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15 Day South Island Spectacular

  15 days/14 night Journey from Queenstown to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 4 star

Interests: Adventure, Wildlife & nature, National parks, Scenic flights, Scenic cruises

Starting and finishing in the alpine resort of Queenstown, this 15 day tour explores the best of the South Island, going as far north as the remarkable Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki.

New Zealand Odyssey

  23 days/22 night Journey from Auckland to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 3 star

Interests: Walking & hiking, Maori culture, Wildlife & nature, National parks, Classic driving tours, Thermal parks and attractions

The New Zealand Odyssey visits all of New Zealand's must see's and some of the best off-the-beaten-track goodies. This is great for people who want to see and experience as much of NZ as they can.

Fiords, Glaciers and Mountains self drive tour

  10 days/9 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Family touring, Classic driving tours, National parks, Wildlife & nature

This 10 day tour takes you to the icons of the South Island, with extra nights in Christchurch, Fiordland and Queenstown you'll have time to discover the charms of each destination. You begin with a journey past the mountains of the Southern Alps and turquoise waters of alpine lakes before arriving into Mt. Cook National Park.  Next you venture further south to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park.  Here you’ll explore the pristine wilderness on a Milford Sound nature cruise.  In Queenstown, the Adventure Capital, there’s time to enjoy the scenery and endless activities on offer before returning to Christchurch via the magnificent West Coast Glaciers.

Pancakes Glaciers and Mountains

  9 days/8 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 4 star

Interests: Adventure, Wildlife & nature, National parks, Walking & hiking

Ideal for those wanting to get off the beaten track away from the tourist centres. Spectacular scenery in some of the South Islands most picturesque spots! Well, to be honest we could say that about pretty much every tour, the place is that good! Punakaiki to the glaciers, beautiful Wanaka and majestic Aoraki Mt Cook. Stunning New Zealand at its best!

South Island National Parks Tour

  18 days/17 night Journey from Christchurch to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Adventure, Wildlife & nature, National parks, Family touring, Walking & hiking

Explore the National Parks and natural areas of the South Island. You begin with a whale watching adventure in Kaikoura, before heading to Abel Tasman National park for a guided kayak and walk. Then you journey down the wild West Coast to Punakaiki, Franz Josef and Westland National Park. Take a heli-hike from Franz Josef before travelling to the alpine village of Wanaka. Mt Cook National Park is next with a full day to explore and a Glacier Explorers iceberg encounter. Heading east you reach Dunedin, before heading to Te Anau and Fiordland National park. You venture deep into the pristine forests and fiords with a Milford Track guided day walk and Doubtful Sound cruise. Then it’s onto your final destination of Queenstown.  

21 Day Esential Southern Extravaganza

  21 days/20 night Journey from Queenstown to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Luxury Lodges & hotels

Interests: Scenic flights, Food & wine, Adventure, Luxury touring, Wildlife & nature, National parks, Scenic cruises

This tour is a celebration of the beautiful places, natural wonders and outstanding lodge retreats that the South Island is home to.

21 Day New Zealand Walking Tour

  21 days/20 night Journey from Auckland to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 4 star

Interests: Walking & hiking, Adventure, Scenic trains, Wildlife & nature, National parks

Experience New Zealand's best hiking trails -- including the famous Milford Track -- scenic trains and ferries. You can't fail to enjoy this proven hiking vacation itinerary.

Milford Sound Spectacular 7 day Tour

  7 days/6 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 3 star

Interests: National parks, Wildlife & nature

Starting in Christchurch, travelling into Mackenzie county to Mt Cook. From Mt Cook journey south via Queenstown to Te Anau.  From Te Anau you can take the day to drive the return trip along the stunning Milford Road to reach Milford sound, where you will take a scenic nature cruise. Next day you will travel through Southland to Otago, stopping in Dunedin before heading back to Christchurch.

Southern wildlife, fiords, mountains and glaciers

  13 days/12 night Journey from Dunedin to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 4 star

Interests: Adventure, Wildlife & nature, National parks, Scenic flights, Scenic cruises

This itinerary starts in Dunedin and after exploring the wonderful peninsular you cross to immerse yourself in Fiordland and Milford Sound. Extended time in the resort town of Queenstown before popping 'over the hill' to Wanaka and sampling some great wines. Then it's up the coast to Glacier Country before crossing the Southern Alps by Tranz Alpine train and into Christchurch. his a great itinerary to add onto one of our shorter North Island suggestions.

