March 27-April 10, 2024 — New Zealand Roadtrip over Easter (SOLD OUT)

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Expats - New Zealand Roadtrip over Easter (14 nights)

Join us for an epic New Zealand Roadtrip over Easter 2024, where we’ll explore stunning landscapes, and create unforgettable memories!

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New Zealand, a breathtaking island nation in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, captivates travelers with its stunning landscapes, unique culture, and warm hospitality. A visit to New Zealand promises an unforgettable experience that blends natural wonders, outdoor adventures, and cultural immersion.

New Zealand boasts some of the most spectacular scenery on Earth. From the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps to the pristine beaches of the Bay of Islands, New Zealand offers a diverse range of landscapes within a relatively small area. Fiordland National Park, with its majestic fiords and waterfalls, and the geothermal wonders of Rotorua are just a couple of the many natural marvels awaiting exploration.

Adventure enthusiasts will find paradise in New Zealand. The country is renowned for its outdoor activities, including hiking, skiing, bungee jumping, and water sports. The legendary Milford Track and Tongariro Alpine Crossing are iconic trekking routes that showcase the country’s untouched beauty. For adrenaline junkies, Queenstown is the adventure capital, offering thrilling experiences like bungee jumping and jet boating.

Maori culture, deeply ingrained in New Zealand’s identity, adds a rich layer to the travel experience. Visitors can engage in traditional Maori ceremonies, witness powerful haka performances, and explore historical sites such as the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. The blend of Maori traditions with modern Kiwi lifestyle creates a unique cultural tapestry that is both educational and enriching.

Furthermore, New Zealand’s friendly locals, known as Kiwis, contribute to the welcoming atmosphere. The country’s commitment to sustainable tourism is evident in its pristine environment and eco-friendly practices, making it an ideal destination for conscientious travelers.

In conclusion, a visit to New Zealand promises a kaleidoscope of experiences – from awe-inspiring landscapes to heart-pounding adventures and cultural immersion. Whether seeking tranquility in nature or seeking an adrenaline rush, New Zealand offers a travel tapestry that is as diverse as it is unforgettable.


  • Discover AucklandAuckland, New Zealand’s largest city, captivates with its stunning landscapes, encompassing the Hauraki Gulf, volcanic cones, and beautiful beaches like Mission Bay. Celebrated as the “City of Sails,” it boasts a vibrant waterfront with the iconic Sky Tower and Viaduct Harbour. Embracing a rich cultural tapestry, Auckland showcases Maori, Pacific Island, European, and Asian influences through festivals, museums, and diverse cuisine. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore regional parks, while wine enthusiasts may journey to Waiheke Island’s renowned vineyards. Auckland’s dynamic blend of natural beauty, cultural diversity, and urban sophistication makes it a compelling destination with a unique Kiwi charm.
  • Discover RotoruaRotorua, on New Zealand’s North Island, captivates with its geothermal wonders, showcasing bubbling mud pools and vibrant geysers at Te Puia and Wai-O-Tapu. Rooted in Maori culture, Te Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village (that we will be visiting) offers an immersive experience. The city is surrounded by picturesque lakes, providing a backdrop for water activities and serene landscapes. Adventure awaits in the Redwoods Forest (that we may be visiting time permitting), offering biking and hiking trails. Skyline Rotorua offers panoramic views and thrilling activities. The Polynesian Spa (that we will be visiting) beckons with therapeutic geothermal waters. Wildlife encounters at Rainbow Springs and the Te Ara Ahi Cycle Trail add to Rotorua’s allure, making it a diverse and captivating destination.
  • Ferry from Wellington to PictonThe ferry journey from Wellington to Picton is a scenic odyssey, connecting New Zealand’s North and South Islands. Departing from Wellington’s bustling harbor, the Interislander or Bluebridge ferries traverse the Cook Strait, providing breathtaking views of the Marlborough Sounds. These picturesque waterways, adorned with lush hills and pristine bays, create a mesmerizing backdrop. The three to four-hour voyage offers passengers the chance to witness marine life and enjoy onboard amenities. As the ferry docks in Picton, gateway to the South Island, travelers are greeted by charming coastal landscapes, completing a memorable maritime experience between the two distinct and beautiful regions of New Zealand.
  • Discover NelsonNelson, nestled at the top of New Zealand’s South Island, is a haven of sun, sea, and arts. Known for its abundant sunshine, it boasts golden beaches, including the iconic Abel Tasman National Park with its turquoise waters. The city itself is a cultural hub, home to numerous galleries, studios, and the Suter Art Gallery. Nelson’s vibrant Saturday Market showcases local crafts and produce. Surrounding vineyards and breweries contribute to its reputation as a gourmet destination. Outdoor enthusiasts relish the hiking and biking trails in the nearby Nelson Lakes National Park. Nelson seamlessly blends natural beauty, creativity, and a laid-back lifestyle.
  • Abel Tasman National parkAbel Tasman National Park, nestled on New Zealand’s South Island, is a coastal paradise renowned for its golden beaches, crystal-clear waters, and lush native forests. This 225-square-kilometer haven offers a breathtaking combination of marine and terrestrial beauty. The iconic Abel Tasman Coast Track weaves through pristine landscapes, providing access to secluded coves and panoramic viewpoints. Kayakers explore hidden inlets, encountering playful seals and dolphins. The park’s tranquility, diverse flora, and fauna, coupled with the temperate climate, create an idyllic escape. Abel Tasman National Park stands as a testament to New Zealand’s natural splendor and is a must-visit for those seeking serenity and coastal adventure.
  • Farewell SpitFarewell Spit, located at the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, is a natural wonder renowned for its unique geography and ecological significance. Stretching over 26 kilometers, it is one of the longest sandspits in the world. This narrow strip of land features expansive sandy beaches, tidal flats, and dunes. The area is a haven for birdwatchers, as it serves as a crucial habitat for numerous seabird species. Guided tours provide access to restricted areas, allowing visitors to witness the diverse birdlife, including gannets and migratory species. Farewell Spit is a captivating destination, blending natural beauty and ecological diversity.
  • Roadtrip to HokotikaEmbark on a scenic road trip from Nelson to Hokitika on New Zealand’s South Island where we venture to Westport, known for its coastal beauty and seal colonies. Continue south to Punakaiki to marvel at the Pancake Rocks. Explore Greymouth’s historic charm before reaching Hokitika, famed for greenstone carving and stunning sunsets over the Tasman Sea. Optionally, detour to the Hokitika Gorge for its turquoise waters. Navigate through ever-changing landscapes, from valleys to coastal wonders, on this unforgettable journey showcasing the diverse beauty of New Zealand’s South Island.
