17 Day Kia Ora New Zealand Guided Tour

Begin your New Zealand story with a cruise in the stunning Bay of Islands. Continue the narrative with the arts and traditions of Maori culture in Rotorua, and the sweeping vistas of the Marlborough Sounds. Conclude your epic narrative with tales of intrepid settlers in Central Otago, and thrills in Queenstown, the adventure capital.

Te Paki Stream, Cape Reinga

 

17 Day Kia Ora New Zealand Guided Tour

Begin your New Zealand story with a cruise in the stunning Bay of Islands. Continue the narrative with the arts and traditions of Maori culture, and the sweeping vistas of the Marlborough Sounds. Conclude your epic narrative with tales of intrepid settlers in Central Otago, and thrills in Queenstown, the adventure capital.

 

Tour Type:

Group Tours

From:

Auckland to Christchurch

Departs:

Selected Dates

Duration:

17 Days

Tour Code:

LABC

 

Regions Visited

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Auckland Picton Rotorua Wellington Christchurch Dunedin Te Anau Queenstown Franz Josef Bay of Islands Milford Sound

 

Tour Inclusions

  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Airport transfers (flights to arrive prior to 4pm on day 1, flights can depart anytime on day 17)
  • Full buffet breakfasts (16)
  • Highlight dinners (2)
  • Farewell Dinner(1)
  • Dinners (8)
  • Cruise in the stunning Bay of Islands and through ‘Hole in the Rock’
  • Cruise through Waitomo’s famous Glow Worm Grotto
  • Feast on a Maori Hangi at a unique dinner experience with the Tamaki family
  • Discover the arts and traditions of New Zealand’s Maori culture
  • Explore New Zealand’s capital Wellington
  • Visit Te Papa the Museum of New Zealand
  • Set sail on Queen Charlotte Sound
  • See spectacular Lake Tekapo and Lake Te Anau
  • Cruise on breath-taking Milford Sound
  • Let loose in the adventure capital Queenstown
  • Sail across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak for a unique ‘highlight dinner’
  • See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier
  • Visit a green stone factory and watch the jade artists at work
  • Tour through Christchurch to witness the incredible rebuild of the city

Prices for the period 01 October 2019 - 31 December 2020

Start Date

End Date

Single Traveller

Share/Twin

Guaranteed Departure

 

5 October 2019

21 October 2019

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

Yes Enquire

12 October 2019

28 October 2019

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

Yes Enquire

26 October 2019

11 November 2019

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

Yes Enquire

2 November 2019

18 November 2019

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

Yes Enquire

9 November 2019

25 November 2019

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

Yes Enquire

16 November 2019

2 December  2019

$7,590 NZD

$5,750  NZD

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30 November 2019

16 December 2019

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

No Enquire

7 December 2019

23 December 2019

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

Yes Enquire

14 December 2019

30 December 2019

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

Yes Enquire

21 December 2019

6 January 2020

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

Yes Enquire

4 January 2020

20 January 2020

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

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11 January 2020

27 January 2020

$7,590 NZD

$5,750  NZD

No Enquire

 18 January 2020

3 February 2020

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

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25 January 2020

10 February 2020

$7,590 NZD

$5,750  NZD

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1 February 2020

17 February 2020

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

Yes Enquire

 8 February 2020

24 February 2020

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

Yes Enquire

15 February 2020

2 March 2020

$7,590 NZD

$5,750  NZD

Yes Enquire

22 February 2020

9 March 2020

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

Yes Enquire

29 February 2020

16 March 2020

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

Yes Enquire

7 March 2020

23 March 2020

$7,590 NZD

$5,750  NZD

No Enquire

14 March 2020

30 March 2020

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

No Enquire

 21 March 2020

6 April 2020

$7,590 NZD

$5,750  NZD

Yes Enquire

28 March 2020

13 April 2020

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

No Enquire

18 April 2020

4 May 2020

$7,020 NZD

$5,275 NZD

No Enquire

25 April 2020

11 May 2020

$7,020 NZD

$5,275 NZD

No Enquire

30 May 2020

15 June 2020

$7,020 NZD

$5,275 NZD

No Enquire

27 June 2020

13 July 2020

$7,020 NZD

$5,275 NZD

No Enquire

25 July 2020

10 August 2020

$7,020 NZD

$5,275 NZD

No Enquire

8 August 2020

24 August 2020

$7,020 NZD

$5,275 NZD

No Enquire

22 August 2020

7 September 2020

$7,020 NZD

$5,275 NZD

No Enquire

5 September 2020

21 September 2020

$7,020 NZD

$5,275 NZD

No Enquire

12 September 2020

28 September 2020

$7,020 NZD

$5,275 NZD

No Enquire

26 September 2020

12 October 2020

$7,020 NZD

$5,275 NZD

No Enquire

3 October 2020

19 October 2020

$7,485 NZD

$5,575 NZD

No Enquire

10 October 2020

26 October 2020

$7,485 NZD

$5,575 NZD

No Enquire

17 October 2020

2 November 2020

$7,485 NZD

$5,575 NZD

No Enquire

24 October 2020

9 November 2020

$7,485 NZD

$5,575 NZD

No Enquire

31 October 2020

16 November 2020

$7,485 NZD

$5,575 NZD

No Enquire

7 November 2020

23 November 2020

$7,485 NZD

$5,575 NZD

No Enquire

14 November 2020

30 November 2020

$7,485 NZD

$5,575 NZD

No Enquire

28 November 2020

14 December 2020

$7,485 NZD

$5,575 NZD

No Enquire

5 December 2020

21 December 2020

$7,485 NZD

$5,575 NZD

No Enquire

12 December 2020

28 December 2020

$7,485 NZD

$5,575 NZD

No Enquire

19 December 2020

4 January 2021

$7,485 NZD

$5,575 NZD

No Enquire

26 December 2020

11 January 2021

$7,485 NZD

$5,575 NZD​

No Enquire

Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars

 

NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE

Expenses of a personal nature such as meals (except where stated in the itinerary), beverages, travel insurance, laundry and optional sightseeing are not included in the tour cost.

