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Kea

Start: Christchurch
Finish: Auckland

Unlike the TranzAlpine Dog Leg pass, the Kea heads up the coastline from Christchurch instead of cutting straight over to the West Coast. This way you get to see Nelson, the Abel Tasman National Park and its famous golden beaches.

This New Zealand travel pass also gives you the chance to travel Christchurch to Kaikoura twice​​ which is pretty lucky really because Kaikoura is one of our Driver Guides favourite spots and there’s plenty to do there. After catching a ferry or flight across the Cook Straight you’ll then get to take in North Islands best highlights before finishing in Auckland.​​​

  • Start Christchurch, finish Auckland
  • Minimum of 16 days travel
  • Unlimited travel*
  • Valid for 12 months from date of purchase
  • Additional 12 months to complete the pass when you start travelling
  • Change travel dates as many times as you like with no fees
  • Reserved accommodation at every overnight stop - guaranteed.
  • Best Price Guarantee on activities
  • Flexible, easy, stress free travel with like-minded travellers
  • Legendary local Driver Guides

 *T&C's apply

Give us a call to secure your spot with a 10% deposit.

 
 

NZ $725

Christchurch to Kaikoura

Departing Christchurch bright and early, we arrive in Kaikoura in time for you to check out what it's most famous for – its whale watching or swimming with the dolphins. Spend the evening chilling on the beach or sampling some of the best seafood New Zealand has to offer for your dinner. In fact, the name Kaikoura means to eat crayfish (“kai” meaning to eat, “koura” meaning crayfish).

Reserved Accommodation

  • Dusky Lodge (not included)

Experiences

  • Kaikoura Viewpoint Walk (free)
  • Seal Colony (free)
  • Swim with Dolphins
  • Whale Watching

Kaikoura to Abel Tasman

We head north and take in the last of the dramatic Kaikoura coastline. It’s a spectacular drive and we stop for a close look at the seals that lay about on the rocks. Travel through vineyards to Nelson, New Zealand’s sunniest city, then on to Kaiteriteri at the edge of the Abel Tasman National Park. Kaiteriteri is a great spot to begin an adventure (on foot, by kayak or by water taxi) into Abel Tasman National Park, or see it all from above by jumping out of a plane!

Reserved Accommodation

  • Kaiteri Lodge (not included)

Experiences

  • Abel Tasman Skydive

Abel Tasman to Westport

Spend the morning kayaking out to Split Apple Rock and along the golden bays near Kaiteriteri, looking out for the local marine wildlife; or catch a water taxi to one of the bays in the Abel Tasman National Park to go for a morning stroll in the native New Zealand forest. This afternoon we stop at the iconic Nelson Lakes, so you can get your legendary wharf jumping shot before hitting surf town Westport.

Reserved Accommodation

  • Bazils Hostel and Surf School (not included)

Experiences

  • Nelson Lakes (free)
  • Surfing
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Westport to Lake Mahinapua

Today we start our journey down spectacular State Highway 6, that stretches 435 kilometres along the rugged Tasman shoreline. The road winds through a diverse series of landscapes which never cease to amaze. Highlights today include the Cape Foulwind seal colony walk, rugged beaches, and the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks. Tonight's unique accommodation is a chance to enjoy a delicious group meal and bond with your bus mates. For those wanting something a little more special to take home with them; passengers can carve their own greenstone necklaces (pounamu).

Reserved Accommodation

  • Lake Mahinapua Hotel (not included)

Experiences

  • Cape Foulwind Seal Colony walk (free)
  • Punakaiki Pancake Rocks (free)
  • Green stone carving
  • Fancy dress party night

Lake Mahinapua to Franz Josef

After breakfast at Lake Mahinapua, we hit the road on our way to Franz Josef. Franz Josef is the northern gateway to Te Wahipounamu, the Southwest New Zealand World Heritage area. The region includes Aoraki/Mount Cook, Westland Tai Poutini, Mount Aspiring, the Fiordland National Parks, and surrounding conservation lands. We factor in a free day in Franz Josef so that you can get out there and experience what Franz Josef has to offer. It’s a wicked spot and whatever you get out and do, you will be blown away by the views of the glacier and Alps.

Reserved Accommodation

  • Rainforest Retreat (not included)

Experiences

  • Franz Josef Glacier walk (free)
  • Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike

Franz Josef (Extra Day)

Today we have a free day in Franz Josef where you have the opportunity to experience a Heli-Hike to New Zealand’s most famous  Franz Josef Glacier or you can explore this lush corner of New Zealand (for free) on foot; hitting up the many walking trails in the area. 

