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15 Day Grand Traverse Auckland to Queenstown Tour
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
from $2845 NZD

Price

Camping (two-share) $2845
Camping (single tent) $2585 + $85 local payment

Optional hires (Local Payment)
Cycle hire $200
Private cycle handling $95
Tent single supplement $85
Sleeping bag $60

DEPARTURES

Starts:

Departs Auckland at 10am from 172 Quay Street (opposite ferry building).

2017
Oct 19.28.
Nov 6, 15, 24.
Dec 3, 12, 21, 30.

2018
Jan 8, 17, 26.
Feb 4, 13, 22.
Mar 3, 12, 21, 30

Ends: Queenstown

Trip Style

Fitness: Can I do this tour?

It is very important that customers understand that a reasonable level of fitness is required for all tours.

The areas in which we operate vary greatly in  terrain and weather conditions. Travellers may be required to undertake walking experiences up to 4 hours in duration in challenging conditions. Travellers must be aware that depending on which region the tour is visiting  & the southern hemisphere weather season in which you are travelling, you could encounter extremes of heat ( 40C+) or cold (-5C).

By law it is required that customers advise Real Kiwi Adventures or our travel partners in New Zealand of any pre-existing medical conditions &/or Dietary conditions before they join the tour. Customers may also be asked at time of each tour commencement to sign a liability waiver.

Travellers are requested to contact us on: [email protected] in relation to all medical or dietary issues.


Accommodation: Camping and Cabins

Stay in some of the most stunning locations in New Zealand by lake, mountains, oceans and rivers. Wake up to amazing views and sleep under the starry skies with camping and cabin options.

Tents are included in the price but you can upgrade to cabins for a small fee. In the most beautiful and remote locations upgrades aren’t available but if the weather isn’t suitable alternatives will be found.

Spend 3 nights in hostels when visiting the cities (not included in trip price but your guide will make a booking for you in a great hostel ideal for exploring the city).

Single travellers will be paired in a 3 person tent with 1 other person of the same sex, similar age or you can upgrade to a single tent for a small fee.


Vehicle: Mini coach with up to 30 seats – maximum group size 24

Forward-facing seats, air-conditioned vehicle.


WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Wai-O-Tapu thermal valley
  • Gondola ride
  • Wine tasting
  • Scenic ferry crossing
  • Fresh seafood dinner
  • 2 x Experienced tour guides
  • Meals and touring as indicated
  • Use of sports equipment onboard
  • Multi-share tents in commercial and Department of Conservation camps and comfy mattresses

WHAT TO BRING

  • Sturdy walking shoes/boots
  • Bathers/towel
  • Hat & sunscreen
  • Motion sickness tablets
  • Water bottle
  • Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Warm clothing
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera

IMPORTANT NOTES

  • ^ Single travellers will be paired in a tent with a person of the same sex or can upgrade to their own tent for $85
  • Cabin upgrades are available most nights for a small fee, payable on the day. When staying in our more remote and picturesque campsites upgrades are not available but alternatives will be found in the event of inclement weather.
  • Optional bicycle hire for the duration of the tour is $200 (subject to change)
  • Customers may bring their own bicycle and will be charged a handling fee of $95
  • Sleeping bag hire is $60
  • A shuttle bus option is available for customers wishing to finish their trip in Christchurch at an approximate cost $NZ50. Further touring options are also available.
  • This tour is recommended for persons 18 years and older however requests for younger participants will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Tours should be reconfirmed at least 48 hours in advance by calling +64 3 547 0171 or 0800 693 296 (Freephone in NZ) or 1800 143 515 (Freephone in Australia)

Tour Code

GT15

Tour Also Operates in Reverse

14 Day Reverse Traverse Queenstown to Auckland Tour

Highlights

  • Explore more of NZ’s best National Parks
  • Hike the World's best one day walk - Tongariro Alpine Crossing
  • Bike rides along amazing landscapes
  • Learn about Maori culture
  • Try everything from dolphin swimming to skydiving
  • Explore Milford Sound
  • Free wine tasting & gondola ride

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Day 1 – Auckland to Coromandel Peninsula

This morning we depart Auckland at 10am for the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula. Don’t forget your swim gear! Enjoy a great coastal walk or kayak the coast to Cathedral Cove. In the afternoon we visit
unique Hot Water Beach where you can dig your own thermal pool. We complete the day with a coastal cycle to our beachside camp. (B,D)

Day 2 – Coromandel Peninsula to Rotorua

Start the day by cycling, swimming or hiking at Whiritoa Beach amongst the massive Pohutukawa trees. It’s then on to the bubbling thermal city of Rotorua. Here you can experience excellent mountain-biking in the forest, zorbing – a head-spinning adventure in a giant inflatable ball – bungy jumping, the luge or the relaxing Polynesian Pools. In the afternoon we cycle to camp below dramatic Mount Tarawera. (B,D)

