You’ll be met on arrival at Auckland airport and transferred to your hotel – the remainder of the day is yours to spend at leisure, before a welcome drink in the evening with your tour guide and group.
Overnight: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites, Auckland
Bay of Islands
Leave Auckland today and travel along the Hibiscus Coast to the beautiful Bay of Islands, where you’ll take a scenic cruise through the game fishing waters to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock formation (weather permitting). The return cruise to Paihia ventures between the picturesque islands, so be sure to keep a look out for the tropical marine life living in the secluded bays. On day 3, enjoy some free time in this breath-taking region, by dolphin-watching, catching a ferry to Russell or driving along the Ninety Mile Beach.
Overnight: Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Bay of Islands (2x breakfast and 1x dinner included)
Enjoy a leisurely morning, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Waitangi Treaty Reserve – a place of huge historical significance where the founding document of New Zealand, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed. Explore the reserve and take in the sights of the Maori War Canoe and Meeting House, before enjoying the beautiful farmland scenery on your way back to Auckland in the afternoon.
Overnight: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites, Auckland (Breakfast and dinner included)
Take part in an Auckland city sights tour then trace the Waikato River to Waitomo Caves. You’ll tour the amazing Glow Worm Grotto before arriving in Rotorua for an orientation tour.
Overnight: Ibis Hotel, Rotorua (Breakfast included)
Today you’ll visit the Agrodome Sheep Show then enjoy an afternoon of leisure time, where you could visit Rainbow Springs or Te Puia, where a local Maori will guide you through the geothermal valley with its mud pools and geysers. Enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi feat this evening and a concert at the Tamaki Family Marae
Overnight: Ibis Hotel, Rotorua (Breakfast and highlight dinner included)
Today you’ll view the Huka Falls and visit Lake Taupo, driving along the shores of its namesake lake. You’ll discover the beautiful alpine scenery of Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park and the picturesque dairy farms of Manawatu. Travel along the Kapiti Coast to arrive into Wellington.
Overnight: Travelodge, Wellington (Breakfast and dinner included)
Spend a morning exploring on a guided tour, including panoramic views from the summit of Mt Victoria, visit Te Papa – the Museum of New Zealand. From here, cruise into tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound and onto the seaside village of Picton for your overnight stay.
Overnight: Picton Beachcomber Inn (Breakfast and dinner included)
Travel to Kaikoura to watch the sperm whales (an optional scenic whale watching flight is also available). From here, travel across the colourful Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.
Overnight: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch (Breakfast included)
Enjoy a laid-back start to the day in Christchurch before visiting Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki. Afterwards, you’ll visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and admire the beautiful alpine scenery of Mt Cook National Park, with an optional scenic flight over the landmark (weather permitting).
Overnight: Heritage Gateway Hotel, Omarama (Breakfast and dinner included)
Begin your day along the Waitaki River with the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. You’ll travel through Oamaru, which is famous for white limestone buildings, and onwards to Dunedin for a tour of the city. In the afternoon, explore at your own pace, perhaps with a wildlife cruise, a visit to the Cadbury Chocolate Factory or a ride along the historic Taieri Gorge Railway.
Overnight: Scenic Hotel, Dunedin City (Breakfast and dinner included)
After a free morning, cross the sheep-filled farmlands to the South Island’s biggest lake and the town of Te Anau. There is an optional glow worm caves cruise in the evening.
Overnight: Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau (Breakfast and dinner included)
Make your way from Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound today where you will embark on a cruise along this natural wonder. Along the way you’ll see Mirror Lake, the Chasm, Mitre Peak, Bowen Falls and Cleddau Valley. Travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the beautiful shores of the Lake Wakatipu, then embark on an orientation tour of Queenstown upon arrival into this amazing location.
Overnight: Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Queenstown (Breakfast included)
Spend the day enjoying Queenstown your way, with many activities to tempt you – try a wine or garden tour, take a jet boat ride or go white water rafting. In the late afternoon, enjoy a cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the oldest steamboat in New Zealand – the TSS Earnslaw. This will take you to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet BBQ dinner and an entertaining after dinner farm show which provides a glimpse of life on a country farm before taking a cruise back to Queenstown.
Overnight: Mercure Queenstown Resort, Queenstown (Breakfast and highlight dinner included)
Franz Josef Glacier
Begin today with a trip to Arrowtown then stop off at Cromwell, renowned for being a great stone fruit producer. Visit a trip of vast and picturesque lakes – Dunstan, Hawea and Wanaka – then travel through Haast Pass to view Thunder Creek Falls and take a rainforest walk. The final stop is Franz Josef Glacier – a rare and advancing glacier that’s well worth seeing. There is also an optional scenic flight which can be booked locally.
Overnight: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Breakfast and dinner included)
Visit Hikitika today – home of the native greenstone (Jade) for a factory visit and a jewellery demonstration. You’ll travel through Greymouth, which is the largest town on the West Coast, to Arthur’s Pass to board the TranzAlpine which is one of the top six train journeys in the world. This is a fantastic journey through the spectacular Southern Alps and across the Canterbury Plains en-route to Christchurch. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with your group and tour guide.
Overnight: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch (Breakfast and farewell dinner included)
Your tour comes to an end today – transfer to Christchurch Airport.