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Flying Kiwi Adventure Tours: Ultimate Explorer (27/28 days minimum)

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - quite possibly the best thing you can do in New Zealand. Grab life with both hands on this in depth, all-points covered action and adventure wilderness experience. This trip guarantees to show you the best of the North and South Island and the experience of a lifetime.  

What makes these tours unique:

1. MORE NATIONAL PARKS....

We have a license with the department of conservation that enables us to visit, and stay in, places other tours can't access.  We ensure our tours give you time to experience New Zealand's best national parks too, including Paparoa, Abel Tasman, Aoraki/Mount Cook, Tongariro and Fiordland.

2. MORE CHANCES TO GENUINELY GET OFF THE BEATEN TRACK...

There are a number of World famous highlights on any trip to New Zealand - Milford Sound, Queentown, Rotorua to name a few and we make sure to experience the best these spots have to offer.  However, what makes our trips totally unique is exploring the lesser known spots that other tour groups don't visit.  Whether its a secret glow-worm walk at night, a lush rainforest-fringed pool for a dip, a bike ride along deserted roads hugging the coast or a local cafe that serves quite possibly the best muffins in New Zealand we have found the best secret spots - we know you will love them just try not to tell too many others!

3. MORE ACCOMMODATION BY LAKES, MOUNTAINS AND OCEANS...

Rather than wake up in a hostel dorm we wake up to amazing views, fresh air and away from the crowds.  By staying in these carefully selected sites you get to experience amazing sunrises, spectacular sunsets, campfires, sleeping to the sound of the ocean, morning dips, lakeside dining to name a few.  There are camping and cabin accommodation options (so something for everyone) and we do occassionally use hostels (3 on the entire 28 day trip) to give you access to the bustling city centres.

4. MORE EXPERIENCE = BETTER TRAVEL OPTIONS...  

Flying Kiwi is the original New Zealand tour company.  We are the experts with over 25 year experience in conducting tours of the highest quality and thousands of very, very satisfied customers.  You can be guaranteed that our team will provide a professional and enjoyable experience of a lifetime.

5. MORE TASTY AND HEALTHY MEALS...

Our trips involve a great deal of activity and we appreciate the importance of good food.  We usually offer breakfast, lunch and dinner which saves you time and money.   With an average meal out in NZ costing around $25 you'll save a fortune compared to other tour companies. 

6. MORE CYCLE OPTIONS...

With bikes on board you have the chance to cycle as much, or as little, as you want.  We cover a huge range of rides along the coast, by lakes, through mountain landscapes, downhill, uphill and even across hill - there is something for everyone and every fitness level.

7. MORE HIKES AND ACTIVITY OPTIONS (+LOADS OF FREE STUFF)...

We offer more hikes and activity options that any other tour company.  That gives you more choice everyday to try the hikes you fancy and the activities you have always wanted to try.  Everything is optional and there are always free alternatives.  We also include a number of the activities free of charge such as hot pools, Wai-O-Tapu thermals, gondola ride, wine tasting, scenic ferry crossing (both directions) and more.

8. MORE PEACE OF MIND WITH GUARANTEED DEPARTURES...

Once you are booked you are going.  Unlike other tour companies all our trips have guaranteed departures.  This gives you complete peace of mind and enables you to plan and look forward to your trip - trips do fill fast though so get in quick.

9. MORE FLEXIBILITY...

Our tours are designed to fit around you.  We aren't a traditional tour - you choose the activities you want to do, you choose the style of accommodation you want and you can even take extended breaks along the way - Flying Kiwi is the perfect combination of independant travel and touring convenience.

10. MORE VALUE FOR MONEY...

Quite simply our trips are unbeatable.  With transport, accommodation, most meals and use of sports equipment included you won't find a better value tour.  Our tours add up to around $125 per day which is a great measure to compare with other options (don't forget a meal out in NZ averages around $25 for starters and bike hire starts at approx $35 per day).

