More than two weeks to travel New Zealand with an epic group of people discovering the highlights of both the North and the South Island. Welcome to the country known for its untouched nature, impressive culture, and thrilling adventures.
This epic group trip starts on the North Island in Auckland and finishes on the South Island in Queenstown 17 days later.
Your days will be filled with memorable adventures, untouched nature, remarkable views, and much more on this New Zealand Adventure Tour. First off, you will start off by exploring Auckland and Waiheke Island. You will see the renowned Hobbiton filming location and descend into the magical Waitomo glowworm caves on your route to Rotorua. During your stay in Rotorua, you will take a dip in the waters of Te Puia and Kerosene Creek. While you are in New Zealand, you are going to want to learn as much as you can about the intriguing Māori culture, which is why you will be going to the Mitai Māori Village. Your time on the North Island will conclude with a sunset sail in Taupo and a stop at the Huka Falls before returning to Auckland.
Once you’ve seen the North Island, you’ll fly down to Queenstown to start your adventure in the South Island. You’ll visit the infamous and picturesque Milford Sound, then onto Lake Tekapo and Kale Wanaka to take in the memorising turquoise hues. Get your hiking boots ready for a trek up Mt John to complete the famous Hooker Valley Hike where you’ll need your camera to capture the breathtaking views of Mt Cook and the Southern Alps. To finish up, you’ll head back to Queenstown, to have one last hoorah with your epic new travel mates.
Looking for adventure, culture, incredible views and memories that will last a lifetime? This trip won’t disappoint.
Kia ora! Touching down in New Zealand’s largest city, We’ll meet you at our centrally located hostel to settle in. This evening you’ll meet up with the rest of your travel crew and get excited for all the adventures to come in Aotearoa.
Day 2: AUCKLAND ORIENTATION
Today we’ll get oriented with the beautiful city of Auckland! We’ll then catch a ferry and travel to the beautiful Waiheke Island. Don’t forget to listen out for the local Kiwi accent to see if it lives up to its title as the ‘Worlds Sexiest.’
Day 3: GLOWWORM CAVES & HOBBITON
Wave goodbye to the city as we set off to explore the North Island. First up we’re stopping at Waitomo, home of the world-famous glowworm caves. We’ll take a guided tour and explore this labyrinth of underground rivers and watch the resident glowworms do their thing. This afternoon we tick off another highlight as we head to Hobbiton to wander the real-life lush pastures of the Shire as featured in The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. After exploring the set and learning all about movie magic, we’ll enjoy a drink at the Green Dragon Inn before departing for Rotorua.
Day 4: EXPLORE ROTORUA
Waking up to the whiff of sulfur, today you’ll definitely know you’re in Rotorua! We’ll head to the naturally heated waters of Kerosene Creek where you’ll get to take a dip, as well as one of New Zealand’s most magnificent geothermal wonderlands – Te Puia, featuring dramatic geysers & bubbling mud.
Day 5: MAORI EXPERIENCE
The morning you’ll have some free time to maybe try some zorbing or the skyline luge. This evening we will go to the Mitai Maori village for an authentic introduction to Maori culture! It doesn’t get more authentic than this!
Day 6: TAUPO & SUNSET SAIL
Have your cameras ready as we travel to Taupo, a lakefront town in the heart of the North Island. This afternoon we’ll treat you to something special – a sunset sailing trip across the lake. Swoon over spectacular, no-filter-needed scenery as the sky changes color and the stars set in above the volcanic landscape. NZ, you’ve stolen our hearts.
Day 7: WATERFALLS & ADRENALINE
This morning we’re off on a scenic walk to check out Huka Falls, a goose-bump inducing torrent of crystal water thundering down the Waikato River that you will hear before you see. After witnessing the raw power of Mother Nature, you’ll then have some free time when you can do a skydive or a bungee jump!
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.
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!
Day 10: QUEENSTOWN JET BOATING
Today we get oriented with beautiful Queenstown, the high-octane adventure capital of NZ (and dare we say, the world!), getting our first splash of adrenaline with a jet-boat ride. Feel the thrill as the highly skilled driver keeps things pumping with 360 degree spins and speeds in excess of 80 km/h. Tonight it’s time to see what this backpacker hub is all about after dark!
Day 11: MILFORD SOUND CRUISE
This morning we make tracks to New Zealand’s most majestic attraction – Milford Sound. Jumping on a fjord cruise, we’ll experience the spellbinding combination of towering peaks, forested cliffs, resident seals, and plummeting waterfalls up close and personal. Pick your jaw up off the floor, this is nature at her finest. Tonight we’ll cozy up in Te Anau, a picturesque town in the heart of Fiordland.
Day 12: TRAVEL TO WANAKA
After soaking up Middle Earth’s awe-inspiring vistas and filling our camera rolls we’ll continue on to Wanaka, a quaint resort town on a lake dwarfed by snow-capped peaks.
