Naturally New Zealand

  • 22 Days

  • Australia and New Zealand

  • On the go pace

Home to some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, from Milford Sound in the south to the secluded Bay of Islands in the north, New Zealand's natural beauty is waiting to be discovered.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a driver/guide
Accommodation
Selected meals
Porterage
VIP private home pick-up
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

  • Day 14

  • Day 15

  • Day 16

  • Day 17

  • Day 18

  • Day 19

  • Day 20

  • Day 21

  • Day 22

of 22 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 29th October 2017

Meals included: 18 breakfasts,

Overview

Home to some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, from Milford Sound in the south to the secluded Bay of Islands in the north, New Zealand's natural beauty is waiting to be discovered.

At a glance

  • Bay of Islands
  • Rotura
  • Wellington
  • Franz Josef glacier
  • Milford Sound cruise
  • Dunedin

Extensions

  • 2 nights in Dubai pre-tour
  • 5 nights in Fiji post-tour

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension.

Days 1 - 2

Depart UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Arrive Auckland

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for two nights. The rest of the day is yours to relax.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Auckland

Day at lesiure. Known as the 'City of Sails', Auckland is situated on an isthmus with the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Tasman Sea on the other.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Auckland - Bay of Islands

Leaving Auckland, travel to the Bay of Islands, enjoying spectacular rural and coastal scenery en route. Visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where the British and Maori signed New Zealand's most important document of state in 1840.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Bay of Islands

Today board your cruise boat and head out to the clear waters of the beautiful Bay of Islands. On the way to Cape Brett you may be lucky enough to see dolphins racing alongside the boat. Further on, you will cruise through the grand Cathedral Cave, and the famous 'Hole in the Rock'.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Bay of Islands - Rotorua

This morning drive to Rotorua, where you will stay for two nights. This evening you may wish to discover some of the Maori history by joining an optional dinner including a Maori hangi and concert.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Rotorua

This morning begins with a visit to the Agrodome to learn more about one of the country's major industries - sheep! Then on to Rainbow Springs, home to rainbow trout and the flightless kiwi bird in its nocturnal 'Kiwi House'. Continue on to Te Puia, Rotorua's most prominent thermal area with New Zealand's largest geyser, boiling mud pools, and silca terraces. This evening there is the chance to sample the hospitality of a local family with dinner in their own home.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Rotorua - Wellington

Today drive along the 'Desert Road', named after the effects of volcanic ash, towards Lake Taupo and the mighty Huka Falls. Along the way, enjoy spectacular views of Mount Tongariro as well as two active volcanoes - Mount Ruapehu and Mount Ngauruhoe.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Wellington - Interislander ferry - Nelson

Today, cross the Cook Strait on the Interislander ferry through the bays of the Queen Charlotte Sound and the glorious maze of deep coves on the way to Nelson.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Nelson

A fascinating day awaits, enjoy a full day excursion to the Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand's smallest but perhaps most beautiful national park, where you will board a cruise to view the fur seal colony on Tonga Island.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Nelson - Franz Josef

Leaving Nelson, travel today to the small town of Franz Josef, stopping en route to explore the Franz Josef glacier. Often described as a gem on the West Coast, the glacier lies just 5km from the town providing the perfect opportunity to witness the magnificent snow falls for yourself.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Franz Josef - Queenstown

Today enjoy fantastic views as you journey through the snow-capped peaks, waterfalls and rugged mountain terrain of New Zealand's Southern Alps towards Queenstown, where you will spend the next three nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14

Queenstown

Nicknamed the 'Adventure Capital' of the world, Queenstown is an alpine resort dominated by the Remarkables mountain range, and located on the shore of Lake Wakatipu. As this day is yours to spend at leisure, you may wish to join an optional excursion to a local vineyard, or take a thrilling Kawarau Jet Boat Ride on the fast moving waters of the Shotover and Kawarau Rivers.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 15

Queenstown

Today, perhaps join one of the many optional excursions available in and around Queenstown, or just relax and enjoy the stunning scenery, shopping, restaurants and bars of this bustling ski town.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 16

Queenstown - Milford Sound - Te Anau

Journey into Fiordland National Park, through the Homer Tunnel and on to spectacular Milford Sound for a late morning cruise on this awe-inspiring 16 kilometre inlet, lined with soaring walls of rock. Rising above the Sound is the vast, usually snow-capped form of Mitre Peak. Your day ends in the small, yet charming town of Te Anau.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 17

Te Anau - Dunedin

Take leave of Te Anau and journey to the Pacific coastline, reaching Dunedin in the afternoon when you will see some of the main sights. The city is built around an octagon in place of the traditional square. Known as the 'Edinburgh of the South' because of its strong Scottish connections, Dunedin has preserved many of its grand Victorian and turn-of-the-century buildings.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 18

Dunedin

The day is yours at leisure to enjoy the historic town of Dunedin.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 19

Dunedin - Twizel

This morning, motor across the patchwork Canterbury Plains on the way to Twizel, gateway to the Mount Cook National Park. Enjoy the spectacular view of Lake Pukaki on your drive into the park and the opportunity for some short walks in the beautiful alpine environment.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 20

Twizel - Christchurch

Today you will journey to Christchurch, where the rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 21

Christchurch - UK

Depart Christchurch for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Fiji.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 22

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Auckland: Rydges
  • Bay of Islands: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
  • Rotorua: Rydges
  • Wellington: Mercure
  • Nelson: Trailways Nelson
  • Franz Josef: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef
  • Queenstown: Rydges
  • Te Anau: Distinction Luxmore Hotel
  • Dunedin: Scenic Dunedin City
  • Twizel: MacKenzie Country Inn
  • Christchurch: Heartland Hotel Cotswolds

Notes

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.

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