Ultimate North Island Explorer

  21 days/20 night Journey from Auckland to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Family touring, Classic driving tours, The Hobbit & LOTR, Wildlife & nature

Explore every corner of the North Island with this 21 day self drive tour. As well as the iconic destinations of Rotorua and the Bay of Islands, you’ll also have time to explore some out of the way hidden gems, like Cape Palliser and the spectacular Taranaki coastline.  Highlights of this tour include the wine growing regions of Martinborough and the Hawkes Bay; idyllic beach communities of the Coromandel Peninsula and Bay of Islands; the unique Maori culture of Rotorua and the vibrant cities of Auckland and Wellington.

21 day Discover New Zealand

  21 days/20 night Journey from Auckland to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Wildlife & nature, National parks, Family touring, Classic driving tours

Explore the cities and scenery of both the North and South Islands on this extensive 21 day tour.  In the North Island you’ll travel to the Maori cultural centre of Rotorua, pass the volcanic World Heritage site of Tongariro National Park and visit our two largest cities.  After crossing to the South Island on the scenic Interisland Ferry, your itinerary takes you on a circuit of spectacular scenery.  Highlights include the wildlife mecca of Kaikoura, Mt Cook National Park, the West Coast glaciers and a cruise on the pristine Milford Sound, just to name a few of the destinations you have to look forward to.

24 Day Grand Explorer

  24 days/23 night Journey from Auckland to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 4 star

Interests: Wildlife & nature, National parks, Adventure, Scenic cruises

This explorer tour takes in major attractions of both the North and South Island, while also guiding you to some favourite holiday destinations of the locals, like the Coromandel Peninsula.  Along the way you’ll enjoy two night stays to ensure you really experience New Zealand and have time to enjoy the many activities on offer.  We’ve also included four very different scenic cruises, beginning with a cruise in the sub-tropical Bay of Islands and finishing with a nature cruise in the pristine Milford Sound.  At the right time of year you might spot dolphins, penguins, seals and royal albatross. 

7 Day North Island Explorer

  7 days/6 night Journey from Wellington to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 3 star

Interests: Family Ski Packages, Adventure, Wildlife & nature

Leaving the capital city of Wellington enjoy the heart of the North Island as your self drive tour takes you through the ever changing scenery of the North Island.

9 Day Southern Icons self drive tour

  9 days/8 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: National parks, Wildlife & nature

This 9 day tour takes you to the icons of the South Island, with extra nights in Fiordland and Queenstown you'll have time to discover the charms of each destination.

A Month in Paradise

  30 days/29 night Journey from Queenstown to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Wildlife & nature, National parks, Family touring, Adventure

A 30 day tour visiting all major regions on both the North and South Islands. A relaxed pace allows time to immerse yourself into the local atmosphere. The tour includes a great range of activities such as wildlife tours to view seals, albatross, penguins, dolphins and bird life plus must see destinations such as Milford Sound. An afternoon wine tour in Marlborough, a Maori cultural evening and dinner plus much more make this comprehensive itinerary a great option.

Auckland to Christchurch 11 day Splendour

  11 days/10 night Journey from Auckland to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Wildlife & nature, Luxury touring, Food & wine

Enjoy some of New Zealand's boutique accommodations as you make your way south. Enjoy the Maori culture of Rotorua, the wonderful Marlborough Sounds and the wildlife of Kaikoura.

Essential South Island National Parks

  13 days/12 night Journey from Queenstown to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 4 star

Interests: Wildlife & nature, Adventure, National parks, Scenic flights

Discover the essence of the South Island... Its natural wilderness.  You’ll explore 5 wonderful national parks with a range of activities, including sea kayaking, scenic flights and a thrilling glacier heli-hike.  This tour is perfect for those wanting to immerse themselves in the mountains, remote beaches, rivers and fiords that make up the spectacular South Island landscape.

