Combine the delights of New Zealand with the stunning natural beauty of the Cook Islands on this 18-day private tour. Begin by traversing New Zealand and taking in many of the highlights of the country including the glow-worm caves at Waitomo, beautiful glaciers and the majestic fiords of South Island. Finish with 6 nights in one of the most scenic locations in the South Pacific.
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Arrive into Auckland, collect your car hire and drive to SKYCITY Grand Hotel for 1 night. (N)
Explore Auckland’s city sights before travelling south towards Rotorua, stopping en route at the glow-worm caves at Waitomo for a guided tour and boat ride through the grotto. Continue on to Rotorua and stay 2 nights at the Millennium Hotel Rotorua. (N)
Choose from a selection of included tours such as a visit to Te Puia, offering Maori cultural experiences and an impressive display of geysers and boiling mud pools, explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park and the Kiwi Encounter or relax in a thermal pool. (N)
This morning travel to New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, passing Lake Taupo and Tongariro National Park en route. Stay 1 night at Copthorne Hotel Wellington. We recommend visiting the National Museum Te Papa during your time in the city. (N)
Drive to the airport for the short flight to Queenstown*. Upon arrival collect your car hire. Stay 3 nights at The Rees Hotel, which offers superb views of Lake Wakatipu. (N)
During your stay we recommend a visit to the old gold-mining town of Arrowtown and a trip to the Fiordland region for a cruise on Doubtful or Milford Sound. (N)
Drive west along the rugged West Coast Road and over the Haast Pass, following the dramatic coastal road north to the small town of Franz Josef. The following day we recommend a helicopter flight over Franz Josef and Fox glaciers or a valley walk with a local glacier guide. Stay at Te Waonui Forest Retreat for 2 nights. (B)
This morning journey north up the rugged west coast to Greymouth where you will return your car hire and board the TranzAlpine train for a journey through the Southern Alps to Christchurch. On arrival, transfer to The George Hotel for 2 nights with the following day at leisure to explore the city. (N)
Transfer to the airport and fly to Rarotonga then transfer to the Manuia Beach Resort for 3 nights, where you will receive a warm welcome. (N)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon tour by 4x4 vehicle into the green rugged interior of the island for an insight into its history and culture. The following day is at leisure with the opportunity to relax or explore the island further. (N)
Fly to the island of Aitutaki. On arrival, transfer to the Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa for 3 nights. (N)
Join a cruise on the island’s lagoon and perhaps snorkel amid the array of fish, coral and giant clams. The cruise will stop at the uninhabited One Foot Island for lunch before returning. (L)
Join a 4x4 tour of Aitutaki, visiting sacred Polynesian sites (marae) and learn about the traditions of the cannibal Polynesians who inhabited the island. (N)
Return by air to Rarotonga. Transfer to the Aquarius Hotel for the afternoon before a late evening transfer to the airport for a flight to London, or continue your holiday in the South Pacific. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
International and internal flights are not included with this itinerary. For flight options and prices, please call your Cox & Kings tour consultant.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 3930 5042 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk.
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NZK2018: 17 Nights
Aitutaki is the second most visited island within the Cook Islands after the...
Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, is poised between two large harbours...
The South Island’s largest city, Christchurch is an entertaining mixture of refined lifestyle and cultural excitement. The tranquil...
Rarotonga Rarotonga Island is surrounded by a lagoon which extends several hundred...
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...