Your Rotorua adventure starts here! At Velocity Valley, there’s something for everyone – from 5 to 105, from novice to seasoned pro. Pedal, free fall, launch, propel, swoop or splash – we make fast fun for everyone!
Kaitune Grade-5 Rafting
The River Rats Kaituna Waterfall Experience will see you paddling through the pristine heart of the best rafting region in New Zealand – Okere, Rotorua. This spectacular 2.0 – 2.5 hour experience provides all the gear you need, initial training and around 50mins on the water. Enjoy a thrilling mix of dropping down three waterfalls, pushing through 14 rushing rapids and paddling through calm waters of recovery where you can look back in awe at what you have achieved.
The Kaituna Waterfall Experience is suitable for many ages and stages from nature lovers to adventurous first timers (13 years and over) and total thrill seekers. Soak up the calm peacefulness of the lush native bush surrounding the Kaituna River and realise what 100% Pure New Zealand really means. You will appreciate the warmer waters of the North Island as the water splashes over the raft while you take on the rapids with your expert guide.
The area is steeped in Māori history and you will learn about the history and caves where the women and children were hidden and then later used as the burial ground for Chief Tutea – hence the naming of the mighty waterfall the Tutea Falls.
Polynesian Spa Rotorua
Immerse yourself in New Zealand’s original geothermal bathing experience.
Polynesian Spa is New Zealand’s original and iconic geothermal bathing experience, with exclusive access to both acidic and alkaline natural mineral springs, and unique spa therapies for the ultimate in rest and relaxation.
Day 6: Rotorua – Tongariro National Park (1h 44m drive approx.)
Today post breakfast, check out and head towards Tongariro National Park.
Arrive at your hotel, check in and relax. Later enjoy all the activities which the park is offering as per your choice
Day 7: Tongariro National Park – Wellington via. Lake Taupo (4h drive approx.)
Post breakfast, check out and head towards Wellington and enroute visit the beautiful Lake Taupo.
Lake Taupo is a lake in the North Island of New Zealand. It is in the caldera of the Taupo Volcano. With a surface area of 616 square kilometres, it is the largest lake by surface area in New Zealand, and the second largest freshwater lake by surface area in geopolitical Oceania after Lake Murray in Papua New Guinea.
Day 8: Wellington – Picton (Ferry) – Nelson (Car) – Marlborough Wine Tour
Today post breakfast, check out and head towards Wellington port, drop your self drive vehicle and take an onward ferry towards Picton. Upon arrival in Picton, pick up your self drive vehicle and head towards Nelson which is going to be a drive of 1h 50m.
If you are a Wine lover then stretch yourself a little and drive to Marlborough Wine Tour which will increase your drive by 1h 30m approx.
Day 9: Full day at Abel Tasman National Park (1h drive approx.)
Post breakfast, it is time to enjoy your full day at the amazing Abel Tasman National Park.
Day 10: Nelson – Punakaiki – Paparoa National Park (3h 40m drive approx.)
After breakfast, check out and drive down towards Punakaiki, a small community on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, between Westport and Greymouth. The community lies on the edge of the Paparoa National Park. The Pancake Rocks are a very popular tourist destination at Dolomite Point south of the main village.
Arrive at your hotel, check in and relax. Later enjoy a visit to Paparoa National Park.
Paparoa National Park
Discover amazing pancake rocks, lush native forests, delicate cave formations and limestone canyons – all in one beautifully diverse national park.
Limestone underlies most of the park, and is responsible for the area’s impressive landforms. Sculptured mountain ridges, mysterious river canyons, delicate cave decorations and the bizarre, pancake-like coastal formations will keep your camera busy. Maori travellers knew Punakaiki as a place for feasting (Punakaiki means ‘a spring of food’).
The park is the overlapping point between subtropical and cool climate trees. Nikau palms, northern rata and cabbage trees give the lowland rainforest a lush, Pacific feeling. Further up, silver beech forest merges with sub alpine shrubs. Higher still, daisies and gentians provide colour among the alpine tussocks. Some plants are unique to the area, suggesting that it was a botanic refuge during the ice ages.
Birdlife is prolific in the Paparoa National Park. The endemic Westland Black Petrel breeds only on the Punakaiki coast, and the Great Spotted Kiwi combs the forest by night.
