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Best of New Zealand

Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch, Franz Josef, Queenstown

From $6900 Per person in low season
From $8000 Per person in high season

based on 10 nights & selected experiences

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  • Private transfers

  • Car rental

  • Selected experiences

Price based on 2 people sharing.

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  • Explore our top picks of both the North and South Islands of New Zealand

  • Perfect for couples or families alike

  • A great itinerary for those wanting to explore New Zealand by car, plane and train.

  • A diverse range of scenery, from lakes and rolling hills to glaciers and mountains

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The climate in New Zealand is incredibly pleasant, with warm and balmy summers and cold crisp winter months with wonderful clear, blue skies. The warmer high-season months of November to April are perfect for outdoor exploration. The colder months of June to August are the best time to ski.

Both North and South Islands are drier on the east coast, rather than on the west, where mountain ranges act as a trap for the moisture-rich winds from the Tasman Sea. It is also worth remembering that it is usually a few degrees cooler on the South Island than the North Island and as New Zealand has a maritime climate, the weather can change rapidly.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 345 1762 to start planning your vacation.

Itinerary

The land of the long white cloud offers endless landscapes, sensational scenery and a huge variety of activities for the whole family. From wine tasting in Central Otago to guided Maori tours around Rotorua, from diving in Abel Tasman National Park to whale watching in Kaikoura whether you appreciate wildlife, wine, adventure, landscapes or culture New Zealand has it all in bucket-loads and this trip highlights our top picks for Aotearoa.

  1. Days 1-2: Auckland

    Begin your exploration of Aotearoa in the harborside city of Auckland, famed for its sensational views over the Hauraki Gulf and Auckland’s outer islands. Spend time exploring Queen Street, the entertainment and shopping hub of Auckland or wander down to the harbor and enjoy an al-fresco glass of Kiwi wine at one of the many waterfront restaurants there.

    Accommodation: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour (1 night)

  2. Days 2-4: Rotorua

    Driving south through the endless farmlands and green rolling hills of the Waikato region, you’ll pass by quaint Kiwi villages, sheep farms and uninterrupted countryside as you journey to the geothermal wonderland that is Rotorua. Perched on the edge of Lake Rotorua, this town lies upon volcanic ground, sacred to the Maori’s and geologically intriguing to all. Included is a guided tour of Te Puia, an authentic Maori attraction located atop an active volcanic plateau. Tour the landscape on a guided tour admiring the towering geysers and bubbling mud pools before visiting a traditional craft workshop admiring young Maori men and women making gemstone jewelry and traditional wooden carvings. Alternatively take a short detour to Mata Mata and visit the world-renowned Hobbiton movie set or relax in the natural springs at Rotorua’s famous Polynesian Spa rejuvenating yourself in its medicinal waters.

    Accommodation: Treetops Lodge & Estate (2 nights)

  3. Days 4-6: Wellington

    After driving south through the Wairarapa region you’ll soon arrive at Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. Opt to take a short trip over to nearby Kapiti Island and visit the resident bird sanctuary there home to some of New Zealand’s elusive kiwi’s or enjoy a guided food tour of this culinary-advanced city. A visit to the national museum Te Papa is an absolute must to add context to your vacation or you could simply wander the city taking the cable car up to the beautiful botanical gardens that offer panoramic views over the city towards the Cook Strait.

    Accommodation: Sofitel Wellington (2 nights)

  4. Days 6-7: Christchurch

    Fly south from Wellington to Christchurch, New Zealand’s garden city for one night before enjoying a journey on one of the world’s greatest railways – the TranzAlpine.

    Accommodation: The George (1 night)

  5. Days 7-9: Queenstown

    Your next and final destination on your tour of New Zealand’s very best is the world-renowned resort of Queenstown, famed for its sense of adventure and breath-taking scenery. From Mt Aspiring National Park to Lake Wakatipu and the winelands of Central Otago, Queenstown offers something for everyone. We’ve included a half day orientation tour around the adventure capital of the world allowing you to decide how best to spend your time in this famous town. Why not enjoy an exhilarating helicopter flight high over the snow-capped mountains or hire bikes and cycle around picturesque Lake Wakatipu stopping to admire the simply mesmerising scenery around every bend. With a multitude of options from spas to wineries, 4WD tours to bungee jumping Queenstown offers something for one and all and is a fitting end to this tour of New Zealand’s highlights.

    Accommodation: Eichardt’s Private Hotel (2 nights)

  6. Days 9-11: Franz Josef

    After boarding this renowned train cross the Canterbury plains traveling through the continuous patchwork fields heading towards the mighty Southern Alps that define where east meets the west. A seemingly impenetrable boundary, the TranzAlpine skirts through a series of tunnels, across gorges and over thundering rivers navigating its way through the spine of the South Island towards its end destination, Greymouth. On arrival collect a car hire and continue south along the wild west coast skirting between the Tasman Sea and the Southern Alps towards the alpine village of Franz Josef, home to the mighty Franz Josef glacier. Opt to scale the mighty river of ice on a recommended heli-hike and witness this monolithic glacier from above and underfoot. Threatened by rising sea temperatures, seeing this finite glacier up close is an experience you won’t forget and one that time will not wait for.

    Accommodation: Westwood Lodge (2 nights)

Experiences

  • Bike the Wineries of Central Otago

    Explore the vineyards and scenic wine lands of Central Otago by bike on this self-guided winery tour and visit some of the region’s most well-known wineries.

  • Exclusive Gourmet Food and Wine on Waiheke - Shared

    Waiheke Island located in Auckland’s Hauruki Gulf is renowned for its verdant vineyards, empty beaches and freshly caught seafood. Explore this island escape on a guided food and wine tour.

  • Helicopter to White Island ( Shared)

    Words cannot express the experience that is walking on the active crater floor of White Island, an active volcano 52km off the Bay of Plenty coastline. This unique lunar landscape is an integral part of the Pacific ring of fire.

  • Huka Jet Boating (Shared)

    Experience the sheer adrenaline rush of the Huka Falls Jet, as you speed along the Waikato River at an incredible 80km an hour.

  • Introducing Te Papa (Shared)

    During your time in Wellington, visit the Te Papa Museum on a hosted Taonga Maori Tour. You can learn about the fascinating Maori culture and its people. Tour the Maori National Museum before enjoying some light refreshments with the knowledgeable staff.

  • Private Taste Wellington Walking Tour

    Wellington is a wonderfully compact, cosmopolitan city, lauded as New Zealand's culinary, cafe and coffee capital. Wellington is said to have more cafes and restaurants per capita than New York and a walking gourmet tour is the perfect way to explore.

  • Shotover Jet (Shared)

    Nothing you've experienced will have you prepared for the thrill and excitement of a Shotover Jet ride! From the moment the accelerator hits the floor your adrenaline hits the roof as you speed in mere centimeters of water along the famous Shotover River.

  • Te Puia Daytime Experience (Shared)

    Home to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, Te Puia is a cultural center just 5-minutes from the center of Rotorua. Immerse yourself in Maori culture and visit the Pohutu Geyser during your visit to the Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley.

  • TranzAlpine Train - Christchurch to Greymouth - Shared

    The fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains, deep gorges and glacial rivers await as you take one of the world’s most iconic train journeys from Christchurch to Greymouth.

Location

Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch, Franz Josef, Queenstown

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