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Trails of New Zealand tour
Alps Auckland Trails of New Zealand Trip

Trails of New Zealand

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
22 days
From: $ 7,449 $ 339 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Auckland and Christchurch
  • One-day Tongariro Crossing (optional) and other exciting walks
  • Lake Taupo and Rotorua
  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Fox Glacier and Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park
  • Queenstown and Milford Sound

Short Description

An active adventure exploring the Land of the Long White Cloud

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Auckland
End City Christchurch

Destinations

New Zealand

Cities & Attractions

Alps Auckland Christchurch Rotorua

Age Requirement

18

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Trip Includes

  • All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners
  • All accommodation 
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

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Itinerary

Flight Inclusive

Day 1-2 Depart London.

Flights usually depart London in the afternoon. **

Day 3 Arrive Auckland

The day is free to relax and recover from the jet lag. Auckland is a beautiful city and worthy of some time to explore. The nearby Viaduct restaurants are an ideal means of overcoming the last of the jet lag and the day just slowly passes by. If you are feeling lucky visit the Sky City Casino tower for one of those lunches you just don't forget. Those not flying with the group should meet at the start point at the Auckland City Hotel at 6pm for a full briefing with your leader. *Auckland City Hotel or similar*

Day 4 Visit Rangitoto Island

Auckland is the City of Sails, so what better way to start your holiday than to take a cruise across the Gulf to the beautiful Rangitoto Island; which at only 600 years old, is the youngest volcano in New Zealand. The island has undergone a significant restoration programme and is entirely pest-free which encourages the native flora and fauna to thrive. We will walk through lava fields and forests to the summit of the island which stands 259m above sea level and has some stunning panoramic views of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf. Walk Profile- Rangitoto Island: Distance- 8.5 km/5 miles, total ascent 249m and descent 245m, approx. 2-3 hours. *Auckland City Hotel or similar*

Day 5 To Rotorua

Leaving the city behind us we head south to Rotorua (approx. 3.5 hours drive) and our accommodation. On arrival we stretch our legs with a hike around the redwood forest followed by an optional afternoon at leisure in town or a hike at Blue Lake. The evening highlight is the Marae (ceremonial ground) visit. Our Maori hosts welcome us in their traditional manner before entertaining us with a concert and hangi (traditional meal). Walk Profile- Blue Lakes Circuit: Distance- 6 km/3.7 miles, total ascent 125m and descent 117m, approx. 1.5 hours. *Jet Park Rotorua or similar*

Day 6 To Tongariro N.P

We explore one of New Zealand's most colourful thermal areas with boiling mud pools, hot streams and silica terraces. The natural wonders that first attracted the Maori in the 14th century, and later the European's, still draw large numbers of tourists every year. Rotorua is a unique natural wonder and a must see destination. Leaving Rotorua we drive south (approx. 3 hours) to Tongariro National Park. On the way we visit the steaming Wai-O-Tapu geothermal valley and impressive Huka Falls. Walk Profile- Wai-O-Tapu: Distance- 8.5 km/5 miles, total ascent 109m and descent 152m, approx. up to 3 hours. *Skotel Alpine Resort or similar*

Day 7 Hike Tongariro Crossing 

From the many walking options that exist, you are free to take your choice as we explore this volcanic landform. Two half-day walks to beautiful waterfalls and bush lands (unguided) or the amazing optional 8 hour Tongariro Alpine Crossing are on offer. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing has been called one of the greatest one-day walks in New Zealand and provided the weather is kind the rugged volcanic desert, craters and glacial valleys combined with the incredible views make this a day to remember. The crossing should not be under estimated and there are a number of steep sections where the loose surface can make it tough going, so come well-prepared. The crossing can take 7-8 hours depending on walking ability.  Walk Profile- Tongariro Crossing: Distance- 19.4 km/12 miles, total ascent 765m and descent 1125m, approx. 7-8 hours. If you do not wish to do the optional Tongariro Crossing, below are two of the most popular and scenic walk options accessible by foot from the accommodation that you may wish to consider. Your leader will also be able to advise locally with further details/options: Walk Profile (unguided)- Silica Rapids: Distance- 7 km loop/4.3 miles, total ascent 190m and descent 190m, approx. 2.5 hours. Walk Profile (unguided)- Taranaki Falls: Distance- 6 km loop/3.7 miles, total ascent 115m and descent 115m, approx. 2.5 hours. *Skotel Alpine Resort or similar*

