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From £5,449.00
Duration 22 Days
Departures from: Nov 2022 - Nov 2023
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From £5,449.00
Duration 22 Days
Departures from: Nov 2022 - Nov 2023
Tour Overview
This once-in-a-lifetime holiday takes you halfway around the world to New Zealand. Beginning on North Island, you'll explore the city of Auckland before heading to Paihia in the beautiful Bay of Islands. The geothermal landscapes of Rotorua and capital city of Wellington also feature before you journey across the Cook Strait to South Island, where a host of natural wonders await. We'll discover spectacular sights including the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, Milford Sound and the highest peak in New Zealand, Mount Cook. A two-night stay in Queenstown and visit to the city of Dunedin complete this fabulous adventure.
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Your Holiday Includes

  • Private Chauffeur Service, Free Airport Parking or £100 reduction if you make your own arrangements
  • Return flights from London
  • 18 nights in 3 to 4-star hotels plus 3 nights in flight
  • 20 meals: 18 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner and welcome drink
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Driver Guide
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation & porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Tour of Auckland
  • Visit the Treaty House of Waitangi
  • Te Puia Thermal Reserve
  • Lake Taupo
  • Traditional Tamaki Hangi Feast
  • New Zealand's capital Wellington
  • Journey on the TranzAlpine train
  • Beautiful Milford Sound including lunch
  • Glow Worm Caves
  • See the Moeraki Beach Boulders

Airport Travel Service

On all flight inclusive holidays, you can now choose to start your holiday with our Private Chauffeur Service* or we can organise free airport parking*. If you'd prefer to make your own arrangements, we'll give you a £100 price reduction* off your holiday. Details on how to book will be included in your confirmation invoice on booking.

*Mileage restrictions apply over 100 miles. Please see our Terms & Conditions for information.

Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 UK - Auckland

Make you own way to the airport or be collected by our Private Chauffeur (if you've pre-booked) for your flight to New Zealand.

Day 3 Auckland

On arrival in Auckland on day 3, we'll transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day has been left free for you to relax after the long flight.​

Day 4 Auckland

The beautiful city of Auckland - the largest in New Zealand - is situated on North Island in the spectacular Hauraki Gulf. The area is home to stunning landscapes of thermal springs and geysers, glorious national parks, luxuriant forests, stunning lakes and more. Now you've had time to relax, let's get out and discover the city on an included tour. Highlights include the 328-metre-high Sky Tower, the imposing War Memorial and the sweeping Waitemata Harbour, which is the most prominent natural feature of the 'City of Sails'. Downtown Auckland is a great mix of modern and historic architecture, so look out for St Patrick's Cathedral, built in 1848, and Auckland High Court, which was modelled on England's very own Warwick Castle.​

Meals included: B

Day 5 Auckland - Paihia

There's a scenic treat in store today as we travel along the beautiful Hibiscus Coast to Paihia, the perfect base from which to discover the lush forests and idyllic beaches of the Bay of Islands. 
En route we'll visit the Treaty House of Waitangi, where you can learn about the history of the 1840 agreement between the British Crown and the Maoris.

Meals included: B

Day 6 Paihia - at Leisure

You can choose how you spend today. Maybe you'll explore Paihia at your own pace but if you'd like to join an organised excursion we offer an optional trip to Cape Reinga. Located at the very top of North Island, this vast, untouched region is reached via a journey along the never-ending paradise of Ninety Mile Beach.
Once here you'll have the chance to negotiate the Te Paki Quick Sand Stream, backed by towering dunes, and visit a lighthouse to take in exceptional views of the Pacific Ocean meeting the Tasman Sea.​

Meals included: B

Day 7 Paihia - at Leisure

You've a chance to explore more of the stunning Bay of Islands on an optional catamaran cruise today. Keep your eyes peeled for a variety of marine life, including bottlenose dolphins and fur seals as we head past islands and secluded beaches to the Cape Brett 'Hole in the Rock'. If sea conditions are right, we should be able to sail through this narrow arch, carved by the forces of nature. The cruise ends with a stop at one of the beautiful islands.​

Meals included: B

Day 8 Paihia - Rotorua

The warm, emerald-green North Island was shaped by volcanic activity, and evidence of this remains in the thermal springs surrounding Rotorua. This is where we head today, and our journey takes us through the Waikato farming region, home of the Maori kingdom.
We'll spend the next two nights in Rotorua and if you wish, you can take an optional float plane or helicopter flight to Mount Tarawera. Surrounded by unique scenery and towering above the pristine waters of Lake Tarawera, this now dormant volcano wreaked havoc on the nation when it erupted in 1886. If you choose to fly overhead you'll be able to look deep into its crater - a 6km ravine - and take in spectacular views of crater lakes and rugged peaks.

