Itinerary Highlights
  • From Lake Rotorua to the Whakapapa volcanoes, Fox Glacier to Fiordland National Park, there's spectacular scenery at each place you stop
  • While you're here, you'll get into the Kiwi spirit, a lifestyle very much based on enjoying, and protecting, the Great Outdoors.
  • The itinerary includes the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Abel Tasman Coast Track and a Fiordland cruise
  • All our additional services are included, from fast-track airport assistance to airport lounge access and our local Concierges.

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The unmissable New Zealand from north to south

Experience a complete tour of New Zealand, consisting of two parts: the northern leg and the southern leg, on either side of the Cook Strait. As you arrive in Auckland, in the north, you'll immediately notice that New Zealand's big cities are not huge concrete jungles; they are moderately sized and are great to live in. You'll spot the same thing in Wellington a few days later. But before that, there's some pretty amazing geology to discover. The geothermal activity in Rotorua, on the Bay of Plenty, bubbles, whistles and blasts, while Whakapapa, located in Tongariro National Park, is home to three large volcanoes.
Maori taboos protect these powerful sites, and hikers respect the surrounding environment. Then head south to the Southern Alps. As you travel through Kaiteriteri, Greymouth, Fox Glacier, Wanaka, Lake Te Anau and Queenstown, you'll visit some wonderful sites from the smallest national park, Abel Tasman National Park, to the largest, Fiordland National Park. In Abel Tasman National Park, you'll paddle along the Astrolabe Roadstead, while in Fiordland National Park you'll greet the seals of Milford Sound. In Otago, you'll get the chance to experience some of New Zealand's finest home-grown wines. To top it all off, you'll receive attentive service and great hospitality throughout - the kiwis are an exceptionally laidback, welcoming bunch, which is almost a reason to visit in and of itself.

Your Trip

Just like the countryside, New Zealand's roads are well-maintained and, unless there are severe weather conditions - which is very unlikely here - travelling will be easy. In fact, the landscapes you travel through are so spectacular they make the travelling easy. In Auckland and Wellington, you'll stay in modern hotels in the city. In Rotorua, your accommodation is reminiscent of the British Empire, while in Whakapapa, you'll stay in a remote and regal hotel. That concludes the North Island leg. Next up is several beautiful South Island guesthouses, each of which opens out onto the spectacular natural surroundings. Your journey starts with entry to the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and ends with a visit to the crystal-clear hot pools on the Shotover River. In between, there are hikes and kayaking trips in Abel Tasman National Park and a cruise on the phenomenal Milford Sound. On your journey, you'll experience the New Zealand way of life and will have plenty of time to explore at your own leisure. If, along the way, you have a last-minute desire or a slight setback, you can use our local Concierge service.

Route

Everything is 100% tailored to you

DAY 2

Auckland

Transfer and two-night stay in central Auckland, between Sky Tower and the harbour, in a wonderful self-contained apartment in a hotel, with a bedroom, living room, dining area and kitchen facilities. The suite is modern and comfortable, and the decor is simple with white walls, and tones of grey, taupe, blue, green and aluminium throughout. On site, a spa offers a wonderful range of treatments. As part of your stay at the hotel you'll also have complimentary access to the gym next door.

DAY 3

Auckland

The CBD (central business district) is full of fashionable restaurants and bars and the stylish Viaduct Basin. It's all going on in the City of Sails. The New Zealand Maritime Museum is within walking distance: it exhibits everything from explorations to Maori sailors to triumphs at the America's Cup. Also nearby is New Zealand's oldest park, the Auckland Domain, and the beautiful tropical glasshouses of the Wintergardens, dating back to the 1920s. The shabby-chic Karangahape Road and the artsy suburb of Ponsonby are well worth exploring, while Rugby lovers must head to Eden Park, south-west of the business district. a climb to the top of Mount Victoria will give you a amazing views of the city. The sun sends Aucklanders running to the beaches of Waitemata Harbour. In fact, you'll soon find out why Auckland is regularly voted as one of the best cities to live in.

DAY 4

Auckland - Rotorua

Pick up your hire car and drive to Rotorua. Spend the night in a beautiful colonial Victorian Bay Villa built in 1905, just a ten-minute walk from town. It has retained much of its original features, including its intricate fretwork decorations, verandah posts, and Union Jack balustrade. From the verandah, you can admire the garden planted with vines and lemon trees. Breakfast is particularly delicious.

