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Highlights of New Zealand

New for 2019

Price per person
from £2,848

Price based on
London Gatwick
13th May 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 14 days

  • Australia and New Zealand

  • Steady pace

  • Cosmos escorted tours

Great value escorted tours in the world's most captivating places. No other travel company matches our expertise, on-trip experiences - with a great mix of included excursions and free time - and value.

Your affordable New Zealand tour begins in Auckland with a two-night stay to start exploring this fascinating country. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city, including the Domain—its park surrounding a dormant volcano. You’ll travel through the lush farmland of Rotorua, home to New Zealand’s Maori culture, bubbling geothermal sites, and the setting for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. You’ll learn about the region’s natural wonders, agricultural and creative traditions, and the Maori culture.

Your value-minded New Zealand guided holiday continues with big sights to see throughout the north island. You’ll travel past New Zealand’s largest lake, Lake Taupo, on your way to visit the art-deco city of Napier. Go sightseeing in the New Zealand capital of Wellington, and take in its vibrant art and dining scene. See the Beehive and Parliament buildings, then take in the sweeping views of the harbour from Mount Victoria. Embark on one of the world’s most scenic ferry rides across the Marlborough Sound—keeping an eye out for dolphins, penguins, or whales on your way to Christchurch. Explore the land of towering mountains, rugged coastlines, and vast plains of New Zealand’s south island as you venture on to Queenstown. Enjoy free time to explore this “adventure capital” before your breathtaking cruise on Milford Sound. Here, be awed by waterfalls, sheer cliff walls, and tropical rainforests surrounding the marine home of seals, penguins, and dolphins.

This budget-minded tour of New Zealand is nothing short of spectacular. Enjoy the idyllic and fantastic scenes around each turn in your escorted holiday from Auckland to Queenstown.

At a glance

Auckland Welcome briefing; sightseeing tour

Rotorua Te Puia; Agrodome

Napier Walking tour

Queenstown Cruise on Milford Sound

Extend your tour and see even more

  • 4 days: Fiji extension

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Make your own way

For more information please see our booking conditions for tour-only holidays.

Overview

Your affordable New Zealand tour begins in Auckland with a two-night stay to start exploring this fascinating country. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city, including the Domain—its park surrounding a dormant volcano. You’ll travel through the lush farmland of Rotorua, home to New Zealand’s Maori culture, bubbling geothermal sites, and the setting for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. You’ll learn about the region’s natural wonders, agricultural and creative traditions, and the Maori culture.

Your value-minded New Zealand guided holiday continues with big sights to see throughout the north island. You’ll travel past New Zealand’s largest lake, Lake Taupo, on your way to visit the art-deco city of Napier. Go sightseeing in the New Zealand capital of Wellington, and take in its vibrant art and dining scene. See the Beehive and Parliament buildings, then take in the sweeping views of the harbour from Mount Victoria. Embark on one of the world’s most scenic ferry rides across the Marlborough Sound—keeping an eye out for dolphins, penguins, or whales on your way to Christchurch. Explore the land of towering mountains, rugged coastlines, and vast plains of New Zealand’s south island as you venture on to Queenstown. Enjoy free time to explore this “adventure capital” before your breathtaking cruise on Milford Sound. Here, be awed by waterfalls, sheer cliff walls, and tropical rainforests surrounding the marine home of seals, penguins, and dolphins.

This budget-minded tour of New Zealand is nothing short of spectacular. Enjoy the idyllic and fantastic scenes around each turn in your escorted holiday from Auckland to Queenstown.

No meals included

Depart UK

Days
1 - 2

Depart UK for your flight to Auckland.

Auckland

Day
3

On arrival transfer to your hotel for three nights.

Kia ora and welcome to New Zealand! Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. The remainder of the day is yours to relax or start exploring.

Auckland

Day
4

This morning begins with a welcome briefing to meet fellow passengers and your Tour Director. Then enjoy a sightseeing tour, discovering first-hand why Auckland is regarded as one of the best places in the world to live. See the Domain, the city’s oldest park, developed around an extinct volcano. Highlights also include charming Parnell Village, bustling Queens Street, and the Viaduct Harbour. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. You may wish to take a trip to the top of Sky Tower, enjoy a sailing experience on Auckland Harbour, or visit nearby picturesque Waiheke Island. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining.

Auckland - Rotorua

Day
5

Leave Auckland this morning and journey through lush farm land to Rotorua, home to New Zealand’s Maori culture and geothermal wonders. Our first stop is TE PUIA where a guided tour allows you to see bubbling mud, pools of boiling water, and the famous Pohutu geyser, the largest active geyser in the southern hemisphere. You’ll also have a chance to witness traditional Maori carving and weaving along with a Maori cultural performance. Then, visit AGRODOME to learn more about one of the country’s major industries—sheep! This evening is at leisure.

