Australia & the Pacific Tours & Trips 2020

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Style Style Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.
Retreats Similar to a self guided tour but staying in one location only with activities and day outings included as a part of the stay.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Travel Style Travel Style Flexible schedule A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full schedule For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Balanced schedule You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

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Solo Friendly Solo Friendly Good for Singles Trips that specifically cater to travelers looking to meet other singles.
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Sydney to Brisbane Adventure

Intrepid Travel
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7 days
$ 326 / day
$ 2,280
From : $ 2,804
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Keep your eye out for kangaroos on your way to a cheese, chocolate and wine tasting in the chilled-out Hunter Valley – a picturesque region in the rural hills of New South Wales.
  • Soak up the beachside vibes of Byron Bay with a free day in this surfer’s haven. Go for a dip in the ocean, listen to buskers by the beach, join a yoga class or just hang loose in a quirky cafe – it’s a hard life!
  • Set sail along the azure waters of Port Macquarie on an incredible sunset cruise. Keep an eagle eye out for local pods of dolphins as you enjoy the perfect end to a scenic day.
  • Get in touch with Australia’s wilderness and wildlife. Meet cute and cuddly koalas at an animal hospital and explore rainforest and waterfalls in Dorrigo National Park.
  • Enjoy amazing local food including a 'farm to plate' experience in beautiful Byron Bay. Head out and collect local ingredients before indulging in a healthy and delicious dinner.
Visits:
Brisbane, Sydney, Australia
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Thermal Wonders

5 days
$ 276 / day
$ 1,380
From : $ 1,697
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • DAY 1 - ARRIVE AUCKLAND
  • On arrival in Auckland, 'The City of Sails', you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
  • DAY 2 - AUCKLAND / ROTORUA
  • Farewell the 'City of Sails' as you travel south to reach the market garden area of Pukekohe. Continue through Hamilton - New Zealand's fourth largest city and the fertile Waikato region to the 'Thermal City' of Rotorua. This afternoon is at leisure. This evening enjoy an authentic Maori Hangi (feast) & Concert. (BD)
  • DAY 3 - ROTORUA & HOBBITON
  • Visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve to see boiling mudpools and roaring geysers. Following this, visit Rainbow Springs to see New Zealand's trout, birds and wildlife before continuing to the Agrodome for a New Zealand farm show. This afternoon, visit Hobbiton Movie Set for a 2 hour guided tour of 'Middle Earth'. Return to Rotorua for the evening at leisure. (B)
  • DAY 4 - ROTORUA / WAITOMO / AUCKLAND
  • Travel over the forested Mamaku Ranges to reach Waitomo. Enjoy a guided tour of the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves including an underground boat ride viewing the millions of glow worms on the cavern roof. On completion continue through the fertile Waikato area to reach Auckland. (B)
  • DAY 5 - DEPART AUCKLAND
  • Transfer to the airport for your departing flight. (B)
  • * This tour is also available on self-drive basis
  • * This tour is also available on self-drive basis
Visits:
New Zealand
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The Big Tiki (Auckland to Queenstown - From Oct 2 ...

Contiki
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19 days
$ 176 / day
$ 3,339
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair accessible
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic (2*)
Highlights
  • Cross Aucklands Harbour Bridge
  • See the City of Sails harbour made famous by the Americas Cup
  • Tuck into coffee and cake in one of Wellington's cafes, including a 'Heart parcels' brownie with proceeds going towards supporting the homeless
  • Check out the cafe & restaurant scene in Wellington, voted the coolest little capital in the world
Visits:
Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, Rotorua, Wellington, New Zealand
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Brisbane to Cairns Adventure

Intrepid Travel
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8 days
$ 392 / day
$ 3,135
From : $ 3,856
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Take an incredible 4WD adventure through the breathtaking landscape of Fraser Island (K'gari). Venture across undulating sand dunes and vast golden beach in search of that iconic outback creature, the dingo!
  • Cruise through the postcard-perfect islands of the Whitsundays, including a stop at the world-famous Whitehaven beach. Surround yourself with dazzling white sands and azure waters as you discover this idyllic corner of Queensland.
  • Enjoy a free afternoon in the tropical bliss of Mission Beach. Soak up the salty sea breeze and laze on the palm-fringed sands, stretch your limbs with a yoga class or go for a dip in the pool – it’s a hard life!
  • Venture into the wilderness of the Atherton Tablelands – take a dip in a magnificent plunge waterfall nestled in dense tropical rainforest and admire the beautiful blue-green hues of Lake Eacham.
  • Witness the magnificence of the Great Barrier Reef on a bucket-list-ticking snorkelling adventure. Brimming with colourful coral and tropical fish, enjoy an included cruise from Cairns to explore this underwater paradise.
Visits:
Brisbane, Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia
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New Zealand Splendor

