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Travel from Auckland, the "city of sails", to Queenstown, an alpine boutique town, marvel at the natural beauties such as geothermal valley of Rotorua, Milford Sound and take advantage of the freedom of choices activities to personalize your travel as suits you.
New Zealand
Cultural
Private Escorted Tours

Highlights

Discover the city of Auckland

See the stunning geothermal Valley of Rotorua

Visit Stewart Island, New Zealand's third largest island 

Admire the enchanting fiord of Milford Sound

Start your journey by exploring Auckland “the city of sails”, built on a volcano field with over forty volcanic cones, this city has plenty of spots to see the best views of the region. Then, head to Rotorua to enjoy a wide range of activities. Discover the spectacular Waimangu Volcanic Valley, world’s youngest geothermal valley and Redwood forests.

Next, fly to Christchurch, a vibrant city in transition after NZ’s second-worst natural disaster. Continue the journey south-east and take your flight to Stewart Island where you will have the opportunity to do bird-watching and to venture by torchlight through the native forest with the stars and forest night sounds all around you! Finally, reach via flight the glorious alpine resort of Queenstown, known as the adventure capital, boasts an incredible array of adventure and leisure activities.

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Included

3 nights in Auckland at Hilton Auckland - 5*
4 nights in Rotorua at Pullman Rotorua - 5*
3 nights in Christchurch at The George Hotel - 5*
3 Nights in Jensen Bay on Stewart Island
4 Nights in Queenstown at Hilton - 5*
Flight Rotorua to Christchurch
Flight Christchurch to Stewart Island
Flight Stewart Island to Queenstown
Flight Queenstown to Auckland
Meet & Greet on arrival
Fully Private Escorted in Luxury Mercedes
Daily Breakfast
Waterfall & rainforest West Auckland Tour
Geothermal Valley & Redwoods Treewalk in Rotorua
Wild Kiwi Encounter Cruise & Walk
Private tour of Gibbston Valley with wine tasting included
4 Freedom of choice activities

Freedom of Choice

For this package we have included Freedom of Choice days in the itinerary. Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day.

Pre-select one tour on the following days:

  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 4
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 7
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 10
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 15

Expand the itinerary below for more details.

Itinerary

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Intro
Privately Escorted in Luxury Mercedes

Your luxury itinerary begins with a meet and greet at Auckland airport upon arrival by your chauffeur driver/guide. Throughout your journey, you will be privately escorted in a luxury vehicle such as the 6 seater Mercedes V-Class (pictured below) for 2 to 4 guests. 

Privately Escorted in Luxury Mercedes
Day 1
Auckland Airport

Arrival into Auckland. Private transfer to the Hilton Auckland with the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight stay in Auckland at Hilton Auckland.

Auckland Airport
Day 2
Auckland

After a full buffet breakfast, your pivate tour guide will pick you up in a luxury vehicle to take you on an adventure on the Wild West of NZ’s North Island to discover one of the most beautiful beaches in New Zealand. Explore the famous Black Sands of Piha Beach and walk up the Scenic Lion Rock for breath-taking views of the West Coast. Watch the incredible cascading Waterfalls running in the middle of the lush forest while you enjoy a tasty Kiwi Picnic Lunch. Then, visit the Cultural Arataki Centre where you will get an amazing panoramic view over the Waitakere Ranges and learn about the Maori background of the land. Tour ends by drop off back at your hotel.

Overnight stay in Auckland at Hilton Auckland.

Breakfast
Auckland
West Coast Piha Lion Rock
Day 3
Auckland

Today is at leisure to discover the city of Auckland at your own pace.

Overnight stay in Auckland at Hilton Auckland.

Breakfast
Auckland
Auckland
Day 4
Auckland → Rotorua

After breakfast, check out and leave for Rotorua by private chaffeur driver.

Enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options:

  •  Waitomo Glow Worm Caves Tour & Hamilton Zoo & Gardens

    Discover your moment of magic in a group guided walking tour inside Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Known as one of New Zealand’s best natural attractions, take a boat ride through the glow worm grotto, marvel at thousands of magical glowworms and become part of over 130 years of cultural and natural history. Discover an ancient world 30 million years in the making and marvel at Mother Nature’s light display as you glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto. Experience the serene ambience as you enter this galaxy of tiny living lights. The glowworm (Arachnocampa Luminosa) is unique to New Zealand, making the Waitomo Glowworm Caves an absolute must-do. See thousands of these tiny creatures as they radiate their unmistakable luminescent light in a subterranean world. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride in your private transfer back to your hotel.
    Visit the Hamilton Gardens which are located alongside an attractive stretch of the Waikato River, merging old landscape features with creative development and design. The collections of gardens at Hamilton Gardens explore the history, context and meaning of gardens. Each tells a story and offers an insight into a different civilisation. Tour the Hamilton Gardens with one of our experienced guides who will share their behind-the-scenes knowledge about the award-winning garden designs created here over the last 30 years.

