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NEW ZEALAND ENCOMPASSED

24 Days, Auckland to Wellington
NEW ZEALAND ENCOMPASSED

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It dosen't look so big on the map, but New Zealand is positively massive once you're there in person. This comprehensive 24-day trip - our longest in this read more...

IS THIS Yolo TRIP FOR ME ? YES ! IF YOU...
    • Are young at heart
    • Prefer fast-paced and budget-friendly trips
    • Want to have meaningful encounters with local people
    • Love making new friends
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 23 Nights accommodation with breakfast (Hostels (10 nts), basic hotels (4 nts), houseboat (1 nt), basic lodges (7 nts), floating boat hostel (1 nt in summer, cabin in winter months). Most nights are multi-share.).
  • 23 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 12 dinners.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Private bus, kayak, boat, ferry).
  • Snorkelling, kayaking and hiking (Bay of Islands).
  • Conservation farm visit (Raglan).
  • Sea kayaking excursions (Raglan and Doubtful Sound).
  • Surf lesson (Raglan).
  • Maori cultural experience.
  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing (seasonal).
  • Te Papa Museum (Wellington).
  • Visit to a seal colony.
  • Walks in Franz Josef and Abel Tasman National Parks.
  • Mountain biking excursion (Central Otago).
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour, local guides.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD380-495 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Auckland
Day 2 Auckland/Bay of Islands
Day 3 Bay of Islands/Paihia
Day 4 Paihia/Auckland
Day 5 Auckland/Raglan
Day 6 Raglan
Day 7 Raglan/Rotorua
Day 8 Rotorua/National Park
Day 9 National Park/Wellington
Day 10 Wellington/Abel Tasman National Park
Day 11 Abel Tasman National Park
Day 12 Abel Tasman National Park/Punakaiki
Day 13 Punakaiki/Franz Josef
Day 14 Franz Josef
Day 15 Franz Josef/Queenstown
Day 16 Queenstown
Day 17 Queenstown
Day 18 Queenstown/Doubtful Sound
Day 19 Doubtful Sound/Wedderburn
Day 20 Wedderburn
Day 21 Wedderburn/Christchurch
Day 22 Christchurch/Kaikoura
Day 23 Kaikoura/Wellington
Day 24 Depart Wellington
Departures
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  • Start
  • Finish
  • Sun, 05 Nov '17
  • Tue, 28 Nov '17
  • Sun, 03 Dec '17
  • Tue, 26 Dec '17
  • Sun, 24 Dec '17
  • Tue, 16 Jan '18
  • Sun, 07 Jan '18
  • Tue, 30 Jan '18
  • Sun, 04 Feb '18
  • Tue, 27 Feb '18
  • Sun, 18 Feb '18
  • Tue, 13 Mar '18
  • Sun, 25 Mar '18
  • Tue, 17 Apr '18
  • Sun, 29 Apr '18
  • Tue, 22 May '18
  • Sun, 20 May '18
  • Tue, 12 Jun '18
  • Sun, 27 May '18
  • Tue, 19 Jun '18
  • Sun, 10 Jun '18
  • Tue, 03 Jul '18
  • Sun, 24 Jun '18
  • Tue, 17 Jul '18
  • Sun, 15 Jul '18
  • Tue, 07 Aug '18
  • Sun, 05 Aug '18
  • Tue, 28 Aug '18
  • Sun, 19 Aug '18
  • Tue, 11 Sep '18
  • Sun, 09 Sep '18
  • Tue, 02 Oct '18
  • Sun, 16 Sep '18
  • Tue, 09 Oct '18
  • Sun, 14 Oct '18
  • Tue, 06 Nov '18
  • Sun, 28 Oct '18
  • Tue, 20 Nov '18
  • Sun, 25 Nov '18
  • Tue, 18 Dec '18
  • Sun, 09 Dec '18
  • Tue, 01 Jan '19
  • Sun, 23 Dec '18
  • Tue, 15 Jan '19
TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Auckland
  • On Board The House Boat
  • Paihia
  • Raglan
  • Rotorua
  • Tongariro National Park
  • Wellington
  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Punakaiki
  • Franz Josef
  • Queenstown
  • Doubtful Sound
  • Wedderburn
  • Christchurch
  • Kaikoura
  • DAY 1 Arrive Auckland

    Arrive in Auckland at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city.

