Kiwi Encounter (ex. Christchurch) 2018-19 (Kiakoura)

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Start in Christchurch and end in Auckland! With the discovery tour Kiwi Encounter (ex. Christchurch) 2018-19 (Kiakoura), you have a 16 day tour package taking you from Christchurch to Auckland and through Christchurch, New Zealand and 22 other destinations in New Zealand. Kiwi Encounter (ex. Christchurch) 2018-19 (Kiakoura) includes accommodation in a hotel and hostel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
18 to 39 year olds
Hostel, Hotel, Berth / Cabin, Lodge, Temple, Motel
Coach / Bus, Ship
Travel style
Discovery, Coach / Bus

8 Reviews

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  • MK
    Written on January 7, 2018
    3.0 - Average

    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... Read more

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  • E
    Written on November 4, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    It was amazing!! Can't believe how good the guides and bus drivers were! Definitely recommend

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  • KT
    Written on October 23, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    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 available... Read more

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  • Kiwi Encounter (ex. Christchurch) 2018-19 (Kiakoura) reviewer 4
    Written on October 21, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    I had a great time in NZ and would defiently go back. Amazing scenery, a variety of activities to do and pretty good accomodation (you get a variety but it is usually if a very high quality). Taimi was a great trip leader (very knowledgeable, friendly and... Read more

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  • WW
    Written on January 27, 2017
    2.0 - Rather poor

    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... Read 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 fashion. You are able to reach out to them at We look forward to hearing from you. Many Thanks, Team Topdeck
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  • Kiwi Encounter (ex. Christchurch) 2018-19 (Kiakoura) reviewer 6
    Written on December 6, 2016
    3.0 - Average

    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 back... Read more

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  • Kiwi Encounter (ex. Christchurch) 2018-19 (Kiakoura) reviewer 7
    Written on October 5, 2013
    4.5 - Excellent

    It was a really amazing experience, I am really thankful for a good job Scotty and Craig did. Apart some small things like no wifi on the bus and crazy priced one at accommodations everything was really good. Really felt in love with Queenstown, Wellington... Read more

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  • Kiwi Encounter (ex. Christchurch) 2018-19 (Kiakoura) reviewer 8
    Written on October 13, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    Highly recommend this tour, had an amazing time, great group, and worth your money The only thing is do not expect top notch accommodations, many are very poor in standards But other than that great guide and driver and cant wait to go back :)

    Topdeck commented on this review
    Thank you for your feedback, we are glad that you had a great time! We are always looking at ways to improve the standard of our trips and your comment regarding accommodation caught our eye. As our trips are catered for the 18-39 age bracket we tend not to offer chain hotels on the outskirts of the city, we choose accommodation that is suited to the local surroundings, whether it's in the base village of a glacier, or a lodge sitting on the edge of a lake. We always look for and maintain that you will find clean, comfortable accommodation averaging 3-3.5 star. If you would like to tell us about a specific property that was not to your standards, please email us at Thanks again & best regards, Team Topdeck
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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Christchurch to Fox Glacier
  2. Day 2: Fox Glacier to Queenstown
  3. Day 3: Queenstown
  4. Day 4: Queenstown
  5. Day 5: Queenstown (Milford Sound)
  6. Day 6: Queenstown to Ohau
  7. Day 7: Lake Ohau to Christchurch
  8. Day 8: Christchurch to Kiakoura
  9. Day 9: Kaikoura to Nelson
  10. Day 10: Nelson
  11. Day 11: Nelson to Wellington
  12. Day 12: Wellington to Tongariro
  13. Day 13: Tongariro National Park
  14. Day 14: Tongariro to Marae Stay
  15. Day 15: Marae to Rotorua
  16. Day 16: Rotorua to Auckland

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  • Transport

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Covering a total distance of approx 2,158 km.
  • Christchurch (New Zealand)
  • 163 km
  • Hokitika (New Zealand)
  • 114 km
  • Lake Matheson (New Zealand)
  • 5 km
  • Fox Glacier (New Zealand)
  • 137 km
  • Lake Wanaka (New Zealand)
  • 17 km
  • Lake Hawea (New Zealand)
  • 81 km
  • Queenstown (New Zealand)
  • 51 km
  • Mirror Lakes (New Zealand)
  • 25 km
  • Hollyford Valley (New Zealand)
  • 21 km
  • Milford Sound (New Zealand)
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