Join Hamish in New Zealand on this 16 day Aotearoa adventure. Let him show you a few of the hidden secrets on this New Zealand multi activity holiday.
Join Hamish in New Zealand on this in his native Aotearoa and let him show you a few of the hidden secrets with this New Zealand multi activity holiday.
This is a 16 day Aotearoa adventure with a familiar, but adventurous edge. Kiwi hospitality is infamous, but traveling New Zealand exploring the parts off the beaten track and “treats” many kiwis know about, make this the perfect adventure.
Whether it is eating fish and chips and paua (abalone) fritters out of newspaper from the best fish and chip shop, or heading out for an overnight cruise in the Bay Of Islands, this trip thrives on being super fun and friendly. We’ll paddle a selection of rivers, but this trip is about so much more than rafting. We are excited to make this the best holiday you have ever had!
16 day Aotearoa adventure: Itinerary
Day 1 - Arrival into Auckland, New Zealand, where you can relax and unwind from your flight. We’ll offer a sailing trip in the afternoon and then a relaxed dinner together.
Day 2 - This is where your New Zealand multi activity holiday kicks into gear. We depart early for our flight up to Kerikeri. Here, we’ll be met by our transfer and taken on a fascinating visit to Waitangi, the birthplace of modern New Zealand. The afternoon sees us head out for the next 20 hours on “The Rock” a wonderful way to experience the Bay of Islands.
Day 3 - After waking up on The Rock, we’ll go for a hike, and try and catch some fresh fish, before arriving back in Paihia. Late afternoon, you’ll have at leisure, or perhaps you might like to take a scenic flight out by helicopter to ‘The Hole In The Rock’. Dinner at the superb Alongside restaurant.
Day 4 - Our short flight today, takes us to Wellington, the capitol of New Zealand. We get the chance to visit Te Papa, New Zealand’s premier museum with ancient artifacts. Afternoon to explore on your own, where you may want to relax on the waterfront or take a ride on the Cable Car for expansive views over this gorgeous city. Overnight hotel.
Day 5 - We jump on the Interisland Ferry to Picton in the South Island. From here, we’ll travel to see Blenheim, the wine growing capitol of New Zealand where we tour vineyards and enjoy a relaxed lunch. The afternoon sees us drive to Kaikoura and eat the best fish and chips in New Zealand on the beach!
Day 6 - Options this morning for swimming with Dolphins or whale watching. What a choice? Then we are off through Christchurch and onto Mt Cook where we stay in authentic shearer’s quarters at Braemar Station. Enjoy absolutely spectacular views of the lake and mountains, including Mt Cook itself.
Day 7 - Queenstown or Bust! Lets get in there, the adventure capital of the world. This is where it all started! The afternoon see us take a ride on Shotover Jet and then up out for a wonderful meal in town.
Day 8 - Today sees us with a magic flight over to Milford Sound, with stunning views en route. We take a cruise around the stunning Milford Sound by boat before heading back to Queenstown and our evening meal via steamer at Walter Peak Station.
Day 9 - After a brief stop in the old goldmining village of Arrowtown we drive through Wanaka on the way to Clarks Bluff where we take a scenic flight into the Landborough River by helicopter. You’ll get to the river in time to relax in stunning surroundings where you’ll get a 4 course meal!
Day 10 - Lets go rafting! This gorgeous river is framed by the spectacular Southern Alps. We get to raft a river few people ever get to see. A few big rapids on the menu today including HellFire!
Day 11 - We raft out to the confluence with the Haast River and drive up to Fox Glacier where we will overnight.
Day 12 - Our treat today is a half day walk up the Fox Glacier with our guides. For the more adventurous amongst you, here is one of the best places in New Zealand to Skydive. We travel the gorgeous West Coast Road reaching our home for the night in Hokitika, a classic West Coast town.
Day 13 - A half day of travel up to Motueka. We arrive in Marahau where we don our life jackets and go paddling in the wonderful Abel Tasman National Park. Overnight camping.
Day 14 - full day exploring the wonderful and clear waters of Abel Tasman with all of its secrets.
Day 15 - A couple of options for you final day of adventure. A hike back to Marahau or a day canyoning out via the Torrent River. Tonight we have our final night together on this wonderful adventure.
Day 16 - Depart from Marahau to Nelson and onward to Auckland and your connecting flight home. Or extend your New Zealand multi activity holiday with more adventures.