Magic of New Zealand - 28 day Small Group Escorted Tour
Day 1 – Depart London
Your Chauffeur driven car will collect you from your address at a pre-determined time to allow sufficient time to get to Heathrow Airport for your departing flight. Depart on Singapore Airlines from The Queens Terminal 2. All meals and drinks are included in-flight.
Day 2 – In air
Your flight will operate through Singapore.
Day 3 – Arrive Auckland
Arrive into Auckland Airport in the late morning. You will be greeted by your Driver/Guide and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this South Pacific city from the convenience of your central location. Perhaps visit the Observation Deck of The Sky Tower, one of the tallest buildings in the Southern Hemisphere. This evening you are invited to drinks and meet your fellow travellers before dining in the hotel. In Auckland you will stay at The MSocial Hotel for 2 nights. Breakfast included plus dinner on day 3.
Day 4 – Auckland
This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city including the summit of Mt Eden, a dormant volcanic crater with wonderful city views, Parnell Village, Tamaki Drive and the Viaduct Basin. This afternoon is at leisure to further explore or perhaps take an optional cruise on the harbour, visit Waiheke Island, sightseeing by Harley Davidson or experience the thrill of America’s Cup Sailing.
Day 5 – Auckland - Bay of Islands
Depart Auckland and cross the Harbour Bridge as we head north through Warkworth. A stop is made at the Matakohe Kauri Museum for a wonderful insight into the massive tree’s history. Continue on to the Waipoua Kauri Forest Reserve, which boasts some of the largest surviving examples of this magnificent tree, the second largest tree in the world. Cross to the east coast through Opononi and arrive in Paihia in the spectacular Bay of Islands. The Bay is an internationally acclaimed marine park and the cradle of New Zealand’s history. The historic Waitangi Treaty House is adjacent to the hotel and you will be issued with a pass to visit at your leisure. In Paihia you will stay at the Copthorne Waitangi Resort for 3 nights. Breakfast included plus dinner on days 5 and 7.
Day 6 - Bay of Islands
This morning we include a Bay of Island’s cruise via Red Head Passage to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. There will be a chance to view dolphins, and if you are lucky, whales. On the return you will have the opportunity of stopping in Russell, once known as the “Hellhole of the South Pacific”, now a charming and picturesque coastal town. This evening you are free to dine out in one of the many great restaurants in the area.
Day 7 - Bay of Islands
A free day to enjoy the natural beauty of this aquatic playground. Take the ferry to Russell for lunch, play a round of golf on the fabled Waitangi Golf Course or even go fishing! There are some excellent beaches or just relax in the wonderful surrounds of the hotel. An optional tour is available to Cape Reinga, often described as one of the finest scenic day tours in the world, driving you along spectacular 90 Mile Beach to where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean at the very top of New Zealand. You can also reach the Cape by air on a half day trip leaving time for other activities.
Day 8 – Bay of Islands - Rotorua
Travel south along the east coast through Orewa Beach and Albany and again cross the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Continue south to Hamilton and through the rich Waikato farmland to Cambridge and on to Rotorua. This evening visit Te Puia, New Zealand’s premier geothermal and cultural experience for a guided tour and an authentic Maori Hangi and concert. In Rotorua you will stay at the Millennium Rotorua hotel for 2 nights. Breakfast included plus Special Meal on day 8.
Day 9 – Rotorua
This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of Rotorua including a visit to the Agrodome, with its amazing display of trained sheep, working sheep dogs and pastoral displays, and Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a guided walk and Kiwi Encounter to take a behind the scenes open to the public. Lakeside Rotorua has many other attractions and you may like to take a dip in the thermal pools, or even take a floatplane or helicopter to the active volcano of White Island in the Bay of Plenty or the closer Mt Tarawera, location of the pink and white terraces destroyed by volcano eruption in 1886. This evening you are free to dine out in Rotorua at your leisure. glimpse of the rare Kiwi at the only conservation centre.