Day 8 To Wellington

Relax following yesterday's efforts as we drive (approx. 5 hours) south to Wellington. Continue across the Rangitikei and Manawatu Plains and down the Kapiti Coast to Wellington. Across from our hotel is Te Papa, the NZ National Museum which we can explore in the afternoon along with the beautiful Botanic Gardens and cable car and enjoy the exciting nightlife of New Zealand's capital city. *The Bay Plaza Hotel or similar*

Day 9 Ferry across Cook Strait to Marlborough; drive to Abel Tasman N.P

After an early breakfast we board the ferry and leave the North Island behind as we cross the Cook Strait, passing the Marlborough Sounds with 1500kms of beautiful coastline. From Picton we have a 90 min drive to Nelson where we can take time out to explore the city and a chance to stretch the legs with a short walk to the geographical centre of New Zealand. After this visit we drive to Motueka (approx. 60 min) on the edge of the Abel Tasman National Park, with its idyllic golden sand beaches and forests. Walk Profile- Geographical centre of New Zealand: Distance- 1.6 km/1 mile, total ascent 86m and descent 90m, approx. 1 hour. *Avalon Manor Motel or similar*

Day 10 Half day coastal walk; boat to Motueka

Out of Marahau, this morning coastal walk takes us through the beautiful beaches and ancient forests as the track weaves through the park, providing a kaleidoscope of impressions. The path is well maintained and the walk will take approx 3-4 hours. We meet our sailing boat at the Anchorage Bay, providing the return to Marahau and some time to relax dining out at the small town of Motueka. Walk Profile- Marahau to Anchorage: Distance- 12.7 km/8 miles, total ascent 217m and descent 214m, approx. 3-4 hours. *Avalon Manor Motel or similar*

Day 11 To Buller River; sunset walk at Punakaiki

Our departure from the Abel Tasman National Park is followed by a scenic drive down the mighty Buller River. After a short stop at Cape Foulwind to see the local seal colony, we then stop at Punakaiki, home of the famous Pancake Rocks, to watch the setting sun (total driving time approx. 5 hours). If the tide is up the ground can physically shake and water spurts from the blow-holes and fissures that dot the coastline. Walk Profile- Cape Foulwind: Distance- 3.5 km/2 miles, total ascent 76m and descent 98m, approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes. *Punakaiki Resort or similar*

Day 12 To Fox Glacier passing Okarito en route

Passing through areas of lush forests, we continue south down the beautiful west coast. We drive onto the small village of Okarito nestled on the lagoon, home of the rare Kotuku (white heron). On offer here is optional kayaking where we float in on the incoming tide and explore the bush-clad waterways seeking out the abundant bird life the lagoon is famous for. Those looking to stretch their legs can hike to the nearby Trig station (approx. 1.5 hours) for the spectacular views over the Southern Alps. Later we continue the short drive through to Fox township. Walk Profile- Okarito Trig Walk: Distance- 4.2 km/2.6 miles, total ascent 171m and descent 170m, approx. 1.5- 2 hours. *The Westhaven or similar*

Day 13 Walk to Fox Glacier; continue to Wanaka

After breakfast we stroll around the reflective Lake Matheson, a photographer's dream. As we head out of town, we take a drive up the valley and hike to a viewpoint of the spectacular Fox Glacier.  We then continue south along bush-clad roads and past the dramatic coastline with its wild windswept beaches to the settlement of Haast. Turning inland we climb over Haast Pass, the southernmost crossing of the Southern Alps that forms the boundary between Westland and Otago. From here the tussock lands of the eastern slopes merge with the beech forests. We travel through to Wanaka, home for the next two nights. Walk Profile- Lake Matheson Loop: Distance- 2.6 km/1.6 miles, total ascent 42m and descent 42m, approx. 1.5 hours. Walk Profile- Fox Glacier Valley Walkway: Distance- 2.6 km/1.6 miles, total ascent 68m and descent 69m, approx. 1 hour. *Ramada Resort Wanaka or similar*

