Quintessential New Zealand

10 Days / 9 Nights

From $2180 pp Standard Hotels

AUCKLAND – WAITOMO – ROTORUA (FLIGHT NOT INCLUDED) – CHRISTCHURCH – TEKAPO – MT COOK – MILFORD SOUND – QUEENSTOWN

Inclusions

9 nights accommodation
Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Milford Cruise with lunch

Weta Workshop Unleashed

Skyline Gondola Ride
Redwoods Tree walk Nightlights

DAY 1

Arrive Auckland

On arrival,  Collect your vehicle on arrival and self drive to your standard accommodation Auckland City Hotel.(accommodation can be upgraded at additional cost)

Overnight: Auckland

DAY 2

Auckland

Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city, set between two harbours with gentle sandy shores on the east and black sand, wild surf beaches on the west. Home to sheltered, sparkling blue waters dotted with beautiful emerald islands, we recommend getting out on the water when you are here.Today enjoy a visit to Kelly Tarlton’s Sealife Aquarium and Auckland’s newest attraction, Weta Workshop Unleashed, a fantastical film effects experience.

Overnight: Auckland

INCLUDED ACTIVITES

Auckland City Sightseeing Tour
Kelly Tarltons SEA LIFE Aquarium

Weta Workshop Unleashed
OPTIONAL ACTIVITES

All Blacks Experience

DAY 3

Auckland – Waitomo – Rotorua

Journey past rolling green hills to Waitomo for a tour of an underground wonderland of caves decorated with galaxies of glowworms. Then, continue along the Thermal Explorer Highway and through a green oasis lined with lush tree ferns to Rotorua, a destination you will find is like nowhere else! Overnight: Rotorua

Auckland-Waitomo: 195km (approx 2hrs, 30mins)
Waitomo-Rotorua: 139km (approx 1hr, 50 mins)

INCLUDED ACTIVITES

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

DAY 4

Rotorua

Rotorua is surrounded by a fascinating geothermal landscape with its unique steam vents, spouting geysers and bubbling mud pool set alongside freshwater lakes and majestic native forests. It is also a region immersed in fascinating Maori myths and legends.Enjoy a scenic gondola ride high above Rotorua for spectacular views of the city and lake. Then make a visit to Waimangu Geothermal Valley and experience spectacular volcanic craters, enormous hot water springs, beautiful geothermal features, rare and unusual plant life, brilliantly coloured micro biology and a wide array of birds.

Overnight: Rotorua

INCLUDED ACTIVITES

Waimangu Geothermal Valley

Skyline Gondola Ride Rotorua

OPTIONAL ACTIVITES

Polynesian Spa – Deluxe Lake Spa

DAY 5

Rotorua – Christchurch (Flight Not Included)

Depart on your domestic flight to Christchurch. (Airfare is NOT included).

Christchurch is set between the deep blue Pacific Ocean and the mighty snow-capped Southern Alps. This is a vibrant, ever-changing city with inner city parks and gardens delightfully interwoven by the meandering Avon River. Overnight: Christchurch

Flight Time: Rotorua to Christchurch is approx. 2 hours

OPTIONAL ACTIVITES

Antarctic Centre

DAY 6

Christchurch – Aoraki Mt Cook – Queenstown

Depart across the Canterbury Plains, a fertile patchwork made with every shade of green, to a scenic wonderland with golden tussocks, snow-capped mountains and turquoise lakes. At Lake Tekapo the solitary ‘Church of the Good Shepherd’ takes pride of place against the backdrop of a vivid blue glacier-fed lake. Continuing south, hug the shores of beautiful Lake Pukaki and through the historic Central Otago region to Queenstown. Overnight: Queenstown

DAY 7

Queenstown

Magnificent vistas and majestic mountains dominate this compact alpine resort town and with such an expansive natural physical environment it is not surprising that Queenstown has been described as the Adventure Capital of the World. Seat in coach travellers will enjoy a Queenstown Highlights Tour today. Overnight: Queenstown

