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The Ultimate New Zealand Adventure

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$4590/ Adult

Private departures available on the date of your choice for 2+ people.

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What's Included

✅ 12 Breakfasts; 3 Lunches; 3 Dinners
✅ Accommodations (4-5* Hotels + Multishare BnB/ Lodges)
✅ Local driver/guide(s) + Trip Leader
✅ Transportation mentioned in Itinerary
✅ Domestic flight from Wellington to Queenstown
✅ Waitomo Glow Worm Caves
✅ Te Pa Tu Cultural Experience
✅ Te Puia Geothermal Wonderland
✅ Te Puia Hangi Lunch Buffet
✅ Sunset Sail Barbary
✅ Cruise to Maori Rock Carvings
✅ Bridge to Nowhere Jet ✅ Boat & Canoe Tour 
✅ Walter Peak Farm Tour
✅ Mt Cook Day Tour from Queenstown
✅ Milford Sound Cruise
✅ Final Dinner at Stratosfare Restaurant

What's Excluded

❌ International Airfare
❌ Airport taxes and excess baggage fees
❌ Beverages & Meals not specified
❌ Optional Activities
❌ Gratuities
❌ Personal Expenses
❌ Travel Insurance

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Overview

Welcome to the land of pristine natural beauty and unforgettable experiences – New Zealand! Get ready for a 15-day adventure that will take you on a journey of a lifetime!  Explore the North Island’s volcanic terrain, from Auckland to Wellington. Delve into the rich Maori culture, marvel at magnificent waterfalls, and soak in hot spring pools. Experience the geothermal wonderland at Te Puia and conquer New Zealand’s best treks. But the adventure doesn’t stop there. Hop on a short flight to Queenstown, the “Adventure Capital of the World,” where you can experience adrenaline-pumping adventures amidst breathtaking natural beauty.  And the cherry on top? A scenic drive to Milford Sound recently ranked as the world’s most beautiful place. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the majestic Milford Sound, which has been hailed as one of the most beautiful places on earth and the 8th Natural Wonder of the World.  Get ready for an EPIC adventure that you will treasure forever!

Adventure Highlights

⭐ Experience the most award-winning Maori cultural attraction in New Zealand, voted one of the Top 10 Experiences in the World.

⭐ Discover the world-famous glow worms (only found in NZ) on a magical tour of New Zealand’s caves.

⭐ Conquer some of the world’s most famous treks.

⭐ Explore the geothermal reserve of Te Puia, where you’ll witness the power of geothermal activity and the Pohutu Geyser, the largest geyser in the Southern Hemisphere, erupts up to 30m high every hour.

⭐ Take a walk to the spectacular Huka Falls, New Zealand’s most visited and photographed natural attraction.

⭐ Explore New Zealand’s capital city and discover why it is renowned for its arts, heritage, culture and native beauty.

⭐ Discover why Queenstown is known as “The Adventure Capital of the World.”

⭐ Visit Fiordland National Park, one of New Zealand’s treasured natural icons.

⭐ Cruise through the Milford Sound, recently ranked as the world’s most beautiful place.

Group Trip Dates

TRIP DATES AVAILABILITY PRICE
November 24, 2024 - December 8, 2024 Guaranteed $4,590

A 25% deposit per person is required to reserve your spot on this trip and payment is due in full by August 26, 2024, but you are free to make payments any way you prefer as long as you are paid in full by the due date.

Traveling solo? No problem!
On our group trips, we offer free roommate-matching and will pair you with a same-sex roommate, so you are never obligated to pay the single supplement fee. 

Want Your Own Room?
Single Supplement is available for $1250 (based on availability)

By booking this trip, you agree to the Booking Terms and Conditions.

Sustainability Commitment

At Adventure People, we are committed to sustainable tourism practices that respect and preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the  destinations we visit. We prioritize eco-friendly transportation options, such as promoting the use of public transport and walking or cycling where feasible, to minimize our carbon footprint. Our tours support local communities by partnering with family-owned businesses and artisans, ensuring that economic benefits are shared locally. We advocate for responsible tourism behaviors among our guests, encouraging respect for historical sites, conservation of water resources, and reduction of plastic waste. By promoting these values, we aim to provide enriching travel experiences while contributing positively to the environments and communities we visit.

Is This Trip Right for You?

  • The accommodations included in this itinerary are mostly 4-5* hotels and basic BnB/ Lodges on Day 2, 6 and a 3-star hotel on Day 7.

  • This trip includes a combination of public and private transportation. We take a public shuttle to/from Tongariro National Park and from Queenstown to Te Anau/Milford Sound. The rest is private transportation.

  • This tour requires a minimum of 6 participants and a maximum of 16 participants in order to ensure the best small group tour experience. With such a small group, you’ll be able to enjoy activities that would not be accessible with more people.

  • There are several walking opportunities throughout this trip. You should be sure to bring a hat, sun protection, and sturdy, comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots.

  • The weather in New Zealand in November/ December is generally mild and pleasant with sunny days and little rainfall, but in the Alpine regions, it can be unpredictable. It’s best to wear layers at all times of the year in case conditions change during the day. At night, the temperature can really drop, so bring warm clothes.

  • A single supplement is available if you’d prefer to not share a room on this trip, but is based on availability.

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Note: No need to book separately. Add trip extensions at checkout.

