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Walking in New Zealand
New Zealand - Trip code WZN Walking and Trekking
Days 19
Deposit From £546
Price from £5459
Flights inclusive
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Why book this trip?

New Zealand is all about the great outdoors, exploring on foot this trip brings you the best of what this compact, yet dramatic and varied country has to offer. The North Island combines awesome natural beauty with a rich Maori heritage and the South Island is blessed with dramatic scenery. Discover them both as we trek through volcanic landscapes, around picturesque lakes, next to impressive glaciers and along breathtaking coastlines.

    • Included meals

      Breakfast: 18

      Lunch: 1

      Dinner: 1

    • Trip staff

      Explore Tour Leader / Driver

      Local Guide(s)

    • Transport

      Bus

      Boat

      Ferry

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      Accommodation

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      Walking grade:

      Easy

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      Group Size:

      10 - 15

    Itinerary

    Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

    Trip information

    Country information

    New Zealand

    Climate

    New Zealand's climate is maritime: mild and pleasant with abundant sunshine, high rainfall and a few extremes of heat and cold. However, settled weather cannot be counted on at any time of year - all seasons can be experienced in one day! Generally the summer months (Nov-April) are warmest and most pleasant, with least rainfall. In the Southern Alps temperatures can fluctuate dramatically. Additional information and climate charts can be accessed at http://www.explore.co.uk/weather. Seasonal weather patterns can be unpredictable. Up-to-date information on the weather worldwide can be found by following the BBC weather link on this page.

    Time difference to GMT

    -12

    Plugs

    3 Pin Flat

    Religion

    Christian

    Language

    English

    Budgeting and packing

    Optional activities

    The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations. Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.


    Auckland - Sky tower NZ$28; Revolving restaurant NZ$70; Auckland War Memorial Museum NZ$8
    Wellington - Cable car NZ$7.50; Zealandia NZ$28 self guided / Night tour NZ$75; Wellington Movie tour NZ$55
    Punakaiki - Paparoa National Park: River Kayak NZ$40 for up to 2 hours and $5 each following hour (per adult) Guided trips start from $70 (per adult)
    Fox Glacier / Mount Cook - Helicopter flights; NZ$215-410
    Wanaka - Jet Boat and Walk - NZ$172.5
    Christchurch - Lord of the Rings tour, visiting Mt Sunday ( film set Edoras) NZ$245; Antarctic Centre NZ$25; Willow Bank Wildlife Reserve NZ$25; Punting on the River Avon NZ$25 plus Garden tour NZ$39; Day tour to Akaroa from NZ$115
    * Prices are subject to change

    Clothing

    You will need lightweight clothing, but also warmer clothing. Good rain gear is essential as is warm upper body clothing. Fine Merino products can be purchased in New Zealand and are warmer than synthetics. Please note that most accommodation in New Zealand has laundry facilities - washing machines and driers - available for guest use, and hairdryers are available in most places. Bring swimwear too.
    Warm clothing including scarf, gloves and hat is recommended, particularly for the Tongariro Crossing.

    Footwear

    We recommend you bring walking boots with ankle support- leather or fabric are both fine. Make sure that your boots are worn-in and comfortable before the start of the trip. Also trainers or sandals for relaxing and if you want to do any water based activities. We suggest that on international flights you either carry your walking boots in your hand luggage or wear them - should your luggage be lost or delayed, your own boots are the one thing that will be irreplaceable. Please make sure your boots are clean before travel; if your boots are dirty on arrival - this may result in long delays in customers where they will be cleaned in biosecurity before you are permitted to enter with them.

    Luggage

    20kg

    Luggage: On tour

    One main piece of baggage and a daypack. A backpack or soft holdall preferably with wheels may prove more convenient due to the variety of transport used on this trip. You will be required to carry your luggage to/from on/off coaches, trains and ferries.

    Equipment

    Bring a torch, a water bottle and sunscreen. Due to increased exposure risk in New Zealand, we recommend a minimum of SPF 30+. Due to lack of ozone, burn times are drastically reduced and adequate protection is a vital part of your holiday. Walking poles are useful on some walks. The diminutive biting sandfly (a type of blackfly) can be particularly bad on the west coast of the South Island.
    While their bites do not carry any disease, they can be particularly irritating for some people. Good insect repellents need to be carried (best purchased in New Zealand, as these are specific for the New Zealand sandfly). A good effective mild analgesic is available to soothe any bites.

