Escorted tours to New Zealand 2018 - Photo
Tours to New Zealand from Australia for Seniors - Photo
Escorted tours to New Zealand 2018 - Photo
Holidays to NZ in 2018 - Photo


DAY 1 – Arrive Auckland

Arrive into Auckland to meet your experienced local Coach Captain. Overnight Stay: Grand Millennium Hotel, Auckland. (D)

DAY 2 – Auckland City Sights, Bay of Islands

Today enjoy an Auckland city sights tour before travelling to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree. Then continue through Whangarei to the Bay of Islands to enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. 2 Night Stay: 4-star Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands. (B,L,D)

DAY 3 – Bay of Islands

Enjoy stunning views of the beautiful Bay of Islands on a full day cruise. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins, and take in famous Hole in the Rock. (B,L,D)

DAY 4 – Kauri Museum, Auckland

Farewelling the Bay of Islands we drive south via Dargaville to Matakohe visiting the Kauri Museum. From here we continue to Auckland’s north shore for some free time. Overnight Stay: The Spencer on Byron Hotel, Takapuna Beach, Auckland (B,L,D)

DAY 5 – Hobbiton, Rotorua

Departing Auckland we make our way to Hobbiton where we take a fascinating tour of the movie set from the Lord of the Rings film. We continue onto Longlands Farm & Restaurant, for a delicious home cooked lunch hosted by a rural New Zealand family. 2 Night Stay: Sudima Hotel, Rotorua. (B,L,D)

DAY 6 – Rotorua

Take a gondola ride and a luge ride if you dare at Skyline Rotorua! Next stop is the Agrodome for an action packed hour of farming entertainment and education. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before travelling to Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and Geysers that Rotorua is famous for. This evening experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert. (B,L,D)

DAY 7 – Huka Falls, Lake Taupo, Wellington

Travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to the spectacular Huka Falls, arriving at Lake Taupo for some free time. Later, we travel via the Tongariro National Park and Kapiti Coast to Wellington. 2 Night Stay: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, Wellington (B,L,D)

DAY 8 – Wellington

Explore Wellington on a guided tour, taking time at Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum, with exhibits that embrace both Maori and European culture. Free time at leisure this afternoon. (B,L,D)

DAY 9 – Interislander Ferry, Blenheim

Board the Interislander Ferry, cross Cook Strait and enjoy the stunning scenery of the Marlborough Sounds en-route to Picton. After lunch travel south to Blenheim for a visit to Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre showcasing a collection of aircraft from WWI to WWII. 1 Night Stay: Scenic Hotel Marlborough or Chateau Marlborough (B,L,D)

DAY 10 – Christchurch

Travel through the alpine village of St Arnaud and the scenic Lewis Pass to arrive in Christchurch for an informative city tour. 1 Night Stay: Quality Hotel Elms, Christchurch (B,L,D)

DAY 11 – TranzAlpine Rail Journey, Hokitika, Franz Josef

Board the TranzAlpine, one of the great train journeys of the world. Travel over massive viaducts, river valleys and spectacular gorges and ascend to Arthur’s Pass in the Southern Alps. Travel via coach to Hokitika, before arriving at Franz Josef where time is available for a scenic flight over the spectacular glaciers (Flight is optional, at own expense, weather permitting and not guaranteed). 1 Night Stay: Scenic Hotel, Franz Josef Glacier (B,L,D)

DAY 12 – Haast Pass, Queenstown

See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps whilst travelling via the Haast Pass then on to picturesque Queenstown, situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu. 2 Night Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Lakefront, Queenstown (B,L,D)

DAY 13 – Free Day in Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu evening cruise

Today is a free day to explore Queenstown with many options on offer. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Sit back, relax and enjoy a gourmet barbecue dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. After dinner take a farm tour then reboard the TSS Earnslaw for a sing along by the piano on your return cruise. (B,D)

DAY 14 – Arrowotwn, Milford Sound Cruise

This morning travel to Arrowtown and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via Te Anau to Milford Sound and board the Milford Mariner for an overnight cruise. There is plenty of time to view the fiord’s spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife – encounter seals and maybe dolphins and penguins. 1 Night Stay: Milford Mariner Cruise (B,L,D)

