New Zealand is one of the most beautiful places on Earth! It has everything: the ocean, mountains, fjords, vineyards, fabulous hobbit houses, volcanic valleys and thermal springs, luminous caves, unusual animals, modern cities and huge, beautiful beaches. And great roads, excellent service, good conditions for living and traveling! We offer all this to you in a very rich auto sightseeing tour, during which we will go around and walk around, see and photograph a lot of the most interesting things this land has!
This is our first tour in February 2020. If it does not suit you in time or for other reasons, you can watch the program of the second tour from February 15 to February 29, 2020.
Day 1. Auckland
Day of arrival in Auckland - the largest city in New Zealand. We are accommodated in a cozy hostel *, walking around the city.
* New Zealand has very good hostels, often they are better than European hotels. Often in the room shower and toilet. Their only drawback is rooms for 4-6-8 people (however, there are rooms for 2 people). However, we try to reserve places so that the whole room is occupied by the members of our group.
Day 2. Kawiti Glowworm and Cape Reinga
Early ascent, we get into the car and go to the very north of New Zealand - Cape Reinga. This is the place where, according to legend, the souls of Maori people (aboriginals of New Zealand) first enter the souls of people and from where they fly to paradise. And here you can see how the waves of the Tasman Sea collide with the waves of the Pacific Ocean. On the way, take a look at Kawiti Glowworm Caves - a 200-meter cave with stalactites and stalagmites. In the halls of the cave live glowing worms.
Then we will stop at the stunning sand dunes, where you can rent a board and try yourself in sandboarding, and for the night we will stop at the hostel in the resort town of Pahia with a chic beach and many restaurants with seafood.
Day 3. Muriwai Beach
Having passed early in the morning about 300 km. we will be on the famous Muriwai Beach - an endless black sand beach and a huge colony of booby - funny seabirds at the beginning of the beach. Here you can swim in the waters of the Tasman Sea, sunbathe, wander along the many-kilometer beach, capture dramatic scenes on the photo and video when huge waves break on the rocks at the beginning of the beach and watch boobies - they will sit literally at arm's length from you.
For the night we will return to Auckland, in a cozy hostel that we already know.
Day 4. Gardens, the hobbit village and crystal clear water sources
Early in the morning we leave Auckland and move to the city of Hamilton, where we will go for an hour to go for a walk in Hamilton Gardens - an artificially created system of gardens, an interesting and pleasant place. Then we find ourselves in the famous Hobbiton Movie Set - the Hobbit village, built for the filming of the movie "The Lord of the Rings", and after becoming one of the most visited attractions in the world. And although visiting the village is not a cheap pleasure.
After the hobbits, we'll stop at Blue Springs - a source with crystal clear water that rises from the depths to the surface for 100 years and seems blue due to its cleanliness and transparency. And spend the night in the guest-house of the city of Rotorua.
Day 5. Thermal springs and forests Rotorua
Rotorua is an interesting place. A large number of thermal springs and other places of volcanic activity are concentrated in and around this town, the study of which we will deal with all this day.
First, we will stop at a Maori village on the outskirts of the city, where the life of the indigenous people of this country is recreated, and this is literally all on the volcano — between the houses and around the village with a large number of geysers, mud craters, hot springs and lakes — all boils, soars, champs and smells of hydrogen sulfide. If you have never been to such places before, it will make a strong impression on you, if you have, then there is still something to see!
Then we will stop at the nearby forest of huge trees - Redwoods Rotorua, where you can walk along the suspension bridges among the giant trees at a height of 20 meters above the ground (for a fee) or simply walk along one of the many trails in this beautiful fairy-tale forest (for free).
Next we will drive about 20 kilometers and swim in the thermal river with hot water. Nothing special, just enjoy it :) And do not forget to take swimsuits for a trip - they will definitely be useful to you here!
A few more kilometers and we will look at the mud volcanic lake (Mud pools), and after it we will come to Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Womderland - a huge volcanic valley with a large number of active craters and lakes with unreal bright and saturated water of various colors. Entrance here is 45 New Zealand dollars, but they are worth the impressions and frames that you get there.
For the night we will stop in the beautiful camping town of Taupo on the shore of the lake of the same name. There is a swimming pool with thermal water and a bar on the territory of the campsite, and if you do not have enough bathing and impressions of the day, you can very pleasantly supplement them by swimming in warm water and drinking wine at the bar without leaving the pool.
