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Ultimate New Zealand - Ultimate Travel
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Nichole "The trip was everything I expected and more! From exploring Auckland city, to the natural hidden treasures of Coromandel & New Chums Beach. The trip is excellent. It’s perfext if you are looking at working within New Zealand also, as they organise a chat with the Job Search team within the hostel that we stayed in. I personally was not looking at working, I was just having a holiday, but the infor..."
Excellent
13 reviews
Starts
Auckland
+3 Destinations
New Zealand North Island
Ends
Auckland
Map

Highlights

  • Explore the city of Auckland
  • Visit the beautiful Kauri Forest
  • Relax at Hot Water Beach
  • Reach the summit of Mt. Rangitoto
Age range
18 to 31 year olds
Accommodation
Hostel
Max Group Size
25
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Physical Rating
Easy
Travel style
Discovery
Start and end in Auckland! With the discovery tour Ultimate New Zealand, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Auckland, New Zealand and 3 other destinations in New Zealand. Ultimate New Zealand is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hostel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

13 Reviews

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Good
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  • MP
    Written on July 20, 2018
    1.5 - Rather poor

    I would not recommend this tour at all. paid over$800(AUD) for this and what a rip off. There were four of us in the group - all female and the tour guide was male/ ​ who might I add only had been in New zealand fo 10 weeks.( & that tour was going to be his last) ​ ​ Save your money and do it yourself!​ A tour of auckland is a hour walk around the city.​ ​ we also where only there for a holiday not the working part, which was fine we were happy to do our own thing while the other girls got set up for jobs etc, we ​ also got told we would get a ferry paid for to cater for that part, we got this on the second last day when we asked for it on the first so we could go out on the days the other girls ​ were setting everything up, so lucky we had 1 day before we flew home to use that ticket and adventure on our own.​ ​ We also where told we would see a kauri forest, never happened.​ ​ One night in coromandal where we had to pay and cook our own meal, the tour guide said if one person pays and we all put in money we can cook something together, ​ so we did, he is the only one who hasn't paid his part in the meal and when told the last day of the tour he completely dodged the question and we never saw him again.​ ​ 'Home cooked bbq' - for one we had to cook the meal and secondly yes ultimate paid for this but​ it only covered $8.00 per person!! so 5 x $8.00 = $40.00 do you know what that got us? bread, butter, sausages, thin frozen meat patties and sauce.​ no salad, no sides.​ ​ I would just like to say although we didn't get what we paid for, surely you should train your employees to​ be able to entertain and engage the group rather then doing their own thing and get s****y that we didn't want​ to drink every night. ​ Such a shame, seeing reviews prior to starting the tour looked like we'd have loads of fun but I now never to book a tour through this company and book things for myself.​ ​ ​ The only part that was enjoyable was with the coromandal tour company and I will give a great review for that company. FYI this coromandal company​ has no association with ultimate travel, go figure!
    Ultimate Travel commented on this review
    Hi Moneek, I’m so sorry to hear about your experience on Ultimate NZ. It’s disappointing to hear as we want our travellers to have the time of their life on all of our tours. We really appreciate your feedback and would like the chance to make it right! My colleague Sophie has emailed you to address the issues you’ve mentioned. Thanks, The Ultimate Crew
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  • SE
    Written on July 20, 2018
    2.0 - Rather poor

    Going to New Zealand I expected a tour guide from New Zealand who knew more about history etc. Also when we bought dinner to cook at Tui Lodge whilst at the coromandel, the guide said one person can pay for it then everyone pay them back. So I paid, and everyone paid me back BUT the tour guide. It would've been good to have more things included on the itinerary in Auckland, rather then just a city tour consisting of the tour guide's favourite spots. The tour definitely didn't seem worth $800, after all I could've done all the things included myself for half that amount.
    Ultimate Travel commented on this review
    Thanks for your feedback Samantha and sorry to hear your experience with us didn't match your expectations. We usually get great feedback about our tour and our guides so it's disappointing for us to hear. We've taken your feedback on board and emailed you to address the issues you've mentioned. Thanks - Ultimate Crew
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  • M
    Written on July 17, 2018
    3.0 - Average

    As the tour was advertised with a major focus on WHV I thought it would be great to meet people in the same boat as me but it was a mixture of both WHV and non-WHV which wasn't clear on booking and wasn't my expectations. Also I think there was too much free time in the city instead of planned activities or getting out to see more of NZ and the planned activities weren't very exciting. Don't get me wrong the group and tour leader were lovely and I did enjoy going to the Coromandel but on a whole if I had known all this at the start I wouldn't have booked. Following the tour my dealings with Ultimate were pretty poor too and I am still having to contact them months on to sort a few things. Although the other tours have a great review based on my experience I wouldn't book with Ultimate again.
    Ultimate Travel commented on this review
    Thank you for your feedback. We're really sorry to hear your experience with us in New Zealand wasn't what you expected. We've taken your feedback on board and would like the chance to make it right! We've emailed you to address the issues you've mentioned. Thanks - Ultimate Crew
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  • Y
    Written on May 17, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    Tour guide was super awesome! Loved the company and the places we visited. Loved the scenic views!
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  • B
    Written on May 15, 2018
    3.5 - Good

