NEW ZEALAND ITINERARIES

These are popular itineraries that cover locations our clients have enjoyed.  Use them as a base to get ideas.  We can help you add, adjust and tailor the itinerary to suit your requirements.  Each clients itinerary is different, we work to your budget and take advantage of current specials in the marketplace for your time of travel.

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Auckland City

10 NIGHTS

New Zealand Highlights By Car

Starting in Auckland you get to experience the natural beauty of New Zealand as you make your way from the North Island down to the South Island.

 

Enjoy a scenic Auckland city and West Coast tour and Maori cultural experience before heading to the Hawkes Bay wine region. Enjoy a wine and gourmet food tour of the regions.  Next stop is vibrant Wellington, discover the capital city on a highlights tour before visiting an urban ecosanctuary right in the heart of the city.

 

Taking the Interisland Ferry from Wellington to Blenheim will take you through exquisite Marlborough Sounds.  Visit a mussel farm while cruising Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds, enjoy the tranquility and stunning beauty of the Sounds.  Your trip ends in Christchurch, where you can tour the city, the Antarctic Center and wander through the Botanic Gardens.

11 DAYS   |   NEW ZEALAND

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Queenstown at night

11 NIGHTS

Adventures Down South

Explore the South Island self-drive style. Starting and finishing in Queenstown you make a scenic circuit where you can take in the stunning scenery and best experiences on the way around.  

In Queenstown enjoy the famous Shotover Jet and a 4WD adventure tour through the famous Skipper’s Canyon near Queenstown, then chill out on a wine tasting tour.  You’ll see glaciers on a scenic ski plane flight and glacier landing at Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park. Hike in the mountains before swimming with dolphins in Akaroa Harbor.  View Royal Albatross and rare New Zealand penguins then cruise Otago Peninsula to view what we cannot see on the land.   Fiordland National Park is next on your agenda where you will explore glowworm caves and cruise Doubtful Sound an overnight tour where you can relax in the serenity and majestic scenery.  Returning to Queenstown you can head home revitalized by your South Island adventure.

11 DAYS   |   NEW ZEALAND

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Blanket Bay Luxury Lodge, Glenorchy

12 NIGHTS

New Zealand Luxury Getaway

This itinerary is all about luxury and indulgence! Stay in four of the most stunning luxury lodges you can find in New Zealand, they are destinations in themselves.  Drink and enjoy delicious local produce and wines while relaxing in amazing scenery.  Explore the Hawkes Bay wine region on a gourmet food and wine tour. Take a helicopter flight over Wellington, Palliser Bay into the Wairarapa.  Indulge in activities of your choice including golf, hiking, spa treatments, 4WD tours, fishing, cycling or just relaxing in your opulent surroundings. Explore the Milford Sound and surrounding area from the air then feast on a champagne lunch.  The serenity and beauty of these lodges and their locations will soothe away any stresses.

This itinerary is pure luxury!  You’ll return home relaxed and restored.

13 DAYS   |   NEW ZEALAND

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Cathedral Rock

13 NIGHTS

North Island Cultural Tour

Enjoy a relaxing self-drive tour of New Zealand’s North Island. Working your way from the Bay of Islands down to Wellington.  You get to view the changing scenery while experiencing the best cultural activities on offer, combined with food, wine and relaxation.  Interspersing self driving with guided tours gives you the best opportunity to see and learn the most on your visit.  

 

Enjoy visiting historic Maori treaty grounds, learn about legends, see famous landmarks, visit volcanoes, active geothermal wonderlands and stunning islands. 

Included are guided tours of wineries, artisan food producers and hidden culinary treasures with plenty of time to explore at leisure and relax.  

14 DAYS   |   NEW ZEALAND

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Kayaking

13 NIGHTS

New Zealand Family Experience

Designed with a family in mind this itinerary is a great mix of activities combined with beautiful scenery and fun for everyone. 

Upon arrival into Auckland spend your first day relaxing and enjoying the city on a private tour. No visit to Auckland is complete without a harbor cruise. Check out the Hobbiton Movie Set on route to Rotorua, here you will see the geothermal activity and more cultural experiences including a traditional hangi dinner. Explore Wellington city via a city tour, visit the WETA workshop made famous by the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Moving from the city to Able Tasman National Park in the South Island, the perfect place for relaxation and adventure. Spend your time kayaking, viewing wildlife and hiking. Finishing up in Queenstown go jet boating, gold panning, take a scenic safari and spend the day at Stunning Milford Sound.

