Visit the Waitangi Treaty Ground in the Bay of Islands, a symbolic place where Maori and European culture have historically entwined.
Visit some of the vineyards on Waiheke Island which have helped put New Zealand wines on the map.
Visit Te Papa Museum in Wellington, where you can learn all about New Zealand's Maori Culture amongst other fascinating exhibits.
Visit the observatory at Lake Tekapo to view the sparkling night skies in this UNESCO dark sky reserve.
- Waiheke Island
- Lake Taupo
- Lake Tekapo
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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Day 1 International outbound flight
International outbound flight
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Auckland.
Day 2 International outbound flight
International outbound flight
On-board your international outbound flight to Auckland.
Day 3 Paihia
Upon arrival in Auckland you will be welcomed by one of our representatives and transferred by private vehicle to the domestic terminal. Here you will fly to Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands. Collect your hire car from the airport and make your way to the coastal town of Paihia.
Day 4 Paihia
Spend the day at leisure exploring the Bay of Islands. Pay a visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the historic location of the treaty signed between the Maori chiefs and the British Crown or take a boat trip through the 'Hole in the Rock'.
Day 5 Auckland
Today you will drive down to Auckland, the 'City of Sails'. You might like to stop in the delightful town of Matakana en route; with a number of boutique shops and cafes this is a great place to have lunch with the locals.
Day 6 Auckland
Today you will be collected from your hotel by a guide from Time Unlimited for a morning City Highlights tour. Your guide will cater the trip to your interests, all the while telling you of Auckland's natural and social history. This is a great opportunity to get a great seafood meal in, so make sure to mention it to your guide and you won't be disappointed!
Day 7 Waiheke Island
Day 8 Waiheke Island
Day 9 Lake Taupo
Day 10 Lake Taupo
Day 11 Wellington
Day 12 Wellington
Day 13 Picton
Make your way to the ferry terminal this morning and take the Interislander to the South Island. You will stay in the waterfront town of Picton for a couple of nights. This is a great place to enjoy the famous New Zealand Green Lipped Mussels.
Day 14 Picton
Day 15 Kaikoura
Day 16 Kaikoura
This morning head out to sea to possible get a chance to swim with wild dolphins that frequent the area due to the deep ocean currents bringing through nutrients and fish. The afternoon is open to explore the mountain hiking trails that surround the town.
Day 17 Lake Tekapo
Day 18 Lake Tekapo
You have the day to explore Tekapo. One of the most famous viewpoints in New Zealand - from the Church of the Good Shepherd - is found here and there are some fantastic walks along the lakeside. This evening journey up to Mt John Observatory and observe a myriad stars in the night sky. As a UNESCO designated Dark Sky Area this is one of the best places in the world to go stargazing.
Day 19 Queenstown
Continue your journey today through the spectacular Lindis Pass to the Southern Lakes Region. We recommend stopping in Arrowtown, an old gold mining settlement and now a quaint little town with many cafes and art galleries to enjoy before continuing onto Queenstown.
Day 20 Queenstown
This evening I have included a trip on the TSS Earnslaw, a vintage steam ship that cruises on Lake Wakatipu. You will cross the lake to Walter Peak High Country Farm where you will enjoy a gourmet BBQ dinner and embark on a farm tour where you will get an insight into New Zealand's farming culture.
Day 21 Queenstown
Day 22 International return flight
Auckland , International return flight
Day 23 International return flight
International return flight
Arrive home today to complete your journey.
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