Discover New Zealand

Resort:Discover New Zealand
Operator: Travelsphere
Destination: New Zealand
Price From: £5699.00


This once-in-a-lifetime holiday to New Zealand features the best of both the North and South Islands.


  • Return flights from Heathrow with Air New Zealand
  • 18 nights in 3 to4-star hotels plus 3 nights in flight
  • 19 meals: 18 breakfasts and1 lunch
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Driver Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage


  • Days 1 & 2 UK/New Zealand
  • Today you’ll depart on your flight to New Zealand.
  • Day 3 Auckland
  • You cross the International Dateline during your flight, so you will lose day two and arrive in Auckland on the morning of day three. Don’t worry, you’ll get the day back on the way home! You’ll stay in Auckland for the next two nights and the rest of the day is yours to do as you please.
  • Day 4 Auckland
  • The beautiful city of Auckland – the largest in New Zealand – is situated on North Island in the spectacular Hauraki Gulf.The area is home tostunning landscapes of thermal springs and geysers, glorious national parks, luxuriant forests, stunning lakes and more. Now you’ve had time to relax, let’s get out and discover the city on an included tour. Highlightsinclude the 328-metre-high Sky Tower, the imposing War Memorial and the sweeping Waitemata Harbour, which is the most prominent natural feature of the ‘City of Sails’. Downtown Auckland is a great mix of modern and historic architecture, so look out for St Patrick’s Cathedral, built in 1848, and Auckland High Court, which was modelled on England’s very own Warwick Castle.
  • Day 5 Paihia
  • There’s a scenic treat in store today as we travel along the beautiful Hibiscus Coast to Paihia, the perfect base from which to discover the lush forests and idyllic beaches of theBay of Islands. En route we’ll visitthe Treaty House of Waitangi, where you can learn about the history of the 1840 agreement between the British Crown and the Maoris.
  • Day 6 Paihia
  • You can choose how you spend today. Maybe you’ll explore Paihia at your own pace but if you’d like to join an organised excursion we offer an optional trip to Cape Reinga. Located at the very top of North Island, this vast, untouched region is reached via a journey along the never-ending paradise of Ninety Mile Beach. Once here you’ll have the chance to negotiate the Te Paki Quick Sand Stream, backed by towering dunes, and visit a lighthouse to take in exceptional views of the Pacific Ocean meeting the Tasman Sea.
  • Day 7 Paihia
  • You’ve a chance to explore more of thestunning Bay of Islands on an optional catamaran cruise today. Keep your eyes peeled for a variety of marine life, including bottlenose dolphins and fur seals as we head past islands and secluded beaches to the Cape Brett‘Hole in the Rock’. If sea conditions are right, we should be able tosail through this narrow arch, carved by the forces of nature. The cruise ends with a stop at one of the beautiful islands.
  • Day 8 Rotorua
  • The warm, emerald-green North Island was shaped by the fire of volcanoes, and evidence of this remains in the thermal springs surrounding Rotorua. This is where we head today, and our journey takes us through the Waikato farming region, home of the Maori kingdom. We’ll spend the next two nights in Rotorua and if you wish, you can take an optional float plane or helicopter flight to Mount Tarawera. Surrounded by unique scenery and towering above the pristine waters of Lake Tarawera, this now dormant volcano wreaked havoc on the nation when it erupted in 1886.If you choose to fly overhead you’ll be able to lookdeep into its crater – a 6kmravine – and take in spectacular views of crater lakes and rugged peaks.
  • Day 9 Rotorua
  • Your scenic tour today takes you to Te Puia Thermal Reserve, where you’ll see bubbling mud, pools of boiling water, dramatic spouting geysers and traditional Maori architecture. Later, we offeracouple ofoptional excursions you canchoose from if you want to get out and explore. You could join a tour ofHobbiton, the locationcreated for the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit films. This thrilling site includes hobbit holes and the Green Dragon Inn, andyour guide will tell you all you need to know about these popular movies. An alternative is avisit to Rainbow Springs Nature Parkto see some of the interesting creatures that call New Zealand home, including the flightless Kiwi bird. If you join this trip you’ll also take agondola rideto the top of Mount Ngongotaha, which was formed byvolcaniceruptions,andenjoya tasting of New Zealand wine. Tonight, you’ll have a chance toexperience a Maori concert and sample an authenticHangi meal on an optional tour.This is where your food is cooked by steam underground using a centuries-oldmethod that harnesses the power of nature.
  • Day 10 Wellington
  • Wellington, New Zealand’s capital, is our next destination. We’ll make our way here via the forested slopes of the Wairakei Thermal Valley and Lake Taupo, whose waters flow rapidly into the impressive Huka Falls. Every second, around 220,000 litres of water pours through a narrow passage, and then rushes under a pedestrian bridge, where we will stop to take in this incredible sight. On arrival in Wellington, get your bearings on a shorttour before we check into the hotel.
  • Day 11 Wellington
