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21 Day Safari Tour

21 Day Safari Tour

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Fjords, Volcanoes and Encounters Season 2022-23

This small group tour is packed with stunning scenery, natural history and geological encounters as you travel from Auckland to Christchurch over three weeks.

The tour guide is German-speaking and you will travel in a comfortable all-terrain minibus, with a maximum of 14 guests. Choose from a selection of guaranteed departure dates.

Tour Information:

Guaranteed Departures: A selection of dates between November and March are guaranteed. All other departures are guaranteed from 5 people.

Number of Guests: Maximum 14 people 

Tour Inclusions:

  • Airport transfers in Auckland and Christchurch
  • On-tour transport in a modern, air-conditional bus
  • Experienced German-speaking driver guide
  • 18 nights in comfortable mid-range hotels / motels (with ensuite bathrooms)
  • 1 night in a rustic lodge (with shared bathrooms)
  • 1 night in a rural guest house (with shared bathrooms)
  • Ferry crossing between North and South Islands
  • All National Park fees
  • 20 x breakfast (B)
  • 8 x dinner (D)
  • 2 x picnic lunch (on the Marlborough Sound & Milford Sound boat trips) (L)

Tour Exclusions: 

  • Meals not mentioned
  • Activities specified with ‘optional’
  • Travel insurance

Activities and Excursions Included in the Price:

  • Hike over private farmland on the “Banks Peninsula” (medium, if time permits) 
  • Farm tour and overnight stay with rural hosts on the Canterbury Plain *
  • Trip to the Fiordland National Park including informative boat cruise at Milford Sound
  • Helicopter flight* over the glaciers of the Southern Alps including landing on the glacier (easy)
  • Boat cruise and hiking in Abel Tasman National Park
  • Two-day exclusive boat charter in the Marlborough Sounds with natural history excursions in the Marlborough Sounds* 
  • Ferry crossing on the Cook Strait from Wellington to Picton
  • Jetboat trip on the Wanganui River with excursion to the “Bridge to Nowhere” *
  • Visit to the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
  • Encounters with local Māori with specially prepared “hāngi” *
  • Hike on the Coromandel Peninsula
  • Christchurch City Tour
  • Numerous short hikes in varying vegetation zones

* These activities are under local English speaking management and responsibility (your German-speaking guide will also be present).

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«Grosses Lob an den Reiseleiter. Axel hat aus jeder Situation das beste gemacht…und oft hatte er noch eine Joker im Aermel! Das gesamtpaket ABSOLUT EMPFEHLENDSWERT!« `{```Great praise to our tour guide, Axel. He made the best of every situation...and often he had a joke up his sleeve! The whole tour package is ABSOLUTELY RECOMMENDED!```}`

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Tour Plan

Day 1: Arrival Auckland (D)

Welcome to New Zealand. After your arrival, your driver will be waiting for you at the airport and will take you to your accommodation. You have time to relax after the long flight or to explore Auckland on your own. Around 6:00 p.m. you and your fellow travellers will meet your tour guide at the hotel and will discuss your exciting trip ahead. We end the day with dinner together. 

Meals: D

Day 2: Auckland - Coromandel Peninsula (B, D) approx. 200km, 3.5h

After breakfast we leave Auckland for the Coromandel Peninsula. We cross the peninsula, which is characterised by bizarre volcanic formations and typical New Zealand forest full of tree ferns and tea trees. We see remnants of the mighty Kauri trees, once widespread in the north, which grow for up to 2000 years. These are New Zealand's representatives of the Araucaria family. In Mercury Bay we explore the jewels of New Zealand beaches and visit popular visitor destinations, including a hike to Cathedral Cove in Hahei, offering a stunning long white sandy beach. If you wish, you can dig a pool in the sand at Hot Water Beach at low tide and warm yourself in underground hot springs (tide and time dependent). In the evening we can really relax and get to know each other over dinner together.

