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Kia Ora New Zealand Leisure 14 day Tour

Kia Ora New Zealand Leisure 14 day Tour - Auckland Central, New Zealand

Duration: 14 days
Location: Auckland Central, New Zealand

From USD
$8900.00

Discover the diverse country of New Zealand. This island country is known for its stunning views ... More info ›

Discover the diverse country of New Zealand. This island country is known for its stunning views. Journey through the fjords of Milford Sound or climb the pinnacles of the Southern Alps. Amid these staggering untamed settings, you'll get a taste of the welcoming Kiwi culture.

Visit New Zealand on your next adventure and be amazed at the many natural wonders and fun activities that this island offers you. It might not be a big country, but a New Zealand vacations hold a massive allure to many passionate world travelers & nature lovers alike. With so many fun, adventurous activities to do, and spectacular sights to see, there is never a dull moment. If you want to take things slow, just relax and just enjoy the paradise views, beaches, and wildlife, you can do that too!

Itinerary

Day 1: Auckland

Stop At: Sky Tower, Victoria St W, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Upon arrival, you will be met and transported to your hotel. Your first day is spent in the "City of Sails," where you embark on a hands-on sailing experience aboard a yacht in Waitemata Harbor. Make sure to take a trip up the Sky Tower for a panoramic view of beautiful Auckland. Enjoy your meal as you sail around the beautiful Auckland Harbor taking in the view as the city lights up.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Lodging accommodations will vary based on availability. Please contact us for info.

Day 2: Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium

Stop At: SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium, 23 Tamaki Drive Ōrākei, Auckland Central, Auckland 1071 New Zealand
Don't miss the Behind the Scenes Tour for your exclusive chance to see how it all works at Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium. This includes a 25-minute behind-the-scenes tour. Check out the underwater tunnels from above, feed our snapper, kahawai, trevally, and kingfish. Discover the animal quarantine area and meet some of the temporary inhabitants. Learn about our filtration system. Pumping seawater straight from Waitemata harbor.
NOTE: Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 3 are not permitted on tour under any circumstances.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Lodging accommodations will vary based on availability. Please contact us for info.

Day 3: Waitomo Caves

Stop At: Waitomo Glowworm Caves, 39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3943 New Zealand
Awake this morning to the beauty of the island and enjoy a hot breakfast. After we have a relaxing morning, we will travel to Waitomo from Auckland for your cave tubing adventure. Gear up in wetsuit & hardhats with custom-built electric lights for this afternoon's cave tubing adventure. You'll be in the company of glow worms as you navigate the region's cave system. Yes, glow worms. It is truly a wondrous sight to see these caverns lit up by living creatures.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Lodging accommodations will vary based on availability. Please contact us for info.

Day 4: Rotorua

Stop At: Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, 17 Tryon Street Whakarewarewa Village, Rotorua 3010 New Zealand
On this day we have a great treat for you. Travel back in time (not really), but it will feel that way as you enjoy the Living Maori Village in Rotorua Tour. You will travel to Rotorua for a fun Day of Maori song, dance, dinner & storytelling. Upon arrival, we will enjoy a cultural tour at Whakarewarewa, a living Maori village in Rotorua, where you're treated to a performance of traditional dance and song. A local guide shares stories of Maori history, customs and craft traditions before walking you past the geothermal wonders of Pohutu and Prince of Wales geysers. This will include a 'hangi' meal of chicken, beef, sweet potato and dessert cooked the traditional way — in boiling pools and steam vents.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Lodging accommodations will vary based on availability. Please contact us for info.

Day 5: Rotorua to Nelson

Stop At: Nelson Lakes National Park, New Zealand
Today you fly south to sunny Nelson. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your well-located resort. Free day to rest or to enjoy the many available adventures. There are many options to choose from.
Nelson Tasman is renowned for its stunning natural landscapes, with diverse geography capturing everything from long golden beaches to untouched forests and rugged mountains.
Perhaps it's the sun, maybe it's the location, but Nelson Tasman has long been a magnet for creative people. With one of the most significant numbers of working artists and galleries in the country, you'll find an array of craftspeople living in the region; traditional, contemporary, and Maori. Visit their studios, explore the weekend craft markets, taste the delicious locally made artisan products, and find something extraordinary to take home with you.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Lodging accommodations will vary based on availability. Please contact us for info.