Rotorua

Day
6

Today is free to explore more of Rotorua. You may wish to take an optional excursion to visit magical Hobbiton, the set used as the Shire in the movie trilogies, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Other options include a zipline and canopy tour, helicopter and floatplane flights over the volcanic valley, or relaxing in a natural hot spring at the Polynesian Spa. In the evening, you may want to attend an optional Maori Hangi dinner and cultural performance.

Rotorua - Lake Taupo - Napier

Day
7

Today we continue our journey on the north island traveling past Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake. This afternoon, arrive in Napier, located in the beautiful Hawk’s Bay region. This afternoon, a WALKING TOUR explains how a natural disaster resulted in Napier becoming one of the purest Art Deco cities in the world. With the rest of the day at leisure, you may wish to take a stroll on the beach, shop for a favourite souvenir, or visit the National Aquarium to see sharks, stingrays, penguins, and more.

Napier - Wellington

Day
8

Continue to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city known for is vibrant art scene, world-class restaurant culture, and active outdoor lifestyle. Upon arrival, a sightseeing tour includes the famous Beehive and Parliament building and panoramic views of the city and harbour from the top of Mount Victoria.

Wellington - Interislander Ferry - Picton - Christchurch

Day
9

Today, enjoy a special treat as you sail from Wellington to Picton and enjoy the spectacular Marlborough Sound on one of the most scenic FERRY journeys in the world. Make sure to have your camera ready as dolphins are frequent traveling companions of the ferry. On occasion, you might even spot a pod of whales or some penguins swimming by. Continue to Christchurch, the largest city on the South Island for an overnight stay.

Christchurch - Queenstown

Day
10

Our journey continues across New Zealand’s south island today. This is the land of towering mountains, rugged coastlines, and sweeping plains. Later, arrive in Queenstown, the “Adventure Capital” for a 3-night stay. This evening you may want to take the Skyline Gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak, where you’ll enjoy breath-taking views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu below.

Queenstown

Day
11

Today is free to explore more of Queenstown on your own. You may want to take the history TSS Earnslaw Steamship to Walter Peak Farm for a delicious lunch or dinner, discover a favorite boutique or art gallery, take an exciting helicopter ride over the Remarkables Mountains, or enjoy a wine tour.

Queenstown. Excursion to Milford Sound

Day
12

Today, travel to breath-taking Milford Sound and enjoy a CRUISE to see cascading waterfalls, sheer cliff walls, tropical rainforest, wildlife including seals and dolphins, and fantastic scenery. It’s sure to be a highlight of your trip! Return to Queenstown this evening.

Queenstown - UK

Day
13

Your holiday ends this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Home landing in the UK

Day
14

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Extend your tour and see even more

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Arrive in Nadi, Fiji - Coral Coast

Arrive in Nadi, Fiji and transfer to the Coral Coast. Spend the next three nights at one of the most majestic islands in the South Pacific.

Coral Coast

A full day at your leisure. You may wish to take a stroll on the beach, play a round of golf, enjoy a spa treatment, or just relax by your resort’s pool.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Coral Coast

Enjoy time at leisure exploring or relaxing in this beautiful setting.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Coral Coast - Nadi - Auckland, New Zealand

Transfer to Nadi International Airport today and fly to Auckland to join Day 1 of the New Zealand portion of your tour.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Things to note

2020 departures may be subject to itinerary modifications and full details will be published in August 2019. If we have to modify an itinerary, you will have an opportunity to cancel without penalty. See our full terms and conditions for more details.

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Auckland - Quest Auckland

Quest Auckland offers guests a relaxed and comfortable Auckland accommodation experience.

  • Location

    363 Queen Street, Auckland, New Zealand

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer

Rotorua - Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua

Set on the shores of mystical Lake Rotorua, Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua offers spectacular vistas. The hotel features a lakeside restaurant and bar, pool, currency exchange, spa services, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

  • Location

    1000 Eruera Street, Rotorua, New Zealand

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Napier - expressotel Napier

Adjacent to picturesque Clive Square in the heart of Napier, expressotel Napier features spacious and well-appointed guestrooms, on-site restaurant, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

  • Location

    Corner of Clive Square East and Tennyson Street, Napier, New Zealand

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Iron/ironing board

Wellington - Thorndon Hotel Wellington

Located at the doorstep of downtown Wellington, the Thorndon Hotel Wellington offers fresh, comfortable and light room accommodations, complimentary Wi-Fi, on-site restaurant and bar, and complimentary use of City Fitness Gym Thorndon.

  • Location

    24 Hawkestone St, Wellington, New Zealand

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Christchurch - Quest Christchurch

Centrally located in downtown Christchurch, Quest Christchurch offers apartment-style guestrooms and complimentary Wi-Fi.

  • Location

    113 Worcester Street, Christchurch, New Zealand

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Queenstown - Holiday Inn Queenstown Frankton Road

Overlooking the Frankfort Arm inlet of Lake Wakatipu, Holiday Inn Queenstown Frankton Road is a modern, contemporary hotel featuring spacious guest rooms, on-site restaurant, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

  • Location

    594 Frankton Road, Queenstown, New Zealand

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

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