Stay active on vacation with this itinerary that highlights off-the-beaten track destinations and activities that get your heart pumping. Starting on the North Island, you will visit New Plymouth to hike the dormant volcano Mount Taranaki before fishing in the lake district of Taupo. Finish the trip in Queenstown by playing a round of golf and kayaking down the Dart River.
Hike the Pouakai Crossing.
Go fly fishing for trout around Taupo.
Jet boat and kayak down the Dart River.
Play a round of golf at Jack's Point.
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- Taranaki and New Plymouth
- Lake Taupo
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With international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Day 1 International outbound flight
International outbound flight
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Auckland.
Day 2 International outbound flight
International outbound flight
On-board your international outbound flight to Auckland.
Day 3 Taranaki and New Plymouth
Day 4 Taranaki and New Plymouth
Day 5 Lake Taupo
This morning you will be collected from your New Plymouth accommodation and transported to the airport to collect your vehicle. From New Plymouth drive along the Forgotten World Highway to Taupo, where you will check into your next accommodation which sits on the shores of Lake Taupo. This evening spend the evening exploring Taupo and the surrounding region.
Day 6 Lake Taupo
Day 7 Lake Taupo
Day 8 Queenstown
This morning drive to the Taupo Airport and drop your vehicle at the car depot before catching your onward flight. Fly from Taupo to Queenstown via Auckland. Upon arrival in Queenstown, you will be met by a representative who will transport you to your accommodation. Stay four nights in the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.
Day 9 Queenstown
Early this morning you will be collected for your full day tour to Milford Sound. Spend the morning on the coach driving through the beautiful mountain and lake region of New Zealand to Milford Sound. Once you arrive at Milford Sound, you will board a boat to cruise down the fiord and to see Mitre Peak, waterfalls and hopefully marine wildlife like penguins and dolphins. Following your cruise, you will disembark and board a light aircraft to fly back to Queenstown. We recommend having your camera out to take pictures of the snowy mountain tops and large lakes.
Day 10 Queenstown
Day 11 Queenstown
During today's small group tour you will explore the Dart River, which is along the northern end of Lake Wakatipu and acts as the entrance to Mt. Aspiring National Park. After being brought to Glenorchy, you will board one of the jet boats to travel up the river. As you move, be sure to enjoy the scenery surrounding you that served as the filming locations for a number of scenes from Lord of the Rings. After the excitement of the jet boat, you will get into your inflatable kayaks to cruise down the river at a more leisurely pace. Following your lunch break, you will then get to take the funyaks up a part of the river (that is otherwise inaccessible) to a stunning waterfall.
Day 12 International return flight
Queenstown , International return flight
Day 13 International return flight
International return flight
Arrive home today to complete your journey.
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