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New Zealand & the Cook Islands

Private Travel | General interest 18 Days & 17 Nights Lead-in price: £3945

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.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Experience the magnificent scenery on the TranzAlpine rail journey between Greymouth & Christchurch
  • Guided boat ride through the glow-worm caves at Waitomo
  • Snorkel in the clear turquoise waters of Aitutaki lagoon
  • Discover Polynesian history & culture on a 4x4 tour of Rarotonga & Aitutaki
  • Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Auckland

Arrive into Auckland, collect your hire car and drive to SkyCity Grand Hotel for 1 night. (N)

Day 2: Auckland • Rotorua

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)

Day 3: Rotorua

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)

Day 4: Wellington

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)

Day 5: Fly to Queenstown

Drive to the airport for the short flight to Queenstown* . On arrival, collect your hire car. Stay 3 nights at QT Queenstown. (N)

Days 6-7: Queenstown

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)

Days 8-9: Franz Josef

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)

Days 10-11: Greymouth • Christchurch

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)

Day 12: Fly to Rarotonga (Cook Islands)

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)

Days 13-14: Rarotonga

Morning at leisure. Afternoon tour by 4×4 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)

Day 15: Aitutaki

Fly to the island of Aitutaki. On arrival, transfer to the Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa for 3 nights. (N)

Day 16: Aitutaki

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)

Day 17: Aitutaki

Join a 4×4 tour of Aitutaki, visiting sacred Polynesian sites (marae) and learn about the traditions of the cannibal Polynesians who inhabited the island. (N)

Day 18: Fly to Rarotonga • Onward travel

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)

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.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Manuia Beach Resort
    Manuia Beach Resort

    Nestled on the beach on Rarotonga, Manuia Beach Resort provides a place to relax on white sandy beaches with swaying coconut palms. The property has an infinity pool and a restaurant serving Polynesian inspired meals. There are several bars at the resort in which to enjoy a drink, whether by the pool, on the beach or in the lounge area.

  • Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay
    Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay

    Located on Wellington's Oriental Parade, with many of the hotel rooms overlooking the spectacular inner harbour, the Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay is within walking distance of many of the city's finest restaurants and tourist attractions. The 118 rooms have modern decor and amenities. Facilities at the property include a restaurant, cocktail bar and an indoor swimming pool.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £3945 per person

High season from £4345 per person


Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

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

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

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
    • 11 days’ car hire in an automaticcompact car
    • Private transfers in an air-conditionedvehicle from arrival in Christchurch
    • Included excursions as specified
    • Meals as specified

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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  • Wellington

    Wellington New Zealand's capital city, Wellington is set on a magnificent harbour...

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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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  • Rarotonga

    Rarotonga Rarotonga Island is surrounded by a lagoon which extends several hundred...

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  • Aitutaki

    Aitutaki is the second most visited island within the Cook Islands after the...

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