Epic NZ Tour

Three Week NZ Wide Tour

Everything you expect from a three-week tour of New Zealand and then some! Over 24 unforgettable days you’ll experience it all: secluded beaches, jaw-dropping scenery, Māori culture, mountainous ranges, lush rain forests and more adventure activities than you could ever tick off your bucket list.

From the idyllic Bay of Islands, through a geothermal wonderland of bubbling mud, traversing mighty mountains and then hiking the blue glacial ice of the wild West Coast, you’ll soon see that New Zealand is filled with many different landscapes and opportunities for adventure!

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

Epic 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.

  • If you arrive in Auckland with a few days to spare either before or after your tour, we recommend a Auckland Harbour Bridge bungy jump!

Tour highlights

Meet Northland’s legendary 'Lord of the Forest' (Included)
Meet Northland’s legendary 'Lord of the Forest' (Included)

Learn about this ancient 51-metre kauri tree estimated to be over 1500 years old.

Leap from the very spot bungy was invented! (Add-On)
Leap from the very spot bungy was invented! (Add-On)

Test your limits and bungy jump off Kawerau bridge – the Home of Bungy.

Abel Tasman National Park (Guide Pick)
Abel Tasman National Park (Guide Pick)

Explore the undisputedly gorgeous golden coastal scenery of this pristine wilderness area.

Tour itinerary

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:

    • Cross Cook Strait on the Interislander ferry
    • Fish and chip dinner with spectacular Bay of Islands views
    • Traditional Māori hāngī dinner cooked in an underground oven
    • Visit famous kauri tree Tāne Mahuta, 'The Lord of the Forest'
    • Learn a haka and learn to weave flax with a local iwi (tribe)
    • Visit Te Puia - a local cultural centre - to learn more about traditional Māori culture and discover Rotorua’s geothermal wonders
    • Carve your own pounamu/jade pendant in Franz Josef
    • Spend two nights deep in West Coast rainforest
    • Learn to paddle a waka (Māori war 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.

    Upgrades and essentials to this trip:

    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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