Experience the best of New Zealand on this comfortable coach tour which has been compiled to give you a real understanding of the country – its people, its culture and of course its natural beauty. From the geothermal geysers and rich Maori culture of the North Island to the snow capped Southern Alps of the Southern Island, this 12 day coach premium coach tour of New Zealand packs it all in. There is built in time to relax at Queenstown, why not take a stroll around the beautiful lakeside of Lake Wakatipu? Cruising the amazing Milford Sound is sure to be a highlight!

Expect premium hotels and resorts on this coach tour of New Zealand

Trip code: NTA12

Image credit: Milford Sound, Fiordland – © Rob Suisted

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the mesmerising glow worm caves at Waitomo
  • Experience the vibrancy of Maori culture at a traditional Hangi Feast and performance
  • Take a scenic cruise on the Interislander ferry across Cook Strait
  • Unwind during a two-night stay at the Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview
  • Enjoy a full-length cruise along the magnificent Milford Sound
  • Discover the rugged landscapes of Mt Cook National Park
  • Stay on the shores of Lake Tekapo at Peppers Bluewater Resort
  • Enjoy a dinner of fresh, local produce in Lake Tekapo
  • Explore the stunning Bay of Islands
  • Be enchanted by the beauty of Franz Josef Glacier
  • Visit New Zealand’s famous tiny Church of the Good Shepherd

Included Experiences

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Travel aboard a spacious, luxurious coach
  • Stay in premium accommodation throughout New Zealand
  • Dedicated Tour Director and professional driver
  • The additional services of expert local guides in select locations
  • All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Meals included: 18 meals – enjoy 11 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners and 2 Feature Dinners
  • Special Farewell dinner

Additional information

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Day 1: Arrive Auckland

Daily Meals Included: Dinner
Be met on arrival into Auckland and transferred to your hotel, which is centrally located within this beautiful harbourside city, known as the ‘City of Sails’.

Stay: Rydges Auckland Hotel


Day 2: Auckland, Waitomo, Rotorua

Daily Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Leaving Auckland after breakfast, travel to Waitomo, home to the famous glowworm caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an unmistakable glow. Like a Local – discover the magical natural spectacle of Waitomo Caves with a local guide before continuing to the geothermal capital of New Zealand, Rotorua. Visit Te Puia, New Zealand’s premier cultural centre, and enjoy a guided tour of the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute. You’ll also see the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley and witness the phenomenal natural spectacle of erupting geysers and bubbling mud pools. A Taste of New Zealand – enjoy a Maori Hangi Feast with performances of song and dance at Te Puia tonight. Delight in the opportunity to dine and interact with locals who will enchant you with their customs and cheerful hospitality.

Stay: Two Nights: Rydges Rotorua


Day 3: Rotorua

Daily Meals Included: Breakfast
Rotorua captures the essence of New Zealand with its geothermal geysers, fascinating Maori culture and rich heritage. The city is positioned on the Pacific Rim of Fire, and is therefore one of the world’s most active geothermal areas. Your sightseeing continues with a visit to one of New Zealand’s best-loved attractions, the Agrodome, with its entertaining sheep shearing demonstration, dog trials and animal nursery. Later, perhaps enjoy an optional helicopter flight for views over the active White Island volcano (own expense).


Day 4: Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington

Daily Meals Included: Breakfast
Departing Rotorua, travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Lake Taupo – the largest freshwater lake in Australasia – and thundering Huka Falls. Continue south across the vast volcanic plateau of World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park to Wellington.

Stay: Ibis Wellington Hotel


Day 5: Wellington, Cook Strait, Christchurch

Daily Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
The Cook Strait separates the North and South islands and was named after Captain James Cook, the first European to sail across it in 1770. Like a Local – enjoy one of the world’s most scenic voyages as the Interislander ferry traverses Cook Strait through the Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds. Weave through unspoilt islands and admire coastlines defined by tiny coves on the way to Picton. Continue to Christchurch via Kaikoura.

Stay: Christchurch, Quality Hotel Elms


Day 6: Christchurch, Fox Glacier

Daily Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Absorb the rural scenery from aboard your coach before beginning the ascent into the Main Divide. Then, sit back and enjoy the vistas as you journey through the Southern Alps. Be sure to keep watch for the icy crests of Fox and Franz Josef glaciers as you travel through Westland National Park. Over thousands of years, these remarkable natural wonders have created immense glacial valleys. Today, their magnificent rivers of ice can be seen cascading down through the lush rainforests.

