• Discover a dramatic world of ice as you navigate the Franz Josef Glacier.
  • Sip Waiheke Island’s finest wines at award winning wineries.
  • Search for dolphins and whales on a whale watching expedition.
  • With your private guide, cycle through the Blenheim countryside.
  • Enjoy expertly selected hotels.
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This is the ultimate New Zealand experience. You’ll see it all, from the geothermal landscapes and sunny beaches of the North Island, to the breathtaking fjords and glaciers of the South Island.

Arrive in Auckland, the City of Sails, and start your Kiwi adventure with a dinner and cruise in glittering Auckland Harbour. Explore Maori culture and enjoy the forest and coastline of the Coromandel Penninsula on a guided wilderness walk. In Rotorua, get up close and personal with the unique geothermal landscape as you hike, cycle, and kayak across its otherworldly landscapes. Get into adventure mode when you get to Queenstown and explore this mountain jewel, travelling by helicopter to Milford Sound. All that adventure deserves a reward, so we've put aside some time for you to sample some of New Zealand's finest wines. More mountain excitement awaits as you don your crampons, and take ice-axe in hand, to do some glacier hiking in Franz Joseph. Travel to the east coast of the South Island to spend the next few days along New Zealand's spectacular coastline. Whale-watching, cycling, and taking the ferry through the Marlborough Sound, are just a few of the activities you'll experience before traversing the Cook Straight to arrive in Wellington. This unforgettable tour combines adventure, culture, and nature to give you an in-depth experience in the Land of the Long White Cloud. ... Show More »

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Auckland
    Auckland
    • Transfer - Private - International Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Welcome to New Zealand - Welcome Package
    • Tour - Shared - Harbour Cruise & Dinner (2.5hrs) - Sailing Boat
  • Day 2 Auckland
    Auckland
    • Shared - Wine & Olive Tour on Waiheke Island - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 3 Auckland to Coromandel
    Auckland to Coromandel
    • Auckland - Coromandel [with Scenic Stops (6-8hrs)] - Vehicle/Driver(2)
  • Day 4 Coromandel
    Coromandel
    • Tour - Private - Kiwi Nature and Coast with Lunch - Vehicle/Guide(2)
  • Day 5 Coromandel to Rotorua
    Coromandel to Rotorua
    • Coromandel - Rotorua [3hrs ] - Vehicle/Driver with Scenic Stops(5)
  • Day 6 Rotorua
    Rotorua
    • Tour - Shared - Te Puia Guided Tour and Te Po Hangi & Concert - Shuttle/Guide/Dinner/Concert
  • Day 7 Rotorua
    Rotorua
    • Tour - Shared - Full Day Adventure Tour (8.5hrs) - Mini Coach
  • Day 8 Rotorua to Queenstown
    Rotorua to Queenstown
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Rotorua - Queenstown [Separate Purchase] -
    • Transfer - Private - Domestic Airport - Vehicle/Driver(2)
    • Skyline Dinner - Gondola/ Dinner
  • Day 9 Queenstown
    Queenstown
    • Tour - Shared - Milford Sound and Cruise with Picnic Lunch (13hrs) - Coach/Cruise
  • Day 10 Queenstown
    Queenstown
    • Tour - Private - Wine Tour in Central Otago Region with Lunch (5hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 11 Queenstown to Franz Josef
    Queenstown to Franz Josef
    • Queenstown - Franz Josef - Coach
  • Day 12 Franz Josef
    Franz Josef
    • Tour - Shared - Ice Explorer Tour (4hrs) - Helicopter/Guide
  • Day 13 Franz Josef to Greymouth to Christchurch
    Franz Josef to Greymouth to Christchurch
    • Franz Josef - Greymouth [3hrs] - Coach
    • Greymouth - Christchurch [The Scenic TranzAlpine Train] - Train
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver(3)
  • Day 14 Christchurch to Kaikoura
    Christchurch to Kaikoura
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver(3)
    • Christchurch - Kaikoura [Coastal Pacific ] - Train Ticket
  • Day 15 Kaikoura to Blenheim
    Kaikoura to Blenheim
    • Tour - Shared - Kaikoura Whale Watching Tour (3.5hrs) - Boat
    • Kaikoura - Blenheim [Coastal Pacific - 2hrs] - Train Ticket
  • Day 16 Blenheim
    Blenheim
    • Tour - Private - Biking Tour (6-7hrs) - Guide
  • Day 17 Blenheim to Picton to Wellington
    Blenheim to Picton to Wellington
    • Blenheim - Picton [30min] - Vehicle/Driver(4)
    • Picton - Wellington [3 Hours] - Ferry Ticket
    • Transfer - Private - Port - Vehicle/Driver(3)
  • Day 18 Wellington
    Wellington
    • Tour - Shared - Wild Wellington with Lunch (8hrs) - Mini Coach
  • Day 19 Wellington
    Wellington
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(3)
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Day 1: Auckland

