Updated: Sep 2, 2019
Don't miss out your chance to go around entire New Zealand, visit its best places, explore its hidden gems, and try the authentic experience of Aotearoa.
Route: Christchurch - Akaroa - Lake Tekapo - Mt Cook - Wanaka - Arrowtown - Queenstown - Te Anau - Milford Sound - Dunedin - Auckland - Coromandel Peninsula - Hobbiton - Rotorua - Wai-O-Tapu - Huka Falls -Taupo - Tongariro NP - Waitomo - Auckland.
Duration of the tour: 19 days/18 nights (9-27 November 2019)
Number of tourists: 8-11 people
Cost: 4,040 USD per person in a twin share room. 4,940 USD per person in a single room.
1. Accommodation at 3-4* hotels with breakfasts.
2. Activities according to the itinerary below.
3. Services of a licenced guide-driver.
4. 12-seater Toyota Hiace minibus incl petrol.
5. Domestic flight from Dunedin to Auckland.
Place: Christchurch - Akaroa
10:40 – 11:30 Arrival in Christchurch, passport and bio-control. Meeting with a guide.
11:30 – 14:00 Christchurch city tour: city centre, Botanic gardens, old cathedral suffered from earthquake 2011, transitional cathedral.
14:00 – 15:30 Lunch at a local café (pay direct).
15:30 – 17:30 Transfer to Akaroa, possibly via beautiful Summit Rd. Pohatu
17:30 – 18:00 Penguin tour check-in.
18:00 – 21:00 Evening Penguins Tour. You’ll see the smallest penguins on the Earth – little blue penguin. You would need good walking shoes and warm clothes.
10:20 – 10:30 Driving to Main Wharf, Akaroa.
10:30 – 11:00 Check-in Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
11:00 – 13:00 Black Cat Akaroa cruise.
Excursion Includes: The historic French village of Akaroa is 90 minute drive from Christchurch where visitors can cruise around an extinct volcanic crater. Experience majestic scenery and stunning wildlife on daily Black Cat harbour cruises. Guests will see the rare, native dolphin - the Hector's or New Zealand Dolphin. There's also the chance to spot the world's smallest penguin, the White Flippered Little Blue Penguin, Fur Seals and other sea birds. Other cruise highlights are a working salmon farm, Cathedral Cave and signs of Akaroa's fascinating past including early Maori, French and British settlement. Two hour cruises depart daily from Akaroa’s Main Wharf.
- Full commentary from the skipper
- Full bar facilities
- Complimentary tea and coffee
- Optional photo pack
What to Bring: Warm sweater/fleece jacket, waterproof jacket, sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat and camera.
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch at a local café. Pay direct.
14:30 – 16:00 Ngaio Point loop track (1 hour of walking, easy level). We may stay on a beach for swimming.
Free evening in Akaroa.
Place: Akaroa – Lake Tekapo
09:00 – 14:00 Driving to Tekapo lake with a couple of short stops.
14:00 – 15:30 Lunch at a café in Tekapo.
15:30 – 16:00 Church of the Good Shepard, gorgeous lake views.
SPA in the evening (extra cost).
In the morning hiking on Hooker Valley Track.
Optional – sightseeing flight before Hooker valley hike. Booking is essential!
We’ll drive to Wanaka after the lunch (144 km, 2.5 hours with several short stops).
Place: Wanaka lake
11:00 – 17:30 Classic Half Day Wine Tour. The accent is on leisure as you immerse yourself into the flavours and sights of this vineyard paradise. We’ll take you to the little places that are quietly making a big name for themselves with their dedication to produce the best possible wine. Here you’ll get up close and personal with the vineyard owners. This tour is an unhurried amble through up to six of the regions finest, pausing only to admire the ever-present views. Savour the unique atmosphere of the arts, crafts and history of Old Cromwell Town and enjoy the indulgence of an award-winning gourmet platter lunch, made from local fresh produce.
10:00 – 11:00 Driving from Wanaka to historic Arrowtown through Cardrona pass.
11:00 – 12:00 Enjoy unique atmosphere of historic gold mining town in the heart of Otago region.
12:00 – 12:30 Driving to Skyline complex, lift to Bob’s Peak.
12:30 – 14:00 Buffet lunch at Stratosphere restaurant (included). Enjoy the fantastic views of the Wakatipu lake and Queenstown.
14:00 – 15:00 Queenstown city tour: Beach street, Botanic gardens, short walk along the lake’s shore.
15:00 – 18:00 Driving to Te Anau.
08:30 – 10:30 Driving to Milford Sound.
10:30 – 11:00 Check-in the cruise.
11:00 – 12:40 Milford Sound Scenic Cruise. A spectacular cruise to the mouth of the fiord on a spacious, modern vessel with excellent viewing opportunities. Large windows, spacious decks and comfortable lounges offer uninterrupted views of towering peaks and surging waterfalls. Keep a look out for seals basking on the rocks, dolphins and penguins. Enjoy scenic highlights such as Mitre Peak and Pembroke Glacier. Informative commentary explains the history and highlights points of interest during the cruise. Lunch is included.
13:00 – 19:00 Driving to Dunedin.
10:00 – 18:00 Dunedin city tour: Baldwin street, Larnach castle, tunnel beach hiking, Moeraki boulders.
Come and discover New Zealand's only castle, Larnach Castle, the historic labour of love built by politician and merchant, William Larnach, for his beloved first wife Eliza. The build began in 1871, taking 200 men three years to complete the exterior, before master craftsmen spent a following twelve years perfecting the interior embellishments. Eliza was clearly one special lady in the eyes of William, a man of great vision whose life makes a thrilling biography, from his three wives, to his career in politics, banking and business, and his eventual suicide shrouded in scandal. The Neo-Gothic Castle boasts a Colonial veranda, expansive views of Dunedin, the Otago Peninsula and harbour, as well as the Pacific Ocean and a tower to snap the perfect photo. The castle's interior is decorated with an array of New Zealand antiques, including a unique nine-piece Totara knot suite - not to be missed for any history buff. There is also an exquisite ballroom to behold and envision the grand goings-on of years passed that will have played out within it's walls.
08:00 – 09:00 Driving to the airport.
09:00 – 09:55 Flight check-in, boarding.
09:55 – 11:45 Direct flight to Auckland.
11:45 – 12:30 Baggage claim.
12:30 – 15:30 Driving to Hahei town, Coromandel peninsula.
15:30 – 17:00 Lunch. Pay direct.
17:00 Hotel check-in. Free evening in Hahei.
Today we’ll visit the famous Cathedral Cove where movie "The Chronicles of Narnia. Prince Caspian" was filmed. Hiking, swimming.
Also we’ll visit Hot water Beach to dig your own hot pool in sand.
Free day in leasure.
09:00 – 12:00 Driving from Hahei to Hobbiton.
12:00 – 12:30 Tour check-in.
12:30 – 14:30 Tour of the legendary Hobbiton.
14:30 – 15:30 Lunch at Shire's Rest Café (pay direct).
15:30 – 16:30 Driving to Rotorua.
16:30 – 18:00 Hotel check-in.
18:00 – 18:30 Driving to Mitai Maori Village. Tour check-in.
18:30 – 21:00 Tour of Mitai Maori Village which welcomes guests with the arrival of the maori war canoe. Kia Ora!
09:30 – 10:00 Driving to Te Puia. Tour check-in.
10:00 – 11:00 Tour of Te Puia with Maori guide (your guide will supervise the group).
11:00 – 13:00 Green and Blue lakes. Blue lake loop track. If the weather is good we’ll swim in the Blue lake.
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch. Pay direct.
14:30 – 16:00 Tour of Rainbow Springs where you will meet a kiwi bird, tuatara dinosaur, and lots of other local birds and lizards.
16:00 – 17:00 Shore of Rotorua lake, Government gardens.
You are welcome to visit hot pools of Polynesian SPA in the evening.
09:00 – 09:30 Driving to Waimangu valley.09:30 – 11:30 Walk in Waimangu valley with your guide. Waimangu Volcanic Valley geothermal park encompasses beautiful Lake Rotomahana and is set in pristine NZ forestry. Lake Rotomahana is the newest of NZ’s larger, naturally formed lakes – protected as a wildlife refuge, it's home to large numbers of birds all year round.
11:30 – 11:45 Driving to Wai-O-Tapu.
11:45 – 13:00 Tour of Wai-O-Tapu geothermal park. New Zealand's Wai-O-Tapu, renowned for being NZ’s most colourful geothermal area has been named in the '20 Most Surreal Places you need to see to believe'.
13:00 – 13:40 Driving to Huka Prawn Park.
13:40 – 15:00 Lunch at Huka Prawn Park restaurant. Pay direct.
15:00 – 15:30 Honey centre where you can buy famous hilarious Manuka honey and cosmetics made with honey.
15:30 – 16:30 Huka falls and Taupo lake lookout. Just north of Lake Taupo you'll find NZ's most visited attraction, the magnificent Huka Falls, where more than 220,000 litres of water thunder over the cliff face every second. Forced into a narrow ravine of hard volcanic rock, the wide Waikato River bursts through in an awesome display of natural hydro power.
16:30 Hotel check-in.
07:00 – 15:00 Today you’ll do one of the Top 10 New Zealand hiking trails – Tongariro Crossing. The activity is strongly weather dependent. You must be in very good fitness conditions.
Bad weather alternative is Maori Rock Carvings Cruise, Taupo (extra expences).
09:00 – 11:30 Driving to Waitomo.
11:30 – 14:30 Two caves tour in Waitomo. Waitomo was once part of the seabed, forged over millions of years & made up of layers of ancient bones, shells and rock sediment that now make Waitomo’s underground labyrinth of ancient sea caves. The most famous is the glowworm cave. World-renowned and attracting visitors from home and overseas, the unique New Zealand glowworms, Arachnocampa luminosa, radiate their luminescent light to light your way like stars in the Milky Way. Marvel at Mother Nature’s light show as you glide silently on the world famous boat ride along the Waitomo river through to the glowworm grotto. Nothing will quite prepare you for the sight, but you’ll never forget it.
Another, Ruakuri Cave, (meaning dog den) is New Zealand’s longest guided underground walking tour. Travel down the spectacular spiral entrance to experience a captivating blend of Waitomo’s most compelling subterranean experiences. Admire the softly folding limestone formations and crystal tapestries, as well as the rising & falling rock formations. Get right up close to the glowworms in the roof of the cave, so bring your camera & your youngest kids! Both caves are suitable for all ages so bring a warm jacket & comfortable shoes. Because of some clever and innovative design Ruakuri is also fully wheelchair accessible.
14:30 – 16:00 Lunch at Huhu café. Pay direct.
16:00 – 19:00 Driving to Auckland.
10:00 – 18:00 Western Auckland beaches. Muriway, Bethells and Piha. Hiking, swimming, surfing.
10:00 – 16:00 Auckland city tour. Imagine a world-class city where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails & enchanting islands. Imagine Auckland. Discover for yourself why it is regarded as one of the best places in the world to live with this informative tour. The tour takes you around the central city so you can experience many of the best and most scenic sights. Famous Queen Street, edgy ‘K’ Road, fashionable Ponsonby, boutique Parnell (where you will briefly stop) as well as the iconic Harbour Bridge & Viaduct Harbour with its revitalised Silo Park are all covered, as is the Domain, the 75 hectare historic park home to the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Just above Mission Bay is one of the scenic highlights: Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park which offers stunning views over the picturesque Eastern Bays, Auckland City and the Waitemata Harbour.
19:00 – 20:30 3 Course Dinner at the Revolving Orbit Restaurant. The Sky Tower is 328 metres tall, the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere. Located on Level 52, just above the main observation deck, over 190 metres above ground, the Orbit restaurant is a unique venue that gently rotates, giving you the full 360 degree view in one hour from your table! There is nothing quite like watching the sun going down from several hundred metres in the air & then experiencing the moon & city lights emerging - magical! Orbit is a relaxed, modern restaurant with an open atmosphere. The three course set menu offers excellent choices for all tastes, including vegetarian and gluten free options.
12:00 – 13:00 Transfer from the hotel to the airport
13:00 – 15:15 Flight check-in
15:15 Departure from New Zealand
We'll be happy to see you in New Zealand again!