Best of New Zealand North to South Adventure

Auckland, New Zealand

Karina Safari
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40 reviews
Feb 16 - Mar 1, 2023
Group size: 10 - 13
Best of New Zealand North to South Adventure
Auckland, New Zealand

Karina Safari
  • Email address verified
  • Facebook verified
40 reviews

Feb 16 - Mar 1, 2023
Group size: 10 - 13

About this trip

Experience the best of AOTEAROA, the  Land of the long white cloud 

Our 12-day adventure runs on both North and South islands and going to be a perfect combination of hiking, unique natural wonders, beach time,  visiting Tolkien-inspired places, and immersion into local "maori" culture and history.

We will start our adventure from North Island and its unique highlights like glowworm caves and geothermal geysers, astonishing volcanic landscapes and golden sand warm beaches and then continue to the World Heritage breathtaking  Fiordlands and experience #1 NZ multi-day Routeburn trek in the alpine South Island! 


🌟 Take a tubing adventure into the subterranean wonderland, a unique Blackwater Labyrinth of Glowworm caves

🥾 Hike Tongariro Crossing - the New Zealand's Premium 1-Day Trek across dramatic volcanic landscapes

🌋 Experience the one of 20 most surreal places in the World - a spectacular Waiotapu Geothermal Wonderland!

🧙🏻‍♂️ Step into the enchanting village of Hobbiton and experience many other movie set locations where the Lord of the Rings was filmed

🏝 Sea kayaking! Explore the gems of Coromandel Peninsula and the Cathedral Cove, known for being filmed in the fantasy series of Chronicles of Narnia

🍺 Fall in love with the charming Queenstown on the Southern Island, famous around the globe for its stunning alpine setting and renowned as Adventure Capital of New Zealand

🦀 Enjoy a picturesque day-cruise through beautiful Milford Sound, deep in the heart of Fjordland National Park

🏔 Take a world renowned Routeburn Trek (3days/2 nights, 32km, guided walk), rated by National Geographic as One of the Epic Treks in the World. Stay with comfort in the cozy alpine chalets

🌊 Treat yourself with relaxing in hotsprings and polynesian spas along the way, after the intensive days of hiking and exploring


✈️  Arrival/Departure Auckland, New Zealand

🥾  Average Daily hiking distance:  ~ up to 12 miles daily

😫  Level of difficulty:  Moderate (Beginners with previous hiking experience - Ok) 

🍭  Kids:  14+ (with previous hiking experience) 

🏡  Accommodation

    Hotels & lodges in towns and national parks

    On Routeburn Trek: Alpine Chalets, 6-bed bunkrooms, bed linen provided, shared bathroom

Travel Entry Requirements

Last update: April 26th. 2022

Currently the entry is granted for all holders of travel passport from a visa-waiver countries.

Starting from October 2022 New Zealand will reopen to all other travelers from non-visa waiver countries.

New Zealand Travel entry requirements:

✅  Proof of full vaccination (2 doses, approved vaccines only)
✅  Pre-departure negative test result (PCR or Antigen test)
✅  Travel declaration docx

Trip Cancellation Policy

if the Trip is canceled by Organizer by any reason, the amount paid by Participant will be fully refundable (100% of all your payment will be refunded, including transactions fees paid by Participant  at the time of booking)

If the trip is cancelled by Participant due to any personal reasons, the following penalties will be applied:

👉🏽 Cancellation outside of 90 days before departure - $200 USD is non-refundable (after the Trip is confirmed by Organizer)

👉🏽 Cancellation 89 to 60 calendar days before departure - $500 USD is non-refundable ** 

👉🏽 Cancellation 60 to 31 calendar days before departure – up to 50% of trip cost is non-refundable **

👉🏽 Cancellation 30 to 0 days - Up to 100% of trip cost is non-refundable

We strongly encourage you to purchase Travel Cancellation Insurance after the booking is made. It will protect you from unexpected cancellations due to your personal reasons like sudden sickness, change of travel plans and other things. 

Please check out World Nomads travel insurance provider our travelers have been using for years


The best time to visit New Zealand is during the summer months of December to March

Expect long, bright, sunny days and temperatures between 61°F and 75°F.

Expected weather on a Routeburn trek:

The unpredictable nature of the weather in this region means that snow, high winds and rain can occur at any time of the year. It is therefore very important to be prepared for the worst weather conditions, and carry the appropriate clothing at all times.

Generally, January and February are warmer, not necessarily drier. The month of March is more settled weather wise: fresh mornings, sunny days, cooler nights and the days are getting shorter. Due to the nature of Fiordland we cannot predict any forecast. That's why be ready for rain and shine!

