Ultimate New Zealand, Loyalty Departure

From Auckland to Christchurch, discover the dramatic landscape of New Zealand. Highlights include the Bay of Islands, Queenstown & a Milford Sound Cruise.

24 Days
Auckland to Christchurch
From (AUD)
$ 11,595
Dates & Pricing

2019 Auckland > Christchurch

Almost as if mythical, New Zealand’s dramatic mountains, ethereal glaciers and dynamic culture write their own stories.
After falling in love with Auckland, the city of sails, you will experience ancient Kauri forests and the spectacular beauty of the Bay of Islands. Explore the geothermal wonders of Rotorua and learn about New Zealand’s version of Hollywood, Wellington before cruising to the South Island where a crisp Sauvignon blanc is waiting for you. Discover the resilience of Christchurch before travelling on one of the great train journeys of the world - the TranzAlpine. The Franz Josef Glacier is a highlight, as is the energy and passion of Queenstown. Milford Sound is simply breathtaking and waking up to the view of Mount Cook will be a treasured memory for years to come.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
ULI
Duration:
24 days
Departure City:
Auckland
Return City:
Christchurch

24 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Arrive Auckland

    Kia Ora and welcome to Auckland for a two-night stay. Celebrate the wonder of New Zealand at a welcome dinner and cocktail function.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Auckland

    Freechoice

    Sail on an authentic America’s Cup yacht or explore the wine and cuisine of Waiheke Island. Alternatively take a leisurely morning harbour cruise or Waitakere Wilderness Experience and discover the black sand beaches of the West Coast, or join a small group sightseeing tour of Auckland.

    Freechoice Dining

    Choose between a sunset dinner yacht cruise, Degree Gastro Bar, Orbit 360 at Sky City or dinner at Grand Millennium Brasserie.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Auckland > Omapere

    Travel north towards the Bay of Islands and visit the Kauri Museum to learn about the history of the local pioneers.

    Enrich

    The sense of awe you feel as you see the mighty Tane Mahuta kauri tree for the first time is unforgettable. Listen to stories from your local Maori guide about the ‘Lord of the Forest’.

    Sundowners

    Watch the sunset on Hokianga Bay with a drink on the terrace of your hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Omapere > Paihia

    Freechoice

    Take a lunch cruise or enjoy a ferry ride to Russell, the birthplace of European settlement in New Zealand. Alternatively, cruise to Cape Brett Lighthouse and through the Hole in the Rock (weather permitting), or join a Taste of the Bay tour.

    Your base for the next two nights is Paihia.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Paihia

    Enrich

    Travel to the top of New Zealand – Cape Reinga – and enjoy the thrill of travelling along Ninety Mile Beach.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  6. Day 6 - Paihia > Auckland

    This morning discover Waitangi Treaty Grounds with a Maori guide.

    Enrich

    Be entertained by an authentic Maori cultural performance inside the beautifully carved meeting house.

    Return to your hotel in Auckland for a one-night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  7. Day 7 - Auckland > Rotorua

    Visit the Hobbiton Movie Set before arriving in Rotorua, home of Maori culture and bubbling mud pools, for a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  8. Day 8 - Rotorua

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

    Freechoice

    Witness a sheep show, take an amphibious duck tour or relax in the geothermal pools. Alternatively, enjoy wine-tasting and the skyline gondola.

    Later on, immerse yourself in Maori traditions at an authentic hangi dinner.

    Optional Flight - Take a flight to Mt Tarawera, including a volcanic landing. (Additional expense). Please call for details.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Rotorua > Napier

    Witness the force of nature at Huka Falls before visiting magnificent Lake Taupo. Enjoy an overnight stay in the home of Art Deco, Napier.

    Enrich

    Meet the makers at a special wine-tasting and dinner at the award-winning Mission Estate Winery.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Napier > Wellington

    Freechoice

    Take a walking tour of Napier’s Art Deco buildings, or enjoy a Vintage Car Highlights Tour. Alternatively, take a guided tour of the Aquarium and experience a behind the scenes tour of the little penguins.

