Join Hamish in his native Aotearoa and let him show you a few of the hidden secrets and classic adventures on offer in New Zealand. This can be taken as a one or two week adventure, but if time and budgets allow, join him for an adventure with a familiar, but adventurous edge. Kiwi hospitality is infamous, but traveling New Zealand exploring the parts off the beaten track and “treats” many kiwis know about, make this the
perfect adventure. Whether it is eating fish and chips and paua (abalone) fritters out of newspaper from the best fish and chip shop, or heading out for an overnight cruise in the Bay Of Islands, this trip thrives on being super fun and friendly. We’ll paddle a selection of rivers, but this trip is about so much more than rafting. We are excited to make this the best holiday you have ever had!

4-7 nights
4 nights (2nd half)
What You Will Be Up To!
  • Day 1


    Arrival into Auckland, where you can relax and unwind from your flight. We’ll offer a sailing trip in the afternoon and then a relaxed dinner together.
    Included: Dinner

    Day 2


    We depart early for our flight up to Kerikeri. Here, we’ll be met by our transfer and taken on a fascinating visit to Waitangi, the birthplace of modern New Zealand. The afternoon sees us head out for the next 20 hours on “The Rock” a wonderful way to experience the Bay Of Islands
    Included: All meals

    Day 3


    After waking up on The Rock, we’ll go for a hike, and try and catch some fresh fish, before arriving back in Paihia. Late afternoon, you'll have at leisure, or perhaps you might like to take a scenic flight out by helicopter to 'The Hole In The Rock'. Dinner at the superb Alongside restaurant.
    Included: All meals.

    Day 4


    Our flight today, takes us to Wellington, the capitol of New Zealand. We get the chance to visit Te Papa, New Zealand's premier museum with ancient artifacts. Afternoon to explore on your own, where you may want to relax on the waterfront or take a ride on the Cable Car for expansive views over this gorgeous city. Overnight hotel.
    Included: All meals.

  • Day 5


    We jump on the Interisland Ferry to Picton in the South Island. From here, we’ll travel to see Blenheim, the wine growing capitol of New Zealand where we tour vineyards and enjoy a relaxed lunch. The afternoon sees us drive to Kaikoura and eat the best fish and chips in New Zealand on the beach!
    Included: All meals.

    Day 6


    Options this morning for swimming with Dolphins or whale watching. What a choice? Then we are off through Christchurch and onto Mt Cook where we stay in authentic shearer's quarters at Braemar Station. Enjoy absolutely spectacular views of the lake and mountains, including Mt Cook itself.
    Included: All meals

    Day 7


    Queenstown or Bust! Lets get in there, the adventure capital of the world. This is where it all started! The afternoon see us take a ride on Shotover Jet and then up to Skyline Restaurant for the last night for the half trip people.
    Included: All meals

    Day 8


    Today sees us with a magic flight over to Milford Sound, with stunning views en route. We take a cruise around the stunning Milford Sound by boat before heading back to Queenstown and our evening meal via steamer at Walter Peak Station.
    Included: All meals

    Day 9


    After a brief stop in the old goldmining village of Arrowtown we drive through Wanaka on the way to Clarks Bluff where we take a scenic flight into the Landborough River by helicopter. You’ll get to the river in time to relax in stunning surroundings where you’ll get a 4 course meal!
    Included: All meals

  • Day 10


    Lets go rafting! This gorgeous river is framed by the spectacular Southern Alps. We get to raft a river few people ever get to see. A few big rapids on the menu today including HellFire!
    Included: All meals

    Day 11


    We raft out to the confluence with the Haast River and drive up to Fox Glacier where we will overnight.
    Included: All meals

    Day 12


    Our treat today is a half day walk up the Fox Glacier with our guides. For the more adventurous amongst you, here is one of the best places in New Zealand to Skydive. We travel the gorgeous West Coast Road reaching our home for the night in Hokitika, a classic West Coast town.
    Included: All meals

    Day 13


    A half day of travel up to Motueka. We arrive in Marahau where we don our life jackets and go paddling in the wonderful Abel Tasman National Park. Overnight camping.
    Included: All meals

    Day 14


    A full day exploring the wonderful and clear waters of Abel Tasman with all of its secrets.
    Included: All meals

  • Day 15


    A couple of options for you final day of adventure. A hike back to Marahau or a day canyoning out via the Torrent River. Tonight we have our final night together on this wonderful adventure.
    Included: All meals

    Day 16


    Depart from Marahau to Nelson and onward to Auckland and your connecting flight home.
    Included: Breakfast.

