South Pacific Tours

Paradise. White sandy beaches. Cocktails with tiny umbrellas in them. If you need a break from work or uni, the South Pacific brings everything tropical and wonderful together. So many delightful islands, so little time! Take it all in with a South Pacific cruise hopping from island to island and seeing what Tahiti, Fiji, Vanuatu, Cook Islands and New Zealand have to offer.

Set sail for the South Pacific

There's so much to explore in the South Pacific even if you're not on a cruise. Student Flights has heaps of South Pacific tours including Cook Island tours, Fiji tours, Tahiti tours, Vanuatu tours and New Zealand tours.

A Cook Island tour is as close as you'll get to a deserted island far away from uni exams and deadlines. Here, you can swim in one of the world's largest coral lagoons full of vibrant, colourful fish.

Or maybe you'd like to dive headfirst into everything Vanuatu has to offer. Vanuatu tourscan take you to see a shipwreck the size of the Titanic. Or, if you want to join the rest of the honeymooners, Tahiti tours are for you. The main island of French Polynesia, Tahiti is so beautiful it's hard to believe a place like this exists.

Fiji tours are great for adventure, watersports and relaxation. If you're a diver, head to Sawailau caves, which are only accessible by an underwater tunnel. New Zealand is also an adventure sports destination – think paragliding, bungee jumping or jet boat riding. If you're an adrenalin junkie, New Zealand tours are for you.

For all the goss on what's happening in the South Pacific now plus the lowdown on the best South Pacific tours and South Pacific cruises, call Student Flights. We've got amazing deals on stacks of South Pacific tours including Cook Island tours, Fiji tours, Tahiti tours, Vanuatu tours and New Zealand tours. Whatever South Pacific tours or South Pacific cruises you're looking for, give us a call on 1800 046 462 today.

South Pacific Tour Packages

  • Totally Topdeck

    Southern Explorer, 7 Days

    from $995*

    • 7 day tour departing from Christchurch.
    • 6 nights accommodation in hotels & lodges.
    • 6 breakfasts, 1 afternoon tea, 3 dinners.
    • Escorted services of a fully trained Trip Leader & Driver.
    • Stay in Fox Glacier.
    • Milford Sound experience by Nature Encounter Cruise.
    • Arrow River bike trails.
    • Kiwi Farm Experience in Fairlie.
    • Milford Sound Cruise.
    • Modern air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Christchurch - Fox Glacier - Queenstown - Fiordland - Lake Ohau

    Day 1 Christchurch to Fox Glacier
    Our trip begins in the 'Garden City', Christchurch, a city heroically rebuilding itself following the earthquakes of 2011. We set off to enjoy some of New Zealand's most jaw-dropping scenery today as we pass over the majestic Southern Alps. Stopping in Hokitika we visit a jade factory to see the carvers skilfully creating works of art from the iconic Pounamu greenstone. Next up is Lake Matheson where you will hopefully catch a glimpse of the reflection of NZ's two highest peaks in the lake's waters. We soak up the scenery at our overnight stop in beautiful Fox Glacier.

    Day 2 Fox Glacier to Queenstown
    Why not make some unforgettable memories today with an optional half-day hike on Fox Glacier? If you have a bit more cash saved up, then a heli-hike to the upper reaches of this river of ice might tempt you Afterwards, our scenic drive passes the beauty spots of Thunder Creek Falls, Haast River and stunning Lake Wanaka en-route to fun-loving, adventure-filled Queenstown.

    Day 3-4 Queenstown
    Prepare yourself for an action-packed two days in Queenstown, a postcard perfect setting. Options include three bungy jumps, a canyon swing, Shotover Jet, sky-diving, horse-riding, boat safari, mountain biking, a skyline gondola, a hike to Ben Lomond for 360 degree views or one of the many fantastic walks Queenstown has to offer Phew If that sounds too much you can always kick back by the lake or indulge in some legendary nightlife later on.

    Day 5 Queenstown to Fiordland (Milford Sound Cruise)
    Today we're off to the awe-inspiring Fiordland region, via the township of Te Anau, Mirror Lakes and Hollyford Valley. This afternoon we enjoy a nature cruise on the astonishing Milford Sound. Keep an eye out for local wildlife, including fur seals, bottlenose dolphins and even penguins. We stay overnight in Te Anau, located in the picturesque Fiordland region.

    Day 6 Fiordland to Lake Ohau
    A day of contrasting scenery, from the riverside views of the Arrow River bike trail to the Lord of the Rings landscapes along the Kawarau River. We'll notice the backdrop change as we cross Lindis Pass and make for our lakeside lodge retreat at Lake Ohau. This evening, why not enjoy a drink on the deck as the sunset silhouettes Mt Cook to the west.

    Day 7 Lake Ohau to Christchurch (via Mt Cook Village)
    After waking to magnificent views, we head to Mt Cook village and Lake Pukaki for some photos - hopefully we'll get views of New Zealand's highest peak, Mt Cook, which is known as Aoraki to the Maori people. We then head to our Kiwi Farm Experience in Fairlie, here you can learn about life on a sheep farm before we head back to Christchurch where our adventure comes to an end.

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    Grand Kiwi Ex Christchurch, 17 Days

    from $2,655*

    • 17 day tour departing from Christchurch.
    • 15 nights accommodation in hotels, motels & lodges.
    • 1 night in a traditional Maori Marae.
    • 16 breakfasts, 1 afternoon tea, 7 dinners.
    • Stunning Bay of Islands & 'Rock the Boat' upgrade option.
    • Traditional Kiwi lamb roast dinner with pavlova.
    • Kiwi Farm Experience in Fairlie.
    • Kapa Haka performance.
    • Tongariro National Park & Lake Taupo.
    • Wine tasting in Marlborough.
    • Kaikoura Peninsula & marine life.
    • Stay in Fox Glacier.
    • Milford Sound experience by Nature Encounter Cruise.
    • Arrow River bike trails.
    • Cook Strait ferry crossing.
    • Modern air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Christchurch - Queenstown - Fiordland - Lake Ohau - Nelson - Wellington - Tongariro National Park - Rotorua - Auckland - Bay of Islands

    Day 1 Christchurch
    Kia Ora and welcome to your Kiwi adventure with Topdeck Your NZ journey unfolds and the scenery will totally amaze you today as we head off across the Canterbury Plains and into the Southern Alps. Our path is only one of three that cut across these impressive mountains that form the backbone of the South Island. We'll stop for a break at Arthur's Pass then continue on through the Otira Gorge with waterfalls cascading overhead. Welcome to the wild West Coast as we head into the town of Hokitika for our lunch break, the Whitebait fritters are a must when in season. We'll stop at the Jade factory and see the carvers skilfully creating works of art from the Pounamu greenstone, known as Jade, and grab the chance to purchase a souvenir pendant. Let's hope Lake Matheson's waters are still and the skies are clear so that we can get that famous reflection of New Zealand's two tallest mountain peaks in its waters. This afternoon we'll stretch our legs with an afternoon walk taking in the stunning scenery before we check into our accommodation.

    Day 2 Queenstown
    Westland National Park abounds with high mountain peaks and glaciers and today we'll have a chance to walk on a flowing river of ice A half day guided hike* is an excellent way to take a closer look at Fox Glacier as your ice guides take you alongside the glacier through rejuvenating temperate rainforest and onto the lower icefall. If you prefer to search higher on the glacier for stunning ice caves and formations take a heli-hike* onto the upper icefall and enjoy a more sedate walking pace as you explore with your ice guides and await the return of your helicopter. After lunch we will make stops for photos and short walks. A stop at Thunder Creek Falls, which flows into the Haast River amidst rainforest, highlights the beauty of this World Heritage area. We'll break at Makarora then journey past Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea and onto our destination, the adrenalin mecca of the southern hemisphere, Queenstown, our home for next three nights Don't miss out on a famous Topdeck recommended Queenstown Fergburger* whilst in town the Little Lamby is always a winner.

