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Grand Discovery of New Zealand

17 days9 cities
New Zealand1 country
Tour rating: 4 / 5, Based on 11 Reviews
Private tour to New Zealand

The Grand Discovery of New Zealand tour provides a comprehensive overview of the country's most captivating attractions, from its picturesque landscapes to its rich cultural heritage. Travelers will experience a diverse range of activities and sights, ensuring a memorable journey through one of the world's most beautiful and dynamic destinations.

17 days9 cities
New Zealand1 country
From
 $9,168 
Auckland, New Zealand
2
days
New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, is nestled on the North Island's stunning coastline. This vibrant metropolis boasts a wealth of captivating attractions, enriching museums, and a myriad of opportunities for travelers.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
1
day
Arrival

Welcome to the Auckland - the city of sailing. Upon arrival, you have a private transfer to the hotel for the check-in. The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip. 

2
day
Auckland Sightseeing Tour

After breakfast at your hotel, meet your guide in the lobby and embark on an enriching tour through Auckland, New Zealand's bustling metropolis. Your journey begins in the eclectic Queen Street, a mecca for unique dining and shopping. Dive into Auckland's deep-rooted Māori heritage at the War Memorial Museum, located atop the historical volcano, Pukekawa.
From there, revel in the serene waterfront vistas at Mission Bay and the historically significant Bastion Point. Pause to admire the panoramic views from the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial, situated over the glistening Waitemata Harbour and North Shore. Explore Auckland's fashionable districts of Ponsonby and Parnell, renowned for their exclusive boutiques.
Conclude your tour with a spectacular ascent to the SkyDeck of Auckland's iconic Sky Tower, offering a 360-degree view that encapsulates the city's diverse landscape and waterfront. After the tour, your afternoon is free for optional activities.

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Hotel DeBrett

Hotel DeBrett, located in the heart of Auckland, New Zealand, seamlessly combines historic charm with contemporary elegance. This boutique hotel offers a unique and luxurious experience for guests, with individually designed rooms that feature modern amenities and stylish furnishings.

car
Auckland
Rotorua
9 hrs

Enjoy the scenic journey between Auckland and Rotorua from the comfort of your modern, well-equipped car. Travel along smooth roads, admiring the picturesque landscapes through your window. Each car is outfitted with amenities like power outlets, ample luggage space, and air conditioning, ensuring a comfortable and convenient ride for your journey.

Rotorua, New Zealand
2
days
New Zealand

Rotorua, located in the heart of New Zealand's North Island, is a captivating destination renowned for its geothermal activity and rich Maori culture. This enchanting city offers an array of unique attractions, including bubbling hot springs, invigorating mud pools, and fascinating cultural experiences, providing countless opportunities for travelers.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
3
day
Departure from Auckland and Rotorua Arrival

After breakfast, your driver will pick you up for Rotorua through Waitomo Caves and Ōtorohanga Kiwi House. 

Welcome to volcano city. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to a centrally located hotel.

4
day
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

After breakfast, you will enjoy an exciting tour to Wai- O - Tapu Therman Park. This stunning geothermal park amazes visitors with its diversity in colour ranging from bright orange to emerald greens. The park’s landscape is scattered with a huge variety of thermal activity; steaming lakes, bubbling mud and other fascinating terrain. An important not-to-miss highlight of the Wai-O-Tapu guided day tour is the “Mud Pool”. This feature was the site of a large mud volcano which was destroyed through erosion in the 1920′s. It now provides an opportunity to experience the captivating noise of bubbling mud. Walk through this wonderland via clearly defined tracks and enjoy the diversity of this area through a series of different walks taking from 30 to 75 minutes or more, each with its own unique volcanic vistas to fascinate all ages. 

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Haka House Rotorua

Haka House Rotorua offers budget-friendly accommodation with a vibrant atmosphere in the heart of Rotorua. With comfortable rooms, communal spaces, and friendly staff, guests can enjoy a cozy stay while exploring the city's attractions, geothermal wonders, and Maori culture.

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Rotorua
Taupō
1h

The drive from Rotorua to Taupō by car offers a scenic journey through lush forests, geothermal areas, and along the shores of Lake Taupō, providing travelers with stunning views and diverse natural attractions.

