What’s included

  • Meet & greet at Auckland airport
  • Private transfer to your Auckland hotel
  • 29 nights’ accommodation in quality Hotels and B&Bs
  • Breakfast each day
  • Intermediate car hire with unlimited kilometres & daily insurance
  • Traditional Maori Hangi
  • Interislander ferry travel as foot-passengers
  • TranzAlpine rail tickets
  • Milford Nature Cruise
  • Coach & boat trip Nelson/Abel Tasman National Park

Optional highlights

  • Walking trails through Rotorua’s spectacular Redwood Forest
  • A guided tour of Hawke’s Bay wineries and sample some of the country’s best chardonnays
  • Weta Workshop in Wellington to see Lord of the Rings props and costumes
  • Riding a horse along the sands at Punakaiki
  • Hiring an electric bike to explore the traffic-free path from Queenstown to Jacks Point
  • Panning for gold in the old mining settlement of Arrowtown
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Day 1 Welcome to New Zealand

We meet you on landing at Auckland and take you straight to your hotel. Depending on your journey, relax or start exploring!

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Day 2 Auckland

Many city sights are within a stroll of your hotel. Take the ferry to Tiritiri Matangi for walks and bird watching on this conservation island.

Climb the Sky Tower for panoramic views of Auckland – the SkyWalk or SkyJump are optional!

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Day 3 Auckland to Bay of Islands

Collect your rental car and drive over the Harbour Bridge to the seaside town of Paihia in the beautiful Bay of Islands.

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Day 4 Bay of Islands

Cruise to the ‘hole in the rock’ or take a ferry across to historic Russell.

Enjoy a delicious seafood dish at the ‘Only Seafood’ restaurant on the stunning Paihia waterfront.

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Day 5 Bay of Islands

Join a guided tour of Waitangi Treaty Grounds where, in 1840, agreement was signed between Maori and British, forming the nation of New Zealand.

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Day 6 Bay of Islands to Coromandel Peninsula

Drive South , through Auckland over the Bombay Hills and East around the Firth of Thames to the relatively untouched beauty of the Coromandel Peninsula.

Enjoy the walk to Cathedral Cove or relax on one of the many stunning beaches.

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Day 7 Coromandel Peninsula

Day at leisure in the Coromandel Peninsula.

Tides permitting, dig your own spa pool at Hot Water beach.

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Day 8 Coromandel to Rotorua

Returning south, travel across the farmland of the Waikato to arrive at your accommodation in Rotorua. En Route for Lord of the Rings fans, there is the option to visit Hobbiton (This must be pre-booked)

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Day 9 Rotorua

Te Puia offers geothermal features and Maori culture within its reserve. Weaving and carving are demonstrated at the National Arts and Crafts Institute. We can recommend a Maori evening experience combining a traditional welcome, songs and feast (a hangi).

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Day 10 Rotorua to Napier or Tongariro National Park

On the road south, make time to see the Lady Knox Geyser at Wai O Tapu Geothermal Park. Stop in Taupo for lunch before entering Tongariro National Park, a starkly beautiful volcanic landscape.

Alternatively head east to Napier. Discover how this seaside resort was reinvented as an Art Deco icon on a guided walking tour.

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Day 11 Napier or Tongariro National Park

Napier: Join a wine tasting afternoon in the sun driving through stunning scenery. Meet like-minded people on this small group tour and share an appreciation of this regions fantastic wine. Or head out to see the gannet colony at Cape Kidknappers with a ride on a tractor across the sands.

Tongariro: Often described as the finest one day walk in New Zealand, the Tongariro Crossing is a full day traverse of the ‘saddle’ between Mts Tongariro and Ngauruhoe. Shorter walks are also possible. A round of golf on an all-weather course, or a soak in a natural hot pool are other options.

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Day 12 Tongariro to Wellington

Travel to Wellington, NZ’s capital. Eclectic cafes, street art, film sets or historic sights: there is something for everyone.

Take the Cable Car for wonderful views over Wellington.

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Day 13 Wellington to Picton to Nelson

Drive to the Interislander Ferry for the cruise across the Cook Strait and through the scenic Queen Charlotte Sound to the South Island.

Arrive into Picton and drive across the top of the South Island to Nelson, your base for the next two nights.

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Day 14 Abel Tasman National Park

The best way to appreciate the amazing beaches is by boat, so after a coach transfer, hop on a small cruiser for the day. Land on an idyllic beach and walk a section of the famous Abel Tasman Coastal Track, then re-join the boat at Torrent Bay. Return to Nelson.

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Day 15 Nelson to Blenheim to Kaikoura

Depart Nelson and drive through farmlands, pine plantations then the Rai Valley to the vineyards surrounding Blenheim in the Marlborough Wine Country. From here travel south down the eastern coastline along the thin ledge of land pinned between the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and the rugged ranges to Kaikoura, where the mountains meet the sea.

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Day 16 Kaikoura to Christchurch

This morning there is the option to enjoy a Whale Watch experience by modern purpose-built catamaran for an exciting close-up encounter with the Giant Sperm Whale in their natural environment.