DAY 8

Queenstown – Milford Sound – Queenstown

Fiordland is one of the world’s last great wildernesses. Today’s stunning journey takes you past mirror lakes, spectacular waterfalls and water-sculpted rocks. Venture into Milford Sound, a New Zealand treasure carved by ice age glaciers and famously described as the eighth wonder of the world. After a big day out, reflect on memories of a lifetime on your return to Queenstown. Overnight: Queenstown

Queenstown – Milford: 287km (approx 3hrs, 50mins) each way

INCLUDED ACTIVITES

Milford Sound Cruise

DAY 9

Queenstown

Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s most exciting destinations. It is a hub of adventure surrounded by famous landscapes, renowned vineyards and gold mining history. Today is a free day to add some of the endless optional activities on offer. Overnight: Queenstown

OPTIONAL ACTIVITES

Kawarau Bridge Bungy

DAY 10

Depart Queenstown

Arrangements conclude today with the return of your rental car.

Thermal Discovery Itinerary

From $1850 pp including breakfast in first class hotels and small 4WD self drive

 5 Days / 4 Nights

Adventure to a wonderland of volcanic landmarks, luminescent glowworms, bubbling mud pools, spouting geysers and a wealth of Maori culture.

This is the perfect tour for those wanting to experience the unique geothermal nature New Zealand is famous for.

AUCKLAND – WAITOMO – HOBBITON – ROTORUA – AUCKLAND
5 days / 4 nights

Inclusions

4 nights accommodation
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Hobbiton Movie Set
Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland
Waimangu Geothermal Valley
Skyline Gonodola
Redwoods Treewalk Nightlights
Weta Workshop Unleashed

DAY 1

Arrive Auckland

On arrival, collect your car and self drive to your accommodation Skycity Grand Hotel Auckland or similar.

Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city, set between two harbours with gentle sandy shores on the east coast and black sand, wild surf beaches on the west coast. Home to sheltered, sparkling blue waters dotted with beautiful emerald islands, we recommend getting out on the water when you are here. Enjoy a visit to Auckland’s newest attraction, Weta Workshop Unleashed, a fantastical film effects experience.

INCLUDED ACTIVITES

Weta Workshop Unleashed

Overnight: Auckland

OPTIONAL ACTIVITES

Auckland Sky Tower

DAY 2

Auckland – Waitomo – Hobbiton – Rotorua

Journey past rolling green hills to Waitomo for a tour through an underground wonderland of caves decorated with galaxies of glowworms. Then, head to Matamata where a delightful slice of Middle Earth awaits you at Hobbiton. Finishing off a visually fulfilling day, continue along the Thermal Explorer Highway and through a green oasis lined with lush tree ferns to Rotorua, a destination like nowhere else!This evening forest and fantasy come to life with a magical illuminated evening tree walk high amongst the mesmerising giant Redwoods.

Overnight: Rotorua

Auckland-Waitomo: 195km (approx 2hrs, 30mins)
Waitomo-Matamata: 102km (approx 1hr, 20mins)
Matamata-Rotorua: 67km (approx 55mins)
INCLUDED ACTIVITES

Hobbiton Movie Set
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Redwoods Treewalk Nightlights

DAY 3

Rotorua

Rotorua is surrounded by a fascinating geothermal landscape with its unique steam vents, spouting geysers and bubbling mud pool set alongside freshwater lakes and majestic native forests. It is also a region immersed in fascinating Maori myths and legends.  Enjoy a scenic gondola ride high above Rotorua for spectacular views of the city and lake. Then make a visit to Waimangu Geothermal Valley and experience spectacular volcanic craters, enormous hot water springs, beautiful geothermal features, rare and unusual plant life, brilliantly coloured micro biology and a wide array of birds.

