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Aotearoa

All of New Zealand Tours

Take the ultimate voyage across Aotearoa - The Land of the Long White Cloud.

If you want to do it well, if ‘all or nothing’ is your motto, if you don’t want to miss a thing, then our All of New Zealand Tours are for you!

The Aotearoa – All of New Zealand Tour combines our Hauraki (North Island Tours) and Pounamu (South Island Tours) Tours with a Cook Strait ferry crossing in between. This tour takes 27 days and by the end of it you’ll be deemed an honorary Kiwi and maybe even consider New Zealand your second home!

Join us on the Aotearoa Tour for an unforgettable and unmissable adventure.

Highlights

The list is long! So here are just a few:
Marae stay – experience true Maori culture
Tongariro Alpine Crossing – rated one of the world’s top 10 day hikes
Kiwi Encounter – get up close and personal with our native icon
Abel Tasman National Park – by foot and kayak
The TranzAlpine – one of New Zealand’s great train journeys
Haast River Jet Safari – experience a World Heritage Area by boat

Tour Notes:

Day 1: The ultimate voyage begins! Today enjoy exploring the ‘City of Sails’ before meeting the rest of your group for the all-important welcome meeting.

Day 2: Today we start as we mean to go on and after a scenic boat ride across the Hauraki Gulf we arrive at our volunteer project. We learn about the massive ecological and cultural restoration efforts taking place on these ‘Treasure Islands’ and together with local volunteers we spend the day getting our hands dirty – literally!

Day 3: We depart Auckland City and head out to Auckland’s dominant wine growing region stopping at a family owned and operated winery for a tour, tasting, and lunch. We stop and marvel at a West Coast beach with it’s black sand and abundant wildlife before heading to our home for the night on the Hokianga Harbour. Our day is completed with a magical tour of Waipoua Forest at dusk.

Day 4: It’s on to the beautiful Bay of Islands via a working bee farm and the historic Waitangi Treaty grounds where we enjoy a private tour. We base ourselves in charming Russell for the next two nights.

Day 5: Do as little or as much as you want today. We can make arrangements for you or just wave hi at breakfast – it’s up to you!

Day 6: Travelling down the east coast this time, we head to our second volunteer project of the tour. This one is super special as we have the privilege to be welcomed on to a marae and stay the night in the wharenui or meeting house. This is an experience you will never forget!

Day 7: It’s an early start as we head down to the Coromandel in time to board our boat for Cathedral Cove. Snorkelling is an option during this boat trip and highly recommended in this stunning marine reserve!

Day 8: Dig your own hot pool today at Hot Water Beach. Then take some time to wander round the coastal town of Whitianga before taking a lesson in bone carving and creating your very own pendant. You could even wear it tonight at Mitai Village for our Maori cultural performance and dinner. After dinner we get special entry into Kiwi Encounter to see our iconic national symbol, up close and personal.

Day 9: The day is all yours! Enjoy it at your leisure.

Day 10: The scenery changes dramatically again today as we travel on to the Central Plateau. We base ourselves here to get the best possible run at tomorrow….

Day 11: Voted one of the best day hikes in the world, the Tongariro Crossing is no small feat and definitely hard on the feet! But the aches and pains are worth it as we are expertly guided across this stunning alpine environment.

Day 12: Give your feet a rest as we travel the lower North Island arriving into Wellington, our “Coolest Little Capital”. Enjoy a guided tour of our national museum Te Papa and get your bearings to explore this city further – we stay in wonderful Wellington for two nights.

Day 13: Today is a free day – let us know if we can help with planning your day.

Day 14: We wave goodbye to the North Island and say hello to the South Island as we cross the Cook Strait by passenger ferry. Then it’s on to sunny Nelson to begin our tour of the Mainland.

Day 15: The Nelson Markets are renowned for delicious, fresh and local produce, and great coffee so what a great way to fuel up before this afternoon’s walk and kayak adventure in our smallest National Park – Abel Tasman.

Day 16: Leaving Nelson behind we make our way to our volunteer project – this is what we came for! After some hard but rewarding work we relax for a night in beautiful Blenheim.

Day 17: A must-do in this wine region we take a guided wine tour by bike around some of Marlborough’s favourite wineries. Then it’s on to the beautiful seaside town of Kaikoura where we have the option to go whale watching by boat or plane! Back on the road we head inland to the thermal resort town of Hanmer Springs.

Day 18: A free day in Hanmer Springs, a great place to relax or explore, it’s up to you.

Day 19: It’s a very early start to catch the TranzAlpine train from Springfield Station in the East to Greymouth on the West Coast. After enjoying a tour of the Monteiths Brewery we take a quick jaunt up to Punakaiki to see the Pancake Rocks and then coast back down to the “Cool Little Town” of Hokitika. Settle in – we’re here for the next two nights.

Day 20: It’s our final day of volunteering today with a very dedicated bunch of locals. And tonight we meet some other locals…glowworms.

Day 21: Glacier country here we come! We arrive into Fox Glacier in time for you to choose your glacial adventure, literally! If weather permits we highly recommend the Heli Hike which puts you on to the Fox Glacier – a truly unforgettable experience!

Day 22: Say goodbye to the West Coast but not before a jet-boat safari up the Haast River and into this stunning World Heritage Area. Then it’s on to the Adventure Capital of New Zealand – Queenstown!

Day 23: Free day – do as much or as little as you like today – it’s your choice.

Day 24: Experience one of New Zealand’s Great Walks as we are expertly guided for the day hiking the famous Routeburn track.

Day 25: Rest the feet today as we travel to Milford Sound. This road trip is just as picturesque as the fjord itself as we travel through the heart of Southland and into Fiordland National Park. This afternoon we experience the majestic Milford Sound by boat before bedding down at the luxurious Milford Lodge.

Day 26: Northward bound today we stop at charming Arrowtown followed by a wine tour, tasting and light lunch at Gibbston Valley – home to the region’s oldest vineyard and country’s largest wine cave. Then onwards to our Rural Farmstay for the night – this will be a highlight!

Day 27: We say goodbye to our farming friends and travel across the Canterbury Plains into Christchurch. You will have time to explore the ‘Garden City’ before our farewell dinner – a celebration of the voyage that has been and the friendships that will continue.

Tour Inclusions:

All accommodation for the duration of the Tour
All breakfasts, 9 lunches, 6 dinners
Four days of volunteer activities alongside local communities
Some of the BEST activities and experiences New Zealand has to offer!
All Ground transport while on tour – luxury touring vehicle, passenger ferry, scenic train
Return airport transfers
Highly qualified, professional Tour Leader and Tour Driver
Orientation meeting in New Zealand
24 hour on-call emergency support in New Zealand
VVNZ t-shirt – coz it never happened unless you got the t-shirt!

Sorry but we don’t cover these costs:

Air transportation (international and domestic), including airline taxes and surcharges, ticketing fees, and airport taxes
Travel insurance with medical cover (compulsory)
Meals not specified in the itinerary
Passport (compulsory), travel visas, vaccinations
Optional activities
Personal Expenses

NZD $12,780 Per Person

NZD $1,990 Single Supplement

27 Days Guided
Starts Auckland
Ends Christchurch

Departures

Saturday 23rd March 2019
Saturday 12 October 2019

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