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New Zealand Encompassed: Harbours & Houseboats

from

$3280.15

Days

24

Operated by GAdventures
  • Itinerary
  • Details

Day 1

Auckland

Arrive at any time.

Day 1
The Sky Tower in Auckland
Day 1
Auckland Harbour

Day 2

Auckland/Bay of Islands

Travel north via backroads, stopping to see giant kauri trees, and go for an included snorkel at Goat Island Marine Reserve (seasonal). Board a large houseboat for an overnight trip through the beautiful Bay of Islands.

Day 2
Goat Island Marine Reserve
Day 2
Ride a houseboat to go see the Bay of Islands

Day 3

Bay of Islands/Paihia

Enjoy free time in the morning on the boat. Choose to do a number of included water activities like kayaking, snorkelling, fishing or visiting nearby islands. Disembark and explore Paihia before enjoying dinner with the group.

Day 3
Motuarohia Island - a small island in the Bay of Islands
Day 3
Enjoy kayaking in the Bay of Islands

Day 4

Paihia/Auckland

Enjoy a free morning to relax, or opt to go skydiving or check out the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

Day 4
Haruru Falls which are a part of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Day 5

Auckland/Raglan

Visit an eel farm which focuses on developing sustainable aquaculture to learn about their methods before sea kayaking to a harbour for a picnic lunch.

Day 6

Raglan

Enjoy an included surf lesson in one of the world's most famous surf areas, then opt to go hiking or rent a stand up paddle board.

Day 6
Bridal Veil Falls - about an hour away from Raglan

Day 7

Raglan/Rotorua

Opt to go caving in world famous Waitomo before heading to Rotorua, notable for its geothermal activity and culture. Visit a local village to gain insight into Maori culture.

Day 8

Rotorua/Taupo

Take advantage of free time in the adrenaline capital of the North Island, and opt to go whitewater rafting, check out a geothermal park with technicolour pools, or hit up a nearby spa. Continue on to spend the night near the shores of Lake Taupo.

Day 8
One of many technicolor pools in a geothermal park

Day 9

Taupo/Wellington

Take in the ever-changing scenery on the drive down to the nation's capital at the southern end of the North Island. Opt to take the cable car to the hills overlooking the city, visit the national museum, Te Papa, or stroll along Oriental Parade. Enjoy a Big Night Out with the group.

Day 10

Wellington/Abel Tasman National Park

Take a ferry over to the South Island and transfer to Abel Tasman National Park.

Day 11

Abel Tasman National Park

Hike and explore Abel Tasman's golden beaches and waterways.

Day 11
Hike through the fern forests of Abel Tasman National Park

Day 12

Abel Tasman National Park/Westport

Head south down the coast of black-sand beaches. Visit a seal colony before travelling to Westport, the stop for the night.

Day 12
Abel Tasman National Park

Day 13

Westport/Franz Josef

Take in the pancake rock formations at Punakaiki before continuing on to Franz Josef. Enjoy free time for optional activities like hiking, horseback riding, and kayaking.

Day 13
An adventurous hike up the Franz Josef glacier

Day 14

Franz Josef

Free day for optional activities. Options include various hikes, horseback riding and kayaking.

Day 14
You can take a helicopter tour up to the Franz Josef glacier too
Day 14
Ice caves by the Franz Josef glacier

Day 15

Franz Josef/Queenstown

Visit the adventure capital of the world—Queenstown.

Day 15
Aerial view of Queenstown

Day 16

Queenstown

Free time in Queenstown. Get the heart pumping with some adrenaline-filled options, such as jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking or skydiving.

Day 16
Get pumped with mountain biking in Queenstown

Day 17

Queenstown

Free time in Queenstown. Get the heart pumping with some adrenaline-filled options, such as jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking or skydiving.

Day 17
Feel the air gush past you as you experience bungee jumping in Queenstown

Day 18

Queenstown/Te Anau

Visit Fiordland National Park and enjoy a boat cruise through breathtaking Milford Sound. In the evening, opt to cruise across Lake Te Anau and visit a cave that is home to thousands of glowworms.

Day 18
Lake Te Anau

Day 19

Te Anau/Central Otago

Enjoy free time in the morning to discover the natural beauty of Te Anau. Later, transfer to Wedderburn in Central Otago.

Day 19
Lake Wakatipu

Day 20

Central Otago

Bike 35 km of the Otago Rail Trail, passing through one historic town to the next. Along the way sample some local food and drink.

Day 20
Grab a bike to ride the Otago Rail Trail

Day 21

Wedderburn/Christchurch

Walk around Christchurch this afternoon and learn about how the city was rebuilt following an earthquake in 2011. Enjoy some free time this evening.

Day 21
Christchurch

Day 22

Christchurch/Kaikoura

Opt to go whale watching, swim with seals or take a walk along the coast.

Day 23

Kaikoura/Wellington

Travel to Picton to catch the ferry back to Wellington. Opt for a final night out with the group.

Day 23
Te Ngākau Civic Square

Day 24

Wellington

Depart at any time.

