New Zealand North & South
18 NIGHTS GUIDE PRICE £6,500

New Zealand is a land of contrasts, best enjoyed during the months of October to April to make the most of the diverse out-door experiences on offer. With a backdrop of dramatic mountains, lush forests and deserted beaches, you can enjoy a plethora of adrenalin-inducing activities such as jetboating, swimming with dolphins, kayaking and bungee jumping. There are also wonderful hiking trails, whale watching tours and of course, no visit to New Zealand would be complete without a visit to the wineries for lunch and wine-tasting.

Overview

Guide Price & Inclusions

8 nights North Island and 10 nights South Island including some luxury lodges £6,500 per adult and £4,500 per child under 12 sharing including flights, car hire and accommodation.

Rates subject to travel dates and hotel selection.

Suggested Extensions

If budget and time allows, you could also consider a few days in the Lodge at Kauri Cliffs located in the subtropical Bay of Islands, north of Auckland. Or at The Bay of Many Coves Resort, deep in the Marlborough Sounds, just a ferry ride from Picton. Alternatively, for a taste of tropical island life, Fiji and the South Pacific are only a stone’s throw away.

Best Time to Travel

This itinerary is best enjoyed during the warmer months from October to April when you can enjoy the beaches and the wonderful outdoor activities New Zealand is famous for.

Tips for Families

We recommend families break the long journey to New Zealand with a stopover. Perhaps the Dubai or Abu Dhabi for theme parks and beaches, Asia to experience an exciting new culture or the US west coast for the chance to see some of America’s most iconic sights.

Highlights

  • Marvel at Rotorua’s geothermal features and enjoy a dip in the hot springs
  • Learn about Māori culture and perhaps join a haka war dance
  • Try adrenaline fuelled activities from jet boating to bungee jumps
  • See the spectacular Fox Glacier
  • Take a boat tour from Kaikoura to spot whales and dolphins

Itinerary

DAY 1 | FLY TO AUCKLAND

Fly from London to Auckland, via the Middle East or Asia (upwards of 23 hours) and transfer to your chosen hotel for 2 nights. Why not break the journey with an exciting city stopover?

DAY 2 | AUCKLAND

A full day to explore New Zealand’s largest city, nestled between two harbours. Take in the panoramic views from the iconic Sky Tower, discover the surrounding beaches, or head to Goat Island, a marine reserve which is perfect for snorkelling.

DAYS 3-5 | ROTORUA & TAUPO

Time to get on the road! Collect your hire car and drive south (approx. 3 hours) to the centre of the North Island for 3 nights. Enjoy visiting Rotorua – an active geothermal region where you can also gain an insight into Maori culture and visit a spa for a thermal mud bath. Another must-see sight is Taupo – an impressive lake surrounded by a triad of volcanoes with highlights including jetboating at the base of the mighty Huka Falls.

DAYS 6-7 | HAWKES BAY

A much-recommended addition to your itinerary at this point is a 2-night stay at a luxury lodge such as The Farm at Cape Kidnappers – a picturesque drive (2.5 hours) south of Lake Taupo. With activities including farm tours, mountain biking, hiking and even the opportunity for a close encounter with the rare Kiwi, it offers a wonderful mix of outdoor fun and relaxation.

DAY 8 | WELLINGTON

Continue south to Wellington (approx. 4.5 hours) for an overnight stay before you catch your ferry to the South Island.

DAYS 9-12 | KAIKOURA & THE SOUTHERN ALPS

Take the ferry to Picton and continue your journey south to Kaikoura for 2 nights (approx. 2.5 hours), where you can swim with dolphins and go on whale watching trips. The following afternoon, drive to Arthur’s Pass (approx. 4 hours) where you will spend 2 nights at Grasmere Lodge, a peaceful retreat with a dramatic location in the heart of the Southern Alps.

DAYS 13-16 | FOX GLACIER & QUEENSTOWN

Set off early for the Fox Glacier (approx. 3.5 hours), where huge valleys of ice extend almost to the sea. After you’ve soaked up the impressive sights, head to Queenstown (approx. 4 hours) where you will spend 4 nights. This alpine resort town set around a stunning lake, is known as New Zealand’s adventure capital with mountain biking, zip-lines and jet boats just some of the activities on offer.

DAYS 17-18 | TE ANAU

For your last couple of nights in New Zealand indulge yourselves with a relaxing and romantic stay at the luxurious Fiordland Lodge in Te Anau, just south of Queenstown (approx. 2 hours)

DAY 19 | FLY BACK TO LONDON

Drive back to Queenstown for your international flight home via Asia, North America or the Middle East.

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Regions You Will Be Visiting

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Auckland, New Zealand

Rotorua, New Zealand

Central Hawkes Bay College Tavistock Road, Waipukurau, New Zealand

Wellington, New Zealand

Kaikōura, New Zealand

Queenstown, New Zealand

Te Anau, New Zealand