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North & South Island Wonders

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Discover the wonders of the North and South Island of New Zealand on this epic 20-Day journey which takes you from the magnificent natural wilderness found in the small towns of Taupo, Kaikoura and Dunedin to the cosmopolitan cities of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
New Zealand
Cultural
Food & Wine
Luxury
Private Escorted Tours

Highlights

Explore Rotorua's Geothermal Valley

Discover Huka Falls & Lake Taupo

Take the Skyline Gondola & relax in the Onsen Hot Pools in Queenstown

Enjoy a wildlife encounter in Dunedin

Starting your journey in Auckland, where you will discover the black sand and surf beaches on the west coast, the spectacular waterfalls and taste some of the quality wine produced in one of the oldest wine regions. Next you will head to Rotorua where you will see the colourful geothermal valley. Continue onto Taupo where you will explore the Huka Falls and Lake Taupo. Next stop is Wellington, where you will have the opportunity to explore at your leisure the art, culture, history, and craft beer of this compact city.

Then continue onto Kaikoura, where you will have the option to watch the whales, take an Albatross cruise or swim with the dolphins! In Christchurch relax and unwind as you stroll through the Botanic Gardens, the green heart of the city. Next you will head to Franz Joseph, where you can choose a Heli-hike glacier experience or a quad bike tour! Enjoy the skyline of Queenstown as you ride the Skyline Gondola before relaxing in the Onsen Hot Pools. Your last stop in Dunedin gives you the chance to encounter the wildlife. What a way to finish this epic North & South Island journey.

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Included

2 nights in Auckland at Hilton Auckland - 5*
2 nights in Rotorua at Pullman Rotorua - 5*
2 nights in Taupo at Hilton Taupo - 5*
2 nights in Wellington at Sofitel Wellington - 5*
2 nights in Kaikoura at The Fairways - 4*
2 nights in Christchurch at The George Hotel - 5*
2 nights in Franz Joseph at Scenic Hotel - 4*
3 nights in Queenstown at Hilton Queenstown - 5*
2 nights in Dunedin at Heritage Hotel - 4*
Flight Dunedin to Auckland
Meet and greet on arrival
Fully Private Escorted in Luxury Mercedes
Daily Full Buffet Breakfast
Westcoast Beaches, Waterfalls & Wine Tasting tour of Auckland
Rotorua Geothermal Valley
Huka Falls & Lake Taupo Sightseeing Tour
Punting on the Avon River & Tram ride
Skyline Gondola & Onsen Hot Pools
Wildlife Encounter
Freedom of Choice Days

Excluded

  • International airfares and taxes
  • Domestic airfares and taxes, unless otherwise specified in our holiday package
  • Visa expenses, processing and issuance fees
  • Meals other than as specified in our holiday package
  • Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (mini-bar, phone call, laundry, etc.),
  • Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, hotel, restaurant or boat staff, etc.
  • Or any other travel expense that has not been included in our holiday package
Freedom of Choice

Our Freedom of Choice program offers flexibility, by allowing you to choose from different options on pre-selected days.

Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day, as follows:

  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 3
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 6
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 10
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 14
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 16

Expand the itinerary below for more details.

Please note, if more than one room is selected during the booking process, our team will contact you afterwards to discuss options.

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 CITY | CREDIT: CHRIS MCLENNAN
Day 2
Auckland

After a full buffet breakfast enjoy your West Coast Beaches, Waterfalls & Wine Tasting (private tour). Your 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.

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. Explore one of the oldest wineries in New Zealand for a wine tasting experience. At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at the hotel.

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

Breakfast
Auckland
West Coast Piha Lion Rock
Day 3
Auckland → Rotorua

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

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

Breakfast


Freedom of Choice Options

  • Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glow Worm Caves:

    You will be picked up in a luxury vehicle and 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. 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 Glow worm 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 glow worms 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 Glow worm Grotto. Experience the serene ambience as you enter this galaxy of tiny living lights. The glow worm (Arachnocampa Luminosa) is unique to New Zealand, making the Waitomo Glow worm 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 & High Tea at Zealong Tea Estate Tour:

    Your tours starts as you are picked up in a luxury vehicle 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.

    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. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride in your private transfer to your hotel in Rotorua.