    Visit the Maritime Museum, walk the waterfront, or even take the ferry to Waiheke Island.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    19:00
    Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore - but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip.

    Optional Activities
    Maritime Museum Visit

    Auckland 1h-8h
    17-29NZD per person
    Tour the museum's seven galleries to learn more about New Zealand's relationship with the sea. Be inspired by the country's most celebrated mariner, Sir Peter Blake, and his many accomplishments, and see maritime art that speaks to the sentiment of a nautical nation.

    Waiheke Island Excursion
    Waiheke Island 3h-8h
    45-130NZD per person
    Take a ferry ride to Waiheke Island for a quick, fun getaway. Swim or kayak at white-sand beaches in the Hauraki Gulf. Tour the island's tracks and bush reserves, or sample your way through some of the island's 19 boutique wineries (the island produces some of New Zealand's finest reds). (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Auckland/Bay of Islands

    Travel north via backroads, stopping to see giant kauri trees, and go for an included snorkel at Goat Island Marine Reserve (seasonal). Board a large houseboat for an overnight trip through the beautiful Bay of Islands.

    Depart early and travel to a local reserve with giant kauri trees. Native to New Zealand, these trees are some of the largest in the world. Learn about their importance to European settlement in New Zealand. Head to the Goat Island Marine Reserve for an included activity of snorkelling to see abundant sea life (seasonal).

    Continue on to the Bay of Islands and board a houseboat - your home for the night.

    Private Vehicle
    Auckland - Paihia 4h 250km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Goat Island Marine Reserve Snorkelling
    Goat Island
    Grab a snorkel and mask and play Jacques Cousteau. See an array of marine life up close at this amazing snorkelling site and reserve that's been protected for more than 30 years. Keep an eye out for blue maomaos, eagle and sting rays, octopi, kahawais, dolphins, and orcas!

    Bay of Islands Overnight Excursion
    Bay of Islands
    Board a houseboat for some marine fun and a memorable overnight excursion. Go kayaking, swimming, target shooting, shellfish gathering or dolphin spotting - the list is endless. Spend some quality R&R time on a nearby remote island after an active day. Leave your worries behind - all activities and meals on board are included, and the night is spent anchored at a secluded bay. (Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Bay of Islands/Paihia

    Enjoy free time in the morning on the boat. Choose to do a number of included water activities like kayaking, snorkelling, fishing or visiting nearby islands. Opt to go on a dolphin watching tour. Disembark with some time to explore Paihia before an evening barbecue.

    Enjoy a morning of activities from our boat base.

    Then travel back to the mainland for a walk around the small town of Paihia. An optional visit to the Treaty House in the nearby town of Waitangi is highly recommended.

    Free Time
    Paihia Afternoon
    Spend free time in this seaside town any way you want - swim, trek or just relax on one of the golden-sand beaches.

    Optional Activities
    Dolphin Watching Tour

    Paihia
    89-104NZD per person
    Spend a morning out in the bay looking for wild dolphins. If circumstances are right (about 50/50), there may be an opportunity to swim with these amazing creatures. Bring your swimwear, towel, warm clothes, and snacks. Don't worry about a wetsuit, mask, snorkel or flippers - they're provided.

    Waitangi Grounds Visit
    Learn about the history of New Zealand on this visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. See the historic Treaty House where local Maori signed their accord with the British Crown in 1840, giving the Maori the rights of British subjects (a guided tour is highly recommended). Get a taste of Maori culture with performances of traditional songs and dances and, of course, the infamous Haka! (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Paihia/Auckland

    Free morning to relax, or opt to swim with dolphins, go skydiving, or check out the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

    Take advantage of optional morning activities such as skydiving, dolphin watching, fishing or visiting the historic town of Russell. Travel back to Auckland.

    Free Time
    Paihia Morning
    Fill free time as you please with a range of options ranging from adrenaline-based activities to spending more time on or in the water.

    Optional Activities
    Skydiving

    Paihia
    229-400NZD per person
    Go for this once-in-a-lifetime skydiving opportunity in New Zealand - the Bay of Islands is one of the best places to try it! Skydive over the bay from a range of heights (between 2743-4877m or 9,000-16,000ft).

    Dolphin Watching Tour
    Paihia
    89-104NZD per person
    Spend a morning out in the bay looking for wild dolphins. If circumstances are right (about 50/50), there may be an opportunity to swim with these amazing creatures. Bring your swimwear, towel, warm clothes, and snacks. Don't worry about a wetsuit, mask, snorkel or flippers - they're provided.