    Day 3 Queenstown
    One is never quite enough so we've given you two full days in Queenstown and adventure waits at every turn Queenstown is perfect for everyone from the adrenalin junkie to the leisure seeker - there is just so much to do. Try a bungy jump* or a giant swing through a narrow canyon*, skim past canyon walls on the Shotover Jet*, pass through the breathtaking scenery of the Dart River on a jet boat safari* or for a more leisurely view take a horseback ride* through Paradise. If this is not your 'cup of tea', enjoy the mountains and views on the numerous mountain bike trails* or hike to Ben Lomond for 360 degree views, admire Queenstown from above with a ride on the skyline gondola* or take one of the many fantastic walks Queenstown has to offer. With two full days in this ever popular resort town, it's also a perfect opportunity to catch a glimpse of a Kiwi, why not head to the Kiwi Birdlife Park*?

    Day 4 Queenstown
    Who's up for round two in all-singing-all-dancing Queenstown? Today is a free day to tick-off what you didn't have time to do yesterday, or you might just fancy kicking back and chilling by the pristine lake or at a local cafe, restaurant or bar. Life is pretty good here

    Day 5 Fiordland
    Departing Queenstown this morning we farewell this adventure playground and head to the Fiords. There will be time to stop and admire the reflection in Mirror Lake, the views down the Hollyford Valley, and we literally drive through the mountain via the Homer Tunnel and emerge back into a landscape of spectacular mountains and waterfalls. This afternoon brings a heightened enthusiasm rearing for your Milford Sound Nature Cruise and to enjoy the stunning views that have been pictured millions of times in the Fiord. Fur seals and bottlenose dolphins are often seen and, on the odd occasion the rare Fiordland Crested Penguins can also be out playing. Our afternoon cruise is an intimate look into the history and geology of the Fiord while exploring small nooks and crannies along the edges, nudging into sheer rock faces to examine flora and fauna in detail and is sure to be a real highlight

    Day 6 Lake Ohau
    We make our way along Lake Wakatipu this morning bound for quaint Arrowtown. You'll have some time to explore this historic gold mining town before tackling our next adventure. After lunch*, we leave the coach behind for just a little while this afternoon we're using pedal power Departing Arrowtown on our mountain bikes, your Topdeck trip leader guides you along the willow-lined Arrow River. Crossing various bridges, you'll zig-zag across the river which is sometimes tranquil, often rushing over rocks, then widening to crystal clear pools. There's no shortage of photo stops along the relatively gentle ride either, none more popular than the halfway mark when we arrive at the most awe-inspiring suspension bridge, it's a destination in itself. There is certainly time to take it all in and enjoy the journey before we finish at the famous Kawarau Bridge, home of the world's first commercial Bungy operation. Before too long it's time to hit the road again as we continue through to the Cromwell district before we venture up and over the Lindis Pass as we witness the dramatic variation in scenery of these ranges to those we've encountered in the west. Our home tonight is a classic Kiwi Lakeside Lodge on the shores of Lake Ohau. After a superb homemade meal, be sure to save room for dessert - it has been a Topdeck favourite for years There's time for an evening stroll by the lake, or quiet drink on the deck as we watch the sun silhouette Mt Cook whilst setting to the west.

    Day 7 Christchurch
    Wake up this morning to magnificent views of the mountains before you. Today we make tracks and follow the Southern Lakes hydroelectricity scheme around impressive blue water lakes with the ever-present Southern Alps as a backdrop. If the weather is right we'll head in to Mt Cook village, there is an opportunity to take a walk in the National Park, or simply sit back and enjoy the stunning scenery. Next stop, Lake Pukaki, and a chance for some amazing photos as we gaze across the clear blue waters back to Mt Cook known to the Maori people as Aoraki or cloud piercer, hopefully no clouds in sight to obscure our view The blue waters of Lake Tekapo greet us as we make a scenic lunch stop in the village. After lunch we make our way to the Church of the Good Sheppard and the monument to the Border Collie. On to Fairlie - situated smack in the heart of sheep country, we will learn about life on a Kiwi sheep farm and see the Collie dogs in action at our Kiwi Farm Experience the delicious homemade afternoon tea is true Kiwi Country fare. From here it's flat going as we once again cross the Canterbury Plains to reach the garden city of Christchurch.


    Day 8 Nelson
    North and along a very scenic coastal drive, today we are off to Kaikoura - a friendly town that sits right at the foothills of the Seaward Kaikoura Ranges and the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Fans of seafood will certainly enjoy lunch in these parts. In fact, in the Maori language Kai = Food and Koura = Crayfish, so you know it's good There's even the option of meeting some marine friends with a whale watching* or dolphin swimming* or seal swimming adventure* here, while in winter you can snuggle up with a glass of NZ's finest at a local winery. Waving Kaikoura goodbye, keep your eyes peeled towards the water to spy New Zealand fur seals at Ohau Point. The late afternoon has us through the Marlborough region before reaching our afternoon destination at Nelson, the sunniest region in New Zealand known best for its beaches, wineries, breweries and energetic local arts community.

    Day 9 Nelson
    Today is yours to explore the breathtaking surrounds of Nelson and whatever you're into; it's all here, all year Home to three of New Zealand's most spectacular national parks, it truly is a diverse region. From snow capped mountains to lush green forests, and rolling vineyards to turquoise waters, make sure you pack your camera today You'll have the opportunity to explore the stunning Abel Tasman National Park by boat*, by the ever-popular walking tracks* or from the water as you paddle in ocean kayaks* along the shoreline. For a different view, why not try an unforgettable tandem skydive*? If you would prefer to keep your feet on terra firma, there's horse riding* and even quad biking* options available. Nelson is also the creative arts hub of New Zealand and home to a number of wonderful galleries and studios. With over three hundred working artists, you're guaranteed to see many scattered around the lakes, on the rivers, in forest dwellings and everywhere in between Tonight we regroup over a traditional Kiwi BBQ dinner provided by your champion Topdeck crew.


    Day 10 Wellington
    Our morning drive back up and over the range sees us back into the sensational Marlborough Wine Region. We soon discover the very reason why this area has become so famous around the world � yes, the vino This area has one of the world's greatest wine trails: fabulous wine, breathtaking scenery, a warm climate and relaxed people clustered in one small grape growing region. A visit to our secret Marlborough Winery for some famous NZ wine tastings, will certainly appeal The family-owned vineyard was one of the first to be set up in this area and the passion the staff have for all facets of wine making is truly infectious. From here a short drive to Picton where we board the inter-islander ferry across Cook Strait. Leaving behind the South Island & the blue waters of the Marlborough Sound, shortly the harbour city of Wellington will greet you - you'll notice the change of scenery immediately, as we arrive right into the middle of the capital city. With stylish cocktail bars and award-winning restaurants all in a compact CBD area that make Wellington the most vibrant city in NZ Wellington's been crowned the '4th coolest city' in the world to visit and you're about to find out why