A private vehicle with driver will provide a transfer between the Auckland airport and your hotel.

You will receive a welcome package on arrival which will include a welcome letter, detailed itinerary, vouchers for each service, supplier contact list as well as various brochures of the destinations you will be visiting. This will be available at your first service. 

Enjoy a unique dining experience on Auckland’s magnificent Waitemata Harbour.  Enjoy an evening of great sailing as the sun sets on the horizon allowing the night lights of this photogenic city come to life.  The experienced crew provides detailed info about Auckland’s, whilst those craving some physical activity have the opportunity to participate in the sailing experience. Choose from a set menu served by the crew during the dinner stop at a sheltered mooring location. This cruise departs at 6.00 p.m. and has a maximum group size of 18 guests. All departures are subject to wind and weather conditions. Smoking is not permitted on the vessel. Before your departure, please report to the Pride of Auckland Office located on the concourse of the Auckland Maritime Museum on the corner of Quay and lower Hobson Streets.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Auckland (3*)

Conveniently located in the heart of Auckland’s vibrant cultural, shopping and business district, the Scenic Auckland Hotel (3*) is a refurbished landmark site, formerly known as the MLC building. The hotel has a total of 97 apartment-style rooms and suites, many of them having great city views, and some with a beautiful glimpse of the harbor. Visit the MLC Café & Bar for the best and freshest of New Zealand produce, meat and seafood. Pair your meals with delicious and refreshing local fine wines. For guests wishing to stay fit during their stay, there is a fitness center with a variety of equipment.

Auckland Coastal Piha Beach
Auckland Coastal Piha Beach
Scenic Hotel Auckland
Scenic Hotel Auckland

Day 2: Auckland

Begin the days touring by reporting to the Pier 2, at the Ferry Terminal in Downtown, Auckland. The Fullers Waiheke Vineyard provides an opportunity to taste the essence of Waiheke Island.  Visit three of the island's award winning wineries. These wineries are an integral part of the island's established wine producing market. After the 35 minute cruise, join the  guide for a short scenic highlights tour of the island en route to the first vineyard where, in addition to the tour and tasting, a light lunch is provided, which can be enjoyed amongst the wonderful vineyard setting.  An additional stop over at the Ranighoua Estate introduces visitors to the splendour of Waiheke's olive growing industry.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Auckland (3*)
Wine Tour
Wine Tour

Day 3: Auckland - Coromandel

This morning you will meet your driver guide in the lobby of your hotel and begin your scenic journey from the city of Auckland to the stunning Coromandel Peninsula. Make stops along the way and learn about this unique region. Visit the mining museum in Thames and discover New Zealand's gold mining history, or experience the famous Hot Water Beach. You will also have time to explore Cathedral Cove. After time discovering the peninsula, your guide will drop you off at your accommodation in the Coromandel. This tour is based on six to eight hours including a one hour stop at Cathedral Cove Kayaks. Lunch and entrance fees are not included.

Accommodation: Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort (4.5*)

Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort is a secluded hideaway located at Pauanui Beach. Situated 800 meters away from the 3 kilometer long sandy beach and nestled into the slopes of Mt. Pauanui select from any of the romantic chalets surrounded by native bush. The Miha Restaurant offers an intimate ambience, superb local cuisine and beautiful views, while other facilities include an outdoor swimming and spa pool, gym, tennis court and bikes for hire, with an international 18-hole golf course and excellent fishing nearby.

