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Ultimate Explorer from Auckland (28 days) - Top rated by National Geographic

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Ultimate Explorer from Auckland (28 days) - Top rated by National Geographic - Flying Kiwi
Ultimate Explorer from Auckland (28 days) - Top rated by National Geographic - Flying Kiwi
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Starts
Auckland
Destinations
+32
Ends
Auckland
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Highlights

  • Travel through stunning alpine scenery to Milford Sound
  • Visit the famous Fox Glacier
  • Kayak the river in Paparoa National Park
  • Explore Abel Tasman National Park
Age range
18 to 65 year olds
Accommodation
Hostel, Camping
Max Group Size
26
Travel style
Discovery, Adventure, Bicycle, Christmas & New Year
Operator
Flying Kiwi
Start and end in Auckland! With the discovery tour Ultimate Explorer from Auckland (28 days) - Top rated by National Geographic, you have a 28 day tour package taking you through Auckland, New Zealand and 29 other destinations in New Zealand. Ultimate Explorer from Auckland (28 days) - Top rated by National Geographic is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a campsites as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
  1. DAY 1: AUCKLAND - HOT WATER BEACH
    Start point Bus stop (opposite ferry terminal), 172 Quay Street, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand 10:00
  2. DAY 2: HOT WATER BEACH - ROTORUA
  3. DAY 3: ROTORUA - TURANGI
  4. DAY 4: TURANGI - PAEKAKARIKI
  5. DAY 5: PAEKAKARIKI - WELLINGTON - PICTON
  6. DAY 6: PICTON - KAIKOURA
  7. DAY 7: KAIKOURA - CHRISTCHURCH - RANGITATA
  8. DAY 8: RANGITATA - LAKE TEKAPO
  9. DAY 9: LAKE TEKAPO - MT COOK - MOERAKI
  10. DAY 10: MOERAKI - DUNEDIN
  11. DAY 11: DUNEDIN - FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK
  12. DAY 12: FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK - MILFORD SOUND - TE ANAU
  13. DAY 13: TE ANAU - QUEENSTOWN
  14. DAY 14: QUEENSTOWN
  15. DAY 15: QUEENSTOWN - LAKE WANAKA
  16. DAY 16: LAKE WANAKA - GLACIER COUNTRY
  17. DAY 17: GLACIER COUNTRY - OKARITO
  18. DAY 18: OKARITO - PUNAKAIKI
  19. DAY 19: PUNAKAIKI - ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK
  20. DAY 20: ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK
  21. DAY 21: ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK
  22. DAY 22: ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK - WELLINGTON
  23. DAY 23: WELLINGTON - NEW PLYMOUTH
  24. DAY 24: NEW PLYMOUTH - AUCKLAND
  25. DAY 25: AUCKLAND - BAY OF ISLANDS
  26. DAY 26: BAY OF ISLANDS
  27. DAY 27: BAY OF ISLANDS - OREWA
  28. DAY 28: OREWA - AUCKLAND
    End point Bus Stop (opposite ferry terminal, 172 Quay Street, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand 09:30

Travel guide

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What's included

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  • Accommodation

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Guide

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Meals

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Transport

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Additional Services

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  • M
    Written on March 26, 2019
    5.0 - Excellent

    Truly awesome. I had wanted to visit New Zealand for years and taking this tour was everything I imagined it would be. Our tour guides we're fantastic, friendly, and hard working. The food felt like home cooked, healthy, hearty meals. The hikes and bikes on... Read more

    Flying Kiwi commented on this review
    Thank you for the review Myles - you've really summed up what we're all about! ????
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  • DS
    Written on February 24, 2019
    5.0 - Excellent

    Absolutely amazing 4 weeks on the Ultimate Explorer Tour. I was instantly made to feel part of the team on arrival and never felt that anything was too much to ask of the Flying Kiwi team on board, Craig and Anna. No matter what your reasons for touring... Read more

    Flying Kiwi commented on this review
    Fantastic, thanks Deirdre so pleased you enjoyed your trip! Our guides do an amazing job, I'll be sure to pass your comments onto Craig and Anna ????
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  • Ultimate Explorer from Auckland (28 days) - Top rated by National Geographic reviewer 3
    Written on January 16, 2019
    4.5 - Excellent

    I have always dreamed about hiking and kayaking in New Zealand since I was a teenager but haven't made it there until now. I'm almost 70 so I thought I should not wait much longer and signed up for the 28-day Ultimate Explorer tour. I was a little bit... Read more

    Flying Kiwi commented on this review
    Thank you for sharing Katalin, and thank you also for choosing Flying Kiwi for your trip of a lifetime! We are thrilled we exceeded your expectations and I'll pass your comments onto the team. Happy travels and all the best, Brenda
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  • SF
    Written on February 15, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    This tour was absolutely amazing!! Highly recommend, the tour guides were amazing!

    Flying Kiwi commented on this review
    thanks so much sally and so pleased you had a great trip - love the pic :)
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  • A
    Written on March 9, 2010

    had a superb time on my trip with flying kiwi...fantastic guides, amazing memories and absolutely loved the heli hike on a glacier....a definite must and worth the exta money over the normal hike. the mix of people on the trip was great with a most people... Read more

    Flying Kiwi commented on this review
    Thanks and appreciate the great comments.

Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

    • Please can you tell me more about the type of accommodation on this trip?

      This is a camping based tour and accommodation is made in tents on a shared basis (2 people of the same gender per tent).

      There are options to upgrade to a single tent or cabins (in most locations) for an additional cost. The cost ranges from $10-$45 per night for a cabin with shared facilities to $25-$120 per night for an ensuite upgrade. These are subject to availability at the time of booking.

      However, please note that if you would be travelling during the school holidays and general peak season, there is a good chance, that upgrades will not be available at all campsites anymore.

    • Do we stay in camps during the tour? Is there a way to upgrade the accommodation?

      There are 4 nights where we stay in wilderness camps with no cabin upgrade options, so you are required to camp over there those nights.

    • Is there an upgrade available for the accommodations?

      To pre-book a cabin upgrades there is a one off Pre-booking Service Fee. You can upgrade to a basic double room with shared bathroom which will cost you per night, or upgrade to an en-suite room (where possible as not all camps have en-suite rooms) will also cost you per night.

      Once your Flying Kiwi tour is confirmed, we then contact each accommodation provider to check their availability and confirm costs. Please note all upgrades are subject to availability.

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    Location
    Start and end in Auckland.
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    For any tour departing before 21 October 2019 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after 21 October 2019, a minimum payment of 20% is required to confirm your booking with Flying Kiwi. 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 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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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 3,586 km.
    • Auckland (New Zealand)
    • 66 km
    • Coromandel (New Zealand)
    • 167 km
    • Rotorua (New Zealand)
    • 63 km
    • Taupo (New Zealand)
    • 40 km
    • Turangi (New Zealand)
    • 32 km
    • Tongariro National Park (New Zealand)
    • 242 km
    • Wellington (New Zealand)
    • 65 km
    • Picton (New Zealand)
    • 126 km
    • Kaikoura (New Zealand)
    • 151 km
    • Christchurch (New Zealand)
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