14 DAYS   |   NEW ZEALAND

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Whale watching in Kaikoura

12 NIGHTS

Scenic Marine Adventure

This is a great itinerary with a bit of everything!  Start your New Zealand adventure by exploring Wellington.  Check out capital city's highlights before a private tour and a visit to the interactive national Te Papa museum.  Moving from the city to the Marlborough Sounds you can relax and enjoy the serenity and beauty of this magical area.  There’s even time for a Marlborough wine tour on route to Kaikoura where you’ll enjoy whale watching and swimming with dolphins before heading off to Christchurch.  Here you’ll explore the city and immerse yourself in Lord of the Rings scenery.  Enjoy stargazing and a glacier hike in Aoraki/Mt Cook followed by a scenic flight into stunning Milford Sound for a nature cruise of the fiord.  Finish your trip with a wilderness jet safari into Mount Aspiring National Park.  

That’s a lot of scenery and wildlife in one trip but there’s time to relax and enjoy the best of New Zealand.

11 DAYS   |   NEW ZEALAND

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Vineyard, New Zealand

10 NIGHTS

The Ultimate New Zealand Wine Tour

If you love wine then this is the tour for you.  It covers all the major wine regions in New Zealand and includes some of the best wine tasting opportunities available.  While you’re enjoying the local wines and produce scenic beauty will surround you on your travels.  Interspersed with wine and food experiences you will visit great locations in New Zealand including art deco Napier through to Wellington “the coolest capital” where you find shopping, cafes, restaurants, museums and art.  Enjoy the scenic Interislander Ferry from Wellington to Picton, have your camera ready, the Marlborough Sounds are stunning.  You will have two days enjoying the Sounds where you can spend your time relaxing, fishing, kayaking, swimming, dolphin watching, hiking or sailing.  After staying in the Sounds you’re off to Queenstown for more winery tours and breathtaking scenery. You’ll return home relaxed and rejuvenated with fantastic photos and memories to share with friends and family.

11 DAYS   |   NEW ZEALAND

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Golf Course, New Zealand

16 NIGHTS

The Golf Lovers Tour Of New Zealand

If you love golf, then this is the itinerary for you.  Start in Auckland and play at world renowned golf courses as you drive your way through amazing scenery and experience the best of New Zealand down to the South Island and end up in Queenstown.  We have chosen activities along the way to showcase elements of New Zealand that shouldn’t be missed.  Gourmet food and wine tours are intermingled with a thrilling jet boat ride, nature cruise, Aoraki/Mt Cook glacier visit, star gazing in a gold rated Dark Sky Reserve, golf on top of a mountain, and a cruise on Lake Wakatipu. New Zealand has hundreds of golf courses.  We have recommended some of the most spectacular courses for this itinerary. With plenty of time for golf, activities and leisure, you can kick back in New Zealand and truly relax.

17 DAYS   |   NEW ZEALAND

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Kaikoura coastline

15 NIGHTS

South Island Self Drive Luxury

The South Island of New Zealand has some of the most spectacular wilderness you will find.  You cover a lot of ground in this itinerary thanks to scenic helicopter flights that also allow you to reach remote backcountry areas not easily accessible.

 

Breathtaking scenery, wildlife encounters, world class food and wine and carefully selected tours provide you with the best on offer. 

 

To top it off luxury accommodations in outstanding locations provide the perfect backdrop for relaxing and rejuvenating.

 

Enjoy the opportunity to get away from it all, take in the peace and tranquility and head back home refreshed. 

16 DAYS   |   NEW ZEALAND

  • Scenery, Wildlife​

Mount Cook

15 NIGHTS

Southern Alps Self Drive Discovery

This is a relaxing self-drive itinerary traversing through the Southern Alps over 16 days.  Enjoy the scenery as you make your way to each destination.  You can either do your own thing at each location or pre-book activities based on your interests before you go. 

 

Included is a visit to Milford Sound where you can enjoy a scenic nature cruise of the stunning Milford Sound and then get up close and personal with wildlife on a kayak adventure. 