Day 14 Jet boat in Matukitiki

In the morning we head into the Mount Aspiring National Park and experience an exciting jetboat ride along the braided rivers leading into the park. Jetboating was invented in NZ as a means to negotiate the shallow braided rivers which we use to access a track leading to a hike into the cirque surrounded by huge mountain walls. Back at our coach we eat our picnic lunch before driving onto our 3 hour hike at the beautiful Diamond Lake that provides stunning views of the river delta and the landscape. Walk Profile- Matukituki Valley (walk during Jet boat): Distance- 2.2 km/1.3 miles, total ascent 29m and descent 29m, approx. up to 1 hour. Walk Profile- Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain Circuit: Distance- Up to 7.1 km/4.4 miles, total ascent 437m and descent 432m, approx. 2-3 hours. *Ramada Resort Wanaka or similar *

Day 15 Transfer to Milford Sound and board overnight boat

From Wanaka we depart early heading for Te Anau and then into the Eglington Valley, enjoying a series of short walks in the spectacular Milford region and then into Milford Sound itself where we join our floating accommodation for the night. The newly refurbished boat has private two bed cabins with shared facilities amidst dolphins and mighty peaks towering above the fjord. Walk Profile- various short walk options on Milford Road of up to 1 hour/2 kms duration depending on group fitness, weather and time permitting. *Real Journeys- Wanderer boat*

Day 16 Cruise Inner Sound; drive to Queenstown

After an early morning breakfast we cruise the inner sound again searching for dolphins and seals before disembarking and retracing our tracks to The Divide and the start of the Routeburn Track. Here we take a 3-hour walk (approx. 6.8km) to Key Summit for some spectacular views. After this hike we drive via Te Anau (approx. 4 hours) onto Queenstown, where we stay for the next two nights. Walk Profile- Routeburn Track: Distance- 6.8 km/4.2 miles, total ascent 430m and descent 413m, approx. 3 hours. *Blue Peaks Lodge or similar*

Day 17 Free day in Queenstown

A free day to enjoy the scenic delights of this world famous destination! There are numerous activities on offer which your leader can advise about locally. Or, you may just prefer to simply spend the day shopping or relaxing! *Blue Peaks Lodge or similar*

Day 18 Transfer to Mt Cook N.P.; trek in Hooker Valley

Travel through the barren Kawarau Gorge where large amounts of gold were dredged at the turn of the century. Drive over Lindis Pass to the tussock-covered plains of the Mackenzie basin and into the Mt Cook National Park (total approx. 4 hours). Beneath NZ's highest peak we walk into the Hooker Valley with its crashing glaciers and glacial lakes. By early evening we reach our accommodation and watch the spectacular view from the warmth of the restaurant. Walk Profile- Hooker Valley: Distance- 10.5 km/6.5 miles, total ascent 209m and descent 218m, approx. 3 hours. *Aoraki/Mt Cook Alpine Lodge or similar*

Day 19 Drive to Christchurch via Canterbury Plains

After breakfast we have the option to hike (approx. 2 hours) to the nearby Red Tarns on Mt Sebastapol or an optional visit to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre and the local Department of Conservation Centre. By late morning we depart for nearby Lake Tekapo and visit the observatory on the summit of Mt John, a short hike down to the township. From here we drive (approx. 3.5 hours) across the mosaic of the Canterbury Plains out to Christchurch and the end of our drive. Walk Profile- Red Tarns- optional: Distance- 5.1 km/3.1 miles, total ascent 538m and descent 535m, approx. 2 hours. *Pavilions Hotel or similar*

Day 20 Hike to summit walkway for spectacular views

Above Christchurch is the summit walkway and in the morning we have a final hike enjoying the spectacular views into the Lyttleton harbour and across the Canterbury Plains. After the devastating earthquakes of 2010/11, the city is undergoing a major rebuild, unrivalled in the world. The afternoon is free to explore this city rebuild as well as the beautiful gardens and Hagley park. Walk Profile- Godley Head/Taylors Mistake: Distance- 6.1 km/3.8 miles, total ascent 111m and descent 263m, approx. 3 hours. *Pavilions Hotel or similar*

Day 21 Depart Christchurch.

