Classic New Zealand

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Best time to go: January to April, October to December

19 Nights | from £7,574pp

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  • Take a road-trip of a lifetime around North and South Island
  • Discover Maori culture in Wellington and eat a Maori feast in Rotorua
  • Admire sparkling Fox and Franz Josef glaciers by helicopter
  • Cruise and kayak the gorgeous coastline of Abel Tasman National Park
  • Ride the TranzAlpine train through the Southern Alps

Days 1 - 2 UK / Auckland
Leave the UK, bound for Auckland.

Days 3 - 4 Auckland
Waterside Auckland is the ‘City of Sails’, a lively hub where boat-bobbing harbours sit before a backdrop of soaring towers, cool cafes and innovative galleries. Head up Mount Eden – the city’s tallest volcano – for an overview; visit the fascinating Maori and Pacific Island displays in the Auckland Museum; admire the historic buildings of Parnell; and graze along the restaurant-dotted waterfront.
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour | Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Auckland / Rotorua
Time to hop in your car and hit the road – and roads don’t come much more scenic and inviting than in New Zealand. Having a car gives you total freedom, and immediately you have multiple stop-off choices on your drive south to Rotorua. If you’re a movie fan, opt for Middle Earth – you can take a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set here.
Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
Distance: 140 miles | Driving time: approx. 2hrs 45mins

Day 6 Rotorua
Sublimely strange Rotorua is home to one of the world’s most concentrated geothermal areas – the air is tinged with sulphur and the ground fizzes with hot springs. Learn the town’s backstory at the Rotorua Museum, meet the residents of Kiwi Encounter (a nursery for the country’s national bird), then witness the geothermal action at Te Puia. See geysers shoot and mud-pots gurgle, then sit down for an evening of Maori storytelling and cuisine, including a traditional hangi meal, cooked on hot stones under the ground.
Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

Days 7 - 8 Rotorua / Napier
It’s a breathtaking drive, via dramatic ridges and winding switchbacks, to Napier. This graceful town on Hawke’s Bay is a cluster of classy art deco buildings, and a real foodie hub. Join a guide to meet some of the local producers, and smell and sample their tantalising wares.
Breckenridge Lodge | Meals: Breakfast
Distance: 135 miles | Driving time: approx. 2hrs 45mins

Days 9 - 10 Napier / Wellington
Get under the skin of New Zealand in its beautiful, culture-rich capital, Wellington. Start at the matchless Te Papa museum, a treasure-trove of Maori artifacts –tour with a guide for the greatest insight. Spend time strolling around the 'Coolest Capital In the World' from the city's compact centre to the fringing hills and parks.
Intercontinental Wellington | Meals: Breakfast
Distance: 195 miles | Driving time: approx. 4hrs

Day 11 Wellington / Nelson
Once you've crossed the Cook Strait and disembarked at Picton, follow the Queen Charlotte Drive, one of the most picturesque stretches of road in the country, which ducks and dives amid rolling hills and glistening inlets.
Edenhouse | Meals: Breakfast
Distance: 85 miles | Driving time: approx. 1hr 45mins

Day 12 Nelson
Abel Tasman National Park is a captivating swathe of golden beaches, turquoise waters, rocky promontories and verdant bush. Board a boat to cruise this exquisite coastline, looking out for dolphins riding the bow waves and fur seals on the hunt for fish. Jump in for a swim, explore the nooks and crannies by kayak, or simply relax on deck and watch the glorious shoreline unfold.
Edenhouse | Meals: Breakfast

Days 13 - 14 Nelson / Christchurch
Drive south, dissecting the mountains and plains to reach the friendly city of Christchurch. Just to the east lies the Banks Peninsula, a rugged, volcanic protrusion riddled with quiet bays and ancient lava flows. From pretty Akaroa, take a boat trip to look for Hector’s dolphins, the smallest and rarest marine dolphins in the world.
The George Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
Distance: 260 miles | Driving time: approx. 5hrs

Days 15 - 16 Christchurch / Franz Josef
Running from Christchurch to Greymouth, and slicing through the mighty Southern Alps, the TranzAlpine is one of the planet’s greatest train trips. Ride this dramatic railway, then drive on to Franz Josef, where one of New Zealand’s most impressive glaciers seems to ooze right into the village. To get the ultimate view, swoop across the Franz Josef and Fox Glacier snowfields by helicopter.
Westwood Lodge | Meals: Breakfast
Distance: 240 miles | Driving time: approx. 5hrs

Day 17 Franz Josef / Queenstown
The drive from Franz Josef to Queenstown is a stunner. Trace the wild, wave-bashed west coast, then veer inland via a speckle of lakes, white rivers, alpine passes and curious kea (large mountain parrots) to reach the lakeside town.
Azur Lodge | Meals: Breakfast
Distance: 220 miles | Driving time: approx. 4hrs 30mins

Days 18 - 19 Queenstown
Queenstown is the adventure capital of New Zealand – there seems to be no activity you can’t try here, from bungy-jumping to jetboating. One trip not to miss is a scenic flight over the mountains to reach Milford Sound; land here to board a luxury cruise along the dramatic, waterfall-tickled inlet, looking out for dolphins, fur seals and penguins as you go.
Azur Lodge | Meals: Breakfast

Day 20 Queenstown / UK
Head to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide this 20 day suggested holiday will cost from £7,574 per person, based on two sharing, including international flights.

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Best time to be there

Summer on the north island (December to February) is ideal for outdoor pursuits with mild temperatures and hours of sunshine. Venture to the numerous ski slopes and warm up close to a crackling fire during the winter months in June to August.

Fly to

Auckland (Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti Nui, daily)

flying time

26 hours, one stop

time difference

GMT +12 hours


Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

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