All about the 27 Day Ultimate Explorer Auckland to Auckland Tour

This tour takes in everything New Zealand has to offer and more! We have lots of free inclusions on this 27-day tour. Kiwis are a generous bunch and lots of museums and attractions are free of charge, as well as all access to a lot of National Parks.

We take in many of these on the Ultimate Explorer Tour including Tongariro National Park, Abel Tasman National Park, Paparoa, Westland Tai Poutini, Aoraki Mt Cook, Mt Aspiring, Fiordland National Parks, Dig your own thermal pool on Hot Water beach (we provide the spades!), Rotorua Mountain Bike Park (bike hire not included) In Wellington Te Papa museum and Wellington Botanical Gardens. The Church of the Good Shepherd in Tekapo, Otago Early Settlers Museum, Hollyford camp quirky museum, Lake Matheson mirror lake, Hokitika greenstone factory, Punakaiki Pancake rocks, and blowholes. Plus the most amazing sunrises and sunsets at beautiful beachside campsites!

This tour offers some very special camp spots that are strategically placed so we can bring you much closer to nature than you’d ever have expected.  Our camping tours attract people from all over the globe - the perfect mix of solo travelers, couples, and mates who always end up as great friends. Travellers of all ages share a great sense of adventure, an enthusiasm to try and enjoy new things and a genuine interest in experiencing the culture of New Zealand.

Evening meals on our overland tours are prepared in a relaxed and informal rota system. Your great guides will lead things but every 4 or so nights you will be with a team of other budding chefs preparing some great feasts for your fellow travelers - generally one person chops, another looks after veges, another cook and someone needs to check the wine! Getting everyone involved.

These trips are perfect for the more active traveler. We include optional bike rides and hikes nearly every day plus a massive list of things to do. We carry bikes on board so you can cycle any distances you choose on some of New Zealand absolutely classic trails and there is a great range of hikes from short walks to 3-day treks. The tours are suitable for all ages and very popular with groups and individuals. New Zealand is an outdoors paradise and our New Zealand tours are designed to ensure you spend as much time as possible exploring the Worlds best outdoor playground.

