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Contrasts of New Zealand

Group Tour | Non-exclusive 10 Days & 9 Nights Lead-in price: £2350
This non-exclusive group tour takes in the enormous variety of scenery across New Zealand, from Auckland’s sparkling harbour to Rotorua’s geothermal activity, across to the rugged beauty of the west coast and the serenity of Milford Sound. Along the way, meet with friendly locals passionate about their culture and lifestyles.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Lunch cruise on the spectacular Milford Sound
  • Maori welcome & dinner with the Tamaki family
  • Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine train
  • See the remarkable Franz Josef glacier
  • Choice of included excursions in Queenstown
  • Stay in 4-star accommodation
  • Small group size - maximum 50
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Superior Group Tour in brief

Day 1: Auckland

On arrival in Auckland, you will be met and transferred to Stamford Plaza Auckland for 2 nights. This evening, join the rest of the group for a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2: Auckland

Morning tour of Auckland’s city sights including Bastion Point, the War Memorial and Viaduct Harbour. (B)

Day 3: Rotorua

Travel through the King Country region and, upon arrival in Rotorua, take a short orientation tour followed by a visit to Rainbow Springs Nature Park, where you may spot the kiwi bird. This evening experience a Maori hangi feast (food cooked over hot stones) and concert. Stay overnight at the Millennium Hotel. (B, D)

Day 4: Fly to Queenstown

Fly to Queenstown today and stay at the Millennium Hotel for 3 nights. (B)

Day 5: Milford Sound

Journey over the Devil’s Staircase and along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau and its lake, the largest in the South Island. Travel through Fiordland National Park, a world heritage area of glaciers and mountain ranges. Continue to Milford Sound with photo opportunities at scenic sights en route. Join a lunch cruise on Milford Sound before returning to Queenstown this evening. (B, L)

Day 6: Queenstown

Day at leisure to explore Queenstown; choose from a range of optional excursions including a ride on the exhilarating Shotover Jet, or a cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw including a barbecue lunch at the Colonel’s Homestead. This evening join your travel director for dinner at The Boatshed, with spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range. (B, D)

Day 7: Franz Josef

Journey through Central Otago on the way to Franz Josef, making stops at the historic mining village of Arrowtown and the town of Cromwell. Pass the lakes of Wanaka and Hawea before finishing at Franz Josef with an overnight stay at the Te Waonui Forest Retreat. (B, D)

Day 8: Hokitika • Christchurch

Today visit Hokitika, home to the native greenstone (jade) for a jewellery demonstration. Continue to Arthur’s Pass to board the TranzAlpine train for a spectacular journey across the Southern Alps and the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Stay 2 nights at the Distinction Christchurch. (B)

Day 9: Christchurch

This morning take a tour of the city followed by tea at the home of Tim and Isabelle Weston, owners of Britten Stables. This evening there will be a farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 10: Onward travel

Morning or afternoon transfer to Christchurch airport to fly home or continue your holiday. (B)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information

Flights: International and internal flights are not included with this itinerary. For flight options and prices, please contact your Cox & Kings travel consultant.

Non-exclusive group tour:

Please note that this tour is operated by AAT Kings on a nonexclusive basis. Therefore other passengers may or may not be Cox & Kings clients


Itinerary: Please note the itinerary is provisional and subject to change. Itinerary and departure dates may change from 1 October 2021. For more information and prices, please contact your Cox & Kings travel consultant.

Superior tour

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Single supplement

From £900pp.

Private & tailor-made travel

This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

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Dates & prices


Main Costs

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • 4-star accommodation
    • Guaranteed departures
    • Experienced travel director & driver guide
    • Arrival & departure transfers
    • Air-conditioned vehicles
    • Maximum of 50 passengers
    • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
    • New Zealand wines with all hotel dinners
    • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners

Destinations on this tour

  • Auckland

    Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, is poised between two large harbours...

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  • Rotorua

    Rotorua Located on North Island's volcanic plateau, the town of Rotorua is the...

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  • Franz Josef

    The village is the gateway to the Franz Josef Glacier. This glacier was first documented by Abel Tasman in 1642...

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  • Queenstown

    The resort town of Queenstown is sophisticated and fantastically scenic. Its lake and mountain landscape is suited...

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  • Christchurch

    The South Island’s largest city, Christchurch is an entertaining mixture of refined lifestyle and cultural excitement. The tranquil...

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