 

You can make this itinerary as chilled out or as jammed packed as you want.  Pre-booking activities is highly recommended during peak season to ensure availability. 

 

New Zealand is a fantastic destination with plenty of places to explore and enjoy on your holiday.

16 DAYS   |   NEW ZEALAND

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Punting on the Avon River, Christchurch

12 NIGHTS

South Island Highlights

You begin your New Zealand adventure in Christchurch, the South Islands largest city.  Explore the shopping, cafes and art galleries or venture further afield for award winner attractions.  Next you’re off to Dunedin the “little Edinburgh” of New Zealand which showcases New Zealand’s Scottish heritage and wildlife experiences.  Tour the Otago Peninsula and see Royal Albatross and the rarest penguin in the world in their natural environments.  Then you’re off to scenic Queenstown for fun and relaxation.  Enjoy a thrilling wilderness jet boat ride and spend a day at leisure to relax and savor the local wine and produce while viewing the amazing scenery.  Driving through to the West Coast will take you past stunning coastal scenery to Franz Josef for an awe-inspiring glacier tour.  Finish your time in New Zealand in picturesque Nelson known for its local arts and crafts, galleries and beaches.

13 DAYS   |   NEW ZEALAND

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Maori Culture

17 NIGHTS

Explore New Zealand Top to Bottom

You get to start at the top of New Zealand and work your way down to almost the bottom with this 17 night itinerary. 

 

As you move from one destination to another, you can see the landscape change dramatically from the North Island to the South Island.  On your travels see and experience New Zealand through a variety of informative and enjoyable activities.  There are cultural opportunities in the geothermal center of New Zealand, Rotorua and see the famous Waitomo Caves. Discover the joys of the Hawkes Bay’s on a gourmet wine and food tour.  Land on a glacier and hike into beautiful ice formations, jet boat into Mount Aspiring National Park and cruise on Lake Wakatipu on a vintage steamship.  Visit Dunedin and learn more about the Royal Albatross and very rare Yellow Eyed Penguin in their natural environment. 

This comprehensive itinerary includes something for everyone.

18 DAYS   |   NEW ZEALAND

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Bay of Islands, New Zealand

13 NIGHTS

North Island Self Drive Luxury

Enjoy driving yourself to some of the most luxurious secluded accommodations New Zealand has on offer.

 

Indulge in Kiwi’s favorite activities including swimming, walking, cycling, sailing and enjoying the outdoors.  You can feast on delicious local foods and wines during your travels while taking in stunning scenery and learning more about New Zealand’s Maori culture, landscapes, artisans and local producers. 

 

You can make this itinerary as relaxing or activity based as you wish by adding more on your leisure days.   

 

The luxury lodges are destinations in themselves. Enjoy them, there’s much on offer or just chill out.

14 DAYS   |   NEW ZEALAND

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Wellington Harbour, Wellington

15 NIGHTS

Relax In Scenic New Zealand

There’s no hurrying from place to place on this relaxing, scenic self drive tour of New Zealand.  This itinerary is designed to enable you to visit beautiful locations and experience some of the best activities with plenty of time for exploring areas on your own.  Begin in Auckland with a private Tiki Tour to give you a nice introduction after landing.  Visit beautiful Waiheke Island for a wine, food and art tour, this is a great day out.  You’ll see geothermal wonders in Rotorua, stunning National Parks with plenty of hiking and great photo opportunities. Visit vibrant Wellington, the capital of New Zealand and Queenstown the adventure capital. Enjoy great food, wine, scenery and plenty of hot pools.

You’ll return home rested with amazing photos and memories.

16 DAYS   |   NEW ZEALAND

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Milford Sound

11 NIGHTS

The Best of New Zealand

In just 11 days you cover both the North and South Islands of New Zealand experiencing very different landscapes with the most stunning scenery around.  You start in Christchurch on the East Coast before heading over to the West Coast via the TranzAlpine Railway, one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys.  Driving down the lush West Coast to Franz Josef you have a helicopter tour of the national parks showcasing amazing views of Franz Josef and Fox Glacier glaciers and Mount Cook. You get to cruise on Lake Te Anau and through Doubtful Sound.  Enjoy a gourmet food, wine and sightseeing tour in Queenstown before and an exhilarating jet boat tour into Mt Aspiring Park.  Fly off to Rotorua to relax and spend time in the geothermal center of New Zealand before driving to Auckland to explore the city and finish your tour with a wonderful evening wine tasting on Waiheke Island. 

