Active New Zealand
If you're travelling to New Zealand, you wouldn't want to have to choose between the two islands. With all the activities you can choose from in each island, you want to make the most of the chance to lose your breath. Across three weeks on two islands you can hike, kayak, and cycle across this diverse land. There's also time for boat cruises and local culture, just to be sure you don't miss out on anything.
Local Living: Maori Village Overnight Visit, Rotorua Carte Blanche: Franz Josef Carte Blanche: Queenstown. Cycling through Karangahake Gorge. Traditional hangi dinner and marae greeting. Tongariro Alpine Crossing hiking excursion (weather dependent). Jet boating and kayaking along Whanganui River. Water taxi to Abel Tasman NP. Sea kayaking in Abel Tasman NP. Routeburn Track hiking excursion. Fiordland NP visit. Milford Sound cruise. Cycling the Otago Rail Trail. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Cycle through stunning Karangahake Gorge, visit bubbling mud pools in a geothermal area, hike the Tongariro Crossing and Routeburn Track, kayak along the Whanganui River, try exhilarating adventures in Queenstown, cycle the rail trail in Central Otago
Private vehicle, jet boat, kayak, bicycle, ferry, water taxi, walking.
Hotels/hostels (17 nts, some multi-share), lodges (2 nts), Maori village (1 nt, multi-share).
Day 1 Auckland
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Auckland/Rotorua (1D)
Enjoy a morning cycle through Karangahake Gorge, then travel to the Rotorua region to the Tamaki Maori Village. After a traditional greeting on the marae (meeting grounds), learn the arts of the haka and poi before a traditional hangi dinner.
Day 3 Rotorua (1B)
Enjoy a free day in Rotorua, a town in a geothermal area with boiling mud and hotpools. Opt to go whitewater rafting, tackle an offroad mountain bike track, go hiking, or hit the spa.
Day 4 Rotorua/Tongariro National Park (1B, 1D)
Conquer the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek and spend the afternoon hiking an active volcano.
Day 5 Tongariro National Park/Whanganui National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Canoe along the Retaruke and Whanganui Rivers into the heart of Whanganui National Park.
Day 6 Whanganui National Park/Raetihi (1B, 1L, 1D)
Travel along the Whanganui River by jet boat visiting old Maori and European settlements before travelling to the night's lodge by bus.
Day 8 Wellington/Abel Tasman National Park (1D)
Travel by ferry to the South Island and then transfer by bus and water taxi into Abel Tasman National Park.
Day 9 Abel Tasman National Park/Marahau (1B, 1L)
Sea kayak in Abel Tasman out to the edge of the park.
Day 10 Marahau/Westland District (1B, 1D)
Enjoy the scenery of the mountainous coastal Westland region, and stop en route to see the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks.
Day 11 Westland District/Franz Josef (1B)
Transfer to Franz Josef, stopping for a walk at the wildlife mecca of Okarito Lagoon en route. Enjoy free time for optional activities such as hiking and checking out the stunning Franz Josef Glacier.
Day 12 Franz Josef (1B)
A free day for optional activities. Options include various hikes, horseback riding, quad biking as well as the unique and stunning Franz Josef Glacier.
Day 13 Franz Josef/Wanaka (1B)
Transfer to Wanaka, where there are a variety of optional activities available. Opt to go mountain biking, skydiving, or check out the giant maze and optical illusions of Puzzling World.
Day 14 Wanaka/Queenstown (1B)
Continue onto the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown.
Day 15 Queenstown (1B, 1L)
Enjoy a full-day hiking excursion along the world renowned Routeburn Track, taking in the gorgeous mountains, valleys, waterfalls, and lakes surrounding the track.
Day 16 Queenstown
Enjoy a free day for optional activities in Queenstown.
Day 17 Queenstown/Te Anau
Travel to the fiords of the South Island. Enjoy the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound from the deck of a boat, then return to Te Anau for the night.
Day 18 Te Anau/Central Otago District (1B)
Morning departure to Central Otago to spend the afternoon cycling 42km (26 mi) along the historic Otago Rail Trail.
Day 19 Central Otago District/Christchurch (1B)
Drive through breathtaking Central Otago via the Lindis Pass and Mt Cook, New Zealand's highest peak. Arrive in Christchurch in the evening.
Day 20 Christchurch/Kaikoura (1B)
Transfer to Kaikoura, with optional whale- or dolphin-watching in the afternoon.
Day 21 Kaikoura/Wellington (1B)
Transfer to Picton and take the ferry back to Wellington where the tour ends upon arrival.
Day 7 Raetihi/Wellington (1B)
In the morning, transfer to Wellington and visit the Te Papa museum, dedicated to the history and culture of New Zealand.