Two weeks is barely enough time to thoroughly explore your hometown, let alone a place as fascinating as New Zealand. For adventurers on a tight time-budget, this 15-day trip wraps up the must-dos of both islands with a nice little bow. Dig your own Jacuzzi in the sand on Hot Water Beach, hang with the Maori in a traditional village, walk the black sand beaches of Kaikoura, and get your adrenaline fix in Queenstown. Consider this your New Zealand Starter’s Kit.
Coromandel Peninsula visit. Hot Water Beach stop. Geothermal area visit. Traditional Hangi ceremony and dinner. Overnight in Maori village. National Park walks. Tongariro Crossing hike (weather permitting). Scenic train journeys. Orientation walk in Wellington. Beach time in Kaikoura. Fish and Chips dinner on the beach. Orientation walk in Christchurch. Arthurs Pass. Franz Josef Glacier visit. Orientation walk in Queenstown. Fiordland National Park visit. Milford Sound overnight boat excursion. Rail Trail cycle ride.
13 breakfasts, 5 dinners. (Allow NZD300 for meals not included.)
Hotels (13 nts), boat (1 nt).
Train, private van/bus, walking, boat, bike, ferry
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12