Get Social: New Zealand 2024-25

Get Social: New Zealand 2024-25

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Get Social: New Zealand 2024-25

17 Days Starting in Auckland and ending in Christchurch

Visiting: Auckland, Waitomo Caves, Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours, Rotorua, Huka Falls, Taupō, Wellington, Abel Tasman National Park, Kaikōura, Christchurch, Hokitika, Franz Josef Glacier, Wānaka, Queenstown, Lake Tekapo

Tour operator:

Topdeck

Tour code:

TGKAC4

Specialist Group:

18-30 Somethings

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

10 - 48

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

18-39

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Active

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

TRIP VIBE = fast-paced fun with tons of socialising, bucket-list sights and good times all round. Home of Lord of the Rings, Crowded House and the World’s Sexiest Accent – there’s no doubt this little country has a BIG reputation for being jam-packed with pure awesomeness. Don’t waste time choosing between North and South, adventure or chill, culture or landscapes – bungy out of boring and dive headfirst into the best 17 days of your life. We’re waiting.

Highlights

  • Overnight stay in a traditional Maori marae and hangi dinner

  • Visit Lake Taupo and Huka Falls

  • Orientation walk of Tongariro National Park with Trip Leader

  • Orientation walk of Wellington with Trip Leader

  • Cook Strait ferry crossing

  • Orientation walk of Christchurch with Trip Leader

  • Visit Hokitika

  • Visit Lake Matheson

  • Stay in the scenic Franz Josef Glacier region

  • Orientation tour of Rotorua with Trip Leader

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Day 1: Auckland (North Island, New Zealand) – Waitomo – Kohutapu
Location: Auckland, Waitomo Caves, Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours
Accommodation: Lodge
Meals Included: Dinner

You’ve got your home life, and home friends... and home routine. But this is your chance to leave it all behind. Ready? Meet us in Auckland and say kia ora to your fellow Topdeckers. First stop on our Kiwi adventure: Waitomo Caves. A glowworm-studded labyrinth of underground caves and rivers – this place is like something out of a sci-fi movie. Spend your free time exploring Ruakuri Cave on foot. Cruise through the magical grotto. Or dare your new travel fam to strap in for a unique blackwater rafting experience (disclaimer: you’re gonna get wet). Later, we’ll receive a traditional welcome at Kohutapu Lodge. Visit a working marae, enjoy a haka demo, and level-up your crafting skills during a weaving workshop. Then, we’ll tuck into a hangi with the gang. This is as authentic as it gets.

Day 2: Kohutapu – Rotorua
Location: Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours, Rotorua
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

To say Rotorua has it ‘going on’ would be the understatement of the century. We’re talking: adrenalin-pumping activities, geothermal spas and nerd-central movie sets. And you’ve got all day to embrace it – hell yeah! For the LOTR fans (or closet fans), take a walk through Tolkien’s dreams at the Hobbiton movie set. Adrenalin junkie? Get your hit on a rapid ride down the mighty Kaituna River. Or play Tarzan on a sky-high canopy tour. Tonight is up to you, but we rec you gather the gang and head to Pig & Whistle (a former police station turned cool pub) to keep the good times rolling.

Day 3: Rotorua – Huka Falls – Taupo
Location: Rotorua, Huka Falls, Taupō
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Bye bye Rotorua – today we’re leaving the city behind and heading for some of Mother Nature’s best bits. First: we’ll make a stop at roaring Huka Falls and play spot-the-extreme-kayaker as they tackle the immense 11-metre plunge down the canyon falls. Then: we’ll take in the A-Mazing views over Lake Taupo (FYI, this lake’s the size of Singapore – but with more fish, fewer airports). Finally, we’ll roll on to our accommodation and have a whip around Taupo’s best bits. Afterwards, there’ll be time to grab some snacks and chill out with your travel fam. You deserve it.

Day 4: Taupo
Location: Taupō
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Dramatic volcanic peaks dominating the horizon. Rugged terrain that looks like you landed on Mars. And intense turquoise lakes gathered in steep valleys. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is one of the best one-day hikes in the world – and it 100% deserves the rep. You’ve got a full day to find your Samwise up Mt Ngauruhoe (aka Mt Doom), soak up all the I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E views and wish you’d broken in those new hiking boots. If being on the water is more your vibe – there’s a Lake Taupo sailing excursion on the cards too. Or why not head to Wai-O-Tapu to admire its bubbling geysers and kaleidoscopic geothermal pools? Back at base camp with the group, sit back with a cold beverage and crack open that new pack of playing cards. Who knows Rummy?

Day 5: Taupo – Wellington
Location: Wellington
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Next up: Wellington. Get your bearings around the capital on an orientation tour before we head to Mt Victoria for 360-degree views over the harbour. Then: the rest is up to you. Grab lunch along Cuba Street. Soak up the rays at Scorching Bay. Treat yourself to a Snickers milkshake at Fidel’s Cafe. And spot a kiwi bird (or two) at the Zealandia ecological sanctuary. Tonight, dinner’s on you – but with more bars and restaurants per capita than New York, you’re not going to be stuck for options. Trust us.

Day 6: Wellington
Location: Wellington
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

What’s that? A free day to do whatever floats your boat? Yes please. Get your Middle Earth fix at the Weta Workshop. Head to the (free *punches the air*) Te Papa Museum for a dose of NZ history. Or jump on the Wellington Cable Car for all the vintage vibes. Tonight: gather the crew, grab some fresh ‘fush and chups’ from The Chippery and head down to the harbour for dinner-with-a-view. This is livin’.

Day 7: Wellington – Abel Tasman (South Island)
Location: Wellington, Abel Tasman National Park
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Wave goodbye to the North Island – we’re heading across the Cook Strait into the gobsmackingly beautiful Marlborough Sounds. Sounds familiar? Chances are you’ve picked up a bottle (or two) of Savvie B from this region. Then: onwards to Abel Tasman! Home of some of New Zealand’s most pristine beaches. Get in.

Day 8: Abel Tasman
Location: Abel Tasman National Park
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free day = your chance to do your own spontaneous this-is-what-I-came-here-for thing. Ever heard of the Abel Tasman National Park? Think: golden sandy beaches. Picturesque turquoise bays. Lush native forests. And cute locals (of the wildlife kind). Hire a kayak and head out on a seal-spotting adventure. Soak up bird’s eye views of both islands with an EPIC skydiving experience in nearby Motueka. Or activate adventure mode with a full day’s canyoning. This is your moment.

Day 9: Abel Tasman – Kaikoura
Location: Kaikōura
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

From one stunning coastline to another – we’re making tracks to the East Coast today. Spot the wild fur seals getting their tan on as we roll into B-E-A-Utiful Kaikoura. Options here = soak up the laid back atmosphere in town, take a hike around the peninsula for sunset, keep your eyes peeled for Giant Sperm Whales on a whale-watching tour, or get your butt down to one of the seafood caravans on the foreshore for some fresher-than-fresh crayfish. Fact: Kaikoura literally translates to ‘eat crayfish’ – so you know it’s gonna be good.

Day 10: Kaikoura – Christchurch
Location: Christchurch
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Next stop: the South Island's largest city. After having most of the CBD demolished by a devastating earthquake in 2011, Christchurch has rebuilt itself into a VIBING hub of quirky bars, restaurants and cafes. After getting the run-about-town with our Trip Leader, you’ll have the rest of the afternoon off to do whatever you want. Need some suggestions? Head to Little High Eatery: a hip marketplace full of locally run food trucks. After, gather the gang and head to Rockpool for pool tables and a pumping dance floor.

Day 11: Christchurch – Hokitika – Franz Josef Glacier Region
Location: Christchurch, Hokitika, Franz Josef Glacier
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

One minute you’re sipping lattes in the city, next minute you’re off to one of New Zealand’s most famous glaciers. En-route, we’ll make a photo stop in historic Hokitika. Head to the beach and find the quirky sculpture made by the locals. Gift a pounamu (greenstone) to your new travel BFF for good luck. Or gather the gang and give ‘mountain oysters’ a try (hint: Google it first). Then, we'll roll into the jaw-dropping Franz Josef Glacier region. After grabbing dinner in town with the group, you could seek out the resident glow worms on an after-dark adventure – just ask your in-the-know Trip Leader.

Day 12: Franz Josef Glacier Region
Location: Franz Josef Glacier
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Rise and shine! If the weather is good, you’ll have the chance to explore this chilly playground on an optional heli-hike. Strap on your crampons and pile into the chopper – we’ll head up to 800m above sea level to explore the maze of ice formations with an expert local guide. Or go all-out with a scenic flight that’ll leave you with goosebumps and a full camera roll. There’s also an out-of-this-world kayaking trip through the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary up for grabs.

Day 13: Franz Josef Glacier Region – Wanaka – Queenstown
Location: Wānaka, Queenstown
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, we’ll make tracks to Wanaka: a lakeside, alpine town with some ‘holy-sh*t’-worthy scenery. It’ll then be time to turn our attention to the adventure capital of the world: Queenstown. Get the lay of the land with your Trip Leader, then spend the rest of the afternoon wandering around the bay area or holed up with your crew in World Bar. With world-famous teapot cocktails, it’s the perfect spot to make a plan for the next few days.

