We proudly offer the most extensive range of adventure activities available on the market today. Our product range includes "Extreme Activity Packs" which could see you sky diving in 5 stunning locations throughout New Zealand, all at a super discounted rate! We have grade 5 white-water rafting, surfing, snowboarding / skiing, bungy jumping versions as well as hand-picked activity combinations all with the common goal of amplifying your New Zealand experience!
During your Tour we also offer guided walks over the Tongariro Crossing which is rated one of the best day walks in the world, day tours to the Milford Sound and Mount Cook, as well as 1, 2 or 3 day Bay of Islands tours pre or post your Tour. See our additional activities section for more details of these optional excursions as well as a whole host of others. We operate small group tours with an average tour size of 15, thus enabling us to provide you with a service that is customized and personalized!
Day 1: Auckland.
Kia Ora! Auckland is known as the “City of Sails” and is New Zealand’s biggest and most vibrant city at just over a million people. Generally, Aucklander’s live within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanted holiday islands. Add a sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping and you will be beginning to get a picture of Auckland.
In your tour, you will find a host of discounted activities from sightseeing to outdoor adventures: bush and beach walks, join the crew sailing an America’s Cup yacht, learn to surf Auckland’s wild west coast beaches, shopping at Otara Market - a Maori & Polynesian Arts and crafts market, visiting a Maori Pa site (traditional fortified village), meeting Maori artists, wine & shopping tours with a Maori perspective… The list is enormous.
Throughout your tour, your guides will be on hand to impart their expert local knowledge and to ensure your trip is a hassle free experience. On the first night we will have a Tour Orientation… Be prepared! (And remember everything on a Tour is optional).
Day 2: Auckland to Waitomo
Journey underground on a subterranean adventure through limestone chambers and passages. Be suspended in awe and silence, surrounded by cave decorations and a galaxy of tiny living lights found in the Waitomo Glow-worm Caves. As you glide quietly beneath the lights of thousands of glow-worms, it is only the gentle sound of dripping water that reminds you that you are deep underground and not beneath a star filled sky…
For over 100 years Waitomo Glow-worm Caves have attracted millions of people from all over the world. The moment you enter this subterranean wonderland you'll discover an ancient underground labyrinth of limestone caves and grottos, and marvel at amazing stalactites and stalagmites - mother nature's decorations created by nature. You’ll have the chance to experience a boat trip like no other, journeying through the starry expanse of the Glow-worm Grotto, while your way is lit by a multitude of tiny glow-worm lights.
Day 3: Waitomo to Rotorua.
Today we make a short two-hour journey to Rotoura, one of New Zealand’s original tourist destinations. At nearby geothermal hotspots, there are spouting geysers, boiling mud pools and warm geothermal springs. Silica terraces are naturally decorated with a kaleidoscope of colours. The Pohutu Geyser at Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley can shoot water 100 feet/30 metres.
Rotorua is also at the heartland of New Zealand Maori culture, and visitors have the opportunity to experience the warm spirit of Te Maori. There are about 35 marae (meeting grounds) in the Rotorua district. You be able to stay as a guest on a marae - an unforgettable experience. Or you could catch a Maori cultural performance, quite possibly a Haka. You can also indulge in a traditional hangi feast - the food is cooked below the ground in earthen ovens and has the most amazing taste.
One of our favorites activities here is the Zorb; an activity that fully encapsulates the kiwi spirit! (See the additional activities section). You can also experience the Rotorua luge, a number of very inexpensive geothermal hot spring baths, or even a spot of trout fishing in a volcanic crater lake whatever takes your fancy we say.
Day 4: Rotorua to Taupo.
Located just 20 minutes of South Rotorua is our first stop for today; The Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Reserve.
Wai-O-Tapu lays claim to be New Zealand's most colorful and diverse volcanic area. The reserve is covered with collapsed craters, cold and boiling pools of mud, water and steaming fumaroles. You can walk at your own pace and absorb the unique features including the world famous champagne pool, geysers, bubbling mud, steaming ground, expansive vistas, huge volcanic craters and sinter terrace formations. The natural bush setting adds another dimension to the experience, as does the guaranteed daily eruption of the Lady Knox Geyser at 10.15 am.
