Kiwi Experience - Back Yard - Happy Travels
Tour type: Daily Tour
Duration: 24 (Minimum)/365 (Maximum) days
Location: Port Douglas Holiday Packages
Price: From $1,137.00
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Auckland to Paihia (Bay of Islands) Arrive in the Bay of Islands around midday and check out the sights surrounding Paihia, including the historical location of Waitangi. Northland is rich in history and Maori culture and with its clear water, huge kauri forests, and 144 islands to explore you will soon see why Kiwi Experience […]

Tour Description

Auckland to Paihia (Bay of Islands)

Arrive in the Bay of Islands around midday and check out the sights surrounding Paihia, including the historical location of Waitangi. Northland is rich in history and Maori culture and with its clear water, huge kauri forests, and 144 islands to explore you will soon see why Kiwi Experience heads up north. Swim with the dolphins, experience the Excitor Fast Boat, ride out to the famous hole in the rock, or go kayaking, fishing, sailing, diving, snorkelling, or just relax on the beach!

Paihia to Cape Reinga to Paihia

Be prepared for an action packed day up to Cape Reinga. This area is sacred to the Maori people and the day trip to Cape Reinga is not to be missed! The day is full of walks and free activities. Drive along 90 Mile Beach, see huge kauri trees, body board down the gigantic sand dunes, view the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean clashing, gather shellfish on the beach, and experience one of New Zealand’s best fish ‘n’ chip shops.

Paihia to Auckland

Squeeze in those activities you haven’t completed yet before heading back to Auckland
Departing late afternoon, you have the best part of the day to experience one of the many activities on offer in the Bay, or simply chill on the beach. The drive back to Auckland is relaxed and you’ll be back in the city in time to find some dinner and hit the town.

Auckland to Hot Water Beach

After visiting the Kiwi Experience office you’ll head towards the Coromandel Peninsula and spend the afternoon at Cathedral Cove; accessible only on foot or kayak. This beautiful coastal spot is great for swimming, sea kayaking, and spotting dolphins. You then carry on to Hot Water Beach (rated one of the top ten beaches in the world by Lonely Planet) where you can take a surfing lesson and head out with your shovel at low tide to dig your own hot pool in the sand.

Hot Water Beach to Waitomo

After an early start your first stop is the Karangahake Scenic Reserve to explore a native bush-clad gorge, swing bridges and a bit of New Zealand’s gold mining history. Next it’s onto Waitomo (wai meaning water, tomo meaning cave) where you will get the chance to visit the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. If you’re feeling adventurous, here is your chance to go underground and experience one of the top rated New Zealand activities with the Legendary Black Water Rafting Co.

Waitomo to Rotorua

Start the day with a walk through the Ruakuri Reserve and a breakfast stop at the Long Black Café before heading off toward Rotorua, the Maori culture capital of New Zealand. Along the way you’ll stop at The Shires Rest where you can jump off and take a tour through the enchanting Hobbiton Movie Set. You then have the unique opportunity to stay overnight at Tamaki Marae, where you can experience a traditional Maori hangi (feast) and concert with Tamaki Tours.

Rotorua to Taupo

The first activity of the day is exploring the geothermal reserve of Te Puia, with New Zealand’s largest geyser and a chance to see a real live Kiwi bird. The afternoon journey to Taupo includes stop offs to explore the area’s lakes and Taupo’s famous Huka Falls. Taupo is rightly known as the adventure capital of the North Island with optional activities on offer such as skydiving, bungy jumping, jet boating, the Volcanic Centre and the spectacular Tongariro Crossing!

Taupo (Extra Day)

An extra day in Taupo is recommended because there’s so much to do there. If you’re short on time, you can always skip this extra day, timetable allowing, and get to the next stop sooner.
Hike the Tongariro Crossing or take a walk down to Spa Park to relax in the natural hot springs by the river; a great way to spend the day (or night).

Taupo to River Valley

You’ll then head south around the “great lake” towards the Tongariro National Park for a picnic lunch and a two hour walk through native bush and waterfalls. In the afternoon you travel through to River Valley, the ultimate adventure lodge situated amongst towering cliffs and bush-clad hills. The lodge offers grade five rafting on the Rangitikei River, scenic horse riding, and a small golf course. Spend the evening enjoying the delicious roast dinner and relaxing by the open fire.

River Valley to Wellington

After a morning white water rafting or horse riding you’ll head through the rolling hills full of deer, cattle and sheep on your way to Wellington. The undisputed capital of culture, the arts, restaurants, fashion and nightlife. Wellington is also home to the largest cultural attraction in New Zealand, Te Papa Museum, which is well worth a look (and free).

Wellington to Picton to Kaiteriteri

Travel across the stunning Cook Strait to the seaside town of Picton, then on to Kaiteriteri where the beautiful golden sand beach is practically on your doorstep.
You can choose to take the Interislander ferry across to the South Island, through the magnificent Marlborough Sounds; or arrange a flight. Travel via the Pelorus Bridge to Nelson, New Zealand’s sunniest city, then on to Kaiteriteri at the edge of the Abel Tasman National Park. You can simply wile away the evening on the golden sand beach just metres from your accommodation. Kaiteriteri is a great spot to begin an adventure (on foot, by kayak or by water taxi) into Abel Tasman National Park.

Kaiteriteri to Westport

Spend the morning kayaking out to Split Apple Rock and along the golden bays nearby Kaiteriteri, looking out for the local marine wildlife; or catch a water taxi to one of the bays in the Abel Tasman National Park to go for a morning stroll in the native New Zealand forest. You’ll stop in the iconic Nelson Lakes on the way so you can get the legendary wharf jumping shot. In Westport you’ll meet the team from Buller Adventure Tours where you can experience the best value for money jet boating, horse trekking and quad biking in New Zealand.

Westport to Lake Mahinapua

Journey down the spectacular State Highway 6 that stretches 435 kilometres along the rugged Tasman shoreline, from Westport in the North, to the Haast Junction in the South. The road winds through a diverse series of landscapes which never cease to amaze both locals and visitors alike. This includes fertile farmland, sparsely populated towns, deserted goldfields, lush green rainforests, and the snow-capped Southern Alps. Highlights include the Cape Foulwind seal colony, rugged beach walks, and the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks.

Lake Mahinapua to Franz Josef

Continue along the rugged West Coast of New Zealand towards Franz Josef.
This morning you’ll have breakfast at Lake Mahinapua before heading to Franz Josef; the northern gateway to Te Wahipounamu, the Southwest New Zealand World Heritage area. The region includes Aoraki/Mount Cook, Westland Tai Poutini, Mount Aspiring, the Fiordland National Parks, and surrounding conservation lands. Franz Josef is a magnificent spot and whatever you get out and do, you will be blown away by the views of the glacier and Alps.

Franz Josef (Extra Day)

An extra day in Franz Josef is recommended because there’s so much to do there. If you’re short on time, you can always skip this extra day, timetable allowing, and get to the next stop sooner.
Today is your chance to hike on the Franz Josef Glacier, rated as one of the top three activities to do in New Zealand, by Kiwi Experience passengers. You could also take the option of a heli-hike, and be flown up the glacier, or take a more sedate approach and explore the various walks in the area.

Franz Josef – Wanaka

An early start in order to catch the perfect mirror reflection of Mt Cook and the Southern Alps on Lake Matheson. You’ll then cruise down the last stretch of Highway 6, stopping at popular scenic spots along the way. Then it’s into Mount Aspiring National Park, arriving in the awe-inspiring destination of Wanaka in the afternoon.

Wanaka – Queenstown

It’s only a short drive today through to New Zealand’s adventure capital, Queenstown. Highlights include Puzzling World and stopping at the world’s first commercial bungy site – the Kawarau Bridge. On arrival in Queenstown you can book all activities and confirm onward bus travel at Base, as well as get a group photo with all your new West Coast mates. Then it’s out on the town exploring Queenstown’s infamous nightlife with all the crew!

Queenstown (Extra Day)

An extra day is recommended in Queenstown because there’s so much to do there. If you’re short on time, you can always skip this extra day, timetable allowing, and get to the next stop sooner.
Queenstown is rated as one of our passenger’s favourite spots to hang out in New Zealand. Take the time to spend a few days here as it is one of the most picturesque places in the world. Make the most of the beautiful lake and surrounding walks, or get into a whole range of adrenalin pumping activities. If there was one activity that you couldn’t miss it would be the day trip to Milford Sound, commonly referred to as New Zealand’s most beautiful spot!