Day 11: Punakaiki – Franz Josef via. On Yer Biking Adventure and Greymouth (2h 52m drive approx.)
Post breakfast, check out and head towards Franz Josef via. exploring Greymouth and experiencing the adventure of On Yer Biking.
The most fun on four wheels in New Zealand since 1997!
Day 12: A Neve Discover Flight – Fox Glacier Hot Pools
Today it is time to get ready for the thrilling Helicopter Ride and later on relax yourself at Glacier Hot Pools.
A Neve Discover Flight
Are you ready for an adventure? Get ready to lift off in the safe hands of you pilot, gazing over staggering ice formations and rugged South Island terrain. Then you’ll touch down on the snowy glacial plains, inhale the mountain air and take snaps with your chopper before heading back to base.
The Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers are constantly moving. On this flight, which glacier we land on and where is dictated by daily movement of the ice formations and the weather patterns that these vast areas of ice impact.
Fox Glacier Hot Pools
Nestled in lush rainforest, the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools are a haven of natural tranquility. Our pools are the perfect way to relax and unwind after travelling along Te Tai o Poutini (The West Coast).
Day 13: Franz Josef – Queenstown via. Haast and Lake Wanaka (5h drive approx.)
Post breakfast, check out and head towards Queenstown via a visit to Haast and Lake Wanaka.
In Haast, you can have Heli Experience or River Safari.
Heli Experience – Take your adrenaline to wild new heights!
Fly up and over the ice, and see pinnacles, crevasses, seracs, and the deep blue ice of NZ’s South Island unique glaciers.
It’s peak viewing time!
The stunning Haast World Heritage Area is one of New Zealand’s top attractions and provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience stunning and incredible views of New Zealand’s last frontier.
We specialise in scenic flights over this region’s spectacular and varied scenery, including alpine areas, waterfalls, hidden lakes and the stunning West Coast of the South Island. Haast has a temperate climate so hunting is available all year round. We specialise in hunting and fishing trips and we customise every trip to meet your needs and offer guided trips.
Haast River Safari
Every New Zealand holiday should include a jet boating experience. Haast River Safari, located on the West Coast of New Zealand, offers jet boat tours in fully enclosed river boats. Great visibility is ensured, yet you remain warm, dry and comfortable, making this a unique and safe experience suitable for anyone of any age to participate in and enjoy.
Haast River Safari operates river jet boat rides in the South Westland World Heritage area. Learn from our local and highly experienced jet boat driver/guides about the physical attributes of this remarkable glacial valley, where temperate rainforest thrives.
Hear stories of the Kiwi spirit that enabled the Haast community to survive on the edge of the wilderness. We’ll stop so you can get out of the boat so that you can reflect on the fact you are in one of New Zealand’s last frontiers.
Sunshine or rain our jet boat trips operate daily.
Located in the stunning alps of the South Island in New Zealand, visitors from around the world are drawn to the Wanaka region by its outstanding natural beauty. Wanaka’s lakes and mountains and proximity to Mt Aspiring National Park, makes it the ultimate base for outdoor activities.
Puzzling World Wanaka
For over forty-five years Puzzling World has been messing with people’s heads no matter what age, nationality or experience. With a mix of bizarre buildings, rooms of illusion and the world-famous Great Maze this attraction is designed to baffle your brain and challenge your perceptions of reality.
Even if you only pay a visit to the extensive Puzzle Centre or New Zealand’s most unusual public toilets, your world will never be the same again…
Day 14: Skyline Gondola with Luge Ride – Shotover Jet Boat Ride
Today post breakfast, it is time to experience the three most amazing rides of the day: Skyline Gondola, Luge Ride and the famous Shotover Jet Boat Ride.
A Must-Do Queenstown Activity!
Take a scenic ride in the iconic Skyline Gondola and take in the stunning views as you ride the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere!
You’ll be carried 450 metres above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu to the top of Bob’s Peak, where you’ll enjoy a spectacular 220-degree panorama with breath-taking views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Walter and Cecil Peak and, of course, Queenstown.
Day 15: Bungy Jumping – Arrowtown
Today you are going to do the best thing you have ever done “Bungy Jump”. And later on while returning back, we will have some free time to explore Arrowtown and enjoy doing some shopping over there.
The Nevis Bungy Jump
You can’t drive to this one, but it’s much more exciting to take our 4WD bus along the narrow gravel track anyway.
