• Topdeck travellers taking a group photo during their New Zealand trip, with Mount Sunday in the background.

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, E-X-T-R-E-M-E sports and haka – 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.All optionals are weather-dependent.

Tales From Topdeckers

Trip itinerary

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

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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 dare your new travel fam to strap in for a unique blackwater rafting experience (disclaimer: you’re gonna get wet). Later, you’re heading to Rotorua where you’ll get your bearings on a walk around town with your Trip Leader. Then, it's food o’clock. Tuck in to some delish dishes and make that stomach smile.

    • Included Today
      • Orientation tour of Rotorua with Trip Leader
    • Optional extras
      • Waitomo Caves (boat cruise): from $75
      • Ruakuri Cave: from $70
      • Blackwater rafting at Waitomo Caves: from $170
  2. Rotorua – Kohutapu

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  3. Rotorua – Huka Falls – Taupo

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  4. Taupo

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  5. Taupo – Wellington

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  6. Wellington

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  7. Wellington – Abel Tasman (South Island)

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  8. Abel Tasman

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  9. Abel Tasman – Kaikoura

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  10. Kaikoura – Christchurch

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  11. Christchurch – Hokitika – Franz Josef Glacier Region

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  12. Franz Josef Glacier Region

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  13. Franz Josef Glacier Region – Wanaka – Queenstown

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  14. Queenstown

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  15. Queenstown

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  16. Queenstown – Lake Tekapo

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  17. Lake Tekapo – Christchurch

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What's included

Included experiences

  • - Orientation tour of Rotorua with Trip Leader
  • - Orientation tour, marae visit, workshops and hangi dinner at Kohutapu Lodge
  • - Visit Huka Falls
  • - Orientation tour of Taupo with Trip Leader
  • - Orientation walk of Wellington with Trip Leader
  • - Cook Strait ferry crossing
  • - Orientation walk of Christchurch with Trip Leader
  • - Visit Lake Matheson
  • - Stay in the scenic Franz Josef Glacier region
  • - Visit Wanaka
  • - Orientation tour of Queenstown with Trip Leader
  • - Visit Church of the Good Shepherd

Accommodation

- 3 nights in lodges, 13 nights in hostels

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 $75

- Ruakuri Cave: from $70

- Blackwater rafting at Waitomo Caves: from $170

- Visit the Hobbiton movie set: from $150

- Zipling canopy tour: from $179

- Whitewater rafting in Rotorua: from $139

- Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing with a local guide (October to April): from $395

- Visit to Wai-O-Tapu hot springs: prices available locally

- Sailing on Lake Taupo: from $375

- Weta workshop: from $49

- Visit to Te Papa Museum (free)

- Wellington cable car: from $6

- Guided kayaking and seal-spotting tour in Abel Tasman National Park: from $220

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

- Skydiving in Abel Tasman National Park: from $329

- Whale watching in Kaikoura: prices available locally

- Heli-hike excursion in Franz Josef Glacier region: from $749

- Scenic flight over Franz Josef Glacier: from $325

- Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary kayaking experience: prices available locally

- Scene Milford Sound cruise (including lunch): from $245

- Jet boating in Queenstown: from $159

- Canyon swinging in Queenstown: from $259

- Bungy jumping in Queenstown: from $265

- Skydiving in Queenstown: from $335

- Funyaking in Queenstown: from $429

- Wilderness Jet adventure in Queenstown: from $299

- Whitewater rafting down the Shotover River: from $219

- Visit Tekapo Springs hot pools: from $37

- Dark Sky stargazing in Lake Tekapo: from $50

Views & Reviews

Latest Reviews

Average rating based on 19 reviews
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  • Ciara April 2024

    Fantastic trip, our guide Guy was very good. He was very knowledgeable on everything, and booked everyone onto all the activities they wanted, and I felt very safe with him as our driver and guide.

    The only reason I took off a star was because of the awful state of some of the accomodation. Particularly Nomads, after our stay in Nomads in Wellington, where the Accomodation was filthy, and the beds unsafe (not unrealistic standards I think), we were so upset to find out we were staying with them again for four nights in Christchurch, when the itinerary still had LYLO hostel on it (which is of a much higher standard). The breakfast in Wellington was awful and made a lot of us sick, the breakfast in Christchurch was lovely. It was very good having breakfast provided in the mornings. The bathrooms in the Blue Dolphin Accomodation were all broken. And the facilities in the rock climbing accommodation were all dirty.

    The activities were great fun, the experience in the Māori village was a great way to get everyone comfortable with each other on the first night.

    It would have been nice to have gone down a bit more south, considering there’s a lot of driving, a few more hours wouldn’t make a difference.

    Overall, I had a great trip, saw so much of the beautiful country and had so much fun with the other travellers.

  • Emily April 2024

    Thoroughly enjoyed this trip!! Our guide Guy was brilliant & super knowledgeable. We were incredibly lucky with the weather so managed to do pretty much everything on the itinerary. New Zealand is incredible and I would 1000% recommend this trip as we got to see so & do so much!

  • Anonymous April 2024

    It was a very fun trip! It was definitely a lifetime experience in NZ. Our guide Guy was very nice and fun. He always told very interesting facts about NZ and gave very good recommendations for food, action, etc.

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