Jaffas 'n' Jandals (Joining the Big Tiki - South to North, Ends in Auckland)

New Zealand

Day 1Auckland to PaihiaKia Ora! Meet up with your Contiki Crew in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest and most cosmopolitan city. Surrounded by volcanoes, islands and a stunning harbour, you’ll soon understand why this is the “City of Sails” and was once home to the America’s Cup.This morning we’ll crossing the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge & take in the full-blown vistas of the harbour, Rangitoto, and other neighbouring volcanic islands on the way.With a stop at Parry Kauri Park, there’s time to walk through this famous reserve and see many of New Zealand’s ancient Kauri (a native tree). Some of the Kauri are 50m high and over 1000 years old.The final stop today is the small coastal town of Paihia. It’s the gateway to the Bay of Islands, one of New Zealand’s photogenic natural playgrounds.Your Tour Manager will point out the colonial style Treaty House at Waitangi. This is where modern-era New Zealand was born when the British Crown and Maori signed a treaty in 1840. You’ll also find out about local Maori culture as you check out the Nga Puhi tribal lands.Tonight, get to know the other Contiki travellers, Tour Manager and Driver over a typical ‘Kiwi’ dinner – fish 'n' chips – where you can eat outdoors under the night sky if the weather is good. After dinner, head out to a local music venue in Paihia with the group.Accommodations: HotelMeals: Dinner (1) dayDay 2PaihiaWith a full free day here, you’ll really get to enjoy the laid-back, natural beauty of the Bay of Islands. Chill out, or choose from loads of activities on offer here. There’s a catamaran cruise where you can stop off at remote islands, swim and feast on a tasty BBQ lunch. If you’re lucky, you’ll even spot some dolphins.Or you could use your free time to head off with some friends to learn about New Zealand’s settler history. Jump on a ferry out to New Zealand’s former capital, the pretty township of Russell. Grab an ice-cream, relax in its cute cafés and walk past some of the town’s historic cottages.We also offer you the option of a day trip to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s most northern point where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean merge. Our Local Guide can tell you all about the Maori beliefs associated with this site. Then it’s off to the sand dunes of Ninety Mile beach and a drive through the Northland Region.Lastly, for the adrenaline-junkies, there’s a chance to go parasailing – perfect for getting views of the awesome surrounding bay scenery.It's your final night together on tour, so make it an evening to remember!Accommodations: HotelMeals: Breakfast (1) dayDay 3Paihia to AucklandBack in Auckland, we'll show you the city spots before heading up the iconic Sky Tower. It's time to swap emails & say your farewells, as your tour ends at 6:00pm.Accommodations: Meals: Breakfast (1) dayAucklandSee the 'City of Sails' harbour made famous by the America's CupCross Auckland's Harbour BridgeOnly Contiki: Catch a 360° view of Auckland with a trip up the Sky TowerParry Kauri ParkWalk through native Kauri ForestNorthlandCheck out Whangarei & Kawakawa's famous Hundertwasser toiletsPaihiaOnly Contiki: Tuck into a true Kiwiana fish 'n' chips dinner

DepartingFrom 14/05/2015 to 15/10/2015

3 days
FROM $384*
3 days FROM $384*

Jaffas 'n' Jandals (Joining the Big Tiki - North to South, Ends in Auckland)

