NZ Intro

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Fully Guided Small Group 18-30's Scenic / Sightseeing
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 Trip Length
17 Days
 Trip Starts
Auckland
 Trip Finishes
Queenstown
17 Day NZ Intro Itinerary (Intro Travel)
Countries Explored: New Zealand
Trip Operator:
Intro Travel
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Max. Group Size
18
Trip Code
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Overview

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Intro Travel's 17 Day NZ Intro. From the volcanic landscapes of the North Island to the snow-capped mountains of the South, New Zealand is a magical land of wilderness and wonder. Planning on spending a gap year or working holiday in New Zealand? Our 17 day NZ Intro group tour and work & travel package is for you. As well as sorting all your life essentials and helping you find work in NZ, over 17 days we'll show you the best of both islands, along with some off-the-beaten-path adventures. Explore the city of Auckland, wander the real Hobbiton film set,...read more experience traditional Maori culture, soak in thermal hot springs and discover underground caves, then fly south to cruise misty fjords, go on incredible hikes, jet boat through breathtaking landscapes, and so much more. Oh, and did we mention you'll be doing all this with an awesome group leader and a new crew of friends? There's no better way to kick off your adventure in New Zealand!

Itinerary

Kia ora! Touching down in New Zealand's largest city, we'll meet you at Auckland airport and take you to our centrally located hostel to settle in. This evening you'll meet up with the rest of your travel crew and excited for all the adventures to come in Aotearoa.

Today we'll get oriented with the beautiful city of Auckland and help get your work and local life essentials organised. This evening we see what Auckland's all about after dark! Don't forget to listen out for the local Kiwi accent to see if it lives up to its title as the 'World's Sexiest.'

Wave goodbye to the city as we set off to explore the North Island. First up we're stopping at Waitomo, home of the world-famous glowworm caves. We'll jump on a boat to explore this labyrinth of underground rivers and watch the resident wormies do their thing. This afternoon we tick off another highlight as we head to Hobbiton to wander the real-life lush pastures of the Shire as featured in The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. After exploring the set and learning all about movie magic, we'll enjoy a drink at the Green Dragon Inn before departing for Rotorua.

Waking up to the whiff of sulphur, today you'll definitely know you're in Rotorua! We'll head to the naturally heated waters of Kerosene Creek to laze away the morning, then check out the active geothermal area known as Wai-O-Tapu. The afternoon is yours to roam, opt to try zorbing (think rolling downhill in a giant inflatable ball), race your mates on the skyline luge, or if you're a daredevil, maybe try something a little more adrenaline-jolting.

Today we're off to check out some more volcanic action at Kuirau Park, an area full of natural hot springs, bubbling mud pools and thermal 'foot spas' for you to indulge in. Tonight we journey back to a time of proud warriors and ancient traditions and prepare to feast and witness spine-tingling performances at a living Maori village. It doesn't get more authentic than this!

Have your cameras ready as we travel to Taupo, a lakefront town in the heart of the North Island. This evening we'll treat you to something special - a sunset sailing trip across the lake. Swoon over spectacular, no-filter-needed scenery as the sky changes colour and the stars set in above the volcanic landscape. NZ, you've stolen our hearts.

This morning we're off on a scenic walk to check out Huka Falls, a goose-bump inducing torrent of crystal water thundering down the Waikato River that you will hear before you see. After witnessing the raw power of Mother Nature, we'll slow things right back down, soaking away our aches and pains in mineral-rich thermal hot springs.

Today we'll head back to where it all started in Auckland! Spend the afternoon relaxing, checking out the sights, and getting ready for the trip down south tomorrow.

It's time to check out from Auckland and jet down South. Your group leader will meet you at the airport and take you to the accommodation. Welcome to Queenstown!

Today we get oriented with beautiful Queenstown, getting our first splash of adrenaline with a jet-boat ride. Feel the thrill as highly skilled drivers manoeuvre the boat just inches from sheer canyon walls, keeping things pumping with 360 degree spins and speeds in excess of 80km/h. Tonight it's time to see what this backpacker hub is all about after dark!

This morning we make tracks to New Zealand's most majestic attraction - Milford Sound. Jumping on a fjord cruise, we'll experience the spellbinding combination of towering peaks, forested cliffs, resident seals, and plummeting waterfalls up close and personal. Pick your jaw up off the floor, this is nature at her finest. Tonight we'll cosy up in Te Anau, a picturesque town in the heart of Fiordland.

