16 Day New Zealand Fully Escorted Coach Tour from $4,199 per person including international flights

In our opinion the best fully inclusive two week fully escorted tour of New Zealand out there!

Experience the natural beauty and unique culture of both the North and South Islands by modern coach without breaking the budget. This inclusive package features quality accommodations, most meals, the "must do" icons of New Zealand and an extensive list of tours included in your tour price.

Commence your tour in Christchurch, travel across the Southern Alps to Lake Tekapo and the Scottish settlement of Dunedin before arriving at one of the highlights of the South Island – Milford Sound. Continue on to the alpine resort town of Queenstown, across the West Coast Glaciers and board the stunning Tranz Alpine Express Rail Journey, lauded as one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world. Head North and crossing from the South to the North Islands by ferry and arrive at the capital city of Wellington, later on to the Maori cultural center of Rotorua and ending in New Zealand’s largest city Auckland having truly experienced the best of New Zealand from South to North.

Escorted Tour Inclusions

  • Round trip coach class air travel from Los Angeles to New Zealand
  • Personalized Meet & Greet on arrival
  • 14 Days of Modern coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows
  • Professional Coach Captain operating as your driver/guide
  • 13 nights accommodation in 3.5* accommodation
  • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions as outlined in itinerary
  • 13 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua, 11 sumptuous dinners including 3 specialty dinners: Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Mãori Hãngi and Concert, Rotorua, 1 picnic lunch,1 delicious Devonshire Tea: Larnach Castle & Enjoy GPT Hotel Wine Time (discounted drinks)
  • Airport transfers in New Zealand
  • All airport & hotel taxes

Touring highlights

  • Milford Sound Cruise & Lunch
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Haggis Ceremony and Gift and Larnach Castle and Devonshire Tea
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Lakes District Museum
  • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry
  • Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum
  • Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Luge Ride, Agrodome & Thermal mud pools & geysers
  • Traditional Maori Hangi & Concert
  • City sights tour of Christchurch, Dunedin & Wellington

Itinerary

Day 1 - Depart Los Angeles or San Francisco for evening flight to New Zealand
Ask about our options with Premium Economy and Business class airfare.

Day 2 - Cross International Date Line

Day 3 - Arrive Christchurch
On arrival into Christchurch, you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your Tour Leader and travelling companions.

Accommodation - Heartland Hotel Cotswold or similar

Includes: Dinner

Day 4 - Christchurch - Omarama
After an introductory city sights tour depart Christchurch and travel through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water, The Church of the Good Shepherd and the Sheep Dog Statue. Marvel at the spectacular mountain ranges including Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available (time and weather permitting, optional) to enjoy a scenic flight over the Southern Alps before travelling to Omarama.

Accommodation - Heritage Gateway Hotel

Includes: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 - Omarama - Dunedin
Depart Omarama and see Lake Benmore, before following the Waitaki River to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue south to Dunedin and enjoy a city sights tour followed by some free time. Tonight, a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift.

Accommodation - Dunedin Leisure Lodge – A Distinction Hotel

Includes: Breakfast and Specialty Dinner

Day 6 - Dunedin - Te Anau
This morning travel out along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Enjoy time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by a delicious Devonshire Tea. Farewell Dunedin and travel through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland and your overnight stay. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (optional).

Accommodation - Distinction Luxmore Lake Te Anau (Superior Room)

Includes: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7 - Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown
Depart Te Anau for a fascinating drive to Milford Sound where you board your launch for a cruise on this magnificent fiord. See the spectacular Bowen Falls and towering Mitre Peak as you enjoy a picnic lunch. This afternoon travel to Queenstown, overlooking magical Lake Wakatipu. Spend the next two nights at this year-round resort which offers a wide range of activities and attractions. This evening is free, you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants. (2 night stay)

Accommodation - Copthorne Hotel & Resort Queenstown Lakefront

Includes: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8 - Queenstown (Free Day)
Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Coach Captain and Tour Leader are available to assist with the many optional activities available, including the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour to Skippers Canyon or to getup close to a Kiwi bird. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Sit back, relax and enjoy a delicious gourmet barbecue dinner featuring a menu of seasonal, fresh and locally sourced food at the Colonel’s Homestead. After dinner enjoy a short farm tour then reboard the TSS Earnslaw for a sing along by the piano as you cruise back to Queenstown.

