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Kiwi Encounter

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Trip Overview

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.


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

  11. Christchurch to Fox Glacier

  12. Fox Glacier to Queenstown

  13. Queenstown

  14. Queenstown (Milford Sound Day Trip)

  15. Queenstown

  16. Queenstown to Lake Ohau

  17. Lake Ohau 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
  • Visit Lake Matheson
  • Stay in the Fox Glacier region
  • Cruise Milford Sound
  • Mountain biking in Arrowtown


-6 nights in hotels, 4 nights in motels, 3 nights in lodges, 1 night in a cabin, 1 night in a hostel, 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

-Heli-hike at Fox Glacier: from $499.00

-Scenic flight over Fox Glacier: from $280.00

-Jet boating in Queenstown: from $159.00

-Canyon swinging in Queenstown: from $249.00

-Bungy jumping in Queenstown: from $205.00

-Skydiving in Queenstown: from $359.00

-Funyaking in Queenstown: from $399.00

-Wilderness Jet in Queenstown: from $259.00

-Shotover rafting in Queenstown: from $239.00


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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