Combo Tour (North & South)

Combo Tour (North & South) April 2015
Date: 04 – 18 April 2015 (15 days)
Start: Auckland, Finish: Nelson
Price: From NZ$2495 (incl. deals & specials) plus food kitty ($325). Regular price NZ$2550 per person – please see below for further information on what is included in the tour

Tour Description: Big cities, Maori culture, fun, beaches, adventure activities, whales, dolphins and other wildlife experiences, adventurous Queenstown and stunning landscapes – this tour offers a comprehensive exploration of New Zealand where you will discover the best of what this country has to offer.

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Kia Ora! Good to have you aboard the North Island Tour! Known as the City of Sails, Auckland is a melting pot of South Pacific and Asian cultures and a strong Maori heritage. This diversity brings with it an abundance of unique dining and shopping experiences. Today you can experience many attractions and adventure activities on offer. Today is truly action packed. Those who do not book any of the additional activities will go on a tour of the city, explore the famous Auckland waterfront and may go to the outlet stores and the inner city shopping area. In the evening our guide will take you for a visit up the Skytower at 328 metres high, a truly breathtaking experience with awesome views over Auckland at night.

Extra Activity Options:
Skytower Jump: NZ$175 (up to 15yrs), NZ$195 (16yrs & over)
Skytower Jump & Walk Combo: NZ$290
America’s Cup Sailing: NZ$115 (up to 15yrs), NZ$160 (16yrs & over)
Auckland Bridge Climb – NZ$85 (up to 14yrs), NZ$85 (with student ID), NZ$125 (15yrs & over)
Auckland Bridge Bungy – NZ$130 (up to 14yrs), NZ$130 (with student ID), NZ$160 (15yrs & over)
Auckland Bridge Combo (Bungy Jump & Climb) – NZ$ 195 (with student ID), NZ$230 (15yrs & over)
Kelly Tarlton’s Entry: NZ$20 (up to 15yrs), NZ$29 (16yrs & over)

Our journey continues to Whitianga, the main settlement of Mercury Bay, a great little sea side town with a deepwater harbour. The area, called Coromandel, is one of quite stunning beaches and bays and home to Hot Water Beach, so named because of the hot springs which surface on the sand two hours either side of low tide. If the tides allow we will take a spade and dig our own hot pool. In the late afternoon everyone gets the unique opportunity to participate in a bone carving workshop. You will produce your very own high quality personal souvenir of your visit to Whitianga and take it home with you.

In the morning you have the opportunity to book either horse riding or a kayak trip in Whitianga. In the afternoon our journey continues to Rotorua, famous for its thermal mud pools and Maori history and culture.

Extra Activity Options:
Horse Riding – NZ$90
Cathedral Cove Sea Kayaking – NZ$65 (up to 14yrs), NZ$95 (15yrs & over)

We will spend the whole day in Rotorua, known as the thermal wonderland of New Zealand. Its hot springs and geysers have attracted people for over a hundred years. Rotorua sits on the shores of Lake Rotorua, and is built over a geothermal hot spot. There are numerous natural vents, hot pools and other geothermal features in and around the city. But Rotorua is also know as the adventure capital of the North Island: White Water Rafting, Skydiving, ZORBING,… Rotorua offers something for every taste. If you a fan of Lord of the Rings, use the day to discover “Hobbiton”, the film set where parts of the movies where made. In the evening you will have the opportunity to find out more about New Zealand’s indigenous people, the Maori, when we visit a traditional Pa (Maori village). You will hear about their history and learn about their culture. Traditions such as the Powhiri (formal welcome), the Haka (war dance) and a delicious Hangi (traditionally earth-cooked Maori feast) will turn this evening into an unforgettable experience.

Extra Activity Options:
White Water River Rafting – NZ$105 – only for students over the age of 16 yrs
Wai-O-Tapu Valley – NZ$63 (students 14yrs & over)
Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tour – NZ$110 (15yrs & over), NZ$72.50 (up to 14yrs)
ZORB Rotorua – NZ$45
Taupo Skydiving – NZ$249 for 12,000ft, NZ$339 for 15,000ft

Leave Rotorua to head south to visit Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake. We will stop to see the famous Huka Falls before the journey continues to Wellington. On our way, we might even be able to catch a glimpse of some of the volcanoes located in the central North Island. The Tongariro volcano still smokes, the ancestral fires still burn and the land lives on for all. Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu have all erupted in recent times. Having arrived in the “Coolest little capital in the world” – rated as such by Lonely Planet Travel Guides – you have time to explore the city. Visit some of Wellington’s shops – after all, the town is very popular among Kiwis for its shopping – or take a stroll along the harbour and stop in one of Wellington’s many excellent cafes. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner.