9 days
$ 288 / day
$ 2,595
From : $ 3,192
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • DAY 1 - ARRIVE AUCKLANDOn arrival in Auckland, 'The City of Sails', you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
  • DAY 2 - AUCKLAND / WAITOMO / HOBBITON / ROTORUATravel south through the Waikato region to arrive at Waitomo for a guided tour of the glowworm caves. Continue to Rotorua this afternoon via Hobbiton Movie Set for a guided tour of this world-class attraction. (B)
  • DAY 3 - ROTORUAVisit Te Puia Thermal Reserve, the Agrodome for a sheep and farm show and Rainbow Springs to view trout and wildlife. This afternoon is at leisure. (B)
  • DAY 4 - ROTORUA / QUEENSTOWNTransfer to the airport for your domestic flight from Rotorua to Queenstown (airfare additional). Arrive and transfer to your hotel. (B)
  • DAY 5 - QUEENSTOWN - MILFORD SOUNDTravel through Lumsden and Te Anau to the Fiordland National Park. Enter the Eglinton Valley and travel through the man made Homer Tunnel to arrive in Milford Sound. Enjoy a cruise on the fiord before returning to Queenstown. (B)
  • DAY 6 - QUEENSTOWNA free day to explore the endless optional attractions available. Queenstown offers bungy jumping, jetboating, white water rafting, gondola rides and much more. (B)
  • DAY 7 - QUEENSTOWN / GLACIER REGIONJourney past Lakes Wanaka and Hawea before turning into the Haast Past and the World Heritage Westland National Park. Continue north to arrive in Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. (B)
  • DAY 8 - GLACIER REGION / GREYMOUTH / TRANZ ALPINE TRAIN / CHRISTCHURCHTravel north to Greymouth and board the world famous Tranz Alpine train (seat in coach passengers only). Ascend through lush beech forests past the alpine village of Arthur's Pass before crossing the spectacular Southern Alps. Travel over the fertile Canterbury Plains to arrive in the 'garden city' of Christchurch. (B)
  • DAY 9 - DEPART CHRISTCHURCHTransfer to the airport for your departing flight. (B)
  • * This tour is also available on self-drive basis
Visits:
New Zealand
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The Big Tiki (Christchurch to Auckland - From Oct ...

Contiki
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21 days
$ 182 / day
$ 3,604
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair accessible
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic (2*)
Visits:
Alps, Auckland, Christchurch, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Rotorua, Wellington, New Zealand
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Images of Australia with Kangaroo Island, Ayers R ...

Great Value Vacations
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11 days
$ 506 / day
$ 5,562
From : $ 9,315
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Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Sydney Harbor Cruise with lunch
  • Evening Uluru Sunset Tour
  • Morning Uluru Kata Tjuta Tour with picnic breakfast
  • Catamaran Cruise on the Great Barrier Reef to Michaelmas Cay - includes snorkeling and lunch
  • Kuranda Rainforest Village tour with lunch
Visits:
Australia
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Tastes of Southern Australia

11 days
$ 371 / day
$ 4,080
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Discover Beechworth, Melbourne, and Adelaide
  • Parliament House in Canberra, Worn Gundidj in Tower Hill, Coonawarra wine region, Alexandra Cave, Kangaroo Island Brewery, Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Seal Bay Conservation Park and the Barossa with a Local Specialist
  • Scenic Drive along the Great Ocean Road
  • View koalas at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, sea lions at Seal Bay Conservation Park, the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch on Kangaroo Island
  • Visit Gold Creek Sheep Station, the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, the Twelve Apostles, and wineries in South Australia
  • Connect with Locals
  • Dive into Culture
  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Visits:
Adelaide, Melbourne, Shiraz, Australia
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The Kokoda Track

Intrepid Travel
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10 days
$ 316 / day
$ 3,970
From : $ 4,263
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Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Very Hard
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Trek the famous Kokoda Track the ethical way. We partner with a local cooperative that ensures local communities benefit directly from your visit.
  • Hear incredible tales of wartime courage from the local historian in Brigade Hill
  • Hike up the arid spines of mountains and through valleys of lush rainforest, stopping to cool off in pristine rivers along the way.
  • Meet the people who live in this region, learn about the local cultures and contribute to these small and remote communities.
  • Trek every step with a personal porter, trekking leader and crew – all locals – to ensure that you have the best experience possible while supporting employment in the region.
Visits:
Port Moresby, Australia, Papua New Guinea
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Fiji Adventure

