• Overlooking Lake Wanaka
  • Guided Walk Daintree Forest
  • Rob Roy Valley Walk
Overlooking Lake Wanaka1 Guided Walk Daintree Forest2 Rob Roy Valley Walk3

15 Days Pure + Authentic New Zealand - Full Itinerary

Visit the 'hidden germs' of New Zealand in 15 days...

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Day 1 - Arrive in Auckland and private transfer
Transfer with a private driver to your hotel for check-in. Explore the America's Cup village and climb the city Sky Tower for great city views. Take a boat trip to beautiful Waiheke Island or Devonport.

Day 2 - Travel to the Waitomo region
Collect a rental car and drive south via Hamilton, visiting the award-winning Hamilton Gardens on the way. Stay at a Farm Cottage near Otorohanga (180 km, 112 miles, 2.5 hours). This beautiful rural area is known as the 'King Country' and is home to the Waitomo Caves.

Day 3 - Discover the Waitomo / Waikato region
The stalactites architecture of the Waitomo Caves is breathtaking.  Join a walking tour or boat tour of the caves. For active adventure, try blackwater rafting through the caves on a rubber tube. We recommend the Ruakuri Cafe, as no wetsuit is required, but if you prefer the more adventurous ‘Black Water Rafting’ or abseiling  (4 or 7 hours), let us know and we'll include it in your itinerary.
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Day 2 + 3 - Waitomo region with Glowworms

Included in Days 1 to 3
  • ✓ Private airport collection and hotel transfer
  • ✓ 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
  • ✓ Rental car with full insurance, all taxes and GPS
Optional tours at your request
  •  Auckland City or Beach tour
  •  Caving and Abseiling Waitomo Caves
  •  Hairy Feet or Hobbiton LOTR tour
  •  Farm tour Waikato
  •  any other tour you'd wish to do
Day 13 - Travel to Arthurs Pass National Park
Continue north through the village of Geraldine in South Canterbury on SH 79 towards Rakaia Gorge on SH 72 (check out the ice cream, cheese and preserves shop). Drive via SH 73 to Wilderness Lodge Arthurs Pass. (Tekapo to Wilderness Lodge Arthurs Pass: 290 km, 180 miles, 4 hours). Travel through the expansive Canterbury Plains and to make your way up into the foothills of the Southern Alps. The eastern side of Arthur's Pass National Park is defined by wide, shingle-filled riverbeds and vast beech forests. The western side of the park has deep river gorges flowing through dense rainforest. Down the middle of 'the great divide' is an alpine dreamworld of snow-covered peaks, glaciers and scree slopes. Stay 2 nights at the Wilderness Lodge.

Day 14 - Explore the Arthurs Pass NP region
Arthur's Pass National Park includes many gigantic peaks over 2000 metres, the highest being Mount Murchison at 2,400 metres. All the main valleys of the park are steep sided, with the U-shaped profile typical of glacial action. Above the sub-alpine shrublands, there are vast rows of alpine fields with wildflowers. Join expert guides to discover this spectacular 6000 acre property and the nearby Arthur's Pass National Park. See 'real' heartland sheep farmers at work and hike mountain trails.Two guided farm or nature activities are included in the Wilderness Lodge daily tariff.

Day 15 - Travel to Christchurch for departure
Travel to Christchurch via the Canterbury Plains, a vast quilt of agricultural land (135 km, 84 miles, 2 hours). Depending on your flight time, you could still explore the Christchurch region. Akaroa is only 1.5 hours drive away (one-way) and a day trip to this lovely fishing village, would be ideal. Central Christchurch is being renovated but still provides innovative dining options.The surrounds provide a backyard of magnificent alpine heights, premium wineries and a gorgeous coastline.

Important to know: every part of this itinerary can be amended to your personal requirements. We can add, delete or amend. Just contact us and it will be done!

