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Enchanting New Zealand - 16 days map

Taking in the best of the North and South Islands, spot birdlife at the Coromandel Peninsula, learn about Maori heritage in Rotorua, explore the volcanic valley of Waimangu, visit charming seaside towns and trendy cities, discover the golden coves and turquoise lagoons of Abel Tasman National Park, opt for a helicopter ride over Fox Glacier, and cruise Milford Sound on this 16 day escorted group tour of New Zealand.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Auckland – Enjoy free time in this pretty urban city with breathtaking beaches and vibrant culture
Rotorua – Visit the Te Puia geothermal site and a Kiwi conservation project, then opt to visit Waimangu Volcanic Valley or Hobbiton, plus experience a Te Pa Tu Maori cultural evening
Wellington – Ride the cable car over New Zealand's capital city and visit the country's national museum - Te Papa
Punakaiki -Discover the world-famous Pancake Rocks and blowholes, an impressive natural wonder
Milford Sound – Pass through incredible Fiordland National Park and enjoy a cruise on Milford Sound - look out for dolphins!
Coromandel Peninsula – Ride the Driving Creek Railway for panoramic views and enjoy a free day to explore the scenic area
Napier – Discover the town on foot and indulge in an evening of wine and dinner at the Mission Estate Winery
Abel Tasman National Park – Cruise the waters of this national park and enjoy optional hiking across wild beaches and through lush scenery
Te Anau – Spend a night beside the largest lake on the South Island and the gateway to Fiordland National Park
Queenstown – End your adventure in this city on the picturesque Lake Wakatipu

Included

15 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 3 dinners
Airport arrival and departure transfers on day 1 and day 16
All relevant transfers and transportation in modern air-conditioned vehicle
Touring of Napier & Wellington
Visit to Waimangu Volcanic Valley or Hobbiton Movie Set
Mission Estate Winery dinner
Abel Tasman National Park cruise
Milford Sound cruise & lunch
15 nights 4 star hotels
Escorted by an expert local guide/driver with specialist local guides at some sites
Ferry across the Cook Strait
Coromandel narrow-gauge railway
Te Pa Tu Maori experience
Wine tasting at one of Marlborough’s premier wineries
Local eco-guided tour or an authentic 4WD adventure at Wanaka
Note: This tour is operated in conjunction with our trusted partner and you will join travellers from different operators, not solely On The Go.

Not Included

International flights and visas
Optional activities
Items of a personal nature (telephone calls, laundry, travel insurance etc)
Tip for your tour guide driver. We recommend you allow $4 - 7 USD per day per traveller. Tipping your tour guide is an entirely personal gesture.

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Auckland!

Upon arrival into Auckland you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day offers free time for you to explore the local area; why not ask your guide for tips on where to eat in the evening.
Overnight: Auckland

Day 2

Coromandel Peninsula

Auckland – Whitianga. Today we head south across the Hauraki Plains to Thames before continuing up the western side of the Coromandel Peninsula. The coastal drive along this route is truly breathtaking. On clear days, be sure to watch for the SkyTower, visible across the Firth of Thames. We pay a visit to the nearby Driving Creek Railway, where we climb 120 meters on a narrow-gauge line to the 'EyeFull' Tower, offering panoramic views of the picturesque countryside and back over the Hauraki Gulf. We continue our journey across the peninsula until we arrive at the resort of Whitianga on Mercury Bay.
Overnight: Whitianga  |  Breakfast

Day 3

A Free day on the Coromandel Peninsula

The Coromandel region is a vibrant canvas of white cliffs, sun-kissed golden beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and lush green forests. In the summer, vibrant scarlet hues emerge thanks to the blossoming Pohutukawa trees. One of its most renowned attractions is Hot Water Beach, where natural hot springs bubble up through the sandy shores and during the right tide conditions you can create your own "spa" pool in the warm waters.

Stroll along the beautiful sandy beaches of Hahei and visit Cooks Beach, named in honour of Captain James Cook who sailed into Mercury Bay in 1769.

