Duration: 14 Days
Location: Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, Rotorua, Queenstown, Mt. Aspiring National Park, Dart River, Mt. Cook National Park, Christchurch
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  • Day 01 – Auckland

    Day 02 – Auckland

    Day 03 – Coromandel Peninsula

    Day 04 – Coromandel Peninsula

    Day 05 – Rotorua

    Day 06 – Rotorua

    Day 07 – Queenstown

    Day 08 – Queenstown

    Day 09 – Dart River, Mt. Aspiring National Park

    Day 10 – Queenstown to Mt. Cook National Park

    Day 11 – Mt. Cook National Park

    Day 12 – Christchurch

    Day 13 – Christchurch

    Day 14 – Christchurch

  • Day 01 – Auckland

    Be met at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day, at leisure.

    Recommended Optional Activity – Harbour Dinner Cruise Sailing Experience

    Meals included: Nil

    Day 02 – Auckland

    Taste of Auckland Tour (included)

    Enjoy a full day exploring Auckland’s wild side. Your full day excursion goes first to the Arataki Visitor Centre – gateway to the rainforest– just a short drive from Downtown Auckland. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from the sweeping decks extending from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Absorb the area’s history and admire the magnificent traditional Maori carvings.  Then walk in the regenerating rainforest where your experienced guide will explain about the local flora and fauna with giant tree ferns growing alongside picturesque streams. Unwind by a spectacular cascading waterfall or swim beneath it.

    Venture on to an awe-inspiring west coast beach where you can stroll along the soft black sand and feel the clear ocean breeze. A kiwi-style picnic lunch is provided at a scenic location. Your eco-tour ends in an area of untamed original rainforest where mature 1,000 year old kauri trees tower over the unique flora and fauna that has developed separately from the rest of the world for millions of years. This part of the rainforest is particularly rich in bird life thanks to a successful programme to eradicate pests. A reasonable level of fitness is required as the total distance walked on the day is approximately 10km (6 miles), this is split up into several walks of up to 1 hour duration each.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.

    Day 03 – Coromandel Peninsula

    Collect your rental car then head south to the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula. Cross the fertile plains of Hauraki Plains towards the Thames Estuary, a haven for wildlife in particular the shore birds at Miranda. Arriving into the historic gold town of Thames follow the very scenic route along the Pohutukawa Coast (part of the Pacific Coast Highway). This is one of the most spectacular drives in the region and not to be missed. Plan to arrive into Coromandel by lunch time before heading down the east coast towards the popular holiday town of Whitianga and onto Tairua.

    Recommended Optional Activity – Driving Creek Railway & Potteries.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Day 04Coromandel Peninsula

    Explore the idyllic beaches and forests of the Coromandel.


    Tairua is a small seaside town and fishing village sitting on a natural harbour. The dominant feature is Paku Hill and extinct volcanic cone that stands at the harbour entrance. Great views of the town ship and the Pacific Ocean can be enjoyed from the look out at the top. With numerous white sandy beaches, cafes and restaurants this is a great place to spend some relaxing time. Dive trips to the Alderman Islands depart from here.

     Hot Water Beach

    Hot Water Beach derives its name from the geothermal heated water that seeps through the sands. At low tide you can dig a hole and create your own mineral hot pool. The beach itself is golden sand and is an ideal place to spend an afternoon at the seaside. A few cafes and art stores are also here, in particular Moko which has a great range of local and Polynesian arts and crafts for sale.

    Recommended Optional Activity – Kiwi Dundee adventures Nature and Coast day tour

    A photographer’s dream! A delightful sample of Coromandel Peninsula’s natural heritage and scenic beauty. Enjoy the flora & fauna of the semi-tropical rainforest with giant ferns, kauri trees and crystal clear streams. Visit the old historic gold caves sparkling with glowworms and hear the fascinating history of this magic area. Visit stunning coastal scenery with white sand beaches, magnificent cliffs decorated with ancient Pohutukawa trees, old Maori pa sites and offshore islands. A visit to Hot Water Beach [tide permitting]. Lunch is included and will be a delightful picnic or a visit to our favorite café.