    Waitangi Grounds Visit
    Learn about the history of New Zealand on this visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. See the historic Treaty House where local Maori signed their accord with the British Crown in 1840, giving the Maori the rights of British subjects (a guided tour is highly recommended). Get a taste of Maori culture with performances of traditional songs and dances and, of course, the infamous Haka!

    Ferry to Russell
    Paihia 1h-3h
    7-12NZD per person
    Head over to New Zealand's first capital. Explore the town's many highlights, including the old Pompallier Mission, an early French Catholic missionary.

    Private Vehicle
    Paihia - Auckland 4h 250km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.
    Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
    You may be a seasoned pro at group travel by now, but there will likely be some new travellers joining the group. Sit in on the welcome meeting to meet the newest members of the group and learn about the next leg of your tour. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Auckland/Raglan

    Visit a special conservation farm to learn about their methods before sea kayaking to a harbour for a picnic lunch.

    Travel backroads to a remote conservation farm where they are using natural means to boost the stocks of traditionally farmed marine life. Farmers have created a balanced ecosystem to attract native birds and animals back to the area.

    After, kayak to a remote part of the harbour for a boat cruise and lunch, before heading to our lodge a few minutes drive from the famous surf and arts town of Raglan for the night.

    Private Vehicle
    Auckland - Raglan 3h 160km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Sea Kayaking
    Raglan
    Tour Raglan's secluded bays and unique coastline by kayak. Paddle the inner harbour to get up close to wildlife, fish, and (fingers crossed) orcas. Discover the pancake rocks on the harbour's northern side. (Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 6 Raglan

    Enjoy an included surf lesson in one of the world's most famous surf areas, then opt to take a bone carving lesson with local Maori.

    Head down to the beach for an included surf lesson. The afternoon is open for optional activities such as bone carving with local Maori, mountain biking or exploring the many trails.

    Surf Lessons
    Raglan
    Learn how to catch a wave in this 3-hour surf lesson. Start with instruction on dry land before heading into the surf. Take advantage of the large soft boards used in class (they help everyone stand up).

    Free Time
    Raglan Afternoon
    Enjoy free time any way you want in this surfing town. Head to the beach to hang ten or relax with a cold drink and plan your next activities.

    Optional Activities
    Bone Carving

    Raglan 3h-4h
    89NZD per person
    Make your very own pendant (and souvenir) at this bone carving class. Learn the cultural significance of this craft and follow expert instruction to make a traditional Maori carving using a grinder and template.

    Stand Up Paddle Lesson
    Raglan
    79NZD per person
    Enjoy fantastic scenery and a great workout while stand up paddle boarding in the Raglan harbour.

    Mountain Biking
    Raglan 1h-2h
    49NZD per person
    Explore solo or take a tour with a knowledgeable guide and learn more about this town that has won so many hearts. Find a track that suits your level in the trails surrounding the town and local beaches.

    Hiking
    Raglan
    Free
    Lace up your hiking boots and head out on local tracks for scenic views. Try walks around Mt Karioi, Te Toto Gorge, or Wainui Reserve.

    Yoga
    Raglan
    Nurture your mind, body, and soul in a yoga class. Want an extra challenge? Try a SUP (stand up paddleboard) yoga class for a unique on-the-water experience.

    Karioi Loop Walk
    Whale Bay 1h30m-2h
    Free
    Enjoy a pleasant forest walk on the flanks of extinct volcano Mt Karioi. Start and finish at our location in Whale Bay. Be ready to get a little muddy if it's been raining - it's all part of the adventure. (Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 7 Raglan/Rotorua

    Opt to go caving before heading to Rotorua, notable for its geothermal activity and culture. Visit a local village to gain insight into Maori culture. Enjoy a traditional 'Hangi' experience.

    Depending on the weather conditions and the desires of the group, opt to visit the Waitomo caves, famous for their glow-worms. For the adventurous, there is the option of 'black water rafting'.

    Continue to Rotorua for an engaging cultural experience on the grounds of a historic Maori village. Dine on traditional Maori food (Hangi) this evening.

    Private Vehicle
    Raglan - Rotorua 4h 260km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Maori Cultural Experience
    Rotorua
    Immerse yourself in a Maori cultural experience on the grounds of a historic Maori village. Participate in a powhiri (welcoming ceremony), and learn about the history of the marae (village) and the Rotorua-area from a local Maori guide. Discover the abundant geothermal energy surrounding the village that's used for cooking, heating, and communal bath houses.

