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Group Size: Avg 6-18

Trip code: NZAD

Duration: 9 or 17 days

Choose from 3 itinerary options
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Hobbiton, Milford Sound & more!

If there’s anywhere on Earth more geographically blessed than New Zealand, we want to hear about it. The Land of the Long White Cloud is bursting with landscapes that are like something from a beautiful dream. Explore the best of them on this awesome 17 day group tour, with tons of included activities from canyon jet-boating and hot springs experiences to a visit to a Maori village and a boat trip into the unforgettable Milford Sound fjord. Your Insta is going to be the envy of your friends at home. If your time or budget are tight, no problem – just join us for one island or the other – take your pick! 

Trip Highlights

  • Cruise the breath-taking Milford Sound fjord
  • Spend an afternoon in a Maori village with traditional performances
  • Visit the world-famous Waitomo glow-worm caves
  • Explore the real-life Hobbiton movie set
  • Jetboat through a canyon at 80kmh
  • Take a hike in Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park
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North Island

  • 8 nights’ accommodation
  • 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 1 dinner
  • Auckland city orientation
  • Waiheke Island day trip
  • Waitomo glow-worm caves boat tour
  • Hobbiton film set tour
  • Kerosene creek
  • Wai-O-Tapu thermal pools
  • Kuirau geothermal park
  • Maori cultural experience
  • Lake Taupo sunset sailing
  • Huka Falls

South Island

  • 8 nights’ accommodation
  • 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 1 dinner
  • Queenstown city tour
  • Canyon jet boating
  • Milford Sound cruise
  • Lord of the Rings tour
  • Wanaka kayaking 
  • Mount Iron hike
  • Mount Cook/Aoraki National Park
  • Mt John Hike, Lake Tekapo
  • Hot springs star gazing experience

All options

  • Group leader
  • Airport transfer on arrival
  • All on-trip transport
  • Help with onward travel
  • 24-hour emergency assistance

For those doing the full 17-day itinerary, all of the above is included, as well as a transfer to Auckland airport and a flight from Auckland to Queenstown on day 9.

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Some meals, drinks and snacks
  • Optional activities
  • Return airport transfer

New Zealand has so much to offer travellers, from buzzing cities, beaches, mountains, national parks, glaciers and more. Spread across 2 islands New Zealand has options for travellers all year around. Choose from 3 options:

  • North Island itinerary (Auckland to Auckland - Days 1 to 9)
  • South Island itinerary (Queenstown to Queenstown - Days 9 to 17)
  • All of New Zealand (Auckland to Queenstown - Days 1 to 17)

Day 1: Auckland. Your epic New Zealand Adventure starts here! You will receive an airport-shuttle bus transfer from Auckland airport and this will take you to the hostel for a bit of R&R before meeting the rest of the gang this evening.

Day 2: Auckland tour and Waiheke Island. Get to know one of the most geographically blessed cities in the world with a city tour. Then hop on the ferry to beautiful Waiheke Island where we’ll explore, cool off in the ocean before heading back to Auckland.

Day 3: Glow-worm caves & The Shire. Do you believe in magic? You will after exploring the Waitomo glow-worm caves by boat! Next up it’s the real life Hobbiton for a stroll round the Shire and a drink at the Green Dragon Inn. Last stop today - Rotorua.

Day 4: Rotorua. Ready for some geo-thermal wonders? Kick off with a dip in the hot spring at Kerosene Creek, before hitting Wai-O-Tapu, where you’ll see bubbling mud, volcanic craters and crazy coloured springs. This afternoon is free – zorbing anyone?

Day 5: Thermal pools and Maori village. See some more mind-blowing volcanic landscapes, including hot springs and natural ‘foot-spas’. This afternoon we’ll visit a Maori village where we’ll meet fearsome warriors, watch a performance and share a feast.

Day 6: Lake Taupo. Travel to the lakeside town of Taupo where the scenery is epic – even by New Zealand’s standards! We’ll take a sail across the waters of the lake this afternoon where you can truly appreciate nature's beauty. 

Day 7: Huka Falls. Start the day with a visit to the spectacular Huka Falls, where tons of icy water cascades down from the Waikato River. Enjoy your free time this evening and discover your beautiful surroundings.

Day 8: Back to Auckland. Travel back to where it all started for an afternoon of chilling, checking out the sights, and preparing to head south tomorrow.

Day 9: Fly to Queenstown. For those on the 9 day North Island trip, it is time to say goodbye and head back to the airport. For those doing the full 17 days option hop on the short flight to Queenstown where some of the local crew will meet you from the airport and take you to the hostel. Head out for dinner this evening with any new travellers joining for the 9 day South Island option and start getting excited about your South Island adventure!