Intrepid Travel
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9 days
$ 341 / day
$ 3,070
From : $ 4,145
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Discover the beautiful Coral Coast, taking a guided walk to learn about the cultural significance of Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park with your small group.
  • Get your pulse racing as you raft through the heart of Fiji’s highlands at Upper Navua Gorge, and take the plunge with a swim at one of Fiji’s most picture-perfect waterfalls in Nabalesere.
  • Have time to rest and relax along the shores of Pacific Harbour, and take a boat to the paradisiacal island of Nananu-i-Ra for more relaxation, kayaking or snorkelling.
  • Go on a full day’s hike through the grasslands into Naga to Nubutautau villages, hearing first-hand about the history of the area from expert guides and local villagers.
  • Discover the Fijian centres of Nadi and Suva, and with the option to extend your stay before or after the expedition, you’ll be relaxing as soon as you step foot on the island.
Visits:
Fiji
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Tahiti & the Pearls of French Polynesia

Intrepid Travel
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8 days
$ 321 / day
$ 2,765
From : $ 3,155
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Snorkel with sting rays and sharks in beautiful Bora Bora.
  • Take a tour of a local pearl farm on the lush island of Taha'a.
  • Enjoy a kayak tour down Faaroa River in Raiatea.
  • Visit an ancient marae (temple) at Taputapuatea, which was recently listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Perth to Broome Overland Adventure

Intrepid Travel
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10 days
$ 199 / day
$ 2,805
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment. Hard
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic (2*)
Highlights
  • Discover Western Australia’s desert landscapes, national parks and sublime Coral Coast in rugged style on the ultimate small group overland adventure.
  • Enjoy the flexibility of a private vehicle, the expert knowledge of two passionate local leaders travelling with you and the magic of camping under the stars – what’s not to love about the land of Aus?
  • Why not check out the underwater aquarium of Ningaloo Reef by plane, glass-bottom boat or snorkel, and season depending, swim with the gentle giants of the deep – whalesharks!
  • Pilbara’s cattle stations, red earth and mining communities are reminiscent of the sun-baked Australia much of the world imagines, and you’ll get to see it all firsthand.
  • Trek the trails of Karinjini National Park, weaving through its rocky gorges, and reward your efforts by taking a swim in the park’s ancient waterholes. This is living.
Visits:
Broome, Perth, Australia
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Red Centre & Uluru Explorer

Intrepid Travel
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6 days
$ 333 / day
$ 1,995
From : $ 2,454
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Take part in a Welcome or Acknowledgement of Country at the beginning of your adventure to recognise the land of the Anangu – the First Nations custodians of this area.
  • See the sacred wonder of Uluru at multiple angles and at different points of the day. Embark on a walk around its base, and enjoy a spread of locally sourced produce at sunset, watching the rock change as dusk breaks.
  • Gaze up at the constellations on a special stargazing experience and bush tucker dinner. The night sky comes alive in the Red Centre, with no pollution to impede your view.
  • Tour a wide range of landscapes around the Red Centre, including the West MacDonnell Ranges and Kings Canyon.
  • Hike through the otherworldly Walpa Gorge and to several viewpoints for spectacular vistas of Kata-Tjuta, the towering domes that form something akin to a forest of rounded rocks.
Visits:
Alice Springs, Australia
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Tasmanian Explorer

Intrepid Travel
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9 days
$ 295 / day
$ 2,715
From : $ 3,267
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Discover Tasmania’s Cradle Coast, from the ancient landscapes of Rocky Cape National Park to the stunning stretch of ocean at the Edge of the World, with plenty of stops along the famed tasting trail.
  • Explore the country’s oldest temperate rainforest with a visit to the Tarkine, home to unique species that have evolved over hundreds of millions of years – a living connection to the Gondwana supercontinent.
  • Learn about the rich Aboriginal heritage and spiritual connections of Tasmania’s northern landmarks and national parklands.
  • See the highlights of the picturesque Tasman Peninsula, such as the rocky formations of Tasman Arch and Devil’s Kitchen, the secluded Crescent Bay and the tragically historic Port Arthur.
  • Delight in the rugged beauty and delicious flavours of Bruny Island as you sample local delicacies and explore national parkland where towering cliffs fall away into the crashing sea.
Visits:
Hobart, Richmond, Tasmania, Australia
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Southern Capitals City Meets Bush

5 days
$ 393 / day
$ 1,966
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Discover Beechworth, and Melbourne
  • Explore Parliament House in Canberra with a Local Specialist
  • Visit Gold Creek Sheep Station, and the Australian War Memorial in Canberra
  • Connect with Locals
  • Dive Into Culture
Visits:
Canberra, Melbourne, Australia
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18,282 Australia & the Pacific Tour Reviews - Summary 91% Recommend

