22 Day Kiwi Adventurer

22 Day Kiwi Adventurer

The same amazing tour of New Zealand as the Antipodean Tourer, except this tour also includes the North Island's beautiful Bay of Islands.

Book your self drive tour this month and receive an Earlybird Discount of 10%. Full Payment by 31 July 2018 to Qualify 

Tour Info

Tour Type: Self Drive Tours
From: Christchurch to Auckland
Departures: May 2018 to March 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $8359 per person
Tour Operator: Relaxing Journeys
Pace: Relaxing
Duration: 22 Days
Tour Code: GNKA

Inclusions

20 nights accommodation & 1 night Overnight Cruise
Rental vehicle of your choice
4 nights in majestic Queenstown
2 night stopovers in Christchurch, Nelson, Franz Josef, Rotorua, Auckland, Bay of Islands & Coromandel
Overnight Milford Sound Cruise
Entrance to Hanmer Springs Thermal Reserve
Kaikoura Whalewatch Excursion
'The Best Abel Tasman Day Trip'
Dart River Wilderness Safari
TranzAlpine 4WD High Country Safari Adventure
Domestic flight Queenstown-Rotorua is included in the tour price
Admission to the Te Puia geothermal region
Te Po - Maori cultural experience with traditional hangi
Hole in the Rock & Cape Brett cruise
Waitangi Treaty Grounds day pass including guided tour & cultural experience
Travel wallet, comprehensive customised itinerary, bound map book, accommodation & activity vouchers and local travel guides

Optionals

Prices are per adult (we'll adjust your quote for any children)

Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Christchurch

“Haere Mai” Welcome to Christchurch – the Garden City. You will be personally met by our representative at the airport & transferred in an executive sedan to your accommodation. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore what Christchurch has to offer. (2 nights)

Day 2
Christchurch - 4WD High Country TranzAlpine Experience - Christchurch

Your Alpine Safari Adventure begins in Christchurch, where you are picked up from your accommodation, and taken across the Canterbury Plains to the Waimakariri Gorge in the foothills of the rugged Southern Alps. Travel by jet boat through the gorge deep into the Southern Alps to areas otherwise inaccessible. with the Unimog and travel in this unique 4WD vehicle to Flock Hill Station, viewing spectacular alpine scenery en-route. After lunch, travel by road to Arthur’s Pass National Park where you return to Christchurch aboard the famous TranzAlpine Train.

Day 3
Christchurch - Hanmer Springs - Kaikoura

Take delivery of your rental car this morning. Leaving Christchurch, travel inland to the naturally picturesque and tranquil alpine village of Hanmer Springs, nestled in a valley surrounded by a superb expanse of mountains and forest clad hills. Relax in the hot thermal pools of the Hanmer Springs Thermal Reserve before continuing on to Kaikoura, located in a narrow strip of stunning coastline that lies between mountain peaks and the Pacific Ocean.

Day 4
Kaikoura - Whale Watch - Nelson

This morning, board your boat & enjoy the awesome experience of a 3-hour whale-watch excursion. Every whale watch tour is a unique experience & sightings may vary from day to day. Giant sperm whales are the star of the show and are year-round residents. A typical Whale Watch tour may encounter fur seals, pods of Dusky dolphins & the endangered Wandering Albatross. Depending on the season, you may also see migrating Hump Back whales, Pilot whales, Blue whales & Southern Right whales. Kaikoura also attracts the largest concentration and variety of seabirds on mainland New Zealand including 13 species of Albatross, 14 varieties of Petrel & 7 types of Shearwater. Later, continue north to Blenheim, gateway to the well-known Marlborough Sounds region before arriving at Nelson, a city of charm based on a harbour that is home to the busiest fishing port in New Zealand. (2 nights)

Day 5
Nelson - Abel Tasman Day Trip - Nelson

Join the Taranui for “The Best Abel Tasman Day Trip”. Explore the Abel Tasman National Park’s coastline; past Split Apple Rock, Kaiteriteri, Marahau, round golden sandy bays, Adele and Fishermans Islands and on to the Tonga Island seal colony. After boarding the boat (Taranui) at Stephens Bay you cruise around the headland to Split Apple Rock, taking time to enable you to get the best views and photo’s during your scenic cruise. Taranui’s cruise itinerary is flexible so if there is something to see on the day trip, like dolphins riding the bow wave or New Zealand fur seals fishing, then we’ll go take a look. Similarly if there’s a particular bay you want to visit or park feature you want to see, then please do let the skipper know and he’ll try to accommodate your wishes.

