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The Essential New Zealand Journey

  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: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Luxury touring, The Hobbit & LOTR, Walking & hiking, Wildlife & nature

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.

Essential Boutique South Island

  9 days/8 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: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Luxury touring, Wildlife & nature

This itinerary is one of our most popular South Island tours. In just 9 days capture the essence of the South Island's cities, lakes, mountains, fiords, glaciers and many more attractions.

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: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Luxury touring, The Hobbit & LOTR, 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.

A Taste of the Pure South

  8 days/7 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: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Luxury touring, Wildlife & nature

Explore the South Island on this 8 day circumnavigation. Visit Mt Cook National Park, Queenstown, Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park and the West Coast Glaciers. Complete your trip with a train journey across the Southern Alps back to Christchurch

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: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Luxury touring, Walking & hiking, Wildlife & nature

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.

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: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Luxury touring, The Hobbit & LOTR, Wildlife & nature

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.

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: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Luxury touring

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

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: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Luxury touring

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.

21 Day Essential 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: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Luxury touring

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

Coast to Coast 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 Luxury Lodges & hotels

Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Luxury touring

Starting and finishing in Christchurch this tour visits Mt. Cook National Park, travels through the Southern Lakes region and into the deep south. Time to explore Dunedin and wildlife of the Otago Peninsular before crossing the rich farmland of Southland toward Te Anau and Fiordland National Park. There is a full day to explore Milford Sound including a Real Journeys Nature Cruise. Then to Queenstown for two nights with time to relax or enjoy the countless activities here. The West Coast Glaciers are next and two nights allow time to enjoy one of the many guided walk options or scenic flights. Return to Christchurch aboard the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train. Along the way you will stay at magnificent luxury retreats set in breath-taking locations.

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: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Luxury touring, Walking & hiking, Wildlife & nature

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. 

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: Classic driving tours, Food & wine, Luxury touring, Walking & hiking, Wildlife & nature

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.

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: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Luxury touring, The Hobbit & LOTR

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 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: Family touring, Food & wine, Luxury touring, Walking & hiking, Wildlife & nature

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!

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: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Luxury touring, Wildlife & nature

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.

The Magnificent South Luxury tour

  8 days/7 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: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Luxury touring, Wildlife & nature

A short highlights tour that takes you to the most magnificent locations in Canterbury, Otago, Southland, Fiordland and the West Coast. Visiting Mt. Cook, Dunedin, Te Anau, Christchurch and Franz Josef Glacier and including two scenic flights, a thrilling iceberg encounter on the Tasman Glacier Lake and the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.

Essential Golf Journey

  17 days/16 night Journey from Auckland to Queenstown

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

Interests: Family touring, Food & wine, Luxury touring

Not only does New Zealand have stunning scenery, superb lodges and hotels but we are also lucky enough to have nearly 400 golf courses.

9 day South Island Wine Adventure

  9 days/8 night Journey from Christchurch to Christchurch

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

Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Luxury touring, Wildlife & nature

Discover two of the South Island’s highly regarded boutique wine regions while exploring the magnificent scenery of the Southern Alps, Southern Lakes and West Coast on this 9 day adventure tour.

Auckland to Christchurch 10 day Luxury

  10 days/9 night Journey from Auckland to Christchurch

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

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

Experience true Kiwi hospitality as you meander through the North Island staying at some unique luxury properties.

Auckland to Wellington 7 day Luxury

  7 days/6 night Journey from Auckland to Wellington

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

Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Luxury touring

A highlights tour travelling from Auckland to Rotorua, Hawkes Bay and Wellington. Experience the luxury of 5 star hotels in Auckland and Wellington, a spectacular lakeside lodge in Rotorua and The Farm at Cape Kidnappers.

8 Day Southern Highlights Tour

  8 days/7 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: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Luxury touring, Wildlife & nature

This short South Island highlights tour takes you through the countryside of Canterbury, Otago, Southland and the West Coast. Along the way you’ll pass alpine lakes, enjoy views of the Southern Alps, explore the historic city of Dunedin and ride the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.

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 Luxury Lodges & hotels

Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Luxury touring

This 10 day tour takes you to the icons of the South Island, with extra nights at The George Hotel in Christchurch, at Fiordland Lodge and Queenstown's Matakauri Lodge 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. 

7 Day Boutique Northland 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 Boutique lodges & hotels

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

This boutique 7 day holiday is devoted entirely to tropical Northland, a beautiful area of balmy beaches, island studded bays and majestic kauri forests.  You'll end your tour in the relaxing wine region of Matakana.

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

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.

South Island Luxury Wine Adventure

  10 days/9 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: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Luxury touring

Experience two of the South Island's wine regions while exploring the magnificent scenery of the Southern Alps, Southern Lakes and West Coast on this 10 day adventure tour.

The Essential South Island 9 day 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 Boutique lodges & hotels

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

In just 9 days capture the essence of the South Island's cities, lakes, mountains, fiords, glaciers and many more attractions.

The Winterless North

  6 days/5 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: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Luxury touring, Wildlife & nature

Explore the tropical Bay of Islands, the magnificent giant Kauri trees of the Waipoua Forest and the boutique wine region of Matakana, the winterless north is the perfect year round destination. Along the way you'll stay at charming boutique lodges where you can relax in style after each day's adventure.

Southern Wine & Luxury Lodge Journey

  10 days/9 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: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Luxury touring, Walking & hiking

Experience two of the South Island's wine regions while exploring the magnificent scenery of the Southern Alps, Southern Lakes and West Coast on this 10 day adventure tour.

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: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Luxury touring, Walking & hiking, 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.

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: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Luxury touring, The Hobbit & LOTR

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.

23 day Discover New Zealand

  23 days/22 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: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Luxury touring, 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 boutique wine region of Matakana 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.

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: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Luxury touring

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.

Cities, Volcanoes and Vineyards Luxury Tour

  11 days/10 night Journey from Auckland to Auckland

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

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

Explore the Central North Island's jewels. You'll be met by your private transfer at Auckland Airport and whisked to meet your ferry to the idyllic Waiheke Island.  Delamore Lodge is the perfect spot to recover from a long flight and the included wine tour will introduce you to the delights of this charming island retreat.  Returning to Auckland you pick up your car and travel south to Rotorua and Solitaire Lodge.  Here you’ll encounter the fascinating Maori Culture and enjoy a fabulous day trip to the volcanic White Island by helicopter.  Next stop is Lake Taupo, where you try your hand at trout fishing and relax at the world renowned Huka Lodge.  The final stretch of your North Island experience takes you to the Hawkes Bay, New Zealand’s oldest wine region and the impeccable Farm at Cape Kidnappers, here you have time to explore the wineries or play a round of golf or simply relax.  You’ll be flow back to Auckland to meet your departing international flight.

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: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Luxury touring

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.