TOURS & BUS PASSES / Best of New Zealand Tour

Best of New Zealand Tour

This New Zealand tour ensures you see the very best bits of both the North and South Island in 15 days. We’ll take ferries, buses and even trains ensuring you see and experience snow-capped mountains, white-sand beaches and get up close and personal with the best of Aotearoa. 

Highlights

  • Check out a hot water beach
  • Stay comfortable with Hotel Accommodation
  • Attend a Hangi in Rotorua
  • Get your Adventure on in Queenstown
  • Cruise around the fjords of Milford Sound
  • Experience the North and South Island on scenic rail routes

What's Included

  • Coromandel Peninsula visit
  • Hot Water Beach stop
  • Traditional Hangi ceremony and dinner
  • Overnight in Maori village
  • Milford Sound overnight boat excursion (Seasonal May through September will have a day cruise)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 14 breakfasts, 5 dinners. (Allow NZD300-400 for meals not included.)
  • Train, private van/bus, walking, boat
  • Guide throughout
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12
  • Hotels (12 nts), Maori village (1 nt, multi-share), boat (1 nt, seasonal).

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PRICE: $2,559 NZD

Number of Days 15

Starts: Auckland Finishes: Christchurch

Tour Type: Small Group Tour

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Tour Itinerary EXPAND ALL

Arrive to Auckland at anytime, and explore the city on your own before catching up with your group during the evening.

Day two starts with a drive to the fantastic Coromandel Peninsula. If the tide is right, you’ll get a chance to dig a natural Jacuzzi in the sand at Hot Water Beach. Take a walk to Cathedral Cove or opt to try sea kayaking.

Today we’ll visit a geothermal area in Rotorua to see the boiling mud pools. You can opt to go on a white-water rafting adventure before enjoying a cultural overnight featuring a traditional dinner and show. Tonight, we stay in a traditional Maori Village.

ACCOMODATION

Maori Village

Start early and enjoy the walks of National Park. If the conditions are right, hike the famous Tongariro Crossing (seasonal). Alternatively, choose to enjoy some shorter walks on an active volcano.

SIGHTS

Tongariro Crossing

Free morning in the National Park before you hop the train for a scenic journey to Wellington – the Coolest Capital City in the World. Spend the afternoon enjoying this relaxed but lively city

It’s off across the Cook Strait today to the South Island. Travel the Coastal Railway from Picton down to the seaside town of Kaikoura, known for its volcanic black sand beaches and marine life offshore. Opt to swim with seals or go whale watching. Chow down on the Kiwi national dish – fish and chips – for dinner.

Back on the train today, and we’ll travel the coast to the garden city of Christchurch, a little piece of England in New Zealand still rebuilding from a devastating earthquake. There’s heaps to see in this city – explore the unique cafes and creative space that is popping up as part of the rebuild.

Travel across the Southern Alps via the stunningly scenic Arthurs Pass. Stretch your legs with a mountain walk or a rainforest walk. Enjoy staying in the rainforest near the world’s fastest moving glacier.

SIGHTS

Arthurs Pass

Continue to Queenstown, the self-proclaimed adventure capital of the world. Opt to go bungy jumping (in its birthplace at K Bridge), jet boating (also born in New Zealand), skydiving, paragliding, hiking or mountain biking – it’s up to you. Not feeling the adventure buzz? No worries – take it a bit slower and travel by gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak. Enjoy the great night life.

SIGHTS

Bob’s Peak

Back in the van this morning, and we’re off to enjoy the stunning scenery of Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound from the deck of a boat. Take in the waterfalls and wildlife or venture out by kayak before an overnight on board (seasonal).

SIGHTS

Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound

Head up through the centre of the South Island to the historic mining area of Central Otago.

SIGHTS

Central Otago

Travel back to Christchurch for one final night together. On the way, we’ll cycle part of the famous ‘Otago Central Rail Trail’ to better take in the landscape.

SIGHTS

Otago Central Rail Trail

Depart at any time.

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