Activities to try are:
- Superb cycle rides (for all levels)
- Excellent hikes (for all levels)
- Dolphin swimming*
- Sailing
- Sea kayaking
- Sandboarding
- Longer hikes such as Routeburn, Tongariro Crossing, Kepler & more
- Whale watching*
- Skydiving
- Bungy jumping
- White and black water rafting
- Cruising the Milford Sound
- Paragliding
- Ogo
- Glacier hiking or Heli hiking
- Surfing
- Horse riding
* Please note as dolphin swimming and whale watching are run in parallel it is only possible to choose one but it is highly likely on the dolphin watch you may see whales and visa versa.

Places to visit are:
- Stunning Bay of Islands
- Golden beaches of Coromandel
- Thermal mud pools of Rotorua
- Cruise the Marlborough Sounds
- Character cities of Dunedin, Christchurch and Auckland 
- Infamous Mount Cook
- Adrenalin rush of Queenstown
- Chilling Glaciers
- Picturesque Abel Tasman National Park
- Natural beauty of Kaikoura
- The spectacular Milford Sounds
- Real Lord of the Rings country
- The lush vinewards and hilly pastures of Picton and Marlborough
- Cultural and historical treasures

EXAMPLE ITINERARY:

+ You can take extended breaks at any of the points on the tour
+ Most nights you can upgrade to cabins for a small fee and a taste of rural luxury

 

This itinerary shows a 28 day trip starting from Auckland and heading south first. You can start/finish your loop at any point on the itinerary. Other popular starting points are Christchurch (starts on day 7 and lasts 28 days) or Auckland heading north first (starts on day 25 and lasts 27 days).

 

Day 1: Depart Auckland at 10am. The beautiful Coromandel Peninsula waits – Home to some of the finest beaches in NZ! Marvel at the gorgeous views on a beautiful coastal walk. Visit the unique and famous Hot Water Beach to dig, then relax, in your own thermal pool! Soak up the breath-taking scenery and cameras ready for spectacular sunsets at our beachside camp. Cabin upgrades available. 

hikes: stunning coastal walk with views over the Pacific – distances vary 

bike rides: coastal cycle rides with significant downhill sections to our beachside camp 

optional activities: sea kayaking around hidden bays 

meals: dinner 

 

Day 2: Head south into the heart of the North Island and be amazed by the natural wonderland that is Rotorua. Experience the only native forest zipline canopy tour in New Zealand or the thrills of OGO, Luge and Agroventures. Take in the geothermal wonders with walks or enjoy a relaxing mud bath and spa. For cyclists there is the chance to enjoy world class mountain biking or cycle the NZ cycle trail. Our lakeside camp enjoys stunning views in the shadow of dramatic Mount Tarawera. 

hikes: options to stroll through towering, ancient forests & walks around unique thermal landscapes 

bike rides: great day for cyclists – choose from road rides, excellent mountain biking & sections of the New 

Zealand Cycle Trail 

optional activities: OGO, Agroventures, Luge, thermal mud pools, zipline canopy tour 

meals: breakfast & dinner 

 

Day 3: Leave camp for Wai-O-Tapu geothermal Wonderland (included free) before continuing on to the impressive Huka Falls. We then head to Taupo, nestled next to one of the largest crater lakes in the World with some great hiking and cycling opportunities. Taupo is also a great place for adventure with heaps of optional activities to choose from. Tonight we enjoy a camp near Tongariro National Park. Cabin upgrades available.

hikes: walks of various distances past dramatic waterfalls and around Lake Taupo 

bike rides: explore more sections of the legendary NZ Cycle Trail 

optional activities: skydive, bungy, giant swing, kayaking Lake Taupo

meals: breakfast & dinner 

 

Day 4: Experience one of NZ’s great walks, The Tongariro Alpine Crossing, rated as the best one day walk in the World . This dual listed World heritage area is set to inspire with towering mountains, turquoise lakes, sparkling rivers, lush rainforests and lunar landscapes. For those that don’t fancy the hike, relax or cycle in this beautiful area with an awe-inspiring mountain backdrop. We then head south to our wonderful stunning beach camp – home to amazing coastal sunsets. Cabin upgrades available. 

hikes: Tongariro Alpine Crossing 

bike rides: Turangi river track 

optional activities: white water rafting 

meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner 

 