    Meals included: Breakfast.

    Day 05 – Rotorua

    Travel to the Maori cultural capital of Rotorua. Heading south from the Coromandel Peninsula you pass through the seaside town of Whangamata, a popular location for Kiwi holidaymakers which boasts one of the best beaches in the region. The old mining town of Waihi still has an operating open cast gold mine and you can view the workings of the Martha Mine from a vantage point that is well signposted from the town centre.

    For rail enthusiasts the Goldfields Railway operates passenger trains along a scenic and historic section of track towards Waikino. Your driving route now takes you into the Bay of Plenty and the port city of Tauranga before you head along the scenic Pyes Pa Road to Rotorua. For Lord of the Rings and Hobbit fans, a detour along State Highway 29 to Matamata is definitely recommended as this is the home of Hobbiton Village.

    Meals included: Breakfast.

    Day 06Rotorua

    Rotorua sits right in the centre of the world’s most volcanically active region and this is highly evident through the smell of sulphur. No visit to Rotorua would be complete without visiting one of the many geothermal parks. Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is around 30 minutes from Rotorua and here a network of paths will take you past bubbling pools, sulphur ponds, geysers and waterfalls.

    White Island sits around 40 kilometres off the Bay of Plenty coast and is still one the most active volcanoes in the world. Volcanic Air Safaris offer scenic flights to the island and the opportunity to land and explore the original sulphur mines. They also offer scenic flights over Mt. Tarawera and float plane flights to Orakei Korako Hidden Valley.

    Mitai Maori Village (included)
    An evening at Mitai will give you an authentic introduction to Maori culture leaving you amazed and in awe. Be enthralled by the natural bush setting, see warriors in traditional dress, paddle an ancient warrior canoe (waka) down the Wai-o-whiro stream, and don’t miss your only opportunity in the Rotorua area to see glow worms in their natural habitat.  Marvel at the crystal clear water full of eels and trout, flowing directly from the earth at the sacred Fairy Spring. See your traditionally cooked hangi meal being lifted from the ground. During our cultural performance, you’ll learn about our past, carvings and ta moko (tattoo art). Be captivated by the displays of weaponry and combat, coupled with the grace and beauty of the poi dance. You’ll be amazed by the spine tingling haka finale.

    Recommended Optional Activity – Orakei Korako Hidden Valley with Volcanic Air Safaris by floatplane.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Specialty Dinner.

    Day 07 – Queenstown

    Today you’ll fly from Rotorua to the adventure capital of Queenstown. Drop your rental car at Rotorua Airport, before continuing your onward journey. Once in Queenstown, collect your rental car. Day at leisure.

    Meals included: Breakfast.

    Day 08 – Queenstown

    Take the day to explore Queenstown and in the evening enjoy a high country station dinner at Walter Peak.

    Queenstown offers adventure for all tastes and abilities. From some of the more well know adrenalin sports such as bungee jumping and skydiving to the more sedate such as sampling the local wines or exploring the nearby historic gold mining regions, there is something for everyone. With the town’s prime location on the shores of Lake Wakatipu there are many water based activities to enjoy. The Gibbston Valley is a short drive from Queenstown and home to vineyards producing some of the finest wines in New Zealand, particularly the Pinot Noir.

    TSS Earnslaw cruise to Walter Peak including gourmet BBQ dinner and a farm tour (included)

    Enjoy a return scenic cruise from downtown Queenstown to Walter Peak High Country Farm on board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw. On disembarking at Walter Peak you are warmly welcomed and escorted through the beautiful lakeside gardens to the charming Colonel’s Homestead. Here, you’ll enjoy a Gourmet BBQ dinner which includes an expansive array of New Zealand and local produce, from succulent meats cooked on the outdoor rotisserie or grill, a selection of delicious vegetables and salads.  Then finish your meal with our irresistible desserts, New Zealand cheeses and freshly brewed tea & coffee. After dinner, an entertaining and informative demonstration gives you a glimpse of life in the high country.