DAY 15 – Lake Te Anau

Start the day heading back out to the Tasman Sea (weather permitting) to explore more of the fiord. This afternoon take a cruise across Lake Te Anau to visit the Glow Worm Caves and admire the incredible limestone caverns, waterfalls and mystery of the Glow Worm Grotto.and mystery of the glow worm grotto. 1 Night Stay: Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau (B,L,D)

DAY 16 – Gore, Balclutha, Dunedin

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Wingatui to board the Taieri Gorge train. Enjoy the journey by rail through spectacular scenery to arrive in Dunedin. 2 Night Stay: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin (B,L,D)

DAY 17 – Dunedin & Surrounds

This morning travel along the beautiful Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle for a guided tour. This afternoon join a wildlife cruise & travel to the spectacular Taiaroa Head for a chance to sight albatross, New Zealand fur seals and other marine mammals as well as up to 20 species of ocean birds. Tonight is Scottish evening with bagpipes, great food and a traditional Haggis ceremony. (B,L,D)

DAY 18 – Dunedin, Oamaru, Christchurch

This morning visit Dunedin’s Olveston House, a prestigious historic home, before travelling to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner. 1 Night Stay: Sudima Hotel, Christchurch Airport. (B,L,D)

DAY 19 – Flights home

It’s time to say goodbye to New Zealand and transfer to the airport for homebound flights. (B)

B = Full Breakfast; MT = M/Tea; L = Lunch; AT = A/Tea; D = Two Course Dinner

dates & pricing

Twin Share Sole Use Departs 2018
$6999pp $8999pp 12 Feb
  • Non-refundable deposit required to secure booking $1500pp
  • Airline taxes which are subject to change and may incur additional fee.
  • Price is based on the exchange rates at time of publication and may be adjusted if rate fluctuations affect the price to be paid for services.
  • Passports must be valid for 6 months from date of return to Australia.
  • N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for coach and air component.
  • Due to international terms & conditions, balance of payment for this tour will be required 100 days prior to departure and at this time 100% cancellation fees apply.
  • Travel Insurance is compulsory and it is recommended that it be purchased at time of paying deposit.
  • Passengers will require a clearance letter from their local GP.
  • Departure fees/taxes may apply and are not included.
  • FITNESS LEVEL – A RATING OF 3 (ACTIVE/MODERATE) Passengers must be able to:-
    • Participate in walking tours without having to stop or sit down to rest for up to 20 minutes
    • Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs, without stopping
    • Stand for 30 minutes, without needing to sit down
    • Walk over uneven ground, tackle cobbled creek crossings & walk through soft sand
    • Getting on and off transportation multiple times unaided
    • Manage your own luggage

Highlights & inclusions

  • Air New Zealand Airlines economy class flights ex Brisbane or Melbourne to Auckland and from Christchurch (ex Sydney on application)
  • Hosted from Brisbane with an experienced host/ess
  • Australia and New Zealand departure tax
  • 1 night Auckland, city sight’s tour
  • 2 nights Bay of Islands & Cruise
  • Kauri Museum
  • 1 night Auckland’s North Shore
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour, 2 nights Rotorua
  • Gondola & Luge Ride, Agrodome
  • Traditional Maori Hangi & Concert
  • Huka Falls, Lake Taupo, Tongariro National Park.
  • 2 nights Wellington with guided city tour
  • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry across the Cook Strait
  • Marlborough Sounds, Picton
  • 1 night Blenheim
  • 2 nights Christchurch
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Hokitika, 1 night Franz Josef, Haast Pass
  • 2 nights Queenstown, Cruise on the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak Station
  • Arrowtown, Lakes District Museum
  • Milford Sound Cruise, 1 night aboard the Milford Mariner in ensuite cabins
  • 1 night Te Anau, Cruise Lake Te Anau
  • Glow Worm Caves
  • Taieri Gorge rail journey
  • 2 nights Dunedin, Scottish dinner including a Haggis Ceremony
  • Guided tour of Larnach Castle
  • Wildlife Cruise to Taiaroa Head
  • Olveston House
  • Hotel porterage
  • 52 Meals

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