    Day 11 Tongariro National Park
    After checking out our rooms it is time to check out the City A Visit to Te Papa - the NZ National Museum - with six brilliant levels of interactive history, art and all round awesomeness is certainly a must For all you cool city cats, there's the funky designer shops and contemporary art galleries a plenty in the city streets. We leave the Capital behind and traverse between the coast and the lower north farmlands destined for the central vast volcanic plateau of World Heritage listed Tongariro National Park. The three mountains at the heart of the park - Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu - have cultural and religious significance for the Maori people. Here we bunk down for the next two nights in a true alpine retreat nestled on the edge of Whakapapa Village. You'll have the opportunity to relax in the sauna and spa or unwind with a drink in the Terrace Bar by the fire. We'll top the night off with a hearty country style meal, but leave room for desert � you'll be introduced to a Kiwi favourite tonight, the Pavlova

    Day 12 Tongariro National Park
    With dual cultural and natural heritage status, and often described as one of the best full day hikes in NZ, the �Tongariro Crossing�* is yours to take on today if you choose. Two active volcanoes, a cold mountain spring, lava flows, an active crater, emerald lakes and hot springs combine to make this an enjoyable and memorable trip into a most interesting area of the park (8 hour hike � transfers at own expense, seasonal and subject to weather conditions). Around the Village there are also a number of many shorter walking tracks for you to experience the grandeur of Tongariro National Park. If hiking is not your thing, there are a variety of other optional activities available including Quad Biking*, Mountain Biking*, Kayaking*, even Skiing in winter* (check with your crew for the best deals). After a full day's exploring, take a leisurely stroll into the village where numerous options are on offer for dinner*. After a full day spent exploring, head back for another relaxing night at the mountain lodge, perfect

    Day 13 Rotorua
    Taupo is first, and hanging above the free flowing Waikato River, the Taupo Bungy is a must for those game enough to take the plunge* Next up, it's onwards to the raging waters of Huka Falls before reaching Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake. Travelling North we divert from the highway to explore the uniquely different landscape of Wai-O-Tapu (Maori for sacred waters), an active geothermal area located in the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The vibrant colours of the hot springs along the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Track make for the most spectacular Facebook cover photo A visit here would not be complete without taking the short detour to see (and hear) the gurgling, bubbling Mud Pool. We continue to the heartbeat of Maori culture in Aotearoa - Rotorua. This steamy thermal playground is renowned for its natural and cultural beauty and a distinct welcoming aroma in the air - breathe in that sulphuric goodness Tonight we'll be staying in a traditional Maori Marae where the elders will welcome us on arrival in their time-honoured style; this stay is an opportunity to experience the real side of Maori Culture, as it is today. After a hearty traditional family style dinner, our Whanau host will enlighten us through some Maori history and legend before we are treated to an exclusive cultural performance by the Te Arawa people. We also interact and learn facets of the cultural performance including the actions of various Haka and Poi. The Haka that we learn is not a traditional one (as this would break tribal protocol), instead it is one that was written specifically for Topdeck. All of this traditional Maori entertainment, education and performance by a local Kapa Haka group exclusively for us this certainly is the real deal Later, doze off to sleep eye to eye as you check out all of the carvings inside the Marae up close and personal.

    Day 14 Rotorua
    We say goodbye to the Marae after breakfast and the rest of the day is yours to explore, and there are countless options on offer in this beautiful area. Relax in the famous thermal spa pools*, or indulge in a rejuvenating massage*. If you're looking for adventure, there's also mountain biking*, white water rafting*, the original OGO Zorb* or tackle some unique activities on offer at the Agroventures adventure hub*. Another option is The Hobbiton Movie Set Tour*, an absolute must-do for Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit fans. This fascinating tour takes you through the real middle-earth as you view the set through Frodo's eyes - exactly as it appeared in the films Get lost among the Hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and the Party Tree whilst admiring the picturesque landscape on this privately owned, working New Zealand farm. A little slice of luxury tonight as we settle into Rotorua's largest hotel, set right on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua and just a short stroll from the vibrant city centre.

    Day 15 Auckland
    The lush green rolling hills of the Waikato and King Country today line the roads as we trek towards Auckland, or Tamaki-Makau-Rau as it's known in Maori, meaning 'the maiden with a thousand lovers'. It earned its name because it was coveted by many tribes, and let's face it, what's not to love Afterwards, we'll meet some more excited Topdeck travellers and together, crossing Auckland's scenic harbour and heading north, Our first stop is at Parry Kauri Park to marvel at the magnificent Kauri tree, NZ's oldest and largest tree species dating back to Jurassic times. Then it's onto the seaside town of Paihia in the beautiful Bay of Islands - 144 islands, secluded bays, and an abundance of marine life - this is the picture perfect New Zealand you've been dreaming about. Settle into your hotel and make the most of this evening at your own pace - relax by the pool, head into town for a meal and most importantly, get to know your new tour buddies

    Upgrade to overnight 'Rock the Boat' option if you're keen to experience everything the bay has to offer, this cruise aboard New Zealand's largest houseboat is not to be missed. With a laid-back atmosphere and cosy bar, a fun night of laughs, music and good company is always on offer. If you consider yourself a shark, there's even a pool table competition Spot satellites and shooting stars with the experienced crew, who'll take any chance to use their laser pointers to impress you with their knowledge of New Zealand's southern skies. As for hopeless nautical romantics, you can expect amazing views, golden sunsets and an open log fire - the vessel is lit up with candles too

    Day 16 Bay of Islands
    Today is yours to explore the fascinating Bay of Islands and there's a whole host of optional activities on offer. Adventure lovers can catamaran along the inner bay looking for dolphins*, kayak through mangrove forests to Haruru Falls*, or take a ride along 90 Mile Beach to Cape Reinga* and board down the Te Paki sand dunes. History buffs can take a step back in time and learn about the fascinating past of New Zealand at the Waitangi Treaty House*. There's also time to visit Russell, the oldest settlement in New Zealand, or hike to the Haruru Falls through native bush. Tonight swap stories about our day in the bay over a delicious Kiwi favourite - fish and chips

    Day 17 Auckland
    This morning we start our journey south. If the weather's nice, you'll enjoy a scenic walk to view Whangarei Falls before it's back to Auckland, we once again cross the harbour to reach our final destination and say our goodbyes ... as they say in Kiwi ... it's been real-as, bro Ka Kite Ano We hope you have enjoyed the past 17 Days travelling with Topdeck and we look forward to seeing you on one of our great trips again soon. Not ready to end your adventure just yet? You're in luck - Topdeck also have numerous trips on offer Down Under Whether it's the sun, surf and sand of the east coast, the rugged natural beauty of the southern states or the fascinating aboriginal history of the outback, Topdeck have an Australian trip sure to interest you.

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    Grand Kiwi Ex Auckland, 17 Days

    from $2,695*

    • 17 day tour departing from Auckland.
    • 15 nights accommodation in hotels, motels & lodges.
    • 1 night in a traditional Maori Marae.
    • 16 breakfasts, 1 afternoon tea, 7 dinners.
    • Stunning Bay of Islands & 'Rock the Boat' upgrade option.
    • Traditional Kiwi lamb roast dinner with pavlova.
    • Kiwi Farm Experience in Fairlie.
    • Kapa Haka performance.
    • Tongariro National Park & Lake Taupo.
    • Wine tasting in Marlborough.
    • Kaikoura Peninsula & marine life.
    • Stay in Fox Glacier.
    • Milford Sound experience by Nature Encounter Cruise.
    • Arrow River bike trails.
    • Cook Strait ferry crossing.
    • Modern air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Auckland - Paihia - Rotorua - Tongariro National Park - Wellington - Nelson - Christchurch - Kaikoura - Fox Glacier - Queenstown - Fiordland - Lake Ohau

    Day 1 Auckland to Paihia, Bay Of Islands
    Kia Ora We head from Auckland to Paihia amongst the beautiful Bay of Islands. An optional 'Rock the Boat' overnight upgrade could see you sailing through the islands and stargazing from deck.

