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New Zealand

Duration:

10 days / 9 nights

Early Signup: $2,995

Regular: $3,195

OR Just $195 Down!

THE EXPERIENCE

Our #1 requested trip!

Experience the adventure capital of the world & explore mind-blowing forests, magnificent mountain ranges, bright-blue lakes, rich culture and so much more!

Plus, with the most epic list of optional activities, you'll easily be able to check off several items from your #bucketlist!

Start

Christchurch International Airport (CHC)
Plan to arrive before 12:00 pm on Day 1

Arrival time is not mandatory, but guarantees included group transportation.

Finish

Queenstown Airport (ZQN)
Plan to depart at anytime on Day 10

Departure time is not mandatory, but guarantees included group transportation.

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!

"Kia ora" and welcome to Christchurch, New Zealand, the gateway to the South Island.

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.

Wrap up the day with a hot Maori style dinner, called a Hangi, served straight out of the 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 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, 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

Enjoy a cup of coffee in New Zealand’s stunning Glacier Country.

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

Take advantage of our #bucketlist optional activities like the guided Heli-hike where you helicopter to the top of the glacier 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.

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

Day 4

Glamping in Wanaka

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.

Arrive on a stunning Wanaka farm for a night of glamping under the stars. Enjoy a farm to table Kiwi meal grown on premises.

Day 5

Rob Roy Glacier Track

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.

In the afternoon, you'll have the option to test your nerves and go sky diving from 15,000 feet as you overlook six lakes, the Southern Alps, Mt. Cook, and the South Island's longest river.

Day 6

Via Ferrata Waterfall Climb

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.

Day 7

Arrowtown & Queenstown

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.

Day 8

Mountain Bike Queenstown

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.

Day 9

The Adventure Capital of New Zealand

Choose how you want to spend your day in New Zealand's favorite holiday town. 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 offers one of the country's most iconic day trips.

Take a brilliant cruise through Milford Sound with its cascading waterfalls, towering valleys, and cheeky kea birds. There is so much to do in Queenstown and we want you to have the freedom to choose your own adventure.

Enjoy a final closing dinner with your group of friends and reflect on the incredible adventure you all had in this awe-inspiring country.

Day 10

Goodbye New Zealand

Today is your final morning with U30X in New Zealand, you can depart at anytime today. We recommend taking the morning to do some last minute shopping in Queenstown.

Afterward, it's time to say goodbye to your Trip Leaders and the rest of your new friends as you take included transportation back to the airport.

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

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New Zealand

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
  • Conquer one of the highest waterfall climbs in the world
  • 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
  • Hike Rob Roy Glacier, 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
  • Learn about New Zealand’s conservation efforts & meet the famous Kiwi bird
  • Watch an authentic Māori Cultural Performance
  • Secret stops & travel like a local with our Local Guide
  • Walking tours of each town visited
  • Private ground transportation throughout New Zealand for 10 days
  • Airport pick-up upon arrival
  • Airport drop-off upon departure
  • Under30Experiences Trip Leader
  • Personal recommendations for optional activities
  • The chance to meet some kick-ass people
  • Access to the Under30Experiences community
  • Taxes always included, never hidden fees, & NO blackout dates
Book with confidence: it's free to switch your trip more than 30 days out

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
Heli-hike: Helicopter ride + 3 hour hike through the most spectacular glaciers
Relax in glacier hot pools in the rainforest
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

When should I book my flight?

Plan to arrive before 12:00 pm on Day 1 and plan to depart at any time on Day 10.

Airfare booking details will be sent after registration – please wait to book your flight until you receive further instructions.

All Under30Experiences trip prices are in USD.

Duration:

10 days / 9 nights

Early Signup: $2,995

Regular: $3,195

OUR travelers LOVE US

U30X Trip Reviews

"I just got back from my 2nd trip with Under30. I can not say it enough.. this group is incredible. True authentic experiences in some of the most amazing places. Under30 allows you to truly enjoy a new place without the stress of planning activities & transportation. Under30 also welcomes you to a great community, full of great people. I have had the pleasure of meeting some extraordinary people on both of my trips. Special shout out to Lindsey (my Bali trip leader). Lindsey you are awesome! Under30 is lucky to have you (as well as everyone on all of your trips)." -Joanna M

"Under30experiences has been such an incredible life changing experience! There's so many positive things about this fantastic group of people. That said, I've love to travel but it's not easy finding people to join you internationally. Under30experiences has allowed me to fulfill my wanderlust by having an array of destinations you can go and you'll meet like minded people from around the country that accompany you on these trips. The trip leaders are fantastic as well, truely the most caring and unforgettable people. The trips are very safe, organized and packed full of adventure from the time you step off the plan until departure. I've already been to Bali and Colombia and I'm excited for Peru, France and Iceland this year with the group. Additionally, what's nice about these trips, is you do them in just a few days if you don't have a lot of vaca and over a holiday. Definitely recommend Under30Experierces to anyone who loves to travel and needs great people to experience it with." -Ashley H.

"I wouldn't be the man I am today if it weren't for following my gut and going on the trip to Costa Rica. I have met so many amazing and influential people through my association with U30X. Matt And Jared and the rest of the team make trips that are 100% designed to bring a small group of likeminded people together so they can experience the world in a different way. I have been to Costa Rica, Belize and Iceland with U30X. I have also travelled to Lake Tahoe, NYC, Nicaragua, San Francisco and Amsterdam with people I have met through trips. Friends for life that I can count on. If you're new to travel, check them out. Pura Vida and Go Slow!!!" -Andrew M.

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