15 Day Classic New Zealand Explorer Guided Tour

Enjoy the alpine scenery of the Mt Cook National Park, experience the breathtaking beauty and untouched wilderness of Fiordland’s Doubtful Sound and marvel at the twin glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef. View the fascinating limestone formations that are the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and cruise the Abel Tasman National Maritime Park. Continuing to Rotorua with its boiling mud pools, visit Hobbiton and enjoy time in the stunning Coromandel Peninsula.


15 Day Classic New Zealand Explorer Guided Tour

Explore many of the astonishing wonders of New Zealand on our classic, all-inclusive 15 day Explorer tour.


Tour Type:

Group Tours


Christchurch to Auckland


Selected Dates


15 Days

Tour Code:



Regions Visited

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Punakaiki Picton Coromandel Wellington Christchurch Doubtful Sound Queenstown Mt Cook Taupo Abel Tasman Franz Josef


Tour Inclusions

  • 14 nights accommodation premium accommodation
  • Full breakfast daily, 1 lunch & 12 dinners
  • Evening welcome drinks on arrival
  • Travel by luxury touring coach
  • Professional coach captain
  • Hotel porterage
  • Complimentary airport transfers on arrival & departure
  • Welcome drinks party & farewell dinner with wine
  • Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
  • Skyline Gondola & Dinner, Queenstown
  • Cruise the famous Abel Tasman National Park
  • Authentic Maori Village, Hangi & Cultural Performance
  • City tours of Christchurch, Wellington & Auckland
  • Sir Edmund Hilary Alpine Centre
  • World of Wearable Arts Museum
  • Scenic Interislander cruise
  • Agrodome Farm Show
  • Te Puia Thermal Reserve
  • Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tour
  • Entry to Auckland Skytower

01 January 2019 - 31 March 2020

Start Date

End Date

Single Traveller


Guaranteed Departure


6 October 2019

20 October 2019

$9,789 NZD

$7,199 NZD

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 10 November 2019

24 November 2019

$9,789 NZD

$7,199 NZD

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12 January 2020

26 January 2020

$9,789 NZD

$7,199 NZD

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 23 February 2020

8 March 2020

$9,789 NZD

$7,199 NZD

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8 March 2020

22 March 2020

$9,789 NZD

$7,199 NZD

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Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars

Day By Day Itinerary


Welcome to New Zealand. On arrival, you will be transferred to your city hotel. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome cocktail party

Accommodation: Distinction Hotel


Today begins with a unique experience combining history and sightseeing. Enjoy a journey in style through the changing face of Christchurch’s city centre on-board a beautifully restored heritage tram. We then visit the International Antarctic Centre before crossing the Canterbury Plains, New Zealand’s largest area of flat land that lies between the mighty Southern Alps and the Pacific Ocean. Its patchwork of agricultural activity ranges from grazing grass and wheat to herbs and sunflowers. On arrival at Tekapo, we stop to view the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog Memorial overlooking the lake. There is time this afternoon for some optional alpine flightseeing by ski-plane or helicopter over Aoraki Mt Cook, a world heritage listed national park covering over 70,000 hectares of breathtaking mountain scenery (subject to weather conditions).

Accommodation: Peppers Bluewater Resort


Travel through the townships of Twizel and Omarama before beginning the assent over the Lindis Pass to Cromwell, located deep in the heart of Central Otago in the valley of Upper Clutha. Travel through the lush farmlands of the region before arriving at the shores of Lake Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland National Park.

Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore


After breakfast, travel to Manapouri and enjoy a leisurely cruise across this picturesque lake to West Arm. Travel over the Wilmot Pass and pause to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below. Board ‘Patea Explorer’ for a three hour cruise through this pristine fiord. During the cruise, knowledgeable and friendly nature guides will share with you their passion for the region through their commentary. They will answer questions, point out landmarks and provide you with information about the varied wildlife you may encounter like dolphins, fur seals and the rare Fiordland crested penguin. As the majesty of Doubtful Sound unfolds before you, its vastness will take your breath away. Later this afternoon, travel on to Queenstown, regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination and enjoy dinner at your hotel on arrival.