    Day 2 Paihia, Bay of Islands
    A free day to explore this pristine area where optional activities are abound. Adventure-lovers can catamaran along the inner bay looking for dolphins, kayak through mangrove forests to the Haruru Falls, or take a ride along 90 Mile Beach to Cape Reinga. Get to grips with fascinating Kiwi history at Waitangi Treaty House to learn about New Zealand's past. Tonight enjoy a delicious Kiwi favourite, fish and chips.

    Day 3 Bay of Islands to Rotorua
    Back to Auckland before heading to Rotorua. Tonight we stay in a traditional Maori Marae (sacred meeting house), so get ready for a spiritual evening of historical and cultural stories and learn the local Haka and Poi dances.

    Day 4 Rotorua
    Explore sulphuric Rotorua your way, maybe hire a mountain bike, go white water rafting, visit the thermal spa pools or splash out on a massage.

    Day 5 Rotorua to Tongariro National Park
    First up we explore the boiling mud and steaming waters of the Wai-O-Tapu region, an active geothermal area located in the Taupo volcanic zone. Later we visit Huka Falls, Lake Taupo, and the Taupo Bungy over the Waikato River (jump optional). We then head to our alpine retreat in Tongariro NP. Tonight we savour the flavours of our traditional Kiwi lamb roast dinner followed by the ultimate Kiwi dessert, pavlova.

    Day 6 Tongariro National Park
    Today there are plenty of optional activities on offer, hike the beautiful Tongariro Crossing, hire a mountain bike or even ski (during winter) on your free day in Tongariro. Later we can relax in the sauna or spa pool at our accommodation.

    Day 7 Tongariro National Park to Wellington
    Today we ask; "why is Wellington NZ's coolest city?" Funky galleries, designer shops, top museums, great restaurants and stylish bars, that's why.

    Day 8 Wellington to Nelson
    We trade North Island for South Island with a ferry through the picturesque Marlborough Sounds today. First stop, an included wine tasting in the Marlborough region, before we stay overnight in Nelson, NZ's sunniest region.

    Day 9 Nelson (Abel Tasman National Park)
    Today you can visit the nearby beauty of Abel Tasman NP to hike the trails or take an optional ocean kayak trip. Other choices include horse-riding, quad biking or even skydiving Later we savour a local Kiwi BBQ.

    Day 10 Nelson to Christchurch via Kaikoura
    We pass through the Rai Valley, stopping in Blenheim, then to Ohau Point to spot fur seals. Later in coastal Kaikoura you can try optional whale watching or dolphin/seal swimming (summer only). Tonight we stay in Christchurch, a city heroically rebuilding itself following the earthquakes of 2011.

    Day 11 Christchurch to Fox Glacier
    Leaving Christchurch, we set off to enjoy some of New Zealand's most jaw-dropping scenery today as we pass over the majestic Southern Alps. Stopping in Hokitika we visit a jade factory to see the carvers skilfully creating works of art from the iconic Pounamu greenstone. Next up is Lake Matheson where you will hopefully catch a glimpse of the reflection of NZ's two highest peaks in the lake's waters. We overnight in beautiful Fox Glacier.

    Day 12 Fox Glacier to Queenstown
    An optional half-day hike or heli-hike on Fox Glacier will live with you forever. Afterwards, our scenic drive passes Thunder Creek Falls, Haast River and Lake Wanaka en-route to adrenalin capital, Queenstown.

    DayS 13-14 Queenstown
    Are you ready for Queenstown? Deep breath... three bungy jumps, a canyon swing, Shotover Jet, sky-diving, horse-riding, boat safari, mountain biking, a skyline gondola, a hike to Ben Lomond for 360 degree views or one of the many fantastic walks Queenstown has to offer Phew If that sounds too much you can always kick back by the lake or indulge in some legendary nightlife later on.

    Day 15 Queenstown to Fiordland (Milford Sound Cruise)
    Today we're off to the awe-inspiring Fiordland region via Mirror Lakes and Hollyford Valley. This afternoon we enjoy a nature cruise on the stunning Milford Sound - keep an eye out for the seals, dolphins and even penguins. Tonight we stay in the lakeside village of Te Anau.

    Day 16 Fiordland to Lake Ohau
    We make our way along Lake Wakatipu bound for quaint Arrowtown where we leave the coach behind for just a little while and use pedal power. We cycle along the willow-lined Arrow River, crossing various bridges along the way before ending up at the famous Kawarau Bridge, home of the world's first commercial Bungy operation. It's then back on the coach for more dramatic scenery as we head to our home for the night, a classic Kiwi lakeside lodge on the shores of Lake Ohau.

    Day 17 Lake Ohau to Christchurch (via Mt Cook Village)
    To Mt Cook village and Lake Pukaki for some photos, a lunch stop at Lake Tekapo's blue waters and then it's time for our Kiwi Farm Experience in Fairlie - where we learn about life on a sheep farm. We then return to the beautiful Christchurch where our Topdeck Kiwi adventure sadly comes to an end.

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    Southern Explorer, 7 Days

    from $995*

    • 7 day tour departing from Christchurch.
    • 6 nights accommodation in hotels & lodges.
    • 6 breakfasts, 1 afternoon tea, 3 dinners.
    • Escorted services of a fully trained Trip Leader & Driver.
    • Stay in Fox Glacier.
    • Milford Sound experience by Nature Encounter Cruise.
    • Arrow River bike trails.
    • Kiwi Farm Experience in Fairlie.
    • Milford Sound Cruise.
    • Modern air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Christchurch - Fox Glacier - Queenstown - Fiordland - Lake Ohau

    Day 1 Christchurch to Fox Glacier
    Our trip begins in the 'Garden City', Christchurch, a city heroically rebuilding itself following the earthquakes of 2011. We set off to enjoy some of New Zealand's most jaw-dropping scenery today as we pass over the majestic Southern Alps. Stopping in Hokitika we visit a jade factory to see the carvers skilfully creating works of art from the iconic Pounamu greenstone. Next up is Lake Matheson where you will hopefully catch a glimpse of the reflection of NZ's two highest peaks in the lake's waters. We soak up the scenery at our overnight stop in beautiful Fox Glacier.

    Day 2 Fox Glacier to Queenstown
    Why not make some unforgettable memories today with an optional half-day hike on Fox Glacier? If you have a bit more cash saved up, then a heli-hike to the upper reaches of this river of ice might tempt you Afterwards, our scenic drive passes the beauty spots of Thunder Creek Falls, Haast River and stunning Lake Wanaka en-route to fun-loving, adventure-filled Queenstown.

    Day 3-4 Queenstown
    Prepare yourself for an action-packed two days in Queenstown, a postcard perfect setting. Options include three bungy jumps, a canyon swing, Shotover Jet, sky-diving, horse-riding, boat safari, mountain biking, a skyline gondola, a hike to Ben Lomond for 360 degree views or one of the many fantastic walks Queenstown has to offer Phew If that sounds too much you can always kick back by the lake or indulge in some legendary nightlife later on.

    Day 5 Queenstown to Fiordland (Milford Sound Cruise)
    Today we're off to the awe-inspiring Fiordland region, via the township of Te Anau, Mirror Lakes and Hollyford Valley. This afternoon we enjoy a nature cruise on the astonishing Milford Sound. Keep an eye out for local wildlife, including fur seals, bottlenose dolphins and even penguins. We stay overnight in Te Anau, located in the picturesque Fiordland region.

