Trip Style: Acrtive - Hiking, biking and kayaking adventures across the world
Hungry to walk, hike, trek, bike, raft and kayak your way across the world's greatest destinationss No sweat. (Well, maybe a little.) You don't have to be a decathlete to take an Active trip, just someone with a healthy love for getting active and the outdoors.
Service Level: Basic
Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
Group Size: Max 16, avg 12
Meals Included: 18 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Cycle through stunning Karangahake Gorge, learn a traditional Maori greeting on the marae, hike the Tongariro Crossing - one of the worlds greatest one-day hikes, kayak along the Whanganui River, cruise through Milford Sound, Mt. Cook cycle excursion, hike the Routeburn Track.
Travelling to New Zealands Dont worry, you wont have to choose between the two islands. With all the activities available on each island, well keep things exciting but also give you some space to catch your breath - youre gonna need it. Across three weeks you can hike, kayak, and cycle across this diverse land. Theres also time for boat cruises and local culture, just to be sure you dont miss out on anything.
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- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 12/31/2020
- 22 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Auckland||Day 1 Auckland|
Arrive at any time. Additional Notes: Jump right into your adventure by adding the Auckland Sailing: Americas Cup Experience extra to your tour. Work with a crew to sail around Aucklands Waitemata Harbour on a competitive yacht, and take in the stunning views. PLEASE NOTE: If booking this extra, a pre-night in Auckland is highly recommended as this activity may start early in the morning on Day 1. If you are interested in visiting the Hobbiton Movie Set, we recommended that you book additional pre-trip accommodations and purchase a day trip from Auckland on (or prior to) Day 1 of this tour. OR, you can opt to wait until your tour begins, and book a ticket with your CEO (please note that there are limited tickets on the ground - which could result in you missing out if you wait to book with your CEO). Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Rotorua||Day 2 Auckland/Rotorua (1D)|
In the evening visit a Maori village for traditional ceremonies, a Hangi meal and entertainment. After dinner, lounge by the bonfire and have some time to get to know the Maori hosts. Additional Notes: Accommodation is in a Maori wharepuni (sleeping house). Groups will often stay together in one sleeping house (multi-share, mixed gender), staying in line with Maori traditions. Included Activities: Karangahake Gorge Cycling Maori Village Overnight Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours) Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 120km)
|Day 3||Rotorua||Day 3 Rotorua (1B)|
This region of New Zealand is renowned for its geothermal qualities. Enjoy free time to experience the regions geothermal wonders. Opt to mountain bike in the world famous Redwood Forest, go white water rafting, or indulge in the therapeutic hot springs.
|Day 4||Tongariro National Park||Day 4 Rotorua/Tongariro National Park (1B, 1D)|
Mt Tongariros rocky, dramatic landscapes make this day-long trek truly one of New Zealands "Great Walks", passing emerald lakes and beautiful alpine scenery. Start early and collect supplies before heading out. The transfer will drop the group off at the beginning of the self-guided trek and collect everyone at the other end. After the trek, travel to a ski lodge on the side of a mountain for the night and opt for a hot soak to ease those tired muscles. Additional Notes: Note: The Tongariro Alpine Crossing Trek is highly weather dependent and will take place only if conditions are safe to do so. Alternate activities for inclement weather will be arranged. Included Activities: Tongariro Alpine Crossing Trek Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 180km)
|Day 5||Whanganui National Park||Day 5 Tongariro National Park/Whanganui National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Travel to Blue Duck Station, a working farm and nature conservancy that serves as our gateway to Whanganui National Park. Marvel at the Whanganui River - the third longest in New Zealand - as it flows out to the west coast of the North Island from Mt Tongariro. Learn about the regions natural history, conservation efforts for indigenous wildlife (including the endangered New Zealand blue duck) and Blue Duck Stations sustainable farming practices. Additional Notes: Note: While in Whanganui National Park, the order and length of activities on Days 5 & 6 may vary according to weather conditions. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours, 185km)
|Day 6||Whanganui National Park||Day 6 Whanganui National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)|