Day 6: Abel Tasman National Park

Stop At: Abel Tasman Coast Track, Harvey Road, Marahau, Abel Tasman National Park 7010 New Zealand
Sub-tropical Abel Tasman includes thousands of hectares of native forest, beaches of golden sand, clear coastal waters and the best climate in the country! Enjoy a one-day guided Sea kayak and hiking tour in this spectacular region.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Lodging accommodations will vary based on availability. Please contact us for info.

Day 7: Abel Tasman National Park (Nelson Area)

Stop At: Abel Tasman National Park, South Island 7183, New Zealand
Enjoy your day to explore the park and the Nelson area with your tour guide.
Here, inviting sandy beaches fill the spaces between trees and tide lines. Crystal clear streams tumble down green valleys to join the ocean. Granite and marble formations fringe the headlands, which are cloaked in regenerating native forest.
At Te Puketea Bay, a perfect crescent of golden sand, a walking track leads up Pitt Head to an ancient Maori pa (fort) site. Terracing and food pits are still visible, and it's easy to see why the location was chosen as a defensive site - the views are tremendous.
Native wildlife is an essential part of the scenery.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Lodging accommodations will vary based on availability. Please contact us for info.

Day 8: Abel Tasman National Park (Nelson Side)

Stop At: Te Pukatea Campsite, Abel Tasman National Park 7183, New Zealand
Enjoy your day to explore the park and the Nelson area with your tour guide.
Here, inviting sandy beaches fill the spaces between trees and tide lines. Crystal clear streams tumble down green valleys to join the ocean. Granite and marble formations fringe the headlands, which are cloaked in regenerating native forest.
At Te Puketea Bay, a perfect crescent of golden sand, a walking track leads up Pitt Head to an ancient Maori pa (fort) site. Terracing and food pits are still visible, and it's easy to see why the location was chosen as a defensive site - the views are tremendous.
Native wildlife is an essential part of the scenery.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Lodging accommodations will vary based on availability. Please contact us for info.

Day 9: Punakaiki Rocks

Stop At: Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk, State Highway 6, Paparoa National Park, Punakaiki 7873 New Zealand
Head to Punakaiki on the West Coast for a short walk beneath a canopy of nikau palms and tree ferns to view the unique "pancake" rock formations and explosive blowholes. Optional afternoon adventures include river canoeing or a river canyon walk.
Punakaiki, New Zealand is the base from which to explore the natural wonders of the Paparoa National Park. – from sandy beaches and rocky coastlines, through lush subtropical rainforest overhanging magical, moody rivers, to spectacular alpine tops there is something here for everyone to discover.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Lodging accommodations will vary based on availability. Please contact us for info.

Day 10: Fox Glacier

Stop At: Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) New Zealand
Transfer to Fox Glacier, which is fed by the snows of the Mount Cook National Park and is one of the most accessible glaciers in New Zealand. The next day, board a helicopter to fly over pinnacles and crevasses and land on the upper levels of the glacier. With a qualified alpine guide, spend 2.5 hours exploring the glacier's impressive ice formations.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Lodging accommodations will vary based on availability. Please contact us for info.

Day 11: Fox Glacier to Queenstown

Stop At: Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown New Zealand
Nestled in the shores of Lake Wakatipu, your hotel provides the perfect location for exploring. Spend the day relaxing or exploring the beautiful surroundings.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Lodging accommodations will vary based on availability. Please contact us for info.

Day 12: Queenstown

Stop At: Milford Sound, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9679 New Zealand
Enjoy your day at leisure. Queenstown is a breathtaking and beautiful playground for all seasons. Bungee jumping, jet boating, rafting, kayaking, hiking and exploring the Milford Sound can all be enjoyed.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Lodging accommodations will vary based on availability. Please contact us for info.

Day 13: Queenstown

Stop At: Milford Sound, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9679 New Zealand
Enjoy your day at leisure. Let us know if you want to be driven somewhere or an idea of fun things to do on your leisure day. Take in local cafes and nightspots before saying "goodbye" to New Zealand.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Lodging accommodations will vary based on availability. Please contact us for info.

Day 14: Leave for home

Stop At: Ray Emery Dr, Auckland Airport, Auckland 2022, New Zealand
Travel home today.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.

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24 Day Absolute New Zealand Tour - Private - Fully Guided

24 Day Absolute New Zealand Tour - Private - Fully Guided - Auckland Central, New Zealand

Duration: 24 days
Location: Auckland Central, New Zealand

From USD
$6917.49

This 24 day, private and fully guided vacation takes in all New Zealand has to offer.  We will explore golden sand beaches, geothermal activity, geysers and learn about the local Maori and their customs in the North, before crossing over the Cook Strait and into the South Island. Once in the South Island we will be covering everything from glacier hikes to whale watching and from wine tasting to visiting what some call the Eighth Wonder of the World, Milford Sound.  This jam-packed itinerary will have you taking part in iconic activities and indulging in local produce and specialities.  This itinerary will be enjoyed while travelling in the comfort of your own private vehicle with a very knowledgeable, experienced Driver/Guide.

