Beginning in the North Island, wind your way south taking in New Zealand’s premier attractions along the way. See the geothermal wonders of Rotorua, cruise Cook Strait and Milford Sound and absorb the majesty of Franz Josef Glacier.

Package Includes

  • Arrival and departure transfers in New Zealand
  • Dedicated Tour Director and professional Driver
  • The additional services of expert local guides in select locations
  • Travel aboard a spacious, luxurious coach
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • 13 full breakfasts, 7 feature dinners, 3 dinners 
  • Sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as outlined
  • Islands in the Sun Assist - 24 hour emergency travel assistance


  • Immerse yourself in Maori culture at a traditional 'Hangi' feast in Rotorua
  • ​Cruise to the South Island aboard the Interislander ferry
  • Ride across the Southern Alps on the famous Tranz Alpine train
  • Marvel at the impressive icy contours of Franz Josef Glacier
  • Cruise the full length of Milford Sound
  • Enjoy a Taste of Fiordland Dinner
  • Discover Australasia’s highest peak at Mt Cook National Park

Departure Dates:

MAR: 2, 11, 25
APR: 8, 25
MAY: 15
JUL: 11
AUG: 8
SEP: 5, 12, 26
OCT: 10, 17, 24, 31
NOV: 7, 11, 21, 28
DEC: 5, 12, 19

JAN: 9, 13, 18, 23, 27, 29
FEB: 3, 8, 13, 20, 24
MAR: 1, 6, 10, 13, 24, 31
APR: 10, 17, 24
MAY: 15
JUL: 10
AUG: 7
SEP: 4, 11, 18, 25
OCT: 2

Trip Notes:

Land content only. International/domestic flights not included in tour price.

Itinerary effective 10 October 2017 - 02 October 2018. Tours departing outside these dates follow a different itinerary - please enquire for details.

Ask us about pre and post accommodation. Flexible dining option - book breakfast daily and feature meals only and save. Enquire at time of booking. Te Waonui Forest Retreat is subject to seasonality. All dates for this itinerary are guaranteed departures.

Package Details

New Zealand:
14 Days
Travel Dates
1/1/2017 - 8/7/2018 Other travel dates may apply, please call for details.
Book by
2017: Apr 8, 25 - $5195* 2017: May 15 - $4695* 2017: Jul 11 - $4695* 2017: Aug 8 - $4695* 2017: Sep 5, 12, 26 - $4945* 2017: Oct 10, 17, 24, 31 - $5495* 2017: Nov 7, 11, 21, 28 - $5495* 2017: Dec 5, 12, 19 - $5495* 2018: Jan 9, 13, 18, 23, 27, 29 - $5495* 2018: Feb 3, 8, 13, 20, 24 - $5495* 2018: Mar 1, 6, 10, 13, 24, 31 - $5495* 2018: Apr 10, 17, 24 - $5295* 2018: May 15 - $4995* 2018: Jul 10 - $4995* 2018: Aug 7 - $4995* 2018: Sep 4, 11, 18, 25 - $5295* 2018: Oct 2 - $5495*

Itinerary effective 10 October 2017 - 02 October 2018. Tours departing outside these dates follow a different itinerary - please enquire for details.

Ask us about pre and post accommodation. Flexible dining option - book breakfast daily and feature meals only and save. Enquire at time of booking. Te Waonui Forest Retreat is subject to seasonality. All dates for this itinerary are guaranteed departures.


Day 1. Arrive Auckland

Transfer to your hotel and then set out on your selected activity. This evening, enjoy a special Welcome Dinner.  FD
Stay: Rendezvous Grand Hotel Auckland.

Day 2. Auckland, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua

Heading out of Auckland you’ll make a stop at Waitomo, home to the famous glowworm caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an eerie glow. Discover this natural wonder on a guided boat ride through a grotto lit by these magical creatures, before continuing to Rotorua. B FD
Two Nights: Holiday Inn, Rotorua.  

Signature Experience This evening, immerse yourself in Maori culture as you enjoy a traditional Hangi Feast and a lively performance of song and dance.

Day 3. Rotorua

Enjoy the opportunity to choose your activity. B

Freedom of Choice - Sightseeing: Perhaps experience the icons of Rotorua at the Agrodome Farm Show, then make your way to Rainbow Springs Nature Park to see a working kiwi nursery and visit the Te Puia Thermal Reserve. Alternatively, join a Hobbiton Movie Set tour for an insight into the making of the Lord of the Rings trilogy; take a drive to visit New Zealand’s largest boiling mud pool and hot springs; tour the Rotorua Museum; or explore Redwood Treewalk with a Maori guide.

Day 4. Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington

Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway through the glorious landscapes of the North Island. Gaze out over Huka Falls and the tranquil setting of Lake Taupo, then cross the volcanic plateau of Tongariro National Park on your way to Wellington. B, FD
Two Nights: Wellington, Amora Hotel. 

Freedom of Choice - Dining: In Wellington, choose where to dine on a Freedom of Choice Dining evening.

Day 5. Wellington

Set off on a tour taking you to the city’s best-loved landmarks and sights, including New Zealand’s national museum - Te Papa Tongarewa. Afterwards, ride Wellington’s iconic Cable Car, gaining a fresh perspective as you gaze out across this spectacular coastal city. The afternoon and evening have been left free for you to enjoy discovering Wellington at your own pace. B

Day 6. Wellington, Kaikoura, Christchurch

Now on the South Island, rejoin your coach and travel via the stunning landscapes of Marlborough and Kaikoura to Christchurch. B D
Stay: Christchurch, The Commodore.  

Signature Experience: Step aboard the Interislander ferry to cruise across Cook Strait and on to Picton at the tip of the South Island.

Day 7. Christchurch, TranzAlpine Train, Franz Josef Glacier

From Arthur’s Pass, travel by coach to Hokitika. Here, you will see pounamu (jade) being skillfully carved into pieces of jewellery. Arrive later at your luxury eco-resort near Franz Josef Glacier and enjoy a four-course degustation dinner. B FD 
Stay: Franz Josef Glacier, Te Waonui Forest Retreat. 

Signature Experience: Board the TranzAlpine train for one of the world’s greatest rail adventures. Journey through the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains and across the Southern Alps.
Signature Experience Along the west coast, take in the dramatic terrain and icy surrounds of the Franz Josef Glacier.

Day 8. Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown

Enjoy a day of truly breathtaking scenery as you travel along the Haast River on your way to Queenstown. B FD  
Two Nights: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside 

Freedom of Choice - Dining: On a Freedom of Choice Dining evening in Queenstown, you can choose from four restaurants in which to enjoy dinner.

Day 9. Queenstown 

Personalise your experience today with our range of activities. B

Freedom of Choice - Sightseeing: Visit sites where Lord of the Rings was filmed; enjoy a ride on the Shotover Jet Boat; take a Skippers Canyon adventure; join a river safari; set out on a winery tour; choose a 4WD experience; or join a bird walk. The choice is yours today.

Day 10. Milford Sound, Te Anau

Journey along Milford Road, and then cruise the full length of Milford Sound. Later, travel to the lakeside town of Te Anau.  B FD
Stay: Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas.

Signature Experience Sample the flavours of the South Island during a Taste of Fiordland Dinner.

Day 11. Te Anau, Dunedin

Travel to Dunedin on the island’s east coast and this afternoon, choose your activity. B D
Stay: Dunedin, Scenic Hotel Southern Cross 

Freedom of Choice - Sightseeing: Tour Larnach Castle and visit Olveston House, or head to Dunedin’s beautiful railway station and board the Taieri Gorge Railway. Alternatively, tour Speight’s Brewery, visit an albatross colony, see penguins or take an off-road tour of the Otago Peninsula.

Day 12. Dunedin, Mt Cook

See the spectacular Moeraki Boulders today then travel to Mt Cook National Park. B D
Stay: Mt Cook, The Hermitage Hotel  

Signature Experience: View Australasia’s highest mountain, Aoraki (Mt Cook), and the alpine scenery in World Heritage-listed Mt Cook National Park.

Freedom of Choice - Sightseeing: Perhaps visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, including a visit to the planetarium and a stargazing session with an astronomer. You may like to join a guided nature walk. Or, during summer, board a MAC boat on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake.

Day 13. Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo, Christchurch

Travel to Lake Tekapo to visit the Church of the Good Shepherd, erected as tribute to the early pioneers of the region. Head to Christchurch for a Farewell Dinner tonight. B FD
Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch 

 Day 14. Depart Christchurch

Transfer to Christchurch airport for your onward flight. B

Itinerary effective 10 Oct. 2017 – 02 Oct. 2018. Tours departing outside these dates follow a different itinerary – please enquire for details.

*Terms & Conditions: Valid for travel selected Premier Vacations and Value Plus Vacations departing between 1 January 2017 and 7 August 2018. Discounts apply only to main tour land component, not to any flights or pre and post hotel bookings. Subject to availability, this offer may be withdrawn at any time. All tour prices listed are land only, 'from' per person, double occupancy, based on low season travel. Flights are not included. Seasonal surcharges and additional surcharges apply over weekends, special events and holiday periods. Not combinable with any other offer or discounted vacation package. Prices may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received. All prices are in US dollars and correct at time of posting (27 December 2016). All prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change. Please call for our current prices. Tour Code: NCA14.CST#2001136-50.

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