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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 hire car 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)
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*. On arrival, collect your hire car.
Stay 3 nights at QT Queenstown. (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)
Journey north up the rugged west coast to
Greymouth, where you will return your hire car
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
'ei 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
Fly to the island of Aitutaki. On arrival, transfer
to the Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa for 3
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
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
Islander 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 contact your
Cox & Kings travel 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 to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
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NZK2020: 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...
Wellington New Zealand's capital city, Wellington is set on a magnificent harbour...