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Day 12 + 13 - Arthurs Pass region

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Day 14 - Punting in Christchurch

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Day 14 - Christchurch tram

Included in Days 13 to 15
  • ✓ 2 nights accommodation with breakfast + dinner
Optional tours at your request
  •  Half- and Full day guided tours
  •  Additional privately guided nature tours
  •  Helicopter flights and jet-boat excursions
  •  any other tour you wish to do
Day 10 - Travel to Clyde in Central Otago
Travel via Queenstown to Clyde, Central Otago. (Manapouri to Clyde: 243 km, 150 miles, 3.5 hours). The scenery of Central Otago is typically tussock grassland within a powerful landscape of ancient mountains and fast flowing rivers. You can still pan for gold among the miners' old trails, but nowadays, the real gold is Pinot Noir wine. See the region’s remote sites and absorb the luxury of having much of this space to yourself.

Day 11 - Explore the Central Otago region
The lovely historic town of Clyde is surrounded by fruit orchards and vineyards. Stone fruit thrive in the hot, dry summers, but more recently, huge areas of grapes have been planted with local vineyards producing internationally renowned Pinot Noir. Many historic buildings have been refurbished as cafes, bars, and accommodation. Typical of this, is the restored and stylish Olivers Lodge and restaurant. The area is also famous for the 150 km Central Otago Rail Trail which follows the old railway. If time permits, hire a bike to cycle a portion of this trail.

Day 12 - Travel to Mt. Cook & Lake Tekapo
Enjoy an easy drive from Clyde via Wanaka and Lindis Pass to Twizel or Lake Tekapo. (Clyde to Twizel: 220 km, 135 miles, 3.5 hours). The Aoraki Mount Cook Mackenzie region lies in the centre of New Zealand's South Island and enjoys clear starry nights, sunny days and turquoise lakes.The Mt Cook village provides accommodation. The area offers 4WD safaris, boating on the glacier lakes, horse treks, fishing, scenic flights with snow landings and numerous walks. Accommodation is limited in this region and your stay will vary between Twizel, Mt. Cook Village and Lake Tekapo.
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Day 10 - Central Otago wineries

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Day 12 - Driving towards Mt. Cook

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Day 12 - Glacier Lake Explorer

Included in Days 10 to 12
  • ✓ 3 nights accommodation with breakfast
Optional tours at your request
  •  Boutique Wine & Food tours
  •  Cycle the Otago Rail trail
  •  High Country farm tours
  •  Glacier Lake tour Mt. Cook
  •  Mt. John Observatory Night Sky Tour
  •  Helicopter or Floatplane scenic flights
  •  any other tour you wish to do
Day 8 - Back to the mainland and off to the Fiordland region
Fly back to Invercargill in the morning and collect your rental car. Drive along the Southern Scenic Route to Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland National Park and New Zealand’s hiking capital. (Invercargill to Te Anau via Tuatapere: 193 km, 120 miles, 3 hours). The Fiordland region consists of 1.3 million hectares of untouched national heritage park of cascading waterfalls and enormous fiords. Outdoor activities include trout fishing, kayaking and bush walks. Walk along the Waiau River on the Kepler Track. Begin from the ‘Rainbow Ridge’ swing bridge between Te Anau and Manapouri.

Day 9 - From Lake Manapouri to Doubtful Sound
There is a shielded tranquility within Doubtful Sound. The fiord has a wealth of flora and fauna and New Zealand Fur Seals. Fiordland Crested Penguins can be seen on many of the small islets at the entrance of the fiord. Doubtful Sound is the deepest of the fiords and home to several magnificent waterfalls. Manapouri is the departure point for Doubtful Sound excursions. Choose either the privately owned luxury ‘Southern Secret’ boat or the coastal sailing ship ‘Navigator’ .

MV Southern Secret is a 20 metre vessel with 3 levels and provides an exclusive Doubtful Sound Overnight experience. The fly bridge deck gives 360 degree views. The kitchen, gallery and living areas are located on the mid deck and the Passenger Cabins are on the lower deck. The vessel caters for 12 passengers only, each cabin having an ensuite bathroom with linen and towels. Guests should bring an overnight bag with personal belongings and warm clothing.

