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Kiwi Encounter - Topdeck
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17 days

Kiwi Encounter

From Auckland to Christchurch
Tour Operator:
Topdeck
Max group size:
48
Age range:
18 to 39
Operated in:
English
Tour id:
180329
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Itinerary

Start in Auckland and end in Christchurch! With the Discovery tour Kiwi Encounter, you have a 17 days tour package taking you through Auckland, New Zealand and 10 other destinations in New Zealand. Kiwi Encounter includes accommodation in a hostel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Auckland to Marae Stay via Waitomo
  2. Day 2: Rotorua
  3. Day 3: Rotorua to Tongariro National Park via Lake Taupo
  4. Day 4: Tongariro National Park
  5. Day 5: Tongariro National Park to Wellington
  6. Day 6: Wellington
  7. Day 7: Wellington to Nelson
  8. Day 8: Nelson
  9. Day 9: Nelson to Kaikoura
  10. Day 10: Kaikoura to Christchurch
  11. Day 11: Christchurch to Franz Josef Glacier region via Hokitika
  12. Day 12: Franz Josef Glacier region to Queenstown
  13. Day 13: Queenstown
  14. Day 14: Queenstown including Milford Sound
  15. Day 15: Queenstown
  16. Day 16: Queenstown to Lake Ohau via Arrowtown
  17. Day 17: Lake Ohau to Christchurch via Lake Tekapo
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  • Accommodation
  • Guide
  • Meals
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  • Transport
  • Flights
  • Insurance
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Where You'll Stay

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Customer Reviews

  • Overall Rating
    Excellent
    4.1
  • Itinerary
    Excellent
    5.0
  • Guide
    Excellent
    4.1
  • Transport
    Excellent
    4.6
  • Accommodation
    Good
    3.5
  • Food
    Good
    3.8
  • 4.6
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  • TM
    · March 4th, 2020
    Let me start by saying that NZ was the most beautiful country. This tour had given me the opportunity to travel the North and South island of NZ and for that I am so thankful to the mighty TopDeck company. The tour covered all the main attraction... Show more
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    Trip date: February 2020
  • T
    · November 15th, 2019
    Great adventure, alot of experiances to enjoy. Its a slower pace tour in the sense that there is alot of time on the road travelling from place to place. The nightlife scene was more around Pubs rather than clubs. The tour is mainly focused on... Show more
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    Trip date: July 2019
  • M
    · November 14th, 2019
    Do it, it was one of the best experiences of my life. Going on a trip by myself and making plenty of life long friends and memories. Plus the views were spectacular!
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    Trip date: July 2019
  • Kiwi Encounter reviewer 4
    · August 29th, 2019
    Had an absolute blast on this trip! New Zealand is such an incredible country and the trip was a great way to get a taster of both islands, I will definitely be returning to explore more. Our leader Jimmy and driver Em were both incredible at their jobs... Show more
    Trip date: July 2019
  • Kiwi Encounter reviewer 5
    · January 3rd, 2019
    It was a wonderful itinerary and trip overall. There were plenty of fun activities to keep us active and outdoors, which I loved! We really got to experience the best of New Zealand, and not just travel from spot to spot.
    Trip date: December 2018
  • MK
    · January 7th, 2018
    The trip itself was fine. The main issue was our guide who: - was unreachable in case of a problem - made sure that we have the worst deal (several times take us to the most expensive places) - skipped several included activities (seal colony in... Show more
    Trip date: December 2017
  • E
    · November 4th, 2017
    It was amazing!! Can't believe how good the guides and bus drivers were! Definitely recommend
    Trip date: October 2017
  • KT
    · October 23rd, 2017
    I did the Kiwi Encounter with Taimi Maidla as my guide. It was Amazing! The bus was brilliant and so comfy, and the accomodation was always really great. The places we went to were all fantastic, and everything we could've wanted was included or... Show more
    Trip date: July 2017
  • WW
    · January 27th, 2017
    After travelling NZ before I was looking forward to seeing the beautiful country again. This tour does not touch on much. The accomodation is horrible. Our tour guide had minimal local knowledge and couldn't even crack a smile on our first day meeting... Show more
    Topdeck commented on this review
    Hi Wonder Woman, Thank you for your feedback and sorry to hear that some aspects of your trip fell short of your expectations. Our feedback team would like to hear for you regarding your comments. It is their aim to resolve your concerns in a timely... Show more
    Trip date: January 2017
  • Kiwi Encounter reviewer 10
    · December 6th, 2016
    I did this back in late dec 2015 And topdeck never answered back to me later after finishing the tour n pointing out that though the itinerary said to inlude Bay of Islands They DO NOT go here at all but stay in Pihia.. Thus false advertising. No reply... Show more
    Trip date: December 2014

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17 days
Kiwi Encounter
From Auckland to Christchurch
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    • For any tour departing before September 29th, 2021 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after September 29th, 2021, a minimum payment of $200 is required to confirm your booking with Topdeck. The final payment will be automatically charged to your credit card on the designated due date. The final payment of the remaining balance is required at least 60 days prior to the departure date of your tour. TourRadar never charges you a booking fee and will charge you in the stated currency.
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