This extensive itinerary is an ideal
introduction to New Zealand for first
time visitors looking to explore the
country at their own pace. Travel the
length of New Zealand to visit the main
sights, with plenty of opportunity to
explore each area further and excursions
that can be tailored to your own
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On arrival, transfer to the SKYCITY Hotel for 2 nights. Following day at
leisure or take an optional excursion. (N)
Collect your car hire and drive north to the Bay
of Islands. On arrival, stay 2 nights at Copthorne
Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands near Paihia in Russell. Suggested
excursions include a cruise out on the Bay of
Islands to spot dolphins or visits to the Waitangi
Treaty Grounds and the historic town of Russell. (N)
Drive south to the volcanic town of Rotorua and
stay 2 nights at the Millennium Rotorua. This long journey can be broken
up with a stop for lunch in the pleasant town of
Cambridge, with tree-lined streets and many wellpreserved
heritage buildings, or Matamata, home
of the Hobbiton film set. Alternatively shorten your
day’s drive by taking an overnight stay in Auckland,
which is approximately the halfway point of this
Day at leisure to explore the volcanic attractions
of Rotorua. (N)
Drive south to Wellington and stay at the
Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay for 2 nights. Following day at leisure to
explore New Zealand’s capital city, with time to visit the National Museum Te Papa or join a
guided walking tour. (N)
Drop off your car hire and board the Interislander
ferry for the journey to South Island. On arrival
in Picton, collect a new car and drive south
through the Marlborough wine-growing region
to Blenheim. Stay overnight at the Scenic Hotel
Continue south this morning along the beautiful
east coast to Kaikoura. Stay 1 night at The White
Morph. Afternoon whalewatching
cruise off the Kaikoura coast. (N)
Drive south to Christchurch and stay 2 nights
at the Novotel Christchurch. The
following day is at leisure for you to explore
Drive to Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park and
stay overnight at the Hermitage Hotel. Spend
the afternoon walking in the park or visit the Sir
Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre. Option to extend
your stay and explore further. (N)
Drive to the lakeside town of Te Anau and stay
overnight at Distinction Luxmore. (N)
Drive to Milford Sound, where you will board the
Milford Mariner for an overnight cruise in this
spectacular fiord. (D)
Drive to Queenstown and stay at the Millennium
Hotel for 2 nights. Following day is at
leisure to enjoy one of the many outdoor activities
Drive north through the Mount Aspiring National
Park to the small town of Franz Josef. Stay 1 night
at the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef. Optional guided walk to the face of the
Franz Josef glacier, or take a scenic flight for an
aerial view. (N)
Drive north up the rugged west coast to
Greymouth, drop off your car hire and board
the TranzAlpine train for a journey through the
Southern Alps to Christchurch. On arrival, you will
be transferred to the Commodore Airport Hotel for
1 night. (B)
Private transfer to the airport to fly home or
continue your holiday. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.
International flights are not included with this
Based on a Group D car (Toyota
Corolla Hatch or similar) for 16 days.
This cruise does not
operate between mid-May and mid-September,
however we are able to tailor your itinerary should
you wish to travel during this period.
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alternative accommodation standards,
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The Commodore Airport Hotel is located beside Christchurch airport and just 10 minutes' drive from the centre of Christchurch. The property sits on seven acres of land in award-winning native gardens and the on-site restaurant serves contemporary food which has European, Asian and Pacific influences.
Features: 157 rooms, restaurant, bar, fitness centre, pool, spa, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Television, minibar, refrigerator, coffee...
Just a short drive from Paihia town centre and located on the waterfront next to the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the 4-star Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands is an ideal base for exploring the beautiful Bay of Islands region. The property has 180 rooms, each with an individual patio or balcony, and modern facilities. Facilities include a restaurant, cafe, bar, swimming pool, spa pool and tennis court. Complimentary transfers to and from Paihia town centre are available throughout the...
Located on Wellington's Oriental Parade, with many of the hotel rooms overlooking the spectacular inner harbour, the Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay is within walking distance of many of the city's finest restaurants and tourist attractions. The 118 rooms have modern decor and amenities. Facilities at the property include a restaurant, cocktail bar and an indoor swimming...
Located in Te Anau town centre, just a short stroll away from New Zealand's second largest lake, the Distinction Luxmore Hotel is a comfortable 4-star hotel and an ideal base for exploring the Fiordland region. The hotel has 180 rooms, two restaurants and a...
The 4-star Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown close to the central shopping and entertainment area. The hotel has 220 rooms, each elegantly decorated with modern furnishings including a minibar, air conditioning, safe, and tea and coffee making facilities. Other hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, gym, sauna and...
The Millennium Hotel Rotorua is located on Lake Rotorua, near to the thermal pools at Polynesian Spa. The 227 rooms all have modern decor and amenities. Facilities include a bar, a gym, swimming pool,sauna and two restaurants (one of these is not open during winter...
Located on Cathedral Square at the centre of Christchurch, the Novotel Christchurch is a modern 4-star property. The hotel has 154 spacious rooms each with modern amenities. Facilities include a fitness centre, restaurant and bar.
The Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square is located in the city centre, which as a result of the February 2011 earthquake is both a demolition and a construction zone. It is possible that the surrounding area will be noisy, dusty and for some it may even be distressing...
The Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier is located on the edge of the village and Westland World Heritage Park. The hotel comprises three separate wings, each with its own atmosphere and offering alpine views. Facilities include a restaurant, bar and four spa...
The Scenic Hotel Marlborough is a contemporary and stylish property centrally located in the small town of Blenheim. The 54 rooms have modern amenities and air conditioning, and hotel facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, sauna, spa, restaurant and a...
The SKYCITY Hotel is located in the central business district of Auckland. It is situated in the SKYCITY complex which has many restaurants, bars, a theatre and casinos. The hotel offers 344 rooms, each equipped with a writing desk, cable television, internet access and 24-hour room service. Leisure facilities include complimentary wireless internet, rooftop pool and...
Originally opened to adventurous travellers in 1884, the Hermitage Hotel has since been rebuilt, modernised and refurbished to offer a range of comfortable accommodation options in a world heritage wilderness playground. With the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park as its alpine backdrop, the onsite restaurant offers buffet meals, with each seat providing a view of New Zealand's tallest mountain.
Features: 164 rooms & 20 chalets, restaurant, cafe, lounge, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Television, fridge, tea & coffee...
The 3-star The White Morph is located on the sea front Esplanade just a short walk away from the shops and restaurants of this small town. The 24 rooms have en suite bathrooms, a minibar and tea & coffee making...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
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AOZ2017: 19 Nights
Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, is poised between two large harbours...
Blenheim is situated in the heart of wine-growing Marlborough. It is one of...
The South Island’s largest city, Christchurch is an entertaining mixture of refined lifestyle and cultural excitement. The tranquil...
Kaikoura is a base for wildlife experiences of all kinds. It is also a great...
Rotorua Located on North Island's volcanic plateau, the town of Rotorua is the...
The village is the gateway to the Franz Josef Glacier. This glacier was first documented by Abel Tasman in 1642...
New Zealand's capital city, Wellington is set on a magnificent harbour...
The resort town of Queenstown is sophisticated and fantastically scenic. Its lake and mountain landscape is suited...