Southern Explorer Christchurch to Queenstown

  10 days/9 night Journey from Christchurch to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Family touring, Classic driving tours, National parks, Wildlife & nature

Taking you south from Christchurch, this 10 day includes the majestic scenery of the lower South Island.  Beginning with the large open spaces of the McKenzie Country and Mt. Cook National Park, you then travel to the coast and the Scottish influenced city of Dunedin with its nearby wildlife havens.  In Fiordland there is a full day to explore Milford Sound including a Real Journeys Nature Cruise, before you continue to the mountains and lakes of the Southern Lakes region.

The Essential New Zealand

  28 days/27 night Journey from Auckland to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Wildlife & nature, Luxury touring, National parks, Classic driving tours, Adventure

The ultimate 28 day essential tour. Visit and experience the very best of New Zealand. From the top of the North Island to the deep south enjoy superb hospitality while staying in a fantastic range of hotels, luxury lodges and boutique accommodations.

The Northbound Navigator

  23 days/22 night Journey from Christchurch to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Wildlife & nature, National parks, Family touring, Classic driving tours, Adventure

In just over 3 weeks, you’ll experience an amazing diversity in scenery, landscape and geography as you journey from the alpine regions of the South Island to the sub-tropical Bay of Islands in the North Island.  Along the way you have many two night stays allowing you the time to relax and soak up your surroundings which will vary from cosmopolitan cities to national parks and everything in between.

The Southern Circle Day Walks

  14 days/13 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Adventure, Wildlife & nature, National parks, Walking & hiking

Self drive this classic South Island route and enjoy some of the finest day walks in New Zealand. Plus of course, time to enjoy everything else the region has to offer.

Top of the South

  10 days/9 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Wildlife & nature, National parks, Family touring, Classic driving tours, Food & wine, Walking & hiking

Visit the less explored upper South Island, home to amazing wildlife, including whales in Kaikoura and the delightful seal colony in Abel Tasman National Park.  In Blenheim, you’ll sample the region’s best known export, the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc before heading south to the West Coast and Punakaiki Rocks.  You return to Christchurch via Arthur’s Pass National Park, an amazing place to discover natural New Zealand including the cheeky Kea which is regularly seen in the park.

Ultimate New Zealand 42 day self drive tour

  42 days/41 night Journey from Auckland to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: National parks, Family touring, Classic driving tours, Wildlife & nature

Our longest tour allows you time to explore every region of New Zealand including those iconic destinations you’ve heard so much about.

12 day Ultimate South Island

  12 days/11 night Journey from Queenstown to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Food & wine, Adventure, Wildlife & nature, Luxury touring, National parks, Classic driving tours, Walking & hiking, Scenic flights

Explore New Zealand's South Island with adventure and style.  Some great adventures in the glorious Central Otago and the Canterbury High Country.

15 day South Island Natural Discovery

  15 days/14 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Adventure, Wildlife & nature, National parks

Explore and enjoy some of New Zealand's unique flora, fauna and scenery on this 15 day South Island tour.  You begin with an Akaroa Harbour Nature cruise which takes you out to see the world’s smallest and rarest dolphin.  In Dunedin you’ll enjoy a full day encounter with the unique marine life that inhabits the Otago Peninsula before heading south towards Fiordland National Park.  Experience the ‘Sound of Silence’ with an overnight cruise in the remote untouched wilderness of Doubtful Sound. No South Island trip is complete without time spent in the alpine playground of Queenstown then you continue to the beautiful West Coast.  Here you’ll marvel at the glaciers during your on-ice adventure, before crossing the Southern Alps on board the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train back to Christchurch.

16 Day Southern Coast and Stewart Island Nature Tour

  16 days/15 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Luxury touring, National parks, Wildlife & nature

This loop of the lower South Island follows much of the spectacular coastline where wildlife abounds.  In Dunedin you’ll enjoy a full day encounter with the unique marine life that inhabits the Otago Peninsula before heading south along the wild Catlins coastline to the deep south.  A real highlight of this tour is exploring the remote Stewart Island, including a guided walk on Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary. As well as the iconic Milford Sound, you’ll also venture into Mt Aspiring National Park on a Dart River Jetboat Safari from Queenstown.  On the beautiful West Coast you’ll marvel at the glaciers during your on-ice adventure, before crossing the Southern Alps on board the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train back to Christchurch.