27 Day Ultimate Explorer Auckland to Auckland Tour Itinerary - days

  • Day 1 Auckland to Hot Water Beach
    Leaving Auckland at 10am we travel to the Coromandel, renowned for its natural beauty, misty rainforests and pristine white, sandy beaches. Marvel at the views on a beautiful coastal walk or take in the coastline from the water by kayak. Visit the unique and famous Hot Water Beach to dig, then relax, in your own thermal pool! Soak up the breath-taking scenery and cameras ready for spectacular sunsets at our beachside camp. walks: stunning coastal walk with views over the Pacific
    Bike rides: scenic road cycling options
    Activities (own cost): sea kayaking around hidden bays
    Cabin upgrades: basic single from $72, basic double from $27pp
    Meals: dinner
  • Day 2 Hot Water Beach to Rotorua
    The morning is filled with activity as we make our way south into the thermal wonderland of Rotorua. On the way, those visiting Hobbiton leave us in Matamata as we continue to the cultural and geological heart of the North Island and the perfect place to experience and learn about Maori culture and the dramatic natural thermals, Rotorua. There is plenty of action to choose from such as Zip Lining, OGO and the Luge or go biking in the Whakarewarewa forest. We recommend finishing your day with a Maori cultural experience at the
    Tamaki Maori Village, there really is something for everyone!
    Walks: stroll through towering, ancient forests & unique thermal landscapes
    Bike rides: great off-road trail rides
    Activities (own cost): Hobbiton, Tamaki Maori Village, OGO, Luge, hot pools, Zipline canopy tour
    Cabin upgrades: basic single from $50, basic double from $18pp
    Meals: breakfast & lunch
  • Day 3 Rotorua to Turangi
    Enjoy a relaxed start to the day before we check out the geysers & mud pools at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. First, we visit the Lady Knox Geyser before exploring one of New Zealand’s most extensive geothermal networks, a unique landscape with colourful sulphur lakes and diverse volcanic vistas. We then take time to explore the impressive Huka Falls before arriving into Taupo, considered the North Island's adrenalin capital. Test your fear of heights on the giant swing, bungy or go skydiving, the scenery is well worth
    it! We finish the day with a beautiful drive around the edge of Lake Taupo on our way into camp at Turangi.
    Walks: walks of various distances past dramatic waterfalls and around Lake Taupo
    Bike rides: ride through the Redwood Forest or take the Lion’s Track cycle path around the lake
    Activities (own cost): skydive, bungy, giant swing, Wai-O-Tapu (free – this one is on us )
    Cabin upgrades: basic single from $38, basic double from $11pp
    Meals: breakfast & dinner
  • Day 4 Turangi to Parkakariki
    Today you have the chance to experience the Tongariro Alpine Crossing - considered NZ's best day hike, offering a remarkable journey across volcanic landscapes. Lava flows, emerald-coloured lakes, magnificent views and steaming vents combine to make this an unforgettable hike. For those who aren't keen on hiking you can enjoy short local walks or cycle the Tongariro river track. After the hike, we make our way south and stay on the Kapiti coast in a quiet little place called Paekakariki. Walks: Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Tongariro river track
    Bike rides: Tongariro river track
    Activities (own cost): Tongariro Alpine Crossing, white water rafting (grade 3 rapids), fly fishing
    Cabin upgrades: basic single from $60, basic double from $25pp
    Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner big adventure
  • Day 5 Paekakariki to Wellington to Picton
    Heading south to "the coolest little capital in the World" (as recently named by Lonely Planet), our early arrival by 9am gives you time to experience some of Wellington’s attractions or simply soak up the culture and buzz of our capital city. There are plenty for all tastes including the highly recommend Te Papa museum. Check out some of New Zealand’s rare birds at Zealandia or take a walk-up Mt Victoria for great views across the city and harbour. Later that day, it’s time to say goodbye to the North Island as the
    South Island welcomes us with picturesque scenery of the Marlborough sounds as we cross the Cook Strait by ferry. Camping isn’t feasible tonight so we stay at a great friendly hostel where we have dorm beds reserved for everyone on board.
    Activities (own cost): Te Papa museum (free), movie tour, Zealandia, cable car
    Hostel (own cost): dorm bed $30pp, private single/double room from $72
    Meals: breakfast
  • Day 6 Picton to Kaikoura
    Today we travel the scenic Pacific coast to Kaikoura where close encounters with seals and sea birds are common. Kaikoura translates to 'meal of crayfish' (Kai - food, koura - crayfish) a reference to the abundance of seafood and sea life in the area. The