For those on group flights, these depart in the afternoon and will arrive in the UK the following day. We have the day free in Christchurch to relax or enjoy some last minute shopping. Land Only arrangements will finish after check-out from the hotel. **

Day 22 Arrive London.

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Land Only

Day 1 Arrive Auckland

The day is free to relax and recover from the jet lag. Auckland is a beautiful city and worthy of some time to explore. The nearby Viaduct restaurants are an ideal means of overcoming the last of the jet lag and the day just slowly passes by. If you are feeling lucky visit the Sky City Casino tower for one of those lunches you just don't forget. Those not flying with the group should meet at the start point at the Auckland City Hotel at 6pm for a full briefing with your leader. *Auckland City Hotel or similar*

Day 2 Visit Rangitoto Island

Auckland is the City of Sails, so what better way to start your holiday than to take a cruise across the Gulf to the beautiful Rangitoto Island; which at only 600 years old, is the youngest volcano in New Zealand. The island has undergone a significant restoration programme and is entirely pest-free which encourages the native flora and fauna to thrive. We will walk through lava fields and forests to the summit of the island which stands 259m above sea level and has some stunning panoramic views of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf. Walk Profile- Rangitoto Island: Distance- 8.5 km/5 miles, total ascent 249m and descent 245m, approx. 2-3 hours. *Auckland City Hotel or similar*

Day 3 To Rotorua

Leaving the city behind us we head south to Rotorua (approx. 3.5 hours drive) and our accommodation. On arrival we stretch our legs with a hike around the redwood forest followed by an optional afternoon at leisure in town or a hike at Blue Lake. The evening highlight is the Marae (ceremonial ground) visit. Our Maori hosts welcome us in their traditional manner before entertaining us with a concert and hangi (traditional meal). Walk Profile- Blue Lakes Circuit: Distance- 6 km/3.7 miles, total ascent 125m and descent 117m, approx. 1.5 hours. *Jet Park Rotorua or similar*

Day 4 To Tongariro N.P

We explore one of New Zealand's most colourful thermal areas with boiling mud pools, hot streams and silica terraces. The natural wonders that first attracted the Maori in the 14th century, and later the European's, still draw large numbers of tourists every year. Rotorua is a unique natural wonder and a must see destination. Leaving Rotorua we drive south (approx. 3 hours) to Tongariro National Park. On the way we visit the steaming Wai-O-Tapu geothermal valley and impressive Huka Falls. Walk Profile- Wai-O-Tapu: Distance- 8.5 km/5 miles, total ascent 109m and descent 152m, approx. up to 3 hours. *Skotel Alpine Resort or similar*

Day 5 Hike Tongariro Crossing 

From the many walking options that exist, you are free to take your choice as we explore this volcanic landform. Two half-day walks to beautiful waterfalls and bush lands (unguided) or the amazing optional 8 hour Tongariro Alpine Crossing are on offer. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing has been called one of the greatest one-day walks in New Zealand and provided the weather is kind the rugged volcanic desert, craters and glacial valleys combined with the incredible views make this a day to remember. The crossing should not be under estimated and there are a number of steep sections where the loose surface can make it tough going, so come well-prepared. The crossing can take 7-8 hours depending on walking ability.  Walk Profile- Tongariro Crossing: Distance- 19.4 km/12 miles, total ascent 765m and descent 1125m, approx. 7-8 hours. If you do not wish to do the optional Tongariro Crossing, below are two of the most popular and scenic walk options accessible by foot from the accommodation that you may wish to consider. Your leader will also be able to advise locally with further details/options: Walk Profile (unguided)- Silica Rapids: Distance- 7 km loop/4.3 miles, total ascent 190m and descent 190m, approx. 2.5 hours. Walk Profile (unguided)- Taranaki Falls: Distance- 6 km loop/3.7 miles, total ascent 115m and descent 115m, approx. 2.5 hours. *Skotel Alpine Resort or similar*

