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New Zealand Encompassed

Prices From: A$3149.00
Tour Code: ONNZ
Tour Duration: 24
Countries Visited: New Zealand


Overview

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


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Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1 Auckland - Welcome to Auckland. Arrive at any time.
  • Day 2 Bay of Islands (1D) - Travel north via the backroads, stopping to see giant kauri trees and for an included snorkel at Goat Island Marine Reserve. Board a large house boat for an overnight trip through the beautiful Bay of Islands.
  • Day 3 Paihia (1B,1D) - Enjoy free time in the morning on the boat. Choose to do a number of included water activities like kayaking, snorkelling, fishing or visiting nearby islands. Disembark with some time to explore Paihia before an evening barbeque.
  • Day 4 Auckland (1B) - Free morning to relax or opt to swim with dolphins, go skydiving, check out historic Russell or the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
  • Day 5-6 Raglan (2B,1L,2D) - Visit a special conservation farm to learn about their methods before sea kayaking to a remote and historic site on the harbour for a picnic lunch. On Day 6, enjoy an included surf lesson in one of the world's most famous surf areas, then opt to go on a bush walk, take bone carving lessons with local Maori or try paddle boarding.
  • Day 7 Rotorua/Maori Village Visit (1B,1D) - Opt to go caving before heading to Rotorua, notable for its geothermal activity and culture. Explore some bubbling mud and visit a local village to gain insight into Maori culture. Enjoy a traditional 'Hangi' experience.
  • Day 8 National Park (1B,1D) - Travel around Lake Taupo and explore the volcanic World Heritage-listed national parks in the area. Conquer the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek.
  • Day 9 Wellington (1B) - Hit the nation's capital and visit Te Papa, the national museum, or stroll along Oriental Parade. Check out some of the area's great bars and cafés.
  • Day 10-11 Abel Tasman National Park (2B,1L,2D) - Ferry over to the South Island. Travel by bus and boat into Abel Tasman National Park. Kayak, hike and explore the park's golden beaches and waterways.
  • Day 12 Punakaiki (1B,1D) - Head south down the coast of black sand beaches. Visit a seal colony and take in the pancake rock formations at Punakaiki.
  • Day 13-14 Franz Josef (2B,1D) - Enjoy an overnight stay in a lodge surrounded by rainforest. Explore the glacier in this UNESCO World Heritage area.
  • Day 15-17 Queenstown (3B) - Stop for lunch at the lakeside town of Wanaka before continuing on to the adventure capital of the world—Queenstown. Fill your time here with some of the adrenaline-filled options, such as jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking, sky diving, or a vineyard tour.
  • Day 18 Doubtful Sound (1B,1L,1D) - Visit Fiordland National Park en route to Doubtful Sound. Guided kayak excursion before overnighting in a bush camp surrounded by jaw-dropping scenery and wildlife.
  • Day 19-20 Central Otago (2B,1L,1D) - Travel to Central Otago, famous for its vineyards and goldmines. Bike the rail trail from one historic town to the next, sampling local food and wine on the way.
  • Day 21 Christchurch (1B,1D) - Head north to Christchurch for an orientation tour and a free afternoon in the city.
  • Day 22 Kaikoura (1B,1D) - Travel to the seaside town of Kaikoura for the night, where options include whale watching, swimming with seals or walking along the coast.
  • Day 23 Wellington (1B) - Morning visit to a seal colony before winding our way around the coast to Picton to catch the ferry back to Wellington.
  • Day 24 Auckland (1B) - Take an express journey from Wellington to Auckland, stopping in the Central Plateau for lunch. Tour ends upon arrival in Auckland in the evening.

Tour Dates

Start DateEnd DatePrice
30 Jan 201322 Feb 2013A$3149.00
13 Mar 201305 Apr 2013A$3149.00
10 Apr 201303 May 2013A$3149.00
24 Apr 201317 May 2013A$3149.00
08 May 201331 May 2013A$3149.00
22 May 201314 Jun 2013A$3149.00
05 Jun 201328 Jun 2013A$3149.00
19 Jun 201312 Jul 2013A$3149.00
03 Jul 201326 Jul 2013A$3149.00
17 Jul 201309 Aug 2013A$3149.00
31 Jul 201323 Aug 2013A$3149.00
14 Aug 201306 Sep 2013A$3149.00
28 Aug 201320 Sep 2013A$3149.00
11 Sep 201304 Oct 2013A$3149.00
25 Sep 201318 Oct 2013A$3149.00
09 Oct 201301 Nov 2013A$3149.00
23 Oct 201315 Nov 2013A$3149.00
06 Nov 201329 Nov 2013A$3149.00
13 Nov 201306 Dec 2013A$3149.00
20 Nov 201313 Dec 2013A$3149.00
27 Nov 201320 Dec 2013A$3149.00
04 Dec 201327 Dec 2013A$3149.00
11 Dec 201303 Jan 2014A$3149.00
18 Dec 201310 Jan 2014A$3149.00
25 Dec 201317 Jan 2014A$3149.00
01 Jan 201424 Jan 2014A$3149.00
08 Jan 201431 Jan 2014A$3149.00
15 Jan 201407 Feb 2014A$3149.00
22 Jan 201414 Feb 2014A$3149.00
29 Jan 201421 Feb 2014A$3149.00
05 Feb 201428 Feb 2014A$3149.00
12 Feb 201407 Mar 2014A$3149.00
19 Feb 201414 Mar 2014A$3149.00
26 Feb 201421 Mar 2014A$3149.00

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