22 Day New Zealand Explorer Northbound


At the end of the 22 days exploring New Zealand you won't want to leave! Get the full taste of New Zealand covering both North and South islands in our fully equipped coach. We depart from the country's largest city, Auckland. Stay in dorm share accommodation as we serve up adventure after adventure. Hike the Whangarei Falls and fall in love with the picture-perfect Bay of Islands. Relax in the thermal hot springs of Rotorua and before crossing from North Island to South at Wellington in to Nelson. Take the opportunity to try out bungy jumping or instead settle for a jet boat ride in the Huka Falls. The tour concludes in Christchurch. As this tour is made up of two individual trips you may have a different guide at each stage.


Tour Style
Tourcode: PTOACU
Max Passengers: 15
Price from:
AUD $6970.00EUR €5025.00GBP £3650.00
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Adventure Tours Australia: 22 Day New Zealand Explorer Northbound
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20 nights lodge style twin/double/single upgrade accommodation and 1 night overnight boat cruise
Tour Code PTOACU
Duration 22 days
Tour Style Explorer
Route Christchurch to Auckland
Maximum Passengers 15
Price (adult) AUD $7245.00EUR €5120.00GBP £3755.00
Valid 31 March 2015 - 30 March 2016

Itinerary: day by day

Day 1 – Christchurch

Arrive early and discover why Christchurch is known as the 'Garden City'. Visit Hagley Park or hire a punt and glide down the Avon River. Our trip begins with a welcome meeting at approximately 6pm.

Tour Departs From:  Breakfree Christchurch 7.30am day 2

Day 2 – Punakaiki

Leave the big city behind and head over the Canterbury Plains on to Punakaiki, located on New Zealand's wild West Coast. This town is known for its nearby beautiful national park. (B)

Days 3 and 4 – Franz Josef Glacier                

Sit back and relax on a breathtaking drive along the coast, passing forests, lakes and hidden beaches. Arrive in Franz Josef and choose from an array of optional activities here. Join a guided hike across the glacier, go for a kayak, take a spin on a quad bike or enjoy unrivalled views of the region on a scenic flight (optional activities own expense). (Bx1)

Days 5 to 9 – Queenstown and Doubtful sound

Soak up mountain vistas, meandering rivers and glassy lakes while travelling to Queenstown. Be sure to have space on your camera’s memory card as there'll be countless photo opportunities along the way. Queenstown will spoil you for choice as the undisputed adventure capital of New Zealand. Jet boat, bungee jump, paraglide and kayak before taking time out on the Skyline Gondola (all activities apart from the Gondola trip are at own expense). Take a break between adrenaline rushes as we drive through to Doubtful Sound to go aboard your overnight cruise boat for a fantastic trip through the fjords. This place is stunning with tall mountain peaks and waterfalls, truly one of the most spectacular places in the country (boat has four berth cabins, no upgrade available this night).  (Bx3 Dx1)

Day 10 – Mt Cook

Be dwarfed by spectacular Aoraki (Mt Cook) which, at an impressive 3,754 m (12,316 ft), is the highest mountain in New Zealand. Explore meadows, lakes, streams and glaciers which shelter the world's only alpine parrot, the kea. (B)

Day 11 – Christchurch

This morning at Mt Cook we hope to catch a view of this spectacular mountain and hike some of the lower trails. There are wonderful lake views and photo opportunities galore. We then return to Christchurch and further explore this picture-perfect city. (B)

Day 12 – Kaikoura

Departing Christchurch, we head out to sea and spot whales off the coast of Kaikoura, a town famous for its fresh seafood and marine life. (B)

Days 13 and 14 – Nelson

Today we journey to Nelson, in the heart of wine making country. Bushwalking tracks among these gorgeous inlets and coves are just begging to be explored. It is also possible to fit in a spot of fishing, take a winery tour or perhaps just wander through the eclectic range of shops in Nelson. (Bx1)

Days 15 and 16 – Wellington

Enjoy a cruise through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds on a ferry between the North and South Island. Explore Wellington's buzzing cafe scene or ride a cable car to the Botanic Gardens, taking in spectacular views of the city and harbour. (B)

Day 17 – Mt Ruapehu

Today we visit the impressive Mt Ruapehu. Perhaps hike the famous Tongariro Crossing track or take a different route through the lower forest. If you’re feeling adventurous, activities like skiing and snowboarding are available during the winter months. (BD)

Day 18 – Taupo to Rotorua

Marvel at Huka Falls and take the opportunity to bungee or jet boat in Taupo - the North Island's home of extreme sports (own expense). Rotorua's geysers, bubbling mud pools and volcanic cliffs are shaped by seismic forces. (B)

Day 19 – Rotorua

Discover Waitomo, famous for its limestone caves, glow worms and blackwater rafting. This is an unforgettable trip involving hiking and descending an underground river floating on an inner tube (own expense). (B)

Day: 20 Waitomo - Bay of Islands

We leave Waitomo and drive north through fantastic scenery. There are beautiful beaches and unspoiled places to explore. (B)

Day: 21 Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is one of New Zealand’s top holiday destinations. 144 islands in total, this boating paradise enjoys a sub-tropical climate. Today we have a host of available activities including kayaking, a boat trip to the islands or just relaxing. Visit the village of Russell for a look into NZ´s interesting past.

Day 22 – Auckland

We make our way back South passing unspoiled beaches and lush forests. The final leg of our adventure takes us to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. Enjoy crossing the harbour bridge with a great view of the 'City of Sails'. (B)

B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner

Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to tour guide before departure. Please refer to terms and conditions for more details.


Departure location : Breakfree Christchurch 7.30am day 2

Arrival location : Kiwi International Hotel, 411 Queen St Auckland, early evening day 22

Sep 30
Nov 18
Jan 06 31
Feb 24
Apr 13



  • Experienced guide
  • 16 breakfasts and 4 dinners
  • 20 nights lodge style twin/double, or upgrade to single available for additional cost. 1 night overnight boat cruise.
  • Please note upgrade rooms are not available on the cruise due to room restrictions, all rooms are quad share. All accommodation has ensuite bathrooms apart from Christchurch. Accommodation locations may change throughout the season.

What to bring

  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • hat and sunscreen
  • towel and toiletries
  • swimming gear
  • warm clothing in winter, waterproof jacket
  • water bottles
  • torch
  • insect repellent
  • camera
  • pillow


• Departure JAN 31 will start at the Jailhouse Hostel, Christchurch. All other departures will start from the YHA. Pre accommodation is included here.

• Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, and traditional owner/national park requirements. Please see terms and conditions of travel for full details.

• Tour is operated by our tour partner Trek Tracks.

• Doubtful Sound overnight cruise is on Day 7, and may need to be substituted to a day boat tour on some winter departures (weather dependent).

• Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to tour guide before departure.

• A STRICT luggage limit of 20kg applies.

• It is your responsibility to advise us if you have any special dietary requirements, allergies, or medical conditions well ahead of departure.

• B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner.