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New Zealand Adventure Tour

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New Zealand Adventure Tour

Embark on your own epic adventure and experience the magnificence and beauty of New Zealand and its people!

Prices from US$2,845

Experience the magnificent raw beauty of New Zealand and its people. From epic scenery, mind boggling fjords, dramatic mountains, and a rich culture boasting unique traditions, travelling through New Zealand is an unforgettable experience, and not surprisingly this incredible destination can be found at the top of most travellers’ wish lists. The country has much to offer the intrepid traveller from exciting adventure sports which can satisfy any adrenalin junkie, to stunning landscapes just waiting to be explored. New Zealand boasts an array of opportunity to all who visit her shores, and will undoubtedly leave you well and truly bitten by the travel bug.    

Undertake this epic 16-day adventure tour of both the North and South Islands experiencing the best that New Zealand has to offer. The flexible itinerary allows you to tailor your trip, and the extensive knowledge of our experienced guides will undoubtedly make sure you get the most out of your New Zealand backpacking tour. 


  • Action packed tour visiting New Zealand’s top destinations
  • World famous trans-alpine train journey
  • Maori cultural experience


  • Minimum age 18


Location New Zealand

Travel around New Zealand
Discover stunning scenery
Add on activities (additional fee):

  • Learn to surf
  • Bungee jumping
  • Canyoning
  • Paragliding
  • Sky-diving
  • Horse trekking
  • Mountain biking
  • Glacier hike
  • Hot-air ballooning
  • Whale watching/swimming with dolphins
  • Caving
Transport In- country transfers
Accommodation Variety of hostels


Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas &equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accomodation
Food (breakfast)
In-country transfers
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


Your 16 day action packed adventure tour will take you around the top destinations of both the North and South Island, visiting all the major towns and impressive sights that New Zealand has to offer. You will be accompanied by a passionate, local guide who knows the islands back to front, and their second-to-none expert knowledge is guaranteed to ensure you see only the very best and most interesting bits of New Zealand.

You will also have the opportunity to get involved in a number of extra activities each day of your tour. Every day you will have a selection of activities to choose from depending on your own interests, including the adrenalin-junkie’s favourites skydiving, bungee jumping and canyoning, swim with dolphins, take a hot-air balloon ride or challenge yourself by hiking up a glacier. These activities will incur an additional fee which you will need to factor in to your own costs. Alternatively you may wish to just continue exploring the landscape on your own accord, which is also perfectly fine. 


16-Day New Zealand Adventure Tour
Day 1: Auckland to Coromandel-Tour of New Zealand's largest city before heading the Coromandel and the famous Hot Water Beach.
Day 2: Coromandel to Waitomo- Explore some of the most stunning spots on the North Island.
Day 3: Waitomo to Rotorua- Discover the famous glowworm caves in Waitomo.
Day 4: Rotorua to Taupo- Savour Rotorua's dazzling geothermal wonderland.
Day 5: Taupo- The peaceful Lake Taupo lies in a giant volcanic crater; enjoy your surroundings or take on the famousTongariro crossing.
Day 6: Taupo to Wellington- View spectacular volcanoes as you journey to Wellington.
Day 7: Wellington- Explore New Zealand's exciting capital city.
Day 8: Wellington to Kaikoura- Sail the Cook Strait between the North and South Islands before travelling along the coast to Kaikoura.
Day 9: Kaikoura to Christchurch- Get acquainted with Kaikoura's marine life before heading to Christchurch.
Day 10: Christchurch to Lake Tekapo- Explore downtown Christchurch before journeying to the striking lakes and mountains of Lake Tekapo.
Day 11: Lake Tekapo to Queestown- Head to Queenstown where you'll take a gondola ride over the city.
Day 12: Queenstown- Take in Queenstown's beauty and all its adventure activities.
Day 13: Queenstown to Wanaka- Cross the mountains from Queenstown to wondrous Wanaka.
Day 14: Wanaka to Franz Josef- Head west to the glaciers.
Day 15: Franz Josef- Take in the stunning Fox and Franz Josef glaciers.
Day 16: Franz Josef to Christchurch- A spectacular drive followed by an unmissable train journey.


You will fly into either Auckland or Christchurch, depending on where you wish to start your tour, before making your own way to the rendezvous point where you will be met by a friendly Frontier representative. You will be given more detailed instructions on where to meet the rest of your group nearer your time of departure. 

We recommend that you arrive into Auckland or Christchurch the night before your project start date. Your Frontier Volunteer Coordinator can help you make any accommodation and transfer arrangements however these would be at your own cost.   


Throughout the duration of your adventure you will be staying in a variety of high quality lodges and backpackers hostels all over New Zealand. You will be sharing dorm-style rooms with 4 to 6 of your fellow travellers. Some rooms will have ensuite bathrooms, whereas others will have shared facilities.
Sharing dorms is a really fantastic way of bonding with the other members of your group and re-living the day’s fun activities! All accommodation will have a fully equipped kitchen and lounge facilities, with computers and Wi-Fi to keep in touch with loved ones at home. 


You will receive a continental-style breakfast each morning of your tour to prepare you for the day’s adventure ahead. You will be responsible for sourcing your own lunch and dinner each day. You can either cook for yourself in the fully equipped kitchen facilities available at each hostel, or you can take the opportunity to sample local restaurants with your new friends. Either way you are sure to sample new cuisines and learn some new recipes during your trip!   

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During your adventure tour you will have the opportunity to get involved in a number of other activities at the various stop-offs along the way. These may include learning to surf in Christchurch, bungee jumping in Queenstown or even swimming with dolphins in Kaikoura. These activities are not included in the initial cost so make sure you bring your own funds to cover these, to ensure you get the full New Zealand experience! 

Before you begin your project or after you finish make sure you take full advantage of being in this beautiful part of the world by exploring and experiencing everything you possibly can. Why not join our 3-day ‘Bay of Islands’ Tour which takes you between Auckland and Paihia to visit even more of this beautiful country and indulge in a variety of watersports and sailing opportunities. 


Project fee US$2,745

Registration Fee US$85


Project starts weekly, enquire for exact dates.Start destination varies between Auckland and Christchurch. 


16 days / 15 nights

You should not book your flights until the day after the tour finishes.


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Accommodation
  • Food (breakfast)
  • In-country transfers
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Auckland International Apt (AKL), Christchurch (CHC)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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