Meals: B, D

Day 3: Coromandel Peninsula - Whakatane (B,D) approx. 220km, 3.5h

Our journey today deepens our insight into the rich geological history of the Coromandel Peninsula. Again and again, we enjoy open views of coastal landscape with offshore islands, pass the gold mining town of Waihi, Mount Maunganui right on the coast, as well as extensive Kiwi plantations and beaches until we reach Whakatane. We stay in this Māori influenced town in the Bay of Plenty, known for its mild climate and long sandy beaches. The highly active White Island volcano is found here, which according to Lonely Planet is number 5 on the list of the most impressive volcanoes on earth. We spend the evening with local Māori, learning about local music, art, culture and history, and take a short, guided walk. We get to experience and eat a hāngī together – a traditional Māori meal cooked in the ground.

Meals: B, D

Day 4: Whakatane - Rotorua approx. 90k / 1.5hr

If you wish, this morning you have the opportunity to experience White Island from above on a panoramic flight. Afterwards, through forests and along numerous lakes, we reach the Rotorua region, known for its numerous highly active thermal springs and geysers. You will have time to explore Rotorua and the many activities here in the afternoon, for example the Polynesian Spa, the Redwoods Treewalk or a panoramic flight with Volcanic Air. There is also the option to take a trip to the world famous Hobbiton (all activities optional).

Meals: B

Day 5: Rotorua - Taupō - Whanganui River (B, D) approx. 350km, 5.5h

Volcanic events shaped this region, whose natural wonders we marvel at more closely today in WaiO-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, the most colourful of the thermal areas. Here we find colourful sinter terraces, the boiling Champagne Pool, bubbling mud holes, craters and the stinking fumes of the sulphur fumaroles. We continue to the foaming Huka Falls and along Lake Taupō, with a view of the 3 active volcanoes of the Tongariro National Park: Mount Tongariro (1968m) with its sister volcanoes Mount Ngauruhoe (2291m) and Mount Ruapehu (2797m). Due to the constantly changing, partly moon-like landscape, and spectacular views, this national park has become one of the most popular in New Zealand. We leave the main road and head into Whanganui River National Park. The drive is mostly through Māori country along an old post road. Our accommodation today can only be reached by jet boat. Here we can appreciate the Whanganui River in the midst of nature, and take a guided walk to the Bridge to Nowhere. In this seclusion we do without the standards of the city hotels. We end a memorable day with a typical New Zealand meal.

(Please note - The Bridge to Nowhere Lodge is a rustic accommodation with shared bathrooms. Single rooms are not possible here).

Meals: B, D

Day 6: Whanganui River - Wellington (B) approx. 310km, 4.5h

After breakfast, the jet boat brings us back to civilisation. Our onward journey continues past varied landscapes and villages where the strong Māori influence can be clearly seen and felt. After countless bends, we reach the town of Whanganui with its stylish Art Deco buildings. In the evening we reach Wellington via the Kāpiti Coast.

Meals: B

Day 7: Wellington (B)

Today you have the opportunity to explore the capital of New Zealand on your own. The city is compact, culturally interesting and full of character. The city centre between the harbour and the hills is ideal for exploring on foot: shops, cafés, transport, accommodation and the city's main attractions are all within walking distance. Lovers of good food and fine wines will feel like they are in paradise here. Highlights include the renowned Te Papa Tongarewa National Museum, the Botanical Gardens, accessible by the famous cable car, and Oriental Bay.

Meals: B

Day 8: Wellington - Picton - Marlborough Boat Trip (B, D)

Early this morning we board the Interislander ferry bound for the Marlborough Sounds through deep-cut sea channels, a maze of drowned river valleys. The area is part of a botanical transition zone between the North and South Islands. We change the means of transport for the next two days to go on a natural adventure into remote areas. With a sailing boat and captain we sail through the Marlborough Sounds, one of the most beautiful sailing areas in New Zealand. Here we are often followed by gulls, petrels and Australian boobies. If we are lucky, we may also see little penguins, dolphins and New Zealand fur seals. After an eventful day, we arrive at our remote lodge and enjoy dinner in a unique atmosphere. From the accommodation, there is the possibility to hike a bit of the Queen Charlotte Track (optional).