New Zealand

Day 1Auckland to PaihiaKia Ora! Meet up with your Contiki Crew in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest and most cosmopolitan city. Surrounded by volcanoes, islands and a stunning harbour, you’ll soon understand why this is the “City of Sails” and was once home to the America’s Cup.This morning we’ll crossing the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge & take in the full-blown vistas of the harbour, Rangitoto, and other neighbouring volcanic islands on the way.With a stop at Parry Kauri Park, there’s time to walk through this famous reserve and see many of New Zealand’s ancient Kauri (a native tree). Some of the Kauri are 50m high and over 1000 years old.The final stop today is the small coastal town of Paihia. It’s the gateway to the Bay of Islands, one of New Zealand’s photogenic natural playgrounds.Your Tour Manager will point out the colonial style Treaty House at Waitangi. This is where modern-era New Zealand was born when the British Crown and Maori signed a treaty in 1840. You’ll also find out about local Maori culture as you check out the Nga Puhi tribal lands.Tonight, get to know the other Contiki travellers, Tour Manager and Driver over a typical ‘Kiwi’ dinner – fish 'n' chips – where you can eat outdoors under the night sky if the weather is good. After dinner, head out to a local music venue in Paihia with the group.Accommodations: HotelMeals: Dinner (1) dayDay 2PaihiaWith a full free day here, you’ll really get to enjoy the laid-back, natural beauty of the Bay of Islands. Chill out, or choose from loads of activities on offer here. There’s a catamaran cruise where you can stop off at remote islands, swim and feast on a tasty BBQ lunch. If you’re lucky, you’ll even spot some dolphins.Or you could use your free time to head off with some friends to learn about New Zealand’s settler history. Jump on a ferry out to New Zealand’s former capital, the pretty township of Russell. Grab an ice-cream, relax in its cute cafés and walk past some of the town’s historic cottages.We also offer you the option of a day trip to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s most northern point where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean merge. Our Local Guide can tell you all about the Maori beliefs associated with this site. Then it’s off to the sand dunes of Ninety Mile beach and a drive through the Northland Region.Lastly, for the adrenaline-junkies, there’s a chance to go parasailing – perfect for getting views of the awesome surrounding bay scenery.It's your final night together on tour, so make it an evening to remember!Accommodations: HotelMeals: Breakfast (1) dayDay 3Paihia to AucklandBack in Auckland, we'll show you the city spots before heading up the iconic Sky Tower. It's time to swap emails & say your farewells, as your tour ends at 6:00pm.Accommodations: Meals: Breakfast (1) dayAucklandSee the 'City of Sails' harbour made famous by the America's CupCross Auckland's Harbour BridgeOnly Contiki: Catch a 360° view of Auckland with a trip up the Sky TowerParry Kauri ParkWalk through native Kauri ForestNorthlandCheck out Whangarei & Kawakawa's famous Hundertwasser toiletsPaihiaOnly Contiki: Tuck into a true Kiwiana fish 'n' chips dinner

DepartingFrom 06/05/2015 to 29/09/2015

3 days
FROM $384*
3 days FROM $384*

New Zealand–The Bay of Islands

Auckland

Day 1 AucklandArrive in Auckland at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Please try to arrive before 6pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city to visit the Maritime Museum, walk the waterfront, or even take the ferry to Waiheke Island. Please note: if you have pre-booked the Auckland Sailing your CEO will inform you when you will do the activity throughout your tour, days are subject to change: Sailing (Day 1 - Auckland). For more information on the Extra see the Optional Activities section. Make sure you book your accommodation and flights accordingly for Day 1.Day 2-3 Paihia, Bay of Islands (2B,1L,2D)Depart early and travel to a local reserve with giant kauri trees, native to New Zealand these trees are some of the largest in the world. Learn about their importance to the European settlement in New Zealand. Continue to the Goat Island Marine Reserve where snorkelling amongst abundant sea life is an included activity. *Please note: during the winter months (late April - early Nov) Goat Island snorkling will be cancelled due to an earlier departure time on The Rock (the boat where you will be spending the night). As a result, there will be more time for activities on board The Rock. Continue on to the Bay of Islands and embark on the boat which will be your home for the night. All activities and meals on board are included. Activities include: fishing, kayaking, swimming, target shooting, shell fish gathering, dolphin spotting and walking on a remote island. The night is spent anchored at a secluded bay. On Day 3 enjoy a morning of activities from our boat base. Then travel back to the mainland, walk around the small town of Paihia. An optional visit to the Treaty House in the nearby town of Waitangi is highly recommended. Waitangi is the location where on 6 February 1840, European settlers and local Moari signed an agreement on ownership of the land, and gave Māori the rights of British subjects. The Treaty of Waitangi is the founding document of New Zealand. An optional visit to the treaty grounds with a guided tour is highly recommended (approximate cost NZD$25). Overnight in a hostel in Paihia and savour an included barbeque dinner. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 250 km Please note: For the departure on August 13th 2014, the itinerary has changed because the boat house will be dry docked for maintenance. For Days 2 and 3 the group will overnight in Paihia. On Day 3, the group will board a yacht for a full day trip to Bay of Islands. Included lunch, kayaking, snorkelling and island walks.Day 4 Auckland (1B)Take advantage of optional morning activities such as skydiving, dolphin watching, fishing or visiting the historic town of Russel. Travel back to Auckland where the tour end upon arrival at 6pm. Feel free to book onward travel after 8pm. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 250 km

