Women's World Cup NZ 2023

'Off the Field' New Zealand Tour

3-14th August 2023

Welcome to our Women's 'Off the Field' Tour

Trip Details

Dates: August 3rd-14th 2023

Duration: 11 Nights/12 Days

Group Size: 12 people maximum

Cost: $4,995 USD per person

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  • Visit the South Island of New Zealand
  • Explore our birdlife on an island eco-sanctuary
  • Paddle a Māori waka (canoe) in the glorious Abel Tasman National Park
  • Indulge in sumptuous local, fresh foods
  • Experience wildlife on the Kaikoura coast
  • Walk through a breathtaking high country station
  • Contribute to a girls' sports charity

This trip has been created especially for women who are travelling to New Zealand for the Women's World Cup Soccer tournament and want to join an 'off the field' women's trip to explore the best our country has to offer. Of course any women who want to visit New Zealand in winter are welcome to join this trip too. We're all so excited to be hosting the World Cup tournament this year, and especially proud of our New Zealand Football Ferns' contributions both on and off the field. Like them, we believe we have a responsibility for making a positive impact in our work and play.

This trip is for the female traveller who wants to:

  • explore New Zealand on a women's trip, likely while here for the World Cup Soccer tournament
  • be in our great outdoors - walking, paddling, and boating
  • travel in a way that supports our environment and local host communities
  • deepen their own connection to nature
  • experience all this in the company of other fun-loving women travellers

NOTE: This trip does not include any World Cup tournament games, but has been scheduled to run after the group stage matches and before the semi finals.

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Details & Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to New Zealand. Our trip will begin today in Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington where your Off the Field adventure will kick off at Hillside Kitchen. You'll enjoy a hyper-local plant based degustation for your welcome dinner.

Spend the evening getting to know your fellow women travellers and setting the tone for the rest of your trip.

Our lodging for our first two nights is Naumi Wellington, a hotel that places heart & humanity at the centre of everything they do. Celebrating diversity, inclusion, equality, community and our planet, Naumi always goes above and beyond to create a lasting impact.

Day 2 

Today we’re heading up the Kāpiti coast and taking a ferry from Paraparaumu Beach to breathtaking Kāpiti Island, a nature reserve that is home to some of New Zealand’s most treasured and endangered species. We’ll be hosted by Kāpiti Island Nature Tours who have been welcoming visitors to the Island for generations and will share the unique ecological and human history of this place with you. 

We'll explore the island with our hosts and spend the day either wandering and bird watching at the base of Kāpiti’s maunga (mountain), or by climbing the trig track to a spectacular view at the top. 

We'll travel back to Wellington in the late afternoon and enjoy another night soaking up NZ's vibrant capital city.

Day 3 

Today we’ll leave the North Island of Aotearoa and head south on the Interislander Ferry, arriving via the picturesque Marlborough Sounds. We’ll settle in to Kimi Ora Eco Resort in Kaiteriteri, where we’ll be spending the next two nights while we explore the Nelson-Tasman region. Climate Positive Kimi Ora offers us lovely accommodation and stunning views of Kaiteriteri Bay while dining on sumptuous locally sourced and seasonal vegetarian dishes. 

The Nelson Tasman region is committed to reducing their carbon footprint and this afternoon we’ll spend time with some of the trailblazers who are certified Zero Carbon or Climate Positive businesses. We’ll learn about what it means to be Zero Carbon while experiencing the wonderful local offerings of the “Top of the South” - flat whites and forest walks, canyons and craft beers.  

Day 4 

Today we’ll explore the stunning Abel Tasman coastline in a paddling waka (Māori canoe). Embracing the spirit of adventure, together we’ll push off from the golden sand beaches and paddle out into the turquoise waters of Abel Tasman National park. Paddling a waka is a journey of discovery, combining idyllic scenery, exercise, history, storytelling and tradition. This unique experience leaves you feeling connected and empowered.

Lee-Ann and Todd Jago own Waka Abel Tasman, and are passionate about waka, the outdoors, tikanga Māori (practices and behaviour customary to Māori) and sharing these things with others. Their community is at the heart of everything they do as well as uplifting rangitahi (young people). By spending a day with Waka Abel Tasman, we are helping their community’s growth and empowerment. 

