​Ultimate Explorer

​​16 Days

​​​​​Escorted touring is an easy and stress-free way to cover a lot of ground in comfort and one of our preferred touring partners in New Zealand, Grand Pacific Tours.

Escorted touring is an easy and stress-free way to cover a lot of ground in comfort and one of our preferred touring partners in New Zealand, Grand Pacific Tours.

Day 1 Christchurch

On arrival at Christchurch airport you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 Mt. Cook

Depart through the southern Canterbury Plains to Mt Cook. Highlights include Lake Tekapo and the Church of the Good Shepherd.

Day 3 Dunedin

From Mt Cook continue to Dunedin. Optional excursions include a visit to the Speight’s Brewery or the Royal Albatross colony.

Day 4 Te Anau

Visit Larnach Castle and enjoy high tea in the Grand Ballroom. Travel on to Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland National Park.

Days 5-6 Milford Sound & Queenstown

Travel to Milford Sound for a nature cruise in a truly remarkable setting. From Milford Sound continue to Queenstown for a 2 night stay. Choose from a range of sightseeing options before joining the TSS Earnslaw for a cruise across Lake Wakatipu, followed by a BBQ dinner at Walter Peak Station.

Day 7 Fox Glacier

Visit the old gold-mining town of Arrowtown before travelling through the Haast Pass to the West Coast and Fox Glacier.

Day 8 Christchurch

Visit Hokitika, famed for its greenstone before heading through the mountain passes to Arthurs Pass, where you’ll join the Tranzalpine train for a memorable journey back to Christchurch.

Days 9-10 Wellington

Travel via Kaikoura and Marlborough to Picton then board the Interislander ferry to Wellington for a 2 night stay. A city tour and visit to Te Papa museum are included.

Days 11 & 12 Rotarua

Depart Wellington and drive north via Lake Taupo to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Day 12 includes visits to the Agrodome, Rainbow Springs and a unique, behind the scenes tour at a Kiwi nursery. This evening is spent at a Maori hangi and concert.

Days 13-14 Bay of Islands

Travel north to the beautiful Bay of Islands for 2 nights. There is free time to explore plus a luxury catamaran cruise to Cape Brett.

Day 15 Auckland

Return to Auckland for a final, farewell dinner.

Day 16 Departure

You will be transferred to the airport.

  • What's Included?

    Hotels on a room only basis unless otherwise stated

    Arrival transfer in Christchurch and departure transfer in Auckland

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    All excursions and attractions as stated

    Small group, luxury coach travel with a maximum of 20 passengers

This tour features the North Island & South Island