In the morning, we will explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s fantastic National Museum before we continue our journey. With a ferry we leave Wellington and cruise over the Cooks Straight and through the beautiful Malborough Sounds to Picton on the South Island. From Picton, a bus will take us to Nelson, New Zealand’s city with the most sunshine hours.

Sit back and relax while we drive you to the wild West Coast. Stopping at Punakaiki for a quick walk on Truman Track into the Paparoa National Park, followed by a visit to the famous pancake rocks which really live up to their name. The natural wonders continue as we make our way south through Greymouth and Hokitika to one of the world’s most accessible glaciers, the Franz Josef Glacier. Franz Josef Glacier was named after the Austrian Emperor Franz Josef, and is one of only three glaciers world wide that borders a rain forest. The other two are Fox Glacier in New Zealand and a glacier in Chile, South America. In the evening we relax or you can soak in the Franz Josef Hot Pools.

We leave Franz Josef after breakfast and drive further south to Fox Glacier. It’s up to you how you want to explore the Fox Glacier this morning. You can choose one of the extra activities recommended below or join the tour guide for a visit of the famous Mirror Lake, Lake Matheson. Fox Glacier falls 2600 metres on its 13 kilometre journey towards the coast. Named after an early New Zealand Prime Minister, William Fox, the glacier is 300 metres deep. Near Fox Glacier is the beautiful Lake Matheson, icon of the West Coast with its enchanting reflections of Mount Cook and Mount Tasman. After lunch we continue along the Westcoast to Haast and then head inland over the Haast Pass to Makarora, where we spend the night. We have a relaxing evening playing games before we head towards the adventure capital of New Zealand tomorrow.

Extra Activity Options:
Fox Trail: Terminal Face Walk : NZ$35 (up to 16yrs), NZ$49 (17+yrs)
Fox Glacier Heli-Hike: NZ$399 (14+yrs)
Glacier Helicopter Flight: NZ$235 (14+yrs)

Today is the day all you thrill-seekers and adrenalin-junkies have been longing for – we head off to the birth place of bungee-jumping and the adventure capital of New Zealand, if not the world. From Makarora we drive to Wanaka and on to Queenstown. After checking into our hostel in Queenstown, we will take the Skyline Gondola on to Bob’s Peak above Queenstown. This is the steepest gondola in the southern hemisphere and from the top one has an awesome view over Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and over to the mighty Remarkables mountain range. We will enjoy a traditional & powerful Maori Haka performance, followed by an original Kiwi buffet dinner. A truly unique New Zealand experience!

DAY 10: QUEENSTOWN Jump off a bridge, swing over a canyon, paddle your way through a raging river – there’s nothing you can’t do (as long as you have permission from your parents of course ;-) ). For the more faint-hearted there are stunning cruises to Milford or Doubtful Sound that are sure to inspire. Those of you that do not book any of the extra adventure activities have a chance to explore Queenstown. We will go for walk into town, do some sightseeing and shopping, and we take a walk along famous Lake Wakatipu. Tonight is free time for everyone, take a stroll into town or spend time to look at the fantastic photos everyone has made and update your Facebook pages.

Extra Activity Options:
Kawarau Bungy (43m): NZ$145 (up to 14 yrs), NZ$195 (15+ yrs), NZ$165 (with valid NZ student-ID)
Nevis Highwire Bungy (134m): NZ$245 (with valid NZ student-ID), NZ$275 (without NZ student ID),
The Ledge Bungy: $145 (up to 14 yrs), NZ$195 (15+ yrs), NZ$165 (15+ yrs with NZ student-ID) – plus gondola ticket (approx NZ$25)
Milford Sound Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly: NZ$305 (up to 14 yrs), NZ$469 (15+yrs)
Milford Sound Coach/Nature Cruise/Coach: NZ$102 (up to 14yrs), NZ$204 (15+yrs)
Doubtful Sound Coach/Cruise/Coach: NZ$154 (up to 14yrs), NZ$247 (15+yrs)
Skydiving: NZ$299.00 for 9,000ft, NZ$339.00 for 12,000ft, NZ$439 for 15,000ft

Another Free day to continue your adrenalin rush. For those of you who do not book any extra activities today there is lots to do and see in Queenstown. We will drive to Arrowtown, a Wild-West like village and also have a look at the earth houses built by the early Chinese settlers that came to Otago for mining and for building the railway. We also will take another walk in the beautiful area and tonight has a special treat in store for everyone. After dinner we head along to the ‘Minus 5 Ice Bar’ for a non-alcoholic cocktail. The bar is made completely of ice, even your cocktail glasses. But you do not have to freeze, you will be given warm clothes and gloves, so you can enjoy your experience in comfort and marvel at the great ice sculptures at the bar.

Extra Activity Options:
Horseriding: NZ$95 (up to 14yrs), NZ$120 (15+yrs)
Dart River Wilderness Safari: NZ$119 (up to 15yrs), NZ$219 (16+yrs)
Shotover Jet: NZ$69 (up to 15yrs), NZ$129 (16+yrs)
Canyon Swing: NZ$215, spectators NZ$20
White Water Rafting: NZ$209 (16 years or older only!)