    Day 6 Fiordland to Lake Ohau
    A day of contrasting scenery, from the riverside views of the Arrow River bike trail to the Lord of the Rings landscapes along the Kawarau River. We'll notice the backdrop change as we cross Lindis Pass and make for our lakeside lodge retreat at Lake Ohau. This evening, why not enjoy a drink on the deck as the sunset silhouettes Mt Cook to the west.

    Day 7 Lake Ohau to Christchurch (via Mt Cook Village)
    After waking to magnificent views, we head to Mt Cook village and Lake Pukaki for some photos - hopefully we'll get views of New Zealand's highest peak, Mt Cook, which is known as Aoraki to the Maori people. We then head to our Kiwi Farm Experience in Fairlie, here you can learn about life on a sheep farm before we head back to Christchurch where our adventure comes to an end.

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    Grand Kiwi Ex Christchurch, 17 Days

    from $2,655*

    • 17 day tour departing from Christchurch.
    • 15 nights accommodation in hotels, motels & lodges.
    • 1 night in a traditional Maori Marae.
    • 16 breakfasts, 1 afternoon tea, 7 dinners.
    • Stunning Bay of Islands & 'Rock the Boat' upgrade option.
    • Traditional Kiwi lamb roast dinner with pavlova.
    • Kiwi Farm Experience in Fairlie.
    • Kapa Haka performance.
    • Tongariro National Park & Lake Taupo.
    • Wine tasting in Marlborough.
    • Kaikoura Peninsula & marine life.
    • Stay in Fox Glacier.
    • Milford Sound experience by Nature Encounter Cruise.
    • Arrow River bike trails.
    • Cook Strait ferry crossing.
    • Modern air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Christchurch - Queenstown - Fiordland - Lake Ohau - Nelson - Wellington - Tongariro National Park - Rotorua - Auckland - Bay of Islands

    Day 1 Christchurch
    Kia Ora and welcome to your Kiwi adventure with Topdeck Your NZ journey unfolds and the scenery will totally amaze you today as we head off across the Canterbury Plains and into the Southern Alps. Our path is only one of three that cut across these impressive mountains that form the backbone of the South Island. We'll stop for a break at Arthur's Pass then continue on through the Otira Gorge with waterfalls cascading overhead. Welcome to the wild West Coast as we head into the town of Hokitika for our lunch break, the Whitebait fritters are a must when in season. We'll stop at the Jade factory and see the carvers skilfully creating works of art from the Pounamu greenstone, known as Jade, and grab the chance to purchase a souvenir pendant. Let's hope Lake Matheson's waters are still and the skies are clear so that we can get that famous reflection of New Zealand's two tallest mountain peaks in its waters. This afternoon we'll stretch our legs with an afternoon walk taking in the stunning scenery before we check into our accommodation.

    Day 2 Queenstown
    Westland National Park abounds with high mountain peaks and glaciers and today we'll have a chance to walk on a flowing river of ice A half day guided hike* is an excellent way to take a closer look at Fox Glacier as your ice guides take you alongside the glacier through rejuvenating temperate rainforest and onto the lower icefall. If you prefer to search higher on the glacier for stunning ice caves and formations take a heli-hike* onto the upper icefall and enjoy a more sedate walking pace as you explore with your ice guides and await the return of your helicopter. After lunch we will make stops for photos and short walks. A stop at Thunder Creek Falls, which flows into the Haast River amidst rainforest, highlights the beauty of this World Heritage area. We'll break at Makarora then journey past Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea and onto our destination, the adrenalin mecca of the southern hemisphere, Queenstown, our home for next three nights Don't miss out on a famous Topdeck recommended Queenstown Fergburger* whilst in town the Little Lamby is always a winner.

    Day 3 Queenstown
    One is never quite enough so we've given you two full days in Queenstown and adventure waits at every turn Queenstown is perfect for everyone from the adrenalin junkie to the leisure seeker - there is just so much to do. Try a bungy jump* or a giant swing through a narrow canyon*, skim past canyon walls on the Shotover Jet*, pass through the breathtaking scenery of the Dart River on a jet boat safari* or for a more leisurely view take a horseback ride* through Paradise. If this is not your 'cup of tea', enjoy the mountains and views on the numerous mountain bike trails* or hike to Ben Lomond for 360 degree views, admire Queenstown from above with a ride on the skyline gondola* or take one of the many fantastic walks Queenstown has to offer. With two full days in this ever popular resort town, it's also a perfect opportunity to catch a glimpse of a Kiwi, why not head to the Kiwi Birdlife Park*?

    Day 4 Queenstown
    Who's up for round two in all-singing-all-dancing Queenstown? Today is a free day to tick-off what you didn't have time to do yesterday, or you might just fancy kicking back and chilling by the pristine lake or at a local cafe, restaurant or bar. Life is pretty good here

    Day 5 Fiordland
    Departing Queenstown this morning we farewell this adventure playground and head to the Fiords. There will be time to stop and admire the reflection in Mirror Lake, the views down the Hollyford Valley, and we literally drive through the mountain via the Homer Tunnel and emerge back into a landscape of spectacular mountains and waterfalls. This afternoon brings a heightened enthusiasm rearing for your Milford Sound Nature Cruise and to enjoy the stunning views that have been pictured millions of times in the Fiord. Fur seals and bottlenose dolphins are often seen and, on the odd occasion the rare Fiordland Crested Penguins can also be out playing. Our afternoon cruise is an intimate look into the history and geology of the Fiord while exploring small nooks and crannies along the edges, nudging into sheer rock faces to examine flora and fauna in detail and is sure to be a real highlight

    Day 6 Lake Ohau
    We make our way along Lake Wakatipu this morning bound for quaint Arrowtown. You'll have some time to explore this historic gold mining town before tackling our next adventure. After lunch*, we leave the coach behind for just a little while this afternoon we're using pedal power Departing Arrowtown on our mountain bikes, your Topdeck trip leader guides you along the willow-lined Arrow River. Crossing various bridges, you'll zig-zag across the river which is sometimes tranquil, often rushing over rocks, then widening to crystal clear pools. There's no shortage of photo stops along the relatively gentle ride either, none more popular than the halfway mark when we arrive at the most awe-inspiring suspension bridge, it's a destination in itself. There is certainly time to take it all in and enjoy the journey before we finish at the famous Kawarau Bridge, home of the world's first commercial Bungy operation. Before too long it's time to hit the road again as we continue through to the Cromwell district before we venture up and over the Lindis Pass as we witness the dramatic variation in scenery of these ranges to those we've encountered in the west. Our home tonight is a classic Kiwi Lakeside Lodge on the shores of Lake Ohau. After a superb homemade meal, be sure to save room for dessert - it has been a Topdeck favourite for years There's time for an evening stroll by the lake, or quiet drink on the deck as we watch the sun silhouette Mt Cook whilst setting to the west.

    Day 7 Christchurch
    Wake up this morning to magnificent views of the mountains before you. Today we make tracks and follow the Southern Lakes hydroelectricity scheme around impressive blue water lakes with the ever-present Southern Alps as a backdrop. If the weather is right we'll head in to Mt Cook village, there is an opportunity to take a walk in the National Park, or simply sit back and enjoy the stunning scenery. Next stop, Lake Pukaki, and a chance for some amazing photos as we gaze across the clear blue waters back to Mt Cook known to the Maori people as Aoraki or cloud piercer, hopefully no clouds in sight to obscure our view The blue waters of Lake Tekapo greet us as we make a scenic lunch stop in the village. After lunch we make our way to the Church of the Good Sheppard and the monument to the Border Collie. On to Fairlie - situated smack in the heart of sheep country, we will learn about life on a Kiwi sheep farm and see the Collie dogs in action at our Kiwi Farm Experience the delicious homemade afternoon tea is true Kiwi Country fare. From here it's flat going as we once again cross the Canterbury Plains to reach the garden city of Christchurch.