  • Hokotika Gorge: Hokitika Gorge, a hidden gem on New Zealand’s South Island, captivates with its breathtaking natural beauty. Just 33 kilometers inland from Hokitika, this enchanting gorge is renowned for its vibrant turquoise waters. A swing bridge provides a thrilling vantage point to witness the mesmerizing color contrast between the pristine river and the lush native forest. Hemmed in by towering rock formations, the gorge is a tranquil haven, offering nature walks and photographic opportunities. The surreal hues of the water, caused by suspended rock flour, create a visual spectacle that makes Hokitika Gorge a must-visit destination for those seeking serene natural wonders.
  • Franz Josef GlacierNestled in New Zealand’s Westland Tai Poutini National Park, the Franz Josef Glacier is a mesmerizing icy spectacle on the South Island. Flowing from the Southern Alps to just 240 meters above sea level, this dynamic glacier is surrounded by lush rainforest, creating a stunning contrast. Visitors can embark on guided hikes or heli-hiking adventures to explore the glacier’s crevasses, ice caves, and breathtaking ice formations. The glacier’s constant movement and unique environment make it a captivating destination, offering an immersive experience into the ever-changing and pristine landscapes that define New Zealand’s extraordinary natural beauty.
  • Roadtrip from Franz Josef to Te AnauEmbarking on a scenic road trip from Franz Josef to Te Anau, you traverse the breathtaking landscapes of New Zealand’s South Island where you will passing through lush rainforests and coastal views. Journey through the charming towns of Fox Glacier and Haast, with opportunities to explore glacier viewpoints. Cross Haast Pass, revealing alpine scenery. Further along Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea, marvel at the Southern Alps’ reflections. Continue through the historic gold-mining town of Cromwell, and drive alongside Lake Wakatipu before reaching Te Anau. This road trip unfolds a tapestry of diverse terrains, offering an unforgettable South Island adventure.
  • Milford Sound Drive from Te Anau: Embarking on the Milford Sound drive from Te Anau is a 120-kilometer journey through some of New Zealand’s most captivating landscapes. We begin by traveling along the shores of Lake Te Anau. Traverse the Eglinton Valley, surrounded by towering peaks, and marvel at Mirror Lakes reflecting the stunning scenery. As the road winds through the Homer Tunnel, prepare for the awe-inspiring descent into Milford Sound. The drive unveils dramatic fjords, cascading waterfalls, and the iconic Mitre Peak. This road trip is a visual feast, offering a taste of Fiordland National Park’s rugged grandeur before reaching the majestic Milford Sound.
  • Milford Sound Cruise: A Milford Sound cruise is an enchanting odyssey into the heart of New Zealand’s Fiordland. Departing from the Milford Wharf, vessels navigate the majestic fiord, surrounded by towering granite cliffs, lush rainforests, and cascading waterfalls, including the iconic Stirling Falls. Wildlife such as seals, dolphins, and penguins often graces the journey. The mystical Mitre Peak looms overhead, casting its reflection upon the tranquil waters. Informative guides provide insights into the fiord’s geological marvels and Maori legends. Whether under the misty rain or clear skies, a Milford Sound cruise is a sensory symphony, immersing visitors in the awe-inspiring beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Discover Queenstown: Queenstown, nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand’s South Island, is a magnetic blend of adventure and serenity. Surrounded by the Southern Alps, it’s renowned as the ‘Adventure Capital of the World.’ Thrill-seekers indulge in bungee jumping, skydiving, and jet boating, while the stunning landscapes provide a backdrop for hiking and skiing. The vibrant town center buzzes with restaurants, cafes, and boutique shops. The iconic Queenstown Gardens and the Skyline Gondola offer panoramic views. With a lively atmosphere, stunning scenery, and year-round activities, Queenstown is an unparalleled destination for those seeking both adrenaline and tranquility.
  • Hike around Mount CookEmbarking on a hike around Mount Cook (Aoraki), New Zealand’s highest peak, unveils a pristine alpine world of grandeur. The Hooker Valley Track, one of the most popular trails, offers a captivating journey with views of glaciers, turquoise lakes, and the towering Aoraki/Mount Cook. The trail passes swing bridges, providing glimpses of the Mueller Glacier and iconic peaks like Mount Sefton. For a more challenging adventure, the Mueller Hut Route leads to a mountain hut with panoramic vistas. The Tasman Glacier View and Kea Point tracks also offer stunning perspectives. Hiking around Mount Cook promises a surreal encounter with the Southern Alps’ majesty.
