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Grand Traverse from Auckland - Top rated by National Geographic

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Starts
Auckland
Destinations
+17
Ends
Queenstown
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Highlights

  • Dig your own hot pool on a stunning beach
  • Camp out by beaches and by lakes
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Cycle sections of the NZL cycle trail
Age range
18 to 60 year olds
Accommodation
Hostel, Camping, Berth / Cabin
Max Group Size
26
Transportation
Coach / Bus, Ferry
Travel style
Adventure, Bicycle, Hiking & Trekking
Start in Auckland and end in Queenstown! With the adventure tour Grand Traverse from Auckland - Top rated by National Geographic, you have a 15 day tour package taking you from Auckland to Queenstown and through Auckland, New Zealand and 18 other destinations in New Zealand. Grand Traverse from Auckland - Top rated by National Geographic is a small group tour that includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • Grand Traverse from Auckland - Top rated by National Geographic reviewer 1
    Written on April 22, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    The weather made that many points from the program were not done/seen. That's the real pity. I would be advise to share 1 week before the trip the weather conditions so accordingly people could adjust if they go or not. Also to inform about the clothes to... Read more

    Flying Kiwi commented on this review
    HI Iwona, I am sorry to hear you didnt get great weather but thanks for the feedback and we will pass this through to our team. Its always changeable in nz but we work around this as best we can.
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  • KH
    Written on April 15, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    Fabulous adventure camping tour covering a broad range of nature, hiking , adventure experiences. The guides were so fun and accomodating, knowledgeable and well Organized. The group a fun mix of people from all over the world. At 60, I had no problems... Read more

    Flying Kiwi commented on this review
    So pleased you had a great tour Kara and thanks for your feedback
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  • TH
    Written on January 28, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    I had such a good time on my Grand Traverse tour with Robbi-John and Bente that I extended my trip with Flying Kiwi to stay on with the group! It was the best decision. If I were to do it all over again, I would book the Ultimate Explorer to get the full... Read more

    Flying Kiwi commented on this review
    thanks for the kind words Ting and we will pass your comment on to the guides :)
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  • Grand Traverse from Auckland - Top rated by National Geographic reviewer 4
    Written on December 4, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    I really enjoyed the experience of spending so much time outdoors. This was my first time really hiking, and thanks to the Tongariro and Routeburn tracks, I have a new found love! The Flying Kiwi team does an exceptional job at enhancing each individuals... Read more

    Flying Kiwi commented on this review
    Thanks so much for the kind words Cristina and so pleased you had a great trip. :)
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  • Grand Traverse from Auckland - Top rated by National Geographic reviewer 5
    Written on March 29, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    The camping equipment, food and knowledge of places was A1. Bus wasn't comfortable on the longer legs of travel. The guides wer great listeners and tailored advice to the interests of a wide range of travellers. Excellent value for money. To cater for a... Read more

    Flying Kiwi commented on this review
    thanks for the great comments re the equipment, food, guides and places and we are so pleased to see you had a great trip. :) Its very unusual and unfortunate that due to a technical issue we had to change buses for some of your trip. Our newer vehicles do cover the tour faster and we only use these backup vehicles to cover these exceptional circumstances and ensure the tour can continue to sun smoothly. Hopefully you will get to try us again one day.
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  • AS
    Written on July 1, 2016
    4.5 - Excellent

    It's a trip of a lifetime

    Flying Kiwi commented on this review
    thanks alice and so pleased to hear you had a great trip
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  • A
    Written on March 15, 2010

    I came back from the most amazing three month trip around USA, NZ, Aus, Thailand and Malaysia in March of last year. I am writing about all of the highlights and best things we did whilst we were travelling - one of which was definitely the Flying Kiwi... Read more

    Flying Kiwi commented on this review
    So pleased this was one of the highlights of your exciting trip.
  • A
    Written on March 9, 2010

    I decided to travel with flying kiwi as i wanted to travel witha group but something a little less party style. The trip was absolutely perfect....guides were great and met heaps of cool people from all corners of the globe. the highlight of the trip... Read more

    Flying Kiwi commented on this review
    Thanks - your description of the trips is also absolutely perfect! :)

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  1. Introduction
  1. DAY 1: AUCKLAND - COROMANDEL
    Start point Bus stop (opposite ferry terminal), 172 Quay Street, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand 10:00
  2. DAY 2: COROMANDEL - ROTORUA
  3. DAY 3: ROTORUA - TONGARIRO
  4. DAY 4: TONGARIRO - KAPITI COAST
  5. DAY 5: KAPITI COAST - WELLINGTON - PICTON
  6. DAY 6: PICTON - KAIKOURA
  7. DAY 7: KAIKOURA - CHRISTCHURCH - RANGITATA
  8. DAY 8: RANGITATA - LAKE PUKAKI
  9. DAY 9: LAKE PUKAKI - AORAKI NATIONAL PARK - 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
    End point Corner of Shotover and Camp Street, The Station, Queenstown, Otago Region 9300, New Zealand 14:30

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    • Can you please provide more information about how this Lord of the Rings tour operates?

      The Grand Traverse is great for 'Lord of the Rings' fans! The Hobbiton tour is enjoyed on day two of the tour in Rotorua and the 'Pure Glenorchy - Scenic Lord of the Rings Tour' is available either day on our 2 day stop in Queenstowa at the end of the trip.

    • What is the age range of the tour participants?

      Most Flying Kiwi Passengers are solo travelers and the age range is 20-70 on most tours, so there is always a fun mix of people aboard.

    • I would like to know more about the accommodation included on this tour.

      Shared tent accommodation for 2 people per tent are what's included in the Grand Traverse tour price. You can upgrade to have your own tent for the duration of the tour for an additional cost. Please contact us to arrange this.

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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 1,970 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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