Next stop is The Huka Falls in the Wairakei Tourist Park: New Zealand's most visited natural attraction. The thundering Huka Falls provides a fantastic photo opportunity - more than 220,000 liter’s of water tumbles over the cliff face per second!
For those of you that want to up the ante’ - feel the exhilaration and the power of a Huka Jet jet boat ride. You will get up close and personal to the Huka Falls as you enjoy the sensation as you skim past cliffs and trees at 80 km per hour. Then get ready for a 360-degree spin, as the boat turns on it's own length!
Day 5: Free day in Taupo.
A few thousand years ago Lake Taupo itself was created by the largest volcanic eruption of the past 5,000 years, it was so big records say the sun went hazy in China. Today, what remains is a lake the size of Singapore and the largest fresh water lake in Australasia.
Here in Taupo, you can really experience the insane to the sedate. You can sky dive over the Lake Taupo, four wheel drive on volcanic farm land, check out the constantly active geothermal landscape, taste geothermal breed prawns, learn about local authentic Maori culture and myths, play golf on internationally acclaimed golf courses (costs breadcrumbs compared with the UK), enjoy a flight over a world heritage area, ski on an active volcano or even bungy jump over New Zealand’s largest River – the Waikato.
Or if your prefer your activities a little more sedate today, why not soak in a thermal hot spring, take a cruise to the famous Maori Rock carvings at Mine Bay, find a secluded beach, indulge in boutique shopping, enjoy delectable cuisine at one of the many restaurants, cafes or indulge in a cocktail at one of the groovy lounge bars.
We have all your options covered. As always, a large number of our suggestions and activities are free of charge and for those that are not, we have secured the best discounted rates possible, exclusive to Tour participants.
Day 6: Taupo to Wellington.
Today we continue our journey South as we head around the beautiful Lake Taupo and travel past the very active Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe – the classical conical volcano most commonly recognized as Mt Doom from the epic “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. We reach the nation’s capital and go for a drive along the harbor and up Mt Victoria for a 360-degree view of Wellington and surrounding landscapes.
Day 7: Free day in Wellington.
Wellington - New Zealand’s capital city and home of the Government since 1865.
Perched on the edge of a spectacular harbor, encircled by green, towering hills, Wellington is a stunning and compact city. Vibrant, exciting and cultured, the nation’s capital combines the stimulation and sophistication of a big city with the quirkiness of a charming village. Extending just two kilometers in diameter, Wellington is a truly 'walking city’.
The city is known as the windy city (even has a radio station known as Radio Windy) due to the high winds flowing across Cook Strait. Being built on a fault line and the ever-popular cable car, it stands to reason that Wellington’s sister city is San Francisco. Scores of walking and mountain-biking tracks around the city give a 360-degree perspective on this sparkling waterway and a view of the original colonial villas that fringe the city’s edge. For those wanting a more rugged perspective, there are four-wheel drive or horseback tours at the head of the Harbor overlooking Cook Strait. Wellington has a feast of cultural attractions and its crowning glory is Te Papa, the national museum of New Zealand. Situated on Wellington’s magnificent waterfront, this internationally acclaimed museum combines leading edge technology with traditional exhibits to tell the stories of New Zealand’s land and people.
And for all of you Lord of the Rings buffs, how about a half day tour to the filming locations for Rivendell where Frodo recovered from his knife attack; the Anduin River where Aragorn was washed ashore after the attack of the Wargs; the Gardens of Isengard, the site of the Orcs Felling the Trees and where Gandalf rode to see Saruman; go to the Mount Victoria lookout and Hobbiton Woods where you can race to the Ferry and get off the Road; Buckland Forest where the Hobbits hid from the Nazgul/Black Riders and where they found the mushrooms on the Road; Dunharrow Rohirrim encampment; visit the quarry for the filming of Helms Deep, the fortified ravine in Rohan and Minas Tirith. The list goes on…
Day 8: Wellington to Kaikoura
Today we board the Interislander Ferry. The 92 km journey between Wellington and Picton takes three hours and has been described as “one the most beautiful ferry rides in the world”. The seaside settlement of Kaikoura is overlooked by majestic mountains, which are snow-capped for many months of the year as well as being one of the only places in the world located next to a deep-sea trench. This unique combination of ocean and mountains offers stunning coastal alpine scenery and a host of Eco-tourism oriented activities.
