19 Day Ultimate Discovery
Discover the best of New Zealand’s iconic regions and attractions in a small group.
The 19 Day Ultimate Discovery departs from Auckland, the City of Sails, and concludes in Christchurch, known as the Garden City, in Te Waipounamu (South Island).
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The following are included in your package tour:
Here are just a few highlights of this tour:
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Dinner on Day 1 is not included for anyone arriving into Auckland later than 8.00pm.
Conditions: Prices are per person, based on twin-share and are subject to availability. Prices are correct at the time of submission (Nov 17) but are subject to change without notice. Price valid for travel in Nov 18 to Apr 19. Blackout periods may apply. A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required at time of booking. Please enquire for more details.
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Day 1: Arrive Auckland
On arrival into Auckland you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Meet your travelling companions over a complimentary pre-dinner drink.
Day 2: Auckland, Bay of Islands
Board the luxury coach, depart Auckland, and travel to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent examples of our native kauri tree. Enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum in Matakohe, then travel via Whangarei to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori people and the British.
Day 3: At leisure in the Bay of Islands
Today is a free day. Choose from the many optional activities available, including the Cape Reinga coach trip via Ninety Mile Beach or a spectacular scenic flight. This evening is also free and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise.
Day 4: Bay of Islands, Auckland
This morning travel aboard a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins before returning to Paihia. Travel south via Whangarei to Auckland.
Day 5: Auckland, Rotorua
This morning enjoy a city sights tour of Auckland before travelling to the Zealong Tea Estate, New Zealand’s only tea plantation, for a tour and tasting. Continue through the picturesque countryside to Hobbiton for a buffet lunch. This is followed by a guided tour of the movie set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Your guide will recount details of how this beautiful piece of farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle Earth.
Day 6: Rotorua
Today begins with a gondola ride at the Skyline Rotorua for breakfast with champagne, spectacular views, and also time for a thrilling luge ride! Next stop is the Agrodome for an action-packed hour of farming entertainment and education that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before travelling to Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. This evening, experience an entertaining Maori hangi and concert.
Day 7: Rotorua, Napier
Depart Rotorua and travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Huka Falls and Lake Taupo. Continue to Napier known, as the Art Deco Capital, where a city tour will showcase the most comprehensive collection of art deco buildings in the world. Board the Hawke’s Bay Express and hear informative commentary on the city’s fascinating history. Enjoy some free time this afternoon to explore the city, or you might choose to take a guided walk.
Day 8: Napier, Wellington
Travel south this morning into Wellington for a city tour of the nation’s capital, which will highlight the history and culture on show here.
Day 9: Wellington, Blenheim
A highlight this morning will be to explore Gallipoli: A Scale of War exhibition at Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand. Cutting-edge technology brings these stories to life through the eyes of New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. This afternoon, board the Interislander Ferry and enjoy the scenery as you travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton, where you board your coach for the short journey to Blenheim. This evening sample some of the local wines from the Marlborough region.
Day 10: Blenheim, Christchurch
Today’s travel takes you through the alpine village of St Arnaud, the enchanting beech Maruia Forest, and the scenic Lewis Pass. Continue south to the garden city of Christchurch for an introductory city sights tour.
Day 11: Christchurch, Fox Glacier
This morning board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. Travel over massive viaducts, river valleys, and spectacular gorges as you ascend to Arthur’s Pass, located in the centre of the Southern Alps. Board your coach and travel to Hokitika, famous for its pounamu (greenstone) before continuing via Franz Josef to the township of Fox Glacier, where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.
Day 12: Fox Glacier, Queenstown
See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south along the West Coast. Continue via the Haast Pass, an area of stunning natural beauty, before arriving into picturesque Queenstown, a year-round resort town situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu. This evening is free and you may choose to dine out at one of the many fine restaurants.
Day 13: At leisure in Queenstown
Today is a free day. There are plenty of sightseeing options and your host is available to assist. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour of the scenic Skippers Canyon, or get up close to a kiwi bird. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a gourmet barbecue dinner that the chef will prepare in front of you at the Colonel’s Homestead. After dinner enjoy a short farm tour then re-board the TSS Earnslaw for a sing-a-long by the piano as you cruise back to Queenstown.
Day 14: Queenstown, Te Anau
Enjoy a leisurely start this morning before travelling to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village, where you visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland. Tonight after dinner you may like to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (optional).
Day 15: Te Anau (Milford Sound)
Depart Te Anau for a fascinating drive to Milford Sound where you board your launch for a nature cruise on this magnificent fiord. See the spectacular Bowen Falls and towering Mitre Peak as you enjoy a picnic lunch onboard. This afternoon return to Te Anau where some free time is available. You might like to cap off your Fiordland experience by watching the breathtaking film, Ata Whenua - Shadowland, which screens at the Fiordland Cinema (optional).
Day 16: Te Anau, Dunedin
Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin, known as the Edinburgh of the South. Enjoy an informative city tour followed by some free time at leisure.
Day 17: Dunedin, Aoraki Mount Cook
Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle; hear the tragic and scandalous stories on a guided tour with time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by a high tea served in the Grand Ballroom. Farewell Dunedin and travel to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Follow the Waitaki River and see Lake Benmore as you travel to Aoraki Mount Cook.
Day 18: Aoraki Mount Cook, Christchurch
This morning marvel at Aoraki Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available to enjoy a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the Southern Alps. Continue to Lake Tekapo and view the brilliant turquoise water, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and see the sheep dog memorial, before arriving into Christchurch. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner, including selected beverages, with your newfound friends.
Day 19: Depart Christchurch
Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.