Roam Epic New Zealand
*This experience runs on selected dates- (Prices may vary according to departure dates)
*Rooms are en-suite and twin where possible. If you are a solo traveler, you will always be sharing a room with someone of the same sex.
19 days, Auckland to Christchurch
Visiting 1 country: New Zealand
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.
Day 1: Auckland to Bay of Islands
Steal away from ‘the maiden with a thousand lovers’ (aka Auckland) and become a tree-hugging hippie as you wrap your arms around NZ’s botanical elder, the Kauri tree. 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.
Day 2: 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.
Day 3: 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 waterfalls on our way back to Auckland. Then, it’s bye-bye to the wilds for now and back to the modern world as we hit the city. Take some time to wander Auckland’s heart at your leisure.
Day 4: Auckland to Marae Stay
First up, a visit to Waitomo Caves, then it’s on to our Marae stay. Maori legends and mythology have been passed down for thousands of years. Tonight, you have one night in a sacred Maori meeting house, 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.
Day 5: 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, or jump into the real-life landscapes of Tolkien’s dreams on the Hobbiton Shire escape (all optional).
Day 6: Rotorua to Tongariro National Park
Geothermal activity gets turned up to 11 with bubbling mud pools, and if that’s not enough, you can bungy jump off a ledge as we pass by the largest lake in New Zealand. Lake Taupo was formed by an explosion that extended the Ice Age, so yeah, it’s pretty big. It’s also time to meet the dessert that’s caused a battle between NZ and Australia since someone whipped an egg white: the pavlova.
Day 7: 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 volcanoes 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.
Day 8: Tongariro to Wellington
From hiking over lava to readjusting to city life, today we hit the nation’s capital, Wellington (no, it’s not Auckland!). After you conquer the six floors of the Te Papa museum, you’ll probably be ready for a big city nightlife hit. With more bars and restaurants per capita than New York and a well-earned spot as the sporting capital of NZ, you can’t go wrong with a craft beer and maybe some local rugby action.
Day 9: Wellington to Nelson
Ferry across the Cook Strait through Marlborough Sounds and into the arms of the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc for a private tasting in a family-owned vineyard. Work out how many bottles you can fit in your suitcase without breaking your back. With postcard-perfect vistas and 35,000 hectares under vines, it’s a slice of heaven.
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. Throw clay or wield a paintbrush in the creative artist hub. Skydive or kayak, whichever takes your fancy (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.
Day 11: Nelson to Kaikoura
Today we head back through the Rai Valley and Marlborough Wine Region to the coast to spy New Zealand fur seals at Ohau Point before reaching our destination at Kaikoura. This afternoon we can tackle the elements on the very scenic Kaikoura Peninsula Walk. Seafood fans can settle in for a crayfish bonanza.
Day 12: Kaikoura to Christchurch
Make some marine mates and brace yourself for the optional triple threat of dolphin swimming, seal swimming or whale watching. 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.
Day 13: Christchurch to Fox Glacier
Roll across the pastoral patchwork quilt that forms the Canterbury Plains and watch 50 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.
Day 14: 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.
Day 15: 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, or hiking. If you’re bored here, there’s something wrong.
Day 16: Queenstown
It’s time for the main event! We’re headed to the unbelievable beauty of NZ’s southwestern fjords for a cruise through Milford Sound. This place comes complete with thundering waterfalls and towering cliffs that’ll blow your mind. Keep your eyes peeled for resident seals and dolphins too (cute).
Day 17: Queenstown (Milford Sound)
By now you might be a little desensitized 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.
Day 18: Te Anau to Lake Ohau
Kia Ora! Welcome to New Zealand. Our base for the week is a stone’s throw away from all the action of central Queenstown, with Lake Wakatipu and the dramatic Southern Alps to keep you company. We’ll get your lift passes and transport cards sorted before a walking tour. Tonight: get to know your snow buddies over dinner at Winnie’s – a super-iconic restaurant.
Day 19: 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. Afterward, it’s back to into the city of Churches as our trip winds to a close.
2 Weeks +
IN DEPTH: CULTURAL & HISTORICAL, INTO THE WILD: ACTIVE/NATURE
- Wine tasting in Marlborough
- Kapa Haka performance
- Overnight in a traditional Maori Marae
- Arrow River bike trails
- Stay in Fox Glacier region
- Traditional Kiwi lamb roast dinner with pavlova
- Visit Tongariro National Park & Lake Taupo
- Crayfish tastings
- Visit Kaikoura Peninsula & see the marine life
- Milford Sound experience
You will use a variety of multi-share accommodation, which may include hotels, hostels, motels, cabins, an overnight boat and even a traditional Maori marae! The number of people in a room varies depending on the type of accommodation. To keep costs down accommodation is based on a four-share, same sex basis.