The specialty here is whale watching and Dolphin swimming. Here you will have the opportunity to view or swim with the Dusky Dolphins; one of the worlds most playful and acrobatic dolphin species. A significant number of our groups have also witnessed other marine mammals such as orca (killer whales), pilot whales, New Zealand fur seals and Hector Dolphins.
The town of Kaikoura is strongly aware of the importance of the natural environment, and is very proactive in its protection. One of these methods is to become Green Globe Accredited, which is an environmental certification system recognized across the globe. To this end, one way to help the environment while you are in Kaikoura is by taking part in "trees for travelers", where you can choose, and then sponsor a native tree that will be planted in your name. Now that is way to leave your mark in New Zealand and is a popular choice with Tour participants and an activity we support 100%.
Day 9: Kaikoura to Christchurch.
As we meander South, we hug the edge of rugged coastal ranges along fascinating cliff formations. The landscape becomes more gentle as you approach Waipara – a region known for its vineyards and olive groves. The last leg of your journey takes you past the surf beaches of Amberley, Leithfield, Waikuku and Woodend until we arrive in “The Garden City”.
Day 10: Free day in Christchurch.
Internationally famed 'The Garden City', Christchurch's well-established expansive parks and public gardens are guaranteed to impress. Wide tree-lined avenues, beautifully maintained gardens, ambling inner-city rivers and restored heritage buildings make Christchurch a picture-perfect city. The centrally-located 161 hectare Hagley Park, the Botanic Gardens, the four leafy inner-city avenues, Victoria Square and spectacular gardens such as Mona Vale on the banks of the River Avon bear testimony to this reputation. Centre-piece of the central city, the Christchurch Cathedral is a Canterbury icon. Built in the neo-Gothic period, the Cathedral is a testament to the city’s early English settlers. Climb the steeple for a great 360-degree view of Cathedral Square and the surrounding city.
The bars, caffees and nightclubs here are some of the best in New Zealand and are hugely popular with the locals. Located along Oxford Terrace against the Avon River, there is a huge selection of clubs and bars for all tastes, aligned against a serene backdrop.
Day 11: Christchurch to Franz Josef.
The scenery will amaze you today as we head off across the Canterbury Plains and into the Southern Alps. We’ll stop for a break at Arthur’s Pass, deep in the heart of the Southern Alps. Its high mountains with steep gorges and wide braided rivers, straddles the main divide – the ‘back bone’ of the South Island – between Canterbury and the West Coast. It’s a park of contrasts, with dry beech/tawhai forest in the east, luxuriant rainforest on western slopes and is the South Island’s first national park.
Day 12: Free day in Franz Josef.
From high in New Zealand’s Southern Alps, The Franz Josef Glacier descends deep into the lush rainforest of Westland’s National Park, giving you the opportunity to experience the most dramatic glacial environment available to the general public anywhere in the world!
While many glaciers world-wide have been retreating, the Franz Josef Glacier still flows almost to sea level, through a temperate rainforest of ancient pod carp trees and other evergreen species. This combination of ice and temperate rainforest is a unique feature of New Zealand's glacier country, and is an ecosystem found nowhere else in the world.
The glacier slides forward at rates up to 10 times faster than most valley glaciers, presenting the visitor with a spectacular and unique icefall of crevasses, pinnacles, ice caves and canyons.
We have negotiated a discounted half-day glacier trek, which is by far the most popular way to experience Franz Josef Glacier (See additional activities section). Please believe us when we say that this is no where near as strenuous as it sounds! If this doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, no problem. There is a load to see and do in Franz Josef. The scenery in this region is so spectacular you can not help to just be in awe of this natural phenomenon.
Day 13: Franz Josef to Queenstown.
Today we cruise along the western reaches of the South Island, ambling towards Queenstown. Initially we pass through the rainforests in the Westland World Heritage Park then across the divide at the Haast Pass. The highlight of this journey is being greeted by the shores of picturesque Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea. Over 1,300 feet deep and an incredible blue, both lakes are fringed by breathtaking mountain ranges.
