- Have total flexibility over your NZ adventure
- Visit all the highlights as well as off the beaten track destinations
- Swap cityscapes for soaring alps
- Get your blood pumping with heaps of adventure sport inclusions
- Flexible hop on, hop off transport pass
- Minimum of 24 days travel
- 12,000ft Taupo Skydive
- Queenstown Nevis bungy
- Kaituna Whitewater Rafting
*Please note that this package does not include accommodation
Auckland to Hot Water Beach
Today we head out of the City of Sails towards the Coromandel Peninsula and spend the afternoon at Cathedral Cove; only accessible on foot or by kayak. This beautiful coastal spot is great for swimming, sea kayaking, and spotting dolphins (if you’re lucky). We then carry on to Hot Water Beach (rated one of the top ten beaches in the world by Lonely Planet) where you can hit the beach with your shovel at low tide to dig your own hot pool in the sand.
Hot Water Beach to Waitomo
After a fresh start, our first stop of the day is the Karangahake Scenic Reserve. Here we explore a native bush-clad gorge, swing bridges and learn a bit about New Zealand’s gold mining history. Next, it’s onto Waitomo (‘wai’ meaning water, ‘tomo’ meaning hole) where you will get the chance to visit the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. If you’re feeling adventurous, here is your chance to go underground and experience one of our top-rated NZ activities with The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co.
Waitomo to Rotorua
We start the day with a walk through the Ruakuri Reserve (rated in the top 10 short walks of New Zealand) before heading off toward Rotorua, the Maori culture capital of New Zealand. Along the way we will stop at The Shires Rest where you can take a tour through the enchanting Hobbiton Movie Set, a certain highlight of your time in New Zealand. Tonight, don’t miss the chance to stay overnight at Tamaki Marae. You will experience a traditional Maori hangi (feast) and concert with Tamaki Maori Village – a night not to be missed! Alternatively, try Hells Gate Mud Baths, the Polynesian Spas or check out any of the 14 lakes in the district. This is the first stop we recommend to make the most of our hop-on, hop-off service and jump off the bus. Extra activities to spend your time doing include biking in the Redwood Forest park, luging, visit Wai-o-Tapu mud pools or Mt Tarawera.
Rotorua to Taupo
The first activity of the day is exploring the geothermal reserve of Te Puia, with New Zealand’s largest geyser and a chance to see a real live Kiwi bird. A short hop and a leap down the road, we stop off at Taupo’s famous Huka Falls. A popular backpacker destination, with New Zealand’s biggest lake and plenty to keep you occupied, Taupo is rightly known as the adventure capital of the North Island. Sign up here for the Tongariro Crossing and Barbary Sailing on the stunning Great Lake Taupo (New Zealand’s largest lake).
Free Day in Taupo
Get up before the sun and hike one of New Zealand’s great walks. The Tongariro Crossing is an experience not to be missed! Home to Mt Doom in Tolkien’s world, the scenery is sure to blow you away on this 8-hour hike. Alternatively, enjoy a sleep-in and experience one of the many activities on offer. A walk down to Spa Park to relax in the natural hot springs by the river or adrenaline seeking with skydiving, bungy jumping, sailing and jet boating. We stay an extra night in Taupo because there’s so much to do, however, if you are short on time you can skip this extra day, timetable allowing.
Taupo to River Valley
Today we head south around the “great lake” towards the World Heritage Tongariro National Park for a picnic lunch and a walk through native bush and waterfalls. In the afternoon we travel through to the ultimate adventure lodge - River Valley, situated amongst towering cliffs and bush-clad hills. The lodge offers grade five rafting on the Rangitikei River, scenic horse riding, and stunning surroundings. Spend the evening enjoying a delicious roast dinner and relaxing by the open fire.
River Valley to Wellington
We head away late after a morning of white water rafting or horse riding, and head through the rolling hills full of deer, cattle and sheep. We arrive in New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, in the early evening. This city is New Zealand’s undisputed capital of culture, the arts, restaurants, fashion and nightlife. We recommend you jump off the bus here too. Extra activities to do during your time here include Te Papa Museum, visiting the Beehive (New Zealand’s Parliament building), climb Mt Victoria and Sir Peter Jackson’s Weta Workshop where you can go behind the scenes to learn how the Lord of the Rings films were made.
Wellington to Abel Tasman
An early morning departure from Wellington takes you on the Interislander ferry across the Cook Strait and through the stunning Marlborough Sounds. Enjoy the arrival into the seaside town of Picton and then travel through vineyards to Nelson, New Zealand’s sunniest city. After a stop at the supermarket to stock up on supplies, we drive on to Kaiteriteri at the edge of the Abel Tasman National Park where a beautiful golden sand beach is on your doorstep. We recommend spending an extra day in the National Park, chilling on the beach and walking a section of the multi-day track. Kayak, walk or sail into the park and get as far as Adele Island and Anchorage bay for a swim and relaxing stroll along the coast.
Abel Tasman to Westport
Enjoy the late departure so you can spend the morning kayaking out to Split Apple Rock and along the golden bays near Kaiteriteri, looking out for the local marine wildlife; or catch a water taxi to one of the bays in the Abel Tasman National Park to go for a morning stroll in the native New Zealand forest. This afternoon we stop at the iconic Nelson Lakes National Park so you can get your legendary wharf jumping shot before travelling through snow-capped mountains and wild Buller River Gorge on your journey towards the Wild West Coast. On arrival into the surfing town of Westport explore the rugged coastline by surfing or stand up paddle boarding, or check out the rugged West Coast Beach nearby.
Westport to Lake Mahinapua
Today we journey down spectacular State Highway 6, which stretches 435 kilometres along the rugged Tasman shoreline. The road winds through a diverse series of landscapes which never cease to amaze. Tonight we spend the night in a traditional West Coast pub where you have a chance to enjoy a delicious group meal and bond with your bus mates.
Lake Mahinapua to Franz Josef
Start the day with a hearty breakfast at Lake Mahinapua before we continue along the beautiful West Coast of New Zealand through forests and past the towering Southern Alps to glacier country. Franz Josef is the northern gateway to Te Wahipounamu, the Southwest New Zealand World Heritage area. The region includes Aoraki/Mount Cook, Westland Tai Poutini, Mount Aspiring, the Fiordland National Parks, and surrounding conservation lands.
Free Day in Franz Josef
Today is your chance to hike on Franz Josef Glacier, rated as one of the top three activities by our passengers. You could also enjoy a scenic heli-flight over the glacier, go horseback riding, kayaking, paintball or explore the various walks in the area. We factor in a free day in Franz Josef so that you can get out there and experience all it has to offer. It’s a wicked spot, and whatever you get out and do, you will be blown away by the views of the glacier and the Alps. We stay an extra night in Franz Josef because there’s so much to do, however, if you are short on time you can skip this extra day, timetable allowing.
Franz Josef to Wanaka
We start out early in order to catch the perfect reflections of Mt Cook and the Southern Alps on Lake Matheson. We then journey to the magical Southern Lakes region and take the time to chill in the beautiful Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area. Then it’s into Mount Aspiring National Park, arriving in the awe-inspiring destination of Wanaka in the afternoon.
Wanaka to Queenstown
Before we leave Wanaka, get your brain working at Puzzling World and then it’s on to the World Home of Bungy - the 47m Kawarau Bridge jump. Only the brave will sign themselves up for this iconic New Zealand activity. We arrive in Queenstown mid-afternoon and head down to the spectacular waterfront before it’s out on the town exploring Queenstown’s infamous nightlife with all the crew. Welcome to Queenstown. Adventure capital of New Zealand... and the world! What more do we need to say?!
Free Days in Queenstown
Queenstown is one of the most amazing places on Earth. No matter what time of the year, it is rated as one of our passenger’s favourite spots. Take the time to spend a few days here as it is one of the most picturesque places in the world. Make the most of the beautiful lake and surrounding walks, or get into a whole range of adrenalin pumping activities. World-renowned for its adventure, Queenstown is home to a huge choice of adrenaline based activities including jet boating, bungy jumping, white water rafting and skydiving – all guaranteed to get your blood pumping! If there was one activity that you couldn’t miss, it would be the day trip to Milford Sound, commonly referred to as The Eighth Wonder of the World. The region also has a world-class ski and snowboard season from June to October. If you’re looking for a slightly slower pace there’s plenty of hiking and biking trails too! We allow extra nights in Queenstown because there’s so much to do, however, if you are short on time you can skip these days, timetable allowing.
Queenstown to Milford Sound to Queenstown
See amazing views of mirror lakes, mountains and cascading waterfalls on this one day trip. Travel along the world famous Milford Road through Fiordland National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Not only do you get to experience a spectacular coach tour but also a magical cruise through Milford Sound fiord. Keep your eyes peeled for endangered wildlife amongst towering cliffs and thundering waterfalls. See the Homer Tunnel, gigantic waterfalls and amazing fiords. This will be a day you will never forget. If you have the time, jump off in Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park and home to a stunning lake. Provided the weather and bank balance permits you have the option of flying back to Queenstown, otherwise, the bus will take you back to the adventure capital.
