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Trip Overview

(Previously called: Kiwi Encounter)

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.

Tales From Topdeckers

Trip Itinerary

  1. Auckland to Marae Stay, via Waitomo

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    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 $55
      • Ruakuri Cave: from $76
      • Blackwater rafting at Waitomo Caves: from $147
  2. Rotorua

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  3. Rotorua to Tongariro National Park, via Lake Taupo

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  4. Tongariro National Park

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  5. Tongariro National Park to Wellington

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  6. Wellington

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  7. Wellington to Nelson

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  8. Nelson

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  9. Nelson to Kaikoura

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  10. Kaikoura to Christchurch

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  11. Christchurch to Franz Josef Glacier region via Hokitika

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  12. Franz Josef Glacier region to Queenstown

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  13. Queenstown

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  14. Queenstown

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  15. Queenstown

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  16. Queenstown to Lake Ohau via Arrowtown

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  17. Lake Ohau to Christchurch via Lake Tekapo

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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

Accommodation

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

Transport

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 $55

-Ruakuri Cave: from $76

-Blackwater rafting at Waitomo Caves: from $147

-Visit the Hobbiton movie set: from $124

-Canopy tour: from $159

-Visit the geothermal mud bath and spa: from $75

-Zorbing in Rotorua: from $45

-Whitewater rafting in Rotorua: from $90

-Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing with a local guide: from $195

-Quad biking in Tongariro National Park: from $155

-Guided kayaking and seal-spotting tour in Abel Tasman National Park: from $150

-Full-day guided tour of Abel Tasman National Park: from $92

-Skydiving in Abel Tasman National Park: from $329

-Heli-hike excursion in Franz Josef Glacier region: from $499

-Scenic flight over Franz Josef Glacier: from $280

-Jet boating in Queenstown: from $159

-Canyon swinging in Queenstown: from $249

-Bungy jumping in Queenstown: from $205

-Skydiving in Queenstown: from $359

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

-Funyaking in Queenstown: from $399

-Wilderness Jet adventure in Queenstown: from $259

-Whitewater rafting down the Shotover River: from $239

-Mountain biking excursion in Arrowtown: prices available locally

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