22 Day Kiwi Adventurer

22 Day Kiwi Adventurer

You’re on the edge of your next adventure. From Christchurch to Auckland, you will experience the magnificent TranzAlpine train, visit Kaikoura - New Zealand's whale watching capitol, see the Franz Josef glacier, cruise on the spectacular Milford Sound and explore the geothermal Rotorua to name just a few. You’ll be delighted at every turn, trading your every day for an unforgettable holiday!

Book and pay your deposit by 31 October 2018 to receive a 5% discount off your tour price for this month

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
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
Kiwi Dundee Full Day Nature & Coast Guided Tour incl Lunch

Conditions

Prices are per person based on twin-share, and are subject to availability. Prices are correct at the time of submission but are subject to change without notice. Valid for travel May 2018 – March 2019. Blackout periods may apply. A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required at time of booking.

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Book and pay your deposit by 31 October 2018 to receive a 5% discount off your tour price for this month

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* Prices shown are per person (based on two people travelling).
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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Christchurch

Haere Mai” Welcome to Christchurch – the Garden City! Disembark, pass through customs and collect your luggage – it’s time to start your holiday. You will be personally met by our representative at the airport and transferred in an executive sedan to your accommodation.

What should you do with the rest of the day? Take it slow, sit back and relax, we suggest punting down the River Avon through the stunning Christchurch Botanic Gardens. (2 nights)

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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 deep into the Southern Alps by jetboat and explore the inaccessible twists and turns of the rushing waterways. Rendezvous with the Unimog and travel in this unique 4WD vehicle to Flock Hill Station for a bite to eat, before continuing through Arthur’s Pass National Park for scenery and photogenic shots.

Wrap the day up with a return to Christchurch onboard the famous TranzAlpine Train. The TranzAlpine is described as “The Great New Zealand Rail Adventure” and is rated as one of the top six scenic train journeys in the world – with accolades like those, you know it will be good.

Ascend through lush beech forests past the beautiful Lake Brunner via the alpine village of Arthur’s Pass situated 737 metres above sea level, before crossing the spectacular Southern Alps. The TranzAlpine then winds its way over massive viaducts, through spectacular river gorges and the stunning Waimakariri River valley.

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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.

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Day 4
Kaikoura - Whale Watch - Nelson

This morning, board your boat and enjoy the awesome experience of a 3-hour whale-watch excursion. Every whale watch tour is a unique experience and 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 and the endangered Wandering Albatross. Depending on the season, you may also see migrating Hump Back whales, Pilot whales, Blue whales and 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 as well as 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)

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Day 5
Nelson - Abel Tasman Day Trip - Nelson

Explore the Abel Tasman National Park’s coastline onboard the Taranui for “The Best Abel Tasman Day Trip”. You will cruise past Split Apple Rock, Kaiteriteri, Marahau, round golden sandy bays, Adele and Fishermans Islands and on to the Tonga Island seal colony, 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 the skipper will 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 lunch is prepared. Taranui has plenty of snorkeling equipment and kayaks on board, if you are keen to work up an appetite.

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Day 6
Nelson - Punakaiki

Travel south through the Nelson Lakes region before arriving on the West Coast. Marvel at the bizarre limestone landscapes at Punakaiki, best known for its Pancake Rocks and blowholes – make some time to see these spectacular sights today.

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Day 7
Punakaiki - Greymouth - Franz Josef

Enjoy a walk along the beach this morning before heading down the West Coast. Home to towering rainforests, mountains and glaciers, tranquil lakes and rushing rivers, this coastal paradise is steeped in history dating back to the gold rush era of the 1860’s.

Tonight you stay at Franz Josef or Fox glaciers – unique in the fact that the glacier descends from the Southern Alps to just 240 metres above sea level, amidst the greenery and lushness of a temperate rainforest. (2 nights)

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Day 8
Franz Josef

Endless opportunities exist to allow you to take in the beauty of this special part of the South Island’s West Coast. You can 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 or feel your adrenaline rush on New Zealand’s most scenic skydive.

Alternatively, you can 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.

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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 town regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination. (2 nights)

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Day 10
Queenstown - Dart River Safari - Queenstown

Wear something waterproof and comfortable, you’re about to go on a jetboat ride. Our chosen service provider will collect you from your hotel and travel to Glenorchy in time for your Dart River Wilderness Safari.