OR

  • Hobbiton Movie Set & high tea at Zealong Estate

    Tour starts by pick you up in our luxury vehicles from your Hotel. You will enjoy a private two-hour scenic drive South of Auckland into Waikato, with a Scenic Stop for amazing photos and any other stops if needed.
    Visit Zealong Tea Estate, the only commercial tea estate in New Zealand, producing 100% organic award-winning tea, and a world-leading destination for tea, art and hospitality. Enjoy a Signature High Tea showcasing the freshest, locally sourced ingredients to compliment your Zealong tea served amidst breath-taking views of the Waikato region. Next stop is your Middle Earth Journey. Your Hobbiton tour guide who will take you to The Hobbit Village where you’ll enjoy a two-hour Guided Group Tour through The Hobbit Holes, The Mill, The Double Arched Bridge & a complimentary drink at The Green Dragon Inn.

Overnight stay in Rotorua at Pullman Rotorua.

Breakfast
Auckland → Rotorua
Zealong
Day 5
Rotorua

Enjoy a fully buffet breakfast and then start your Rotorua Geothermal Valley & Redwoods Treewalk. Your guide will pick you up and take you on a sightseeing trip to the largest active geyser in the Southern Hemisphere, Pōhutu Geyser, as well as the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute – training the next generation of artists from around the country. Then, a local guide will take you on a guided walking tour showcasing the geothermal valley, Māori culture and Kiwi Conservation Centre with five Kiwi in a state of the art enclosure.

Proceed to Redwoods forest, where, you'll explore tree walking though tranquil and serene 118-year-old giant redwood trees. This is an award-winning, eco-tourism walk and it has extraordinary views of New Zealand silver ferns and exotic forest.

Overnight stay in Rotorua at Pullman Rotorua.

Breakfast
Rotorua
Geyser
Day 6
Rotorua

Today is yours to discover at your pace the region of Rotorua.

Overnight stay in Rotorua at Pullman Rotorua.

Breakfast
Rotorua
Rotorua
Day 7
Rotorua

Enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options: 

  • Eco Sailing Lake Taupo

    Set sail on NZ's only commercial electric yacht on the crystal-blue waters of Lake Taupō. Feel the sun on your face and enjoy the gentle lake breezes as you cast off and head out to make new friends and new discoveries. Kick back and relax as you skim across the surface, the crystal-clear waters gliding quietly beneath you, as you investigate the hidden bays and dramatic coastline that tell the story of Taupō’s volcanic past. Take in the stunning vistas that spread out before you, the distant peaks of majestic mountains rising high above the lake, guarding the Taupō caldera as they have for ages.

OR

  • Cycling tour of Lake Taupo

    Your guide will pick you up and take you to Skyline where you will jump onboard the eight-seater Gondola cabins and experience spectacular views of Lake Rotorua, the city and steaming geothermal vistas. The 900-metre long Doppelmayr cableway system will transport you and your friends on a gentle, scenic ride up to the Skyline Rotorua complex. Jump on the exciting luge rides.

Overnight stay in Rotorua at Pullman Rotorua.

Breakfast
Rotorua
Taupo
Day 8
Rotorua → Christchurch

After breakfast, private transfer for your flight to Christchurch. On arrival, your driver will be waiting at the airport to transport you to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure in Christchurch.

Overnight stay in Christchurch at The George Hotel.

Breakfast
Rotorua →  Christchurch
Avon River
Day 9
Christchurch

Today you have free time to enjoy a Punting on the Avon River, an eco-friendly way to relax and enjoy Christchurch from a different perspective, and a Tram ride, a unique experience combining history and sightseeing of this city. Lunch not included.

Then, you can take advantage of all-day hop-on hop-off tickets to visit the central city sights at your leisure and explore the best of the central city from the 17 stops enroute: the Canterbury Museum & Botanic Gardens, Turanga and Margaret Mahy Playground are must-visit spots for families; and the many retail stores, bars and eateries at The Terrace, Cashel Street & Riverside Market, Arts Centre and New Regent Street offer fantastic shopping and dining options for all.