  • Lake Tekapo & Star gazing in Lake Tekapo: Lake Tekapo, nestled in New Zealand’s South Island, is a celestial-blue jewel surrounded by the Southern Alps. Renowned for its breathtaking beauty, the lake’s vivid turquoise hues are attributed to glacial flour suspended in the water. The iconic Church of the Good Shepherd, set against the lake’s backdrop, adds to the ethereal charm. Stargazing enthusiasts flock to the nearby Mount John Observatory for unparalleled views of the southern night sky. In daylight, lupine flowers blanket the shores, enhancing the picturesque allure. Whether marveling at the lake’s vibrant colors or exploring its serene surroundings, Lake Tekapo offers a tranquil and captivating escape.
  • Discover ChristchurchChristchurch, New Zealand’s South Island gateway, seamlessly blends heritage with modernity. Rebuilding after the 2011 earthquake, the “Garden City” now boasts contemporary architecture alongside restored landmarks. The Avon River meanders through the city center, adorned by iconic punting. Hagley Park provides green respite, while the Christchurch Botanic Gardens showcase vibrant flora. The Canterbury Museum and the Arts Centre contribute to the city’s cultural richness. Innovative street art decorates the post-quake transitional zones. Christchurch is a hub for culinary delights, craft markets, and festivals, embodying resilience, creativity, and a vibrant community spirit.
  • Waitomo Glowworm CavesThe Waitomo Glowworm Caves, nestled in New Zealand’s North Island, unveil a captivating underworld spectacle. Home to the unique Arachnocampa luminosa, these caves are renowned for their bioluminescent glowworms that illuminate the darkness, creating a celestial ambiance. Visitors will embark on boat tours, silently gliding through underground waterways while marveling at the mesmerizing glow. Beyond the luminescent inhabitants, the caves feature intricate limestone formations, stalactites, and stalagmites, adding to their enchantment.
  • Hobbiton or Middle Earth for Lord of the Rings fans (optional): Nestled in the lush landscapes of Matamata, New Zealand, Hobbiton is a cinematic marvel, bringing J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth to life. This idyllic movie set, used in “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies, transports visitors to the charming Shire. Dotted with hobbit holes, vibrant gardens, and the iconic Green Dragon Inn, Hobbiton captures the essence of Tolkien’s fantasy realm. Guided tours offer insight into the filmmaking magic and the meticulous craftsmanship that recreated Middle Earth. A visit to Hobbiton is a journey into the heart of cinematic fantasy, where imagination meets reality in a landscape straight from the pages of Tolkien’s epic tales.
  • Tongariro crossing hike (featuring Mt. Doom for Lord of the rings fans): The Tongariro Alpine Crossing, in the heart of New Zealand’s North Island, is a renowned hiking trail and a UNESCO dual World Heritage site. Spanning 19.4 kilometers, this challenging trek unveils a diverse landscape of volcanic craters, emerald lakes, and rugged terrain. Hikers traverse the otherworldly South Crater, ascend the iconic Red Crater, and pass by the vivid Emerald Lakes. The trail offers panoramic views of Mount Ngauruhoe, Mount Tongariro, and the surrounding alpine scenery. Steeped in Maori mythology, the Tongariro Crossing promises an exhilarating journey through some of the country’s most spectacular and geologically significant natural wonders. For “Lord of the Rings” fans, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in New Zealand is an immersive journey into Middle Earth. The landscape served as the backdrop for the ominous Mount Doom, portrayed by Mount Ngauruhoe. As you traverse the alpine terrain, you’ll recognize the fiery Red Crater and the vivid Emerald Lakes, featured prominently in the film trilogy. The South Crater, with its expansive, desolate beauty, evokes scenes from Mordor. Hiking this trail becomes a pilgrimage for fans, allowing them to step into the very landscapes that brought J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy world to life on the big screen, creating an unforgettable Middle Earth experience.
  • Discover Taupo & Lake TaupoTaupo, nestled on New Zealand’s North Island, captivates with its stunning landscapes centered around the expansive Lake Taupo, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest freshwater lake. Surrounded by volcanic mountains, this geothermal wonderland offers hot springs and the powerful Huka Falls. Adventure seekers relish activities like skydiving and bungee jumping, while the Tongariro Alpine Crossing beckons hikers. Trout fishing enthusiasts find paradise in the lake’s pristine waters. The town itself boasts vibrant cafes, galleries, and a welcoming atmosphere. Whether marveling at nature’s wonders or indulging in adrenaline-fueled pursuits, Taupo presents a diverse and breathtaking destination for all types of travelers.

