New Zealand Getaway
Includes flights from the UK. Join Travelmarvel for 20 days exploring the highlights of New Zealand. Highlights include the Bay of Islands, the geothermal geysers and Maori culture of Rotorua and the snow capped Southern Alps of the South Island.
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New Zealand Getaway Itinerary
Day 1: Depart London
Your journey begins as you make your way to London Heathrow for your flight to Auckland.
Day 2: In flight
Continue to enjoy your flight.
Day 3: Arrive Auckland
Be met on arrival into Auckland and transferred to your hotel. Accommodation: Rydges Auckland Hotel
Day 4: Auckland, Bay of Islands
See a mighty Kauri tree and marvel at its size at the Matakohe Kauri Museum. Continue to the Bay of Islands. Enjoy a special Welcome Dinner this evening. Accommodation: Two Nights, Bay of Islands, Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia
Day 5: Bay of Islands
Home to 144 islands, enjoy this aquatic playground with a full day at leisure. Perhaps relax on the beach, explore the wilderness areas via one of the many walking tracks, or wander about the town.
Day 6: Bay of Islands, Auckland
The captivating coastline of the Bay of Islands provides sheltered waters for dolphins, whales, seals, penguins and other marine life. Continue to the Hole in the Rock, a distinctive sandstone arch formation. Return to Auckland by coach and relax prior to dinner. Accommodation: Rydges Auckland Hotel
Day 7: Auckland, Waitomo, Rotorua
Leaving Auckland after breakfast, travel to Waitomo, home to the famous glow worm caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an unmistakable glow. Continue to the geothermal capital of New Zealand, Rotorua. Visit Te Puia, New Zealand’s premier cultural centre, and enjoy a guided tour of the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute. You will also see the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley and witness the phenomenal spectacle of erupting geysers and bubbling mud pools. Delight in the opportunity to dine and interact with locals who will enchant you with their customs and cheerful hospitality. Accommodation: Two Nights, Sudima Rotorua
Day 8: Rotorua
Rotorua captures the essence of New Zealand with its geothermal geysers, fascinating Maori culture and rich heritage. The city is positioned on the Pacific Rim of Fire, and is therefore one of the world’s most active geothermal areas. Your sightseeing continues with a visit to one of New Zealand’s best-loved attractions, the Agrodome, with its entertaining sheep shearing demonstration, dog trials and animal nursery. Later, perhaps enjoy an optional helicopter flight for views over the active White Island volcano (own expense).
Day 9: Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington
Farewell Rotorua and enjoy the scenery as you travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Lake Taupo - the largest freshwater lake in Australasia - and thundering Huka Falls. Continue south across the vast volcanic plateau of World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park to Wellington. The evening has been left free for you to explore the vibrant dining scene independently. From seafood cafes to cosy wine bars and spectacular fine-dining restaurants, you will see that New Zealand’s wild and fresh produce is showcased on a plate here in Wellington. Accommodation: Travelodge Wellington
Day 10: Wellington, Cook Strait, Blenheim
This morning take in a city sights tour which includes Te Papa Tongarewa. Afterwards, admire coastlines defined by tiny coves on the way to Blenheim. Accommodation: Blenheim, Quality Hotel Marlborough
Day 11: Blenheim, Kaikoura, Christchurch
This morning, head to Kaikoura. Delight in the chance to embark on a whale watching cruise, where you may catch a glimpse of the arc of a tail, or a spouting fountain from a blowhole. Here is one of the few areas on Earth where sperm whales can be sighted all year round thanks to the deep Kaikoura Canyon that runs along the coast. Continue your journey onwards to Christchurch. Upon arrival, enjoy dinner. Accommodation: Christchurch, Quality Elms Hotel
Day 12: Christchurch, Fox Glacier
Absorb the rural scenery from aboard your coach before beginning the ascent into the Main Divide. Then, sit back and enjoy the vistas as you journey through the Southern Alps to Westland Tai Poutini National Park. This evening, enjoy dinner. Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier
Day 13: Fox Glacier, Queenstown
Journey through spectacular Haast Pass, skirting the tranquil shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea to the alpine resort of Queenstown on Lake Wakatipu. Delicious food is always on the menu in Queenstown as it is renowned for its world-class food scene and nightlife. This evening, during time at leisure, you may like to dine at one of the many restaurants in the town centre. Accommodation: Two Nights, Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview
Day 14: Queenstown
With the entire day to spend as you please, you have the freedom to simply relax or pursue your interests and choose one of our exciting select experiences. Perhaps step aboard the TSS Earnslaw steamship for a cruise to Walter Peak Station, or take a scenic gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak for panoramic views over Queenstown (both at own expense). Or, if you’re more of a gourmand, perhaps choose to set off into the Central Otago region independently - one of New Zealand’s foremost wine-producing areas.
Day 15: Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau
Enter Fiordland National Park along the Milford Road, then enjoy an exciting Insider Experience. Afterwards, make your way to your hotel and enjoy dinner. Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau
Day 16: Te Anau, Dunedin
Today, journey through rolling Southland countryside before arriving in Dunedin. Enjoy a guided tour then head to the nearby hills to take an intriguing tour of Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle. Steeped in scandal and tragedy, it is filled with magnificent antiques and offers breathtaking views. Enjoy some time at leisure before dinner this evening. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City
Day 17: Dunedin, Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo
See the Moeraki Boulders and visit Oamaru to see some of New Zealand’s finest 19th-century architecture. Accommodation: Lake Tekapo, Peppers Bluewater Resort
Day 18: Lake Tekapo, Christchurch
Pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd before travelling to Christchurch. Accommodation: Christchurch, The Commodore
Day 19: Depart Christchurch
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Day 20: Arrive London
- Spend two nights amid the spectacular Bay of Islands, exploring all they have to offer.
- Cruise enchanting Milford Sound, which is set deep in Fiordland National Park.
- Visit the mesmerising Waitomo caves and see thousands of tiny glowworms illuminate the limestone walls.
- All accommodation with selected meals
- Return flights from the UK
- Overseas transfers
- Guided excursions and Insider Experiences
- Travelmarvel Tour Director
- Port charges and tipping where applicable