Stray New Zealand: Morepork

If you want to see all the Essential parts of New Zealand, and you've got 22+ days to explore, then the Essentials Freestyle Pass is for you! Starting from Auckland, you'll dig your own spa pool at Hot Water Beach, see bubbling mud and hobbits in Rotorua, hike NZ's best day walk at the Tongariro Crossing and explore the culture of the world's coolest little capital in Wellington.

Heading to the South Island, you'll relax on the golden sand beaches of Abel Tasman National Park, before discovering the glaciers and rainforest of the wild West Coast. See the stunning views of Wanaka, before living out your wildest dreams in Queenstown. Heading up to Mount Cook, stay at the base of NZ's highest mountain. Go white water rafting or horse riding in Rangitata and explore street art in Christchurch. Check out the wildlife mecca of Kaikoura before heading back up to finish in Auckland!

You can hop on and off the route anywhere you like for up to 12 months, so you can see more and do more!

per adult from

$2,907

NZD

Duration

24 days

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  • What's included :
    • 1x Breakfast
    • 1x Dinner
    • Accommodation included: 23 nights
    • Fun and knowledgeable Stray Guide
    • Access to 'off the beaten track' destinations and national parks
    • Transport on modern, comfortable air-conditioned coaches
    • A wide selection of free and optional activities
    • 23 Nights of Accommodation
    • Entry/Admission - Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours
    What's excluded :
    • Optional Activities
    • Food and drinks
    • Entry/Admission - Tongariro Alpine Crossing

  • Day 1: Auckland to Hahei

    Stop At: Hahei, Hahei, Coromandel Peninsula, Waikato Region, North Island
    Today’s the day we say ‘haere rā’ to Auckland and ‘kia ora!’ to the trip of a lifetime! First stop, Hahei Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula. This gorgeous little place will capture your heart (and have you calculating how much it would cost to move to NZ’s coast eternally). When the tides are right, we’ll drive over to the nearby Hot Water Beach and dig ourselves an all-natural hot pool in the sand.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Stop At: Hot Water Beach, Hot Water Beach, Coromandel Peninsula, Waikato Region, North Island
    Dig a hot pool in the sand at Hot Water Beach
    Duration: 2 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Hahei Holiday Resort

    Day 2: Free Day in Hahei

    Stop At: Cathedral Cove Walk, 65 Grange Rd S, Hahei 3591 New Zealand
    Take a walk to world-famous Cathedral Cove
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Hahei, Hahei, Coromandel Peninsula, Waikato Region, North Island
    If you don’t believe in magic yet you might just change your mind after watching a sunrise on Hahei Beach. It’s worth the 7am alarm – trust us – but don’t even think about going back to bed afterwards. Instead, grab a coffee, pack a picnic and ‘carpe diem’ by hiking to the hidden paradise we like to call Cathedral Cove. Walk to the north end of Hahei Beach, up the coastal track and along the cliffs to discover heaps of cool little coves and bays!
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Hahei Holiday Resort

    Day 3: Hahei to Rotorua

    Stop At: Rotorua, Rotorua, Rotorua District, Bay of Plenty Region, North Island
    It’s just a short trip to Rotorua and, let’s just say, the ‘unusual’ sulphur smell will be a telltale sign that you’ve arrived! Known as the North Island’s geothermal hot spot and hub for all the very best adventure activities, Rotorua is 100% one of the best places to explore… even if your nostrils tell you otherwise! If you want to see some geothermal activity for free, head across the road to Kuirau Park to see boiling mud pools and steaming lakes.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Stop At: Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, Long Mile Road The Redwoods, Rotorua 3046 New Zealand
    We’ll stop at the Whakarewarewa Forest for a walk amongst the giant California Redwoods planted over 100 years ago before checking in at our hostel.
    Duration: 1 hour

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: YHA Rotorua

    Day 4: Free Day in Rotorua

    Stop At: Rotorua, Rotorua, Rotorua District, Bay of Plenty Region, North Island
    There’s so much to see and do around Rotorua, the hard part will be deciding what to do with your free day. You could hire a mountain bike, go ziplining through native bush, try zorbing, go whitewater rafting or hop on the gondola and race your mates down a mountain on a luge. If you’re looking to relax instead, have no fear! Visit the thermal pools, sample all the food on Eat Street or explore the lake front area and the Government Gardens.
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: YHA Rotorua