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1 - WELCOME TO AUCKLAND

After your airport transfer to your hotel, explore Auckland your way. This evening enjoy a welcome reception with your Travel Director.

Accommodation: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

DAY 2 - AUCKLAND / BAY OF ISLANDS

Depart Auckland and travel along the Hibiscus Coast to the Bay of Islands. Take a scenic cruise through game fishing waters to Cape Brett and, weather permitting, through the ‘Hole in the Rock’. The return cruise to Paihia meanders through picturesque islands with deserted sandy beaches and secluded bays. Keep your eyes peeled for the marine life.

Accommodation: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands

DAY 3 - BAY OF ISLANDS

Explore the Bay of Islands. Perhaps take a ferry to Russell, go sailing on a tall ship, dolphin-watching on the bay or visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

Accommodation: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands

DAY 4 - BAY OF ISLANDS / AUCKLAND

Enjoy a leisurely morning before travelling through lush farmlands on your way back to Auckland.

Accommodation: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

DAY 5 - AUCKLAND / ROTORUA

After a tour of Auckland’s city highlights, trace the Waikato River to the Waitomo Caves, where you’ll explore the Waitomo Glowworm Grotto by boat. Your journey continues to Rotorua, for an orientation tour with views of Lake Rotorua.

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis

DAY 6 - ROTORUA

Your morning is free. You might like to visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a glimpse of New Zealand’s iconic kiwi bird, or Te Puia, the Māori Arts and Crafts Institute. Experience the multi-awardingwinning Agrodome Farm Show, for insights into agriculture in New Zealand. This evening, enjoy a Māori Hangi feast Highlight Dinner and concert at the Tamaki Māori Village.

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis

DAY 7 - ROTORUA / WELLINGTON

Journey through tall pine forests and verdant farmland to spectacular Huka Falls and serene Lake Taupo. Drive along the shores of New Zealand’s biggest lake through the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park and the dairy farms of Manawatu. Then follow the Kapiti Coast to Wellington for a city orientation tour.

Accommodation: Travelodge

DAY 8 - WELLINGTON / PICTON

Enjoy a tour of Wellington this morning. See the national Parliament and the ‘Beehive’, home to New Zealand’s politicians, and explore Te Papa Museum and Art Gallery. Then cruise the Cook Strait into tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound on the South Island, arriving in picturesque Picton

Accommodation: Beachcomber Inn

DAY 9 - PICTON / CHRISTCHURCH

Travel to Kaikoura, where sperm whales can often be seen not far from shore (an optional whale-watching flight is available). Travel along the Pacific Ocean coast and across the colourful Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis

DAY 10 - CHRISTCHURCH / OMARAMA

Explore Christchurch at leisure this morning, then travel over the fertile Canterbury Plains to serene Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo. Next, view the Church of the Good Shepherd and soak up the scenery of Mt. Cook National Park (an optional scenic flight is available).

Accommodation: Heritage Gateway Hotel

DAY 11 - OMARAMA / DUNEDIN

Visit the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and the monumental spillway of the nearby Benmore Dam. Then travel to the town of Oamaru, with its celebrated white limestone buildings. Continue to Dunedin, New Zealand’s southernmost city. The afternoon is free for you to explore. Perhaps take a wildlife cruise or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

DAY 12 - DUNEDIN / TE ANAU

Enjoy free time in Dunedin. You might like to visit Larnach Castle. Then travel across the fertile sheep-dotted pastures of South Otago en route to Te Anau. Tonight, you may choose an optional experience and visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

DAY 13 - TE ANAU / QUEENSTOWN

Your experience in magnificent Milford Sound today is sure to be one of the highlights of your journey. Travel first through the tall native rainforests and rugged mountains of Fiordland National Park, then cruise the serene waters of this natural wonder. On the way to Queenstown see Mirror Lake, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls, then travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Enjoy an informative orientation tour of the city before settling in for your two-night stay.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort

DAY 14 - QUEENSTOWN

Explore New Zealand’s adventure capital at your own pace today. Later in the afternoon, cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Highlight Dinner and an entertaining after-dinner farm show.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort

DAY 15 - QUEENSTOWN / FRANZ JOSEF

The first stop is historic Arrowtown. Next is Cromwell to taste its sensational stone fruit. Then it’s a trio of lakes – Lake Dunstan, Hawea, Wanaka before you travel through Haast Pass, view Thunder Creek Falls and take a rainforest walk. Your final destination today is the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier (an optional scenic flight is available).

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

DAY 16 - FRANZ JOSEF / CHRISTCHURCH

You’ll visit Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration first up then travel to Arthur’s Pass to board the TranzAlpine, one of the top 6 train journeys in the world. This spectacular journey takes you through the Southern Alps and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. This evening celebrate your holiday at a farewell dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends.

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis

DAY 17 - FAREWELL FROM CHRISTCHURCH

Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.