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Best of New Zealand

18 Days 1 Country 15 Cities

See and taste the best of New Zealand, from Cape Brett in the North to Dunedin in the South Island.

"Service is above excellent"

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About this trip

North and South Island with must-sees all the way, from the cityscapes of Auckland to the barren landscapes of Desert Road, serene Milford Sound to the jagged pancake rocks of Punakaiki.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… discovering Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw. Operating on the lake for 100 years, you'll discover its history before a delicious dinner of local produce, and a moonlit cruise back to iconic Queenstown.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: ZABC

17 Nights

accommodation

31 Meals
  • 17 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 12 dinners.

  • 1 Be My Guest lunch.

  • 1 Be My Guest afternoon tea.

On-trip Transport

Internal flights not included.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Auckland, Wellington, Blenheim, Dunedin.

    • Cruise in Bay of Islands, on the Cook Strait, on Lake Wakatipu and Milford Sound.

    • View the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train.

    • Visit Parry Kauri Park, the Bay of Islands, Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Franz Josef Glacier.


What's Included

Dining

    • 17 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 12 dinners.

    • 1 Be My Guest lunch.

    • 1 Be My Guest afternoon tea.


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most regions or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage, local tips and charges

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays

    • All hotel charges and local taxes

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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Day 1

Arrive Auckland

Day 2

Auckland - Bay of Islands (2 Nights)

Day 3

Bay of Islands Sightseeing

Day 4

Bay of Islands - Auckland

Day 5

Auckland - Rotorua (2 Nights)

Day 6

Rotorua Sightseeing - Rural Homestay

Day 7

Rotorua - Wellington

Day 8

Wellington - Blenheim

Day 9

Blenheim - Christchurch

Day 10

Christchurch - Twizel

Day 11

Twizel - Dunedin

Day 12

Dunedin Sightseeing - Te Anau

Day 13

Te Anau - Queenstown (2 Nights)

Day 14

Queenstown Sightseeing

Day 15

Queenstown - Franz Josef

Day 16

Franz Josef - Punakaiki

Day 17

Punakaiki - Christchurch

Day 18

Depart Christchurch

Day 1

Arrive Auckland Day 1 - Arrive Auckland

Welcome to Auckland! On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4pm). You're free to explore Auckland before an evening Welcome Reception with your Travel Director.

Hotel

The Langham

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

The Langham

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Auckland - Bay of Islands (2 Nights) Day 2 - Auckland - Bay of Islands (2 Nights)

Journey through Orewa and along the scenic Hibiscus Coast. Enjoy a stop at Parry Kauri Park then it's on to Whangarei, the northern-most city in New Zealand. Your final destination is the Bay of Islands. Experience natural wonders and spectacular scenery as you cruise to Cape Brett and through the 'Hole in the Rock'.

Hotel

Copthorne Resort (Water View)

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Hotel

Copthorne Resort (Water View)

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Day 2

Day 3

Bay of Islands Sightseeing Day 3 - Bay of Islands Sightseeing

Today your choice of sightseeing: discover local wineries in Kerikeri; take a guided walk through historic Russell; sail aboard a tall ship at sunset; go dolphin-watching on the bay or enjoy a scenic dinner cruise on the Waitangi River.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 3

Day 4

Bay of Islands - Auckland Day 4 - Bay of Islands - Auckland

Relax this morning before you return to Auckland. This evening join your Travel Director for a Regional Meal at 'Eight' at The Langham. Your personal degustation is prepared for you from the freshest, quality ingredients, including mouth-watering seafood and delicious desserts.

Hotel

The Langham

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Hotel

The Langham

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Day 4

Day 5

Auckland - Rotorua (2 Nights) Day 5 - Auckland - Rotorua (2 Nights)

After a sightseeing tour of Auckland, head south to visit the amazing Glow Worm Grotto. A Local Specialist will lead you through the grotto by boat and you'll walk in the limestone caves. Continue to Rotorua. Tonight experience a Maori Hangi feast Regional Meal and concert at the Tamaki Family Marae.

Hotel

Millennium

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Hotel

Millennium

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Day 5

Day 6

Rotorua Sightseeing - Rural Homestay Day 6 - Rotorua Sightseeing - Rural Homestay

Today your choice of sightseeing: join the Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs Nature Park; discover Maori culture at Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute; see the Agrodome Farm Show; relax in the seclusion of your own hot mineral pool; unwind with a facial treatment in the Lake Spa Retreat at the Polynesian Spa; ride the amphibious Rotorua Duck or the luge at Rotorua Skyline.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 6

Day 7

Rotorua - Wellington Day 7 - Rotorua - Wellington

View Huka Falls and drive along the shores of Lake Taupo. Discover the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park and the dairy farms of Manawatu. Visit Shenandoah for a Be My Guest afternoon tea. The historic villa's owners, Simon and Claudia, will show you around their property, which includes a unique private collection of Harley Davidson motor cycles. Take a short tour to see the local wildlife then continue to Wellington.

Hotel

James Cook Grand Chancellor

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining
  • Dinner with wine

Hotel

James Cook Grand Chancellor

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining
  • Dinner with wine

Day 7

Day 8

Wellington - Blenheim Day 8 - Wellington - Blenheim

Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, for a Cultural Insight into Maori life. Later, cruise the Cook Strait into tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound. The seaside village of Picton is next, then Blenheim. This evening enjoy a 5 course Regional Meal prepared with local produce, paired with wine from the famous Marlborough region.