Meals included: B

Day 9 Rotorua

Your scenic tour today takes you to Te Puia Thermal Reserve, where you'll see bubbling mud, pools of boiling water, dramatic spouting geysers and traditional Maori architecture. 
Later, we offer a couple of optional excursions you can choose from if you want to get out and explore. 
You could join a tour of Hobbiton, the location created for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. This thrilling site includes hobbit holes and the Green Dragon Inn, and your guide will tell you all you need to know about these popular movies. 
An alternative is a visit to Rainbow Springs Nature Park to see some of the interesting creatures that call New Zealand home, including the flightless Kiwi bird. If you join this trip you'll also take a gondola ride to the top of Mount Ngongotaha, which was formed by volcanic eruptions, and enjoy a tasting of New Zealand wine.
Tonight, you will experience an authentic Hangi meal - where your food is cooked by steam underground using a centuries-old method. Journey back to a time of proud warriors and ancient traditions with a visit to the Tamaki Maori Village, where you'll experience ceremonial rituals, wonderful performances including action songs, poi, stick games and the world famous 'haka' – the Maori War Dance. Hear stories that have been passed down through the generations and watch as the earth is carefully scraped away from the hangi pit to reveal baskets laden with a sumptuous mouth-watering feast cooked beneath the ground on hot stones.​

Meals included: B,D

Day 10 Rotorua - Wellington

Wellington, New Zealand's capital, is our next destination. We'll make our way here via the forested slopes of the Wairakei Thermal Valley and Lake Taupo, whose waters flow rapidly into the impressive Huka Falls. Every second, around 220,000 litres of water pours through a narrow passage, and then rushes under a pedestrian bridge, where we will stop to take in this incredible sight.
On arrival in Wellington, get your bearings on a short tour before we check into the hotel.

Meals included: B

Day 11 Wellington

We're going to explore Wellington in more detail today on a walking tour. One of the leading cities for arts and culture in New Zealand, there is so much to see, from an array of museums and galleries to historic architecture and fabulous shopping. We'll take in the Te Papa Museum, a showcase of New Zealand's cultural treasures, and the lively waterfront area. We'll also visit the botanical gardens, which run over 26 hectares, and take a trip on the historic Wellington Cable Car for fabulous views across this lovely city.​

Meals included: B

Day 12 Wellington - Christchurch

Today we're going to cross the Cook Strait to South Island and travel to Christchurch for an overnight stay. This city, the second-largest in New Zealand, has a fascinating English heritage, which is apparent in some of its older buildings. Also known as the Garden City, it boasts plenty of natural beauty too.

Meals included: B

Day 13 TranzAlpine Train

You've a spectacular journey ahead today, as you step aboard the TranzAlpine train and head into the Southern Alps. Here you'll see narrow gorges and towering snow-capped peaks, so be sure to have your camera ready. Your journey continues to the Franz Josef and Fox Glacier regions, where you'll witness enormous valleys of ice and deep, dramatic ravines. Later, if the weather conditions are right, you'll have the opportunity to take an optional helicopter flight over the glaciers for views that are out of this world.​

Meals included: B

Day 14 Fox Glacier - Queenstown

The road through the Westland National Park has to be one of the most scenic ever built. It crosses Clark Bluff and the Haast River Bridge and today we'll drive along it on our way to Queenstown.
If you're looking for an adrenaline rush, you've come to the right place, as Queenstown is known as New Zealand's capital of adventure. One option on your free afternoon is to take a ride on the Kawarau Jet Boat. On this thrilling excursion, you will travel at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour in the very shallow waters of the Shotover and Kawarau Rivers.​

Meals included: B

Day 15 Queenstown - at Leisure

Today has been left free so you can spend some time at leisure and discover Queenstown at your own pace. However, if you're feeling adventurous we have another optional thrill-packed excursion for you to join. You'll start with a walk through the bush and then you'll head off on an exciting four-wheel-drive journey before boarding a jet boat for an exhilarating ride along the Dart River. 
This evening if you wish you could enjoy a more relaxing experience, with a cruise on Lake Wakatipu with dinner served in a restaurant at the foot of Walter Peak.