This 24 Day Tour takes in absolutely everything New Zealand has to offer.  While on tour you can relax and let your experienced Driver/Guide show you our beautiful piece of paradise.  You will be travelling in the comfort of a late model minivan,  exclusive to your group and at a pace that suits you.  This tour is perfect for families, friends or active adventurers.  You will experience nature while cruising some of the greatest waters in New Zealand, taste some of the finest wines, indulge in local culture, go railcruising through a reserve and find out what farming is all about plus so much more. 

Children pricing available upon request. 

For a full itinerary copy and paste the following in your browser.

https://www.absolutebus.co.nz/24-day-absolute-new-zealand-private

Travel Itinerary

Day 1     Arrive into Auckland Airport

Day 2     Auckland Sights and Waiheke Island

Day 3     Auckland to Paihia

Day 4     Paihia Sights     

Day 5     Paihia to Rotorua

Day 6     Rotorua Sights

Day 7     Rotorua to Taupo

Day 8     Taupo Sights

Day 9     Taupo to Wellington

Day 10   Wellington Sights

Day 11   Wellington to Kaikoura

Day 12   Kaikoura to Christchurch

Day 13   Christchurch Sights

Day 14   Christchurch to Punakaiki

Day 15   Punakaiki to Franz Josef

Day 16   Franz Josef to Wanaka      

Day 17   Wanaka to Queenstown

Day 18   Queenstown Sights

Day 19   Queenstown Sights

Day 20   Queenstown to Milford Sound to Te Anau

Day 21   Te Anau to Dunedin

Day 22   Dunedin to Oamaru

Day 23   Oamaru to Christchurch  

Day 24   Christchurch Departure

After an exciting and in-depth tour of New Zealand we hope you’ve loved New Zealand as much as we have loved showing it to you!

This 24 day, private and fully guided vacation takes in all New Zealand has to offer.  We will explore golden sand beaches, geothermal activity, geysers and learn about the local Maori and their customs in the North, before crossing over the Cook Strait and into the South Island. Once in the South Island we will be covering everything from glacier hikes to whale watching and from wine tasting to visiting what some call the Eighth Wonder of the World, Milford Sound.  This jam-packed itinerary will have you taking part in iconic activities and indulging in local produce and specialities.  This itinerary will be enjoyed while travelling in the comfort of your own private vehicle with a very knowledgeable, experienced Driver/Guide.

This 24 Day Tour takes in absolutely everything New Zealand has to offer.  While on tour you can relax and let your experienced Driver/Guide show you our beautiful piece of paradise.  You will be travelling in the comfort of a late model minivan,  exclusive to your group and at a pace that suits you.  This tour is perfect for families, friends or active adventurers.  You will experience nature while cruising some of the greatest waters in New Zealand, taste some of the finest wines, indulge in local culture, go railcruising through a reserve and find out what farming is all about plus so much more. 

Children pricing available upon request. 

For a full itinerary copy and paste the following in your browser.

https://www.absolutebus.co.nz/24-day-absolute-new-zealand-private

Travel Itinerary

Day 1     Arrive into Auckland Airport

Day 2     Auckland Sights and Waiheke Island

Day 3     Auckland to Paihia

Day 4     Paihia Sights     

Day 5     Paihia to Rotorua

Day 6     Rotorua Sights

Day 7     Rotorua to Taupo

Day 8     Taupo Sights

Day 9     Taupo to Wellington

Day 10   Wellington Sights

Day 11   Wellington to Kaikoura

Day 12   Kaikoura to Christchurch

Day 13   Christchurch Sights

Day 14   Christchurch to Punakaiki

Day 15   Punakaiki to Franz Josef

Day 16   Franz Josef to Wanaka      

Day 17   Wanaka to Queenstown

Day 18   Queenstown Sights

Day 19   Queenstown Sights

Day 20   Queenstown to Milford Sound to Te Anau

Day 21   Te Anau to Dunedin

Day 22   Dunedin to Oamaru

Day 23   Oamaru to Christchurch  

Day 24   Christchurch Departure

After an exciting and in-depth tour of New Zealand we hope you’ve loved New Zealand as much as we have loved showing it to you!