    Optional Activities
    Waitomo Caving Excursion

    Waitomo Cave
    68NZD per person
    Enjoy a peaceful boat ride through caverns covered with magical glowworms that are unique to New Zealand. Hundreds of thousands of these tiny creatures radiate luminescent light in underground caves calved by rivers and time. Take in more than 120 years of cultural and natural history on this unique excursion.

    Black Water Rafting
    Waitomo 3h-5h
    120NZD per person
    Float down a river on this subterranean inner tube adventure.

    Waitomo Lost World
    Waitomo Cave
    272NZD per person
    Feel like the hero of your own action movie on this tour that involves a 100m (328 ft) abseil (rappel) into the Lost World with a guide at your side. Be awed by the beauty of an iconic cavern that's covered in glittering glow-worms. After a 30-min descent, embark on a journey back to the surface through a spectacular dry cavern. Relish in your accomplishments (and added confidence) afterwards with some good food and drink.

    Waitomo Haggas Honking Holes
    Get your fix of adrenaline and fun on this underground action adventure. Do a series of abseils, rock climbs, crawls, and cruises as you explore the fabulous Waitomo caves in an action-packed 4 hrs. See stalactites, stalagmites, and glow-worms up close.

    Waitomo Valley Walk
    Waitomo
    Free
    Explore Waitomo Valley's amazing rugged landscape by foot on this one-way walk - the CEO will see you off at the start. Check out a small cave on your way, and then follow the trail through the forest back to Waitomo Village. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, and take a rain jacket and water. (Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 8 Rotorua/National Park

    Travel around Lake Taupo and explore the volcanic World Heritage-listed national parks in the area. Conquer the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek (seasonal).

    Start early to walk the Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek. Collect all your supplies before the hike - the transfer will drop the group off at the beginning of the self-guided trek and pick up everyone at the end.

    After the trek, travel to a ski lodge on the side of a mountain for the night. An on-site spa and sauna is available to help ease tired muscles.

    Please note that the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is self-guided and will be without a CEO. The trail is clearly marked. Please note that during winter months (June-October), this is an optional hike. There is an extra cost of approximately $100 for winter equipment and guide if you opt to do this activity.

    Private Vehicle
    Rotorua - Tongariro National Park 3h 180km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Tongariro Alpine Crossing Trek
    Tongariro Crossing 19-20km
    Enjoy spectacular views and otherworldly landscapes on this challenging and rewarding 19.4km (12 mi) trek across a volcanic range. This trek has been called one of the best day hikes in the world. Get prepared before you head out - go through a safety checklist and be sure to buy supplies, food, and water ahead of time. Dress accordingly - elements change constantly.

    Note: if the weather is too bad to trek, there will be alternative options such as smaller walks in the area or a visit to remote hot springs. If you do not wish to do the Tongariro Crossing, other activities can be arranged.

    Optional Activities
    Mountain Air

    Tongariro National Park 15m-30m
    120-225NZD per person
    Bypass the Tongariro Crossing if you're not up for it. Take to the skies and experience a scenic flight over the mountains - if it's a clear day. Magic!

    Taranaki Falls
    Tongariro National Park
    Opt to do the Taranaki Falls walk if the Tongariro Crossing is cancelled, or if you are not feeling up to the challenge. Take in great views of this 20m (66ft) waterfall and surrounding water-worn gorges on this low alpine loop trail. Start and finish at our accommodation. (Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 National Park/Wellington

    Hit the nation's capital and visit the national museum, Te Papa, or stroll along Oriental Parade. Check out some of the area's great bars and cafes.

    Travel to Wellington, New Zealand's capital city. Arrive early enough for a visit to the National Museum, Te Papa. Take a short walk from our accommodation to see the sights of the central business district. Finish the day off with an optional night on the town.

    Private Vehicle
    National Park - Wellington 5h400km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Te Papa Museum Visit
    Wellington
    Visit this must-see museum, home to displays of historical Maori artifacts and modern exhibits. See how the museum is constructed on shock absorbers to withstand New Zealand's many earthquakes - find the stairwell just outside the entrance and descend into the foundations of the building. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 10 Wellington/Abel Tasman National Park

    Take a ferry over to the South Island and transfer to Abel Tasman National Park.

