17 Day New Zealand Adventure Tour

    Take a tour that’s out of this world! This adventure will take you through untouched wilderness and show you the stunning beauty of both islands.

    Experience the best of New Zealand with a new group of friends on our exclusive New Zealand Adventure Tour tour. From hiking through untouched wilderness and being stunned by snow-capped mountains, to jet boat rides that will leave you breathless and mountain biking on stunning tracks with an incredible lake backdrop, this 17 day tour has everything you could want from the ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’.

    Join our 17 Day New Zealand Adventure Tour, an action-packed adventure that takes you through nature’s paradise in New Zealand and back. With the best of both Islands on show, there’s no better way to experience this iconic destination. You’ll be traveling with a group and our legendary group leaders who will guide you through this incredible journey. Travel along misty fjords and cruise stunning landscapes, then end your trip by soaking away your aches and pains in thermal waters.

    All that’s left to do is grab your backpack and join us in New Zealand on the best New Zealand Adventure Tour. From the volcanic landscapes of the North Island to the snow-capped mountains of the South, New Zealand is a magical land of wilderness and wonder. And our NZ Adventure group tour takes you through the absolute best of it and more!

    Over 17 days we’ll show you the highlights of both islands including some off-the-beaten-path adventures and full onward travel support afterward. Explore the capital of Auckland, wander the real Hobbiton film set, experience traditional Maori culture, soak in thermal hot springs and discover underground caves, then fly south to cruise misty fjords, go on incredible hikes, jet boat through breathtaking landscapes, and so much more. Oh, and did we mention you’ll be doing all this with an awesome group leader and a new crew of friends?


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      Day 1: Arrive and Meet your Group

      Kia ora! Landing in Auckland, we’ll meet you at the airport and take you to our hostel to settle in and refresh. Tonight you’ll meet up with the rest of your travel crew and get excited for all the adventures yet to come in New Zealand.

      Day 2: Auckland City Orientation

      Today we’ll get oriented with the beautiful city of Auckland. This evening we see what Auckland’s all about after dark! (B)

      Day 3: Glowworm Caves & Hobbiton

      Leaving Auckland, we’re off to discover the best of the beautiful North Island. Our first stop is Waitomo, home to the world-famous glowworm caves. We’ll explore this surreal, subterranean landscape by boat, watching in awe as glow worms light up the darkness in front of our eyes. Next we’re heading to Hobbiton, the real-life movie set featured in The Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit trilogies. After strolling through the enchanting village on a guided tour, we’ll enjoy a drink at the Green Dragon Inn before departing for Rotorua. (B)

      Day 4: Explore Rotorua

      Waking to the scent of sulphur, you’ll definitely know we’re in Rotorua today! First on the agenda is Kerosene Creek, a naturally heated hot spring where we can laze away the morning. Next we’re off to explore the geothermal area of Wai-O-Tapu, then the afternoon is free for you to try zorbing, race your friends on the skyline luge, or perhaps do something with a bit more of an adrenaline rush.

      Day 5: Thermal Pools and Maori Culture

      This morning we’re off to see more of New Zealand’s incredible volcanic landscapes – checking out hot springs, bubbling mud pools, and natural ‘foot spas’. This evening is a special opportunity for us to journey back to a time of powerful warriors and ancient traditions as we help prepare a feast and witness inspiring performances at an authentic Maori village. (D)

      Day 6: Taupo and Sunset Sail

      Get your cameras out as we head to Taupo, a lakefront town right in the heart of the North. Tonight we’ve got something special lined up – a sunset sail across the lake. The majestic scenery will wow us, and the sunset will add a touch of magic. NZ, you’re breathtakingly beautiful. (D)

      Day 7: Waterfalls and Hot Springs

      This morning we’ll check out the epic Huka Falls, a spine-tingling torrent of icy water thundering down from the Waikato River. After witnessing this feat of nature, we’ll slow things back down again, soaking our bodies and souls in mineral-rich natural hot pools. (B)

      Day 8: Chill Out In Auckland

      Today we’ll head back to where it all started in Auckland! Spend the afternoon relaxing, checking out the sights, and getting ready for the trip down south tomorrow. (B)

      Day 9: Fly to Queenstown

      Catch a short flight to Queenstown and we’ll meet you at the airport and take you to our hostel in the city. We’ll head out for dinner tonight and get excited for our new adventure in the South Island! (B, D)