Day 5 

Leaving the gorgeous Nelson Tasman region behind, we’ll travel the stunning scenic drive down the east coast of the South Island, to Kaikōura, nestled between the mountains and the sea. Keep your eyes open for seals along the coastline playing in the rock pools. Lunch today will be among the vines at a sustainable vineyard on our way South.

We'll be staying at the Sudima Hotel for the next two nights, appreciating their commitment to sustainability and support of the local community through their various local projects.

Day 6

You have a full day to experience the magic of Kaikōura today. With an abundance of marine wildlife, Kaikoura offers a choice of activities today. Bird lovers can join an albatross encounter, while marine animal lovers can swim with dolphins or look for whales on a whale watch tour. You can choose to add any of these optional activities (at your own cost), or just relax by the ocean for the day. The choice is yours.

Day 7

Today we'll continue further south to Ōtautahi/Christchurch, the garden city. You'll have all afternoon to experience the resilience of beautiful Christchurch, with its vibrant river front bars and restaurants that have come back to life after the devastating 2011 earthquakes.

We'll be staying in Hotel Give tonight, a hotel committed to social sustainability where all profits from our stay will be reinvested back into programmes and services offered by the YMCA.

Day 8 

We'll journey towards the spectacular Southern Alps today, enjoying vistas of turquoise lakes and Aoraki Mt Cook along the way. On a clear night, the stars from our lodgings tonight are beyond imagination as we stay in the middle of an international dark sky reserve.

Relax in your lake-side lodging and wonder how the scenery can get any better. Nestled in the mountains, Lake Ōhau Lodge offers genuine kiwi hospitality by Mike and Louise Neilson who have owned and operated the lodge since the mid 1980's.  Mike and Louise have a passion for this outstandingly beautiful, yet stark landscape and a strong desire to see its special environment preserved.

Day 9

You'll continue south today to breathtaking Tāhuna/Queenstown. Set on Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is well known as the adventure capital of the world with any and all activities you can imagine on offer.

Our lodging for the next three nights, Sherwood Hotel, is ranked within the world's top 10 sustainable hotels. With views over Lake Wakatipu, Sherwood prioritises the wellbeing of its community and environment operating in a way that looks after both. Everything about Sherwood reflects a sense of place, and a moment in time. You'll gain an authentic understanding of Queenstown's landscapes, culture, and people.

Day 10

Today offers an epic off-road safari on a remote high country station (large farm). Our skilful local guide negotiates a cliffside road, high above Lake Hāwea, to bring you through this spectacular landscape. You'll also walk through an alpine meadow with incredible wide open views of Lake Hāwea and the surrounding mountains before enjoying a relaxing riverside picnic lunch.

Day 11 

Your last full day on tour offers a free day to explore the breathtaking Queenstown Lakes area. Whether it's a wine tour, a day hike, a bungee jump, or endless other options, there is something for everyone. A list of choices will be provided upon request (activities at own cost).

We'll enjoy a farewell dinner together tonight, sharing stories, memories, and inspiration with each other, reflecting on the 'off the field' contributions we've made throughout this trip and perhaps in the future.

Day 12 

You’ll farewell new friends today, as you prepare to depart today from Queenstown. If you let us know of your return travel plans in advance we can assist with your airport transfer or other requirements. 

Sunset over Kāpiti Island

The native NZ kaka on Kapiti Island

Paddling in a Māori waka with Waka Abel Tasman

View from the restaurant at Kimi Ora Eco Resort

Lunch amongst the vines at a sustainable vineyard

Looking out at the view in Kaikoura

Spotting whale tails with Whale Watch Kaikoura

A view of Lake Ohau

Exploring the Ridgelines around Lake Hawea

Queenstown from above - wrapped in stunning snowy mountains during winter

What's GOOD about this trip?

We seek to reduce our environmental impact as much as possible, and to contribute to the regeneration of habitats and ecosystems. This includes measuring, reducing and offsetting our carbon emissions, minimising waste, and partnering with businesses committed to the stewardship of their natural environments. A significant aspect of that is about reconnecting with nature, and we acknowledge the privilege and responsibility of visiting taonga (treasured) and often endangered ecosystems. 

We're deeply committed to partnering with New Zealand owned and operated businesses, ensuring as much as possible of your trip cost is going back into the local economy, and to NZ businesses who have faced immense challenges over the last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to supporting Māori business, and have actively sought to partner with businesses owned by Māori and minority groups. 


