- Dinner up high
Ride to the summit of Bob's Peak on the Queenstown Skyline Gondola, where you can enjoy dinner with the views.
See Christchurch's unique post-earthquake buildings, including a cathedral built from cardboard and a shopping centre made out of shipping containers!
- The coves of Abel Tasman
Cruise the coastal region of Abel Tasman National Park, where the winding shore creates secluded bays and beaches.
- The peaks of Tongariro
Tongariro National Park is dominated by three active volcanoes, one of which had a cameo role in The Lord of the Rings!
- Light no other
Take a short boat ride on the subterranean river of Waitomo Caves where blue glow-worms create a starry sky on the ceiling.
- VIP door to door
- All breakfasts and more
Embark on a quest to discover the wonder of New Zealand…
Discover a fantasy land of soaring, snow-crested mountains, still lakes, roaring waterfalls, dark caves, and desolate volcanic peaks on this adventure from South to North. See the cities of Wellington, Auckland and more, explore three national parks, cruise the impossibly beautiful Milford Sound and enjoy a taste of authentic Maori culture.
Combine your holiday
You can combine this holiday with the Australian Adventure tour and see the best of Australasia in one go.
15 nights in hotels and 3 in flight
23 meals: 15 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) and 7 dinners (D)
Saga tour manager
- Return flights and transfers
- Welcome drink reception
- Porterage at all hotels
- Tourist visa for full British citizens resident in the UK
Included excursions and visits
- Christchurch city tour and River Avon punting
- A ride on Queenstown's Skyline Gondola with dinner
- Tour of Fiordland National Park and cruise across Milford Sound
- Visit Hokitika Gorge and town
- Wellington city tour
- Visit Tongariro National Park
- Scenic drive via Lake Taupo
- Huka Falls visit
- Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley
- Maori village visit and hangi dinner
- Waitomo Caves walking tour and cruise
- Auckland city tour
- Visit Auckland Museum
Use of audio headsets on guided tours
- Day 1 - 2 UK-Christchurch
- Day 3 Christchurch
- Day 4 Christchurch
- Day 5 Christchurch to Queenstown
- Day 6 Queenstown
- Day 7 Queenstown
- Day 8 Queenstown to Franz Josef
- Day 9 Franz Josef to Hokitika
- Day 10 Hokitika to Nelson
- Day 11 Nelson
- Day 12 Nelson to Picton to Wellington
- Day 13 Wellington to Tongariro National Park
- Day 14 Tongariro National Park to Rotorua
- Day 15 Rotorua
- Day 16 Rotorua to Waitomo to Auckland
- Day 17 Auckland
- Day 18 Auckland to UK
- Day 19 UK
Distinction Christchurch Hotel
Copthorne Lakefront Resort
Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
Beachfront Hotel Hokitika
Heritage Rutherford Hotel
Grand Mercure Wellington
Rydges Auckland Hotel
Day 1 - 2 UK-Christchurch
After taking your included VIP door-to-door travel service to the airport, depart in the evening and fly to Christchurch, arriving on the morning of day three.
Day 3 Christchurch
Transfer to the 4-star Distinction Christchurch Hotel (4Q) where you spend the next two nights.
Day 4 Christchurch
Enjoy an included tour that visits the innovative Re:START shopping area and New Brighton Pier. Enjoy a punting trip on the River Avon, then spend the afternoon at leisure before a welcome dinner. B, D
Day 5 Christchurch to Queenstown
Drive to Queenstown (300 miles, six hours), to the self-styled adventure capital of the world where you spend the next three nights at the 4-star Copthorne Lakefront Resort (4Q). B, D
Day 6 Queenstown
Step aboard for a cruise on Milford Sound, a fjord-like inlet of stunning beauty with forest-clad peaks, tumbling waterfalls and wildlife that includes dolphins and seals. Enjoy lunch onboard during your cruise. B, L
Day 7 Queenstown
Enjoy a day at leisure to relax, perhaps explore independently or join an optional excursion. This evening visit Skyline, where you will take the Skyline Gondola and ride to the summit of Bob's Peak, with amazing views over the mountains, lake, and city, and where you can look forward to dining. B, D
Day 8 Queenstown to Franz Josef
Drive alongside the Karawua Gorge, past glacial lakes to the village of Franz Josef (218 miles, five hours), at the foot of the glacier of the same name. Spend the night at the 4-star Scenic Franz Josef Glacier Hotel (3Q). B
Day 9 Franz Josef to Hokitika
Perhaps join the Glacier Valley Walk this morning, which follows the glacier’s retreat through dense woodland, accompanied by a local guide. Then head to Hokitika Gorge, divided by the bright bluegreen waters of the river (85 miles, two hours).
