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New Zealand Getaway

Auckland to Christchurch
Trip Code: NT16
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Cruise Milford Sound in NZ

Cruise the full length of NZ's iconic Milford Sound, a magnificent fiord with cascading waterfalls and dense rainforest.

Sparkling Waters

Captivating Lake Tekapo will astound you with its beauty. While here, visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd.

Cape Brett's Dolphins

Take a cruise to this deep-sea fishing location, renowned for its dolphins, which are regularly spotted here.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Immersive Insider Experiences
  • 15 Breakfasts and 9 Dinners
  • Expert tour director plus local guides in select locations
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Luggage porterage for your convenience

Map & Itinerary

New Zealand Map NT16 2019/20

Auckland to Christchurch

Designed exclusively for our guests
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a range of included special or unique excursions and events

Be met on arrival into Auckland and be transferred to your hotel.

Stay: Rydges Auckland Hotel

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Journey north to the Matakohe Kauri Museum which details the story of pioneering settlers of the Kauri industry, as well as the legacy of Kauri forests.


See a mighty Kauri tree and marvel at its size at the Matakohe Kauri Museum. Continue to the Bay of Islands. Enjoy a special Welcome Dinner this evening.

Stay: Two Nights, Bay of Islands, Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Home to 144 islands, enjoy this aquatic playground with a full day at leisure. Perhaps relax on the beach, explore the wilderness areas via one of the many walking tracks, or wander about the town.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Explore New Zealand’s finest maritime park on a cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock.


The captivating coastline of the Bay of Islands provides sheltered waters for dolphins, whales, seals, penguins and other marine life. Continue to the Hole in the Rock, a distinctive sandstone arch formation. Return to Auckland by coach and relax prior to dinner.

Stay: Rydges Auckland Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Discover the magical natural spectacle of Waitomo Caves with a local guide.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a Maori Hangi Feast with performances of song and dance at Te Puia tonight.


Leaving Auckland after breakfast, travel to Waitomo, home to the famous glow worm caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an unmistakable glow. Continue to the geothermal capital of New Zealand, Rotorua. Visit Te Puia, New Zealand’s premier cultural centre, and enjoy a guided tour of the Māori Arts & Crafts Institute. You will also see the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley and witness the phenomenal spectacle of erupting geysers and bubbling mud pools. Delight in the opportunity to dine and interact with locals who will enchant you with their customs and cheerful hospitality.

Stay: Two Nights, Sudima Rotorua

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Rotorua captures the essence of New Zealand with its geothermal geysers, fascinating Māori culture and rich heritage. The city is positioned on the Pacific Rim of Fire, and is therefore one of the world’s most active geothermal areas. Your sightseeing continues with a visit to one of New Zealand’s best-loved attractions, the Agrodome, with its entertaining sheep shearing demonstration, dog trials and animal nursery. Later, perhaps enjoy an optional helicopter flight for views over the active White Island volcano (own expense).

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  • Breakfast

Farewell Rotorua and enjoy the scenery as you travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Lake Taupo - the largest freshwater lake in Australasia - and thundering Huka Falls. Continue south across the vast volcanic plateau of World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park to Wellington. The evening has been left free for you to explore the vibrant dining scene independently. From seafood cafes to cosy wine bars and spectacular fine-dining restaurants, you will see that New Zealand’s wild and fresh produce is showcased on a plate here in Wellington.

Stay: Travelodge Wellington

Daily :
  • Breakfast
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy one of the world’s most scenic voyages as the Interislander ferry traverses Cook Strait through the Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds.


This morning take in a city sights tour which includes Te Papa Tongarewa. Afterwards, admire coastlines defined by tiny coves on the way to Blenheim.

Stay: Blenheim, Quality Hotel Marlborough

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

This morning, head to Kaikoura. Delight in the chance to embark on a whale watching cruise, where you may catch a glimpse of the arc of a tail, or a spouting fountain from a blowhole. Here is one of the few areas on Earth where sperm whales can be sighted all year round thanks to the deep Kaikoura Canyon that runs along the coast. Continue your journey onwards to Christchurch. Upon arrival, enjoy dinner.

Stay: Christchurch, Quality Elms Hotel

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Absorb the rural scenery from aboard your coach before beginning the ascent into the Main Divide. Then, sit back and enjoy the vistas as you journey through the Southern Alps to Westland Tai Poutini National Park. This evening, enjoy dinner.

Stay: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Settle in for a two-night stay overseeing the calming blue waters of Lake Wakatipu, all the while admiring the dramatic backdrop of towering mountains.


Journey through spectacular Haast Pass, skirting the tranquil shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea to the alpine resort of Queenstown on Lake Wakatipu. Delicious food is always on the menu in Queenstown as it is renowned for its world-class food scene and nightlife. This evening, during time at leisure, you may like to dine at one of the many restaurants in the town centre.

Stay: Two Nights, Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

Daily :
  • Breakfast

With the entire day to spend as you please, you have the freedom to simply relax or pursue your interests and choose one of our exciting select experiences. Perhaps step aboard the TSS Earnslaw steamship for a cruise to Walter Peak Station, or take a scenic gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak for panoramic views over Queenstown (both at own expense). Or, if you’re more of a gourmand, perhaps choose to set off into the Central Otago region independently - one of New Zealand’s foremost wine-producing areas.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Board a boat and cruise the full length of Milford Sound, a magnificent fiord with views of cascading waterfalls, dense rainforest, sheer cliffs and surrounding mountains.


Enter Fiordland National Park along the Milford Road, then enjoy an exciting Insider Experience. Afterwards, make your way to your hotel and enjoy dinner.

Stay: Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today, journey through rolling Southland countryside before arriving in Dunedin. Enjoy a guided tour then head to the nearby hills to take an intriguing tour of Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle. Steeped in scandal and tragedy, it is filled with magnificent antiques and offers breathtaking views. Enjoy some time at leisure before dinner this evening.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Journey into Mt Cook National Park to view Australasia’s highest mountain, Aoraki (Mt Cook). Arrive this afternoon at your hotel, situated on the shores of Lake Tekapo.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Dine on fresh local produce at your hotel’s restaurant during a memorable Farewell Dinner.


See the Moeraki Boulders and visit Oamaru to see some of New Zealand’s finest 19th-century architecture.

Stay: Lake Tekapo, Peppers Bluewater Resort

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd before travelling to Christchurch airport for your onward flight.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Peppers Bluewater Resort

Enjoy an overnight escape at Peppers Bluewater Resort, perched on the turquoise shores of Lake Tekapo.

Superb food

Savour regional flavours on a range of included meals, such as a special Farewell Dinner and Welcome Reception.

Hand-Picked Accommodation

Stay in Premium hotels perfectly positioned for you to relax in comfort and explore the local treasures.

As a family-owned company, we take great pride in treating each and every guest as part of the family

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