Overnight: Rotorua

INCLUDED ACTIVITES

Waimangu Geothermal Valley
Skyline Gondola Ride Rotorua

OPTIONAL ACTIVITES

Hells Gate Walk, Mud Bath & Spa

DAY 4

Rotorua – Auckland

Today you can choose to spend the morning further exploring around the lakes and forests of Rotorua or depart for Auckland to spend the afternoon in the city or out on the harbour. Overnight: Auckland

Rotorua – Auckland: 228km (approx 3hrs)
OPTIONAL ACTIVITES

National Kiwi Hatchery Tour

DAY 5

Depart Auckland

Arrangements conclude today with the return of your rental car. Or let us extend your stay.

Southern Splendour
Be charmed by magnificent vistas and majestic snow-capped mountains dotted with turquoise lakes under the world’s darkest skies.

This is a great introduction to some of the most spectacular landscapes New Zealand has to offer.

CHRISTCHURCH – TEKAPO – QUEENSTOWN – MILFORD SOUND – MT COOK – CHRISTCHURCH
6 days / 5 nights

From $2181 pp including 4WD car, breakfast daily and first class hotels

Inclusions

5 nights accomodation

Milford Cruise with lunch

DAY 1

Arrive Christchurch

Collect your car and self drive to your first class accommodation Sudima Christchurch City Hotel or similar

Christchurch is set between the deep blue Pacific Ocean and the mighty snow-capped Southern Alps. This is a vibrant, ever-changing city with inner city parks and gardens delightfully interwoven by the meandering Avon River. Overnight: Christchurch

OPTIONAL ACTIVITES

Antarctic Centre
Christchurch Tram Dinner

DAY 2

Christchurch – Tekapo -Queenstown

Depart across the Canterbury Plains, a fertile patchwork made with every shade of green, to a scenic wonderland with golden tussocks, snow-capped mountains and turquoise lakes. At Lake Tekapo the solitary ‘Church of the Good Shepherd’ takes pride of place against the backdrop of a vivid blue glacier-fed lake. Continuing south, hug the shores of beautiful Lake Pukaki and through the historic Central Otago region to Queenstown. Overnight: Queenstown

Christchurch – Queenstown: 483km (approx 6hrs,10mins)
You may need to add a night in Tekapo to allow time for Optional Activities.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITES

Dark Sky Experience

DAY 3

Queenstown – Milford Sound – Queenstown

Fiordland is one of the world’s last great wildernesses. Today’s stunning journey takes you past mirror lakes, spectacular waterfalls and water-sculpted rocks. Venture into Milford Sound, a New Zealand treasure carved by ice age glaciers and famously described as the eighth wonder of the world. After a big day out, reflect on memories of a lifetime on your return to Queenstown. Overnight: Queenstown

Queenstown – Milford: 287km (approx 3hrs 50mins) each way
INCLUDED ACTIVITES

Milford Sound Cruise

DAY 4

Queenstown

Magnificent vistas and majestic mountains dominate this compact alpine resort town and with such an expansive natural physical environment it is not surprising that Queenstown has been described as the Adventure Capital of the World.

Today is a free day to add some of the endless optional activities on offer. Overnight: Queenstown

OPTIONAL ACTIVITES

Shotover Jetboat Ride

DAY 5

Queenstown – Aoraki Mt Cook – Christchurch

Return north through picturesque sheep farming country to Aoraki Mt Cook National Park. Embrace the dramatic vast landscape of a rugged land of ice and rock that showcases multiple giant peaks including New Zealand’s highest mountain. Then, heading east, you’ll witness the return of the braided rivers and familiar plains that signal your arrival into Christchurch. Overnight: Christchurch

Queenstown – Aoraki Mt Cook – Christchurch: 572km (approx 7hrs,10mins)

DAY 6

Depart Christchurch

Arrangements conclude today with a departure transfer or return of your rental car.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITES

Punting on the Avon River

Marvellous New Zealand
Enchanting natural wonders from geothermal hot spots to ice-age glaciers and expansive, magnificent vistas.

