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Adele "I had an awesome time on this trip! From day 1 it was brilliant! Our tour leader (Lana) and driver (lance) were absolutely fantastic, they really made the trip fun and the planning / organisation and travel were super smooth! I met some really awesome people on the tour who I will be sure to keep in touch with, and I've already met up with some of them since whilst travelling in Aus! We saw lots o..."
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13 reviews
Starts
Auckland
Destinations
+19
Ends
Christchurch
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Highlights

  • Kayak and snorkel the Bay of Islands
  • Discover the beauty of Christchurch
  • Master the Haka dance moves
  • Explore Tongariro National Park
Age range
18 to 39 year olds
Accommodation
Hostel, Hotel, Berth / Cabin, Lodge, Temple, Motel
Transportation
Coach / Bus, Ship
Start in Auckland and end in Christchurch! With the in-depth cultural tour Grand Kiwi (ex. Auckland), you have a 18 day tour package taking you from Auckland to Christchurch and through Auckland, New Zealand and 17 other destinations in New Zealand. Grand Kiwi (ex. Auckland) includes accommodation in a hotel and hostel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • B
    Written on January 15, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    Amazing time in New Zealand with this tour. I have used Topdeck in the past and this one did not disappoint! Awesome tour guide -she was very organized, fun personality, and took the time to know everyone! Also, we had some great drivers as well-quite personable and great company. Did the 17 day tour from Auckland to Christchurch-highly recommend that. Was able to experience many activities, cultural experiences, and explore different towns/cities. Would have liked more time in certain areas but as expected in a tour there is lots to see and do in a short amount of time. Others travelers joined and left throughout the trip which was unexpected, makes saying goodbye hard and new introductions repetitive. Food was alright, had better lunches/dinners out in restaurants then the included dinners. Budget in lunches/dinners not included (it all adds up!) and optional activities as there was tons to do and go for it (especially in Queenstown). Overall, highly recommend!
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  • NS
    Written on January 4, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    This trip exceeded my expectations! I was lucky with good weather, an exceptional guide and amazing people on the tour. While there were certain places I personally would have liked to stay longer, on a grand tour, you can only get a taste of everything- which you certainly do. New Zealand is an incredible country and I recommend starting in the North island and then moving down to the South. There were some really long bus days- but the spectacular views and locations were worth it. Budget more thank you think for the optional activities- because once you're over there, you'll be inspired to do as much as possible. The food on the tour varied in quality and quantity (some places were generous, others clearly under catered) and while there is an attempt to cater for dietary requirements, it's not always easy. Perhaps let people know that when they join a tour, others join at different times- so while I did the full 17 days, some only did 5 or 7 or 10. This can impact on dynamics and I felt for the people joining a group that had been travelling together for over 2 weeks. Having said that, our tour guide was brilliant at involving everyone. I couldn't recommend this trip more. If you like adventure, are willing to embrace a range of activities, scenery and meet new people- do the full 17 days!
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  • MF
    Written on August 13, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    A great, well organized trip with an awesome tour leader and bus driver. I had the best time with the other people on the trip and the scenery/ activities were amazing. I loved this tour and highly recommend!
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  • Grand Kiwi (ex. Auckland) reviewer 4
    Written on February 28, 2016
    4.0 - Good

    I've travelled with Topdeck in Europe and the UK, both amazing trips, but I think New Zealand took the cake. Our driver, Mike, was really nice and took us to cool places to eat on our free nights while our leader, Dan, was very knowledgable about the country and helpful on deciding activities to do. The places we went were great, though wish we had had a few more days in some places. Weather a bit annoying in the South Island but they did their best to make up for the things we missed. Would definitely recommend for solo travellers - we far outnumbered the couples.
    Topdeck commented on this review
    Hi Jessica, Great to hear and see the amazing time you had on your Topdeck Grand Kiwi trip. We welcome you back anytime ~ Topdeck.
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  • Grand Kiwi (ex. Auckland) reviewer 5
    Written on June 1, 2015
    5.0 - Excellent

