Ultimate New Zealand

From Auckland to Christchurch, discover the dramatic landscape of New Zealand. Highlights include the Bay of Islands, Queenstown & a Milford Sound Cruise.

24 Days
Auckland to Christchurch
From (CAD)
$ 10,795
$ 10,445
Dates & Pricing

2019/2020 Auckland > Christchurch

The land of the long white cloud

A place of wild beauty and extraordinary friendliness, New Zealand is somewhere you’ll love taking your time getting to know over 24 days of wonder.
After falling in love with the ‘City of Sails’, Auckland you’ll discover ancient kauri forests and the spectacular beauty and historical significance of the Bay of Islands. Explore ‘Middle Earth’ before taking in the geothermal wonders of Rotorua. Continue with a visit to Wellington before hopping on a ferry to the South Island. Sample crisp Sauvignon Blanc in its place of origin, marvel at the diverse marine life along the East Coast before arriving in Christchurch. This city will delight with its resilience and positive outlook before you take one of the world’s great train journeys – the TranzAlpine. The Franz Josef Glacier is a highlight, as is the energy and passion of Queenstown. Milford Sound is simply breathtaking and waking up to the view of Mount Cook will be a treasured memory for years to come.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
ULI
Duration:
24 days
Departure City:
Auckland
Return City:
Christchurch

24 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Auckland

    Kia Ora and welcome to Auckland for a two night stay. The wonder of New Zealand begins here. Tonight, celebrate your journey with a welcome dinner.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Auckland

    Freechoice

    Choose from a range of Auckland’s attractions. Enjoy an exhilarating sail on an authentic America’s Cup yacht and be part of the crew, take the helm or simply sit back and enjoy the ride as you sail Auckland Harbour. Or, explore the wine and cuisine of Waiheke Island and enjoy tastings of olive oil, wine and beer as well as a vineyard tour. Alternatively, take a leisurely morning cruise of Auckland’s beautiful harbour and see highlights including Devonport and the Harbour Bridge, or discover the Waitakere Ranges, as you walk in the lush rainforest and stroll along the black sand beaches. Or, choose to join a small group tour and discover the history and sights of Auckland.

    Freechoice Dining

    Your dining choices for tonight include a sunset dinner yacht cruise, Degree Gastrobar, Orbit 360 Restaurant at Sky City or dinner at the hotel’s Grand Millennium Brasserie.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Auckland > Omapere

    Travel north across Auckland’s busy Harbour Bridge, along the Hibiscus Coast towards the Bay of Islands. Visit Matakohe’s award-winning Kauri Museum and gain an insight into the rich pioneering history of New Zealand’s Northland region. The museum specialises in the legacy of the ancient kauri forests, specifically the strong durable timber and the highly prized kauri gum. Continue to the Waipoua Forest, an ancient green world of towering trees and rare birds, and travel past natural gateways created by huge kauri trees and the fringing of colourful ferns along the road’s edge.

    Enrich

    The sense of awe you feel as you see the mighty Tane Mahuta kauri tree for the first time is unforgettable. Listen to the interactive interpretation from your local Maori guide about the importance of the ‘Lord of the Forest’ to both the natural environment and the Maori people.

    Sundowners

    Watch the sunset on Hokianga Bay with a drink on the terrace of your hotel in Omapere.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Omapere > Paihia

    Freechoice

    Cruise the calm inland waters of the Bay of Islands with lunch included or enjoy a ferry ride to Russell, the birthplace of European settlement in New Zealand. Alternatively, discover the very best of the Bay on a scenic cruise and journey through the Hole in the Rock (weather permitting) or join a Taste of the Bay tour.

    Your base for the next two nights is Paihia.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Paihia

    Enrich

    Travel to the very top of New Zealand – Cape Reinga. Explore the magnificent lighthouse and see where the waters of the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet. Discover this remote and magical place of deep spiritual significance to the Maori then enjoy the thrill of travelling along Ninety Mile Beach and marvel at the immense sand dunes.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  6. Day 6 - Paihia > Auckland

    This morning discover Waitangi Treaty Grounds with a Ma ori guide.

    Enrich

    Be entertained by an authentic Maori cultural performance inside the beautifully carved meeting house.

    Return to your hotel in Auckland for an overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  7. Day 7 - Auckland > Rotorua

    Visit the Hobbiton movie set before arriving in Rotorua, home of Maori culture and bubbling mud pools, for a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  8. Day 8 - Rotorua

    Be amazed by Rotorua’s geothermal activity during a visit to Te Puia.