Auckland → Rotorua
Hobbiton Movie Set
Day 4
Rotorua

After a full buffet breakfast your guide will pick you up and take you on the Rotorua Geothermal Valley Tour (group tour) 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 by drop off back at your hotel.

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

Breakfast
Rotorua
Geothermal Valley, Geysers
Day 5
Rotorua → Taupo

After breakfast, your driver will pick you up from your hotel in Rotorua and take you on a Huka Falls & Lake Taupo Sightseeing Tour (private tour).

At Huka Falls you can witness the phenomenon of natural hydro power with more than 220,000 litres of water per sec barreling over 11meter high waterfall.

As you travel around Lake Taupo, you will find every landscape you can imagine. Snow-blanketed winter ski fields and alpine deserts. Ancient forests alive with birdsong. Trout-filled rivers and the thundering Huka Falls. Steaming geothermal valleys with rejuvenating hot springs. Three towering volcanoes in the awesome and otherworldly landscape of Tongariro National Park.

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

Breakfast
Rotorua → Taupo
Huka Falls
Day 6
Taupo

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

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

Breakfast


Freedom of Choice Options

  •  Eco-Sailing to the Maori Carving Rock :

    Set sail on NZ's only commercial electric yacht on the crystal-blue waters of Lake Taupo. 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, and 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.

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  • Bungee Jumping Experience:

    Turn up the heat with a Bungy in the heart of Aotearoa’s geothermal region. Hanging off a cliff-top high over the Waikato River is Taupo Bungy and Swing. Famed for its awe-inspiring location, it provides all the adventure and adrenaline you’ll ever need and only five minutes from central Taupo.

Taupo
Lake Taupo
Day 7
Taupo → Wellington

After a full buffet breakfast in the hotel, check out and drive to Wellington via a private transfer.

Overnight stay in Wellington at the Sofitel Hotel.

Breakfast
Day 8
Wellington

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

Overnight stay in Wellington at the Sofitel Hotel.

Breakfast
Wellington
Wellington
Day 9
Wellington → Kaikoura

After breakfast, take the Cook Strait Ferry to Picton, via a private transfer.

Overnight stay in Kaikoura at The Fairways Hotel.

Breakfast
Wellington → Kaikoura
Kaikoura
Day 10
Kaikoura

After a continental breakfast, enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options​ below.

Overnight stay in Kaikoura at The Fairways.

Breakfast


Freedom of Choice Options

  • Whale Watching Cruise:

    An exciting up-close encounter with the world's largest toothed predator the Giant Sperm Whale in their natural environment at all times of the year, our 95% success rate means we guarantee an 80% refund if your tour does not see a whale.

    The main focus of your tour is to locate and view the Giant Sperm whale. We average between 1 to 2 whale sightings per tour due to the length of time the whales can stay submerged. The whales form loose pods, keeping several miles between each other, so viewing any more than 1 to 2 whales per trip is a real bonus. Throughout your tour there is an onboard visual presentation, “World of the Whales” – an experience that takes passengers “virtually” to the bottom of the Kaikōura undersea canyon. The presentation also provides information for a variety of marine life found in Kaikōura waters.

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  • Albatross Encounter Cruise :

    Kaikoura is renowned worldwide as a birding hotspot; within just a small area, you'll meet one of the greatest varieties of seabirds and pelagic birdlife you'll find anywhere! Our tours are by boat, on a vessel designed for purpose. We only take up to 12 people on each tour, so that you can get the best possible chance to see birds up close.

    It's typically just a 15-20 minute ride out to encounter the birdlife, during which you'll be treated to spectacular views of the stunning Kaikoura Coast. The whole tour is about 2.5 hours long, giving you plenty of opportunities view and observe the majestic albatross and other species. We carry frozen 'chum' (fishy bits) on the boat, sourced naturally from local commercial fishers, that helps to bring the birds in close allowing very close viewing and photography opportunities. The discarded offal from the local fishing fleet helps provides a significant portion of the seabirds diet here in Kaikoura. On-board identification guides, knowledgeable staff and a full species list and souvenir information pack will help you identify and learn more about the birds you see on your trip.