    Continue to Wellington for a two-night stay at your hotel in Harbourview rooms.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Wellington

    Explore Wellington’s sights on your city tour before visiting the National Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa.

    Enrich

    Take an in-depth journey of Te Papa to discover the treasures and stories of New Zealand’s land and people. Concludes with kapu ti – a hot drink and traditionally inspired food.

    Enrich

    You’ll meet the team from Weta Workshops responsible for movies like “The Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy and” King Kong’. Get up close and personal with movie props and learn the secrets behind movie magic before enjoying dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Wellington > Blenheim

    Travel in the premium lounge on the ferry across the Marlborough Sounds to start your discovery of the South Island.

    Freechoice

    Choose between wine-tasting at the home of Sauvignon Blanc or visit Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre.

    Stay overnight in Blenheim.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Blenheim > Christchurch

    Drive along the spectacular east coast where rugged mountains meet the ocean. At Kaikoura discover the diverse marine life. Experience how Christchurch is recovering during your two-night stay. This afternoon enjoy an iconic tram ride.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  14. Day 14 - Christchurch

    Freechoice

    Go punting on the River Avon, take the Botanic Gardens Tour or enjoy an open top bus ride around Christchurch. Alternatively visit the International Antarctic Centre – the choice is entirely yours.

    Freechoice Dining

    Choose between dinner at the hotel or experiencing a home-hosted three course dinner with a local family.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Christchurch > Mt Cook

    Travel through the patchwork countryside of the Canterbury Plains. See Lake Tekapo and visit the Church of the Good Shepherd before soaking up the alpine landscape of Mt Cook National Park. Enjoy an overnight Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Mt Cook > Dunedin

    Visit the Moeraki Boulders, a unique sight featuring huge spherical boulders scattered across a sandy beach. Then immerse yourself in New Zealand’s oldest University City, Dunedin, with a two-night stay.

    Freechoice Dining

    Choose between Speights Brewery, Etrusco’s and the hotel’s Carlton Restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Dunedin

    Freechoice

    Tour Larnach Castle or visit the breeding colony of Royal Albatross. Alternatively, take a heritage walking tour, or the scenic Taieri Gorge Railway or enjoy Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour.

    Explore the Scottish heritage of Dunedin with a traditional haggis ceremony.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  18. Day 18 - Dunedin > Milford Sound

    Enjoy an overnight Special Stay on board the Milford Mariner amidst the majesty of Milford Sound.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Milford Sound > Queenstown

    Awake to breathtaking beauty in Milford Sound. In the darkness of Te Anau caves, see the shimmer of thousands of glowworms before you arrive in Queenstown for your three night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  20. Day 20 - Queenstown

    Freechoice

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

    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

  21. Day 21 - Queenstown

    A free day to discover Queenstown.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  22. Day 22 - Queenstown > Franz Josef

    Enjoy a jet boat ride on the Haast River. Stand in wonder at Franz Josef Glacier with its ever-changing face before your overnight Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Franz Josef > Christchurch

    Take a helicopter flight over the Franz Josef or Fox Glacier and experience the wonder of landing on this natural alpine landscape.

    Join the TranzAlpine this afternoon for your rail journey across the Southern Alps before arriving back in Christchurch for your overnight stay. Celebrate your adventures during a farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  24. Day 24 - Christchurch

    It’s time to bid a fond farewell to your new friends and the wonders of New Zealand. After breakfast you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

EXCLUSIVE member benefits
  • Enjoy a welcome cocktail function in the thriving city of Auckland
  • Experience the ultimate glacier adventure with a helicopter flight at Franz Josef
  • Indulge in a haggis ceremony in Dunedin
  • Enjoy three nights at the multi-award winning luxury boutique hotel, The George in Christchurch
  • Get up close with the artistry behind filmmaking with a Weta Workshops tour in Wellington followed by a sumptuous dinner

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