18 Day Forests and Coasts Walking Experience

  18 days/17 night Journey from Auckland to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 4 star

Interests: Walking & hiking, Adventure, Wildlife & nature, National parks

Enjoy multi-day guiding walking experiences at both ends of New Zealand. You'll experience untouched wilderness and much more on this sensational hiking vacation.

18 Day Mountains of Aotearoa Adventure

  18 days/17 night Journey from Auckland to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Walking & hiking, Adventure, Wildlife & nature, National parks

This hiking vacation itinerary is for you if you like to do your hiking in alpine environs. You'll take in the Tongariro Crossing, the Milford Track and much more.

21 Day Ultimate North Island Tour

  21 days/20 night Journey from Auckland to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Honeymoon, Food & wine, Adventure, Maori culture, Wildlife & nature, Luxury touring, Scenic flights

This North Island self drive tour captures everything that is special about the region. from Northland beaches to the wine regions of Hawke’s Bay and Martinborough and the heartland of Rotorua.

31 Day Northbound Experience

  31 days/30 night Journey from Christchurch to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Food & wine, Adventure, Scenic trains, Wildlife & nature, Luxury touring, National parks, Scenic cruises, Scenic flights

This extensive month long tour visits a diverse mix of destinations in both the North and South Islands. With multiple night stays, you’ll have time to discover the hidden gems. The tour includes a great range of activities such as wildlife tours, kayaking Abel Tasman, Scenic Flights, Glacier adventures, overnight cruises and so much more.  In the evenings you’ll relax at our favourite boutique lodges where your hosts will make you feel right at home.

7 Day Central North Island Explorer Tour

  7 days/6 night Journey from Auckland to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Maori culture, Adventure, Wildlife & nature, Family touring

This tour takes you through the heart of the North Island, highlighting its incredible diversity. Begin with a local’s favourite, the Coromandel Peninsula – here you’ll explore Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve.  Then it’s on to Rotorua to experience the rich culture of the area with a visit to Mitai Maori Village and Rainbow Springs, plus a full day to explore the thermal wonders. Next stop is Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand where you’ll ride the thrilling Huka Falls Jet Boat.  Returning to Auckland you’ll stop at the world famous Waitomo Glow Worm Caves for an underground adventure.

9 Day Queenstown to Wellington Adventure

  9 days/8 night Journey from Queenstown to Wellington

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Wildlife & nature, Adventure, Scenic flights, Family touring

This 9 day tour starts in the Queenstown in the heart of the Southern Alps for an unforgettable holiday touring the South Island highlights and finishing in the ‘Coolest Little Capital’ Wellington City.

Auckland to Queenstown 14 day Natural Discovery Tour

  14 days/13 night Journey from Auckland to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 4 star

Interests: National parks, Wildlife & nature

From the vibrant city of Auckland you’ll travel south to the spectacular mountains and thrilling adventures of Wanaka and Queenstown. 

Hike the Routeburn, Drive the South

  13 days/12 night Journey from Queenstown to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Adventure, Wildlife & nature, Luxury touring, National parks, Walking & hiking

Starting and finishing in Queenstown this tour begins with the stunning beauty of the Routeburn Track. Your fully guided and supported 4 day hike is with Ultimate Hikes and you spend the evenings in the wonderfully equipped lodges before returning to Queenstown. From Queenstown you drive north-west to the pristine wilderness of Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area, where you immerse yourself in the natural wonders at Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge and the West Coast Glaciers.  Continuing north, you board the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train to Christchurch.  From Christchurch you journey south to Mt Cook National Park, where Sir Edmund Hillary prepared to conquer Everest, and it's here we've saved the best for last.  You'll get a bird's eye view of Mt Cook and the Southern Alps on the ultimate scenic flight, with a snow landing on the remote Tasman Glacier. 