Day 10 - Rotorua - Napier
An easy days travelling with some interesting stops. On the outskirts of Taupo is the geothermal area of Wairakei, where natural steam is harnessed for power production. A visit is also made to the remarkable Huka Falls before stopping in Taupo on the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake, with the Tongariro volcanic peaks in the distance. We continue through the Esk Valley and Te Pohue to Napier. The city is renowned for its art deco architecture and is the centre of the Hawkes Bay wine region. A guided Art Deco walk this afternoon through this lovely seaside city rounds off your day. In Napier you will stay at Te Pania Hotel for 1 night. Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 11 – Napier - Wellington
We leave Napier and pass through Hastings, Waipukurau and Woodville stopping at the Mt Bruce Reserve Native Bird Sanctuary for lunch. We continue on to delightful Greytown and then cross the Rimutaka Ranges to the vibrant capital city of Wellington. In Wellington you will stay at the Amora Hotel Wellington for 2 nights. Breakfast included plus dinner on day 11.
Day 12 – Wellington
This morning’s sightseeing tour of the city includes Parliament Buildings, the adjacent “Beehive”, Oriental Bay and much of Marine Drive. Afterwards you are free to explore the city and harbour at your leisure. Why not visit Te Papa Tongarewa, the stunning museum of New Zealand (Free entry), on the harbour front and telling the country’s unique story through engaging exhibits and interactive technology. Alternatively you could take the Kelburn Cable Car to the botanical gardens. This evening you are free to dine out at one of the capitals great restaurants – many in Courtney Place or the Waterfront just a short walk from your hotel.
Day 13 – Wellington - InterIslander - Kaikoura
Our leisurely cruise this morning takes us across Cook Strait to the South Island. Depart through Wellington Heads and sail into Tory Channel and down the Queen Charlotte Sound to the picturesque port of Picton. We travel on to Blenheim in the heart of New Zealand’s largest and most significant wine region, Marlborough. A visit is made to the Brancott Estate Winery before taking the scenic coastal drive down to the seaside settlement of Kaikoura. Situated on a small rocky peninsula and surrounded by towering mountains. Kaikoura is world renowned for whale watching and is one of the few places in the world where these magnificent creatures can be seen year round. The area also has an abundance of dolphins, seals and bird life. This evening you are free to dine out at one of the many local restaurants. Kaikoura is a mecca for seafood lovers and we recommend you try the local specialities including grouper, cod, mussels, paua (abalone) and the town’s namesake – crayfish. In Kaikoura you will stay at the White Morph for 2 nights with breakfast included.
Day 14 – Kaikoura
A full day to enjoy this wonderful coastal location. This morning you have a choice - Included is the Whale Watch excursion with an early departure to view Kaikoura’s resident Giant Sperm Whales, the largest living carnivore – equivalent to the size of 4 elephants. This 3.5 hour excursion is in a modern covered catamaran especially designed for whale watching. There are other whale species, many dolphins, seals and albatross. Alternatively you may prefer the Dolphin Experience where the emphasis is on this playful mammal (you will also have the possibility of swimming with dolphins) or as a third option you can take the Albatross Encounter where you will get the chance to feed these large pelagic birds along the coastline. This evening you are free to dine out at your leisure.
Day 15 – Kaikoura - Mt Cook
The highway heads south hugging the coast and then crosses the Hunderlees to the Canterbury Plains. Follow the inland route through the Rakaia Gorge in the foothills of the Southern Alps and on to Lake Tekapo in the Mackenzie Country where we stop to visit the Church of the Good Shepherd. Enjoy the spectacular scenery as the road follows Lake Pukaki to Aoraki/Mt Cook Village located in a natural mountain amphitheatre amidst New Zealand’s tallest mountains. The village is home to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre Museum and Theatre complex which gives you an informative insight into the mountaineering exploits of the region. In Mt Cook you will stay at The Hermitage for 2 nights. Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 17 - Mt Cook - Dunedin
The route today passes through Omarama and follows the Waitaki River past the massive Benmore Power Project which has created New Zealand’s largest artificial lake. Reach the coast at Oamaru with its elegant and historic limestone buildings. Further along the coast view the mysterious, spherical Moeraki Boulders that lie along the beach. On to Dunedin, a university city with a strong Scottish heritage, with fine Victorian and Edwardian architecture. In Dunedin you will stay at the Scenic Hotel Southern Cross for 2 nights. Breakfast included plus dinner on day 16.