    Day 8 Nelson
    North and along a very scenic coastal drive, today we are off to Kaikoura - a friendly town that sits right at the foothills of the Seaward Kaikoura Ranges and the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Fans of seafood will certainly enjoy lunch in these parts. In fact, in the Maori language Kai = Food and Koura = Crayfish, so you know it's good There's even the option of meeting some marine friends with a whale watching* or dolphin swimming* or seal swimming adventure* here, while in winter you can snuggle up with a glass of NZ's finest at a local winery. Waving Kaikoura goodbye, keep your eyes peeled towards the water to spy New Zealand fur seals at Ohau Point. The late afternoon has us through the Marlborough region before reaching our afternoon destination at Nelson, the sunniest region in New Zealand known best for its beaches, wineries, breweries and energetic local arts community.

    Day 9 Nelson
    Today is yours to explore the breathtaking surrounds of Nelson and whatever you're into; it's all here, all year Home to three of New Zealand's most spectacular national parks, it truly is a diverse region. From snow capped mountains to lush green forests, and rolling vineyards to turquoise waters, make sure you pack your camera today You'll have the opportunity to explore the stunning Abel Tasman National Park by boat*, by the ever-popular walking tracks* or from the water as you paddle in ocean kayaks* along the shoreline. For a different view, why not try an unforgettable tandem skydive*? If you would prefer to keep your feet on terra firma, there's horse riding* and even quad biking* options available. Nelson is also the creative arts hub of New Zealand and home to a number of wonderful galleries and studios. With over three hundred working artists, you're guaranteed to see many scattered around the lakes, on the rivers, in forest dwellings and everywhere in between Tonight we regroup over a traditional Kiwi BBQ dinner provided by your champion Topdeck crew.


    Day 10 Wellington
    Our morning drive back up and over the range sees us back into the sensational Marlborough Wine Region. We soon discover the very reason why this area has become so famous around the world � yes, the vino This area has one of the world's greatest wine trails: fabulous wine, breathtaking scenery, a warm climate and relaxed people clustered in one small grape growing region. A visit to our secret Marlborough Winery for some famous NZ wine tastings, will certainly appeal The family-owned vineyard was one of the first to be set up in this area and the passion the staff have for all facets of wine making is truly infectious. From here a short drive to Picton where we board the inter-islander ferry across Cook Strait. Leaving behind the South Island & the blue waters of the Marlborough Sound, shortly the harbour city of Wellington will greet you - you'll notice the change of scenery immediately, as we arrive right into the middle of the capital city. With stylish cocktail bars and award-winning restaurants all in a compact CBD area that make Wellington the most vibrant city in NZ Wellington's been crowned the '4th coolest city' in the world to visit and you're about to find out why

    Day 11 Tongariro National Park
    After checking out our rooms it is time to check out the City A Visit to Te Papa - the NZ National Museum - with six brilliant levels of interactive history, art and all round awesomeness is certainly a must For all you cool city cats, there's the funky designer shops and contemporary art galleries a plenty in the city streets. We leave the Capital behind and traverse between the coast and the lower north farmlands destined for the central vast volcanic plateau of World Heritage listed Tongariro National Park. The three mountains at the heart of the park - Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu - have cultural and religious significance for the Maori people. Here we bunk down for the next two nights in a true alpine retreat nestled on the edge of Whakapapa Village. You'll have the opportunity to relax in the sauna and spa or unwind with a drink in the Terrace Bar by the fire. We'll top the night off with a hearty country style meal, but leave room for desert � you'll be introduced to a Kiwi favourite tonight, the Pavlova

    Day 12 Tongariro National Park
    With dual cultural and natural heritage status, and often described as one of the best full day hikes in NZ, the �Tongariro Crossing�* is yours to take on today if you choose. Two active volcanoes, a cold mountain spring, lava flows, an active crater, emerald lakes and hot springs combine to make this an enjoyable and memorable trip into a most interesting area of the park (8 hour hike � transfers at own expense, seasonal and subject to weather conditions). Around the Village there are also a number of many shorter walking tracks for you to experience the grandeur of Tongariro National Park. If hiking is not your thing, there are a variety of other optional activities available including Quad Biking*, Mountain Biking*, Kayaking*, even Skiing in winter* (check with your crew for the best deals). After a full day's exploring, take a leisurely stroll into the village where numerous options are on offer for dinner*. After a full day spent exploring, head back for another relaxing night at the mountain lodge, perfect

    Day 13 Rotorua
    Taupo is first, and hanging above the free flowing Waikato River, the Taupo Bungy is a must for those game enough to take the plunge* Next up, it's onwards to the raging waters of Huka Falls before reaching Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake. Travelling North we divert from the highway to explore the uniquely different landscape of Wai-O-Tapu (Maori for sacred waters), an active geothermal area located in the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The vibrant colours of the hot springs along the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Track make for the most spectacular Facebook cover photo A visit here would not be complete without taking the short detour to see (and hear) the gurgling, bubbling Mud Pool. We continue to the heartbeat of Maori culture in Aotearoa - Rotorua. This steamy thermal playground is renowned for its natural and cultural beauty and a distinct welcoming aroma in the air - breathe in that sulphuric goodness Tonight we'll be staying in a traditional Maori Marae where the elders will welcome us on arrival in their time-honoured style; this stay is an opportunity to experience the real side of Maori Culture, as it is today. After a hearty traditional family style dinner, our Whanau host will enlighten us through some Maori history and legend before we are treated to an exclusive cultural performance by the Te Arawa people. We also interact and learn facets of the cultural performance including the actions of various Haka and Poi. The Haka that we learn is not a traditional one (as this would break tribal protocol), instead it is one that was written specifically for Topdeck. All of this traditional Maori entertainment, education and performance by a local Kapa Haka group exclusively for us this certainly is the real deal Later, doze off to sleep eye to eye as you check out all of the carvings inside the Marae up close and personal.

    Day 14 Rotorua
    We say goodbye to the Marae after breakfast and the rest of the day is yours to explore, and there are countless options on offer in this beautiful area. Relax in the famous thermal spa pools*, or indulge in a rejuvenating massage*. If you're looking for adventure, there's also mountain biking*, white water rafting*, the original OGO Zorb* or tackle some unique activities on offer at the Agroventures adventure hub*. Another option is The Hobbiton Movie Set Tour*, an absolute must-do for Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit fans. This fascinating tour takes you through the real middle-earth as you view the set through Frodo's eyes - exactly as it appeared in the films Get lost among the Hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and the Party Tree whilst admiring the picturesque landscape on this privately owned, working New Zealand farm. A little slice of luxury tonight as we settle into Rotorua's largest hotel, set right on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua and just a short stroll from the vibrant city centre.