Queenstown to Lake Tekapo
We head out of Queenstown, through the Lindis Pass, so get your cameras ready because this is ‘Lord of the Rings’ territory. After stopping to admire Mt Cook at Lake Pukaki, we travel to Lake Tekapo with its
amazing location by the snow-capped Alps and clear starry skies. You have the option here to hop-off the bus and head up to Mt Cook with our mates (please note this is an additional overnight stop and you will need longer to do this than the minimum time). Lake Tekapo has something for everyone - relaxing at the lakeside and taking in the untouched view, soaking in the hot springs, discovering one of the many scenic walkways or checking out the mind-boggling stars in what is the world’s largest dark sky reserve.
Lake Tekapo to Christchurch
Today we have a straight run into Christchurch, our largest city in the South Island and the 3rd largest in New Zealand. A day of contrasts from snowy peaks to fertile plains in the Garden City of Christchurch, we shift into sheep country, they outnumber humans 6:1. Witness the city rebuilding and flourishing in the wake of the 2011 earthquakes and keep your eyes peeled for the sweet pop-up bars around the city. Spend some extra time in Christchurch and head to Kaikoura for a day. Kaikoura is known as one of the best coastal wildlife regions in the world - whales, dolphins and seals! In fact, the name Kaikoura means to eat crayfish (“kai” meaning to eat, “koura” meaning crayfish).
Christchurch to Nelson
An early start today through the beautiful Canterbury plains towards Culverden for a morning coffee stop. Hop back on the coach for our scenic mountain journey through the epic Lewis Pass, stopping in Murchison for lunch. Then travel through vineyards to Nelson, New Zealand’s sunniest city.
Nelson to Wellington
We make our way to the seaside town of Picton in time to catch the afternoon Interislander ferry sailing to the North Island. Say farewell to the South Island (Te Wai Pounamu) and we’re on our way! The ferry ride takes a few hours so chill out and enjoy the view of the amazing Marlborough Sounds! We arrive into New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, in the early evening. This city is the undisputed capital of culture, the arts, restaurants, fashion and nightlife. We recommend you jump off the bus here too. Extra activities to do during your time here include Te Papa Museum, visit the Beehive (New Zealand’s Parliament building), climb Mt Victoria and Sir Peter Jackson’s Weta Workshop where you can go behind the scenes to learn how the Lord of the Rings films were made.
Wellington to Taupo
The drive today has beautiful rivers and lakes as well as Lord of the Rings landscapes! With an early start from windy Wellington, we head north and pass through Taihape, the gumboot capital of NZ. From here we head to the Central Plateau, home of the Tongariro National Park. Then it’s through to Taupo driving alongside New Zealand’s biggest lake. Taupo is rightly known as the adventure capital of the North Island with plenty to keep you entertained. Sign up here for the Tongariro Crossing, take a walk down to Spa Park to relax in the natural hot springs by the river or for the adrenaline seekers - skydiving, bungy jumping, sailing or jet boating.
Taupo to Auckland (Via Rotorua)
This morning we head further north to Rotorua, renowned for its Maori heritage and thermal activity. We stop at Kiwi Encounter, where you can get up close and personal with our national icon – the Kiwi bird and get a chance to see behind the scenes at the Kiwi breeding program. Then it’s onwards through the rolling countryside to our lunch stop at Matamata and the afternoon drive to Auckland, otherwise known as the ‘City of Sails’. There is an option to hop-off the bus in Rotorua and if you have time it is definitely worthwhile! Rotorua is known as the Maori culture capital of New Zealand with the option to stay overnight at Tamaki Marae. You will experience a traditional Maori hangi (feast) and concert with Tamaki Maori Village – a night not to be missed! From here you can also book in a trip to The Shires Rest where you can take a tour through the enchanting Hobbiton Movie Set, a certain highlight of your time in New Zealand.
Alternatively, try Hells Gate Mud Baths, the Polynesian Spas, check out any of the 14 lakes in the district, biking in the Redwood Forest park or luging.
12,000ft Taupo Skydive
Get the best view in town - from 12,000ft up! This tandem skydive is a firm favourite amongst our customers for its stunning panoramic views of Lake Taupo and the surrounding mountain range. Including transport and a jump from the famous 'pink plane' - what's not to love.
Queenstown Nevis Bungy
Welcome to the best thing you’ve ever done. Go full throttle with this 134m Bungy (the highest in New ZealanFreefallfall for 8.5 seconds in a blitz of pure fear and adrenaline. While you're at it, why not soak in some stunning views of Queenstown.
Kaituna Whitewater 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!
This is a flexible package. Most passengers chose to start their journey in Auckland and finish in Auckland or Christchurch.