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SSSC  New Zealand South & North

from Queenstown to Able Tasman Natl Park|  10-nights

from Rotorua to Auckland  |  6-nights

2023 March 17 -  April 2  

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Moderate level of fitness is required; some walking and stairs involved; active itinerary

Best Time to Go:

Seasons are reversed - so late Summer/Fall is late March, April or early May. The weather is absolutley reasonably warm – particularly in the north – plus the crowds have thinned out. As autumn is also the shoulder season, you can enjoy better rates and quiet roads.

NZ late Spring, which is October and November are also ideal. Spring is also when calves, lambs and daffodils pop up in New Zealand’s green fields, so it’s an incredibly green picturesque time. Cool nights and warm days are common, which makes for pleasant travel weather.

The cold rainy time is typically Winter - June to August, so unless you are skiing, best to avoid that time.

We this adventure!!  Why?

The South Island, shaped by their Southern Alps (highest peak 12,218 ft),  is reknown for its full range of unique adventures! Queenstown is the perfect local to extend your stay - imagine a college town vibe, on a gorgeous lake to bicycle its lush shoreline or boat - topped with mountains that jut up to the stars out of no where.  Lots of bars & restaurants - but not overly crowded.

Up the West Cost you have glaciers, underground caving, the ancient culture of jade carving, an aggressive ferocious  coastline - that leads up to tranquil and breathtakingly beautiful Able Tasman National Park.  Known for its coastal trails, pristine beaches and calm ocean kayaking.

The North Island of New Zealand is known for its volcanic activity, Māori culture, national parks and cosmopolitan cities - Auckland and capital Wellington.

The central North Island features astounding thermal activity, from geysers to mud pools and hot springs. In the Waitomo district, cave networks provide opportunities for adventure. Delve further into legend with an exploration of Māori culture – it is easily accessible to any visitor. Rotorua is a particular highlight for those interested in learning about the Māori people.

Plan to stay for a while - there is a lot to see and experience in such a relatively small country!

Weather:  This adventure covers a lot of territory!  Dress in layers - it won't be hot, but it shouldn't be too cold either.  Plan on warmish days - and cool nights.  Bring an umbrella - it's green!


Currency: New Zealand dollar


Electric: For New Zealand the associated plug type is I, which is the plug that has three flat pins in a triangular pattern. New Zealand operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.

A Converter may be required, depending on what you are plugging in (some items have a built in converter).  Carefully review your device.


VISA - There is no VISA required 

Immunization/Shots: According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are no obligatory vaccines you need before traveling to this location.

COVID requirements will be forthcoming before travelling.



17-day adventure:

Fly into Queenstown ZQN (South Island)

Return Home from Auckland AKL (North Island) 

South Island only:

11-day adventure:

Fly into Queenstown ZQN (South Island)

Return Home from Nelson NSN (South Island) 

North Island only:

6-day adventure:

Fly into Rotorua ROT (North Island)

Return Home from Auckland AKL 

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