Day 14: Free day Queenstown.
Queenstown, so named in honor of Queen Victoria, is well established as the "jewel in NZ's tourism crown", with more adventure options per square meter than any other similarly-sized town across the globe hands down.
Nestled beside Lake Wakatipu in the Southern Lakes district, Queenstown is one of the most beautiful settings on earth as well as the adventure tourism capital of the world. This place offers every adrenaline based activity you could imagine from Skiing, Jet Boating, White Water Rafting and of course, Bungy Jumping. For a gentler pace, there are many scenic walks and the Gondola ride to the spectacular views from the top of Queenstown Hill is a must.
The truth of the matter is it really does not matter what you do here; this place is breathtaking. The nightlife is second to none and those Lord the Ring lads (who were honorary locals here whilst filming), state that this place is their favorite world destination. Now there is no better seal of approval than that!
Day 15: Queenstown to Lake Tekapo.
The jewel of the Mackenzie Country, Lake Tekapo is a delightful alpine village in the heart of the South Island high country. A ski resort in winter and aquatic playground in summer, Lake Tekapo sits at the edge of its 20-kilometer glacial lake namesake, completely surrounded by the impressive Southern Alps.
The landscape is outstanding, sculpted by successive Ice Age glaciers, the remnants of which continue to discharge fine ‘rock flour’ giving the lake its intense turquoise hue. The sky is huge and of extraordinary clarity, making Lake Tekapo one of the world’s best locations to probe the heavens from its observatories atop Mt John.
This striking landform of solid rock, Mt John, overlooking the town, has stood firm against the onslaught of glacial action over thousands of years and now shelters a camping ground, ice-skating rink and a launching bay for boaties to enjoy family fun, fishing and water-skiing as well as providing 360° views of the uplands, lakes and mountains from its summit.
Tonight is the last night the group will be together, so our closing party (which is always something special), will be tonight in Taupo. Whether you are returning back to the UK or continuing your travels, it is time to celebrate and take stock the adventure we all have been on!
Day 16: Lake Tekapo to Christchurch.
It’s just a short drive out to Christchurch traveling over the Burkes Pass and through the towns of Fairlie and Geraldine to arrive in Christchurch in the early afternoon.
Included in the basic tour price is the following:
- Accommodation. We use Qualmark endorsed accommodation which means it has the stamp of approval of the New Zealand tourism board. We stay at adventure lodges, motels and hostels and use multi-share accommodation. You are able to upgrade your accommodation to twin / double, for a discounted rate. See our additional activities section for details.
- Transport. We have a selection of specific adventure touring vehicles ranging from late model Toyota Coasters, Nissan Civilians and all terrain 4 wheel drives! All are modern, roomy with all the mod-cons!
- Services of an experienced, professional and passionate tour manager who will ensure that your New Zealand tour is a stress-free but adrenalin-fueled experience!
- Our Tour Bible packed to the rafters with further activity discounts and special offers at local cafes and restaurants.
- Breakfast every morning.
- Discounted activities exclusive!
- Visit to a "marae" which is a Maori fortified village.
- Taste a "hangi" and witness a haka performance.
- Gondola ride to the top of Queenstown.
- Entrance to the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Reserve.
- Ferry ride between the North and South Islands.
- All site-seeing as per our dossier.
Luxury tour coach with all the mod cons. 16 night’s accommodation, motel and hostel based located in the hub of each destination! Hugely discounted additional activities available to our participants only such as skiing/snowboarding, bungy jumping, white-water rafting, learn to surf tours, wine tasting, horse trekking and a whole host of unique kiwi experiences. Breakfast every morning. Tour Guides trained at the New Zealand Tourism Institutes. All local and international taxes to avoid any unnecessary stress. The Inter-Islander ferry rides between the North and South Islands. Entrance to the Waitomo Glow-worm Caves. Be welcomed as a guest at a traditional “marae” (fortified Maori village) with enjoy a performance! Entrance and guided walk at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Reserve. Experience and taste a traditional Maori feast known as a “hangi”. Entrance to Te Papa, the national museum of New Zealand. A gondola ride to the spectacular views from the top of Queenstown Hill.
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