21 Day Spirit of New Zealand Guided Tour

Indulge in a little star-gazing before retiring to your private cabin for your overnight stay on Milford Sound. Journey out to Abel Tasman National Park and take a stroll along seemingly untouched golden beaches. Hear how the coastal city of Napier rebuilt in Art Deco style after the devastating earthquake of 1931.

 

21 Day Spirit of New Zealand Guided Tour

This comprehensive journey takes you through both the North and South Islands to a wonderland of towering snow-capped mountains, ice-blue glaciers, and pristine lakes, and reveals fascinating insights into the culture of the indigenous Māori.

 

Tour Type:

Group Tours

From:

Christchurch to Auckland

Departs:

Selected Dates

Duration:

21 Days

Tour Code:

LCQB

 

Regions Visited

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Auckland Picton Rotorua Wellington Christchurch Queenstown Franz Josef Bay of Islands Milford Sound Punakaiki

 

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 21)
  • Full buffet breakfasts (20)
  • Highlight dinners (1)
  • Dinners (9)
  • Farewell Dinner (1)
  • Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo
  • Spend the night cruising on magical Milford Sound
  • Let loose in the adventure capital, Queenstown
  • Taste Central Otago stone fruit at a local orchard
  • See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier
  • Watch artisans carving native greenstone (jade) in Hokitika
  • Punakaiki, home to Pancake Rocks & Blowholes
  • Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand
  • Immerse yourself in Maori culture at a Hangi & Concert
  • Explore the geothermal valley at Te Puia in Rotorua
  • Experience farm life at the Agrodome Farm Show
  • Relax in the Bay of Islands

Prices for the period 01 October 2019 - 31 December 2020

Start Date

End Date

Single Traveller

Share/Twin

Guaranteed Departure

 

10 October 2019

20 October 2019

$10,045 NZD

$7,375 NZD

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28 November 2019

18 December 2019

$10,045 NZD

$7,375 NZD

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19 December 2019

8 January 2020

$10,045 NZD

$7,375 NZD

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2 January 2020

22 January 2020

$10,045 NZD

$7,375 NZD

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 30 January 2020

19 February 2020

$10,045 NZD

$7,375 NZD

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6 February 2020

26 February 2020

$10,045 NZD

$7,375 NZD

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 20 February 2020

11 March 2020

$10,045 NZD

$7,375 NZD

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 12 March 2020

1 April 2020

$10,045 NZD

$7,375 NZD

No Enquire

 10 September 2020

30 September 2020

$9,095 NZD

$6,695 NZD

No Enquire

8 October 2020

28 October 2020

$9,690 NZD

$7,095 NZD

No Enquire

22 October 2020

11 November 2020

$9,690 NZD

$7,095 NZD

No Enquire

 5 November 2020

25 November 2020

$9,690 NZD

$7,095 NZD

No Enquire

26 November 2020

16 December 2020

$9,690 NZD

$7,095 NZD

No Enquire

3 December 2020

20 December 2020

$9,690 NZD

$7,095 NZD

No Enquire

 17 December 2020

6 January 2021

$9,690 NZD

$7,095 NZD

No Enquire

 24 December 2020

13 January 2021

$9,690 NZD

$7,095 NZD

No Enquire

 31 December 2020

20 January 2021

$9,690 NZD

$7,095 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

Meet your Travel Director and travelling companions this evening at a Welcome Reception.

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis

DAY 2 - CHRISTCHURCH / OMARAMA

Visit the city this morning, then travel over the Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo and view the Church of the Good Shepherd before continuing to Mt. Cook National Park. You may choose to take an optional scenic flight over Mt. Cook (weather permitting).

Accommodation: Heritage Gateway Hotel

DAY 3 - OMARAMA / DUNEDIN

Travel via Oamaru, with its famous white limestone buildings, to Dunedin, a region of unique landscapes and fascinating cultural history. Take an orientation tour, then enjoy quiet time to explore the city or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel

DAY 4 - DUNEDIN / MILFORD SOUND

Journey through rainforest, ancient glaciers and mountain ranges, and pass through the monumental Homer Tunnel. See Lake Matheson, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm before arriving in Milford Sound for your unforgettable overnight cruise.

