Kia Ora New Zealand

17 days,

16 nights |

from $5695 per person*


It’s hard to pick a highlight of this New Zealand tour from north to south. Is it the fiords and glaciers of Milford Sound/Piopiotahi, explored on a tour? The gem-like Bay of Islands from Auckland? The bubbling geysers and thermal springs of Rotorua? Or perhaps the mountain vistas of Queenstown? In between you have cosmopolitan cities, wineries, train rides, beaches… how does one country pack so much punch?

  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

Tour Highlights

  • End-of-the-Earth drama awaits in the Bay of Islands, where 140 droplets of land unite powdery beaches with dreamy pockets of forest.
  • Explore the extremes of the North Island, where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean. Or just relax by the pool. The choice is yours
  • Queenstown is best explored at a leisurely pace. Follow your guide (or go as you will) to appreciate this Alpine town’s many allures.
  • You don’t need a reason to visit World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park. But if you’re looking for one, make it shimmering Milford Sound/Piopiotahi.

Flight Information

Flights are not included in the tour price; please call our team for the current flight prices. Any flights referred to in the itinerary are an additional expense; these are the suggested group flights:

  • Day 1: Flights to arrive by 4:00pm into Auckland Airport
  • Day 17: Flights to depart anytime form Christchurch Airport

Departure Dates

4 November 2023; 11 November 2023; 25 November 2023; 2 December 2023; 9 December 2023 – from $5695/person based on double occupancy

6 January, 2024; 13 January 2023; 20 January 2023; 27 January 2024; 10 February 2024; 17 February 2023; 24 February 2024; 2 March 2024; 9 March 2024; 16 March 2024 – from $5870/person based on double occupancy

All trips include 24-hour emergency travel assistance.

Book by:

August 31, 2023

Valid for travel between:

23 Sep 2023; 14 Oct 2023; 4 Nov 2023; 11 Nov 2023; 25 Nov 2023; 2 Dec 2023; 9 Dec 2023;

Additional dates, gateway cities and airlines may be available.

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Itinerary also operates in reverse (New Zealand Magic, Tour Code: LCBA) from Christchurch to Auckland. Please ask for departure dates & details.

Day 1 Welcome to Auckland

Auckland is hypnotic, the kind of place you could easily lose yourself in for a couple of days. Or weeks. Arrive at your leisure and explore waterfront precincts filled with yachts, take a cruise out to the wineries of Waiheke Island, or just meet fellow travel companions over a few local tipples tonight.  Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Auckland

Day 2 Auckland – Bay of Islands

Say goodbye to the ‘City of Sails’ as you journey north to New Zealand’s dramatic Bay of Islands from Auckland – 140 droplets of land ringed by turquoise sea. It’s undeniably beautiful, but it also holds a special historical secret: this is where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840, between Captain William Hobson and Māori chiefs. Your guide, likely an ancestor of one of the original signatories, will explain the significance of the site, while pointing out the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe and a carved meeting house. Hotel: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Garden Rooms, 2 nights Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 Bay of Islands Free Time

If there’s a travel destination that inspires wanderlust, the Bay of Islands is it. Today, trip the light fantastic and head off in whatever direction you please. Perhaps travel up to Cape Reinga/Te Rerenga Wairua, the very top of New Zealand, via idyllic Ninety Mile Beach. Or glide around on an historic tall ship, enjoy local drops on a wine tour of the region, or join a tour of Russell and learn more about the settling of the Bay of Islands. Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Bay of Islands – Auckland

Today, New Zealand’s most northerly city is well and truly on your radar. Whangarei is a place where waterfalls meet beaches, galleries meet museums. It’s like the country in a tantalizing snapshot – a union of nature and forward-thinking culture. Explore at your leisure before sinking back into your seat for the mesmerizing commute back to Auckland.  Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Auckland. Included Meals: Breakfast,

Day 5 Auckland – Rotorua

Another day on a tour in Auckland. Lucky you. After a morning of sightseeing, set your GPS for the Waikato River and your Waitomo Caves tour. This place is radiant – quite literally. While cruising cavernous waterways, your route is cast in a magical light by thousands of glowworms. It’s a landscape almost as otherworldly as Rotorua, where mud pops and jettisons from bubbling geysers, and steam rushes skywards from cracks in the Earth. Tonight, delve deep into  Māori  culture and traditions at Te Puia. Your dinner, a hangi cooked underground, is served while you overlook the spectacular geothermal valley. The highlight is a Māori  cultural performance in the beautifully carved meeting house, Te Aronui a Rua.  Enjoy your packed lunch today knowing that a donation is being made on your behalf to local charity Auckland City Mission, where real change can start with just one meal. Hotel: Ibis Rotorua Hotel, 2 nights. Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch, Highlight dinner

Day 6 Rotorua

Explore at your own pace today, but with plenty of tips from your Travel Director. Want a bit of down time?  We wouldn’t blame you for simply blissing out at in the steamy thermal springs at Rotorua’s Polynesian Spa. Animal lover? Go behind the scenes on a working kiwi nursery and hatchery. Hobbit fans will want to take advantage of today’s opportunity to visit the sights featured in The Lord of the Rings movies at Hobbiton. These beautiful landscapes are not only a bucket list tour for Hobbit fans but a gorgeous countryside getaway. Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Rotorua – Wellington

