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New Zealand Explorer "Kiwi"

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 - 14 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 14 people
Destination(s): New Zealand  
Specialty Categories: Walking Tours   Multi-activity  
Season: October - April
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 3999 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 5210 US Dollar (USD)

The "Kiwi" trip is a gentler version of our signature "Rimu" South Island ultimate adventure tour. If you’re concerned about our trips being too active or this is your first guided adventure, then this is the trip for you! We’ve designed this incredible two-week experience to show off New Zealand’s scenic South Island to you the best way we know how, by getting into the outdoors. We’ll keep the pace steady, though, allowing even those new to hiking the opportunity to enjoy New Zealand’s unique wilderness. We’ll explore iconic destinations like Milford Sound, taking the option to try out some sea kayaking if you like, hike in Mount Cook National Park at the foot of New Zealand’s highest mountain, and we’ll enjoy the vitality and life of Queenstown.

We’ll also hike in Abel Tasman National Park, with its stunning beaches and lush, green vegetation and make our way down the rugged West Coast. All the while we’ll be serving up a good dose of the Active ingredients that make our trips so special – our extraordinarily talented guides, warm hospitality, small groups and welcoming accommodation. There’s a couple of optional activities to take part in too if you’re keen – the Franz Josef Heli-hike, which gives you the chance to explore the icy landscape of the glacier, and whale watching in Kaikoura, one of New Zealand’s most famous wildlife experiences. So, if you’re after an amazing New Zealand trip with the chance to get off the bus and explore at a gentle pace, then the "Kiwi" trip is an excellent option.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive, hike Mt. Grey Conservation Area, wine tasting at Pegasus Bay Winery.

Day 2: Hike Kaikoura Peninsula and hike Pelorus River track.

Day 3: Boat ride and hike Abel Tasman National Park.

Day 4: Hike Cape Foulwind and Trumans Track.

Day 5: Hike Punakaiki rainforest and explore the artsy town of Hokitika.

Day 6: Hike coastal forest and beach, kayak Okarito Lagoon (optional).

Day 7: Hike to Franz Josef Glacier, go behind the scenes at the Kiwi Wildlife Centre.

Day 8: Hike Diamond Lake, Mt Aspiring National Park to Queenstown.

Day 9: Free day in Queenstown.

Day 10: Queenstown to Milford Sound, hike Routeburn Track.

Day 11: Cruise or sea kayak Milford Sound, hike Kepler Track.

Day 12: Explore a high-country sheep farm.

Day 13: Hike Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, visit Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.

Day 14: Depart for home.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- 2 guides
- Activities as noted
- Transportation and almost all meals.

Price Excludes:
- 15% NZ tax
- International flights
- A few meals in Queenstown, or optional tours.

Note: Add US$350 + tax for heli hike and US$180 + tax for whale watching tour.