Day 6 To Wellington

Relax following yesterday's efforts as we drive (approx. 5 hours) south to Wellington. Continue across the Rangitikei and Manawatu Plains and down the Kapiti Coast to Wellington. Across from our hotel is Te Papa, the NZ National Museum which we can explore in the afternoon along with the beautiful Botanic Gardens and cable car and enjoy the exciting nightlife of New Zealand's capital city. *The Bay Plaza Hotel or similar*

Day 7 Ferry across Cook Strait to Marlborough; drive to Abel Tasman N.P

After an early breakfast we board the ferry and leave the North Island behind as we cross the Cook Strait, passing the Marlborough Sounds with 1500kms of beautiful coastline. From Picton we have a 90 min drive to Nelson where we can take time out to explore the city and a chance to stretch the legs with a short walk to the geographical centre of New Zealand. After this visit we drive to Motueka (approx. 60 min) on the edge of the Abel Tasman National Park, with its idyllic golden sand beaches and forests. Walk Profile- Geographical centre of New Zealand: Distance- 1.6 km/1 mile, total ascent 86m and descent 90m, approx. 1 hour. *Avalon Manor Motel or similar*

Day 8 Half day coastal walk; boat to Motueka

Out of Marahau, this morning coastal walk takes us through the beautiful beaches and ancient forests as the track weaves through the park, providing a kaleidoscope of impressions. The path is well maintained and the walk will take approx 3-4 hours. We meet our sailing boat at the Anchorage Bay, providing the return to Marahau and some time to relax dining out at the small town of Motueka. Walk Profile- Marahau to Anchorage: Distance- 12.7 km/8 miles, total ascent 217m and descent 214m, approx. 3-4 hours. *Avalon Manor Motel or similar*

Day 9 To Buller River; sunset walk at Punakaiki

Our departure from the Abel Tasman National Park is followed by a scenic drive down the mighty Buller River. After a short stop at Cape Foulwind to see the local seal colony, we then stop at Punakaiki, home of the famous Pancake Rocks, to watch the setting sun (total driving time approx. 5 hours). If the tide is up the ground can physically shake and water spurts from the blow-holes and fissures that dot the coastline. Walk Profile- Cape Foulwind: Distance- 3.5 km/2 miles, total ascent 76m and descent 98m, approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes. *Punakaiki Resort or similar*

Day 10 To Fox Glacier passing Okarito en route

Passing through areas of lush forests, we continue south down the beautiful west coast. We drive onto the small village of Okarito nestled on the lagoon, home of the rare Kotuku (white heron). On offer here is optional kayaking where we float in on the incoming tide and explore the bush-clad waterways seeking out the abundant bird life the lagoon is famous for. Those looking to stretch their legs can hike to the nearby Trig station (approx. 1.5 hours) for the spectacular views over the Southern Alps. Later we continue the short drive through to Fox township. Walk Profile- Okarito Trig Walk: Distance- 4.2 km/2.6 miles, total ascent 171m and descent 170m, approx. 1.5- 2 hours. *The Westhaven or similar*

Day 11 Walk to Fox Glacier; continue to Wanaka

After breakfast we stroll around the reflective Lake Matheson, a photographer's dream. As we head out of town, we take a drive up the valley and hike to a viewpoint of the spectacular Fox Glacier.  We then continue south along bush-clad roads and past the dramatic coastline with its wild windswept beaches to the settlement of Haast. Turning inland we climb over Haast Pass, the southernmost crossing of the Southern Alps that forms the boundary between Westland and Otago. From here the tussock lands of the eastern slopes merge with the beech forests. We travel through to Wanaka, home for the next two nights. Walk Profile- Lake Matheson Loop: Distance- 2.6 km/1.6 miles, total ascent 42m and descent 42m, approx. 1.5 hours. Walk Profile- Fox Glacier Valley Walkway: Distance- 2.6 km/1.6 miles, total ascent 68m and descent 69m, approx. 1 hour. *Ramada Resort Wanaka or similar*