Marvellous in name and in nature, this tour delivers everything from north to south.

AUCKLAND – WAITOMO – ROTORUA (FLIGHT NOT INCLUDED) – CHRISTCHURCH – TEKAPO – MT COOK – MILFORD SOUND – QUEENSTOWN – GLACIERS – CHRISTCHURCH
11 days / 10 nights

From $2993 pp in first class accommodation and intermediate 4WD vehicle

Inclusions
10 nights accommodation
Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium
Weta Workshop Unleashed
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Hobbiton Movie Set
Waimangu Geothermal Valley
Skyline Gonodola
Redwoods Treewalk Nightlights
Milford Cruise with lunch
Glacier Hot Pools

DAY 1

Arrive Auckand

On arrival, collect your rental vehicle upon arrival and self drive to your first class accommodation Crowne Plaza Auckland Hotel
or similar.

Overnight: Auckland

DAY 2

Auckland

Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city, set between two harbours with gentle sandy shores on the east and black sand, wild surf beaches on the west. Home to sheltered, sparkling blue waters dotted with beautiful emerald islands, we recommend getting out on the water when you are here.Enjoy a visit to Kelly Tarlton’s SeaLife Aquarium and Auckland’s newest attraction, Weta Workshop Unleashed, a fantastical film effects experience.

Overnight: Auckland

INCLUDED ACTIVITES

Weta Workshop Unlimited
Kelly Tarltons SEA LIFE Aquarium

DAY 3

Auckland – Waitomo – Hobbiton – Rotorua

Journey past rolling green hills to Waitomo for a tour through an underground wonderland of caves decorated with galaxies of glowworms. Then, head to Matamata where a delightful slice of Middle Earth awaits you at Hobbiton. Finishing off a visually fulfilling day, continue along the Thermal Explorer Highway and through a green oasis lined with lush tree ferns to Rotorua, a destination like nowhere else! Overnight: Rotorua

Auckland-Waitomo: 195km (approx 2hrs, 30mins)
Waitomo-Matamata: 102km (approx 1hr, 20mins)
Matamata-Rotorua: 67km (approx 55mins)

INCLUDED ACTIVITES

Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Hobbiton Movie Set

DAY 4

Rotorua

Rotorua is surrounded by a fascinating geothermal landscape with its unique steam vents, spouting geysers and bubbling mud pool set alongside freshwater lakes and majestic native forests. It is also a region immersed in fascinating Maori myths and legends. Enjoy a scenic gondola ride high above Rotorua for spectacular views of the city and lake.  Then make a visit to Waimangu Geothermal Valley and experience spectacular volcanic craters, enormous hot water springs, beautiful geothermal features, rare and unusual plant life, brilliantly coloured micro biology and a wide array of birds. This evening forest and fantasy come to life with a magical illuminated evening treewalk high amongst the mesmerising giant Redwoods.

Overnight: Rotorua

INCLUDED ACTIVITES

Waimangu Geothermal Valley
Skyline Gondola Ride Rotorua
Redwoods Treewalk Nightlights

OPTIONAL ACTIVITES

Polynesian Spa – Deluxe Lake Spa

DAY 5

Rotorua – Christchurch (Flight Not Included)

Depart on your domestic flight to Christchurch. (Airfare is NOT included).

Flight Time Rotorua to Christchurch is approx. 2 hours

Christchurch is set between the deep blue Pacific Ocean and the mighty snow-capped Southern Alps. This is a vibrant, ever-changing city with inner city parks and gardens delightfully interwoven by the meandering Avon River. Overnight: Christchurch

OPTIONAL ACTIVITES

Antarctic Centre

DAY 6

Christchurch – Aoraki Mt Cook – Queenstown

Depart across the Canterbury Plains, a fertile patchwork made with every shade of green, to a scenic wonderland with golden tussocks, snow-capped mountains and turquoise lakes. At Lake Tekapo the solitary ‘Church of the Good Shepherd’ takes pride of place against the backdrop of a vivid blue glacier-fed lake. Continuing south, hug the shores of beautiful Lake Pukaki and through the historic Central Otago region to Queenstown. Overnight: Queenstown

