• Topdeck group in New Zealand

Get Social: New Zealand

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 – Kohutapu


    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, we’ll receive a traditional welcome at Kohutapu Lodge. Visit a working marae, enjoy a haka demo, and level-up your crafting skills during a weaving workshop. Then, we’ll tuck into a hangi with the gang. This is as authentic as it gets.

    • Included Today
      • Orientation tour, marae visit, workshops and hangi dinner at Kohutapu Lodge
    • Meals
      • Dinner
    • Optional extras
      • Waitomo Caves (boat cruise): from $75
      • Ruakuri Cave: from $70
      • Blackwater rafting at Waitomo Caves: from $170
  2. Kohutapu – Rotorua

  3. Rotorua – Huka Falls – Taupo

  4. Taupo

  5. Taupo – Wellington

  6. Wellington

  7. Wellington – Abel Tasman (South Island)

  8. Abel Tasman

  9. Abel Tasman – Kaikoura

  10. Kaikoura – Christchurch

  11. Christchurch – Hokitika – Franz Josef Glacier Region

  12. Franz Josef Glacier Region

  13. Franz Josef Glacier Region – Wanaka – Queenstown

  14. Queenstown

  15. Queenstown

  16. Queenstown – Lake Tekapo

  17. Lake Tekapo – Christchurch


What's included

Included experiences

  • - Orientation tour, marae visit, workshops and hangi dinner at Kohutapu Lodge
  • - Orientation tour of Rotorua with Trip Leader
  • - 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



-3 nights in lodges, 13 nights in hostels


- Air-conditioned coach

Optional activities

- 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 $169

- Whitewater rafting in Rotorua: from $119

- Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing with a local guide (October to April): prices available locally

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

- Sailing on Lake Taupo: prices available locally

- Weta workshop: prices available locally

- Visit to Te Papa Museum (free)

- Wellington cable car: prices available locally

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

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

- Skydiving in Abel Tasman National Park: prices available locally

- Whale watching in Kaikoura: prices available locally

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

- Scenic flight over Franz Josef Glacier: from $385

- Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary kayaking experience: prices available locally

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

- Jet boating in Queenstown: from $139

- Canyon swinging in Queenstown: from $249

- Bungy jumping in Queenstown: from $220

- Skydiving in Queenstown: from $299

- Funyaking in Queenstown: from $399

- Wilderness Jet adventure in Queenstown: from $279

- Whitewater rafting down the Shotover River: from $219

- Visit Tekapo Springs hot pools: prices available locally

- Dark Sky stargazing in Lake Tekapo: prices available locally

Views & Reviews

Latest Reviews

Average rating based on 9 reviews
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  • Anonymous November 2023

    It would be great if you had the option to upgrade to a private room, especially seeing as most of the places you stay do have them.

    Also rathe than ending in Christchurch it’d be nice to have more time there in the first visit stop, then end the trip in Queenstown.

  • Anonymous November 2023

    Great value for money! Our driver even squeezed in a few extras when he could!

  • Anonymous November 2023

    Awesome trip, amplified by awesome trip leader. Activities were so much fun and the places you go are just breathtaking. 10/10 would recommend.

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