We’re off to do a tour of New Zealand.

Day 1
‘Haere Mai’ … Welcome to New Zealand! You will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel and, depending at what time you’ll arrive, will then have some time to explore the city of Auckland before meeting your travelling companions over a complimentary pre dinner drink.
Day 2
THE BEAUTIFUL BAY OF ISLANDS
Board your luxurious coach, depart Auckland and travel to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree. Enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum in Matakohe then pass through Whangarei to Paihia. Enjoy a guided tour of the WaitangiTreaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British.
Day 3
A DAY OF LEISURE IN THE BAY
The beaches in this region are considered some of the world’s finest with their perfect white sand and crystal-clear water. Rich in culture, history and natural resources, Paihia is the place of friendly locals, happy cafes and people enjoying life whether it is swimming with dolphins, taking in a spot of retail therapy, bush walking or just lazing on the beach. The Bay of Islands, with shimmering safe waters and superb beaches has plenty of recreational activities in among the 144 islands: sail, fish, swim, dive, snorkel, charter a launch or paddle a sea kayak around the islands. Paihia is the perfect stepping stone into the Bay of Islands, and a wonderful place for people of all ages to visit.
Day 4
MORNING CRUISE / ON TO THE CITY OF SAILS
Your morning starts aboard a luxury catamaran to cruise around Cape Brett and the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’. After returning to Paihia, farewell the Bay of Islandsand drive south via Whangarei, Wellsford and Warkworth to Auckland.

 

Day 5
CITY TOUR / HOBBITON / ROTORUA
This morning enjoy a city sights tour including a visit to Sky Tower, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions. Continue through the picturesque countryside to Hobbitonfor a buffet lunch. This is followed by a guided tour of the Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Your guide will recount details of how this beautiful piece of farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle Earth.

 

Day 6
EVERYTHING ROTORUA
Today begins with a Gondola Rideat the Skyline Rotorua for breakfast with champagne, spectacular views and also time for a thrilling luge ride! Next stop is the Agrodomefor an action packed hour of farming entertainment and education that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before travelling to Te Puiato see the boiling mud pools and awesome Geysers that Rotorua is famous for. This evening experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert.

 

Day 7
ART DECO NAPIER
Depart Rotorua and travel along the Thermal Explorer Highwayto Huka Fallsand Lake Taupo. Continue to Napierknown as “The Art Deco Capital”, where a city tour will showcase the most comprehensive collection of art deco buildings in the world. Board the Hawke’s Bay Express and hear informative commentary on the city’s fascinating history. Enjoy some free time this afternoon to explore the Hawkes Bay or to take a Guided Art DecoWalk at your leisure (optional).

 

Day 8
WELLINGTON
The capital of New Zealand, Wellington, is our destination for this afternoon. This colourful city is a stronghold for culture and the arts, not to mention stunningly located on the edge of a picturesque harbour and at the foot of rolling green hills.
Enjoy an extensive city tour in New Zealand’s capital,  a highlight will be a guided tour of Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum, with exhibits that embrace both Maori and European views. Enjoy free time at leisure this afternoon.

 

Day 9
INTERISLAND CRUISE / BLENHEIM
A highlight this morning will be time to explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum with exhibits that embrace both Maori and European views. This afternoon board the Interislander Ferryand enjoy the scenery as you travel through the Marlborough Soundsto Picton where you board your Ultimate Coach for the short journey to Blenheim. This evening sample some of the local wines from the Marlborough region.

 

Day 10
EAST COAST TO CHRISTCHURCH
Tour through Marlborough Country, famous for its food and wine, then travel to the seaside village of Kaikoura. Continue onto the garden city of Christchurch.

