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City to City (ex. Christchurch) 2017-2018 (9 Days, Christchurch to Auckland)

High octane or slow and steady, this trip switches up the pace every day. Learn from Maori people, raft the white waters, slip into mudbaths and throw yourself off a bridge (with the help of a bungy cord)! You'll see movie-worthy scenery, lush greenery and volcanic vistas. Kia Ora!

Inclusions

Wine tasting in Marlborough
Overnight in a traditional Maori Marae
Haka & Poi class
Huka Falls
Lake Taupo
Te Papa Museum
Kaikoura Peninsula Walk
Ohau Point Seal colony
Hanmer Springs
8 Breakfasts
8 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
9
Price From
AUD $1,439
Start Location
Christchurch, New Zealand
End Location
Christchurch, New Zealand
Age Range
Avg. 39+
Group Size
1 to 48
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
18-39
Physical Rating
Mild
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
19 Nov 201727 Nov 2017Fully BookedAUD $1,560 
23 Nov 201701 Dec 20171AUD $1,560
06 Dec 201714 Dec 2017Fully BookedAUD $1,560 
19 Dec 201727 Dec 2017Fully BookedAUD $1,560 
28 Dec 201705 Jan 2018Fully BookedAUD $1,560 
10 Jan 201818 Jan 2018Fully BookedAUD $1,560 
18 Jan 201826 Jan 2018Fully BookedAUD $1,560 
29 Jan 201806 Feb 20184AUD $1,560
02 Feb 201810 Feb 20181AUD $1,560
14 Feb 201822 Feb 20184AUD $1,560
23 Feb 201803 Mar 20184AUD $1,560
06 Mar 201814 Mar 20183AUD $1,560
09 Mar 201817 Mar 2018Fully BookedAUD $1,560 
22 Mar 201830 Mar 20183AUD $1,560
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: Christchurch to Kaikoura
From the South Island's largest city we'll go coastal as we head into Kaikoura and take the peninsula walk. Fans of seafood are in luck for this evening, this place is known for its crazy-good crayfish. Included today: -Peninsula walk
Day 2: Kaikoura to Nelson
Will you meet some marine friends on a whale watching trip or go swimming with dolphins or take on a seal swimming adventure? Yep, it's a triple whammy of water-based optional activities today. Then as we carry on along the coast, we'll try to spot a New Zealand fur seal or two before heading for our secret Marlborough Winery for a wine tasting. It's on to Nelson, the sunniest region in NZ Included today: -Marlborough wine tasting -Ohau Point seal colony Meals: -Breakfast
Day 3: Nelson
You'll definitely need you camera for today's free day. It's stunning. One option will be to explore Abel Tasman National Park by boat, another 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 -Dinner Optional activities: -Abel Tasman National Park -Kayaking -Skydiving -Horse riding -Quad biking -Wine and brewery tours
Day 4: Nelson to Wellington
Time to jump on the ferry to cross the Cook Strait and leave the blue waters of the Marlborough Sound bound for Wellington. It's like entering a different world. We'll hop off in the '4th coolest city' in the world. 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. Included today: -Cook Straight crossing Meals: Breakfast
Day 5: Wellington to Tongariro National Park
Visit Te Papa, the NZ National Museum. It's six floors of awesomeness. Take a look around town before we board the bus for 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: -Te Papa Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 6: Tongariro National Park
Two active volcans, old lava flows, an active vent, emerald lakes and amazing views. The 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. If you prefer wheels to walking, you could do the optional mountain biking or take to the slopes in winter (ask you guide for the best deals). 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 -Winter skiing -Mountain biking
Day 7: Tongariro to Rotorua
Taupo is first, and hanging above the free flowing Waikato River, the Taupo Bungy is a must for those game enough to take the plunge! Then it's on to the raging waters of Huka Falls and we'll take a little detour to see (and hear) the gurgling Mud Pool. We'll head for Maori heartland that is Rotorua, known for its thermal springs and...interesting aroma. (Blame the sulphur in the air). Tonight enjoy a warm welcome at a traditional Maori Marae. After a hearty, family-style dinner, learn about Maori history and watch an exclusive cultural performance by the Te Arawa people. You'll be a Haka expert by the end of the night. Included today: -Huka Falls -Lake Taupo -Maori Marae cultural talks, Haka and Poi dance class Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional activities: -Taupo bungy jump
Day 8: Rotorua
After breakfast and bidding 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 race around on a mountain bike, go white water rafting or try the original OGO Zorb. 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 -Te Puia Maori Thermal Grounds -Hells Gate Mud Baths -Canopy tours -Ogo -Mountain biking -Day spas and massage
Day 9: Rotorua to Auckland
It's time to leave Rotorua behind and head for the 'maiden with a thousand lovers' (aka Auckland) It got its name because the ara was coveted by so many tribes. And you'll soon find out why. It might be time to say goodbye to your trip buddies, but there's plenty more NZ out there to explore. Meals: -Breakfast