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Tui 20 Day ADVENTURE Tour - AKLCH

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Adventure Tours + Includes shared dorm-style (4-8 share) accommodation and adventure plus!  

  • Adventure tours are more in line with Stray's traditional backpacker product and are jammed packed with activities, and slightly longer than our Select Tours.
     
  • The plus icon represents MORE. More activities, more people in your room (ha), more adventure (included activities), and more travel days! 
     
  • Tours include comfortable dorm-style accommodation and daily breakfasts so travellers can budget more easily, and they don't have to worry about peak periods and full accommodations! 
     
  • Tours also include some activities we think they should NOT miss, but we've left plenty of time for optionals so they can curate their own adventure too!

Itinerary

Day 1 : Day 1: Arrival Auckland
Kia Ora (hello) and welcome to Aotearoa (New Zealand) the land of the long white cloud. Make your way to your hostel and then go and explore the city, we recommend starting at the waterfront which is a downhill walk from your accommodation. Meet your Guide at 6pm for an introduction to your tour and a welcome drink before heading out for a group dinner together. Accommodation: Central city hostel Free activities: Walk the waterfront Included activities: Welcome drink
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 : Day 2: Auckland Island Experience
Auckland has one of the best harbours in the world and it’s known locally as the “City of Sails”. Today you’ll get to experience Auckland from the water as we head out to Rangitoto Island for the day. This dormant volcano which is 1 of 44 in the region sits just out from the city in the Waitemata harbour, the views are simply stunning from the city scape and out to the gulf and surrounding islands. It’s the perfect way to get you in the groove with this amazing country and clear your head to get you ready for the amazing experience over the next 23 days of non-stop adventure! Accommodation: Central city hostel Meal inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch Included activity: Water taxi to Rangitoto Island, hike a volcano
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 : Day 3: Auckland to Hahei
Today’s the day we say ‘haere rā’ (goodbye) to Auckland and ‘kia ora!’ (hello) to the trip of a lifetime! First stop, Hahei Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula. This gorgeous little place will capture your heart (and have you calculating how much it would cost to move to NZ’s coast eternally). When the tides are right, we’ll drive over to the nearby Hot Water Beach and dig ourselves an all-natural hot pool in the sand. Who said backpackers can’t do luxury? Accommodation: Cabin accommodation by the beach Meal inclusions: Breakfast Meal options: We’ll stop at a supermarket to stock up on supplies en-route - Self-cater or join the optional group BBQ dinner Free activities: Dig a hot pool at Hot Water Beach
Meals :Breakfast

Day 4 : Day 4: Hahei to Rotorua
Rise and shine for an early start this morning as you walk to Cathedral Cove to watch the sunrise. Then it’s straight back into the bus for our journey to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Before we get to Rotorua, we’ll stop for an incredibly scenic walk through the Karangahake Gorge and then we’ll head to the home of the Hobbit and enjoy a tour of the real movie set, which was created right here in Middle Earth! When we arrive in Rotorua, head for a walk through the Whakarewarewa Redwood Forest and then explore the township. There are so many activities available in Rotorua - ask your guide for options! Accommodation: Central Rotorua hostel Meal inclusions: Breakfast Included activity: Hobbiton Free activities: Whakarewarewa Redwood Forest walk
Meals :Breakfast

Day 5 : Day 5: Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua
This morning we’ll head to Kuirau Park where we’ll see some geothermal activity, boiling mud pools and steaming lakes! After hanging out in a major tourist destination like Rotorua, you’ll probably feel ready to experience a more authentic slice of New Zealand culture. Today we venture off the beaten track to the shores of Lake Aniwhenua. Kohutapu Lodge is owned by a local Maori family who are passionate about their Maori tribal heritage and their local community. You'll see sacred Maori rock carvings, play traditional stick games and watch the preparation of a ground cooked 'hangi', before tasting it for yourself! Prepare your tastebuds - this will probably be the best meal you eat in New Zealand, or maybe even in your lifetime! Exclusive experience includes: 1 night’s accommodation at the serene lakeside Kohutapu Lodge Full traditional hangi buffet dinner & dessert Continental breakfast Guided tour to sacred Maori rock carvings Introduction to the Murupara area, its people, history and challenges Accommodation: Scenic lakefront cabins Included activity: Learn the Haka, Maori flax weaving Meal inclusions: Breakfast, traditional hangi dinner and dessert included Free activities: Maori rock carvings, volleyball, Maori cultural games
Meals :Breakfast

