5Days
Exploring Beyond experiences

Route

Auckland  to  Queenstown

Highlights

Climb the Auckland Harbour Bridge

Go jet boating or white water rafting on the Kawerau or Shotover Rivers

Spend the morning on a 4WD tour of New Zealand’s backcountry

Take in some of the best New Zealand has to offer with a five-day visit to Auckland and Queenstown. Enjoy harbour fun and Māori culture in New Zealand’s major international gateway city of Auckland before travelling to Queenstown to find pure inspiration and adventure among some of the country’s most stunning scenery.

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Day 1 - Auckland

City Sights Tour

Start your time in New Zealand with a city orientation tour of Auckland. Board a coach to explore the city’s highlights, from the historic and artsy suburb of Parnell to the sparkling Waitemata Harbour.

Lunch Among the Clouds

Visit New Zealand’s highest manmade structure for lunch with a view. The 328-metre-high Sky Tower houses Peter Gordon's The Sugar Club and the Orbit revolving restaurant. Enjoy a delicious meal while you watch thrill seekers SkyJump off the tower.

Pick Your Pleasure

Check out Britomart’s vibrant shopping, entertainment and business district or explore the boutiques in the up-market suburbs of Newmarket and Parnell. For an authentic Māori cultural experience, join a cultural tour at Auckland Museum to learn the significance of the Māori taonga (treasures) within its walls and experience a spine-tingling haka - New Zealand’s most famous dance.

Welcome Dinner

Complete your first day with a welcome gala dinner. There are dozens of venues for incentive groups of all sizes, from world-class restaurants to waterside function centres and elegant historic buildings.

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Day 2 - Auckland

On the Water

Spend the morning on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour. Experience an exhilarating jet boat tour of the city’s coastline, explore by kayak, charter a 50ft monohull yacht with Pride of Auckland, or venture into the expansive Hauraki Gulf as part of a whale and dolphin safari.

Adrenaline and Adventure

Enjoy lunch on Auckland’s waterfront and then prepare for action. There are plenty of activities to choose from; climb the Auckland Harbour Bridge on a guided tour, bungy jump from the jump pod suspended beneath the bridge, or travel to the Sky Tower to SkyWalk around its 192-metre-high walkway, or SkyJump from it. If adventure is your thing, 4 Track Adventures offers half-day quad bike safaris on rugged Muriwai Beach, west of Auckland.

Dinner and Drinks

After a busy day, it’s time to unwind. The central city has restaurants catering to all tastes and group sizes, while Ponsonby is packed full of stylish bars, all within a stone’s throw of each other.

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Day 3 - Queenstown

Journey to Queenstown 

Now that you’ve experienced some of the best of Auckland, it’s time to find pure inspiration in the South Island city of Queenstown. Board a plane at Auckland Airport for the two hour flight. Transfers from Queenstown Airport to your accommodation can be done by coach, luxury vehicle or even jet boat.

Water Adventures

Dive into your Queenstown experience with white water rafting or jet boating on the Shotover or Kawarau rivers. The Shotover River offers thrilling grade 3-5 rapids with fitting names like Toilets, Pinball and Jaws, while the gentler Kawarau River is ideal for people seeking a more relaxed white water rafting adventure. If you want to combine river action with the power of a turbo engine, both rivers can also be enjoyed by high speed jet boat.

Lunch with a View

Enjoy a leisurely lunch at a riverside café or coach back to Queenstown to enjoy one of the resort town’s many incentive venues, from hip restaurants offering stunning views of the lake and mountains, to purpose-built venues in the unique and stunning Wakatipu Basin.

Boutique Shopping

Spend the afternoon exploring Queenstown’s boutique shopping scene. Queenstown’s Mall is an ideal place to track down a gift for friends and it offers a wide variety of restaurants and bars where you can spend the afternoon and evening relaxing with your choice of delicious food and wine.

 

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Day 4 - Queenstown

4WD Safari

There’s no better way to start your day than with a 4WD tour of the New Zealand backcountry with Nomad Safaris. Learn about the Queenstown area’s gold mining history or visit sites where the Lord of the Rings movies were filmed as you explore by Land Rover or quad bike.

Afternoon Among the Vines

Enjoy lunch at a restaurant in historic Arrowtown, before embarking on a vineyard tour to the nearby Gibbston Valley wine region. The scenic, high altitude area is known for its Pinot Noirs and its fine selection of tasty cheeses.

Lakeside Dining

Finish your day back in Queenstown with a meal on the resort town’s picturesque waterfront for fantastic views over the lake towards the Remarkables mountain range.

 

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Day 5 - Queenstown

A Morning of Leisure

Spend the morning at leisure before boarding the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw for a cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. The beautiful garden setting at the Colonel’s Homestead, at the heart of the high country farm, is the perfect setting for a barbeque lunch. Join a walking tour to explore the property’s extensive lakeside gardens and meet some of the station’s many farm animals.

Finish Your Trip in Style

No trip to Queenstown would be complete without dinner at Skyline Restaurant. Situated on top of Bob’s Peak and accessed by gondola, the restaurant serves a mouth-watering buffet including South Island salmon, seafood, salads, roast meats and delicious desserts. It's the ideal place for that special night out, and one of the best spots in Queenstown to watch the sun go down.