Day 14: Queenstown
Location: Queenstown
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

If Queenstown had a Tinder profile it would read: fun-filled outdoor enthusiast – looking for a fellow adrenalin junkie to share adventures with. And all its pics would be of people throwing themselves off extreme heights. Swiping right? Hell yes! Skydiving. Bungy jumping. Jet boating. White water rafting. Canyon swinging. You want it, this place has it. And you’ve got 24 hrs to embrace it all. Or jump on an optional day trip to the totally mesmerising Milford Sound. The main event? A cruise on the Milford fjord complete with thundering waterfalls, razor-edge cliffs and resident seals. This place is National Geographic on steroids (like Schwarzenegger steroids). Tonight, we’ll regroup in Queenstown – gather the fam and see if the nightlife here really lives up to the rep.

Day 15: Queenstown
Location: Queenstown
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today = options. Didn’t tick everything off? We’ve got your back – here’s another free day we prepared earlier. Head into Mount Aspiring National Park on a Wilderness Jet adventure. Jump in a funyak down the Dart River (like a kayak, but better). Or conquer the wild Shotover River on an adrenalin-pumping whitewater rafting experience. If you’d rather cruise in the slow-lane, sip your way through the Otago region or get your Fergburger take-away and head up to Queenstown Gardens for stunning views over The Remarkables. And tonight? Head to the Cookie Bar. We’re talking: warm cookies, freakshakes, s’more, ice-cream...*wipes drool from chin*.

Day 16: Queenstown – Lake Tekapo
Location: Lake Tekapo
Accommodation: Hostel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Fuel up with an included brekkie 'cos we're heading to Lake Tekapo. Press your nose to the coach window and soak up all the stunning views racing past. Nestled between towering mountains, it’s the perfect place to spend the last night of our Kiwi encounter. Add one of New Zealand’s most photographed buildings to your camera roll with a visit to the Church of the Good Shepherd. The rest of the day is up to you. Go for a stroll along the shoreline (it’s absolutely covered in colourful lupins between Nov and Feb). Fancy a spa day? Head to the Tekapo Springs hot pools for a soothing soak. Then: we’re gonna give this trip the send-off it deserves at tonight’s final group dinner. Afterwards, look to the heavens during an optional star-gazing experience. Lake Tekapo sits within a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, so prepared to be WOWED.

Day 17: Lake Tekapo – Christchurch
Location: Christchurch
Meals Included: Breakfast

Ok, nobody panic – the adventure is coming to a close. But we’re sure as hell not done yet! Squeeze in one last pano at Lake Tekapo before we make tracks for Christchurch. 17 days. 2 islands. 1 country. Countless thrills, spills and good times. One HUGE adventure. You embraced it all and shared the ride with a bunch of strangers who are now like family. But it’s time to say goodbye. Reunion trip next year? 100%.

What's Included

  • Transport

    Air-conditioned coach

  • Accommodation

    3 nights in lodges, 13 nights in hostels

  • Fully Guided

  • Meals

  • Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

  • Tipping and Gratuities

What's Not Included

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • International Travel

  • Country Entry Visas

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the maximum group size?

    48

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    We will have our Tour Leader with you every day

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    No they aren't

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No they aren't

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    No they aren't

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    All guides are English Speaking

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes the Coach is air-conditioned

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No they aren't

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Single pricing is available on all tours

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes we can

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    This will be provided on all documentation

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Tipping is not required

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    This will vary from your country of origin. Please seek advice locally

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Yes from all over the world

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Curious? Open-minded? Same. Topdeckers are a mixed bunch, but that’s what makes us special. They come from all over the globe and are aged between 18 and 39. Like you, they’re looking to feel real. To experience more. To embrace the unknown. To grow and connect – without judgement.

  • Is there an age limit on Topdeck trips?

    Yes. Our trips are specifically designed for those aged 18-39 years of age.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    40 years

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    https://www.topdeck.travel/resources/booking-flexibility

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    We operate Single Share across across all touring styles and will match you with someone of the same gender

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    E-Documentation will be sent

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes, we work dilligenltly with our partners to acheive this

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Yes you can on European Tours

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Lachlan Al  

Get Social: New Zealand 2024-25

Our guide/driver Guy was extremely welcoming, funn

Our guide/driver Guy was extremely welcoming, funny, knowledgeable and kindhearted. Alongside him were some amazing people I got to meet and experience the beauty of New Zealand with. The freedom and ability to do certain activities or have free time while having accomodation and transport sorted made the trip so much more enjoyable.

Anonymous  

Get Social: New Zealand 2024-25

Julian Ba  

Get Social: New Zealand 2024-25

The tour was well done and I had a great tour. I d

The tour was well done and I had a great tour. I did notice it wasn’t as longer as the trip I planned to do before Covid. I noticed compared to my previous trips there wasn’t as much included in the itinerary but I loved that our tour guide took us to some awesome places when activities were cancelled due to wet weather. I had a great time it’s just next time I would like less free days.

Martin Ka  

Get Social: New Zealand 2024-25

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    Topdeck allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform topdeck, 60 days before departure.

  • Low Deposit

    Topdeck requires a minimum deposit of 60 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of topdeck charges.

    Up to 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 29 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 7 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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