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Explore New Zealand's North & South.

Admire marvellous scenery in New Zealand on your Travelmarvel tour.

from $3,095 USD per person

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Join Travelmarvel for a 15 day escorted tour exploring the scenic delights of New Zealand. Highlights include the Bay of Islands, the geothermal geysers and rich Maori culture of Rotorua and the snow capped mountains of the South Island. View complete itinerary

Trip code: NT15
Duration: 15 days
Accommodation: Premium Hotels & Resorts
Journey: Auckland to Christchurch
Meals included: 22

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Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Auckland

Be met on arrival into Auckland and transferred to your hotel.
Stay: Rydges Auckland Hotel

    Day 2. Auckland, Bay of Islands

    Journey north to the Waipoua Kauri Forest Reserve. Here, a short walk from the roadside will take you to the base of a giant Kauri tree, called Tãne Mahuta or ‘Lord of the Forest’. Continue to the stunning Bay of Islands, where you'll enjoy a special Welcome Dinner.
    Stay: Two Nights: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands, in a room with garden views
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Dinner

    Day 3. Bay of Islands

    The Bay of Islands is home to 144 islands providing a stunning aquatic playground off the north coast of the North Island. Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the subtropical surrounds.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast

    Day 4. Bay of Islands, Auckland

    Like a Local - explore New Zealand’s finest maritime park on a cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Later, return to Auckland by coach.
    Stay: Rydges Auckland Hotel
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Dinner

    Day 5. Auckland, Waitomo, Rotorua

    Like a Local - travel to Waitomo and discover the famous glowworm caves. Then continue to Rotorua. Visit Te Puia, New Zealand’s premier cultural centre, and tour the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. During your time here you’ll see the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley. A Taste of New Zealand and enjoy a Maori Hangi Feast.
    Stay: Two Nights: Rydges Rotorua
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Dinner

    Day 6. Rotorua

    Rotorua captures the essence of New Zealand with its geothermal geysers, fascinating Maori culture and rich heritage. Your sightseeing continues with a visit to one of New Zealand’s best-loved attractions, the Agrodome. Later, perhaps enjoy an optional helicopter flight over the White Island volcano (own expense).
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast

    Day 7. Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington

    Travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway through a region abundant with geothermal activity and rich Maori culture. Visit Lake Taupo and thundering Huka Falls. Later, travel south across the volcanic plateau of World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park to Wellington.
    Stay: Ibis Wellington Hotel
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast

    Day 8. Wellington, Cook Strait, Christchurch

    Like a Local and today you’ll enjoy one of the world’s most scenic voyages as the Interislander ferry traverses Cook Strait through the breathtaking landscape of Marlborough and Queen Charlotte Sounds. Weave through unspoilt islands and admire coastlines defined by tiny coves on the way to Picton. Continue to Christchurch via Kaikoura.
    Stay: Christchurch, Quality Hotel Elms
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Dinner

    Day 9. Christchurch, Fox Glacier

    Absorb the picturesque rural scenery from aboard your coach before beginning the ascent into the Main Divide, or maybe ride the TranzAlpine. Rejoin your group and continue along the coast and through rainforest to Westland National Park. Marvel at the twin glaciers of Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier.
    Stay: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Dinner

    Day 10. Fox Glacier, Queenstown

    Today you’ll travel across the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps this morning, through spectacular Haast Pass, skirting the tranquil shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea to the alpine resort of Queenstown on Lake Wakatipu. Special Stay and settle in for a relaxing two-night stay admiring the dramatic backdrop of towering mountains capped in snow overseeing the calming blue waters of Lake Wakatipu. Delicious food is always on the menu in Queenstown as it is renowned for its world-class culinary scene. This evening, you may like to dine at one of the many local restaurants located within the heart of the city and sample some of the region’s fresh flavours (own expense).
    Stay: Two Nights: Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast

    Day 11. Queenstown

    Queenstown is perfect for adventurers and leisure-seekers alike. Today, during time at leisure, you have the freedom to simply relax or choose one of Travelmarvel’s exciting optional experiences. These include a gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak for spectacular panoramic views or a thrilling ride on a Shotover Jet Boat (both own expense).
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast

    Day 12. Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau

    Follow The Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu to Fiordland National Park. Like a Local - today, cruise Milford Sound, a magnificent fiord with views of cascading waterfalls, dense rainforest and sheer cliffs.
    Stay: Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Dinner

    Day 13. Te Anau, Dunedin

    Journey through rolling Southland countryside before arriving in Dunedin for a tour. Later, discover Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle. Enjoy some time at leisure before dinner.
    Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Dinner

    Day 14. Dunedin, Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo

    Today you’ll journey along the east coast to see the Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe Beach. Continue to Oamaru to discover some of New Zealand’s finest 19th-century architecture. Like a Local - head into Aoraki Mt Cook National Park to view Australasia’s highest mountain, Mt Cook. Special Stay - arrive Peppers Bluewater Resort. A Taste of New Zealand - enjoy a Farewell Dinner.
    Stay: Lake Tekapo, Peppers Bluewater Resort
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast
    • • Dinner

    Day 15. Lake Tekapo, Depart Christchurch

    Visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Your tour then comes to an end on arrival at Christchurch airport.
    • Daily Meals Included:
    • • Breakfast

    Trip Highlights

    • Take a dolphin-watching cruise to Cape Brett in the Bay of Islands
    • Visit Waitomo’s glowworm caves
    • Experience Maori culture at a Hangi feast
    • Cruise the Cook Strait on the Interislander Ferry
    • Cruise Milford Sound and enjoy spectacular views
    • Experience the breathtaking views in Aoraki Mt Cook National Park

    Map

    Photos

    Experience the views of New Zealand from Mt Eden at dusk.

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    Included Experiences

    • 14 nights premium accommodation
    • Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director and experienced Driver
    • Premium air-conditioned coach travel
    • Special Welcome and Farewell Dinners
    • All sightseeing, cruises, tours and entrance fees as specified
    • Airport transfers on the first and last day
    • A special travel bag and a handy wallet
    • Includes 22 meals - 14 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners and 3 Feature Dinners
    • Bask in idyllic views during your Special Stay at Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview
    • Stay on the shores of Lake Tekapo and enjoy a Farewell Dinner

    Additional Information

    Enhance Your Journey 

    In the following locations Christchurch, Rotorua, Queenstown, Cape Reinga and Franz Josef Travelmarvel provides further opportunity to pursue your special interests and enhance your holiday to New Zealand with a range of Optional Experiences. Learn more about enhancing your journey here.

    Select Experiences must be booked on board your tour/cruise and cannot be pre-booked. Minimum and maximum numbers may apply. Prices available in application.

    Trip Notes

    • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
    • Solo Traveller prices available on request
    • Triple rooms may include a roll-away bed. Please check details at time of booking
    • Prices are for land only. Flights not included

    Explore New Zealand's North & South.

    See the magnificent Pohutu Geyser in Rotorua, with Travelmarvel.

    from $3,295 USD per person

    • Watch video

    Join Travelmarvel for a 15 day escorted tour exploring the scenic delights of New Zealand. Highlights include the Bay of Islands, the geothermal geysers and rich Maori culture of Rotorua and the snow capped mountains of the South Island. View complete itinerary

    Trip code: NT15
    Duration: 15 days
    Accommodation: Premium Hotels & Resorts
    Journey: Auckland to Christchurch
    Meals included: 22

    View departure dates & prices

    Itinerary

    Day 1. Arrive Auckland

    Your spectacular New Zealand journey begins today upon arrival in Auckland. Here, you will be met by a Travelmarvel representative and transferred to your premium hotel.
    Stay: Rydges Auckland Hotel

      Day 2. Auckland, Bay of Islands

      Journey north to the Waipoua Kauri Forest Reserve. Visit the base of a giant Kauri tree, called Tãne Mahuta or ‘Lord of the Forest’. Continue to the stunning Bay of Islands, where you'll enjoy a special Welcome Dinner.
      Stay: Two Nights: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands, in a room with garden views
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Dinner

      Day 3. Bay of Islands

      The Bay of Islands is home to 144 islands providing a stunning aquatic playground off the north coast of the North Island. Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the subtropical surrounds.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast

      Day 4. Bay of Islands, Auckland

      Today you will head out on a dolphin-watching cruise to Cape Brett in the Bay of Islands and the famous Hole in the Rock. Afterwards, you'll return to Auckland by coach.
      Stay: Rydges Auckland Hotel
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Dinner

      Day 5. Auckland, Waitomo, Rotorua

      Travel to Waitomo and discover the famous glow-worm caves. Then continue to Rotorua. Visit Te Puia, New Zealand’s premier cultural centre, and tour the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. While here you’ll see the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley. Enjoy a Maori Hangi Feast.
      Stay: Two Nights: Rydges Rotorua
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Dinner

      Day 6. Rotorua

      Rotorua captures the essence of New Zealand with its geothermal geysers, fascinating Maori culture and rich heritage. Your sightseeing continues with a visit to one of New Zealand’s best-loved attractions, the Agrodome. Later, perhaps enjoy an optional helicopter flight over the White Island volcano (own expense).
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast

      Day 7. Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington

      Travel the Thermal Explorer Highway, visit Lake Taupo and Huka Falls. Arrive in Wellington.
      Stay: Wellington, Travelodge Hotel Wellington
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast

      Day 8. Wellington, Cook Strait, Christchurch

      Take the Interislander ferry through Cook Strait and Marlborough and Queen Charlotte Sounds to Picton. Board a coach to Christchurch.
      Stay: Christchurch, Quality Hotel Elms
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Dinner

      Day 9. Christchurch, Fox Glacier

      Travel into the Main Divide by coach or TranzAlpine Train. At Westland National Park view Franz Josef and Fox glaciers.
      Stay: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Dinner

      Day 10. Fox Glacier, Queenstown

      Travel to Queenstown then settle in for a relaxing two-night stay overlooking Lake Wakatipu.
      Stay: Two Nights: Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast

      Day 11. Queenstown

      Today, simply relax or choose an optional experience.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast

      Day 12. Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau

      Follow The Remarkables to Fiordland National Park. Then, cruise magnificent Milford Sound.
      Stay: Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Dinner

      Day 13. Te Anau, Dunedin

      Journey through rolling Southland countryside before arriving in Dunedin for a tour, including Larnach Castle.
      Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Dinner

      Day 14. Dunedin, Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo

      See the Moeraki Boulders, then continue to Oamaru to discover 19th-century architecture. View Mt Cook, then arrive at Peppers Bluewater Resort. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner this evening.
      Stay: Lake Tekapo, Peppers Bluewater Resort
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast
      • • Dinner

      Day 15. Lake Tekapo, Depart Christchurch

      Visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd before being transferred to Christchurch airport.
      • Daily Meals Included:
      • • Breakfast

      Trip Highlights

      • Take a dolphin-watching cruise to Cape Brett in the Bay of Islands
      • Visit Waitomos glow-worm caves
      • Experience Maori culture at a Hangi feast
      • Cruise the Cook Strait on the Interislander Ferry
      • Bask in idyllic views during your Special Stay at
      • Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview
      • Cruise Milford Sound and enjoy spectacular views
      • Experience the breathtaking views in Aoraki Mt Cook National Park
      • Stay on the shores of Lake Tekapo and indulge in a Farewell Dinner

      Map

      Photos

      Experience the views of New Zealand from Mt Eden at dusk.

      Click for larger version

      Included Experiences

      • 14 nights premium accommodation
      • Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director and experienced Driver
      • Premium air-conditioned coach travel
      • Special Welcome and Farewell Dinners
      • All sightseeing, cruises, tours and entrance fees as specified
      • Airport transfers on the first and last day
      • A special travel bag and a handy wallet
      • Includes 22 meals - 14 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners and 3 Feature Dinners

      Additional Information

      Country Homestay, Rotorua

      • Perhaps experience a special Country Homestay. Enjoy warm hospitality, and a real insight into rural New Zealand life. 

      Tranz Alpine Train

      • Perhaps take one of the world's most scenic rail journeys aboard the TranzAlpine Train – travelling up into Arthur’s Pass.

      Enhance Your Journey

      Discover more of New Zealand with a range of experiences. View Enhance Your Journey options here.

      Trip Notes

      • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
      • Solo Traveller prices available on request
      • Triple rooms may include a roll-away bed. Please check details at time of booking
      • Prices are for land only. Flights not included

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