Meals: B, D

Day 9: Marlborough Boat Trip - Picton (B, L)

After breakfast we board the sailing ship again. Today we drive past small bays, lonely beaches and mountains covered with thick bushes, go ashore on the island of Motuara and observe the rare long-legged flycatchers and saddle starlings in this bird protection reserve. Afterwards we visit Captain Cook's preferred anchorage "Ship Cove" (the sailing tour sometimes has to be adjusted due to the weather). From here it is possible to hike a piece on the Queen Charlotte Track. Again solid ground under our feet, we check into our hotel in Picton.

Meals: B, L

Day 10: Picton - Abel Tasman National Park - Motueka (B) approx. 175km, 3h

Today, we drive through Marlborough, the largest wine region in New Zealand, known for worldclass Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir wines. Around noon we arrive at Abel Tasman National Park with its golden beaches. We pass numerous bays and coastal forest by boat and then disembark for an easy walk through the national park. This is one of the most popular in the country. The boat picks us up again after a swim stop. New Zealand fur seals can often be seen here. If you don't want to hike, depending on the day, you can relax on the beach or take another boat trip (on request).

Meals: B

Day 11: Motueka - Punakaiki (B) approx. 270km / 4hr

On the way to the west coast we cross the spectacular Buller Gorge. We experience an impressive change of flora and reach subtropical lowland rainforest. A wild and romantic landscape awaits you between Westport and Greymouth. Parallel to the coast runs the up to 1500m high folded mountain belt of Paparoa National Park. We visit the famous Pancake Rocks, limestone cliffs whose softer intermediate layers are permanently washed out by the raging Tasman Sea, so that the rock formations appear as a stack-like layering. Our hotel today is close to the beach.

Meals: B

Day 12: Punakaiki - Hokitika - Glacier Region (B) approx. 280km, 3.45h

We continue along the west coast and stop in the jade town of Hokitika. The long sandy beach with lots of driftwood and great stones makes Hokitika a unique and fascinating destination. A driftwood sculpture competition is held here every year. Hokitika is also the former centre of the gold rush era on the west coast. South of Hokitika, the striking elongated mountain range of the Southern Alps stands out, with peaks rising to a height of 3500m. In Franz Josef Town we get a little closer to the glaciers of the Southern Alps. We do a small walk in the glacier region (weather permitting).

Meals: B

Day 13: Glacier Region - Wanaka - Queenstown (B) approx. 340km, 5h

In the early morning, depending on the weather, we invite you to take a helicopter flight over the glacier world of the Southern Alps, which you will surely not forget quickly. After landing on the glacier, there are numerous photo opportunities. As a natural weather barrier, the high mountain ridge is responsible for one of the most extreme rainfall regimes. Large ice masses collect above the snowline, forming fast-flowing valley glaciers. We continue through the "most beautiful rainforest route in the world". We keep stopping for short walks through dense evergreen southern beech, Rimu and Kahikatea rainforest, to waterfalls and to the open coast of the roaring Tasman Sea. Over the Haast Pass, watershed of the Southern Alps, past the high mountains of the Aspiring National Park we reach Wanaka at the glacier lake of the same name. After a short stop at this picturesque location, we drive on a spectacular high alpine route in the hinterland, the "Crown Range", through an imposing primeval landscape with barren tussock vegetation (Bültengras). We spend two nights in Queenstown, not far from Lake Wakatipu. This beautiful lake with the surrounding “remarkable” mountains defines the landscape of Queenstown.

Meals: B

Day 14: Queenstown (B)

We spend the day in Queenstown, the "St. Moritz of the South Pacific", as the popular vacation spot is also often called. The day is at your leisure. You are spoiled for choice to try one of the countless offers. Perhaps you would like to take a trip on the old steamship “TSS Earnslaw” on Lake Wakatipu, or you climb a cable car and enjoy the wonderful view of the city and lake. You can also join, ride, hike, or go on a rafting tour (all activities optional) for a tour of the locations of the Lord of the Rings. Your tour guide is at your side with advice and action.