Day 5: Our early arrival in Wellington gives us the opportunity to see such great attractions as the celebrated Te Papa museum, Zealandia and the gorgeous Botanical Gardens. Take a movie tour or simply savour the unique culture of New Zealand’s capital. Wellington has a wonderful harbour, cafe culture and a thriving central district so there is plenty to suit all tastes. We enjoy a ferry crossing (cost included) through stunning Cook Strait to the picturesque Marlborough Sounds with our final stop in Picton. Camping isn’t feasible tonight so we will be staying at a great hostel with various room options. This is payable locally and we have dorm beds reserved for everyone on board (prices from $28).

hikes: Riverside tracks (if heading north) 

bike rides: Turangi river track (if heading north) 

optional activities: Te Papa museum (free), movie tours, Zealandia, cable car 

meals: breakfast

 

Day 6: Today we travel the scenic Pacific coast to Kaikoura where close encounters with seals and sea birds are common. This picturesque town sits right on the ocean at the foot of the mountains – a spectacular spot. Stretch your legs with a recommended evening peninsula walk and build up an appetite for a tasty feast of locally caught fresh seafood. Tonight we Camp with the sound of the waves – perfect! Cabin upgrades available.

hikes: Kaikoura peninsula walk with opportunity to spot seals, variety of birdlife and the occasional dolphin! 

bike rides: wonderful road rides along the Pacific coast. Distances can vary from 9km - 60km 

optional activities: whale watching, sea kayaking, deep sea fishing 

meals: dinner

 

Day 7: For those that are keen there is the chance to rise early for a wonderful sunrise and then enjoy one of our most highly rated optional activities – dolphin swimming. The resident dusky dolphins are amongst the most interactive and entertaining In the World and it’s not unusual to swim with pods of 50 or more. All this is enjoyed at sea in their natural habitat and on their terms and conditions. We then have the chance to explore this quaint seaside town before heading through Christchurch to collect and drop off those starting /ending here. At 2:30pm we head out towards the Southern Alps with fantastic views across the Canterbury plains - real Lord of the Rings country! Tonight’s unique camp is at the Shearer’s Headquarters (an actual operating farm) located at the foot of the Southern Alps. Cabin upgrades available.

hikes: some great early walks from coastal camp and the chance to hike around peel forest at the foot of the alps 

bike rides: local rides around Kaikoura or cycle the coast towards the Southern Alps. Distances can vary from 13km - 45km 

optional activities: highly recommended dolphin swim, dolphin viewing 

meals: breakfast & dinner

 

Day 8: Wake up to mountain views and refresh yourself even more with the chance to try white water rafting on the mighty Rangitata River – this thrilling ride takes you through the heart of the mountains with amazing scenery and a few splashes and spills on the way! If rafting isn’t for you then no problem - soak it all in with a morning cycle ride or walk through the forest. We then head through more jaw dropping landscapes (they don’t stop in the South Island) to the picture postcard, alpine Lake Tekapo. Here you will view the most spectacular turquoise waters which get their colour from the glacial flour on the surrounding snow-capped peaks. From there we head to one of our best wilderness camps – sat on the shores of the lake you can set up your tent to nothing but views of lakes and mountains.

hikes: lots of shorter options today but all with spectacular views – make sure to have your camera ready 

bike rides: short local forest rides and then a wonderful long road ride to our lakeside camp (choose the distance to suit you) 

optional activities: white water rafting 

meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner 

 

Day 9: Today is a real chance to immerse yourself in the snow-capped mountain scenery that New Zealand is famous for. We will be exploring Aoraki National Park and hike to the base of NZ’s highest mountain - Mount Cook. We then head back to the Pacific coast with a short stop in the historic town of Oamaru. Tonight we are stay in another spectacular camp with panoramic views of the pacific ocean. For those that love their nature there is the option to view Yellow eyed penguins at their carefully managed reserve (these little guys are only found in NZ). We enjoy a few beach games on our idyllic and isolated sandy beach and for the brave and the bold it’s a great place for a bit of bodysurfing. Finish the day with great food and a beach campfire as we watch the sunset over the ocean. Sleep to the sound of the gently lapping waves.

hikes: highly recommended scenic hike to the base of Mount Cook

bike rides: dramatic ocean views along the Pacific coast to camp and one of the most unique stretches of road you will 

ever experience! 