After you’ve said goodbye to the seals we find a sheltered bay for a light lunch. You can swim, sea kayak, go ashore for a bush walk, or just relax onboard Taranui while we prepare your lunch. We have plenty of snorkeling equipment if you are keen to work up an appetite and kayaks on board for your enjoyment. We provide a delicious platter style lunch with fresh local ingredients. We aim to show you the beauty of New Zealand’s Abel Tasman National Park and the Tonga Island marine reserve in a relaxed and unhurried day with us aboard the Taranui.

Day 6
Nelson - Punakaiki

Travel south through the Nelson Lakes region before arriving on the West Coast. Marvel at the bizarre limestone landscapes that is the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks & Blowhole.

Day 7
Punakaiki - Greymouth - Franz Josef

The West Coast is home to towering rainforests, mountains and glaciers, tranquil lakes and rushing rivers. It is steeped in history dating back to the gold rush era of the 1860’s. Our stay for the next 2 nights is in the village of Franz Josef Glacier or Fox Glacier. (2 nights)

Day 8
Franz Josef

Unique in the fact that the Franz Josef Glacier descends from the Southern Alps to just 240 metres above sea level amidst the greenery and lushness of a temperate rainforest, endless opportunities exist to allow you to take in the beauty of this special part of the South Island’s West Coast. Take an optional guided walk or heli-hike to explore the spectacular ice formations; experience the thrill of a scenic flight and place your footprints onto a high alpine snowfield; feel your adrenaline rush on New Zealand’s most scenic skydive; visit New Zealand’s only White Heron (Kotuku) nesting colony; take in the scenery as you kayak the stunning Okarito lagoon or visit Lake Matheson, renowned for its mirror images of Aoraki/Mt Cook and Mt Tasman, New Zealand’s highest peaks.

Day 9
Franz Josef - Wanaka - Queenstown

Today, view incredible scenery as you travel past the untouched native forests and pristine lakes of the World Heritage Westland National Park and Haast Pass. Travel over the magnificent Southern Alps to the Southern Lakes District. There is time to wander around the popular lakeside township of Wanaka before travelling over the spectacular Crown Range to the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown. On to Queenstown, a beautiful alpine resort regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination. (2 nights)

Day 10
Queenstown - Dart River Safari - Queenstown

This morning, you are collected from your hotel & travel to Glenorchy to join your Dart River Wilderness Safari. Here you jet boat on crystal clear waters in a wild and scenic landscape amidst towering peaks, glaciers and the ancient rainforests of the Mt Aspiring National Park. This is far more than a jet boat ride… it’s a rare journey into the enchanted wilderness of a World Heritage area. This afternoon is free for further sightseeing.

Day 11
Queenstown - Milford Sounds Overnight Cruise

Travel by coach along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through the rolling countryside to Te Anau. Continue along the spectacular Milford Road and through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound where you board the Milford Mariner for a relaxing cruise. Cruise the entire length of the Sound to the Tasman Sea & view spectacular waterfalls, rainforests, mountains & wildlife. The Milford Mariner is designed along the lines of a traditional New Zealand trading scow to reflect Fiordland’s heritage and you will be accommodated in private cabins with en-suite bathrooms in this purpose-built vessel. It boasts spacious deck areas for viewing the wilderness, scenery & wildlife of Milford and activities include kayaking and excursions in the tender vessels (stabi craft) to explore the coastline.

Day 12
Milford Sound - Queenstown

Join your coach this morning for your journey back to Queenstown. You have the rest of the day to experience this magnificent resort town. (2 nights)

Day UP
Milford Sound Return Flight Upgrade Package (NZ$395 PP)

Return to Queenstown on a scenic flight taking in magnificent views of the alps, glaciers, lakes and forests of Fiordland National Park – a quick and convenient way to return to Queenstown. (Duration 35mins) The flight shaves off approximately 4 hours off a return by coach. It is however very weather dependent, so if the weather doesn’t play ball, then you will need to return by coach and we will refund the upgrade price.

Day 13
Queenstown at Leisure

Surrounded by majestic mountains, Queenstown boasts adventure & leisure activities in all forms, from extreme to relaxed exploration. There are numerous activities from which to choose.

Day 14
Queenstown - Rotorua

This morning, drop off your car at Queenstown airport & board your aircraft for the flight north to the geothermal city of Rotorua. On arrival, collect your new rental vehicle & make your way to your hotel. Rotorua’s raw beauty has enchanted visitors from around the world for more than 160 years. Here you can stand upon volcanoes, peer into massive craters, see boiling mud, exploding geysers and marvel at the unspoiled native forests that cloak the land. (2 nights)