Go full throttle with our 134m Bungy (the highest in New Zealand). Free fall for 8.5 seconds in a blitz of pure fear and adrenaline. Don’t say we didn’t warn you, because this will definitely put the cement in your coffee.
Day 16: A day tour to Milford Sound
Today morning, keep your self drive vehicle parked at your hotel and get ready for a coach tour (you can fly also) to Milford Sound. We don’t recommend to drive because it will be too long and hectic ride for you!
A day tour to Milford Sound offers some of the most spectacular natural scenery to be viewed anywhere in the world. Travelling through Fiordland National Park, your coach-cruise-coach tour can start in Queenstown, but you can also book a Te Anau to Milford Sound day tour. Board your bus or coach and travel through stunning scenery along the Milford Road and into Fiordland, where your cruise boat awaits you. Milford Sound tours include a cruise around the fiord so you can experience its wonders up close and see landmarks like Mitre Peak and amazing wildlife such as dolphins and seals. Cruise the inmost reaches of Milford Sound to the open Tasman Sea and back.
During your tour, your driver guide will entertain you with information about the region. Many visitors say the commentary and friendly service from their driver guide is what makes the day truly special. The top Milford Sound tour companies also offer extras like leather seats and free wifi to make your day more comfortable. Some also offer the option to convert your tour to a coach-cruise-fly tour.
Day 17: Free for Leisure
Today is going to be a free day for you to decide which activity you would like to go for today. We would recommend you the following:
Sky Diving Queenstown:
Queenstown is the birthplace of Tandem Skydiving in New Zealand, also known as the ‘Adventure Capital of the World’. Queenstown in NZ’s South Island is the premium place to ‘Jump out of a perfectly good Aeroplane’! Our drop zone is located at the base of the famous Remarkables mountain range surrounded by a working sheep farm.
If someone told you to go jump off a cliff…would you do it? How about if we did? Trust us, you won’t regret it – for freefall without equal this’ll be a heart-pounding highlight of your life.
Day 18: Queenstown – Mt Cook (3h Drive approx.)
Today post breakfast, check out and head towards Mt Cook which is a 3 hours drive. Arrive at your hotel, check in and relax. Later in the evening, spend some time at Lake Tekapo and then enjoy the wonderful Big Sky Stargazing.
Big Sky Stargazing
The darkness of the night sky around Aoraki Mt Cook is unbeatable – its official! Let the team at Big Sky Stargazing introduce you to the wonders above. The 4367sq km Gold Status Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve is the largest in the world and for this tour you will be the centre of it all.
Our experienced guides will introduce you to our beautiful southern night sky with a full hour using the naked eye, astro-binoculars and state of the art 14″ and 11″ astronomy telescopes. Unleash your imagination as you discover our neighbourhood in the universe including the southern cross, seasonal ecliptic objects, planets, planets, stunning star clusters, moons, distant galaxies and even our very own galaxy, the spectacular Milky Way.
An experience is guaranteed. The tour is delivered either from an outdoor viewing platform at our Stargazing building set alone under a massive night sky, or if the weather is unfavourable then your guide leads you through a ‘live’ orientation of our southern night sky indoors, reclined in comfortable seats of New Zealand’s first 360 digital Dome Planetarium theatre where 4k high definition images generated by state of the art computer software immerse you in a stunning digital view of the universe and beyond.
Every night is a unique experience with stars, planets, the Moon and satellites constantly moving as our Earth orbits in space.
Day 19: Mt Cook – Christchurch (4h drive approx.)
Today post breakfast, check out and move towards Christchurch which is going to be a 4h drive from Mt Cook. Arrive at your hotel, check in and relax. Later enjoy at International Antarctic Centre.
International Antarctic Centre
Be chilled in our incredible Antarctic storm room. Be thrilled on an all-terrain vehicle tour. Make friends with penguins and huskies. Learn about the first expeditions, modern day life on Scott Base and the future of humanity on the ice. Be amazed through the big screen ice tour and astonished within the immersive 4D theatre.
In just a few hours here the icy continent will create memories to last a lifetime. It’s cold. It’s cool. It’s waiting to be discovered by you.
Day 20: Departure
Post your final morning breakfast in Christchurch, check out and head towards Airport, drop your self drive vehicle and move ahead to take your flight back to home!