New Zealand Panorama

15 Days
Auckland to Queenstown
From (GBP)
£ 5,120
Dates & Pricing

2022/2023 Auckland > Queenstown

Tour Map
Tour Code:
DZAQ
Duration:
15 days
Departure City:
Auckland
Return City:
Queenstown

15 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - UK > Auckland

    Fly with a world-renowned airline from a choice of UK airports.

  2. Day 2 - In Flight

    Relax as your fly toward your destination.

  3. Day 3 - Auckland

    Kia Ora and welcome to Auckland for a two night Special Stay. Celebrate the wonder of New Zealand at a welcome dinner.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Auckland

    Freechoice

    Sail on an authentic America’s Cup yacht or explore the wine and cuisine of Waiheke Island. Alternatively take a leisurely harbour cruise, discover the black sand beaches of the West Coast, join a small group sightseeing tour of Auckland or visit Auckland’s latest attractions the Weta Workshop Unleashed and the All Blacks Experience.

    Freechoice Dining

    Choose between a sunset dinner yacht cruise, Orbit 360 at Sky City or dinner at the hotel’s Grand Brasserie.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Auckland > Rotorua

    Visit the Hobbiton™ Movie Set before arriving in Rotorua, home of Maori culture and bubbling mud pools. Your base for the next two nights is Rotorua.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  6. Day 6 - Rotorua

    Be amazed by Rotorua’s geothermal activity during a visit to Te Puia. Freechoice: Witness a sheep show, take an amphibious duck tour or relax in the geothermal pools. Alternatively enjoy wine-tasting and the Skyline Gondola. Immerse yourself in Maori traditions at an authentic hangi dinner.

    Optional flight - Take a float plane flight to Mt Tarawera (additional expense, please book prior to departure).

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Rotorua > Christchurch

    Farewell New Zealand’s north island and fly to the garden city of Christchurch, the largest city on the picturesque South Island.

    Enrich

    Discover the native birds of New Zealand during your tour at the family owned Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. See the native species of New Zealand including the Kiwi. Hear about the conservation work they are a part of focusing on New Zealand native and endangered species.

    Stay for the next two nights in Christchurch.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Christchurch

    Freechoice

    Go punting on the River Avon, take the Botanic Gardens Tour or enjoy a city tour of Christchurch. Alternatively visit the seaside town of Akaroa or the International Antarctic Centre.

    Optional rail - Join the TranzAlpine this morning for your rail journey through the Southern Alps (additional cost, must be booked prior to departure and will replace Scenic Freechoice touring).

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  9. Day 9 - Christchurch > Mt Cook

    Travel through the patchwork of the Canterbury plains before seeing the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo.

    Visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Centre at Mt Cook and discover the history of the iconic region, it includes a tribute to one of the world’s greatest New Zealanders and explorers -Sir Edmund Hillary. Immerse yourself in the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park as part of your Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Mt Cook > Te Anau

    See the fertile, sheep filled farming land of Central Otago en route to one of New Zealand’s largest lakes - Lake Te Anau. Stay lakeside at your overnight stay.

    Sundowners

    Enjoy a drink with lake side vista at the end of the day.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Te Anau > Milford Sound

    Enrich

    Experience a special screening of ‘Ata Whenua – Shadowland’. Also known as ‘Fiordland on Film’, this short movie takes you on an unforgettable journey over the World Heritage-listed wilderness.

    Then cruise across the lake to see in the darkness of Te Anau caves, the shimmer of thousands of glowworms. Overnight on board for your Special Stay on the Milford Mariner amidst the majesty of Milford Sound.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Milford Sound > Queenstown

    Awake to breathtaking beauty in Milford Sound, carved by glaciers over 100 000 years ago, stand in awe on your cruise of towering cliffs, peaks and waterfalls. Milford Sound was described by Rudyard Kipling as the eighth wonder of the world.

    Travel to Queenstown through the shadows of the rugged mountain range called the Remarkables.

    Your final Special Stay for two nights is Queenstown.

    Freechoice Dining

    Take a steamship cruise on TSS Earnslaw and enjoy dinner at Walter Peak or ride the Skyline Gondola and dine overlooking Queenstown.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Queenstown

    Freechoice

    Take the Dart River Wilderness Jet or tour local wineries. Alternatively feel exhilarated on the Shotover jet, a 4WD Skippers Canyon or Safari of the Scenes tour exploring The Lord of The Rings filming locations.

    Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner showcasing New Zealand’s finest produce at your hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Queenstown > UK

    Bid farewell to wonderful New Zealand.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  15. Day 15 - Arrive UK

    Welcome home.

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the tour will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions.

Tour inclusions

Handcrafted luxury inclusions
  • Fully escorted group touring
  • 2 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 25 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • 3 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • 21 meals – 11 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) and 9 dinners (D)
  • Expert Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

Highlights
  • Visit the magical Hobbiton™ Movie Set
  • Experience the Maori tradition of a hangi dinner
  • Explore the much photographed Church of the Good Shepherd on Lake Tekapo
  • Toast to the stunning scenery during Scenic Sundowners in Te Anau
  • Discover the glow worms of Te Anau caves
  • Stay overnight on Milford Sound on board the Milford Mariner

Pricing & Availability