4.5 out of 5
Excellent 13,620
Great 2,887
Average 492
Disappointing 252
Terrible 1,031
Value
4.5
Guide
4.5
Activities
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Lodging
4.5
Transportation
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Meals
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Beautiful country but too much time on bus

3.0
  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 3.0
  • Activities 3.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 3.0

On this trip we have seen very beautiful parts of the country and the two young trip leaders worked very hard. However, my overall experience was below expectations. First of all, except for the first 3 days, we spent too much time on the bus. On many days the bus time is more than 5 hrs/day. I understand that due to the heavy rain in the week before our trip, part of the west coast road was closed and we would have to take another route. However, when this happens, subsequent arrangements should also be made so that alternative best option can be taken. No body briefed us about the alternative options. We were just being told what change would be made. Those changes in my view didn

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Operator Active Adventures

Good, not great....Christian and Tess's collective review

3.0
  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 3.0
  • Activities 3.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 3.0

Our trip was a little different because of the road closure, so it's hard to know how it would have been if everything went smoothly. The road closure to the glaciers ended up leaving with us with a lot of driving time in the van and that was less than ideal, but we understand there wasn't much that could have been done. Our group complained incessantly about the changes and that added a little difficulty to the enjoyment but our guides Alicia and Roisin did their best and they were amazing. Honestly, if we had known of the closure and the subsequent changes I'm not sure I would have done the trek because it was too much time in the van. All in all we tried to make the most of it. We probably wouldn't recommend it to anyone else the way it was for us, but all in all it was okay. We have a few specific suggestions...

About the food: It was okay...there were a couple of meals that were prepared by our guides that we were happy with, but we think its a bad idea to charge so much and have the food be mediocre at best. It's absolutely not the fault of the guides...they had their hands full during the day to say the least. We think it would be a good idea to either hire a dedicated cook for the group who cooks while the guides take care of their guiding responsibilities or just have us eat every meal out. It seems like too much to expect the guides to do so much with the group during the day and then expect them to prepare meals worthy of the amount charged. If you'd like specifics, we can address them in a separate email...we want to help, not complain.

Also, it might be good to outline just how much time is going to be spent sitting in a van because we had no idea. I know we were in the van way more than expected because of the change in itinerary but it might be nice to mention on the itinerary just how many van hours there are compared to hours outside. Some days were only allowed maybe 2 hours outside with the rest of the time in the van and that was not clear in advance. I think other members of our group also had different expectations and that created complications that expectations did not match reality.

Overall, with amount of time in the van and the quality of the food, we think the trip cost way more than it should. Despite our dissatisfaction the guides were amazing and we have no complaints with them...the trip in general just could be organized better or cost significantly less. The two guides made it all okay and were the reason we had a decent time.

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Operator Active Adventures

Too much time devoted to riding a bus each day!

3.0
  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 3.0
  • Activities 3.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 3.0

Positive: The locations are fun and beautiful, but sadly it is 'getting there' that takes the joy away.

Negative: Spending up to 5 hours on a bus each day was never listed in the itinerary and was extremely frustrating and very disappointing to endure. Two participants in my group actually left the tour midway due to low expectations.

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Operator Active Adventures

Too much time on the bus.

3.0
  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 3.0
  • Activities 3.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 3.0

I loved seeing all the beautiful scenery, but the time spent on the bus each day was much longer than I anticipated. I didn't know that we would be hiking every day, as I thought there would be more different activities involved. For instance, we could have gone tubbing or stopped at the glow-worm caves.

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Operator Active Adventures

ACTIVE New Zealand

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

This trip around the South Island was amazing! Dan and Brogan, our tour guides, were so knowledgable about everything you could imagine about the island. From native plants and animals, to culture, food, environment, and experiences, Dan and Brogan never fell short of fun and interesting facts.
Views were spectacular, food was pretty good (vegan options sometimes fell a little short when eating out, but when food was made by Brogan and Dan it was a strong 11/10), and hikes were really nice (I would rate this trip closer to a 2-3 level instead of a 3-4).
Active also did a really great job of planning in the face of unforeseen events; when there was a record breaking storm and the roads were flooded in all directions, we got evacuated by helicopter to our next destination and were right back on track to continue our trip.
This trip was amazing and I cant wait to come back to New Zealand!

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Operator Active Adventures

Excitement in the fact of adversity

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

The guides managed to keep calm and spirits up despite NZ enduring the worst weather for 25 years. The plans had to change several times, but we still managed to cover most of the itinerary. This is a long trip and the distances covered are large, so some days you're spending a lot of time on the bus.

Highlights were kayaking in Milford Sound which is worth the journey.

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