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Auckland to Auckland 24 Day Group Tour From $6195pp NZD

Introducing the 24 day Auckland to Auckland KEA tour, your passport to the ultimate adventure in New Zealand! Designed for nature-lovers and explorers alike, this guided group tour promises to showcase the very best of Aotearoa, from lush rainforests and pristine beaches to majestic mountains and awe-inspiring volcanoes.

On this epic tour, you won’t just be sticking to the tourist trails – you’re going off the beaten path to uncover the real heart of New Zealand, where friendly locals await and the tourist crowds fade away. Pack your days with excitement, while still leaving room for you to tailor your experience. All accommodation and a selection of meals and activities will be included, and you get to enjoy the freedom of adding in your own epic adventures while on tour.

Experience the rich culture of the Maori people with a traditional Hangi meal and games by the lake, and embark on a full-day canoeing adventure along the scenic Whanganui River. Conquer the legendary Tongariro Alpine Crossing, boasting some of the most stunning landscapes on the planet, and bask in the beauty of Abel Tasman National Park’s golden beaches during a two-day exploration. Immerse yourself in Middle Earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set and witness the wonders of Rotorua’s geothermal activity. In Queenstown, adventure capital of the world, spend your days on thrill seeking activities and take in the breathtaking sights of Milford Sound and the Fiordlands.

From unforgettable full day explorations to luxury retreats to incredible wildlife encounters, this tour really has it all. So, if you’re ready to embark on the journey of a lifetime, the 24 day Kea tour is waiting. Get ready to make memories, meet new friends, and discover the true essence of New Zealand – all in one epic adventure!

  • Money Icon From $5665.64 AUD
  • Clock Icon 24 Days / 23 Nights

KEA Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Auckland

Kia Ora! Welcome to Aotearoa (New Zealand) and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime. Arrive in Auckland, the North Island’s popular harbour city, and check into your hostel. Head out to explore the beautiful city, maybe check out the waterfront or the local shops and museums. Tonight you’ll be meeting your Stray guide and your travel group with a complimentary welcome drink, before heading out for dinner with the chance to get to know your new crew.

Overnight: Haka House | Auckland

Day 2: Rangitoto Island Experience

Known locally as the ‘City of Sails’, Auckland has one of the best harbours in the world, Waitemata harbour, which you will get to experience first hand today. Enjoy a boat ride out to Rangitoto Island which sits just outside the city. This dormant volcano boasts stunning views of the cityscape and the surrounding islands, and is the perfect starter to your epic 24 day adventure.

Overnight: Haka House | Auckland
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Hahei & Hot Water Beach

Say goodbye to Auckland and hello to Hahei Beach, situated on the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula. Here you’ll be greeted by charming views as you venture over to the nearby Hot Water Beach. Appropriately named for the naturally heated mineral water that sits beneath the golden sand, why not dig yourself a little hot pool, take a dip, and relax, spa style. A lovely little touch of (free) luxury to start your trip off right.

Overnight: Hahei Holiday Resort | Hahei
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4: Travel to Rotorua

This morning, take a morning walk to Hahei Beach and watch the sunrise over the ocean, before hopping on the bus on to your next destination. Your first stop today will be a scenic walk through the Karangahake Gorge, before travelling on to the incredible Hobbiton, where you can enjoy a tour of the real movie set. You’ll really feel like you’re in Middle Earth! Then you’ll be heading on to Rotorua, a geothermal wonderland and an absolute highlight of your journey. Take a guided walk through the Whakarewarewa Redwood Forest for some stunning sights before exploring the town. There are some unbeatable activities to do here, like ziplining, black water rafting, or taking part in a Maori cultural experience and feast for the evening, so be sure to make the most of your stay.

Overnight: YHA | Rotorua
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5: Lake Aniwhenua Maori Experience

First up today is a visit to Kuirau Park, where you’ll witness some geothermal activity first hand. See the unforgettable sight of boiling mud pools and steaming lakes. After lunch, you’re in for an absolute treat as you make your way to Lake Aniwhenua for an authentic slice of New Zealand culture. You’ll be staying in Kohutapu Lodge, owned by a local Maori family who are incredibly passionate about their history and heritage and will welcome you into their community. Here you’ll get to see some ancient Maori rock carvings that are sacred to the locals, and join in on some traditional stick games. Then, see first hand how they prepare ‘hangi’, a meal cooked in the ground, flavoured to perfection, which you’ll get to enjoy for dinner, ending the day with a wonderfully authentic experience of connection.

