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Experience New Zealand's rich Maori culture.

See the traditions and culture of New Zealand's Maori people on your Travelmarvel tour of New Zealand.

from $2,645 USD per person

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Join Travelmarvel for a 12 day tour to experience the very best of New Zealand. From the geothermal geysers and rich Maori culture of North Island to the snow capped mountains of the South. View complete itinerary

Trip code: NTA12
Duration: 12 days
Accommodation: Premium Hotels & Resorts
Journey: Auckland to Christchurch
Meals included: 18

View departure dates & prices

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Auckland

See the traditions and culture of New Zealand's Maori people on your APT tour of New Zealand.
Stay: Rydges Auckland Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Auckland, Waitomo, Rotorua

Like a Local - Travel to Waitomo and discover the magical natural spectacle of the Waitomo Caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an unmistakable glow. Continue to the geothermal capital of Rotorua. Visit Te Puia, New Zealand’s premier cultural centre, enjoy a guided tour of the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and see Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley. A Taste of New Zealand -enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi Feast.
Stay: Two Nights: Rydges Rotorua
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 3. 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 the Agrodome, with its entertaining sheep shearing demonstration, dog trials and animal nursery.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 4. Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington

Departing Rotorua, travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway through a region abundant with geothermal activity, crystal-clear lakes, natural spas and rich Maori culture. Visit Lake Taupo and Huka Falls. Later, travel across Tongariro National Park to Wellington.
Stay: Ibis Wellington Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 5. Wellington, Cook Strait, Christchurch

Like a Local - enjoy a scenic voyage as the Interislander ferry traverses the Cook Strait through the breathtaking 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 6. Christchurch, Fox Glacier

Absorb the picturesque rural scenery from aboard your coach before beginning the ascent into the Main Divide. Then, sit back and enjoy the vistas as you journey through the towering, captivating Southern Alps. Continue along the coast to Westland National Park and see Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier. Over thousands of years, these remarkable natural wonders have created immense glacial valleys. Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Fox Glacier, Queenstown

Today you will travel across the stunning snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps through spectacular Haast Pass, skirting the tranquil shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea to the alpine resort of Queenstown on Lake Wakatipu. Special Stay - enjoy a picturesque two-night stay with the dramatic backdrop of towering mountains overlooking Lake Wakatipu.
Stay: Two Nights: Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 8. Queenstowm

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 relaxing cruise to Walter Peak Station or a gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak for spectacular panoramic views over Queenstown (both at own expense). Or take a thrilling Shotover Jet Boat ride for a different perspective on Queenstown. Alternatively, your Travelmarvel Tour Director will be able to suggest a range of activities and experiences so you can explore this exciting city.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 9. Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau

Follow The Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu to the still beauty of the Fiordland National Park, where Milford Sound awaits. Like a Local - cruise the full length of 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 10. Te Anau, Dunedin

Journey through rolling Southland countryside before arriving in Dunedin. While here, enjoy a tour that reveals to you the city’s most significant landmarks and learn of its rich history. Known as the 'Edinburgh of the South', the symbolic architecture of this former gold-mining town, is still proudly on display. Later, head to the nearby hills to take an intriguing tour of New Zealand’s only castle, the impressive Larnach Castle. After your time here, enjoy some time at leisure before dining with your fellow travellers this evening.
Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 11. Dunedin, Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo

Journey along the east coast to see the Moeraki Boulders formed over 60 million years ago. Continue to Oamaru to see some of New Zealand’s finest 19th-century architecture. Like a Local - later, en route to Lake Tekapo, journey into Aoraki Mt Cook National Park to view Australasia’s highest mountain, Mt Cook. Special Stay - arrive at your hotel, situated on the shores of scenic Lake Tekapo. A Taste of New Zealand - dine on fresh local produce at your hotel’s restaurant during a Farewell Dinner.
Stay: Lake Tekapo, Peppers Bluewater Resort
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 12. Lake Tekapo, Depart Christchurch

Visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo, built as a tribute to the region’s early pioneers. Enjoy the pristine beauty and the azure waters of Lake Tekapo, in the heart of the spectacular Mackenzie district. Later, journey to Christchurch. Your tour then concludes when you arrive at Christchurch airport for your onward flight.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the fascinating glowworm caves of Waitomo
  • 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 along Milford Sound and enjoy spectacular views
  • Experience the beauty and grandeur of 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.

