16 Day Ultimate New Zealand Tour

    DEPARTS: 21-Oct, 11-Nov, 27-Jan, 24-Feb, 10-Mar, 7-Apr

    Our most popular tour is our 16-Day Ultimate New Zealand Tour. Take in the must-see highlights in New Zealand, untamed natural beauty, and moments where you just breathe in the remoteness of it all.

    Start your adventure in Auckland on this premium coach tour. Travel around New Zealand in our luxury coach with our world-class tour guide.

    You will stay for 15 nights in our hand-picked high-end hotels, so plenty of comfort after a day of touring. This is a small group tour with up to only 24 passengers on board. Perfect to make friends and get to know others. With free days for your own exploration, the pace of our 16-day tour is relaxed enough to take your time seeing the sights but also taking in the best destinations in New Zealand.

    You will first travel the North Island, from Auckland head down to the geothermic capital of New Zealand, Rotorua. You will then drive to Lake Aniwhenua in Murupara, we visit a Maori family-owned Lodge to see the Maori rock carvings and have a traditional Hangi. Spend a night in Taupo, a lakefront town known for its beautiful lush natural surroundings.

    The next stop is Napier, the art deco capital of New Zealand. Home to some fantastic buildings and even more spectacular tasking wine! In Wellington, our capital city, you can visit Te Papa museum, it’s a must-do! You then take the ferry over to the South Island staying the first night in Nelson, the gateway to Abel Tasman National.

    Our next day is a full Park Vista Cruise of Abel Tasman National Park, seeing the iconic Split Apple Rock formation. Kaikoura is our next destination, wildlife experiences are in abundance here so look out for seals on the beach as we drive in. Visit Doubtful Sound,/ Patea, New Zealand’s deepest (421 meters) and second longest (40 kilometers) of the South Island’s fiords.

    Experience the most famous town in South Island, Queenstown where you can take a free day or add in some additional adrenaline activities. It’s then onto Franz Josef and Lake Matheson, before boarding the Tranzalpine train to our last stop in Christchurch.

    Discover the Land of the Long White Cloud on our 16-Day New Zealand Tour and create memories that last a lifetime.

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      Day 1: Arrival day to Auckland

      Haere Mai and Welcome to Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland), the largest city in New Zealand and home to over 2 million people. The magic of Auckland is in it’s diversity from culture to the environment. There are over 44 volcanoes in the area and 2 harbours, which explains why Auckland is known locally as the ‘City of Sails’. Take the afternoon or early evening to explore after you make your way to Neusto Hotel in central Auckland.

      Day 2: Auckland to Rotorua

      This morning we’ll be leaving Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) and heading for the Rotorua region. Our first stop today is the Okere Falls. The falls lie on the Kaituna River which has cultural significance to the local iwi (tribes) in the area. Currently the River is used for tourism, specifically white water rafting and sledging. We’ll stop by the Falls and see if we can spot some brave rafters going over the falls in their raft. (B and D)

      Next we’ll continue on, skirting round the edge of Lake Rotorua to a lookout point where we’ll have a view of the infamous Mount Tarawera, once the home of the renowned pink and white terraces before a violent eruption destroyed them in 1886. This evening we’ll arrive in Rotorua township and check into our hotel, enjoy a delicious dinner together and then settle in for a luxurious night’s sleep at the Distinction Rotorua.

      Day 3: Free Day Rotorua

      Known as the North Island’s geothermal hot spot and hub for all the very best adventure activities, Rotorua is definitely one of the best places to explore… even if your nostrils tell you otherwise! There is so much to see and experience here and you have a full free day to see as much as you like. If you want to see some geothermal activity for free, we recommend taking a walk around Kuirau Park to see boiling mud pools and steaming lakes. You can book a multitude of tours via your Tour Guide and with options such as white water rafting, ziplining through the trees, relaxing at the Polynesian Spa and taking a Gondola up to see the amazing Rotorua Skyline you truly are spoilt for choice. (B)

      Day 4: Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua to Taupo

      This morning we venture off the beaten track to the shores of Lake Aniwhenua in Murupara. Kohutapu Lodge is owned by a local Maori family who are passionate, not only about showcasing their Maori tribal heritage, but also about making a difference in the local area. Murupara is an impoverished community that has been transformed for the better through tourism and commercial development. Through community-driven initiatives and a clear vision to provide more opportunities for the local youth, Kohutapu Lodge has paved the way for change in the area. Begin the experience with a guided tour of the sacred Maori rock carvings before arriving at the Lodge to witness the preparation of a ground cooked hangi and tasting it for yourself! After lunch, we’ll depart for the lush, green Whirinaki rainforest for a guided tour along the Rongoa trail. Spot native endangered birds and ancient medicinal plants, and learn more about the history of the forest, including the myths and legends before enjoying a hot kawakawa tea in the forest and a final karakia. This evening, our destination is Taupo. First, we’ll stop at the spectacular Huka Falls to see more than 22,000 litres of water per second thundering into the Waikato river. Then we’ll continue on to our Hotel, the fabulous Hilton Taupo, a 19th-century building that combines Victorian charm with modern decor. The resort-style hotel houses a tennis court, a fitness center and swimming pools. This evening we’ll have a delicious 2-course group dinner at their lake-view restaurant. (B, L and D)