South Island Coastal Self Drive tour

  14 days/13 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Wildlife & nature, National parks

You’ll begin this journey with magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean as you travel south from Christchurch.  In Dunedin there’s time to explore the Otago Peninsula with its abundant wildlife, then you’ll follow the Catlins coastline to the bottom of the South Island.  On the western side of the island highlights include a nature cruise on the famous Milford Sound, the spectacular West Coast Road edging the Tasman Sea and the remarkable Punakaiki Pancake Rocks.  The top of the South Island brings the calm aqua waters of Abel Tasman National Park and the Marlborough Sounds before you return to the Pacific Ocean.

Southern Explorer Christchurch to Queenstown

  10 days/9 night Journey from Christchurch to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: National parks, Wildlife & nature

Taking you south from Christchurch, this 10 day includes the majestic scenery of the lower South Island.  Beginning with the large open spaces of the McKenzie Country and Mt. Cook National Park, you then travel to the coast and the Scottish influenced city of Dunedin with its nearby wildlife havens.  In Fiordland there is a full day to explore Milford Sound including a Real Journeys Nature Cruise, before you continue to the mountains and lakes of the Southern Lakes region.

The Central Highlights Walking Tour

  9 days/8 night Journey from Auckland to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 4 star

Interests: Walking & hiking, Adventure, Wildlife & nature

Explore a variety of landscapes and natural wonders of the North Island on this short walking highlights tour.  Begin with the idyllic Coromandel Peninsula with its white sandy beaches and lush forests.  You then tackle one of the world’s greatest one day hikes, the Tongariro Crossing.  Located in the striking volcanic plateau of Tongariro National Park, a world heritage area of outstanding beauty.  You’ll also have time to discover the unique Maori culture in Rotorua and the fascinating limestone caves and glow worms of Waitomo.

The Contrasts of New Zealand 22 Day Hiking Tour

  22 days/21 night Journey from Queenstown to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Walking & hiking, Adventure, Wildlife & nature, National parks, Scenic cruises

This sensational vacation itinerary offers a variety of landscapes and travel experiences including kayaking and wine tasting. You'll create great memories in these 22 days!

The Essence of New Zealand

  14 days/13 night Journey from Auckland to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Maori culture, Wildlife & nature, Luxury touring, National parks, Scenic cruises, Adventure

This 14 day itinerary ensures you get to experience the 'essence' of each island, from the City of Sails, to the golden sand beaches of the Coromandel and the adventure and culture of Rotorua. Then fly South to experience the Southern Alps, its mountains, lakes, fiords and unrivaled hospitality.

The Essential North Island 14 day tour

  14 days/13 night Journey from Auckland to Wellington

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Luxury touring, The Hobbit & LOTR, Classic driving tours, Wildlife & nature

Take 14 days to explore the North Island. This itinerary covers the premier locations at a pace you will enjoy. Time to relax with the 'must see' activities taken care of. Stay in a superb selection of 5 star hotels, luxury and boutique lodges.

The Mainlander

  16 days/15 night Journey from Wellington to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 3 star

Interests: Wildlife & nature, National parks, Classic driving tours

Explore the cities and scenery from Wellington, then down through the South Island.  Highlights includes the Cook Straight ferry between Wellington and Picton; the world renowned TranzAlpine scenic train journey and a cruise on the spectacular Milford Sound in Fiordland.

The Ultimate Milford and Routeburn Hiking Adventure

  18 days/17 night Journey from Queenstown to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 4 star

Interests: Walking & hiking, Adventure, Wildlife & nature, National parks

Experience the ultimate South Island hiking holiday including walking the iconic Milford and Routeburn tracks. Your chance to complete bucket list hikes.

The Wonders of the South Tour

  14 days/13 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Luxury touring, National parks, Wildlife & nature

Taking in such wonders as Doubtful Sound, the Otago Peninsula, Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, the West Coast Glacier region and Queenstown - this is a wonderful holiday with many 2 night stops.

Top of the South Island Self Drive Loop

  10 days/9 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Wildlife & nature, Walking & hiking, National parks, Food & wine

Visit the less explored upper South Island, home to amazing wildlife, including whales in Kaikoura and the delightful seal colony in Abel Tasman National Park.  In Blenheim, you’ll sample the region’s best known export, the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc before heading south to the West Coast and Punakaiki Rocks.  You return to Christchurch via Arthur’s Pass National Park, an amazing place to discover natural New Zealand including the cheeky Kea which is regularly seen in the park.

