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Reverse Traverse ex Christchurch - 15 days - New Zealand Adventure Tour

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Our tours offer a totally unique way to explore and enjoy the outdoor beauty of New Zealand. With our department of conservation license we provide you direct access to the most remote and beautiful areas of the country - getting off the beaten track.We combine accommodation in spectacular and remote locations.There’s great flexibility to choose your favourite options everyday and with more meals included you will save time and money for the things you love.Top rated in National Geographic’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”

What You'll Get

Itinerary

Day 1: Christchurch to Queenstown (transfer day)

Pass By: Queenstown Hill, Belfast Street, Queenstown New Zealand
Today we transfer you from Christchurch to Queenstown where you will join your Flying Kiwi tour group. Your shuttle transfer will take approximately 7 hours and will have you travelling through the Canterbury plains, Mckenzie country, past Lake Tekapo then onto Queenstown. The bus service runs everyday so if you want to spend a few days in Queenstown before your Flying Kiwi tour departs simply arrange the dates with our office team - we are very flexible.

Meals Included: n/a

Cabin upgrades available: Yes

Optional activities (own cost): Too many to list as Queenstown is the adventure capital of NZ!

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: A great centrally located hostel - included free with your trip!

Day 2: Queenstown to Makarora. One last buzz in Quenstown before heading to our serene lakeside setting.

Pass By: Queenstown Hill, Belfast Street, Queenstown New Zealand
Our final morning in Queenstown and your last chance to indulge in the Queenstown’s action before we farewell those finishing their tour and welcome new travellers joining us here. Leaving at 2:30pm, after the thrills and spills of Queenstown we travel through more mountains and on towards more stunning glacial lakes. On the final stretch to camp we start getting views of Mt Aspiring National Park in the distance. Lake Wanaka is just over the next ridge and it’s on the edge of this glacial lake that we find our next wilderness camp. Enjoy great views of Lake Wanaka and the mountains beyond as we absorb the beauty of the area.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Bike Rides: You can make the most of the Queenstown bike trails before we leave at 2.30pm and you can ride from the Lake Wanaka lookout to our campsite at Boundary Creek.

Walks and Hikes: Lakefront walks or other walks you may have missed yesterday when doing activities.

Optional Activities: Bungy jumping, canyon swing, skydiving, boat cruise plus much more!

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Lakeside camp with stunning views

Day 3: Makarora to Glacier Country. Enjoy iconic mountain views as we start our journey up the wild West Coast.

Pass By: Franz Josef Glacier, Glacier Access Road Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) New Zealand
Today we're heading to the wild west coast! Today is a substantial drive but the scenery we'll be travelling through is quite dramatic plus we'll be making stops along the way for walks, views, waterfalls, coastline and a couple of bike options! We start the day tracing the northern edge of Mt Aspiring National park crossing the Haast pass and the gateway to the Westland region before meeting the Tasman Sea. Tonight, we will be staying beside the beautiful Lake Paringa enjoying a true West Coast wilderness experience.

The wild "West Coast" refers to the beautiful and diverse area lodged between the Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea. This area is home to arguably the most dramatic scenery in New Zealand and the the least number of people - a perfect combination for our tours. The region is dotted with towering mountain peaks, glaciers, lakes, thundering rivers and rain forest. The national parks in this region have been designated as World Heritage Areas to help keep this area of supreme natural beauty intact. Residents of the region are known as "coasters" and known for their genuine friendliness.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Bike Rides: Later in the day you have an option of a long ride into camp from Knights Point lookout to Lake Paringa

Walks and Hikes: There are quite a number of short walks today as we make frequent stops on this epic journey to the West Coast

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Great camp with some upgrade options

Day 4: Franz Josef to Okarito Lagoon. Today is about natural beauty - get inspired by the most amazing geological wonders.

Pass By: Okarito Lagoon, Okarito New Zealand
Today is your chance to explore one of NZ’s most unique and spectacular natural wonders – Franz Josef Glacier. This staggering beautiful work of nature is 12 kilometres and descends from the Southern Alps to less than 300 metres above sea level. To get on the ice you must go up by helicopter but it’s possible to view the glacier with a stunning walk through the main valley up to the terminal face.

Before arriving at Franz Josef, we take a highly recommended walk around Lake Matheson where crystal clear reflections of Mount Cook and Mount Tasman make the perfect photo opportunity.

Late afternoon, we have a short drive up the coast to our beautiful beachside campsite next to the Okarito lagoon – one of the very few places where there are still rare sightings of our native kiwi bird and the home to NZ’s only colony of the White Heron (kotuku). Enjoy a fire down on the beach taking in the rugged coast and epic mountain views.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Bike Rides: Ride along the walk/cycleway to the Glacier viewpoint. There is also a beautiful ride on the quiet road that leads to Okarito

Walks and Hikes: In the morning a walk around Lake Matheson is a must do! In the afternoon if you're not hiking on the ice then definitely head up to the terminal face viewpoint

Optional Activities: Guided heli-hike, skydiving, kayaking, West Coast wildlife centre

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Wonderful remote campsite. Enjoy amazing nights skies.

