Active New Zealand: Auckland, Lake Taupo & Fjordland

10 days from $4,400 per person*
  • Step into scenes of the Lord of the Rings as you hike Tongariro Crossing.
  • Soothe your body and soul in the mineral-rich Onsen Hot Pools.
  • Bike, hike or fish your way through Taupo with expert guide.
  • Search for fur seals in Hollyford.
  • Featuring luxurious lodges.
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From the snow-capped mountains of the majestic Southern Alps and ancient native rainforest, to the remote sand dunes, reef and surf of the rugged West Coast, this tour showcases New Zealand's most incredible natural wonders.

Get insider access to some of New Zealand's best kept secrets, including beautiful lakes and glacial valleys dwarfed by majestic mountains. Start your tour in the North of New Zealand in Taupo; surrounded by lakes and lush greens, with back drops of mountains and volcanoes. Hike among volcanic peaks and glacial lakes in Tongariro National Park, New Zealand's oldest national park. Choose to extend your time in the area with some fly fishing, or just end your day resting with a glass of wine and a stunning lake view. Head South to Queenstown and prepare to experience some of New Zealand's most divine scenery as you hike through the Hollyford Wilderness. Located in the spectacular Fiordland National Park, the dramatic Hollyford Track guided wilderness experience explores scenery that has remained largely untouched for thousands of years. Your expert guide will bring to life the diversity of landscapes, vegetation and wildlife within this beautiful valley, as well as the captivating stories of the original Maori and early pioneers. Finish your experience with a nourishing soak dip in the natural hot baths of Queenstown, and return home refreshed and rejuvenated. Prepare to experience some of New Zealand's most divine scenery including some beautiful lakes and glacial valleys dwarfed by majestic mountains during this exploration of the Hollyford Wilderness. Located in the spectacular Fiordland National Park, the dramatic Hollyford Track guided wilderness experience is one of New Zealand’s greatest walks. Explore undisturbed and inspiring scenery that has remained largely untouched for thousands of years. From the snow capped mountains of the majestic Southern Alps, ancient native rainforest, pristine rivers and lakes to the remote sand dunes, reef and surf of the rugged West Coast. Your expert guide will bring to life the diversity of landscapes, vegetation and wildlife within this beautiful valley, as well as the captivating stories of the original Maori and early pioneers. ... Show More »

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Auckland
    Auckland
    • Transfer - Private - International Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Welcome to New Zealand - Welcome Package
  • Day 2 Auckland
    Auckland
    • Tour - Shared - 1/2 Day Bush and Beach Wilderness Experience (5hrs) - Mini Coach
  • Day 3 Auckland to Taupo
    Auckland to Taupo
    • Transfer - Private - International Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Flight (Not Included)
    • Transfer - Shared - Airport - Shuttle/Driver
    • Self-Guided - Optional Activities - Optional
  • Day 4 Taupo
    Taupo
    • Tour - Shared - Tongariro Alpine Crossing Hike (8hrs) - Guide/Transfer
  • Day 5 Taupo to Queenstown
    Taupo to Queenstown
    • Transfer - Shared - Airport - Shuttle/Driver
    • Taupo - Queenstown [Separate Purchase] -
    • Transfer - Private - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
  • Day 6 Queenstown to Hollyford
    Queenstown to Hollyford
    • Transfer - 2 hours
    • Hollyford Explorer
    • Logde Hospitality
  • Day 7 Hollyford
    Hollyford
    • Fiordland & More
    • Jet Boat
    • Hollyford Valley
    • Lodge Hospitality
  • Day 8 Hollyford to Queenstown
    Hollyford to Queenstown
    • Tasman Sea
    • Plants and Wildlife
    • Transfer - Milford Sound Return
  • Day 9 Queenstown
    Queenstown
    • Onsen Hot Pools (1hr) - Pax 1
  • Day 10 Queenstown
    Queenstown
    • Transfer - Private - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Auckland

A private vehicle with driver will provide a transfer between the Auckland airport and your hotel.

You will receive a welcome package on arrival which will include a welcome letter, detailed itinerary, vouchers for each service, supplier contact list as well as various brochures of the destinations you will be visiting. This will be available at your first service. 

