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Topdeck | 17 Day Grand Kiwi | Auckland to Christchurch

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Departure Days

Departure Point– 11.30am Mercure Auckland Hotel

Returning Days

Returns to Christchurch on the 16th day.

Trip Length

16 Day 15 Night

Extra Costs

Things to Bring

Hat & sunscreen, appropriate clothing & shoes, toiletries, water bottle & camera.


Totally Topdeck:

  • Stunning Bay of Islands
  • ‘Rock the Boat’ Upgrade Option
  • Stay overnight in a Maori Marae
  • Guided tour of Whakarewarewa Village& Thermal Reserve
  • Traditional Kiwi Lamb Roast
  • Explore Tongariro National Park& Lake Taupo
  • Wine Tasting in Marlborough
  • Stay in Fox Glacier
  • Adventure capital Queenstown
  • Fiordland Experience– Nature Cruise& Overnight in the Fiord
  • Kiwi Farm Experience in Fairlie
  • Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch& Queenstown city tours

Also Included:

  • 15 breakfasts (B), 8 dinners (D)
  • 5 nights in hotels/motels, 7 nights in lodges/cabins, 2 nights in an Alpine Resort, 1 night in a traditional Maori Marae,
  • Ferry crossing through Marlborough Sounds
  • Modern air-conditioned coach
  • Escorted services of a fully trained Trip Leader& Driver

DAY 1 Auckland to Paihia, Bay Of Islands.

Kia Ora! We head from Auckland to Paihia amongst

the beautiful Bay of Islands. An optional‘Rock

the Boat’ overnight upgrade could see you sailing

through the islands and stargazing from deck.

DAY 2 Paihia, Bay of Islands.

A free day to explore

this pristine area where optional activities are

abound. Adventure-lovers can catamaran along

the inner bay looking for dolphins, kayak through

mangrove forests to the Haruru Falls, or take a ride

along 90 Mile Beach to Cape Reinga. Get to grips

with fascinating Kiwi history at Waitangi Treaty

House to learn about New Zealand’s past. Tonight

enjoy a delicious Kiwi favourite, fish and chips.


DAY 3 Bay of Islands to Rotorua (Marae


Back to Auckland before heading to

Rotorua. Tonight we stay in a traditional Maori Marae

(sacred meeting house), so get ready for a spiritual

evening of historical and cultural stories and learn

the local Haka and Poi dances.


DAY 4 Rotorua.

Explore sulphuric Rotorua your

way, maybe hire a mountain bike, go white water

rafting, visit the thermal spa pools or splash out on

a massage.


DAY 5 Rotorua to Tongariro National Park.

First up

we explore the boiling mud and steaming waters of

the Wai-O-Tapu region, an active geothermal area

located in the Taupo volcanic zone. Later we visit

Huka Falls, Lake Taupo, and the Taupo Bungy over

the Waikato River (jump optional). We then head to

our alpine retreat in Tongariro NP. Tonight we savour

the flavours of our traditional Kiwi lamb roast dinner

followed by the ultimate Kiwi dessert, pavlova!


DAY 6 Tongariro National Park.

Today there

are plenty of optional activities on offer, hike the

beautiful Tongariro Crossing, hire a mountain bike

or even ski (during winter) on your free day in

Tongariro. Later we can relax in the sauna or spa

pool at our accommodation.


DAY 7 Tongariro National Park to Wellington.

Today we ask;“why is Wellington NZ’s coolest city?”

Funky galleries, designer shops, top museums, great

restaurants and stylish bars, that’s why!


DAY 8 Wellington to Nelson.

We trade North Island

for South Island with a ferry through the picturesque

Marlborough Sounds today. First stop, an included

wine tasting in the Marlborough region, before we

stay overnight in Nelson, NZ’s sunniest region.


DAY 9 Nelson (Abel Tasman National Park).


you can visit the nearby beauty of Abel Tasman NP

to hike the trails or take an optional ocean kayak

trip. Other choices include horse-riding, quad

biking or even skydiving! Later we savour a local

Kiwi BBQ!


DAY 10 Nelson to Christchurch via Kaikoura.

We pass through the Rai Valley, stopping in Blenheim,

then to Ohau Point to spot fur seals. Later in coastal

Kaikoura you can try optional whale watching or

dolphin/seal swimming (summer only). Tonight we

stay in Christchurch, a city heroically rebuilding itself

following the earthquakes of 2011.


DAY 11 Christchurch to Fox Glacier.


Christchurch, we set off to enjoy some of New

Zealand’s most jaw-dropping scenery today as we

pass over the majestic Southern Alps. Stopping in

Hokitika we visit a jade factory to see the carvers

skilfully creating works of art from the iconic

Pounamu greenstone.

Next up is Lake Matheson where you will hopefully

catch a glimpse of the reflection of NZ’s two highest

peaks in the lake's waters. We overnight in beautiful

Fox Glacier.


DAY 12 Fox Glacier to Queenstown.

An optional

half-day hike or heli-hike on Fox Glacier will live with

you forever. Afterwards, our scenic drive passes

Thunder Creek Falls, Haast River and Lake Wanaka

en-route to adrenalin capital, Queenstown!


DAYS 13-14 Queenstown.

Are you ready for

Queenstown? Deep breath... three bungy jumps, a

canyon swing, Shotover Jet, sky-diving, horse-riding,

boat safari, mountain biking, a skyline gondola, a

hike to Ben Lomond for 360 degree views or one

of the many fantastic walks Queenstown has to

offer! Phew! If that sounds too much you can always

kick back by the lake or indulge in some legendary

nightlife later on!

(B,D) (B)

DAY 15 Queenstown to Fiordland (Milford Sound


Today we’re off to the awe-inspiring

Fiordland region via Mirror Lakes and Hollyford

Valley. This afternoon we enjoy a nature cruise on

the stunning Milford Sound– keep an eye out for the

seals, dolphins and even penguins. Tonight we stay in

the lakeside village of Te Anau.


DAY 16 Fiordland to Lake Ohau.

We make our way

along Lake Wakatipu bound for quaint Arrowtown

where we leave the coach behind for just a little

while and use pedal power!

We cycle along the willow-lined Arrow River,

crossing various bridges along the way before

ending up at the famous Kawarau Bridge, home of

the world’s first commercial Bungy operation. It’s

then back on the coach for more dramatic scenery

as we head to our home for the night, a classic Kiwi

lakeside lodge on the shores of Lake Ohau.


DAY 17 Lake Ohau to Christchurch (via Mt Cook


To Mt Cook village and Lake Pukaki

for some photos, a lunch stop at Lake Tekapo’s

blue waters and then it's time for our Kiwi Farm

Experience in Fairlie– where we learn about life

on a sheep farm! We then return to the beautiful

Christchurch where our Topdeck Kiwi adventure

sadly comes to an end.



Departure Point: Mercure Auckland Hotel

8 Customs Street, East Auckland 

Departure Time: 11.30am


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