Day 6 : Day 6: Lake Aniwhenua to Taupo
Rise and shine! Enjoy your buffet breakfast and get ready for a day of jam-packed adventure. Keep your togs (swimwear) handy, because our first stop is Kerosene Creek – a naturally hot river and the perfect place for a morning soak. Then it’s on to Taupo to see Australasia’s largest lake and the mighty Huka Falls, grab lunch and take a walk to explore or simply relax at your accommodation. Accommodation: Centrally located hostel by the lake Optional paid activities: Skydiving or bungy in Taupo Meal inclusions: Breakfast Meal options: We’ll stop at a supermarket to stock up on supplies - Self-cater or join the optional group dinner Free activities: Huka Falls, Spa Park walk Taupo
Meals :Breakfast

Day 7 : Day 7: Taupo to Tongariro National Park
This morning we’ll head to the iconic Tongariro National Park for an adventurous couple of days. On arrival at the park, we’ll receive a safety briefing for our canoe tour along the Whanganui River, part of one of New Zealand’s Great Walks. Whanganui National Park is covered in lush native forest with the Whanganui River flowing through the heart of it, and this is where you’ll be canoeing today. The river is rich with Maori and European history, the largest reminder of which is the famous ‘Bridge to Nowhere’. Paddling downstream you’ll see waterfalls, spectacular sheer gorges and farmland - views for days! Accommodation: Alpine chalets Included activity: Guided canoe tour along the Whanganui River Meal inclusions: Breakfast, lunch
Meals :Breakfast

Day 8 : Day 8: Tongariro National Park
Limber up! Today you get the chance to tick off one of the most popular hikes in New Zealand, the epic Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Considered one of the world’s top one-day walks, this 19 km hike takes you across a rocky plateau with dramatic volcanic peaks, craters and turquoise lakes that you (and your Instagram feed) will remember for a lifetime. The Crossing is open to walk year-round (alpine gear and guide are required in winter), but it is subject to the weather conditions. If the weather prevents you from doing the Crossing, there are other awesome short walks in the area. Tonight, unwind after a big day in your chalet. Accommodation: Alpine chalets Included activities: Tongariro Alpine Crossing transfers Meal inclusions: Breakfast Meal options: Pack a lunch & plenty of snacks and water. Free activities: Taranaki Falls walk, visit the Volcanic Centre, Tawhai Falls (Gollum’s pool)
Meals :Breakfast

Day 9 : Day 9: Tongariro National Park to Wellington
Onwards to Wellington, the ‘coolest little capital in the world’! Wellington packs a lot of character into its downtown district, with great restaurants and bars along Cuba Street and Courtenay Place. Fill your afternoon by browsing through the exhibits at Te Papa National Museum, grab a craft beer at a brewery, climb to the top of Mt Victoria for panoramic views or take a stroll along the waterfront and Oriental Parade. Oh and, most importantly for the coffee lovers, you’ll be glad to know that Wellington’s coffee culture and cafe scene is considered one of the best in NZ. Accommodation: Central city hostel Meal inclusions: Breakfast Meal options: Local restaurants or self-cater in the hostel kitchen Free activities: Walk Oriental Parade, head up Mt Victoria for fantastic views, visit Te Papa National Museum, Gumboot (welly) throwing
Meals :Breakfast