Day 18 – Dunedin
This morning we have included another of the world’s great train trips, the Taieri Gorge Railway. This stunning engineering feat travels through the Taieri River Gorge, crosses viaducts and through tunnels carved by hand more than 100 years ago. This afternoon you will drive to the Otago Peninsula and visit the Royal Albatross Colony at Taiaroa Head, the only mainland breeding colony of the Royal Albatross in the world. A visit is also made to the gardens of Lanarch Castle before returning to Dunedin. This evening you are free to dine out at your leisure.
Day 19 - Dunedin - Te Anau
A leisurely departure this morning and head through Balclutha and Gore to Mandeville. During this lunch stop you will have the chance to visit the Croydon Aircraft Company who specialise in the restoration of de Havilland and other vintage aircraft. For a small cost you can enjoy a short flight on one of the famous vintage biplanes including a Tiger Moth or Dragonfly. Continue to the tranquil lakeside setting of Te Anau. In Te Anau you will stay at the Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas for 2 nights. Breakfast included plus dinner on day 18.
Day 20 – Te Anau
A full day to enjoy the peace of this lovely lakeside resort nestled on the tranquil shores of Lake Te Anau. The lake is the second largest in New Zealand covering over 186 square miles. An optional excursion will take you to Doubtful Sound, visiting Manapouri Lake and Power Station before cruising this remote World Heritage sound. This evening there is an optional excursion to the spectacular Glow-worm Caves and you are free to dine out at your leisure.
Day 21 – Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown
Today we take you into the heart of Fiordland by one of the most scenic roads in the world. Transit the Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound with frequent stops en-route to view the scenery, including the fabled Mirror Lakes. On arrival board the Milford Monarch for a spectacular cruise through the fiord and out to the Tasman Sea, lunch included. Milford Sound, with Mitre Peak at its heart, has often been dubbed one of the wonders of the world, due to the awesome combination of its deep blue water, towering peaks and thunderous waterfalls. After the cruise you return to Te Anau and on to Queenstown. In Queenstown you will stay at the Crowne Plaza Queenstown hotel for 3 nights. Breakfast included plus dinner on day 20 and special meal on day 21.
Day 22 – Queenstown
This morning we enjoy a sightseeing tour of the area visiting the Kawarau River Bridge where the bungee jumping craze started and then onto the historic and well preserved mining town of Arrowtown. Return to Queenstown via Arthur’s Point and the Shotover River. This afternoon is free in New Zealand’s premier resort situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and overlooked by the dramatic Remarkable Mountains. You may even like to take our optional tour to experience the thrill and exhilaration of the Shotover jet. This evening we include a special cruise on the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak high country station, where you will have the chance to see some aspects of the stations work and enjoy a wonderful meal in the period homestead.
Day 23 – Queenstown
Today is a free day to relax and enjoy the many activities available in Queenstown. You will have the option of taking a jet boat safari on the Dart River into the spectacular high country, enjoy a boutique wine tour including Amisfield, visit Middle Earth on the Safari of the Scenes 4WD tour or perhaps take a helicopter sightseeing flight. This evening you are free to dine out at one of the many fine restaurants or al fresco cafés that are just a short walk from your hotel.
