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North & South Island Highlights

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Explore the highlights of New Zealand's North and South Island on this 12-day journey. From exploring the natural wonders of Rotorua's geothermal valley to exploring the whales, dolphins and other marine life to taking a hot air balloon scenic flight, this tour has something for everyone.
New Zealand
Cultural
Private Escorted Tours

Highlights

Bungee jump at the World Home of Bungy

Explore Rotorua's Geothermal Valley

Ride on the iconic Christchurch Tram

Experience whale watching at Hauraki Gulf Marine Park

Your North and South Island Highlights tour starts in Auckland, where you will have the chance to explore this city at your leisure. Why not discover the world-class shopping or dining experience that Auckland has to offer. While in Auckland you will have the option to join a Weta Workshop Unleashed Tour and All Blacks Experience or explore the beautiful Hauraki Gulf Marine Park in search of encounters with its amazing and diverse marine wildlife. Visit the largest active geyser in the Southern Hemisphere while you are in Rotorua. In Christchurch, walk through the botanic gardens including punting on the Avon river and take a ride on one of Christchurch's iconic trams. In Queenstown you will be spolit for choice. You can choose to bungy jump and then relax in the Onsen Private Hot Pools or the Milford Sounds Fly Cruise Fly or 4WD safari into the South Island backcountry. What will you choose?

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Included

2 nights in Auckland at Hilton Auckland - 5*
3 nights in Rotorua at Pullman Rotorua - 5*
3 nights in Christchurch at The George Hotel - 5*
3 nights in Queenstown at Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa- 5*
Meet and greet on arrival
Fully Private Escorted in Luxury Mercedes
Flight from Auckland to Christchurch
Flight from Queenstown to Auckland
Daily Full Buffet Breakfast
Rotorua Geothermal Valley Tour
Self walk through the botanic gardens including punting on the Avon River & Tram ride
Freedom of Choice Days

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 2
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on Day 3
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on Day 8
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on Day 10

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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

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

Overnight stay in Auckland at Hilton Auckland in a Guest Room. 

Auckland
Auckland
Day 2
Auckland

After a full buffet breakfast, enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options:

  • Self-walk of Weta Workshop Unleashed tour & All blacks experience (group tour) - Weta Workshop Unleashed invites visitors of all ages into a fantastical film effects facility, inspired and built by the award-winning design and effects company, Weta Workshop. Inside Unleashed, extraordinary worlds blur the line between fantasy and reality. From the curious to the creative, to thrill seekers, there’s something for everyone here. Join us on a guided journey through three original movie projects. Our workrooms and creative corridors will soon give way to wonderfully wacky adventures down the proverbial rabbit hole.

    The All Blacks Experience will include a 45 minute guided tour where you learn what it takes to make, shape and be an All Black. This will include learning the story and feeling the passion behind the All Blacks haka, up close and personal. You can then test your rugby skills against All Blacks and Black Ferns in our hands on, interactive zone.


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  • Self-walk to Whale watching experience (group tour) - Walk to the Maritime museum (5 minutes) and jump onboard a 65-foot (20-metre) catamaran and settle in as we head out to explore the beautiful Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, one of the most abundant and diverse marine parks in the world. Enjoy a 4.5-hour cruise on board the luxurious ‘Dolphin Explorer’ as we explore the beautiful Hauraki Gulf Marine Park in search of encounters with its amazing and diverse marine wildlife. From the large open deck, enjoy views of famous Auckland landmarks like the Harbour Bridge, North Head and Devonport, and volcanic Rangitoto Island, as you watch out for orca and dolphins known to frequent the inner Waitematā Harbour. As the crew provides knowledgeable commentary, our marine science experts conduct biological studies and invite you to join interactive research activities. Because we’re venturing into a wild, natural environment, every trip is different and the marine wildlife we encounter varies from day to day. We typically encounter Bryde’s whales and common dolphins, but you may also meet pygmy blue whales, New Zealand fur seals, sharks, manta rays, turtles and up to 26 species of seabirds – including the little blue penguin.

    (Please note that this tour only runs Friday,  Saturday, Sunday and Monday only) 

Overnight stay in Auckland at Hilton Auckland in a Guest Room.

Breakfast
Auckland
All Blacks Experience
Day 3
Auckland → Rotorua

After a full buffet breakfast, enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options:

  • Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glow Worm Caves (private transfer & group tours) - Tour starts by picking you up in our luxury vehicles from your Hotel. You will enjoy a private two-hour scenic drive South of Auckland into Waikato Region, with a Scenic Stop for amazing photos and any other stops if needed. Once we arrive, you spend 30-45 mins to either shop in the official Hobbiton gift shop or have a drink in the famous Shire’s Rest Cafe. Now your Middle Earth Journey begins. Meet 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. 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.

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  • Hamilton Gardens and High tea at Zealong Tea Estate (group tour) - Tour starts by picking you up in our luxury vehicles from your Hotel. You will enjoy a private two-hour scenic drive South of Auckland into Waikato Region, 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.

Overnight stay in Rotorua at Pullman Rotorua in a Superior Room.