Coromandel - Cathedral Cove
Coromandel - Cathedral Cove
Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort
Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort

Day 4: Coromandel

Today you will be collected from your accommodation to start your kiwi nature and coast adventure.  This tour is a photographer's dream and a delightful sample of Coromandel Peninsula's natural heritage and scenic beauty. Enjoy the flora and fauna of the semi-tropical rainforest with giant ferns, kauri trees and crystal clear streams. Visit the old historic gold caves sparkling with glow worms and hear the fascinating history of this magic area. Visit stunning coastal scenery with white sand beaches, magnificent cliffs decorated with ancient Pohutukawa trees, old Maori pa sites and offshore islands. You will also visit the Hot Water Beach (tide permitting). Lunch is a delicious picnic or a visit to your guide’s favorite café.

Accommodation: Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort (4.5*)
Hiking on Coromandel Peninsula
Hiking on Coromandel Peninsula

Day 5: Coromandel - Rotorua

A private vehicle with English speaking driver will provide a transfer between Coromandel and Rotorua.  The approximate travel time is 3 hours.

Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua Hotel (3*)

Sudima Lake Rotorua (3*) is the largest hotel in Rotorua, and is set right on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua. The hotel offers 250 guest rooms in a range of accommodation options, many with superb views across the lake. Visit the Lakes Restaurant & Mallards Bar for first-class service and top-quality dining. Enjoy a swim in the heated swimming pool, relax in one of the three private spa pools, or book time with the on-site massage therapist for a soothing massage therapy.

Rotorua
Rotorua
Sudima Lake Rotorua Hotel
Sudima Lake Rotorua Hotel

Day 6: Rotorua

Enjoy a guided tour of the valley with one of Te Puia's world renowned guides. As part of the tour you will visit New Zealand's national carving and weaving schools and witness these disciplines in practice, under the guidance of full-time master carvers and weavers. You will visit award winning interactive galleries, see a kiwi bird up close, and most importantly, hear stories as told by the descendants of the valley. To conclude the tour you will visit the geyser and mud pools and then be invited to have a short rest prior to the beginning of the evening experience. Traditionally, Te Po is an intimate time for sharing knowledge. Te Po is also Te Puia's authentic evening cultural experience a feast of food, culture and friendship. It begins every night at Te-Heketanga-a-Rangi (The Heavenly Origins). The space comprises twelve monumental carvings reaching skywards, each one representing a Maori deity. Hear the stories of the past and see how these traditions live on today. Feeding guests is regarded by Maori as an honor and a sign of a tribe's mana (standing), So a sumptuous banquet is provided during the evening. This banquet combines contemporary cuisine with a traditional hangi (earth-cooked oven meal), where kai (food) is steam-cooked by hot rocks in the earth, giving it a delicious smoky flavor.
Following dessert, you will be transferred to the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley to enjoy the spectacular lighting. Guests can wander around the illuminated natural attractions, including Pohutu geyser. This tour can accommodate 160 guests.

Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua Hotel (3*)
Flightless Kiwis
Flightless Kiwis

Day 7: Rotorua

Experience the spectacular geothermal activity and stunning volcanic landscapes of Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland and Waimangu Thermal Valley, during this 8.5 hour geothermal exploration tour. Admire the craftsmanship during a visit to the Government Gardens, before a visit to a unique Sulphur Bay. Enjoy the natural beauty of the Blue and Green Lakes, providing stunning panoramic views of Lake Tarawera and the Mount Tarawera volcano. Witness the volcanic devastation created by the Mount Tarawera eruption of 1886, which is very evident at the Rotorua’s Buried Village. Journey through time and watch the captivating tale of Te Wairoa unfold at the Buried Village Museum and on a guided walk through the excavated sites. Take a walk to a picturesque waterfall set amidst beautiful New Zealand rain-forest. Finish the day with a relaxing walk through the magnificent Redwood Forest. Lunch and refreshments are included. The tour starts at 8.00 a.m. and returns at approximately 4.30 p.m. The participant guide ratio is 1:10.

Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua Hotel (3*)
Waimangu Thermal Valley
Waimangu Thermal Valley

Day 8: Rotorua - Queenstown

A privately driven vehicle will provide a transfer between the airport and hotel today.