optional activities: penguin viewing 

meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner 

 

Day 10: After a tasty breakfast and sunrise ocean walk for the early risers we head to Dunedin via the totally unique and bizarre Moeraki Boulders. In historic Dunedin we enjoy the sights including the chance to walk/cycle/crawl up and down the steepest street in the World. For those with an appetite visit the Cadburys Factory or Speights Brewery - something for every taste. We have time to explore the Otago Peninsula - an area considered the wildlife capital of New Zealand and home to an abundance of magnificent wildlife including albatross and penguins. Tonight we camp out on the peninsula with fantastic cycle 

and walk options. Cabin upgrades available.

hikes: try the World’s steepest street and explore the streets of Dunedin city. Great nature spotting walks from camp. 

bike rides: excellent winding, downhill road ride into Dunedin, test your fitness on the World’s steepest street and enjoy 

some wonderful rides into our coastal camp 

optional activities: Speight's brewery tour, Cadbury Chocolate factory tour, Otago Peninsula tours 

meals: breakfast, dinner 

 

Day 11: Journey through scenic southern pastures to Te Anau, the hub and jumping-off point for Fiordland National Park and the Milford Sound. Our accommodation tonight is a unique and historic site hidden in the unspoilt Hollyford Valley - a true wilderness escape. There is even an onsite museum to learn more about the region and history. For cyclists there is the chance to cycle into camp and for the hikers this camp is ideal (ask your guide about secret glow worm trails). Cabin upgrade available (quirky miners cottages with their own log burners!)

hikes: plenty of short treks from camp 

bike rides: lakeside cycle, or cycle to camp in the stunning Fiordland National Park 

optional activities: none (this place is all about getting off the beaten track!) 

meals: breakfast & dinner 

 

Day 12: Travel one of the world’s most scenic routes into Milford Sound! Described as the 'eighth wonder of the world', Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the ice ages. The fiord's cliffs rise dramatically from the dark waters (home to seals and dolphins) whilst waterfalls as high as 1000 metres cascade downwards. Board the optional boat cruise to explore the fiord up close. Afterwards those who love hiking are in for a treat with the start of the Routeburn Track. This 3 day walk passes through 2 National Parks and is a haven for native birdlife. Charge up your camera as this hike offers everything from mountainous peaks and sheer rock faces to pristine lakes, cascading waterfalls and dense, luxuriant forest. Cabin upgrades available.

hikes: the chance to experience the awesome 3 day Routeburn Track (re-join group in Queenstown on day 14) 

bike rides: wonderful downhill meandering ride into Milford Sound, relaxed lake side rides and a great mountain bike track 

optional activities: highly recommend Milford boat cruise, Routeburn Track

meals: breakfast & lunch 

 

Day 13: In the morning we journey to Queenstown along the shores of the photogenic Lake Wakatipu. Once we arrive at the adventure capital of New Zealand you can enjoy spectacular views, a free Gondola ride and a huge selection of activities to choose from. There is everything here, from adrenalin pumping bungy, canyon swing or skydive to a more relaxed horse trek or sail – this place has it all. There are some great tracks around the lake ideal for bikers and hikers and all with wonderful views of this alpine region. Cabin upgrades available. 

hikes: multiple walking / hiking options 

bike rides: excellent options for cyclists with purpose built options including sections of the New Zealand cycle trail and 

for the keen the chance to try some serious mountain biking at Skyline Bike Park 

optional activities: too many to list – something for everyone (check site or ask us for details)

meals: breakfast 

 

Day 14: With so much to do we spend another day in fantastic Queenstown with the opportunity to enjoy those once in a lifetime experiences (don’t forget to try the legendary and very tasty fergburger!). Routeburn Track walkers re-join the group here with time to try the many exciting activities this vibrant city has to offer. Tonight you get the opportunity to dine out at one of Queenstown’s many delicious eateries - a great chance for your group to enjoy a true kiwi feast (own cost). Cabin upgrades available.