12 DAYS   |   NEW ZEALAND

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CITY STAYS

This is a mini itinerary for a specific city.  Maximize your time and see the best sites in a short period of time. We include top activities, accommodation and transfers.

Auckland City

4 NIGHTS

Auckland City Stay

Make the most of your visit to Auckland with this itinerary designed to showcase the best scenery, landmarks, harbor views, artisan products, food and wine.  To get orientated you begin your visit by seeing the best of Auckland from the land followed by scenic highlights from the water on a Waitemata Harbour tour.  Walk the city and discover the sights on foot while sampling delicious local produce and learning about Auckland’s history.  Besides immersing yourself in Auckland City and surrounding areas you get to experience the Coromandel Peninsula a very popular holiday destination for locals.  Finish your trip with a relaxing visit to beautiful Waiheke Island for a private gourmet food and wine tour where you will visit boutique vineyards and feast on local delights while enjoying the stunning scenery. 

5 DAYS   |   NEW ZEALAND

Lake Rotorua

4 NIGHTS

Rotorua City Stay

Get ready to explore Rotorua, well known for its geothermal activity, Maori culture, hot springs and mud pools.  Start your exploration on a geothermal wonderland tour amongst geysers, hot pools, lakes, craters and beautiful silica terraces.  Visit Mt Tarawera and experience the unique landscape and history of the area.  Along with great views you have the chance to run into a volcanic crater.  Hang out at the Hobbiton Movie Set on a guided tour before heading underground into the limestone caves and glow worm grotto at the famous Waitomo Caves. Learn more about the local Maori people and their connection to the geothermal activity in the Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley including joining a traditional dinner. Finish your trip with a visit Tongariro National Park for a scenic discovery tour visiting waterfalls and volcanic features in stunning environment.  You’ll see and experience the best of Rotorua on this 5 day adventure.

5 DAYS   |   NEW ZEALAND

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4 NIGHTS

Christchurch City Stay

Welcome to Christchurch!  Get a better understanding of the garden city on a sight-seeing tour moving from the central city up the Port Hills and over the other side.  Enjoy seeing the urban regeneration and street art intermingled with English heritage.  Wander through the award winner Christchurch Botanic Gardens and go punting on the Avon River.  

Akaroa is a great day trip to Banks Peninsula you’ll see and swim with dolphins playing the harbor.  Head up to the Christchurch gondola for city views and spend the evening dining on the Tramway Restaurant as you cruise Christchurch streets over dinner. All aboard the TranzAlpine Railway to finish your trip with a day to Arthurs Pass National Park for spectacular scenery and great photo opportunities.  

5 DAYS   |   NEW ZEALAND

Queenstown gondola

4 NIGHTS

Queenstown City Stay

Queenstown is the adventure capital of New Zealand and you get to explore it.  You’ll find this 5-day itinerary offers the best of Queenstown and beyond.  Begin your visit with thrill seeking activities Queenstown is famous for including jet boating and a 4WD backcountry adventure.  Kick back and enjoy a relaxing afternoon on a wine tasting tour. 

Milford Sound is calling, and you’ll see and experience the beautiful and serene Sounds by flying in, cruising the length of the Sounds and flying back to Queenstown.  You’ll have the stunning views of the Sounds and surrounding alpine landscapes, it is a spectacular day out. 

Glenorchy is another destination you’ll explore via a wilderness jet safari into Mount Aspiring National Park.  Finish your trip with a visit to beautiful Wanaka for a lake cruise and guided nature walk with stunning views before visiting a local sheep station.

5 DAYS   |   NEW ZEALAND

Wellington Cable Car

3 NIGHTS

Wellington City Stay

Wellington “the coolest little capital in the world” is a great place to spend a few days exploring. 

Start your visit with a city highlights tour to showcase the best views, locations, landmarks and buildings. It’s the perfect introduction to the city, harbor and surrounding hills. 