    Catch a morning ferry and cross the scenic Cook Strait. Make sure to stand outside and enjoy the views of the Marlborough Sounds at the top of the South Island. Disembark and transfer to Abel Tasman National Park, well-known for its stunning white sand beaches. Board a water taxi to transfer to the middle of the National Park for the night. The night will be spent on a floating boat hostel.

    Ferry
    Wellington - Picton 3h30m 92km
    Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

    Private Vehicle
    Picton - Abel Tasman National Park 3h 200km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Water taxi
    Abel Tasman National Park 30m
    Jump in and cross the water to the next stop. (Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 11 Abel Tasman National Park

    Hike and explore Abel Tasman's golden beaches and waterways.

    Abel Tasman National Park Walk
    Abel Tasman National Park 12km
    Walk along a coastline track from Anchorage to Marahau to one of the world's most scenic golden sand beaches.

    Optional Activities
    Sailing

    Abel Tasman National Park 4h-6h30m
    90-176NZD per person
    Sail through crystal clear waters, admire spectacular scenery and investigate secluded cloves, small islands, golden beaches and lush forest. Don't forget to wear a hat and sunscreen! (Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 12 Abel Tasman National Park/Punakaiki

    Head south down the coast of black-sand beaches. Visit a seal colony and take in the pancake rock formations at Punakaiki.

    Visit the Cape Foulwind seal colony, then follow the stunning coastal road down to a beach camp in Punakaiki for the night. Visit the famous 'Pancake Rocks' walk upon arrival into Punakaiki.

    Private Vehicle
    Abel Tasman National Park - Punakaiki 4h 250km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Pancake Rocks Trek
    Punakaiki 1km
    Walk along a loop trail with informative signs detailing how the 'Pancake Rocks' were formed millions of years ago. When the trail reaches the coast, there are many lookouts for photo stops and beautiful views of the coast, the rocks and the blowholes found along the area.

    Seal Colony Visit
    Cape Foulwind 1-2km
    Stop by a viewing platform over a New Zealand fur seal colony at Cape Foulwind. Female seals will live in the same colony for the duration of their lives, whereas male seals move around more. The males visit the Cape Foulwind colony between late November and mid-January for mating season. All seasons offer plenty of activity to check out, from mating to the raising of baby pups and feeding out at sea.

    Optional Activities
    Hiking

    Punakaiki 15m-3h
    Free
    Head out on the local trails to explore the area, or hike some of the trails in nearby Paparoa National Park. (Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 13 Punakaiki/Franz Josef

    Opt to kayak the river into the Paparoa National Park or stick to the local trails for some day hikes.

    Optional Activities
    Kayaking

    Paparoa National Park 2h-3h
    40NZD per person
    Take a scenic kayak trip up the river from Punakaiki into the National Park. Enjoy paddling along the Pororari River, there are some small rapids to keep the route exciting and great views in all directions.

    Stay in a lodge surrounded by rainforest and explore this UNESCO World Heritage Area.

    Continue following the coastal road towards Franz Josef arriving at a unique wilderness lodge set in the rainforest for the night.

    Private Vehicle
    Punakaiki - Franz Josef 4h 220km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 14 Franz Josef

    Free day for optional activities. Options include various hikes, horseback riding and quad biking.

    Free Time
    Franz Josef Full Day
    Enjoy a free day to explore the beautiful Franz Josef area.

    Optional Activities
    Franz Josef Glacial Valley Walk

    Franz Josef
    75NZD per person
    Enjoy spectacular views on a guided interpretive walk that follows a riverbed along the Franz Josef Glacier's retreat. At the end, you'll be rewarded with a great view of the glacier off in the distance.

    Franz Josef Quad Bike
    Franz Josef
    65-160NZD per person
    Hop aboard the 2-seater ATV quad and drive along ancient glacial pathways carved into the landscape by ice and water. Be amazed at what lies around every twist and turn as you are guided through rainforests, riverbeds, grasslands, sand and mud. Feel the thrill of fresh air in your face and the excitement of riding in the wild.

    Horse Trek
    Franz Josef 1h-3h
    65-150NZD per person
    Experience the beauty of New Zealand's Franz Josef Glacier country on horseback. This is horse riding in paradise with a stunning backdrop of mountain ranges and rainforest. Soak up the magnificent views of the Southern Alps and the spectacular glacier, as you trek over lush farmland, glacial moraine and riverbed.

