Best of New Zealand

  • 17 Days

  • New Zealand

  • Active pace

Escape the well-trodden tourist path and enjoy an authentic Kiwi adventure that takes you into the homes of the natives, through the Bay of Islands, past the misty mountain scenery of Arthur’s Pass and right to the heart of its handsome cities.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Porterage
All airport taxes
VIP private home pick-up
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

  • Day 14

  • Day 15

  • Day 16

  • Day 17

of 17 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 18th April 2018

Meals included: 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners

Overview

Escape the well-trodden tourist path and enjoy an authentic Kiwi adventure that takes you into the homes of the natives, through the Bay of Islands, past the misty mountain scenery of Arthur’s Pass and right to the heart of its handsome cities.

At a glance

  • Auckland Tour the highlights of the ‘City of Sails’ with an experienced guide.
  • Bay of Islands Explore the unspoilt beaches and Maori culture at this subtropical enclave.
  • Rotorua Tuck into a traditional Hangi dinner while watching a Maori cultural performance.
  • Home-Cooked Meal Join a local family for dinner at their home.
  • Arthur's Pass Experience sprawling beech forests and snow-covered peaks as you cross the Southern Alps.
  • Milford Sound Cruise into Fiordland National Park and witness its world-famous fjords .

Extensions

  • 3 night Fiji beach stay - pre tour
  • 3 nights in Sydney - post tour

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension.

Day 1

Depart UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

In flight

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Arrive in Auckland

On arrival transfer to your hotel. Meet your fellow travellers this evening at the welcome briefing.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Auckland - Bay of Islands

Start your day with a sightseeing tour of Auckland, the "City of Sails." See bustling Queen Street, the city's oldest park, Auckland Domain, and historic Parnell Village. Continue to the Bay of Islands, known for its stunning beauty and history. Visit the Waitangi Treaty House to learn about New Zealand's past.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Bay of Islands

This morning, embark on a sightseeing cruise to view the “Hole in the Rock,” have a chance to see dolphins, and learn more about the rich history and culture of this region. The remainder of the day is at leisure. You may wish to enjoy a hike, explore some of the islands historic attractions, shop for souvenirs, or just relax at your hotel.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Bay of Islands – Rotorua

Today, travel through the Bay of Plenty region to Rotorua, home to geothermal wonders, adventure activities, and a thriving Maori culture. Dinner this evening is a traditional Hangi dinner, followed by an authentic Maori cultural performance.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Rotorua

This morning starts with a visit to Rainbow Springs to view native bush and wildlife, including a walk through the kiwi bird enclosure. Last stop is Te Puia, Rotorua’s most prominent thermal area, with New Zealand’s largest geyser, boiling mud pools, and silica terraces. The afternoon is at your leisure. This evening, join a New Zealand family for dinner in their home, a unique opportunity to interact with a local family and immerse yourself in New Zealand culture. Before the evening is over, you’ll feel like part of the family.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Rotorua – Marton – Wellington

Travel south today through rolling farmlands and past Lake Taupo. Stop in the historic rural town of Marton, visit a local farm and enjoy a barbecue lunch. Continue to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Wellington

The day begins with a sightseeing tour of Wellington. Take a scenic cable car ride, visit the beautiful botanical gardens, see the famous Beehive and Parliament buildings, and enjoy 360-degree, panoramic views of the city and harbor from the top of Mount Victoria. Time will also be spent at Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. The remainder of the day is yours to explore on your own.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Wellington - Christchurch

This morning, board a ferry and enjoy a scenic cruise across Cook Strait, connecting New Zealand's North and South Islands. Continue to Christchurch for an orientation tour and overnight stay.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Christchurch – Arthur’s Pass – Franz Josef

Today, depart Christchurch and travel through Arthur’s Pass National Park, the highest pass over the Southern Alps. See vast beech forests, snow-covered peaks, and wide riverbeds before arriving on the west coast of New Zealand. Spend the next two nights in the small town of Franz Josef, located at the base of the impressive Franz Josef Glacier.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Franz Josef

This morning, explore this spectacular UNESCO World Heritage area. Your glacier valley walk will take you up alongside the mighty Waiho River bed, following the glacier’s path of retreat in this remarkable landscape. Here you will learn about the glacier’s history, see what is left behind by this majestic giant, and learn the legend of Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere. Near the terminal face, after a brief climb you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the rapidly changing face of the glacier. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Franz Josef – Queenstown

Our journey today takes us along the coast and the Tasman Sea. Climb through rainforests and over Haast Pass to arrive in Queenstown, the “Adventure Capital of the World.” Upon arrival, enjoy a tour and a tasting at a local winery?

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14

Milford Sound

Today, travel into Fiordland National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts some of the most breath-taking scenery in the world. During your cruise, see cascading waterfalls, wildlife, and experience this pristine natural setting just as early Maori and European explorers did. Overnight in Queenstown.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 15

Queenstown

Enjoy a full day at leisure. This evening enjoy a special farewell dinner.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 16

Queenstown - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 17

Home landing in the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Auckland: Skycity Hotel
  • Bay of Islands: Copthorne Hotel & Resort
  • Rotorua: Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
  • Wellington: Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay
  • Christchurch: Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square
  • Franz Josef: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
  • Queenstown: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Notes

Hotels as stated or similar.

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

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