TRIP SUMMARY
Travel around in your own motorhome and go on an adventure of a lifetime along New Zealand’s Alpine Pacific Trail, with many thrilling locations along the way.
Take a dip in the famous Hanmer hot springs, get your heart racing with a bungy jump, enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Waiau River on a jet boating adventure, swim with dolphins in Kaikoura and go for an unforgettable kayak experience in Abel Tasman National Park where you will camp overnight on the beach falling asleep under the stars listening to the sound of the waves crash.
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From
Kyle
Hi, I’m Kyle te Kiwi. I make videos and take pretty pictures of my travels and adventures. I'm proud to be Kiwi and I love nothing more than showing off my home! Let me show you my favourite spots along the pacific trail as you visit my home Abel Tasman national park, and one of my favourite places in all of New Zealand, Kaikoura!

Trip Highlights

Itinerary

Day 1
Day 1: Christchurch to Hanmer Springs
Pick up your motorhome and make your way to Hanmer Springs. This little town almost feels like New Zealand's version of Aspen. Treat yourself in the amazing cafes and restaurants and visit the famous Hanmer Springs for a dip in the hot pools - you'll have today and tomorrow to relax in the pools! To top off your day, enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Waiau River on an exhilarating Jetboat ride.
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Pick up your campervan
Pick up your campervan and start your road trip! Your vehicle is fully serviced, entirely AA Safety Certified and built to go the distance in New Zealand's rugged backcountry. It is fitted out with a fully functional kitchenette (fridge, sink, gas cooker, pots & pans and utensils), extendable hose tap, a huge double bed, a secondary battery, USB powerpoints, curtains and super security (the van comes with an alarm / immobiliser and a lockbox for your passport & valuables). We're proud to partner with the NZ owned and operated Mad Campers.
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Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa
Relax at the famous Hanmer Springs. Soak in the mineral-rich waters in hot pools surrounded by native gardens with mountain vistas. Have some spare energy? Hit the waterslides and unleash your wild side!
Day 2
Day 2: Hanmer Springs
3... 2... 1... Bungy! On your second day in Hanmer Springs, experience the thrill of a bungy jump. Invented in New Zealand, this heart racing activity is a must. As a reward, you get to relax in the mineral waters for a second time today.
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Bungy Jump
3..2..1... bungy! Get ready, you will take a leap of faith today. Jump from a 135-year-old historic Ferry Bridge and make a free-fall to the surging river below. A once in a lifetime experience!
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Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa
Another day in paradise. You get to relax at the famous Hanmer Springs again! Soak in the mineral-rich waters in hot pools surrounded by native gardens with mountain vistas. Have some spare energy? Hit the waterslides and unleash your wild side!
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Jetboat Ride
Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Waiau River on this exhilarating adventure activity. Jet through narrow gorges, white water rapids and braided shallows on a thrilling jetboat ride.
Day 3
Day 3: Hanmer Springs to Abel Tasman National Park
Drive one of New Zealand’s most stunning roads, the Lewis Pass. This drive takes you through ever-changing volcanic landscapes, with a stop at Rotoroa Lakes. Then, make your way to the incredible Abel Tasman National Park (Kyle's home!). Get ready for sea kayaking, incredible sunsets and fish and chips on hidden beaches.
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Wharariki Beach Walk
Wharariki beach goodness. One of the northernmost beaches to explore in Abel Tasman National Park. It's best to visit at low tide, so you can walk the length of the beach and take in the spectacular views.
Day 4
Day 4: Abel Tasman National Park
There is simply no better way to experience Abel Tasman National Park than via a sea kayak. You'll embark on an epic 2 day adventure where you'll see the best of Abel Tasman, and camp on the beach at night. If you're lucky you might even have Bare Kiwi as your guide!
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Abel Tasman Sea Kayaking - DAY 1
This fully outfitted adventure has long been the benchmark for overnight guided kayak adventures in New Zealand. There will be no better time to experience it than this summer. Summers call for lasting memories, and our Classics do just that. Kayak the coastline from beautiful Awaroa in the North back to Marahau. Completely immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the Abel Tasman National Park. Experience it all from paddling with seals, relaxing on numerous beaches, exploring lagoons, islands and Maori Pa (village) sites to learning about local history and lore. Be wowed by the night sky, the milky way is truly amazing in the park. Enjoy drifting off to sleep listening to the waves before waking up to hear bird song.
Day 5
Day 5: Abel Tasman National Park
Day 2 of your kayak trip will be filled with more exploring Abel Tasman, before returning to your campervan for the night. Abel Tasman offers some of the best sunsets, with one of the best being at Golden Beach.
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Abel Tasman Sea Kayaking - DAY 2
This fully outfitted adventure has long been the benchmark for overnight guided kayak adventures in New Zealand. There will be no better time to experience it than this summer. Summers call for lasting memories, and our Classics do just that. Kayak the coastline from beautiful Awaroa in the North back to Marahau. Completely immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the Abel Tasman National Park. Experience it all from paddling with seals, relaxing on numerous beaches, exploring lagoons, islands and Maori Pa (village) sites to learning about local history and lore. Be wowed by the night sky, the milky way is truly amazing in the park. Enjoy drifting off to sleep listening to the waves before waking up to hear bird song.
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Golden Bay Beach
Isolated and utterly charming, Golden Bay is a hidden gem well worth a visit. Takaka Hill separates it from the rest of New Zealand. The area is full of lush green valleys, charming villages and a unique vibe.
Day 6
Day 6: Abel Tasman National Park to Kaikoura
Drive along the East Coast as you head back towards Kaikoura. Take a detour through the little harbour town of Picton for a look around. You’ll arrive in Kaikoura for sunset so grab some local fish and chips and drinks and enjoy one of New Zealand’s most loved restaurants on the beach!
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Swim with Dolphins tour
A truly magical experience. Swim with wild dolphins in their own environment in Kaikoura. This tour is focused on respecting the dolphins in their natural environment.
Day 7
Day 7: Kaikoura
Swimming with dolphins in Kaikoura is a truly spectacular experience. Start your day in the water making new friends, before a change of pace. You’ll go whale watching from the skies and encounter a variety of whale species that call Kaikoura home.
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Wings over Whales: Whale Flight
What's a more adventurous way to spot the whales than by jumping on a plane? Kaikoura is home to sperm whales year-round. Hop aboard this unique flight and see whales, dolphins, and mountains from a different perspective.
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Seal Kayaking Kaikoura
Get up close to playful Kaikoura seals on a seal kayaking tour with an expert local guide. Enjoy watching New Zealand's marine life at it very best - an experience to remember.
Day 8
Day 8: Kaikoura to Christchurch
Make your way back down the coast befopre dropping of your campervan to end the trip. The depot is located close to Christchurch airport, but we always recommend staying a night or two in Christchurch to explore this vibrant city.
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Drop off your campervan
Drop off your campervan back at the depot in Christchurch. The depot is conveniently located close to Christchurch airport.
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Extra night in Christchurch
Can't get enough? Stay an extra night to explore all of the Christchurch goodness. As the city of exploration, you will enjoy discovering amazing street art, innovative projects, a booming hospitality scene and state-of-the-art architecture.
STORYTELLER