Accommodation - Copthorne Hotel & Resort Queenstown Lakefront

Includes: Breakfast and Specialty Dinner

Day 9 - Queenstown – Arrowtown – Fox Glacier
Travel to Arrowtown and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to the mighty West Coast, an area of stunning beauty. See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel north to the township of Fox Glacier. Time is available to experience a scenic flight (weather permitting, optional) over the spectacular glaciers.

Accommodation - Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

Includes: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10 - Fox Glacier - Arthur’s Pass - Christchurch
Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue into Arthur’s Pass and board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. View rivers and valleys as you travel through the Waimakariri Basin, over massive viaducts and through the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains. On arrival into the elegant city of Christchurch, your coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.

Accommodation - Heartland Hotel Cotswold or similar

Includes: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 11 - Christchurch - Picton - Wellington
Travel along the East Coast to the seaside village of Kaikõura. Enjoy the spectacular scenery as you travel through Marlborough Country, famous for its food and wine. Continue to Picton, where you will board the Interislander Ferry for your journey through the Marlborough Sounds and across Cook Strait to Wellington. (2 night stay)

Accommodation - ibis Wellington

Includes: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 12 - Wellington
A highlight this morning will be time to explore Gallipoli: A Scale of War exhibition at Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum. Cutting edge technology brings these stories to life through the eyes of New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. Reboard your coach for an extensive city tour which showcases the history and culture on show. Enjoy free time this afternoon and this evening is also free to choose your own dining arrangements.

Accommodation - ibis Wellington

Includes: Breakfast

Day 13 - Wellington - Taupo - Rotorua
Depart Wellington and travel via Mt Ruapehu and Mt Tongariro to Lake Taupo. Visit the spectacular Huka Falls then onto the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. (2 night stay)

Accommodation - Sudima Lake Rotorua

Includes: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 14 - Rotorua
Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua. There is also time for a thrilling luge ride! Next stop is Agrodome for an action-packed hour of farming entertainment. Visit Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. This evening experience an entertaining Mãori cultural performance followed by a delicious Hãngi meal.

Accommodation - Sudima Lake Rotorua

Includes: Breakfast and Specialty Dinner

Day 15 - Rotorua - Auckland
Depart Rotorua and travel north to Auckland to enjoy an afternoon at leisure to discover the ‘City of Sails’. This evening enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Accommodation - Rydges Auckland

Includes: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 16 - Depart Auckland
Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

Includes: Breakfast

 

Aspire Tip: This tour is very popular with the Australian traveler. So when you travel on the 16 Day Fully Escorted Tour of New Zealand, your traveling companions are most likely to be Australian which usually means for a fun time with a friendly group of like-minded travelers!

 

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Single Supplement:

From $1,055

New Zealand Entry Requirements:

New Zealand welcomes fully vaccinated International travelers

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Terms and Conditions

Package from pricing is based on double occupancy (2 people sharing a room) from Los Angeles or San Francisco for low season tour date departing 30 April 2023. Add $150 per person for all other tour departures: 05 & 16 Oct, 01 & 11 Nov 2022; 20 Jan, 02, 12 & 23 Feb, 02, 11 & 25 Mar, 01 and 08 Apr 2023. Add-on fares are available from other cities. Seats are limited and may not be available on every flight. Hotels are subject to availability. All prices reflect a discount for purchases made by check/wire; please see terms and conditions for credit card payments. Cancellation penalties and other restrictions apply.

To guarantee the package price & purchase the airline tickets, full payment is due at the time of booking. The purchase of travel Insurance is highly recommended for travel to New Zealand. Aspire Down Under partners with CSA Travel Protection. Travelers to New Zealand must be fully vaccinated and obtain a negative COVID-19 test before departure. Travel insurance covers cancellation penalties under the cancellation benefit should you test positive for COVID-19 immediately before traveling to New Zealand. In the unlikely event your scheduled travel date is impacted by New Zealand government entry restrictions, Aspire Down Under will permit a change of travel dates within 12 months from your original booking date without any fees or penalties (the applicable price of the new trip itinerary will apply).

 

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