hikes: with panoramic views of this alpine area you are spoilt for walks and hikes of all distances 

bike rides: excellent options for cyclists with purpose built options including sections of the New Zealand cycle trail and 

for the keen the chance to try some serious mountain biking at Skyline Bike Park 

optional activities: too many to list – something for everyone (check site or ask us for details)

meals: breakfast 

 

Day 15: A last chance to indulge in Queenstown’s action before we depart at 2:30pm. We head to the scenic alpine village of Wanaka for some excellent walk and cycle options. There is also the chance to test your IQ at Puzzle World. After the thrills and spills of Queenstown we wind down with a beautiful campsite beside the tranquil lake with spectacular views of Mount Aspiring National Park. 

hikes: take a hike (and your camera) to the summit of Mount Iron to enjoy stunning 360 degree views 

bike rides: another chance to try some of the Queenstown trail and some great road rides heading to camp 

optional activities: too many to list – something for everyone (check site or ask us for details)

meals: breakfast & dinner 

 

Day 16: Start your day with thrilling optional jet boat ride in Mount Aspiring National Park. We then begin heading up the West Coast – this region was rated by Lonely Planet as one of the top 10 drives in the World. The bus ride is scenic but the bike rides are even better with the chance to cycle along the dramatic Haast Pass taking in panoramic views of the Southern Alps. This area is home to majestic rainforest, thundering waterfalls and tranquil pools - the wild West Coast. Tonight we will be staying in glacier country at the picturesque village of Fox Glacier – ask your guide about our secret glow-worm walks. Cabin upgrades available.

hikes: great range of short walks around the alpine region + secret night time glow-worm caves 

bike rides: long and winding scenic downhill cycle from Haast Pass + numerous short rides at camp 

optional activities: jetboating 

meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner 

 

Day 17: Today is your chance to explore one of NZ’s most unique and spectacular natural wonders - Fox Glacier. This staggering beautiful work of nature is over 13 kilometres in length and plummets 2,600 metres from its peak in the Southern Alps. It is fed by four alpine glaciers that receive approximately 30 metres of snowfall each year. This snow compacts at the top to produce the wonderful blue ice hundreds of metres deep. You have the chance to hike or ice climb on the glacier, but if glaciers aren’t your thing then the area itself is a wonderland to explore. We would also recommend a cycle or hike around Lake 

Matheson where crystal clear reflections of Mount Cook and Mount Tasman make the perfect photo opportunity. We then have a short drive up the coast to our beautiful beachside campsite next to the Okarito lagoon – one of the very few places where there are still rare sightings of our native kiwi bird .

hikes: wonderful hike around Lake Matheson 

bike rides: great hilly sections of various lengths 

optional activities: ½ day or full day glacier hike, heli hike, ice climb 

meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner 

 

Day 18: Enjoy an early morning walk with a chance to spot a Kiwi in the wild. We then continue up this spectacular coastal stretch Hokitika – home to the Greenstone factories where you can see these skilled craftsmen at work and a great place for a traditional souvenir of your visit. We travel on through pristine native forest to Paparoa National Park where giant columns of water shoot skywards at Pancake Rocks! We will be staying at this great beach camp for a couple of nights with wonderful sunsets and a chance to explore hidden glow-worm caverns. Cabin upgrades available.

hikes: sunrise trek to view the Southern Alps, coastal walks and night time cavern trek 

bike rides: cycle rides of various lengths along the coast to camp 

meals: breakfast & dinner 

 

Day 19: Start the day with a hearty pancake breakfast then it’s your day to explore the dramatic Paparoa National Park. The region has walks and cycle rides galore along with the opportunity for an optional river kayak. If you didn’t get the chance the day before then time the tides right and you will get the chance to view the explosive blow holes and hidden wave rock. We’ll spend a second night at this magnificent camp. Cabin upgrades available.

hikes: multiple hikes in the Paparoa National Park, Pancake Rocks 

bike rides: lots of rides to explore the wonderful area

optional activities: river kayaking, knife making

meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner 

 