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24 Day Absolute New Zealand Tour - Private - Fully Guided

24 Day Absolute New Zealand Tour - Private - Fully Guided - Auckland Central, New Zealand

Duration: 24 days
Location: Auckland Central, New Zealand

From USD
$6917.49

This 24 day, private and fully guided vacation takes in all New Zealand has to offer.  We’ll explore golden sand beaches, geothermal activity, geysers and learn about the local Maori and their customs in the North, before crossing over the Cook Strait and into the South Island. Once in the South Island we will be covering everything from glacier hikes to whale watching and from wine tasting to visiting what some call the Eighth Wonder of the World, Milford Sound.  This jam-packed itinerary will have you taking part in iconic activities and indulging in local produce and specialities.  This all while riding in the comfort of your own vehicle with a very knowledgeable, experienced Driver/Guide.

This 24 Day Tour takes in absolutely everything New Zealand has to offer.  While on tour you can relax and let your experienced Driver/Guide show you our beautiful piece of paradise.  You will be travelling in the comfort of a late model minivan,  exclusive to your group and at a pace that suits you.  This tour is perfect for families, friends or active adventurers.  You will experience nature while cruising some of the greatest waters in New Zealand, taste some of the finest wines, indulge in local culture, go railcruising through a reserve and find out what farming is all about plus so much more. 

Children pricing available upon request. 

For a full itinerary copy and paste the following in your browser.

https://www.absolutebus.co.nz/24-day-absolute-new-zealand-private

Travel Itinerary

Day 1     Arrive into Auckland Airport

Day 2     Auckland Sights and Waiheke Island

Day 3     Auckland to Paihia

Day 4     Paihia Sights     

Day 5     Paihia to Rotorua

Day 6     Rotorua Sights

Day 7     Rotorua to Taupo

Day 8     Taupo Sights

Day 9     Taupo to Wellington

Day 10   Wellington Sights

Day 11   Wellington to Kaikoura

Day 12   Kaikoura to Christchurch

Day 13   Christchurch Sights

Day 14   Christchurch to Punakaiki

Day 15   Punakaiki to Franz Josef

Day 16   Franz Josef to Wanaka      

Day 17   Wanaka to Queenstown

Day 18   Queenstown Sights

Day 19   Queenstown Sights

Day 20   Queenstown to Milford Sound to Te Anau

Day 21   Te Anau to Dunedin

Day 22   Dunedin to Oamaru

Day 23   Oamaru to Christchurch  

Day 24   Christchurch Departure

After an exciting and in-depth tour of New Zealand we hope you’ve loved New Zealand as much as we have loved showing it to you!

This 24 day, private and fully guided vacation takes in all New Zealand has to offer.  We’ll explore golden sand beaches, geothermal activity, geysers and learn about the local Maori and their customs in the North, before crossing over the Cook Strait and into the South Island. Once in the South Island we will be covering everything from glacier hikes to whale watching and from wine tasting to visiting what some call the Eighth Wonder of the World, Milford Sound.  This jam-packed itinerary will have you taking part in iconic activities and indulging in local produce and specialities.  This all while riding in the comfort of your own vehicle with a very knowledgeable, experienced Driver/Guide.

This 24 Day Tour takes in absolutely everything New Zealand has to offer.  While on tour you can relax and let your experienced Driver/Guide show you our beautiful piece of paradise.  You will be travelling in the comfort of a late model minivan,  exclusive to your group and at a pace that suits you.  This tour is perfect for families, friends or active adventurers.  You will experience nature while cruising some of the greatest waters in New Zealand, taste some of the finest wines, indulge in local culture, go railcruising through a reserve and find out what farming is all about plus so much more. 

Children pricing available upon request. 

For a full itinerary copy and paste the following in your browser.

https://www.absolutebus.co.nz/24-day-absolute-new-zealand-private

Travel Itinerary

Day 1     Arrive into Auckland Airport

Day 2     Auckland Sights and Waiheke Island

Day 3     Auckland to Paihia

Day 4     Paihia Sights     

Day 5     Paihia to Rotorua

Day 6     Rotorua Sights

Day 7     Rotorua to Taupo

Day 8     Taupo Sights

Day 9     Taupo to Wellington

Day 10   Wellington Sights

Day 11   Wellington to Kaikoura

Day 12   Kaikoura to Christchurch

Day 13   Christchurch Sights

Day 14   Christchurch to Punakaiki

Day 15   Punakaiki to Franz Josef

Day 16   Franz Josef to Wanaka      

Day 17   Wanaka to Queenstown

Day 18   Queenstown Sights

Day 19   Queenstown Sights

Day 20   Queenstown to Milford Sound to Te Anau

Day 21   Te Anau to Dunedin

Day 22   Dunedin to Oamaru

Day 23   Oamaru to Christchurch  

Day 24   Christchurch Departure

After an exciting and in-depth tour of New Zealand we hope you’ve loved New Zealand as much as we have loved showing it to you!

