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Backyard Roadies - Awesome Tours for Kiwi's

Northland's Twin Coast Highway Kiwi Backpacker Tour for 18 to 35's

We have a pretty epic backyard here in Aotearoa, New Zealand and we want you to see it! We have put together tours specifically for people living in New Zealand and in the near future our international visitors again.

Aged 18-35, We are stoked to be connecting people with the culture and land we call home.

Northland is stunningly beautiful, and rich in culture and history, and our Far North Escape tour will take you to some of the best bits! There is sailing, sandboarding, swimming, and a whole new group of mates to share it with!

You have the perfect team when you join Jason & Isaac together to lead this real New Zealand road trip of Northland. taking you to visit some of New Zealand’s Northland best spots and hidden gems, including places they spent time as kids. They have spent years away internationally developing the skill set to create what we think is a truly unique and special experience, and we are stoked to be taking other people living in Aotearoa on our Backyard Roadies this summer!

Price: $859 per person (Deposit $169)
Departs:
Each Thursday 9:00 am Auckland  

Returns:  Auckland Sunday approx 7:00 pm

Experiencing a tour with us should be easy, and payments should be too! We are stoked to be offering Laybuy for you guys! Do a tour straight away and spread the payments over six weekly instalments. No interest and no fees. Too easy

Northland's Twin Coast Highway Tour - Backyard Roadies

Day 1: Auckland - Waipu - Paihia

After a quick meet and greet in Auckland, we load into the van and head north towards Waipu for lunch, via a beautiful section of coastline only a stones throw from the city of sails. We stop at Mcleod’s Brewery and Pizza Barn for lunch*, then continue on our way to the Bay of Islands. On arrival at our accommodation in Paihia, you will be given time to settle in and get changed before we embark on an exclusive evening sailing trip around the surrounding bays. We have chartered the boat just for our group, so this is the perfect opportunity to share a drink and get to know your fellow road-trippers. After the sailing trip, we head back to the accommodation where your guides will prepare a delicious dinner for you to wrap up the day.

Day 2: Paihia - Matauri Bay - Henderson Bay

Your guides will prepare a continental breakfast for you, before winding our way up the east coast to explore stunning beaches and short walks. We stop at one of, if not the best, fish and chip shop in the country (bold claim, we know, so you’ll have to try for yourself!) for lunch*. We then continue on our way into the Far North, heading for the classic kiwi bach we have to ourselves for the evening. There is time to wander down and relax on the pink sand beach the property backs onto, or continue along the coastal walkway to stroll the long, golden sands of Henderson Bay. But be back in time for dinner! Your guides will be cooking up a feed on the barbeque, because is it really a New Zealand road trip without a barby? 

Day 3: Henderson Bay - Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga) - Ahipara

We start day 3 slightly later than the day before, to allow time for a sleep in and a cooked breakfast. After, we head straight for Te Rerenga Wairua, where your guides explain the cultural significance of the northernmost tip of Aotearoa. We check out the famous lighthouse, and allow some time to take in the beauty and magic of this special place. Your guides will prepare lunch for you, before taking to the giant sand dunes of Te Paki for some sandboarding! You will work up a sweat climbing and sliding the sand dunes, so we make an essential stop for real fruit ice cream, before continuing to our accommodation at the southern end of 90 Mile Beach. You may be lucky enough to witness a west coast sunset, while your guides prepare the final dinner of the trip.

Day 4: Ahipara - Waipoua Forest - Auckland

It may be the last day, but we aren’t finished yet! After breakfast, we head back in time aboard a car ferry that crosses the sleepy waters of the Hokianga Harbour. This little-known area was the birthplace of our nation, and you will learn about the incredible history from your guides on our way to lunch*, and again when we go to visit Tāne Mahuta – the God of the forest. Depending on weather and group energy levels, there is an opportunity to stop at Kai Iwi lakes, before making the final leg of the journey back to Auckland. .

Our tours are not only about experiencing the beauty of Aotearoa.

They’re about bringing strangers together and creating long lasting friendships.

