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Stay : 1 month in New Zealand: the big tour!

To do a complete tour of this spectacular archipelago, 30 days is an ideal duration. You will be able to alternate between sports activities and contemplative walks, relaxing afternoons on the beach and discovering the Maori culture, but also the amazing New Zealand wildlife, of which the kiwi is the proud representative. FromAuckland to Christchurch, the road invites you to a perpetual escape

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Detail of the stay : 1 month in New Zealand: the big tour! - 30 days

  • Auckland
  • Cape Reinga
  • Cape Reinga
  • Kohukohu
  • Rawene
  • Waipoua Forest
  • Hahei
  • Hahei
  • Hahei
  • Opoutere
  • Whangarei
  • Whangarei
  • Tauranga
  • Auckland
  • Auckland
  • Auckland
  • Auckland
  • Waitomo
  • Waitomo
  • Waitomo
  • Rotorua
  • Wairakei
  • Wairakei
  • Taupo
  • National Park Village
  • National Park Village
  • Turangi
  • Whanganui National Park
  • Whanganui National Park
  • Whanganui
  • Wellington
  • Wellington
  • Wellington
  • Nelson
  • Nelson
  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Collingwood
  • Collingwood
  • Motueka
  • Takaka
  • Westport
  • Westport
  • Paparoa National Park
  • Whangarei
  • Whangarei
  • Hokitika
  • Fox Glacier
  • Fox Glacier
  • Wanaka
  • Queenstown
  • Queenstown
  • Fiordland National Park
  • Fiordland National Park
  • Fiordland National Park
  • Te Anau
  • Invercargill
  • Dunedin
  • Christchurch
  • Oamaru
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland
  • Kaikoura
  • Christchurch
  • Akaroa
Day 1: Direction Northland: Bay of Islands

Steps: Auckland

Barely arrived in Auckland, no time out, heading for Northland. Heading due north along the east coast, following the Twin Coast Discovery Highway. The first stop is Bay of Islands to enjoy the superb scenery composed by this string of islands. A major tourist destination famous for its protected waters and fish, it is also the nation's cradle. Waitangi was the place where the treaty between the Maori people and the Crown of England was signed

Day 2: Cape Reinga

Steps: Cape Reinga

The following day, continue north to Cape Reinga. At the end of the world, Cape Reinga is a sacred place for Maori; it is also the meeting point between the turbulent waters of the Pacific Ocean and the Tasmanian Sea.

Places of interest :
: CAPE REINGA
Day 3: Waipoua Forest

Steps: Kohukohu, Rawene, Waipoua Forest

Going down south, pass through Ninety Mile Beach and walk or 4x4 through its miles of sand. If you feel like it, it's time to try surfing in Ahipara before continuing the trip along the west coast. After crossing Hokianga Harbour by ferry between Kohukohu and Rawene, enter the Waipoua Forest, home to the majestic giant kauri. Greet the guardian of the place, Tane Mahuta, "God of the forest", the greatest kauri in the world

Day 4: Coromandel Peninsula - Day 1

Steps: Hahei, Opoutere

Heading east towards the Coromandel peninsula. On the program: visit the cliffs of Cathedral Cove, immerse yourself in a natural hot water pool at Hot Water Beach and discover the sublime panorama of the peninsula from the summit of Les Pinnacles. Allow yourself a night at Opoutere

Places of interest :
: CATHEDRAL COVE / HOT WATER BEACH
Day 5: Coromandel Peninsula - Day 2

Quiet descent again along the peninsula in a southerly direction. Enjoy the scenery

Day 6: Bay of Plenty

Steps: Whangarei, Tauranga

The road continues on the beautiful Bay of Plenty beaches. Tauranga and Mount Maunganui offer excellent surf spots and there is abundant fishing. Catch a sunburn or do a nice catch?

Day 7: Auckland

Steps: Auckland

Allow 3 to 4 hours to drive to Auckland. Visit the beautiful Auckland War Memorial Museum, climb to the top of the Sky Tower for the best views in the region and dine in the heart of the lively Ponsonby district.

Places of interest :
: SKY TOWER / AUCKLAND WAR MEMORIAL MUSEUM
Day 8: Waitomo Cellars

Steps: Waitomo

South direction towards the Waitomo Cellars. In the programme: rappel, caving or simple boat ride under the vaulted vaults of vers worms.

Places of interest :
: WAITOMO MUSEUM OF CAVES
Day 9: Rotorua Rotorua

Steps: Rotorua

Take the road to Rotorua. Smell the first sulfur smells will produce geothermal phenomena so characteristic of the region. In the evening, dive in the warm waters of Polynesian Spa and attend a Maori show.

Day 10: From Waiotapu to Taupo

Steps: Wairakei, Taupo

At Waiotapu, let us surprise ourselves with the colours of Champagne Pool and admire the awakening of Lady Knox Geyser. Before entering Taupo, jump to Huka Falls.