DepartingFrom 01/01/2015 to 28/12/2017

4 days
FROM $399*
4 days FROM $399*

Jaffas 'n' Jandals (Joining the Big Tiki - North to South, Ends in Auckland)

New Zealand

Day 1Auckland to PaihiaKia Ora! Meet up with your Contiki Crew in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest and most cosmopolitan city. Surrounded by volcanoes, islands and a stunning harbour, you’ll soon understand why this is the “City of Sails” and was once home to the America’s Cup.This morning we’ll crossing the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge & take in the full-blown vistas of the harbour, Rangitoto, and other neighbouring volcanic islands on the way.With a stop at Parry Kauri Park, there’s time to walk through this famous reserve and see many of New Zealand’s ancient Kauri (a native tree). Some of the Kauri are 50m high and over 1000 years old.The final stop today is the small coastal town of Paihia. It’s the gateway to the Bay of Islands, one of New Zealand’s photogenic natural playgrounds.Your Tour Manager will point out the colonial style Treaty House at Waitangi. This is where modern-era New Zealand was born when the British Crown and Maori signed a treaty in 1840. You’ll also find out about local Maori culture as you check out the Nga Puhi tribal lands.Tonight, get to know the other Contiki travellers, Tour Manager and Driver over a typical ‘Kiwi’ dinner – fish 'n' chips – where you can eat outdoors under the night sky if the weather is good. After dinner, head out to a local music venue in Paihia with the group.Accommodations: HotelMeals: Dinner (1) dayDay 2PaihiaWith a full free day here, you’ll really get to enjoy the laid-back, natural beauty of the Bay of Islands. Chill out, or choose from loads of activities on offer here. There’s a catamaran cruise where you can stop off at remote islands, swim and feast on a tasty BBQ lunch. If you’re lucky, you’ll even spot some dolphins.Or you could use your free time to head off with some friends to learn about New Zealand’s settler history. Jump on a ferry out to New Zealand’s former capital, the pretty township of Russell. Grab an ice-cream, relax in its cute cafés and walk past some of the town’s historic cottages.We also offer you the option of a day trip to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s most northern point where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean merge. Our Local Guide can tell you all about the Maori beliefs associated with this site. Then it’s off to the sand dunes of Ninety Mile beach and a drive through the Northland Region.Lastly, for the adrenaline-junkies, there’s a chance to go parasailing – perfect for getting views of the awesome surrounding bay scenery.It's your final night together on tour, so make it an evening to remember!Accommodations: HotelMeals: Breakfast (1) dayDay 3Paihia to AucklandBack in Auckland, we'll show you the city spots before heading up the iconic Sky Tower. It's time to swap emails & say your farewells, as your tour ends at 6:00pm.Accommodations: Meals: Breakfast (1) dayAucklandSee the 'City of Sails' harbour made famous by the America's CupCross Auckland's Harbour BridgeOnly Contiki: Catch a 360° view of Auckland with a trip up the Sky TowerParry Kauri ParkWalk through native Kauri ForestNorthlandCheck out Whangarei & Kawakawa's famous Hundertwasser toiletsPaihiaOnly Contiki: Tuck into a true Kiwiana fish 'n' chips dinner

DepartingFrom 05/10/2015 to 27/09/2016

3 days
FROM $450*
3 days FROM $450*

Jaffas 'n' Jandals (Joining the Big Tiki - South to North, Ends in Auckland)

