-Experience indigenous Māori culture
-Climb a Kiwi waterfall
-Marvel at towering glaciers
-Epic hikes & e-mountain biking
-Glamping & stargazing on a countryside lake
-One of the World's Best Train Expeditions
Experience the adventure capital of the world, explore mind-blowing forests, magnificent mountain ranges, bright-blue lakes, & rich culture.
Plus, with the most epic list of optional activities, you'll easily be able to check off items from your bucket list!
Trip begins at Christchurch International Airport (CHC) at 1:00 pm.
Please book your arrival flight a few hours before this time.
Arrival time is not mandatory, but guarantees included group transportation.
Trip ends at Queenstown Airport (ZQN).
You can depart at anytime on Day 9.
Departure time is not mandatory, but guarantees included group transportation.
This trip is relaxing and includes light activities with optional moderate activities. Participants can decide how much time they spend being active. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the experience.
This trip is a good mix of activity and relaxation and includes moderate physical activities. Participants should expect to be active 3-4 hours most days. An active lifestyle is helpful though not required to enjoy the trip.
This trip is for those who enjoy being physically challenged and reaping the rewards. It includes moderate to intense physical activities and participants should expect to be active 6-8 hours most days. Participants should have an active lifestyle.
This trip has a 30-day cancellation policy. Give us at least 30 days notice and you can switch your trip for free, or we'll hold your Experience Credits for future use.
Because this trip has non-refundable tickets we have a 60-day cancellation policy. Give us at least 60 days notice and you can switch your trip less $195, or we'll hold your Experience Credits for future use.
Because this trip has non-refundable tickets we have a 60-day cancellation policy. Give us at least 60 days notice and you can switch your trip for free, or we'll hold your Experience Credits for future use.
"Kia ora" & welcome to Christchurch, the adventure capital, and gateway to the South Island of New Zealand.
Learn about New Zealand’s rich Māori culture firsthand. Understand this distinct Polynesian culture, learn the tools and skills of a Maori hunter, and enjoy a traditional song & dance called the Kapa Haka.
Wrap up the day with a hot Maori style dinner, called a Hangi, served straight out of the ground!
Board the TranzAlpine Scenic Rail Journey, named one of the world's greatest train rides.
Experience the island’s most magnificent natural landscapes on a trip you will not forget. Have your cameras ready as you travel to the edges of the ice-fed Waimakariri River, climb the Southern Alps, and see hundreds of miles of native beach forest.
Upon arrival, your Trip Leader will guide you through Franz Josef. Stop for a hike through the temperate rainforest and soak in the sights of the Wild West Coast by foot.
Get settled into your accommodations and walk through the small mountain town on your way to a delicious group dinner.
Enjoy a cup of coffee in New Zealand’s stunning Glacier Country.
Depart on a group hike through glacier-formed valley with incredible views of this spectacular world heritage area.
Take advantage of our #bucketlist optional activities like the guided Heli-hike. Those who choose this adventure will chopper and hike the magnificent Franz Josef glacier. You can also jump out of a plane, ride an ATV, kayak Franz Josef’s glaciers, or opt for one of several free hikes in the region.
Wind down and relax before dinner.
A day full of picture-worthy moments as you experience secret spots on the way to Wanaka, a beautiful destination surrounded by towering mountains and a glacial blue lake.
Become immersed in nature as you explore waterfalls, lakes, and beaches on this scenic drive through New Zealand’s South Island.
Visit #thatwanakatree on the stunning lake and soak in the vibes as you're surrounded by epic mountain backdrops.
Arrive on the Wanaka lake for a night of glamping under the stars. Enjoy a DIY BBQ with your group at the campground.
Arrive at Mount Aspiring National Park with your Trip Leader and experience one of the most scenic alpine hikes in the world.
Traverse through New Zealand's mountains, river valleys, and lakes before coming face to face with Rob Roy Glacier.
Test your nerves and opt to go skydiving from 15,000 feet as you overlook six lakes, the Southern Alps, Mt. Cook, and the South Island's longest river.
Prepare for an adventure of a lifetime! Today you will scale a waterfall using an "iron climbing road" called Via Ferrata.
No climbing experience is necessary as you venture into the heart of a waterfall, discover hidden pools, and cross suspension bridges hundreds of feet above the ground.
After an adrenaline-packed morning, you'll have the rest of the afternoon to explore Wanaka's boutique museums and art galleries.
As you make your way to Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand, stop at historic Arrowtown and explore this quirky gold rush village nestled alongside a sparkling river.
For the brave souls, you will have the opportunity to jump from the World’s First Bungee at the famous Kawarau Bridge.
Once we arrive in Queenstown, take a walking tour with your Trip Leader as you marvel at epic mountain backdrops and scenic lake views.
End another amazing day with a delicious dinner next to Lake Wakati.
Discover Queenstown's off-the-beaten path wonders with a laid-back mountain biking experience along the shores of two iconic lakes.
Learn about the European and Maori cultures from your Kiwi guide, before being awestruck by the Remarkables Mountain Range.
In the afternoon, choose to parasail off a mountain cliff or take an exhilarating jet-boat ride in Skippers Canyon to visit Lord of The Rings filming locations. Enjoy a scenic gondola ride and give luging a try overlooking the city of Queenstown.
Enjoy a final closing dinner with your group of friends and reflect on the incredible adventure you all had in this awe-inspiring country.
Today is your final morning with U30X in New Zealand, you can depart at anytime. Take the morning to do some last minute shopping in Queenstown.
For those extending their time in New Zealand we recommend taking a brilliant cruise through Milford Sound with its cascading waterfalls, towering valleys, and cheeky kea birds.
Afterward, say goodbye to your new friends as you take included transportation back to the airport.
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Travelers responsible for international airfare to and from New Zealand
Skydive over the Southern Alps from 12,000 feet
Take a jet-boat ride to visit Lord of the Rings filming locations
Heli-hike: Helicopter ride + 3 hour hike through spectacular glaciers
Bungy jump from New Zealand's highest & most popular location
Jump off a cliff and swing into a canyon
There are also exceptional scenery tours, catapults, gondolas, luges, and so much more
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All Under30Experiences trip prices are in USD.
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