Adventure Seeker of New Zealand

10 days from $4,660 per person*
  • Cave tubing experience through the Black Labyrinth with expert guide.
  • Take a leap of faith as you bungee jump and skydive in Queenstown.
  • Helicopter over the Remarkables, then bike your way back down.
  • See what it takes to win America’s Cup on an authentic race yacht.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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This trip is designed for people who are true adrenaline junkies. Spend an afternoon aboard America's cup sailing adventure, and take part in black water rafting through the stunning underworld of Ruakuri Cave. Warm up at the Polynesian spa thermal hot springs, and bike through dense rainforest. Learn about traditional Maori customs at an authentic Attend a Maori Hangi dinner and concert. Hike the incredible Tongariro Crossing which is ranked as one of the best walks in the world for its spectacular volcanic terrain, hot springs and and stunning views. Bungee jump off the original bungee bridge if you dare, and discover the magic of Milford Sound on a picturesque cruise. Tandem Skydive 12,000 ft. on a 45 second free fall jump and helicopter over the Remarkables. Here in New Zealand, you can choose your own adventure! This tour is customize to suit your interests.

*** Due to fluctuating costs, the flights are not included in this itinerary. Air New Zealand offers great rates for this routing. You may also wish to speak with your travel agent about including domestic air with your international ***

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Auckland
    Auckland
    • Transfer - Private - International Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Welcome to New Zealand - Welcome Package
    • Tour - Shared - America's Cup Sailing Experience (2hrs) - Boat
  • Day 2 Auckland
    Auckland
    • Tour - Shared - Harbour Bridge Climb (1.5hrs) - Guide
  • Day 3 Auckland to Waitomo Caves to Rotorua
    Auckland to Waitomo Caves to Rotorua
    • Auckland - Rotorua [Via Waitomo (6-9hrs)] - Vehicle/Driver-Guide (Touring One Way)(2)
    • Tour - Shared - Black Labyrinth Tour - Black Water Cave Rafting Adventure (3hrs) - Guide/Raft
    • Tour - Shared - Te Puia Guided Tour and Te Po Hangi & Concert - Shuttle/Guide/Dinner/Concert
  • Day 4 Rotorua
    Rotorua
    • Tour - Shared - Geothermal Wonderland (4.5hrs) - Mini Coach
  • Day 5 Rotorua
    Rotorua
    • Tour - Shared - Full Day Adventure Tour (8.5hrs) - Mini Coach
  • Day 6 Rotorua to Queenstown
    Rotorua to Queenstown
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Rotorua - Queenstown [Separate Purchase] -
    • Transfer - Private - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Tour - Shared - Nevis Bungy Jump 440 Feet (4-4.5hrs) - Jump
  • Day 7 Queenstown
    Queenstown
    • Tour - Shared - Milford Sound and Cruise with Picnic Lunch (13hrs) - Coach/Cruise
  • Day 8 Queenstown
    Queenstown
    • Tour - Shared - Tandem Skydive - 12000 Feet (3.5hrs) - Mini Coach/Sky Dive
    • Tour - Shared - Shotover Jetboat Ride (1.5hrs) - Jet Boat/Driver
  • Day 9 Queenstown
    Queenstown
    • Shared - Heli Bike Tour (3-4hrs) - Flight/Bike Ride/Guide
  • 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. 

The America’s Cup is the world’s oldest and most prestigious sporting trophy and ultimate yachting accomplishment.  Usually the domain of billionaires and elite professional yachties, this activity provides a very unique opportunity to participate in sailing on these grand prix racing machines.  A must do attraction in Auckland and a unique opportunity to participate as crew on an actual America’s Cup yacht.  The experience varies per person: take the helm, exert energy on the grinders or sit back, relax and enjoy the sail, a once in a lifetime experience. The trip is subject to route alterations as well as wind and weather conditions. The trip departs from the Viaduct basin Downtown Auckland. The group size may vary between 8 and 30 passengers. Departure times from November until March are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and from April to October 1 p.m.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Auckland (3*)

Conveniently located in the heart of Auckland’s vibrant cultural, shopping and business district, the Scenic Auckland Hotel (3*) is a refurbished landmark site, formerly known as the MLC building. The hotel has a total of 97 apartment-style rooms and suites, many of them having great city views, and some with a beautiful glimpse of the harbor. Visit the MLC Café & Bar for the best and freshest of New Zealand produce, meat and seafood. Pair your meals with delicious and refreshing local fine wines. For guests wishing to stay fit during their stay, there is a fitness center with a variety of equipment.

