Experience Tanzania’s most renowned wildlife reserves on this solo travellers tour.
Discover the highlights of Cuba on this 12-day group tour.
Choose a month to travel and discover the best places to visit at that time of year...
Compass is an online travel magazine, designed to inspire and inform...
Discover some of the unique benefits of choosing to travel with Cox & Kings...
This extensive itinerary is an ideal
introduction to New Zealand for firsttime visitors looking to explore the
country at their own pace. Travel the
length of New Zealand to visit the main
sights, with plenty of opportunities
to explore each area further and
excursions that can be tailored to your
View more climate information & imperial units
On arrival, transfer to the M
Social Auckland for 2 nights. Following day at
leisure or take an optional excursion. (N) (B)
Collect your hire car and drive north to the
Bay of Islands. On arrival, stay 2 nights at Arcadia Lodge 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. (B) (N)
Drive south to the volcanic town of Rotorua
and stay 2 nights at the Peppers on the Point. This long journey
can be broken up with a stop for lunch in the
pleasant town of Cambridge, with tree-lined
streets and many well-preserved 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 Bolton Hotel 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 hire car 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 Chateau Marlborough. (N)
Continue south this morning along the
beautiful east coast to Kaikoura. Stay 1 night
at Fyffe Country Lodge.
Afternoon whale-watching cruise off the
Kaikoura coast. (N)
Drive south to Christchurch and stay 2 nights
at the The George. The following day is at leisure to
explore Christchurch. (N)
Drive to Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park
and stay overnight at the Hermitage Aoraki
Mount Cook 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
Te Anau Hotel and Villas
(or similar). (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 QT Queenstown
(or similar) for 2 nights. Following day is at leisure
to enjoy one of the many outdoor activities
available. (B, N)
Drive north through the Mount Aspiring
National Park to the small town of Franz Josef.
Stay 1 night at the Te Waonui Forest Retreat. 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 hire car and board
the TranzAlpine train for a journey through the
Southern Alps to Christchurch. On arrival, you
will be transferred to the Sudima Christchurch
Airport hotel for 1 night. (B)
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 4- and 5-star accommodation.
International flights are not included
with this itinerary.
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
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
AOT2020: 19 Nights
Many memorable moments but the best has to be the overnight cruise on Milford Sound on the Milford Mariner. It rained on the way to Milford Sound but it had stopped by mid afternoon and by early evening the weather was perfect. We went out on the tender in Harrison Cove and communed with the penguins on the shoreline as the sun went down - then back to the boat for an excellent dinner. The staff were friendly, knowledgeable and good fun. The scenery was, of course, spectacular.Ms Ann Abraham
Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, is poised between two large harbours...
Blenheim 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...
Wellington 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...