  • We’re going to explore Wellington in more detail today on a walking tour. One of the leading cities for arts and culture in NewZealand, there is so much to see, from an array of museums andgalleries to historic architecture and fabulous shopping. We’ll take in the Te Papa Museum, a showcase of New Zealand’s cultural treasures, and the lively waterfront area. We’ll also visit thebotanical gardens,which run over 26 hectares, and take a trip on the historic Wellington Cable Car for fabulous views across this lovely city.
  • Day 12 Christchurch
  • Today we’re going to cross the Cook Strait to South Island and travel to Christchurch for an overnight stay. This city, the second-largest in New Zealand, has a fascinating English heritage, which is apparent in some of its older buildings. Also known as the Garden City, it boasts plenty ofnatural beauty too.
  • Day 13 TranzAlpine train
  • You’ve a spectacular journey ahead today, as you step aboard the TranzAlpine train and head into the Southern Alps. Here you’ll see narrow gorges and towering snow-capped peaks, so be sure to have your camera ready. Your journey continues to the Franz Josef and Fox Glacier regions, where you’ll witness enormous valleys of ice and deep, dramatic ravines. Later, if the weather conditions are right, you’ll have the opportunity to take an optional helicopter flight over the glaciers for views that are out of this world.
  • Day 14 Queenstown
  • The road through the Westland National Park has to be one of the most scenic ever built. It crosses Clark Bluff and the Haast River Bridge and today we’ll drive along it on our way to Queenstown. If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, you’ve come to the right place, as Queenstown is known as New Zealand’s capital of adventure. One option on your free afternoon is to take a ride on the Kawarau Jet Boat. On this thrilling excursion, youwill travel at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour in the very shallow waters of the Shotover and Kawarau Rivers.
  • Day 15 Queenstown
  • Today has been left free so you can spend some time at leisure and discoverQueenstown at your own pace. However,if you’re feeling adventurous we have another optional thrill-packed excursion for you to join. You’ll start with a walk through the bush and then you’ll head off on an exciting four-wheel-drive journey before boarding a jet boat foranexhilarating ridealong theDart River. This evening ifyou wish you could enjoy amore relaxing experience, with a cruise on Lake Wakatipu with dinner served in a restaurant at the foot of Walter Peak.
  • Day 16 Te Anau
  • Today is the day you visit one of the most beautiful locations in New Zealand Milford Sound. Located deep within Fiordland National Park, this inky-blue expanse of wateris surrounded by forest-covered hills and dramatic mountain peaks and must be seen to be believed. If the weather conditions are good, we’ll take in the fjord’s majestic beauty on a cruise.
  • Day 17 Dunedin
  • Today wemake our way to Dunedin, and on the way we’re going to make a stop at the Glow Worm Caves. This labyrinth of limestone caverns is lit by thousands of glow worms,offering us an incredible sight.
  • Day 18 Dunedin
  • You can spend your time exploring at leisure today, or perhaps you’ll choose to join an optional trip to the Royal Albatross Colony on the Otago Peninsula. This is the world’s only mainland breeding colony of these fascinating birds, and during your visit you’ll learn more about them, watch a short film and visit the observatory where hopefully you will see them nesting.
  • Day 19 Omarama
  • As we travel northwards to Omarama, we’ll make a stop at the Moeraki Beach Boulders. These huge spherical rocks are scattered along the sand and are shrouded in Maori legend. Thought to have started forming in ancient sea floor sediments, the largest boulders are estimated to have taken around four million years to reach their current size. Some weigh several tonnes and the largest measure more than two metres in width. It’s no wonder this is a very popular spot for photographers! Our route then follows the Waitiki River inland and if you wish you can takean optional flight over some of New Zealand’s highest mountains and largest glaciers. Your pilot will provide an interesting commentary as you take in the breathtaking scenery.
  • Day 20 Christchurch
  • We’re bound for the Mount Cook region this morning. On the way we’ll make a stop at Lake Tekapo, a picturesque turquoise-coloured body of water, which boasts a stunning backdrop of the Southern Alps.We’ll then head over Burkes Pass, a mountain passageway, and continue across the Canterbury plains. This vast patchwork of agricultural land nestled between the mountains and the sea produces more than 80% of the country’s grains, crops and seeds. Mount Cook is the highest peak in New Zealand, towering to 12,000ft, and if weather conditions are favourable you might be tempted to view it on an optional scenic flight. We’ll arrive back in Christchurch late this afternoon and stay here overnight.
  • Day 21 Christchurch/UK
  • Today we’ll transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK. You’ll cross the International Dateline once again, meaning you gain back the time you lost at the start of your tour.
  • Day 22 UK
  • You’ll arrive backin the UK today.



    Please note that the itinerary for 2020 will differ slightly from that shown here and optional experience of Tamaki Hangi Feast in Rotorua will be included.