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: 17 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Cycle through stunning Karangahake Gorge, visit bubbling mud pools in a geothermal area, hike the Tongariro Crossing and Routeburn Track, kayak along the Whanganui River, try exhilarating adventures in Queenstown, cycle the rail trail in Central Otago
Travelling to New Zealands Dont worry, you wont have to choose between the two islands. With all the activities you can choose from on each island, well make sure you make the most of the chance to lose your breath. 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.
Call (608) 221-4791 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14027848
- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 9/30/2018
- 21 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. This tour departs Auckland early on Day 2. If you are interested in exploring the city and its nearby attractions, like the Hobbiton Movie Set or local wineries, it is recommended you book additional pre-trip accommodation nights. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Rotorua||Day 2 Auckland/Rotorua (1B, 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 Visit with Overnight Transport: Karangahake Gorge Approximate distance cycled: 8km/4.9mi 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. 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.
|Day 4||Tongariro National Park||Day 4 Rotorua/Tongariro National Park (1B, 1D)|
An early start to walk across the Tongariro Crossing, New Zealands top-rated 1-day trek. 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. An on-site spa and sauna will help ease those tired muscles. 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)|
The third longest river in New Zealand, the Whanganui River begins at Mt Tongariro and flows all the way out to the west coast of the North Island. After a safety briefing, embark on a 12-25km canoe journey downriver to an overnight stay in the heart of Whanganui National Park. Included Activities: Whanganui River Kayaking
|Day 6||Raetihi||Day 6 Whanganui National Park/Raetihi (1B, 1L, 1D)|
In the morning, trade the canoe for a jet boat and continue downriver. After a short walk to the Bridge to Nowhere, board the jet boat again and return to the bus, travelling on to Snowy Waters Lodge for the night. Enjoy a delicious dinner. Included Activities: Whanganui River Jet Boating Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
|Day 7||Wellington||Day 7 Raetihi/Wellington (1B)|
In the morning, transfer to Wellington and visit the Te Papa museum, dedicated to the history and culture of New Zealand. Included Activities: Te Papa Museum Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (4.25 hour(s))
|Day 8||Abel Tasman National Park||Day 8 Wellington/Abel Tasman National Park (1D)|
Travel by ferry to the South Island and then transfer by bus and water taxi into Abel Tasman National Park. Transport: Ferry Water taxi
|Day 9||Marahau||Day 9 Abel Tasman National Park/Marahau (1B, 1L)|
Set off from the beach and kayak along the Abel Tasman coastline towards Marahau. Included Activities: Kayaking to Marahau
|Day 10||Westland District||Day 10 Marahau/Westland District (1B, 1D)|
Enjoy the scenery of the mountainous coastal Westland region, and stop en route to see the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
|Day 11||Franz Josef||Day 11 Westland District/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 12||Franz Josef||Day 12 Franz Josef (1B)|
A free day for optional activities. Options include various hikes, horseback riding, quad biking as well as the unique and stunning Franz Josef Glacier.
|Day 13||Wanaka||Day 13 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. Included Activities: Te Wahipounamu Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-5.50 hours, 290km)
|Day 14||Queenstown||Day 14 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. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 130km)
|Day 15||Queenstown||Day 15 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 16||Queenstown||Day 16 Queenstown|
Enjoy a free day for optional activities in Queenstown.
|Day 17||Te Anau||Day 17 Queenstown/Te Anau|
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 Te Anau for the night. Included Activities: Milford Sound Cruise Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 300km)
|Day 18||Central Otago District||Day 18 Te Anau/Central Otago District (1B)|
Cycle the Rail Trail, a route created specially for mountain biking. Pass through scenery unspoiled by traffic and not visible from any roads. Included Activities: Otago Rail Trail Cycling Transport: Private Vehicle
|Day 19||Christchurch||Day 19 Central Otago District/Christchurch (1B)|
Drive through breathtaking Central Otago via the Lindis Pass and Mt Cook, New Zealand's highest peak. Arrive in Christchurch in the evening. Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours, 500km)
|Day 20||Kaikoura||Day 20 Christchurch/Kaikoura (1B)|
Early start to drive the scenic coastal road up to Kaikoura. A free afternoon can also be spent swimming with dolphins 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. Additional Notes: As a result of the recent earthquake in New Zealand, groups will travel to Nelson instead of Kaikoura today. Transport: Drive from Christchurch to Kaikoura Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 180km)
|Day 21||Wellington||Day 21 Kaikoura/Wellington (1B)|
Transfer to Picton and take the ferry back to Wellington where the tour ends upon arrival. Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 156km) Ferry (3.00-3.50 hours)
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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