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New Zealand Adventure Tour

New Zealand Adventure Tour

Embark on your own epic adventure and experience the magnificence and beauty of New Zealand and its people!

Prices from $2,145

Experience the magnificent raw beauty of New Zealand and its people. From epic scenery, mind boggling fjords, dramatic mountains, and a rich culture boasting unique traditions, travelling through New Zealand is an unforgettable experience, and not surprisingly this incredible destination can be found at the top of most travellers’ wish lists. The country has much to offer the intrepid traveller from exciting adventure sports which can satisfy any adrenalin junkie, to stunning landscapes just waiting to be explored. New Zealand boasts an array of opportunity to all who visit her shores, and will undoubtedly leave you well and truly bitten by the travel bug.    

Undertake this epic 16-day adventure tour of both the North and South Islands experiencing the best that New Zealand has to offer. The flexible itinerary allows you to tailor your trip, and the extensive knowledge of our experienced guides will undoubtedly make sure you get the most out of your New Zealand backpacking tour. 

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Action packed tour visiting New Zealand’s top destinations
  • World famous trans-alpine train journey
  • Maori cultural experience

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age 18

FAST FACTS

Location New Zealand
Activities

Travel around New Zealand
Discover stunning scenery
Add on activities (additional fee):

  • Learn to surf
  • Bungee jumping
  • Canyoning
  • Paragliding
  • Sky-diving
  • Horse trekking
  • Mountain biking
  • Glacier hike
  • Hot-air ballooning
  • Whale watching/swimming with dolphins
  • Caving
Transport In- country transfers
Accommodation Variety of hostels

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas &equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accomodation
Food (breakfast)
In-country transfers
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING? 

Your 16 day action packed adventure tour will take you around the top destinations of both the North and South Island, visiting all the major towns and impressive sights that New Zealand has to offer. You will be accompanied by a passionate, local guide who knows the islands back to front, and their second-to-none expert knowledge is guaranteed to ensure you see only the very best and most interesting bits of New Zealand.

You will also have the opportunity to get involved in a number of extra activities each day of your tour. Every day you will have a selection of activities to choose from depending on your own interests, including the adrenalin-junkie’s favourites skydiving, bungee jumping and canyoning, swim with dolphins, take a hot-air balloon ride or challenge yourself by hiking up a glacier. These activities will incur an additional fee which you will need to factor in to your own costs. Alternatively you may wish to just continue exploring the landscape on your own accord, which is also perfectly fine. 

Itinerary

16-Day New Zealand Adventure Tour
 
Day 1: Auckland to Coromandel-Tour of New Zealand's largest city before heading the Coromandel and the famous Hot Water Beach.
 
Day 2: Coromandel to Waitomo- Explore some of the most stunning spots on the North Island.
 
Day 3: Waitomo to Rotorua- Discover the famous glowworm caves in Waitomo.
 
Day 4: Rotorua to Taupo- Savour Rotorua's dazzling geothermal wonderland.
 
Day 5: Taupo- The peaceful Lake Taupo lies in a giant volcanic crater; enjoy your surroundings or take on the famousTongariro crossing.
 
Day 6: Taupo to Wellington- View spectacular volcanoes as you journey to Wellington.
 
Day 7: Wellington- Explore New Zealand's exciting capital city.
 
Day 8: Wellington to Kaikoura- Sail the Cook Strait between the North and South Islands before travelling along the coast to Kaikoura.
 
Day 9: Kaikoura to Christchurch- Get acquainted with Kaikoura's marine life before heading to Christchurch.
 
Day 10: Christchurch to Lake Tekapo- Explore downtown Christchurch before journeying to the striking lakes and mountains of Lake Tekapo.
 
Day 11: Lake Tekapo to Queestown- Head to Queenstown where you'll take a gondola ride over the city.
 
Day 12: Queenstown- Take in Queenstown's beauty and all its adventure activities.
 
Day 13: Queenstown to Wanaka- Cross the mountains from Queenstown to wondrous Wanaka.
 
Day 14: Wanaka to Franz Josef- Head west to the glaciers.
 
Day 15: Franz Josef- Take in the stunning Fox and Franz Josef glaciers.
 
Day 16: Franz Josef to Christchurch- A spectacular drive followed by an unmissable train journey.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will fly into either Auckland or Christchurch, depending on where you wish to start your tour, before making your own way to the rendezvous point where you will be met by a friendly Frontier representative. You will be given more detailed instructions on where to meet the rest of your group nearer your time of departure. 

We recommend that you arrive into Auckland or Christchurch the night before your project start date. Your Frontier Volunteer Coordinator can help you make any accommodation and transfer arrangements however these would be at your own cost.   

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Throughout the duration of your adventure you will be staying in a variety of high quality lodges and backpackers hostels all over New Zealand. You will be sharing dorm-style rooms with 4 to 6 of your fellow travellers. Some rooms will have ensuite bathrooms, whereas others will have shared facilities.
 
Sharing dorms is a really fantastic way of bonding with the other members of your group and re-living the day’s fun activities! All accommodation will have a fully equipped kitchen and lounge facilities, with computers and Wi-Fi to keep in touch with loved ones at home. 

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will receive a continental-style breakfast each morning of your tour to prepare you for the day’s adventure ahead. You will be responsible for sourcing your own lunch and dinner each day. You can either cook for yourself in the fully equipped kitchen facilities available at each hostel, or you can take the opportunity to sample local restaurants with your new friends. Either way you are sure to sample new cuisines and learn some new recipes during your trip!   
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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

During your adventure tour you will have the opportunity to get involved in a number of other activities at the various stop-offs along the way. These may include learning to surf in Christchurch, bungee jumping in Queenstown or even swimming with dolphins in Kaikoura. These activities are not included in the initial cost so make sure you bring your own funds to cover these, to ensure you get the full New Zealand experience! 

Before you begin your project or after you finish make sure you take full advantage of being in this beautiful part of the world by exploring and experiencing everything you possibly can. Why not join our 3-day ‘Bay of Islands’ Tour which takes you between Auckland and Paihia to visit even more of this beautiful country and indulge in a variety of watersports and sailing opportunities. 

COSTS

Project fee $2,045

Registration Fee $85

DEPARTURE DATES

2018

2nd Jan Starts in Christchurch

3rd Jan Starts in Auckland

24th Jan Starts in Christchurch

25th Jan Starts in Auckland              

15th Feb Starts in Christchurch

16th Feb Starts in Auckland             

9th Mar Starts in Christchurch

10th Mar Starts in Auckland

31st Mar  Starts in Christchurch

1st Apr Starts in Auckland

18th Apr Starts in Auckland

22nd Apr Starts in Christchurch

23rd Apr Starts in Auckland

21st May Starts in Auckland

DURATION

16 days / 15 nights

You should not book your flights until the day after the tour finishes.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Accommodation
  • Food (breakfast)
  • In-country transfers
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Auckland International Apt (AKL), Christchurch (CHC)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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