Accommodation: Copthorne Lakefront Resort & Hotel


Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure and leisure activities in all its various forms and your Coach Captain will happily recommend and assist with any optional activities you would like to do. Alternatively, you may prefer to browse in the many shops and galleries. Tonight, ride the Skyline gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak where both the dining and the views are unsurpassed.

Accommodation: Copthorne Lakefront Hotel & Resort


This morning, we visit Arrowtown. Set beneath the rugged Crown Range, this historic village was once a haven for the gold prospectors of the 1860’s and features a fascinating collection of mining cottages with an atmosphere straight out of last century. Stop at Wanaka, a picture postcard resort on the lakes edge with a spectacular mountain backdrop. View the untouched wilderness and pristine lakes of the Mt Aspiring and Westland National Parks before arriving on the rugged and wild West Coast, home to the twin glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier


Before our departure this morning, there is the opportunity to experience an optional scenic flight over this remarkable region (subject to weather conditions). At Hokitika, we stop to visit to a Pounamu, (also known as Greenstone or Jade) factory. Pounamu is considered a treasure in Maori culture and is seen as a sign of status and power. At Punakaiki, marvel at the bizarre limestone landscapes that are the Pancake Rocks & Blowhole. Tonight’s stay is at a friendly eco resort located in the Paparoa National Park and only a stone’s throw from the beach.

Accommodation: Punakaiki Resort


Skirt the west coastline before heading inland to Murchison. Travel north through the Nelson Lakes region before arriving at Nelson, a city of charm based on a harbour that is the busiest fishing port in New Zealand. This afternoon, visit the World of Wearable Art & Classic Car Museum.

Accommodation: Heritage Rutherford Hotel


A short drive brings us to Kaiterteri where you board your vessel for a scenic cruise of the famous Abel Tasman National Maritime Park. Cruise through the Astrolabe Roadstead to Torrent Bay & Bark Bay calling in to picturesque beaches and coves. Pause to view the antics at Tonga Island Seal Colony on your way to Totaranui. An optional coastal walk may be available for those wishing to spend time ashore, see your Coach Captain for details.

Accommodation: Heritage Rutherford Hotel


A short drive brings us to the picturesque fishing village of Picton. Board the Interislander Ferry and cruise through the spectacular Queens Charlotte Sound into Cook Strait. Enjoy stunning views of New Zealand’s capital city as you arrive into Wellington Harbour. Enjoy a city tour taking in all the major sights and there is free time for exploring on your own. Situated on the Wellington waterfront, a visit to Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, is highly recommended.

Accommodation: Copthorne Oriental Bay Hotel


Leaving the city behind, we travel through rolling farmland as we enter the Tongariro National Park, dominated by the volcanic cone of Mt Ruapehu. Follow the Desert Road to the popular lakeside resort of Taupo, located on the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake. Stop to view the mighty Huka Falls and travel past massive pine forests to reach Rotorua, centre of Maori culture and famous for its geysers, boiling mud pools and steaming craters.

Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua


Today begins with a visit to the Agrodome to see a unique New Zealand farm show. This is followed by a visit to Te Puia, home to Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and the New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Centre. Here you will witness all of nature’s thermal wonders including silica terraces and the famous Pohutu Geyser. Enjoy some free time this afternoon for optional activities before visiting Tamaki Village for an evening of fun and culture. You will experience a traditionally prepared Maori Hangi (feast) followed by a cultural performance featuring Maori songs, chants and dance including the stirring haka.

Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua


Cross the Mamaku Ranges into the Waikato region, well known for its dairy farming, world famous horse studs and champion Rugby team! At Matamata, a guide will escort your group on a Hobbiton Movie Set and Farm Tour. Enjoy a visit to the set used in The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. On to Pauanui, a favourite New Zealand holiday beach resort for our overnight stay.

Accommodation: Grand Mercure Puka Park Lodge


The Coromandel Peninsula is a beautiful, rugged area fringed with dozens of excellent beaches and is a place where many kiwis choose to escape the hustle and hype of city life. At the quaint township of Coromandel, ride the famous Driving Creek narrow gauge railway to a fascinating artist colony. On to Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’ and enjoy a farewell dinner tonight with your new found friends.

Accommodation: Rydges Hotel


Sadly, your holiday ends today and you will be transferred to Auckland airport to connect with your onward flight.



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.