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Essential New Zealand

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Admire the spectacular scenery of Milford Sound on a cruise

Queenstown, Christchurch, Rotorua, Bay of Islands, Auckland

Includes return Economy airfares

15 days from £2,399pp including flights and hotels

Covering some of New Zealand’s best loved attractions, this compact Journey is well-suited to those with less time to spare. more »
Covering the mountains and adrenaline sports of Queenstown, the geological wonders of Rotorua and the peaceful landscapes of the Bay of Islands, you’ll also have the chance to explore the vibrant cities of Auckland and Christchurch.

What's included

  • International & internal flights
  • 11 nights in 4-5* hotels
  • 3 days' car hire
  • Hobbiton Movie set tour
  • Milford Sound cruise
  • Airport transfers
  • *One way Car Hire fee may apply
15 days from £2,399pp was £2865
Plan your holiday

What to expect

  • Admire the spectacular scenery of Milford Sound on a cruise
  • Explore Middle Earth on your Hobbiton Movie Set tour
  • Look out for dolphins in the tranquil Bay of Islands
  • Discover Christchurch’s leafy parks and gardens

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Need to know

  • Arrives: Queenstown Airport (ZQN)
  • Time difference: GMT+13
  • Visa requirements: British passport holders do not require a visa
  • Language: English and Maori
  • Currency: New Zealand dollar (NZD)
  • Flying time from UK: around 27 hours
  • Plug type: 3-prong flat blade plug
  • Voltage: 240 volts/50 cycles

Your itinerary

Days 1-2

Fly from the UK to Queenstown.

Days 3-5


Start your Journey with a bang in fun-filled Queenstown, where adventurous activities abound. Perhaps try jetboating on the Shotover River, or skydive over the beautiful Lake Wakatipu. Once you’ve got your breath back, set sail on a relaxing cruise on the still waters of Milford Sound. Get your camera ready and look out for dolphins as you sail among the towering cliffs, plunging waterfalls and pretty forests.

Peppers Beacon
Milford Sound Day tour

Days 6-7


Explore the leafy city of Christchurch, the largest settlement on the South Island. Here you can while away the days in the cafés and restaurants, shop ‘til you drop in the boutiques or sample a cocktail or two in the bars. Be sure to take a look at the quirky Cardboard Cathedral, a temporary replacement for the one that fell in the 2011 earthquake, and explore the greener side of the city with a punting trip on the pretty River Avon.

Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch

Days 8-9


Fly to the North Island and discover Rotorua, a geothermal playground of geysers, steam vents and hot springs. Rotorua is also at the heart of New Zealand’s Maori culture so is the perfect place to learn more about local traditions and legends. While you’re here you’ll take a day trip to Hobbiton, where you’ll peer into the Hobbit Holes and dine at the Green Dragon Inn on your tour of the set of the acclaimed films Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua
Hobbiton Movie Set tour

Days 10-11

Bay of Islands

Sit back and admire the beautiful sea views from your waterfront hotel in the Bay of Islands. This collection of 150 tranquil islets is a kayaking, swimming or sailing paradise. It’s not just about the sea and the scenery though, as this is also the place where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840, sealing the agreement between the Maori chiefs and the British settlers, and creating the new country of New Zealand.

The Waterfront Suites

Days 12-13


Arrive in Auckland and get your bearings with an ascent of the 328 metre-high Sky Tower, giving you far reaching views across the city and beyond. If you prefer the outdoors, perhaps take the ferry to peaceful Waiheke Island, where you’ll find pristine beaches and pretty vineyards just 35 minutes by boat from Auckland. Alternatively, drive down to the suburb of Titirangi, dotted with art galleries, cafés and parks.

Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Days 14-15

Depart Auckland and return to the UK.

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