Day 5: Okarito to Paparoa National Park. Enjoy scenery rated as one of the top 10 drives in the world by Lonely Planet.

Pass By: Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk, State Highway 6, Paparoa National Park, Punakaiki 7873 New Zealand
If you're feeling up to it then you can head out on an early morning walk to watch the sunrise before we continue up this spectacular coastal stretch to Hokitika – home to the Greenstone factories where you can see these skilled craftsmen at work and a great place for a traditional souvenir of your visit. We travel on through pristine native forest to Paparoa National Park where giant columns of water shoot skywards at Pancake Rocks! This beach camp has great sunsets, a beautiful river and incredible views of Paparoa National Park. The pancake rocks and blowholes are the main attraction in Punakaiki where limestones rocks are stacked on top of each other and ocean swells are forced through gaps in the rock creating a whale’s blowhole effect. In the evening we can relax at the local tavern and explore a cavern with some glow worms hanging out in the dark.

Hokitika and the surrounding area is a traditional source of greenstone (pounamu) - several stores and outlets offer a variety of jewellery and other items in this thriving arts and crafts scene. Paparoa National Park is home to a plethora of luxuriant coastal forests, limestone cliffs, canyons, caves and underground streams, and an absolutely spectacular coastline, all packed into one national park.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Bike Rides: Road ride on a stretch of highway that has been voted one of the most scenic roads in the world! Expect some hills but extensive views of coastline, totally rewarding!

Walks and Hikes: If you're up for an early start then head out to the okarito trig for fantastic views of the Southern Alps as the sun comes up. Once we reach Punakaiki there are a number of different trails you can explore to get the best out of our visit to Paparoa Nati

Optional Activities: Punakaiki pancake rocks & blow holes (free!), Paddleboarding, River canoeing

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Sleep to the sound of the ocean at this beach side camp. Upgrade options available.

Day 6: Punakaiki to Abel Tasman. Two national parks in one day - spectacular coasts and views guaranteed.

Pass By: Abel Tasman Coast Track, Harvey Road, Marahau, Abel Tasman National Park 7010 New Zealand
Leaving Punakaiki mid-morning we make our way inland through the majestic Buller Gorge to one of our favourite National Parks, Abel Tasman. In one of the sunniest areas of the country you will discover beautiful secluded bays and stunning golden sands. There are all kinds of options to experience the park but on the day we arrive it's all about getting a birds eye view by skydiving over the area. If you're not keen for this adrenaline activity we'll take you to camp and you can explore from there. Our campsite is located near the entrance to the park and we will be staying here for 3 nights to give you every chance to explore all corners of the park.

New Zealand has a range of fantastic national parks but this is our favourite - maybe it's because this little gem lies on the doorstep of Flying Kiwi HQ but mainly it's due to the the golden sandy beaches, twisting rocky outcrops, turquoise clear waters and beautiful hidden bays. The park is also home to a range of life from dolphins and orcas to tuis and bellbirds. Whether from the ground, water or air the Abel Tasman never fails to disappoint aspiring photographers looking for the perfect beach shot!

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Bike Rides: Trail, biking past a local beer brewer, local fruit and vegetable roadside stands, a hill to get those legs pumping, a brilliant mountain bike park and views of golden sand and invitingly warm waters, what more can you ask for?!

Walks and Hikes: Enjoy an afternoon or evening walk into Abel Tasman National Park from camp (yes that rights, it’s on your backdoor step).

Optional Activities: Skydiving

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Perfectly situated accommodation with upgrade options

Day 7: Abel Tasman National Park. A full day to explore New Zealand only coastal national park - simply spectacular!

Pass By: Abel Tasman Coast Track, Harvey Road, Marahau, Abel Tasman National Park 7010 New Zealand
Free day to explore the National Park by kayaking or sailing the crystal-clear waters, or multiple walking options.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Bike Rides: Kaiteriteri mountain bike park, cycle rides from camp if not on activities

Walks and Hikes: Exploring the Abel Tasman National Park - single & multi day walk options

Optional Activities: Multi day & single day kayaking options, canyoning, sailing, water taxi / walk, horse riding, conservation projects (free), conservation tour

Available Upgrades: Yes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Perfectly situated accommodation with upgrades available

Day 8: Abel Tasman National Park. Another full day to explore our favorite spot in New Zealand by air, bike, boat or kayak.

