All that a Kiwi winter has to offer!
Winter is coming... So let's make it one hell of a party!!
New Zealand’s South Island is a place of breathtaking beauty, and there’s no better time to explore it than a Kiwi winter. Snow-covered mountains, crisp blue lakes, unbeatable nightlife… You’ll spend two weeks exploring it all with us and making memories you’ll never forget.
On your Kiwi Vibes tour, we guarantee you the time of your freakin’ life as you experience New Zealand’s ‘Epic South’
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DAY 1: GREAT LAKE TAUPO
Today is the first day of the time of your freakn' life. A nice early start sees us leave the busy city of Auckland and head south for some epic glowworm caving in world-famous Waitomo.
Once we’ve got the blood pumping we head south for our first night's accommodation in Taupo. Here, we see what you're really made of, as we paint the town red and have a Saturday night with your new mates you’ll never forget!
Included: Dinner, Drinks, Hot Pools
Optional Paid Extras: Waitomo Caves (approx. $74)
DAY 2: QUIRKY WELLINGTON
Rise and shine, Vibrators! How’s the head this morning? Today we’ll get a few hours under our belt as we make the journey south to NZ’s capital, Wellington. Along the way, we’ll stop and briefly check out NZ’s military history at the National Army Museum.
Once in Wellington, the afternoon is yours to explore ‘New Zealand’s most eclectic city’. If craft beer, street art or an alternate music scene is your thing, you’ll be in heaven! Tonight, we’ll hold the drinking game olympics (pick your beer pong partner wisely) followed by an epic pub crawl of Wellington.
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Free entry to the National Army Museum & Te Papa Museum
DAY 3: WORLD FAMOUS KAIKOURA
After two days in the North Island, it’s time to board the ferry and cross the Cook Strait for the South Island. Arriving in Picton through the stunning Marlborough Sounds, we'll set off along the east coast for Kaikoura. This beautiful seaside town is ‘world famous in NZ’ for its abundance of sea life sightseeing.
Ever seen a seal colony in the wild before? Well, today you will! What about magnificent Spermies (Sperm Whales) feeding out from the coastline? We’ll try our luck with that too!
Included: Breakfast, Cook Strait Ferry, ‘world famous’ seal colony
DAY 4: COAST TO COAST - HOKITIKA & FRANZ JOSEF
Regarded as one of the best scenic drives in New Zealand, today sees us travel from one coast to the other as we make our way towards beautiful Hokitika, and then on to Franz Josef Glacier for the night. On the way, we’ll stop in at Otira Viaduct lookout to take in the breathtaking views of Arthurs Pass and meet New Zealand’s cheekiest native bird, the famous Kea.
Tonight, it’s time for a yummy home-cooked Kiwi dinner, made for you by our awesome guides. Following that, get ready for a drunken talent show! Start practicing your party tricks now.
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Otira Viaduct lookout, Jade Carving Tour, Dinner
Day 5: HOME OF THE GLACIERS
Today you’ll get your chance to experience a real once-in-a-lifetime activity as we spend a second night in epic Franz Josef, home of the famous Franz Josef Glacier.
It’s a free walk to check out the glacier, but if you’ve got a bit of extra spending money - optional paid activities like heli-tours and treks are also available for that unbeatable instagram shot of another world.
After that, we’re off to Fox Glacier village to see our second glacier of the day before returning to Franz Josef for the night. Tonight, we take you on the most epic pub crawl through this beautiful winter town!
Included: Breakfast, Access to Franz Josef Galcier
Optional paid extras: Scenic Flight and Glacier Landing ($479), Glacier Kayak Tours ($120), Quad Biking ($160), Glacier Hot Pools ($28)
Day 6: WINTER WONDERLAND
John Travolta once said, “whenever I get stressed I just want to hop on a plane to Queenstown.” Often described as “other-worldly”, Queenstown really has to be seen to be believed and, with three nights in this incredible southern paradise, you’ll get your chance to do all the seeing you want.
On the way down to Queenstown, we’ll visit the Blue Pools in Haast Pass, as well as stopping in at NZ’s famous Cardrona Bra Fence (where you ladies can add to the fence’s collection, if you've got one spare).
Arriving late in the afternoon, we’ll check into our accommodation before heading to the world’s best burger joint: Fergburger. After that, the night is yours. Have some drinks at the Ice Bar, take a trip through the haunted house, or head back to our accommodation to rest up for the two more big days we spend in Queenstown.
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Access to Fox Glacier, Cardrona Bra Fence
Optional paid extras: Fergburger ($15 approx.)
