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27 Day Ultimate Explorer Auckland to Auckland Tour
Coromandel Coast
from $4395 NZD

Price

Camping (two-share) $4395
Camping (single tent) $4395 + $150 local payment

Optional hires (Local Payment):
Cycle hire $385
Private cycle handling $150
Tent single supplement $150
Sleeping bag $60

DEPARTURES

Starts:

Auckland at 10am from 172 Quay Street, (opposite the ferry building)

2017

Oct 16, 25.
Nov 3, 12, 21, 30.
Dec 9,18, 27

2018
Jan 5, 14, 23.
Feb 1, 10, 19, 28.
Mar 9, 18.

* these trips will finish in Picton two days earlier & are discounted accordingly. Transfers after trip can be easily arranged

Ends: Auckland

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 $150
  • 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 $385 (subject to change)
  • Customers may bring their own bicycle and will be charged a handling fee of $150
  • Sleeping bag hire is $60
  • 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

UE27

Highlights

  • Try everything from dolphin swimming to skydiving
  • Explore more of NZ’s best National Parks
  • Learn about Maori culture
  • Bike rides along amazing landscapes
  • Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing & Routeburn Track
  • Visit NZ’s World Heritage sites
  • Free wine tasting & gondola ride

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Day 1 – Auckland to Bay of Islands

After a departure mid-morning we head to the golden beaches and warm waters of the Bay of Islands via beautiful Urtiti Beach. Here you can use the complimentary boogie boards to catch some waves or simply relax on the sand. After a visit to the local town of Paihia we enjoy a mangrove walk to thundering Haruru waterfalls. You can then cycle or bus to our riverside camp before enjoying a Maori concert and Haka – the famous Maori dance – in the evening. (D)

Day 2 – Bay of Islands

Wake up to a hearty pancake breakfast and then spend the day exploring these magnificent islands. Choose from a day trip to Cape Reinga, sailing between the islands, swimming with dolphins, paddling a traditional Maori kayak known as a Waka or diving the region’s famous dive site the Rainbow Warrior. There are also plenty of treks and bike tracks to explore. Settle into our riverside camp for a second night. (B,L,D)

Day 3 – Bay of Islands to Hibiscus Coast

Today you may opt to cross to the giant dunes of Opononi for beach fun and optional sand boarding or cycle or bus to Waipoua Forest – home to giant Kauri trees and great short walks. In the afternoon we travel to the Hibiscus Coast and set up camp near thermal pools and water slides. (B,L,D)

Day 4 – Hibiscus Coast to Coromandel Peninsula

This morning we return to Auckland before heading to 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 or bus ride to our beachside camp. (B,D)

Day 5 – 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 or bus to camp below dramatic Mount Tarawera. (B,D)

Day 6 – Rotorua to Lake Taupo

After the adventure of day five 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 7 – 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 8 – 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 9 – 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 10 – 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 11 – 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 12 – 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 13 – 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 14 – 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 15 – 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 track, 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 16 – 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 17 – 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 18  - 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. We depart Queenstown in the afternoon and head towards our camp beside a tranquil lake in nature’s paradise. (D)

Day 19 – Queenstown to glacier country via Mt Aspiring National Park

This morning you have the choice to jet boat through Mt Aspiring National Park or cycle or bus through Haast Pass with views of the Southern Alps. Your guide will take you on short walks through rainforest, passing by the waterfalls and pools of the wild West Coast. After a picnic lunch we head to glacier country and set up camp for the night in the alpine village of Fox Glacier. (B,L,D)

Day 20 – Fox Glacier to Okarito Beach

Spend the morning taking in the wonderful scenery before an optional guided walk, heli-hike or ice climb on the spectacular Fox Glacier. After your glacial adventure you can opt to cycle or walk around Lake Matheson before we head up the coast to Okarito Beach. Here we will set up camp and relax by the fire with breathtaking views all around us. (B,L,D)

Day 21 – Okarito Beach to Paparoa National Park

Head out early this morning for a walk to try and spot a Kiwi bird in the wild. Take a visit to Bushmans Museum before we head to Hokitika and its famous Greenstone factories. In the afternoon take a coastal ride or walk through native forest before travelling to Paparoa National Park to see the famous Pancake Rocks. After sunset explore the secluded glow worm caverns before settling into camp for the night. (B,D)

Day 22 - Paparoa National Park

Wake up to a delicious pancake breakfast and spend the day exploring this dramatic national park with walks and cycle tracks galore. You will also have the opportunity to river kayak should you so wish. Depending on the tides you will also get the chance to view the explosive ocean blow holes. Settle down into our magnificent camp for a second night. (B,L,D)

Day 23 - Paparoa National Park to Abel Tasman National Park

Today we travel through Buller Gorge to arguably New Zealand’s best national park – Abel Tasman. Choose to skydive, hang glide, fly an aerobatic plane or cycle the golden sand bays to Marahau. We highly recommend an optional overnight on a boat moored in the heart of the national park. (B,D)

Day 24 – Abel Tasman National Park

The day is yours today to explore the national park whether by sailing, kayaking, cycling or walking. Whatever your activity, we return to camp on the park’s doorstep. (B,L)

Day 25 – Abel Tasman National Park to Wellington via Marlborough

Travel to Nelson with a coastal cycle option on Tasman’s Great Taste Trail. Explore the Marlborough wine region with a chance to taste the world famous wines. In the afternoon we take a scenic ferry to Wellington (cost included). Accommodation is not included tonight however we will help with booking you a hostel perfect for exploring the city. (B)

Day 26 – Wellington to New Plymouth

Spend the morning exploring Wellington before we depart at 11am. We travel the Kapiti Coast past the magnificent Mount Taranaki where there is an optional short coastal cycle or walk. We set up camp tonight in beautiful native gardens in the heart of New Plymouth which has some great dining out options. (No meals included)

Day 27 – New Plymouth to Auckland

We head off early this morning to the limestone wonderland of Waitomo Caves. Opt to go blackwater rafting or cave walking. After a picnic lunch we travel to Auckland for a taste of big city life, Kiwi style! Accommodation is not included tonight but we’ll help you find an ideal hostel to explore the city as a finale to your New Zealand adventure. (B,L)

(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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