From Cooks Beach you can choose to catch the short ferry ride back to Whitianga and walk to our accommodation or travel back with our driver.
Overnight: Whitianga  |  Breakfast

Day 4

The Pacific Coast Highway to Rotorua

Whitianga – Rotorua. Setting off in the morning we follow the Pacific Coast Highway through the coastal towns of Whangamata and Tauranga before turning inland. We stop for a bushwalk with scenic views over Okere Falls, before continuing to Rotorua, the epicentre of Maori heritage and New Zealand’s geothermal activity. Here we visit Te Puia. Te Puia is an active geothermal site, the nation’s centre for indigenous arts and crafts, and a Kiwi conservation project.
Overnight: Rotorua  |  Breakfast

Day 5

A Day of Your Choosing

Your choice of activity today must be made at the time of booking. Please let our Reservations team know which included activity you would like to partake in.

Today we have a choice between two different activities. Option 1 is a visit to the Waimangu Volcanic Valley which is the site of the Mt Tarawera eruption in 1886. This monumental event reshaped the landscape permanently, giving rise to the valley we explore today. As we wander through we encounter bubbling craters and brilliantly coloured steaming lakes. We embark on a cruise across Lake Rotomahana to the location of the silica terraces where we witness the gradual formation of new silica terraces.

Option 2 is a Middle-earth experience with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set where we explore the iconic Shire. Our guide will walk us through the ten-acre site, sharing insights on how the movie set was brought to life. We get to see the Hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn, The Millhouse, and other film structures, witnessing the transformation of this beautiful Waikato farmland into Middle-earth's Shire.

In the evening we head to the Tamaki Maori Village for Te Pa Tu. The experience aligns with the Maori lunar calendar, offering Maori traditions, songs, and seasonal cuisine within the forest village. We enjoy a 4-course fusion feast designed by Maori chefs and served outdoors or in the dining room, depending on the weather.

Return hotel transfers are included, and we join other travellers for this enriching experience.
Overnight: Rotorua  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

Rotorua to Napier

Rotorua – Napier. This morning we head south, past Huka Falls to the vast Lake Taupo. If clear skies permit, from here we should be able to see the peaks of Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro, where lays the volcanic terrain that acted as the backdrop of ‘Mordor’ in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. We continue our journey to Napier, a joyful seaside town that had a tragic birth which we learn about today as we explore its sights on foot.

Our journey today has brought us to the North Island’s wine country, so this evening we are treated to dinner with a glass of wine at the Mission Estate Winery. First set up by missionaries in the mid-19th century, today these vineyards produce award-winning wines. We enjoy a tour of the winery before enjoying our dinner with sweeping views over Napier.
Overnight: Napier  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

On To Wellington

Napier – Wellington. This morning we make our way to New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington, home to artists, writers and filmmakers with a trendy cafe culture. We see the magnificent Parliament Buildings, including the iconic 'Beehive' building before heading to the Kelburn Lookout. After taking the cable car down to the city centre we go to the Te Papa, one of the most exciting museums in the world where we have a lesson in the land, people, wildlife, landscapes and culture of New Zealand.
Overnight: Wellington  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8

From North to South Island

Wellington – Nelson. Today we cross the Cook Strait on one of the most picturesque ferry journeys in the world. Often accompanied by dolphins riding the bow wave, we arrive in Picton on the South Island. We travel to Blenheim, nestled in the heart of the renowned Marlborough wine country. What could be a more perfect way to savour this region, celebrated for its Sauvignon Blanc, than indulging in wine tasting at one of Marlborough's top wineries? From here we head to the delightful town of Nelson, where we spend the next two nights.
Overnight: Nelson  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Abel Tasman National Park

Your choice of activity today must be made at the time of booking. Please let our Reservations team know which included activity you would like to partake in.

We spend today soaking up the beauty of Abel Tasman National Park, with its golden coves, turquoise lagoons and forest ranges. Since there are few roads in this national park we see the sights of it by boat instead. Boarding a small cruiser at Kaiteriteri we head out to enjoy the scenery with plenty of stops along the way for swimming and exploring on foot. Arriving back in Kaiteriteri after the cruise, you have three options.

Option 1 is to relax in the town of Kaiteriteri at leisure.

Option 2 is to join a shorter 7km (2.5 hour) self-guided walk to fabulous Anchorage Beach.

Option 3 is to join a longer 10.5km (4 hour) self-guided walk to Anchorage Beach including the scenic highlights of the South Head lookout, the famous Falls River swing-bridge and Cleopatra’s Pool.