Overnight: Kohutapu Lodge | Lake Aniwhenua
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Travel to Lake Taupo

Greet the morning with a hearty buffet breakfast and prepare for a day full of adventure. Keep your swimsuit ready, as your first stop today is Kerosene Creek – a naturally heated river that is perfect for a refreshing morning dip. Next, journey on to Taupo to see the vastness of Australasia’s largest lake and the awe-inspiring Huka Falls. Enjoy lunch and a leisurely stroll to explore the area, or unwind at your lodge accommodation for the night.

Overnight: Haka Lodge | Taupo
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7: Tongariro National Park

Today, embark on an exciting journey to the renowned Tongariro National Park for an exciting couple of days. Once you’ve reached the park, you’ll receive a safety briefing before hopping on a canoeing expedition along the Whanganui River, an integral part of one of New Zealand’s Great Walks. The Whanganui National Park is covered in lush native forests with the majestic Whanganui River coursing through it, offering a captivating canoeing experience. Rich in Maori and European history, the river features prominent landmarks such as the famous ‘Bridge to Nowhere’. As you paddle downstream, prepare to be enchanted by cascading waterfalls, breathtaking sheer gorges, and picturesque farmlands that stretch endlessly across the horizon.

Overnight: Alpine Chalets | Tongariro National Park
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Tongariro National Park

Today you get the chance to tackle one of New Zealand’s most iconic hikes – the incredible Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Renowned globally as one of the best one-day walks, this 19 km trek leads you through rugged terrain with breathtaking volcanic peaks, craters, and dazzling turquoise lakes that’ll undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on both you and your Instagram feed. While the Crossing remains accessible year-round, winter requires extra gear and possibly a guide. Keep an eye on the weather though – if it’s not cooperating, there are plenty of other fantastic short walks in the area to explore. After an adventurous day, unwind and recharge in the comfort of your chalet.

Overnight: Alpine Chalets | Tongariro National Park
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9: Travel to Wellington

Next stop: Wellington, the “coolest little capital in the world”! This vibrant city has a downtown area brimming with character, featuring fantastic eateries and bars along Cuba Street and Courtenay Place. Spend your afternoon exploring the diverse exhibits at Te Papa National Museum, sampling craft beers at local breweries, ascending to the summit of Mt Victoria for breathtaking panoramic views, or simply taking a leisurely stroll along the picturesque waterfront and Oriental Parade. And for all you coffee enthusiasts out there, rejoice! Wellington’s coffee culture and thriving cafe scene are considered one of the best in New Zealand.

Overnight: YHA | Wellington
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10: Travel to Abel Tasman

Hop on the early ferry ride across the Cook Strait, venturing through the breathtaking Marlborough Sounds to reach the South Island. If the weather permits, be sure to head to the viewing deck for some awe-inspiring scenery and wildlife spotting. Your journey continues through the picturesque Marlborough region until you reach Marahau, where your accommodation awaits right on the doorstep of the stunning Abel Tasman National Park. It’s the ideal starting point for immersing yourself in what many consider to be the finest national park in all of New Zealand.

Overnight: The Barn Marahau | Abel Tasman
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 11: Abel Tasman National Park

Today is a lucky day as you have a whole day ahead to delve into New Zealand’s most beloved national park. Hop on a water taxi bound for Anchorage Bay, soaking in the park’s pristine golden sand beaches and crystal-clear blue waters en route. After enjoying a beachside picnic, explore Cleopatra’s Pools, enchanting freshwater lakes lined with moss and featuring a natural water slide. Then, it’s a leisurely 4-hour stroll back to your accommodation, with ample opportunities to snap breathtaking photos and take refreshing dips in secluded bays along the way.

