New Zealand

The North and South Islands of New Zealand are full of natural wonders and rich cultural heritage.

The dramatic volcanic and geothermal landscape contrasting with shining golden sands and secluded bays offer visitors to the North Island great opportunities for trekking, cycling, wildlife watching and surfing. Don’t miss the art deco architecture in Napier, fantastic restaurants and harbour setting of Auckland, the parliament and interactive Te Papa museum in the nation’s capital Wellington and the superb wines in Hawke’s Bay.  For adrenaline seekers try zorbing in Waitomo, have a go at black-water rafting or climb Auckland’s Bridge.

The South Island is dominated by the Southern Alps, beautiful lakes and fjords.  Visit the Abel Tasman National Park, relax aboard the TranzAlpine train, wander historic Christchurch whilst Queenstown has something for everyone.  Wildlife lovers will enjoy the Blue Penguin Colony at Oamaru and go in search of whales and dolphins from Kaikoura. Gain a rare insight into glaciers by flying over Fox Glacier or Franz Josef Glacier before hiking one of these stunning icy environments.

How you wish to experience New Zealand is up to you; choose from self drive tours with a pre-planned route, rail journeys, escorted tours, travel by motor home or cruise around the coastline of Australia and New Zealand. Detailed below are some examples of tours available which may be booked or we can tailor the trips to meet your requirements.

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Classic New Zealand Panorama Tour

Experience the best both islands have to offer with this escorted tour whilst ensuring you have plenty of free time to explore at your own pace. From Auckland drive to the Bay of Islands and enjoy a cruise to the Cap Brett Lighthouse and sail though the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’.  Travel to Rotorua, the epicentre of Maori heritage and dine on traditional Maori food. Continue to Hawke’s Bay and Napier before heading for a city tour of Wellington. Cross the Cook Strait to the South Island. Spend time in Christchurch, visit Mt Cook National Park. Travel through the Waitaki Valley en route to Omarama and Dunedin, visit New Zealand’s only castle Larnach Castle. Enjoy a stunning Milford Sound cruise and witness the spectacular Bowen and Stirling Falls. Head to the glacier region before returning to Christchurch for your onward flight.

17 nights guide price from £4299pp


New Zealand’s Wildlife Self Drive

Suggested itinerary: arrive in Auckland and fly to Bay of Islands and pick up your hire car.  Join a Dolphin Eco- Encounter cruise. Drive to Auckland and enjoy the vibrant waterfront.  Visit the Tiritiri Matangi wildlife and bird sanctuary.  Head to the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula, take a trip with a nature guide looking for native birdlife.  Make your way to the thermal centre of Rotorua, visit Rainbow Springs in the evening and hopefully see Kiwi.  Spend time in Wellington before journeying across the Cook Strait and through the picturesque Marlborough Sounds looking for dolphins and seals.  Join a Whale Watch trip departing from Kaikoura, hopefully encountering sperm whales, dolphins, albatross and seals.  Enjoy historic Christchurch, visit the Antarctic Centre.  Drive down to Dunedin and join a wildlife cruise; visit the rare yellow eyed penguin colony.  Take a short flight from Invercargill to Stewart Island and learn about the resident flora and fauna.  Finish your trip with a scenic journey to Milford Sound before heading to Queenstown for your onward flight.

23 days from £5065pp including international flights from the UK.



Ultimate Rail, Coach & Cruise

Premium small group tour travelling by luxury air-conditioned coach with 20 seats.  Highlights include: Doubtful Sound overnight cruise, cruise Lake Te Anau and visit the Glow Worm Caves, enjoy the thermal mud pools and geysers that Rotorua is famous for, board the TranzAlpine renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world pass through spectacular gorges, visit Fox Glacier and experience the optional scenic flight, visit Larnach Castle and enjoy High Tea.

19 days from £3045pp – exclusive of international flights



Sydney to New Zealand Cruise

Sail aboard Celebrity Cruise’s Celebrity Solstice from Sydney to New Zealand (or in reverse). Ports of call include Sydney, Melbourne, Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, Dusky Sound, Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Tauranga, Bay of Islands and Auckland.

12 nights from £1125pp for an inside cabin – exclusive of international flights, transfers, shore excursions, gratuities.


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