After these activities are completed, we transfer back to Nelson for the evening.
Overnight: Nelson  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Nelson Lakes National Park & Punakaiki

Nelson – Punakaiki. This morning we journey through the captivating Nelson Lakes National Park, which features rugged peaks, lush forests, glacial lakes, and the majestic Southern Alps. We take some time to explore the charming village of St. Arnaud, before turning inland along the Buller River Gorge, a stunning scenic drive. We then follow the coastline south to the small settlement of Punakaiki. This area is renowned for its wild and untamed shoreline, as well as the famous 'Pancake Rocks' – striking limestone formations that stand as a remarkable testament to the forces of nature.
Overnight: Punakaiki  |  Breakfast

Day 11

Franz Josef & Fox Glacier

Punakaiki – Fox Glacier. Leaving Punakaiki behind we travel on to Hokitika on the West Coast where we visit its galleries of greenstone jewellery and artwork. Continuing to Hokitika Gorge we stretch our legs and discover the blue/green waters that pass through the rugged rocks. Following the road south we reach Franz Josef and then on to the village of Fox which is where the huge rivers of snow and ice of the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers flow from vast snowfields high in the Southern Alps, down almost to sea level. If the weather allows there is the option of a helicopter ride over the glaciers at an extra cost.
Overnight: Fox Glacier  |  Breakfast

Day 12

Mt Aspiring National Park

Fox Glacier – Wanaka. First thing today we visit nearby Lake Matheson which, when weather conditions are just right, perfectly mirrors Mount Cook in its waters creating a stunning visual effect. From here we head up over the Haast Past along the river road, which took more than 40 years to complete, travelling deep into Mt Aspiring National Park to Lake Wanaka and the picturesque resort town of Wanaka.
Overnight: Wanaka  |  Breakfast

Day 13

Wanaka

Your choice of activity today must be made at the time of booking. Please let our Reservations team know which included activity you would like to partake in.

Today we have a choice of two included excursions. Option 1 sees you join an eco tour. Depart Wanaka by boat and escape civilisation as we cruise to an island where we hike through vibrant native vegetation to find a hidden mountaintop lake surrounded by small islands. We trek on to reach the island's summit for a 360-degree view of Lake Wanaka, its mountains and valleys, and the Arethusa Pool. Look out for the rare Buff Weka, a flightless bird extinct on Mainland NZ since 1920, which often joins visitors.

Option 2 is a 4WD adventure. We will explore a perfect mix of stunning scenery, history, and farm life in New Zealand's High Country. We will traverse remote back roads on an authentic farm with Lake Wanaka as our backdrop, surrounded by nature's beauty. We get up close to farm animals and visit historical sites, all while enjoying optional hikes through alpine meadows and lakeside forests, offering a unique insight into Wanaka's history, heritage, modern farming, and breathtaking landscapes.

When we return to Wanaka we have the afternoon at leisure to relax or enjoy the town.
Overnight: Wanaka  |  Breakfast

Day 14

Wanaka to Te Anau

Wanaka – Te Anau. We begin our day from Wanaka, stopping at the iconic Cardrona Pub. Then we venture through the Crown Range road to explore historic Arrowtown, a charming gold rush village nestled beneath majestic peaks near the Arrow River. We carry on along the scenic road between the Remarkables mountain range and stunning Lake Wakatipu before traversing a glacial valley turned farmland to reach Lake Te Anau. This is the South Island's largest freshwater lake and the entry point to Fiordland National Park.
Overnight: Te Anau  |  Breakfast

Day 15

Fiordland National Park & Milford Sound

Te Anau – Queenstown. The journey from Te Anau to Milford Sound is one of the most scenic drives you can experience. Fiordland National Park, part of the Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area is awe-inspiring, and features towering mountains and deep valleys sculpted by ancient glaciers. Milford Sound, famously dubbed the 'eighth wonder of the world' by Rudyard Kipling, is a breathtaking destination in any weather.

Following this we embark on a comfortable cruise, passing the iconic Mitre Peak to reach the Tasman Sea. Keep a lookout for seals and dolphins, which often grace the fiord's waters. After the cruise we retrace our route back to Te Anau and then journey through the Southland farmlands and circle the stunning Lake Wakatipu to reach Queenstown.
Overnight: Queenstown  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 16

Saying Goodbye

Today our adventure in New Zealand comes to an end. A transfer takes you to Queenstown Airport for your flight home.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates are guaranteed with 2 travellers. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to all solo travellers, or if your booking party cannot reach the minimum of 2 persons in a room. Single Rooms can also be booked by any other person wanting the comfort and privacy of their own room.