Day 20: Today we head through the majestic Buller Gorge to our favourite National Park (and NZ’s only coastal park) – Abel Tasman. In one of the sunniest areas of the country you will discover beautiful secluded bays and stunning golden sands. There are all kinds of options to experience the park including skydiving, hang gliding or flying an aerobatic plane - all of which give you the perfect bird’s eye view with varying levels of adrenalin. Our campsite is located at the entrance to the park – perfect for exploring. We will be staying here for 2 nights to give you every chance to explore all corners of the park. Cabin upgrades available. 

hikes: short walk options 

bike rides: a great coastal ride to camp 

optional activities: skydive, hang glide or fly an aerobatic plane 

meals: breakfast & dinner 

 

Day 21: Taking time to explore arguably the best beaches and clearest waters in New Zealand - there are excellent options for everyone here. You can walk, sail or kayak around the numerous golden bays and dive into the crystal clear waters along the way. There will be plenty of chance for wildlife spotting (dolphins, seals and even Orcas!) Explore the heart of the park by canyoning high flow waterfalls and rapids! Enjoy a fantastic group dinner (own cost). Cabin upgrades available. 

hikes: an excellent day for walks - hike along the Abel Tasman track + the option to combine this with a boat ride home! 

bike rides: cycle rides of various distances available from camp 

optional activities: kayaking, sailing, water taxi, canyoning, horse riding, paddle boarding 

meals: breakfast 

 

Day 22: Today we head to sunny Nelson – the headquarters for Flying Kiwi and you will soon find out why. In addition to being one of the sunniest areas of NZ its home to more than 350 working artists and craftspeople creating traditional, contemporary and Maori arts – a visit to their studios is highly recommended. Alternatively sit back, relax and enjoy the sunshine and café culture of our hometown We leave Nelson for wine country – Marlborough, home to some of the World’s best known grapes and we will be treating you to a free tasting in one of their best vineyards. Finish this fantastic day with a scenic ferry (cost included) through the Marlborough sounds to Wellington - our base for the evening. Camping isn’t feasible in the heart of the nation’s capital so we will be staying a great hostel with various room options giving you the best access to explore. This is payable locally and we have dorm beds reserved for everyone on board (prices from $28).

hikes: take a leisurely stroll around the cafes and studios of Nelson and enjoy an evening in the Capital 

bike rides: great option to cycle various lengths of the Tasman taste trail – part of the great New Zealand Cycle Trail 

optional activities: wine tasting (free - this one is on us ?) 

meals: breakfast 

 

Day 23: You’ll have time to explore the waterfront and sights of beautiful Wellington before we hit the road for our 11am departure. We travel up the scenic Kapiti Coast into the heart of the North Island. This is a wonderful region for beautiful river walks and cycle options before we rest our heads in Taupo. Cabin upgrades available.

hikes: Turangi river track 

bike rides: Turangi river track 

meals: no meals 

 

Day 24: Early departure to the limestone wonderland of Waitomo Caves. The glow-worm (Arachnocampa luminosa) is unique to our shores and thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light through this network of caves. The black water rafting is a totally unique experience – sitting in your rubber ring, your experienced and knowledgeable guides will take you through a maze of underground caves and streams whose ceilings are coated in glow-worms that produce a radiant light to lead you through. There are a range of options to explore the caves, from walks to rafting, dependent upon your adrenalin levels. We take time to enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking farmland before heading to Auckland and a taste of big city life “kiwi style”. Auckland nightlife is second to none and it’s a great chance to join your group for a taste of the harbour bars and restaurants. Camping isn’t feasible in the heart of the country’s largest city so we will be staying in a great hostel with various room options giving you the best access to explore. This is payable locally and we have dorm beds reserved for everyone on board (prices from $30). If you would prefer a private room ($49 - subject to availability) please contact us prior to your trip. For those that started their loop on day 25 this will be the last leg of your tour.

hikes: farmland hikes or great cave walk through the glow worm caves 

bike rides: farmland cycle 

optional activities: black water rafting, glow worm cave tour 

meals: breakfast & lunch 

 

Day 25: We leave the City of Sails (Auckland) at 10am heading north to the golden beaches and warm waters of the Bay of Islands. On route we take time for a break, and a quick swim for those that are keen, at beautiful Uretiti beach. It’s a great place to relax and make use of the free sports gear we have on board – frisbees, body boards and volleyballs. We head to the historically significant town of Paihia, the main gateway for the Bay of Islands before a mangrove walk to the thundering Haruru waterfalls. Our campsite is nestled next to the river and we will be spending 2 nights here giving you time to explore the best of the Bay. Cabin upgrades available. Option to start your tour from here. This results in a 27 day tour (as days 28 & 1 combine) ending on day 24.

