14 Day National New Zealand Tour - Wanderlust

Explore the very best of New Zealand's North and South Islands! From geothermal wonderlands to soaring glaciers - this pass takes you to some of the country's top destinations and experiencing wanderlust-worthy activity inclusions.

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Highlights 

  • Welcome to the urban jungle of Auckland! New Zealand's most vibrant city is stuffed full of activities and day trips
  • Bubbling with natural sulphur and spectacular sights, Rotorua boats awesome natural wonders both above and below ground
  • Think dramatic Alpine scenery that meets glacial lake - you've got Taupo!
  • Nestled on the South Island's West Coast, Franz Josef is overshadowed by the impressive glacier that draws tourists from far and wide
  • Queenstown - the adventure capital of New Zealand! From stunning Alpine scenery and vast lakes to an incredible Jetboat tour - it all happens here! 

Inclusions 

  • 2 nights at Base in Auckland
  • Waiheke island half day winery explore
  • 2 nights at Base in Rotorua
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves AND Hobbiton Movie Set tour with Waitomo Wanderer: start and return to Rotorua
  • Wai o tapu geopark
  • Kaituna Whitewater Rafting
  • 12,000ft Skydive Taupo
  • 1 night at Base Taupo
  • 1 night at Base in Wellington
  • 2 nights at Paradiso Backpackers in Nelson
  • Inter-islander ferry pass Picton - Nelson 
  • 1 day Abel Tasman Sail & Walk with Abel Tasman Sailing Adventures
  • 2 nights at Glow Worm in Franz Josef  
  • Franz Glacier hot pools
  • 3 nights at Nomads in Queenstown
  • 1 day Milford Sound Sunriser Coach & Cruise tour with Jucy - ex Queenstown
  • KJet Jet Boat Ride Queenstown
  • Bus transport with intercity

Day 1 - Auckland

Welcome to Auckland! Once you check into your hostel the day and evening is yours free to find out exactly why Auckland is so famous. 

Day 2 - Waiheke island winery explore / Auckland

Today heads up for a Waiheke island Tour itinerary. You’ll be greeted by your tour bus driver who will transport you to the picturesque Mudbrick Vineyard. Here, overlooking the sparkling waters of the Hauraki Gulf, you’ll enjoy premium wine tastings. Next you’ll travel to The Cable Bay, for wine tasting and a share cheese platter. Last stop, with further tastings of 5 star quality wines, is Te Whau Vineyard, acclaimed for its restaurant, as well as stunning 360 degree views and outstanding architecture.

Day 3 - Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton / Rotorua

This morning you'll wave goodbye to Auckland and hello to Rotorua as you explore Waitomo Caves.  Marvel at Mother Nature's light display as you glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto. Meander underground along the Waitomo River and gaze in silence at the myriad of glow-worm lights that make up the Glowworm Grotto. This afternoon you'll then explore the Hobbiton movie set. The charming countryside of The Shire, as described in JRR Tolkien's books, was painstakingly recreated on a working sheep and beef farm and now draws visitors from around the world. On your guided tour you'll see charming Hobbit holes, the Mill and the Party Tree. Tonight is yours free to explore Rotorua. 

Day 4 - Wai O Tapu / 2.30pm Whitewater Rafting / Rotorua

Sculptured out of the volcanic activity and thousands of years in the making, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is considered to be New Zealand’s most colourful and diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction. You are introduced to a uniquely different natural landscape – the key to what you see lies below the surface – one of the most extensive geothermal systems in New Zealand, extending over 18-sq. km.  Afterwards, you'll get your blood pumping with an afternoon white water rafting. Snake through steep native bush clad canyons and over 14 awesome rapids & 3 waterfalls including world-renowned 7-meter Tutea Falls, the Highest Commercially Rafted Waterfall in the World! Blended with touches of Maori culture, this trip offers it all, for both whitewater rafting enthusiasts and first-timers!  

