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New Zealand North & South Island: 14-Day Tour

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Experience some of the world’s most picturesque valleys, get up close to fascinating Māori culture, and enjoy a plethora of adrenaline activities on a 14-day trip in New Zealand.

Highlights

  • Discover the North and South Island of New Zealand
  • Take part in a diverse range of thrilling activities
  • Learn about fascinating Māori culture
  • Have the opportunity to discover the Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Enjoy a wine tasting in the Marlborough region

Description

Day 1 - Auckland to Hot Water Beach Depart Auckland and head south-east to the pristine beaches of the Coromandel and the world-famous Cathedral Cove. Kayak around this stunning coastline (optional activity) and have the opportunity to visit Hot Water Beach; a unique surf beach where if you catch the tide right, you can dig a hole in the sand to create your own personal spa pool. Day 2 - Hot Water Beach to Waitomo Venture into the enchanting Karangahake Gorge nestled among the Kaimai Ranges, for a hike amongst the walkways and old mining tunnels. Next, head over to Waitomo for a magical tour of the world-famous glow-worm caves. You will also have the opportunity to experience a Black Water Rafting trip. Day 3 - Waitomo to Rotorua Start the day with a walk through the Ruakuri Reserve. Pass through The Shire of Hobbiton where you’ll have the opportunity to discover the Hobbiton Movie Set (optional activity) before rolling on through to Rotorua; a mystical land of bubbling mud pools, rocketing geysers, and natural hot springs. Optional activities are luging down the SkyLine, White Water Rafting, Hells Gate, Mountain biking through the Redwoods, Zorb, Wai-o-tapu, Polynesian Spa, or National Kiwi Hatchery. Day 4 - Rotorua free day and Tamaki Maori Village Explore the geothermal reserve of Te Puia, with New Zealand’s largest geyser, and a chance to see a real live Kiwi bird. Visit the Tamaki Māori Village and be immersed in the traditions and cultural values of the Māori people. Participate in a pōwhiri (welcoming ceremony), learn about the history of the marae (village) and the Rotorua-area from a local Māori guide before feasting on some top kai food from the hāngi pit. Gather around a blazing bonfire and enjoy listening to Māori myths and legends before relaxing in a private forest spa pool and retiring for the night in a traditional carved whare moe (sleeping house). Day 5 - Tamaki Maori Village to Taupo Day 6 - Taupo free day Day 7 - Taupo to Wellington Day 8 - Wellington to Kaikoura Day 9 - Kaikoura to Christchurch Day 10 - Christchurch to Lake Tekapo Day 11 - Lake Tekapo to Wanaka via Mount Cook Day 12 - Wanaka to Queenstown Day 13 - Queenstown free day Day 14 - Queenstown to Glenorchy day trip

Includes

13 nights dorm accommodation 14 breakfasts Local Kiwi guide 1 Overnight Māori village experience Cathedral Cove & Hot Water Beach Hike through the Karangahake Gorge Magical Glowworm Caves in Waitomo Geothermal wonderland, Kuirau Park Māori culture and history at Te Puia Huka Falls walkway Natural spa at Spa Park, Taupo Buzzing city vibes in the capital Wellington Inter-Island transport across the Cook Strait Wine tasting in the Marlborough region Kaikoura Seal colony Christchurch city street art tour Dark Sky Project, Lake Tekapo The Church of the Good Shepherd Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park Roys Peak hike shuttle Glenorchy & Lake Wakatipu tour

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