Sojourning through Tolkien-esque landscapes, we'll explore some iconic Lord of the Rings filming locations nestled in New Zealand's striking mountain ranges. After soaking up Middle Earth's awe-inspiring vistas and filling our camera rolls we'll continue on to Wanaka, a quaint resort town on a lake dwarfed by snow-capped peaks.

Today we check out all Wanaka has to offer, including the Instagram-famous 'Wanaka Tree', before strapping on our sneakers and venturing up Mount Iron. This moderate walk will take us up to witness breath-taking 360 degree views of Lake Wanaka, Lake Hawea, and Mt Aspiring National Park. Just us, Mother N, and a whole lot of mountain goodness.

Today we'll embark on a scenic drive through the southern alps towards Tekapo. Famed for its milky turquoise lake, Lake Tekapo boasts sky scraping peaks, enormous glaciers and purple lupins. Later we'll stretch our legs on the iconic Hooker Valley Hike, that winds through the valley to give us spectacular views of Aoraki/Mt Cook, aka the tallest mountain in New Zealand.

Today we have time to explore Lake Tekapo and snap 'grams that'll have us the envy of everyone back home. This evening at Tekapo Springs is our chance to learn about Maori mythology and modern science at Tekapo's dark sky reserve. Officially accredited as one of the world's best places for star-gazing, we'll eye the skies whilst soaking in 37.5 degree natural thermal pools, nourishing both body and soul! New Zealand truly is the gift that keeps on giving.

After travelling back to buzzing Queenstown, securing you a paid job in NZ is number one on the agenda for today. Our team will help make sure you've got everything sorted for living and working in NZ, and get you signed up to our NZ Jobs program. Tonight we'll get the gang together one last time, dressing sharp for our farewell dinner and final night out on the town!

This morning your Kiwi adventure comes to an end. Prepped and ready for the next leg of your travels along with the new friends you've made, we'll be there for support every step of the way.

Trip Inclusions

17 Days Of Epic Activities: Immerse yourself in Maori culture, sail into the sunset across lake Taupo, explore real life Hobbiton & more.

  • Auckland city orientation
  • Waitomo glowworm caves boat tour
  • Hobbiton film set
  • Kerosene creek
  • Wai-O-Tapu thermal pools
  • Kuirau geothermal park
  • Maori cultural experience
  • Lake Taupo sunset sailing
  • Huka Falls
  • Queenstown City Orientation
  • Jet Boating through Canyons
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • Lord of the Rings Tour
  • Mount Iron Hike
  • Lake Tekapo Experience
  • Hooker Valley Hike
  • Hot Springs Star Gazing Experience

While our trips are laid back and relaxed with plenty of time to do your own thing, we don't pad out our itineraries with loads of free time to explore or optional activities like other operators. Everything you'd want plus some special surprises are always included.

  • Work In NZ: NZ Intro is our comprehensive work and travel package and the ultimate way to get started, including exclusive access to our own 'NZ Jobs' Program.
  • Airport Pickup & Accomodation: We'll be there to greet you at Auckland airport after your long flight and take you to your first hostel, where you'll start 16 nights in the heart of NZ's most vibrant cities.
  • Awesome Group Leader: You'll get an awesome group leader from the moment you step off the plane to provide 24/7 support during & after your trip, alongside knowledgeable local guides.
  • 15 Meals: 10 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch and 4 Dinners



  • We'll sort all the important things you'll need before you start working in New Zealand. We'll have your NZ Bank Account open with your card and pin ready for when you arrive, along with your SIM card and IRD number.
  • You need a visa to enter New Zealand. Most people who do NZ Intro are on a Working Holiday Visa. A WHV is usually available to those aged 18 - 30 and valid for 12 or 23 months. We can organise your visa before you go.
  • You'll get a lifetime membership to our NZ Jobs Program. This includes exclusive access to our INTRO Jobs App, where we post lots of great job opportunities every day from our New Zealand wide network of employers.
  • Your group leader will give you a comprehensive 'Work in NZ' presentation, as well as one on one advice and support on CV Building, Job Finding, Interview Skills and anything else you'll need to secure a great job in New Zealand.
  • Certain jobs such as construction require you to complete specific training. We'll explain what's needed and can book you onto all necessary training courses after NZ Intro.
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