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  • Swim with the Dolphins or Watch from the Boat Experience:

    Kaikoura is one of the best places in the world to encounter dolphins in their natural environment! Dusky Dolphins are known to be one of the most interactive and acrobatic species of dolphin. Thrilling to watch, magical to interact with and here it's all on the dolphins’ terms. Cruise the stunning Kaikoura coastline, enjoy incredible photographic opportunities, and observe one of the world’s most acrobatic species of dolphin! The purpose-built vessels allow ample space to take in the spectacle. It is not unusual to see large numbers of dolphins; and their antics both above the water and in it with the swimmers create one of the best wildlife shows you can see anywhere.
     

    Swimming with dolphins is a unique and sought-after activity often being described as a life-changing experience, creating the most special and heart-warming memories of any activity. There is a limit of just 16 swimmers on each vessel with plenty of additional space for watching. Both swimmers and watchers travel on the same boat. The Dolphin Encounter tour is focused on respecting the dolphins in their natural environment. While the dolphins will come very close to you we don’t recommend that you try and touch them but rather, the best idea is to swim with your arms at your side. If you reach out to touch them this will usually cause the dolphins to move away. The dolphins are curious and we encourage swimmers in the water to make some noises, for example, singing a favourite song or making a dolphin like noise through your snorkel can attract the dolphins close to you.

Kaikoura
Swim with the Dolphins
Day 11
Kaikoura → Christchurch

After a continental breakfast, drive to Christchurch via private transfer.

Overnight stay in Christchurch at The George Hotel.

Breakfast
Kaikoura → Christchurch
Christchurch
Day 12
Christchurch

After an A La Carte breakfast enjoy a Self walk to 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 stay in Christchurch at The George Hotel.

Breakfast
Christchurch
Avon River
Day 13
Christchurch → Franz Joseph

After an A La Carte breakfast your tour guide/driver will pick you up and take you on a road trip through the famous Arthus Path & Hokitika. Sit back relax, enjoy the commentary & mind-blowing views on this 6-hour trip with plenty of stops to stretch your legs & taking photos. After the tour you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Overnight stay in Franz Joseph at the Scenic Hotel in a Superior Room.

Breakfast
Christchurch → Franz Joseph
Day 14
Franz Joseph

After an A La Carte breakfast, enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options below.

Overnight stay in Franz Joseph at the Scenic Hotel in a Superior Room.

Breakfast


Freedom of Choice Options

  • Heli-Hike Glacier Experience:

    Start your day on a 3 minute walk from your hotel to the office to get you geared up & ready. Enjoy a first-hand exploration of a glacier by chopper, seeing only what experienced mountaineers can reach is a wilderness experience you’ll never forget. From the Franz Josef Village base, you’ll fly up to the Franz Josef Glacier in the Westland National Park. You’ll land on a section of this 12km long glacier where we’ve made a daily safety assessment of the conditions on this fast-moving ice flow. Equipped with glacier boots and crampons you’ll walk for two hours amongst the ice formations and pinnacles and see first-hand the extraordinary colours of the ice-flow. Touch the ice, breathe in the fresh air.

OR

  • Quad Bike Off-Road Adventure:

    Start your day on a 2 minute walk from your hotel to the office where your guide will kit you out with wet weather gear and gumboots and teach you how to ride our off-roading vehicles. They will entertain you and amaze you with beautiful local Maori Legends and local history while refining your skills and giving you new challenges to conquer.

    Either take a single quad bike all to yourself or take a double quad bike or buggy & let us take you on an amazing, guided off-roading adventure, ride through a beautiful rainforest, splash through rivers, explore an ancient glacier riverbed while being blown away by the breath-taking scenery including the spectacular Southern Alps and Franz Josef Glacier.

Franz Joseph
Heli-Hike Glacier Experience
Day 15
Franz Joseph → Queenstown

After an A La Carte breakfast your tour guide/driver will pick you up and take you on a 6-hour road trip to Queenstown passing through Lak Hawea, Wanaka, Cardrona & Arrowtown.

Will be stopping for photo taking & stretching legs on the road plus visiting iconic lone tree of Wanaka for Instagram selfies and The Cardrona historic hotel if you want to purchase some lunch or a drink.

Overnight stay in Queenstown at the Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa in a Guest Room.