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Untouched Backcountry Helicopter Tour from Queenstown

Untouched Backcountry Helicopter Tour from Queenstown - Queenstown, New Zealand

Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
Location: Queenstown, New Zealand

From USD
$6377.79

Untouched Backcountry Heli Tour where the helicopter is yours for the day with your own private guide to explore some of the most remote corners of the lower South Island, touching down in magical places where it feels like Giant Moas could still wander out of the wilderness.

This exclusive private tour will have you getting up close to wildlife, rainforests, waterfalls, glaciers and New Zealand's most famous attraction without crossing paths with another tourist.

Featuring Mt Nicholas Station: Pioneer Living on a Remote Farm, Lake Erskine: An alpine lake with icebergs surrounded by hanging glaciers, Picnic at Lake Quill above Sutherland Falls, Martins Bay to visit a NZ fur seal colony, Milford Sound, Isobel/Tyndall Glacier via valley of the waterfalls/Earnslaw Burn ... More info ›

Untouched Backcountry Heli Tour where the helicopter is yours for the day with your own private guide to explore some of the most remote corners of the lower South Island, touching down in magical places where it feels like Giant Moas could still wander out of the wilderness.

This exclusive private tour will have you getting up close to wildlife, rainforests, waterfalls, glaciers and New Zealand's most famous attraction without crossing paths with another tourist.

Featuring Mt Nicholas Station: Pioneer Living on a Remote Farm, Lake Erskine: An alpine lake with icebergs surrounded by hanging glaciers, Picnic at Lake Quill above Sutherland Falls, Martins Bay to visit a NZ fur seal colony, Milford Sound, Isobel/Tyndall Glacier via valley of the waterfalls/Earnslaw Burn.  

You'll be picked up at your accommodation this morning and taken to the Queenstown heliport where you'll meet your pilot before boarding the chopper.

The first leg of your journey takes you across Lake Wakatipu to Cecil Peak Station, a 34,000-acre working sheep and beef farm. Here you're invited to tag along with the "cocky" (a Kiwi rancher) for an intimate look at rural New Zealand life on this remote farm accessible only by aircraft or boat.

Then board your chopper again to fly over the Earl Mountain range past the head of Lake Te Anau to land on the edge of Lake Erskine, a surreal turquoise pool (the result of glacial silt) ringed by hanging glaciers. Icebergs floating in the high mountain lake create stunning natural sculptures.

You should have worked up an appetite by now trying to capture the grandeur of the views with your camera so we'll hop back into the helicopter and fly over several rainforest covered valleys to touch down next to Lake Quill for a picnic lunch to remember. This area averages 7m (that's 23ft) of rain a year, which is enough to power one of the tallest permanent waterfalls in the world, the Sutherland Falls. Lake Quill is the small mountain lake that feeds Sutherland Falls, New Zealand's second highest waterfall standing at 580m (1904ft).

After lunch we are on our way up the West Coast, but not before a fly by of New Zealand's most popular attractions - Milford Sound. Rudyard Kipling dubbed it as the Eighth Wonder of the World and it's truly spectacular from a bird's eye view high above the packed cruise boats and buses.

Flying out of the sound (a misnomer as it's actually a fjord) the rainforests framed by the Tasman Sea on our left now feel completely different than they looked just an hour earlier. We'll land at Martins Bay and walk about 20 minutes to a NZ fur seal colony. It's something else to be able to watch these beautiful creatures frolicing and playing in their natural environment. From July to December, we'll also look for rare Fiordland Crested penguins, who travel back from the Antarctic to nest, before we walk back to the waiting chopper.

Then we'll continue our scenic flight over the Earnslaw Burn, known as the valley of the waterfalls and one of the most dramatic locations featured in The Hobbit. Our last stop is on the Jura Glacier to touch the ancient blue ice before returning to Queenstown over the Richardson Mountain range and the Shotover River, rich in stories from the gold rush era.

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Guided Hunting

Guided Hunting - Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Duration: 1 day
Location: Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

From USD
$5218.19

Hello and welcome to your next grand adventure.