Day 15
Rotorua Sightseeing

Free time to explore Rotorua this today. You may like to visit the Agrodome or take a gondola ride to the top of Mt Ngongotaha for spectacular views of Rotorua. Later this afternoon visit Te Puia geothermal area to view the boiling mudpools and cascading Pohutu geyser that make Rotorua famous as New Zealand’s thermal city. This evening experience Te Po, Te Puia’s cultural experience. It is a feast of cultural storytelling, entertainment and Maori kai (indigenous food). After a formal Maori welcome, relax and enjoy a performance including the beautiful songs, haka and poi dance. After dinner you will be transported by people movers to enjoy the spectacular lighting of the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley and hot chocolate. (D)

Day 16
Rotorua - Bay of Plenty - Coromandel Peninsula

Travel north this morning to the Bay of Plenty. Travel the coastline to Tairua Harbour on the eastern side of the Coromandel Peninsula, a region where many kiwis choose to escape the bustle and stress of city life. (2 nights)

Day 17
Explore the Coromandel with Kiwi Dundee

Enjoy a full-day guided tour today with local expert & personality, ‘Kiwi Dundee’. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the area & learn about the flora, fauna and history of the Coromandel region. Kiwi Dundee Adventures is internationally recognised as one of New Zealand’s top guiding companies, offering visitors a variety of deluxe, small group, or private customised tours & walks in the Coromandel Peninsula.

Day 18
Coromandel Peninsula - Auckland

Today’s journey takes you over the divide to the quaint gold mining township of Coromandel and on down the Thames Coast. On to Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’, New Zealand’s largest and most vibrant, offering an exciting array of cosmopolitan experiences.

Day 19
Auckland - Bay of Islands

Travel north over the Harbour Bridge and along the Hibiscus Coast to arrive in Paihia, a seaside town nestled on the shores of this National Maritime Park in the Bay of Islands. On arrival a visit to the historic Waitangi Treaty House is included. (2 nights)

Day 20
Bay of Islands - Cape Brett Cruise - Bay of Islands

You can relax today and enjoy the Bay of Islands in a number of ways. We’ve included a cruise to the famous Hole in the Rock & Cape Brett for you this morning. Board the luxury catamaran which will whisk you on a comfortable journey out through game fishing waters to the Cape Brett Lighthouse. Next is Motukokako Island and the famous “Hole in the Rock” where you’ll make a passage through the Hole and on to the Grand Cathedral Cave. On the return journey the cruise takes its time and meanders through the inner islands. View sandy beaches, beautiful bays and marine wildlife as your skipper gives an informative commentary. Included is an island stopover on beautiful Urupukapuka Island. On the way back you might like to stop off at Russell (New Zealand’s first capital) which was also known as the “Hell Hole of the Pacific” It’s now a quaint seaside village where you can take some time to wander around and enjoy.

Day 21
Bay of Islands - Auckland

Travel west through Kaikohe to the Hokianga Harbour to visit the great Waipoua Kauri forest. Continue south through Dargaville and back on to State Highway 1 to return to the ‘City of Sails’ today. A chance for some last-minute shopping or sightseeing or maybe stop off for a relaxing swim in one of the beautiful sandy beaches on the coastal drive back to Auckland.

Day 22
Depart Auckland

Sadly your holiday is at an end and you drop off your vehicle at Auckland airport to connect with your onward flight. Here we bid you farewell and hope you leave with many happy memories of your stay in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

4.8/5.0

There are 13 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.8 out of 5.