What’s included

  • Comfortable lodging
    Standard Hotels (2 ppl sharing rooms)
  • Assistance
    Local guide & driver, English-speaking Team Leader (Karina Safari)
  • Ground transportation
    Comfortable van
  • Admissions & parking
    National parks and all attractions
  • Alpine lodges
    Bunkbed rooms 6 ppl sharing shared bathrooms , hot showers, toiletries and hair dryers, electricity , laundry, bar, dining room
  • Meals
    All inclusive on Routeburn Trek (hot breakfast , lunch and dinner will be served)
  • Professional assistance
    Trekking guide
  • All tours & activities
    All mentioned activities (see itinerary)
  • Flights
    International direct flights start at $1000 USD from SFO. Domestic flights Auckland-Queenstown roundtrip start at $150 USD
  • Optional activities
    Hotsprings & SPA admissions, Optional activities in Queenstown upon your preference
  • Meals in towns

Available Packages

Early Bird
Available until August 16, 2022Sold Out
Deposit: $1,400
Count Me In!
Available until December 1, 2022Sold Out
Deposit: $1,400

Available options


Day 1 , Feb 18 (Sat)
Auckland city walk

Departure from SFO on Feb 16th (Thur) around 8PM.

Arrival in Auckland ~6AM in the morning. 

Meet at the airport with our local guide, and take a slow city tour in Auckland, including the opportunity to swim in the ocean and relax on the beach.

Check in at 3PM. Free time.

Welcoming dinner and Team introduction in the evening.

Overnight in Auckland

Your Organizer

Karina Safari
40 reviews
Professional adventure travel organizer and team leader since 2006. Originally from Moscow, Russia. Lived and worked as a tour guide and destination expert in South American countries (Ecuador and Colombia) in 2009-2012. Moved to the U.S. in 2012. Resident of San Francisco bay area. Founder of Safarika Adventure Club, CA since 2013 (CST # 2112795-40). Join our tribe of active travelers! Experience epic bucket list destinations and world best trails you have only dreamed of in our unbeatable team adventures to South America and beyond


Great guide, wonderful choice of hikes, we enjoyed it a lot
By Aleksey S for North Cascades Hiking Adventure (WA) on 27 Jul, 2022
It was an amazing trip; actually 3 trips in one (Ecuador highlands, Amazon rainforest, Galapagos islands). Perfect organization throughput: transportation, local guides, high-end lodging and restaurants. Karina stayed in close contact throughout the trip and made sure here were no hiccups. Thank you a ton, Karina!
By Grigory L for Best hits of Ecuador: Avenue of Volcanoes, Amazon & Galapagos on 24 Jul, 2022
Amazing trip, we’ve seen volcanoes and waterfalls, amazing animals, ate delicious food and got to know the culture of this great country. Trip logistics was impeccably organized. We felt very supported along the way as well. Karina is the best in industry! Highly recommend!
By Maria S for Best hits of Ecuador: Avenue of Volcanoes, Amazon & Galapagos on 24 Jul, 2022
Amazing experience! Very well organized, awesome group of people. Lifetime memories are guaranteed!
By Andriy G for Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mt (Memorial day 2022) on 06 Jun, 2022
The best part of any trip is to meet new people and get to know everyone in a group. You can't find a better place to do this then gorgeous Hawaii. The food was diverse and delicious, abundance of fruit will surprise anyone. Accomodations were comfortable and spacious. I can't wait for the next adventure to meet new and old friends
By Larysa Z for Hawaii Big Island Encompassed: Best Hikes & Beaches on 12 Nov, 2021
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One of the best trips I've done! I am mainly either a solo traveler or prefer to go with my family But 4 days hiking trip to Montana Glacier NP has changed my preferences :) Thank you very much, it's been a pleasure and FUN Met so many interesting intelligent people, would highly recommend if you enjoy active vacations
By Yelena M on 10 Sep, 2020
I traveled with Karina to Patagonia in 2020 and it was awesome! Perfect planning & organization throughout the trip, including dealing with the unexpected (e.g. lost luggage). I really liked other folks in the group and made several new friends in this trip. I highly recommend Karina's trips to casual and semi-serious hikers, and plan to be a return customer myself.
By Grigory L on 14 Mar, 2020
Thank you, Karina, for a wonderful first time experience of active adventure trip! Everything is well thought and organized. Would recommend to anyone!
By Aizhan T on 20 Jun, 2019