Reserved Accommodation

  • Rainforest Retreat (not included)

Experiences

  • Franz Josef Glacier walk (free)
  • Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike

Franz Josef to Wanaka

We start out early in order to catch the perfect mirror reflection of Mt Cook and the Southern Alps on Lake Matheson. We then cruise down the last stretch of Highway 6, stopping at popular scenic spots along the way. Then it’s into Mount Aspiring National Park, arriving in the awe-inspiring destination of Wanaka in the afternoon.

Reserved Accommodation

  • Base Wanaka (not included)

Experiences

  • That Wanaka Tree (free)
  • Lake Matheson Lake Walk (free)
  • Mount Iron walk (free)
  • Roys Peak (free)

Wanaka to Queenstown

Before we leave Wanaka get your brain working at Puzzling World and then its on to the world’s first commercial bungy site - the Kawarau Bridge. Only the brave will sign themselves up for this iconic New Zealand activity. On arrival in Queenstown, we will head down to the spectacular waterfront before it’s out on the town exploring Queenstown’s infamous nightlife with all the crew!

Reserved Accommodation

  • Nomads Queenstown (not included)

Experiences

  • Puzzling World
  • Mount Iron walk (free)
  • Kawarau Bridge Bungy
  • Queenstown Bar Crawl and nightlife

Queenstown (Extra day)

Queenstown is one of the most amazing places on Earth. No matter what time of the year it is rated as one of our passenger’s favourite spots. Take the time to spend a few days here as it is one of the most picturesque places in the world. Make the most of the beautiful lake and surrounding walks, or get into a whole range of adrenalin pumping activities. If there was one activity that you couldn’t miss it would be the day trip to Milford Sound, commonly referred to as The Eighth Wonder of the World.

Reserved Accommodation

  • Nomads Queenstown (not included)

Experiences

  • Milford Explorer
  • Shotover Jet
  • Nevis Bungy
  • Canyon Swing

Queenstown to Lake Tekapo

We head out of Queenstown, through the Lindis Pass, so get your cameras ready because this is ‘Lord of the Rings’ territory. After stopping to admire Mt Cook at Lake Pukaki, we travel to Lake Tekapo with its amazing location by snow-capped alps and clear starry skies. Lake Tekapo has something for everyone - relaxing at the lakeside and taking in the untouched view, soaking in the hot springs, discovering one of the many scenic walkways or checking out the mind-boggling stars in what is the world’s largest dark sky reserve.

Reserved Accommodation

  • Lakefront Lodge Tekapo (not included)

Experiences

  • Lake Pukaki (free)
  • Church of the Good Shepherd (free)
  • Mount John walk (free)
  • Dark Sky Project star gazing

Lake Tekapo to Christchurch

We have a straight run into Christchurch, our largest city in the South Island and the 3rd largest in New Zealand. Witness a city rebuilding and flourishing in the wake of the 2011 earthquakes, and explore the street art, see the blooming botanical gardens and learn about the history of a city that’s experienced so much in recent times.

Reserved Accommodation

  • YMCA Christchurch (not included)

Experiences

  • Quake City
  • International Antarctic Centre
  • Hagley Park

Kaikoura to Wellington

We head north and take in the last of the dramatic Kaikoura coastline. It’s a spectacular drive and we stop for a close look at the seals that lay about on the rocks. We make our way to the Picton ferry terminal in time to catch the afternoon sailing to the North Island. Say farewell to the South Island (Te Wai Pounamu) and we’re on our way! The ferry ride takes a few hours so chill out and enjoy the view of the amazing Marlborough Sounds!

Reserved Accommodation

  • Base Backpackers (not included)

Experiences

  • Seal colony (free)
  • Interislander Ferry
  • Cuba Street nightlife

Wellington to Taupo

With an early start from windy Wellington we head north through Taihape, the gumboot capital of New Zealand and the Central Plateau, home of the Tongariro National Park. Then it’s through to Taupo driving alongside New Zealand's biggest lake. If the weather suits, it’s time to skydive!

Reserved Accommodation

  • Urban Retreat (not included)

Experiences

  • Taupo Skydive

Taupo to Auckland (via Rotorua)

This morning we head north to Rotorua, renowned for its Maori heritage and thermal activity. After dropping off passengers in Rotorua who are spending a night or two here, we stop at the National Kiwi Hatchery, where you can get up close and personal with our national icon – the Kiwi bird. Next, we make our way to Matamata (aka Hobbiton). You can jump off here if you’re a Lord of the Rings nut. Then it’s onwards through the rolling countryside to Auckland, otherwise known as the ‘City of Sails’. 

Reserved Accommodation

  • Nomads Auckland (not included)

Experiences

  • The National Kiwi Hatchery Tour
  • Auckland Skytower
  • Auckland nightlife

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