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20 Day Ultimate New Zealand Explorer | Auckland to Christchurch

Auckland, New Zealand

Get to know New Zealand from Auckland to Queenstown to Christchurch & everything in between on this epic 20-day adventure!

Duration20 Days 19 Nights
Max Group Size
Max Group Size12
Minimum Age
Minimum Age18+
MealsPartially included
Start & End Location
Start & End LocationStart: Auckland End: Christchurch

20 Day Ultimate New Zealand Explorer | Auckland to Christchurch Highlights

  • Get up to 10% cash back per person when you book with us

  • A 20-day trip around both the North & South islands of New Zealand

  • Experience the famous Cathedral Cove & dig a mini-Jacuzzi at Hot Water Beach

  • Visit the fantastic Blue Springs & the stunning Okere Falls

  • Relax in River Valley's Spa & Sauna & enjoy a beach day at Hahei Beach
  • See a living Maori & geothermal village – learn about the daily way of life

  • Enjoy a native rainforest guided cultural walking tour

  • Learn a haka and learn to weave flax with a local iwi (tribe)

  • Sail on a private charter around Lake Taupo & visit the breath-taking Huka Falls

  • Wander through the National Army Museum, then enjoy an epic night out in Wellington

  • Visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd, nestled by the shores of Lake Tekapo

  • Join an indoor astrology Dark Sky Project experience combining science & Māori astronomy

  • Visit Aoraki/Mt Cook & learn about NZ's history at the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre

  • Visit the charming, historic gold rush village of Arrowtown

  • Cruise along the stunning Milford Sound

  • Enjoy free time to explore Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world

  • Visit the vivid turquoise waters of Hokitika Gorge

  • Carve your own pounamu (greenstone/jade) pendant in Franz Josef

  • Explore Castle Hill rocks – named the 'Spiritual centre of the universe' by the Dalai Lama

  • All accommodation: Hostel (18 Nights), Shared Cultural Experience (1 Night)

  • Meals: 19 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

  • Transport: Comfortable mini-bus, Internal flights from Wellington to Christchurch included. See FAQ for more.

What to Expect

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where am I sleeping?

The Operator uses a variety of accommodations, from entire beach houses, ski lodges, and cabins, to private hostel dorms/twin rooms. To create a ‘community vibe’, rooms are shared but exclusive to your group. This means you will be sharing your room but only with people on the tour. The tours are typically dorm share with the occasional twin share.

Absolutely! The Operator recommends people join these tours by themselves to embrace the whole experience of meeting new friends, trying new things, and pushing themselves out of their comfort zone. They also love couples joining the tours and a group of friends too. They welcome everyone and anyone!

The Operator asks that you bring a medium-sized bag for the 4-day tours and one large-sized bag for the 10+ day tours. The medium/large bag is for your clothes and general belongings, and they recommend taking one small day bag to keep with you on the bus. New Zealand weather can be unpredictable, so make sure you bring swimwear and a towel, as well as warm clothes and a rain jacket. All bedding is provided, but you can bring your favourite pillow if you like. And don’t forget your camera and chargers – you don’t want to miss out on all the photo opportunities.

The Operator will still run a tour for sure. Unfortunately, they can’t control the weather, but they can plan around it. They have backup plans always in case of bad weather, with replacement activities planned. 

The Operator can cater to most dietary requirements; please just let them know when you book! They are also confident the menus at lunch stops are diverse enough to satisfy whatever you may crave.

Yes, the itinerary can change due to weather, road closures, or anything else that is out of the Operator's control. But they have procedures and plans in place for when this does happen. So don’t worry; they've got you sorted.

The tour includes internal flights:

  • One-way economy flight from Wellington to Christchurch

Flights into Auckland and out of Christchurch are not included. 

  • Meals not listed

  • Optional activities

  • Additional purchases

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Tour Operator

Backyard Roadies
373 Karangahape Road, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand