- Mitre Peak
Rising just over a mile high from the waters of Milford Sound, Mitre Peak is one of the country’s most photographed mountains.
- Maori culture
New Zealand was originally colonised around the year 1140 by Maoris from the Pacific Islands.
- Milford Sound
Described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, Milford Sound is found on New Zealand’s South Island.
- Rumbling Rotorua
Famous for its geothermal activity - It’s home to the Pohutu geyser, which erupts to a height of 30 metres up to 20 times a day!
- Picton Perfect
Sail across Marlborough Sounds to South Island to visit Picton.
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Experience the amazing diversity of New Zealand on a fascinating Saga tour
New Zealand, the ‘land of the long white cloud’, is blessed with a stunning diversity of scenery and amazing natural wonders, from hot springs and geysers to sparkling glaciers, silent fjords and mountains.
This fascinating tour uncovers the highlights, and offers an insight into Maori culture.
This tour includes three nights aboard aircraft.
23 nights in hotels and 3 in flight
47 meals: 23 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 23 dinners
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK Branch and additional cancellation rights on overseas holidays for over 50s, or a price reduction if not required (cover is subject to medical questions)
- Return flights and transfers
- Saga tour manager
- Welcome drink reception
- Porterage at all hotels
Excursions and visits
- City tour of Auckland
- Visit Waitangi Treaty Grounds
- Cruise through the Bay of Islands
- Waitomo Caves walking tour and boat ride
- Agrodome and Rainbow Springs
- Maori concert and feast
- Maori Arts and Crafts Institute
- Scenic drive past Lake Taupo
- Wellington sightseeing tour
- Inter-island cruise via Marlborough Sounds
- Scenic drive through the winelands and visit to a winery
- Journey aboard the TranzAlpine Express train
- A ride on Queenstown's Skyline Gondola and dinner at the top
- Visit the gold-mining town of Arrowtown
- Lakes District Museum in Arrowtown
- Tour of Fiordland National Park and cruise across Milford Sound
- Scenic drive through Mount Cook region
- Visit to Auckland Museum
Day 1 - 2 UK to Auckland
After taking Saga's included UK door-to-door travel service to the airport, depart in the evening and fly to Auckland, arriving on the morning of day three.
Day 3 Auckland
You are met at the airport and taken to the locally rated 4-star Rydges Auckland Hotel for a two-night stay. D
Day 4 Auckland
Included half-day city sightseeing tour and museum visit. B, D
Day 5 Auckland to Bay of Islands
Included visit to Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where the famous Treaty of Waitangi was signed. Stay three nights at the locally rated 3-star Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge. B, D
Day 6 - 7 Bay of Islands
Included Bay of Islands cruise on day six. B, D
Day 8 Bay of Islands to Hamilton
Travel to Hamilton. Stay at the locally rated 3-star-plus Distinction Hotel Hamilton. B, D
Day 9 Hamilton-Waitomo-Rotorua
Included tour of Waitomo Caves. Stay two nights at the locally rated 3-star-plus Distinction Rotorua. B, D
Day 10 Rotorua
Take an included visit to Te Puia. Marvel at geothermal wonders at the site including boiling mud pools and gushing geysers and browse the Arts and Crafts Centre. Tuck into a traditional Maori feast or ‘hangi’ ‘at Tamaki Heritage Experience tonight. B, D
Day 11 - 12 Rotorua to Wellington
Included city tour of Wellington on day 12. Stay two nights at the locally rated 4-star Novotel Wellington. B, D
Day 13 Wellington to Picton to Nelson
Board the inter-island ferry to Picton, travelling through the Marlborough Sounds. Arrive in Picton and transfer to the locally rated 3-star Picton Yacht Club where you will stay overnight. B, D
Perhaps take an optional cruise around the bays and inlets of Queen Charlotte Sound.