      Day 10: Queenstown and Jet Boating

      Today we’ll get all your local essentials set up before showing you around Queenstown, a backpacker hub that’s known as the adventure capital of New Zealand. The good news is that our first jolt of adrenaline isn’t far off, as this afternoon we’ll be zipping through Skippers Canyon on a jet boat going over 80 km/h. Tonight we’ll top off our first day of exploring by seeing what Queenstown has to offer after dark! (B)

      Day 11: Milford Sound Cruise

      Leaving Queenstown, today we’re heading to the majestic Milford Sound. We’ll hop on a boat to cruise around the fjord, feeling tiny amongst sheer cliff faces, ancient forests, and plunging waterfalls. We might even spot some fur seals lazing about! This evening we’ll get cosy in Te Anau, a charming town in the heart of Fiordland. (B, L)

      Day 12: Travel to Wanaka

      Driving through awe-inspiring landscapes that will have our jaws on the floor, we’ll stop at some notable Lord of the Rings filming locations nestled in the mountains. After soaking up the Tolkien-esque vistas and taking thousands of photos we’ll arrive in Wanaka, a dreamy resort town on sapphire lakeside shores.

      Day 13: Discover Wanaka

      Waking to the views of snow-capped peaks, today we’ll enjoy all that Wanaka has to offer. First up: a visit to the insta-famous ‘Wanaka Tree’, followed by a hike up Mt Iron that will reward our efforts with incredible views of Lake Wanaka, Lake Hawea, and Mt Aspiring National Park. This is the great outdoors at its finest. (B)

      Day 14: Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park

      Waving goodbye to Wanaka, we’ll enjoy a scenic drive through the southern alps towards Tekapo. Known for its milky turquoise hue, Lake Tekapo is an alpine oasis – so have your phone charged and camera ready! This afternoon we’ll strap on our comfy shoes and stretch our limbs hiking the iconic Hooker Valley track. One of the most well-known walks in the South Island, this walk winds us through the valley to grant unforgettable views of Aoraki/Mt Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand. (B)

      Day 15: Lake Tekapo

      Today we’ll have ample time to explore Lake Tekapo and its surrounds. Opt for another hike, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd, or find a classic Kiwi meat pie to munch on. This evening we’ll have the exclusive chance to learn about the convergence of Maori mythology and modern science whilst relaxing our bodies at Tekapo Springs. Within an official dark sky reserve, this is one of the world’s best places for star-gazing, and watching the skies whilst soaking in 37.5 degree naturally-heated pools is the best way to do it, we think.

      Day 16: Onward Travel Planning

      After travelling back to buzzing Queenstown, we’ll help sort out your onward travel. Tonight we’ll get the gang together one more time, dressing sharp for our farewell dinner and night out on the town. Sweet as, bro. (D)

      Day 17: Check Out

      This morning your unforgettable 17 day adventure comes to an end. Check out and journey home, stay in Queenstown, or continue the next leg of your travels with the new friends you’ve made! Whatever your plans, we’ll be there to help every step of the way. (B)

      Booking Info
      • Explore the world-famous Waitomo glowworm caves by boat
      • Tour the real Hobbiton film set and locations featured in The Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit trilogies
      • Experience New Zealand’s incredible volcanic landscapes and thundering waterfalls
      • Experience authentic Maori culture with a traditional feast and performance
      • Sail across Lake Taupo at sunset
      • Jet boat through canyons and cruise the breathtaking Milford Sound fiord
      • Hike Mount Iron and in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park
      • Gaze at the magical dark sky reserve while soaking in natural thermal pools
      • Organise the trip of a lifetime travelling around New Zealand with 24/7 assistance from our local team
      • Travel insurance is compulsory for this trip
      • Once you’ve booked you’ll get access to ‘Manage Your Booking’ and the Travel App, which will give you all the information you’ll need on New Zealand and New Zealand Adventure,
      When should I arrive in Auckland?

      It’s best to arrive on the actual start date as there’s no activities on day one, so you’ll have plenty of time to check in, relax and meet your group. If you do arrive in Auckland before your start date, we will still pick you up from the airport and will book you into the hostel from the day you arrive. You’ll just need to pay approx. $30 NZD for any extra nights when you check in.

      Do many people travel alone?

      Yes. Lots of people on our trips are travelling solo. But by doing our trip you’ll instantly be part of a group, so it’s a great way to meet others and make friends!

      What luggage do you recommend?

      We always recommend travelling with a backpack and packing light! 15-20kgs of stuff should be plenty.


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