Top of the South self drive tour

  13 days/12 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Adventure, Wildlife & nature, Luxury touring, Food & wine

Visit the less explored upper South Island, home to amazing wildlife, including whales in Kaikoura and the delightful seal colony in Abel Tasman National Park.  In Blenheim, you’ll sample the region’s best known export, the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc before heading south to the West Coast.  Your journey takes you down to Franz Josef where you’ll have a once in a lifetime glacier adventure, then over to Arthur’s Pass National Park where you stay at the Wilderness Lodge an amazing place to discover natural New Zealand and experience life on a high country station.

Ultimate Discover New Zealand 25 day Tour

  25 days/24 night Journey from Auckland to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: National parks, Family touring, Classic driving tours, Wildlife & nature

Explore the length of New Zealand on this comprehensive tour of both the North and South Islands.  In the north you’ll explore the tropical Bay of Islands and the Kauri Coast as well as the cultural hotspot of Rotorua. After cruising across the Cook Strait to the South Island discover the wildlife mecca of Kaikoura, before continuing south to the snow-capped mountains, alpine lakes and glaciers of the lower South Island.  Highlights of the south include the world renowned TranzAlpine scenic train journey and a voyage of discovery in Milford Sound.

11 Day Natural Wonders Tour

  11 days/10 night Journey from Queenstown to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Adventure, Wildlife & nature, National parks, Family touring

Self drive tour with the family as you explore the South Island's natural wonders and National Parks

16 Day Explorer Tour of New Zealand

  16 days/15 night Journey from Auckland to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Food & wine, Adventure, Scenic trains, Wildlife & nature, Family touring, Scenic cruises, Scenic flights

Explore the highlights of New Zealand, from Auckland all the way south to Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound, this tour has something for everyone.  You’ll begin your journey with the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula.  From there you'll travel south enjoying an amazing range of included activities along the way.  Highlights of the North Island include snorkelling in the Coromandel Peninsula and a wine tour in the Hawkes Bay.  In the south there is plenty of adventure and forays into the pristine South Island wilderness, including visits to three national parks.

21 day Discover New Zealand

  21 days/20 night Journey from Auckland to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring, National parks, Wildlife & nature

Explore the cities and scenery of both the North and South Islands on this 21 day extensive tour.

21 Day Northbound Encounter

  21 days/20 night Journey from Christchurch to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Adventure, Wildlife & nature, Luxury touring, Food & wine

Visiting the highlights of New Zealand as well as a few hidden gems, this tour includes a great range of activities.  You’ll enjoy wildlife tours, scenic flights, glacier adventures, overnight cruises and so much more.  In the evenings you’ll relax at our favourite boutique lodges where your hosts will make you feel right at home.

5 Day Explore Wellington and Marlborough Tour

  5 days/4 night Journey from Wellington to Wellington

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 4 star

Interests: Wildlife & nature, National parks, Family touring, Classic driving tours, Food & wine, Walking & hiking

Spend five days exploring the best of Wellington and the Marlborough Sounds on this whistle-stop culture and wilderness tour. 

8 day Northern Highlights

  8 days/7 night Journey from Auckland to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Family touring, Classic driving tours, Wildlife & nature

Explore the highlights of the North Island including the Bay of Islands and Rotorua, 2 of the most popular destinations.  In the Bay of Islands you’ll take a cruise amongst the many islands home to an abundance or marine wildlife, including dolphins which you might be lucky enough to see.  In Rotorua you’ll enjoy a thrilling cultural encounter at Mitai Maori Village and you’ll return to Auckland via the fascinating limestone formations and glow worm caves of Waitomo.

9 Day Natural South self drive tour

  9 days/8 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Wildlife & nature, National parks

This South Island loop takes you along the coast between the South’s two largest cities, Christchurch and Dunedin exploring some great wildlife locations on the way.

