NZ Explorer

Epic adventure tours for 18 to 35 year olds

NZ Explorer

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NZ Explorer

NZ Explorer

Experience the best of the North and South Islands on this epic 14 day road trip. Uncover magic on the Hobbiton film set, hike through a glacier at Franz Josef and see glowworms in their full glory at Waitomo

Highlights

Hobbiton™ Movie Set

Experience the real Middle-earth™ and step into the Shire™.

Cathedral Cove

Discover the naturally formed archway and picturesque views.

Milford Sound

Cruise through what is considered the 8th Wonder of the World.

Mt Cook

Hike the Hooker Valley for up-close views of New Zealand's highest peak.

Itinerary

Your tour can either start in Auckland or Christchurch. When starting in Christchurch your tour will run in reverse of the below itinerary. Your starting location will be confirmed during the booking process.

Day 1

Auckland to Raglan

Our first stop is New Zealand’s iconic laid back surfer town - Raglan. Home to one of the world’s longest left hand breaks, you’ll have the chance to explore the rugged landscape, unique black sand beach and catch a few waves.

Day 2

Raglan to Taupō

The adventure continues to Waitomo, a town better known for what’s beneath it. Crawl, abseil, raft and squeeze your way through the dark abyss, lit only by the twinkling light of the glow worms above. After all that adventure it’s time for a beer by the stunning Lake Taupō.

Day 3

Taupō

Explore the magnificent lake jetboating, sailing or from 15,000ft above. Fancy a hike? Spend the day conquering one of the best one day walks in the World, Tongariro Crossing. Whatever you choose, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Taupō!

Day 4

Taupō to Rotorua

Say goodbye to Lake Taupo as we head to the geothermal centre of New Zealand, Rotorua. Luging, zorbing, white water rafting, cultural performances or simply marvelling at the unique geothermal landscape; there’s heaps to do here!

Day 5

Rotorua

Dive into a jam-packed day in and around Rotorua. Experience the world-famous movie set at Hobbiton, max-out relax in natural thermal hot springs, check out the bubbling mud pools, or discover the breathtaking redwood forests.

Day 6

Rotorua to Coromandel

After a few scenic stops on the stunning drive to Coromandel Peninsula, we arrive into the coastal town of Hahei. Explore the Gateway to Narnia at Cathedral Cove, spend the afternoon kayaking or swimming in the turquoise waters then catch the sunset from the natural hot pools on Hot Water Beach.

Day 7

Coromandel to Auckland

En route back to Auckland, discover amazing ‘off the beaten track’ places to visit as you soak in all those memories exploring New Zealand's North Island. Once back, catch a flight to Christchurch to continue your epic adventure in the South.

Day 8

Christchurch to Franz Josef

The South Island kicks off from Christchurch as we head to Arthur’s Pass and through the stunning snow-capped Southern Alps. After a quick hop off to admire Hokitika, we will arrive at the gateway to glacier county - Franz Josef.

Day 9

Franz Josef

Explore the Franz Josef Glacier, stunning formations made over thousands of years, where you can hike, helicopter - or both! Want something at a lower altitude? Quad bike, kayak or relax in glacier hot pools, before kicking back with a cold drink to soak it all in.

Day 10

Franz Josef to Queenstown

Prepare to be dazzled as we travel along rugged coastline beside ancient rainforests, icy glaciers, crashing waterfalls as we head over Haast Pass. We take a brief break in picturesque Wanaka, before landing in the adventure capital of the world - Queenstown.

Day 11

Milford Sound

Larger-than-life waterfalls, ancient forests, awe-inspiring mountainscapes and leaping dolphins, welcome to UNESCO-listed Milford Sound. After taking in the spectacular scenery cruising the fiord, kick back with a beer, drop into a party or devour NZ’s famous burger - the Fergburger.

Day 12

Queenstown

Bungy jumps, canyon swings, or horse riding; whatever your adventure threshold, there’s something in Queenstown for you to choose from! Try one of New Zealand’s most scenic skydives, hit the trails for a bike ride, go luging or jet boat up the canyon.

Day 13

Queenstown to Mt Cook

Depart Queenstown to check out the iconic Aoraki, Mt. Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The mountain stands at a mind-numbing 3,724 metres, but don’t worry we won’t be climbing it – there are plenty of short walks and glacier hikes around. Then spend the night stargazing in this beautiful National Park.

Day 14

Mt Cook to Christchurch

Discover the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo at one of New Zealand’s most insta-worthy spots. Then it's back to where it all began in Christchurch where unfortunately this epic journey comes to an end. Fear not, we’ll hug it out and leave with stacks of great memories.

What’s included on every Wild Kiwi tour

Expert local guide/driverLuxury Travel VehiclesFlash-pack accommodationBreakfast everyday

What's also included on this tour

  • 2 Group Dinners
  • Surf Lesson at Raglan
  • Huka Falls Walking Loop
  • Mount Maunganui Summit Walk
  • Hot Water Beach (tide dependent)
  • Flight Between the North and South Island
  • Castle Rock Walk
  • Transport to Milford Sound (cruise optional)
  • Visit to Mount Cook, One of the Highest Settlements in New Zealand
  • Church of the Good Shepherd

Amazing trip! The itinerary is put together well to see all the highlights of the East Coast in two weeks, while still having enough time to indulge in each city’s unique atmosphere.

Frank Plessers
Belgium

The bus trips were excellent and traveling with a smaller group was far more fun then the larger tour groups. Got to see many things a long the way with plenty of stops. Would definitely recommend this trip. Made family and friends back home very jealous.

Luke Malynn
New Zealand

I could go on and on but I believe with other reviews, this company's reputation speaks for itself. Mahalo for a wonderful time. Aloha!

Florence James
United States

Why Wild Kiwi

Our Vehicles

Our vehicles get wolf whistles wherever they go – and for good reason, with massive windows to give you an incredible view (they’re tinted too, to protect you from baking in the sun), USB ports and enough leg room to stretch out. There’s also unlimited WIFI available – Talk about the high life!

Our Guides

We find epic humans with a love for NZ, a fondness for creating good times, and the gift of the gab when we put them behind the wheel, tasked with giving you the EXPERIENCE of a lifetime. Our experienced guides pride themselves on finding places a little off the beaten track to ensure your trip is a memorable one.

Small Groups

Despite what people say, we think small is best – when it comes to travelling, that is. It means you don’t get lost or left out in the chaos of a large group and you really get to know your fellow Wild Kiwis. Be prepared to make some awesome friendships with people from around the globe – we tend to get tight on our tours!

How it works

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Getting there

You can fly directly to Auckland with many international carriers, as well as domestically within New Zealand. Queens Wharf Bus Station lies just 27km from Auckland International Airport. From the airport, you can easily catch the Skybus for $19 NZD. Alternatively, you also have the choice of taking a taxi or Uber which are easily available.