18 Days Essence of New Zealand Escorted Coach Tour
Below you will find what we consider to be the best value for money stay-drive itineraries covering the most popular areas of New Zealand or if you prefer you can design your own itinerary and we will be happy to provide a cost for New Zealand holidays package.
Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch
Upon arrival Christchurch Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel.This evening you will meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome reception and dinner.
Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch. D
Day 2: Christchurch – Omarama
Today you will travel through McKenzie country visiting the Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo and enjoy the alpine scenery of Mount Cook National Park before arriving at your overnight accommodation
Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel, Omarama. B D
Day 3: Omarama – Dunedin
Today you leave the centre of the South Island and make your way to Oamaru famous for its white limestone buildings before making your way to Dunedin where a visit to Larnach Castle and a city tour is provided.
Hotel: Kingsgate Hotel, Dunedin. B D
Day 4: Dunedin – Milford Sound
Today you once more head into the centre of the South Island for what will be a day of spectacular scenery as you journey through Te Anau and into the World Heritage Fiordland National Park, New Zealand’s largest. Rainforest, ancient glaciers and other highlights are presented as you drive through the Homer Tunnel, before arriving in Milford Sound for your overnight cruise on the Milford Mariner. (Milford Mariner does not operate 17 May-19 September. During this period there will be a day cruise on Milford Sound and accommodation in Te Anau).
Cruise: Milford Mariner, Milford Sound. B D
Day 5: Milford Sound – Queenstown
This morning you will rejoin the coach as you make the journey back to Te Anau. You’ll explore the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves by boat with local guide, before travelling to Queenstown.
Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Queenstown, 3 nights. B D
Day 6: Queenstown ‘Free Time’
A full day to see the sights of your choice. Take it easy with a wine tour or walk on the wild side with a jet boat ride or white water rafting (all own expense). Whatever you choose, Queenstown will surprise and exhilarate. B
Day 7: Queenstown ‘Free Time’
A day of leisure. Tonight you will enjoy a Skyline Gondola & buffet dinner as you take in the lights of Queenstown. B HD
Day 8: Queenstown – Franz Josef
The journey today will take you through Arrowtown, Cromwell and the lakes of Dunstan, Hawea & Wanaka. Travelling over the Haast Pass you will view amazing Thunder Creek Falls before arriving onto the West Coast. Passing Fox Glacier the biggest of the West Coast Glaciers you will make your way to Franz Josef Glacier for your overnight accommodation.
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing), Franz Josef. B D
Day 9: Franz Josef – Punakaiki
Optional trips are available to experience the grandeur of the Glacier. Leaving Franz Josef you will travel via Hokitika renowned for jade before making your way to Punakaiki.
Hotel: Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki. B D
Day 10: Punakaiki – Nelson
Your journey continues along the Heritage Highway through the Buller Gorge and the Kahurangi National Park before arriving in Nelson. During the afternoon you’ll visit the World of Wearable Arts and Collectable Cars.
Hotel: Grand Mercure Monaco Resort, Nelson, 2 nights. B D
Day 11: Nelson ‘Free Time’
On this day at leisure, you’ll have the option to journey to the top of the South Island and enjoy a relaxing cruise in the Abel Tasman National Park. Or perhaps take a short bush walk, relax in sunny Nelson or explore the many arts and craft shops. B
Day 12: Nelson – Wellington
Today you will travel to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital via the seaside town of Picton. Before joining the Interislander Ferry across the Cook Strait to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital you will enjoy a cruise on the Queen Charlotte Sound. Upon arrival Wellington you will enjoy a visit to Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, where you’ll explore New Zealand’s nature, art, history and cultural heritage.
Hotel: Travelodge, Wellington, 2 nights. B D
Day 13: Wellington ‘Free Time’
At your leisure. B
Day 14: Wellington – Napier
Leaving Wellington you travel through the dairy farming land of Manawatu to Napier. Upon arrival at Napier the Art Deco capital of New Zealand you will join a city walking tour with a local guide and learn how Napier was rebuilt after a devastating Earthquake in 1931.
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Te Pania, Napier. B D
Day 15: Napier – Rotorua
Your journey today will take you via Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand and you will visit the mighty Huka Falls before making your way into the thermal capital of New Zealand, Rotorua where on arrival a sightseeing tour takes in views of Lake Rotorua. This evening you will enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi feast ‘highlight dinner’ and concert at the Tamaki Family Marae.
Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights. B HD
Day 16: Rotorua
A visit to Te Puia, the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute will provide an insight into the Maori tradition of wood carving & weaving and together with a tour of the geothermal valley you will appreciate the importance of the geysers & mud pools to the traditional owners of New Zealand. B
Day 17: Rotorua – Auckland
Before leaving Rotorua you will visit the Agrodome Sheep Show which provides an insight into agricultural life in New Zealand. A visit to the farming community of Matamata will provide a farming demonstration before a delicious lunch at Longlands Farm. Continue to Auckland where your city sightseeing tour awaits highlighting the sights of the Auckland the largest city of New Zealand.
Hotel: VR Queen Street, Auckland. B L
Day 18: Farewell from Auckland
After breakfast you’ll be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward journey. B
01 February 18 – Cost $5650.00pp – Twin Share
15 February 18 – Cost $5650.00pp – Twin Share
01 March 18 – Cost $5650.00pp – Twin Share
15 March 18 – Cost $5650.00pp – Twin Share
Departures are guaranteed
Deposit of $300.00pp is required 7days from confirmation
Balance is due 90days prior to departure.
5% Discount has been applied to above costs.
Prices are subject to currency fluctuation
- Immerse yourself in Maori culture at a Hangi & Concert
- Explore the geothermal valley at Te Puia in Rotorua
- Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo
- Explore New Zealand’s only castle, Larnach Castle
- Spend the night cruising on magical Milford Sound
- Let loose in New Zealand’s adventure capital, beautiful Queenstown
- Gondola ride and dinner at Skyline Restaurant on Bob’s Peak with spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu
- Cruise through Waitomo Caves famous Glow Worm Grotto
- Taste Central Otago stone fruit at a local orchard
- See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier
- Watch artisans carving native greenstone (jade) in Hokitika
- Punakaiki, home to the Pancake Rocks & Blowholes
- Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand
- Tour through Christchurch to witness the incredible rebuild of this city
- Experienced Tour Director and Driver Guide
- Comfortable accommodation
- Travel by luxury coach
- Airport transfers (see Flight Information below)
- Full buffet breakfasts (17) B
- Lunch (1) L
- ‘Highlight dinners’ (2) HD
- Dinners (10) D
Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price.
Day 1 – from Chrishchurch Airport- flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm
Day 18 – to Auckland Airport – flights anytime
Tours are in co-operation with AAT Kings. – Code LCQA