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Group tour of New Zealand, 6-25 November 2020

Updated: Apr 28, 2020

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 withing a guided tour in a small group of up to 11 people.

Route: Auckland - Coromandel peninsula - Hobbiton - Waitomo - Rotorua - Waimangu valley - Wai-O-Tapu - Huka Falls - Taupo - Tongariro NP - Wellington - Picton - Nelson - Abel Tasman NP - Blenheim - Kaikoura - Christchurch - lake Tekapo - Mount Cook and Pukaki lake - Clay Cliffs - Oamaru – Moeraki boulders - Dunedin - Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown - Auckland.

Duration of the tour: 20 days/19 nights (6-25 November 2020)

Number of tourists: 6-11 people

Cost: 6,096 NZD per person in a twin share room. 6,885 NZD 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. Ferry tickets from Wellington to Picton.

6. Domestic flight from Queenstown to Auckland.

7. GST


Mt Cook and Lake Pukaki New Zealand
Mt Cook and Lake Pukaki

Day 1

6 November, Friday

Place: Auckland


Arrival in Auckland. Airport meet and greet. Transfer to a hotel.

Day 2

7 November, Saturday

Place: Auckland


10:00 – 14:00 Auckland city tour: Albert Park, Auckland university, Mt Eden, Domein, Mission Bay.

14:00 – 15:30 Lunch at a Belgium pub & restaurant De Fontain, which is famous for its mussels and beer. There are good steaks here as well. Pay direct.

15:30 – 16:10 Driving to the Bethells beach in Western Auckland.

16:10 – 18:00 Te Henga walkway: bush, black sand beach, spectacular views of the Tasman sea.

18:00 – 19:45 Driving to Sky Tower, lifting to Orbit restaurant.

19:45 – 21:15 Dinner at the revolving Orbit restaurant. Extra activity. Booking is essential!

Te Henga walkway, Auckland, group tour to New Zealand
Te Henga walkway, Auckland

Day 3

8 November, Sunday

Place: AucklandCoromandel peninsula


10:00 – 13:00 Driving to Coromandel peninsula.

After lunch we'll visit Hot Water Beach. This is the ultimate bucket list item! Not only is it a fabulous golden beach, you can also dig your own natural spa & sit soaking in hot water watching the sun rise. The name comes from the geothermal activity which pushes underground hot spring water up through the sand, allowing visitors to enjoy this unusual gift for two hours either side of low tide.

Hot water beach on Coromandel peninsula, group tour to New Zealand
Hot Water Beach on Coromandel peninsula

Day 4

9 November, Monday

Place: Coromandel peninsula


09:40 – 10:00 Tour check-in.

10:00 – 11:00 Hahei Explorer Boat tour with Cathedral Cove.

Today we’ll visit the famous Cathedral Cove where movie “The Chronicles of Narnia. Prince Caspian” was filmed. Also we’ll visit other local coves and beaches.

Day in leisure.

Cathedral cove on Coromandel peninsula, group tour to New Zealand
Cathedral cove on Coromandel peninsula

Day 5

10 November, Tuesday

Place: Coromandel peninsula HobbitonWaitomo - Rotorua


08:00 – 11:00 Driving from Whitianga to Hobbiton.

11:00 – 11:30 Tour check-in.

11:30 – 13:30 Tour of the legendary Hobbiton.

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch at Shire's Rest Café (pay direct).

14:30 – 16:00 Driving to Waitomo.

16:00 – 17:00 Tour to Glowworm Cave (it is dry).

17:00 – 20:00 Driving to Rotorua.

Bag End, Hobbiton, group tour to New Zealand
Bag End, Hobbiton

Day 6

11 November, Wednesday

Place: Rotorua

09:40 – 10:00 Driving to Redwood.

10:00 – 11:30 Redwoods Treewalk Rotorua.

11:30 - 12:00 Driving to SkyLine, lifting by Gondola to the Ngongotaha mountain.

12:00 – 13:00 3 luge rides per person. It’s very funny and suitable for all ages! Pay direct.

13:00 – 14:30 Buffet lunch at Stratosphere restaurant.

14:30 – 15:30 Rainbow Springs tour where you’ll see a kiwi bird.

15:30 – 17:30 Walk along the shore of lake Rotorua, Government gardens, shopping.

17:30 – 18:00 Driving to Te Puia, tour check-in.

18:00 – 21:00 Indigenous Evening Experience at Te Puia. You will see the world famous haka dance, try hangi meal and enjoy Pohutu geyser eruption.

Maori cultural experience at Te Puia, Rotorua, group tour to New Zealand
Maori cultural experience at Te Puia, Rotorua

Day 7

12 November, Thursday

Place: RotoruaWaimangu valley - Wai-O-TapuHuka Falls - Taupo


08:00 – 08:30 Driving to Waimangu valley.

08:30 – 11:00 Hiking in Waimangu valley (boat cruise is not included). 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. Intact remnants of the fabled Pink & White Terraces, once the 8th Wonder of the World & buried in June 1886 when Mt Tarawera erupted, have been found on the bed of the lake.

11:00 – 11:30 Driving to Wai-O-Tapu.

11:30 – 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'. A short drive from Rotorua or Taupo, Waiotapu (Maori for 'sacred waters') is an active geothermal area, with the Lady Knox geyser & many hot springs distinguished by their uniquely colourful appearance.

13:00 – 13:40 Driving to Huka Prawn Park.

13:40 – 15:00 Lunch at Huka Prawn Park restaurant. Pay direct. You may take a thrilling Huka Falls Jet ride (extra activity, booking is essential)

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. Hike there along the Huka Falls Trail, an easy one hour walk through exotic & native forests.

16:30 Hotel check-in.

In the evening we recommend relaxation in thermal pools of Wairakei Terraces (extra activity, pay direct).

Champagne pool in Wai-O-Tapu, group tour to New Zealand
Champagne pool in Wai-O-Tapu

Day 8

13 November, Friday

Place: TaupoTongariro NP (Ohakune)


09:00 – 11:00 Driving to Tongariro National Park.

11:00 – 13:00 Taranaki Falls Loop track. An option: 30-minute Volcanic Explorer Flight (extra activity, booking is essential).

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch at Chateau Tongariro (pay direct)

An option is Tongariro Crossing hike (without a guide). Departure from Taupo is at 7 am, pick-up at the end of the track is at 4-5:30 pm.

Mount Doom from Lord of the Rings, group tour to New Zealand
Mount Doom from Lord of the Rings

Day 9

14 November, Saturday

Place: Tongariro NP (Ohakune) – Wellington

10:00 – 16:00 Driving to Wellington.

Free evening in the capital of New Zealand. You are welcome to visit a theater or an opera or a ballet.

Day 10

15 November, Sunday

Place: Wellington – Picton - Nelson


09:00 – 13:00 Wellington City tour: Mt Victoria lookout, Te Papa Tongarewa museum, The Parliament (The Beehive), White House.

13:00 – 13:30 Driving to ferry terminal.

13:30 – 14:45 Ferry check-in.

14:45 – 17:55 Driving by ferry to South island.

18:00 – 18:30 Luggage claim.

18:30 – 20:30 Driving to Nelson. Hotel check-in.

Cook strait ferry, group tour to New Zealand
Cook strait ferry

Day 11

16 November, Monday

Place: NelsonAbel Tasman NP - Nelson


07:00 – 08:15 Driving to Abel Tasman NP.

08:15 – 08:30 Tour check-in.

08:30 – 16:30 Abel Tasman Kayaking: Kayak & Pitt Head Nature Loop

Kayak: Marahau to Observation Beach or the reverse approx 2 hours.

Unguided walk: walk to Anchorage via Pitt Head Loop approx 3 hours. Tourists may ignore Pitt Head Loop and stay on Anchorage beach and relax waiting for a water taxi.

We provide: a top quality double or single kayak, lifejacket, paddle, spray shirt, paddle jacket, dry bags to keep your camera safe, a detailed map and a full safety briefing with a qualified guide.

What to bring: water bottle, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, towel, swimsuit, wool or fleece jumper, wind jacket, change or clothes, camera and any medication to ensure you have the best time possible.

Lunch is included.

16:30 – 18:00 Returning to Nelson.

Kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park, group tour to New Zealand
Kayaking in Abel Tasman NP

Day 12

17 November, Tuesday

Place: Nelson - Blenheim


Wine tour in the famous Marlborough region: wine tasting in 3 wineries – Cloudy bay, Fromm (with lunch pay direct), Wairau River.

Free time in Blenheim.

wine tour in new zealand, group tour to new zealand

Day 13

18 November, Wednesday

Place: BlenheimKaikoura - Christchurch


09:00 – 11:30 Driving to Kaikoura. There is a fur seal colony on your way. Park a car and enjoy these cut creatures.

11:30 – 13:00 Lunch with crayfish at the Pier Hotel restaurant (pay direct).

13:00 – 13:15 Driving to Whale Watch Kaikoura.

13:15 – 16:45 Whale Watch Boat Tour.

17:00 – 20:00 Driving to Christchurch. Hotel check-in.

Whale watch Kaikoura, group tour to New Zealand
Whale watch Kaikoura

Day 14

19 November, Thursday

Place: Christchurch


10:00 – 13:00 Christchurch city tour: Cathedral Square - Transitional Cathedral - 185 white chairs – Botanic gardens. Canterbury museum as an option.

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch at Curators House. Pay direct.

14:30 – 15:00 Driving to Antarctic centre.