Flight price on request. (Separate Purchase)

Meet your diver for a private transfer between Queenstown and the Domestic Airport.

Scenic Gondola ride and Taste of New Zealand buffet of legendary proportions in the Stratosfare Restaurant. The menu is inspired by iconic New Zealand cuisine and infused with international influences, and offers something for everyone - from fresh seafood and delectable desserts to an array of vegetarian dishes. The Skyline complex has fantastic views over Queenstown and towards the Remarkables Mountain range. Whilst you dine, the panoramic view will captivate your night. 

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Lakefront (4*)

This family-friendly Queenstown property is situated close to Queenstown Gardens and Queenstown Harbour. Another nearby point of interest is TSS Earnslaw Steamship. In addition to minibars and complimentary weekday newspapers, guestrooms feature working desks along with refrigerators, coffee/tea makers, and shower/tub combinations. In addition to a restaurant and spa services, Copthorne Resort Lakefront features a bar/lounge, a concierge desk, and a coffee shop/café.

Queenstown
Queenstown
Copthorne Hotel & Resort
Copthorne Hotel & Resort

Day 9: Queenstown

Travel by luxury coach on an unforgettable journey from Queenstown into Milford Sound.  Travel from Queenstown along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, and through rolling countryside to Te Anau.  After a short break at Te Anau, continue via the spectacular Milford Road, to Milford Sound.  Board the Milford Mariner for a relaxing cruise of Milford Sound.  The cruise provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to enjoy waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife.  An on board nature guide provides interpretation in English only.   Experience stunning surroundings at the heart of Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area. In Maori legend, the fiords were created not by rivers of ice, but by Tu Te Raki Whanoa, a godly figure who came wielding a magical adze uttering incantations. Milford Sound (Piopiotahi) is without doubt his finest sculpture. Luxuriant rainforest clings to sheer rock walls washed with waterfalls. In the foreground stands Mitre Peak, dominating the skyline. Whatever the fiord’s mood, teeming with rain or with sun glistening on deep water, it will inspire you.   A return transfer by luxury coach to Queenstown is provided. The tour departs at 7 a.m., takes approximately 13 hours and can accommodate up to 120 guests.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Lakefront (4*)
Milford Sound Cruising
Milford Sound Cruising

Day 10: Queenstown

Today your private driver-guide will meet you at your Queenstown accommodation and take you on an unforgettable experience. Your afternoon begins amongst the boutique vineyards and splendid scenery of the Central Otago. Taste wines at four of the best boutique vineyards in the Gibbston, Bannockburn and Cromwell regions.  This fantastic outing also includes a delightful gourmet lunch at the award winning Carrick Winery. Stroll through Old Cromwell Town and drive through the stunning Kawarau Gorge and learn about the gold history of the region (time and weather permitting). The duration of the tour is approximately 5 hours and operates with maximum 5 adults. The tour departs at 11 a.m and returns at approximately 5:00 p.m.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Lakefront (4*)
Wine Tour
Wine Tour

Day 11: Queenstown - Franz Josef

Transfer today between Queenstown and Franz Joseph by shared coach bus. The time is roughly 5-6 hours.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef (3.5*)

The 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. Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier makes the most of its alpine location and offers quality accommodation in two separate hotel ‘wings’. Stay in either the Douglas or Graham wing, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings within Franz Josef village. The professional, friendly staff look forward to welcoming you and helping to make your stay enjoyable and comfortable. Your visit will be made even more memorable by the many natural wonders in the area.

Franz Josef
Franz Josef
The Scenic Hotel Franz Josef
The Scenic Hotel Franz Josef

Day 12: Franz Josef

This 4 hour adventure is a fantastic introduction to an enthralling world of ice. A short Heli hop from the township of Franz Josef takes you into the remarkable Pinnacles area of the glacier. Here an experienced guide will navigate you through a maze of ice and explain the dramatic environmental changes over the last few years. You will explore the awe-inspiring landscape in this incredible experience through Franz Josef Glacier. The Ice Explorer hike includes entry into the fabulous Glacier Hot Pools. All visitors and guides are equipped with the best in quality gear. Breathable Rain Jacket, Waterproof over-trousers (if required), Socks and sturdy boots (or you have the option to wear your own hiking boots), Crampons (with small waist bag) for superior glacier grip, Woollen hats and gloves (if required). On this trip you will enjoy a small guide to customer ratio (max 1:11). Departure times are 8.15 a.m., 9.00 a.m., 10.40 a.m., 11.25 a.m.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef (3.5*)
Discovering the Glacier
Discovering the Glacier

Day 13: Franz Josef - Greymouth - Christchurch

Join your coach and continue to Greymouth, the largest township and port in the area, rich in gold and coal mining history.