New Zealand

Day 1Auckland to PaihiaKia Ora! Meet up with your Contiki Crew in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest and most cosmopolitan city. Surrounded by volcanoes, islands and a stunning harbour, you’ll soon understand why this is the “City of Sails” and was once home to the America’s Cup.This morning we’ll crossing the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge & take in the full-blown vistas of the harbour, Rangitoto, and other neighbouring volcanic islands on the way.With a stop at Parry Kauri Park, there’s time to walk through this famous reserve and see many of New Zealand’s ancient Kauri (a native tree). Some of the Kauri are 50m high and over 1000 years old.The final stop today is the small coastal town of Paihia. It’s the gateway to the Bay of Islands, one of New Zealand’s photogenic natural playgrounds.Your Tour Manager will point out the colonial style Treaty House at Waitangi. This is where modern-era New Zealand was born when the British Crown and Maori signed a treaty in 1840. You’ll also find out about local Maori culture as you check out the Nga Puhi tribal lands.Tonight, get to know the other Contiki travellers, Tour Manager and Driver over a typical ‘Kiwi’ dinner – fish 'n' chips – where you can eat outdoors under the night sky if the weather is good. After dinner, head out to a local music venue in Paihia with the group.Accommodations: HotelMeals: Dinner (1) dayDay 2PaihiaWith a full free day here, you’ll really get to enjoy the laid-back, natural beauty of the Bay of Islands. Chill out, or choose from loads of activities on offer here. There’s a catamaran cruise where you can stop off at remote islands, swim and feast on a tasty BBQ lunch. If you’re lucky, you’ll even spot some dolphins.Or you could use your free time to head off with some friends to learn about New Zealand’s settler history. Jump on a ferry out to New Zealand’s former capital, the pretty township of Russell. Grab an ice-cream, relax in its cute cafés and walk past some of the town’s historic cottages.We also offer you the option of a day trip to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s most northern point where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean merge. Our Local Guide can tell you all about the Maori beliefs associated with this site. Then it’s off to the sand dunes of Ninety Mile beach and a drive through the Northland Region.Lastly, for the adrenaline-junkies, there’s a chance to go parasailing – perfect for getting views of the awesome surrounding bay scenery.It's your final night together on tour, so make it an evening to remember!Accommodations: HotelMeals: Breakfast (1) dayDay 3Paihia to AucklandBack in Auckland, we'll show you the city spots before heading up the iconic Sky Tower. It's time to swap emails & say your farewells, as your tour ends at 6:00pm.Accommodations: Meals: Breakfast (1) dayAucklandSee the 'City of Sails' harbour made famous by the America's CupCross Auckland's Harbour BridgeOnly Contiki: Catch a 360° view of Auckland with a trip up the Sky TowerParry Kauri ParkWalk through native Kauri ForestNorthlandCheck out Whangarei & Kawakawa's famous Hundertwasser toiletsPaihiaOnly Contiki: Tuck into a true Kiwiana fish 'n' chips dinner