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20/01/2017
We had a wonderful trip thank you for all of your help setting this up.
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25/02/2016
We loved the tour. Would recommend getting in one day earlier to settle into time zone change. Enjoyed all the B&B's, hosts were great help and very friendly. Due to curvy roads, would extend driving times a bit. Our flight from Queenstown to Rotorua was delayed due to clouds in Queenstown and we had to be rerouted via Wellington, delaying our arrival into Rotorua by 6 hours(would have liked the afternoon to see more of Rotorua area). Mani's support was most appreciated and his quick responses helped greatly as many questions always pop up before the trip. We would have liked to stop in the office to say thanks but did not have the time. The Cruze GPS/commentary was a most welcomed surprise. The commentary made the drive much more pleasant and educational. Thanks.
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25/02/2016
Being a retired military family, our family has literally traveled and lived around the world. We loved our assignments in Europe and Asia. Now we have found a new love. New Zealand. Relaxing Journeys planned and executed the finest vacation we have ever had. Every B&B we stayed in was exceptional. Every event we elected to participate in was also exceptional. The people we met could not do enough for us. The country is the prettiest, cleanest place we have ever visited. We cannot envision anyone traveling this wonderful country not liking it. Without exception, Relaxing Journeys is a top notch company and Mani is the guy to deal with.
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20/01/2016
Our journey went quite well. We were particularly pleased with the B&Bs which were all excellent, the outing at Abel Tasman and the cruise at Milford Sound. The only negatives (neither your fault) were a disappointing whale watching excursion (120 minutes of seasickness for many on board for only 5 minutes of whale) and a defective GPS which had to be replaced.
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06/12/2015
We had an amazing time in New Zealand. The scenery was spectacular, the accommodation and excursions/ inclusions fantastic. We had the best holiday ever. There were no hiccups - everything went as smooth as planned. We could enjoy our holiday in a relaxed way without stressing about where to stay or what to do. Thank you for a well organised tour. We'll have to return! Best wishes.
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02/11/2015
We spent five weeks driving from Dunedin to Auckland and loved every minute of it. The staff at Relaxing Journeys was most helpful in our planning this trip and everything, including the bed and breakfast stays, the car rental, and the tours, went smoothly. We would recommend their services without reservation.
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10/02/2015
Right from the early planning stages we were really impressed with the professionalism of Relaxing Journeys. The personal service from Mani was all that we could've asked for; he was excellent. From the moment we landed in Christchurch everything went like clockwork. Every booking had been made, every bill had been paid and we were expected, wherever we went. The B&Bs ranged from good to outstanding. The hosts, without exception, were knowledgeable about their area, routes, points of interest and restaurants. All the activities were well suited to our needs, fitness level and sense of adventure and we were very glad that we'd listened to the advice given in our tour choices. We had a brilliant time. Two activities were cancelled due to bad weather and full refunds were received within a couple of days of returning home - great, prompt service. There is no question that we would use Relaxing Journey again and we're happy to recommend it to any friends (or readers of this review).
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08/02/2013
We probably saw more of New Zealand, than most people living in New Zealand have seen. It would have been better to eliminate a few of the one night stays and incorporate them into more two night stays. Overall, the trip exceeded our expectations, and we now can make recommendations on what to see and do in New Zealand.
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26/12/2012
Everything about this tour (except maybe the weather!!!) was sensational. The quality of the car and the accomodation couldn't be faulted and the voucher system is very efficient, with no problems. We saw heaps of places but still had time to relax and do our own thing. New Zealand is a fabulous place, we took 2 teenage boys and they had a blast too (they tolerated the wine tasting!). The team at Relaxing Journey's are highly efficient and the tours that they put into their itineraries are brilliant. Go to NZ, you will love it, there is something for everyone!
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26/02/2011
Jarrod was wonderful and very pro-active. We were concerned initially about the long distance relationship but I will always consider an in country travel agent in the future. They know the 'turf' and responded very well to all issues (Christchurch quake). Herzog Cottage was a gem! I would not do a breakfast package in Wellington but instead upgrade to the premium level on the Ferry trip to the south island. That was NZ$45 per person and included breakfast and internet with comfortable lounge area which we did on a recommendation from a friend. All B&B's were OUTSTANDING.
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29/11/2009
We received the refund for the two cancelled trips, so though we would have loved to go on them, we are grateful for your promptness. The trip went really well and we all 4 enjoyed breathtaking experiences and loved most of the accommodation tremendously. Thanks for all your trouble especially with the delay due to M's accident and you having to rearrange the whole trip. Highglights were seeing the whale, the tree houses and the Bay of Islands sailing trip. Low points were only the bad weather in the South but then again the Milford experience with masses of waterfalls was unmissable. Thanks again.
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29/11/2009
Craig of Relaxing Journeys organised our trip starting in Christchurch and ending in Sydney twenty two days later. His service was immaculate. Each hotel or bed & breakfast greeted us warmly and made us feel right at home. All the owners went out of their way to ensure that we had places to visit and restaurants to sample. They were all genuinely concerned that we should have a good experience travelling around New Zealand and offered their thoughts on our itinerary and suggested extra stops on route that enhanced our time there. Although the weather in South Island was not always great and prevented us from exploring Frans Josef Glacier that was more to do with our choice of when to go which had been dictated by our unfortunate delay from the previous January and February. Our final stop in Aukland at the Aachen House was amusing in hindsight with a 2am fire alarm that the night manager slept thru but as we were able to evacuate everybody ourselves and the alarm was a false one no harm was done. The award for best overnight went to the Tree House hotel which was an absolute treat and anybody visiting that part of South Island to see the whales and dolphins should be directed there. The Bay of Islands and Russell where we hired a yacht for the day was another big highlight. The car hire in Christchurch was well executed but the handover when we arrived at Rotarua was botched - a case of miscommunication between the car hire firms offices but sorted out by Craig yet again with speed and charm. Thanks for a flawless performance on your part and please feel free to use me as a reference for your top class service.
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13/12/2006
Well, back from ?down under? yesterday after a 25 hour flight! We wish to inform you that we had an excellent time in New Zealand and thank you so much for all your professional arrangements transfer and tour arrangements, which worked out perfectly!?New Zealand is an extremely beautiful country and you must feel very lucky living there!
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Tour Code: GNKA
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Departures: May 2018 to March 2019
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