Day 12 Jet boat in Matukitiki

In the morning we head into the Mount Aspiring National Park and experience an exciting jetboat ride along the braided rivers leading into the park. Jetboating was invented in NZ as a means to negotiate the shallow braided rivers which we use to access a track leading to a hike into the cirque surrounded by huge mountain walls. Back at our coach we eat our picnic lunch before driving onto our 3 hour hike at the beautiful Diamond Lake that provides stunning views of the river delta and the landscape. Walk Profile- Matukituki Valley (walk during Jet boat): Distance- 2.2 km/1.3 miles, total ascent 29m and descent 29m, approx. up to 1 hour. Walk Profile- Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain Circuit: Distance- Up to 7.1 km/4.4 miles, total ascent 437m and descent 432m, approx. 2-3 hours. *Ramada Resort Wanaka or similar *

Day 13 Transfer to Milford Sound and board overnight boat

From Wanaka we depart early heading for Te Anau and then into the Eglington Valley, enjoying a series of short walks in the spectacular Milford region and then into Milford Sound itself where we join our floating accommodation for the night. The newly refurbished boat has private two bed cabins with shared facilities amidst dolphins and mighty peaks towering above the fjord. Walk Profile- various short walk options on Milford Road of up to 1 hour/2 kms duration depending on group fitness, weather and time permitting. *Real Journeys- Wanderer boat*

Day 14 Cruise Inner Sound; drive to Queenstown

After an early morning breakfast we cruise the inner sound again searching for dolphins and seals before disembarking and retracing our tracks to The Divide and the start of the Routeburn Track. Here we take a 3-hour walk (approx. 6.8km) to Key Summit for some spectacular views. After this hike we drive via Te Anau (approx. 4 hours) onto Queenstown, where we stay for the next two nights. Walk Profile- Routeburn Track: Distance- 6.8 km/4.2 miles, total ascent 430m and descent 413m, approx. 3 hours. *Blue Peaks Lodge or similar*

Day 15 Free day in Queenstown

A free day to enjoy the scenic delights of this world famous destination! There are numerous activities on offer which your leader can advise about locally. Or, you may just prefer to simply spend the day shopping or relaxing! *Blue Peaks Lodge or similar*

Day 16 Transfer to Mt Cook N.P.; trek in Hooker Valley

Travel through the barren Kawarau Gorge where large amounts of gold were dredged at the turn of the century. Drive over Lindis Pass to the tussock-covered plains of the Mackenzie basin and into the Mt Cook National Park (total approx. 4 hours). Beneath NZ's highest peak we walk into the Hooker Valley with its crashing glaciers and glacial lakes. By early evening we reach our accommodation and watch the spectacular view from the warmth of the restaurant. Walk Profile- Hooker Valley: Distance- 10.5 km/6.5 miles, total ascent 209m and descent 218m, approx. 3 hours. *Aoraki/Mt Cook Alpine Lodge or similar*

Day 17 Drive to Christchurch via Canterbury Plains

After breakfast we have the option to hike (approx. 2 hours) to the nearby Red Tarns on Mt Sebastapol or an optional visit to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre and the local Department of Conservation Centre. By late morning we depart for nearby Lake Tekapo and visit the observatory on the summit of Mt John, a short hike down to the township. From here we drive (approx. 3.5 hours) across the mosaic of the Canterbury Plains out to Christchurch and the end of our drive. Walk Profile- Red Tarns- optional: Distance- 5.1 km/3.1 miles, total ascent 538m and descent 535m, approx. 2 hours. *Pavilions Hotel or similar*

Day 18 Hike to summit walkway for spectacular views

Above Christchurch is the summit walkway and in the morning we have a final hike enjoying the spectacular views into the Lyttleton harbour and across the Canterbury Plains. After the devastating earthquakes of 2010/11, the city is undergoing a major rebuild, unrivalled in the world. The afternoon is free to explore this city rebuild as well as the beautiful gardens and Hagley park. Walk Profile- Godley Head/Taylors Mistake: Distance- 6.1 km/3.8 miles, total ascent 111m and descent 263m, approx. 3 hours. *Pavilions Hotel or similar*

Day 19 End Christchurch.