    Day 5: Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua

    Stop At: Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours, 3836 Galatea Road, Galatea 3079, New Zealand
    After hanging out in a major tourist destination like Rotorua, you’ll probably feel ready to experience a more authentic slice of New Zealand culture. Today we venture off the beaten track to the shores of Lake Aniwhenua. Kohutapu Lodge is owned by a local Maori family who are passionate about showcasing their Maori tribal heritage. You'll see sacred Maori rock carvings, play traditional stick games and watch the preparation of a ground cooked 'hangi', before tasting it for yourself! Prepare your tastebuds - this will probably be the best meal you eat in New Zealand, or maybe even in your lifetime!

    Exclusive experience includes:

    1 night’s accommodation at the serene lakeside Kohutapu Lodge
    Full traditional hangi buffet dinner & dessert
    Continental breakfast
    Guided tour to sacred Maori rock carvings
    Introduction to the Murupara area, its people, history and challenges.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Dinner: Traditional Hangi Dinner
    Accommodation included: Kohutapu Lodge, lakeside accommodation

    Day 6: Lake Aniwhenua to Blue Duck Station

    Stop At: Huka Falls tracks, Huka Falls Road, Taupo New Zealand
    See the mighty Huka Falls
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Whakahoro, Retaruke 3990, New Zealand
    Blue Duck Station is a sprawling 7,200-acre high country farm that is both a working station and an eco-conservation pioneer dedicated to protecting the native environment for its namesake, the rare blue duck. On arrival, we will settle in to learn a little about daily life at Blue Duck, the station’s interesting settlement history and their sustainability efforts before cooking some dinner and chilling out around the bonfire.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Blue Duck Station Lodge

    Day 7: Free Day in Blue Duck Station

    Stop At: Whakahoro, Retaruke 3990, New Zealand
    Good news - You have a full free day to explore this ruggedly charming destination. For entertainment, you have the option to go horseback riding over rolling green hills, or jump on a 4WD and travel through native bush to the ‘Top of the World’ where you can see the three peaks of Mount Ruapehu, Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngauruhoe. If you’d prefer to explore on foot, hike to the Kaiwhakauka waterfall and see if you can spot a rare blue duck in the flesh. Whatever you decide, we have no doubt this will be the start of your love affair with this lush kiwi paradise. Those holiday romances, aye!
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Blue Duck Station Lodge

    Day 8: Blue Duck Station to Raetihi

    Stop At: Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Off State Highway 48 Mangatepopo Valley, Whakapapa Village, Tongariro National Park New Zealand
    Limber up! Today you get the chance to tick off one of the most popular hikes in New Zealand, the epic Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Considered one of the world’s top one-day walks, this 19km hike takes you across a rocky plateau with dramatic volcanic peaks, craters and turquoise lakes that you (and your Instagram feed) will remember for a lifetime. The Crossing is open to walk year-round (alpine gear and guide are required in winter), but it is subject to the weather conditions. If the weather prevents you from doing the Crossing, there are other awesome short-walks in the area. Tonight, unwind after a big day in a cosy historic lodge in Raetihi – complete with a pamper room, spa bath and mountain views.
    Duration: 8 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Historic restored lodge with mountain views

    Day 9: Raetihi to Wellington

    Stop At: Wellington, Wellington, Greater Wellington, North Island
    Onwards to Wellington, the ‘coolest little capital in the world’! Wellington packs a lot of character into its downtown district, with funky restaurants and bars along Cuba Street and Courtenay Place. Fill your afternoon by browsing through the exhibits at Te Papa National Museum, grab a craft beer at an edgy brewery, climb to the top of Mt Victoria for panoramic views or take a stroll along the waterfront and Oriental Parade. Oh and, most importantly for those who seek 24/7 caffeination, you’ll be glad to know that Wellington’s coffee culture and cafe scene is considered one of the best in NZ.
    Duration: 12 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Nomads Wellington

    Day 10: Wellington to Marahau via Picton

    Stop At: Marahau, Marahau, Nelson-Tasman Region, South Island
    We catch an early Bluebridge Ferry across the Cook Strait and through the magnificent Marlborough Sounds to the South Island. If the weather’s good, head out to the viewing deck to witness some incredible scenes. From here we’ll pick up a few extra Strayers in Picton before setting off through the picturesque Marlborough region. Then we continue to Marahau, situated right on the edge of the spectacular Abel Tasman National Park.
    Duration: 12 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: The Barn, waterfront accommodation