You’ll hear Huka Falls well before you see it – at this natural wonder, a staggering 220,000 litres of water thunder over an 11-metre-high waterfall every second. The road ahead unfolds in a broad panorama of Lake Taupo, its waters so vivid and blue you’ll think someone has taken the glasses off your nose and cleaned them for the first time. Traverse the Kapiti Coast to New Zealand’s cool little capital, Wellington, where there are so many restaurants and bars to choose from, you’ll need a guidebook. Wait, you have an in-the-know Travel Director to talk to about your Wellington tour. Hotel: Travelodge Wellington Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 Wellington – Picton

Your final few hours in Wellington should – must – begin with a coffee. The city is known for its uber-cool cafés, designed to fuel you through a session at Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. Onwards to the Inter-islander for a cruise across Cook Strait, from the North Island to the South, through a maze of arms and inlets into the sleepy seaside village of Picton. Hotel: Picton Beachcomber Inn. Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 Picton – Christchurch

There aren’t many beaches more dramatic than the black sands of Kaikoura. Bonus points if you spot a sea lion or sperm whale frolicking offshore. Talk to your Travel Director for tips on the essential restaurants to dine in tonight – Christchurch has reinvented itself in more ways than one.. Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 Christchurch – Omarama

Christchurch tours show that the city is not only rebuilding itself after the devastating 2010/11 earthquakes, but is changing the way architects think about design. Case in point the mind-bending Transitional Cathedral, made largely of cardboard, and Turanga, the gold-clad central library. From here, your outlook is the Canterbury Plains: the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo, snow-capped mountains and atmospheric towns. Take it in on an optional scenic flight for added perspective of Southern Alps and on to Franz Josef Glacier/Ka Roimata o Hine Hukatere.   Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 Omarama – Dunedin

If you’ve ever wanted to see New Zealand’s oldest public gardens, today you’re in luck. Oamaru, with its stately tree-lined streets and limestone buildings, stands proud before you journey further south toward the Edinburgh of the South: Dunedin. It’s easy to while away the afternoon in the city’s atmospheric art-lined alleys. Or venture further afield to discover the wildlife that thrives in this pretty pocket of the country – fur seals and penguins among them.  Hotel: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City Included Meals: Breakfast.

Day 12 Dunedin – Te Anau

Time is on your side this morning. Sleep in or channel your inner royalty on a visit to grand Larnach Castle – the only one of its kind in the country. Dunedin’s Scottish ancestry is everywhere you look, from the manicured grounds of Otago University to the city’s main George Street. Rolling green hills dotted with doe-eyed sheep are replaced by soaring mountains as you weave your way into Fiordland National Park and the South Island’s biggest lake and the town of Te Anau. Soak up the serenity – it doesn’t get any better than this. Hotel: Distinction Luxmore Hotel Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13 Te Anau – Queenstown

From the moment you step outside today, nature rules. Your route through Fiordland National Park is an intoxicating union of beech forests, alluvial flats, meadows and mirror-like lakes. Gin-clear rivers carve the countryside, with all roads leading to Milford Sound/Piopiotahi. Cruising this World Heritage-listed expanse will give you goosebumps, a string of waterfalls creating a misty curtain across sheer escarpments. Look out for dolphins – they’re a common sight here.   Hotel: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown , 2 nights Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 Queenstown Free Time

Take today at your own pace. Like things fast and furious? Feel the wind in your hair on the high-octane Shotover Jet, perhaps. There’s a reason why Queenstown is known as the adventure capital of the country. Nature lover? Discover some of New Zealand’s feathered friends at a wildlife centre. Wherever you wander, make sure you’re back in time to glide across Lake Wakatipu aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner. Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15 Queenstown – Franz Josef

Try and keep count of today’s lakes. Leaving Lake Wakatipu behind, Arrowtown appears on the horizon. We know you’ll want to linger in the movie-set-like streets, lined with trees and character-filled boutiques. But Lake Dunstan awaits, as do its orchards. Pause to refuel on flavour-packed stone fruit. Then there’s Lake Hawea followed by Lake Wanaka, with its Instagrammable shoreline of poplars and willows. Over the Haast Pass, your Franz Josef Glacier/Ka Roimata o Hine Hukatere tour awaits. You don’t get many chances in life to land and walk on a glacier. This afternoon is one. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing) Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 16 Franz Josef – Christchurch

Swap snow for pounamu (native greenstone or jade) in Hokitika. In Māori tradition, it’s bad luck to buy this sacred stone for yourself; flutter your eyelids at your loved one. Just when you thought your adventure couldn’t get any better, you’ll aboard the TranzAlpine train bound for Christchurch, through tunnels and over viaducts with panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, icy rivers, beech forests, gorges and river valleys. Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch. Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 17 Farewell Christchurch

Two New Zealand islands. Multiple glaciers. Endless lakes. Thermal springs. Black beaches, and white beaches. An endless parade of wildlife. We hope you find the words to describe this epic adventure to your family back home.  Included Meals: Breakfast

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