Day 24 – Queenstown - Franz Josef Glacier
Dramatic scenery today as we travel through to Wanaka and Lake Hawea before crossing the Haast Pass in the Mt Aspiring National Park to the rainforests of the West Coast. A stop is made at Fox Glacier in the Westland National Park before continuing to Franz Josef. The West Coast is a rugged and primeval region of rainforests, limestone gorges, glaciers and stunning scenery running alongside the Tasman Sea. A visit is made to the glacier and you will have the opportunity of taking a helicopter or light aircraft flight across the glacier against the backdrop of Mt Cook. In Franz Josef you will stay at the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier for 1 night. Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 25 – Franz Josef Glacier - TranzAlpine - Christchurch
Continue north through the scenic West Coast to Hokitika, renowned for its crafted greenstone jade jewellery. Join the TranzAlpine for one of the world’s great train journeys. Travel through deep gorges, river valleys and cross the spectacular snow-capped Southern Alps within the Arthur’s Pass National Park. Descend into the patchwork of colour that is the Canterbury Plains and on to Christchurch. Re-join your coach and enjoy an orientation tour en-route to your hotel. This evening you are free to dine out in one of the city’s many restaurants. In Christchurch you will stay at The George Hotel for 2 nights. Breakfast included plus special dinner on day 25.
Day 26 – Christchurch
This morning we include a tour of Christchurch to view the city, the Port Hills with its spectacular views, Lyttelton and Sumner. The afternoon is free to stroll through some of the region’s most spectacular gardens, take a punt on the Avon River, ride on the historic train around the city or relive the 2010/11 earthquakes at “Quake City” The Antarctic Centre, near the airport, offers a wonderful insight into this frozen continent. An option is to enjoy a full day tour to the lovely village of Akaroa on Banks Peninsula. Travel via the Hilltop for stunning views of Akaroa Harbour with a cruise on the harbour to view Hectors dolphins.
Tonight you are invited to a special farewell dinner.
Day 27 – Depart Christchurch
This morning you will transfer to Christchurch International Airport for your Singapore Airlines flight to London via Singapore. All meals and drinks are included.
Day 28 – Arrive London
Arrive into London Heathrow Terminal 2. Meet your Chauffeur Car driver in the arrival hall and transfer home.
Hand picked hotels on this magical tour of New Zealand
M Social Hotel, Auckland
Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Bay of Islands
Millennium Hotel, Rotorua
Scenic Hotel Te Pania, Napier
Amora Hotel, Wellington
The White Morph, Kaikoura
The Hermitage, Mt Cook
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin
Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villa, Te Anau
The Rees, Queenstown
Te Waonui Forest Retreat - Franz Josef Glacier
The George, Christchurch
New Zealand is like no other place on earth – packed full of stunning and diverse landscapes and a whole host of incredible things to see and do. All of these experiences are included on your tour.
In Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown you will enjoy a fantastic range of guided sightseeing excursions that will include the major sights of each location.
BAY OF ISLANDS CRUISE
During this spectacular half day cruise,in a stable catamaran, you will see an abundance of marine mammals and wildlife including dolphins. At Cape Brett you will get close to (maybe sail through)the famous “Hole in the Rock”.
WAITANGI TREATY GROUNDS
This historic area is where Maori chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi – New Zealand’s founding document. See the historic Treaty House, the magnificently carved meeting house and the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe and enjoy views of the stunning Bay of Islands.
THE KAURI MUSEUM
On the journey to the Bay of Islands you pass through the Waipoua Kauri Forest with many fine examples of this massive tree. At Matakohe you'll visit the museum with stunning exhibits including antique furniture and a shop with the best selection of Kauri products in New Zealand.
TE PUIA, ROTORUA
New Zealand’s premier Maori culture and geothermal visitor experience stands majestic as a symbol of protection for Maori arts, crafts and culture, upholding the values of this proud race. A guided tour is followed by an immersive feast of indigenous culture, entertainment and food.