Speed on crystal clear waters, watching the wild and scenic landscape of Mt Aspiring National Park pass you by with twists, turns and impressive acceleration. Don’t be fooled by the jet-boat classification – thrills aside, you’ll be afforded a rare chance to glimpse the enchanted wilderness of a World Heritage area.

This afternoon is free for further sightseeing.

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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 and wildlife.

Milford Sound is nothing short of heart-stopping, inducing subconscious smiles in the hard to please and easily bored almost instantly; it’s simply magnificent. Keep an eye out for dolphins, seals and penguins! 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.

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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.

Pick and choose from a long list of adventures – from thrilling funyak tours along the Dart River and horse-riding in Glenorchy, to panning for gold in Arrowtown or taking a tour of Lake Wakatipu via the TSS Earnslaw, there is certainly something for every speed.

Or, if you’re not ready to break the spell of the last few days a scenic walk may do the trick, exploring the diverse range of stunning trails the region delivers in troves. (2 nights)

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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.

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Day 13
Queenstown at Leisure

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

Running along the Clutha River, Lake Dunstan and the Shotover River, the Central Otago Wine Trail region encompasses Wanaka, Cromwell, Bannockburn, Bendigo, Alexandra, and Gibbston, boasting an international reputation for Pinot Noir. There are over 30 wineries and vineyards in this area offering tastings, tours, lunches and meals.

Further along SH6, 15 minutes from central Queenstown, stands the Arrowtown Junction at Lake Hayes, home of the unmissable Amisfield Winery & Bistro – sink your teeth into a local meal and savour the notes of New Zealand before arriving in Queenstown.

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Day 14
Queenstown - Rotorua

This morning, drop off your car at Queenstown airport and board your aircraft for the flight north to the geothermal city of Rotorua. On arrival, collect your new rental vehicle and 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)

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Day 15
Rotorua Sightseeing

Free time to explore Rotorua 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 mud pools 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 beautiful songs, the 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)

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Day 16
Rotorua - Bay of Plenty - Coromandel Peninsula

Drive north through the Bay of Plenty to Tauranga and the Coromandel Peninsula. It’s worth taking a break at the beachside resort of Mt Maunganui for a walk around the base of the mountain or along the long, sandy beach.

Continue along the East Coast to Tairua;  this centrally located seaside town is a great place from which to explore the Peninsula. Walk to the top of Paku Hill for spectacular 360 degree views. (2 nights)

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Day 17
Explore the Coromandel with Kiwi Dundee

Enjoy a full-day guided tour today with local expert and personality, ‘Kiwi Dundee’. Explore a pristine rainforest surrounded by giant rock faces, rugged volcanic peaks, ancient Kauri, Rimu and Rata trees. Wonder at the world’s largest tree ferns and capture crystal clear rivers on camera.

Visit old historic gold caves, home to hundreds of glittering glowworms and learn more about forest biodiversity. Enjoy your picnic lunch by the rock pools or in the mountains, letting the world go by, one bird call at a time.

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Day 18
Coromandel Peninsula - Auckland

Today’s journey takes you over the divide and on down the Thames Coast to Auckland. As New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland is located in an idyllic setting overlooking the forested Waitakere Ranges, the sheltered Manukau Harbour and the island-studded Hauraki Gulf to the north.

No wonder over a million people choose to live here! Beautiful beaches and dreamy offshore islands are just half an hour from the city. In fact, the sea is so much a part of the place that an unusually high number of people own their own boats giving the city its moniker of the ‘City of Sails’.

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Day 19
Auckland - Bay of Islands

It’s time to depart the city and head north to the Bay of Islands. If you’re something of an arts, crafts or history buff, a visit to Kerikeri is certainly worth it, as one of the oldest buildings in the country still stands solid – aptly named the Stone Store.

Strap back in for the easy drive to Paihia, the idyllic seaside gateway to the whole Bay of Islands region. On arrival a visit to the historic Waitangi Treaty House is included. (2 nights)

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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 and 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 in the cruise 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.

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Day 21
Bay of Islands - Auckland

Exploration is the order of the day, as you travel south again and search for camera-worthy stops along the way –  because we care about making your adventure easy, here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Relax – Dip, bathe and relax in Waiwera’s thermal springs.
  • Sight-See – Turn left to Waipu Cove and add Lang’s Beach to your laid-back bucket list.
  • Eat Well – Puhoi has a few local cheeses you just have to try, paired perfectly with a New Zealand red.
  • Walk – Take the detour from Warkworth to do the Tawharanui Ridge Walk.  It’s an easy walk of about 4 hours that will reward you with spectacular views.

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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.

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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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