Legendary NZ Tour

Three Week Adventure Tour of New Zealand

We’re often asked what’s the difference between the North and South Islands of New Zealand – well, here’s your chance to find out! We’ll visit all the highlights: secluded beaches, glacier-fed lakes, Māori villages, mountainous ranges, lush rainforests and more adventure activities than you can imagine!

The North Island is filled with surprising contrasts: from the idyllic Coromandel where you can soak in a hot pool dug in the sand, venture through a geothermal wonderland of geysers, take a side-trip to Middle Earth-esque countryside, have underground adventures in caves lit by glow worms, and admire lush rainforests and even a volcanic desert – you’ll be amazed by it all.

But wait! There’s still the South Island to explore! Sailing between islands, you’ll get a grand entrance into this magnificent part of the world where you’ll get to enjoy marine wildlife, an epic adventure playground, visit the home of bungy, traverse mighty mountain passes, explore glacier country and then forge golden memories in the Abel Tasman area.

This small-group guided tour of the North and South Island will visit Coromandel, Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington, Kaikōura, Wanaka, Queenstown, Tekapo (an International Dark Sky Reserve), Abel Tasman National Park, Punakaiki and Franz Josef Glacier, with the option to visit Hobbiton, Waitomo, The Tongariro Crossing and Milford Sound along the way.

As with all our tours, we do include a few 'must-do' events, ranging from a Māori cultural night to learning to paddle a waka (Māori war canoe), and even a greenstone carving experience.

You’ ll see a massive range of optional activities available to add, from bungy jumping and dolphin swimming to jet boating and scenic flights. None of these are compulsory; just add the ones you want.

Accommodation is included on the last night of your tour, but we can also book a few extra nights for you if you would like to extend your stay.

Legendary Tour Tips:

  • Activities can also be purchased on the road – just let your tour guide know. We can't always guarantee availability when booking on the road, so we suggest pre-booking any activities you especially want to do.

  • As the tour starts early in the morning, you can opt to book accommodation in Auckland with us the night before the tour – only having to walk downstairs on the day the tour starts makes for a stress-free morning!

  • The tour price includes dorm share accommodation (4–6 share) but if you would prefer your own space you have the option to upgrade to a private room for the duration of your tour.

  • You can select this upgrade when you start building your tour online. Please note: private room upgrades are not available for two nights on this tour: the cultural experience at Kohutapu Lodge in Murupara and one night in MacKenzie Country.

Tour highlights

Learn the haka and taste a hangi (Included)

On tour you’ll learn about Maori culture, hear legends and carve a greenstone pendant.

Whale watching in Kaikōura (Add-On)

Chase that tail: sperm whales are the locals with orca and humpback whales visiting seasonally.

Stay in an International Dark Sky Reserve (Guide Pick)

We’ll stay a night in South Island region remarkable for its incredibly clear starry nights.

Tour itinerary

  • What’s included?

    What's included on every adventure tour:

    • Small groups, up to 16 people
    • Passionate Kiwi guides
    • Comfortable bus transport
    • High-end hostel accommodation
    • Tasty continental breakfasts every day

    What's also included on this tour:

    • 20 nights in high-end hostel accommodation, 1 night shared cultural experience*
    • Cross Cook Strait on the Interislander ferry
    • Traditional Māori hāngī dinner cooked in an underground oven
    • Visit Te Puia - a local cultural centre - to learn more about traditional Māori culture and discover Rotorua’s geothermal wonders
    • Check out Rotorua’s bubbling mud pools
    • Learn a haka and learn to weave flax with a local iwi (tribe)
    • Carve your own pounamu (jade) pendant in Franz Josef
    • Learn to paddle a waka (Māori canoe) in Abel Tasman
    • Discover NZ's most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Areas
    • Journey through multiple National Parks
    • Plus many surprise stops on the way

    ENHANCE YOUR TRIP WITH ADD-ON ACTIVITIES AND UPGRADES

    Your tour includes all the essentials but you can add extra wow-factor to your tour by adding on the activities and accommodation upgrades that suit you best.

    Available dates

    Only $99 to secure your seat unless you book within 45 days of departure. Once your spot is booked, you can log in and customise your tour with any extra experiences or activities up to 45 days before departure.

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