DepartingFrom 21/10/2015 to 13/10/2016

3 days
FROM $450*
3 days FROM $450*

New Zealand–Best of the North Island

Auckland

Day 1 AucklandArrive in Auckland at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Please try to arrive before 7pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city to visit the Maritime Museum, walk the waterfront, or even take the ferry to Waiheke Island.Day 2-3 Raglan (2B,1L,1D)Travel the backroads to a remote conservation farm where they are using natural means to boost the stocks of traditionally farmed marine life. They have created a balanced ecosystem to attract the native birds and animals back to the area. Kayak to a remote part of the harbour for a picnic lunch and boat cruise before heading to our lodge in the famous surf and arts town of Raglan for the night. Nestled in native bush overlooking the sea, the lodge is located near one of the most famous surf breaks in the world. They also have a vegetable garden where they use as much fresh produce as they can and they treat their own waste adding to the sustainability of the lodge On Day 3 head down to the beach for an included surf lesson. The instructor chooses a secluded and safe part of the beach and we use large boards to ensure that you stand up and ride a wave. The afternoon is open for optional activities such as bone carving with local maori, mountain biking or exploring the many walks. At night opt for a fish and chips dinner. Estimated travel time: 3 hours Travel distance: 160 kmDay 4 Rotorua/Maori Village Visit (1B,1D)Depending on the weather conditions and the desires of the group, we have an option to visit the Waitomo caves, famous for their glow worms. The glow worm is unique to New Zealand. Hundreds of thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their luminescent light in underground caves calved by rivers and time. Enjoy the tranquil boat ride under magical glowworms and become a part of over 120 years of cultural and natural history. For the adventurous, there is the option of ‘black water rafting’ (floating in an inner tube along the river, approximate cost NZD$120). Please note that if you choose to go to the Waitomo caves there is not enough time to go either skydiving or rafting in Rotorua. Your CEO will explain the pros and cons of these choices upon arrival. Continue to Rotorua for an engaging cultural experience on the grounds of a historic Maori village. Dine this evening in picnic fashion on traditional maori food (Hangi). Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 250 kmDay 5 National Park (1B,1D)An early start to walk across the Tongriro Crossing, New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek. Collecting supplies before the trek, the transfer will drop the group off for the self-guided trek and collect eveyone at the other end. Experience spectacular views while traversing across the volcanic range, one volcano is currently active. We ensure that you are prepared by going through a safety checklist and taking you to buy the supplies you might not have for the 19.4 km trek. The elements can consistently be changing, remember to dress accordingly and bring snacks. If the weather is too bad for the trek there will be alternative options such as smaller walks in the area or a visit to remote hot springs. Additionally, if you do not wish to do the Tongriro Crossing other activities can be arranged. *Please note: In the winter months (usually between June and October) when there is snow on the mountains the crossing can only be done with special equipment and a guide. If you still wish to do the crossing your CEO can arrange it and there will be an extra cost of around $100 for equipment, guidance and additional transportation. If you do not wish to do the walk in such conditions we include a couple of shorter walks and visit the Volcanic Information Centre as an alternative activity during these months. After finishing the trek travel to a ski lodge on the side of a mountain for the night. A spa and sauna on site will help ease those tired muscles. Estimated travel time: 3 hours driving time, walking time depending on group speed and size. Travel distance: 180 km driving, 19.4 km walkingDay 6 Wellington (1B)Travel to the capital city, Wellington. Arrive early enough for a visit to New Zealand's National Museum, Te Papa. This is a must-see with great displays of historical Maori artifacts and relatively modern exhibits such as the motorbike that was built in a shed and won the world championships. Entrance to the museum is free (but there is a charge for special exhibits). Be sure to find the stairwell just outside the entrance and descent into the foundations of the building. See how the museum is constructed on shock absorbers to withstand the many earthquakes New Zealand encounters. A short walk from our accommodation displays the sights of the coastal central business district. Finish the day off with an optional night on the town. Wellington has an abundance of nightlife, bars, cafes and restaurants all located on and around the entertainment district of Courtenay Place. Wellington is also renowned for its coffee – be sure to grab a cup of java from one of the many cafes. Estimated travel time: 5 hours Travel distance: 400 kmDay 7 Wellington (1B)Depart at any time. Looking for a lift back to Auckland? Add on the "Auckland Express" and ride with your CEO back north. Ask your sales CEO or agent about this Extra. What is the Auckland Express Extra?: Depart 6am and return to the Nomads Auckland hostel for around 5pm (8-9 hours driving time). If you have booked a transfer that is NOT on the last day of your tour, you must book post-accommodation through G Adventures. All services must be connected.

DepartingFrom 18/10/2014 to 31/12/2016

7 days
FROM $899*
7 days FROM $899*

East Meets West, 4 Days

New Zealand

HIGHLIGHTS: Auckland - Waiheke Island - Kumeu. Day 1 Welcome to Auckland. On arrival at Auckland Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights anytime). Day 2 Waiheke Island. Begin your day with a tour of Auckland's scenic city highlights, before a break for morning tea in charming Parnell Village. Board a ferry and cruise to Waiheke Island, for a guided tour of three of Waiheke's premier wineries. Taste the wine at award-winning Mudbrick Estate. Tour the Goldie Room, Waiheke's first and most well-established vineyard, then experience their range of fine wines accompanied by a mouth-watering nibbles. Marvel at the views and stunning architecture while you sample wines at Te Whau winery. B Day 3 Kumeu. Experience New Zealand's amazing scenery and great wines. Wine tasting in Kumeu Wine Country dates back to the 1930s when families of Croatian origin established winemaking in the area. Visit the families who are still living and working in the area, making some of New Zealand's most renowned wines. Your first tasting is at Nobilo Wines, the second largest wine producer in New Zealand. Then enjoy a short morning tea stop before tempting your taste buds at Matua Valley Wines. Choose from premium wine through to the everyday offering. Travel a short distance to Soljans Vineyard. Soljans has won many awards for their wines. By skilfully marrying traditional with modern techniques, they produce stylish, richly flavoured wines. They are widely acknowledged in New Zealand as being an expert producer of methode traditionelle (bottle-fermented) sparkling wines. Enjoy lunch and a glass of wine at Soljans Winery restaurant. Next you'll have the chance to see one of the world's largest seabirds in their natural environment, the gannet. Here you get a close-up view of their behaviour without disturbing their environment. Your final tasting is at West Brook Winery. The wines reflect true varietal character and their unique regional origins. B L Day 4 Farewell from Auckland. Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You'll be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

