Enjoy the very best of New Zealand with this fully escorted 15-day tour. Stay in fascinating cities including Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland, and sample an array of stunning natural scenery ranging from breathtaking glaciers in Franz Joseph to the bubbling geysers in Rotorua - all in the company of friendly, cosmopolitan people!
Your holiday itinerary:
Days 1-2: Your holiday begins at the airport for the scheduled flight to Auckland.
Day 3: Christchurch Morning arrival in Auckland where we will change aircraft for the short flight to Christchurch, known as the “Gateway to the Southern Alps”. For a unique experience, take a ride on a restored tram.
Day 4: Christchurch A day at leisure in Christchurch, or you might like to join our exciting optional excursion to the French coastal settlement of Akaroa.
Day 5: Queenstown This morning we depart Christchurch and travel to Mount Cook Village where there will be time for lunch as you admire New Zealand’s highest peak. We will also stop en route at the church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo, before continuing to Queenstown.
Day 6: Queenstown At leisure to explore Queenstown, but we are sure you will want to join our optional tour to Milford Sound. There is also the option of joining a fantastic scenic flight for panoramic views of the fjord and its waterfalls.
Day 7: Franz Josef Depart Queenstown and travel through the rugged Kawerau Gorge to arrive on the West Coast, and travel north to reach Franz Josef.
Day 8: Franz Josef At leisure, or perhaps join our unmissable optional Glacier Walk excursion.
Day 9: Nelson Leave Franz Josef and travel to Nelson.
Day 10: Wellington We continue our journey north and travel over the winding Whangamoa and Rai saddles to Picton. From here, we will join an inter-island ferry to Wellington - New Zealand’s capital city.
Day 11: Rotorua Today we travel along the shores of Lake Taupo, set in a volcanic crater, to Rotorua, the centre of the intense thermal activity in New Zealand.
Day 12: Rotorua This morning we have included a tour of Rotorua. This evening you can enjoy a taste of authentic New Zealand culture with our optional Hangi & Maori Concert excursion.
Day 13: Auckland Today we travel to Auckland, via Waitomo where you can walk through and marvel at the amazing cave decorations before venturing on a boat tour to view the thousands of glow-worms in Glow-worm Grotto.
Day 14: Auckland his morning we include a sightseeing tour of Auckland, taking in famous sights such as Mount Eden, Parnell Village, Victoria Park, Auckland Domain and War Memorial Museum (admission included). This afternoon we transfer you to the airport for the return flight.
Day 15 Arrival back in the UK.
Four night stopovers in Sydney, Fiji & Hawaii - from £229
We are also pleased to offer you the opportunity to enjoy a stopover in Sydney, Fiji & Hawaii in addition to your New Zealand itinerary. All stopovers include flights, four nights’ centrally located hotel accommodation based on two sharing a twin/double room and all taxes (except New Zealand departure tax). Return airport transfers are included on all stopovers. Please ring our Reservations Dept on 0870 770 4046 to book.