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Duration: 18 days
Trip code: ANGKBC
An action-packed grand tour of New Zealand, taking in the vast diversity of this spectacular country, from snow-capped mountains to tropical, crystal blue waters, and lush green vineyards to rugged fiords. This amazing trip provides an opportunity to soak up traditional Maori culture, get your heart racing with adrenaline activities, witness some jaw-dropping wild scenery and sample the world-famous New Zealand wines. Over 18 days you will visit all the main sights of both the North and South Islands and create some incredible memories.
This trip also runs in reverse from Christchurch to Auckland. Select the direction of travel you'd prefer in the booking section to see the start dates.
Please note: For departures after April 1st 2018, please see our Grand Kiwi 2018 programme.
Day 1: Auckland. As this trip departs at 11:30am, we recommend you arrive into Auckland the day before. The tour starts by crossing the scenic harbour heading north to the Bay of Islands.
Day 2: Bay of Islands. Enjoy free time to explore the stunning azure waters or enjoy the optional activities on offer, including kayaking, dolphin spotting, sand boarding and hiking (extra cost).
Day 3: Rotorua. Walk to see the stunning Whangarei Falls. Continue to the thermal springs town of Rotorua. Overnight in a traditional Maori Marae, with a cultural performance and evening entertainment.
Day 4: Rotorua. After breakfast enjoy free time to explore this beautiful area. Optional activities include thermal spa pools, white water rafting or a visit to The Hobbiton movie set (all at extra cost).
Day 5: Tongariro National Park. Travel south to the spectacular volcanic region. See the mighty Huka Falls before reaching Lake Taupo. Free time. Continue to the World Heritage listed Tongariro National Park.
Day 6: Tongariro National Park. A full day free to explore on short walks. Optional full day Tongariro Crossing hike, one of the best in NZ (extra cost).
Day 7: Wellington. Head for New Zealand’s vibrant capital city and a city tour and visit to the Te Papa Museum.
Day 8: Nelson. Travel by ferry across the Cook Strait, through Marlborough Sound to the South Island. Visit a winery before reaching Nelson.
Day 9: Nelson. A free day to explore this breathtaking region, including National Parks, ocean kayaking or a skydive! (extra cost).
Day 10: Kaikoura. Travel down the coast to Kaikoura stopping off at Ohau Point to spot seals. Opt to go whale watching or swimming with dolphins (extra cost).
Day 11: Christchurch. Head south to the quaint town of Christchurch. Explore the shops and bars with your group.
Day 12: Fox Glacier. Travel through awe-inspiring scenery along the wild west coast. Stop at Lake Matheson for photo opportunities and an afternoon walk.
Day 13: Queenstown. A chance to explore mountain peaks and glaciers, and an optional half day guided ice hike or heli-hop (extra cost). Arrive in Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world.
Day 14 & 15: Queenstown. Two free days to try out the many activities on offer in this trendy resort town.
Day 16: Fiordland. Head south into the wild Fiordlands. Enjoy an amazing afternoon nature cruise in Milford Sound.
Day 17: Lake Ohau. Head towards the historic gold mining town of Arrowtown. Explore the river area on mountain bikes. Stay on the shores of Lake Ohau.
Day 18: Christchurch. Depart for the dramatic Mt Cook National Park, followed by a visit to a Kiwi sheep farm and afternoon tea. Tour ends today in your final destination, Christchurch.
This itinerary is subject to change. Some activities and locations may change due to the size of the group, the weather, time of year and feedback from past customers.
Please note: This trip also runs in reverse, departing from Christchurch and finishing in Auckland. Please select the direction of travel you'd prefer in the booking section to see the start dates. If you travel from Christchurch to Auckland you will enjoy crayfish tasting in Kaikoura instead of a city tour in Wellington.