Fiords, Glaciers and Mountains self drive tour

  10 days/9 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Hotel 4 star

Interests: Wildlife & nature, National parks, Classic driving tours

This 10 day tour takes you to the icons of the South Island, with extra nights in Christchurch, Fiordland and Queenstown you'll have time to discover the charms of each destination. You begin with a journey past the mountains of the Southern Alps and turquoise waters of alpine lakes before arriving into Mt. Cook National Park.  Next you venture further south to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park.  Here you’ll explore the pristine wilderness on a Milford Sound nature cruise.  In Queenstown, the Adventure Capital, there’s time to enjoy the scenery and endless activities on offer before returning to Christchurch via the magnificent West Coast Glaciers.

Great Northern Land

  10 days/9 night Journey from Auckland to Auckland

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Walking & hiking, Wildlife & nature

Starting with a relaxing break on Waiheke Island, you'll explore the boutique wineries on this balmy island.  You then journey south for a Coromandel Wilderness Adventure, Maori culture in Rotorua and  the majestic mountains of Tongariro National Park as you hike the renowned Tongariro Crossing.

Milford Sound Highlights tour

  7 days/6 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Wildlife & nature, National parks

Leaving Christchurch you will journey into the Mackenzie county and the alpine village of Lake Tekapo. The following day you will pass Lake Pukaki with views of Mt Cook on route to the ‘adventure capital’ of Queenstown.  From Queenstown you will take a luxury coach to Milford Sound, where you’ll enjoy a scenic nature cruise in the pristine fiord. You then travel north stopping at Franz Josef for a night to explore the glacier, before heading back to Christchurch via the Tranz Alpine Train.

Milford Track & Southern Encounter

  12 days/11 night Journey from Queenstown to Christchurch

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Adventure, Wildlife & nature, Luxury touring, National parks, Scenic cruises, Walking & hiking

The Milford Track is regarded as one of the finest hikes in the world and on this 12 day tour you’ll discover for yourself the spectacular scenery and remoteness that make it so popular. Your 5 day guided walk includes all meals and premium lodge accommodation, perfect for relaxing after tackling the likes of MacKinnon Pass. You’ll also visit Mt Cook National Park and a high country sheep station for contrasting South Island scenery and a total southern experience.

Queenstown to Wellington 7 day highlights

  7 days/6 night Journey from Queenstown to Wellington

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Adventure, Wildlife & nature, National parks, Family touring, Classic driving tours

You begin in the ‘Adventure Capital’ of Queenstown and finish in the quirky capital city of Wellington in the North Island.  Along the way you’ll visit Christchurch, Mt Cook National Park and the wildlife mecca of Kaikoura before crossing the Cook Strait to the North Island. 

Southern Adventure 10 day tour

  10 days/9 night Journey from Queenstown to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Adventure, Wildlife & nature, National parks, Family touring

The perfect South Island adventure for those wishing to explore the wilderness of the south and meet the wonderful marine wildlife of the southern waters.  You’ll enjoy five very different cruise experiences including the pristine Milford Sound, an exciting iceberg encounter on the Tasman Glacier Lake, gliding through subterranean waters of a glow worm cave and two wildlife cruises with the chance to see dolphins, seals and royal albatross.

The Essential North Island

  14 days/13 night Journey from Auckland to Wellington

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Boutique lodges & hotels

Interests: Luxury touring, The Hobbit & LOTR, Classic driving tours, Wildlife & nature

Take 14 days to explore the North Island. This itinerary covers the premier locations at a pace you will enjoy. Time to relax with the 'must see' activities taken care of. Stay in a superb selection of 5 star hotels, luxury and boutique lodges.

Wellington to Queenstown Explorer Tour

  11 days/10 night Journey from Wellington to Queenstown

  Prices start from pp (low season, specific configuration)
  Accommodation style on this tour suggestion is Motels

Interests: Wildlife & nature, National parks, Family touring

As you cross the Cook Strait on board the Interislander Ferry and enter the Marlborough Sounds, you’ll understand why starting your South Island adventure in the North Island city of Wellington was the way to go – you couldn’t ask for a better introduction to the natural beauty of the South.  Other highlights of this tour include the marine wildlife of the Kaikoura coastline, Mt Cook National Park and the pristine fiord and forest clad mountains of Milford Sound.