23 day Epic NZ Tour: New Zealand adventure North & South Is.

This 23 day Epic NZ Tour is the trip of a lifetime. The New Zealand adventure takes in the North & South Islands so you can experience all the highlights.


Over 23 unforgettable days (and 23 nights) on this epic NZ tour you’ll experience it all. Secluded beaches, jaw-dropping scenery, Māori culture, mountainous ranges, lush rainforests and more adventure activities than you could ever tick off your bucket list.

From the idyllic Bay of Islands, through a geothermal wonderland of bubbling mud, traversing mighty mountains and then hiking the blue glacial ice of the wild West Coast, you’ll soon see that New Zealand is filled with many different landscapes and opportunities for adventure!

This small-group guided New Zealand adventure of the North and South Island will visit Coromandel, Rotorua, Taupō, Wellington, Kaikōura, Wanaka, Queenstown, Tekapo (an International Dark Sky Reserve), the Bay of Islands, Abel Tasman National Park, Punakaiki and Franz Josef Glacier, with the option to visit Hobbiton, Waitomo, The Tongariro Crossing and Milford Sound along the way.

As with all our New Zealand land tours, we do include a few ‘must-do’ events, ranging from a Māori cultural night to learning to paddle a waka (Māori war canoe), and even a greenstone carving experience.

You’ll see a massive range of optional activities available to add, from bungy jumping and dolphin swimming to jet boating and scenic flights. None of these are compulsory; just add the ones you want. Book this New Zealand itinerary for 3 weeks of pure adventure!

Epic NZ Tour Tips:

Activities can also be purchased on the road – just let your tour guide know. We can’t always guarantee availability when booking on the road, so we suggest pre-booking any activities you especially want to do.

As this New Zealand adventure starts early in the morning, you can opt to book accommodation in Auckland with us the night before the tour – only having to walk downstairs on the day the tour starts makes for a stress-free morning!

The tour price includes dorm share accommodation (4–6 share) but if you would prefer your own space you have the option to upgrade to a private room for the duration of your tour. You can select this upgrade when you start building your tour online. Please note: private room upgrades are not available for one night on this tour: the cultural experience at Kohutapu Lodge in Murupara.

Price Includes

  • Small groups, up to 16 people
  • Passionate Kiwi guides
  • Comfortable bus transport
  • High-end hostel accommodation
  • Tasty continental breakfasts every day
  • Experiences to teach you about our unique Māori culture
  • 22 nights in high-end hostel accommodation (dorm share as standard) and 1 night shared cultural experience
  • Discover NZ's most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas
  • Journey through 7 National Parks
  • Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the birthplace of New Zealand
  • Feast on a fish and chips dinner with spectacular Bay of Islands views
  • Explore Northland’s East Coast, peppered with stunning beaches and coastal walks
  • Stunning walk to the spectacular arched cavern of Coromandel’s Cathedral Cove
  • Dig your own hot tub at world famous Hot Water Beach
  • Learn a haka and learn to weave flax with a local iwi (tribe)
  • Visit Te Puia - a local cultural centre - to learn more about traditional Māori culture and discover Rotorua’s geothermal wonders
  • See kiwi birds up close and personal
  • Eat a traditional Māori hāngī meal cooked in an underground oven
  • Follow your nose to Rotorua’s bubbling mud pools
  • Discover what makes Huka Falls the most visited natural attraction in NZ
  • Check out the views from Matairangi/Mount Victoria, Wellington
  • Fall in love with Wellington’s cafe and craft beer culture
  • Iconic ferry ride between the North and South Islands across the Cook Strait
  • Get up close to Kaikōura’s cutest residents at a local seal colony
  • Explore downtown Christchurch and see its inspiring regeneration since the 2011 quake
  • Visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd, nestled by the shores of Lake Tekapo
  • Unparalleled stargazing opportunities in Tekapo’s Dark Sky Reserve
  • Visit the charming, historic gold rush village of Arrowtown
  • Carve your own pounamu (greenstone/jade) pendant in Franz Josef
  • Discover the beauty and history of pounamu in Hokitika, the greenstone capital of the country
  • Visit the famous Pancake Rocks of Punakaiki
  • Two nights and a full day to play in the coastal paradise of Abel Tasman National Park
  • Learn to paddle a waka (Māori war canoe) along the Abel Tasman coastline
  • Plus many surprise stops along the way