Overnight: The Barn Marahau | Abel Tasman
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 12: Travel to Franz Josef

Get ready for an exhilarating day as you hit the road to explore the stunningly picturesque ‘wild’ West Coast. Renowned for its rugged beaches and magnificent rainforests, this drive promises to be nothing short of extraordinary. Journeying through Buller Gorge and along a stretch of road hailed as one of the world’s top drives by Lonely Planet, you might find yourself disconnected from phone signals – but trust us, you won’t miss them. Your first stop will be at the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and blowholes, offering a glimpse into this unique coastal landscape. Then, continue on to the charming township of Franz Josef, nestled amidst lush rainforests. Enjoy a group dinner at your accommodation to wrap up the day.

Overnight: Rainforest Retreat | Franz Josef
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13: Franz Josef Glacier

Prepare yourself for an unforgettable encounter with the Franz Josef Glacier, a true gem of the West Coast. After a brief drive to the starting point of the track, embark on a scenic hike through native bush and over glacial streams, ultimately reaching the terminal face of the glacier. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to capture breathtaking photos or simply soak in the majestic surroundings. Alternatively, unwind and pamper yourself at the Retreat, where you can luxuriate in one of New Zealand’s largest spa pools.

Overnight: Rainforest Retreat | Franz Josef
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 14: Travel to Queenstown

Get ready for another scenic ride today, with plenty of chances to snap some amazing photos. First stop is the stunning Lake Matheson, famously known as the mirror lake, where you can take a quick stroll. Then, cruise through the mountainous Haast Pass, passing by the beautiful Lake Hawea, before finally arriving in Queenstown. Once you’ve settled in, it’s time to put on your dancing shoes and explore the lively scene of this lakeside town. With over 100 clubs and bars to pick from, Queenstown promises a night you won’t forget.

Overnight: YHA | Queenstown
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 15: Free day in Queenstown

You’ve got a whopping two whole days to soak up the vibes of the adventure capital. With its epic nightlife, stunning mountain views, and endless outdoor adventures, it’s no wonder why loads of backpackers just can’t bring themselves to say goodbye to this awesome spot. Why not join the epic Skipper Canyon Jet Boat tour, or see the glorious Dart River on a kayaking tour to make the most of your day.

Overnight: YHA | Queenstown
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 16: Free day in Queenstown

Another day to take in all of the incredible activities available in Queenstown. Today you can take part in anything you missed out on the day before. How about tackling the ‘big three’ with the Nevis Thrillogy bungy, catapult, and swing package to really get your adrenaline going. Spend the afternoon exploring one of New Zealand’s best wine regions with an Altitude wine tasting tour, or simply head out to enjoy the epic vibes of Queenstown.

Overnight: YHA | Queenstown
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 17: Milford Sound Day Tour

You’re in for a treat today as you hop aboard the coach and head to the breathtaking and world-renowned Milford Sound. After a jaw-dropping scenic drive, board the boat and cruise across the Sound. Keep your eyes peeled for the majestic Mitre Peak, lush rainforests, and if you’re lucky (or it’s been raining), thundering waterfalls. Get ready to spot some incredible wildlife too, from fur seals to penguins and dolphins. Once you’ve snapped enough pics to fill your camera roll, it’s back to Queenstown where you can treat yourself to a delicious meal at one of the many fantastic restaurants – or indulge in the iconic Fergburger.

Overnight: YHA | Queenstown
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 18: Lake Tekapo & Dark Sky

This morning, embark on a short drive to Lake Tekapo, where you’ll be greeted by the mesmerising sight of an electric blue lake nestled against the Southern Alps. Don’t forget to stroll over to the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd, a charming stone church perched right on the lake’s edge, offering prime opportunities for some incredible photos. In the afternoon, you can opt for a scenic hike up to the Mount John Observatory to soak in the breathtaking views, or if you’re craving some well-deserved relaxation, the Tekapo Hot Springs will be a welcoming experience.

Tonight, meet the crew at Dark Sky for their Crater Experience, an unforgettable opportunity to gaze up at the stars in one of the finest stargazing spots in the country.

Overnight: YHA | Lake Tekapo
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 19: Explore Christchurch

Next up is Christchurch, a city brimming with charm thanks to the lush parks and trendy laneway bars, with the tranquil Avon River running through it. Take your time exploring the city streets in the afternoon, where you’ll stumble upon captivating street art, tucked-away eateries, and boutique shops. Don’t miss the chance to wander through the picturesque Botanic Gardens or hop aboard the tourist tram for a delightful tour of the city’s highlights.

