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Kayak and walk the glorious coastline of Abel Tasman National Park
18 days priced at 3689, flight and hotel inclusive
Tailor-made Journey
A view of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown and snow capped mountains from above

18 days from £3689pp

Highlights

Some of the highlights included are:

  • Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, one of New Zealand’s best walks
  • See the frozen crevasses of Franz Josef Glacier up close
  • Kayak and walk the glorious coastline of Abel Tasman National Park
  • Keep an eye out for dolphins on a cruise of Doubtful Sound

Holiday Type

Fly-drive
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Active
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Wildlife & Nature
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Off the Beaten Track
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What's included
  • International flights
  • 11 nights in 4–4.5* hotels
  • 12 days' car hire
  • Premium Tongariro Guided Walk
  • Glacier Valley Walk
  • Dart River Wilderness Jet
  • Wilsons Abel Tasman 3 day guided Kayak & Walk
  • Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise
  • Wellington to Picton ferry
  • Airport transfers
Need to know
  • Arrives: Auckland Airport (AKL)
  • Time difference: GMT+13
  • Visa requirements: British passport holders do not require a visa
  • Language: English and Maori
  • Currency: New Zealand dollar (NZD)
  • Flying time from UK: around 27 hours
  • Plug type: 3-prong flat blade plug
  • Voltage: 240 volts/50 cycles
Your route
 

Itinerary

Days 1-2
Fly from UK to
Day 3
Auckland

Stroll around the chilled waterfront, people-watch in buzzing Queen Street, filled with cool cafés and funky bars, browse the boutique shops of K’Road and stroll around the rose gardens and museums of Parnell.

4.5* Skycity Hotel

Rangitoto island, New Zealand
Days 4-5

While you’re here, set off on New Zealand’s best one day walk, the 19km Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Take in the fabulous scenery, including coloured craters, scoured volcanic rocks, mountain springs, and brightly coloured emerald lakes.

4* Chateau Tongariro Hotel

Premium Tongariro Guided Walk

Tongariro, sunset at Mt Nguaruho
Day 6
Wellington

Here you can soak up the vibrant culture and sample the fresh local food in one of the many restaurants. It’s a pretty place, with a lovely harbour and some attractive Victorian buildings dotted about the hillsides. While you’re in town, don’t miss Te Papa, the National Museum, which tells fascinating stories about New Zealand’s history and Maori culture.

4.5* Distinction Wellington

Day 7
Nelson

It’s definitely got a creative vibe, with studios and galleries abound. Take a look around the Miyazu Japanese Garden for a spot of peace and quiet or head to WOW The World of Wearable Art to learn more about New Zealand’s fashion scene.

4.5* Grand Mercure Nelson

Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
Days 8-9
Abel Tasman National Park

Follow the walking tracks to explore the varied coastline and investigate the birds and marine life of this beautiful park.

Wilsons Abel Tasman 3 day guided Kayak & Walk

An aerial view of Abel Tasman National Park
Day 10
Nelson

Take the time to see any sights you missed the first time around – perhaps head to the Suter Art Gallery to admire the 19th century artworks, or make the short walk up to the Centre of New Zealand for a pretty view of the city. In the evening, it’s a good idea to test out one or two of the myriad dining options – why not try the deliciously fresh Nelson Bay scallops for dinner overlooking the bay?

4.5* Grand Mercure Nelson

Nelson, New Zealand
Days 11-12
Franz Josef

Franz Josef is one of the most visited glaciers in New Zealand, and for good reason. This stunning frozen formation is 7.5 miles long, descends to less than 300 metres above sea level and is surrounded by lush rainforest, making for an incredible sight. Here you’ll participate in a scenic Glacier Valley Walk, walking along the river to the dramatic face of the ice.

4* Scenic Hotel Franz Josef

Glacier Valley Walk

Hikers in Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
Day 13
Queenstown

The town has a stunning setting on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by majestic mountains which are best appreciated from the Skyline Gondola.

4.5* Peppers Beacon

Queenstown from above
Day 14
Doubtful Sound

You’ll travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu for your cruise on board the Fiordland Navigator. You’ll traverse the fiord, past coves and waterfalls, while keeping an eye out for bottlenose dolphins and fur seals, plus the occasional crested or little blue penguin. Once you’ve moored for the night, you can explore by kayak or, if you’re feeling brave, a refreshing dip in the cool waters before dinner. Return to Queenstown the following day.

Onboard ship

Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

Doubtful Sound
Days 15-16
Queenstown

First, you’ll drive the very scenic route to Glenorchy and then you’ll be treated to 90 minutes of high speed wilderness jet boating along the Dart River into the Te Waipounamu World Heritage Area, where you’ll learn about the local flora and fauna with your guide. After all that excitement, return to Queenstown and relax by the lake with a cool glass of New Zealand sauvignon.

4.5* Peppers Beacon

Dart River Wilderness Jet

Days 17-18
Depart Queenstown and return to the UK

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3689 for mid-season travel up to 11 months in advance
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