AGRODOME & RAINBOW CENTRE
During your tour of Rotorua you will enjoy this wonderful agricultural demonstration (sheep and working dogs) and many highlights at Rainbow Springs Nature Park including a visit to the Kiwi Experience conservation area.
ART DECO WALK, NAPIER
This unique city was destroyed by an earthquake in 1931 and rebuilt with passion – during this walk the guide will bring to life the Art Deco Quarter in Napier’s vibrant city centre.
WHALE WATCHING, KAIKOURA
This is one of the world’s premier areas for viewing giant sperm whales. This early morning tour is aboard specially designed craft for whale viewing and includes a main passenger cabin and outside viewing areas. Depending on the season other whales can be sighted along with hundreds of dolphin.
TAIERI GORGE RAILWAY, DUNEDIN
Relax on the heritage carriages as you journey from the city centre to the mountainous interior of Central Otago with an informative and lively commentary. Great photo opportunities as you travel across viaducts and through tunnels carved by hand more than 100 years ago.
Renowned for its wildlife and magnificent views, a visit is made to the Royal Albatross colony where you will see these giant birds in their natural environment. A visit is also made to Lanarch Castle and its beautiful gardens.
Best known of the many fiords and only accessible by one of the world’s finest alpine drives. Cruise the full length of Milford Sound and edge near the waterfalls cascading down the sheer granite cliffs of Mitre Peak. Lunch is included.
TSS EARNSLAW & WALTER PEAK STATION, QUEENSTOWN
Relive the elegance of bygone days with a cruise aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw. Cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm for an insight into high country life and enjoy a carvery buffet in the historic homestead.
Rated as one of the world’s great scenic rail journeys, linking Christchurch with the West Coast, The journey crosses massive viaducts and winds through spectacular gorges as it tracks slowly across the country’s impressive Southern Alps from Greymouth to Christchurch.
AKAROA DAY TOUR
Travel to Bank’s Peninsula and visit the charming village of Akaroa – a former French settlement. The journey offers spectacular views of both Akaroa and Lyttelton Harbours. A cruise on the Canterbury Cat is included with a chance to see the rare Hectors dolphin.
This day tour is offered as an Optional Extra.
Stay at these warm and exotic destinations before or after your tour.
Singapore - 2 nights
Sentosa Island (Singapore) ~ 2 nights
Dubai - 2 nights
Hong Kong - 2 nights
Fiji - 4 nights
We are able to offer stopovers in Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Australia and many of the islands of the South Pacific (including Samoa, Cook Islands and Tahiti) this may necessitate travelling on different airlines and we are able to quote on a selection of accommodation styles.
› International flights with Singapore Airlines
› All airport taxes, fees and charges
› Airport transfer service on departure and when you return
› 24 Nights accommodation in first class hotels with ensuite facilities
› All Breakfasts, 1 lunch and 14 dinners (including 4 special meals)
› Luxury touring coach with maximum 20 people
› Experienced Driver/Guide throughout
› Sightseeing tours in all the major centres
› Many included excursions
› Porterage of luggage at all hotels
World Class Airlines
|Departure Date||Return Date||Price||Single Supplement|
|11 January 2018||06 February 2018||Full|
|04 February 2018*||02 March 2018||Full|
|10 November 2018||07 December 2018||£6,885||£2,385|
|10 January 2019||06 February 2019||£6,995||£2,385|
|24 January 2019||20 February 2019||£6,995||£2,385|
|04 February 2019*||03 March 2019||£6,995||£2,385|
|18 February 2019*||17 March 2019||£6,885||£2,385|
|01 March 2019||28 March 2019||£6,885||£2,385|
|24 October 2019||20 November 2019||£6,995||£2,385|
|18 November 2019*||15 December 2019*||£6,995||£2,385|
* Departure operates in reverse direction (Christchurch to Auckland).
All prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin or double room.
A deposit of £400 per person is applicable, and final balance must be paid 70 days prior to departure. Terms and conditions apply.