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Grand Kiwi (ex. Christchurch) 2018-19 (19 Days, Christchurch to Auckland)

Food? Good. Wine? Excellent. Scenery? Blow-your-mind beautiful. And the activities we've got lined up? Well just take your pick, mix and match and make this trip your own. You've got 18 days to get under the skin of New Zealand. We dare you not to fall head over heels in love with this place.
Please note: For departures dates in 2017/18 please check out 18 Day Grand Kiwi


Wine tasting in Marlborough
Kapa Haka performance
Overnight in a traditional Maori Marae
Arrow River bike trails
Kaikoura Peninsula & marine life
Stay in Fox Glacier region
Traditional Kiwi lamb roast dinner with pavlova
Visit Tongariro National Park & Lake Taupo
Milford Sound experience
17 Breakfasts
17 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
Price From
AUD $3,059
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 39+
Group Size
1 to 48
Tour Style
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Tour departure dates
10 Apr 201828 Apr 201823AUD $3,419
22 Apr 201810 May 201824AUD $3,419
19 May 201806 Jun 201823AUD $3,419
31 May 201818 Jun 201822AUD $3,419
27 Jun 201815 Jul 201824AUD $3,419
09 Jul 201827 Jul 201824AUD $3,419
05 Aug 201823 Aug 201824AUD $3,419
17 Aug 201804 Sep 201824AUD $3,419
12 Sep 201830 Sep 201822AUD $3,419
16 Sep 201804 Oct 201824AUD $3,419
25 Sep 201813 Oct 201823AUD $3,419
16 Oct 201803 Nov 201824AUD $3,419
21 Oct 201808 Nov 201824AUD $3,419
24 Oct 201811 Nov 201824AUD $3,419
03 Nov 201821 Nov 201824AUD $3,419
01 Dec 201819 Dec 201824AUD $3,419
14 Dec 201801 Jan 201924AUD $3,419
09 Jan 201927 Jan 201924AUD $3,419
16 Jan 201903 Feb 201924AUD $3,419
22 Jan 201909 Feb 201924AUD $3,419
26 Jan 201913 Feb 201924AUD $3,419
17 Feb 201907 Mar 201924AUD $3,419
24 Feb 201914 Mar 201924AUD $3,419
02 Mar 201920 Mar 201924AUD $3,419
06 Mar 201924 Mar 201924AUD $3,419
28 Mar 201915 Apr 201924AUD $3,419
Day 1: Christchurch to Fox Glacier
Roll across the pastoral patchwork quilt that forms the Canterbury Plains and watch the shades of green melt into snow-topped peaks. Hang out in Hokitika for whitebait fritters and pounamu (Jade) shopping, then take your best photography shot of NZ's two tallest mountain peaks reflected in Lake Matheson for the #picoftheday. Excited? You should be. Included today: -Lake Matheson Walk Meals: -Dinner
Day 2: Fox Glacier to Queenstown
Today's your chance to walk on water. Well, frozen glacial water to be precise. Scale a mountain in minutes to get amongst ethereal ice caves and formations. With barely enough time to let your heart rate slow, we journey back through the mountains past Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea. Feel your pulse start to quicken as we roll into Queenstown. Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional activities: -Fox Glacier hikes -Helicopter scenic flights
Day 3: Queenstown
Here's some basic math: Queenstown has over 220 activities. You have two days. No rush. This lakeside city has adrenaline on tap and will match any adventure you had in mind and then throw a Fergburger (amazing Queenstown burger place) in there for good measure. Get your fix with a bungy jump, a narrow canyon swing, Shotover Jet, hiking, horse riding or the skyline gondola. If you're bored here, there's something wrong. Need some time out? Head to the Kiwi Birdlife Park, visit a local vineyard or kick back with a glass of local pinot. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Jet boating -Bungy jumping -Canyon swinging -Horse riding -Skydiving -Skiing in winter -Wine tours -Hang-gliding -Ziplining -Visit a Birdlife Park -Whitewater rafting
Day 4: Queenstown
Free day, take two. Jump off more stuff or chill out and let your pulse drop. Your call. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Jet boating -Bungy jumping -Canyon swinging -Horse riding -Skydiving -Skiing in winter -Wine tours -Hang-gliding -Ziplining -Visit a Birdlife Park -Whitewater rafting
