New Zealand In Depth

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Day 1
Depart the UK today.
Day 2
In flight. A stopover can be added if preferred.
Day 3
Arrive in Auckland. Enjoy the rest of the day orientating yourself in the city.
Day 4
Join a fantastic half day tour of the city, seeing the sites from a local’s perspective.
Day 5
Collect a hire car and make your way north to the Bay of Islands.
Day 6
Join a scenic cruise this morning which takes you around some of the islands and the famous 'hole in the rock'. Afterwards enjoy a free afternoon in the Bay.
Day 7
Make your way back through Auckland and on to the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula.
Day 8
Take a walk to Cathedral Cove this morning then later on dig your own spa pool at Hot Water Beach.
Day 9
Make your way to the geothermal centre of Rotorua today.
Day 10
Visit one or two geothermal attractions today then this evening enjoy a Maori Cultural experience.
Day 11
Continue your journey to Napier today, on the coastline of Hawkes Bay.
Day 12
Take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront this morning then this afternoon join a guided wine tour.
Day 13
Make your way through the pretty Wairarapa region to Wellington. Drop your hire car off.
Day 14
Enjoy a free day in Wellington. Take the cable car up to the botanical gardens or spend time in the fantastic Te Papa Museum.
Day 15
Today you take the ferry to the South Island, enjoying the scenery of the Marlborough Sounds as you approach Picton. Collect a hire car and make your way to Nelson.
Day 16
Spend the day exploring Abel Tasman National Park. Join a cruise along the coastline and stretch your legs on one of the walking trails.
Day 17
Make your way through Blenheim and head down the east coast to Kaikoura. This is a beautiful coastal drive.
Day 18
Join a whale watching excursion this morning then spend the afternoon having a look around the lovely little shops and galleries of Kaikoura.
Day 19
Continue your journey down the coast to Christchurch. From here you head out on to Banks Peninsula and to the delightful waterfront town of Akaroa.
Day 20
Join a dolphin viewing excursion this morning, with the option to swim with the rare Hector’s Dolphin. Spend the afternoon exploring Akaroa.
Day 21
Make your way back through Christchurch and head over Arthur’s Pass, the highest crossing of the Southern Alps. Descend to the west coast and make your way to Punakaiki.
Day 22
You have a day around Paparoa National Park. Start by viewing the famous Pancake Rocks then perhaps visit the seal colony just outside nearby Westport.
Day 23
Wind your way down the west coast to Glacier Country.
Day 24
Start the day with a fantastic scenic flight over the glaciers then relax for the rest of the day in this lovely west coast location.
Day 25
A beautiful drive today though the magnificent Haast pass to Queenstown in the Southern Lakes region.
Day 26
Take a ride on the gondola up for superb views of Lake Wakatipu then enjoy some other activities in the afternoon – there’s plenty to choose from here.
Day 27
Drive through the undulating Otago region to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park.
Day 28
Take a fantastic cruise on Doubtful Sound, sure to be one of the highlights of your holiday.
Day 29
Make your way along the pretty Southern Scenic Route to the delightful Catlins region.
Day 30
Spend a day exploring the hidden gems of the Catlins – waterfalls, native forest and glorious coastline.
Day 31
Continue east to Dunedin.
Day 32
Join a guided nature tour on the Otago Peninsula this morning which includes a cruise and the opportunity to view yellow-eyed penguins as well as a visit to the Albatross Centre.
Day 33
Make your way north, first stopping at the fascinating Moeraki Boulders, then head inland to Mount Cook Village.
Day 34
You have the day to enjoy the superb mountain scenery of this area – there are some fantastic walks from the village but also make time to visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.
Day 35
The final leg of your journey back to Christchurch. Overnight in the city.
Day 36
Depending on your flight time you may have some time free in Christchurch. You board an overnight flight back to London.

Everything we do is tailor-made; our itineraries are just suggestions to give you an idea of what is possible. Please contact us so we can tailor the perfect holiday exclusively for you.

Despite being a relatively small country there is so much to see and do in New Zealand. For those who have the luxury of extended holiday time you can pretty much see it all. This is a wonderfully comprehensive itinerary that includes all the highlights of the North and South Islands along with many interesting places in between. You will have time to have a good look around and really get under the skin of this magical place.

2 nights Auckland – 2 nights Bay of Islands – 1 night North Auckland – 2 nights Coromandel – 2 nights Rotorua – 2 nights Napier – 2 nights Wellington – 2 nights Nelson/Abel Tasman – 2 nights Kaikoura – 2 nights Akaroa – 2 nights Punakaiki – 2 nights Fox or Franz Josef Glacier – 2 nights Queenstown – 2 nights Te Anau – 2 nights Catlins – 2 nights Dunedin – 2 nights Mount Cook – 1 night Christchurch

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