Accommodation: Stamford Plaza (4*)

Centrally located in Auckland, this property is near Queen Street Shopping District, Sky Tower, and Auckland City Hall. Additional nearby points of interest include Auckland War Memorial Museum. Guestrooms have premium bedding, air conditioning, and slippers; rooms also include refrigerators, separate bathtubs and showers, and bathrobes. At Stamford Plaza Auckland recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a sauna. The property also provides a business center, a concierge desk, and a porter/bellhop.

Auckland Coastal Piha Beach
Auckland Coastal Piha Beach
Stamford Plaza Auckland
Stamford Plaza Auckland

Day 2: Auckland

Only 30 kilometers from downtown Auckland is the city’s largest regional park, the Waitakere Ranges. No other city in New Zealand has such a wonderful asset so close to it. In just 30 minutes you leave behind the bustle of the city and step into the tranquility of the rainforest. Travel to the Arataki Centre perched high on the ridge of the Waitakere Ranges and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Learn about and admire the magnificent traditional Maori carvings. Continue on to the lush rainforest where you can walk the easy bush tracks amongst giant tree ferns and view New Zealand’s famous kauri trees. Unwind by a spectacular cascading waterfall or swim beneath it. Move on to experience the power of the wild and rugged west coast. Feel the black sand beneath your feet as you stroll along some of the most awe-inspiring beaches the world has to offer. This tour departs at 12.30 pm, takes approximately 5 hours and has a maximum group size of 18 guests.

Accommodation: Stamford Plaza (4*)
Waitakere Ranges
Waitakere Ranges

Day 3: Auckland - Taupo

A private vehicle with driver will provide a transfer between the Auckland airport and your hotel.

Flight is required, currently not included in the quote. Please contact your Destination Expert if you are interested in adding this service to the itinerary.

A coach shuttle service will provide a transfer between the airport and hotel.

Enjoy some free time in Taupo, where your options for activities are endless. The Great Lakes region is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, foodies, and spa lovers alike. From trout fishing to golfing, thermal parks to lake cruising, you can choose an adventurous activity, or just enjoy a relaxing night out on the town. Participate in a bike tour, enjoy some hiking, or for the ultimate thrill, try your hand at sky diving, all available in Taupo.

Accommodation: Acacia Cliffs Lodge (5*)

Acacia Cliffs Lodge is a unique boutique lodge offering luxury accommodation in stunning Lake Taupo. This luxury lodge accommodates up to eight guests in four boutique accommodations and is architecturally designed to maximize the spectacular lake and mountain views. There is a wonderful sense of seclusion and privacy at Acacia Cliffs Lodge complemented by its breathtaking panoramic views of Lake Taupo, Mount Tauhara and the Kaimanawa Ranges which are absolutely superb. Relax in luxury; and eat superb cuisine and drink fine wine in genuine New Zealand hospitality served by your hosts at the Lodge.

Taupo
Taupo
Acacia Cliffs Lodge
Acacia Cliffs Lodge

Day 4: Taupo

Today you will be collected at your hotel for your Tongariro Crossing Hike. Said to be the greatest 1-day hike in the world, the Tongariro Crossing is known for its unique, extraordinary landscapes, its showcasing in Lord of the Rings movie sets and fascinating cultural significance. This 19 kilometer trail offers unrivalled adventure while accompanying guides provide interesting commentary regarding sacred areas along the way. Although this hike is very popular and a must do for the intrepid traveller, it is important to understand this experience is best suited for those with a level of fitness capable of completing the 8 hour trek over hilly and arduous sections containing uneven ground. Appropriate footwear and clothing necessary for safe tramping is a must. The trek departs at 8 a.m.

Accommodation: Acacia Cliffs Lodge (5*)
Tongariro Crossing
Tongariro Crossing

Day 5: Taupo - Queenstown

A coach shuttle service will provide a transfer between the airport and hotel.

Flight price on request. (Separate Purchase)

Meet your diver for a private transfer between Queenstown and the Domestic Airport.

Accommodation: Novotel Lakeside (4*)

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside is the most centrally located 4-star hotel on Queenstown's lakefront. Step outside your door and into the heart of Queenstown with easy access to all that this premier Four Season lake and alpine resort has to offer. The hotel has delicious New Zealand influenced dining options, WIFI access and complimentary Apple Mac stations, a spa pool as well as professional and friendly staff that make Novotel Queenstown Lakeside the perfect hotel for your Queenstown visit.

Queenstown
Queenstown
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Day 6: Queenstown - Hollyford

Depart from Queenstown in the direction of Te Anau through some of New Zealand's most divine scenery of beautiful lakes and glacial valleys dwarfed by majestic mountains to the start of the track in the Hollyford Valley.

