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Trip Overview

High-octane or slow and steady? Actually, you don't have to choose - this trip switches up the pace every day. Learn local legends from the Maori people, go skydiving and hike one of the best one-day hikes in the world - with movie-worthy scenery, lush greenery and volcanic vistas along the way. Kia ora!

Worth noting…
A Sector trip is part of a larger journey, meaning your new friends might continue on or after you leave, or you might be joining a trip already in progress. This trip is a sector of the Kiwi Encounter.

This is a sector of the 17 Day Kiwi Encounter trip.


Trip Itinerary

  1. Auckland to Rotorua


    Say kia ora to your new Topdeck trip mates in Auckland and get ready for an epic trip! En route to Rotorua we’ll swing by the Waitomo Caves - a glowworm-studded labyrinth of underground caves and rivers. This place is like something out of a sci-fi movie! Choose to explore on foot, by boat or brave the cold on a unique blackwater rafting experience (trust us, it’s awesome). Later, we’ll learn some Haka moves and watch a Poi dance before tucking into a delicious dinner at a traditional marae (Maori meeting ground).

    • Included Today
      • Visit Waitomo Caves
      • Overnight stay in a traditional Maori marae
    • Meals
      • Dinner
    • Optional extras
      • Waitomo Glowworm Caves: from $53.00
      • Ruakuri Cave: from $76.00
      • Blackwater rafting at Waitomo Caves: from $147.00
  2. Rotorua

  3. Rotorua to Tongariro National Park

  4. Tongariro National Park

  5. Tongariro to Wellington

  6. Wellington

  7. Wellington to Nelson

  8. Nelson

  9. Nelson to Kaikoura

  10. Kaikoura to Christchurch


What's included

Included Experiences

  • Visit Waitomo Caves
  • Overnight stay in a traditional Maori marae
  • Traditional Hangi lunch
  • Visit Lake Taupo and Huka Falls
  • Wine tasting in the Marlborough region


-5 nights in hotels, 3 nights in lodges, 1 night in a traditional Maori marae


Modern air-conditioned vehicle with free Wi-Fi

Optional activities

-Waitomo Glowworm Caves: from $53.00

-Ruakuri Cave: from $76.00

-Blackwater rafting at Waitomo Caves: from $147.00

-Visit the Hobbiton movie set: from $124.00

-Canopy tour in Rotorua: from $159.00

-Visit a mud bath and spa: from 75.00

-Zorbing in Rotorua: from $45.00

-Whitewater rafting in Rotorua: from $90.00

-Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing: from $195.00

-Quad biking in Tongariro National Park: from $155.00

-Kayaking and seal-spotting in Abel Tasman National Park: from $150.00

-Day tour of Abel Tasman National Park: from $92.00

-Skydiving in Abel Tasman National Park: from $329.00

-Swim with dolphins in Kaikoura: from $180.00


Hobbitton Optional Activity


Take a step into Tolkein’s dreams as we explore the Hobbiton movie set and learn how this fantasy world came to life on selected New Zealand Explorer trips. This ultimate bucket-list experience can now be booked online – check out all the deets below!

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