14 February 2020
Legendary amongst travellers for its mountain landscapes, cosmopolitan cities, beautiful beaches, engrossing Maori culture and adventurous pursuits, New Zealand is worthy of a spot on any bucket list. Exploring this captivating nation in full is a difficult task but G Adventures has handpicked the country’s key spots to allow you to get a flavour for this incredible country.
Over the years of leading group tours all around the world, G Adventures has learned a thing or two about what makes a holiday into a memorable adventure for every guest. By specialising tours and incorporating diverse moments into each one, G Adventures ensures that the experience is tailored to individual preferences, and a few extra special memorable moments feature in along the way.
New Zealand is often considered in two parts, thanks to the obvious geographical divide, from the Cook Strait which splits the country in two, and the difference in climate, topography and attractions that exist across the two main islands.
“New Zealand. What can I say? It has to be the most stunningly beautiful country I have ever been to. So much to see and do here and never enough time!”
Claire, Travel Counsellor
In terms of geography, New Zealand’s North Island is well known for its scenic coastline and geothermal activity. The impressive geothermal features include volcanic crater lakes, bubbling mud pools and exploding geysers. Away from the volcanic activity however, long swathes of pristine sand beaches lay untouched around much of the island and offer the perfect base from which to snorkel and explore the marine-life-rich waters that lap against its shores. One such spot is in Cathedral Cove where goatfish, banded wrasse and blue cod all inhabit the waters.
To complement the gorgeous beaches, the northern reaches of New Zealand’s North Island are blessed with a sub-tropical climate, meaning you’ll be soaking up the suns warming rays as you explore its attractions.
While the South Island may not boast the glorious sunshine of the north, it more than makes up for it with its magnificent landscape of sweeping valleys, glacier-carved fjords and snowy peaks. Often seen as the favourite of the two islands by many travellers, the South Island is the place to go for anyone seeking adventure.
The island is split in two by the Southern Alps and it is these mountains that are responsible for much of the natural diversity across the island, as well as being the place where many of the adventure activities take place. The alpine conditions make for perfect hiking and skiing conditions against a stunning backdrop. As the home of the world's first bungee jump, it should come as no surprise that the south island is a paradise for thrill-seekers to this day with all manner of nerve-shredding activities being found across the island.
“New Zealand is a location that should definitely be on everyone’s destination list. It’s got something for everyone! It’s incredibly diverse, from the mountain ranges to the rainforests, golden sandy beaches and rugged shorelines.”
Donna, Travel Counsellor
Day 1: Your tour begins in the far north of the country in Auckland, where you’ll meet your fellow travellers and CEO.
Day 2: Leave early for the turquoise waters of Coromandel Peninsula where you can take to the ocean waters on a sea kayak or hike to Cathedral Cove.
Day 3: Check out the geothermal area or fire some adrenaline into your trip with some white water rafting around Rotorua. Spend the night in a Maori village where you’ll learn of the culture from locals and enjoy a traditional hangi dinner and show.
Day 4: Travel South to New Zealand’s capital, Wellington
Day 5: After a guided tour of Wellington to help you get your bearings, you’ll have the rest of the day to explore this laid-back city. Head to Hannah’s Laneway for a taste of food heaven, take the cable car up to the botanical gardens for an uninterrupted view across the city, or visit Te Papa museum.
Day 6: Take the ferry across the Cook Strait to the South Island where you’ll be staying at the coastal town of Kaikoura, which is famed for its rich diversity of marine wildlife.
Day 7: Spend the morning whale watching or go swimming with dolphins in Kaikoura before continuing to Hanmer Springs, with a stop en route at a local winery to sample the delicious produce. In Hanmer Springs you can soak in the thermal pools and feel the health benefits.
Day 8: Pass through stunning mountain scenery on your way down to Franz Josef where you’ll be staying in the rainforest.
Day 9: Explore the area around Franz Josef or embark on a heli-hike to explore the world’s fastest-moving glacier.
Day 10: Continue south to the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown. Here, adrenaline-fuelled activities are set to a backdrop of gorgeous mountain scenery, and the nightlife promises not to disappoint.
Day 11: With free time in Queenstown you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing activities. Bungee jumping, jet boating, skydiving, paragliding, hiking and mountain biking are all on the menu if you’re looking for thrills. For a gentler pace, opt to travel by gondola to the top of a local peak.
Day 12: Take in the waterfalls and wildlife on a day cruise through Firodland National Park and Doubtful Sound, before returning to Queenstown for the night.
Day 13: Next stop is Twizel, near to New Zealand’s highest peak, Mt. Cook. While here, take the opportunity to visit Aoraki/ Mt Cook National Park and embark on a scenic hike.
Day 14: Continue to your final stop of Christchurch to ride the famous tramway, visit Christchurch Art Gallery and learn how the city has rebuilt following the 2011 earthquake.
Auckland | Hahei | Rotorua | Wellington (2 nights) | Kaikoura | Hanmer Springs | Franz Josef (2 nights) | Queenstown (3 nights) | Twizel | Christchurch (2 nights)
Valid until 31/01/20. Subject to availability. Please give me a call for further details.
Price from £1,916 per person
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