Taupō
1
day
New Zealand

Taupō, New Zealand

Taupō, located on the shores of New Zealand's largest lake, is renowned for its stunning natural beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
5
day
Rotorua Departure via Hobitton and Matamata and Taupo Arrival

After breakfast private driver will pick you up and transfer you to Taupo Via famous Hobitton place. Your Hobbiton tour starts with a scenic drive across the Kaimai Ranges to the small town of Matamata. Just outside the town of Matamata is your destination: Middle-earth! Sir Peter Jackson and his team knew this private farm would make the perfect spot to build the village of Hobbiton for the award-winning The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie trilogies. Take a guided tour and see the picturesque village you saw on screen in living colour before you.See the Hobbit holes, the Green Dragon Inn, the Party Tree, the Mill and many other structures from the movies, while learning about how the set was built. You might even hear a few secrets from behind the scenes! 

After that, welcome to Taupō - the city of serenity and adventure! 

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to a centrally located hotel. 

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Hilton Lake Taupo

Hilton Lake Taupo, located near the scenic Lake Taupo, offers luxurious accommodations with breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding mountains. The hotel features elegantly appointed rooms and suites, a thermal outdoor pool, spa facilities, and an upscale restaurant.

plane
Taupō
Wellington
1h

The flight from Taupō to Wellington offers a quick and convenient journey, with stunning aerial views of New Zealand's diverse landscapes, from the central North Island's volcanic plateau to the bustling capital city by the sea.


 

Wellington, New Zealand
2
days
New Zealand

Wellington, New Zealand's capital, nestled at the southern tip of the North Island, is a picturesque city framed by the stunning Cook Strait.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
6
day
Māori Rock Carvings Cruise & Taupo Departure and Wellington Arrival

In the morning you will have scenic cruise of Maori carvings on Lake Taupō. This cruise offers an up-close look at the Ngātoroirangi Māori carvings, showcasing the culture and craftsmanship in a relaxed setting.

You’ll also get to take a tour of Lake Taupō’s beautiful bays as you cruise along its coastline and enjoy a complimentary snack and drink. The journey is 90 minutes long, with extended viewing time and educational commentary about both the region and history behind the cultural significance of these impressive carvings.

Later your driver will pick you up from the hotel to transfer you to the airport.  

Welcome to the farthest capital of the World. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to a centrally located hotel. The rest of the evening is free to enjoy the city on your own.

7
day
Wellington Sightseeing and Coastline Tour

After breakfast at your hotel, meet your guide in the lobby and experience an enthralling exploration of Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand, that combines sightseeing with an immersive coastline tour. Witness the captivating beauty of the city's waterfront from awe-inspiring vantage points, including the summit of Mount Victoria, where you'll be treated to 360-degree panoramic views encompassing the city skyline, rolling hills, and the glistening harbor.

Revel in the city's architectural grandeur by visiting iconic landmarks such as New Zealand's emblematic parliamentary building, the Beehive, and the Old Government Buildings—renowned as the Southern Hemisphere's largest wooden structure. Visit the historical Old Saint Paul's Cathedral, a masterpiece of classic design and immerse yourself in the lush tranquillity of the Wellington Botanic Gardens, an oasis of floral diversity and scenic beauty.

Cap off your unforgettable tour with a thrilling cable car ride. As you ascend on this five-minute journey, the cable car glides through atmospheric tunnels, offering unparalleled views of the sprawling cityscape below.

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Quest Wellington

Quest Wellington Hotel offers modern accommodation with a touch of elegance. Conveniently located near popular attractions and dining options, guests can enjoy spacious rooms equipped with all the amenities for a comfortable stay.

ferry
Wellington
Picton
3 hours

The ferry journey from Wellington to Picton offers a scenic passage across the Cook Strait, providing stunning views of the rugged coastline and tranquil waters of the Marlborough Sounds.

Picton
1
day
New Zealand

Picton, New Zealand

Picton, a picturesque seaside town in New Zealand's South Island, serves as the gateway to the stunning Marlborough Sounds.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
8
day
Wellington departure and Picton Arrival

After breakfast, your private driver will pick you up and transfer to the port.