Guaranteed Departure
2025
Twin Share
Single Room
11 Jan - 26 Jan 5% off
€7,125
€6,769
€9,395
€8,925
25 Jan - 09 Feb 5% off G
€7,125
€6,769
€9,395
€8,925
22 Feb - 09 Mar 5% off G
€7,125
€6,769
€9,395
€8,925
08 Mar - 23 Mar 5% off G
€7,125
€6,769
€9,395
€8,925
22 Mar - 06 Apr 5% off G
€7,125
€6,769
€9,395
€8,925
19 Apr - 04 May 5% off G
€6,605
€6,275
€8,775
€8,336
10 May - 25 May 5% off G
€6,095
€5,790
€8,135
€7,728

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Pre Tour Accommodation - Auckland
€165
€0
Post Tour Accommodation - Queenstown
€145
€0

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

M Social, Auckland

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The M Social Hotel in Auckland is the perfect blend of modern design and convenient location. Situated in Auckland’s vibrant waterfront, this modern hotel offers an unbeatable location to explore the city. The hotel boasts a variety of well-decorated rooms and suites with stunning views of the city or harbour. Each room is designed for comfort and style, featuring sleek decor, comfortable beds, and modern amenities to make your stay truly comfortable. A highlight of the M Social Hotel is the stylish Beast & Butterflies restaurant, serving up delicious Asia Pacific cuisine. When relaxing in the hotel guests can make the most of the modern fitness centre or enjoy some drinks at the bar to unwind after a day of exploring.

Oceans Resort, Whitianga

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Oceans Resort enjoys a prime location right on Simpsons & Buffalo Beach, where guests can enjoy the serene sounds of the ocean and picturesque sea views. Accommodation at Oceans Resort are a selection of spacious and modern apartments, some featuring fully equipped kitchens, living areas, and private balconies. These tasteful rooms provide the perfect blend of comfort and convenience. The resort's facilities include a heated swimming pool and spa, inviting you to unwind after a day discovering the Coromandel Peninsula. For those looking to explore, the Whitianga town centre is just a short stroll away, offering a variety of dining, shopping, and recreational activities.

Millennium Hotel Rotorua, Rotorua

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Set in the heart of Rotorua, the Millennium Hotel offers a unique blend of luxurious comfort and access to local natural beauty. The hotel's location places you within easy reach of Rotorua's geothermal parks, Maori cultural experiences, and adventure activities, making it an ideal choice for exploring the diverse attractions of this captivating city. Rooms provide a perfect place for relaxation. Guests can expect modern amenities, comfortable furnishings, and some rooms even offer stunning views of Lake Rotorua or the surrounding landscapes. Millennium Hotel Rotorua offers a variety of facilities to enhance your stay, including a heated pool & fitness centre. The hotel offers two restaurants that serve delectable menus of local and international cuisine. A contemporary cocktail bar is also found on site for guests to enjoy.

Regal Palms Resort, Rotorua

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Found in the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua, the Regal Palms Resort is a luxurious escape surrounded by nature's marvels. Conveniently located on the edge of the city, this resort provides easy access to Rotorua's iconic attractions, including geysers, hot springs, and cultural experiences. Rooms at the Regal Palms Resort are stylish and modern, offering a variety of spacious and well-equipped suites and villas. Each unit boasts modern amenities such as an ensuite, a TV, A/C, and a small kitchenette with private balconies or courtyards, creating a serene retreat for guests. The resort's facilities include a heated outdoor pool, mineral spa pools, a fitness centre, tennis courts, and a mini gold course, allowing guests to unwind and rejuvenate. The on-site day spa offers a range of pampering treatments for ultimate relaxation.

Scenic Hotel Te Pania , Napier

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Scenic Hotel Te Pania is a jewel on the Napier waterfront, offering a prime location to explore. The hotel's accommodations feature a blend of modern comfort and style, with many rooms providing panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. Each room is elegantly decorated, equipped with A/C, a TV, WiFi, and an en-suite. Guests can unwind in the hotel's restaurant and bar, serving a delicious array of local cuisine and fine wines. The outdoor terrace is perfect for enjoying a meal and a drink with the picturesque backdrop of the sea. Scenic Hotel Te Pania boasts exceptional facilities, including a fitness centre, a bar, and complimentary Wi-Fi, ensuring a convenient stay for its guests. Its central location allows easy access to Napier's vibrant arts and culture scene, making it an ideal choice for exploring this unique destination.