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DAILY ITINERARY

  • Arrive in Auckland

    Day 1

    Upon arrival at Auckland Airport (AKL), you’ll be greeted by your driver who will transfer you to your accommodation. Auckland, situated on New Zealand’s North Island, is not only the country’s largest city but also a vibrant cultural hub nestled amidst stunning natural beauty.

    Overnight in Auckland - M Social Auckland

    Day 1
  • Auckland to Waitomo | Glow Worm Caves + Optional Activities

    Day 2

    This morning, drive south to Waitomo (‘wai’ meaning water, ‘tomo’ meaning hole), known for its world-famous glowworm caves.  Take a boat ride through the glowworm grotto, marvel at thousands of magical glowworms, and become part of over 130 years of cultural and natural history.

    Overnight in Waitomo - Waitomo Village Chalets

    Day 2
  • Ruakuri Bushwalk | Te Pa Tu Cultural Experience

    Day 3

    Start the day with a walk through the Ruakuri Reserve. Next, drive to Rotorua, a captivating destination renowned for its geothermal wonders and rich Māori culture. This evening, experience the most award-winning Maori cultural attraction in New Zealand.

    Overnight in Rotorua - Pullman Rotorua

    Day 3
  • Free Day in Rotorua

    Day 4

    The surrounding landscape of Rotorua invites exploration, with lush forests, crystal-clear lakes, and thrilling outdoor activities such as whitewater rafting, hiking, and ziplining. Today, you’ll have the day free to choose your own adventure.

    Overnight in Rotorua - Pullman Rotorua

    Day 4
  • Te Puia | Huka Falls | Sunset Sail to Maori Rock Carvings

    Day 5

    Explore the geothermal reserve of Te Puia. Enjoy Thanksgiving brunch against a backdrop of geysers and stunning park views. This afternoon, drive to the Great Lake Taupo and stop to take a walk to the spectacular Huka Falls, then discover the Maori Rock Carvings on a Sunset Sailing Cruise.

    Overnight in Taupo - Hilton Lake Taupo

    Day 5
  • Taupo to Tongariro National Park | Hiking in Tongariro

    Day 6

    This morning, we’ll drive to Tongariro National Park, New Zealand’s oldest national park and a dual UNESCO World Heritage area due to its natural features and cultural significance. Spend the day hiking through some of New Zealand’s most spectacular volcanic landscapes.

    Overnight in Tongariro National Park - Plateau Lodge

    Day 6
  • Whanganui National Park | Bridge to Nowhere Jet Boat & Canoe Tour

    Day 7

    Today, we'll make our way to Whanganui National Park. Upon arrival, we’ll set out on a 55-minute jet boat journey upriver to the Mangapurua Landing where we'll take an easy 40-minute walk, following in the footsteps of the early pioneers, along the old roadway to the “BRIDGE TO NOWHERE.” 

    Overnight in Whanganui City - The Avenue Hotel Wanganui

    Day 7
  • Wellington | Free Time

    Day 8

    Wellington is a compact and walkable city. With a downtown area only 2 km across, most of the major attractions are within easy walking distance from the hotels, cafés, restaurants, bars, and shops. You’ll have the afternoon free to explore this incredible city.

    Overnight in Wellington - James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

    Day 8
  • Fly from Wellington to Queenstown

    Day 9

    Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by the majestic Southern Alps, Queenstown is often referred to as the “Adventure Capital of the World.” Enjoy some free time and experience an array of outdoor activities, from bungee jumping and skydiving to jet boating and whitewater rafting.

    Overnight in Queenstown - Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

    Day 9
  • Queenstown | Walter Peak Farm Tour

    Day 10

    This afternoon, we’ll board a scenic cruise on the vintage TSS Earnslaw to the Walter Peak Farm, situated on the picturesque Lake Whakatipu’s southwestern shores. Farming in the New Zealand high country is a way of life and you’ll get to witness it first-hand and up close at Walter Peak Farm.

    Overnight in Queenstown - Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

    Day 10
  • Mt Cook National Park | Hooker Valley Hike

    Day 11

    Today, we’ll visit New Zealand’s highest peak and longest glacier at Mount Cook National Park. We'll do the Hooker Valley hike – thought to be one of New Zealand’s most beautiful hikes -- or if weather permits, opt for the Heli Hike on the Tasman Glacier, the ultimate way to enjoy the area.

    Overnight in Queenstown - Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

    Day 11
  • Queenstown to Te Anau | Free Time

    Day 12

    This morning, we’ll take the shuttle to Te Anau, often dubbed the “Gateway to Fiordland.” The town itself exudes a serene charm, with its picturesque lakefront setting and surrounding mountains creating a captivating backdrop.

    Overnight in Te Anau - Te Anau Lodge

    Day 12
  • Te Anau to Milford Sound | Milford Sound Cruise

    Day 13

    Today, we'll venture into the heart of Fiordland National Park, setting sail into the pristine waters of Milford Sound. Passengers are immediately immersed in the awe-inspiring beauty of towering granite cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and lush rainforest clinging to the steep slopes.

    Overnight in Te Anau - Te Anau Lodge

    Day 13
  • Te Anau to Queenstown | Free Time

    Day 14

    This morning, we’ll be picked up after breakfast for our return to Queenstown. Arriving mid-morning,  you’ll have the rest of the day free to tick off any last-minute adventures or you could also opt to do a half-day hop-on hop-off wine tour.

    Overnight in Queenstown - Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

    Day 14
  • Depart Queenstown

    Day 15

    Today is departure day and at the appropriate time, you will be taken to the airport for your flight home or to your next destination.

    End of Tour/ Departure

    Day 15

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