Day 13: EXPLORE WANAKA
Today we check out all Wanaka has to offer, including going kayaking on the beautiful Lake Wanaka. Discover Ruby island, a tiny island off of Lake Wanaka. Stroll around the entire island, swim or just relax and take in the beautiful landscape.
Day 14: AORAKI/MOUNT COOK
Saying goodbye to Wanaka, we’ll enjoy a scenic drive through the southern alps towards Tekapo. Famed for its milky turquoise lake, Lake Tekapo is alpine in the purest sense – boasting sky scraping peaks, enormous glaciers and purple lupins – so have your camera at the ready! On the way we’ll stretch our legs on the iconic Hooker Valley Hike, this track will wind us through the valley to give us awe-inspiring views of Aoraki/Mt Cook, aka the tallest mountain in New Zealand.
Day 15: LAKE TEKAPO
Today we will hike up Mount John where we’ll get 360-degree views of the Southern Alps as well as enjoy a bike ride around Lake Tekapo. After the walk we’ll soak our tired muscles in some hot pools, nourishing both body and soul! New Zealand truly is the gift that keeps on giving.
Day 16: ONWARD TRAVEL PLANS
After traveling back to buzzing Queenstown, we’ll help sort out your onward travel for your trip in New Zealand. If you’ve got questions, we’ve got answers! Eager to book a skydive, bungee jump, or ski pass? We’ve got you covered. 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.
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.
Inclusions & Extras
16 Nights Accommodation
10 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Awesome Group Leader
Auckland City Orientation
Ferry Trip to Waiheke Island
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Hobbiton Film Set Tour
Te Puia Geothermal Pools
Māori Village Experience
Lake Taupo Sunset Sailing
Hike to Huka Falls
Queenstown City Orientation
Jet Boating on Lake Wakapitu
Milford Sound Cruise
Kayaking on Lake Wanaka
Hooker Valley Hike
Bike Ride Around Lake Tekapo
Hike Mount John
Help with Onward Travel
Tour Type & Availability
17 Day New Zealand Group Tour
17 Day Fully Guided New Zealand Adventure Tour
What to bring
Passport & Flight Tickets
Travel Insurance Documents
Sneakers/Trainers or Good Walking/Outdoor Shoes
Casual Summer Clothes (Oct-April)
Casual Winter Clothes (April-Oct)
Light Rain Jacket
Insect Repellant & Sunscreen
Money for Snacks & Meals
Refillable Water Bottle
Camera to Capture Every Moment New Zealand Adventure Tour
Pick Ups & Departures
Complimentary pick-ups are offered from Auckland International Airport (AKL), Auckland, New Zealand.
Supplier Terms & Conditions
INTRO TRAVEL Terms & Conditions
New Zealand Adventure Tour cancellation & Refund Policy: Refunds will be processed according to the following time frames.
Cancellations within 28 Days of the start date incur a 100.00% fee.
Between 28 Day and 365 Days incur a 25.00% fee.
Free date or tour changes up to 30 days before start date. If changes are made within 30 days, fees will apply
Frequently asked questions
Do I need to reconfirm my bookings?
All bookings for New Zealand Adventure Tours must be reconfirmed 48 hours in advance by contacting your tour provider directly using the contact information listed on your tour voucher.
What should i do if my trip is cancelled due to bad weather?
You may either re-schedule directly with the supplier or you can email our support team on [email protected] and include your voucher number, name of product you booked, planned departure date and your contact details. Once you’ve emailed us, you can drop us a line at +61 2 5633 1149.
Do you book tours with flexible dates? If so, how long are they valid for?
Yes, we do have open dated/flexible tickets available. Most tour vouchers are valid for 12 months from date of purchase, however please be aware that you may be subject to supplier price fluctuations. All ticket validity is specified on the tour voucher. If you are unsure of the validity of your voucher, just ask one of our wonderful staff.
What do I do if I need help with an existing booking?
Some tours have extra costs and you should be aware that there may be added expenses. These expenses will differ for each service provider, but some of the more usual extras are: EMC tax, stinger suit hire, luggage storage, sleeping bag hire, linen hire, national park fee, food, insurance, accommodation, equipment hire, petrol levy, etc. We will alert you to extra costs to the extent reasonably practicable. However, you must also check with each individual service provider when you re-confirm your booking.
Do I need travel insurance?
We endorse the recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade that all travellers take out travel insurance. If you already have travel insurance, please understand that it is your responsibility to ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all of the adventure style travel you have booked with us.
Do you offer payment plans?
Absolutely, we understand that paying off a big trip in one go isn’t always that easy. We offer flexible payment plans to suit all types of travellers with zero interest or fee’s (minimum $100AUD deposit required).
How do I know if my trip is BYO?
Most tour vouchers will specify if your trip is BYO however we recommend asking your tour provider if your trip is BYO when you reconfirm your booking 48 hours prior to departure.