Day 5: Queenstown (Milford Sound)
You might already be a little desensitised to the otherworldly beauty of NZ but when you see the fjords for the first time, it’s okay to enter a total Instagram meltdown! Carved by glaciers during the ice age, the Milford Sound comes complete with seals, dolphins and thundering waterfalls. Steeped in Maori myth, this is a history and geology lesson rolled into one, minus the homework. Included today: -Milford Sound Nature Cruise -Fiordland National Park walks Meals: -Breakfast
Day 6: Queenstown to Ohau
Back in the heyday of Arrowtown, everyone was here for the gold. Today jump on a bike and cruise along the Arrow River Rail Trail. Then chill out by the crystal clear river waters while you catch your breath. Cue relaxation and a chance to practice your stone-skimming skills in Lake Ohau. Included today: -Mountain Bike ride along Arrow River Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 7: Lake Ohau to Christchurch
Lap up Lake Pukaki under the shadow of Mt Cook. It's about as Kiwi as 'fush and chups' (fish and chips with a local accent). Then shift into sheep country, where these furry things outnumber humans 12:1. It makes sense that today includes the Church of the Good Shepherd, a monument to the faithful sheep dog. Then on to Christchurch, which has recovered from the 2011 earthquake and bounced back with new pop-up bars and a shopping precinct, with still more to come. Included today: -Mt Cook Village (weather dependent) -Scenic walks -Scenic flights Meals: -Breakfast
Day 8: Christchurch to Kiakoura
From NZ’s ‘Garden City’ and through the North Canterbury vineyards, we’ll head into Kaikoura. A place so famous for a certain type of crustacean, that they stuck it in the name (Kai = Food, Koura = Crayfish / Lobster). You’ll walk across the site of an ancient Maori Pa (fortified village), and get to taste what all the fuss is about with a crayfish tester. Included today: -Kaikoura Peninsula walk -Crayfish tastings Meals: -Breakfast
Day 9: Kaikoura to Nelson
Here’s a place where you won’t mind getting up a little earlier than usual. Heck, even the sunrise here is the thing dreams are made of. Today’s your day to head out to see and swim amongst hundreds of wild dolphins and see whales in their natural habitat. This afternoon, we dial up the cute as we check out Ohau Point and some of the sweetest sea creatures you’ll ever lay your eyes on (NZ fur seals). Then we hit the road for the top of the South, Nelson. Included today: -Ohau Point seal colony Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Dolphin swimming -Whale watching -Seal swimming -Scenic flights over whales
Day 17: Auckland to Bay of Islands
James Cook named our next stop the 'Bay of Islands'. Well, you know what to expect. Seeing all 144 islands might take a while, so grab the optional 'Rock the Boat' island tour for 24 solid hours cruising and snorkeling the archipelago. Instagram your first Pacific sunset then get your mind blown by the southern night sky. You could get used to this. **Pre-book your Rock the Boat trip to secure a spot as spaces fill up quickly. All meals, epic company and good times included. Please note that the twin / double / or single upgrade is not applicable to the Overnight Rock The Boat Upgrade. This was not included when upgrade rates were calculated. Optional activities: -Rock the Boat trip Meals: -Breakfast
Day 16: Rotorua to Auckland
Wave bye-bye to the wilds of Rotorua – it’s back to the modern world today as we travel onwards to Auckland. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 15: Marae to Rotorua
Mud, Middle Earth and massages are the order of the day in the bubbling, sulphur-soaked town of Rotorua. If you’re starting to resemble a muddy prune, flush out the mud by rafting over the waterfalls, head to the spa for a massage, or jump into the real-life landscapes of Tolkien’s dreams on the Hobbiton Shire escape (all optional). Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Hobbiton tour -Whitewater rafting -Te Puia Maori Thermal Grounds -Hells Gate Mud Baths -Canopy tours -Experience Ogo -Mountain biking -Day spas & massage