Breakfast
Franz Joseph → Queenstown
Wanaka
Day 16
Queenstown

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

Overnight stay in Queenstown at Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa in a Guest Room.

Breakfast


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).

OR

  • Wine tasting & sightseeing tour:

    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 ordered on the day) whilst your charismatic guide and knowledgeable cellar staff educate and amuse you with local winemaking facts and stories.

Queenstown
Milford Sounds
Day 17
Queenstown

After a full buffet breakfast, take a scenic ride in the iconic Skyline Gondola and take in the stunning views as you ride the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere!

You’ll be carried 450 metres above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu to the top of Bob's Peak, where you’ll enjoy a spectacular 220-degree panorama with breath-taking views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Walter and Cecil Peak and, of course, Queenstown. When you get to the top, enjoy the spectacular views while having a drink from the Bar & take a few rides on the thrilling Luge.

Once your back, it’s time to relax and enjoy private hot pools overlooking the Shotover. Onsen Hot 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!

Overnight stay in Queenstown at Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa in a Guest Room.

Breakfast
Queenstown
Onsen Hot Pools
Day 18
Queenstown → Dunedin

After a full buffet breakfast drive to Dunedin via a private transfer.

Overnight stay in Dunedin at the Heritage Hotel.

Breakfast
Queenstown → Dunedin
Dunedin
Day 19
Dunedin

After a cooked breakfast enjoy a Wildlife Encounter (group tour) of the beautiful Otago Peninsula and its wildlife 'hotspots'.

Our knowledgeable guides deliver commentary of activity being viewed and visit isolated places inaccessible to others providing the best possible viewing of unique peninsula wildlife. Our private conservation area ensures exclusivity with brilliant opportunities to photograph Hooker's Sea lions, Yellow-eyed Penguins, Blue Penguins, a breeding colony of New Zealand Fur Seals and other sea bird colonies. At Taiaroa head from a cliff face we watch and observe Royal Albatross flying about the headland and to and from the ocean. A further 25-30 other estuarine and marine bird species are seen during the experience around the bays and lagoons.

Within our conservation area close up unobtrusive viewing from beach locations and strategically placed observation hides is guaranteed. Most days Albatross are seen flying at Taiaroa headland, with a greater opportunity from our conservation area strategic observation point to see many other pelagic sea bird species flying close, including numerous petrel and shearwater species, and up to five other Albatross species are regularly seen and identified.

Overnight stay in Dunedin at the Heritage Hotel.

Breakfast
Dunedin
Blue Penguins
Day 20
Dunedin → Auckland

Enjoy a cooked breakfast followed by private transfer to the airport to catch your flight back to Auckland.

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
English, Māori and New Zealand Sign Language
Local currency
New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
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These packages are much more intimate and include a private guide/driver that will be with you throughout the duration of your stay.

North & South Island Wonders

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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.

Hilton Taupo
Hilton Taupo

Taupo
Enjoy views over Lake Taupo and the surrounding volcanic scenery from our hotel on New Zealand’s North Island. Our 19th-century building combines Victorian charm with modern styling, just 10 minutes from Taupo town centre. We have swimming pools, tennis courts, a fitness centre, and lake-view dining from our restaurant balcony.

Sofitel Wellington
Sofitel Wellington

Wellington
Surrounded by lush botanicals and ideally positioned in Wellington’s business and government hub, Sofitel Wellington blends the French ‘art de vivre’ with the pure beauty of New Zealand’s capital. Sofitel Wellington is in close proximity to Wellington’s exciting attractions: The Beehive and Parliament Buildings, Te Papa Museum, Wellington Botanical Gardens, Cable Car, Sky Stadium, Mount Victoria, Wellington Zoo, the Zealandia Sanctuary, Weta Workshop and Cuba Street.