    Good tour guide but too expansive in total.
    Ultimate Travel commented on this review
    Great to hear you enjoyed the tour Ben and loved your tour guide! We believe in offering our travellers the very best experiences at a great value price including heaps of activities, the best tour guides and quality accommodation throughout. We hope you loved your experience in New Zealand - feel free to email us with any feedback you have on how you think the tour could be improved. We hope to see you on another Ultimate tour soon!
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  • EG
    Written on March 19, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    A very welcoming and friendly tour guide and group! Couldn't have had a better experience!
    Ultimate Travel commented on this review
    Thank you Emily - we're really glad you had a great time in New Zealand, and hope you enjoy the rest of your travels! You know where to find us if you ever want another Ultimate Adventure :)
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  • JB
    Written on February 24, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    I really liked the NZ tour of Ultimate with our amazing tourguide Kaitlyn. Definately recommended!
    Ultimate Travel commented on this review
    Thank you for your review Jakob! We're really glad you enjoyed your time in NZ - you know where to find us if you're ever looking for another Ultimate adventure!
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  • ME
    Written on February 24, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    I absolutely loved the time with ultimate! The trips were awesome and accommodation was good as well. I also liked that we got so much help to start well into the adventure! And Kaity as a tourguide was perfect !
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  • ET
    Written on February 23, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    Had the best time on the NZ tour!! Kaitlyn was the best tour leader! She was fun and bubbly and really helped me plan the rest of my trip. Had some much fun exploring the city and Coromandel. I made some amazing friends on the trip. It was the best way to start my trip in New Zealand
    Ultimate Travel commented on this review
    Hey Ellie - great news that you enjoyed your time on Ultimate NZ, and that you're looking forward to the rest of your NZ adventures! Kaitly is great right? Have a great time on the rest of your gap year - let us know if you ever need any more help planning another adventure :)
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  • Ultimate New Zealand reviewer 10
    Written on October 16, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    The trip was everything I expected and more! From exploring Auckland city, to the natural hidden treasures of Coromandel & New Chums Beach. The trip is excellent. It’s perfext if you are looking at working within New Zealand also, as they organise a chat with the Job Search team within the hostel that we stayed in. I personally was not looking at working, I was just having a holiday, but the information that I heard was great. The tour guide Faye was amazing and so much fun, which just made the experience 10/10
    Ultimate Travel commented on this review
    Thanks Nichole! So excited you loved New Zealand!
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  1. Day 1: Welcome to Auckland
  2. Day 2-3: Let's Explore & Setup Essentials
  3. Day 4: Road Trip to Coromandel!
  4. Day 5: Hot Water Beach, Cathedral Cove & Kauri Forest
  5. Day 6: Hidden Beaches & Party Night
  6. Day 7: Volcano Summit & Farewell
  7. Day 8: After the Tour

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  • Meals

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  • Transport

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
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Questions & Answers

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

    • When and where does the tour end?

      This tour concludes on the morning of the last day at Base Auckland. The crew are on hand to help you plan your next footsteps, whether you are planning on exploring other parts of New Zealand, looking for work or sticking around in Auckland for a while longer, they will make sure you get to where you need to be. Please be aware that the endpoint is subject to change until your final documents are released.

    • When and where does the tour start?

      This tour starts in Auckland and as the first day is just an arrivals day you can arrive at Base Auckland any time. A complimentary arrival transfer will be provided for you from the airport in Auckland, so you'll have a smooth arrival to New Zealand. Your Ultimate New Zealand adventure officially starts at 6 pm for a meet and greet, and then you will head out for an included welcome dinner and drinks. Please be aware that the hotel is subject to change until your final documents are released.

    • What are the optional excursions?

      The tour operator has advised that this tour does not offer any optional excursions. That being said, the tour already includes a bunch of great experiences!

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    Guides who have led this tour

    • Faye Turpin
      "I'm lucky enough to call Vietnam my home! I love to travel, meet new people and showing you what this..."

    What are people saying about TourRadar?

    • Elvio18th May 2018
      When our chosen tour date was full other dates were suggested. The staff was patient in guiding us with regards to our many questions related to dietary needs and other information related to the trip. The staff was friendly and respectful on every phone call.

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    Location
    Start and end in Auckland.
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    Deposit
    TourRadar only requires a deposit of 20% to confirm this Ultimate Travel booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 19 October 2018 the full payment of $631 is necessary.
    Cancellation policy
    No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $631 for Ultimate New Zealand, but the deposit of 20% is non-refundable. If you cancel via TourRadar the standard cancellation policy applies.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 212 km.
    • Auckland (New Zealand)
    • 76 km
    • Thames (New Zealand)
    • 40 km
    • Hahei (New Zealand)
    • 29 km
    • Coromandel (New Zealand)
    • 66 km
    • Auckland (New Zealand)

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