Experience the best of New Zealand on this fantastic whirlwind tour. Your private guide will meet your group at the airport and take you on an insider’s tour of New Zealand, visiting iconic landmarks and local secrets alike.
Offering New Zealand’s top escorted tour operators and highly experienced tour guides, we cater for groups between 1-20 people. With no date or itinerary restrictions, your New Zealand tour can be completely customised.
10 Day New Zealand Guided Tour Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Auckland
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 Piha Beach.
Stay 1 night in Auckland.
Day 2 Coromandel Peninsula + Hot Water Beach
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.
Day 3 Cathedral Cove Boat Tour
Discover the rugged coastline today on a boat tour that takes through the marine reserve and past immense sea caves and sandy bays. Stop at the famous Cathedral Cove to soak in the views!
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.
Day 6 Rotorua + Maori Evening Experience
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, get a taste of Maori culture with a traditional performance and a delicious hangi dinner – cooked underground over slow heat. Following dinner, visit the awe-inspiring Pohutu Geyser, which is beautifully lit at night.
Stay 2 nights in Rotorua.
Day 7 Geothermal Wonders
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.
Day 6 Rotorua -> Christchurch
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.
Day 7 Mount Cook Village + Glacier Helicopter Flight
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.
Day 8 Queenstown – The Adventure Capital of New Zealand!
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, or add on a lake cruise and high country farm dinner with the TSS Earnslaw to make the most of your holiday.
Stay 3 nights in Queenstown.
Day 9 Doubtful Sound Cruise
Journey into the heart of New Zealand today on a scenic coach tour to Manapouri. Cruise across Lake Manapouri and drive over Burkes Pass to Doubtful Sound, where you will enjoy an unforgettable wilderness cruise on this awe-inspiring, remote fiord.
Day 10 Queenstown
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.
Day 11 Depart Queenstown
Your guide will deliver you to Queenstown Airport for your departing flight.
- Visiting the iconic Cathedral Cove and seeing the beauty of the Coromandel coastline.
- Exploring the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua – see geysers, bubbling mud pools, turquoise sulphur springs, and colourful sinter terraces.
- Experiencing an authentic Maori cultural show and enjoying a traditional hangi meal cooked underground!
- Driving through the Mackenzie Basin, with countless photo opportunities along the way – see the craggy, snow-capped Mt Cook (New Zealand’s highest mountain), drive past two stunning turquoise lakes, and witness the grandeur of the Southern Alps.
- Taking a scenic helicopter over Tasman Glacier and past Mt Cook before landing on the snow.
- Staying in Queenstown, the vibrant adventure capital of New Zealand.
- Experiencing the grandeur of Fiordland National Park on an unforgettable Doubtful Sound Cruise.
Your privately guided tour includes:
- All transportation within New Zealand – you will be collected at the arrivals hall of Auckland Airport, and dropped off at the departures hall of Queenstown Airport
- Excellent 4-star accommodation
- Private tour guide
- Sightseeing and Photo Stops En Route
- Glass Bottom Boat Tour to Cathedral Cove
- Te Puia Te Po Maori Evening Experience with Hangi Dinner
- Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve Walk and Sulphur Spa
- Scenic Helicopter Flight over Tasman Glacier with Snow Landing
- Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
- Skyline Gondola and Buffet Dinner Queenstown
** Your privately guided tour does NOT include flights, food (except where included in activities) or travel insurance. **
As guide prices are split between travellers, the pricing will vary depending on the number of travellers on your tour.
1 Traveller: NZD$20,799
2 Travellers: NZD$11,199 per adult | NZD$10,599 per child
3 Travellers: NZD$8449 per adult | NZD$7799 per child
4 Travellers: NZD$7049 per adult | NZD$6449 per child
5 Travellers: NZD$6249 per adult | NZD$5649 per child
6 Travellers: NZD$5699 per adult | NZD$5049 per child
7 Travellers: NZD$5299 per adult | NZD$4649 per child
8 Travellers: NZD$4999 per adult | NZD$4399 per child
9 Travellers: NZD$4899 per adult | NZD$4249 per child
10 Travellers: NZD$4699 per adult | NZD$4049 per child
11 + Travellers: Please enquire for your custom quote