Pass By: Abel Tasman Coast Track, Harvey Road, Marahau, Abel Tasman National Park 7010 New Zealand
We spend another full day at the doorstep to New Zealand’s smallest but most visited national park and our personal favourite, the Abel Tasman.

Tonight, we’ll be eating at a local hang out, The Fat Tui (own cost).

Meals: Breakfast

Bike Rides: Kaiteriteri mountain bike park, rides from camp

Walks and Hikes: Exploring Abel Tasman National Park

Optional Activities: Kayaking, canyoning, sailing, water taxi / walk, horse riding, conservation projects (free), conservation tour

Available Upgrades: Yes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Perfectly situated accommodation with upgrade options available.

Day 9: Abel Tasman to Wellington. Head along the coast in the sunniest area of NZ with free wine tasting and a ferry crossing

Pass By: Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 55 Cable St, Wellington 6011 New Zealand
Today we head to sunny Nelson – the headquarters for Flying Kiwi and you will soon find out why. In addition to being one of the sunniest areas of NZ its home to more than 350 working artists and craftspeople creating traditional, contemporary and Maori arts + it's a wonderful place to live! Relax and enjoy the sunshine and café culture of our hometown. We leave Nelson for wine country – Marlborough, home to some of the World’s best known grapes and we will be treating you to a free tasting in one of their best vineyards. Finish this fantastic day with a scenic ferry (cost included) through the Marlborough sounds to Wellington - our base for the evening. Camping isn’t feasible in the heart of the nation’s capital so we will be staying a great hostel with various room options giving you the best access to explore. This is payable locally and we have dorm beds reserved for everyone on board (prices from $31).

Meals: Breakfast

Bike Rides: Hit another section of the Great Taste Trail this morning enroute to sunshine capital, Nelson. Ride over well established boardwalks through the Tasman Estuary, keep an eye out for local birdlife, this is a really easy and relaxing ride to finish your las

Walks and Hikes: Walking around Nelson town in the morning before jumping back on the bus and continuing towards Picton for the ferry that will take you to the North Island.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: For the best access to the centre of the nations capital we stay in a hostel tonight. This is payable locally.

Day 10: Wellington to New Plymouth. The west coast is the best coast so they say - find out why on this section of the tour

Pass By: Mount Taranaki, 2879 Egmont Rd, Egmont National Park New Zealand
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast by the waterfront (own cost) and check out the sights of beautiful Wellington before we hit the road for our 11am departure. We travel up the scenic Kapiti Coast to the Taranaki region – home to wonderful beaches, crashing waves and spectacular Mount Taranaki – a perfectly formed snow-capped peak.

Wellington is the nation's capital and from Maori legend its earliest name is Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui, meaning ‘the head of Maui's fish’. This relates to the legend when a giant fish was pulled to the surface by Maui, the fish became the North Island. Half way between Wellington and Auckland we find Taranaki.

Meals: Dinner

Bike Rides: A leisurely coastal ride following the New Plymouth Walkway. Plenty of local artwork and sculptures along the ride to keep an eye out for. If it’s a clear evening, don’t miss this ride as all going well you’ll get to experience an amazing sunset.

Walks and Hikes: Walk some of the New Plymouth walkway in the evening from camp to capture some of the best sunsets!

Available Upgrades: Yes

Meals included:
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Lovely seaside campsite with upgrade options

Day 11: New Plymouth to Auckland. Enjoy a unique stop at Waitomo caves for blackwater rafting on our way to the big city.

Pass By: Waitomo Glowworm Caves, 39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3943 New Zealand
Early departure to the limestone wonderland of Waitomo Caves. The glow-worm (Arachnocampa luminosa) is unique to our shores and thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light through this network of caves. The black water rafting is a totally unique experience – sitting in your rubber ring, your experienced and knowledgeable guides will take you through a maze of underground caves and streams whose ceilings are coated in glow-worms that produce a radiant light to lead you through. There are a range of options to explore the caves, from walks to rafting, dependent upon your adrenalin levels. We take time to enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking farmland before heading to Auckland and a taste of big city life “kiwi style”. Auckland nightlife is second to none and it’s a great chance to join your group for a taste of the harbour bars and restaurants. Camping isn’t feasible in the heart of the country’s largest city, so we will be staying in a great hostel giving you the best access to explore the city. We have dorm beds reserved for everyone on board and private rooms can be booked subject to availability. Payment is to be made to Flying Kiwi prior to arrival into Auckland.

Auckland is bordered by 2 harbours, Waitemata and Manukau and lies at the southern end of the Auckland Peninsula. Auckland is NZs largest city and the main gateway for all elements of commerce, tourism and industry. Although this is the largest urban area its also has great beaches, excellent shopping and the buzzing nightlife and culture you'd hope for in a large city. Auckland is also known as the City of Sails and this has been added to with the America’s Cup event regularly held here.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Bike Rides: If you’re not doing any Waitomo activities, jump on a bike and enjoy a countryside road ride into Waitomo. You’ll be riding through the Waikato District, home to many four legged wooly friends, sheep!

