Trails of New Zealand Holidays


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Trip Code: ALN
Region: Australasia
Countries visited: New Zealand
Activities: Bird Watching, Mountains, Glaciers, Rafting, Cruising, Gentle Walks
Duration: 22 Days
Difficulty: Moderate
Profile: Travel by private vehicle, helicopter, cruise and jet boat. 3 full and 5 half days walking, so good level of fitness is required.
Meals: 18 breakfasts, 16 lunches and 3 dinners included.
Accomodation: 17 nights in comfortable hotels and lodges, most with en suite facilities, 1 night cruise boat with shared faciilities.
Group: Normally 6 to 16, plus leader, driver and local guides.

Holiday price from: to including flights.

An active adventure exploring the Land of the Long White Cloud

Rafting the Rangitata River in South Island

From the beautiful waterfront city of Auckland to the spectacular Southern Alps, New Zealand is blessed with an array of natural wonders. By far the best way to appreciate these is on foot and by boat, and this active trip maximises the time spent in the outdoors. Whether it's kayaking sheltered waterways, hiking between volcanic peaks, spotting kiwis or rafting down the Buller River, New Zealand is a country that always seems to exceed expectations.

Holiday Itinerary

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Day 1: Depart London.Show detailed information

Day 2: Travelling.

Day 3: Arrive Auckland.Show detailed information

Day 4: Visit Tiri Tiri Matangi Reserve.Show detailed information

Day 5: Visit glow-worm cave; drive to Rotorua; evening visit a Maori Marae (homestead) for concert and hangi (feast).Show detailed information

Day 6: Morning forest walk exploring thermal area; drive via Huka Falls and Lake Taupo to Tongariro N.P.Show detailed information

Day 7: Option to hike the Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand's best daywalk, or enjoy shorter half-day walks.Show detailed information

Day 8: Drive to Wellington; free afternoon; evening visit to wildlife sanctuary, and with luck to see Kiwis.Show detailed information

Day 9: Ferry across Cook Strait to Marlborough and kayak in Queen Charlotte Sound; afternoon drive to Abel Tasman N.P.Show detailed information

Day 10: Early morning boat ride to watch seal life at Tonga Island; full day coastal walk.Show detailed information

Day 11: Short scenic drive alongside Buller River; grade 3 rafting; sunset walk at Punakaiki.Show detailed information

Day 12: Drive down west coast to Okarito; explore inland lagoon and bush-clad waterways by kayak; to Fox Glacier.Show detailed information

Day 13: Walk on Fox Glacier and around Lake Matheson (optional helicopter ride); drive over Haast Pass to Makoroa.Show detailed information

Day 14: Morning flight over Mt Aspiring N.P. to remote valley; trek through beech forests and grasslands; jet boat ride; to Wanaka.Show detailed information

Day 15: Into Eglington Valley, start of the Routeburn Track; walk to Key Summit; transfer to Milford Sound and board cruise boat.Show detailed information

Day 16: Cruise Inner Sound and search for dolphins and seals; drive to Queenstown.Show detailed information

Day 17: Daywalk, and an amazing helicopter ride, in the Remarkable Mountains with views over Queenstown.Show detailed information

Day 18: Free day in Queenstown to relax or enjoy optional activities.Show detailed information

Day 19: Drive through Central Otago; afternoon walk in the Hooker Valley, Mt. Cook N.P.Show detailed information

Day 20: Morning boat trip on glacier lake; farm lunch and drive across Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.Show detailed information

Day 21: Depart Christchurch.Show detailed information

Day 22: Arrive London.

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