DoubleTree By Hilton Wellington, Wellington

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

DoubleTree by Hilton Wellington is perfectly situated in the heart of New Zealand's vibrant capital city. The hotel's location is unbeatable, just steps away from Wellington's bustling business district and the city's major attractions. It's a great base for exploring the Te Papa Museum, the iconic Wellington Cable Car, and the vibrant scene along the waterfront. Rooms are comfortable, clean and stylish and guests can expect plush furnishings, modern amenities and splendid views of the city from some rooms. Facilities include a fitness centre and a restaurant/bar serving Asian and European inspired cuisine.

Rutherford Hotel Nelson, Nelson

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Rutherford Hotel in Nelson is the perfect hotel for travellers to this charming coastal city. Ideally situated in the heart of Nelson's central business district, the hotel offers easy access to the city, as well as the picturesque waterfront and nearby parks. Rooms at the Rutherford Hotel are modern and comfortable in addition to many boasting splendid views of the city or the nearby Tasman Bay. The hotel features excellent facilities, including a fitness centre, and a restaurant/bar.

Scenic Hotel Punakaiki, Punakaiki

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

With a picturesque beach right on the doorstep, the Scenic Hotel Punakaiki boasts easy access to the famous Pancake Rocks and Blowholes, the seaside village of Punakaiki, and Paparoa National Park. Its comfortable and spacious rooms feature an en-suite, WiFi, and panoramic views of either the surrounding green forest or ocean. Guests can enjoy the ‘Ocean View Restaurant & Bar’ which offers delicious dishes prepared using premium New Zealand ingredients.

Distinction Fox Glacier Hotel, Fox Glacier

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Situated in the charming township of Fox Glacier, the Distinction Fox Glacier Hotel provides a perfect base for exploring the awe-inspiring Fox Glacier and nearby attractions. Rooms are designed for comfort and relaxation, many with stunning mountain or rainforest views. Paired with its modern amenities and cosy furnishings ensure a pleasant stay. The hotel offers excellent facilities, including a welcoming bar and restaurant serving delectable cuisine, perfect for refuelling after a day of adventure in the surrounding wilderness.

Edgewater Hotel, Wanaka

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Edgewater Hotel in Wanaka offers a spectacular retreat set against the backdrop of the Southern Alps and the pristine waters of Lake Wanaka. This idyllic location provides guests with a serene and picturesque escape in the South Island. Many rooms offer breathtaking lake or mountain views and feature modern amenities such as ensuites, A/C, and TV’s, ensuring a comfortable and relaxing stay. The hotel's amenities include a restaurant serving delicious local cuisine and a bar for unwinding with a drink. Edgewater Hotel also features a heated pool, spa pools, tennis courts, and a fitness centre, offering opportunities for recreation and relaxation.

Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Distinction Luxmore Hotel in Te Anau is a gateway to the stunning Fiordland region, nestled on the shores of Lake Te Anau. The hotel provides a comfortable and welcoming retreat after a day of adventure. Rooms are thoughtfully designed and equipped with modern amenities such as an ensuite, WiFi, and a TV, ensuring a restful stay. Many rooms offer scenic views of Lake Te Anau or the surrounding mountains. The hotel features an on-site restaurant and a cosy bar where guests can savour local and international cuisine while taking in the picturesque surroundings. Other amenities include a fitness centre and a guest lounge.

Scenic Suites Queenstown, Queenstown

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Scenic Suites Queenstown offers a luxurious escape in the heart of New Zealand's adventure capital. Ideally located just a short walk from the vibrant town centre, the hotel enjoys a prime position for exploring the stunning landscapes, adrenaline-pumping activities, and the thriving dining and entertainment scene that Queenstown is famous for. Accommodation at Scenic Suites Queenstown is stylish and designed for comfort. Many rooms offer breathtaking views of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains, creating a tranquil and scenic backdrop for your stay. The hotel's amenities include a restaurant and bar serving delicious local and international cuisine and a modern fitness centre, ensuring that guests can unwind and rejuvenate after a day of adventure. The hotel's location is also convenient for exploring Queenstown's attractions, such as the Skyline Gondola and the waterfront.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Auckland
Ends
Queenstown
Departs
Saturdays
Group Size
Min 1 / Max 16
Hotel Rating
4-star hotels
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide/driver
Meals
Breakfast: 15, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 3
Countries
Minimum Age
18
Arr. Transfer
Yes
Dep. Transfer
Yes
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