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Topdeck 19 day Grand Kiwi Auckland to Christchurch or reverse

Enjoy the Land of the Kiwi’s myriad charms on a Topdeck NZ trip with a host of fellow 18-39 year old travellers. Come and explore the mountains, lakes, rivers and plains of New Zealand’s North and South Islands – we guarantee you’ll fall in love with NZ!

From $3,629.00 AUD

per person

Explore Middle Earth on a Topdeck NZ trip!

Turn fantasy into reality with a Topdeck trip in New Zealand and savour the jaw-dropping scenery of ‘Middle Earth’, as made famous by the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie trilogies.

Enjoy the Land of the Kiwi’s myriad charms on a Topdeck NZ trip with a host of fellow 18-39 year old travellers. Throw yourself off a bridge in Queenstown, go whale watching in Kaikoura, hike on Fox Glacier and feast at a Maori Marae – there’s no wonder New Zealand is considered the world’s adventure capital.

We have an amazing range of New Zealand trips with Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch as possible start and finish points. Come and explore the mountains, lakes, rivers and plains of New Zealand’s North and South Islands – we guarantee you’ll fall in love with NZ!

Why choose Topdeck for your trip to New Zealand?

  • Outstanding value for money with no worries
  • Committed to seeing the real New Zealand
  • Itineraries designed for the independent-minded traveller
  • Professionally trained, passionate crew
  • Great accommodation & quality transportation
  • Interact with the Maori people and discover their traditions
  • More free time to explore at your own pace
  • Guaranteed departure dates
  • Great food
  • Heaps of ‘Totally Topdeck’ inclusions

Some of our New Zealand highlights!

  • Explore the Bay of Islands
  • Stay overnight at a traditional Maori Marae
  • Check out Rotorua’s mud baths
  • Go whale watching off the coast of Kaikoura
  • Hike on Fox Glacier
  • Bungy jump in Queenstown
  • See ‘Mordor’ (a.k.a. Tongariro National Park!)
  • Feast on NZ lamb & go wine-tasting in Marlborough
  • Take a cruise on Milford Sound
  • Kayak in Abel Tasman National Park
  • Travel through the scenery of ‘Middle Earth’!
Topdeck 19 day Grand Kiwi Auckland to Christchurch or reverse - Map

Day 1: AUCKLAND TO PAIHIA, BAY OF ISLANDS
Leave the city behind and get ready to explore New Zealand in all its breathtaking glory as we step into an adventure 130 million years in the making. Become a tree-hugging hippie as you wrap your arms around NZ’s botanical elder, the Kauri tree, then ‘Rock the Boat’ on an optional overnight houseboat trip.
Meals: None

Day 2: PAIHIA, BAY OF ISLANDS
The Bay of Islands is big on numbers: 144 islands, a 90-mile beach, and 100-metre-high Te Paki sand dunes, ready for some serious sand boarding action. The islands (and all their optional activities) are your oyster on this free day.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: PAIHIA, BAY OF ISLANDS TO AUCKLAND
Wave bye-bye to the wilds for now – it’s back to the modern world today as we return to Auckland. Take some time to wander the heart of the city at your leisure.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: AUCKLAND TO ROTORUA (MARAE STAY)
We’ll make a stop to check out the Waitomo Caves, then learn the tongue-thrusting Haka and polish off a traditional Maori dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: ROTORUA
When it comes to optional activities, mud, Middle Earth and massages are the order of the day in the bubbling, gurgling and sulphur-soaked town of Rotorua. Also: optional whitewater rafting. Ahh, yaaasss!
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: ROTORUA TO TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK
Next up: Lake Taupo and a chance for a bungy over the river, or check out some natural hot pools before heading to the hills of Tongariro National Park.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK
Lace-up your boots and opt into tramp the lunar landscape of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing – home to three active volcanoes – or save your feet and take to wheels (or some optional skis).
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK TO WELLINGTON
From hiking over lava to readjusting to city life, today we make tracks to buzzing, beautiful Wellington – the ‘best place to live in the world 2017’. Expect artsy vibes, waterfront promenades and a cool nightlife scene (you bring the facial hair and tatts, Wellington will supply the craft beer).
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: WELLINGTON TO NELSON
Ferry into the arms of the world’s best Sauv Blanc on the banks of the Marlborough Sounds and enjoy a private tasting in a family-owned vineyard.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: NELSON
Dense forest, incredible beaches and the epic Abel Tasman National Park. Kayak with seals or jump out of a plane. You’ve got the whole day to explore.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: NELSON TO KAIKOURA
It’s down the coast we go to spy New Zealand fur seals before we lace up our boots for a Peninsula walk. If you work up an appetite as you roam, no worries – this afternoon we’ll be sampling some of the yummiest crayfish you ever did taste. Mmm.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12: KAIKOURA TO CHRISTCHURCH
Today, brace yourself for the triple threat of dolphin swimming, seal swimming or whale watching. Then on to Christchurch.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 13: CHRISTCHURCH TO FOX GLACIER
The Canterbury Plains make for epic scenery. Stop for whitebait fritters and pounamu (jade) pendant shopping. Try to grab a shot of NZ’s two tallest mountain peaks reflected in Lake Matheson.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14: FOX GLACIER TO QUEENSTOWN
Hit up NZ’s most famous glacier. Strap on some crampons and get an up-close look on an ice walk or optional heli-hike. Then journey past Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea and feel your pulse start to quicken as we roll into Queenstown.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15: QUEENSTOWN
Queenstown has adrenalin on tap. Get your fix with our optionals: bungy jumping, a narrow canyon swing, Shotover Jet, paragliding, hiking, horse riding and the skyline gondola.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 16: QUEENSTOWN
Queenstown has adrenalin on tap. Get your fix with our optionals: bungy jumping, a narrow canyon swing, Shotover Jet, paragliding, hiking, horse riding and the skyline gondola.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 17: QUEENSTOWN INCLUDING MILFORD SOUND
Steady yourself for the otherworldly beauty of the fjords. Milford Sound comes complete with seals, dolphins and thundering waterfalls.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 18: QUEENSTOWN TO LAKE OHAU
Zig-zag a gold-bearing river on a mountain bike ride through A+ scenery. Think icy clear pools, an 80m suspension bridge, and the site of the world’s first bungy at the finish line.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 19: LAKE OHAU TO CHRISTCHURCH VIA MT COOK VILLAGE
Round off the trip with an optional soak in a hot pool today – or take to the skies with a scenic flight for some stunning views of the Tekapo region. Then, it’s on to Christchurch to say our goodbyes
Meals: Breakfast

Departing Auckland
Pick up at 8:30 am in Auckland
Finish Christchurch
Drop off at 7:00 pm in Christchurch

Departing Christchurch
Pick up at 7:00 pm in Christchurch
Finish Auckland
Drop off at 6:00 pm in Auckland

Any Optional Activities

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