The best ways to see New Zealand

New Zealand is a wonderful country and offers the opportunity for a vast range of holiday options from escorted touring to motorhomes, self-drives to wildlife viewing, lodges to city breaks, rail journeys to cruises; in fact, you name it and you can probably do it in New Zealand. Whether you’re looking for a pre-packaged holiday or one tailored to your specific itinerary our expert staff will be pleased to arrange your perfect holiday to your exact requirements.

Self-drive holidays

Self-drive tours are our most popular way of seeing all that New Zealand has to offer; they give you the opportunity to see your chosen areas whilst travelling at your own pace rather than being restricted by coach schedules. Driving in New Zealand is easy – like driving at home and they drive on the same side of the road as us too. Here you’ll find a selection of unique self-drive packages: some include one or more of New Zealand’s unique daylight rail journeys allowing you the freedom that comes with a self-drive holiday, without missing out on the spectacular scenery that train journeys bring.

KIWI ODYSSEY | 16 DAYS
Christchurch | TranzAlpine Train | Franz Josef Glacier | Queenstown |  Milford Sound | Dunedin | Lake Tekapo | Mount Cook | Wellington | Tongariro National Park | Taupo | Rotorua | Auckland

Spectacular scenery, stunning rail journeys, icy blue glaciers cascading through verdant rainforest; stunning lakes reflecting amazing mountain peaks, powder puff clouds and clear blue skies. Silent fiords with cascading waterfalls and playful marine life, vineyards producing the crispest wines; bubbling mud pools and spouting geysers, sparkling glow worms and verdant fields. Magical cities and wonderful people, amazing food and a relaxed way of life – you’ll experience all this and more on this spectacular adventure.

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Motorhome holidays

Exploring by motorhome is the perfect choice if you want to relax and travel at your own pace. Travelling with your transport and accommodation in one offers flexibility and convenience and with full service campgrounds readily available in stunning locations, you can embrace New Zealand’s natural wonders. maui motorhomes also offer the opportunity to stay at a selection of local wineries. Our motorhome partners offer excellent vehicles, with a number of different options and sizes. What better way to experience New Zealand than by immersing yourself in stunning scenery from your motorhome?

Check out our "New Zealand by Motorhome" blog here: https://www.fcholidays.com/blog/new-zealand-motorhome

Escorted tours

Incredible New Zealand scenery

Letting someone else do the driving allows you to sit back, relax and enjoy the incredible scenery, all with the benefit of a professional Tour Director looking after the details. Whether you prefer a Deluxe tour with most meals and sightseeing included or a Value tour, offering more time to explore at your own pace, our selection of fantastic tours incorporate both North and South Island or some that focus on just one island. Enjoy the company of like-minded fellow travellers on an escorted tour.

HIGHLIGHTS OF NEW ZEALAND | 16 DAYS
Christchurch | Lake Tekapo | Omarama | Dunedin | Te Anau | Milford Sound | Queenstown | Arrotown | Franz Josef | TranzAlpine Train | Picton | Wellington | Taupo | Rotorua | Bay of Islands | Auckland 

Starting in Christchurch visit Dunedin, the Otago and Larnach Castle, enjoy the natural beauty of Fiordland National Park, cruising on Milford Sound. Stay in Queenstown on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and visit the West Coast Glaciers before crossing the Southern Alps on-board the TranzAlpine train, one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys. Cruise across Cook Strait to the capital city of Wellington and spend two nights in the cultural and thermal wonderland of Rotorua. Enjoy the tropical beauty of the Bay of Islands before returning to Auckland, the “City of Sails”.  A true highlights of New Zealand tour.

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Rail journeys

Coastal Pacific Train

Travelling around New Zealand by train means seeing it all! From snow-capped mountains and rugged coastlines to ancient forests and clean green farmland – come and experience some of the world’s most unique and beautiful landscapes unseen by road. You’ll always travel in comfort as all the Tranz Scenic train carriages are carpeted, centrally heated and air-conditioned. Your seats recline and the panoramic windows allow you to sit back and enjoy the ever-changing views.

TRANZAPLINE TRAIN FROM CHRISTCHURCH

Travel across the heart of the South Island from Christchurch to Greymouth on the west coast on what is considered to be one of the world’s great train journeys. Cross the lush Canterbury Plains, view spectacular river gorges and valleys, climbing to the high pass guarded by towering, angular mountains. Descend through thick native beech to the West Coast, perhaps New Zealand’s last frontier. Your destination is Greymouth, a great base for exploring this unspoiled region with its mighty glaciers, wild rivers and famous Punakaiki pancake rocks. Stop over for a day or two and go adventuring.

Find out more about New Zealand's iconic rail journeys here: https://www.fcholidays.com/great-rail-journeys-new-zealand

Independent rail & coach holidays

TranzAlpine Rail Journey

If you prefer a more independent holiday, but do not wish to drive, our selection of independent rail and coach holidays could be the perfect option for you. We offer fully planned itineraries including all rail, coach, accommodation and pre-booked sightseeing to more flexible self-guided journeys. We can also tailor make any of these holidays to fit your requirements, why not add on a cruise to Australia or stay at a boutique hotel on Auckland’s Waiheke Island to make your New Zealand holiday truly memorable?

NEW ZEALAND BY RAIL, CRUISE & COACH | 19 DAYS
Auckland | Bay of Islands | Rotorua | Wellington | Kaikoura | TranzApline Train | Franz Josef | Queenstown | Milford Mariner Cruise | Te Anau | Dunedin | Christchurch 

From the bright lights of Auckland and Queenstown to the geothermal centre of Rotorua; the stunning beauty of the glaciers and Fiordland to the Otago peninsula; this tour has it all as stunning rail trips are combined with exciting cruises and relaxing coach journeys. Experience the rugged and spectacular Taieri Gorge River on the Taieri Gorge Limited and the magnificent Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine, one of the world’s great train journeys; and cruise the majestic Milford Sound on an overnight cruise on the Milford Mariner with plenty of relaxation time to take in the serenity of your surroundings.

Find out more here: https://www.fcholidays.com/new-zealand/new-zealand-rail-cruise-coach

Cruise holidays

Luxurious, modern and unique: if you want to cruise New Zealand then we have something for everyone. Sailing on board award-winning ships, you’ll experience some of the world’s most fascinating and captivating scenery and enjoy some of the world’s leading interior designers. Every ship is equipped with high-quality facilities and luxury amenities – they are there to make sure your holiday delivers a level of comfort unlike anything you have experienced before.

INTERISLANDER FERRY

The Interislander ferry is the longest running Cook Strait ferry service in New Zealand. Interislander sails between Wellington (North Island) and Picton (South Island). The Interislander ferry is known as one of the most beautiful ferry journeys in the world and one of New Zealand's most iconic tourism experiences. 

The Interislander is one of the unmissable Great Journeys of New Zealand. It connects to our scenic rail experiences; the Coastal Pacific, which runs from Picton to Christchurch, and the Northern Explorer which journeys through the heart of the North Island.

Find out more here: https://www.fcholidays.com/great-rail-journeys-new-zealand

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