      Day 5: Taupo to Napier

      After a delicious breakfast it’s time to leave Taupo and travel along the Napier-Taupo Highway to what is widely regarded as the ‘Tuscany of the Southern Pacific’. The stunning Hawe’s Bay region boasts some of the best wineries around and a visit here would not be complete without a trip to Church Road Winery. Established in 1897, the team at Church Road were the first in New Zealand to craft an exceptional Bordeaux-style Red Wine. After a wine tasting, you’ll sit down for lunch in the magnificent Tom McDonald cellar to enjoy an afternoon of delicious food and exceptional wines and soak up the ambience and heritage of this historic building. Later, it’s an easy drive into the beautiful coastal town of Napier. Known for it’s perfectly preserved Art Deco facades, Napier is often referred to as a 1930’s film set. You have the option to stroll along the tree-lined promenade this evening and sample some fresh seafood from one of the many restaurants. (B and L)

      Day 6: Napier to Wellington

      Today it’s time to leave the Art Deco capital and journey down to Wellington, our sparkling capital city, where modern business style blends with a cultured, bohemian spirit. On the way, we’ll stop in Greytown, Wairarapa’s oldest town, for a spot of lunch. A picturesque village with restored Victorian buildings, Greytown is a charming place to stop, refuel and do some boutique window shopping before we continue our journey to Wellington. With a population of less than 200,000 people, there is no capital city on earth that marries relaxed and refined better than Wellington. The afternoon is free but we highly recommend a visit to our national museum Te Papa and your entrance fee is included. This evening is yours to explore Wellington. (B)

      Day 7: Wellington to Nelson

      After breakfast this morning, you’ll take the Ferry to the South Island, don’t miss the spectacular views of the sunken valleys meeting the sea that form the Marlborough Sounds. We’ll then head to Nelson arriving at our destination mid-afternoon, the coach will take you on a scenic drive along the seaside. This evening there’s plenty of time to relax, explore the area and the option to taste some of Nelson’s fine local beverages. (B)

      Day 8: Abel Tasman National Park

      Travel to the seaside resort town of Kaiteriteri and spend the morning cruising the stunning Abel Tasman National Park – a coastal paradise known for its golden sand beaches. See the iconic Split Apple Rock and call in to the most popular beaches along the coastline as you sail up to Totaranui and back. This afternoon we’ll take the scenic route and arrive back in Nelson mid-afternoon. (B and L)

      Day 9: Nelson to Christchurch

      This morning we’ll travel back to Picton and here you’ll jump on board the magnificent Coastal Pacific train and journey down to the capital of the South Island in luxury, soaking up the gorgeous scenery en-route, see Kaikoura’s rugged coastline, beautiful mountains, and rolling farmland of Canterbury before you arrive late afternoon in the South Island’s Capital Christchurch. Tonight we’ll have a group dinner at the hotel.

      Day 10: Christchurch to Dunedin

      After breakfast this morning, we’ll journey south down the coast and across the Canterbury Plains. We’ll pass through the township of Oamaru, home to some of the best-preserved heritage buildings in New Zealand before heading onto the mystical Moeraki Boulders, geological marvels that began to form about 60 million years ago and were exposed by the erosion of sedimentary rocks over time. We’ll arrive in Dunedin with plenty of time to make the most of this Scottish City. (B)

      Day 11: Dunedin to Te Anau

      We’ll visit the iconic Larnach Castle of Dunedin this morning for a stroll through the magnificent gardens before departing for Te Anau. First, we’ll make a stop in Gore for a trip to the Illicit Past… Gore’s colourful past as a centre for illicit whisky distilling and bootlegging is brought to life at the Hokonui Moonshine Museum. The adventures of the Scottish settlers and their exploits to avoid run-ins with the law are kept alive through dioramas, audio-visuals and artefacts. You can taste Old Hokonui made from the original recipe at the end of your visit, or even take a bottle home with you. Afterwards we drive to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland, where we’ll spend the evening. (B and D)

      Day 12: Te Anau via Doubtful Sound to Queenstown

      Depart from Te Anau this morning to Manapouri, where you’ll enjoy a leisurely cruise across the lake to West Arm. This is followed by a short coach trip on New Zealand’s most expensive road, travelling over Wilmot Pass and pausing along the way to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below. At Deep Cove, board a modern catamaran and allow the majesty and vastness of the fiord to take your breath away. Enjoy the on-board commentary that provides insight into the region’s history, flora and fauna as you view spectacular towering mountains and wildlife. Later we’ll drive to Queenstown, skirting through lush farmland and around Lake Wakatipu to the picturesque alpine resort of Queenstown. (B)

