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From Picton to Queenstown, this trip takes you to a huge range of natural wonders from glaciers and mountains to beautiful beaches and wild coastlines. There are plenty of wildlife encounters and a great selection of hikes and bike rides!
Why Choose Flying Kiwi…?
1. MORE EXPERIENCE = BETTER TRAVEL OPTIONS…
Flying Kiwi is the original New Zealand tour company. We are the experts with 30 years' experience in conducting tours of the highest quality and thousands of very, very satisfied customers. You can be guaranteed that our team will provide a professional and enjoyable experience of a lifetime.
2. MORE NATIONAL PARKS….
We have a license with the Department of Conservation that enables us to visit, and stay in, places other tours can't access. We ensure our tours give you time to experience New Zealand's best national parks too, including Paparoa, Abel Tasman, Aoraki/Mount Cook, Tongariro and Fiordland.
3. MORE CHANCES TO GENUINELY GET OFF THE BEATEN TRACK…
There are a number of World famous highlights on any trip to New Zealand – Milford Sound, Queentown, Rotorua to name a few and we make sure to experience the best these spots have to offer. However, what makes our trips totally unique is exploring the lesser known spots that other tour groups don't visit. Whether it's a secret glow-worm walk at night, a lush rainforest-fringed pool for a dip, a bike ride along deserted roads hugging the coast or a local cafe that serves quite possibly the best muffins in New Zealand we have found the best secret spots – we know you will love them just try not to tell too many others!
4. MORE ACCOMMODATION BY LAKES, MOUNTAINS AND OCEANS…
Rather than wake up in a hostel dorm we wake up to amazing views, fresh air and away from the crowds. By staying in these carefully selected sites you get to experience amazing sunrises, spectacular sunsets, campfires, sleeping to the sound of the ocean, morning dips, lakeside dining to name a few. There are camping and cabin accommodation options (so something for everyone) and we do occasionally use hostels (3 on the entire 28-day trip) to give you access to the bustling city centres.
5. MORE TASTY AND HEALTHY MEALS…
Our trips involve a great deal of activity and we appreciate the importance of good food. We usually offer breakfast, lunch and dinner which saves you time and money. With an average meal out in NZ costing around $35 you will save a fortune compared to other tour companies.
6. MORE CYCLE OPTIONS…
With bikes on board you have the chance to cycle as much, or as little, as you want. We cover a huge range of rides along the coast, by lakes, through mountain landscapes, downhill, uphill and even across hill – there is something for everyone and every fitness level.
7. MORE HIKES AND ACTIVITY OPTIONS (+LOADS OF FREE STUFF)…
We offer more hikes and activity options than any other tour company. That gives you more choice every day to try the hikes you fancy and the activities you have always wanted to try. Everything is optional and there are always free alternatives. We also include a number of the activities free of charge such as wine tasting, Wai-O-Tapu geothermal wonderland, scenic ferry crossings and more.
8. MORE FLEXIBILITY…
Our tours are designed to fit around you. We aren't a traditional tour – you choose the activities you want to do, you choose the style of accommodation you want and you can even take extended breaks along the way – Flying Kiwi is the perfect combination of independent travel and touring convenience.
10. MORE VALUE FOR MONEY…
Quite simply our trips are unbeatable. With transport, accommodation, most meals and use of sports equipment included you will not find a better value tour. Our tours add up to around $170 NZD per day which is a great measure to compare with other options (don't forget a meal out in NZ averages around $35 for starters and bike hire starts at approx. $35 per day).
11. FREE HIGHLIGHTS…
Some operators may list these as free activities specific to their tour but as Kiwis are such a generous bunch all those listed below are free for everyone!
Tongariro Crossing (bus transfer not included), glow worm walks, Te Papa museum, Wellington Botanical Gardens, heaps of free hikes, seal spotting, Tekapo Church of Good Shepherd, Huka Falls, dig your own thermal pool on Hot Water beach (we provide the spades!) + much more.
12. PLACES WE VISIT ARE…
– Stunning Bay of Islands
– Golden beaches of Coromandel
– Thermal mud pools of Rotorua
– Cruise the Marlborough Sounds
– Character cities of Dunedin and Christchurch
– Infamous Mount Cook
– Adrenalin rush of Queenstown
– Natural beauty of Kaikoura
– The spectacular Milford Sound
– Real Lord of the Rings country
– Cultural and historical treasures
– New Zealand’s World Heritage Sites
– The nation's capital – Wellington
– The wildlife spotting paradise of Otago Peninsula
– Numerous remote locations that other tours and tourists don't reach
13. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES TO CHOOSE FROM…
– Superb cycle rides (for all levels)
– Excellent hikes (for all levels)
– Sea kayaking
– Hobbiton Movie Set tour
– Maori Culture
– Hot pools
– Zipline tours
– Bungy jumping & giant swings
– White water rafting
– Whale watching (by air or boat)
– Deep sea fishing
– Dolphin swimming
– Horse riding
– Nature tours
– Brewery tours
– Milford Sound boat cruise
– Glow worm tours