Meals included: B

Day 16 Milford Sound

Today is the day you visit one of the most beautiful locations in New Zealand – Milford Sound. Located deep within Fiordland National Park, this inky-blue expanse of water is surrounded by forest-covered hills and dramatic mountain peaks and must be seen to be believed. If the weather conditions are good, we'll take in the fjord's majestic beauty on a cruise.​

Meals included: B,L

Day 17 Te Anau - Dunedin

Today we make our way to Dunedin, and on the way we're going to make a stop at the Glow Worm Caves. This labyrinth of limestone caverns is lit by thousands of glow worms, offering us an incredible sight.

Meals included: B

Day 18 Dunedin - at Leisure

You can spend your time exploring at leisure today, or perhaps you'll choose to join an optional trip to the Royal Albatross Colony on the Otago Peninsula. This is the world's only mainland breeding colony of these fascinating birds, and during your visit you'll learn more about them, watch a short film and visit the observatory where hopefully you will see them nesting.

Meals included: B

Day 19 Dunedin - Omarama

As we travel northwards to Omarama, we'll make a stop at the Moeraki Beach Boulders. These huge spherical rocks are scattered along the sand and are shrouded in Maori legend. Thought to have started forming in ancient sea floor sediments, the largest boulders are estimated to have taken around four million years to reach their current size. Some weigh several tonnes and the largest measure more than two metres in width. It's no wonder this is a very popular spot for photographers!
Our route then follows the Waitiki River inland and if you wish you can take an optional flight over some of New Zealand's highest mountains and largest glaciers. Your pilot will provide an interesting commentary as you take in the breathtaking scenery.

Meals included: B

Day 20 Omarama - Christchurch

We're bound for the Mount Cook region this morning. On the way we'll make a stop at Lake Tekapo, a picturesque turquoise-coloured body of water, which boasts a stunning backdrop of the Southern Alps. We'll then head over Burkes Pass, a mountain passageway, and continue across the Canterbury plains. This vast patchwork of agricultural land nestled between the mountains and the sea produces more than 80% of the country's grains, crops and seeds.
Mount Cook is the highest peak in New Zealand, towering to 12,000ft, and if weather conditions are favourable you might be tempted to view it on an optional scenic flight.
We'll arrive back in Christchurch late this afternoon and stay here overnight.

Meals included: B

Day 21 Christchurch - UK

Today we'll transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Meals included: B

Day 22 UK

You'll arrive back in the UK today. Upon arrival, either make your own way home or your Travelsphere Private Chauffeur Service will be waiting for the journey home (if you've pre-booked).

Additional Information

Please note: Some travellers on this tour may be joining after having travelled on one of our Australia tours.
  1. Favourite Moment

    Silently glide through the starry wonderland of the Glow Worm Cave and marvel at this galaxy of living lights.

Accommodation (as specified or similar)

Crowne Plaza Auckland

Crowne Plaza Auckland is situated within walking distance from a range of shopping and dining options on Queen Street. It is also in close proximity to main sightseeing attractions of Auckland. Modern rooms feature en-suite facilities, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and sleep-aid aromatherapy kits. Other hotel facilities include gym, sauna, a lobby cocktail bar and a restaurant.

Kingsgate Hotel Pahia

Kingsgate Hotel Paihia, situated at the waterfront, is conveniently located within 5 minutes’ walk of local shops and dining options. Guest rooms are air-conditioned and feature flat-screen TV, minifridge and tea/coffee-making facilities in every room. Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. Other hotel facilities include a swimming pool, hot tub, fitness centre and games room. International cuisine can be enjoyed in The Reef Restaurant, located on-site.

Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua

Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua is set on the shores of the lake and close to Rotorua's vibrant city centre.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, outdoor swimming pool and spa. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, safe, refrigerator, iron, tea/coffee-maker and hairdryer.

West Plaza Hotel Wellington

West Plaza Hotel is a spacious property located in the heart of Wellington CBD, opposite the Town Hall and Convention Centre and just 3 minutes’ walk from Te Papa Museum and Lambton Quay waterfront's many shops, restaurants and cafes. The hotel features an award-winning restaurant, 24-hour reception, 24-hour room service, luggage storage facilities and guests enjoy free WiFi throughout the property. City Dining & Bar offers a seasonal menu of modern New Zealand cuisine and a selection of boutique New Zealand wines.

Quality Hotel Elms

Quality Hotel Elms is located in the Papanui area of Christchurch, with bars and restaurants in the local vicinity. The city centre is within easy reach. Hotel rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minifridges and tea/coffee-making facilities.