Day 6. Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Getting up around 5 in the morning. We go to Tongariro National Park, where we will make a track along the route Tongariro Alpine Crossing - this is one of the most beautiful and famous trekking routes in the world. The length of the hiking route is 19 km., The views around are just fantastic!
We will stop for the night in a beautiful hostel of the national park, on the territory of which the trekking route Tongariro Alpine Crossing passes.
Day 7. Wellington
After a rest and a good sleep after heavy tracking loads, we will go to the city of Wellington - the capital of New Zealand and the second most populous city in the country. Having traveled about 350 kilometers in the morning, we will spend the second half of the day exploring the sights of this beautiful city. Those interested can visit the studio Weta, which was filmed the movie "The Lord of the Rings" and many other well-known films. Overnight in a hotel with an early bedtime, since we will have to get up at 2 o'clock in the morning ... However, at what time we go to bed, everyone decides for himself, because there is always an opportunity to sleep in the car during the next movements :)
Day 8. South Island and Abel Tasman Park
At 2 o'clock in the morning we go up and we are loading up to the ferry going to the South Island. The ferry is 3.5 hours and it has everything you need for a good rest and even sleep - a lounge with seats, like on a plane, cafes and shops. We arrive at the South Island at 7 o'clock in the morning and immediately set off on the road - by 10 o'clock in the morning we will be at Abel Tasman Park - a beautiful place on the ocean, where we will stay in a beautiful campsite, and all day we will walk along the beach, watch birds, swim, sunbathe (weather permitting, of course). Those who wish can go on a sea excursion or rent kayaks.
Day 9. Whale Tour and Christchurch
An early rise, a quick breakfast (because of the intensive program for long-term training and relaxation, there is simply no time) and in the morning we will arrive in the town of Kaikoura, where we will go on a sea excursion to look at the big whales. By the way, this is one of the few places in the world where as much as 80% of the ticket price is returned if you cannot see the whales. However, we must be prepared for the fact that the tour may be canceled due to strong winds and huge waves, which happened to us in 2019. In this case, the company returns 100% payment.
By evening, we arrive in a fairly large city of Christchurch (about 350 thousand inhabitants). It was founded in 1848 as an Anglican colony on the South Island of NZ. In 2011, a strong earthquake with serious destruction and casualties among residents occurred in the city. A huge amount was allocated for the restoration of the city by the New Zealand government, but the city has still not recovered from the consequences of the disaster. Today it is a rather strange city - with a strange architecture, energy ... but it is worth inspecting it anyway, which we will do for the rest of the time left to sleep, which will be provided to us by a good, modern hotel.
Day 10. Moeraki Boulders and Cape Bluff in the very south of New Zealand
Having traveled about 300 kilometers in the morning, we find ourselves in the town of Moeraki Boulders, where we will look at large round formations on the beach 3 minutes from the road, and then we will move on and by evening we will reach the lighthouse Bluff in the very south of New Zealand. This, by the way, is geographically the farthest inhabited place from Europe, even Patagonia is closer. Near the cape you can go to a cozy restaurant, where they serve the freshest oysters, and the owner personally goes out to meet new guests. For the night we will stop in the town of Invercargil, 30 km. from the cape.
Day 11. Fjordland National Park
Again in the morning a long drive (about 350 km.) to the Fiordland National Park. However, the road here is very picturesque, so it will not be boring. But we will go for a long time - more than once and not two want to stop, to capture all this beauty in the photo and video.
Upon arrival, we immediately ship to the ship and cruise along the Milford Sound fjord - an event as mandatory for New Zealand as a visit to Hobbiton village. It is, by the way, not expensive - from 40 to 70 New Zealand dollars (depending on the season, vessel occupancy and discounts).
We spend the night in tents in the fairy forest near the fjord. The trees here are all overgrown with green moss and that is why they look like a decoration for a movie fairy tale, and the cutest rabbits run between them.
Day 12. Aoraki/Mount Cook
In the morning we will go on a long journey by car to the Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park. On the way, we are waiting for a lot of breathtaking views and we will have to constantly stop to capture them in photos and videos, especially beautiful Lake Pukaki with turquoise water, along which we will go more than an hour.
The pearl of the park is Mount Cook - the highest mountain of New Zealand, and around it are lakes with unreal blue water, snow-white peaks, waterfalls, mountain rivers and suspension bridges over them.