 

Day 11
TRANZALPINE TRAIN INTO GLACIER COUNTRY
This morning board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. Travel over massive viaducts, river valleys and spectacular gorges as you ascend to Arthur’s PassNational Park located in the centre of the Southern Alps. Board your Ultimate coach and travel to Hokitika, famous for its Greenstone before continuing via Franz Josef Glacier to Fox Glacierwhere time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

 

Day 12
FOLLOWING THE WILD WEST COAST TO QUEENSTOWN
See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south along the West Coast. Continue via the Haast Pass,an area of stunning beauty before arriving into picturesque Queenstown, a year round resort situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu. This evening is free and you may choose to dine out at one of the many fine restaurants.

 

Day 13
QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE
Today relax and enjoy the stunning lakes & rivers – there is a bounty of vineyards, cafes and restaurants scattered throughout the wider district of Queenstown, Arrowtown and the GibbstonValley. You don’t have to be an adrenaline junkie to enjoy Queenstown and part of its charm is the array of less hectic quality activities on offer – but if interested Queenstown is home to the ultimate adventure bucket list – Just ask. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Sit back, relax and enjoy a gourmet barbecue dinner which the chef will prepare in front of you at the Colonel’s Homestead. After dinner enjoy a short farm tour then reboard the TSS Earnslaw for a sing along by the piano as you cruise back to Queenstown.

 

Day 14
TE ANAU – GATEWAY TO FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK
Enjoy a leisurely start this morning before travelling to picturesque Arrowtown,an old gold mining village where you visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue to the lakeside town of Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park Tonight after dinner you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional). The caves have only been recently rediscovered, because someone had known they were there as Te Anau is a shortened form of “Te Ana-au” which means “the cave of the swirling water current”. Getting to the caves involves a scenic cruise to the western shores.

 

Day 15
Small Boat CRUISE on SPECTACULAR MILFORD SOUND
The Road to Milfordis one of New Zealand’s most scenic drives. The first part is relatively mild farmland, then you’ll ease into beech forest near the entrance to the Fiordland National Park. We show you the ‘Avenue of the Disappearing Mountain’ and the ‘Mirror Lakes’. The rough hewn Homer Tunnel brings you into Milford Sound, where you board your launch for a cruise on this magnificent fiord.
This small boat Milford Sound Nature Cruiseis an essential component of your time in Fiordland and is an amazing 22 km (14 mile) long fiord dominated by the towering Mitre Peak and spectacular Bowen Falls. As you enjoy a picnic lunch onboard, tall waterfalls, vertical rock faces and seals are some of the things you’ll remember – all carved by glaciers during the last ice age.

 

Day 16
DUNEDIN – SCOTTISH CITY OF GRACE AND GRANDEUR
Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedinknown as the “Edinburgh of the South”. Enjoy an informative city tour followed by some free time to explore at leisure. The sweet tooth might like to tour Cadbury World (optional) whilst others might be interested in a tour of the Speight’s Brewery (optional).
Some options available in and around Dunedin:

 

Day 17
MT COOK NATIONAL PARK
Travel along the Otago Peninsula toLarnach Castle, hear the tragic and scandalous stories on a guided tour with time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by an Ultimate High Tea served in the Grand Ballroom. Farewell Dunedin and travel to Oamarufamous for its limestone. Follow the Waitaki River and see Lake Benmoreas you travel to Mt Cook.

Day 18
HIGH COUNTRY LAKES / CHRISTCHURCH
This morning marvel at Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available to enjoy a Scenic Flight and Glacier Landing(optional, weather permitting) over the Southern Alps. Continue to Lake Tekapo and view the brilliant turquoise water, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and see the Sheep Dog Statue before arriving into Christchurch. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new found friends.

 

Day 19

HOMEWARD BOUND
Haere rā and Bon Voyage!
We are sure you will enjoy the ‘Ultimate New Zealand Luxury Coach Tour’ – and our promise is to make your travels through New Zealand as hassle-free and hospitable as possible – ensuring that today you leave with a memory card full of photos, and huge smiles on your faces when recalling your time in New Zealand! Have a great homeward journey, farewell and hope to see you again soon in Aotearoa, New Zealand.