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier sits at the edge of the Westland World Heritage Park and is just moments from one of New Zealand’s most spectacular natural attractions, the Franz Josef Glacier. Hotel makes the most of its alpine location and offers quality accommodation in the beautiful surroundings within Franz Josef village. The hotel offers facilities including a restaurant, The Moa Bar with an open fireplace, guest laundry, and complimentary Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel. Hotel rooms feature en suite facilities, TV, tea/coffee-making facilities, fridge, heater and hairdryer.

Holiday Inn Queenstown Frankton Road

Holiday Inn Queenstown Frankton Road has a peaceful setting amongst alpine scenery and picturesque lakes, yet it is conveniently close to the city.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, sauna and tennis court. Bedrooms have private facilities, tea and coffee-making facilities, TV, hairdryer and Wi-Fi.

Distinction Luxmore Hotel Lake Te Anau

This hotel is located a short walk away from Lake Te Anau. Rooms feature Fiordland-themed décor and come with free Wi-Fi, en-suite facilities and tea/coffee-making facilities. Other hotel amenities include a fitness centre and various dining options, including the bar with a fireplace.

The Victoria Hotel Dunedin

The Victoria Hotel is conveniently located in the centre of Dunedin, close to local attractions. Every room features refrigerator, radio, telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee-making facilities. Modern New Zealand cuisine can be enjoyed in a restaurant, located on-site.

Heritage Gateway Hotel

Heritage Gateway Hotel in Omarama is set amongst landscaped gardens offering wonderful views of the surrounding mountains.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant and bar. Bedrooms have private facilities, TV, iron, refrigerator, tea/coffee-maker and hairdryer.

Quality Hotel Elms

Quality Hotel Elms is located in the Papanui area of Christchurch, with bars and restaurants in the local vicinity. The city centre is within easy reach. Hotel rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minifridges and tea/coffee-making facilities.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional experiences to your holiday before you set off. Take a look below at the extra trips you can enjoy on this tour

New Zealand - Dunedin - The Royal Albatross Colony

New Zealand - Dunedin - The Royal Albatross Colony

This unique tour is the best way to experience Taiaroa Head's history and wildlife. The fully guided tour includes an introduction, followed by a short film and a visit to the Observatory to see the nesting Royal Albatross. The tour continues with an opportunity to learn about the unique periods of use both by Maori and European on the Headland.

Half Day – Moderate Walking – Unique Experience

Please note: There is a limited number of spaces available on this excursion, we would recommend you to pre-book this excursion.
This unique tour is the best way to experience Taiaroa Head's history and wildlife. The fully guided tour includes an introduction, followed by a short film and a visit to the Obse...

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New Zealand - Rotorua - Hobbiton

New Zealand - Rotorua - Hobbiton

You will be transported to the Hobbiton Movie Set, a visitor attraction based at the site where the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogy were filmed. Your visit promises to be interesting and entertaining as you step into the pastures of the Shire and experience Middle-earth. The tour begins with a drive through the picturesque sheep farm and an opportunity to admire spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Your guide will then escort you around the site sharing fascinating stories about how the Hobbiton Movie Set was created.
During the tour, you will see Hobbit Holes, the Mill and The Green Dragon Inn and will learn how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into a magical movie set. Specially brewed beverages are available at The Green Dragon Inn to round off your tour.
This tour runs in all weather conditions. Umbrellas will be provided if it rains, however, you are advised to dress appropriately and wear comfortable shoes.
Half-day tour – Moderate walking – Must-do opportunity
Please note: due to time restraints, you may choose either the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour or the Rainbow Springs and gondola ride excursion.
You will be transported to the Hobbiton Movie Set, a visitor attraction based at the site where the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogy were filmed. Your visit promises to be ...

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New Zealand - Queenstown - Jet Boat Ride

New Zealand - Queenstown - Jet Boat Ride

If you are looking for adrenaline rush, you must try a ride on the Jet Boat. Blast across Lake Wakatipu and down the world famous Shotover and Kawarau Rivers with 45 km of unforgettable thrills, 360-degree spins and exhilaration in one of the world’s most stunning locations.

60 Minutes - Unforgettable Experience
If you are looking for adrenaline rush, you must try a ride on the Jet Boat. Blast across Lake Wakatipu and down the world famous Shotover and Kawarau Rivers with 45 km of unforget...