Walks and Hikes: Enjoy a trail walk taking you through forest in Waitomo to caves and a lookout overlooking the Waitomo district.

Optional Activities: Blackwater rafting, glowworm cave tour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Stay in a centrally located hostel in the heart of the country’s largest city (payable locally)

Day 12: Auckland to the Bay of Islands. Leave the city for the tropical north and the warm waters of the Bay of Islands.

Pass By: Paihia Harbour, Paihia New Zealand
We leave the City of Sails (Auckland) at 10am heading north to the golden beaches and warm waters of the Bay of Islands. On route we take time for a break, and a quick swim for those that are keen, at beautiful Uretiti beach. It’s a great place to relax and make use of the Frisbee, football and rugby ball on board. We then head to the historically significant town of Paihia, the main gateway for the Bay of Islands before doing a highly recommend mangrove walk from the thundering Haruru waterfalls. Our campsite is nestled next to the estuary and we will be spending 2 nights here giving you time to explore the best of the Bay.

Meals: Dinner

Bike Rides: Forest trail rides that will give you views of the Bay of Islands, good exercise and go past the Haruru Waterfalls.

Walks and Hikes: A great afternoon walk taking you past mangroves, over boardwalks, through forest before ending at the Haruru Waterfalls. A beautiful walk and highly recommended!

Optional Activities: Waitangi Treaty House (Maori culture), twilight kayaking

Meals included:
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Waterfront campsite centrally located. Upgrades available.

Day 13: Bay of Islands. Enjoy a full day in the bay with numerous options to explore by boat, kayak, bike or foot.

Pass By: Paihia Harbour, Paihia New Zealand
Experience a full day exploring the Bay of Islands and its turquoise waters. This subtropical region is the perfect playground for water lovers and a great place to soak up the sunshine. With a staggering 144 islands, the Bay of Islands offers swimming, sailing, parasailing, dolphin swimming, kayaking plus much more along with some excellent walks in the native forests. This region is also home to some of the oldest European settlements in New Zealand.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Bike Rides: If not doing an activity hop on a bike to explore Paihia

Walks and Hikes: If not doing an activity walk into Paihia or take a trip over to the historic town of Russell

Optional Activities: Sailing, fishing, diving, dolphin swimming, kayaking, parasailing, Maori Culture

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Waterfront campsite centrally located. Upgrades available.

Day 14: Bay of Islands to Orewa. Sand dunes, sandy beaches and beautiful coasts

Pass By: Orewa Beach, Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa, Auckland New Zealand
Today we cross the top of the north to the giant sand dunes of Opononi for beach fun and optional sand boarding. After time on the dunes we head to Waipoua Forest, home to the giant Kauri trees and a variety of scenic short walks and bike rides. We end the day heading down the Hibiscus Coast to our beachside camp at Orewa. Enjoy a tasty evening meal with a sea view before a spot of star gazing in the crystal-clear skies.

The roads around this region pass through forest dominated by huge kauri trees. These tower above you at heights of up to 60 metres with a trunk five or more in diameter. These trees are slow growing and some are over 2000 years old. Beautiful Opononi is an excellent stop with its endless dunes lined by beautiful pohutakawa trees (the New Zealand Christmas tree).

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Bike Rides: Ride through the Waipoua forest and the historic settlement of Donnelleys crossing and later on in the day there's a short casual ride around quiet estuary walkway

Walks and Hikes: Enjoy getting up close and personal as you walk through one of New Zealand’s largest remaining protected Kauri tree forests.

Optional Activities: Sand boarding

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Ideally located campsite with good facilities and upgrade options.

Day 15: Orewa to Auckland. Head back to the big city after more fun on the coast.

Pass By: Auckland Harbour Bridge, Curran St, Auckland Central, Auckland New Zealand
Orewa is often blessed with a beautiful sunrise over the sea which is well worth an early start before we travel the short distance to Auckland arriving by 9:30am where we say our final farewells.

Meals: Breakfast

Bike Rides: 8km – Te Ara Tahuna Estuary Cycleway

Optional Activities: Sand boarding

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 9 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 26 travelers
Inclusions
  • 12x Breakfast
  • 10x Dinner
  • 3x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 14 nights
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Wine tasting in Marlborough
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • 2 x professional guides
  • Use of sports equipment on board
  • Museums and National Parks
  • Cook Strait Ferry


Exclusions
  • Bike hire (optional)
  • Adventure activities (optional)


Departure Point
Christchurch Bus Exchange, Lichfield Street - Regional Platform, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand


Departure Time
8:00 AM

Duration
15 days

Return Details
106 Vincent St, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand


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