Ultimate Discovery | Premium Small Group Tour
19 Days: Discover New Zealand's North and South Islands travelling on a luxury coach with just 20 passengers. Enjoy the culture and cosmopolitan living of the North Island then experience the awe inspiring beauty of the South.
Visit: Auckland | Bay of Islands | Rotorua | Napier | Wellington | Blenheim | Kaikoura | Christchurch | TranzAlpine Train | Fox Glacier | Queenstown | Te Anau | Milford Sound | Dunedin | Mount Cook | Christchurch
Discover the best of New Zealand’s North and South Islands on this holiday. You will experience a blend of culture and cosmopolitan living in the North Island and then be overwhelmed by the awe inspiring beauty of the South Island. This tour will also visit some lesser known regions such as the Art Deco city of Napier and the wine producing region of the Wairarapa. Experience a Maori Hangi and concert, cruise Lake Wakatipu on the historic TSS Earnslaw and Milford Sound with its stunning beauty and marine life. Then wake to the sight of Mount Cook after a night at The Hermitage Hotel in Aoraki’s shadow.
- Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
- Te Puia traditional Maori Hangi & Concert
- TranzAlpine Rail Journey
- Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
- Milford Sound Cruise & Lunch
Day 1: Arrive Auckland
On arrival into Auckland you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your travelling companions over a complimentary pre-dinner drink. (D)
Hotel: Crowne Plaza Auckland
Day 2: Auckland - Bay of Islands
Board the luxurious Ultimate Coach, depart Auckland and travel to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree. Enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum in Matakohe, then travel via Whangarei to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British. (B, D)
Hotel for 2 nights: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
Day 3: Bay of Islands - Free Day
Today is a free day. Choose from the many optional activities available, including the Cape Reinga coach trip via Ninety Mile Beach or a spectacular scenic flight. This evening is also free and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).(B)
Day 4: Bay of Islands - Auckland
This morning travel aboard a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins before returning to Paihia. Travel south via Whangarei to Auckland. (B, D)
Hotel: Crowne Plaza Auckland
Day 5: Auckland - Rotorua
This morning enjoy a city sights tour before visiting Zealong Tea Estate. Continue through the picturesque countryside to Longlands Farm & Restaurant to enjoy a delicious home cooked lunch hosted by a rural New Zealand family. This afternoon travel to Hobbiton and discover the real Middle-earth when you visit the movie set from The Lord of the Rings film trilogy on a fascinating guided tour. (B, L, D)
Hotel for 2 nights: Regent of Rotorua
Day 6: Rotorua
Today begins with a Gondola ride to Cableway Restaurant where a champagne buffet breakfast and spectacular views are on offer. Travel to the Agrodome where you see performing sheep, a shearing display and sheep dog trial. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before travelling to Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. This evening experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert. (B, SD)
Day 7: Rotorua - Napier
Depart Rotorua and travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Huka Falls and Lake Taupo. Continue to Napier known as “The Art Deco Capital”, where a city tour will showcase the most comprehensive collection of art deco buildings in the world. Enjoy a ride on the Hawkes Bay Express followed by free time to explore the fascinating architecture. (B, D)
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Te Pania
Day 8: Napier - Wellington
Travel South this morning through the Wairarapa, an emerging cool-climate wine region. Drive through the scenic Rimutaka Mountain Range into Wellington, then enjoy a city tour of the nation’s capital which will highlight the history and culture on show here. (B, D)
Hotel: InterContinental Wellington
Day 9: Wellington - Picton - Blenheim
Enjoy free time this morning to explore Wellington. Options include a visit to Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum. This afternoon board the Interislander Ferry and enjoy the scenery as you travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton where you board your coach for the short journey to Blenheim. (B, D)
Hotel: Vintners Marlborough
Day 10: Blenheim - Kaikoura - Christchurch
Tour through Marlborough Country, famous for its food and wine then travel to the seaside village of Kaikoura. Continue onto the garden city of Christchurch for an introductory city sights tour. (B)
Hotel: The George
Day 11: Christchurch - Fox Glacier
This morning board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. Travel over massive viaducts, river valleys and spectacular gorges as you ascend to Arthur’s Pass located in the centre of the Southern Alps. Board your coach and travel to Hokitika, famous for its Greenstone before continuing via Franz Josef to Fox Glacier where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.
(B, D) Hotel: Distinction Fox Glacier
Day 12: Fox Glacier - Queenstown
See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south along the West Coast. Continue via the Haast Pass, an area of stunning beauty before arriving into picturesque Queenstown, a year round resort situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu. This evening is free and you may choose to dine out at one of the many fine restaurants. (B)
Hotel for 2 nights: Millennium Hotel Queenstown
Day 13: Queenstown Free Day
Today is a free day. There are plenty of sightseeing options and your Coach Captain is available to assist. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour of the scenic Skippers Canyon or the helicopter ride of a lifetime. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. On arrival sit back and relax, as you are treated to the best of New Zealand’s high country cuisine in the Colonel’s Homestead. After dinner enjoy a short farm tour then reboard the TSS Earnslaw for a sing along by the piano as you cruise back to Queenstown. (B, SD)
Day 14: Queenstown - Te Anau
Enjoy a leisurely start this morning before travelling to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village where you visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland. Tonight after dinner you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional). (B, D)
Hotel for 2 nights: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas
Day 15: Te Anau - Milford Sound - Te Anau
Depart Te Anau for a fascinating drive to Milford Sound where you board your launch for a cruise on this magnificent fiord. See the spectacular Bowen Falls and towering Mitre Peak as you enjoy a picnic lunch on-board. This afternoon return to Te Anau where some free time is available. (B, L, D)
Day 16: Te Anau - Dunedin
Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin known as the “Edinburgh of the South”. Enjoy an informative city tour followed by some free time to explore at leisure. (B, D)
Hotel: Distinction Dunedin
Day 17: Dunedin – Mount Cook
Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you will hear of its tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Enjoy time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by morning tea in the grand ballroom. Farewell Dunedin and travel to Oamaru famous for its limestone. Explore the Victorian Precinct including the Loan and Merc restaurant, the Woolstore complex, auto museum, galleries and the penny farthing shop. Follow the Waitaki River and see Lake Benmore as you travel to Mount Cook for your overnight stay. (B, D)
Hotel: The Hermitage Hotel
Day 18: Mount Cook - Christchurch
Marvel at Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak, this morning. The opportunity is available to enjoy a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the Southern Alps. Continue to Lake Tekapo and view the brilliant turquoise water, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and see the Sheep Dog Statue before arriving into Christchurch. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner. (B, SD)
Hotel: The George
Day 19: Christchurch departure
Time to say goodbye; you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home. (B)
*Please Note: Dinner on Day 1 is not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.
B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner, SD - Specialty Dinner
Please note: This itinerary may vary for departures on or before 22 Apr 16, please call for details
This tour is operated by Grand Pacific Tours.
Tour Departure Dates
Small Group Touring
Ultimate Tours are limited to just 20 passengers travelling aboard a purpose built full size coach. The beauty of travelling in a smaller group is that every aspect of your tour is more personal. You will enjoy a close bond with your travelling companions and as there are smaller numbers, travel is at a more relaxed pace with more free time to explore at your leisure.
The Ultimate Coach
Purpose built for the Ultimate Tour Series, this is a vehicle in a class of it’s own. A full size coach fitted with just 20 deluxe leather seats (normal coaches seat 49). Your deluxe coach features:
- Leather seats, fully reclining with extra width calf and footrest support for added comfort
- Panoramic viewing, air conditioning & seat belts
- Wood grain timber panelled storage to store your onboard travel bag
- A centre galley equipped with fridge for drinks storage
- Individual 240 volt power outlets available to charge your camera or mobile phone
- State of the art music system with multiple music channels, radio, CD & DVD with your own personal set of headphones
Your accommodation is in a carefully picked collection of stylish hotels chosen to enhance your Ultimate tour. All hotels are highly regarded for their superior level of comfort, extensive guest facilities and excellent locations.
Ultimate Tour Extras
As part of every Ultimate Tour you will receive a number of exclusive extras;
- A deluxe documentation pack made of a fine Ruskin material, designed to last a lifetime (this will waiting for you on arrival in New Zealand).
- An intimate farewell dinner on your final night including selected beverages It’s easy to spot the tours in the exclusive “Ultimate” range - they’re all called Ultimate!
Because these tours are exclusive they all sell out fast, so be sure to book early.
Price Per Person from Double Single Tour from £4052 £5220
Price shown is a guide only, please call us for an accurate price for your chosen dates.
- 18 nights accommodation
- Sightseeing as described
- Meals as shown (B – Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner, SD-Special Dinner)
- Baggage handling – 1 bag per person
- Travel by luxury air-conditioned Ultimate coach with only 20 seats
- Professional Coach Captain
- Airport transfers on arrival and departure
- Flights to/from New Zealand
- Gratuities for Coach Captain
- Meals, excursions & attractions not shown as included, or shown as optional
Pre/Post tour accommodation per person per night
Auckland: Twin £69 | SIngle £137
Christchurch: Twin £101 | Single £102
*Offer subject to availability and valid for new bookings only.