We leave Queenstown in the morning and stop in Arrowtown, a Wild-West like village where scenes of the movie Lord of the Rings were filmed. Then we continue our drive to New Zealand’s most famous university town – Dunedin. Students make up one fifth of the population so it’s no wonder that the city is hailed to have a great atmosphere. On the way to Dunedin we travel through the stunning area of central Otago, along lakes and hydro dams and through fertile horticulture country with many fruit orchards along the way. Having arrived in Dunedin, we will definitely visit Baldwin Street, the worlds’ steepest street – see who can reach the top of the street fastest. In the afternoon you have the chance to explore Otago Peninsula on the Elm Wildlife Tour, an eco-experience on which you can see penguins, fur seal colonies and the famous albatross birds. If you choose not to go on the Elm Wildlife tour, there are plenty of other things to do in Dunedin: go shopping, visit the Otago Museum to explore the history of New Zealand and the Southern Hemisphere, check out the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, one of New Zealand finest art museums. To top it all off, a visit to the famous Cadbury Chocolate Factory with lots of opportunity to taste different chocolates could be on the programme for those of you who have a “sweet tooth”.

Extra Activity Option:
Elm Wildlife Tour: NZ$97

The journey today continues from Dunedin along the eastern coastline towards the north. Lots of sightseeing today, we will stop at interesting places such as the Victorian town of Oamaru and at the famous Moearki Boulders. Take fantastic photos with your friends as this spot is one of the must-do’s in New Zealand.
We continue through Timaru and Ashburton and head towards the little town Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula. Just 75 kilometres from the city of Christchurch, Akaroa is a historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. Explore the village with its colonial architecture, galleries, craft stores, and cafés.

This morning you can fulfil your dream of swimming with dolphins. Akaroa is the only place in the world where you can experience dolphin swimming with the world’s rarest and smallest Hector’s dolphin, which must be truly amazing. Alternatively go on a stroll through the lovely town and harbour – Did you also know that Akaroa is the oldest town in Canterbury?
After lunch we continue our drive north and head towards Kaikoura – New Zealand’s whale-watching capital. The Maori name Kaikoura translates to ‘meal of crayfish’ (Kai = food, koura = crayfish) – so make sure you try some while exploring the town.
After days packed with activities, we will enjoy a last evening together at the hostel’s swimming pool, tell the best stories of the tour and finish off with a Farewell Kiwi BBQ!

Extra Activity Options:
Dolphin Swim: NZ$120 (up to 15 yrs), NZ$150 (16+yrs)
Dolphin Watch: NZ$35 (up to 15 yrs), NZ$79 (16+yrs)

This morning, the adventurous water lovers can get up close and personal with the world’s largest toothed whales. The rest of you can just kick back and soak in the sun or stretch your legs on the beach. We leave Kaikoura and begin our return journey home. On the way to Nelson, we stop along the coast at a seal colony before we continue to Blenheim where we have lunch.
Sadly, we have to say goodbye in Nelson, but we’re sure you’ll never forget this experience – so keep in touch!
Extra Activity Options:
Whale Watch by boat: NZ$60 (up to 15yrs), NZ$145.00 (16+yrs)

Included in tour cost

  • Experienced Guides/Assistants
  • Comfortable accommodation at hostels/backpackers
  • All transport during the tours
  • Skytower Experience Auckland (Main observation deck & Sky deck)
  • Bone Carving Workshop in Whitianga
  • Visit Hot Water Beach
  • Unique Tamaki Maori Culture evening, incl. traditional Hangi dinner
  • Visit Huka Falls, Taupo
  • Visit Te Papa Museum Wellington
  • Ferry ride Wellington-Picton
  • Visit Pancake Rocks
  • Short walk at Truman Track
  • Visit “Mirror Lake”
  • Walk to Thunder Falls
  • Visit Kawarau Bungy Bridge
  • Entry & 1 alcohol-free cocktail at Minus5 Ice Bar
  • Gondola ride, Kiwi Haka performance and dinner in Queenstown
  • Excursions in Queenstown and Dunedin
  • Visit Moeraki Boulders
  • Visit seal colony in Kaikoura
  • Tour t-shirt, special group photo and postcards
  • Lots of fun game evenings and group activities

Additional Cost

  • Transport (flights, ferry, transfers) to/from tour start
  • Extra Activities
  • Food – a contribution of $325 towards a food kitty is mandatory (breakfast and dinner only)
  • Pocket money


  • Minimum 10 students
  • Booking conditions apply.
  • All inclusions are weather and time depending.
  • All prices are subject to availability and correct at date of publication (June 2014).
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Sheep group at lake wakatipu bayview Students in spa pool