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This trip is one of the best we have experienced with Exodus. The varied
walking, landscape and experiences on the trip make it an amazing adventure.
Beware though there are many long distances to cover (we did over 3500 Km in
the 19 days), but Ian and Sonya made it very interesting with their local
knowledge and frequent rest stops at interesting places. The highlight of the
walking was of course the Tongariro Alpine Crossing which on the day we did
it was truly spectacular with the Emerald lake just like the Guide books. The
Abel Tasman Coastal walk again like the guide book pictures. The Diamond Lake
and Rocky Mountain walk was tough but well worth it for the views. Other
experiences met all our expectations – Sailing on Tasman sea, Jet boat on
River Motukituki where at times we were in 5 inches of water, Helicopter to
Fox Glacier (paid locally) and overnight on Milford Sound in Fiordland.
Christchurch was sad to see but it is good to that they are beginning to get
the city rebuilt. It is important to note that a few walks and experiences
can be affected by weather. Although it was summer we dodged Storm Fehi –
Tongariro was closed the day after we walked it, Windy Wellington was stormy
Wellington, roads near Fox Glacier were closed due to landslides and they had
had no electricity for 3 days before we arrived. However we managed all the
planned itinerary except walking to Fox Glacier due to landslide. All in all
an AWESOME trip
Reaching the summit on the Tongariro Alpine Pass and seeing the Lakes as
shown in all the guidebooks


Ian was an excellent leader. He was a very confident and safe driver which is
important on this trip. He kept us up to date with weather and reasons for
his decisions in view of Storm Fehi. We had plenty of rest stops mostly in
very interesting places.


Take note of distances travelled in order to cover the area - New Zealand is
a huge country
Be aware that although summer itinerary might be changed due to weather


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What an amazing trip! I cannot recommend it highly enough - it showcasts
everything that New Zealand has to offer, and despite travelling for 3 weeks
it is not enough. We wanted to stay longer, explore further, be stunned by
the mindblowing views. From the rolling hills on the North Island to the
majestic mountains and fields in Middle Earth and Milford Sounds on the South
Island - it is impossible to choose a favourite spot, and certainly calls for
another trip in the near future. I loved, loved, loved it, the country, the
people and how happy it made me.
I cannot pick a most inspirational moment, but Mount Aspiring National Park,
Milford Sound and Mount Cook left quite an impression - I am in awe. The
views! Simply stunning.


Fantastic leaders. I very much appreciated having two leaders, both very
friendly, approachable, fun and entertaining and of course, knowledgeable
about flora and fauna. Both were a treasure!


Be prepared for mindblowing views.


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Fabulous trip

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A tour of both North and South Islands with numerous short walks included
which aren't listed on the trip notes. The scenery is just breathtaking
(sometimes literally with some of the hills we walked up....) and just needs
to be seen.
Seeing into the Red Crater at the top of the Tongarairo Crossing. The
photographs just do not do it justice at all. Plus, you then get to run down
the scree which is a lot of fun....


Excellent knowledge of the flora and fauna, I know more about NZ wildlife
that that in the UK.... He also took us on numerous little walks to break up
the long coach trips, many weren't listed on the trip notes but he knew them
any way.


Even in summer, weather is variable. Actually, you are guaranteed rain in
Westland... I used my light down jacket more than I thought.
You need DEET On the south island, sandflies are evil


Go on this trip.

Consider doing your own add on to go to the Bay of Islands or the Coromandel
Peninsula while you are there.


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Trails of New Zealand

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Lodging5.0
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A perfectly balanced blend of touristy sightseeing activities, incredibly beautiful, varied walks and exciting, unforgettable experiences. We were blessed with fantastic weather, too!
Standing under the 80m high Fairy Falls on the bow of the Milford Wanderer, water pummelling down on our heads, totally surprised, completely exhilarated and utterly happy.
I have to add first seeing Red Crater on the Tongariro Crossing, jetboating, catamaran sailing on the Tasman Sea, walking through Tiritiri Matangi Island’s gorgeous native woodland ringing with exotic bird calls and cicadas, the joy of seeing the glorious colour of Huka Falls. The trouble is that every day had moments like these, so how do you choose!?

Hayley and Josh are an extraordinary young couple, calm, cheerful, incredibly hard working and competent. If everyone drove like Josh, the roads would be safer places. Every suggestion regarding where to eat or shop or what to do in our free time turned out to be good. In his review, Martin mentioned the lady stranger who had a fall, but not that Hayley actually carried her most of the way down a steep mountain after giving first aid! There were, inevitably, some long drives, but Hayley and Josh arranged an enjoyable short walk or other activity at least every two hours. I think I’d trust these two in almost any situation.