    Day 11: Free Day in Marahau

    Stop At: Abel Tasman National Park, Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson-Tasman Region, South Island
    Count yourself lucky - you have a full day to explore New Zealand’s most popular national park. From our accommodation you can hike straight into the park (no water taxi required!). It’s a cool 12kms to Anchorage and you’ll see the park’s natural golden sand beaches and brilliant blue waters along the way. The walk is approx. 4 hours each way but there’s enough photo stops en-route to spend an entire day exploring. Enjoy a picnic on the beach before checking out Cleopatra’s Pools, moss lined fresh water pools with a natural water slide.
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: The Barn, waterfront accommodation

    Day 12: Marahau to Franz Josef

    Stop At: Franz Josef, Franz Josef, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, West Coast Region, South Island
    Buckle up for an awesome day driving down the incredibly scenic ‘wild’ West Coast, an area known for its untamed beaches and spectacular rainforest. Through Buller Gorge and down a stretch of road named one of the top drives in the world by Lonely Planet, there’s not much cell phone reception but you are NOT gonna need it – we dare you to peel your eyes away from the window for even just a second. We’ll stop at the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and blow holes to explore this unique part of coastline before continuing on to the quaint township of Franz Josef, set amongst the rainforest.
    Duration: 12 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Rainforest Retreat

    Day 13: Free Day in Franz Josef

    Stop At: Franz Josef, Franz Josef, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, West Coast Region, South Island
    Ice, ice baby! Get ready to experience the Franz Josef Glacier, an iconic highlight of the West Coast. Take a short drive to the beginning of the track. Hike through native bush and across glacial streams to the terminal face of the glacier for spectacular photos or just hang out at the Retreat and relax in one of NZ’s largest spa pools.
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Rainforest Retreat

    Day 14: Franz Josef to Wanaka

    Stop At: Lake Matheson Walk, Lake Matheson Road, Fox Glacier, Westland Tai Poutini National Park New Zealand
    It’s another scenic journey today with plenty of photo stops – your Mum isn’t gonna be the only one who thinks your travel photos are world-class! First up is the amazing mirror-like Lake Matheson for a short walk.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Wanaka, Wanaka, Otago Region, South Island
    Next we travel inland through the mountainous Haast Pass and alongside beautiful Lake Hawea to arrive in Wanaka late-afternoon. It’s the perfect time to get your own photo of the famous Wanaka Tree set against a sunset backdrop. Dreamy!
    Duration: 12 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: YHA Wanaka

    Day 15: Wanaka to Queenstown

    Stop At: Mount Iron Track, State Highway 84, Wanaka New Zealand
    Kick start your day with a brisk walk up Mt Iron or have a sleep in (we know they’re necessary sometimes!).
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Queenstown, Queenstown, Otago Region, South Island
    Mid-morning we’ll make our way to Queenstown, known in New Zealand as the ‘Adventure Capital of the World’ and the spiritual home of bungy jumping. We stop at Kawarau Bridge on our way into town a.k.a. the first commercial bungy jumping site in the world. If you’re feeling brave you can tick the bungy off your bucket list or if you’d prefer to just watch then you can cheer your mates on from the viewing platform!
    Duration: 12 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Nomads Queenstown

    Day 16: Free Day in Queenstown

    Stop At: Queenstown, Queenstown, Otago Region, South Island
    Yaaaasssss Queen(stown)! You’ve got 3 full days in the adventure capital. With a buzzy night life, beautiful mountain scenery and plenty of outdoor activities, it’s easy to understand why so many backpackers refuse to leave this place.
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Nomads Queenstown


    Day 17: Free Day in Queenstown

    Stop At: Queenstown, Queenstown, Otago Region, South Island
    Yaaaasssss Queen(stown)! You’ve got 3 full days in the adventure capital. With a buzzy night life, beautiful mountain scenery and plenty of outdoor activities, it’s easy to understand why so many backpackers refuse to leave this place.
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Nomads Queenstown