Day 10: Queenstown tour & jetboating. Take a look around the Adventure Capital of the World this morning and prepare yourself for your first shot of Queenstown adrenaline! This afternoon we’ll shoot through Skippers Canyon at over 80km/h!

Day 11: Milford Sound. Cruise through one of the most breath-taking landscapes on Earth today. We’re talking sheer cliff faces, deep blue ocean and cascading waterfalls. Our resting place tonight is the cute Fjordland town of Te Anau.

Day 12: Middle Earth & Wanaka. Drive through ruggedly gorgeous landscapes with regular stops at some of the locations used to film Lord of the Rings. Make like Gandalf for your Insta before continuing your journey to the lakeside resort of Wanaka.

Day 13: Wanaka. We’ll explore Wanaka today, with a chance to explore the lake by kayak. We will then take a hike up Mount Iron to take in the 360 degree views!

Day 14: Hooker Valley Hike. Take another scenic drive through the southern alps this morning. Then stretch your legs on the Hooker Valley track – one of the most famous walks in the South Island (when you see the view of Aoraki/Mt Cook, you’ll know why).

Day 15: Lake Tekapo. We’ll take a stunning hike up Mount John today, where we’ll enjoy 360-degree views across the milky turquoise lake. Tonight, we’ll pay a visit to the Tekapo Springs where we’ll learn about Maori mythology while soaking our bones in the mineral rich water – bliss!

Day 16: Back to Queenstown. Travel back to Queenstown where we’ll sort your onward travel and get ready for one last big Kiwi night out. Sweet as.

Day 17: Trip end. All good things come to an end so pack your bags, say your goodbyes and either head home or continue your travels. If you’re staying in New Zealand for a while – have the best time!

Looking to work in New Zealand?

If you also want to find paid work in New Zealand, and still want to enjoy the activities on this tour, check out our Absolute NZ Jobs North or South Island programmes.

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North Island Departures

The trip kicks off on day 1 in Auckland. You can arrive at any time on day 1 and an airport pick up is included. We finish up on day 9 in Auckland as well, and you can depart at any time. 

South Island Departures

The trip kicks off on day 1 in Queenstown. You can arrive at any time on day 1 and an airport pick up is included. We finish up on day 9 in Queenstown as well and you can depart at any time.

All of New Zealand Itinerary

If you select the 17 day option you will need to land into Auckland on day 1 of your trip. You can arrive at any time and an airport transfer is included. All transport from the North Island to the South Island is included and the tour ends on day 17 in Queenstown. You’ll need to make your own way from the accommodation to the airport if you’re travelling on or heading home and your guide can help you arrange this locally.

Accommodation

Where you'll be staying...

Accommodation will be in some specially selected, centrally located hostels, where you will share rooms with 4-6 people on a mixed sex basis. 

 North Island

  • 3 nights in Auckland at the Lylo Auckland –a friendly pod-style hostel with shared kitchenette and modern, comfy shared spaces.
  • 3 nights in Rotorua at YHA - with outdoor deck and within walking distance to the geothermal Kuirau Park
  • 2 nights in Taupo YHA Hostel - a well-equipped, comfy hostel with lake views

South Island

  • 3 nights in Queenstown Nomads Hostel - a top-rated hostel which is centrally located
  • 1 night in Milford Sound at TeAnau Lakefront Backpackers–a superb lake-side hostel with park-like gardens, a movie room and indoor and outdoor kitchen facilities
  • 2 nights in YHA Hostel, Wanaka - a welcoming hostel with communal lounge and pool table
  • 2 nights in Lakes Edge Holiday Park, Tekapo –friendly lodge right on the shores of the turquoise lake, with garden, BBQ, shared lounge, and tour desk 

Please note: These are the usual accommodations groups will stay at during the trip. On certain occasions, alternative accommodation may be used.

Meals

North Island - 4 breakfasts and 2 dinners are included

South Island - 5 breakfasts and 2 dinners are included

You’ll need to cover the rest of your meals, snacks and drinks yourself. This means you’ve got the flexibility to eat where and when you like, and to try a wide variety of New Zealand’s diverse cuisine. Alternatively, you can prepare meals for yourself in the hostel kitchens if you’re on a tight budget.

If you are doing the full 17-day trip, then all 16 nights of accommodation are included as well as the meals stated above for both itineraries. 

You need to be a minimum of 18 years old to join this trip. This trip is designed for those aged 18-39.

British citizens do not need a visa to enter New Zealand for up to six months, but you will need to get a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) before you travel. This can be applied for online or via the dedicated mobile app. You’ll also need to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) of NZD $35 when you apply.

Your passport should be valid for a minimum of three months from your date of exit, and you’ll need to be able to demonstrate that you have an onward ticket and sufficient funds to support you during your stay.

Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for up to date information.

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