      Day 13: Day at leisure in Queenstown

      Today is yours to experience New Zealand’s adventure capital for yourself. Queenstown boasts an incredible array of activities and your Coach Captain can assist with booking any optional extras you’d like to do. Take a ride on the world famous Shotover Jet Boat, travel to the top of Bob’s Peak by gondola for spectacular views, take a tour to the gold mining area of Skippers Canyon, or for the adventurous, try white water rafting or bungy jumping. Alternatively, browse in the many shops and galleries in town or relax at one of the many cafes or bars along the lakefront. (B)

      Day 14: Queenstown to Haast

      View incredible scenery as you travel through Arrowtown, an area steeped in fascinating history relating to early settlement and the gold mining era. Next we visit Wanaka, a popular township on the lakes edge with a spectacular mountain backdrop. Then we’ll enter Jackson Bay, a spectacular place and one not many people will be able to say they’ve done! Jackson Bay marks the farthest point of the West Coast’s road network. We’ll have an amazing West Coast lunch at The Craypot – a quirky, little caravan style restaurant situated on the esplanade before heading towards Haast, our destination for the evening. Tonight we stay at the Heartland Hotel, a popular local establishment where the locals come to mix and mingle at the Frontier Bar. (B and L)

      Day 15: Haast via Jackson Bay to Franz Josef

      Travel north along the coast of the Westland National Park, home of the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. This remarkable part of the country was shaped by the dynamic glaciers and boasts lush temperate rainforest growing beneath towering mountains. We’ll stop in Fox Glacier with the option to walk the gentle 2.6km track around Lake Matheson. Nestled amongst ancient forest and famous for mirror views of Aoraki/Mount Cook and Mount Tasman, Lake Matheson is a serene and beautiful place to spend time. This evening we’re spending the night in the Franz Josef township, surrounded by lush rainforest and impressive mountains. We’ll enjoy a delicious group dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, Canavans. (B and D)

      Day 16: Franz Josef to Christchurch

      Today you’ll travel to the vibrant, artistic town of Hokitika where we’ll visit the amazing Greenstone and Glass blowing factories and watch some talented artists at work before continuing on to Greymouth, a historic town known for jade hunting, gold mining and dramatic river floods. One there, you’ll make your way to the Greymouth Train Station, where you’ll board the Tranzalpine train. Considered to be one of the world’s greatest train journeys, prepare to be blown away by these epic vistas of forests, plains and mountains. Upon arrival in Christchurch, you’ll be collected by your Guide and transferred to the hotel where your trip ends. We hope you leave with many happy memories of us. (B)

      Booking Info
      • Stay in Rotorua the North Island’s geothermal hot spot
      • Marvel at spectacular Huka Falls in Taupo
      • Explore Napier the Art Deco capital of New Zealand
      • See Split Apple Rock in Abel Tasman National Park
      • Free day in Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital
      • Walk around Lake Matheson
      • Visit Greenstone and Glass blowing factories
      • Witness stunning scenery aboard the TranzAlpine, NZ’s most famous train trip
      • Twin-share bookable live. Prices per person, in New Zealand Dollar (NZD). For a single upgrade enquire for more details.
      Where will I sleep on tour?

      Superior Accommodation: 15 nights accommodation in high-end hotels

      Are meals included on tour?

      Food: 15 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners included. Indicated with B, L and D on the tour itinerary.

      Do you cater for medical or dietary requirements?

      Yes, we are able to cater for any medical and dietary requirements on our tours. Simply let us know at the time of booking.

      Travelling with a wheelchair
      We are able to cater for passengers travelling with a foldable non-motorized wheelchair. However, the passenger must be able to climb a few steps and be able to get on / off the coach unassisted.

      There may also be a few sightseeing activities on the tour that are unable to be accessed by wheelchair, such as the glow worm caves in Te Anau.

      What type of coach is used on this tour?

      Each of our coaches offers large panoramic windows for easy viewing, dual entry for easy access, onboard restroom, and daily seat rotation providing everyone a chance to mix with fellow travelers.

      Our personalized fleet of Coaches will have you traveling in Enviro 4 & 5-star vehicles all fitted with individual seat belts.

      What should I pack for this tour?

      New Zealand generally follows an informal dress standard in bars and restaurants on most occasions. We would suggest smart casual clothes, which will be acceptable in most restaurants and nightclubs. If you are planning on eating at fine dining establishments you will need to dress accordingly.

      You should always pack clothes, which allow you to layer in the event of the weather turning cooler, even in summer. We would suggest packing a light raincoat or poncho for travel all year round.

      If you are travelling during the cooler winter months then take a warmer jacket layer and consider an under layer for warmth.


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