• Topdeck group in New Zealand

Get Social: New Zealand

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Trip Overview

TRIP VIBE = fast-paced fun with tons of socialising, bucket-list sights and good times all round. Home of Lord of the Rings, Crowded House and the World’s Sexiest Accent – there’s no doubt this little country has a BIG reputation for being jam-packed with pure awesomeness. Don’t waste time choosing between North and South, adventure or chill, culture or landscapes – bungy out of boring and dive headfirst into the best 17 days of your life. We’re waiting.

Worth noting…

On this trip, you'll get two in one - your Trip Leader is also your Driver.

Tales From Topdeckers

Trip itinerary

  1. Auckland (North Island, New Zealand) – Waitomo – Marae Stay


    You’ve got your home life, and home friends... and home routine. But this is your chance to leave it all behind. Ready? Meet us in Auckland and say kia ora to your fellow Topdeckers. First stop on our Kiwi adventure: Waitomo Caves. A glowworm-studded labyrinth of underground caves and rivers – this place is like something out of a sci-fi movie. Spend your free time exploring Ruakuri Cave on foot. Cruise through the magical grotto. Or strap in for a unique blackwater rafting experience (disclaimer: you’re gonna get wet). Later, we’ll receive a traditional welcome at the marae (Maori meeting ground) and will tuck into a hangi with the gang. Hear local Maori stories and learn the meaning of whanau as we bunk down in this sacred ancestral meeting place. This is as authentic as it gets.

    • Included Today
      • Overnight stay in a traditional Maori marae and hangi dinner
    • Meals
      • Dinner
    • Optional extras
      • Waitomo Caves (boat cruise): from $75
      • Ruakuri Cave: from $70
      • Blackwater rafting at Waitomo Caves: from $170
  2. Rotorua

  3. Rotorua – Lake Taupo – Tongariro National Park

  4. Tongariro National Park

  5. Tongariro National Park – Wellington

  6. Wellington

  7. Wellington – Nelson (South Island)

  8. Nelson

  9. Nelson – Kaikoura

  10. Kaikoura – Christchurch

  11. Christchurch – Hokitika – Franz Josef Glacier Region

  12. Franz Josef Glacier Region – Queenstown

  13. Queenstown

  14. Queenstown

  15. Queenstown

  16. Queenstown – Arrowtown – Lake Ohau

  17. Lake Ohau – Lake Tekapo – Christchurch


What's included

Included experiences

  • - Overnight stay in a traditional Maori marae and hangi dinner
  • - Visit Lake Taupo and Huka Falls
  • - Orientation walk of Tongariro National Park with Trip Leader
  • - Orientation walk of Wellington with Trip Leader
  • - Cook Strait ferry crossing
  • - Orientation walk of Christchurch with Trip Leader
  • - Visit Hokitika
  • - Visit Lake Matheson
  • - Stay in the scenic Franz Josef Glacier region



-3 nights in lodges, 12 nights in hostels, 1 night in a traditional Maori marae


- Air-conditioned coach

Optional activities

- FYI: these are optional activities available locally. Things might change – prices are here to give you a rough idea.

- Waitomo Caves (boat cruise): from $75

- Ruakuri Cave: from $70

- Blackwater rafting at Waitomo Caves: from $170

- Visit the Hobbiton movie set: from $150

- Canopy tour: from $169

- Zorbing in Rotorua: from $145

- Whitewater rafting in Rotorua: from $119

- Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing with a local guide (June to September): from $295

- Quad biking in Tongariro National Park: from $155

- Guided kayaking and seal-spotting tour in Abel Tasman National Park: from $130

- Full-day canyoning in Abel Tasman National Park: from $295

- Heli-hike excursion in Franz Josef Glacier region: from $585

- Scenic flight over Franz Josef Glacier: from $385

- Jet boating in Queenstown: from $139

- Canyon swinging in Queenstown: from $249

- Bungy jumping in Queenstown: from $220

- Skydiving in Queenstown: from $299

- Scenic cruise on Milford Sound (including lunch): prices available locally

- Funyaking in Queenstown: from $399

- Wilderness Jet adventure in Queenstown: from $279

- Whitewater rafting down the Shotover River: from $219

- Mountain biking excursion in Arrowtown: prices available locally

Views & Reviews

Latest Reviews

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  • Britney De August 2023

    Loved all the stops, however I hoped we would have more time in Franz Josef. Maybe worthwhile looking at going in more of a circular trip, rather than zig zagging down both islands.

    Our guide cowboy was super helpful. Always had great suggestions of the best places to go, so we could maximise our time at each stop.

  • Julian Ba August 2023

    The tour was well done and I had a great tour. I did notice it wasn’t as longer as the trip I planned to do before Covid. I noticed compared to my previous trips there wasn’t as much included in the itinerary but I loved that our tour guide took us to some awesome places when activities were cancelled due to wet weather. I had a great time it’s just next time I would like less free days.

  • Martin Ka August 2023
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