Day 7: QUEENSTOWN PART 2
There’s only one thing better than waking up to a Friday - and that’s waking up to a Friday in stunning Queenstown!
Today is your first of two completely FREE DAYS in this incredible wonderland. Spend it how you want; bungy jumping, skiing, snowboarding, skydiving, jet-boating… the list of bucket-list activities available in Queenstown is endless!
Later tonight, we’ll let our hair down as we hit the town on a famous Queenstown pub crawl.
Optional paid extras: Ski/Snowboarding ($144), Lord of the Rings Tour ($195), Queenstown Expedition ($169), Milford Sound Coach and Cruise ($194), Funyaks ($379), Pub Crawl ($20) + many more...
Day 8: QUEENSTOWN PART 3
Didn’t manage to do everything you wanted yesterday? No worries! Our last day in Queenstown, today is another entirely free day!
If it’s more action-packed excitement you’re after, the town will be bustling as the weekend hits. If you’re needing a rest after last night’s antics, well that’s ‘sweet as’ too. Queenstown has an abundance of warm bars, restaurants and hide-outs where you can relax with a hot chocolate in front of a roaring fire.
Optional paid extras: Highest Bungy Jump in NZ ($275 approx), Skydiving ($299), Nevis Catapult ($255), Jet-boating ($135), Shotover Canyon Swing ($249), Shotover Canyon Fox ($169), Kawarau Bridge Bungy ($205), Pub Crawl ($20) + many more...
Day 9: Mackenzie Country
It’s never fun saying “goodbye” to Queenstown, but today we pack our bags and set off for the turquoise lakes and snow capped peaks of Mackenzie Country. On the way, we’ll check out the historic gold mining village, Arrowtown where you can try your luck at panning for gold.
After stopping for some lunch at Lake Pukaki, we'll continue on for that famous photo op at The Church of the Good Shepherd and Lake Tekapo. Then, it's on to Christchurch for the first of our two nights in 'The Garden City'. Dinner's on us tonight!
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Lake Pukaki, Lake Tekapo
Day 10: Garden City
Ravaged by 2011’s devastating earthquake, Christchurch the ‘Garden City’ has been in rebuild mode ever since, and is once again widely regarded as New Zealand’s most beautiful city.
Following brekkie, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the city at your own pace, as our guides suggest an afternoon’s worth of activities (and bars) to keep you busy. As this will be our last night in the south, we’re expecting nothing to do be left on the table tonight!
Optional paid extras: Mountain Biking ($105), Zip-lining ($130)
Day 11: North We Go - Wellington Part 2
Today we say ‘Haere Rā’ (goodbye) to the South as an early start sees us head back up to Picton to catch the ferry back to the North Island.
You’ll often hear Kiwis say “you can’t beat Wellington on a good day,” so let’s hope the weather Gods are smiling down on us as we arrive back in Wellington for our second night’s stay of the tour. Rest up (or not), tomorrow we venture north to the beautiful Taranaki region and its main city, New Plymouth.
Included: Breakfast, All ferry costs
Day 12: Taranaki Bound
Taranaki locals are some of the proudest people in New Zealand - today you’ll see why. Departing from Wellington, we’ll head north towards the region, stopping in for some lunch in the ‘bread capital of New Zealand’ - the small coastal town of Manaia.
After that, it’s on to tonight’s stop, New Plymouth city, where we’ll make the most of our accommodations in-house bar to celebrate our last night together with a bang! Let’s hope your drinking shoes are still clean; you’ll be needing them tonight!
Included: Breakfast, BYO Dinner
Day 13: Back to the Big Smoke
Our final day of the tour has arrived (boo!)
Today, we take a trip to Middle Earth as we offer any hobbits on board the opportunity of a lifetime - the famous Hobbiton movie set! Constructed for the Lord of the Rings films, this breathtaking scene in rural New Zealand has been incredibly maintained and, today, is one of the countries leading tourist attractions.
For those budget-tight travellers among us, the majestic ‘Blue Spring’ will be where we spend our time while the rest are in ‘The Shire’. Here at the Blue Spring, unbelievably crystal-blue water emerges, deep in the heart of the forest.
Once together again, it’s back on the bus and back to the bright lights of Auckland, where we say our farewells!
Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Optional Paid Extras: Hobbiton movie set ($84 approx.)
"The tour went so fast - I was gutted when our last day came! My Kiwi Vibes tour truly lived up to the expectation. Honestly, if you're going to NZ and you want to see it in the best way possible, book with these guys!"
Hayley - Colorado, U.S.