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The Best of New Zealand

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25 Days & 24 Nights
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The Best of New Zealand

  • Experience the adventure of a lifetime on this 25-day New Zealand odyssey
  • Walk on the Abel Tasman, Queen Charlotte, Routeburn & Kaikoura Tracks
  • Glaciers, geysers, jagged mountains, rolling pastureland and steep fiords
  • New Zealand gastronomy and local wines, such as Oyster Bay, Sauvignon Blanc
  • Milford Sound Cruise, native forests, raging rivers, sweeping golden beaches
Explore the best of New Zealand on this drive and hike itinerary that links the highlights of “Aotearoa” or the “land of the long white cloud”. This is an adventure of a lifetime as you experience world-class walking with landscapes of mountains, geysers, fiords, forests and beaches. New Zealand has it all and you will also be blown away by its excellent cuisine, local wines and Maori culture. When the Maori arrived here about 700 years ago there were only birds that had evolved to fill the role of mammals and were often flightless, as they had no predators. Therefore the birdlife here is plentiful, as well as sightings of sea-life such as dolphins, seals and penguins.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Auckland and overnight Day 2 Ferry to Rangitoto Island. Loop Walk to Summit 8 miles / 13 km Day 3 Rental car pick up. Drive to Coromandel. Harray Track 4 miles / 6 km Day 4 Drive to Hahei. Walk to Cathedral Cove, Drive to Mt Manganui. Walk to summit 4 miles / 7 km Day 5 Waimangu Volcanic Valley Walk. Orakei Korako Geyserland and Thermal Park. Drive to Taupo 4 miles / 6 km Day 6 Free day in Lake Taupo or Huka Falls and Aratiatia Rapids Walk 12 miles / 20 km Day 7 Drive to Tongariro National Park. Taranaki Falls and Tama Lakes Walking Tracks 12 miles / 20 km Day 8 Drive to Martinborough. Free time to vineyard visit on arrival Day 9 Putangirua Pinnacles Walk. Drive to Wellington 3 miles / 5 km Day 10 Free morning in Wellington. Afternoon ferry to Picton Day 11 Queen Charlotte Track, Torea Bay to Punga Cove 15 miles / 24 km Day 12 Drive to Marahau. Abel Tasman Track. Boat to Anchorage Bay, walk to Marahau 8 miles / 13 km Day 13 Drive to Kaikoura, free time Day 14 Walk the Kaikoura Coast Track, Buntings Gulley to Ngaroma. Drive to Hamner Springs 8 miles / 13 km Day 15 Free day in Hanmer Springs for spa treatments, etc. or Conical Hill Walk. 1 miles / 2 km Day 16 Drive to Arthur’s Pass. Bealey Valley Track 2 miles / 4 km Day 17 Walk the Avalanche Peak and Scott Tracks 4 miles / 7 km Day 18 Drive to Glaciers region and Franz Josef. Free time Day 19 Choice of Walks, Alex Knob Track, or Robert’s Point Track 9 miles / 15 km Day 20 Drive to Wanaka (Otago Region). Free time Day 21 Roy’s Peak Track 10 miles / 16 km Day 22 Drive to Te Anau via Arrowtown/Queenstown Day 23 Milford Sound Cruise. Routeburn Track, Key Summit 4 miles / 7 km Day 24 Free day Day 25 Onward Travel
THIS TRIP'S CARBON SCORE

This trip has a carbon score of 15kg per person per night, meaning it’s one of our greenest trips! For comparison, a carbon count of 15kg is equivalent to 88.5 candy bars. Here at Macs, we pride ourselves on being a responsible travel company and continue to adopt, develop and innovate ways to positively impact the environment. Find out more information about how we've carbon counted our trips.

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