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Ultimate New Zealand

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Ultimate New Zealand

See all the natural and cultural highlights of New Zealand on this 24-day journey through the North and South Islands. First, you’ll explore the sub-tropical islands, expansive coastlines and dense forests of Northland. Soak up the coastal beauty of Tutukaka – home to one of the world’s most gorgeous coastlines (as voted by National Geographic Traveller) – then hit the Bay of Islands for a full-day cruise through the scenic Poor Knights Islands. Go scuba diving, snorkelling and kayaking in your free time before soaking up some of the local cultural history at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Visit hot water beach for a swim in Coromandel, see the geothermal springs of Rotorua and go wildlife spotting in Wellington. Ram up the energy in the South Island’s ‘adventure capital of the world’ (Queenstown), then chill out in laidback Wanaka. See the awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier, then cross the Southern Alps on a world-famous train journey. Between old forest landscapes, mountain-scapes and glacial hikes, you’ll soon fall head over heels for New Zealand’s natural beauty.

Activities
  • Matapouri Beach - Visit
  • Whangarei Falls - Visit
  • Tutukaka - Poor Knights Islands Day Cruise
  • Waitangi - Treaty Grounds
  • Coromandel Peninsula - Cathedral Cove
  • Coromandel Peninsula - Hot Water Beach
  • Raglan - Fish & Chips Dinner
  • Raglan - Sunset Boat Cruise
  • Waitomo - Ruakuri Bush Walk
  • Rotorua - Redwood Forest Canopy Walk
  • Rotorua - Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
  • Rotorua - Pohutu Geyser
  • Rotorua - Hangi Dinner & Haka Dance
  • Taupo - Huka Falls
  • Wellington - Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Marlborough - Wine Tasting
  • Lake Tekapo - Mt John Lookout
  • Wanaka - Mou Waho Island Cruise & Guided Nature Walk
  • Franz Josef - Greenstone Pendant Carving
  • Greymouth - Tranz Alpine Train Journey
  • Hokitika - Mountain Jade Greenstone Factory
Highlights
  • Cruise through the scenic Poor Knights Islands on a full-day adventure on the water to see some of the north island’s natural beauty. This area is also a Marine Reserve with volcanic origins over 11 million years old, creating some pretty epic biodiversity.
  • Discover the diversity of Rotorua, from unbelievable geothermal activity to rich Maori culture. Visit a Maori village for a hangi dinner and traditional haka performance.
  • Admire the out-of-this-world landscapes of Tongariro National Park, from emerald green lakes to soaring volcanic peaks. If you’re up for the challenge, tackle the famous Tongariro Crossing.
  • Live it up in the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown. Whether you fancy bungy jumping, jet boating, horseback riding or wine tasting, there’s something here to entice everyone.
  • Visit a local gallery in Franz Josef and carve a pendant out of pounamu while learning about the precious stone’s significance to Maori culture.
Interests
  • Adventure and Active
23 Nights Starting At
October 21, 2024 through April 13, 2025
Book by:
April 09, 2025 7:00 PM
Various departures
Itinerary Map
Itinerary Overview
Day 1
Day 2
Auckland / Tutukaka
Day 3
Tutukaka / Paihia
Day 4
Paihia
Day 5
Paihia / Auckland
Day 6
Coromandel Peninsula
Day 7
Raglan
Day 8
Waitomo / Rotorua
Day 9
Day 10
Day 11
Day 12
Day 13
Day 14
Kaikoura
Day 15
Day 16
Christchurch / Lake Tekapo / Ohau
Day 17
Mackenzie Country / Queenstown
Day 18
Day 19
Queenstown / Wanaka
Day 20
Day 21
Wanaka / Franz Josef
Day 22
Day 23
Hokitika / Greymouth / Christchurch
Day 24
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About Intrepid Travel
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For over 30 years we've been taking travelers around the globe. That's over 30 years of adventures, of visiting new places and old friends, of countless unforgettable moments. More than 30 years of changing the way people see the world, on small group tours with like-minded Intrepid people.

As a responsible business, we've always been committed to being there for our travelers and the communities we visit. So, you can trust that when you travel with us, we won't just be there for your first adventure, we'll be there every step of your journey.

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About Intrepid Travel
For over 30 years we've been taking travelers around the globe. That's over 30 years of adventures, of visiting new places and old friends, of countless unforgettable moments. More than 30 years of changing the way people see the world, on small group tours with like-minded Intrepid people.

As a responsible business, we've always been committed to being there for our travelers and the communities we visit. So, you can trust that when you travel with us, we won't just be there for your first adventure, we'll be there every step of your journey.

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Prices are per-person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.