If you are travelling with a friend and require twin or double accommodation, this is available at a small extra charge and can be requested at the time of booking.
Breakfasts are included each day (except on the first morning). A typical breakfast consists of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, a range of spreads, and fruit juice, tea or coffee. It is rare to get a hot breakfast, though on some occasions it may be available.
Included evening meals will be combination of those prepared by the Road Crew, local restaurants and places in which we stay.
If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise us when you book. But please be aware that although we will do everything in our power to arrange it, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we use will be able to cater to all dietary needs. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.
- 18 breakfasts, 7 dinners
- 15 nights in hotels, motels & lodges, 1 night in a hostel, 1 night in a traditional Maori Marae & 1 night in a cabin
- Cook Strait ferry crossing
- Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
Modern air-conditioned vehicle with free Wi-Fi
Meet at 8.30am in Auckland
Approximately 7pm in Christchurch
Please note that this experience has a maximum age limit of 40
On all trips we have arranged extra activities that we think will enhance your travel experience, but you have a choice as to whether or not you will participate. These are not included in the cost of your trip. They are usually organised on a group participation basis and should be taken into consideration when budgeting your spending money.
None of the Optional Activities on your trip are operated by us, nor do they form part of your contract with us for your trip. Should you participate in any Optional Activities your contract will be with the local supplier and their conditions will apply.
Please note: while we make every effort to keep these prices as accurate and up-to-date as possible, they are subject to change and in rare circumstances the actual price may vary slightly to what is published here.
New Zealand – Bay of Islands
Rock The Boat Overnight Cruise € 126
Kayak Night Safari € 40
Parasailing € 67
Hole in the Rock Cruise € 62
Tandem Skydive (16000ft) € 228
Mountain Biking € 46
New Zealand – Rotorua
White Water Rafting € 46
Zorbing from € 20
Canopy Tour € 86
Hobbiton Tour € 65
Mud Bath & Spa from € 43
New Zealand – Taupo
Bungy € 97
Extreme Swing € 84
Tandem Skydive (15000ft) € 83
New Zealand – Tongariro National Park
Guided Tongariro Alpine Crossing € 106
New Zealand – Nelson/Abel Tasman
Kayak, Seals & Cruise Tour € 80
Discoverer Day Trip € 45
Tandem Skydive (16500ft) € 228
City, Wine & Brewery Tours from € 228
New Zealand – Kaikoura
Dolphin Swim € 100
Dolphin Spectator € 55
Whale Watching € 86
Seal Swim € 63
Seal Spectator € 32
Whale Watching Scenic Flight € 103
New Zealand – Fox Glacier
Flying Fox eli Heli Hike € 226
Scenic Flight from € 120
Fox Trail Terminal Face Hike € 37
New Zealand – Queenstown
Shotover Jet € 83
Shotover Canyon Swing € 124
Shotover Canyon Fox € 94
Kawarau Bridge Bungy € 111
Nevis Bungy € 157
Nevis Swing € 111
Moa 4-Line Zipline € 80
Kea 6-Line Zipline € 108
The River Wild Horse Riding from € 94
The Ride of the Rings from € 106
The Trilogy Loop from € 117
Tandem Skydive (12000ft) € 194
White Water Rafting € 131
Heli Rafting € 194
Wilderness Jet Safari € 137
Funyaks € 194
Canyoning Half Day € 114 (Seasonal Oct-Apr)
Canyoning Full Day € 171 (Seasonal Oct-Apr)
One of the best parts of travelling is experiencing the nightlife and entertainment each city has to offer. However, amidst the fun and excitement, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and personal safety as well. Before you hit the road with us, it’s important to be aware of the following:
When you’re on a night out, remember to avoid walking alone, particularly through deserted areas like beaches and back streets. Always stick together, take a taxi where possible, and keep a note of your accommodation details so you can find your way back to your fellow Travellers if you become separated.
In some countries, alcoholic measures can be considerably larger than what you may be used to. Try to keep track of what you’re drinking, and if you see one of your trip mates looking a little worse for wear, take them back to your accommodation. Be cautious when accepting drinks from strangers and never leave your drink unattended.
It’s also important to be aware that what you might consider harmless flirting may be interpreted differently in some countries. Be yourself and have fun, but don’t be naïve, and be mindful of the signals you are sending out so that you don’t find yourself in an uncomfortable situation.