The TranzAlpine scenic train journey travels between Greymouth and Christchurch, from one coast of New Zealand to the other. From your carriage you’ll see the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River fields, followed by the Canterbury Plains and farmland . Your train climbs into the Southern Alps through lush beech rain forest from the West Coast town of Greymouth. Our train journey finishes in Christchurch - New Zealand's largest city on the South Island. The trip is 223.8 kilometres long and takes just four and a half hours. There are 16 tunnels, and 5 viaducts, the highest being the Staircase standing at 73 metres.

A private vehicle with driver will provide a transfer between the train station and your hotel.

Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Cotswold (3.5*)

Heartland Hotel Cotswold is warm and welcoming, and the perfect place to relax during the visit to Christchurch. The spacious grounds feature award-winning gardens, and there is always a seat waiting for guests in the Earl of Essex Bar. The 3 star-plus Christchurch hotel is located on the edge of the CBD. It’s an easy stroll to boutique shopping at Merivale Mall, Christchurch Casino and the beautiful Hagley Park. Just 20 minutes drive from Christchurch airport, and very close to the CBD, Heartland Hotel Cotswold is well positioned for travelers here on business or for leisure.

Christchurch
Christchurch
Heartland Hotel Cotswold
Heartland Hotel Cotswold

Day 14: Christchurch - Kaikoura

A private vehicle with driver will provide a transfer between the train station and your hotel.

Ride the Coastal Pacific train between Christchurch and Kaikura. The journey is roughly 3 hours, and departs at 7 a.m.

Accommodation: Fyffe Country Lodge (4*)

The Fyffe Country Lodge is located just 5 minutes’ drive (5.5 kilometres) south of the Kaikoura Township. This magnificent 5 star Kaikoura luxury lodge (also known as an Inn or Hotel) offers luxury accommodation on a Bed and Breakfast basis and is a “Kaikoura Landmark Property”. The lodge is beautifully constructed with handmade rammed earth blocks and surrounded by manicured gardens with stunning alpine views of Mount Fyffe and the Seaward Kaikoura Range. Step back in time and enjoy the ageless surroundings and panoramic vista at this Kaikoura accommodation capturing the gracious lifestyle of a bygone era.

Kaikoura Coastal Area
Kaikoura Coastal Area
The Fyffe Country Lodge Exterior
The Fyffe Country Lodge Exterior

Day 15: Kaikoura - Blenheim

During this whale watching tour you may encounter some of New Zealand's most dynamic sealife including fur seals, pods of dusky dolphins and the endangered wandering albatross. Depending on the season you may also see migrating humpback whales, pilot whales, blue whales and southern right whales.  Kaikoura often hosts the world's largest dolphin—the orca—and is home to the world's smallest and rarest—the hector's. Kaikoura also attracts the largest concentration and variety of seabirds on mainland New Zealand including 13 species of albatross, 14 varieties of petrels and seven types of shearwater. Designed for New Zealand whale watching tours, their modern catamarans are equipped with engines that minimise underwater noise and toilets that never pollute the sea. The main passenger cabin is enclosed and large outside decks offer great viewing and photo opportunities. The vessel accommodates up to 48 passengers. To start your whale watch experience, please report to the whale watch office. If the sea and weather conditions are not suitable the tour will be cancelled. If you suffer from motion sickness please take precautions before arriving. Please dress warmly for your tour. Allow 3.5 hours for the Whale Watch experience. Between 2 and 2.5 hours is spent on the water, with the extra hour covering report time, checking in and transport to and from the boat. The tour departs at 7.15 a.m., 10 a.m. and 12.45 p.m. (plus 3.30 p.m. from November to March).