Day 14: Tongariro to Marae Stay
Lake Taupo was formed by an explosion that extended the Ice Age, so yeah, it's pretty big. It's also the perfect place to bungy jump off a ledge. Prepare for a night of Maori legends and mythology in a marae (sacred meeting house). You have one night here, so pay attention. After learning the tongue-thrusting Haka dance moves of the All Blacks and the finesse of the ladies’ Poi dance, you’ll polish off a traditional maori dinner and end the night feeling like a local. You lucky thing, you. Included today: -Visit Huka Falls -Visit Lake Taupo -Maori Marae cultural talks -Haka & Poi class Please note that the twin / double / or single upgrade is not applicable to the Overnight Maori Marae Stay in Rotorua. This was not included when upgrade rates were calculated. Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional activities: -Taupo bungy jump
Day 10: Nelson
Dense forest, snow capped mountains and acres of pinot noir grapes. Green, white and red… no wonder Nelson has been referred to as the Naples of the southern hemisphere. Skydive, kayak or take a hike through the mountains, forests and waters of Abel Tasman National Park (all optional). Or go treasure hunting in Nelson's galleries. Round out the day with a traditional Kiwi BBQ dinner catered by yours truly. Not bad, Nelson. Not bad. Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional activities: -Visit Abel Tasman National Park -Kayaking -Skydiving -Wine & brewery tours
Day 12: Wellington to Tongariro
After a morning spent in the Nation’s capital city we roll on to the World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park. It's also time to meet the dessert that's caused a long-standing feud between NZ and Australia since someone whipped an egg white: the pavlova. Included today: -Visit Te Papa Museum Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 11: Nelson to Wellington
Wake up and fall straight into the arms of the world's best Sauv Blanc for a private tasting in a family-owned vineyard. With postcard-perfect vistas and 35,000 hectares under vines, it's a slice of heaven. Next up: a ferry through Marlborough Sounds and across the Cook Strait to the capital of New Zealand (no, it's not Auckland!). With more bars,restaurants and cafes per capita than New York, you won't be bored. Included today: -Cook Strait ferry crossing -Marlborough wine tasting Meals: -Breakfast
Day 18: Bay of Islands
The Bay of Islands is big on numbers: 144 islands, 90 miles of beach in one stretch, and 100-metre high Te Paki sand dunes ready for some serious sand boarding action. Opt in to get a dose of Kiwi history at the Waitangi Treaty house or in Russell-NZ's first capital then grab a kayak and paddle under the Haruru Falls. We're having fish and chips for dinner so good thing you did all that exercise. Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner Optional activities: -Cape Reinga -Hole in the Rock -Dolphin sailing -Kayak Hururu Falls -Visit Waitangi Treaty House -Parasailing
Day 13: Tongariro National Park
With dual cultural and natural heritage status, and often described as the most epic hike in NZ, Tongariro NP is home to two active volcans that will hopefully keep a lid on things. The optional Tongariro Alpine Crossing will quickly top your list of favourites if you don't mind heights and the odd dormant lava chamber (and walks from 20 mins to 8 hours). Hike, raft or mountain bike then hit the spa and warm your feet by the fire in an alpine lodge overlooking Mt Doom. Included today: -Short walks Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Tongariro Crossing hikes -Winter skiing -Mountain biking
Day 19: Bay of Island to Auckland
NZ is so gorgeous it has waterfalls like Whangarei hidden just off the highway. We’ll make a pit stop to walk to the falls on our way back to Auckland. We wrap things up here but where will you go next?