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Included Experiences

  • 11 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
  • 18 delicious meals - 11 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners and 2 Feature Dinners

Additional Information

Enhance Your Journey 

In the following locations Christchurch and Rotorua 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
  • This tour forms part of the NT15 New Zealand Getaway
  • 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

Experience New Zealand's rich Maori culture.

See the traditions and culture of New Zealand's Maori people on your Travelmarvel tour of New Zealand.

from $2,695 USD per person

  • Watch video

Join Travelmarvel for a 12 day tour to experience the very best of New Zealand. From the geothermal geysers and rich Maori culture of North Island to the snow capped mountains of the South. View complete itinerary

Trip code: NTA12
Duration: 12 days
Accommodation: Premium Hotels & Resorts
Journey: Auckland to Christchurch
Meals included: 18

View departure dates & prices

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Auckland

Your New Zealand journey begins in Auckland. Here, you will be met and transferred to your premium hotel.
Stay: Rydges Auckland Hotel
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Auckland, Waitomo, Rotorua

Discover the Waitomo Caves where thousands of tiny luminescent glow-worms radiate. Continue to the geothermal capital of Rotorua. Visit Te Puia, enjoy a guided tour of the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and see Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley. Enjoy a Maori Hangi Feast.
Stay: Two Nights: Rydges Rotorua
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 3. Rotorua

Explore the Agrodome, with its sheep shearing demonstration, dog trials and animal nursery.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 4. Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington

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

Day 5. Wellington, Cook Strait, Christchurch

Cruise aboard the Interislander Ferry through Cook Strait and Marlborough and Queen Charlotte Sounds to Picton.
Stay: Christchurch, Quality Hotel Elms
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 6. Christchurch, Fox Glacier

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

Day 7. Fox Glacier, Queenstown

Travel across the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps through Haast Pass to the alpine resort of Queenstown on Lake Wakatipu. Enjoy a picturesque two-night stay with the dramatic backdrop of towering mountains overlooking Lake Wakatipu.
Stay: Two Nights: Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 8. Queenstown

With a day at leisure, perhaps choose from one of Travelmarvel’s exciting select experiences. These include a relaxing cruise to Walter Peak Station or a gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak for spectacular panoramic views over Queenstown. Or take a Shotover Jet Boat ride for a different perspective on Queenstown (both own expense).
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 9. Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau

Follow The Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu to the still beauty of the Fiordland National Park, where Milford Sound awaits.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 10. Te Anau, Dunedin

Today you will journey through rolling Southland countryside before arriving in the city of Dunedin. Known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’, Dunedin was planned in Scotland and still maintains its grand Victorian heritage which is very impressive. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided tour then head to the nearby hills to take an intriguing tour of Larnach Castle, which is New Zealand’s only castle. Steeped in scandal and tragedy, it is filled with magnificent antiques and offers breathtaking views.
Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 11. Dunedin, Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo

See the Moeraki Boulders and visit Oamaru to see some of New Zealand’s finest 19th-century architecture. Later, journey into Mt Cook National Park to view Australasia’s highest mountain, Aoraki (Mt Cook). You'll then arrive this afternoon at your hotel, situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Tekapo. Tonight, you'll dine on fresh local produce at your hotel’s restaurant during a memorable Farewell Dinner.
Stay: Lake Tekapo, Peppers Bluewater Resort
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 12. Lake Tekapo, Depart Christchurch

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

Trip Highlights

  • 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 at 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

  • 11 nights premium accommodation
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director and experienced Driver
  • Premium air-conditioned coach travel
  • Special Farewell Dinner
  • 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 18 meals - Enjoy 11 Breakfasts and 7 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
  • This tour forms part of the NT15 New Zealand Getaway
  • Itinerary effective 2 October 2017 – 26 September 2018. Tours departing outside these dates follow a different itinerary – please enquire for details

  • 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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