Don’t scratch your Blackfly bites! They really are the scourge of South Island, but DEET does deter them so use it. I kept leaving it too late. Bites I managed to resist scratching settled down quickly, those I took the tops off had scabs for weeks and have left scars.
Be prepared for the jet lag - it took us a week to get over it after coming home.
Take lots of notes as well as taking photos -see below!

It has been five weeks since the end of our holiday. It has taken this long to go through all my photos and notes, remembering more and more things that we did, to do research on the internet and to write a journal. Only now do I feel able to take an overall view and write this review. This holiday is a full-on three weeks of new experiences and it is almost impossible to take it all in at the time. For us and, I imagine most people, this was a holiday of a lifetime and I really do recommend making a photographic journal to fix those memories. It is a lot of work, but rather like having the holiday again!

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Trails of New Zealand

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We had promised ourselves this trip for some time and had high expectations. We were looking for a good mix of activities to see and experience the country.
Trails of New Zealand went way beyond our expectations. We thoroughly enjoyed the amazing places, the range of walks in different landscapes, the fun of jet-boating, sailing and cruising, and luging, and the unique birds and wildlife.
We had so many experiences which will stay with us: walking the stark volcanic landscape of the Tongariro Crossing; walking to and flying over Mount Cook and landing on pristine Fox glassier; sailing a catamaran; or travelling at 80mph up a braided river; the magnificent kauri and redwoods, and not forgetting the kiwis.
On our way to Milford Sound on the South Island it poured with rain and we were not expecting to see much. However, soon after we boarded the boat the skies cleared and the fiord was filled with magnificent waterfalls. It was magical as we explored Milford Sound in boats and kayaks, and our ship nosed its way past and into the silver cascading water against a backdrop of majestic snow covered peaks.

Josh and Haley were superb leaders. They were very organised and ensured that we knew all we needed to know. They provided supplements to our meals and provided a super spread when they catered for us. They were great at sharing additional information and encouragement to the slower and faster members of the group.
When they found that an unknown walker had had a serious fall they ensured that she returned down the mountain safely while continuing to look after our group. When the bus developed a technical fault it was dealt with quickly and efficiently.

Go!!!
It is a long way so pace and prepare yourself, but it will repay you many times over.
The country is very varied and so is the weather, so go prepared for everything - it was coldest and wettest at sea level and hottest in the mountains.

This trip is a good balance of activities. You should be reasonably fit and prepared for the unexpected. We were delayed for two hours when a giant kauri fell across the road, and there are no alternatives. So we had a great time chatting with everyone including the fire brigade and police. It is that sort of country.

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Trails of New Zealand

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Meals5.0
This was a wonderful walking holiday. We were fortunately blessed with extremely good weather, so the views were unforgettable.
Helicopter flight to the Fox glacier

The group leader was excellent - always keen to please, make excellent meal suggestions and slightly adjust the program to fit the group.

Make the most of this wonderful trip!

If there was one small suggestion I could make (and believe me, it is small and nit-picky), I would recommend cleaning the bus windows if it has become dusty; this could prevent a photoshoot stop on a few occasions. This idea came from a previous tour I made with a different company.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 14

Accomodations

17 nights in comfortable hotels and lodges, most with en suite facilities, 1 night cruise boat with shared faciilities
Travel by private vehicle, cruise and jet boats
3 full and 5 half days walking
Good level of fitness required

Age Notes

Min. Age: 18

Additional Information:

  • 17 nights in comfortable hotels and lodges, most with en suite facilities, 1 night cruise boat with shared facilities
  • Group normally 6 to 14 plus local leader. Min age 18 yrs
  • Travel by private buses

Trip ID#:

exodus-ALN

Trip Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations

Meals Included:

Dinner: All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners are included. Breakfasts will be either supplied by the accommodation or by the guides for you. We will always be able to purchase lunches on the run but can also facilitate creating sandwiches at your accommodation and have these stored in our on-board fridge. Morning tea / coffee stops are available at your own cost. 

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