Queenstown – Milford Sound – Queenstown

The day includes a 1 hour 45 minute boat cruise through Milford Sound exploring soaring peaks, towering waterfalls and New Zealand nature at its best. See the Homer Tunnel, mirrored lakes and amazing fjords. If you have time you can jump off and spend a night or two in Milford Sound. Provided the weather and bank balance permits you have the option of flying back to Queenstown, otherwise the Kiwi Experience bus will take you back to the adventure capital.

Queenstown to Lake Tekapo

Travel through the Lindis Pass; have your cameras ready because this is ‘Lord of the Rings’ territory. After stopping to admire Mt Cook at Lake Pukaki, you’ll travel to Lake Tekapo with its amazing location by snow-capped alps and clear starry skies. Lake Tekapo has something for everyone – relaxing at the lakeside and taking in the untouched beauty, soaking in the hot springs, discovering one of the many scenic walkways or checking out the mind-boggling stars in the world’s largest dark sky reserve.

Lake Tekapo to Christchurch

A straight run into Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island and the 3rd largest in New Zealand.

Overnight Stops (accommodation not included): Auckland, Hot Water Beach, Waitomo, Rotorua, Taupo, River Valley, Wellington, Kaiteriteri, Westport, Mahinapua, Franz Joseph, Wanaka, Queenstown and a host of optional stop-offs.

Auckland
Paihia (Bay of Islands)
Waitangi
Cape Reinga
Cathedral Cove
Hot Water Beach
Karangahake Scenic Reserve
Waitomo
Ruakuri Reserve
Rotorua
Te Puia
Taupo
Huka Falls
Tongariro National Park
Wellington
Picton
Kaiteriteri
Westport
Nelson Lake
Southern Alps
Punakaiki Pancake Rocks
Lake Mahinapua
Franz Josef
Lake Matheson
Mount Aspiring National Park
Wanaka
Queenstown
Milford Sound
Mount Cook
Mount Aspiring (Optional)
Westland Tai Poutini (Optional)
Fiordland National Park (Optional)
Lake Pukaki
Lake Tekapo
Christchurch
Heaps of spectacular views including Waterfalls, Gorges, Lakes, Glaciers and Mountains
Whales, Dolphins, Seals and Kiwi Birds - if you’re lucky!
Included

Cape Reinga day trip, including guided ancient rainforest walk and sandboarding
1 hour 45 minute Milford Sound cruise

Optional (Extra Costs)

Swim with Dolphins
Excitor Fast Boat
Kayaking
Fishing
Sailing
Diving
Snorkelling
Surfing
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Black Water Rafting
Hobbiton Movie Set
Overnight stay at Tamaki Marae - Maori Feast and Concert
Skydiving
Bungy Jumping
Jet Boating
Tongariro Crossing
River Rafting on the Rangitikei River
Scenic Horse Riding
Te Papa Museum (free)
Abel Tasman National Park
Hike Franz Josef Glacier
Heli Hike (scenic flight and hike) up Franz Josef Glacier
Quad Biking
Puzzling World
Milford Sound Day Trip
Tour Departure Days

365 days a year

Departure Times

Contact Kiwi Experience for pick up times.
All tickets are open dated - please give 5 days notice to book in your dates and ALL bookings MUST reconfirm 36hrs in advance. Phone from Australia: 1800 058 361 or +64 9 336 4286 or from within New Zealand: 09 336 4286.


Return Times

Contact Kiwi Experience for drop off times.
Phone from Australia: 1800 058 361 or +64 9 336 4286 or from within New Zealand: 09 336 4286.


Includes

Transport between the destinations listed within the itinerary
1 hour 45 minute Milford Sound cruise
Heaps of scenic walks to Gorges, Lakes, Reserves, Glaciers, Mountains and Waterfalls
Experienced and knowledgeable Driver/Guide

Extras

Pass includes transport only and activities listed under the ‘Included’ section; any other activities will need to be paid for. Food and accommodation is not included.

What to Bring

Any/All your luggage that you will need for the duration of your trip (minimum 24 days).

Important Information

Minimum Trip Time: 24 days
Maximum Trip Time: 12 months from 1st day of travel

All tickets are open dated - please give 5 days notice to book in your dates and ALL bookings MUST reconfirm 36 hours in advance. Phone from Australia: 1800 058 361 or +64 9 336 4286 or from within New Zealand: 09 336 4286.

$1137.00 Per Person
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