Ultimate New Zealand

27 Days
Auckland to Christchurch
From (GBP)
£ 7,910
Dates & Pricing

2022/2023 Auckland > Christchurch

Tour Map
Tour Code:
DULI
Duration:
27 days
Departure City:
Auckland
Return City:
Christchurch

27 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 your two night Special Stay. Celebrate the wonder of New Zealand at tonight’s welcome dinner.

  4. Day 4 - Auckland

    Freechoice

    Choose from a range of Auckland’s attractions. Enjoy an exhilarating sail on an authentic America’s Cup yacht and be part of the crew, take the helm or simply sit back and enjoy the ride as you sail Auckland Harbour. Or, explore the wine and cuisine of Waiheke Island and enjoy tastings of olive oil, wine, as well as a vineyard tour. Alternatively, take a leisurely morning cruise of Auckland’s beautiful harbour and see highlights including Devonport and the Harbour Bridge, discover the Waitakere Ranges as you walk in the lush rainforest and stroll along the black sand beaches, choose to join a small group tour and discover the history and sights 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 Millennium Brasserie.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Auckland > Paihia

    Travel north across Auckland’s busy Harbour Bridge, along the Hibiscus Coast towards the Bay of Islands. Visit Matakohe’s award-winning Kauri Museum and gain an insight into the rich pioneering history of New Zealand’s Northland region. The museum specialises in the legacy of the ancient kauri forests, specifically the strong durable timber and the highly prized kauri gum. Continue to the Waipoua Forest, an ancient green world of towering trees and rare birds, and travel past natural gateways created by huge kauri trees and the fringing of colourful ferns along the road’s edge.

    Enrich

    The sense of awe you feel as you see the mighty T-ane Mahuta kauri tree for the first time is unforgettable. Listen to the interactive interpretation from your local Maori guide about the importance of the ‘Lord of the Forest’ to both the natural environment and the Maori people.

    Sundowners

    Relax over an evening drink watching the sunset at Copthorne Bay of Islands.

    Your base for the next three nights is Paihia.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Paihia

    Freechoice

    Cruise the calm inland waters of the Bay of Islands with lunch included or enjoy a ferry ride to Russell, the birthplace of European settlement in New Zealand. Alternatively, discover the very best of the bay on a scenic cruise and journey through the Hole in the Rock (weather permitting) or join a Taste
    of the Bay tour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Paihia

    Enrich

    Travel to the very top of New Zealand – Cape Reinga. Explore the magnificent lighthouse and see where the waters of the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet. Discover this remote and magical place of deep spiritual significance to the Maori then enjoy the thrill of travelling along Ninety Mile Beach and marvel at the immense sand dunes.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  8. Day 8 - Paihia > Auckland

    This morning, discover Waitangi Treaty Grounds with a Maori guide.

    Enrich

    Be entertained by an authentic Maori cultural performance inside the meeting house.

    Return to your hotel Auckland.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  9. Day 9 - Auckland > Rotorua

    Visit the Hobbiton™ Movie Set before arriving in Rotorua, home of Maori culture and bubbling mud pools. Later,  visit the National Kiwi Trust,  before your two night stay in Rotorua.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  10. Day 10 - 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 the view from Skyline Rotorua while wine tasting.

    Tonight, immerse yourself in Maori traditions at an authentic hangi dinner.

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Rotorua > Napier

    Witness the force of nature at Huka Falls before seeing the magnificent Lake Taupo.

    Freechoice

    Take a walking tour of Napier’s Art Deco buildings, view the famous landmarks of Napier during a vintage car tour or discover a diverse range of animals at the National Aquarium.

    Enrich

    Meet the makers at a special wine tasting and dinner at Mission Estate Winery.

    Enjoy your overnight stay in the home of Art Deco, Napier.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Napier > Wellington

    Head south to the town of Greytown in the Wairapa region. Continue to Wellington for a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Wellington

    Take an in-depth journey of Te Papa to discover the treasures and stories of New Zealand.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  14. Day 14 - Wellington > Blenheim

    Travel in the ferry’s premium lounge across the Marlborough Sounds to the South Island. Freechoice: Enjoy a tasting at the home of Sauvignon Blanc or a visit to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. Stay overnight in Blenheim.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Blenheim > Christchurch

    Drive along the spectacular East Coast where rugged mountains meet the ocean.  Experience how Christchurch is recovering and enjoy a two night stay.

    Freechoice

    Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant or at the hotel’s restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Christchurch

    Freechoice

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  17. Day 17 - Christchurch > Franz Josef

    Join the TranzAlpine this morning for your rail journey across the Southern Alps. Stand in wonder at Franz Josef Glacier with its ever-changing face before your overnight Special Stay.

     Optional flight - Take a helicopter flight over Franz Josef or Fox Glacier and experience the wonder in this natural alpine landscape (additional expense, please book prior to departure).

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Franz Josef > Queenstown

    Enjoy a ride on the Haast River Jet boat before you arrive in Queenstown for your three night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  19. Day 19 - Queenstown

    Freechoice

    Take the Dart River Wilderness Jet, or tour local wineries. Feel exhilarated on the Shotover Jet, a 4WD Skippers Canyon, or Safari of the Scenes tour.

    Freechoice Dining

    Take a steamship cruise on TSS Earnslaw and enjoy dinner at Walter Peak, ride the Skyline Gondola and dine overlooking Queenstown, or simply relax at the hotel’s restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Queenstown

    Enjoy a day at leisure to discover Queenstown.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  21. Day 21 - Queenstown > Milford Sound

    In the darkness of the Te Anau caves, see the shimmer of thousands of glow-worms. Enjoy an overnight Special Stay on board the Milford Mariner amidst the majesty of Milford Sound.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Milford Sound > Dunedin

    Awake to breathtaking beauty in Milford Sound. Then immerse yourself in New Zealand’s oldest university city, Dunedin, with a two night Special Stay.

    Freechoice Dining

    Choose between Speight’s Brewery and the hotel’s Parcels Restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Dunedin

    Freechoice

    Tour Larnach Castle or visit the breeding colony of Royal Albatross. Alternatively, take a heritage walking tour or cruise Otago Harbour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  24. Day 24 - Dunedin > Mount Cook

    Visit the Moeraki Boulders, featuring huge spherical boulders scattered across a sandy beach. Enjoy a Special Stay at Mount Cook.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  25. Day 25 - Mount Cook > Christchurch

    Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd before returning to Christchurch for your Special Stay

    Enrich

    Celebrate your adventures during an iconic tram ride.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  26. Day 26 - Christchurch > UK

    Bid farewell to New Zealand.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  27. Day 27 - 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
  • 6 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 43 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • 1 Scenic Sundowners event
  • 6 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • 40 meals – 23 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) and 15 dinners (D)
  • Expert Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

Highlights
  • Be awed by the beauty of Milford Sound
  • Stay at the Hermitage Hotel with picturesque views of Mount Cook
  • Travel to the very top of New Zealand – North Island, Cape Reinga
  • Indulge in a variety of seafood during a cruise around Marlborough Sounds
  • Taste wine from New Zealand’s oldest winery at Mission Estate

Pricing & Availability