Auckland Coastal Piha Beach
Auckland Coastal Piha Beach
Scenic Hotel Auckland
Scenic Hotel Auckland

Day 2: Auckland

Lasting for 1.5 hours, this climb will have you wondering whether to look at your feet or focus on the spectacular views.
Custom engineered walkways provide a safe, enjoyable and easy-going experience while you enjoy Auckland to the fullest with 360 degree views from the summit. This trip has a maximum group size of 12 guests. The tour departs at 9 a.m., 11.30 a.m. and at 2.30 p.m. and takes approximately 1.5 hours.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Auckland (3*)
Harbour Bridge
Harbour Bridge

Day 3: Auckland - Waitomo Caves - Rotorua

This morning you will meet your driver guide in the lobby of your hotel and begin your scenic journey from the city of Auckland to Rotorua. En-route the transfer will visit the Waitomo Caves that are famous for their glowworms. Lunch and entrance fees are not included. The transfer takes between 6 and 9 hours, depending on the type of touring in Waitomo.

Join the 3 hour original adventure of the Black Labyrinth. Black Labyrinth is Waitomo’s original and amazing underground cave tubing experience that is known and talked about all around the world.  Over three hours you’ll work your way through squeezes, take leaps of faith over cascading underground waterfalls and float serenely down river as you enjoy the glowworm show on the vaulted limestone galleries up above. The tour does not include any transportation. The adventure takes approximately 3.5 hours and has a limited group size of 12 participants. Departure times are 9.00 a.m., 10.30 a.m., 12.00 noon, 1.30 p.m., 3 p.m.

Enjoy a guided tour of the valley with one of Te Puia's world renowned guides. As part of the tour you will visit New Zealand's national carving and weaving schools and witness these disciplines in practice, under the guidance of full-time master carvers and weavers. You will visit award winning interactive galleries, see a kiwi bird up close, and most importantly, hear stories as told by the descendants of the valley. To conclude the tour you will visit the geyser and mud pools and then be invited to have a short rest prior to the beginning of the evening experience. Traditionally, Te Po is an intimate time for sharing knowledge. Te Po is also Te Puia's authentic evening cultural experience a feast of food, culture and friendship. It begins every night at Te-Heketanga-a-Rangi (The Heavenly Origins). The space comprises twelve monumental carvings reaching skywards, each one representing a Maori deity. Hear the stories of the past and see how these traditions live on today. Feeding guests is regarded by Maori as an honor and a sign of a tribe's mana (standing), So a sumptuous banquet is provided during the evening. This banquet combines contemporary cuisine with a traditional hangi (earth-cooked oven meal), where kai (food) is steam-cooked by hot rocks in the earth, giving it a delicious smoky flavor.
Following dessert, you will be transferred to the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley to enjoy the spectacular lighting. Guests can wander around the illuminated natural attractions, including Pohutu geyser. This tour can accommodate 160 guests.

Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua Hotel (3*)

Sudima Lake Rotorua (3*) is the largest hotel in Rotorua, and is set right on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua. The hotel offers 250 guest rooms in a range of accommodation options, many with superb views across the lake. Visit the Lakes Restaurant & Mallards Bar for first-class service and top-quality dining. Enjoy a swim in the heated swimming pool, relax in one of the three private spa pools, or book time with the on-site massage therapist for a soothing massage therapy.

Rotorua
Rotorua
Sudima Lake Rotorua Hotel
Sudima Lake Rotorua Hotel

Day 4: Rotorua

During this 4 hour tour, experience the amazing geothermal activity, gushing geysers, boiling mud pools and the many colours displayed amongst the pools, lakes, craters, steaming vents and mineral terraces within the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Enjoy a Waimangu Volcanic Valley nature walk amidst a stunning volcanic landscape providing spectacular views of hot crater lakes, steaming cliffs, hissing fumeroles, colourful silica terraces, rare thermally adapted plants and the opportunity to see some of New Zealand's native birdlife. The passenger guide ratio is 1:10. The tour departs at 8.00 a.m.

Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua Hotel (3*)
Geysers in Rotomahana Lake
Geysers in Rotomahana Lake

Day 5: Rotorua

Experience the spectacular geothermal activity and stunning volcanic landscapes of Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland and Waimangu Thermal Valley, during this 8.5 hour geothermal exploration tour. Admire the craftsmanship during a visit to the Government Gardens, before a visit to a unique Sulphur Bay. Enjoy the natural beauty of the Blue and Green Lakes, providing stunning panoramic views of Lake Tarawera and the Mount Tarawera volcano. Witness the volcanic devastation created by the Mount Tarawera eruption of 1886, which is very evident at the Rotorua’s Buried Village. Journey through time and watch the captivating tale of Te Wairoa unfold at the Buried Village Museum and on a guided walk through the excavated sites. Take a walk to a picturesque waterfall set amidst beautiful New Zealand rain-forest. Finish the day with a relaxing walk through the magnificent Redwood Forest. Lunch and refreshments are included. The tour starts at 8.00 a.m. and returns at approximately 4.30 p.m. The participant guide ratio is 1:10.

Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua Hotel (3*)
Waimangu Thermal Valley
Waimangu Thermal Valley

Day 6: Rotorua - Queenstown

A privately driven vehicle will provide a transfer between the airport and hotel today.

Flight price on request. (Separate Purchase)

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

You will be picked up and dropped off at your hotel in Queenstown. For many, this would have to be the ultimate challenge. Make no mistake, the Nevis Highwire Bungy is not for the nervous - with a wild 134 metres (440 feet) drop, the river seems to rush towards you faster than you`re rushing towards it! The pick up transfer can accommodate up to 12 passengers and departs at 08:40hrs, 09:20hrs, 10:00hrs, 10:40hrs, 11:20hrs, 112:00hrs, 12:40hrs, 13:20hrs, 14:00hrs, 14:40hrs and 15:20hrs. Please wear secure footwear. Check-in is 30 minutes prior to your jump.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Lakefront (4*)

This family-friendly Queenstown property is situated close to Queenstown Gardens and Queenstown Harbour. Another nearby point of interest is TSS Earnslaw Steamship. In addition to minibars and complimentary weekday newspapers, guestrooms feature working desks along with refrigerators, coffee/tea makers, and shower/tub combinations. In addition to a restaurant and spa services, Copthorne Resort Lakefront features a bar/lounge, a concierge desk, and a coffee shop/café.

Queenstown
Queenstown
Copthorne Hotel & Resort
Copthorne Hotel & Resort

Day 7: Queenstown

Travel by luxury coach on an unforgettable journey from Queenstown into Milford Sound.  Travel from Queenstown along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, and through rolling countryside to Te Anau.  After a short break at Te Anau, continue via the spectacular Milford Road, to Milford Sound.  Board the Milford Mariner for a relaxing cruise of Milford Sound.  The cruise provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to enjoy waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife.  An on board nature guide provides interpretation in English only.   Experience stunning surroundings at the heart of Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area. In Maori legend, the fiords were created not by rivers of ice, but by Tu Te Raki Whanoa, a godly figure who came wielding a magical adze uttering incantations. Milford Sound (Piopiotahi) is without doubt his finest sculpture. Luxuriant rainforest clings to sheer rock walls washed with waterfalls. In the foreground stands Mitre Peak, dominating the skyline. Whatever the fiord’s mood, teeming with rain or with sun glistening on deep water, it will inspire you.   A return transfer by luxury coach to Queenstown is provided. The tour departs at 7 a.m., takes approximately 13 hours and can accommodate up to 120 guests.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Lakefront (4*)
Milford Sound Cruising
Milford Sound Cruising

Day 8: Queenstown

Experience the thrill and excitement of parachute jumping in New Zealand with a tandem Skydive above Queenstown. The unique rural drop zone is 20 minutes from Queenstown on a private airstrip away from the main airport, nestled at the base of the Remarkable Mountains on the edge of Lake Wakatipu. The first skydive is a scary thing.  You can expect a sensory overload as your mind, soul and body fight against every natural self preservatory urge. With this 12,000 foot jump you will experience 45 seconds of Free-falling! The trip takes approximately 3.5 hours and the maximum group size for this adventure is 21 participants. The trip departs every hour from 8.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. and includes pick up and drop off from/at your hotel. The weight limit for this dive is 220 pounds or 100 kilograms.