    town has transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a hot spot for whale watching, dolphin swimming and seal spotting. This picturesque town sits right on the ocean at the foot of the mountains – a spectacular spot. Stretch your legs with a recommended
    afternoon peninsula walk and build up an appetite for a tasty feast of locally caught fresh seafood.
    Walks: Kaikoura peninsula walk with opportunity to spot seals, a variety of birdlife and the occasional dolphin!
    Bike rides: Kowhai bike track and a short road ride
    Optional activities: whale watching, sea kayaking, deep sea fishing
    Cabin upgrades: basic single from $50, basic double from $18pp - (limited rooms available!)
    Meals: breakfast, & dinner
  • Day 7 Kaikoura to Christchurch to Rangitata
    For those that are keen there is the chance to rise early for a wonderful sunrise and then enjoy one of our most highly rated optional activities – dolphin swimming. The resident dusky dolphins are amongst the most interactive and entertaining in the World and it’s not unusual to swim with pods of 50 or more in their natural habitat, the ocean! We then have the chance to explore this quaint seaside town before heading south to Christchurch to collect and drop off those starting or ending their tour. You’ll have time to explore Christchurch city and buy your lunch from one of the many quirky container cafes at the ‘Restart Mall’. At 2:30pm
    we travel towards the Southern Alps with fantastic views across the Canterbury Plains – real Lord of the Rings country! Tonight’s unique camp is at the Shearer’s Headquarters (an actual operating farm) located at the foot of the Southern Alps.
    Walks: take an early walk around our coastal camp, evening walk in Peel Forest
    Bike rides: 18km country road, 9km country road cycling around camp
    Activities (own cost): highly recommended dolphin swim, dolphin viewing
    Cabin upgrades: basic single or double room from $15pp
    Meals: breakfast & dinner
  • Day 8 Rangitata to Lake Pukaki
    Wake up to mountain views and refresh yourself even more white water rafting on the mighty Rangitata River! If rafting isn’t for you then no problem - soak it all in with a morning cycle or walk through the Peel Forest. We then continue through more jaw dropping
    landscapes (they don’t stop in the South Island) to the picture postcard, Lake Tekapo. Here you will view the most spectacular turquoise waters which get their colour from the glacial flour brought down from the rivers flowing from glaciers high up in the
    mountains. Leaving Tekapo we head to one of our best wilderness camps – sitting on the shores of Lake Pukaki you can set up your tent and take in the views of the lake with New Zealand’s highest peak Aoraki/Mt Cook visible in the distance.
    Walks: Peel Forest walks, lakeside walks around camp
    Bike rides: Tekapo Canal Alps to Ocean 30km, edge of Lake Pukaki trail riding
    Activities (own cost): white water rafting (grade 5 rapids!)
    Cabin upgrades: no – wilderness camp no upgrade options
    Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Day 9 Lake Pukaki to Moeraki
    Immerse yourself in the snow-capped mountain scenery that New Zealand is famous for and explore Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park. Hike to the base of NZ’s highest mountain following a trail up the Hooker valley where you’ll cross swing bridges and get stunning views of the mountains before finishing up at a glacial lake with views of the Hooker Valley glacier. We then travel back towards the Pacific coast for a quick stop in the historic town of Oamaru before continuing onwards to the small village of Moeraki.
    Walk to a great view point offering expansive views of the Pacific Ocean and try to spot a little Blue Penguin along the shore. If you have a bike it’s possible to visit a colony of extremely rare Yellow-eyed Penguins near to camp.
    Walks: to the base of Mount Cook and Hooker Valley, the Moeraki heritage Trail and viewpoint
    Bike rides: 15km road ride to Peter’s lookout, Alps2Ocean Omarama trail ride 13km, Yellow-eyed Penguin colony
    Cabin upgrades: basic single from $58, basic double from $23pp - (limited rooms available!)
    Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Day 10 Moeraki to Dunedin
    Before travelling south, we make a stop at the nearby Moeraki Boulders and then it’s onto the historic Scottish city of Dunedin, the South Island's second-largest city. This southern city is home to the world’s steepest residential street and the coastline is home to