    Recommended Optional Activities:

    • Routeburn Track Encounter Guided Day Walk.
    • Shotover Jet Boat Ride.
    • Kawarau White Water Rafting.
    • Appellation Wine Tours.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Specialty Dinner.

    Day 09 – Dart River, Mt. Aspiring National Park

    Dart River Wilderness Safari (included)

    The most scenic Jet Boating in New Zealand. A 1½ hour ride along the Dart River amongst towering mountains and the refreshingly beautiful wilderness of the Mt Aspiring National Park.  This is followed by a short and easy walk, of 20-40 minutes, through ancient forests, unchanged for 80 million years. Hear an informative and entertaining commentary on the area and its history – including the quest by early Maori for highly prized pounamu (greenstone).

    You’ll then board your back road 4WD coach for a journey to Paradise and beyond. This 40-50 minute journey allows the opportunity to explore a region filled with spectacular vistas which have inspired many talented film makers to bring their projects to this area, including Lord of the Rings. Total trip time is around 6 hours from Queenstown or 4 hours from Glenorchy.

    Meals included: Breakfast.

    Day 10Queenstown to Mt. Cook National Park

    Leaving Queenstown, you drive over the historic Kawarau Bridge and if you haven’t already done so you can take a bungee jump from the bridge, or sit back and watch others throw themselves off.

    For a more sedate activity, the Gibbston Valley which borders the Kawarau River has many vineyards which are open for tastings.  The Kawarau Gorge guides you towards Cromwell and for more wine tastings a side trip to Bannockburn is a must, with many award winning vineyards and winery restaurants to enjoy.

    Cromwell sits at the head of the Kawarau Gorge and the historic old town is well worth the visit, the buildings are now home to quaint shops and cafes. The old town buildings were relocated from the valley that now sits deep under Lake Dunstan. Continue along Lake Dunstan until you reach the historic and scenic Bendigo Reserve, which was one of Otago’s original gold mining settlements.  Well marked paths will guide you to the remains of stone cottages and other buildings from this bygone era.

    The Lindis Pass is one of New Zealand’s highest roads with the summit reaching 971 metres. The tussock covered hills offer an unusual contrast as you pass from Central Otago into the Mackenzie Basin. The towns of Omarama and Twizel are the last stops before you arrive at Lake Pukaki and take the Mt. Cook Highway along the shores to the village. In Mt. Cook Village, a myriad of activities are available scenic ski plane or helicopter flights with glacier landings to kayaking on a glacial lake and a host of walks to suit all abilities. At The Hermitage Hotel, the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre is a must see.

    Recommended Optional Activity – Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre Explorer Pass.

    Meals included: Breakfast.

    Day 11 – Mt. Cook National Park

    Glacier Explorers Tour (included)

    Glacier Explorers is the only tour of its kind in New Zealand, and one of only three in the world! Very few glaciers terminate into lakes and even fewer of these are accessible to the average person. By using a boat you get close to towering ice cliffs and huge floating icebergs. The boats provide a safe way to unseen and inaccessible areas of New Zealand’s largest glacier.

    Being able to view, touch and taste 500 year old ice is a new experience for most people! Departing from Mount Cook Village outside The Hermitage Hotel, you board a small bus for a pleasant trip to the Tasman Valley, followed by an easy 30 minute stroll through the National Park. Then board your MAC boat, and enjoy the ever changing ice face of the Tasman Glacier icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake. The 2.5 hour trip (45 min to 1 hour on the lake) enjoys a commentary throughout provided by your experienced guide.

    Meals included: Breakfast.

    Day 12Christchurch

    Your first stop today should be the visitor centre on the southern shores of Lake Pukaki. As well as a great presentation detailing the formation of the region over thousands of years, you are also often rewarded with uninterrupted views of the peak of Mt. Cook. Lake Tekapo, the northern most of the large Southern Lakes also displays the reflective quality that Pukaki has making the waters a bright turquoise on certain days. This busy little township is home to some of the most photographed subjects in the country, the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog statue. It’s a great place to take a scenic flight, enjoy a guided horse trek, a boat trip on the pristine lake or just marvel at the magnificent views. From here you descend from the high country through Burkes Pass and into rich farmland. Beautiful Valley guides you to the town of Geraldine before you cross the vast Canterbury Plains back towards Christchurch City.

