overlooking Queenstown.
Day 13 : QUEENSTOWN
Carrying on the adrenaline pumping theme, you have a full day to fill with activities that suit all budgets and appetites for adventure. Try your hand at activities such as white water rafting, bungy jumping, skydiving, jet-boating or paragliding… if you dream it, it probably exists here in Queenstown. Speak to your Guide who will be able to point you in the right direction.
Day 14 : QUEENSTOWN
On the final day of your 14 day tour we will head out into the heartlands of Otago to the picturesque town of Glenorchy to experience a scenic landscape brimming with southern charm.