    some fantastic and rare wildlife. It’s possible to take a tour onto the Otago Peninsula to view some of this diverse wildlife which includes Albatross and Fur Seals. For the adventurous why not try surfing at one of Dunedin’s best breaks! Our camp is a short distance from the beach with a variety of restaurants close by to choose from.
    Walks: tide permitting - walk to the Moeraki Boulders, walk the World’s steepest street
    Bike rides: 6km downhill ride into Dunedin, explore Dunedin by bike, ride to camp or along the waterfront
    Activities (own cost): Speight's brewery tour, surfing, Otago Peninsula wildlife tour
    Cabin upgrades: basic single from $40, basic double from $12pp
    Meals: breakfast
  • Day 11 Dunedin to Hollyford
    Today is one of our longer travel days as we drive through some of New Zealand’s most dramatic natural scenery on our way to Fiordland. Large parts of the landscape have been carved out over thousands of years to leave stunning paths that weave through
    snow-capped mountains. We stop briefly in Te Anau, the hub and gateway town for Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound and your last chance to get supplies for those doing the Routeburn Track tomorrow. From Te Anau we make our way into the gigantic Fiordland National Park, encompassing some 12,500km2 it is New Zealand’s largest
    National Park. Tonight’s camp is a pretty special place in the heart of the Hollyford Valley, established in the 1930s. You can learn more about the history of the camp at the onsite museum. Cyclists have the chance to cycle to camp through some great native bush
    and walkers can do some nice short walks from camp (ask your guide about the secret glow worm trails).
    Walks: plenty of short walks from camp
    Bike rides: 8km road cycle to camp
    Cabin upgrades: basic single from $45, basic double from $15pp - (limited rooms available!)
    Meals: breakfast & dinner
  • Day 12 Hollyford to Te Anau
    Travel one of the world’s most scenic routes into Milford Sound! Described as the 'eighth wonder of the world', Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the ice ages. We highly recommend taking in the boat trip on Milford Sound with dramatic waterfalls, snow-capped peaks and possible wildlife spotting of dolphins, penguins and seals! As it’s just the one road in and out, we head back along the same breath-taking route to our lakeside camp in Te Anau. Along the way, we drop off those doing the 3-day Routeburn Track, one of New Zealand’s 9 Great Walks. This 3-day hike passes through two National Parks and is a haven for native birdlife. Charge up your camera as this hike offers everything from mountainous peaks and sheer rock faces to pristine lakes, cascading waterfalls and dense, luxuriant forest.
    Walks: 3-day Routeburn Track (re-join group in Queenstown on day 14) – pre-book as
    soon as possible as this activity can book out months in advance!
    Bike rides: 10.5km Te Anau loop, Ivan Wilson Park mountain bike trail
    Activities (own cost): highly recommend Milford boat cruise, Routeburn Track, Te Anau glow worm caves & boat ride
    Cabin upgrades: basic single from $25, basic double from $25pp
    Meals: breakfast & lunch
  • Day 13 Te Anau to Queenstown
    Today we journey to Queenstown along the shores of the photogenic Lake Wakatipu. Once we arrive at the adventure capital of New Zealand you can enjoy spectacular views, a free Gondola ride and a huge selection of activities to choose from. There is everything
    here, from adrenalin pumping bungy, canyon swing and skydiving to a relaxing horse trek or boat cruise – this place has it all. There are great tracks around the lake ideal for bikers and hikers and all with wonderful views of this alpine region.
    Walks: Queenstown lakefront or hill walks
    Bike rides: Lake Wakatipu trail 16km
    Activities (own cost): too many to list – something for everyone (see our website or ask us for details)
    Cabin upgrades: single en-suite from $135, double en-suite from $58pp - (limited rooms available!)
    Meals: breakfast
  • Day 14 Queenstown
    With so much to do we spend the full day in fantastic Queenstown with the opportunity to enjoy those once in a lifetime experiences (don’t forget to try the legendary and very tasty Fergburger!). Routeburn Track walkers re-join the group here at midday with time to
    try some of the many exciting activities this vibrant city has to offer. Tonight, we dine out at one of Queenstown’s many delicious eateries - a great chance for your group to enjoy a true kiwi feast (own cost).
    Walks: Queenstown walks, Ben Lomond
    Bike rides: Lake Wakatipu trail, Queenstown trail 48km
    Activities (own cost): too many to list – something for everyone (see our website or ask us for details)
    Cabin upgrades: single en-suite from $135, double en-suite from $58pp - (limited rooms available!)
    Meals: breakfast
  • Day 15 Queenstown to Makarora