Day 10 : Day 10: Wellington to Marahau (Abel Tasman)
Today we’ll catch an early Ferry across the Cook Strait and through the magnificent Marlborough Sounds to the South Island. If the weather’s good, head out to the viewing deck to witness some incredible scenes and spot some wildlife. From there we’ll set off through the picturesque Marlborough region to Marahau, our accommodation is situated right on the edge of the spectacular Abel Tasman National Park - perfect for exploring arguably the best National Park in NZ. Accommodation: Waterfront accommodation Optional paid activities: Wine tasting (usually $5-10) Meal inclusions: Breakfast Meal options: We’ll stop at a supermarket to stock up on supplies - Self-cater or join the optional group dinner Free activities: Stargazing Included activity: Ferry Crossing to the South Island
Meals :Breakfast

Day 11 : Day 11: Marahau (Abel Tasman)
Count yourself lucky because you have a full day to explore New Zealand’s most popular national park today. From our accommodation we’ll be picked up and taken by water taxi to Anchorage Bay, admiring the park’s natural golden sand beaches and brilliant blue waters along the way. Enjoy a picnic on the beach before checking out Cleopatra’s Pools, moss lined fresh water pools with a natural water slide and then, we’ll walk approximately 4 hours back to our accommodation, stopping along the way to take amazing photos and swim in the secluded bays. Accommodation: Waterfront accommodation Included activity: Water taxi into Anchorage Bay Optional paid activities: Kayaking, skydiving, canyoning - (PM) Meal inclusions: Breakfast Meal options: Pack a picnic lunch and lots of snacks for your hike, Self-cater in the kitchen or use the BBQs Free activities: Hike in the national park, relax on the golden sand beaches, see Cleopatra’s Pools
Meals :Breakfast

Day 12 : Day 12: Marahau (Abel Tasman) to Franz Josef
Buckle up for an awesome day driving down the incredibly scenic ‘wild’ West Coast, an area known for its untamed beaches and spectacular rainforest. Through Buller Gorge and down a stretch of road named one of the top drives in the world by Lonely Planet, there’s not much phone reception but you are NOT going to need it – we dare you to peel your eyes away from the window for even just a second. We’ll stop at Cape Foulwind and the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and blowholes to explore this unique part of coastline before continuing on to the quaint township of Franz Josef, set amongst the rainforest. Tonight, we’ll have a group dinner together at our accommodation. Accommodation: Central hostel accommodation Meal inclusions: Breakfast, Dinner Meal options: Local restaurants or self-cater in the hostel kitchen Free activities: Cape Foulwind, Buller Gorge, Pancake Rocks and blowholes, Hokitika
Meals :Breakfast

Day 13 : Day 13: Franz Josef
Ice, ice baby! Get ready to experience the Franz Josef Glacier, an iconic highlight of the West Coast. Take a short drive to the beginning of the track. Hike through native bush and across glacial streams to the terminal face of the glacier for spectacular photos or just hang out at the Retreat and relax in one of NZ’s largest spa pools. Accommodation: Central hostel accommodation Optional paid activities: Shuttle to the track Meal inclusions: Breakfast Meal options: Local restaurants or self-cater in the hostel kitchen Free activities: Glacier hike, bush tracks, soak in the spa
Meals :Breakfast

Day 14 : Day 14: Franz Josef to Queenstown
It’s another scenic journey today with plenty of photo stops. First up is the amazing Lake Matheson, known as the mirror-lake, for a short walk. We travel inland through the mountainous Haast Pass and alongside beautiful Lake Hawea to arrive in Queenstown! Once settled, put on your dancing shoes and head out to explore this lakeside resort, there are over 100 clubs and bars to choose from in Queenstown! Accommodation: Central Queenstown hostel Meal inclusions: Breakfast Meal options: Local restaurants or self-cater in the hostel kitchen
Meals :Breakfast