Coastal Pacific is a memorable train journey between Kaikoura and Blenheim. Travel along kilometres of ruggedly beautiful coastline you’ll get astonishingly close to the surging Pacific Ocean and steeply rising Kaikoura Ranges. You’ll also travel through beautiful wine growing regions, across broad, braided rivers and the rich farming landscape.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Marlborough (4.5*)

Scenic Hotel Marlborough is a modern and stylish property located in the heart of Marlborough Wine Country. Facilities include a spa pool, sauna, restaurant and bar. Just 10 minutes walk from the center of Blenheim, Scenic Hotel Marlborough New Zealand is located 1 kilometer from Blenheim Railway Station and a 10 minute drive from Marlborough Airport. Each room is air conditioned and features a 42-inch flat-screen satellite TV. Wireless internet access is available in all rooms. Services and facilities include 24-hour reception, room service and free guest parking. There are extensive conference and business facilities. Mondrians Restaurant & Bar is open each day, offering modern à la carte dining. It features the best local produce and an excellent selection of Marlborough wines.

Blenheim
Blenheim
Scenic Hotel Marlborough Exterior
Scenic Hotel Marlborough Exterior

Day 16: Blenheim

You will be picked up from your accommodation in Blenheim at approximately 9.00 a.m. Enjoy a day of cycling around the beautiful Marlborough region, visiting on the way some of the top Marlborough wineries, whilst enjoying samples on the way. Breathe in the fresh country air along the quiet back roads which pass through the Wairau River valley. A return transfer to the point of origin is included. The tour takes between 6 and 7 hours. Please wear comfortable and warm clothing to cycle in for example fleece or jersey windbreaker/ raincoat, suitable biking shoes (also comfortable to walk in), sunglasses and sunscreen.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Marlborough (4.5*)
Biking Tour
Biking Tour

Day 17: Blenheim - Picton - Wellington

A private transfer from Blenheim to Picton is provided.

Enjoy this scenic ferry transfer travelling between Picton and Wellington, New Zealand.  This 92 kilometer trip takes approximately 3 hours, and has been described as one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world.

A private vehicle with driver will provide a transfer between the port and your hotel.

Accommodation: Bay Plaza Hotel (3*)

The Bay Plaza Hotel is located in the center of New Zealand’s exciting harbor capital. The hotel rooms are spacious and boast some of the best views and locations in the city. Classic yet contemporary, the rooms stylishly combine modern fittings and furnishings with the most interesting of the hotel’s original architectural features. Dine at the in-house restaurant and bar, conveniently open from morning until evening, serving all meals and beverages with professionalism and style. Enjoy views of the beautiful city, harbor and historic homes of Mount Victoria. The Bay Plaza is on exclusive Oriental Bay, where you can enjoy a quieter take on being in the heart of the city. Walk over the golden sands of this picturesque city beach and visit city bays beyond. Equally interesting walking can be found among the colonial wooden villas and pine forest walkways of Mount Victoria.

Fur Seal sitting on the Wellington Coast
Fur Seal sitting on the Wellington Coast
Bay Plaza Hotel
Bay Plaza Hotel

Day 18: Wellington

Discover Wellington’s extraordinary natural features and contrasts. Begin with a stroll along Wellington’s beautiful waterfront, whilst an experienced local guide explains the Maori legends of sea monsters, or Taniwha, who once inhabited the harbor’s mysterious depths, and tales of the legendary warrior who once landed his canoe on the Wellington shore. Take a four-wheel drive journey to the Seal Coast, across a live tectonic fault line and around craggy headlands for an up close and personal visit with a colony of fur seals living on the spectacular rocky coast. It is here where a delicious outdoor picnic lunch is provided. Take a guided tour through New Zealand bush on the fringes of the city, where endangered birds including the Kaka, Kiwi, Saddleback and Bellbird are regenerating in their native forest habitat. Trek along the bush trails amongst the giant trees of the forest, while learning the traditional bush folklore of the region.

Accommodation: Bay Plaza Hotel (3*)
Seal Coast
Seal Coast

Day 19: Wellington

A private vehicle with driver will provide a transfer between the airport and hotel.

