Ultimate New Zealand

24 Days Fully Escorted Tour with Scenic from Auckland to Christchurch

From $10,295* per person - SAVE $800 per couple EARLYBIRD FARE

A place of wild beauty and extraordinary friendliness, you’ll love getting to know New Zealand 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, and marvel at the diverse marine life along the East Coast before arriving in Christchurch. This city will delight visitors with its resilience and positive outlook before crossing the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine. The Franz Josef Glacier is a highlight, as is the energy and passion of Queenstown, while waking up to the views of Milford Sound and Mount Cook will be a treasured memory for years to come.

What's included?

  • Fully escorted group touring
  • 6 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 42 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • 1 Scenic Sundowners event
  • 6 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • 40 meals (23 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 15 dinners)
  • Expert Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

Highlights

  • Take a ride on the TranzAlpine, the most stunning rail journey across the Southern Alps!
  • Be awed by the beauty of Milford Sound
  • Stay at the Hermitage Hotel with picturesque views of Mount Cook
  • Travel to the very top of New Zealand – North Island, Cape Reinga
  • Indulge in a variety of seafood during a cruise around Marlborough Sounds
  • Taste wine from New Zealand’s oldest winery at Mission Estate

Departure Dates

2 Jan 22 | 30 Jan 22 | 24 Apr 22 | 1 May 22

Pricing

Twin Share
From $10,295* per person

Solo Traveller
From $13,420* per person

*Based on 01 May 2022 departure

Itinerary

Day 1 - Auckland

Kia Ora and welcome to Auckland for your two night Special Stay. Celebrate the wonder of New Zealand at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 - Auckland
Freechoice

Sail on an authentic America’s Cup yacht or explore the wine and cuisine of Waiheke Island. Alternatively, take a leisurely harbour cruise, discover the black sand beaches of the West Coast, or join a small group sightseeing tour of Auckland.

Freechoice Dining

Choose between a sunset dinner yacht cruise, Orbit 360 at Sky City, or dinner at the hotel’s Grand Millennium Brasserie.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 - Auckland > Paihia

Travel north towards the Bay of Islands and visit the Kauri Museum to learn about the history of the local pioneers.

Enrich

Seeing  the mighty Tane Mahuta kauri tree for the first time is unforgettable. Listen to stories from your Maori guide about the ‘Lord of the Forest’.

Sundowners

Relax over an evening drink watching the sunset from your hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 - Paihia
Freechoice

Take a lunch cruise or enjoy a ferry ride to Russell. Alternatively, cruise to Cape Brett Lighthouse and through the Hole in the Rock (weather permitting), or join a Taste of the Bay tour.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - Paihia
Enrich

Journey to the top of New Zealand – Cape Reinga – and enjoy the thrill of travelling along Ninety Mile Beach.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 - Paihia > Auckland

This morning, discover Waitangi Treaty Grounds with a Maori guide.

Enrich

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

Return to your hotel in Auckland for a one-night stay.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 - Auckland > Rotorua

Visit the Hobbiton™ Movie Set before arriving in Rotorua, home of Maori culture and bubbling mud pools. Later, visit the National Kiwi Trust, before your two night stay in Rotorua.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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 floatplane flight over Mt Tarawera (additional expense, please book prior to departure).

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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

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

Day 11 - Wellington
Enrich

Take an in-depth journey of Te Papa to discover the treasures and stories of New Zealand.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 12 - Wellington > Blenheim

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

Freechoice

Enjoy a tasting at the home of Sauvignon Blanc, a visit to Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, or take an afternoon cruise on the Marlborough Sounds.

Enjoy an overnight stay at Blenheim.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13 - Blenheim > Christchurch

Drive along the spectacular East Coast where rugged mountains meet the ocean. Experience how Christchurch is recovering during your two-night stay.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 14 - Christchurch
Freechoice

Go punting on the Avon River, take a Botanic Gardens Tour or enjoy a city tour 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

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 in this natural alpine landscape (additional expense, please book prior to departure).

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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

Day 17 - Queenstown
Freechoice

Take the Dart River Wilderness Jet, or tour local wineries. Feel exhilarated on the Shotover Jet, a 4WD Skippers Canyon, or Safari of the Scenes tour.

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

Day 18 - Queenstown

Enjoy a day at leisure to discover Queenstown.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 19 - Queenstown > Milford Sound

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

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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 Special Stay.

Freechoice Dining

Choose between Speight’s Brewery and the hotel’s Parcels Restaurant.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 21 - Dunedin
Freechoice

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

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 22 - Dunedin > Mount Cook

Visit the Moeraki Boulders, featuring huge spherical boulders scattered across a sandy beach. Enjoy a Special Stay at Mount Cook.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 23 - Mount Cook > Christchurch

Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd before returning to Christchurch for your Special Stay.

Enrich

Celebrate your adventures during an iconic tram ride.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 24 - Christchurch

Bid farewell to New Zealand.

The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the tour will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Book by 26 February 2021

Subject to availability

Conditions Apply

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