Arriving at the campsite of the national park we will make a small, simple trekking to the mountain to admire it close up, as well as to the stunning landscapes around. Overnight in tents at the campsite.
Day 13. Queenstown
In the morning we set off in the opposite direction, in the direction of Queenstown, but not a few surprising things will await us on the way. For example, the town of Wanaka on the lake of the same name, in the waters of which a lone tree grows - the famous landmark of the area.
By lunchtime we will be in Queenstown and we will have a few hours left to visit this lovely, small and very pleasant city. In the evening, if the group wishes, we can arrange a farewell dinner at the Stratospher restaurant high above the city. This is not a cheap treat (NZ $ 95 per person, including lifting on the cable car and a buffet), but the views and the delicious food served will not leave you feeling wasted money, believe me! This will be a great end of the tour!
Day 14. Departure home
All good things come to an end. We say goodbye to New Zealand and go home from Queenstown International Airport.
Your guide Evgeny Androsov:
USD 1700 per person
If you take both tours - the first and the second, you will see ALL of New Zealand, and also get a discount on both tours - 20%. That is, for USD 2720 you will spend a whole month in New Zealand!
February 15 - 29, 2020
Availability - 6
Tour Category: Auto / excursion
Difficulty: 2 *
For clarity, you can see photos from previous trips to New Zealand in the photo gallery, photo stream or Instagram
What is included in the price
- accommodation in tourist class hotels, hostels, campgrounds (tents) and guest houses all the days of the route,
- all transfers and movements on the route by a comfortable minibus, including all expenses for its operation,
- ferry from North to South Island,
- camping meals during the tracks and overnight stays in tents,
- general hiking gear (tents, kettles, burners, gas),
- the work of the guide 24 houres a day,
- group and individual photographs of each participant, taken during the whole trip to professional photo equipment and provided in electronic form
What is NOT included in the price
- flights to New Zealand,
- food in cafes and restaurants,
- excursions and entrance fees to the Hobbiton Movie Set, on a fjord cruise, to whales, to museums, caves, kayak, bicycle rental, s
- personal equipment of the participants (sleeping bags, mats, tracking sticks, etc.),
- consular fees and other visa costs,
- souvenirs and other personal expenses of participants,
- other expenses not listed in the “included cost” section
What is the difficulty of the trip? Can I handle these loads?
Tracks and mountain climbing, which we will perform during the route, are not difficult even for unprepared people. For the most part, these are short exits (for 1-3 hours) along specially equipped roads and paths with all the necessary infrastructure (toilets, rest areas, fixed rails). From the most difficult track - Tongariro Alpine Crossing, participants who do not feel in themselves the strength to overcome this walking route can refuse, having waited for the group in places where the car will remain and just take a walk through the picturesque surroundings. New Zealand is a very civilized country, so even this expectation will not be boring and will not present any problems either for the group or for individual participants.
Clothing and equipment recommendations
Since we cross New Zealand from the south to the north, we will need both clothes designed for heat and beach rest, as well as clothes protecting from low temperatures, wind and rain.
In addition, you will need hiking clothes / shoes for tracks in the mountains - a membrane jacket, boots, trekking poles, a hat, gloves, thermal underwear - Tongariro has very strong winds. It is also desirable to have a raincoat (in case of heavy rain) and a waterproof cover for a backpack. It is necessary to have sunscreen and sunglasses.
Since several nights during the tour are supposed to be in tents, you need to have a sleeping bag and a rug (it is possible to rent for the duration of the tour by prior arrangement).
How to participate
- If you are interested in this tour, leave a request through the form below or call the indicated numbers, me, Evgeny Androsov or my assistants will tell you in detail about the route and answer all your questions. You can also use the following messengers for communication - Whatsapp, Viber or find me on the social networks Facebook, Instagram and write a personal message there, if that’s more familiar and more convenient.
- To reserve a place, it is necessary to make an advance payment in the amount of 30% of the cost of the hike / tour if before it starts more than 45 days and 50% of the cost if before the start less than 45 days. Prepayment is refundable 60 days or more before the start of the tour and non-refundable, unfortunately, less than 60 days before the start of the tour, if the refund is related to your refusal to participate (for any reason). If the tour does not take place due to our fault or due to force majeure circumstances (natural disasters, military actions, cancellation of air traffic, etc.), the prepayment will be guaranteed to be refunded in full.
Price USD 1.700 per person
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