Day 3 – Rotorua to Lake Taupo

After the adventure of day three we have a relaxing start to the morning at our lakeside camp before heading towards Lake Taupo. First stop for the morning is the Wai-o-Tapu thermal resort and mud pools and the impressive Huka Falls. After your relaxation you may choose to walk or cycle to one of the largest crater lakes in the world, Lake Taupo, try a skydive, bungy or kayak to Maori rock carvings. Spend the evening relaxing your muscles in the thermal pools near our camp for the night. (B,L,D)

Day 4 – Lake Taupo to Kapiti Coast via Tongariro National Park

Today you will experience one of the world’s greatest one-day walks, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, This hike is unmatched for the variety of landscapes you will experience on a single day trek. Alternatively, relax or cycle at lower altitudes with inspiring mountain backdrops. Relax for the night in our camp on the stunning Kapiti Coast. (B,L,D)

Day 5 – Kapiti Coast to Picton via Wellington

This morning we head to the country’s capital, Wellington before hitting the water for a scenic ferry crossing. The city offers cafés, good bars, the celebrated Te Papa Museum and the Botanical Gardens. It is also a great place to shop. After our short stop in Wellington we catch the ferry to Picton at the top of the South Island. Accommodation is not included in Picton however we can help arrange this for you. (B)

Day 6 – Picton to Kaikoura

We depart Picton in the late morning and travel the Pacific coast to Kaikoura which has a magnificent coastal cycling route where close encounters with seals and sea birds are common. You may also choose to partake in an optional sea kayak or whale watching cruise. In the evening your guide will take you on a spectacular walk before tucking into a tasty BBQ feast where you may sample some locally caught crayfish. We set up camp by the beach for the night. (D)

Day 7 – Kaikoura to Canterbury region

This morning it is worth rising early to witness the spectacular sunrise. To keep your energy up we highly recommend an optional activity where you swim with dolphins or seals. If you would prefer to stay on dry land then you can spend the morning exploring Kaikoura before we head through the Canterbury region to Christchurch. There is an opportunity for a great cycle across the plains of this magnificent area of New Zealand. We spend the night at a sheep shearer’s headquarters by the foot of the Southern Alps. (B,D)

Day 8 – Canterbury region to Lake Pukaki

Get the blood pumping today with an optional whitewater rafting experience or take things a little slower with morning bike rides and walks. We travel through Geraldine and Mackenzie Basin which gives us great views of the mountain range the Main Divide before arriving at Lake Tekapo where we can view one of the best located churches. We finish with an optional thrilling cycle to camp at Lake Pukaki which is also a great spot to swim while taking in views of Mt Cook. (B,L,D)

Day 9 – Lake Pukaki to Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park

Choose to drive or cycle to Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park where you will have the opportunity to hike around the basin of Mt Cook before heading to the bizarre Moeraki Boulders for some good travel snaps. We make a short stop in Oamaru before heading to our great coastal camp – an excellent spot for hiking, cycling and beach games. (B,L,D)

Day 10 – Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park to Dunedin

Today you can explore the eastern city of Dunedin, home to the world’s steepest street and get tasting at Cadbury’s Chocolate Factory or Speights Brewery. Explore the excellent cycling options as
we make our way to our coastal camp for walks and beach games. (B,D)

Day 11 – Dunedin to Fiordland National Park

Awake to another beautiful Pacific sunrise this morning before journeying through scenic southern pastures stopping for a lovely lakeside picnic lunch. We visit Te Anau before heading to Fiordland
National Park and our historic camp in the unspoilt Hollyford Valley – this site is a true wilderness escape. Experience excellent bike rides and an awesome bush trek. (B,L,D)

Day 12 – Milford Sound

Today we travel one of the world’s most scenic routes into Milford Sound. Enjoy an optional boat cruise before arriving at our lakeside camp where there is a huge variety of road and lakeside bike tracks. Hikers can embark on the amazing three day Routeburn Track hike. Your guide will ensure you have all the necessary equipment for this spectacular trek. (B,L,D)

Day 13 – Te Anau

The Fiordland National Park is yours to check out today. Explore Te Anau by foot or bike, embark on the day hike on the famous Kepler Track with panoramic views from Mount Luxmore, go jet boating
or fishing or tour the enchanting glow worm caves. Whatever your activity we return to our same camp for a sunset over the lake. (B,D)

Day 14 – Te Anau to Queenstown

We begin our journey to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world, along the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Absorb the beautiful surroundings whilst planning your afternoon thrills – Queenstown
has something for every adventure appetite. We complete the evening with a night out on the town for those who are keen. We pitch our tents for the last time overlooking the beautiful lake. (B)

Day 15 – Queenstown

Today you have another chance to try any of the numerous activities on offer including bungy jumping, canyon swinging, skydiving, paragliding, horse trekking or gondola riding - to name a few!
There are also plenty of alpine walks and cycling tracks available to explore to complete your NZ adventure. (no meals)

(B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

Thinking of joining a trip next season? The early bird catches the discount with 10% off all departures over 14 days in October or November 2017 and March or April 2018. Must be booked and paid for by 31 May 2017.

Book any trip departing March 21 to 22 of April, 2017 and receive 15% off.

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