DepartingValid For Select Departures 1 February 2015 - 16 M

4 days
FROM $1,085*
4 days FROM $1,085*

Rotorua Discovery, 4 Days

New Zealand

HIGLIGHTS: Auckland - Waitomo Caves - Rotorua Day 1: Auckland - Waitomo Caves - Rotorua. Travel through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions. Enjoy a morning snack as you drive past Rangiriri, the location of an historic Maori Land Wars site. On arrival in the small town of Waitomo, tour with a local guide through the world-famous Waitomo Glow Worm Caves with their amazing stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone formations. Finish with a silent boat ride through the Glow Worm Grotto - a subterranean cavern lit by thousands of tiny glow worms. Later, travel on to Rotorua, the cultural centre of New Zealand. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel (R) or Millennium Hotel (F), Rotorua, 2 nights. Day 2: Rotorua. Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour around three of Rotorua's iconic visitor attractions. Experience Te Puia, a place of Maori culture and a thermal wonderland of impressive geysers and boiling mud pools. Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park, which showcases native flora and fauna. You may even spot a kiwi Then enjoy a demonstration of New Zealand's agricultural industry with a sheep shearing display and sheep dog trials at the Agrodome Sheep Show. Tonight enjoy a unique Maori Hangi dinner and concert on a local Marae. B D Day 3: Rotorua - Auckland. Spend a day at leisure in Rotorua. Late this afternoon travel through forests and lush Waikato farmlands on your way to Auckland. Hotel: Scenic Hotel (R) or The Langham (F), Auckland. B Day 4: Farewell from Auckland. Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You'll be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