Stay: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier


Day 7: Fox Glacier, Queenstown

Daily Meals Included: Breakfast
Travel past the rugged peaks of the Southern Alps this morning. Journey through spectacular Haast Pass, skirting the tranquil shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea to the alpine resort of Queenstown on Lake Wakatipu. Special Stay – settle in for a two-night stay overseeing the calming blue waters of Lake Wakatipu, all the while admiring the dramatic backdrop of towering mountains capped in snow. Delicious food is always on the menu in Queenstown as it is renowned for its world-class culinary scene and energetic nightlife. This evening, during time at leisure, you may like to dine at one of the many local restaurants set within the heart of town.

Stay: Two Nights: Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview


Day 8: Queenstown

Daily Meals Included: Breakfast
Queenstown is the perfect destination for adventurers and leisure seekers alike, offering endless activities to suit every traveller. With an entire day to spend as you please, you have the freedom to simply relax amid the beautiful lakeside setting or pursue your interests and choose one of Travelmarvel’s exciting Optional Experiences. You may wish to step aboard the 100-year-old TSS Earnslaw steamship for a relaxing cruise to Walter Peak Station, or perhaps take a scenic gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak for spectacular panoramic views over Queenstown (both at own expense). Alternatively, if you’re more of a gourmand, perhaps choose to set off into the Central Otago region independently – one of New Zealand’s foremost wine-producing areas.


Day 9: Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau

Daily Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Today, follow The Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu to Fiordland National Park. Journey along the Milford Road, thought to be one of the world’s best alpine drives, to Milford Sound. Like a Local – cruise the full length of Milford Sound, a magnificent fiord with views of cascading waterfalls, dense rainforest, sheer cliffs and the surrounding mountains of this World Heritage-listed area. Afterwards, make your way to your hotel and enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers.

Stay: Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau


Day 10: Te Anau, Dunedin

Daily Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Leaving the Fiordland region, today you’ll journey through rolling Southland countryside before arriving in Dunedin. Enjoy a tour taking in the city’s most significant landmarks and learn of its rich history. Later, head to the nearby hills to take an intriguing tour of Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle. Steeped in scandal and tragedy, filled with magnificent antiques and offering breathtaking views, Larnach Castle provides a memorable holiday highlight. Enjoy some time at leisure before dining with your fellow travellers this evening.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City


Day 11: Dunedin, Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo

Daily Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Journey along the east coast to see the Moeraki Boulders. These large spherical stones were formed more than 60 million years ago and can be found along a stretch of Koekohe Beach. Continue to Oamaru to see some of New Zealand’s finest 19th-century architecture. Like a Local – later, en route to Lake Tekapo, journey into Mt Cook National Park to view Australasia’s highest mountain, Aoraki (Mt Cook), and admire the sublime alpine scenery. Special Stay – arrive at your wonderful hotel, situated on the shores of Lake Tekapo. A Taste of New Zealand – this evening, dine on fresh local produce at your hotel’s restaurant during a memorable Farewell Dinner.

Stay: Lake Tekapo, Peppers Bluewater Resort


Day 12: Lake Tekapo, Depart Christchurch

Daily Meals Included: Breakfast
Awake to spectacular vistas of Lake Tekapo just beyond your window. Pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd, which was built as a tribute to the region’s early pioneers, before travelling to Christchurch Airport where your journey concludes.

Itinerary Options

Country Homestay Option

You may prefer to experience warm New Zealand hospitality on a Rotorua Country Homestay. Enjoy delicious home-style cooking and a few good yarns. Replaces Day 6 accommodation. Please enquire for further details

TranzAlpine Train Option

Perhaps take one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys aboard the TranzAlpine train. Departing from Christchurch, cross the Canterbury Plains and traverse the deep gorges and river valleys of the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass. Please enquire for further details

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Itinerary effective 30 Sept. 2016 – 17 Sept. 2017
  • Tours departing outside these dates follow a different itinerary – please enquire for details
  • Please ensure your onward flight from Christchurch departs no earlier than 5pm
  • Supplements for solo travellers are available on application
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included
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