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New Zealand Encompassed: Harbours & Houseboats

from

$3280.15

Days

24

Operated by GAdventures
  • Itinerary
  • Overview
  • Inclusions
  • Availability
Itinerary

Day 1

Auckland

Arrive at any time.

Day 1
The Sky Tower in Auckland
Day 1
Auckland Harbour

Day 2

Auckland/bay Of Islands

Travel north via backroads, stopping to see giant kauri trees, and go for an included snorkel at Goat Island Marine Reserve (seasonal). Board a large houseboat for an overnight trip through the beautiful Bay of Islands.

Day 2
Goat Island Marine Reserve
Day 2
Ride a houseboat to go see the Bay of Islands

Day 3

Bay Of Islands/paihia

Enjoy free time in the morning on the boat. Choose to do a number of included water activities like kayaking, snorkelling, fishing or visiting nearby islands. Disembark and explore Paihia before enjoying dinner with the group.

Day 3
Motuarohia Island - a small island in the Bay of Islands
Day 3
Enjoy kayaking in the Bay of Islands

Day 4

Paihia/auckland

Enjoy a free morning to relax, or opt to go skydiving or check out the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

Day 4
Haruru Falls which are a part of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Day 5

Auckland/raglan

Visit an eel farm which focuses on developing sustainable aquaculture to learn about their methods before sea kayaking to a harbour for a picnic lunch.

Day 6

Raglan

Enjoy an included surf lesson in one of the world's most famous surf areas, then opt to go hiking or rent a stand up paddle board.

Day 6
Bridal Veil Falls - about an hour away from Raglan

Day 7

Raglan/rotorua

Opt to go caving in world famous Waitomo before heading to Rotorua, notable for its geothermal activity and culture. Visit a local village to gain insight into Maori culture.

Day 8

Rotorua/taupo

Take advantage of free time in the adrenaline capital of the North Island, and opt to go whitewater rafting, check out a geothermal park with technicolour pools, or hit up a nearby spa. Continue on to spend the night near the shores of Lake Taupo.

Day 8
One of many technicolor pools in a geothermal park

Day 9

Taupo/wellington

Take in the ever-changing scenery on the drive down to the nation's capital at the southern end of the North Island. Opt to take the cable car to the hills overlooking the city, visit the national museum, Te Papa, or stroll along Oriental Parade. Enjoy a Big Night Out with the group.

Day 10

Wellington/abel Tasman National Park

Take a ferry over to the South Island and transfer to Abel Tasman National Park.

Day 11

Abel Tasman National Park

Hike and explore Abel Tasman's golden beaches and waterways.

Day 11
Hike through the fern forests of Abel Tasman National Park

Day 12

Abel Tasman National Park/westport

Head south down the coast of black-sand beaches. Visit a seal colony before travelling to Westport, the stop for the night.

Day 12
Abel Tasman National Park

Day 13

Westport/franz Josef

Take in the pancake rock formations at Punakaiki before continuing on to Franz Josef. Enjoy free time for optional activities like hiking, horseback riding, and kayaking.

Day 13
An adventurous hike up the Franz Josef glacier

Day 14

Franz Josef

Free day for optional activities. Options include various hikes, horseback riding and kayaking.

Day 14
You can take a helicopter tour up to the Franz Josef glacier too
Day 14
Ice caves by the Franz Josef glacier

Day 15

Franz Josef/queenstown

Visit the adventure capital of the world—Queenstown.

Day 15
Aerial view of Queenstown

Day 16

Queenstown

Free time in Queenstown. Get the heart pumping with some adrenaline-filled options, such as jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking or skydiving.

Day 16
Get pumped with mountain biking in Queenstown

Day 17

Queenstown

Free time in Queenstown. Get the heart pumping with some adrenaline-filled options, such as jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking or skydiving.

Day 17
Feel the air gush past you as you experience bungee jumping in Queenstown

Day 18

Queenstown/te Anau

Visit Fiordland National Park and enjoy a boat cruise through breathtaking Milford Sound. In the evening, opt to cruise across Lake Te Anau and visit a cave that is home to thousands of glowworms.

Day 18
Lake Te Anau

Day 19

Te Anau/central Otago

Enjoy free time in the morning to discover the natural beauty of Te Anau. Later, transfer to Wedderburn in Central Otago.

Day 19
Lake Wakatipu

Day 20

Central Otago

Bike 35 km of the Otago Rail Trail, passing through one historic town to the next. Along the way sample some local food and drink.

Day 20
Grab a bike to ride the Otago Rail Trail

Day 21

Wedderburn/christchurch

Walk around Christchurch this afternoon and learn about how the city was rebuilt following an earthquake in 2011. Enjoy some free time this evening.

Day 21
Christchurch

Day 22

Christchurch/kaikoura

Opt to go whale watching, swim with seals or take a walk along the coast.

Day 23

Kaikoura/wellington

Travel to Picton to catch the ferry back to Wellington. Opt for a final night out with the group.

Day 23
Te Ngākau Civic Square

Day 24

Wellington

Depart at any time.