Meals: B

Day 15: Queenstown - Te Anau (B) approx. 171km, approx. 2.5h

Today, you will travel through the Fjordland National Park, New Zealand's largest and most undeveloped national park. Hardly any landscape embodies the term wilderness better than Fiordland. In the west, 14 fjords penetrate deep into the primeval forests of a rugged alpine world like long tongues of sea. Not far from there, snow-capped mountain peaks rise over alpine grass mats up to 2700 m. First you drive to Te Anau, the gateway to Milford Sound. In the afternoon you have the option of a special tour (optional): On the western shore of Lake Te Anau there is a large underground cave system hidden under the mountains, which is illuminated by thousands of fireflies. Don't miss out on this experience. Alternatively, you can take an optional jet boat tour on the river between Lakes Manapouri and Te Anau, which takes you to famous and spectacular filming locations of The Lord of the Rings trilogy

Meals: B

Day 16: Te Anau - Milford Sound - Te Anau (B, L) approx. 236km, 4.5h

Today is a real highlight of the tour. On New Zealand's most beautiful mountain road to Milford, you will pass the Mirror Lakes and the gloomy Homer Tunnel and will probably even meet Kea parrots at a stop. Around noon you will reach New Zealand's landmark and the most beautiful end of the world, Milford Sound. The fjord was created by the 1200m deep cut of a glacier which, after it melted, left a huge furrow which was then filled in by the sea. Lush vegetation is looming in front of the reflecting fjord and in the background a huge mountain ("Miter Peak", the "bishop's cap") rises 1700m from the sea. If you are lucky, you might encounter seals, penguins and dolphins on a boat trip past huge, foaming waterfalls. We spend another night in Te Anau, surrounded by mountains and rainforest.

Meals: B, L

Day 17: Te Anau - MacKenzie Country - Mt Cook (B, D) approx. 430km, 6h

After breakfast we leave Fiordland National Park. The road climbs over the Lindis Pass (971m) through the MacKenzie Country. Sparse rainfall makes this highland appear like a barren steppe landscape. Wide “tussock” corridors, which span the hills like a carpet, transform the landscape into a strange-looking inner-alpine pool landscape. Continue to Mount Cook Village, where we spend the night in a cozy complex surrounded by gigantic mountains. The Maori call New Zealand's highest mountain at 3724m "Aoraki", the "cloud piercer". We end the day with dinner together.

Meals: B, D

Day 18: Mt Cook - Pukaki & Tekapo Lake - Farm (B, D) approx. 150km, 2.5h

Depending on the weather, we take an easy hike in the impressive mountains. At the Pukaki and Tekapo lakes we have another opportunity to admire the magnificent glacier world of Mount Cook. We continue to the Canterbury Plain and leave the three thousand meter peaks of the Southern Alps behind. Again we experience a spectacular change in vegetation. The plain is one of New Zealand's most fertile farming areas. In the early evening we visit a stylish farm, where we get an insight into the life and work of the New Zealand rural population on a farm tour. We spend the night in various rural guest houses with warm hosts. The day ends with a cozy dinner with a cozy atmosphere.

Meals: B, D

Day 19: Fairlie - Akaroa (B) Approx. 240km, 4h

In the morning we continue towards the Rakaia River and through the Canterbury Plain to the Banks Peninsula, a peninsula formed by volcanic activity, before continuing to Akaroa. As the most French town in New Zealand, Akaroa enchants with historic buildings, a beautiful harbour and a passion for good food.

Meals: B

Day 20: Akaroa - Christchurch (B, D) approx. 100km, 2h

Over the mountains of the crater rim of the peninsula, the road takes us to Christchurch. Weather and time permitting, we can take a light beach walk at Birdlings Flat. We take a short city tour through the Garden City of New Zealand, as Christchurch is also fondly called. Here you can see the newly built Transitional Cathedral, the Arts Centre and the museum next to the award-winning Botanic Gardens. Afterwards, take a stroll on your own to explore this re-emerging city in constant flux. Tonight is the last evening of your trip and we invite you to a dinner where you can review the memorable last few weeks with your fellow travellers.