    New Zealand

    Food and drink

    The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


    Lunch price
    £14
    Dinner price
    £20.00 - 24.00
    Beer price
    £3
    Water price
    £1
    Foreign Exchange
    Local currency
    N.Z. Dollar.
    Recommended Currency For Exchange
    You can purchase New Zealand currency from home, otherwise we recommend £GBP or $US.
    Where To Exchange
    Banks or 'Forex' offices in main towns/cities only.
    ATM Availability
    ATMs are available in all main towns.
    Credit Card Acceptance
    All major credit cards are accepted at all locations.
    Travellers Cheques
    Can be exchanged at banks and exchange offices.
    Transport, Accommodation & Meals

    Transport Information

    Bus, Boat, Ferry

    Accommodation notes

    At Greymouth and Mount Cook we stay in simple hotels. The motel style rooms are simple but have all the mod-cons required - en-suite shower room, small fridge and tea and coffee making facilities.

    Essential Information

    FCO Advice

    We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice click here.

    For more information from Explore about travel advice, click here
     

    Under 18 immigration guidance

    Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

    Price Guarantee

    Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

    Visa and Passport Information


    New Zealand: Visas are not required for UK, US, Canadian and Australian citizens.

    USA: (including those in transit) Citizens of the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and passport holders from several EU countries can enter the United States without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) - where you apply for an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation), which applies if you enter the country by sea or by air. This must be done on line - https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov no later than 72 hours prior to travel. Travellers who have not registered before their trip are likely be refused boarding.

    You must have an electronic passport with a digital chip containing biometric information about the passport owner. UK passports which are biometric feature a small gold symbol (camera) at the bottom of the front cover.

    If you have visited Iraq, Syria, Iran or Sudan since 2011 or are dual nationals of these countries, you cannot travel with an ESTA and instead you will need to apply for a visa from the nearest US Embassy or Consulate. If you are unable to provide a valid visa before boarding flights to the US, or entering via another method, you may not be permitted to travel.

    Please note for your ESTA application you will be required to supply Point of Contact information. Explore\ s USA contact information will be listed on your final documentation which you will receive approximately 3-4 weeks before departure. If you are leaving for the USA before this, please call the Explore team to get this information.(Not necessary if in transit)

    For further information please check out the US embassy website. Visa applications - http://london.usembassy.gov/niv/apply.html

    Canada: An electronic travel authorisation (ETA) is required by British citizens transiting via Canada. For more information see the official Canadian government website: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta.asp
    Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.


    If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may consider applying through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

    It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.
     

    Booking conditions

    Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.

    Transfers

    Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

    Booking a land only package with Explore

    Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

    You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


    Joining Tour Abroad

    Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The transfers will be from the Explore designated airport or train station to the joining point of your tour, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

    Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

    If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  


    For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

    Insurance

    It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
    Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

    Flight information

    Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


    Flight Information

    You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

      

    Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

    We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

    On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

    Ability to swim

    An ability to swim is essential for your safe enjoyment of the water based activities on this trip. If you wish to participate in these activities then we insist that you are able to swim.

    New Zealand

    Vaccinations

    Nothing required. Tetanus recommended Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

    Walking and Trekking information
    2019 Itinerary
    Walking grade
    Easy
    Trek details
    Walks on 10 days for between 1 and 8 hours. We have graded the trip as easy. The Tongariro Crossing day is a more difficult walk and will take approximately 8 hours but there are easier options available.