Places of interest :
: HUKA FALLS
Day 11: Hiking day - Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Steps: National Park Village, Turangi

Put on your walking shoes to do one of the most beautiful day treks in this country: the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. After 7 to 9 hours of walking through lunar and then lush landscapes, plan to spend the night in the peaceful village of Turangi

Places of interest :
: TONGARIRO ALPINE CROSSING
Day 12: Canoe on Wanganui river

Steps: Whanganui National Park, Whanganui

No time to blow! Cap to Wanganui for a canoe day over 330 km of the Wanganui River.

Places of interest :
: WANGANUI RIVER
Day 13: Wellington

Steps: Wellington

Next step : Wellington, capital of New Zealand south of the North Island. Don't miss the visit to the famous Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, take a look at the Parliament and the Botanic Gardens, not to mention walking down the very alternative Cuba Street.

Places of interest :
: BOTANICAL GARDENS
Day 14: Crossing to the South Island - Marlborough Sounds

It takes 3h30 by ferry to reach the south island and the sublime Marlborough Sounds with its emerald waters, composed of a myriad of islands and inlets. Plan a day of relaxation by boat through the string of islands.

Day 15: Nelson

Steps: Nelson

Cape to the west, to Nelson, for a day in the city. Visit the numerous art galleries and stroll through the sunny streets of this pleasant urban centre.

Day 16: Abel Tasman National Park - Day 1

Steps: Nelson, Abel Tasman National Park

From Nelson, head west to Abel Tasman National Park. Famous for its coastal path, turquoise water coves and postcard landscapes, plan to alternate walking and kayaking through the park

Day 17: Abel Tasman National Park - Day 2

Second day in Abel Tasman Bay. Kayaking day if you have opted for walking the day before, and vice versa.

Day 18: Golden Bay

Steps: Collingwood, Motueka, Takaka

Continue the road to the west and immerse yourself in the Bohemian atmosphere of Golden Bay, navigate the market of Takaka or Motueka and leave yourself to Farewell Spit and Wharariki Beach.

Places of interest :
: WHARARIKI BEACH
Day 19: Buller Gorge

Steps: Westport

Westport, on the road passing through the Buller Gorge. It's an opportunity or never to get off the rapids!

Day 20: West Coast

Steps: Westport, Paparoa National Park

Get off the coast from Westport and enjoy a stop in Paparoa National Park to admire the famous Pancakes Rocks. For a day, relive the time of the Jurassic! With its hundreds of tree ferns and Nikau palm trees, the coast offers a unique spectacle

Day 21: Hokitika

Steps: Whangarei, Hokitika

Direction south, towards Hokitika, the Jade capital. Explore the wild beaches of the surrounding area where tons of float wood fail each year.

Day 22: Fox Glacier

Steps: Fox Glacier

Heading south towards the glaciers. Play the explorer: equipped with crampons and an ice axe, walk on the Fox Glacier

Places of interest :
: FOX GLACIER VALLEY WALK
Day 23: Queenstown - Day 1

Steps: Wanaka, Queenstown

Just after Wanaka, the world's adventure capital, Queenstown offers the thrill. Get high on adrenaline and try your hand at a thrill: bungee jumping, rafting, jet boat... In the evening, you can enjoy the city's attractions, which are lively in season

Day 24: Queenstown - Day 2

Steps: Queenstown

Second day in Queenstown and surrounding area for a day of hiking or relaxation, as desired.

Day 25: Doubtful Sound or Milford Sound

Steps: Fiordland National Park, Te Anau

Follow the road to Te Anau towards the famous fjords. Embark on an unforgettable day of cruising in the heart of Doubtful Sound or just a few hours in Milford Sound.

Places of interest :
: DOUBTFUL SOUND / MILFORD SOUND
Day 26: Catlins Forest Park

Steps: Invercargill

After a stopover in Invercargill, direction the Catlins coast, full of surprises, and its sublime forest park, for a day of exploration.

Day 27: Dunedin

Steps: Dunedin

Return to civilization by rallying Dunedin, capital of Otago. The peninsula of the same name offers sublime walks and is home to many wild species: penguins, sea lions and albatrosses.

Day 28: Christchurch via the Moreaki Boulders

Steps: Christchurch, Oamaru

On the road to Christchurch. On the way, don't miss Oamaru and his colony of small blue penguins or the famous Moreaki Boulders. Evening in Christchurch.

Day 29: Christchurch

Steps: Christchurch

Visit to Christchurch. Stop by to see the city centre and how the reconstruction after the earthquake is progressing and then go shopping in Restart, the new shopping area

Day 30: Kaikoura or Akaroa

Steps: Auckland, Kaikoura, Christchurch, Akaroa

On this last day, the bravest will go to Kaikoura to observe the sperm whales, or to Akaroa to kayak among Hector's dolphins, before returning to Christchurch or Auckland (in this case plan an extra day's travel) for final preparations before departure.

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