    Helicopter hike
    Franz Josef 3h-4h
    325-429NZD per person
    Take a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter ride to the top of the Franz Josef Glacier. Hop out and trek on the white and blue ice. Cool! (Breakfast)

  • DAY 15 Franz Josef/Queenstown

    Visit the adventure capital of the world-Queenstown.

    Private Vehicle
    Franz Josef - Queenstown 6h Morning 365km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 16 Queenstown

    Free time in Queenstown. Get the heart pumping with some adrenaline-filled options, such as jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking or skydiving.

    Free Time
    Queenstown Full Day
    Do as much or as little as wanted during a free day to explore the area.

    Optional Activities
    Mountain Biking

    Queenstown 1h-6h
    35-79NZD per person
    Hop on a bike and get familiar with some of the great trails in the area. There are routes for all levels of cyclist to enjoy so rent a and start exploring the hills.

    Jet Boating
    Queenstown 2h-3h
    129NZD per person
    Jet boating is a typical New Zealand activity- go as fast you can in a boat over water. Hang on tight as you fly across the surface of the water. Shoot through narrow rocky gorges and dare to watch as the driver takes hairpin turns frighteningly close to the cliffs.

    Skydiving
    Queenstown
    299-439NZD per person
    Enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of Queenstown from an eagle's perspective. Suit up, get briefed and board the prop plane to soar high about the rugged alpine landscape. Strap onto your instructor, take a breath and leap into a once-in-a-lifetime free fall. This is what a natural high truly feels like!

    Vineyard Tour
    Queenstown 5h-7h
    175-225NZD per person
    Visit vineyards in New Zealand's fastest growing wine region. Taste some of Queenstown's finest Pinot Noir, as well as Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. Sample local cheeses and learn more about the grape varietals that flourish here. Pick up a few bottles to savour back home.

    Bungee Jumping
    Queenstown 1h30m-4h
    175-510NZD per person
    Adrenaline junkies will be happy with a stop at the world's original commercial bungee site (bungy in New Zealand!). Opt to take the plunge or simply observe where it all started from the comfort solid ground. Shoot some amazing photos of those brave enough to dive into the abyss.

    Gondola Ride
    Queenstown 1h-2h30m
    30-82NZD per person
    Take a ride up to the top of the mountain by cable car gondola. Get a spectacular 220o view of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu below.

    Paragliding
    Queenstown 15m-30m
    210NZD per person
    Hang on! Get a birds-eye view of Queenstown on an exciting ride in the sky. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 17 Queenstown

    Free time in Queenstown. Get the heart pumping with some adrenaline-filled options, such as jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking or skydiving.

    Free Time
    Queenstown Full Day
    Do as much or as little as wanted during a free day to explore the area.

    Optional Activities
    Mountain Biking

    Queenstown 1h-6h
    35-79NZD per person
    Hop on a bike and get familiar with some of the great trails in the area. There are routes for all levels of cyclist to enjoy so rent a and start exploring the hills.

    Jet Boating
    Queenstown 2h-3h
    129NZD per person
    Jet boating is a typical New Zealand activity- go as fast you can in a boat over water. Hang on tight as you fly across the surface of the water. Shoot through narrow rocky gorges and dare to watch as the driver takes hairpin turns frighteningly close to the cliffs.

    Skydiving
    Queenstown
    299-439NZD per person
    Enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of Queenstown from an eagle's perspective. Suit up, get briefed and board the prop plane to soar high about the rugged alpine landscape. Strap onto your instructor, take a breath and leap into a once-in-a-lifetime free fall. This is what a natural high truly feels like!

    Vineyard Tour
    Queenstown 5h-7h
    175-225NZD per person
    Visit vineyards in New Zealand's fastest growing wine region. Taste some of Queenstown's finest Pinot Noir, as well as Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. Sample local cheeses and learn more about the grape varietals that flourish here. Pick up a few bottles to savour back home.

    Bungee Jumping
    Queenstown 1h30m-4h
    175-510NZD per person
    Adrenaline junkies will be happy with a stop at the world's original commercial bungee site (bungy in New Zealand!). Opt to take the plunge or simply observe where it all started from the comfort solid ground. Shoot some amazing photos of those brave enough to dive into the abyss.

    Gondola Ride
    Queenstown 1h-2h30m
    30-82NZD per person
    Take a ride up to the top of the mountain by cable car gondola. Get a spectacular 220o view of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu below.