Kyle Mulinder

About Kyle
STORYTELLER

About Kyle

Kyle Mulinder, the adventure-addict who grew up on a sheep farm in New Zealand’s North Island, is a tourism legend. Beginning his career as a white water raft guide on the Buller River, Kyle quickly transitioned to a storyteller with his skill of inspiring travellers from across the world to discover New Zealand in the best way he knows how, with adventure. With 20 years of experience, Kyle creates trips the Airguides way, with access to the lesser-known and supporting local. He is a true Kiwi with a passion to share his homeland with the rest of the world. He also got an octopus flung at him by a seal — yes, he has entertaining covered too.

FAQ's

Is it for me?
This trip is designed for travellers who love outdoor adventure, and adrenaline rushes. Suiting couples, or families who have a medium level of fitness. Most of the trip you will stay at free (DOC) campsites.
What's included?
- Standard 2-berth motorhome - MAD2
- DOC campsite pass
- Hanmer Springs Two Day Pass
- Hanmer Double Dare - Jet Boat/Bungy
- Abel Tasman - Two Day Classic Kayak trip
- Swim with Wild Dolphins tour
- Wildlife Kayaking (3.5 hours)
Can I personalise this trip?
You sure can! Speak to our friendly team today and we will be more than happy to create a tailor-made itinerary for you, based on your travel wishes and group size.

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Our trips have a focus on those destinations less travelled.
We work with local and First Nations' travel companies where possible.
Responsible tourism is at the core of everything we do.
Unique travel packages created by trusted storytellers.
Each trip is personalised for you.
Sit back and relax. We take care of all planning and bookings.
We balance well planned itineraries with the flexibility to explore destinations.
Travel at your own pace and create your own adventure.
We combine luxury accommodation with one of a kind experiences.
Discover destinations and natural environments all from within the comfort of your desired level of luxury.
Everything you need for a dream trip at your fingertips, thanks to our detailed and personalised trip notes.
We're only a moment away whenever you need assistance or advice!
Our trips have a focus on those destinations less travelled.
We work with local and First Nations' travel companies where possible.
Responsible tourism is at the core of everything we do.

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