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City to City (ex. Auckland) 2018-19 (9 Days, Auckland to Christchurch)

High octane or slow and steady, this trip switches up the pace every day. Learn local legends from the Maori people, visit some world-class museums, go skydiving and hike one of the best one-day hikes in the world. You'll see movie-worthy scenery, lush greenery and volcanic vistas. Kia Ora New Zealand!


Overnight in a traditional Maori Marae
Haka & Poi class
Huka Falls
Lake Taupo
Te Papa Museum
Hanmer Springs
Kaikoura Peninsula Walk & Seal Colony
Marlborough Wine Tasting
8 Breakfasts
8 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
Price From
AUD $1,487
Start Location
Auckland, New Zealand
End Location
Auckland, New Zealand
Age Range
18 to 39
Group Size
1 to 48
Tour Style
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Day 1: Auckland to Marae Stay
Today, we'll make our way to Waitomo Caves. There are plenty of optional activities on offer here like Black Water Rafting and a Glow Worm Cave tour. Tonight, Maori legends and mythology come alive with a cultural performance, storytelling and a home cooked dinner. Included today: -Marae Stay including cultural performance Meals: -Dinner Optional activities: -Visit the Waitomo Caves - Black Water Rafting or Glowworm Caves Tour
Day 2: Marae to Rotorua
After breakfast, it’s farewell to the Marae. The day is yours to play with! There are a whole heap of optional activities to pick from. Feeling lazy? Visit the famous thermal spa pools or have a relaxing massage or you could go whitewater rafting to get your dose of adrenalin. Hobbit fans could go for The Hobbiton Movie Set Tour. You’ll venture through Middle Earth, get lost among the Hobbit holes and see the scenery from the film in what you could call super HD! Tonight, settle in to Rotorua’s largest hotel, set right on the shores of the beautiful Lake Rotorua. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Hobbiton tour -Whitewater rafting -Hells Gate Mud Baths -Canopy tours -Experience Ogo -Day spas and massage
Day 3: Rotorua to Tongariro National Park
Today we travel through the Taupo Volcanic Zone, with a detour to see (and hear) the gurgling Mud Pool. Then it’s on to the raging waters of Huka Falls before reaching Lake Taupo. And what better way to see the lake than leaping out over it at Taupo Bungy ? (It’s optional, so don’t worry if you don’t have a head for heights.) After a bit of time in Taupo to see the sights/still any wobbly legs, it’s on to the vast volcanic plateau of Tongariro National Park. It’s World Heritage listed don’t you know?! This evening, relax. There’s a sauna and spa. Or head straight for the terrace bar for a drink by the fire. We’ll have a hearty country-style meal – just leave room for dessert – it’s a Kiwi favourite, pavlova. Included today: -Huka Falls -Lake Taupo Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional activities: -Taupo bungy jump
Day 4: Tongariro National Park
Two active volcans, old lava flows, an active vent, emerald lakes and amazing views. The optional Tongariro Crossing is one of the best full day hikes you can do in NZ. It’s a free day, so you’ve got the time. There are some shorter walks too. However you spend the day, know that you’ve got another relaxing night in the lodge to look forward to. Included today: -Short walks Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Tongariro Crossing hikes
Day 5: Tongariro to Wellington
Swap tranquil Tongariro for Wellington. It’s New Zealand’s capital and has a whole heap of cool shops and galleries to check out by day. As night falls, get a taster of the craft beer scene and take your pick of award-winning restaurants. But before all that, we’ll get a great view of the city from the lookout at the top of Mount Victoria and visit Te Papa, the NZ National Museum. Included today: -Visit Te Papa museum -Wellington City tour including Mt Victoria Meals: -Breakfast
Day 6: Wellington to Nelson
Time to jump on the ferry to cross the Cook Strait and sail into the blue waters of the Marlborough Sound. It’s like entering a different world. We’ll hop off in Picton and you’ll see why this region has become so famous for its wine (and scenery). Worry not, we’re heading for our secret Marlborough Winery for a wine tasting. It’s a passionate bunch behind the vineyard, so get ready to learn a heap load. Be sure to raise a glass of something local for tonight. Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Included today: -Marlborough Winery & tastings
Day 7: Nelson
You’ll definitely need your camera for today’s free day. Nelson is stunning. One option is to take to the walking tracks, or you could paddle along the shoreline in ocean kayaks. For an aerial view, there’s always a tandem skydive on offer. Feeling artsy? Have a look around the galleries and studios in the area. Just get back in time for tonight’s traditional Kiwi BBQ. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Kayaking -Skydiving
Day 8: Nelson to Kaikoura
As we carry on down the coast, we’ll try to spot a New Zealand fur seal or two before entering Kaikoura. Fans of seafood will be happy – in the Maori language, Kai means food and Koura means crayfish, so you know it’s got to be good. This afternoon, take on the elements on the scenic Kaikoura Peninsula Walk. Included today: -Kaikoura Peninsula walk -Ohau Point seal colony -Crayfish tastings Meals: -Breakfast
Day 9: Kaikoura to Christchurch
Will you meet some marine friends on a whale watching trip, go swimming with dolphins or take on a seal swimming adventure? Yep, it's a triple whammy of water-based optional activities today. Finally we'll wend our way to Christchurch, the South Island's largest city. Tonight sees the end of this trip, but there's plenty more where this came from. Maybe even stick around for another Topdeck adventure! Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Dolphin swimming -Whale watching -Seal swimming -Scenic flight