Shadowing the swift clear waters of the Hollyford River and beneath the gaze of the mighty Southern Alps, including Fiordland National Parks two highest peaks of Mt Tutoko (2746m) and Mt Madeline (2537m), you will re-trace the footsteps of original Maori and early pioneer explorers, as the track undulates gently through native beech forest and beside impressive tumbling waterfalls.

At the end of your first day’s adventure you’ll be welcomed at Pyke Lodge by your friendly lodge hosts. Here you’ll enjoy hot showers, impressive 3 course cuisine and the opportunity to relax with a post dinner drink and savour the majesty of Mount Madeline while reflecting on a great first day on your guided nature walk experience.

Accommodation: Pyke Lodge

Hollyford River
Hollyford River
Pyke Lodge
Pyke Lodge

Day 7: Hollyford

As the morning light drapes the background mountains, a tasty cooked or continental breakfast puts everyone on track before being rewarded with a mystical forest, reflections like a mirror on Lake Alabaster and the satisfaction of an optional crossing of Fiordland’s longest swing bridge.

After a short walk you'll board a jet boat for the next portion of this adventure. Jet boats were invented in New Zealand for the shallow rivers of the South Island. These powerful and safe boats provide a captivating scenic ride along the Hollyford River and down Lake McKerrow, skimming along the glassy water whisking past and mountains which rise dramatically above. You may even encounter a family of Bottlenose Dolphins who are regular visitors to the lower river and lake.

Human history in the Hollyford Valley is as incredible as the scenery.  Today you'll stop to discover the tragedies and triumphs of the ill-fated Jamestown.  Prepare for an outstanding walk through the ancient forest giants including the native Rimu, Totara and Kahikatea, some believed to here for some 1000 years. Soon the towering lowland podocarp forest transforms into a tenacious coastal garden. Thunderous surf on the rugged West Coast is a prelude to a bay of boulders where the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin is a seasonal visitor. A little farther on, Long Reef plays host to a colony of native New Zealand Fur Seals where you’ll marvel at their nimble skills in the crashing surf and relax as they laze on the rocks.

Martin’s Bay Lodge completes a special second day and glasses are raised to the traditional ‘Hollyford Toast’ as a memorable way to finish your day.

Accommodation: Martin's Bay Lodge

Patriotic NZ Boat Ride
Patriotic NZ Boat Ride
New Zealand Fur Seal
New Zealand Fur Seal

Day 8: Hollyford - Queenstown

After another hearty breakfast you’ll explore Martin’s Bay Spit, a famous landmark separating the powerful Tasman Sea from the Hollyford Valley, and a coastal landscape that is a world away from the previous days.

Enjoy visiting the historical sites of the Maori people which occupated the area. It was here where chief Tutoko and his people guarded entry into the Hollyford Valley, controlling access into and out of highly valued pounamu (greenstone / jade) gathering areas. Your guide will also highlight the plant and wildlife of this unique environment helping you to discover the diversity of this truly remote area. You will also have the opportunity to explore on your own time the isolated beach and sand dunes or to just wander at your own pace along the coast of the Tasman Sea as you and your companions and reflect upon this intrepid journey.

Returning to Martins Bay Lodge for lunch, your lodge hosts bid you farewell as you board your aircraft for a scenic flight along the rugged coast and into the truly spectacular and dramatic Milford Sound where you'll marvel at the grandeur of vertical granite walls rising from the sea.  Once in Milford you’ll be met by your return shuttle host and travel the impressive Milford Road up through the famous Homer Tunnel cutting through a divide of sheer granite rock, and stopping at the source of the Hollyford Valley and River before embarking on your journey back to Te Anau and Queenstown.

Accommodation: Novotel Lakeside (4*)
Martin's Bay Sandspit
Martin's Bay Sandspit
Guide Explains Local Fauna and Flora
Guide Explains Local Fauna and Flora

Day 9: Queenstown

The Onsen Hot Pools experience is all about unwinding and soaking-up Queenstown's spectacular scenery. Immerse yourself in the views, the pure waters, and the fresh mountain air, as your mind and body surrenders to the deep penetrating warmth and gentle massage of the private pools. You will enjoy complete privacy, total cleanliness, spectacular scenery, beautiful surroundings for one hour in one of the Onsen Hot Pools. Shuttle transfers included. 