DAY 5

Rotorua - Whakapapa

Included in the itinerary - Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. With its neon and neutral-coloured lakes, creamy, rippling muds, geysers that erupt like clockwork, bubbling hot springs and fumaroles, the pathways around this large park offer visitors the effects of our Earth's chemistry and physics in all their splendour. This is where you can see the real psychedelic side of Mother Nature.
Head to Whakapapa and Tongariro National Park. Stay for two nights in a hotel that is part of the Park's history; it opened in 1929. It's set against the backdrop of the mountains and in front of it there's an immaculate golf course. The inside boasts grand classicism. It's communal areas are opulent, comfortable and well-balanced. One restaurant serves New Zealand cuisine, whilst the other serves small, international dishes to be eaten with your fingers. The bar serves bottles of lovely ale. You can relax in the spa, show off your pool or petanque skills or keep fit in the gym.

DAY 6

Whakapapa

In order to preserve their sacred sites, the Maori people donated volcanic mountains Tongariro, Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe to the Crown to ensure that they would not be exploited, and the park was officially established in 1887. Today, it's Middle Earth. There are pristine landscapes all around. Tongariro Alpine Crossing, with its emerald lakes, has become a classic, as has the crater of Mount Ruapehu. There are carefully marked paths, suitable for any type of activity, from a simple walk to a long hike. Climbing, mountain biking, rafting, canoeing and flying are also options. In winter, you can ski on the slopes of Ruapehu.
Optional - Flight over the Tongariro National Park volcanoes.

DAY 7

Whakapapa - Wellington

Drive to Wellington. Overnight stay in the city centre, in a hotel with a Scandinavian-inspired design. boast clean lines. The restaurant serves healthy cuisine and the bar serves craft beers. Guests have access to a nearby gym. The stop for the famous funicular is very close by, which takes you to the hills of Kelburn, where you'll have a beautiful view of the city. Wellington boats a very strong coffee culture. Te Papa Tongarewa, the National Museum of New Zealand, exhibits splendid ethnographic collections, and the largest colossal squid ever caught. Mulgrave Street is home to Old St. Paul's, the former Anglican cathedral, which is a true example of Gothic Revival architecture in the Antipodes (1865-1924).

DAY 8

Wellington - Kaiteriteri

Ferry to South Island. Two-night stay just west of Kaiteriteri Lagoon. From the hotel, you can see the water shimmering all the way to the sea through the surrounding greenery. The estate is made up of private chalets, which are all well-appointed and eco-friendly. The vegetarian restaurant adds to the hotel's wellness element. Have a nice swim in both the outdoor and indoor pools; and immerse yourself in the bubbles of both the outdoor and indoor Jacuzzis. You may even like to stop by the steam room or the sauna. Spa staff provide professional, holistic treatments. The area is great for cycling; bikes and mountain bikes can be hired from the hotel. The golden sands of Kaiteriteri Beach are just a stone's throw away.

DAY 9

Kaiteriteriteri

Included in the itinerary - Hiking and kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park. Founded in 1942, one of the most attractive parts of this National Park is its coastline. Walk from Marahau to Watering Cove along a section of the Coast Track, the region's best-loved hiking trail for New Zealand hikers. You'll be accompanied by an expert guide. Enjoy lunch on the beach then return to Marahau by sea kayak. Along the way, sea lions, dolphins or penguins frequently come and join you on the ride. On Adele Island you'll find the Saddleback, a bird that is considered a good omen in Maori culture. All day long, you'll be amazed by the contrasts of colour between forest, sand and water.

DAY 10

Kaiteri - Greymouth

Drive to Greymouth. Spend the night about nine miles away on the coast of Punakaiki, overlooking the Tasman Sea. A path leads to the beach, which is just below the garden. There are only four rooms, all of which have a balcony overlooking the rolling waves. It exudes simple comfort, like much of New Zealand's hospitality. Breakfast, which is made up of carefully selected ingredients, sets you up for the day. When you return from your day of exploration, take a seat on the terrace and tuck into a pizza or a plate of antipasti. Greymouth is the West Coast's cultural and economic hub. Since the end of the Gold Rush, business hasn't stopped; the area is well known for its's forestry, jade mining, fishing and breweries.

DAY 11

Greymouth - Fox Glacier

Drive to the Fox Glacier in Westland Tai Poutini National Park. Stay overnight on the edge of the park in a beautiful, modern cottage with panoramic views of the Southern Alps, Mount Cook and Mount Tasman. Inside, the decor is classic and the rooms are comfortable. The sea is just a little to the west, but you're just about to leave it all behind as the mountains are calling.

