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New Zealand

Duration:

10 days / 9 nights

early signup:

$2,995

(60+ days before departure)

regular:

$3,195

Never any hidden fees!

Is This Trip For You?

Boasting some of the most stunning natural beauty on the planet, New Zealand is one of the most sought after destinations for a reason. From mind-blowing forests, to magnificent mountain ranges, to bright blue lakes, and rich culture -- it truly is a magical place.

Plus, it's the adventure capital of the world where you can knock several items off your #bucketlist all in one trip!

Join us and become immersed in cultural, adventure, & ecocentric activities on this once-in-lifetime experience to some of the most spectacular locations on the in New Zealand.

Your Trip Leaders will ensure you're well taken care and your local Kiwi Guide knows New Zealand like the back of their hand and will show you secret treasures this magical country has to offer.

You’ll get to sit back and enjoy all of the magic – we’ll handle all the logistics.

Start

Christchurch International Airport (CHC) -- Christchurch, New Zealand
To ensure included transportation:
Plan to arrive Day 1 before 12:00 PM

Finish

Christchurch International Airport (CHC) -- Christchurch, New Zealand
To ensure included transportation:
Plan to depart Day 10 at anytime

Physical Activity:

Light

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.

Physical Activity:

Moderate

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.

Physical Activity:

High

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.

Trip Overview

Day 1

Welcome to New Zealand!

Welcome to New Zealand and Christchurch, the gateway to the South Island. Kia ora!

This afternoon, we’ll learn about New Zealand’s unique wildlife and rich Maori culture firsthand. Experience an authentic Maori welcome, learn the tools and skills of a Maori hunter, and enjoy a traditional song and dance called the Kapa Haka.

We’ll wrap up the day with a delicious Maori style dinner (called a Hangi) served straight out of the hot ground!

Day 2

TranzAlpine Journey

Wake up in New Zealand and board the TranzAlpine Scenic Rail Journey, named one of the world's greatest train journeys.

Experience the island’s most magnificent natural landscapes on a journey you will not forget. Have your cameras at the 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.

Once you arrive, your Trip Leader will guide you to the magical mountain town of Franz Josef. Along the way, make a stop for a hike through the temperate rainforest and soak in the sights of the wild West Coast by foot.

Get settled into your rainforest accommodations and take a walk through the small mountain town on your way to a delicious group dinner.

Day 3

Experience Glacier Country

Rise and enjoy a morning cup of coffee in New Zealand’s stunning Glacier Country.

Take advantage of some #bucketlist optional activities like the popular Heli-hike where you helicopter to the top of the glacier and hike the magnificent Franz Josef glacier with an experienced guide.

Or jump out of a plane, go quad biking, kayak through Franz Josef’s glaciers, or opt for several free hikes in glacier country.

In the afternoon, take a group hike through a stunning, glacier-formed valley with incredible views of the Franz Josef Glacier.

Wind down in the evening with a relaxing dip in the Franz Josef hot pools before dinner.

Day 4

Waterfalls, Lakes, Beaches, & Glamping

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. Afterward, plant a tree near Wanaka and do your part to help protect the beautiful nature in New Zealand.

Enjoy a delicious farm-fresh dinner under the stars before settling into beautiful glamping tents surrounded by a stunning Wanaka Farm.

Day 5

Wanaka Adventure Day

Jump out of a plane or test your nerves as you scale a waterfall on an optional activity, or take an included hike with your Trip Leader to a nearby glacier and traverse through the surreal alpine scenery.

After an adventure- packed morning, make your way to Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand.

Stop at Historic Arrowtown on the way and explore a quirky gold rush village nestled below the beautiful peaks surrounding the sparkling Arrow River.

Arrive in Queenstown and marvel at epic mountain backdrops and scenic lake views, before enjoying a delicious dinner by the lake.

Day 6

Mountain Bike Queenstown

Enjoy a laid-back, guided mountain biking experience off-the-beaten-path in Queenstown and learn about the European and Maori cultural significance of the area, before arriving at the awe-inspiring Remarkables Mountain Range.

In the afternoon, choose your own adventure from a wide range of outdoor activities.

Run off a mountain and parasail, take an exhilarating jet-boat ride in Skippers Canyon to visit some Lord of The Rings filming locations, or enjoy a scenic gondola ride and give luging a try while you overlook the stunning city of Queenstown.

Day 7

The Adventure Capital of New Zealand

Wake up and choose how you want to spend your day in the adventure capital of the world.

With awe-inspiring mountains, fresh air, bright blue skies, and bustling foot traffic, there is a reason that Queenstown is New Zealand's most loved city and holiday destination. Swing through canyons, jump off bridges, and conquer whitewater rapids to your heart's content.

For those who prefer to keep their feet firmly on the ground, Queenstown also offers one of the most scenic and iconic day trips in the country.

