Contrasts of New Zealand

10 Days 1 Country 6 Cities

Experience Auckland, the City of Sails and tour the amazing Glow Worm Grotto in this Country Explorer trip.

"Saw everything we wanted and more!"


About this trip

After Auckland's harbour, geothermal wonders and Maori culture, it's on to South Island for the TranzAlpine train, Franz Josef Glacier and a chance to cruise Milford Sound.  

You'll enjoy Insider moments like...  savouring Maori dishes at the Tamaki Family Marae, as you help raise the traditional hangi basket from the earth oven amid mouth-watering smells. And tasting succulent fruit at Mrs Jones' famous orchard.

Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: IZANB

9 Nights


16 Meals
  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 2 lunches including 1 Be My Guest.

  • 5 dinners including 1 Be My Guest.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

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Your Itinerary

1. Arrive Auckland (2 Nights)

Welcome to Auckland! On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4pm). The afternoon is free for you to explore the city. You could visit the Sky Tower for amazing views of the city. Perhaps visit the Auckland Museum or go shopping in stylish Parnell. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and dinner at 'Eight' at The Langham. Your personal degustation is prepared for you from the freshest, quality ingredients, including mouth-watering seafood and delicious desserts.

Welcome Reception
The Langham

2. Auckland Sightseeing

Start the day with a sightseeing tour. You'll see Bastion Point, the War Memorial, Viaduct Harbour, the Auckland Harbour Bridge and more. Later, board your cruise on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour. Sit back and relax, the time is yours, it's the best way to see Auckland, the City of Sails!

Buffet Breakfast

3. Auckland - Rotorua

Trace the Waikato River to the Waitomo Caves. Tour the amazing Glow Worm Grotto by boat with a Local Specialist and walk through the limestone caves. From here your journey continues to Rotorua, where you'll visit Te Puia (New Zealand's Maori culture and geothermal experience). A Maori Local Specialist will escort you through the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve with its mud pools and geysers. This evening enter the traditional world of the Maori. Enjoy a Hangi Be My Guest dinner accompanied by local wine, and a powerful and entertaining cultural performance, at the Tamaki Family Marae.

Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining

4. Rotorua - Christchurch

Your morning sightseeing tour includes a visit to Rainbow Springs Nature Park, where with a Local Specialist you will discover native bush, ferns and trees that grow around the crystal clear mineral water springs. You may even spot a kiwi, New Zealand's national icon! Then visit the Agrodome Sheep Show, the multi-award-winning stage show, for a Cultural Insight into agriculture in New Zealand. You'll see the art of sheep shearing, sheepdog demonstrations, cow milking, bottle-feeding of lambs and an exciting sheep auction. In the afternoon you'll fly to Christchurch.

Buffet Breakfast

5. Christchurch - Franz Josef

Start the day with a spectacular train journey on the TranzAlpine from Christchurch through the Southern Alps to Arthur's Pass. At the small town of Hokitika visit a New Zealand greenstone (jade) factory for a jewellery demonstration with a Local Specialist. Next you'll arrive at Franz Josef Glacier, the world's most accessible glacier. You'll have the opportunity to see it from the air on an optional scenic flight (weather permitting).

Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine
Te Waonui Forest Retreat

6. Franz Josef - Queenstown (3 Nights)

Get your camera ready today as you'll experience some spectacular sights. Drive over the Haast Pass, past Thunder Creek Falls, Lakes Wanaka, Hawea and Dunstan. Enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell, the stone fruit capital. Next you'll visit historic gold mining Arrowtown before arriving in Queenstown, where an orientation tour completes your day. This evening join your Travel Director for dinner at The Boatshed. Set in the restored historic New Zealand Railways Shipping Office and relocated to its lakefront setting in 1936, The Boatshed with its spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range, is the perfect venue for your exclusive Regional Meal with wine.

Buffet Breakfast
Regional Meal

7. Milford Sound Cruise

Journey over the Devil's Staircase and along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau and its lake, the largest in the South Island. Travel through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges. Drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to the numerous photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lake, Pop's Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls before reaching mystical Milford Sound. Enjoy lunch while you cruise on this wonder of nature. Return to Queenstown this evening.