    Paragliding
    Queenstown 15m-30m
    210NZD per person
    Hang on! Get a birds-eye view of Queenstown on an exciting ride in the sky. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 18 Queenstown/Doubtful Sound

    Visit Fiordland National Park en route to Doubtful Sound.

    Private Vehicle
    Queenstown - Doubtful Sound 4h 250km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Fiordland National Park Visit
    Fiordland National Park Afternoon
    Enjoy a guided 2-hour interpretive bush walk in Deep Cove with a visit to Helena Falls. (Lunch,Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 19 Doubtful Sound/Wedderburn

    Enjoy a guided kayak excursion through jaw-dropping scenery. Travel to Central Otago.

    Kayaking Excursion
    Fiordland National Park
    Throw on a life jacket, pick up a paddle and prepare to be wowed during this 3-4 hour kayaking trip through New Zealand's largest national park. Paddle through icy clear waters below towering cliffs and waterfalls and marvel at the moss-covered slopes and verdant rainforest terrain. Spot dolphins, seals and penguins below while birds soar above.

    Private Vehicle
    Doubtful Sound - Otago Central Rail Trail 5h 350km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 20 Wedderburn

    Bike 35 km of the Otago Rail Trail, passing through one historic town to the next. Along the way sample some local food and drink.

    Biking Otago Rail Trail
    Otago Central Rail Trail 35-40km
    Drive to one of the best starting points of the Historic Otago Rail Trail. Spend the better part of the day cycling along an easy gradient through stunning scenery along 35km of the old rail trail. Cycle through scenery unspoiled by traffic and not visible from any roads.

    Optional Activities
    Curling

    Otago 1h-1h30m
    30NZD per person
    Try your hand at throwing a curling rock and sweeping the ice at the only year-round curling facility in Australasia. The sport of curling was introduced to New Zealand in the late 19th century by Scottish settlers. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 21 Wedderburn/Christchurch

    Enjoy a free afternoon to explore Christchurch.

    Overnight in the very unique converted jail house.

    Private Vehicle
    Wedderburn - Christchurch 5h 400km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Free Time
    Christchurch Afternoon
    Spend the afternoon exploring Christchurch during free time. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 22 Christchurch/Kaikoura

    Opt to go whale watching, swim with seals or take a walk along the coast.

    Spend the afternoon swimming with dolphins, visiting a colony of southern fur seals, or taking a scenic flight over the peninsula.

    Bird watchers will be pleased to know that big ocean birds such as albatrosses, petrels and shearwaters frequent the area.

    Private Vehicle
    Christchurch - Kaikoura 3h 180km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Free Time
    Kaikoura Afternoon
    Head out and explore this beautiful area. View some of the wildlife in the area or hit the trails to get a workout with a view.

    Optional Activities
    Swimming With Dolphins

    Kaikoura 3h-4h
    170NZD per person
    Hop aboard a boat and head out to the open seas to search for wild dusky dolphins. Depending on conditions, most groups have 20-40 minutes of swim time with the dolphins.

    Scenic Flight
    Kaikoura
    135-165NZD per person
    Take a 30-minute flight and set off to search for whales, dolphins, and other marine life. On land, you'll see Maori sites, Kaikoura town and New Zealand's southern fur seals.

    Whale Watching
    Kaikoura 3h-3h30m
    145NZD per person
    Follow in the path of Paikea, the Maori "whale rider", and set out in search of Giant Sperm Whales as they spray and dive their way through the waters off Kaikora.

    Hiking
    Kaikoura 2h-10h
    Free
    Set off along one of many hiking trails to take in the beautiful scenery surrounding Kaikoura. (Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 23 Kaikoura/Wellington

    Morning visit to a seal colony before catching the ferry back to Wellington. Opt for a final night out with the group.

    Private Vehicle
    Kaikoura - Picton 2h 150km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Seal Colony Visit
    Kaikoura 1-2km
    Stop to experience a close encounter with the many southern fur seals lying about on rocks just off the highway.

    Ferry
    Picton - Wellington 3h 92km
    Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 24 Depart Wellington

    Depart at any time.

    We highly recommend pre- or post-accommodation to fully explore this vibrant city.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

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  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD380-495 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 20 passengers, at an average there are 16 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. This tour is a combination of several G Adventures tours, and your CEO, fellow passengers or vehicle may change between the individual tour sections.


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