Waitomo Glow worm caves


Start & End Date: Wed, 27 Mar – Wed, 10 Apr

Meeting location: Auckland Airport on Wednesday 27 Mar.

Finishing Location: Christchurch Airport on Wed, 10 April.

Note: You can arrive anytime on Wed, 27 Mar and I can arrange for pickup from airport & drop off to your accommodation.

Hiking Difficulty: Mix of easy, intermediate & hard trails. The trip is for both hikers & non-hikes as there are options for everyone.

Price: Starting from 2995 euros (before any discounts).

What is Included?

  • Community leader & local guide (me) for the entire duration
  • 14 x nights shared accommodation.
  • Breakfast for all days will be provided.
  • Roadtrip of entire New Zealand
  • Milford sound cruise
  • Polynesian Thermal spa.
  • Entry to Whakarewarewa – The Living Maori Village
  • Witnessing a Haka (New Zealand War Dance)
  • Rotorua Geo Thermal Park
  • Ferry from Wellington to Picton.
  • Queenstown Cable Car.
  • Waitomo Glow worm caves.
  • All hikes during the trip are included.
  • Transportation for the entire trip starting from the meeting location to the finishing location including drop off’s to optional activities where required.

How to get to New Zealand?

  • Flying is the fastest way and currently there are super cheap flights for China Eastern Airlines with flights from Amsterdam to Auckland & back for under 800 euros from 24 Mar and returning on most dates in April.


Refer to Agenda for the plan on this trip.



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  • WhatsApp Group: In the ticket confirmation page, you will find a link to a whatsapp group dedicated to this event. This group is where you can connect with trip mates, coordinate arrival options & stay in touch.
  • Trip Briefing: You will find a link in the whatsapp group description to a detailed trip briefing document providing details on what to expect, how to prepare etc.
  • Google Photos Album: You will find a link in the whatsapp group description to the shared google photos album where you can upload & view all shared photos & videos from the trip.


  • Free cancellation up to 7 full days before the start of the trip. After that, cancel up to 5 days before the trip to get a 50% refund.
  • If the event is cancelled on our end, you will get a full refund.
  • Please note that the program, as well as the venue is subject to change due to extreme weather conditions, as well as to the characteristics and size of the group.
  • Urbanature Travel (UNT) needs a minimum of 5 participants for this trip to take place, else we may cancel this trip.
  • UNT reserves the right to cancel the trip, modify the route, change the accommodation or re-schedule hikes and without prior notice.
  • UNT is not responsible for any loss, theft, damage or personal injury that occurs during the trip.


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Welcome my fellow travellers! We are looking to provide you with options to travel to amazing places with our like-minded community guides. Our trips would involve a mash-up of urban exploring and comfortable nature trails & hikes planned & designed by us to ensure that you have a great time & have a more holistic experience.

Looking forward to seeing you on our trips!!!



Travel to Auuckland from our respective homes and meet the guide (Maddy) directly at the airport, and then we head to your respective accommodation to relax after a long flight.

10:00 - 01:00

Post breakfast, we are off to explore the City of Sail's "Auckland".

09:00 - 23:00

Post check & breakfast, we start our roadtrip by saying good bye to Auckland and we head down to Waitomo to see some glow worms in actions, followed by visit to Hobbiton (optional) and we then end by going to Rotorua, where we finish our day in the relaxing themal pools in Rotorua (Polynesian Spa).

09:00 - 23:00

Post breakfast & checkout, we head to a Maori village, followed bz witnessing the Haka (New Zealand War dance) and then we head to Geothermal park to watch Nature at play, before saying our good bye to Rotorua and heading down to Taupo for a quick tour and then finish up in National park.


We have an early start to ensure that we start the hike with the first glimpse of the Sun. This is a gruelling 20km hike, so we need to be at 100%. For those not doing the hike, you can either just relax and go for a walk around National park.

10:00 - 22:00



09:00 - 19:00

09:00 - 21:00


09:00 - 21:00

Mix of hiking & non hiking activities.




Auckland Airport