We are the Guide Masters and we are here to help you topple a trophy - New Zealand style ... More info ›

Hello and welcome to your next grand adventure.

We are the Guide Masters and we are here to help you topple a trophy - New Zealand style.

Our lands have been blessed with some of the world’s best hunting and fishing. To unlock the hidden trophy animals in our stunning country, you need to partner with the best in the business.

It is only fair that we share our unique hunting opportunities with you!
- Red Stags
- Himalayan Bull Tahr
- Fallow Bucks
- Chamois Bucks

These are all animals that roam our mountains, and provide our hunters with a world class chase and thrill for the land.

Itinerary

Our clients are provided with the opportunity to explore some of the south islands best hunting.

We specialise in Himalayan Tahr, and Red Stag Hunting.

Stop At:

• Lake Tekapo 7945 New Zealand

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New Zealand Uncut - Hiking New Zealand - 13 Days

New Zealand Uncut - Hiking New Zealand - 13 Days - Auckland, New Zealand

Duration: 13 days
Location: Auckland, New Zealand

From USD
$5121.56

Discover the world underground at Waitomo, explore the geothermal delights of Rotorua, hike across active volcanoes and lava valleys in the world-renowned Tongariro National Park and sip coffee in the coolest little capital of the world – Wellington. We have chosen excellent quality hotels and lodges and all rooms have ensuite bathrooms ... More info ›

Discover the world underground at Waitomo, explore the geothermal delights of Rotorua, hike across active volcanoes and lava valleys in the world-renowned Tongariro National Park and sip coffee in the coolest little capital of the world – Wellington. We have chosen excellent quality hotels and lodges and all rooms have ensuite bathrooms. Every place we stay has something special to offer and your evenings will be just as enjoyable as your days spent outdoors. Wonderful meals are included giving you an opportunity to sample the local cuisine from the restaurants in the cities and towns we stay.

Itinerary

Day 1: AUCKLAND - ROTORUA 1-2km/2 hours hiking

Stop At: Ruakuri Cave, Waitomo Caves 3977 New Zealand
Meet your North Island guide and the rest of the group in the Heritage Hotel foyer at 7am before driving south through the classic patchwork green farming country alongside the Waikato River. Arriving at the Waitomo Caves area descend into the vaulted galleries of the Ruakuri Cave with its limestone formations and crystals. Be captivated by the thousands of tiny glowworms that cling to the cave ceiling and mimic a starlit night sky. Later we emerge into the sunshine and wander on a loop trail through an outstanding limestone canyon. We arrive in the volcanically active area of Rotorua late afternoon. Rotorua is also the centre of Maori cultural tourism in New Zealand and tonight we enjoy an evening meal and cultural performance.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Distinction Hotel, Rotorua

Day 2: ROTORUA LAKES - LAKE TAUPO 8km/5 hours hiking

Stop At: Lake Taupo, Taupo Marina New Zealand
Hike alongside the beautifully clear Lake Tarawera, enjoying the shade that towering tree ferns and ignimbrite cliffs offer. Plop into the water to cool off at any one of the tiny pumice beaches as you wait for the others to catch up. There are astonishing views all along this trail, giving glimpses of how expansive this massive wilderness of forest, lakes and volcanoes really is. In the afternoon we explore some of the amazing thermal areas located a little south of Rotorua. Wander along boardwalks that connect pools of bubbling mud, mineral-tainted hot pools and plumes of rising steam as you wonder at this unique area. Grab a cuppa before we drive toward the lakeside town of Taupo. At Huka Falls feel the power as the huge Waikato River gets pinched through a narrow rock corridor. Our accommodation is in Taupo. Relax with a drink and enjoy the views.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Beechtree Motel, Taupo

Day 3: TONGARIRO 8km/2-4 hours hiking

Stop At: Taranaki Falls, Ngauruhoe Terrace, Tongariro National Park New Zealand
Enjoy the views of volcanic peaks across Lake Taupo before we drive around it's shores to New Zealand'’s first National Park, –Tongariro. Take a leisurely morning walk through stunning rainforest around the slopes of Mt Pihanga and to the mystical Lake Rotopounamu (Lake of Greenstone). The next two nights are spent in a hotel on the edge of the park, providing a great opportunity for you to explore the area at your leisure. Join the guide this afternoon for a great walk to Taranaki Falls, cascading 20 metres over a 15,000 year-old lava flow. Enjoy dinner with the group in the comfort of your hotel.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: A hotel at the gateway to Tongariro National Park