During short walks or stops en route, learn about the regions history and local conservation efforts. If weather permits, head out for a visit to the abandoned Bridge to Nowhere. Return to Blue Duck Station for the night. Enjoy a delicious dinner. Additional Notes: Note: While in Whanganui National Park, the order and length of activities on Days 5 & 6 may vary according to weather conditions. Included Activities: Whanganui River Journey Whanganui River Jet Boating
|Day 7||Raglan||Day 7 Whanganui National Park/Raglan (1B)|
Travel north to the small town of Waitomo, located near an extensive underground cave system. Enjoy a free afternoon, and opt to tour the caves by boat, by foot or with a bit of adrenaline by rappelling into them. Continue on to Raglan for the night, and enjoy the sunset in this stunning coastal town. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 100km) Private Vehicle (3.50-4.00 hours, 170km)
|Day 8||Christchurch||Day 8 Raglan/Christchurch (1B)|
In the morning, transfer to Auckland and hop on a flight to the South Island. Opt to explore Christchurch, or meet new members of the group at an optional welcome meeting. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 150km) Plane (1.50-2.00 hours)
|Day 9||Kaikoura||Day 9 Christchurch/Kaikoura (1B)|
Early start to drive the scenic coastal road up to Kaikoura. A free afternoon can also be spent swimming or taking a scenic flight over the peninsula. Bird watchers will be pleased to know that big ocean birds such as albatrosses, petrels, and shearwaters frequent the area. Hikers can opt to go on several day hikes in the Seaward Kaikoura mountains. Transport: Drive from Christchurch to Kaikoura Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s))
|Day 10||Abel Tasman National Park||Day 10 Kaikoura/Abel Tasman National Park (1B, 1D)|
Take in the scenery of the South Island while travelling to Abel Tasman National Park. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.50-7.50 hours, 400km)
|Day 11||Nelson||Day 11 Abel Tasman National Park/Nelson (1B, 1L)|
Start the day with a short hike before setting off from the beach to kayak along the Abel Tasman coastline towards Marahau. Later, travel to Nelson. Included Activities: Abel Tasman National Park Hike Kayaking to Marahau Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 65km)
|Day 12||Lake Brunner||Day 12 Nelson/Lake Brunner (1B)|
Enjoy the scenery of the mountainous coastal Westland region, and stop en route to see the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks. Included Activities: Seal Colony Visit Pancake Rocks Trek Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 375km)
|Day 13||Franz Josef||Day 13 Lake Brunner/Franz Josef (1B)|
Continue south along the coast towards Franz Josef, stopping for an invigorating walk at the wildlife mecca of Okarito Lagoon. Spend 2 nights staying amongst verdant temperate rainforest. Included Activities: Okarito Lagoon Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 220km)
|Day 14||Franz Josef||Day 14 Franz Josef (1B)|
A free day for optional activities. Options include various hikes, horseback riding, kayaking as well as the unique and stunning Franz Josef Glacier.
|Day 15||Wanaka||Day 15 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. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-5.50 hours, 290km)
|Day 16||Queenstown||Day 16 Wanaka/Queenstown (1B)|
Free day to maximize time for all the optional activities in the area. Opt for a jet boat outing, bungee jumping, mountain biking, sky diving, or a vineyard tour. The options in this adventure capital are endless. Two nights are at a centrally-located hostel, which means you can make the most of your time here. Pre-book the Queenstown Jet Boating activity on the checkout page to add this exhilarating optional to your trip. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 130km)
|Day 17||Queenstown||Day 17 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. Included Activities: Routeburn Track Day Hike
|Day 18||Queenstown||Day 18 Queenstown|
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 Queenstown for the night. Included Activities: Milford Sound Cruise Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s))
|Day 19||Twizel||Day 19 Queenstown/Twizel|
Enjoy free time in Queenstown, before travelling on to the Aoraki/Mt Cook region. Transport: Private Vehicle
|Day 20||Twizel||Day 20 Twizel (1B)|
Prepare for an action packed day! Start on two-wheels on a mountain biking excursion around the Aoraki/Mt Cook region. In the afternoon, discover stunning landscapes on foot. Included Activities: Aoraki/Mt Cook Mountain Biking Aoraki/Mt Cook Hiking
|Day 21||Christchurch||Day 21 Twizel/Christchurch (1B)|
Travel back to Christchurch. Join a guided tour this afternoon and learn about how the city was rebuilt following an earthquake in 2011. Enjoy some free time this evening and opt for a final dinner with the group. Included Activities: Resourceful Otautahi Walking Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 380km)
|Day 22||Christchurch||Day 22 Christchurch (1B)|
Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: N/A
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
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