Christchurch – Aoraki Mt Cook – Queenstown: 572km (approx 7hrs, 10 mins)
OPTIONAL ACTIVITES

Dark Sky Experience

DAY 7

Queenstown – Milford Sound – Queenstown

Fiordland is one of the world’s last great wildernesses. Today’s stunning journey takes you past mirror lakes, spectacular waterfalls and water-sculpted rocks. Venture into Milford Sound, a New Zealand treasure carved by ice age glaciers and famously described as the eighth wonder of the world. After a big day out, reflect on memories of a lifetime on your return to Queenstown. Overnight: Queenstown

Queenstown – Milford: 287km (approx 3hrs, 50mins) each way
INCLUDED ACTIVITES

Milford Sound Cruise

DAY 8

Queenstown

Magnificent vistas and majestic mountains dominate this compact alpine resort town and with such an expansive natural physical environment it is not surprising that Queenstown has been described as the Adventure Capital of the World.

Today is a free day to add some of the endless optional activities on offer. Overnight: Queenstown

DAY 9

Queenstown – Glacier Region

Today’s scenic journey takes you to the West Coast, a wild and untamed place known for its rivers, rainforests, glaciers and geological treasures. Here, mighty rivers of solid white ice, relics of the world’s last ice-age, tumble down the rocky valleys. Overnight: Glacier Region

INCLUDED ACTIVITES

Glacier Hot Pools – Main Pool

Day 10

Glacier Region – Christchurch

The coastal road north offers beautiful rivers, unique rail bridges and great views of the wild west coast. After travelling through the historic town of Hokitika, self drive travellers head eastwards, through the spectacular scenery of Arthurs Pass National Park, to Christchurch. Seat-in-coach travellers continue to Greymouth, to take the journey across to Christchurch, by train. Overnight: Christchurch

Day 11

Depart Christchurch

Arrangements conclude today with the return of your rental car.

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pricing is based on self drive however we also have coach departures small group escorted touring and tailor made itineraries as well.  Pricing is also subject to change dependant on availability and seasonal peaks.

Standard Hotels

Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia
Northland & Bay of Islands

Auckland City Hotel
Auckland

Copthorne Hotel Auckland City
Auckland

Nesuto Stadium Apartment Hotel
Auckland

VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites
Auckland

Copthorne Hotel Rotorua
Rotorua

Ibis Rotorua Hotel
Rotorua

Lake Rotorua Hotel
Rotorua

Scenic Hotel Te Pania
Napier & Hawkes Bay

Skotel Alpine Resort
Taupo, Ruapehu & Tongariro

Kingsgate Hotel The Avenue Wanganui
Taranaki, Whanganui & Manawatu

Bay Plaza Hotel
Wellington

Ibis Wellington Hotel
Wellington

West Plaza Hotel
Wellington

Scenic Hotel Marlborough
Blenheim & Marlborough

Grand Mecure Nelson Monaco
Nelson & Abel Tasman

Ashley Hotel Christchurch
Christchurch & South Canterbury

BreakFree on Cashel
Christchurch & South Canterbury

Heartland Hotel Cotswold
Christchurch & South Canterbury

Ibis Christchurch Hotel
Christchurch & South Canterbury

Quality Hotel Elms
Christchurch & South Canterbury

Hermitage Hotel
Lake Tekapo & Aoraki Mt Cook

Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier
West Coast & Glacier Country

Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Lakeview
Queenstown

Heartland Hotel Queenstown
Queenstown

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Queenstown

Wanaka Hotel
Wanaka & Central Otago

Kelvin Hotel
Southland & Stewart Island

Superior Hotels

Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
Northland & Bay of Islands

Adina Apartment Hotel Auckland, Britomart
Auckland

Airedale Boutique Suites
Auckland

Grand Millennium Hotel Auckland
Auckland

Heritage Auckland Hotel
Auckland

Hotel Grand Chancellor Auckland City
Auckland

Rydges Auckland Hotel
Auckland

SkyCity Hotel
SKYCITY Hotel Auckland
Auckland

Sudima Auckland Airport Hotel
Auckland

Distinction Rotorua Hotel
Rotorua

Holiday Inn Rotorua
Rotorua

Rydges Rotorua Hotel
Rotorua

Sudima Lake Rotorua
Rotorua

Trinity Wharf Tauranga Hotel
Coromandel & Bay of Plenty

Scenic Hotel Te Pania
Napier & Hawkes Bay

The Crown Hotel
Napier & Hawkes Bay

Wairakei Resort Taupo
Taupo, Ruapehu & Tongariro

Portside Hotel
Gisborne & Eastland

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Solway Park
Martinborough & Wairarapa

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
Wellington

Q Hotel Wellington
Wellington

Travelodge Hotel Wellington
Wellington

Chateau Marlborough Hotel
Blenheim & Marlborough

Quality Hotel Marlborough
Blenheim & Marlborough

Trailways Hotel Nelson
Nelson & Abel Tasman

Chateau on the Park, a DoubleTree by Hilton
Christchurch & South Canterbury

Rydges Latimer Christchurch Hotel
Christchurch & South Canterbury

Sudima Christchurch Airport Hotel
Christchurch & South Canterbury

Hermitage Hotel
Lake Tekapo & Aoraki Mt Cook

Heartland Hotel Glacier Country
West Coast & Glacier Country

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Lakefront
Queenstown

Kamana Lakehouse
Queenstown

Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown Hotel
Queenstown

Edgewater Hotel
Wanaka & Central Otago

Oakridge Resort Wanaka
Wanaka & Central Otago

Distinction Luxmore Hotel
Te Anau & Fiordland

Ascot Park Hotel
Southland & Stewart Island

First Class Hotels

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands
Northland & Bay of Islands

Cordis Auckland Hotel
Auckland

Crowne Plaza Auckland Hotel
Auckland

MSocial Hotel Auckland
Auckland

SKYCITY Grand Hotel Auckland
Auckland

SO Auckland Hotel
Auckland

Stamford Plaza Auckland Hotel
Auckland

Sudima Auckland City
Auckland

The Hotel Britomart Auckland
Auckland

Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Rotorua

Novotel Rotorua Lakeside Hotel
Rotorua

Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort
Coromandel & Bay of Plenty

Chateau Tongariro Hotel
Taupo, Ruapehu & Tongariro

Hilton Lake Taupo Hotel
Taupo, Ruapehu & Tongariro

Millennium Hotel & Resort Taupo
Taupo, Ruapehu & Tongariro

Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay

Doubletree by Hilton Wellington
Wellington

QT Wellington
Wellington

Rydges Wellington Hotel
Wellington

Sofitel Wellington Hotel
Wellington

Rutherford Hotel Nelson
Nelson & Abel Tasman

Crowne Plaza Christchurch Hotel
Christchurch & South Canterbury

Distinction Christchurch Hotel
Christchurch & South Canterbury

Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square Hotel
Christchurch & South Canterbury

Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
Christchurch & South Canterbury

Sudima Christchurch City Hotel
Christchurch & South Canterbury

Hermitage Hotel
Lake Tekapo & Aoraki Mt Cook

Hanmer Springs Hotel
Kaikoura, Hanmer & North Canterbury

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
West Coast & Glacier Country

Heritage Queenstown Hotel
Queenstown

Hilton Queenstown
Queenstown

Millennium Hotel Queenstown
Queenstown

Fable Hotel Dunedin

Distinction Dunedin Hotel
Dunedin & Coastal Otago

Scenic Hotel Dunedin City
Dunedin & Coastal Otago

Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Dunedin & Coastal Otago

Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas
Te Anau & Fiordland