    Day 15 Auckland
    The lush green rolling hills of the Waikato and King Country today line the roads as we trek towards Auckland, or Tamaki-Makau-Rau as it's known in Maori, meaning 'the maiden with a thousand lovers'. It earned its name because it was coveted by many tribes, and let's face it, what's not to love Afterwards, we'll meet some more excited Topdeck travellers and together, crossing Auckland's scenic harbour and heading north, Our first stop is at Parry Kauri Park to marvel at the magnificent Kauri tree, NZ's oldest and largest tree species dating back to Jurassic times. Then it's onto the seaside town of Paihia in the beautiful Bay of Islands - 144 islands, secluded bays, and an abundance of marine life - this is the picture perfect New Zealand you've been dreaming about. Settle into your hotel and make the most of this evening at your own pace - relax by the pool, head into town for a meal and most importantly, get to know your new tour buddies

    Upgrade to overnight 'Rock the Boat' option if you're keen to experience everything the bay has to offer, this cruise aboard New Zealand's largest houseboat is not to be missed. With a laid-back atmosphere and cosy bar, a fun night of laughs, music and good company is always on offer. If you consider yourself a shark, there's even a pool table competition Spot satellites and shooting stars with the experienced crew, who'll take any chance to use their laser pointers to impress you with their knowledge of New Zealand's southern skies. As for hopeless nautical romantics, you can expect amazing views, golden sunsets and an open log fire - the vessel is lit up with candles too

    Day 16 Bay of Islands
    Today is yours to explore the fascinating Bay of Islands and there's a whole host of optional activities on offer. Adventure lovers can catamaran along the inner bay looking for dolphins*, kayak through mangrove forests to Haruru Falls*, or take a ride along 90 Mile Beach to Cape Reinga* and board down the Te Paki sand dunes. History buffs can take a step back in time and learn about the fascinating past of New Zealand at the Waitangi Treaty House*. There's also time to visit Russell, the oldest settlement in New Zealand, or hike to the Haruru Falls through native bush. Tonight swap stories about our day in the bay over a delicious Kiwi favourite - fish and chips

    Day 17 Auckland
    This morning we start our journey south. If the weather's nice, you'll enjoy a scenic walk to view Whangarei Falls before it's back to Auckland, we once again cross the harbour to reach our final destination and say our goodbyes ... as they say in Kiwi ... it's been real-as, bro Ka Kite Ano We hope you have enjoyed the past 17 Days travelling with Topdeck and we look forward to seeing you on one of our great trips again soon. Not ready to end your adventure just yet? You're in luck - Topdeck also have numerous trips on offer Down Under Whether it's the sun, surf and sand of the east coast, the rugged natural beauty of the southern states or the fascinating aboriginal history of the outback, Topdeck have an Australian trip sure to interest you.

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    Grand Kiwi Ex Auckland, 17 Days

    from $2,695*

    • 17 day tour departing from Auckland.
    • 15 nights accommodation in hotels, motels & lodges.
    • 1 night in a traditional Maori Marae.
    • 16 breakfasts, 1 afternoon tea, 7 dinners.
    • Stunning Bay of Islands & 'Rock the Boat' upgrade option.
    • Traditional Kiwi lamb roast dinner with pavlova.
    • Kiwi Farm Experience in Fairlie.
    • Kapa Haka performance.
    • Tongariro National Park & Lake Taupo.
    • Wine tasting in Marlborough.
    • Kaikoura Peninsula & marine life.
    • Stay in Fox Glacier.
    • Milford Sound experience by Nature Encounter Cruise.
    • Arrow River bike trails.
    • Cook Strait ferry crossing.
    • Modern air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Auckland - Paihia - Rotorua - Tongariro National Park - Wellington - Nelson - Christchurch - Kaikoura - Fox Glacier - Queenstown - Fiordland - Lake Ohau

    Day 1 Auckland to Paihia, Bay Of Islands
    Kia Ora We head from Auckland to Paihia amongst the beautiful Bay of Islands. An optional 'Rock the Boat' overnight upgrade could see you sailing through the islands and stargazing from deck.

    Day 2 Paihia, Bay of Islands
    A free day to explore this pristine area where optional activities are abound. Adventure-lovers can catamaran along the inner bay looking for dolphins, kayak through mangrove forests to the Haruru Falls, or take a ride along 90 Mile Beach to Cape Reinga. Get to grips with fascinating Kiwi history at Waitangi Treaty House to learn about New Zealand's past. Tonight enjoy a delicious Kiwi favourite, fish and chips.

    Day 3 Bay of Islands to Rotorua
    Back to Auckland before heading to Rotorua. Tonight we stay in a traditional Maori Marae (sacred meeting house), so get ready for a spiritual evening of historical and cultural stories and learn the local Haka and Poi dances.

    Day 4 Rotorua
    Explore sulphuric Rotorua your way, maybe hire a mountain bike, go white water rafting, visit the thermal spa pools or splash out on a massage.

    Day 5 Rotorua to Tongariro National Park
    First up we explore the boiling mud and steaming waters of the Wai-O-Tapu region, an active geothermal area located in the Taupo volcanic zone. Later we visit Huka Falls, Lake Taupo, and the Taupo Bungy over the Waikato River (jump optional). We then head to our alpine retreat in Tongariro NP. Tonight we savour the flavours of our traditional Kiwi lamb roast dinner followed by the ultimate Kiwi dessert, pavlova.

    Day 6 Tongariro National Park
    Today there are plenty of optional activities on offer, hike the beautiful Tongariro Crossing, hire a mountain bike or even ski (during winter) on your free day in Tongariro. Later we can relax in the sauna or spa pool at our accommodation.

    Day 7 Tongariro National Park to Wellington
    Today we ask; "why is Wellington NZ's coolest city?" Funky galleries, designer shops, top museums, great restaurants and stylish bars, that's why.

    Day 8 Wellington to Nelson
    We trade North Island for South Island with a ferry through the picturesque Marlborough Sounds today. First stop, an included wine tasting in the Marlborough region, before we stay overnight in Nelson, NZ's sunniest region.

    Day 9 Nelson (Abel Tasman National Park)
    Today you can visit the nearby beauty of Abel Tasman NP to hike the trails or take an optional ocean kayak trip. Other choices include horse-riding, quad biking or even skydiving Later we savour a local Kiwi BBQ.

    Day 10 Nelson to Christchurch via Kaikoura
    We pass through the Rai Valley, stopping in Blenheim, then to Ohau Point to spot fur seals. Later in coastal Kaikoura you can try optional whale watching or dolphin/seal swimming (summer only). Tonight we stay in Christchurch, a city heroically rebuilding itself following the earthquakes of 2011.

    Day 11 Christchurch to Fox Glacier
    Leaving Christchurch, we set off to enjoy some of New Zealand's most jaw-dropping scenery today as we pass over the majestic Southern Alps. Stopping in Hokitika we visit a jade factory to see the carvers skilfully creating works of art from the iconic Pounamu greenstone. Next up is Lake Matheson where you will hopefully catch a glimpse of the reflection of NZ's two highest peaks in the lake's waters. We overnight in beautiful Fox Glacier.

    Day 12 Fox Glacier to Queenstown
    An optional half-day hike or heli-hike on Fox Glacier will live with you forever. Afterwards, our scenic drive passes Thunder Creek Falls, Haast River and Lake Wanaka en-route to adrenalin capital, Queenstown.

    DayS 13-14 Queenstown
    Are you ready for Queenstown? Deep breath... three bungy jumps, a canyon swing, Shotover Jet, sky-diving, horse-riding, boat safari, mountain biking, a skyline gondola, a hike to Ben Lomond for 360 degree views or one of the many fantastic walks Queenstown has to offer Phew If that sounds too much you can always kick back by the lake or indulge in some legendary nightlife later on.

    Day 15 Queenstown to Fiordland (Milford Sound Cruise)
    Today we're off to the awe-inspiring Fiordland region via Mirror Lakes and Hollyford Valley. This afternoon we enjoy a nature cruise on the stunning Milford Sound - keep an eye out for the seals, dolphins and even penguins. Tonight we stay in the lakeside village of Te Anau.