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Dates & Prices

In order to give you increased flexibility for your holiday please call our UK or US office's for advice on who to book your flights with. Alternatively, why not use your frequent flyer miles for your adventure. Many airlines offer flights to Auckland International (AKL), such as Air New Zealand or Singapore Airlines from the UK or have a look at for your best flight options. Alternatively we have teamed up with GYT who can provide you with a competitive flight quote by filling out this form on the Water By Nature website. Please ensure you DO NOT book your flights until your trip is CONFIRMED. New Zealand is a long way to fly from almost anywhere in the world, so it might be worth stopping of for a day or so on the way to break up the journey.
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New Zealand - Multi-Active Adventure

Sat 23 February 2019 - Sun 10 March 2019
16 days
GBP £ 4500
Euro € 5150
USD $ 6525
Sat 22 February 2020 - Sun 8 March 2020
16 days
GBP £ 4500
Euro € 5150
USD $ 6525

What You Should Bring

We find most of our clients have in their posession already what is needed for an adventure holiday. Bear in mind, your trip to New Zealand may involve many different types of weather from hot sunny days (expected) to cold rainy days and everything in between. Bear in mind as you will be flying internally in New Zealand, we recommend being under 20kg (32 lb) of check on baggage.

For traveling and general wear

  • Lightweight long trousers.
  • Lightweight Long Sleeved shirts.
  • Fleece jacket.
  • Warm woollen hat
  • Polypropylene or capilene thermal quick drying layers (top and bottoms)
  • Light down jacket
  • Comfortable cross trainers or  light hiking boots for wearing around camp and on hikes.
  • Nice outfit or two for evening meals
  • Flip flops or jandals (this is the kiwi word for flip flops)
  • Good quality rainwear
  • Underwear.
  • Glasses or Contact lenses. Disposable lenses are ideal.
  • Toiletries. Toothbrush, toothpaste, personal items, biodegradable soap, shampoo and conditioner.
  • Insect repellant (NZ sandflies LOVE tourists)
  • Small pack towel.
  • Headlamp or head torch and spare batteries.
  • Any medication you may be taking.
  • Wide brimmed sunhat
  • Factor 50 sunscreen and lip balm
  • Sunglasses.
  • Travel adaptor plug for New Zealand

River Fashion:

  • A pair of Chacos or Keens. Trainers are also okay. Wetsuits and booties will be provided
  • A pair of river shorts or swimming costume.
  • Polypropylene or capilene thermal quick drying layers (top and bottoms) This is in addition to the set stated above.
  • A baseball cap for under the helmet to keep sun off.
  • Chums for fastening your sunglasses to your head - can be purchased from our Water Shop.
  • Nalgene or similar water bottle - can be purchased from our Water Shop.
  • Carabiner for fastening water bottle to your boat.

Optional Items

  • Your favourite book or a journal for recording your river memories.
  • Photographic or video equipment. On most expeditions we provide a waterproof case for these items. We recommend a cleaning kit as sand gets everywhere. Bring a spare memory card and charging leads. Also bring spare batteries for your camera.
  • Waterproof GoPro for the "action"  shots.

Personal Spending

  • The only money that you need to bring is for personal spending, souvenirs, personal items and alcoholic beverages if you drink. New Zealand offers widespread Credit Card and ATM facilities and for a small charge you can withdraw cash either from your account or Credit Card for convenience.
  • Your trip leader will take care of gratuities for suppliers and guides throughout your trip, which can be settled with him at the end of your trip.
  • Basically, we advise you to keep things as light as possible, without skimping on the necessities. It is great to bring back a load of goodies for everybody back at home.
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