23-Nights New Zealand Encompassed: Harbours & Houseboats - 18-to-Thirtysomethings
New Zealand Encompassed: Harbours & Houseboats
Now's the time to explore New Zealand on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. Don't just get a taste for New Zealand, sink your teeth into it on this comprehensive 24-day trip - our longest in this part of the world. Get close to the land by exploring national parks, glaciers (pretty cool, are we right?), and a sustainable farm then embarking on an expert-led kayak excursion. Best of all, you’ll get to explore the magnificent Bay of Islands, home to some of the world’s top fishing. By the end of these 24 days, you'll be wishing your trip were much, much longer.
Explore the Bay of Islands on a houseboat, sea kayak to a harbour for a picnic lunch, hike Abel Tasman National Park, get your heart pumping in the adventure capital of the world, bike along the historic Otago Rail Trail
Hostels (13 nts, multi-share with 4-8 people), houseboat (1 nt, open cabin multi-share), basic lodges (9 nts, some multi-share with 4-6 people). Most nights are multi-share on this trip.
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Group Size Notes
Max 20, avg 16
22 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners
Your G for Good Moment: Resourceful Otautahi Walking Tour, Christchurch Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Hands-On Moment: Surf Lesson, Raglan Your Big Night Out Moment: Wellington Your Discover Moment: Franz Josef Your Discover Moment: Queenstown Your Big Night Out Moment: Wellington. Overnight houseboat excursion with onboard activities including snorkelling, fishing, and kayaking (Bay of Islands). Conservation farm visit (Raglan). Sea kayaking excursion (Raglan). Maori cultural experience. Seal colony visit. Walks in Franz Josef and Abel Tasman National Parks. Fiordland NP visit. Milford Sound nature cruise. Mountain biking excursion (Central Otago). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
23 nights from $3549 per person
Supplier: G Adventures
Auckland is regularly voted one of the best lifestyle cities in the world, with the cosmopolitan city centre complemented by great escapes within half an hour of downtown. Indulge in Auckland's shopping, nightlife and unrivalled cuisine and experience some of the many attractions and adventure activities on offer. There is never a shortage of things to do in the City of Sails. Sights to see include Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland Zoo, and Museum of Transport and Technology.
Christchurch was founded in 1850 by members of the Church of England, who wanted a little bit of heaven on earth. They succeeded, and today the city takes great pride in its spacious layout and distinctive English-style buildings in elegant grey stone. The River Avon winds through Christchurch, along parks and gardens that cover one-third of the city.
New Zealand's premier destination on the edge of beautiful Lake Rotorua offers visitors so much to see and do the trouble is deciding what to do. From a quiet stroll through the magnificent Redwood Forest to an adrenaline rafting plunge over one of the world's highest commercially rafted waterfalls or an entertaining view of life on the farm at one of our award winning farmshows - Rotorua has it all. Famous for awesome geological forces, Rotorua has hundreds of gentle plopping mud pools, powerful erupting geysers, and intriguing geothermal lakes. Maori Culture is another unique facet to Rotorua's popularity. For more action try hiking down Mt Ngongatah, fishing for trophy-sized trout on one of Rotorua's many lakes, tandem skydiving, horse trekking, or off-road driving. Or just sit back, watch the world go by and enjoy the fresh, clean, picturesque atmosphere from one of many sidewalk cafes and bars. To end the day, soak away ailments in one of many thermally heated natural mineral spas.
Queenstown hosts an outstanding collection of adrenaline inducing activities and spectacular scenery. From jumping from tall bridges or quiet fishing, this is New Zealand's number one adventure destination. Lake and river join towering mountain ranges to make Queenstown as popular in the winter as it is in the summer.
At the heart of the action are cafes, the entire spectrum of accommodation, boutique shopping, restaurants and the visitor services expected in a small town with a big reputation.
At the heart of the volcanic plateau in the North Island lies Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake and popular destination for water sports, fishing, relaxing, soaking in hot pools and skiing during the winter months.
Franz Josef Glacier
The South Island's most renowned explorer and geologist, Julius von Haast, named Franz Josef Glacier after the Emperor of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Franz Josef Glacier is a remnant of a much older, larger glacier which flowed from the alpine snowfields right to the sea. The glacier is over 7.5 miles long extending into the rainforest just 3 miles from the Franz Josef township, making it easy to visit. Walk to viewpoints and the terminal face or, for a close-up view of the spectacular ice formations, take a guided glacier walk, helihike or scenic flight.