Milford Sound awaits you with its cascading waterfalls, towering valleys, rushing rivers, cheeky Kea birds and a brilliant scenic cruise to make this one of the best days of the trip! There is so much to do here and we want you to have the freedom to choose your own adventure.

Day 8

Mount Cook National Park & Twizel

After another delicious breakfast, make your way to to the tallest mountain in New Zealand at Mount Cook National Park before arriving in the small town of Twizel.  Be greeted with beautiful bright blue waters of Lake Pukaki and stunning views of 19 peaks over 3,000 metres high.

Experience a mind-blowing hike through the UNESCO World Heritage Site and discover surreal views of Mount Cook, alpine lakes, and snow-capped mountains.

After hiking through the National Park, you’ll enjoy a scenic lunch amongst the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Southern Alps.   

After dinner, enjoy some of the best stargazing on the planet! This area is consistently ranked as one of the best places for night-sky viewing. Or take a stroll through town with your new friends!  

Day 9

White Water Rafting

Wake up and prepare for one of the most scenic and adrenaline-pumping adventures in the country!

Whitewater raft Rangitata’s upper gorge through class I-V rapids led by expert guides that will keep you safe during an adventure you won’t forget.

After carving your way through mind-blowing canyons, indulge in a farewell BBQ dinner together.

Finally, take included transportation to the quirky city of Christchurch where we’ll spend our final evening.

Day 10

Goodbye New Zealand

Today is your final morning on U30X New Zealand, you can depart at anytime this day.

We recommend taking the day to explore the quirky city of Christchurch - a city in transition that’s creatively redesigning itself after New Zealand’s second-worst natural disaster. Your trip leader will happily provide recommendations for adventures in and around Christchurch!

Afterward, it's time to say goodbye to your Trip Leaders and the rest of your new friends.

Welcome to the Under30Experiences community! Stay involved by joining our meetups across the USA and Canada.

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What's Included

-10 days / 9 nights shared accommodations in boutique hotels, rainforest accommodations, glamping tents, & apartment style hotels
-9 breakfasts and 6 dinners
-One of world’s best train rides on the TranzAlpine Scenic Rail Journey
-Whitewater rafting through the Rangitata Gorge
-Scenic hikes exploring the West Coast rainforests
-Overnight glamping experience on a beautiful farm
-Free time for optional #bucketlist activities like skydiving, bungy jumping, flying a plane, and so much more
-Hiking in Franz Josef’s Glacier Valley with pristine waterfalls
-Exploring beaches, lakes, and waterfalls on the scenic drive to Wanaka
-Walk Lake Matheson near Fox Glacier & photograph the famous reflections
-Scenic Mountain E-Biking in Queenstown with a local guide
-Experience the Wanaka town, lake, and #thatwanakatree
-Traditional New Zealand farm tour & tree planting sustainability activity
-Rob Roy Glacier Hike, arguably the most stunning hike in the region
-Visit the birthplace of New Zealand jade & shop for precious stones
-See one of the oldest & most historic hotels
-Visit the historic gold rush town of Arrowtown
-Hiking in a UNESCO world heritage site with views of glaciers, rivers, alpine lakes, & snow-capped mountains
-Marvel at the scenic summit of Mt. John with views of the amazingly blue below
-Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd with some of the most picturesque locations in the Southern Alps
-Learn about New Zealand’s conservation efforts & meet the famous Kiwi bird
-Visit Lake Tekapo and experience its mind-blowing blue colors
-Watch an authentic Māori Cultural Performance
-Secret stops & travel like a local with our Local Guide
-Walking tours of each town visited
-Under30Experiences Trip Leader
-Private ground transportation throughout New Zealand for 10 days
-Airport pickup and drop-off upon arrival and departure

*Travelers responsible for international airfare to and from New Zealand

Optional #bucketlist activities you don't want to miss:

-Skydive over the Southern Alps from 12,000 feet
-Learn to fly a plane over mind-blowing scenery
-Take a jet-boat ride to visit Lord of The Rings filming locations
-Helicopter ride + 3 hour hike through the most spectacular glaciers (Heli-Hike)
-Relax in glacier hot pools nestled in the lush rainforest
-Bungy jump from New Zealand's highest & most popular location
-Climb up and behind a famous waterfall
-Jump off a cliff and swing into a canyon
-There are also exceptional scenery tours, catapults, gondolas, luges, and sooo much more

When should I book my flight?

Plan to arrive Day 1 after 12:00 PM and depart Day 10 at anytime.
*Please wait to book your flight until you receive an email from us with more details*

Have a question?

Check out our FAQ for New Zealand

Duration:

10 days / 9 nights

early signup:

$2,995

(60+ days before departure)

regular:

$3,195

Never any hidden fees!

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