-Whitewater raft beneath the Alps
-Marvel at towering glaciers
-Epic hikes and mountain biking
-Glamping on a farm
-Incredible night-sky viewing
-Rainforests, lakes & culture
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!
Christchurch International Airport (CHC)
To ensure included transportation:
Plan to arrive before 12:00 pm on Day 1
Christchurch International Airport (CHC)
To ensure included transportation:
Plan to depart at anytime on Day 10
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.
"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!
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.
Enjoy a morning cup of coffee in New Zealand’s stunning Glacier Country.
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, go quad biking, kayak Franz Josef’s glaciers, or opt for one of several free hikes.
In the afternoon, take a group hike through a stunning, glacier-formed valley with incredible views of the Franz Josef Glacier.
Wind down with a relaxing dip in the Franz Josef hot pools 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. 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 meal grown on premises.
Hike with your Trip Leader to a nearby glacier and traverse through the surreal alpine scenery. Test your nerves and scale a waterfall or go sky diving as two more optional activities.
After an adventure-packed morning, make your way to Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand.
Stop at Historic Arrowtown and explore a quirky gold rush village nestled alongside a sparkling river.
Arrive in Queenstown and marvel at epic mountain backdrops and scenic lake views, before enjoying dinner by the lake.
Enjoy a laid-back mountain biking experience that will take you off-the-beaten-path. Learn about the European and Maori cultures, 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.
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.
The tallest mountain in New Zealand awaits! Inside Mount Cook National Park say hello to the bright blue waters of the alpine Lake Pukaki.
Experience a mind-blowing hike through the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Enjoy a scenic lunch amongst the snow-capped Southern Alps before leaving to the town of Twizel.
This area of New Zealand is consistently ranked as one of the best places in the world for stargazing.
Prepare for one of the most adrenaline-pumping adventures in the country!
White water raft Rangitata’s upper gorge through class I-V rapids led by expert guides who will keep you safe on an unforgettable adventure.
After carving your way through the canyons indulge in a farewell BBQ dinner together.
Finally, take included transportation to the city of Christchurch where we’ll spend our final evening.
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.
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Travelers responsible for international airfare to and from New Zealand
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
Climb a famous waterfall
Jump off a cliff and swing into a canyon
There are also exceptional scenery tours, catapults, gondolas, luges, and so much more
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.
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