    I had an absolutely fantastic time on this tour. Lana is a brilliant guide - friendly, super helpful, well informed, funny and totally on top of our itinerary. We were lucky enough to have Lance on tour with us as well training a new driver, and he was amazing as well. The schedule is pretty full with lots of early mornings but this meant we were able to fit in lots of activities. Even on days with lots of driving we stopped off regularly at beauty spots or places of interest. The accommodation was all nice, I expected more hostel type rooms with shared bathrooms etc but often we had ensuites. Overall I couldn't recommend this tour more, you will have the time of your life if you book! I was able to see many of the most beautiful places in New Zealand, did tonnes of fun activities (skydiving, kayaking, white water rafting) and made friends for life with the other people on the tour.
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  • Grand Kiwi (ex. Auckland) reviewer 6
    Written on July 9, 2014
    4.0 - Good

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  • Grand Kiwi (ex. Auckland) reviewer 7
    Written on March 7, 2014
    5.0 - Excellent

    A great trip : beautiful country, nice people, fun with other tourists, a guide avaible, nice and always smiling, a driver funny and talented... The best holidays of my life.
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  • Grand Kiwi (ex. Auckland) reviewer 8
    Written on March 7, 2014
    5.0 - Excellent

    I had the most amazing time on this trip. So many beautiful places. Lana the Tour Guide made it so much fun and cant thank her enough for everything she did. She was always friendly, helpful, kind and most of all hilarious in every way.
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  • Grand Kiwi (ex. Auckland) reviewer 9
    Written on March 7, 2014
    5.0 - Excellent

    It was an amazing tour and my tour guide was informative and fun!
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  • AF
    Written on March 7, 2014
    5.0 - Excellent

    I had an awesome time on this trip! From day 1 it was brilliant! Our tour leader (Lana) and driver (lance) were absolutely fantastic, they really made the trip fun and the planning / organisation and travel were super smooth! I met some really awesome people on the tour who I will be sure to keep in touch with, and I've already met up with some of them since whilst travelling in Aus! We saw lots of NZ, Lana and lance made sure we maximised our time and made changes along the way if weather was a factor! If ur going on this trip I'll definitely return to NZ in the future, I loved it! And I'll definitely do a top deck tour elsewhere!!
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  • Introduction
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  • Day 1: Auckland to Bay of Islands
  • Day 2: Bay of Islands
  • Day 3: Auckland to Rotorua
  • Day 4: Rotorua
  • Day 5: Rotorua to Tongariro National Park
  • Day 6: Tongariro National Park
  • Day 7: Tongariro National Park to Wellington
  • Day 8: Wellington to Nelson
  • Day 9: Nelson
  • Day 10: Nelson to Kaikoura
  • Day 11: Kaikoura to Christchurch
  • Day 12: Christchurch to Fox Glacier
  • Day 13: Fox Glacier to Queenstown
  • Day 14: Queenstown
  • Day 15: Queenstown
  • Day 16: Queenstown to Fiordland
  • Day 17: Fiordland to Lake Ohau
  • Day 18: Lake Ohau to Christchurch

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    • November 1, 2016

      Does this tour includes the glow worm caves at waitoma?

      Unfortunately there wont be enough time on the itinerary for the Waitoma caves, but there may be an opportunity to see glow worms elsewhere on the tour, but it is not guaranteed.

      If you were to arrive in Auckland a couple of days before the tour starts, you could visit Waitoma independently before the tour begins.

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    Location
    Auckland is the starting point and Christchurch is the endpoint.
    Max group size
    36 is the maximum group size for Grand Kiwi (ex. Auckland).
    Hold my space
    TourRadar can request Topdeck to hold spaces for you for up to 48 hours without any credit card details.
    Deposit
    TourRadar only requires a deposit of $200 to confirm this Topdeck booking. The remaining balance is then payable 47 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 3 December 2017 the full payment of $2,290 is necessary.
    Cancellation policy
    No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 47 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $2290 for Grand Kiwi (ex. Auckland), but the deposit of $200 is non-refundable.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 2,570 km.
    • Auckland (New Zealand)
    • 190 km
    • Bay of Islands (New Zealand)
    • 190 km
    • Auckland (New Zealand)
    • 194 km
    • Rotorua (New Zealand)
    • 63 km
    • Taupo (New Zealand)
    • 72 km
    • Tongariro National Park (New Zealand)
    • 242 km
    • Wellington (New Zealand)
    • 125 km
    • Nelson (New Zealand)
    • 46 km
    • Abel Tasman NP (New Zealand)
    • 46 km
    • Nelson (New Zealand)
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