Overnight: Bealey Quarter | Christchurch
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 20: Travel to Kaikoura

Today brings an early morning adventure as you head out on a scenic drive up the coast to Kaikoura, arriving around midday to kick off your afternoon of exploration. Head over to Goose Bay to catch sight of the Kekeno (New Zealand fur seal) colony and take a hike around the peninsula to soak in the awe-inspiring views from the lookout point. Keep your eyes peeled for seabirds, seals, and if luck is on our side, you might even spot whales or dolphins! Alternatively, if you’re eager to get up close and personal with these magnificent marine creatures, hop on a boat or plane tour for an unforgettable whale and dolphin watching experience.

Overnight: Dusky Lodge | Kaikoura
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 21: Travel to Wellington

This morning, hop on the bus and set off along the coastal roads towards the northern tip of the South Island. Catch the afternoon ferry across the Cook Strait, and once you’ve arrived in Wellington, you’ll have the evening free to dive into the city’s vibrant nightlife scene for a second round of exploration and fun.

Overnight: YHA | Wellington
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 22: Travel to Raglan

Today’s journey takes you on a breathtaking drive through the central North Island to the laid-back surf town of Raglan, a true gem nestled on the west coast. Renowned as the surfing mecca of New Zealand and a haven for creatives, Raglan offers a lifestyle where jaw-dropping sunsets are the norm, and the motto is simply ‘no worries’!

Overnight: Raglan Backpackers | Raglan
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 23: Travel to Auckland

Start your morning by catching a wave or simply unwinding in the vibrant cafe scene. As you travel back to Auckland, you’ll make a stop at Bridal Veil Falls, a striking 55-metre-high waterfall, to take in the gorgeous views. Then, continue the journey north, arriving in Auckland early afternoon. With plenty of daylight remaining, seize the opportunity to savour your final night in New Zealand with your newfound Stray family.

Overnight: YHA | Auckland
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 24: Finish

It’s time to say farewell to your incredible Stray adventure. Wave goodbye to your new friends and get ready for the next leg of your journey. Whether you’re planning on staying in Auckland or carrying on elsewhere, be sure to check out our destination pages for some ideas on what not to miss.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Inclusions & Extras

Included

  • 24x Nights Accommodation
  • 27x Meals
  • Experienced Tour Guide
  • Private Coach Transport
  • 2 x Inter-Island Ferries
  • Rangitoto Island and Water Taxi
  • Kauri Forest Visit
  • Karangahake Gorge Visit
  • Cathedral Cove
  • Hot Water Beach
  • Hobbiton Tour
  • Geysers and Boiling Mud Pools
  • Lake Aniwhenua Cultural Experience
  • Huka Falls
  • Guided Canoe on the Whanganui River
  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing
  • Visit Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum of New Zealand
  • Abel Tasman Track and Water Taxi
  • Trip to Punakaiki Pancake Rocks
  • Franz Josef Glacier
  • Day trip and Cruise to the Milford Sound
  • Stargazing Experience in Lake Tekapo
  • Hooker Valley Trek Mt. Cook
  • Seal Colony in Kaikoura Coast

Excluded

  • Visas
  • Any meals not outlined
  • International flights
  • Optional activities such as bungy jumping in Queenstown

Tour Type & Availability

Tour Inclusions Price

24 Day KEA Guided Group Tour

Informative Guides, All Accommodation, Some Meals & Activities

$5,665.64

What to bring

  • Camera
  • Sneakers/Trainers
  • Flip flops/Sandals
  • Warm Clothing (so you can layer)
  • Sturdy Walking Shoes/Boots
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Hat & Sunscreen
  • Swimsuit/Towel
  • Water Bottle
  • Toiletries
  • Motion Sickness Tablets (if required)
  • Insect Repellent

Pick Ups & Departures

YHA Auckland, Turner Street, Auckland CBD

Supplier Terms & Conditions

Stray Terms & Conditions

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 Days and 365 Days incur a 0.00% fee.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to reconfirm my bookings?

All bookings 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.

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