Price Excludes

  1. Zorb $45
  2. White water rafting $99
  3. Whale watching $150
  4. Weta workshop $28
  5. Wellington to Auckland transfer $25
  6. Water touch bungy $180
  7. Wanaka ebike experience $150
  8. Two cave combo with transport from Rotorua (Full day) $225
  9. The Tongariro Crossing $70
  10. Surf lesson $90
  11. Sky dive Queenstown $379
  12. Sky dive Wanaka $369
  13. Sky dive Bay of Islands $299
  14. Sky dive Abel Tasman $339
  15. Sky dive Taupo $279
  16. Shotover jet boat $159
  17. Scuba diving $279
  18. Sail & walk the Abel Tasman (Half day) $157
  19. River sledging $109
  20. Quad biking $180
  21. Paragliding $249
  22. Nevis bungy - NZ's highest $50
  23. Mt Tarawera crater hike $149
  24. Mou Waho island cruise & nature walk $239
  25. Milford Sound ''fly cruise fly'' package $530
  26. Milford Sound ''coach cruise coach'' package $149
  27. Lord of the Rings 4WD tour $225
  28. Lake Taupo sailing $50
  29. Kayak tour $120
  30. Kawarau bridge bungy $205
  31. Island hopper day cruise $130
  32. Horse Trek - Lord of the Rings $195
  33. Hole in the Rock cruise $111
  34. Hobbiton movie set tour $84
  35. Heli mountain biking $399
  36. Heli experience with snow landing $280
  37. Guided glowworm kayak, hot pools & dinner $240
  38. Grand traverse scenic flight $395
  39. Glacier heli hike $485
  40. Glacier country kayaking $115
  41. Forest ziplining canopy tour $149
  42. Flying lesson $199
  43. Eco boat tour (Full day) $219
  44. Dolphin encounter $95
  45. Cave tubing $185
  46. Cathedral Cove kayaking $125
  47. Cape reinga day tour $140
  48. Canyoning Abel Tasman $289
  49. Canyoning Queenstown $219
  50. Canyon swing $249
  51. Private room upgrade $2199
  52. Black water raft with transportation from Rotorua (Full day) $260

What to expect

Plan for your New Zealand adventure taking in the North & South Islands.

Auckland to Paihia
- We start this epic NZ tour with a scenic drive to Northland, visiting ancient forests and giant sand dunes. At sunset, we'll treat you to a Kiwi-as feast of fish & chips!

- Spend your day exploring some of the 140 subtropical islands, or take a roadtrip to the northernmost tip of New Zealand where the Tasman sea and Pacific Ocean collide.

Paihia to Auckland
- At the Waitangi Treaty Grounds you'll get an unforgettable insight to Maori culture and the birth of our nation. We'll explore some waterfalls and walks before returning to Auckland.

Auckland to Coromandel
- Get your cameras and swimwear ready! The drive to the Coromandel - a paradise of beautiful beaches and rainforests
- is epic! Tonight we soak in the beachy lifestyle.

Coromandel to Rotorua
- Cathedral Cove is begging to be explored by foot or by kayak (look for dolphins!). You will get the chance to visit Hobbiton and we'll explore New Zealand's sulphur city: Rotorua!

- Today is a free day on this New Zealand adventure to explore Rotorua's geothermal wonders or choose your own adventure and cross off some bucket-list activities!

Rotorua to Murupara
- Today the epic NZ tour will discover why Rotorua is so unique to the world with its geothermal wonders and Maori culture, before our visit to a living Maori village.

Murupara to Taupo
- A volcanic eruption 70,000 years ago created Lake Taupo which is a similar size to Singapore! Skydive over it, sail on it, or skim its surface from a bungy leap.

- Get your pulses racing in Taupo! Or head to Spa Park and soak until your fingers are wrinkly. The impressive Tongariro Crossing day walk is an option today.

Taupo to Wellington
- Today's drive includes some unmissable mountain scenery. Film buffs can make a Weta Workshop pilgrimage and everyone will savour great food & drink in New Zealand's capital city.

Wellington to Kaikoura
- Famed for its coffee and infamous for its wind, we'll explore Wellington before taking a ferry journey across Cook Strait, through the Malborough Sounds to the South Island.

Kaikoura to Christchurch
- Oh! The sea critters you'll meet! Swim with playful dolphins, do a spot of whale watching and say g'day to some cute seals before we head to Christchurch.

Christchurch to MacKenzie Country
- We check out Christchurch before heading to the turquoise lake and majestic mountains of Tekapo. The tiny Church of the Good Shepherd on the lake shore is Instagram gold.

MacKenzie Country to Queenstown.
- After spending the night admiring the stars in an International Dark Sky Reserve, we head to the South Island's adventure playground for some action-packed days.

- Bungy-jumping, canyon swinging, jet boating, horse trekking, 4WD venturing: the question is what aren't you going to do in Queenstown! A trip to Milford Sounds is optional today.

Queenstown to Wanaka
- Cross the mountains into the slightly quieter but no less beautiful, lakeside town of Wanaka. Take a hike, bike ride or scenic flight to enjoy the best of Wanaka during this epic NZ tour.

Wanaka to Franz Josef
- Wake up with uninterrupted views of Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps. Many Haka guides rate today's scenic drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Area as their favourite.

Franz Josef
- Get ready to be wowed! Heli-hike the glacier or kayak glassy waters with panoramic views. Today you'll get to carve your own greenstone pendant which is something to remember this New Zealand adventure by.

Franz Josef to Punakaiki
- Behold incredible coastal vistas as we road trip up the wild West Coast. Catch an epic sunset then settle in for a night at a hidden rainforest retreat.

Punakaiki to Abel Tasman
- Behold! More epic scenery is on show on the way to the golden Abel Tasman National Park! We'll stop in artsy Nelson before our next remote hideaway.

Abel Tasman
- Fair warning: you may just fall in love today as this idyllic region is ready to woo you! Kayak, hike, go canyoning, or just relax at a golden beach.

Abel Tasman to Wellington
- Learn to paddle a traditional Maori canoe before we head to Picton. We'll sample the wares (including New Zealand mussels!) in wine country, then catch the evening ferry.


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