    Freechoice

    Witness a sheep show, take an amphibious duck tour or relax in the geothermal pools. Alternatively, enjoy the view from Skyline Rotorua while wine tasting.

    Tonight immerse yourself in Maori traditions at an authentic hangi dinner

    Optional Flight - Take a flight to Mt Tarawera including a volcanic landing. (Additional expense).

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Rotorua > Napier

    Witness the force of nature at Huka Falls before cruising magnificent Lake Taupo. Enjoy your overnight stay in the home of Art Deco, Napier.

    Enrich

    Meet the makers at a special wine tasting and dinner at Mission Estate Winery.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Napier > Wellington

    Freechoice

    Take a walking tour of Napier’s Art Deco buildings, view the famous landmarks of Napier during a vintage car tour or discover a diverse range of aquatic animals and wildlife at the National Aquarium.

    Continue to Wellington for a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Wellington

    Explore Wellington’s sights on your city tour before visiting the National Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa.

    Enrich

    Take an in-depth journey of Te Papa to discover the treasures and stories of New Zealand, told with authority and passion. Concludes with kapu ti – a hot drink and traditionally inspired food.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  12. Day 12 - Wellington > Blenheim

    Travel in the premium lounge on the ferry across the Marlborough Sounds to the South Island.

    Freechoice

    Enjoy a tasting at the home of Sauvignon Blanc or visit Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre.

    Stay overnight in Blenheim.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Blenheim > Christchurch

    Drive along the spectacular East Coast where rugged mountains meet the ocean. At Kaikoura discover the diverse marine life. Experience how Christchurch is recovering during your two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  14. Day 14 - Christchurch

    Freechoice

    Go punting on the River Avon, take the Botanic Gardens Tour or enjoy an open top bus ride around Christchurch. Alternatively, visit the seaside town of Akaroa or the International Antarctic Centre.

    Freechoice Dining

     Experience a Kiwi home-hosted dinner with a local family or enjoy dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Christchurch > Franz Josef

    Join the TranzAlpine this morning for your rail journey across the Southern Alps. Stand in wonder at Franz Josef Glacier with its ever-changing face before your overnight Special Stay.

    Optional Flight - Take a helicopter flight over Franz Josef or Fox Glacier and experience the wonder of a landing in this natural alpine landscape. (Additional expense).

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Franz Josef > Queenstown

    Enjoy a ride on the Haast River Jet boat before you arrive in Queenstown for your three night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  17. Day 17 - Queenstown

    Freechoice

    Take the Dart River Wilderness Jet, or tour local wineries. Alternatively, feel exhilarated on the Shotover jet, a 4WD Skippers Canyon, or Safari of the Scenes tour exploring The Lord of The Rings filming locations.

    Freechoice Dining

    Take a steamship cruise on TSS Earnslaw and enjoy dinner at Walter Peak, ride the Skyline Gondola and dine overlooking Queenstown, or simply relax at the hotel’s restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Queenstown

    A free day to discover Queenstown.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  19. Day 19 - Queenstown > Milford Sound

    In the darkness of the Te Anau caves, see the shimmer of thousands of glowworms. Enjoy an overnight Special Stay on board the Milford Mariner amidst the majesty of Milford Sound.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Milford Sound > Dunedin

    Awake to breathtaking beauty in Milford Sound. Then immerse yourself in New Zealand’s oldest university city, Dunedin, with a two night stay.

    Freechoice

    Choose between Speight’s Brewery, Etrusco and the hotel’s Carlton Restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Dunedin

    Freechoice

    Tour Larnach Castle or visit the breeding colony of Royal Albatross. Alternatively, cruise Otago Harbour or take the scenic Taieri Gorge Railway.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  22. Day 22 - Dunedin > Mount Cook

    Visit the Moeraki Boulders, a unique sight featuring huge spherical boulders scattered across a sandy beach. Enjoy a Special Stay at your hotel with Mount Cook view rooms.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Mount Cook > Christchurch

    Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd before arriving back in Christchurch for your overnight stay. Celebrate your adventures during an iconic tram ride and farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  24. Day 24 - Christchurch

    Bid farewell to wonderful New Zealand.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Handcrafted luxury inclusions
  • Small group touring with no more than 40 guests
  • 5 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • 1 Scenic Sundowners event
  • Your choice of 44 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • 5 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • 40 meals – 23 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) and 15 dinners (D)
  • Expert Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

Pricing & Availability