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New Zealand Discoverer

Auckland to Christchurch
12 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: NTA12
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation
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Trip Highlights

World Heritage-wonder

Admire the sublime alpine scenery of Australasia's highest mountain, Aoraki (Mt Cook)

A Glacial Beauty

Discover the dramatic surrounds of striking Franz Josef Glacier, set in icy surrounds

Sparkling Waters

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

Your Vacation Includes

  • Immersive Insider Experiences
  • 11 breakfasts and 7 dinners
  • Expert tour director plus local guides in select locations
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Luggage porterage and tipping

Map & Itinerary

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New Zealand Map NTA12 2018/19

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 transferred to your hotel. Spend some time at leisure before joining your group for dinner.

Stay: Rydges Auckland Hotel

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  • 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. Delight in the opportunity to dine and interact with locals who will enchant you with their customs and cheerful hospitality.


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 Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. You will also see the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley and witness the phenomenal spectacle of erupting geysers and bubbling mud pools.

Stay: Two Nights: Rydges Rotorua

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Rotorua captures the essence of New Zealand with its geothermal geysers, fascinating Maori 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

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  • 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. Weave through islands and admire coastlines defined by tiny coves on the way to Picton.


Board the InterIslander ferry, then continue to Christchurch via Kaikoura.

Stay: Christchurch, Quality Hotel Elms

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  • 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. Be sure to keep watch for the icy crests of Fox and Franz Josef glaciers as you travel through Westland Tai Poutini National Park. Over thousands of years, these natural wonders have created immense glacial valleys. This evening, enjoy dinner.

Stay: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

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  • 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.


Travel past the rugged peaks of the Southern Alps this morning. 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

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  • Breakfast

Queenstown is the perfect destination for adventurers and leisure seekers alike, offering endless activities to suit every traveller. With an entire day to spend as you please, you have the freedom to simply relax amid the beautiful lakeside setting or pursue your interests and choose one of Travelmarvel’s exciting select experiences. You may wish to step aboard the 100-year-old TSS Earnslaw steamship for a relaxing cruise to Walter Peak Station, or perhaps take a scenic gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak for spectacular panoramic views over Queenstown - both at own expense. Alternatively, 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.

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  • 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 the surrounding mountains of this World Heritage-listed area.


Enter Fiordland National Park along the Milford Road, then cruise Milford Sound. Afterwards, make your way to your hotel and enjoy dinner.

Stay: Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today you will 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

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Arrive this afternoon at your hotel, situated on the shores of Lake Tekapo. Tonight, dine on fresh local produce at your hotel’s restaurant during a memorable Farewell Dinner.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

View Australasia’s highest mountain, Aoraki (Mt Cook).


See the Moeraki Boulders and visit Oamaru to see some of New Zealand’s finest 19th-century architecture. Later, journey into Mt Cook National Park, then Lake Tekapo.

Stay: Lake Tekapo, Peppers Bluewater Resort

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd before travelling to Christchurch airport where your tour concludes.

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  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Hand-Picked Accommodation

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

New Zealand's Cultural Flavours

Savour feature dinners including a traditional Hangi feast in Rotorua

Stay Amid The Mountains

Enjoy views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables from your room at Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Lakeview

From the Australian Outback and Europe’s waterways to the icescapes of Antarctica and far beyond, we won’t just take you there, we’ll immerse you in the wonders of each and every place you visit