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  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
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Scenic Hotel Auckland (3*): Auckland

Conveniently located in the heart of Auckland’s vibrant cultural, shopping and business district, the Scenic Auckland Hotel (3*) is a refurbished landmark site, formerly known as the MLC building. The hotel has a total of 97 apartment-style rooms and suites, many of them having great city views, and some with a beautiful glimpse of the harbor. Visit the MLC Café & Bar for the best and freshest of New Zealand produce, meat and seafood. Pair your meals with delicious and refreshing local fine wines. For guests wishing to stay fit during their stay, there is a fitness center with a variety of equipment.

Scenic Hotel Auckland
Scenic Hotel Auckland

Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort (4.5*): Coromandel

Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort is a secluded hideaway located at Pauanui Beach. Situated 800 meters away from the 3 kilometer long sandy beach and nestled into the slopes of Mt. Pauanui select from any of the romantic chalets surrounded by native bush. The Miha Restaurant offers an intimate ambience, superb local cuisine and beautiful views, while other facilities include an outdoor swimming and spa pool, gym, tennis court and bikes for hire, with an international 18-hole golf course and excellent fishing nearby.

Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort
Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort

Sudima Lake Rotorua Hotel (3*): Rotorua

Sudima Lake Rotorua (3*) is the largest hotel in Rotorua, and is set right on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua. The hotel offers 250 guest rooms in a range of accommodation options, many with superb views across the lake. Visit the Lakes Restaurant & Mallards Bar for first-class service and top-quality dining. Enjoy a swim in the heated swimming pool, relax in one of the three private spa pools, or book time with the on-site massage therapist for a soothing massage therapy.

Sudima Lake Rotorua Hotel
Sudima Lake Rotorua Hotel

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Lakefront (4*): Queenstown

This family-friendly Queenstown property is situated close to Queenstown Gardens and Queenstown Harbour. Another nearby point of interest is TSS Earnslaw Steamship. In addition to minibars and complimentary weekday newspapers, guestrooms feature working desks along with refrigerators, coffee/tea makers, and shower/tub combinations. In addition to a restaurant and spa services, Copthorne Resort Lakefront features a bar/lounge, a concierge desk, and a coffee shop/café.

Copthorne Hotel & Resort
Copthorne Hotel & Resort

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef (3.5*): Franz Josef

The 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. Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier makes the most of its alpine location and offers quality accommodation in two separate hotel ‘wings’. Stay in either the Douglas or Graham wing, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings within Franz Josef village. The professional, friendly staff look forward to welcoming you and helping to make your stay enjoyable and comfortable. Your visit will be made even more memorable by the many natural wonders in the area.

The Scenic Hotel Franz Josef
The Scenic Hotel Franz Josef

Heartland Hotel Cotswold (3.5*): Christchurch

Heartland Hotel Cotswold is warm and welcoming, and the perfect place to relax during the visit to Christchurch. The spacious grounds feature award-winning gardens, and there is always a seat waiting for guests in the Earl of Essex Bar. The 3 star-plus Christchurch hotel is located on the edge of the CBD. It’s an easy stroll to boutique shopping at Merivale Mall, Christchurch Casino and the beautiful Hagley Park. Just 20 minutes drive from Christchurch airport, and very close to the CBD, Heartland Hotel Cotswold is well positioned for travelers here on business or for leisure.

Heartland Hotel Cotswold
Heartland Hotel Cotswold

Fyffe Country Lodge (4*): Kaikoura

The Fyffe Country Lodge is located just 5 minutes’ drive (5.5 kilometres) south of the Kaikoura Township. This magnificent 5 star Kaikoura luxury lodge (also known as an Inn or Hotel) offers luxury accommodation on a Bed and Breakfast basis and is a “Kaikoura Landmark Property”. The lodge is beautifully constructed with handmade rammed earth blocks and surrounded by manicured gardens with stunning alpine views of Mount Fyffe and the Seaward Kaikoura Range. Step back in time and enjoy the ageless surroundings and panoramic vista at this Kaikoura accommodation capturing the gracious lifestyle of a bygone era.