Buffet Breakfast

8. Queenstown Free Time

Today you may like to consider taking one of our optional experiences. You could ride the Shotover Jet boat, join a wine tour, play a round of golf, take a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon, relax with a spa treatment at Millbrook Resort or just explore Queenstown on your own. This evening perhaps ride a gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner.

Buffet Breakfast

9. Queenstown - Christchurch

You'll be awestruck by the sensational alpine landscape of Mt. Cook National Park. You may wish to take an optional scenic flight over Mt. Cook (weather permitting). Later, see Lake Pukaki, and at Tekapo you'll stop to view the charming Church of the Good shepherd. You are welcomed into the home of Angie and Stan Taylor to enjoy a Be My Guest lunch in their 600 acre garden and gain an insight into the day to day operation of farm life. Then travel over the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch, where you'll join your Travel Director and new-found friends this evening for a Farewell Dinner.

Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining
Farewell Dinner

10. Depart Christchurch

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

Buffet Breakfast

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    Rainbow Springs Nature Park and Kiwi Encounter - Rotorua You’ll explore the park, learn about the kiwi breeding programme and see new hatchling, Sam. You’ll also discover how your trip supports their vital work.’ Te Puia - Rotorua You’ll discover Maori culture and traditions at the Arts and Crafts Institute, and learn how your visit helps fund the education of young Maori people.’

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    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Be My Guest
    at the Tamaki Family Maori Marae and a 600 acre working sheep farm.

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit the Agrodome and witness sheep shearing, auctions and farm dog demonstrations.

  • Local Specialists
    at the Glow Worm Grotto in Waitomo Caves, a geothermal valley and a nature park in Rotorua.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Auckland.

    • Visit a geothermal valley and Franz Josef Glacier.

    • Cruise on Milford Sound.

    • View native flora and fauna, jade carving in Hoktika and Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train.

    • See Mt. Cook, waterfalls, lakes and rivers.

What's Included


    • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 2 lunches including 1 Be My Guest.

    • 5 dinners including 1 Be My Guest.

What's Included

Travel Highlights

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

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • 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

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Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 16 Reviews

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    Service rating : The variety of cultural experiences, professionalism of tour guide and quality of accommodations.Product : Loved all of the sights and cultural experiences. Would consider longer stay in Franz Josef.

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    Service rating : Very well organized. Excellent service. Responsive. Marty (tour leader) was great--had people skills plus organizational skills).Product : Excellent tour. Suggested improvements:1. A bit less drving/sitting and a bit more walking. 2. Better disclosure of very dangerous drive to

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    Service rating : Outstanding. Our tour guide MartyProduct : Our tour director Marty Paranihi made sure that everyone in our tour (all 48 of us) were very well cared for. We think it is a challenge to keep everyone happy and healthy and he did it. We especially liked how he pays attention to

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    Service rating : XexcwllentProduct : Too much coach timewould skip Christchurch and cover WellingtonChristchurch did not feel safe

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    Service rating : The New Zealand trip was our third trip with Trafalgar Travel. We have been quite pleased with the service offered by Trafalgar personnel in most occasions.During our second trip with Trafalgar to East Europe in October 2014, we were pleasantly surprised to receive small gifts as

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    Departures between 1 Oct 2016-31 Mar 2017 are subject to price, itinerary and hotel modification.This trip is operated in conjunction with our sister company and South Pacific Specialists - AAT Kings.*Air: Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. Land Only price requires the following intra-trip flight to be purchased separately in order to fulfil the trip itinerary: Day 4 from Rotorua to Christchurch - NZ5379. Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.Rainbow Springs Nature Park and Kiwi Encounter - Rotorua You'll explore the park, learn about the kiwi breeding programme and see new hatchling, Sam. You'll also discover how your trip supports their vital work.  Te Puia - Rotorua You'll discover Maori culture and traditions at the Arts and Crafts Institute, and learn how your visit helps fund the education of young Maori people. 
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