Trip reference number: 144650

Trip Operator: Wexas Travel

Ultimate New Zealand

From: £7340.00

Holiday overview

Travelling by coach in the company of an expert driver-guide throughout, this is the perfect introduction to the spectacular natural and cultural attractions of New Zealand’s North and South Islands. Beginning in Auckland, you'll head north to the turquoise waters of the sub-tropical Bay of Islands before taking in the lakes, geothermal geysers and mud pools of Rotorua. Then, having explored the sophisticated capital Wellington, it's time to cross the Cook Strait to the South Island, where you'll contrast the Garden City of Christchurch with the spectacular Southern Alps, picturesque Queenstown and magnificent Doubtful Sound, which you'll explore on an unforgettable overnight cruise. Finally, it's on to Dunedin, where you'll be treated to an Ultimate High Tea in the Grand Ballroom of Larnach Castle before heading back to Christchurch for a farewell dinner.

Holiday itinerary

Days 1-2: UK/Auckland

Fly from the UK to Auckland. 

Day 3: Arrive Auckland

On arrival into Auckland, transfer to your hotel and meet your travelling companions over a complimentary pre-dinner drink.

Stay: Crowne Plaza Auckland (Superior)

Day 4: Auckland/Bay of Islands

Enjoy an Auckland city sights tour before travelling to Matakohe for a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum. Continue through Whangarei to the Bay of Islands for a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British was signed.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (Superior)

Day 5: Bay of Islands

Today is left free for you to explore, perhaps on a dolphin-spotting cruise or a visit to the impressive Ninety Mile Beach. Whatever you choose, you'll be treated to gorgeous views of this dramatic archipelago. Perhaps the most atmospheric option is a dinner cruise.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (Superior)

Day 6: Bay of Islands/Auckland

You'll be treated to a true trip highlight today, with a trip aboard a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock formation. Keep an eye out for bottlenose dolphins before you return south, pausing at the Parry Kauri Park to see its magnificent Kauri Tree and ending back in Auckland.

Stay: Crowne Plaza Auckland (Superior)

Day 7: Auckland/Rotorua

Travel to Glenbrook Vintage Railway this morning for a nostalgic 15-kilometre trip back in time on a beautifully restored vintage steam train. You'll then head through a magnificent landscape of green pastures and dairy farms, arriving Rainbow Springs Nature Park, where you'll visit the world’s largest kiwi hatchery for a unique behind-the-scenes tour.

Stay: Regent of Rotorua (Superior)

Day 8: Rotorua

Next morning, head for the Skyline Rotorua for breakfast served to spectacular views, followed by a thrilling luge ride. Take in a farm show at the Agrodome then visit Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and geysers. Your evening meal is a Maori hangi, followed by a concert. 

Stay: Regent of Rotorua (Superior)

Days 9-10: Rotorua/Wellington

Take the Thermal Explorer Highway via the spectacular Huka Falls and continue to the magnificent Lake Taupo. You'll then head through the spectacular Tongariro National Park and along the Kapiti Coast to the bustling capital, Wellington. Here, you'll have the chance to explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum, and enjoy an extensive city tour in the company of an expert guide. A speciality dinner is included on day nine.

Day 11: Wellington/Christchurch

Board the Interislander ferry, cross the Cook Strait and pass through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. You’ll then join the Coastal Pacific on a truly spectacular rail journey that follows a thin wedge of land between the Pacific Ocean and the Kaikoura Ranges. Your coach then awaits for the journey across the Northern Canterbury Plains to the garden city of Christchurch.

Day 12: Christchurch

Visit the International Antarctic Centre followed by an introductory city tour of Christchurch. Take a trip on the Christchurch Tram and seek out one of the excellent restaurants near your hotel. 

Day 13: Christchurch/Arthur’s Pass/Fox Glacier

Board the TranzAlpine for one of the great train journeys of the world. Crossing over massive viaducts, river valleys and spectacular gorges, you’ll climb to Arthur’s Pass in the centre of the Southern Alps. Continue to Hokitika, famous for its Greenstone, before continuing on to Fox Glacier where you'll have time for an optional scenic flight, weather permitting.

Day 14: Fox Glacier/Queenstown

Marvel at the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south along the West Coast. You’ll continue past Haast Pass to the Lakes District Museum in Arrowtown before you arrive at picturesque Queenstown, a year-round resort on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu. The evening is free for you to dine out at one of the city’s many fine restaurants. 

Stay: Heritage Queenstown (Superior)

Day 15: Queenstown

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