DAY 12

Fox Glacier - Wanaka

Drive to Wanaka. Spend the night in the village at the bottom of Roys Bay. The rooms are divided into wood-sided maisonettes. There is certainly no lack of creature comforts. Breakfast is served at a large, shared table. On site, the day spa offers massages, treatments and an outdoor Jacuzzi to re-energise guests. The fireplace in the library perfectly complements these little pleasures. Lake Wanaka and the surrounding landscapes are great for outdoor activities in all seasons. Pinot Noir also benefits from the region's conditions; world-class wines are produced here.

DAY 13

Wanaka - Te Anau

Head to Lake Te Anau in the Fiordland National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend two nights in a modern guesthouse. The rooms and common areas are immaculate. The owners of the guest house are passionate about what they do. They cook all meals, serving up fish they have caught themselves and home-grown produce from their sustainable garden. In a place where there is such a varied landscape, from mountains to lakes to fjords, the wildlife you can find here seems endless, particularly the bird species. For instance the Kakapo, a large, flightless parrot and the Takahe, which is also flightless. Both birds are protected species here.

DAY 14

Te Anau

Included in the itinerary - Milford Sound Cruise, Fiordland National Park. Cruising on the fjord, with its steep, jagged walls that sometimes rise more than 3,500ft above the water, allows you to experience geology in all its glory. There are also two spectacular waterfalls: Lady Bowen Falls and Stirling Falls. Large dolphins play alongside the boat, and you'll spot seals, rockhopper penguins and, sometimes, humpback or mink whales. The conditions in the fjord are perfect for black corals to grow below the surface of the water. The 5,520ft Mitre Peak, which is a particularly picturesque mountain, dominates everything around it.

DAY 15

Te Anau - Queenstown

Drive to Queenstown. Night in Frankton Arm, on Lake Wakatipu. The bedrooms and common areas are worth particular mention for their beautiful views of the surrounding areas. There's something quite lavish about this guest house. From the South Pacific bar to the tennis court, you can enjoy your last few days in New Zealand in an amazing setting. Queenstown is New Zealand's adventure capital. Take a fantastic tour of Wakatipu Lake on the TSS Earnslaw steamship dating back to 1912, where you'll be transported back in time to another era of travel.
Included in the itinerary - Private hot pool with view The facility is located on the side of a cliff above the Shotover River canyon. The hot pools, which have a Japanese style, are filled with crystal-clear water where you can control the temperature. Your cabin offers complete privacy and views of the Shotover River. The retractable ceiling means you can change the setting depending on the weather.

DAY 16

Queenstown - return flight

Return rental car to the airport and catch your return flight.

A la carte

Flight over the three volcanoes of Tongariro National Park

Hop on a flight for a spectacular view of the Ruapehu (9,177ft), Ngauruhoe (7,516ft) and Tongariro (6,490ft) volcanoes. All three are active to varying degrees. The small plane is a great way to really appreciate the magnitude of these volcanoes, where the centre of the earth rises to the surface. In addition, the flight allows you to see some of the sublime natural scenery from 'The Lord of the Rings'.
Optional - 30-minute flight

A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The estimated cost for this trip is £5,000 to £6,100 per person. The final cost of the trip depends on the way we tailor it especially for you. The final cost will vary according to several factors, including the level of service, length of trip and advance booking time. The exact price will be shown on your personalised quote. The average price for this trip is £5300 per person.
  • Flight to Auckland and return from Queenstown with a scheduled airline
  • Airline taxes and fuel surcharge
  • A warm welcome and assistance with customs and immigration in Auckland
  • Auckland airport/ hotel private transfer
  • Car hire for 13 days
  • Ferry from North Island to South Island
  • Two-night stay in Auckland in a double suite, room only
  • Overnight stay in Rotorua in a double room with breakfast
  • Two-night stay in Whakapapa in a double room, room only
  • Entry to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
  • Overnight stay in Wellington in a double room, room only
  • Two-night stay in Kaiteriteri in a double chalet with breakfast
  • Hiking and kayaking through Abel Tasman National Park with a guide
  • Overnight stay in Greymouth in a double room with breakfast
  • Overnight stay in Fox Glacier in a double room with breakfast
  • Overnight stay in Wanaka in a double room with breakfast
  • Two-night stay in Te Anau in a double room with breakfast
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • Overnight stay in Queenstown in a double room with breakfast
  • Private bath with a view
  • Our local Concierge service
  • A few of the benefits of travelling with us
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