DepartingValid For Select Departures 1 February 2015 - 31 M

4 days
FROM $1,195*
4 days FROM $1,195*

New Zealand–North Island Encompassed

Auckland

Day 1 AucklandArrive in Auckland at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Please try to arrive before 7pm for an important group welcome meeting where you can meet the Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and the other group members. If you arrive early enough, you'll have time to head into the city to visit the Maritime Museum, walk the waterfront, or even take the ferry to Waiheke Island.Day 2 Bay of Islands (1B,1L,1D)Depart early and travel to a local reserve with giant kauri trees, native to New Zealand these trees are some of the largest in the world. Learn about their importance to the European settlement in New Zealand. Continue to the Goat Island Marine Reserve where snorkelling amongst abundant sea life is an included activity. *Please note: during the winter months (late April - early Nov) Goat Island snorkling will be cancelled due to an earlier departure time on The Rock (the boat where you will be spending the night). As a result, there will be more time for activities on board The Rock. Continue on to the Bay of Islands and embark on the boat which will be your home for the night. All activities and meals on board are included. Activities include: fishing, kayaking, swimming, target shooting, shell fish gathering, dolphin spotting and walking on a remote island. The night is spent anchored at a secluded bay. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 250 kmDay 3 Paihia (1B,1D)Enjoy a morning of activities from our boat base. Then travel back to the mainland, walk around the small town of Paihia. An optional visit to the Treaty House in the nearby town of Waitangi is highly recommended. Waitangi is the location where on 6 February 1840, European settlers and local Moari signed an agreement on ownership of the land, and gave Māori the rights of British subjects. The Treaty of Waitangi is the founding document of New Zealand. An optional visit to the treaty grounds with a guided tour is highly recommended. Overnight in a hostel in Paihia and savour an included barbecue dinner.Day 4 Auckland (1B)Take advantage of optional morning activities such as skydiving or visiting the historic town of Russel. Travel back to Auckland. Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 250 kmDay 5-6 Raglan (2B,1L,1D)Travel the backroads to a remote conservation farm where they are using natural means to boost the stocks of traditionally farmed marine life. They have created a balanced ecosystem to attract the native birds and animals back to the area. Kayak to a remote part of the harbour for a picnic lunch and boat cruise before heading to our lodge in the famous surf and arts town of Raglan for the night. Nestled in native bush overlooking the sea, the lodge is located near one of the most famous surf breaks in the world. They also have a vegetable garden where they use as much fresh produce as they can and they treat their own waste adding to the sustainability of the lodge On Day 6 head down to the beach for an included surf lesson. The instructor chooses a secluded and safe part of the beach and we use large boards to ensure that you stand up and ride a wave. The afternoon is open for optional activities such as bone carving with local maori, mountain biking or exploring the many walks. At night opt for a fish and chips dinner. Estimated travel time: 3 hours Travel distance: 160 kmDay 7 Rotorua/Maori Village Visit (1B,1D)Depending on the weather conditions and the desires of the group, we have an option to visit the Waitomo caves, famous for their glow worms. The glow worm is unique to New Zealand. Hundreds of thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their luminescent light in underground caves calved by rivers and time. Enjoy the tranquil boat ride under magical glowworms and become a part of over 120 years of cultural and natural history. For the adventurous, there is the option of ‘black water rafting’ (floating in an inner tube along the river, approximate cost NZD$120). Please note that if you choose to go to the Waitomo caves there is not enough time to go either skydiving or rafting in Rotorua. Your CEO will explain the pros and cons of these choices upon arrival. Continue to Rotorua for an engaging cultural experience on the grounds of a historic Maori village. Dine this evening in picnic fashion on traditional maori food (Hangi). Estimated travel time: 4 hours Travel distance: 250 kmDay 8 National Park (1B,1D)An early start to walk across the Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek. Collecting supplies before the trek, the transfer will drop the group off for the self-guided trek and collect eveyone at the other end. Experience spectacular views while traversing across the volcanic range, one volcano is currently active. We ensure that you are prepared by going through a safety checklist and taking you to buy the supplies you might not have for the 19.4 km trek. The elements can consistently be changing, remember to dress accordingly and bring snacks. If the weather is too bad for the trek there will be alternative options such as smaller walks in the area or a visit to remote hot springs. Additionally, if you do not wish to do the Tongariro Crossing other activities can be arranged. *Please note: In the winter months (usually between June and October) when there is snow on the mountains the crossing can only be done with special equipment and a guide. If you still wish to do the crossing your CEO can arrange it and there will be an extra cost of around $100 for equipment, guidance and additional transportation. If you do not wish to do the walk in such conditions we include a couple of shorter walks and visit the Volcanic Information Centre as an alternative activity during these months. After finishing the trek travel to a ski lodge on the side of a mountain for the night. A spa and sauna on site will help ease those tired muscles. Estimated travel time: 3 hours driving time, walking time depending on group speed and size. Travel distance: 180 km driving, 19.4 km walkingDay 9 Wellington (1B)Travel to the capital city, Wellington. Arrive early enough for a visit to New Zealand's National Museum, Te Papa. This is a must-see with great displays of historical Maori artifacts and relatively modern exhibits such as the motorbike that was built in a shed and won the world championships. Entrance to the museum is free (but there is a charge for special exhibits). Be sure to find the stairwell just outside the entrance and descent into the foundations of the building. See how the museum is constructed on shock absorbers to withstand the many earthquakes New Zealand encounters. A short walk from our accommodation displays the sights of the coastal central business district. Finish the day off with an optional night on the town. Wellington has an abundance of nightlife, bars, cafes and restaurants all located on and around the entertainment district of Courtenay Place. Wellington is also renowned for its coffee – be sure to grab a cup of java from one of the many cafes. Estimated travel time: 5 hours Travel distance: 400 kmDay 10 Wellington (1B)Depart at any time. Add on the "Auckland Express" and ride with your CEO back north. Ask your sales CEO or agent about this Extra. Note: Depart 6am and return to the Nomads Auckland hostel for around 5pm (8-9 hours driving time). If you have booked a transfer that is NOT on the last day of your tour, you must book post-accommodation through G Adventures. All services must be connected.

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Snow-capped mountains, sparkling blue oceans and bustling modern cities

Even a glimpse of the landscapes here reveal why a holiday in New Zealand is a must for lovers of the outdoors. If you don't really get 'outdoorsy' yourself, the fresh produce and New Zealand wine tempt many a palate if you somehow manage not to fall in love with the scenery.

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With only 4 million people countrywide, it's fabulously uncrowded. From tip to tail there are 14 national parks; several international-standard ski fields and more adrenalin than you'll know what to do with at the South Island's adventure hub, Queenstown. The hospitality throughout is warm and there's accommodation to suit all budgets from shoestring to show-me-the-way-to-the-5-star-lodge-with-a-helipad. In short, New Zealand is small but has a lot of heart. Come and see why it might steal yours.

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