    Our final morning in Queenstown and your last chance to indulge in the Queenstown’s action before we farewell those finishing their tour and welcome new travellers joining us here. Leaving at 2:30pm, after the thrills and spills of Queenstown we travel
    through more mountains and on towards more stunning glacial lakes. On the final stretch to camp we start getting views of Mt Aspiring National Park in the distance. Lake Wanaka is just over the next ridge and it’s on the edge of this glacial lake that we find our next wilderness camp. Enjoy great views of Lake Wanaka and the mountains beyond as we absorb the beauty of the area.
    Walks: multiple walking options
    Bike rides: road cycling around town. Lake Wanaka lookout to Boundary Creek
    Activities (own cost): too many to list – something for everyone (see our website or ask us for details)
    Cabin upgrades: no – wilderness camp no upgrade options
    Meals: breakfast & dinner
  • Day 16 Makaroa to Fox Glacier
    Enjoy a relaxed morning at our lakeside camp then it's northward bound through Mt Aspiring National Park. Just before we reach the West Coast we stop for a walk to the amazing Blue Pools, and then head over the dramatic Haast Pass. As we travel towards the wild
    West Coast, the road follows braided rivers and huge glacier carved valleys. There are two more great walk options along the way, one through lush and ancient forests and the other through swampy vegetation, ending on the beach where it is possible to spot
    Hector dolphins. Tonight, we will be staying in glacier country at the picturesque village of Fox Glacier.
    Walks: Blue Pools, Ship Creek
    Bike rides: 13km long and winding scenic downhill cycle from Haast Pass, 22km Copland track to Fox Glacier
    Cabin upgrades: basic single from $53, basic double from $18pp
    Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Day 17 Fox Glacier to Okarito
    Today is your chance to explore one of NZ’s most unique and spectacular natural wonders - Fox Glacier. This staggering beautiful work of nature is over 13 kilometres in length and plummets 2,600 metres from its peak in the Southern Alps. To get on the ice you
    must go up by helicopter but it’s possible to view the glacier with a stunning walk through the main valley up to the terminal face. A walk around Lake Matheson is highly recommended where crystal clear reflections of Mount Cook and Mount Tasman make the
    perfect photo opportunity. In the afternoon, we have a short drive up the coast to our beautiful beachside campsite next to the Okarito lagoon – one of the very few places where there are still rare sightings of our native kiwi bird and the home to NZ’s only colony of the
    White Heron (kotuku). Enjoy a fire down on the beach taking in the rugged coast and epic mountain views.
    Walks: wonderful hike around Lake Matheson, Te Weheka walkway to view the glacier
    Bike rides: Te Weheka Cycleway, Okarito road ride 10km
    Activities (own cost): Guided Heli-Hike, Terminal Face Walk
    Cabin upgrades: dorm bed (shared room) $15pp
    Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Day 18 Okarito to Punakaiki
    Enjoy an early morning walk, with a view of the sunrise over the Southern Alps as a reward. We then continue up this spectacular coastal road to the quirky town of Hokitika, home to the Greenstone factories and a great place to pick up a traditional souvenir of your
    visit. Passing through Greymouth we keep following the coast to Punakaiki where you’ll notice a change in the landscape and vegetation with huge limestone cliffs appearing and Nikau Palm trees become abundant. Our beach camp has great sunsets, a
    beautiful river and incredible views of Paparoa National Park. The pancake rocks and blowholes are the main attraction in Punakaiki where limestones rocks are stacked on top of each other and ocean swells are forced through gaps in the rock creating a whale’s
    blowhole effect. In the evening, explore a cavern with some glow worms hanging out in the dark then relax at the local tavern.
    Walks: Okarito Trig Walk, Point Elizabeth walk
    Bike rides: West Coast Wilderness Trail 14km, road ride to camp 37km
    Activities (own cost): Punakaiki blow holes (free), Bush n Bogs
    Cabin upgrades: basic single from $60, basic double from $23pp - (limited rooms available!)
    Meals: breakfast & dinner
  • Day 19 Punakaiki to Marahau
    Before leaving Punakaiki we take time to explore part of the Paparoa National Park with a walk along the Porarari river or cycle up Bullock creek road to visit a cave resurgence. Leaving mid-morning we travel inland through the majestic Buller gorge and onto our
    favourite National Park, Abel Tasman. In one of the sunniest areas of the country you will discover beautiful secluded bays and stunning golden sand beaches. On arrival, you have the option to skydive or hang glide and then we look forward to spending 3
