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18-day Best of New Zealand Tour - Auckland to Christchurch

From the North Island to the snow-capped peaks of the South, you’ll explore every nook of New Zealand on this magnificent journey. Highlights include a heart-pounding haka welcome to Rotorua for a taste of Māori culture and a world-renowned train journey.

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About this holiday

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Ride the iconic TranzAlpine train

From the pristine white beaches of the North Island to the snow-capped peaks of the South, you’ll explore every nook of New Zealand on this magnificent journey. A heart-pounding haka welcomes you to Rotorua for a taste of Māori culture, while a world-renowned train journey tops off your time in The Land of the Long White Cloud with scenic splendour.

Choose This Trip If You'd Love To:

  • Journey through the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine
  • Tour a brewery and taste one of its award-winning beers
  • Witness steep waterfalls and Mitre Peak in Milford Sound
  • Experience Maori culture and genuine Kiwi hospitality


  • Your tour includes:

  •  Quality accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Airport transfers (see FAQ below)
  • Tour Highlights:

    Local Connection - Join hosts Angie and Stan Taylor at their home for a barbecue lunch followed by Angie’s famous pavlova.

    Insider Knowledge - Board a Nature Cruise on Milford Sound, where a specialist guide will provide commentary on the wildlife and natural landscapes.

    Cultural Immersion - Delve into the national identity of New Zealand, exploring a collection of objects relating to its culture and history at Te Papa.

    Sustainable Footprints - Your visit to Te Puia helps fund the Arts and Crafts Institute, enriching the lives of the local Maori attending.


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    Distinction Te Anau

    Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort. The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

    • Stamford Plaza Auckland
    • Trinity Wharf Tauranga
    • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Water View Rooms
    • Millennium Hotel, Rotorua
    • James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
    • Chateau Marlborough
    • Distinction Christchurch Hotel
    • MacKenzie Country Hotel
    • Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
    • Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas
    • Millennium Hotel, Queenstown
    • Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)
    • Punakaiki Resort
    • Distinction Christchurch Hotel

    Travel dates


    Please note that prices are subject to availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.


    • Twin share -$7,475 per person
    • Solo Traveller -$9,925 per person
    • 08, 15 & 22 SEP
    • Twin share -$8,295 per person
    • Solo Traveller -$11,045 per person
    • 06, 13,20 7 27 Oct
    • 03, 10, 17, & 24 Nov
    • 01, 08, 15, 22 & 29 Dec


    • Twin share -$8,295 per person
    • Solo Traveller -$11,045 per person
    • 05, 12, 19, & 26 Jan
    • 02, 09, & 16 Feb
    • 02, 09, 16, 23, & 30 Mar
    • Twin share -$7,475 per person
    • Solo Traveller -$9,925 per person
    • 06, 13, 20, & 27 Apr
    • 08,& 29 Jun
    • 07, & 21 Sep
    • Twin share -$8,295 per person
    • Solo Traveller -$11,045 per person
    • 05,19, & 26 Oct
    • 02, 16, & 30 Nov
    • 07, 21, & 28 Dec

    More options available from January 20221 - March 2022

    Call our local travel team on 1300 414 198 to secure your seat NOW!


    Day 1: Welcome to Auckland (D)

    On arrival in Auckland you’ll have time at leisure to explore and relax. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Reception and dinner with your Travel Director.

    Hotel: Stamford Plaza Auckland, 2 nights

    Included Meals: Dinner with wine

    Day 2: Auckland (B)

    After a city sights tour enjoy time at leisure.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Day 3: Auckland - Tauranga (B, L &D)

    You’re invited to a Be My Guest lunch at the Red Barn on the Waikato farm of Lance and Bridgette O’Sullivan, New Zealand horse racing royalty. Later, travel to Tauranga, in the Bay of Plenty

    Hotel: Trinity Wharf Tauranga

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest Lunch, Dinner with wine

    Day 4: Tauranga - Rotorua (B &D)

    Travel through Te Puke to visit Kiwifruit Country, then on to Rotorua for an orientation tour. This afternoon explore Te Puia Thermal Reserve. Then an evening of culture, history and a Hangi feast Highlight Dinner awaits you at the Tamaki Māori Village.

    Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Highlight dinner

    Day 5:  Rotorua Included Choice (B)

    Embark on one of your Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Glide through the Waitomo Glowworm Grotto, take an ancient forest zipline adventure with Canopy Tours, visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, or explore Rotorua and its lakes in an amphibious WWll-era Duck.

    Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Day 6: Rotorua -Wellington (B)

    Journey through forests and farmland to the turquoise torrent known as Huka Falls. The road unfolds in a broad panorama of stunning Lake Taupo. Continue south and along the Kapiti Coast to the capital city, Wellington.

    Hotel: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Day 7:  Wellington - Blenheim (B &D)

    Explore Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. This afternoon cruise the Cook Strait into tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound. The village of Picton is next, then it’s on to Blenheim for a city sightseeing tour. Tonight, enjoy a 3-course Highlight Dinner celebrating local produce and the wines of the Marlborough region.

    Hotel: Chateau Marlborough

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Highlight dinner

    Day 8:  Blenheim - Christchurch (B)

    Travel to Kaikoura, where sperm whales can often be seen not far from shore. Travel along the Pacific coast and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

    Distinction Christchurch Hotel

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Day 9:  Christchurch - Twizel (B &D)

    This morning, join our Sustainable Tourism Commitment by planting a native tree in the Port Hills of Christchurch, an area recovering from wildfire. Next, visit the home of Angie and Stan Taylor at Lake Tekapo, for a Be My Guest afternoon tea and to learn about a lifetime spent farming. Later, view the little stone-hewn Church of the Good Shepherd on your way to Twizel.

    Hotel: MacKenzie Country Hotel

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Be my Guest afternoon tea, Dinner with wine

    Day 10: Twizel - Dunedin Included Choice (B &D)

    Journey along the Waitaki River, with a photo stop at the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel through to Oamaru and on to Dunedin. Choose an Included Choice sightseeing experience. Take a wildlife cruise out to Otago Peninsula, visit the famous Speight's Brewery or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway.

    Hotel: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

    Day 11: Dunedin - Te Anau (B &D)

    After free time, travel through lush sheep farming land. Then the rolling, grassy hills turn back into forested, rugged mountains, as you meander your way up into Fiordland National Park to Te Anau.

    Hotel: Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

    Day 12:Te Anau - Queenstown (B)

    You will take the scenic journey through the rainforests, beech forests and meadows of Fiordland National Park and out to Milford Sound to cruise on this natural wonder. Afterwards, travel to Queenstown for an orientation tour.

    Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 2 nights

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Day 13:  Queenstown (B &D)

    Choose an Included Choice sightseeing experience. Ride the Shotover Jet, take a gondola to Bob’s Peak and visit Kiwi Birdlife Park or a minibus tour through Skippers Canyon. This evening, cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Highlight Dinner.

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Highlight dinner

    Day 14: Queenstown - Franz Josef (B &D)

    Visit the gold mining settlement of Arrowtown. From here you will travel to Cromwell to taste delicious stone fruit at a local orchard. It is a day of gorgeous lakes, as you travel further into Central Otago. Cross over the Haast Pass as the landscape changes from alpine scenery to the rainforest marvels of the wild West Coast. Your destination is the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier.

    Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

    Day 15: Franz Josef - Punakaiki (B &D)

    Visit Hokitika, home of the native greenstone for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration. Later, travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You’ll spend the night in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront.

    Hotel: Punakaiki Resort

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

    Day 16: Punakaiki - Christchurch (B,L & D)

    Travel to Greymouth to visit the iconic Monteith’s Brewery and taste some of their innovative brews before a pub-style lunch. Later you will journey aboard the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch. This evening, join your Travel Director and new-found friends for a Farewell Dinner.

    Hotel: Distinction Christchurch Hotel

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell dinner

    Day 17:  Farewell from Christchurch (B)

    Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday concludes after breakfast.

    Included Meals: Breakfast



    Flight Information:

    •  Day 1 - Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Auckland Airport
    •  Day 17 – Flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport

    What to Bring:

    •  Comfortable walking shoes
    •  Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
    •  Water bottle
    •  Camera
    •  Jacket in cooler months

    Fitness Requirements:

    • Low level of fitness required
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