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 is 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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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|Saturday 19 February 2022 - Sunday 6 March 2022||16 days||£FULL||€FULL||$FULL|
|Saturday 5 March 2022 - Sunday 20 March 2022||16 days||£5250||€6095||$7350|
|Saturday 19 November 2022 - Sunday 4 December 2022||16 days||£5250||€6095||$7350|
If you would like advice about flight options, please call our UK or US office’s. Many airlines offer flights to Auckland International (AKL). For UK travellers, have a look at skyscanner.net for your best flight options. Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines are great carriers. For USA based travellers, we suggest Exito Travel who can provide you with a competitive flight quote. Because of the distance involved, you might like to consider stopping off for a day or so on the way to break up the journey, if you have the time.
Our price and departure date information below does not include your international flights.
Please ensure you DO NOT book your flights until your trip is CONFIRMED to run by our office. Please check with us first.
In order to secure your place you can pay just your deposit now of £1000 per person. The final payment isn’t due until 120 days before your trip.
Please note that prices shown in Euros and USD are indicative only, as they fluctuate daily. The actual rate payable is always the GBP price.
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.
Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No
Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes, all travelers entering New Zealand (except those from Australia, Antarctica, and most Pacific islands) are required to have a COVID-19 test taken and a negative result returned within 72 hours of their first scheduled international flight. For more information visit: covid19.govt.nz/travel-and-the-border/
Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
Information regarding visa extensions for residents and/or tourists:
The New Zealand border is currently closed to almost all arrivals.
From 11:59pm on 28 April 2021, travellers to New Zealand from very high risk countries are temporarily restricted to New Zealand citizens, their partners, dependent children, the parent of a dependent child who is a New Zealand citizen, and those with significant humanitarian reasons. All non-New Zealand citizens must hold a valid visa to enter New Zealand. Other travellers, including New Zealand residents, can enter only if they spend 14 days outside a very high risk country before their arrival here. Transit through a very high risk country is excluded from the 14-day requirement. See New Zealand Immigration’s (INZ) website for further details.
The following countries currently meet the threshold of being very high risk:
From 19 April 2021 travellers who have been in Australia for 14 days can travel by air to New Zealand without having to enter a managed isolation facility. See the New Zealand government COVID-19 website for details.
Travelling from elsewhere then contact us to find out the latest.
This was my first Water by Nature trip, but it won’t be my last! From day one to our final wonderful days, Hamish was the perfect ambassador to his beautiful New Zealand. He left no stone unturned to provide us with the best experience.
I felt welcomed, safe, and happy. Thank you for all my firsts!!
Within minutes of meeting, our group of 5 intrepid travellers had become a “family.” Personally guided by Hamish through his native New Zealand, we experienced the best culture and adventure his country had to offer. There is no better way to visit NZ than to be escorted by a Kiwi with a keen sense of where to go, what to see and do, and how to make the impossible possible with the most genuine sense of caring for his “family” while showing enormous pride for his homeland. Our accomodations were always perfect ranging from amazing beach front Kiwi owned motels to a sheepherder’s cabin to spacious tents: my favorite! We learned how to order Tall Blacks and Flat Whites and ate everything from Ice Cream ( there is still some left, but that is Hamish’s favorite food ), to Fish N Chips, to barbecue, to pizza combinations which I’m sure are only found in NZ. Staring in Auckland and ending in Nelson we did everything from visiting a Maori cultural center and the Te Papa Museum, to paint ball shooting, fishing, snorkeling, hiking, night kayaking in phosphorescent water, swimming with hundreds of dolphins, jet boating, helicoptering, rafting, glacier viewing, driving, ferrying, sea kayaking, sailing in kayaks Kon-Tiki style, canyoning, star gazing, and most importantly joyfully laughing our way through the entire trip until our tearful goodbyes at the end. Thank you Hamish and Water By Nature. This was truly the trip of a lifetime!
The New Zealand trip with Water by Nature was a highlight of my life. Hamish, being a native Kiwi carried us to some unique and gorgeous locations that were off the beaten path. We stayed in lovely hotels, even one right on the beach. The landscape in New Zealand was astonishing. We did a river trip, snorkeling, stayed on a boat overnight, went right into the fjords. On one day we swam with wild dolphins. Hamish was the perfect host and catered to our wants. Two of our fellow passengers are fishermen and Hamish arranged for them to fly fish with an expert. I would recommend this trip to ANYONE. In fact, I might just go again.
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