The Fyffe Country Lodge Exterior
The Fyffe Country Lodge Exterior

Scenic Hotel Marlborough (4.5*): Blenheim

Scenic Hotel Marlborough is a modern and stylish property located in the heart of Marlborough Wine Country. Facilities include a spa pool, sauna, restaurant and bar. Just 10 minutes walk from the center of Blenheim, Scenic Hotel Marlborough New Zealand is located 1 kilometer from Blenheim Railway Station and a 10 minute drive from Marlborough Airport. Each room is air conditioned and features a 42-inch flat-screen satellite TV. Wireless internet access is available in all rooms. Services and facilities include 24-hour reception, room service and free guest parking. There are extensive conference and business facilities. Mondrians Restaurant & Bar is open each day, offering modern à la carte dining. It features the best local produce and an excellent selection of Marlborough wines.

Scenic Hotel Marlborough Exterior
Scenic Hotel Marlborough Exterior
Exterior
Exterior

Bay Plaza Hotel (3*): Wellington

The Bay Plaza Hotel is located in the center of New Zealand’s exciting harbor capital. The hotel rooms are spacious and boast some of the best views and locations in the city. Classic yet contemporary, the rooms stylishly combine modern fittings and furnishings with the most interesting of the hotel’s original architectural features. Dine at the in-house restaurant and bar, conveniently open from morning until evening, serving all meals and beverages with professionalism and style. Enjoy views of the beautiful city, harbor and historic homes of Mount Victoria. The Bay Plaza is on exclusive Oriental Bay, where you can enjoy a quieter take on being in the heart of the city. Walk over the golden sands of this picturesque city beach and visit city bays beyond. Equally interesting walking can be found among the colonial wooden villas and pine forest walkways of Mount Victoria.

Bay Plaza Hotel
Bay Plaza Hotel
Bay Plaza Hotel Entrance
Bay Plaza Hotel Entrance
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  • Philip S. — May 19, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    Superb trip, and as mentioned earlier, kudos to Louise Baer for her outstanding work and for patiently putting up with me and all my calls and questions.

  • Edith R. — May 19, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    We had a wonderful experience with Kensington Tours from the planning stages with your very helpful agent Aseem Mahajan, to the very friendly meet and greet services at each airport. The hotels fit our needs perfectly and the tours were fun and interesting with guides that were exuberant and loved showing us Australia. Thank You for a truly grand family experience.

  • Jim M. — May 18, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    Excellent tour.

  • Jennifer A. — May 12, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    Thank you Kensington Tours and Kevin Rowland for organizing this much needed trip for our family! I had read several positive reviews for Kensington Tours, but I didn't expect the level of service that we received. From beginning to end, the entire process was seamless. Each tour/excursion was led by a knowledgeable, personable and entertaining guide.

  • Diane F. — May 18, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    This is the second trip that we worked with Kensington to help plan and it was, like the first one, fantastic. The logistics were flawless and the help in planning was smooth and professional. From start to finish the process was fun. The trip was spectacular and we look forward to working with the Kensington team again on our next trip. Thank you

  • Holly W. — May 18, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    One of the highlights of our trip is how smoothly our activities for every day went. Having Kensington make arrangements in all the right places gave us time to relax and enjoy the trip.

  • Anne B. — May 18, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    Wendy was extremely knowledgeable, patient and accommodating during the planning of our trip to New Zealand. Our guides were always there and very knowledgeable and professional. We would certainly ask Kensington to help us plan another trip for us.

  • Jack F. — May 18, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    We had an absolutely wonderful trip. From our first email from Daniel until the time we arrived home everything went flawlessly. We spent 10 days in Australia and an additional 21 days in New Zealand accompanying a camping caravan from England. Kensington arranged all of our flights and all of our activities in Australia. We were met at the hotel door by all of our guides and tours. Each experience was great. We would not change a thing.

  • Carmen M. — May 13, 2016 — Australia & Pacific

    Everything was well organized.

  • JohnDanielson — December 12, 2014 — Australia & Pacific

    We have used a number of small group travel companies and Kensington is the one we would recommend. All details of the trip to New Zealand went as planned. It was the trip of a lifetime. Our travel consultant Daniel did a great job, both pre-trip and post-trip. We will certainly use them again.

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