    Day 18: Free Day in Queenstown

    Stop At: Queenstown, Queenstown, Otago Region, South Island
    Yaaaasssss Queen(stown)! You’ve got 3 full days in the adventure capital. With a buzzy night life, beautiful mountain scenery and plenty of outdoor activities, it’s easy to understand why so many backpackers refuse to leave this place.
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Nomads Queenstown

    Day 19: Queenstown to Tekapo

    Stop At: Lake Tekapo, Lake Tekapo, Mackenzie District, Canterbury Region, South Island
    Depart Queenstown to drive over the Lindis Pass through the beautiful Mackenzie Country and past the vivid blue waters of Lake Pukaki. Our final destination of the day is Lake Tekapo. The Lake is a stunning electric blue and is framed by the Southern Alps. See the famous Church of the Good Shepherd, a quaint stone church right on the edge of the lake or hike up to the Mount John Observatory to see the incredible views.
    Duration: 12 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: YHA Tekapo

    Day 20: Free Day in Tekapo

    Stop At: Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Mackenzie District, Canterbury Region, South Island
    This morning we’ll make our way to take in the stunning views of Aoraki Mount Cook. While you’re there you can hike the scenic Hooker Valley Track or head to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Stop At: Lake Tekapo, Lake Tekapo, Mackenzie District, Canterbury Region, South Island
    This evening, why not head to the Tekapo Hot Springs - they're the perfect place to relax and soak up the scenery. If skies are clear tonight, be sure to head outside to experience one of the best stargazing spots in the country.
    Duration: 12 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: YHA Tekapo

    Day 21: Tekapo to Christchurch

    Stop At: Christchurch, Christchurch, Canterbury Region, South Island
    Our next stop is the Garden City of Christchurch, a city where old meets new, as the rebuild continues following the devastating 2011 earthquake. Spend your afternoon wandering the city streets and laneways to discover creative street art and hidden eateries. See how Christchurch earned its nickname as the Garden City by visiting the Botanic Gardens. Take a walk down Hereford St to see the ‘Cardboard’ Cathedral and the earthquake memorial of 185 White Chairs.
    Duration: 12 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: All Stars Inn

    Day 22: Christchurch to Kaikoura

    Stop At: Kaikoura, Kaikoura, Canterbury Region, South Island
    Wakey wakey! We’ve got an early morning start for a beautiful drive up the coast to Kaikoura. Arriving in Kaikoura around midday, you will have the afternoon free to explore. See the Kekeno (NZ fur seal) colony near Goose Bay and hike around the peninsula to check out the breathtaking views from the lookout. You’re likely to see sea birds, seals and maybe even whales or dolphins if you’re lucky!
    Duration: 12 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Dusky Lodge

    Day 23: Kaikoura to Wellington via Picton

    Stop At: Wellington, Wellington, Greater Wellington, North Island
    This morning we’ll hop on the bus and wind our way up the coastal roads towards the top of the South Island. We will catch the afternoon Bluebridge Ferry across the Cook Strait. The evening in Wellington is free for a second chance to explore this funky town’s nightlife at any of the bars and restaurants along Cuba Street. It’s your last night guys – go wild! Alternatively, it’s a good time to craft your master plan on how to stay in New Zealand forever. Either or.
    Duration: 12 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Nomads Wellington

    Day 24: Wellington to Auckland

    Stop At: Auckland Central, Auckland Central, North Island
    All good things must come to an end. After an incredible few weeks of exploring New Zealand it’s officially time to head back to the ‘City of Sails’. If you had any luck creating that master plan, now would be a good time to implement it – otherwise, today is an express day from Wellington to Auckland, so soak up the last few moments with your new Stray family. We hope you had a blast!
    Duration: 12 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    The Body Shop, 225 Cnr of Darby &, Queen Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
    Departure Time :
    7:20 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travel days will include a free activity which will be explained by your Guide (ie local walks and sight seeing). Optional Activities can be booked via the Stray Mate App.
    • Insurance cover is not included in the price of a pass. We strongly recommend that you take insurance to cover you for cancellation, medical expenses, personal accident, personal baggage and public liability.
    • Luggage is limited to one bag or suitcase per person (maximum weight of 15kgs), plus one day pack to carry onboard with your valuables. The carriage of any excess of oversized luggage is at Stray's discretion and must be approved prior to travel.
    • This pass is subject to the Operators standard terms and conditions
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 42 travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Stray Limited

Activity ID: V-13949P29

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