New Zealand is a set of islands crammed with dramatic contrasts. In the South Island, you will marvel at the remarkable snow-capped mountain ranges and explore the islands Scottish roots. On the North Island, you will tour powder-soft sub-tropical beaches, swim with exotic marine creatures and learn about the rich Maori culture.
Your tour begins on the South Island where you will explore its peaks and take to the seas to soak in the incredible natural splendour of Milford Sound. With time in Queenstown, Christchurch and Dunedin, you will get to find out what makes the South Island tick and join in with the rhythms of its people. You will dive into the mountains that dominate this island, discovering the drama of Fox Glacier and Mt Cook before exploring Arthur’s Pass onboard the TranzAlpine Express, one of the world’s greatest rail journeys.
As you head to the North Island the scenery and focus switches. Time spent in Auckland and Wellington will allow you to find your way around these beautiful, contemporary cities, but the real beauty in the North Island lies in nature. You will explore the bubbling mud and powerful geysers of Rotorua before heading to the glorious Bay of Islands where you will cruise in search of the perfect beach, travelling through different idyllic coves, pausing to swim with the stunning array of marine life.
We choose from a selection of the country’s finest 3.5 star branded hotels to ensure that you have ultimate comfort at the end of every day on your tour. The listed hotels below are what we book on this trip, however, should any be unavailable at the time of booking, we will replace them with hotels of an equal or superior level.
Quality Hotel Elms
Heritage Gateway Hotel
Dunedin Leisure Lodge
Distinction Luxmore Hotel
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Lakefront
Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier
Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua
Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge