New Zealand Explorer

12 Days
Queenstown to Auckland
From (AUD)
$ 5,995
Dates & Pricing

2021/2022 Queenstown > Auckland

A cruise on the ethereal Milford Sound, introduces you to unique New Zealand. Witness the Franz Josef Glacier, go punting on Christchurch’s River Avon and unwind in the geothermal pools of Rotorua, before a Scenic Enrich Mãori experience. Conclude in Auckland after a visit to Hobbiton and embark on an excursion to the black sandy beaches and rainforests of Waitakere Ranges.
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12 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Queenstown

    Kia Ora and welcome to New Zealand for your four-night stay. Meet your Tour Director and travelling companions tonight at a welcome dinner.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Queenstown


    Take the Dart River Wilderness Jet or tour local wineries. Alternatively feel exhilarated on the Shotover jet, a 4WD tour of Skippers Canyon or Safari of the Scenes tour exploring The Lord of The Rings film set.

    Freechoice Dining

    Take a steamship cruise on TSS Earnslaw and enjoy dinner at Walter Peak, ride the Skyline Gondola and dine overlooking Queenstown or simply relax at the hotel’s restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Queenstown

    Journey to Fiordland National Park for an unforgettable cruise on Milford Sound. The sublime landscape is an isolated utopia, carved by ancient glaciers.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  4. Day 4 - Queenstown

    Today is yours to spend at your leisure, taking in the magnificent views of the lake and the Remarkables Mountains.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  5. Day 5 - Queenstown > Franz Josef

    Travel to the West Coast via the picturesque town of Wanaka. Arrive in Franz Josef and stand in wonder at Franz Josef Glacier with its ever changing face. Enjoy an overnight stay.

    Optional flight: Take a helicopter flight over Franz Josef or Fox Glacier and experience the wonder of landing in this natural alpine landscape. (Additional expense).

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Franz Josef > TranzAlpine > Christchurch

    Visit the home of New Zealand’s native greenstone, Hokitika. Join the TranzAlpine this afternoon for your rail journey across the Southern Alps back to Christchurch, considered one of the top six train journeys in the world. Enjoy a two-night stay at your hotel, situated just moments from Cathedral Square and Hagley Park. This evening, you’re invited to dinner at your hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Christchurch


    Go punting on the tranquil River Avon or explore the nearby Botanical gardens. Visit the award-winning Antarctic Centre for a truly immersive experience, or if you’d prefer, embark on an open top bus tour of the city.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  8. Day 8 - Christchurch > Rotorua

    After transferring to the airport and flying to Auckland in the North Island, you’ll travel to Rotorua for a two-night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Rotorua

    Be amazed by Rotoura’s unique geothermal activity during a visit to Te Puia.


    See the rare Kiwi at Rainbow Springs, or embark on an amphibious duck tour of Rotoura’s city and lakes. If you’d prefer, you can relax in the region’s famous geothermal pools on a Polynesian Spa Day or enjoy a ride on the gondola to Skyline with an opportunity to taste local wines.


    This evening, you’ll be warmly welcomed at Tamaki Village by local Mãori people, who will put on an insightful cultural show before telling stories of their ancestors. A delicious dinner will then be served, which has been cooked using a traditional Hangi.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Rotorua > Auckland

    Discover the award-winning Hobbiton on a guided tour with lunch.

    Later, continue to Auckland for a two-night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  11. Day 11 - Auckland

    Today, Auckland is yours to discover.


    Explore Waiheke Island’s history, nature, beaches and cuisine or join an America’s Cup sailing experience. Alternatively, you can visit the Waitakere Ranges, walk the rainforest and stroll the black sand beaches, or explore the city of Auckland on a guided tour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Auckland

    After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the tour will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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