Day 4: TONGARIRO 23km/6-8 hours hiking

Stop At: Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Off State Highway 48 Mangatepopo Valley, Whakapapa Village, Tongariro National Park New Zealand
Join the guide today for a full days walking on the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing, regarded as one of the best day walks in the world. The well built track traverses up, steeply at times, to the craters of Mt Tongariro. Stop and admire the views of the Red Crater, Emerald Lakes and steaming vents that make this hike so iconic. After a sometimes long and physically challenging day celebrate your achievement at dinner with a bottle of fine New Zealand wine. Those who prefer a more restful day can find plenty to do at the village: Soda Springs walk, Taranaki Falls walk, or simply drink coffee and view the great exhibits at the Park Visitor Centre. Enjoy your second night in this village.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: A hotel at the gateway to Tongariro National Park.

Day 5: TONGARIRO - WELLINGTON

Stop At: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 55 Cable St, Wellington 6011 New Zealand
Rest your legs this morning as we drive south through rolling green hill country to the capital city of Wellington. The tour finishes early afternoon in this buzzing wee city. Stroll along the fabulous waterfront and absorb some of New Zealand’s history in the national museum - Te Papa, or simply get lost admiring the heritage houses along one of the many improbably steep streets. Nowhere is very far in Wellington. There is a vibrant café and restaurant scene here – enjoy.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Distinction Hotel, Wellington.

Day 6: WELLINGTON - KAHURANGI NATIONAL PARK 8.5-18.5km/4-8 hours hiking

Stop At: Flora Hut and Mount Arthur Hut tracks, 79 Trafalgar Street Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa, Nelson New Zealand
Before boarding your plane grab a fast breakfast at one of the groovy airport cafes. Enjoy your scenic flight over Cook Straight as you hop from the North to the South Island. Your southern guide will meet you at Nelson airport. Sit back and enjoy the picturesque drive to Flora Saddle in Kahurangi National Park. On a well-formed track, we meander our way up to the bush-line and the Mt Arthur hut. Those feeling keen can venture further with the guide along the rugged marble ridge-line towards the summit of Mt Arthur. Alternatively, perch on a rock and soak in the view before reuniting with the group for the descent (usually via a different track). Tonight, we celebrate our arrival in the South Island by dining together in one of Nelson’s fine restaurants.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Rutherford Hotel, Nelson.

Day 7: NELSON - ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK 11.7km/4 hours hiking

Stop At: Abel Tasman Coast Track, Harvey Road, Marahau, Abel Tasman National Park 7010 New Zealand
After an early breakfast, we set off for Abel Tasman National Park. You will be amazed at how different the landscape is here to nearby Kahurangi National Park. Board a water taxi and cruise the coastline past golden sand beaches and rugged granite headlands into the heart of the National Park. Step ashore at Bark Bay and follow the famed Abel Tasman coastal track through native forests and along golden sand beaches. A well-formed trail leads us up and over a gentle ridge into Torrent Bay, where the lovely clear fresh waters of Cleopatra's Pool may tempt you to take a dip or for those more daring - a slide down the naturally formed hydro-slide! At Anchorage, we will meet the water taxi for a return journey to Kaiteriteri, a seaside village and gateway to this National Park, before heading back to Nelson. There is free time to do some more exploring in this vibrant and arty little town.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Rutherford Hotel, Nelson

Day 8: NELSON - PUNAKAIKI 6km/3 hours hiking

Stop At: Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk, State Highway 6, Paparoa National Park, Punakaiki 7873 New Zealand
On the way to the West Coast we stop for a remarkable hike to marvel at natural flames which have been burning since the 1920's. We access this phenomena with a local guide through a privately-owned working deer farm. Unlike the Eternal Flames of the Chimera in Turkey these flames are surrounded by lush tree ferns and beech forest. A cup of 'billy tea' and hot cakes prepared over the flames gives this experience a distinctly kiwi flavour. We continue our journey alongside the mighty Buller River as it cuts through the massive wilderness of the upper South Island, arriving on the coast at Westport. We take a short stroll at Cape Foulwind to view a colony of New Zealand fur seals playfully splashing around in the rock pools. We then head south to catch the sunset at Punakaiki and visit a local pub for dinner. Take an evening stroll around the famous Pancake Rocks and blowholes – we try to time our visit with high tides so we may leave the rocks until tomorrow if tide times are more favourable.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki

Day 9: PUNAKAIKI - METHVEN 4km/2 hours hiking

Stop At: Inland Pack Track, Punakaiki New Zealand
Hike the Inland Pack Track from Punakaiki to Pororari. This historic route was once used by prospectors and miners to avoid the immense coastal cliffs while travelling the West Coast. Pass through deep limestone canyons, towering rainforests and groves of Nikau Palms. You may not be able to resist a speedy swim in one of the many deep clear pools you pass on the way! After the hike, we join a remarkable highway which takes us from the lush green rainforests of the West Coast and over the glaciated Southern Alps to the parched soft yellow savannahs of Canterbury. This is one of the most cleverly engineered roads in New Zealand. East of Arthurs Pass, stretch your legs and stroll around the enchanting limestone outcrops of Kura Tawhiti (Castle Hill). This area was an important meeting place and food gathering area for early Maori people. Interestingly it was also bestowed a “spiritual centre of the universe” by the Dalai Lama when he visited in 2002. Today it is a haven for rock climbers who climb and boulder on the multitude of rock forms. We then leave the highway and follow the back roads around Lake Lyndon and on to Methven, a ski town by winter and laid-back rural town the rest of the year. The Southern Alps form a spectacular backdrop. Wander in to the village for a meal at a local restaurant.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Ski Time, Methven

Day 10: METHVEN - AORAKI/MT COOK 5km/3 hours hiking

Stop At: Mount John Summit Circuit Track, Lakeside Drive, Lake Tekapo New Zealand
Drive south following the edge of the Canterbury plains to Lake Tekapo, famous for its stunning turquoise waters and the quaint Church of the Good Shepherd, perched daintily by the lake. Hike up through wilding conifers and tussock grasslands to the summit of Mt John. Revel in the 360-degree views of the Patagonia-like landscape. The sweeping Mackenzie basin is a sparsely populated region in the rain shadow of the Southern Alps; tawny-brown drylands, braided riverbeds and startling glacial lakes extend to the horizon. On arrival at Mt Cook village we hike up to Red Tarns for magnificent views of Aoraki/Mt Cook and the surrounding alps. Relax here and enjoy the views before wandering back down arriving at the door of our accommodation, where we stay for the next two nights.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Lodge within Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park

Day 11: AORAKI/MT COOK 5-8km/4 hours hiking

Stop At: Sealy Tarns Track, Terrace Road, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7999 New Zealand
Hike up to Sealy Tarns and enjoy the awesome views of Mt Sefton, Mueller Glacier and across the Hooker Valley to Aoraki/Mt Cook. If you're feeling energetic, join the guide for a further climb from the tarns up to the crest of Mueller Ridge for even wider views of this magnificent alpine landscape. Those not wanting to climb to Sealy or Mueller can take the flatter option and walk up the Hooker Valley (unguided), enjoying close up views of the Mueller and Hooker Glaciers on the way.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Lodge within Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park

Day 12: AORAKI/MT COOK - WANAKA 2km/1 hour hiking

Stop At: Tasman Glacier, New Zealand
Travel up the Tasman Valley towards the longest glacier in New Zealand, the Tasman Glacier. Take a short walk through the glacial moraine and board a custom-built boat for a unique spin around the terminal lake. Like most glaciers in the world the Tasman Glacier is retreating and the terminal lake increases in size every year. This dynamic environment is dotted with icebergs of all shapes and sizes from the collapsing terminal wall of the glacier. Our drive to Wanaka follows the Mackenzie country south before climbing over the tussock lands of the Lindis Pass into the southern lakes district. Wanaka is a lovely holiday town on the lake-side.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Edgewater Resort, Wanaka

Day 13: WANAKA - QUEENSTOWN 10km/4 hours hiking

Stop At: Mount Aspiring National Park, Wanaka New Zealand
A beautiful drive alongside Lake Wanaka leads us to Aspiring National Park. We hike up the Matukituki Valley beneath some fine peaks before turning up the Rob Roy side stream and climbing abruptly to the bushline. This gorgeous trail through virgin beech forest emerges into a splendid alpine basin below the bulking mass of the Rob Roy Glacier. Watch water tumble off the glacier's snout as you relax and enjoy lunch. Keep an eye out for cheeky kea (alpine parrot). You probably won't need to look too hard as these curious birds normally call in when food is around (although it's important to never offer them any titbits and upset their natural foraging behaviour)! After the hike grab a drink and unwind on the lawn of the famous old drover's hotel at Cardrona, before we drive over the Crown Range and into the lively scene of Queenstown. Your tour finishes here in the late afternoon.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
No accommodation included on this day.

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