Meals: B, D

Day 21: Christchurch - Departure (B)

Your New Zealand trip ends today. You will be brought to the airport by transfer (English-language group transfer included. Private German-language transfer for an extra charge). We wish you a good flight home or onward.

January 2023

Travel no: SAFARI0123A1 +

Dates: 05/01/23 - 25/01/23

Route: Auckland - Christchurch


Travel no: SAFARI0123C2

Dates: 11/01/23 - 31/01/23

Route: Christchurch - Auckland


Travel no: SAFARI0123A2 +

Dates: 19/01/23 - 08/02/23

Route: Auckland - Christchurch


February 2023

Travel no: SAFARI0223A1 +

Dates: 01/02/23 - 21/02/23

Route: Auckland - Christchurch


Travel no: SAFARI0223C1 +

Dates: 09/02/23 - 01/03/23

Route: Christchurch - Auckland


Travel no: SAFARI0223C2 +

Dates: 15/02/23 - 07/03/23

Route: Christchurch - Auckland


Travel no: SAFARI0223A2 +

Dates: 15/02/23 - 07/03/23

Route: Auckland - Christchurch


March 2023

Travel no: SAFARI0323C1

Dates: 01/03/23 - 21/03/23

Route: Christchurch - Auckland


Travel no: SAFARI0323A1 +

Dates: 01/03/23 - 21/03/23

Route: Auckland - Christchurch


Travel no: SAFARI0323A2 +

Dates: 09/03/23 - 29/03/23

Route: Christchurch - Auckland


Travel no: SAFARI0323A2

Dates: 09/03/23 - 29/03/23

Route: Auckland - Christchurch


Travel no: SAFARI0323A3

Dates: 15/03/23 - 04/04/23

Route: Auckland - Christchurch


Travel no: SAFARI0323C2

Dates: 21/03/23 - 10/04/23

Route: Christchurch - Auckland


April 2023

Travel no: SAFARI0423C1

Dates: 04/04/23 - 24/04/23

Route: Christchurch - Auckland


Travel no: SAFARI0423A1

Dates: 06/04/23 - 26/04/23

Route: Christchurch - Auckland


Departures marked with a + are guaranteed. All other departures are guaranteed from 5 people.

Tour Map:

ANZ Nature Tours Safari Tour Map


Guest Information:

Shell cases are allowed. For practical reasons, however, we recommend soft travel bags. Each travel participant should only take luggage to a limited extent (20kg).

We recommend the following equipment: sturdy hiking shoes + second pair of shoes, weather-proof rainwear, small daypack, extra bag for board luggage on days 5 and 8, sun hat and camera.

Airport transfers: Airport transfers are included in Auckland and Christchurch. These are carried out with Super Shuttle as a public collective transfer (English-speaking driver). Private transfers with a German-speaking driver can be booked for an additional charge.

Most accommodations have washers and dryers.

Double rooms or accommodation units are available, suitable for two single travellers or a couple. The accommodations contain a bathroom and bedroom and often a separate kitchen. Program changes may be necessary due to local conditions or weather conditions. If planned activities, which are canceled by the local service provider due to local weather conditions, are canceled, an alternative equivalent activity will be organised elsewhere.

This small group tour is aimed at travellers interested in nature. We have combined the tour with the element “hiking” and other activities with a focus on "fjords, volcanoes and encounters" and are thus addressing the active traveler. Special physical fitness is not required. At the request of a jointly planned activity, the travel participant can stay away and / or choose the alternative specified in the itinerary. The small group makes it possible for the tour guide to cater to the special needs of individual customers and thus expertly offer a special travel and study experience.

The activities included in the 'price' are to be understood as an 'activity menu'. The popular “All Inclusive” concept is implemented by the tour guide discussing the individual stations and the activities pre-booked with local service providers at the start of the tour. Each travel participant can choose in many places according to their physical condition.

The price / performance ratio can therefore be regarded as particularly attractive.

You can download a German-version of the itinerary here

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