After a scenic ferry ride, your driver will escort you to your hotel, where you can relax and unwind before your next departure. 

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Escape To Picton

Escape to Picton is a charming boutique hotel nestled in the heart of Picton, offering stylish accommodations and personalized service. Boasting elegant rooms and suites with modern amenities, it provides a tranquil retreat for travelers exploring the Marlborough Sounds.

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Picton
Christchurch
6 hours

Experience the picturesque train journey from Picton to Christchurch, traversing stunning landscapes and enjoying the scenic beauty of New Zealand's South Island.
Coastal Pacific Train. Available from September 19 until April 27, operating Thursday to Sunday from September to December and daily from January to April.

Christchurch, New Zealand
3
days
New Zealand

Christchurch, New Zealand's South Island gem, lies nestled on the picturesque east coast.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
9
day
Picton Departure and Franz Josef Arrival

Today you will embark on one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world aboard the Coastal Pacific Train, traveling from Picton to Christchurch. This scenic route, renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, offers a visual feast of New Zealand’s stunning South Island. 

Welcome to the Garden City. Upon arrival, a private driver will pick you up and transfer to a centrally located hotel. The rest of the evening is free to enjoy the place on your own.

10
day
Highlights of Christchurch

Embark on a captivating half-day tour that encompasses Christchurch's most iconic landmarks. Traverse the sprawling green expanse of Hagley Park, pay tribute at the solemn Bridge of Remembrance, and wander along the vibrant facades of New Regent Street. As you journey through the city, engage with live commentary that enriches your understanding of Christchurch's history and the ongoing recovery efforts following the 2011 earthquake.

Culminate your exploratory adventure with an exhilarating cable car ride, offering elevated views that knit together the city's varied tapestry of natural beauty and architectural wonder. This tour is more than a cursory glance at Christchurch, it's an immersive dive into the city's resilience, culture, and scenic splendour.

11
day
Day at Leisure

Today, you have a free day in Christchurch. You can explore and enjoy this vibrant city at your own pace.

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Quest Cathedral Junction Serviced Apartments

Quest Cathedral Junction Serviced Apartments offers contemporary accommodation in a prime location. With stylishly furnished apartments and convenient amenities, guests can enjoy a comfortable stay within walking distance of the city's attractions, dining, and entertainment options.

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Christchurch
Franz Josef
8 hours

A scenic alpine train ride with private transfer to Franz Josef

Franz Josef
2
days
New Zealand

Franz Josef, New Zealand

Franz Josef is a small town on New Zealand's West Coast, renowned for its proximity to the spectacular Franz Josef Glacier. 

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
12
day
Christchurch Departure and Franz Josef Arrival

In the morning, you meet your private driver, who takes you to the departure point.

Today you will embark on a captivating day-long odyssey aboard the TranzAlpine train, a panoramic journey that sweeps across New Zealand's picturesque South Island, linking Christchurch's east coast to Greymouth's rugged west. Departing from Christchurch, the train courses through the lush Canterbury Plains before ascending into the heart of the Southern Alps via the awe-inspiring Waimakariri River valleys. A brief respite in the alpine haven of Arthur's Pass allows you to absorb the majestic mountain scenery that envelops you.

The adventure culminates as the train negotiates the engineering marvel of the Otira Tunnel, emerging into the untouched beauty of New Zealand's West Coast. Here, you'll descend through dense alpine rainforests to reach Greymouth, the bustling epicenter of the South Island's western region. 

 Upon arrival, your private driver will pick you up at Greymouth train station and transfer you to Franz Josef Hotel. The rest of the evening is free.

 

13
day
Glacier tour

The magnificent Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gem of New Zealand's West Coast Glaciers, and one of the most impressive sights to be found anywhere in the world. 
Your tour combines an exhilarating helicopter ride, jaw-dropping scenery and a two-hour hike through the most spectacular glacier features. 
Your journey starts at the glacier base in Franz Josef Village where you check-in and get the essential gear. From here, your guide leads you on a short walk through the native forest to the helipad and prepares you to board the helicopter. 
Your pilot lands you high up on the glacier itself, where your guide helps you make the final preparations for your hike before you head off to explore the pristine features of this incredible icescape.
Take in panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, capture stunning memories, and seize the opportunity to learn more about this magnificent ice giant. A unique adventure that will almost certainly be your most memorable New Zealand experience!

