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. Meet the rest of the group over 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 in Paihia at a spectacular 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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|Friday 16 February 2024 - Saturday 2 March 2024||FULL||£FULL||€FULL||$FULL|
|Saturday 23 November 2024 - Sunday 8 December 2024||16 days||£6995||€8200||$8795|
|Saturday 15 February 2025 - Sunday 2 March 2025||16 days||£7350||€8500||$9295|
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. Please note, this trip requires flights into Auckland International Airport (AKL) and flights out of Nelson Airport (NSN) at the end of the trip.
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 $1500 per participant. The final payment isn’t due until 130 days before your trip.
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.
In November 2022 we joined Hamish on the Multi Activity Tour of New Zealand. We can’t speak highly enough of our trip. The sea kayaking and camping, the helicopter access to the white water rafting, swimming with dolphins and jet boating were some of the real adrenaline fuelled activities, but the trip was so much more than this. We were treated to amazing food wherever we were, be it in a restaurant or by the campfire. We enjoyed the company of fun like minded people.
Best of all we had a knowledgeable and enthusiastic Kiwi to guide and educate us, from Wekas to Tim Tams. Hamish’s positivity and enthusiasm were catching and the translation of the Kiwi language was very helpful to the Brits and Americans in our group. Meeting members of his family brought further insight into New Zealand life. It certainly was a journey of a lifetime for us.
I anticipated a great trip to Hamish’s native New Zealand, after all, his stated intent was to make this “the best vacation of your life”, and I had been on two previous fabulous Water by Nature trips, first white water rafting and exploring the Sahara in Morocco, then sailing in the Greek Islands. What I did not expect was that our small group of five travelers quickly transformed into a family and how deeply attached to New Zealand I became during our travels.
Hamish is the ultimate ambassador and host – from swimming with dolphins, meeting members of his family at some great restaurants, taking a helicopter into a gorgeous white water river, to days kayak camping on the golden beaches of Abel Tazman National Park, Hamish was sensitive to the energy and interests of our group and able to amend plans rapidly when necessary. I might have spent months in research and preparations attempting to create the dynamic itinerary that allowed us to be amazed by museums, outdoor adventures, great food, and camaraderie, but I could not have created such a superb introduction to the best of both North and South Islands. I am so grateful to have seen this beautiful country under the expert guidance of a master. If I could give ten stars I would!
There is nothing more sublime than seeing New Zealand through the eyes and experience of Hamish, the quintessential Kiwi! The personal touch with a really small ‘family’ of 5 travelers is unparalleled. Dare I say that we have been spoiled for all other travel experiences? Of course, we could say that is true also of our other traveling experiences with Hamish, but NZ is a most special trip. The ability to change at a moment, whether weather issues or interesting things that crop up unexpectedly, makes it an ultimate trip. And, we found that no opportunity for wonderful NZ ice cream was passed by…..no matter the time of day or night!
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