Overnight stay in Christchurch at The George Hotel.

Breakfast
Christchurch
Christchurch Tram
Day 10
Christchurch

Enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options:

  • Akaroa Sightseeing tour & Alpaca Farm

    Your tour guide/driver will pick you up and take you on a scenic trip to Akaroa. Visit the beautiful unspoilt old French whaling depot of Akaroa. A charming small township nestled in an inner harbour bay of Akaroa Harbour on Banks Peninsula. The township contains a host of historic buildings, craft and gift shops together with a multitude of idyllic photo opportunities. Lunch is available at the naturally picturesque setting of Akaroa Village at the popular Bully Hayes. Later in the afternoon, visit the Alpaca Farm on the beautiful Banks Peninsula across the harbour from Akaroa. With over 170 grazing alpacas you are guaranteed to make some furry friends while enjoying spectacular sea views. Tour the local farm and visit the shop, exclusively stocking the luxurious New Zealand-made Shamarra alpaca knitwear.

OR

  • Tour of Littleton including gondola & Antarctic centre

    Nestling on the lower slopes of a steep sided extinct volcano, the historic port town of Lyttelton is overflowing with trendy cafés and quirky shops. The Gondola offers stunning unique views of the city, Lyttelton Harbour and beyond from the summit station situated atop the Port Hills. The International Antarctic Centre has a huge range of experiences guaranteed to entertain the whole family. Be chilled in the incredible Antarctic storm room. Be thrilled on an all-terrain vehicle tour. Make friends with penguins and huskies. Learn about the first expeditions, modern day life on Scott Base and the future of humanity on the ice. Be amazed through the big screen ice tour and astonished within the immersive 4D theatre.

At the end of your selected activity, you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Overnight stay in Christchurch at The George Hotel.

Breakfast
Christchurch
Akaroa
Day 11
Christchurch → Jensen Bay

After breakfast, private transfer from your hotel to Christchurch airport for your flight to Stewart Island.

Overnight stay in Jensen Bay at Scenic Hotel.

Breakfast
Christchurch → Jensen Bay
Bird watching
Day 12
Jensen Bay

After breakfast, take part to the wild Kiwi Encounter Cruise & Walk. Depart from Stewart Island's Halfmoon Bay in a catamaran for a cruise across Paterson Inlet to Little Glory Cove. During the cruise pass Ulva Island (a predator-free sanctuary) and learn about Stewart Island's rich history. Once at Little Glory Cove, disembark onto a wharf at the southern part of the peninsula known as The Neck. The walk, led by your nature guide, is on a well-formed track across the peninsula, through spectacular coastal forest to a secluded sandy beach.

As dusk sets in and daylight diminishes, venture by torchlight through the native forest with the stars and forest night sounds around you. The walk will take about 45 minutes one-way and the track emerges on to Ocean Beach. This wide sandy beach is where kiwi are often found feeding among the grasses and seaweed. Here in the darkness you will get to see the Southern brown kiwi (Rakiura Tokoeka) - often searching for food. Afterwards retrace your steps through the forest to Little Glory Wharf for your catamaran ride back to Oban township on Stewart Island.

Overnight stay in Jensen Bay at Scenic Hotel.

Breakfast
Jensen Bay
Stewart Island
Day 13
Jensen Bay

Afte breakfast, take time to self-explore the unspoiled Stewart Island, the third-largest island of New Zealand.

Overnight stay in Jensen Bay at Scenic Hotel.

Breakfast
Jensen Bay
Kayaking on Stewart Island
Day 14
Jensen Bay → Queenstown

Enjoy your breakfast, private transfer to the airport to take your flight to Queenstown. On arrival, a driver will be waiting to transport you to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight stay in Queenstown at Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa.

Breakfast
Jensen Bay → Queenstown
Queenstown
Day 15
Queenstown → Milford Sounds → Queenstown

Enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options:

  • Milford Sounds Fly Cruise Fly

    Shuttle transfer from your hotel to the airport followed by a scenic flight between Queenstown and Milford Sound which is the ultimate way to experience New Zealand’s alpine scenery. Another shuttle will be waiting in Milford airport to transport you to the harbour to start your cruise. Enjoy a scenic Cruise through Milford Sound with an experienced nature guide and enjoy nature and wildlife viewing opportunities. Return shuttle to Milford airport, return flight to Queenstown then shuttle back to your hotel. (All flights are weather dependant). Lunch is not included.