Included:

– ALL transport and accommodation 

– ALL activities

– ALL breakfasts and dinners, plus lunch on day 3

Price:$859 per person (Deposit $169)
Departs:
Each Thursday 9:00 am Auckland  

Returns:  Auckland Sunday approx 7:00 pm

Experiencing a tour with us should be easy, and payments should be too! We are stoked to be offering Laybuy for you guys! Do a tour straight away and spread the payments over six weekly instalments. No interest and no fees. Too easy

10 Day Tour of the Stunning South Island

Price:$2299 per person (Deposit $1099)
Departs:
Each Monday 9:00 am Christchurch  

Returns:  Christchurch Wednesday approx 2:00 pm

Experiencing a tour with us should be easy, and payments should be too! We are stoked to be offering Laybuy for you guys! Do a tour straight away and spread the payments over six weekly instalments. No interest and no fees. Too easy

Day One: Christchurch – Rakaia Gorge – Lake Tekapo

Welcome aboard! Today is the first day of our road trip! After a quick meet and greet in Christchurch, we load into our van and head west towards Rakaia Gorge for lunch. We then continue our way over The Rakaia Gorge Bridge which is a historic piece of architecture that dates back to 1945, and make our way towards Lake Tekapo. Surely a quick stop at the ‘Church of the Good Shepherd’ as it is one of the most photographed items in NZ. On our arrival we will give you time to settle into your accommodation which looks out at the intense milky blue waters of the glacially-fed Lake Tekapo. After dinner we will enjoy a two-hour experience to soak in the stars. This will be the ultimate in stellar relaxation, combining the stunning Aoraki Mackenzie Dark sky reserve with a unique combination of astronomy and storytelling with some soul-warming hot pools. Not a bad way to start the trip and break the ice!

Accommodation: Shared Twin room or private double (couples)
Included meals: Lunch & Dinner 
Included Activities: 2hr Stargazing experience & exclusive use of Tekapo Springs at night

Day Two: Lake Tekapo – Lake Pukaki – Arrowtown – Te Anau 

Your guides will prepare a continental breakfast for you, before winding our way further south where we will pass by Lake Pukaki  which is the largest lake in the area, and it proudly shows off NZ’s tallest peak, Aoraki/ Mount CookWhether or not you have any room left after breakfast, you’ll be happy to know we have a quick stop off for lunch in Arrowtown, New Zealand’s historic gold-mining town.The kiwi style ‘Wild West’ is full of funky cafes, charming wooden-fronted shops and remnants of the gold rush era, After, we head straight to the stunning lakeside town of Te Anau where we stay the night  to prepare for tomorrow’s adventure. This picturesque township is the main visitor base for the glacier-covered wilderness that is Fiordland national park.

Accommodation: Shared Twin room or private double (couples)
Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Included activities: Arrowtown free time

Day Three: Te Anau – Milford Sound – Queenstown

After breakfast, we head to NZ’s most stunning attraction, The ‘eight wonder of the world’. Milford Sound has a magical combination of mountain peaks, forest-clad cliffs and deep dark waters. We include a 2 hour cruise of the fiord that will take you closer to the waterfalls and wildlife (seals, dolphins etc), giving you an unforgettable experience. After, we drive back towards Queenstown whilst making stops at Chasm Falls, Eglinton Valley and Mirror Lake. On arrival we’ll check into our accommodation and let you explore. You can check out the world’s best burger joint: Fergburger. And then the night is yours. Couple cocktails at the Ice Bar, Grab some delicious ice-cream, or head back to our accommodation to rest up for the two more big days we spend in Queenstown.

Accommodation: Shared Twin room or private double (couples)
Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Included activities: 2.5hr Milford Sound cruise

Day Four: Queenstown

Today is your first FREE DAY and what better place than to enjoy it in Queenstown! The bro John Travolta once said, “whenever I get stressed I just want to hop on a plane to Queenstown.” This adventure capital has to be seen to be believed and with couple nights left in this incredible southern paradise, you’ll get your chance to do as much seeing as you can fit in. Spend it how you want, bungy jumping, skydiving, exploring the town, soak up in the ONSEN hot pools (book prior)… the list of bucket-list activities available here is endless! For those who don’t want to splash out on paid activities you’re more than welcome to join the tour guides as they can bring you to Glenorchy or Bobs Cove during the day

Accommodation: Shared Twin room or private double (couples)
Included meals: Breakfast
Included activities: Day trip to Glenorchy or Bobs Cove (optional)

Day Five: Queenstown

Imagine waking up on a Friday, but in Queenstown. What a feeling. Now if you didn’t manage to do or see everything you wanted yesterday? No stress! You have free time this morning and this afternoon but at Midday we will be taking you on a spectacular guided tour of Skippers Canyon via the infamous Skippers Road followed by the thrilling jet boat ride through the most dramatic canyons of the Shotover river. You will discover a land rich in gold mining history and breathtaking scenery, just a short distance from central Queenstown.

