Starts: Auckland, New Zealand
Ends: Christchurch, New Zealand
AUCKLAND TO HOT WATER BEACH
?Spend the afternoon walking or kayaking to Cathedral Cove, and then soak in the natural springs at Hot Water Beach!
HOT WATER BEACH TO WAITOMO
Check out New Zealand’s gold mining history before travelling on to experience the glowworms, underwater caves and forest walks of Waitomo.
WAITOMO TO ROTORUA
Last chance to explore Waitomo on the Ruakuri bush walk before heading to Rotorua, the Maori culture capital of New Zealand.
ROTORUA TO TAUPO
A popular backpacker destination, with New Zealand’s biggest lake and plenty to keep you occupied!
TAUPO (EXTRA DAY)
We recommend staying an extra night in Taupo because there’s so much to do! If you’re short on time, you can always skip this extra day, timetable allowing, and get to the next stop sooner.
TAUPO TO RIVER VALLEY
Today we visit Tongariro National Park to enjoy some stunning free walks before arriving at River Valley Adventure Lodge later in the day
RIVER VALLEY TO WELLINGTON
New Zealand’s capital of cool is full of culture, cafes and cinema!
WELLINGTON TO PICTON TO KAITERITERI
Travel across the stunning Cook Strait to the seaside town of Picton, then on to Kaiteriteri where the beautiful golden sand beach is on your doorstep.
KAITERITERI TO WESTPORT
Travel through snow-capped mountains and fantastic lakes on your journey towards the wild West Coast.
WESTPORT TO LAKE MAHINAPUA
Explore the rugged West Coast of NZ, see the Pancake Rocks and spend the night in a traditional West Coast pub!
LAKE MAHINAPUA TO FRANZ JOSEF
Continue along the beautiful West Coast of New Zealand through forests and past the towering Southern Alps to glacier country.
FRANZ JOSEF (EXTRA DAY)
We recommend staying an extra night in Franz Josef because there’s so much to do there. If you’re short on time, you can always skip this extra day, timetable allowing, and get to the next stop sooner.
FRANZ JOSEF – WANAKA
Journey to the magical Southern Lakes region to take the time to chill by beautiful Lake Wanaka.
WANAKA – QUEENSTOWN
Adventure capital of New Zealand…and the world! What more do we need to say!
QUEENSTOWN (EXTRA DAY)
We recommend staying an extra night in Queenstown because there’s so much to do there. If you’re short on time, you can always skip this extra day, timetable allowing, and get to the next stop sooner.
QUEENSTOWN TO LAKE TEKAPO
Discover the untouched beauty and crystal clear skies in the world’s largest dark sky reserve.
LAKE TEKAPO TO CHRISTCHURCH
A day of contrasts from snowy peaks to fertile plains home to the Garden City.