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Te Waonui Forest Retreat, located in Franz Josef, New Zealand, offers a luxurious and eco-friendly accommodation experience nestled within the native rainforest.

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Franz Josef
Wanaka
4h

It is one of the most beautiful drives in New Zealand. This trip takes you down the West Coast through the breathtaking Haast Pass, right into the heart of the Southern Alps.

Wanaka
1
day
New Zealand

Wanaka, New Zealand

Wanaka, a picturesque town in New Zealand's South Island, is renowned for its stunning alpine scenery and the crystal-clear waters of Lake Wanaka. 

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
14
day
Arrival

Today after breakfast private driver will pick you up and transfer you to the next destination - Wānaka.

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel. The rest of the evening is free.

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Oakridge Resort Lake Wanaka

Oakridge Resort offers a tranquil retreat surrounded by natural beauty. With modern accommodations, on-site dining, and a range of leisure facilities including pools and a spa, guests can relax and unwind in style while exploring the wonders of New Zealand's South Island.

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Wanaka
Queenstown
1h 30m

The drive from Wanaka to Queenstown by car offers a breathtaking journey through the heart of New Zealand's Southern Alps, with stunning views of rugged mountains, serene lakes, and picturesque valleys.

Queenstown
3
days
New Zealand

Queenstown, New Zealand's adventure capital, lies nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu in the heart of the South Island's breathtaking Southern Alps.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
15
day
Arrival

This morning, you will have time to enjoy Wanaka at your leisure. In the afternoon, your private driver will pick you up and transfer you to your next destination - Queenstown.

Welcome to Adrenaline Capital. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the centrally located hotel. The rest of the evening is free to enjoy the area on your own.

16
day
Milford Sound Small Group Tour

Experience the iconic Milford Sound uniquely and intimately with our small-group tour departing from Queenstown. You will make multiple scenic stops for you to capture the beauty of this stunning region during the journey. 

Once you arrive, prepare to be awed on a 2-hour cruise along the fjord. Glide past awe-inspiring cliffs, beneath cascading waterfalls, and through mirrored lakes, all while keeping an eye out for fur seals and dolphins. Your local guide will enhance the experience, offering informative commentary about the region's natural history and rich biodiversity.

Before heading back, relish the tranquillity of a beech forest with a stroll to stretch your legs. The tour concludes with a comfortable ride back to your Queenstown hotel, making this small-group tour a perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, and personalized exploration of one of New Zealand's most revered natural wonders.

17
day
Departure

After breakfast, your private driver will pick you up and transfer to the airport. 

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Ramada Queenstown Central

Ramada Queenstown Central, situated in the heart of Queenstown, offers contemporary accommodations with stunning views of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains.

What's included

  • Accommodation at remarkable downtown hotels;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Carefully planned optional tours and extensions;
  • Breathtaking sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Support line during the trip.

 

Note:

1. Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of equal value for you.

2. We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

4. As a standard, our travel packages include one checked-in bag, one carry-on, and one handbag per person. Please let us know if you require additional luggage beyond our standard allowance. Please note that there may be an additional charge for extra luggage. The charge will depend on the amount and size of the luggage you wish to bring.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses, as well as all tourist fees & taxes.

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Tour Highlights

  • Enriching tour through Auckland;
  • Guided visit to Matamata town;
  • Guided tour to the stunning geothermal park Wai-O-Tapu;
  • Hobbiton tour with a scenic drive across the Kaimai Ranges;
  • A visit to Tongariro National Park;
  • Comprehensive city tour of Wellington;
  • The magnificent Franz Josef Glacier;
  • The iconic Milford Sound experience.

What To Know

  • Have comfortable shoes and clothing for longer and more physically demanding tours.
  • Show respect for local customs and traditions by learning some basic phrases in Te Reo Maori and understanding cultural protocols when visiting their meeting grounds.
  • Pay attention to safety signs and guidelines, particularly when hiking or exploring remote areas.
  • New Zealand drives on the left-hand side of the road so be mindful of that when engaging in traffic.