Day 14 Nelson to Hanmer Springs
Enjoy the morning at leisure in Nelson, then transfer to Hamner Springs where you will stay two nights at the locally rated 4-star Heritage Hanmer Springs. Enjoy a wine tasting en route. B,D
Day 15 Hanmer Springs
Spend the day at leisure. B, D
Day 16 Hanmer Springs to Springfield to Franz Josef
Travel by coach to Springfield, where you'll board the TranzAlpine train journeying to Arthur's Pass. You'll then continue by road to Franz Josef. Stay overnight at the locally rated 3-star-plus Scenic Franz Josef Glacier Hotel. B, D
Day 17 Franz Josef to Queenstown
Spend three nights at the locally rated 3-star-plus Copthorne Lakefront Resort. B, D
Day 18 - 19 Queenstown
Included ride on the Skyline Gondola and dinner on either day 18 or 19, and a day at leisure. B, D
Day 20 Queenstown to Te Anau
Visit the gold-rush town of Arrowtown en route to Te Anau. Stay two nights at the locally rated 3-star-plus Distinction Luxmore Hotel. B, D
Day 21 Te Anau
Included full-day tour of Fiordland National Park, with a picnic lunch and a cruise on the fjord waters. B, L, D
Day 22 Te Anau to Dunedin
Journey across the farmlands of Southland and Otago to the Scottish-influenced city of Dunedin, the Gaelic name for Edinburgh. Mark Twain captured the beauty and history of the area when he said ‘the people here are Scots. They stopped here on their way to heaven, thinking they had arrived’. Discover more of the history of Dunedin on a city tour. Towers, spires, gables, turrets and elegant stone buildings from the Victorian era dominate the old town centre. It’s here that you can see the statue in honour of the famous Scottish bard, Robert Burns. Stay at the locally rated 3-star-plus Scenic Hotel, Southern Cross, Dunedin for the next three nights. B, D
Day 23 At leisure
Spend the day at leisure. Perhaps join an optional train journey. B, D
Perhaps join an optional train journey or explore the beautiful Otago Peninsula.
Day 24 Dunedin
Spend the day at leisure. B, D
Day 25 Dunedin to Lake Ohau
View the Moeraki Boulders, tide permitting, and Waitaki Valley lakes en route to the locally rated 3-star Lake Ohau Lodge where you stay overnight. Enjoy a farewell dinner tonight. B, D
Day 26 Lake Ohau to Christchurch to the UK
Travel to Christchurch airport for your overnight flight to the UK. B
Day 27 UK
Arrive in the UK this morning for your included UK door-to-door travel service.
Auckland, New Zealand
Pre-holiday extension with bed and breakfast
Spend two nights before the start of your tour at the Rendezvous Grand Hotel (3Q) in Auckland, where you main holiday begins. Relax after your flight and begin to discover that superb New Zealand hospitality. Your stay is on a bed and breakfast basis.
Before your main holiday enjoy a two-night stay in Dubai before your main holiday at The Arabian Courtyard Hotel and Spa (4Q) in the Mena Bazaar district. This new tourist destination, an uber modern Arab city, is all about luxurious relaxation, shopping – from designer to souk – and food.
If would like to upgrade, you'll stay at the JA Ocean View Hotel, (4Q+) which is set on The Walk overlooking the sea.
Post holiday extension - bed and breakfast
Perhaps extend you main holiday with a trip to the tropical island paradise of Fiji – actually several thousand islands in the South Pacific, and just over 3,000 kilometres east of Australia. You’ll spend one night at the Novotel Auckland Airport (3Q) before flying to Fiji for a three-night stay at the Radisson Resort Fiji (4Q). The Radisson Resort Fiji (4Q) is on Denarau Island, connected by a small causeway to Vitu Levu, the largest island in the archipelago and home to the lively capital of Suva. Both hotel stays are on a bed and breakfast basis.
Discover a city of temples and tuk-tuks on this four-night stay, on a bed and breakfast basis, at the Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside Hotel (4Q). It lies in the heart of the city, on the banks of the graceful Chao Phraya River, near the city’s business district, major shopping malls, and entertainment districts.