Hotel

Scenic Marlborough

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Hotel

Scenic Marlborough

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Day 8

Day 9

Blenheim - Christchurch Day 9 - Blenheim - Christchurch

En route to the whale-watching haven of Kaikoura, you'll see New Zealand fur seals up close at Ohau Point. Travel over the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

Hotel

Novotel

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

Novotel

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 9

Day 10

Christchurch - Twizel Day 10 - Christchurch - Twizel

Join us for a taste of country life at a Be My Guest barbecue lunch on Morelea Farm, a typical working sheep farm. You'll be welcomed into the home of your hosts Angie and Stan Taylor and their 600 acre garden. Hear their stories and sample delicious food prepared just for you. Later see Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and soak up the alpine scenery of Mount Cook National Park.

Hotel

MacKenzie Country Inn

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining
  • Dinner with wine

Hotel

MacKenzie Country Inn

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining
  • Dinner with wine

Day 10

Day 11

Twizel - Dunedin Day 11 - Twizel - Dunedin

Drive along the Waitaki River and view the Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam, then through Oamaru to Dunedin for a tour of the city.

Hotel

Scenic Southern Cross

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Hotel

Scenic Southern Cross

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Day 11

Day 12

Dunedin Sightseeing - Te Anau Day 12 - Dunedin Sightseeing - Te Anau

Today your choice of sightseeing: tour Larnach Castle; ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway; take the Monarch Wildlife Cruise; tour Cadbury World or Speight's Brewery. Later, travel across farming land to the South Island's largest lake and the town of Te Anau.

Hotel

Distinction

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Hotel

Distinction

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Day 12

Day 13

Te Anau - Queenstown (2 Nights) Day 13 - Te Anau - Queenstown (2 Nights)

You'll be awe-struck by the magnificence of the World Heritage Fiordland National Park. Your cruise on mystical Milford Sound will take you past Bowen Falls and Mitre Peak. Afterwards, travel over the Devil's Staircase, along the shores of Lake Wakatipu on your way to Queenstown.

Hotel

Millennium

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

Millennium

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 13

Day 14

Queenstown Sightseeing Day 14 - Queenstown Sightseeing

Today your choice of sightseeing: ride the Shotover Jet boat, join a wine tour, play 9 holes of golf; ride gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner or take a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand's oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Regional Meal at the Colonel's Homestead. Enjoy an entertaining sheep show between courses and later return to Queenstown to sample the festive nightlife.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Day 14

Day 15

Queenstown - Franz Josef Day 15 - Queenstown - Franz Josef

Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown. Enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell then see a trio of lakes, Dunstan, Hawea and Wanaka. Travel over the Haast Pass and on to Franz Josef Glacier.

Hotel

Scenic Franz Josef Glacier

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Hotel

Scenic Franz Josef Glacier

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Day 15

Day 16

Franz Josef - Punakaiki Day 16 - Franz Josef - Punakaiki

There's time to explore Franz Josef Glacier. Later, take a walk among rainforest giants on the West Coast Treetop Walkway. Depart for Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration with a Local Specialist. Later, travel to Punakaiki for a night in your eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront.

Hotel

Punakaiki Resort Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Hotel

Punakaiki Resort Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Day 16

Day 17

Punakaiki - Christchurch Day 17 - Punakaiki - Christchurch

Board the TranzAlpine train and travel through the Southern Alps to Christchurch. Celebrate your trip with a Farewell Dinner.

Hotel

Novotel

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Hotel

Novotel

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 17

Day 18

Depart Christchurch Day 18 - Depart Christchurch

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 18

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The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation
    on the Tasman Sea coast.

  • Be My Guest
    with your hosts Simon and Claudia on their historic property Shenandoah and at Morelea Farm.

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, and learn about traditions of the Maori.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Local Specialists
    with a jade (greenstone) carver and an expert guide in the Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto.

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Auckland, Wellington, Blenheim, Dunedin.

    • Cruise in Bay of Islands, on the Cook Strait, on Lake Wakatipu and Milford Sound.

    • View the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train.

    • Visit Parry Kauri Park, the Bay of Islands, Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Franz Josef Glacier.


What's Included

Dining

    • 17 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 12 dinners.

    • 1 Be My Guest lunch.

    • 1 Be My Guest afternoon tea.


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most regions or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage, local tips and charges

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays

    • All hotel charges and local taxes

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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    Service rating : NZ a beautiful country. AAT Kings service provision did not meet our expectations of a typical Trafalgar tour.Product : What we signed up for was good but the day to day itinerary from AAT Kings differ, in terms of what are included & what are not; at times, confusing,

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    Service rating : Excellent guide and driver. We saw so many amazing sights. Lodging, meals, and pacing were all good.Product : Both my wife and I feel that we got the best of New Zealand. We were happy with nearly every aspect of the trip and have no regrets with our experience.

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    Service rating : Everything went according to plan with no issue. Accommodation was 5 starProduct : Well thought out and included many options

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    Service rating : Our coach driver Nathan and tour director Mel were excellent. Their personal commentary was excellent and you got an overlook of growing up in New Zealand.Product : The farmstay was great you got a look into the daily lives of the people who live there, which was excellent.

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    Service rating : It was a very large group. I prefer smaller groups. They were all compatible but I like smaller. I will ask about size next time.Product : Enjoyed all. We had excellent tour director and bus driver. That does make a big difference. A few more late starts would be appreciated but

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