hikes: mangrove walk to Haruru Falls 

bike rides: scenic cycle ride to camp 

optional activities: Waitangi Treaty house (Maori culture) 

meals: dinner 

 

Day 26: Experience a full day exploring the Bay of Islands and its turquoise waters. This subtropical region is known for its great beaches and history and with 144 islands to explore we have got some great options to get out and view the best of them. Whether its dolphin swimming , sailing or fishing this is a heaven for water activities. Alternatively there are plenty of walk and cycle options around the region. Relax and enjoy a second night at the same great riverside camp. Cabin upgrades available.

hikes: scenic viewpoint or coastal walkway 

bike rides: coastal and farmland options 

optional activities: sailing, fishing, Cape Reinga day trip, diving, hole in the rock fast boat, dolphin swimming 

meals: breakfast & dinner 

 

Day 27: Today we cross the top of the north to the giant sand dunes of Opononi for beach fun and optional sand boarding (boat crossing included). After time on the dunes we head to Waipoua Forest, home to the giant Kauri trees and a variety of scenic short walks and bike rides. We end the day heading down the Hibiscus Coast to our beachside camp at Orewa. Enjoy a tasty evening meal with a sea view before a spot of star gazing in the crystal clear skies. Cabin upgrades available.

hikes: short walks through giant Kauri forests 

bike rides: cycle coastal estuary or forest landscapes 

optional activities: sand boarding, hot pools & slides 

meals: breakfast & dinner 

 

Day 28: Take a beachside morning stroll and enjoy breakfast with a view before we hit the road back to Auckland. We head through scenic landscapes before crossing the harbour bridge back into Auckland. 

meals: breakfast 

 

For those that started their trip on day 1 from Auckland this is the end of your tour. For those that started their trip on day 7 in Christchurch your itinerary now continues from day 1. 

For those that started their trip on day 25 in Auckland your itinerary now continues from day 1. 

 

 

 

 

TOUR STARTING AUCKLAND - (HEADING NORTH FIRST - 27 DAYS)

2016 departures:

1, 10, 19, 28 FEB

8, 17, 26* MAR

4* APR

MAY > SEPT - winter

16, 25 OCT
3, 12, 21, 30 NOV

9, 18, 27 DEC

 

2017 departures:

5, 14, 23 JAN

1, 10, 19, 28 FEB

9, 18, 27* MAR

5* APR

 

*  these trips will finish in Picton & is discounted accordingly. Transfers after trip can be easily arranged.

TOUR STARTING AUCKLAND - (HEADING SOUTH FIRST - 28 DAYS)

2016 departures:

4, 13, 22 FEB

2, 11, 20 MAR

MAY > SEPT - winter

19, 28 OCT
6, 15, 24 NOV

3, 12, 21, 30 DEC

2017 departures:

8, 17, 26 JAN

4, 13, 22 FEB

3, 12, 21 MAR

TOUR STARTING CHRISTCHURCH - (28 DAYS)

2016 departures:

1, 10, 19, 28 FEB

8, 17 MAR

MAY > SEPT - winter

25 OCT
3, 12, 21, 30 NOV

9, 18, 27 DEC

 

2017 departures:

5, 14, 23 JAN

1, 10, 19, 28 FEB

9, 18 MAR

 

·        All summer departures are guaranteed

·         ^ Single travellers will be paired in a tent with a person of the same sex or can upgrade to their own tent for $150 

·         Cabin upgrades are available most nights for a small fee, payable on the day. When staying in our more remote and picturesque campsites upgrades are not available but alternatives will be found in the event of inclement weather.

·         Optional bicycle hire for the duration of the tour is $270.  

·         Customers may bring their own bicycle and will be charged a handling fee of $150

·         Sleeping bag hire is $60

·         This tour is recommended for persons 18 years and older however requests for younger participants will be considered on a case by case basis.