Day 15 : Day 15 & 16: Queenstown (2 Free Days)
Yaaaasssss Queen(stown)! You’ve got 3 full days in the adventure capital. With an awesome night life, beautiful mountain scenery and plenty of outdoor activities, it’s easy to understand why so many backpackers refuse to leave this place. Accommodation: Central Queenstown hostel Optional paid activities: Any adventure activity that we Kiwis can dream up (bungy, swing, jet boating, skydiving, mountain biking, zipline, horse riding…) Meal inclusions: Breakfast Meal options: Local restaurants or self-cater in the hostel kitchen Free activities: Hike Ben Lomond, the Queenstown Hill, or Bob’s Peak
Meals :Breakfast

Day 16 : Day 15 & 16: Queenstown (2 Free Days)
Yaaaasssss Queen(stown)! You’ve got 3 full days in the adventure capital. With an awesome night life, beautiful mountain scenery and plenty of outdoor activities, it’s easy to understand why so many backpackers refuse to leave this place. Accommodation: Central Queenstown hostel Optional paid activities: Any adventure activity that we Kiwis can dream up (bungy, swing, jet boating, skydiving, mountain biking, zipline, horse riding…) Meal inclusions: Breakfast Meal options: Local restaurants or self-cater in the hostel kitchen Free activities: Hike Ben Lomond, the Queenstown Hill, or Bob’s Peak
Meals :Breakfast

Day 17 : Day 17: Milford Day Trip
Today you’ll hop aboard the Coach and we’ll take you to the stunning and world famous Milford Sound. After a super scenic drive, you’ll board the boat and cruise across the Sound. Look out for the impressive Mitre Peak, lush rainforests and (if it’s been raining) thundering waterfalls. You’ll also have the opportunity to spot lots of amazing wildlife like Fur Seals, Penguins and Dolphins. Once you’ve snapped as many pics as you possibly can, it’s back to Queenstown where you can check out some one of the many restaurants Queenstown has to offer - or try the famous Fergburger! Accommodation: Central Queenstown hostel Meal inclusions: Breakfast Included activity: Day trip to Milford Sound
Meals :Breakfast

Day 18 : Day 18: Queenstown to Tekapo
It’s a short drive to Lake Tekapo this morning where we’ll see an electric blue lake framed by the Southern alps. Walk over to the famous Church of the Good Shepherd, a quaint stone church right on the edge of the lake for some awesome photo opportunities. In the afternoon, take a hike up to the Mount John Observatory to see the incredible views, or if you'd rather just have a ‘self-care’ afternoon, then the Tekapo Hot Springs are the perfect place to relax. Tonight, we’ll head to the team at Dark Sky for their Summit Experience where you’ll have the chance to stargaze at one of the best stargazing spots in the country. Accommodation: Tekapo accommodation Meal inclusions: Breakfast Included activity: Dark Sky Summit Experience Optional paid activities: Tekapo Hot Springs, Ice Skating, Snow tubing Meal options: Self-catering in the hostel kitchen or local bars and restaurants Free activities: Mount John Observatory Hike, Church of the Good Shepherd, stargazing
Meals :Breakfast

Day 19 : Day 19: Tekapo to Christchurch
Our next stop is Christchurch, a super cool city with the Avon River running through it, full of lush parks and cool laneway bars! Spend your afternoon wandering the city streets to discover creative street art and hidden eateries, visit the Botanic Gardens, do some shopping or hop on the tourist tram and see the sights! Accommodation: Lodge accommodation Meal inclusions: Breakfast Meal options: Local restaurants or self-cater in the hostel kitchen Free activities: Explore Christchurch by foot, check out the new Riverside Market, Botanic Gardens
Meals :Breakfast

Day 20 : Day 20: Depart Christchurch
Today your adventure comes to an end. Say goodbye to your guide and your new Stray mates, we hope you had a great time and we look forward to adventuring with you again in the future! Meal inclusions: Breakfast
Meals :None


Pickups / Departures

Check in at YHA Auckland International (5 Turner Street, Auckland CBD) between 2pm & 6pm (recommended) on the arrival day.

Then, meet your Guide at 6pm for an introduction to your tour and a welcome drink.


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