Check in to the 3-star Beachfront Hotel Hokitika (3Q). B
Day 10 Hokitika to Nelson
Travel to Nelson, a beachside city on the shores of Tasman Bay (198 miles, four hours).
Spend two nights at the 4-star Heritage Rutherford Hotel (4Q). B
Day 11 Nelson
Enjoy a day at leisure today to explore independently or relax. Alternatively, perhaps join an optional excursion to Abel Tasman National Park, a glorious coastal region of secluded coves, bays and white-sand beaches. B
Day 12 Nelson to Picton to Wellington
Transfer to Picton and board the Interislander Ferry for the North Island (three hours).
The ship sails through the sheltered waterways of Marlborough Sounds and across the Cook Strait to Wellington. Take an included sightseeing tour of the city and spend the night at the 4-star Grand Mercure Wellington (4Q). B
Day 13 Wellington to Tongariro National Park
Travel to Whakapapa Village in the heart of Tongariro National Park (180 miles, three hours and 30 minutes). This diverting, barren and beautiful landscape is dominated by three active volcanoes, one of which doubled as Mount Doom in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings!
Spend the night at the 4-star Chateau Tongariro (4Q). B, D
Day 14 Tongariro National Park to Rotorua
Enjoy a scenic drive around Lake Taupo and visit Huka Falls, where water from the lake plunges into the Waikato River.
Continue to Rotorua (104 miles, two hours and 15 minutes), and visit the Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve to see the Pohutu, or 'big splash', geyser. You'll also see a replica Maori village and visit an arts and crafts centre.
Spend two nights at the 4-star Distinction Rotorua (4Q). B
Day 15 Rotorua
Spend the day at leisure. Tonight you'll visit the Tamaki Maori village to experience the culture of New Zealand's first settlers, with a ceremonial performance and a traditional hangi dinner. B, D
Day 16 Rotorua to Waitomo to Auckland
Visit Waitomo Caves and take a short boat ride on the subterranean river there, where blue glow-worms dangle from the ceiling.
Continue to Auckland (140 miles, three hours), for two nights at the 4-star Rydges Auckland Hotel (4Q). B
Day 17 Auckland
Look forward to a half-day tour of Auckland, which includes a visit to the Pukekawa volcano and the Auckland Museum. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner. B, D
Day 18 Auckland to UK
Travel to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK. B
Day 19 UK
Arrive in the UK this morning for your included VIP door-to-door travel service home.
Auckland, New Zealand
Post holiday extension - including breakfasts
Spend two nights at the end of your tour at the 4-star Rydges Auckland Hotel (4Q), where your main holiday ends. Relax after your flight and begin to discover that superb New Zealand hospitality.
Pre-holiday extension - including breakfasts
Enjoy three-nights in Singapore before your holiday begins, staying at the 4-star Singapore Carlton Hotel (4Q). Singapore lies off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsular and was developed as a trading post by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819. Today this booming city is a fascinating melting pot of cultures, the street food is fantastic, a hybrid of Indian, Malaysian, Indonesian and Chinese, and you can survey the modern skyline while sipping a cocktail in a rooftop bar.
Post-holiday extension - all inclusive
After your tour, fly to Phuket for your seven-night stay at the secluded and elegant locally rated 4-star Kamala Beach Resort (4Q+), exclusively reserved for adults. It lies beside the pristine golden sand of popular Khaolak beach, lapped by the waves of the Andaman sea, and backed by lush green hills! The hotel has two restaurants serving Thai and international cuisine, four outdoor pools; three bars and a gym. Enjoy complimentary afternoon tea, and a free bar, open from noon to 10pm, serving local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. There is live entertainment four nights a week, and non-motorised water sports on the beach, some seasonal and extra charge.