A wonderful tour for those wanting to visit both of New Zealand’s main islands. Experience Marlborough famous for its Sauvignon Blanc with wine tasting at a premier winery. Visit a traditional Maori village, cruise Abel Tasman National Park and explore a buried village devastated by an eruption in 1886. From city tours to forests and fiords this tour highlights New Zealand’s best.
- Cruise through Abel Tasman National Park
- Explore the geothermal region of Rotorua
- Enjoy a city tour of Auckland and Wellington
Day 1 : Auckland
Arrive and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy your day at leisure.
Hotel: M Social Hotel
Day 2 : Rotorua
Enjoy an Auckland City tour and visit to the Auckland Museum before travelling to Rotorua. On arrival enjoy a city tour in the heart of New Zealand’s famous thermal and cultural region. This evening we travel to a Maori Village and experience a formal welcome (powhiri), delve into Maori life and enjoy a powerful cultural performance, storytelling and Hangi (feasting).
Hotel: Prince’s Gate Hotel
Day 3 : Wellington
Before departing Rotorua visit Te Puia, the nation’s centre for indigenous arts. Next travel to Lake Tarawera – site of the Buried Maori Village Te Wairoa. This afternoon fly to Wellington and enjoy a city tour.
Hotel: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
Day 4 : Nelson
Travel via ferry through the waters of Cook Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound, disembarking in Picton. Travel to the heart of the Marlborough wine country, then cross to the Nelson district.
Hotel for 2 nights: Heritage Rutherford
Day 5 : Abel Tasman
Enjoy a scenic morning cruise of the Abel Tasman National Park then the choice is yours between a self-guided walk to Anchorage Beach or extend your walk to include the famous Falls River swing-bridge and Cleopatra’s Pool.
Day 6 : Punakaiki
Driving via the Nelson Lakes National Park make a stop at the quaint village of St. Arnaud. Follow the Buller River Gorge between forest and the coastline south to the small settlement of Punakaiki - renowned for its famous ‘Pancake Rocks’.
Hotel: Punakaiki Resorts
Day 7 : Fox Glacier
Journey along the Great Coast Road to Hokitika, specialising in pounamu (greenstone) jewellery. Continue to Franz Josef then on to the remote village of Fox and witness these incredible glaciers.
Hotel: Distinction Hotel
Day 8 & 9 : Wanaka
Head over the Haast Pass deep into Mt. Aspiring National Park before reaching the town of Wanaka. On your second day choose between a walking tour to the top of a predator-free island for 360-degree views of Lake Wanaka or take a 4WD adventure across back roads of a New Zealand High Country farm.
Hotel for 2 nights: Edgewater Resort
Day 10 : Te Anau
Depart Wanaka stopping at Cardrona Pub before traversing the Crown Range road to visit historic Arrowtown. Continue to Lake Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park.
Hotel: Distinction Hotel Luxmore
Day 11&12 : Queenstown
Cruise Milford Sound, then retrace your journey back to Te Anau around Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown for your final night. After breakfast check out and transfer to the airport.
Hotel for 1 night: Scenic Suites