You get to explore the city’s food scene on a walking tour, meet local producers and enjoy delicious produce. Not far from Wellington is the historic Martinborough wine region an excellent destination for a wine and gourmet day out.   Wander through downtown Wellington, the compact city center is filled with cafes, restaurants, art galleries and museums to enjoy. 

Finish your visit to Wellington at Zealandia and hopefully you’ll see a little spotted kiwi.

4 DAYS   |   NEW ZEALAND

Wharariki Beach Nelson

4 NIGHTS

Nelson City Stay

Nelson is the perfect place to chill out, explore nature and immerse yourself in stunning scenery. One of the sunniest locations in New Zealand it is an excellent base to explore the spectacular Abel Tasman National Park.  Nelson is also well known for its thriving local arts and crafts scene.  You get to cover all of this during your four-night itinerary.  Start off by exploring the Nelson region on a wine and artisans tour visiting and enjoying wineries and art galleries in the area.  Don’t forget about beer! Nelson has a thriving craft brewery culture and you get to experience this on a scenic cycling tour on Tasman’s Great Taste Trail.  Able Tasman National Park is New Zealand’s smallest national park and a wonderful place for walking, sailing, swimming, sea kayaking, wildlife spotting and exploring.  You get to experience it on the water, on foot and in the air – the best combination to discover and explore this fantastic part of New Zealand.

5 DAYS   |   NEW ZEALAND

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  • Culture, Scenery, Wildlife, Food and Wine, Adventure, Relaxation

Queenstown

19 NIGHTS

Adventures Downunder

There’s a lot packed into this itinerary that helps you visit popular locations in Australia and New Zealand.  Begin your adventure in Sydney and explore the iconic highlights before moving on to the Red Center to watch sunrises and sunsets over Uluru and surrounding landscapes.  With a complete change of scenery, you move from the desert to explore rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef.  Head to New Zealand beginning in Auckland including a city highlights tour and wine tasting evening on Waiheke Island.  Get a cultural and geothermal experience in Rotorua before flying to Wellington to explore the capital city.  Christchurch is the first port of call in the South Island, enjoy a tour before driving to Mt Cook/Aoraki for a spectacular scenic flight and glacier cruise and night sky evening.  Finish your adventure in Queenstown and fly into Milford Sound on a scenic flight and nature cruise.  Finish your time in New Zealand seeing Central Otago sights and sipping on wines before returning home.  

20 DAYS   

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14 NIGHTS

South Pacific Trio

Combine a South Pacific island experience with vibrant cities showcasing both Australia and New Zealand on this three country itinerary.  Spend time in both Rarotonga and a day in stunning Aitutaki.  Learn about Cook Islands Polynesian culture while sampling delicious local foods and swimming in warm blue waters.  Enjoy the uncomplicated island lifestyle and feel yourself relaxing with every day in this paradise.  Head to vibrant Sydney for an Australian experience.  See the best of Sydney from the land and water on a dinner cruise.  Visit the legendary Hunter Valley wine region for wine tasting and the famous World Heritage Blue Mountains.  Get up close and personal with native Australian animals at the Featherdale Wildlife Park.  You’re off to New Zealand next to experience the best of Auckland and its surrounding areas.  Tour the city and harbor then travel to the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula renowned for pristine beaches and lush forests before finishing with a truly relaxing day on beautiful Waiheke Island.    

15 DAYS  

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Aitutaki

13 NIGHTS

The Essential South Pacific Tour

Start your adventure in beautiful Fiji where you can enjoy relaxing by the pool, sail through crystal clear waters, snorkel, swim and experience the friendly and welcoming Fijian culture.  Next, you’re off to Auckland, New Zealand to explore the harbor city and West Coast areas.  Auckland has a great mix of natural wonders and urban highlights which you will see on your tours.  Go jet boating on the Shotover River, 4WD off-road and sample Central Otago wines in Queenstown before flying into stunning Fiordland National Park for a nature cruise on Milford Sound.  Leaving New Zealand, you head to Sydney.  Tour the city, discover the highlights and visit the iconic Sydney Opera House.   Journey to the famous Blue Mountains just out of Sydney and get up close with Australian native animals at the wildlife park.  You move from Sydney to the Tropical North for a complete change of scenery.  From Cairns you get to experience the Great Barrier Reef and the tropical rainforest of Kuranda before beginning your journey home.

14 DAYS  

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