Day 5 - Skydive / Taupo

Today you'll be treated to a truly unique experience. First, you'll jump on board your bus and head to Taupo where you'll check-in for one night. Later this afternoon you'll get the best views in town as you skydive from 14,000ft over Taupo soaking in the views of the iconic lake and surrounding mountains. 

Day 6 - Wellington

Today your off to NZ's capital - Wellington. Check into your hostel and then head out to explore the city as you prepare for your crossing tomorrow. 

Day 7 - Nelson

Jump onboard your ferry as your transit between the north and south islands. You'll hop off in the pretty seaside town of Nelson where you'll check-in for 2 nights. Wander the bay and scout out some of the local seafood this area is famous for. Enjoy the Inter-islander ferry pass Picton - Nelson to explore the surrounding islands.

Day 8 - Abel Tasman / Nelson

This morning you're off to explore the stunning Abel Tasman National Park. Sit back, relax & cruise the National Park's coastline on board your sailing catamaran, before walking one of NZ's Great Walks. All in one day.  Enjoy the golden beaches, rugged natural coastline, islands and Split Apple Rock before strolling along sandy beaches and native bush. Tonight is your final night in Nelson so soak in the coastal views. 

Day 9 - Franz Josef

This morning you will check out of your hostel and jump on board your back to Franz Josef. This stunning alpine town lies in the shadow of one of New Zealand's most iconic glacier. Soak in the views and spend some time exploring before getting an early night - you've got a big day tomorrow! 

Day 10 - Glacier  / Franz Josef

Today you will embark on an incredible heli-hike experience on Franz Josef Glacier. After an exciting scenic flight, you land high up on the glacier and undertake a three hour guided tour amongst some of the most pristine and awe-inspiring glacier scenery available. Your guide chooses the route as you go and with an eye for the most spectacular ice formations, you'll soon be making your way through a wonderland of towering pinnacles and brilliantly blue ice. You'll enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and with plenty of photo opportunities and the chance to learn more about this magnificent glacier, this will almost certainly be your most memorable experience whilst in New Zealand. This Heli hike includes entry into the fabulous Glacier Hot Pools for after the tour before you head back to your hostel. 

Day 11 - Queenstown

This morning you will check out of your hostel and jump on board your bus to Queenstown. Check into your hostel and then drop your bags to head out and explore the city! 

Day 12 - Milford Sound / Queenstown

Today is an early one but trust us it's worth it. The early bird catches the worm and so can you with this Sunriser coach tour and be the first coach tour from Queenstown to arrive in Milford Sound and first back to Queenstown giving you a full night of fun on the town. Sit back, draw the curtains and have a snooze as you travel firstly to Te Anau approx 2hours after departure,  wake up and enjoy a refreshment break before making the rest of the journey through the stunning Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound. We will treat you to uncrowded scenic photo stops and nature walks to experience the uniqueness and beauty of this stunning area as we make our way to Milford Sound. Relax on an uncrowded, modern catamaran while we spoil you with unlimited, close up viewing of waterfalls, wildlife and rainforest from our three viewing decks where you will also enjoy an included lunch. After the cruise, you will board the coach for your return to Queenstown. We allow time for a quick refreshment in Te Anau on the return, so sit back and relax for your journey home.  We will drop you off at the location we picked you up from around 6 pm.

Day 13 - JetBoat / Queenstown

We hope you got a good night's sleep because this morning you'll experience a blood-pumping adrenaline experience. During this unforgettable Jet boat experience you’ll be transported from the sophisticated downtown area into the channels of two of New Zealand’s most scenic rivers. Across the pristine waters of Lake Wakatipu and through the tranquil beauty of the willow-lined Kawarau River, the Jetboat then speeds into the shallow, fast-moving braids of the Shotover River. 

Day 14: Checkout 

This morning you'll check out of your hostel at 10 am where your adventure will come to an end! 

Starts: Auckland 2 pm Checkin 

Finishes: Queenstown 10 am Checkout 

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