Fiordland Navigator is a replica of a traditional trading scow and is perfectly suited to cruising the fiords. Fiordland Navigator sleeps 70 people and provides private cabins with ensuites (twin or double bed configuration) or quad-share bunk style compartments with shared bathroom facilities. The viewing decks are spacious. There is a dining saloon, licensed bar and observation lounge.

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Day 8 - Fiordland National Park Walks

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Day 9 - Doubtful Sound Overnighter

Included in Days 8 to 9
  • ✓ Flight from Stewart Island to Invercargill
  • ✓ Compact rental car with full insurance, GPS and taxes
  • ✓ 2 nights accommodation with breakfast
  • ✓ Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise + dinner
     
Optional tours at your request
  •  Helicopter & Floatplane scenic flights
  •  Guided hiking and fishing tours
  •  Te Anau Caves
  •  Milford Track Guided day walk
  •  Lake Hauroko Wilderness Jet
  •  any other tour you wish to do
Day 6 - Domestic flight to Invercargill and Stewart Island
Leave your rental car at the airport and take a domestic flight to Invercargill. From Invercargill, take another 25 minute flight to Halfmoon Bay at Stewart Island. The rugged pristine Stewart Island is actually 64 km long, and 40 km across at its widest point. The island has 700 km of rugged coastline, but only 20 km of road. There is much to see on this untouched paradise.

Day 7 - Explore Stewart Island
Stewart Island is heaven for nature lovers and a guided nature tour is a must-do.  Take a 20 min boat ride to Ulva Island, an idyllic, predator-free bird sanctuary for endangered birds. Ulva Island is home to many plant species and 266 hectares of great walking tracks. Your guide, Ulva Goodwillie is named after the Island and is a direct descendant of the first Maori to Stewart Island. She imparts her knowledge from a Maori and local Stewart Island perspective.
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Day 6 + 7 - Stewart Island wonders

Included in Days 6 to 7
  • ✓ Domestic flights to Invercargill and Stewart Island
  • 2 nights accommodation with breakfast
  • ✓ Guided Nature Walk Ulva Island
Optional tours at your request
  •  Masons Bay flight, walk and water taxi tour
  •  Sea kayaking in Paterson Inlet
  •  Fishing and Seabird tours
  •  Snorkel or diving tours
  •  Kiwi Spotting night tour
  •  any other tour you wish to do
Day 4 - Travel to New Plymouth
Travel south towards New Plymouth (181 km, 112 miles, 2 hours). Join the ‘Hairy Feet’ tour on the way to explore the Marokopa Falls, a  20-minute return walk. Travel off the beaten track and drive through the “Forgotten Highway”, a scenic rural drive. Once in New Plymouth, visit Puke Ariki, a world class museum and heritage centre and see the Len Lye Centre. Pukekura Park is a beautiful natureland and looks amazing at night during the Festival of Lights held mid December to Feb annually. Stroll along the New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, a 10 km promenade with stunning views. New Plymouth has beautiful landscaped parks and excellent dining options.

Day 5 - New Plymouth and Taranaki National Park
Explore the many interesting sites of the Taranaki region. The Mt. Egmont/ Taranaki National Park is top of the list for nature lovers. The conical shape of Mount Taranaki provides a dramatic backdrop to the city and serves as a constant reminder of the great hiking trails nearby. The denseness of the bush provides pure oxygen. Enjoy this nature experience by walking through well maintained trails. Reach out to touch soft green mosses on the way through this Garden of Eden.
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Day 4 - Mt. Taranaki NP

Taranaki Forest Walk

Day 5 - Taranaki National Park Walk

Included in Days 4 to 5
  • ✓ 2 nights accommodation with breakfast
Optional tours at your request
  • Black Water Rafting or Abseiling tour in Waitomo
  •  Scenic flights over Mt. Tarawera or White island Helicopter tour
  •  Hobbiton Village guided LOTR tour
  •  any other tour you wish to do
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  • PDF travel documents
 

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