Accommodation: Novotel Lakeside (4*)
Onsen Hot Pool
Onsen Hot Pool

Day 10: Queenstown

Meet your diver for a private transfer between Queenstown and the Domestic Airport.

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Stamford Plaza (4*): Auckland

Centrally located in Auckland, this property is near Queen Street Shopping District, Sky Tower, and Auckland City Hall. Additional nearby points of interest include Auckland War Memorial Museum. Guestrooms have premium bedding, air conditioning, and slippers; rooms also include refrigerators, separate bathtubs and showers, and bathrobes. At Stamford Plaza Auckland recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a sauna. The property also provides a business center, a concierge desk, and a porter/bellhop.

Stamford Plaza Auckland
Stamford Plaza Auckland

Acacia Cliffs Lodge (5*): Taupo

Acacia Cliffs Lodge is a unique boutique lodge offering luxury accommodation in stunning Lake Taupo. This luxury lodge accommodates up to eight guests in four boutique accommodations and is architecturally designed to maximize the spectacular lake and mountain views. There is a wonderful sense of seclusion and privacy at Acacia Cliffs Lodge complemented by its breathtaking panoramic views of Lake Taupo, Mount Tauhara and the Kaimanawa Ranges which are absolutely superb. Relax in luxury; and eat superb cuisine and drink fine wine in genuine New Zealand hospitality served by your hosts at the Lodge.

Acacia Cliffs Lodge
Acacia Cliffs Lodge

Novotel Lakeside (4*): Queenstown

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside is the most centrally located 4-star hotel on Queenstown's lakefront. Step outside your door and into the heart of Queenstown with easy access to all that this premier Four Season lake and alpine resort has to offer. The hotel has delicious New Zealand influenced dining options, WIFI access and complimentary Apple Mac stations, a spa pool as well as professional and friendly staff that make Novotel Queenstown Lakeside the perfect hotel for your Queenstown visit.

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Pyke Lodge: Hollyford

Martin's Bay Lodge: Hollyford

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Philip S. — May 19, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    Superb trip, and as mentioned earlier, kudos to Louise Baer for her outstanding work and for patiently putting up with me and all my calls and questions.

  • Edith R. — May 19, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    We had a wonderful experience with Kensington Tours from the planning stages with your very helpful agent Aseem Mahajan, to the very friendly meet and greet services at each airport. The hotels fit our needs perfectly and the tours were fun and interesting with guides that were exuberant and loved showing us Australia. Thank You for a truly grand family experience.

  • Jim M. — May 18, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    Excellent tour.

  • Jennifer A. — May 12, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    Thank you Kensington Tours and Kevin Rowland for organizing this much needed trip for our family! I had read several positive reviews for Kensington Tours, but I didn't expect the level of service that we received. From beginning to end, the entire process was seamless. Each tour/excursion was led by a knowledgeable, personable and entertaining guide.

  • Diane F. — May 18, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    This is the second trip that we worked with Kensington to help plan and it was, like the first one, fantastic. The logistics were flawless and the help in planning was smooth and professional. From start to finish the process was fun. The trip was spectacular and we look forward to working with the Kensington team again on our next trip. Thank you

  • Holly W. — May 18, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    One of the highlights of our trip is how smoothly our activities for every day went. Having Kensington make arrangements in all the right places gave us time to relax and enjoy the trip.

  • Anne B. — May 18, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    Wendy was extremely knowledgeable, patient and accommodating during the planning of our trip to New Zealand. Our guides were always there and very knowledgeable and professional. We would certainly ask Kensington to help us plan another trip for us.

  • Jack F. — May 18, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    We had an absolutely wonderful trip. From our first email from Daniel until the time we arrived home everything went flawlessly. We spent 10 days in Australia and an additional 21 days in New Zealand accompanying a camping caravan from England. Kensington arranged all of our flights and all of our activities in Australia. We were met at the hotel door by all of our guides and tours. Each experience was great. We would not change a thing.

  • Carmen M. — May 13, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    Everything was well organized.

  • JohnDanielson — December 12, 2014 — Australia & Pacific

    We have used a number of small group travel companies and Kensington is the one we would recommend. All details of the trip to New Zealand went as planned. It was the trip of a lifetime. Our travel consultant Daniel did a great job, both pre-trip and post-trip. We will certainly use them again.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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