    nights at our perfectly located campground, close to the park entrance which makes it the idea place to explore all corners of the park. Tonight, we’ll be eating at a local hang out, The Fat Tui (own cost)
    Walks: Porarari inland track, Truman track
    Bike rides: Bullock Creek 16km, Cave Creek, coastal ride to camp, Kaiteriteri bike park
    Activities (own cost): skydive, hang glide
    cabin upgrades: dorm bed (shared room) $12pp, basic single from $50, basic double from $18pp
    Meals: breakfast
  • Day 20 Marahau
    Taking time to explore arguably the best beaches and clearest waters in New Zealand - there are excellent options for everyone here. You can walk, sail or kayak around the numerous golden bays and dive into the crystal-clear waters along the way. There will be
    plenty of chances for wildlife spotting (dolphins, seals and even Orcas!) Explore the heart of the park on one of our most highly rated optional activities - canyoning high flow waterfalls and rapids!
    Walks: Abel Tasman National Park track
    Bike rides: Kaiteriteri Mountain bike park
    Activities (own cost): kayaking, canyoning, water taxi, sailing
    Cabin upgrades: dorm bed (shared room) $12pp, basic single from $50, basic double from $18pp
    Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Day 21 Marahau
    We spend another full day at the doorstep to New Zealand’s smallest but most visited national park and our personal favourite, the
    Abel Tasman.
    Walks: Abel Tasman National Park track
    Bike rides: Kaiteriteri Mountain bike park
    Activities (own cost): kayaking, canyoning, water taxi, sailing
    Cabin upgrades: dorm bed (shared room) $12pp, basic single from $50, basic double from $18pp
    Meals: breakfast & dinner
  • Day 22 Marahau to Wellington
    Leaving early, we make our way towards Wellington stopping for a brief visit in sunny Nelson, the home of Flying Kiwi. Before leaving Nelson be sure to farewell your Tour Assistant as a new Tour Assistant will join you here for the remainder of your tour. Your Tour
    Leader will say farewell in Picton. On route to Picton we’ll make a stop at Pelorus bridge, a Hobbit film location and great place for a quick dip on a warm day. Finish this fantastic day with a scenic ferry (cost included) through the picturesque Marlborough sounds to
    Wellington - our base for the evening. Camping isn’t feasible in the heart of the nation’s capital so we will be staying at a great hostel
    giving you the best access to explore the city. We have dorm beds reserved for everyone on board.
    Walks: walk to the geographical centre of New Zealand
    Bike rides: great option to cycle various lengths of the Tasman taste trail – part of the great New Zealand Cycle Trail
    Activities: wine tasting (free - this one is on us )
    Hostel (own cost): dorm bed (shared room) from $31pp, basic single from $75, basic double room from $89
    Meals: breakfast
  • Day 23 Wellington to New Plymouth
    Enjoy a leisurely breakfast (own cost) before checking out the sights of New Zealand’s beautiful capital before we hit the road for our 11am departure. We travel up the scenic Kapiti Coast towards the Taranaki region – home to wonderful beaches, crashing waves and
    the spectacular Mount Taranaki, one of the most symmetrical volcanic cones in the world. Our campsite is beside the Taranaki coastline offering a short scenic walk or cycle to camp at the end of the day.
    Walks: the coastal walkway to camp
    Bike rides: the coastal walkway, easy path cycling to camp
    Cabin upgrades: basic single from $63, basic double from $23pp - (limited rooms available!)
    Meals: dinner
  • Day 24 New Plymouth to Auckland
    We depart early towards the limestone wonderland of Waitomo Caves, home to an endemic species of glow-worms that inhabit the vast cave systems. Black water rafting (optional) is a unique way to experience the caves as you float through the underground maze
    with the radiant light of the glow-worms to lead the way. We take time to enjoy a picnic lunch before heading to “the city of sails”, New Zealand’s largest city for a taste of big city life “kiwi style” and a great chance to join your group for a taste of the harbour bars and
    restaurants. Camping isn’t feasible in the heart of the country’s largest city so we will be staying in a great hostel giving you the best access to explore the city. This is payable locally and we have dorm beds reserved for everyone on board. Walks: farmland walk or cave walk through limestone formations
    Bike rides: 7km – 22km road options
    Activities (own cost): blackwater rafting, glow-worm cave tour
    Hostel (own cost): dorm bed (shared room) from $39pp, basic single from $72, basic double room from $85
