Prepare for some of the most stunning natural wonders you've ever encountered as you take in dramatic mountain landscapes, glistening bioluminescent grottos, and fascinating geothermal phenomena. Venturing from the North to the South Island, you'll enjoy memorable insider experiences with local Māori communities, magical panoramic views, and curious natural wonders. You'll travel by traditional Māori canoes to the mythic Mount Maunganui and take a helicopter to a glacier-fed waterfall worthy of a scene from Lord of the Rings.
The listed price of this trip is per person based on double occupancy.
The listed price does not include the internal domestic flight from Rotorua to Christchurch. This flight is priced separately at $180 per person and will automatically be added to your booking and final balance.
You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you:
Shared Room (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): You'll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.
Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $1785. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll add the option to your booking and final balance.
Travelers should feel comfortable walking two to six miles over the course of each day, spending time in nature, remaining on their feet for long periods of time, and sometimes walking on uneven terrain.
Our trip begins on Day 1 with a morning pick-up and group departure by road from Auckland, either at the Auckland Airport or a designated city center location. We recommend you arrive at least the night before or early in the morning of the day the tour starts so you can meet your guide and fellow travelers in time for the morning departure from Auckland. Our trip concludes on the morning of Day 13 where you'll be dropped off either at the Queenstown airport in time for domestic flights departing in the afternoon, or in central Queenstown if you are extending your travels on your own.
Recommended Auckland city hotels: QT Auckland Hotel
Collection Points (approx. times):
8:30 a.m.: QT Auckland Hotel, Viaduct Harbour
9:00 a.m.: Auckland Airport
In New Zealand, summer lasts from November until March, with January and February being the warmest months. The rain in New Zealand is geographic in nature; the west coast is wetter than the east, so you’ll typically experience a mixed bag as you move throughout the country. Rain can happen at any time of year, and it is not uncommon to experience three seasons in one day. We like to think that there's no such thing as bad weather—only bad preparation! Pack well and you'll be happy.
October is arguably the best month of the year for wildlife, birdlife, and penguin viewing at Lake Moeraki. Birds are breeding and the rainforest flowers are out during October. The penguins can be generally be seen here from October to December.
We can cater to all dietary restrictions and allergies—just let us know at the time of booking.
Visa requirements for New Zealand vary depending on traveler citizenship. If you’re visiting New Zealand for three months or less, and are a citizen of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, or the European Union, you’ll need to go online to secure your Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) and pay the Tourism Levy. The ETA is NZ$12 (NZ$9 on the free app) and the Tourism Levy is NZ$35. Australian citizens are exempt from both fees, but Australian permanent residents need to pay the ETA.
Please check requirements for travel to New Zealand and any countries passed through in transit. A passport is required for international travel. We recommend your passport expire at least six months after your return home.
In addition to contributing to local economies and family-run enterprises, your trip celebrates the region’s cultural heritage. By sharing your experience with friends and family, you can also help to spread awareness about New Zealand's delicate ecosystem and the best ways for visitors to have a positive impact.