Experience the best of New Zealand on this 5* reviewed guided tour. Offering the best flexible New Zealand escorted tours with no date or itinerary restrictions. Book the best on this privately guided tour of New Zealand inclusive of a private tour guide and chauffeur plus private touring vehicle.
Your fantastic guided holiday begins in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland. Home to 1/4 of New Zealand’s population and bordered by two stunning harbours, Auckland is a thriving, diverse city surrounded by natural wonders.
Explore Auckland with your guide, visiting top attractions such as the Sky Tower, Mt Eden’s volcanic crater, Waiheke Island, Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World, or option to enjoy a fascinating Whale Watching experience!
Stay 1 night in Auckland.
Travel time Auckland to Coromandel Peninsula – 3 hours
Embark on a scenic tour of the Coromandel Peninsula, taking in views of the lush rainforest and idyllic beaches. If the tide is right, visit Hot Water Beach, where you can dig your own hot pools, on your way to Whitianga.
Stay 2 nights in Whitianga, Coromandel.
Discover the excitement and adventure of the Hahei Explorer boat tour to Cathedral Cove – the most photographed beach in New Zealand. Penguins, seals and dolphins are a big favourite when they take time out of their busy schedules to visit the boat. Explore places only accessible by boat, including coastal islands in the marine reserve and spectacular sea caves. When the tide is right, you will be taken inside an amazing blowhole 80 feet high – a truly magical place.
In the afternoon, your guide will show you some of the best hidden secrets of the Coromandel, including lush forest walks and secluded golden-sand beaches.
Travel time Coromandel Peninsula to Rotorua – 3.5 hours
Enjoy the scenic drive through rolling farmland to Rotorua, the geothermal capital of New Zealand. Tour the exciting geothermal attractions with your guide, visiting sulphur springs, mud pools, geysers, and sinter terraces.
In the evening, enjoy a Maori Cultural Experience including a Hangi Dinner. Hear stories and learn how Maori traditions live on today. Experience an authentic Maori welcome. Watch a challenge by the Maori warriors, a karanga (call) from the Maori women welcoming you into the marae, and a whaikorero (welcome speech). Relax and enjoy the beautiful waiata (songs), the world-renowned haka dance (challenge), and the elegant poi dance. Learn Maori customs including Maori musical instruments, haka and poi. The dining experience is a culinary opportunity like no other. Following dessert, you will be transported down into the valley to conclude your evening beside the awe-inspiring Pohutu geyser.
Stay 2 nights in Rotorua.
In the morning, stroll through Hells Gate, a steaming thermal reserve. See bubbling mud pools, steaming craters, mineral pools, learn about New Zealand’s history and culture, and even try Maori weaving and wood carving! After you have explored the thermal reserve, enjoy a relaxing sulphur spa overlooking the reserve. There is no limit on how long you can spend at Hells Gate – enjoy the experience at your leisure.
In the afternoon, you have the option to visit any of the nearby geothermal reserves with your guide. Alternatively, take a day trip to Hamurana—this small township with 900 dwellings is renowned for the stunning Hamurana Springs. A stream-side walk runs through a redwood grove with beautiful views of the crystal clear water that runs into Lake Rotorua.
Board a domestic flight today from Rotorua to Christchurch (price of flight not included in holiday package). Explore the city with your guide in the afternoon, visiting the Canterbury Museum, the historic cathedral, and the botanic gardens.
Stay 1 night in Christchurch.
Travel time Christchurch to Mount Cook Village – 4 hours
Your scenic journey through the Mackenzie Basin begins today as you cross over Burkes Pass. As the Southern Alps loom before you, there will be photo opportunities around every corner. You have the option to stop for lunch at Lake Tekapo, where you can visit the Church of the Good Shepherd or take in panoramic views of the surrounding mountains from the Mount John Observatory.
Continue past Lake Pukaki on your way to Mt Cook Village, nestled at the foot of New Zealand’s highest mountain.
Experience a glacier landing in this stunning mountain environment. Enjoy a scenic flight over the Tasman Terminal Lake and pass by the Horchstetter Icefall before landing on the blue ice and moraine rocks of the Tasman Glacier. Encounter the incredible vistas of Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, with unsurpassable scenery in every direction!
Stay 1 night in Mt Cook Village.
Travel time Mount Cook Village to Queenstown – 3.5 hours
Continue the spectacular drive south. Once you pass over the dramatic Lindis Pass and through the Kawarau Gorge, you will reach Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand.
Explore the town independently in the evening, add on the famous Onsen Hot Pools experience. 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. In the evening surround yourself with a sky of stars and Japanese lanterns from sunset.
Stay 3 nights in Queenstown.
Doubtful Sound is the next step up from Milford Sound! In Manapouri, board your luxury catamaran and cruise across picturesque Lake Manapouri. From there, you will make a trip across New Zealand’s most expensive road—Wilmot Pass—pausing along the way to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below. In Doubtful Sound, you will board another catamaran for a three-hour cruise through this pristine fiord. During the cruise, your knowledgeable and friendly nature guides will share with you their passion for the region through their commentary. They will answer questions, point out landmarks and provide you with information about the varied wildlife you may encounter, including dolphins, fur seals and the rare Fiordland crested penguin.
Explore Queenstown winter your guide today, with the option to make a trip to Arrowtown. You’ll be enchanted by historic Arrowtown, a New Zealand treasure located 20 minutes from Queenstown. Arrowtown is charming and quirky – a delightful gold rush village nestled below the beautiful peaks that surround the sparkling Arrow River. The heart of its history is Buckingham Street, a procession of heritage buildings that stretches into a tree-lined avenue of tiny miner’s cottages. The buildings in this lovely precinct house shops, galleries, bars, and restaurants – many classy, most individual, and not one from an international chain.
You also have the option to visit wineries in the Gibbston Valley, or enjoy the scenic drive to Glenorchy.
In the evening, celebrate the end of a fantastic holiday with dinner at Queenstown’s most spectacular location – Skyline Restaurant. Sit back and relax as the views from the gondola unfold while you journey to the Skyline complex. The Skyline Restaurant will then serve you a mouthwatering taste of New Zealand, a buffet of legendary proportions. Feast on South Island salmon, seafoods, salads, roast meats and delicious desserts – and feast your eyes on the most spectacular scenery in the country.
Your guide will deliver you to Queenstown Airport for your departing flight.