The road south follows the wild coastline affording constantly changing seascapes and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean before turning inland and climbing the Hundalee Ranges. Then descend into the rolling farmland of North Canterbury passing through small country towns before entering the city of Christchurch.

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Day 17 Christchurch

Day at leisure to enjoy the ‘Garden City’, which has also been described as “the most English city outside England”. Take a punt on the River Avon, stroll through the Botanic Gardens, and ride the city’s historic tram.

You may also wish to observe the re-building of the Cathedral, browse the shops and stalls of the Arts Centre or visit the Canterbury Museum and the Art Gallery.

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Day 18 Christchurch to Hokitika

Enjoy one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world: the Tranz Alpine over the Southern Alps winds up and over Arthur’s Pass then down to the west coast. Detraining at Greymouth, collect another vehicle to continue to the gold rush town of Hokitika.

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Day 19 Hokitika to Fox Glacier

There are few places where it is easy to view a ‘river of ice’ and here are two! There are various ways to get close to the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers on foot and by air for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Day 20 Fox Glacier to Wanaka

Today take the Haast Pass through Mt Aspiring National Park to charming Wanaka. Stretch your legs on a lakeside walk or visit a craft gallery before dinner in one of the resort’s highly-rated restaurants.

Get Lost at Puzzle World!

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Day 21 Wanaka

Play time! Wanaka offers a host of outdoor adventures from exhilarating waterfall climbs to jet-boat river rides.

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Day 22 Wanaka

Enjoy many leisurely walks or spend an afternoon with eco-expert Chris Riley discovering native flora and flora on the lake.

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Day 23 Wanaka to Te Anau

Travel south, around Lake Wakatipu across Southland to Te Anau. Enjoy a walk beside the lake or a boat trip to visit the glow worm caves.

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Day 24 Milford Sound Day Excursion

A scenic journey by coach deep into Fiordland National Park before arriving at Milford Sound to board a small cruiser to view the natural wonders, up to Mitre Peak and the entrance to the Tasman Sea. Almost 250 years ago, Captain Cook sailed past the narrow mouth without discovering this amazing place.

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Day 25 Te Anau to Queenstown

Surrounded by majestic mountains and set on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, the natural beauty and unique energy of the Queenstown region create the perfect backdrop for a holiday full of adventure, exploration or relaxation.

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Day 26 Queenstown

As well as white-knuckle thrills, Queenstown offers gentle cycling, wine-tasting, a gondola ride and good shopping. A cruise on TSS Earnslaw up to Walter Peak sheep station for dinner is a favourite early evening option.

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Day 27 Queenstown to Mount Cook

Drive alongside the shores of Lake Pukaki into Mount Cook National Park.

On a clear evening, explore the southern sky from the Hilary Deck with an expert astronomy guide and take a close look at distant galaxies.

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Day 28 Mount Cook

Sir Edmund Hillary climbed these peaks before his ascent of Everest. Visit the Alpine Centre that bears his name, before following the Hooker Valley Track for superb views of Mount Cook.

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Day 29 Mount Cook to Christchurch

After enjoying the view from the Church of the Good Shepherd, step aside to see the statue which celebrates the working sheepdogs of the Mackenzie area, then cross the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

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Day 30 Christchurch

Time for some final sightseeing or shopping.

Return your rental vehicle to Christchurch International airport to board your homebound flight

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The Brown’s

Fantastic experience all round. All the accommodations were superb. Many thanks for your help with the doctors and pharmacies!

Julie Rhoney

I had been to a presentation and met Laura. She came across as very knowledgable and confident and she inspired me to seriously consider booking a once in a lifetime holiday.

The attention to detail given by Laura Ling was second to none I would have no hesitation in booking another holiday through Laura.

I cannot wait until I am able to return to NZ. Well, that was indeed the holiday of a lifetime… but we want a re run! There is still so much we want to see and do.

Many thanks for all your efforts, it all went swimmingly.

Mr Richardson

As you know this was my first holiday since the death of my wife, and when she was alive we had talked about adding a trip to New Zealand onto one of our visits to see our son and his wife in Sydney.

I was not sure whether I was ready to do it on my own.

I decided that the first move was to talk to someone so I spoke to John on the phone and arranged to come and have a chat. We had a long meeting and it all sounded ideal. All I needed to do was convince myself.

Once I made the decision everything was so easy thanks to you. You kept in touch right up to me going and I always felt that I had a good contact if I had a problem.

Now onto the tour. Not much to say. It was even better than I had expected. The coach and driver were top class, the hotels and food were very good and the itinerary meant we visited everywhere we needed to see New Zealand.

However, as you know the highlight of my 6 weeks away was meeting my 5 month old grandson in Sydney.

That said, I am so pleased I made the trip and even more pleased that I arranged it through Silver Fern Holidays; everything was first class.

“exceeded expectations”
“exceptional driver – very experienced”
“the mix of people only added to the enjoyment”