Accommodation: Shared Twin room or private double (couples)
Included meals: Breakfast 
Included activities: 3 hr Skippers Canyon Jet Boat experience

Day Six: Queenstown – Cardrona Alpine Resort – Wānaka

This morning we will have an early breakfast and head off to Cardrona – A historic village situated on the famous crown range road. You’ll be able to grab a coffee at the Iconic Cardrona Hotel and surely grab a photo while you’re there! Afterwards we head to NZ’s most popular ski area, Cardrona Alpine resort. A perfect place for beginners and intermediates, with plenty of wide open trials and easy-to-use surface lift. We will provide you with an all day lift pass and your gear rental (Skis or snowboard). We can assist you with booking a Group beginners lesson for first timers or if looking for some pointers! So whether you’re keen to learn how to ski or snowboard for the first time, or an advanced powder-hound, this will be an exciting day for you! Once you’ve had enough adrenaline, we will head towards Wānaka town situated on the lake front and dwarfed by mountains.  Check into our place for the night and you can wander the town and see why this place draws visitors from all around the world to it. The backdrop views of the Mt Aspiring National Park are amazing.

Accommodation: Shared Twin room or private double (couples)
Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Included activities: All day lift pass + Gear rental (Ski or snowboard)

Optional add ons: 

Day Seven:  Lake Hāwea – Haast Pass – Blue Pools – Franz Josef 

 After waking up to breakfast and seeing the stunning Lake Wānaka, we will hit the road and pass by Lake Hāwea, a place of vivid beauty. We will then carry on to experience one of the best scenic drives here, today we pass by non-stop Aotearoa eye candy views through the Haast Pass which is beautified by ancient rain forests, small glaciers and waterfalls. Before we stop for lunch we will explore down to the Blue Pools. Which is a short walk from the car park. The blue of the water is not to be believed, it’s clear, it’s pure and makes for one amazing photo! Afterwards you will have lunch prepared for you lakeside then make our way to Franz Josef Glacier for the night. Once settled into our new home for the night, you can opt in for a Pizza night and even use the giant hot tub to finish off your epic day with the squad!

Accommodation: Shared Twin room or private double (couples)
Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Included activities: Haast Pass blue pools

Day Eight: Franz Josef 

Today you’ll get your chance to experience the Original Franz Josef Kayak adventure. With a knowledgeable guide, the group will have the chance to glide effortlessly across the water,  taking in the panoramic views of the Southern Alps, glaciers, and untouched Jurassic rain forest reflected on the glassy waters of Lake Mapourika. Finishing up at Midday we will provide you with lunch back at the accommodation where you’ll have free time for the rest of the day. It’s a free walk to check out the glacier, but if you’ve got a bit of extra spending money – optional paid activities like heli-tours and treks are also available for that unbeatable Instagram shot of another world. We will meet back for a big family dinner prepared by your guides and make the most of our night there.

Accommodation: Shared Twin room or private double (couples)
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included activities: Franz Josef Kayaking Tour (3hr)

Day Nine: Franz Josef – Hokitika Gorge – Castle hill

Breakfast will be prepared early and you’ll have time to enjoy your last couple hours here as we depart at 10am.  We will load the van back up and travel up the ocean side road and stopping at Hokitika Gorge – one of the west coast’s most popular walks! A 15min stroll to see surreal turquoise waters that drain from the distant Sale glacier. We will prepare lunch after this and then hit the road again.  Our van will be climbing to more than 900 metres through Arthur’s pass national park. It’s the highest and most spectacular pass across the southern alps. Arriving mid afternoon at our last location in Castle Hill (Kura Tawhiti). Our exclusive solar paneled ski lodge is hidden in forested mountains and native tussock lands with access to our very own natural ice skating rink. We will make the most of our last dinner together as a group and can experience pristine star gazing from the lodge deck.

Accomodation: Dorm style rooms in exclusive ski lodge
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Included activities: Hokitika Gorge, exclusive neutral ice rink + ice skates rental

Day Ten: Castle Hill – Christchurch – FINISH

Breakfast is served and we pack up to make our way to Christchurch. We make one last stop to explore the limestone rocks of Castle Hill basin which is 15mins away from our lodge. Named by the Dalai Lama “the spiritual centre of the universe”. We will get our last group photos together and make our way to the drop off zone which will be close to Christchurch Airport at 2pm, if people have a flight close to the time we can drop them to the airport, no worries.

Included meals: Breakfast
Included activities: Limestone Boulders of Castle Hill

Price:$2299 per person (Deposit $1099)
Departs: Each Monday 9:00 am Christchurch  
Returns:  Christchurch Wednesday approx 2:00 pm

Experiencing a tour with us should be easy, and payments should be too! We are stoked to be offering Laybuy for you guys! Do a tour straight away and spread the payments over six weekly instalments. No interest and no fees. Too easy

Unbeatable Adventure Tours for 18-35s