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New Zealand - Queenstown - Walter Peak Cruise & Dinner

New Zealand - Queenstown - Walter Peak Cruise & Dinner

A return scenic cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm on board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw. On disembarking at Walter Peak, you’ll be welcomed and guided through the lakeside gardens to the Colonel’s Homestead for the dinner. Colonel’s Homestead features a stately ballroom and finely appointed rooms each featuring a roaring open fire to evoke a cosy atmosphere on colder evenings. The gourmet BBQ menu incorporates the fresh seasonal produce and local seafood so famous in the Central Otago region and surrounding coastal areas. All meat and seafood are cooked on the outdoor BBQ and rotisserie, in front of guests and served immediately. A locally influenced wine list and other beverages are also available to purchase at the bar. Following dinner, you will have an option of a brief farm show or relax at the bar instead, before returning on board the TSS Earnslaw to Queenstown. A tradition is the TSS Earnslaw’s sing-along around the piano on the return journey.

Scenic Cruise – Dinner Included – Not to be Missed
A return scenic cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm on board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw. On disembarking at Walter Peak, you’ll be welcomed and gui...

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New Zealand - Paihia - Cape Reinga via Ninety Mile Beach

New Zealand - Paihia - Cape Reinga via Ninety Mile Beach

Full day excursion to the Far North in the unique Dune Rider vehicle purposely built to go off-road in full comfort of air conditioning, reclining seats, plenty of leg room and large panorama windows for great views along the way. You will immerse in an informative and entertaining account of the culture and history of Northland, visiting 90 Mile Beach, Te Paki Sand Dunes and finally Cape Reinga. Freshly prepared lunch is included during this tour.

Full Day – Moderate Walking – Scenic Interest
Full day excursion to the Far North in the unique Dune Rider vehicle purposely built to go off-road in full comfort of air conditioning, reclining seats, plenty of leg room and lar...

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New Zealand - Paihia - Dual Ticket - Cape Reinga via Ninety Mile Beach & Discover the Bay Cruise

New Zealand - Paihia - Dual Ticket - Cape Reinga via Ninety Mile Beach & Discover the Bay Cruise

Dual ticket will allow you to enjoy both optional excursions in Paihia at the special discounted price.

Cape Reinga via Ninety Mile Beach:
Full day excursion to the Far North in the unique Dune Rider vehicle purposely built to go off-road in full comfort of air conditioning, reclining seats, plenty of leg room and large panorama windows for great views along the way. You will immerse in an informative and entertaining account of the culture and history of Northland, visiting 90 Mile Beach, Te Paki Sand Dunes and finally Cape Reinga. Freshly prepared lunch is included during this tour.
Full Day – Moderate Walking – Scenic Interest

Discover the Bay Cruise:
Here is your chance to explore the beautiful Bay of Islands further, with a cruise on a large catamaran. You will have a chance of viewing marine mammals, such as dolphins, whales, seals or orcas. We will cruise out to the iconic Hole in the Rock and if the sea conditions permit, travel through it. On our return journey we will have a beautiful island stop for lunch where you can take a walk or have a swim before making our way back to Paihia.
Half Day – Minimal Walking - Scenic Cruise
Dual ticket will allow you to enjoy both optional excursions in Paihia at the special discounted price.

Cape Reinga via Ninety Mile Beach:
Full day excursion to the Fa...

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New Zealand - Paihia - Discover the Bay Cruise

New Zealand - Paihia - Discover the Bay Cruise

Here is your chance to explore the beautiful Bay of Islands further, with a cruise on a large catamaran. You will have a chance of viewing marine mammals, such as dolphins, whales, seals or orcas. We will cruise out to the iconic Hole in the Rock and if the sea conditions permit, travel through it. On our return journey we will have a beautiful island stop for lunch where you can take a walk or have a swim before making our way back to Paihia.

Half Day – Minimal Walking - Scenic Cruise
Here is your chance to explore the beautiful Bay of Islands further, with a cruise on a large catamaran. You will have a chance of viewing marine mammals, such as dolphins, whales,...

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New Zealand - Queenstown - Dart River Wilderness Jet

New Zealand - Queenstown - Dart River Wilderness Jet

This is a fantastic opportunity to journey deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park. You’ll experience a unique combination of breathtakig scenery and an exhilarating ride on a jet boating journey into Te Waipounamu World Heritage Area. You will be accompanied by the knowledgeable guide, providing a great insight into rich history of the area, while on a walk through the ancient beech forest – an atmosphere you may recognise from the Lord of the Rings movies. You will discover parts of Middle Earth, Narnia and many other treasured movie locations on a back road 4x4 adventure.
Please note: It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing.

Half Day – Moderate Walking – Scenic Experience
This is a fantastic opportunity to journey deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park. You’ll experience a unique combination of breathtakig scenery and an...

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