Breakfast
Auckland → Rotorua
Hamilton Gardens
Day 4
Rotorua

After a full buffet breakfast, enjoy your Rotorua Geothermal Valley Tour (group tour). 

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.

A local guide will then 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. Tour ends with drop off at your hotel.

Overnight stay in Rotorua at Pullman Rotorua in a Superior Room.

 

Breakfast
Rotorua
Geothermal Valley Geysers
Day 5
Rotorua

After a full buffet breakfast at the hotel, enjoy the day at your leisure in Rotorua.

Overnight stay in Rotorua at Pullman Rotorua in a Superior Room.

Breakfast
Rotorua
Rotorua
Day 6
Rotorua → Christchurch

After a full buffet breakfast, your driver will pick you up from your hotel and drop you off at the airport in Rotorua for your flight to Christchurch.

On arrival a driver will be waiting for you to transport you to your hotel.

Overnight in Christchurch at The George Hotel in an Executive Room.

Breakfast
Rotorua → Christchurch
Christchurch
Day 7
Christchurch

After a full buffet breakfast, enjoy a Self-walk through the Botanic Gardens including punting on the Avon River & Tram Ride. Punting on the Avon is an eco-friendly way to relax and enjoy Christchurch from a different perspective. Punting tours are set aboard handcrafted flat-bottomed boats, poled along by your Punter from the platformed till at the rear end of the boat. The Christchurch Trams offer a unique experience combining history and sightseeing. Family-friendly and ideal for locals and visitors alike, our beautifully-restored heritage trams are one of the city’s best loved attractions – and don’t forget kids go free! Our all-day hop-on hop-off tickets allow you to visit the central city sights at your leisure and our friendly and knowledgeable drivers will keep you updated about the latest city changes in their informative live commentaries. 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 in Christchurch at The George Hotel

Breakfast
Christchurch
Avon River
Day 8
Christchurch

After a full buffet breakfast, enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options:

  • Hot Air balloon scenic flight (group tour) - Tour starts by shuttle transfer from your accommodation to the launch site. You will be able to get involved and help our crew with setting the balloon up ready for flight and packing away afterwards. The actual flight will last for around an hour, when you’ll enjoy the unique and very special experience of a hot air balloon flight flying at up to 6000ft, with superb long distance views across Canterbury Plains and the dramatic Southern Alps including Mount Cook and beyond, as well as the Rakaia Gorge, and its glacial river as it flows out towards the coast. After we’ve landed we’ll enjoy a celebratory drink before transporting you back to your accommodation.

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  • Sightseeing in Akaroa and Dolphin Boat Cruise (private tour) - 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 a 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. Relax on a cruise watching the adorable and playful Hector’s dolphins & various marine life. The rugged cliff faces and dramatic panoramic views will take your breath away. Your return journey to Christchurch includes a stop at the Barry’s Bay Cheese factory, where you will get to sample some fine New Zealand.

Overnight in Christchurch at The George Hotel.

Breakfast
Christchurch
Dolphin Boat Cruise
Day 9
Christchurch → Queenstown

After a full buffet breakfast check out and take your private transfer to Queenstown. Spend time exploring this scenic city at your leisure. 

Overnight stay in Queenstown at Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa.

Breakfast
Christchurch → Queenstown
Queenstown
Day 10
Queenstown

After a full buffet breakfast, enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options:

  • Bungee jumping & Onsen Private Hot Pool (group tour) - Take the water taxi from your hotel across the lake then jump on the bungy bus from Queenstown centre. Once you arrive we will gear you up and get you ready for an adventure of a lifetime. As you shuffle out to the edge of the bridge, heart pounding and mind racing, remember this – you’ve found yourself at the World Home of Bungy. This is the original. Many people have come and gone, on a mission to push the limits and test themselves. Time for you to make the same leap of faith. Once you're back, it’s time to relax and enjoy private hot pools overlooking the Shotover. Onsen Pools is located high on a cliffside overlooking the magnificent Shotover River canyon, providing views over breathtaking alpine scenery and the perfect vantage point to watch the Shotover Jet boats on the river below. The world-renowned cedar hot pools are hot and steamy on snowy days, warm on rainy days, cool and shady on sunny days, and simply magical in the evenings!

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  • Milford Sounds Fly Cruise Fly (Group tour) - 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).

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  • 4WD Safari (Group tour) - Experience true off road 4-wheel driving. Expect thrilling river crossings, narrow back country roads, gold panning stops and steep mountain tracks. All our Queenstown 4WD tours are small group trips which take you deep into the South Island backcountry.

Overnight in Queenstown at the Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa.

Breakfast
Queenstown
Milford Sounds Flight
Day 11
Queenstown

After a full buffet breakfast enjoy the day at leisure in Queenstown.

Overnight in Queenstown at the Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa.

Breakfast
Queenstown
Queenstown Skyline
Day 12
Queenstown → Auckland

After a full buffet breakfast, check out from your hotel and take your private transfer from your hotel to the airport to catch your flight to Auckland.

Breakfast

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.

11 nights
from AUD9,195
per person, twin share
New Zealand
Auckland
Auckland
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.

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