Te Anau is known as the "sightseeing and walking capital of the world". Fiordland National Park is one of the few areas in the world with World Heritage status. Attractions include scenic boat cruises, scenic flights, sea kayaking, diving, fishing, coach tours, golf, four wheel driving, hunting and more. Te Anau Glow Worm Cave is a rare example of a living cave still under formation. Te Anau is in the hub of the great southern rugged and splendid walking tracks. Lake Te Anau encourages water skiing, swimming, fishing and kayaking on the lake during the summer. During the winter, days are crisp and clear with frosty mornings and sunny days. Te Anau's Wildlife Park is 10 minutes walking distance from the Department of Conservation Visitor Centre on the Lakefront.
Bay of Islands
Rich in legend and history, the Bay of Islands is New Zealand's cradle of European civilization, with many points of interest relating to early European and Maori settlement. There are many "firsts" associated with the Bay of Islands, such as the first European community, the oldest home and church in the country and the first capital of New Zealand, among others. Reserves have been established to protect what is left of the once vast native kauri forests with magnificent trees rivaling California's redwoods. Major sites in the Islands include historical Waitangi, Paihia, a subtropical marine resort popular as a starting point for bay cruises and fishing excursions, and Russell, one of the oldest towns in New Zealand known as the “Hell Hole of the Pacific”. Anglers still regard the Bay of Islands as a top fishing area, while residents cherish its unhurried pace, balmy climate and serenity. Other sights include Motukako Island, Kawhiti Caves, Maori Meeting House, and the Bay of Islands Maritime and Historic Park.
Located at southwestern North Island, New Zealand’s capital city derives its character and charm from the wooded hills that curve like a green amphitheater around Wellington’s harbor. Commercial and government buildings rim the waterfront; nostalgic Victorian buildings mingle pleasantly with more modern structures and above the business district, dwellings precariously cling to steep slopes.
Wellington was the first settlement organized by the London-based New Zealand Company. Other sights include Kelburn Cable Car, Museum of Wellington, City and Sea, and National Museum and Art Gallery (Te Papa).
Few places in the world can boast of such natural wonders as those offered by land and sea in Kaikoura .... stunning coastal alpine scenery, year-round whale watching, dolphin and seal swimming, pelagic bird watching, fishing, diving, and a host of eco-tourism oriented activities!
Abel Tasman National Park
Abel Tasman is renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs, and its world-famous coastal track. It also has a mild climate and is a good place to visit at any time of the year. The most noticeable features of this park are the golden sandy beaches, the fascinating rocky outcrops, and the rich, unmodified estuaries. The landscape has been modified, perhaps more than in the other national parks. The top few things to do include walking the tracks through the park or sea kayaking and sailing.
Just north of North Island, Paihia was founded by Henry Williams and his wife, Marianne in 1823. This town is known for its many "firsts of New Zealand" such as: the first church, the first game of cricket played and the first printing press. "The Jewel of the Bay of Islands" is a thriving settlement popular to its visitors who seek exploration, gastronomical ventures, outdoor expeditions and plenty of discovery. Here, you can swim with dolphins, hike to Haruru Falls, witness authentic Maori culture and even try sand-boarding!
Raglan is a small coastal town on the west coast of New Zealand's north island, just two hours from Auckland. Raglan's stunning harbor proving views of ancient limestone rock formations and the area that was originally inhabited by the Maori for at least 800 years. It is now popular for its surf, with world-class breaks along the coast. There is also a thriving art and music scene, making Raglan an enjoyable laid back town to visit.
The village of Otago, which also means “Isolated village” and “place of red earth”, was introduced to the Europeans in the 1840’s. Chiseled by nature, its landscape, rugged snow-capped mountains, transparent rivers, deep gorges and tussock-clad hills is New Zealand’s best kept secret. This recreational paradise is a traveler’s dream with a plethora of activities to choose from: watersports, wine-tasting, mountain-biking and much more! Reputably known for its cold winters, warm summers and abundant wildlife, the unspoiled beauty of Otago is rewarding in any season.
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