17 Day New Zealand Magic Guided Tour

Take a journey across patchwork plains, over shimmering blue waters, through mist-shrouded forests and along roads hand-carved into sheer mountainsides.

 

17 Day New Zealand Magic Guided Tour

A trip through glorious New Zealand features almost every type of natural landscape you can imagine, as you make your way to Auckland in the North Island from Christchurch in the South Island.

 

Tour Type:

Group Tours

From:

Christchurch to Auckland

Departs:

Selected Dates

Duration:

17 Days

Tour Code:

LCBA

 

Regions Visited

Click on the region name to view more information about the region

Bay of Islands Picton Tekapo Wellington Christchurch Dunedin Queenstown Franz Josef

 

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)
  • Dinners (9)
  • Tour through Christchurch to witness the incredible rebuild of the city
  • Visit a greenstone factory and watch the jade artists at work
  • See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier
  • Sail across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak for a unique highlight dinner
  • Let loose in the adventure capital Queenstown
  • Cruise on breath-taking Milford Sound
  • See spectacular Lake Tekapo and Lake Te Anau
  • Set sail on Queen Charlotte Sound
  • Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand
  • Explore New Zealand’s capital Wellington
  • Discover the arts and traditions of New Zealand’s Maori culture
  • Feast on a Maori Hangi at a unique dinner experience with the Tamaki family
  • Cruise through Waitomo’s famous Glow Worm Grotto
  • Cruise in the stunning Bay of Islands and through the ‘Hole in the Rock’

Prices for the period 01 October 2019 - 31 December 2020

Start Date

End Date

Single Traveller

Share/Twin

Guaranteed Departure

 

 14 October 2019

30 October 2019

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

Yes Enquire

28 October 2019

13 November 2019

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

Yes Enquire

4 November 2019

20 November 2019

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

Yes Enquire

 11 November 2019

27 November 2019

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

Yes Enquire

25 November 2019

11 December 2019

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

Yes Enquire

 2 December 2019

18 December  2019

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

Yes Enquire

 9 December 2019

25 December  2019

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

Yes Enquire

 16 December 2019

1 January 2020

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

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 30 December 2019

15 January 2020

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

Yes Enquire

 6 January 2020

22 January 2020

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

Yes Enquire

13 January 2020

29 January 2020

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

Yes Enquire

20 January 2020

5 February 2020

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

Yes Enquire

 27 January 2020

12 February 2020

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

Yes Enquire

 3 February 2020

19 February 2020

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

Yes Enquire

10 February 2020

26 February 2020

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

Yes Enquire

17 February 2020

4 March 2020

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

No Enquire

 24 February 2020

11 March 2020

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

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 2 March 2020

18 March 2020

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

No Enquire

 9 March 2020

25 March 2020

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

Yes Enquire

16 March 2020

1 April 2020

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

Yes Enquire

 23 March 2020

8 April 2020

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

No Enquire

30 March 2020

15 April 2020

$7,590 NZD

$5,750 NZD

No Enquire

6 April 2020

22 April 2020

$7,020 NZD

$5,275 NZD

No Enquire

13 April 2020

29 April 2020

$7,020 NZD

$5,275 NZD

No Enquire

 4 May 2020

20 May 2020

$7,020 NZD

$5,275 NZD

No Enquire

11 May 2020

27 May 2020

$7,020 NZD

$5,275 NZD

No Enquire

15 June 2020

1 July 2020

$7,020 NZD

$5,275 NZD

No Enquire

13 July 2020

29 July 2020

$7,020 NZD

$5,275 NZD

No Enquire

 10 August 2020

26 August 2020

$7,020 NZD

$5,275 NZD

No Enquire

24 August 2020

9 September 2020

$7,020 NZD

$5,275 NZD

No Enquire

31 August 2020

16 September 2020

$7,020 NZD

$5,275 NZD

No Enquire

7 September 2020

23 September 2020

$7,020 NZD

$5,275 NZD

Yes Enquire

 5 October 2020

21 October 2020

$7,485 NZD

$5,575 NZD

No Enquire

12 October 2020

28 October 2020

$7,485 NZD

$5,575 NZD

No Enquire

 19 October 2020

4 November 2020

$7,485 NZD

$5,575 NZD

No Enquire

26 October 2020

11 November 2020

$7,485 NZD

$5,575 NZD

No Enquire

2 November 2020

18 November 2020

$7,485 NZD

$5,575 NZD

No Enquire

 9 November 2020

25 November 2020

$7,485 NZD

$5,575 NZD

No Enquire

 23 November 2020

9 December 2020

$7,485 NZD

$5,575 NZD

No Enquire

30 November 2020

16 December 2020

$7,485 NZD

$5,575 NZD

No Enquire

7 December 2020

23 December 2020

$7,485 NZD

$5,575 NZD

No Enquire

14 December 2020

30 December 2020

$7,485 NZD

$5,575 NZD

No Enquire

21 December 2020

6 January 2021

$7,485 NZD

$5,575 NZD

No Enquire

28 December 2020

13 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 CHRISTCHURCH

You’ll have time to relax before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis

DAY 2 - CHRISTCHURCH / FRANZ JOSEF

Travel on the iconic TranzAlpine train, passing through magnificent landscapes on your way to Arthur’s Pass. At Hokitika, stop to learn about New Zealand greenstone (jade), before continuing to the town of Franz Josef, your destination for today.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

DAY 3 - FRANZ JOSEF / QUEENSTOWN

Drive over the spectacular Haast Pass this morning, passing Thunder Creek Falls and serene Lakes Wanaka, Hawea and Dunstan. Stop at the town of Cromwell and enjoy the tastes of its delicious stone fruit. Next you’ll visit the historic gold mining settlement of Arrowtown. An orientation tour of Queenstown, which sits on the shore of crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic mountain ranges, completes your day.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort

DAY 4 - QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE

Explore exciting Queenstown your way today – from wine tours to jet boat rides and white water rafting. This evening, cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Highlight Dinner at The Colonel’s Homestead and an entertaining after-dinner show.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort

DAY 5 - QUEENSTOWN / TE ANAU

Travel the iconic stretch of highway known as the Devil’s Staircase and along the shores of serene Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau. On your way to cruise on Milford Sound you’ll be awestruck by the towering native rainforests and rugged mountains of Fiordland National Park. Drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel and see the Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls.

Accommodation: Luxmore Hotel

DAY 6 - TE ANAU / DUNEDIN

Journey through lush green sheep-grazing country on your way to Dunedin. After a city tour the afternoon is yours. Sit back and relax, ride the historic Taieri Gorge railway, or take a wildlife cruise.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

DAY 7 - DUNEDIN / OMARAMA

You have the opportunity to visit the stately home known as Larnach Castle before setting out for historic Oamaru, with its elegant tree-lined streets and celebrated white limestone buildings. Later, pass the monumental Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam on your way to Omarama.

Accommodation: Heritage Gateway Hotel

DAY 8 - OMARAMA / CHRISTCHURCH

Journey through the awe-inspiring Aoraki Mt. Cook National Park (an optional scenic flight is available). See majestic Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo, and stop to view the famous Church of the Good Shepherd. Later, traverse the fertile Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis

DAY 9 - CHRISTCHURCH / PICTON

Travel along the rugged Pacific Ocean coast this morning to Kaikoura, where sperm whales can often be seen not far from shore (an optional whale-watching flight is available). Pass the pink-tinged crystallisation ponds of the Lake Grassmere Salt Works, then travel to the pretty seaside village of Picton.

Accommodation: Beachcomber Inn

DAY 10 - PICTON / WELLINGTON

Cruise tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound this morning, then cross the Cook Strait to Wellington. Take a city tour before enjoying some free time, and later visit Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, where you’ll have time to explore fascinating exhibits revealing great insights into New Zealand’s art, history, cultural and natural heritage.

Accommodation: Travelodge

DAY 11 - WELLINGTON / ROTORUA

Travel along the scenic Kapiti Coast today through lush dairy-farming country to Tongariro National Park and snow-capped Mt. Ruapehu. Panoramic views of Lake Taupo, the largest lake in Australasia, will unfold around every corner. View mighty Huka Falls and pass the Wairakei Geothermal Power Station.

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis

DAY 12 - ROTORUA

Relax or explore Rotorua at your own pace. Perhaps visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park to observe the native fauna of New Zealand, including the country’s iconic kiwi. Another option is Te Puia thermal reserve. See bubbling mud pools, spectacular geysers and crater lakes. This afternoon, experience the multi-awarding-winning Agrodome Farm Show. This evening, a very entertaining cultural experience awaits you at the Tamaki Family Village. Experience a powerful Haka challenge, witness a concert showcasing Māori culture, and dine at a traditional Māori Hangi feast Highlight Dinner.

Accommodation: Ibis Hotel

DAY 13 - ROTORUA / AUCKLAND

Travel through lush Waikato farmland to the fabulous Waitomo Caves. See the amazing underground Glowworm Grotto by boat, and walk through limestone caverns. Later you’ll follow the noble Waikato River into Auckland. Take an orientation tour before joining your Travel Director for dinner.

Accommodation: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

DAY 14 - AUCKLAND / BAY OF ISLANDS

Depart Auckland via its impressive Harbour Bridge, travelling to Orewa and on to the scenic Hibiscus Coast, then it’s off to Paihia in the Bay of Islands. Experience spectacular scenery as you cruise to Cape Brett, and one of the region’s most noted landmarks, the natural arch known as the ‘Hole in the Rock’.

Accommodation: Copthorne Resort (garden room)

DAY 15 - BAY OF ISLANDS

Experience the beauty of the Bay of Islands in your own way. Perhaps take a coach trip to Cape Reinga via idyllic 90 Mile Beach, enjoy a day of sailing on a tall ship, or tour the historic town of Russell, the first capital of New Zealand.

Accommodation: Copthorne Resort (garden room)

DAY 16 - BAY OF ISLANDS / AUCKLAND

Enjoy a leisurely morning before travelling through lush farmland as you return to Auckland

Accommodation: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

DAY 17 - FAREWELL FROM AUCKLAND

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