    Additional Information
    2019 Itinerary
    2019 Itinerary

    Dates, prices and booking

    All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change
    Mon 21 Jan 2019 - Fri 8 Feb 2019 Guaranteed departure
    WZN_2019 Jan to Mar
    Price from £4345
    Save was
    Single room option +£930
    4 spaces available
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Auckland
    Time and place
    18:00 at Hotel Reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Christchurch
    Time
    12:30
    Information Please note that your departure transfer will be a hotel shuttle bus, and that you will not be accompanied by your Explore Leader.
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Mon 18 Feb 2019 - Fri 8 Mar 2019 Guaranteed departure
    WZN_2019 Jan to Mar
    Price from £4299
    Save was
    Single room option +£930
    3 spaces available
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Auckland
    Time and place
    18:00 at Hotel Reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Christchurch
    Time
    12:30
    Information Please note that your departure transfer will be a hotel shuttle bus, and that you will not be accompanied by your Explore Leader.
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Mon 18 Mar 2019 - Fri 5 Apr 2019
    WZN_2019 Jan to Mar
    Price from £4345
    Save was
    Single room option +£930
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Auckland
    Time and place
    18:00 at Hotel Reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Christchurch
    Time
    12:30
    Information Please note that your departure transfer will be a hotel shuttle bus, and that you will not be accompanied by your Explore Leader.
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Mon 21 Oct 2019 - Fri 8 Nov 2019 Guaranteed departure
    WZN_2019 Oct Onwards
    Price from £4529
    Save was
    Single room option +£995
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Auckland
    Time and place
    18:00 at Hotel Reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Christchurch
    Time
    12:30
    Information Please note that your departure transfer will be a hotel shuttle bus, and that you will not be accompanied by your Explore Leader.
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Mon 11 Nov 2019 - Fri 29 Nov 2019 Guaranteed departure
    WZN_2019 Oct Onwards
    Price from £4529
    Save was
    Single room option +£995
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Auckland
    Time and place
    18:00 at Hotel Reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Christchurch
    Time
    12:30
    Information Please note that your departure transfer will be a hotel shuttle bus, and that you will not be accompanied by your Explore Leader.
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Mon 16 Dec 2019 - Fri 3 Jan 2020 Guaranteed departure
    WZN_2019 Oct Onwards
    Price from £4529
    Save was
    Single room option +£995
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Auckland
    Time and place
    18:00 at Hotel Reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Christchurch
    Time
    12:30
    Information Please note that your departure transfer will be a hotel shuttle bus, and that you will not be accompanied by your Explore Leader.
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Sat 19 Jan 2019 - Sat 9 Feb 2019 Guaranteed departure
    WZN_2019 Jan to Mar
    Price from £5690
    Save £160 was £5850
    Single room option +£930
    4 spaces available
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Auckland
    Time and place
    18:00 at Hotel Reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Christchurch
    Time
    12:30
    Information Please note that your departure transfer will be a hotel shuttle bus, and that you will not be accompanied by your Explore Leader.
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Sat 16 Feb 2019 - Sat 9 Mar 2019 Guaranteed departure
    WZN_2019 Jan to Mar
    Price from £5459
    Save was
    Single room option +£930
    3 spaces available
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Auckland
    Time and place
    18:00 at Hotel Reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Christchurch
    Time
    12:30
    Information Please note that your departure transfer will be a hotel shuttle bus, and that you will not be accompanied by your Explore Leader.
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Sat 16 Mar 2019 - Sat 6 Apr 2019
    WZN_2019 Jan to Mar
    Price from £5499
    Save was
    Single room option +£930
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Auckland
    Time and place
    18:00 at Hotel Reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Christchurch
    Time
    12:30
    Information Please note that your departure transfer will be a hotel shuttle bus, and that you will not be accompanied by your Explore Leader.
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Sat 19 Oct 2019 - Sat 9 Nov 2019 Guaranteed departure
    WZN_2019 Oct Onwards
    Price from £6075
    Save was
    Single room option +£995
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Auckland
    Time and place
    18:00 at Hotel Reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Christchurch
    Time
    12:30
    Information Please note that your departure transfer will be a hotel shuttle bus, and that you will not be accompanied by your Explore Leader.
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Sat 9 Nov 2019 - Sat 30 Nov 2019 Guaranteed departure
    WZN_2019 Oct Onwards
    Price from £5960
    Save was
    Single room option +£995
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Auckland
    Time and place
    18:00 at Hotel Reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Christchurch
    Time
    12:30
    Information Please note that your departure transfer will be a hotel shuttle bus, and that you will not be accompanied by your Explore Leader.
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
    Sat 14 Dec 2019 - Sat 4 Jan 2020 Guaranteed departure
    WZN_2019 Oct Onwards
    Price from £6415
    Save was
    Single room option +£995
    All customers that travel on an Explore Group or Private Journey trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. Please see free transfers for terms and conditions.

    These trip joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
    For those not eligible for a free transfer the joining / ending time and location for your trip are detailed below:
    Joining Point
    Town
    Auckland
    Time and place
    18:00 at Hotel Reception
    Ending Point
    Town
    Christchurch
    Time
    12:30
    Information Please note that your departure transfer will be a hotel shuttle bus, and that you will not be accompanied by your Explore Leader.
    If you have booked a pre or post trip accommodation directly with the hotel, or through any other intermediaries, please ensure you regularly check this page in case of any changes.
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