    Day 16 Fiordland to Lake Ohau
    We make our way along Lake Wakatipu bound for quaint Arrowtown where we leave the coach behind for just a little while and use pedal power. We cycle along the willow-lined Arrow River, crossing various bridges along the way before ending up at the famous Kawarau Bridge, home of the world's first commercial Bungy operation. It's then back on the coach for more dramatic scenery as we head to our home for the night, a classic Kiwi lakeside lodge on the shores of Lake Ohau.

    Day 17 Lake Ohau to Christchurch (via Mt Cook Village)
    To Mt Cook village and Lake Pukaki for some photos, a lunch stop at Lake Tekapo's blue waters and then it's time for our Kiwi Farm Experience in Fairlie - where we learn about life on a sheep farm. We then return to the beautiful Christchurch where our Topdeck Kiwi adventure sadly comes to an end.

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  • An all-encompassing yet comfortable journey through New Zealand that delivers the highlights of the region with stye to spare.

    New Zealand in Style, 11 Days

    from $3,699*

    • 11 day tour departing Auckland.
    • 8 nights accommodation in comfort hotels.
    • 1 night accommodation local holiday home.
    • 1 night accommodation on a cruise boat.
    • 10 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 5 dinners.
    • Visit scenic Bridal Veil Falls for a walk.
    • Raglan harbour lunch cruise.
    • Visit an eco farm to learn about local conservation.
    • Hike in Tongariro National Park.
    • Soak in geothermal spa pools.
    • Visit a historic Maori village with a local guide and traditional dinner.
    • Orientation walk in Christchurch.
    • Scenic TranzAlpine Train.
    • Queenstown Gondola ride.
    • Wilderness day cruise (winter) or overnight wilderness cruise (summer) on Doubtful Sound.
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
    • Transport by mini-bus, plane, train, boat, walking.
    • Services of a G Adventures Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
    • Small group experience; maximum 16, average 12.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Auckland - Raglan - Tongariro National Park - Rotorua - Christchurch - Franz Josef - Queenstown - Doubtful Sound

    Utilizing a diverse range of transport-trains, gondolas, boats-you'll explore artsy beach towns, learn about local myths, legends and traditional cuisine from the Maori, and revel in the breathtaking beauty of New Zealand. Handpicked accommodations and upgraded transportation are standard fare on this decidedly non-standard adventure. This trip offers everything you could possibly want and then some.

    Day 1 Auckland
    Arrive at any time.

    Day 2 Raglan
    Take the scenic route to an artsy beach town known for great surf breaks and en route visit scenic Bridal Veil Falls for a walk. A local holiday home provides the ideal setting for the night and enjoy a sunset dinner cruise on the harbour. Option to try bone carving with local Maori, surf lessons, stand-up paddle lessons, sea kayaking or simply exploring the village and its arts and crafts shops.

    Day 3 Tongariro National Park
    Journey to a working eco farm to learn about local conservation efforts. Continue on to Tongariro National Park and enjoy a hike with views of an active volcano and spectacular scenery.

    Day 4 Rotorua
    Drive through the Lake Taupo region, enroute to Rotorua. Visit a historic Maori village with a local guide who explains the geothermal aspects of the area. Learn about local myths, legends and enjoy Hangi traditional cuisine. Later, relax with a dip in the geothermal spa pools at the hotel.

    Day 5 Christchurch
    Fly to Christchurch and enjoy an orientation walk.

    Day 6-7 Franz Josef
    Enjoy the scenic TranzAlpine Train and continue down the west coast to the glacial area of Franz Josef. Opt for a guided walk or a soak in the hot pools on your free day.

    Day 8-9 Queenstown
    Travel through the rugged rainforest scenery of the west coast. Take a gondola ride and enjoy a group dinner at a skyline restaurant. Day 9 cruise across Lake Wakatipu and savour a barbecue lunch. In New Zealand's adventure capital, there are a number of adrenaline-filled options to choose from-opt to go jet boating, take a scenic flight or go skydiving.

    Day 10 Doubtful Sound
    Embark on an amazing wilderness cruise through Doubtful Sound with the chance to see dolphins, fur seals, sea birds and penguins and an option to kayak. After an afternoon of wildlife viewing, spend the night moored in a secluded bay (seasonal).

    Day 11 Queenstown
    Cruise back to port and tour ends in Queenstown at 4pm. Please book onward travel after 8pm.

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    Black Abyss Tour and Theatre Entrance

    from $205*

    • 5 hour caving adventure.
    • Cave tubing.
    • Abseiling.
    • Climbing through Ruakuri Cave.
    • All cave tubing gear.
    • Wetsuit.
    • Booties.
    • Helmet and light.
    • Theatre entrance.
    Black Abyss the ultimate Waitomo adventure and is the caving tour of choice for natural born adrenaline junkies everywhere.

    Descend into the seemingly bottomless black depths of the glow worm studded Ruakuri Cave. This five hour expedition combines abseiling the 25 metre tomo, climbing, whizzing down a flying fox and cave tubing underneath glow worms into one unforgettable journey.

    At every stage you're accompanied and supported by experienced caving guides from The Legendary Black Water Rafting Company who know and love this totally unique and mind-blowing environment.

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    Fox it Up: Ice Climbing Adventure

    from $265*

    • Ice Climbing Adventure.
    • Services of a qualified quide.
    • Ground transport.
    • Leather boots and woollen socks.
    • Crampons.
    • Waterproof raincoat and over trousers.
    • Hats and gloves.
    • Backpack.
    • Modern technical and safety equipment.
    This day-long experience introduces the adventurous to the exhilarating sport of ice climbing, on the spectacular ice walls in the lower part of the Fox Glacier. Your professional guide will tailor the day to offer variety and challenge to the novice and expert alike. Before heading to the ice you will be equipped with specialised mountaineering boots, crampons, ice axes and technical gear. Guides who instruct on these days receive special training to ensure they teach skills in the correct order so you advance quickly. You will be surprised by the quick progress you make.

    The maximum guide to customer ratio is 1:4 ensuring that you receive close personal attention. There are many steep walls to challenge you and you will quickly master basic crampooning and ice axe techniques. The adrenaline will start to flow as you challenge yourself with longer and will start to flow as you challenge yourself with longer and steeper pitches. Using ice tools and the front points of your crampons, you climb vertical and at times, overhanging ice walls and pinnacles, secured at all times by a top rope attached to your harness.

    This adventure will be an experience you will never forget and may inspire you to spend time in the mountains.

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    12,000 Ft Tandem Skydive-45Sec Free Fall

    from $289*

    • Tandem skydive with skydiving instructor.
    • Skydiving jumpsuit, helmet, goggles and gloves provided.
    • Transport from Wanaka accommodation to Wanaka Airport.
    Your skydive experience starts here with your briefing inside Skydive Lake Wanaka's very own cabin of adventure. Meet your skydiving instructor and take to the skies in a custom built X-STOL offering a comfortable and quick flight to altitude. This is a good opportunity to take in the jaw dropping views on the way up to your chosen skydive altitude.

    Enjoy 15-20 minutes of uninterrupted views of Wanaka's world renowned lakes and mountains. Once your parachute activates enjoy the view as you float exhilarated toward the ground. After a smooth landing at Skydive Lake Wanaka you can take a moment to take in what you just did You need to allow a couple of hours from pick up at your accommodation to drop off back at your accommodation.

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Having not travelled too much I wasn't sure if a tour would be be my cup of tea. Oh how I was wrong, we had an extremely packed 1 week on the west coast of USA and saw some amazing things including The Grand Canyon and Monument Valley, and the small group was filled with great people, very down to earth and loads of fun. Highly recommended!

Chris from Brisbane

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