As a part of our commitment to giving back to our host communities and environments, $100 USD of each participant’s trip cost will be donated to a charity supporting New Zealand women and girls in sport.

Our commitment is to:

  • Operate in a way that acknowledges tangata whenua (NZ's indigenous people) and the rights and customs of mana whenua in the places we visit, respects and upholds Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi), and centres the voices of Māori as the traditional kaitiaki (stewards) of Aotearoa
  • Support businesses and organisations who are outstanding models of regenerative practice, who are invested in their local communities, and who are working towards a regenerative future
  • Partner with local hosts to offer a deeper connection to place for participants, and to spark a desire to reconnect with your  place on your return home  
  • Partner beyond the tourism sector, demonstrating the visitor economy as nestled within the ecosystems of communities and places 
  • Measure and reduce the carbon emissions of our trip wherever possible, and offset the remainder through local forest regeneration projects
  • Offer a balance of excitement, novelty, deep reflection, active learning, exploratory conversations, laughter and playfulness 

Trip Facilitators

Your host for this experience is Frankie - environmentalist, experienced guide and previously a member of the international football team for Wales!

Frankie Sanders

"Kia ora, I'm Frankie, and I live in a beautiful small town called Lake Hawea, nestled at the foothills of Kā Tiritiri o te Moana/Southern Alps. I live with my partner Emily and a huge ginger cat called Kehu. Since moving to New Zealand, I've been a hiking guide in Mount Aspiring National Park and a climbing instructor, and now own a vegan dehydrating food business.

I have a deep passion for nature and preservation of Papatūānuku/Mother Earth and all our unique birds and plant life. I have spent many a great moment trapsing over hills and through valleys with people from all over the world, and thoroughly enjoy sharing stories and adventures. My love of nature extends through my life as a vegan, and I'm super passionate about great food and local produce. In my personal time I am an avid rock climber, travelling to seek out challenging rocks and diverse landscapes.

Prior to my highly adventurous life in New Zealand (and Australia before that) in my younger years I played soccer for my country - Wales, UK. I remember playing from a very young age with all the boys, and as a teenager I joined a women's team and eventually played in the UK Premiership. I love soccer and I am so excited to see how far women's football has progressed, and the support it now receives.

In summary, I'm a typical 'adopted' kiwi who loves everything outdoors; hiking, mountain biking, skiing, climbing, mountaineering, swimming as well as meeting new people, adventuring and eating good food!"

What's included

The cost of your trip includes the following:

  • 11 nights of twin-share accommodation in sustainable lodgings (single rooms may be arranged at an additional cost subject to availability)
  • Airport transfer to Queenstown Airport at the end of your trip
  • All transport during the trip in a comfortable van
  • 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 5 dinners (other meals to be paid individually)
  • Locally guided experiences with hosts at Kapiti Island, Waka Abel Tasman and Ridgeline Adventures
  • $100 donation to a girls sports charity - another way we're making an 'Off the Field' contribution
  • Daily support from your trip leader throughout your trip
  • Carbon offsetting for all associated carbon emissions

Please note that the following are not included and are your responsibility to arrange:

  • Women's World Cup Soccer Tournament Games and accommodation around games
  • Return flights to New Zealand
  • Transport to Wellington at the beginning of the trip (we can assist you with making these arrangements at an additional cost)
  • Travel insurance, with COVID-19 coverage (required)
  • Visa for New Zealand (if required) 
  • International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy of NZ$35
  • COVID-19 vaccination - please note that we require all adults and children over 12 to have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Should you not be able to get a COVID-19 Vaccination, please email us to learn more about our exceptions to this rule
  • Snacks, drinks, other personal purchases

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Cost per person: $4,995 USD

$416 USD per day including all accommodation, some meals, regenerative tourism activities, project donation, carbon offsetting and privately guided travel within New Zealand as outlined in the Includes tab. Payment plan options are also available.

To secure your spot on this trip, we require a non-refundable deposit of $500 USD per person. 

Please click the Book Now button below to book your spot. You will then be directed to pay your deposit of $500. If you would prefer to pay via payment plan, please contact us. Before you make your payment, please make sure you’ve read and understood our terms of service. If there is anything in our terms of service that you’d like us to clarify, please contact us for more information.

Our trip will be confirmed once we have the minimum number of participants needed. Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip is confirmed.

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