Accommodation: Overnight Milford Sound

DAY 5 - MILFORD SOUND / QUEENSTOWN

Depart this morning for the majestic Lake Te Anau. Explore the famous Te Anau Glowworm Caves by boat. Experience a mysterious underground world of rushing water before drifting in silent darkness beneath the luminous shimmer of hundreds of glowworms. Later, travel to Queenstown.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort

DAY 6 - QUEENSTOWN

Today is free for you to explore Queenstown at your own pace. You may like to choose one of our optional experiences, including riding the Shotover Jet boat, joining a wine tour, or enjoying a minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon. This evening, consider a cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort

DAY 7 - QUEENSTOWN

Today, take time to either relax or tailor your own action-packed agenda.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort

DAY 8 - QUEENSTOWN / FRANZ JOSEF

Your first destination today is the old gold-mining settlement of Arrowtown. Travel on to witness the serenity of the region’s vivid blue lakes, the most famous of which is pristine Lake Wanaka. Drive over the spectacular Haast Pass and take a rainforest walk to Thunder Creek Falls on your way to the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

DAY 9 - FRANZ JOSEF / PUNAKAIKI

This morning, why not choose an optional experience and see Franz Josef Glacier from the air or take a glacier hike. Travel on to Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s famous greenstone, for a factory visit and demonstration. Continue to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks. Spend the night in an eco-friendly waterfront resort.

Accommodation: Punakaiki Resort

DAY 10 - PUNAKAIKI / NELSON

The Heritage Highway leads you through a scenic wilderness to the Buller Gorge and pristine Kahurangi National Park. This afternoon in Nelson, visit the quirky World of WearableArt and Classic Cars Museum.

Accommodation: Grand Mercure Monaco Resort

DAY 11 - NELSON

On this day at leisure, you’ll have the option to journey to the top of the South Island and take a scenic cruise in the Abel Tasman National Park. Or just relax in sunny Nelson.

Accommodation: Grand Mercure Monaco Resort

DAY 12 - NELSON / WELLINGTON

Visit the seaside village of Picton with free time to explore and purchase lunch. Cruise on tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound before heading across Cook Strait to the North Island and Wellington, New Zealand’s capital. Enjoy a city sights tour before a guided tour of Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, where you’ll explore New Zealand’s nature, art, history and cultural heritage.

Accommodation: Travelodge

DAY 13 - WELLINGTON AT LEISURE

Explore Wellington at your own pace today. You might like to take an optional experience tour of Parliament, or a behind-the-scenes guided tour through the Weta Workshop, creators of special effects for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films.

Accommodation: Travelodge

DAY 14 - WELLINGTON / NAPIER

Travel through the vineyards of the Wairarapa region and Hawke’s Bay, and take a walking tour of Art Deco Napier.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Te Pania

DAY 15 - NAPIER / ROTORUA

Today journey to Lake Taupo, then visit Huka Falls on your way to Rotorua, where a sightseeing tour will include views of Lake Rotorua.

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis

DAY 16 - ROTORUA

Visit Te Puia, the Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, where talented students carry on age-old traditions of wood-carving and weaving. A tour of Rotorua’s active geothermal fields follows: see bubbling mud pools, spectacular geysers and crater lakes. Gain a further insight into traditional Māori culture this evening at a concert and Hangi Highlight Dinner at the Tamaki Māori Village.

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis

DAY 17 - ROTORUA / AUCKLAND

Experience the entertaining Agrodome Farm Show, and later, travel through the lush dairy-farming district of Waikato en route to Auckland.

Accommodation: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

DAY 18 - AUCKLAND / BAY OF ISLANDS

Depart Auckland and travel through Northland’s lush farmland. Arriving in the Bay of Islands this afternoon, you’ll experience spectacular scenery as you cruise to Cape Brett and through the ‘Hole in the Rock’.

Accommodation: Copthorne Resort (garden view)

DAY 19 - BAY OF ISLANDS

Today is free for exploration. Ask about optional experiences such as a coach trip to Cape Reinga via Ninety-Mile Beach, a tour of historic Russell, or a cruise on a tall ship.

Accommodation: Copthorne Resort (garden view)

DAY 20 - BAY OF ISLANDS / AUCKLAND

After a morning at leisure, drive through lush farmland scenery as you return to Auckland. This evening, join your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Farewell Dinner.

Accommodation: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

DAY 21 - FAREWELL FROM AUCKLAND

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