    Meals: breakfast & lunch
  • Day 25 Auckland to Paihia
    Leaving Auckland at 10am we head to the "winterless north" and the pristine beaches of the Bay of Islands. We stop at the incredible Uretiti beach for a swim and a walk along the sand. Grab a rugby ball and frisbee off the bus and brush up on your passing skills at
    this picturesque beach spot. On arrival into Paihia, the gateway town to the Bay of Islands, choose from the Mangrove walk or a beautiful cycle to the thundering Haruru waterfall. **(You can start your tour here heading north first which results in a 27-day tour (as days 28 & 1 combine) ending on day 24).
    Walks: mangrove walk to Haruru Falls - highly recommended
    Bike rides: Twin Coast Trail – 16km trail ride
    Activities (own cost): Waitangi Treaty House (Maori culture), twilight kayak
    Cabin upgrades: basic single from $45, basic double from $20pp - (limited rooms available!)
    Meals: dinner
  • Day 26 Paihia
    Experience a full day exploring the Bay of Islands and its turquoise waters. This subtropical region is the perfect playground for water lovers and a great place to soak up the sunshine. With a staggering 144 islands, the Bay of Islands offers diving, sailing, swimming
    and fishing along with some excellent walks in the native forests leading to quiet beaches and special views. This region is also home to some of the oldest European settlement in New Zealand and many historic buildings. walks: scenic viewpoint or coastal walkway
    Bike rides: road cycling or Waitangi forest trail of varying lengths
    Activities (own cost): sailing, fishing, diving, dolphin swimming, kayaking, parasailing, Maori Culture
    Cabin upgrades: basic single from $50, basic double from $20pp - (limited rooms available!)
    Meals: breakfast & dinner
  • Day 27 Paihia to Orewa
    There is a day full of adventure ahead as we travel to the rugged and soulful West Coast. Our first stop comes with a chance to try your skills sand boarding or if you don’t fancy heading down the sandy slopes there’s a nice coastal walk. Then it’s back on board as
    we head south towards the Waipoua Forest, travelling through the largest remaining tract of native kauri forests in northland. We leave the West Coast and cross back over to the East towards our final destination and camp for tonight, Orewa. Home to one of the
    Auckland regions longest and safest beaches it’s a great place for a stroll and a swim, or relax at the local hot pools.
    Hikes: coastal walk to Omapere, walk amongst the Kauri trees of the Waipoua forest
    Bike rides: 32km road cycling, Twin Coast Cycle Way, Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway
    Activities (own cost): sand boarding, hot pools & slides
    Cabin upgrades: basic single from $50, basic double from $25pp - (limited rooms available!)
    Meals: breakfast & dinner
  • Day 28 Orewa to Auckland
    Orewa is often blessed with a beautiful sunrise over the sea which is well worth the early start to check it out. Leaving early from camp we travel the short distance to Auckland arriving there by 9:30am where it’s time to say our final farewells.
    Bike rides: 8km – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway
    Meals: breakfast
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Real Kiwi Says:
New Zealand is perfect for the active traveller who likes to walk. They call it 'tramping' in New Zealand. Walks on this tour are un-guided. What will happen is your expert tour guides will give you and your fellow walkers all the info you need for the trek. If you don't fancy them you will always find plenty of other activities to try or just relax and enjoy the scenery. Or you can rent a bike and cycle the beautiful scenery. There are bodyboards, rugby balls, cricket sets and even a mini library on all our buses so there's plenty to keep you entertained without spending too much extra money. As a kiwi owned and operated company we take time and effort to ensure we use local operators who reflect our values on sustainability and community. We also provide numerous opportunities to interact and learn about the Maori culture and people.

27 Day Ultimate Explorer Auckland to Auckland Tour Price information
AUD per person



Tour code: UE27
Camping (Two-Share)
Local fees payable
Supplement for Single Tent

Departure information


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


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

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


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Important Notes

Things you need to know about this tour

^ Single travelers will be paired in a tent with a person of the same sex or can upgrade to their own tent for $225
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.

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