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20 Day Ultimate New Zealand Discovery

20 Days (19 Nights) | $4,089
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Experience the diversity this stunning country has to offer. From cruising through the Bay of Islands, visiting glow worm caves, enjoying a traditional Maori feast in the North Island to riding the Coastal Pacific & TranzAlpine trains, sighting penguins in Dunedin and cruising Milford Sound in the South Island. This inclusive itinerary provides all the main highlights of New Zealand. It also allows free time to choose from a wide range of activities that suit your interest.

The below itinerary is an independent package, it can be adjusted to suit your travel interests, time frame and budget. Please do not hesitate to call one of our travel specialists for a customized package.

Day 1: Arrive Auckland

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On arrival you will be transferred to your downtown accommodation. New Zealand's largest city, blending harbour islands and Polynesian culture, Auckland has a vibrant city centre.

Day 2: Auckland Sightseeing

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Experience the best of Auckland today visiting the highlights the inner city offers before heading out to the untamed coastline of the rugged West Coast with deep black beaches and subtropical rainforests.

Day 3: Auckland - Paihia, Bay of Islands

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Travel north today to the Bay of Islands. You will find white sandy beaches, cosy coves and a sea pieced by over 150 islands.

Day 4: Paihia - Auckland

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This morning join a Dolphin Cruise to the Hole in the Rock, before returning to Auckland this afternoon.

Day 5: Auckland - Waitomo Caves - Rotorua

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Travel south through the rich farmland of the Waikato onto Waitomo Caves. Join a guided tour through the long galleries and lofty chambers of the Caves including a boat ride through the glow worm grotto, illuminated by thousands of tiny lights from the glow-worms. We have the option today to visit the Hobbiton movie set (extra cost).

Day 6: Rotorua Sightseeing

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Enjoy a half day sightseeing tour of Rotorua, including a visit to Te Puia and the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute where you can view mighty geysers and boiling mud pools. Visit Rainbow Springs for a unique showcase of flora and fauna. Watch the interactive Agrodome sheep show and ride the Skyline gondola, before experiencing a traditional Maori show & hangi (feast).

Day 7: Rotorua - Wellington (flight not included)

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Transfer to the airport today for your flight to the capital city of New Zealand, Wellington. Entrance is included to the Te Papa National Museum.

Day 8: Wellington - Picton

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Before leaving the city by ferry across the Cook Strait, you will enjoy a morning city tour covering Wellington's historic landmarks including the Beehive and Parliament Buildings.

Day 9: Picton - Christchurch

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Join the Trans Coastal Pacific train journey, along 98 kilometres of ruggedly beautiful coastline, you'll get astonishingly close to the surging Pacific Ocean and steeply rising Kaikoura Ranges.

Day 10: Christchurch Sightseeing

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This morning's city tour covers the central city highlights including the Botanical gardens, the Avon River and the Bridge of Remembrance, before heading out to the surrounding areas for spectacular views over the city.

Day 11: Christchurch - Dunedin

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Travel by scheduled coach service along the plains of South Canterbury, with a colourful patchwork of fields flanked by the dramatic peaks of the Southern Alps.

Day 12: Dunedin Sightseeing

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Start the day with a one hour city tour of Dunedin, before departing for the Otago Peninsula to see the Yellow eyed & Blue Penguins.

Day 13: Dunedin - Queenstown

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Join a scheduled train & coach combination service to the four season resort town of Queenstown.

Day 14: Queenstown Sightseeing

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Enjoy a half day tour of the area and get a bird's eye view of Queenstown, Arrowtown and the spectacular Wakatipu Basin, along with some of the areas key attractions.

Day 15: Milford Sound Tour & Cruise

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Located in the World Heritage Fiordland National Park, this region is rich with dense rainforest, lakes and waterfalls cascading from rugged mountain peaks. Your full day tour into this area today includes a spectacular cruise on New Zealand's most famous waterway.

Day 16: Queenstown at leisure

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Today is free to explore or join a local activity.

Day 17: Queenstown - Franz Josef

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Travel by scheduled coach service across the magical stretch of road over Haast Pass. Towering peaks surround vast open valleys as you cross to the rugged west coast of the South Island.

Day 18: Franz Josef at leisure

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Today is free to explore or join a local activity.

Day 19: Franz Josef - Christchurch

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Depart Franz Josef by coach, joining in Greymouth the historic TranzAlpine train. Traverse the Southern Alps and experience rolling farmland, ice-fed rivers, spectacular viaducts, and the beautiful Lake Brunner.

Day 20: Package ends

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Your package ends with a transfer to Christchurch airport.

Package Inlcudes:

  • 19 Nights of accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Transportation
  • Sightseeing and attractions as listed


Moderate pricing from $4089
Superior pricing from $4799
Deluxe pricing from $6059 

Pricing is based on per person, share twin in Canadian Dollars, plus GST

Single, triple and family pricing is available on request.

The above pricing and itinerary is subject to seasonal surcharges and operational dates for the suppliers.

Please contact our office for an updated pricing and itinerary for your specific travel date.

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