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New Zealand Family Explorer

Private Travel | Family adventures 17 Days & 16 Nights Lead-in price: £2245 Current prices from: £2245
Embark on a self-drive adventure across both New Zealand’s North and South islands with activities en route to suit the whole family. In the North Island, explore the turquoise waters and wildlife of the Bay of Islands, experience caves lit up by glow worms in Waitomo and discover the explosive geothermal activity of Rotorua. In the South Island, walk close to immense glaciers and take part in thrilling activities from Queenstown, known for its adventure activities.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Get close to the waters & marine life of the Bay of Islands on a sea kayaking trip
  • Two full days to explore Rotorua, New Zealand's thermal wonderland
  • Boat trip through Waitomo limestone caves amid the twinkling lights of glow worms
  • Travel on the TranzAlpine train through the dramatic scenery of the Southern Alps
  • Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Days 1-2: Auckland

Arrive into Auckland and transfer to Nesuto Celestion Apartment Hotel for 2 nights. Optional excursions include climbing Auckland Harbour Bridge for views over the city, a visit to the Sea Life Aquarium or sailing an authentic America’s Cup yacht in the harbour. (N)

Days 3-4: Paihia (Bay of Islands)

Collect your hire car and drive north to the subtropical Bay of Islands. Join a cruise through the sheltered waters and islands, looking out for dolphins and other marine life. Stop at ‘the hole in the wall’, a 60-foot opening in a rock formation, and discover the islands by sea kayak. Stay 2 nights at the Edgewater Palms Apartments (two-bedroom apartment). (N)

Day 5: Auckland

Return south for an overnight stay at Nesuto Celestion Apartments Hotel (two-bedroom apartment). Perhaps visit the sandy beach at Takapuna, with superb views out to the volcanic island of Rangitoto. (N)

Day 6: Waitomo caves • Rotorua

Travel south to the Waitomo caves region. Take a boat ride through the caves and see the thousands of glow worms that illuminate the grotto. Continue on past rolling hills and pastureland to Rotorua and stay at the Ramada Resort by Wyndham Rotorua Marama (two-bedroom townhouse) for 3 nights. (N)

Days 7-8: Rotorua

Days at leisure. Optional excursions include taking the gondola up Mount Ngongotaha for spectacular views over Rotorua, relaxing in the hot pools of Polynesian Spa, walking on high canopy trails through ancient forests or taking a day trip to the Hobbiton film set, where scenes from The Lord of the Rings were filmed. (N)

Day 9: Fly to Christchurch

Return your hire car and fly to Christchurch. On arrival, collect your new hire car. Stay overnight at the Rydges Latimer Square. (N)

Day 10: Lake Tekapo

Travel across the Canterbury Plains for a 1-night stay at Mantra Lake Tekapo (twobedroom apartment). Relax in the hot springs or take a hike or bicycle ride around the glacier-fed waters of Lake Tekapo. (N)

Day 11: Queenstown

Drive past braided river valleys, native beech forests and lush alpine meadows on your way to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world. Stay 3 nights at Oaks Shores (two-bedroom apartment), set against The Remarkables mountain range and next to Lake Wakatipu. (N)

Days 12-13: Queenstown

Days at leisure. Optional excursions include a 4×4 tour through Skippers Canyon, rafting, kayaking or zip lining. (N)

Day 14: Wanaka

Drive through the Kawarau gorge and via Cromwell and Lake Dunstan to Wanaka for an overnight stay at the Distinction Wanaka Alpine Resort (two-bedroom apartment). This town provides access to Mount Aspiring National Park. (N)

Day 15: Franz Josef

Travel to the West Coast, a remote area full of rainforests, snow-capped mountains and thundering waterfalls. Leisurely walks can be taken to the foot of Fox and Franz Josef glaciers, with the chance to soak in the glacier hot pools. Overnight at Punga Grove (twobedroom unit). (N)

Day 16: TranzAlpine train • Christchurch

Return your hire car in Greymouth before boarding the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch. Traverse the Southern Alps passing stunning mountain scenery. Overnight at Rydges Latimer Square (two-bedroom suite). (N)

Day 17: Onward travel

Transfer to the airport and fly home, or continue your holiday in New Zealand. (N)

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

Superior tour

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

Tailor-made travel

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 enquire online.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £2245 per person

High season from £2895 per person


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- & 5-star accommodation
    • Stay in two-bedroom accommodationthroughout
    • 14 days’ car hire based on a compacthatch automatic (Toyota Corolla orsimilar)

Destinations on this tour

  • Auckland

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

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  • 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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  • Christchurch

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

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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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  • 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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  • Christchurch

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

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