    Recommended Optional – Christchurch Gondola

    The Christchurch Gondola is located in the Heathcote Valley, just fifteen minutes from the heart of Christchurch city. The gondola whisks you nearly a kilometre to a collapsed crater rim of an extinct volcano which exploded six million years ago.  Take in the spectacular panoramic 360-degree views, which include Christchurch city, Lyttelton Harbour, Banks Peninsula, Canterbury Plains and the distant peaks of the Southern Alps.


    Meals included: Breakfast.

    Day 13 – Christchurch

    Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island, offers an eclectic mix of activities for you to best experience this regenerating city.  For fantastic views of the city and the Canterbury region take the Christchurch Gondola ride to the crater rim of an extinct volcano. Alternatively, there are a number of city tours to take in the sights and the amazing development that the city is undergoing, including the fun Double Decker tour or for a slightly more active exploration take a Christchurch Bike Tour. Christchurch is also known as ‘The Garden City’ and a relaxing way to enjoy the beautiful parks is punting along the River Avon – included as part of the Grand Tour.

    The historic Christchurch trams are another enjoyable way to explore the city, running between the Spanish influence Regent St and the Botanic Gardens. Family fun options include the International Antarctic Centre which gives a unique insight into the frozen continent of Antarctica. You can view little blue penguins as well as taking a ride in the impressive Haaglund tracked vehicle. Willowbank Wildlife Reserve lets you experience New Zealand’s native birds such as the kiwi and also our unique Maori Culture at the Ko Tane Maori Experience.  A must-see for every visitor to Christchurch is Quake City, the Earthquake Experience; the informative and moving displays will help you understand the challenges the people of Christchurch have overcome.

    Recommended Optional Activity – Full day tour to Akaroa including a Harbour Nature cruise.

    Meals included: Breakfast.

    Day 14 – Christchurch

    Explore more of Christchurch before dropping your rental car at the airport depot and continuing your onward journey.

    Meals included: Breakfast.

  • Trip Cost varies based on travel season (high to low), your choice of accommodation (from budget to luxury), flight (economy to first class), optional tours and other special requests. Kindly email us at to get the correct price for your selected trip.

    Self Drive Options (Rental Cars)

    This tour will be priced based on your selection of available rental cars, from economy hatchbacks to prestige saloons and SUV’s.

    Accommodation Type for this trip: Boutique Lodges and hotels.

    • Auckland – Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour.
    • Coromandel Peninsula – Puka Park Resort.
    • Rotorua – Peppers on the Point.
    • Queenstown – Sofitel Queenstown.
    • Mt. Cook – Hermitage Hotel.
    • Christchurch – The George Hotel.

    (For this trip, if you would prefer more 3 star or budget options, do let us know when making a trip enquiry).


    • Accommodation on twin or double sharing basis.
    • All meals as stated in itinerary.
    • Private airport transfers.
    • Choice of rental car + GPS navigation + car insurance. Unlimited kms, airport/ferry terminal fees.
    • Tour activities as stated below:
      • Taste of Auckland full day tour.
      • Mitai Maori Village Concert & Buffet Dinner.
      • Glacier Explorers Tour, Mt Cook National Park.
      • Dart River Wilderness Safari.
      • TSS Earnslaw cruise and dinner at Walter Peak high country farm.
    • Tour Pack includes detailed driving instructions, maps, guide books and much more.


    • International Airfare, domestic airfare and airport / government taxes.
    • Visa (if required).
    • Travel insurance.
    • Car fuel.
    • Beverages in the restaurants where meals are included.
    • Optional tours mentioned in the itinerary will be charged extra.
    • Gratuities to guide and driver.
    • Personal and other expenses such as bar bills and laundry not stated in the itinerary.