The Fairways
The Fairways

Kaikoura
Kaikoura enjoys one of the most breathtaking locations of any town in New Zealand, clinging to the sculpted edge of the Pacific Ocean below spectacular jagged mountain peaks often brilliantly tipped with snow. Beautifully styled to reflect this bold natural environment, The Fairways apartments and studios offer unparalleled living space for total indulgence. You'll be right next to Kaikoura Golf Club, just 5 minutes from Kaikoura township with its exciting Whale Watch, Dolphin Encounter or fishing adventures or a quiet walk to the Pacific Ocean beach. Superbly furnished apartments feature one or two king bedrooms, one with twin single option. Both bedrooms have en suites, one with a spa bath. The dream kitchen is fully equipped for preparing a superb feast to dine in style. Retire to the sumptuous couches in front of the gas fire and select your SKY entertainment. Each apartment is available in either one or two bedroom configurations in either king bed or twin single options to suit a single couple, a family or two couples travelling together.

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.

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef Glacier
In the heart of the village and edge of the Westland World Heritage Park, the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier is only a breath away from the spectacular Franz Josef Glacier. Our hotel offers everything you need to be able to explore this dramatic region in style and comfort. With an exceptional restaurant, serving hearty, West Coast fare, and the Moa Bar with its open fireplace, you are never without choice. Plus, with the private hot pools and our Amaia Luxury Spa close by, you can enjoy time out to rejuvenate after a day taking in the many walking tracks and other outdoor pursuits. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel, plus a guest information and booking service will ensure that you can make the most of every minute you spend in the Westland region.

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.

Heritage Hotel
Heritage Hotel

Dunedin
Welcome to Dunedin’s only garden hotel. Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge is located within two acres of beautifully kept garden, and just a six-minute drive from the city centre (or seven, in rush hour). Neighbouring the Dunedin Botanic Garden, we’re a short stroll to Otago Museum and the University of Otago. Forsyth Barr Stadium is also within easy walking distance. Our unique surroundings make for a truly relaxing place to stay, no matter how busy your visit might be.

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What’s unique about Entire Travel Group Holiday Packages?
  • They are not group tours with set departures - they are pre-designed, purpose built, independent holiday packages full of unique and memorable experiences.
  • Our holiday packages have been exclusively built for us in collaboration with our handpicked suppliers, who also offer full on-ground support for the clients.
  • We are offering unique travel experiences which cannot be found elsewhere.
  • Many packages include our “Freedom of Choice” options which allow you to tailor the holiday experience. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.
  • They include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan.
  • A wide selection of our packages are compliant with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Covid Safe Travels.
What is an independent holiday package?

Our motto for Independent Holiday Packages is start your holiday when and with who you want!

Our Independent Holiday Packages are NOT group tours with set departure dates. Group Tours have specific set departure dates, and of course, you are travelling with unknown passengers in a coach. These tours are great for certain travellers and there are many reputable tour operators providing a wide range of options around the world.

At Entire Travel Group, our focus is Independent Holiday Packages. Available daily, they are pre-designed, purpose built, packaged itineraries full of memorable experiences delivered by our hand-picked local partners.

Our holidays suit every demographic, from couples to singles, to retirees to families and everyone else in between.

Why travel with Entire Travel Group?

Of all the attributes Entire Travel Group offer - we have settled on “Experience” as the one quality we believe adds the most value to our customers. That’s how our tagline “When Experience Matters” came to life and encapsulates our business in three words, as experience does matter!

We have been operating for many years and have the experience to determine what sightseeing, duration and accommodation style makes a great itinerary. Our technology is continually enhanced, giving our team the ability to provide a great customer service experience. Our relationship with our operators is extremely strong, which ensures we are confident of the travel experience and on ground support for our clients.

For more details please visit - About Us | Entire Travel Group

How does the Peace of Mind Booking Plan work?

Our Peace of Mind Booking Plan allows you to book with confidence in the new international travel environment. With low deposits, a cooling off period and a flexibility period where you can cancel and rebook later, we really do have you covered.

For more details please visit - Peace of Mind Booking Plan | Entire Travel Group

Is there a cooling-off period?

Look for packages with our Peace of Mind Booking Plan logo on the website.

  • We understand that occasionally plans may change, so we give you the confidence to proceed with a cooling off period.
  • You may cancel for any reason within 7 days, where you will receive a 100% refund of your $100 per person deposit.

For more details please visit - Peace of Mind Booking Plan | Entire Travel Group

What is Entire Flex?

Looking for more flexibility? Entire Flex is an optional extra on certain packages. It allows you to change your mind right up to 35 days before departure with no change fees. Receive a 100% travel credit with up to 18 months to depart on another Peace of Mind package to any destination on our website.