OR

  • Private transfer to Milford including scenic cruise
    Start the tour off with pick up from your hotel. On this full day tour to Milford Sound experience a stunning two-hour small boat nature cruise on the fjord – see waterfalls, fur seals and occasionally dolphins then transfer back to your hotel in Queenstown. This small group tour allows you to escape the crowds and offer a truly unique, top rated tour showcasing this spectacular and world-famous region. Lunch is not included.

Overnight stay in Queenstown at Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa.

Breakfast
Queenstown → Milford Sounds → Queenstown
Milford Sound
Day 16
Queenstown → Arrowtown & Gibbston Valley → Queenstown

After breakfast, enjoy a private tour of Gibbston Valley with wine tasting included. Visit four of Central Otago’s finest and off the beaten track cellar doors, including a visit to New Zealand’s famous Gibbston Valley underground wine cave. Look, smell and taste over 18 spectacular cool-climate wines and enjoy an optional scrumptious lunch (additional cost to be paid on the day) whilst your charismatic guide and knowledgeable cellar staff educate and amuse you with local winemaking facts and stories.

Overnight stay in Queenstown at Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa.

Breakfast
Queenstown → Arrowtown & Gibbston Valley → Queenstown
Wine tasting- Gibbston Valley
Day 17
Queenstown

Day is yours to explore at your pace the city of Queenstown.

Overnight stay in Queenstown at Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa.

Breakfast
Queenstown
Queenstown
Day 18
Queenstown → Auckland Airport

After breakfast, private transfer to the airport to catch your flight back to Auckland. End of the services.

Breakfast
Queenstown → Auckland Airport
Auckland

Additional information

Official language
English, Māori and New Zealand Sign Language
Local currency
New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
Private Escorted Tour

These packages are much more intimate and include a private guide/driver that will be with you throughout the duration of your stay.

17 nights
from AUD14,531
per person, twin share
New Zealand
Auckland Airport
Auckland Airport
Cultural
Private Escorted Tours
01 June 2021- 31 March 2022

Hotel options

Hilton Auckland
Hilton Auckland

Auckland
On the oceanfront, 5 minutes from the business district, Hilton Auckland has a lap pool, gym, restaurant and bar. Bellini Bar is situated in prime location to enjoy a drink and a bite to eat while watching the harbour activity. Ask about Bellini’s signature Cocktail Classes, or their delicious Twisted High Tea. Served with spectacular harbour views, FISH restaurant features warm timber tones and an outdoor deck with fireplace for alfresco dining. At FISH Restaurant, sustainable, local produce comes first and ensures the finished product is of the highest possible quality. 

 

Pullman Rotorua
Pullman Rotorua

Rotorua
Pullman Rotorua is located in the city and only moments away from the lakefront. It is surrounded by surreal scenery and iconic attractions. Discover shooting geysers, bubbling mud, natural hot springs and magical forests. The hotel has 130 rooms and suites, a gym, vibrant restaurant, chic bar and 5 dynamic meeting rooms with internet connectivity. The perfect base to explore the region's geothermal paradise.

The George Hotel
The George Hotel

Christchurch
The luxury 5-star boutique hotel in Christchurch where you are guaranteed to receive impeccable service. The George Hotel in Christchurch typifies luxury at every level. Extensive facilities, comprehensive service, excellent quality and attention to detail. Experience our signature style and consistent personalised service. The George restaurant - the award-winning 50 bistro offers a beautiful setting overlooking Hagley Park, event spaces offer natural light, seclusion and all the modern conveniences while the accommodation offers 5-star comfort.

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa

Queenstown
This hotel is situated on the shores of the Frankton Arm of Lake Wakatipu, three kilometres from Queenstown Airport. Queenstown is 10 kilometres away and there's a water taxi for rides across the lake. Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa offers a heated indoor pool, full-service spa, fitness centre with Precor equipment, outdoor terrace with lake views, and multiple dining options.

Important notes

  • We work with a selection of hotels in each location. All bookings are subject to availability, which means our team will confirm your specific hotels upon confirmation and payment of deposit. The package price is based on 4-star accommodation.

Why are international flights not included?

Following customer feedback, we do not include international flights in our holiday packages. Many prefer the flexibility to book flights with Frequent Flyer points or travel on specific airlines.  

However, we are able to assist, so please just notify us during the booking process or contact our team.

Blackout dates may apply during festive season.

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