Prepare yourself for the thrill and excitement of the ultimate Jet Boating experience with world famous Shotover Jet; it's a unique, breathtaking white water ride and an adrenaline rush you'll never forget! From the moment the accelerator hits the floor your adrenaline hits the roof as you speed in mere centimetres of water along the famous Shotover River and deep into the spectacular Shotover River Canyons. It's an amazing white water ride, as the Shotover Canyon walls tower over you, your expert driver puts your 'Big Red' Jet Boat through its paces and skilfully whips it past rocky outcrops, skims around crags and boulders, and speeds through the dramatic and narrow canyons. Rock faces blur in your peripheral vision and the water sprays into myriads of white water crystals with every turn as you speed in your state of the art 'Big Red' Jet Boat at up to 85kph over crystal clear water as shallow as 10cm deep. And make sure you're holding on tight when your driver makes the signal that you are about experience the thrills of our trademark 360° spins, Queenstown's only exhilarating full 360° spins. You'll grip the hand rail for comfort and reassurance as your 'Big Red' Jet Boat spins fully around within its own boat length and without losing momentum keeps speeding along the river.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Lakefront (4*)
Tandem Skydive
Tandem Skydive
Shotover Jetboat Ride
Shotover Jetboat Ride

Day 9: Queenstown

Today’s tour starts with a spectacular helicopter flight over a mountain range. There are twelve riding options on five mountain ranges. Your guide will discuss the best trail for you and the weather on the day. All Heli Bike trips begin with a 15 to20-minute flight time followed by a 3 to 4-hour ride time. Each tour offers a different trail type, from fast flowing farm track to narrow winding single/sheep track. Occasionally trips may be postponed for a few hours to let the wind drop if needed. Your departure time will be advised locally. The tour operates with a maximum of 5 passengers, but can accommodated larger numbers when required.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Lakefront (4*)
The Remarkables Mountain Range
The Remarkables Mountain Range

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.

Scenic Hotel Auckland (3*): Auckland

Conveniently located in the heart of Auckland’s vibrant cultural, shopping and business district, the Scenic Auckland Hotel (3*) is a refurbished landmark site, formerly known as the MLC building. The hotel has a total of 97 apartment-style rooms and suites, many of them having great city views, and some with a beautiful glimpse of the harbor. Visit the MLC Café & Bar for the best and freshest of New Zealand produce, meat and seafood. Pair your meals with delicious and refreshing local fine wines. For guests wishing to stay fit during their stay, there is a fitness center with a variety of equipment.

Scenic Hotel Auckland
Scenic Hotel Auckland

Sudima Lake Rotorua Hotel (3*): Rotorua

Sudima Lake Rotorua (3*) is the largest hotel in Rotorua, and is set right on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua. The hotel offers 250 guest rooms in a range of accommodation options, many with superb views across the lake. Visit the Lakes Restaurant & Mallards Bar for first-class service and top-quality dining. Enjoy a swim in the heated swimming pool, relax in one of the three private spa pools, or book time with the on-site massage therapist for a soothing massage therapy.

Sudima Lake Rotorua Hotel
Sudima Lake Rotorua Hotel

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Lakefront (4*): Queenstown

This family-friendly Queenstown property is situated close to Queenstown Gardens and Queenstown Harbour. Another nearby point of interest is TSS Earnslaw Steamship. In addition to minibars and complimentary weekday newspapers, guestrooms feature working desks along with refrigerators, coffee/tea makers, and shower/tub combinations. In addition to a restaurant and spa services, Copthorne Resort Lakefront features a bar/lounge, a concierge desk, and a coffee shop/café.

Copthorne Hotel & Resort
Copthorne Hotel & Resort
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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