What is Freedom of Choice?

At Entire Travel Group we understand that our customers have their own personal tastes and interests - so throughout our packages look for “Freedom of Choice” which gives you the ability to tailor your holiday from the various experiences offered on selected days. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.

The Freedom of Choice options are included in the package price, and the price remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.

For more details please visit - Freedom of Choice | Entire Travel Group

Do Freedom of Choice options cost extra?

Our Freedom of Choice program offers flexibility, by allowing you to choose from different options on pre-selected days in the itinerary.

  • Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day in the itinerary.
  • The price of the package remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.
What is the Safe Travels program?

This specially designed program allows travellers to recognise governments and companies around the world who have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols, so consumers can experience “Safe Travels”.

For more details please visit - Safe Travels Stamp | Entire Travel Group

What is Book Now?

Book Now offers you the ability to make a reservation on our website for Holiday Packages that include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan. But it’s not just a static offer – you have complete flexibility from travel dates, passenger numbers, single supplements, room upgrades, optional extras, flexible booking terms and more.

What happens after Book Now?
  • Our team will contact our overseas suppliers and confirm all arrangements.
  • A Confirmation from our reservation system will be sent in the coming days.
  • The Booking Number on this confirmation supersedes the website reference.
How secure is the Entire Travel Group's on-line payment portal?
  • Entire Travel Group have partnered with TravelPay to ensure secure on-line credit card payments.
  • TravelPay is a level 1 PCI DSS compliant, which gives you peace of mind that your payment card data is in safe hands.
  • Entire Travel Group does not store any credit card information.

For more details please visit - Security and Compliance - TravelPay

What forms of payment can be used at Entire Travel Group?
  • To confirm a booking using our on-line Book Now process, a credit card must be used to pay the refundable deposit.
  • For additional payments on the booking, Entire Travel Group supports bank transfer, credit card, TravelPay B2B, PaymentGate.
  • For further details please visit our Payments page.
Why do some packages not offer the ability to Book Now on the website?

If a package on our website does not include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan, it will not be available to Book Now.

Due to the boutique nature and limited capacity of some travel experiences offered, they have strict payment and cancellation policies. (e.g., a remote bear lodge in Canada with only a few cabins).

Although technically possible, we have decided that it is impractical for us to try and sell these type of travel services on-line. We believe it is important that such product is discussed, so that we can ensure these strict payment and cancellation policies are understood before we proceed with a booking.

For such product we may act as an agent only for the principal suppliers. Where we act as agent, your contract for the delivery of travel arrangements will be with the principal supplier and will be subject to their Booking Conditions.

We will advise you prior to confirming your booking if we are acting as agent and we will confirm the details of the principal supplier. Our responsibility to you where we sell travel arrangements as agent for the supplier is specified in the ‘Responsibility’ section of our Booking Conditions.

Can you book my international airfares?

Following customer feedback, we do not include international flights in our holiday packages.

We found that many customers may prefer:

  • To travel on specific airlines
  • Have the flexibility to book flights with Frequent Flyer points
  • Select flight dates that may be different to the package start/end dates
  • Use their travel agent for this service

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

Should I take travel insurance?

Travel insurance is strongly recommended. During the Book Now process please confirm you require assistance, and our team will be in contact with you.

What should I do before travelling?

Before you travel it is your responsibility to ensure you have the appropriate documentation including visas. If you are travelling on a passport other than Australian or New Zealand, you will require a permit to re-enter Australia. It is your responsibility as the traveller and/or travel booker to meet all government entry requirements.

For more information please visit - Before you travel | Entire Travel Group

How does a Travel Agent make a booking?

Please visit the Entire Travel Group's Agent Portal. We are here to support our industry partners with a range of informative updates, marketing collateral for campaigns and a reward & recognition program.

How do I start a Booking?

  • On any page that has Book Now simply follow the booking process.
  • You must select the Travel Agent tick box and provide correct details.
  • To confirm a booking only the refundable deposit is required.
  • An agency credit card must be used for this initial payment.
How do I contact Entire Travel Group?

For more information please visit - Contact us | Entire Travel Group