Best of New Zealand North to South Adventure (Thanksgiving 2023)

Auckland, New Zealand

Safarika Travel
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23 reviews
Nov 23 - Dec 3, 2023
Group size: 10 - 14
Best of New Zealand North to South Adventure (Thanksgiving 2023)
Auckland, New Zealand

Safarika Travel
  • Facebook verified
23 reviews

Nov 23 - Dec 3, 2023
Group size: 10 - 14

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 Hobbit and 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

Starting from October 2022 New Zealand has reopened to all travelers. No pre-departure covid test or vaccination certificate is required.

Travel declarations are required to be filled out before departure

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 121 days before departure - fully refundable

👉🏽 Cancellation 120 to 90 calendar days before departure - $600 USD is non-refundable * 

👉🏽 Cancellation 89 to 60 calendar days before departure – up to 50% of trip cost is non-refundable *

👉🏽 Cancellation 59 to 0 days - Up to 100% of trip cost is non-refundable

* Participant replacement is allowed not later that 60 days before departure.

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 the end of November 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.

In November and December the mountain lilies are just coming out and there is still snow on the surrounding mountains. If you are a keen photographer this would be the time to walk. In November and December the mountain lilies are just coming out and there is still snow on the surrounding mountains. If you are a keen photographer this would be the time to walk. 

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 guides, English.Russian -speaking Team Leader along the trip
  • Ground transportation
    Comfortable private vans
  • 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 guides
  • All tours & activities
    All mentioned activities and day-toursv(see itinerary)
  • Flights
    International direct flights start at $1000 USD from SFO. Domestic flights Auckland-Queenstown roundtrip start at $250 USD (refundable rate)
  • Optional activities
    Hotsprings & SPA admissions
  • Meals in towns
    the ones that are not included
  • Tips


Day 1 (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

Safarika Travel
23 reviews
Safarika Adventure Club (Safarika Travel Inc.) was founded in Los Angeles (CA) in the year 2013. Legal travel provider on the territory of United States (California Seller of Travel License # 2112795-40) since 2013. Founder & CEO - Karina Safari, professional adventure travel organizer and team leader since 2011. Specialization: in small group hiking trips in South America and beyond, as well as private eco-adventures for families.


Amazing trip. Incredible views of winter Canada wonders and great company.
By Vladimir L for Canada Winter Wonderland Snowshoe Adventure on 30 Jan, 2023
Amazing experience, great team, and incredible guide! Everything went smooth and super well-organized. The itinerary was thoughtful and accommodations cozy. The organizers' guidance of what to pack to feel warm and comfortable was spot on. Very unusual to see and experience beautiful hiking trails and their surroundings covered in ice and snow, much less crowded too. Frozen waterfalls were absolutely magical! Would definitely recommend this trip to anyone not afraid of a bit of cold.
By Denis G for Canada Winter Wonderland Snowshoe Adventure on 30 Jan, 2023
Dreams come true! It was a Wonderland indeed, a frozen fairytale- thank you Sasha and Karina for organizing and taking care of us. Thank you guys for a great company! See you soon
By Maia V for Canada Winter Wonderland Snowshoe Adventure on 28 Jan, 2023
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
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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