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$4325 adult twin $5940 single $3890 child

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$4125 adult twin $5640 single $3710 child

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  • Tamaki Warriors at Tamaki Maori Village

    Tamaki Warriors at Tamaki Maori Village

  • Hokitika Jade Factory

    Hokitika Jade Factory

  • Cruise Milford Sound

    Cruise Milford Sound

  • Punakaiki Pancake Rocks

    Punakaiki Pancake Rocks

  • Wellington


Tour code: LCQA

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Experience the essence of New Zealand on a 18 day Best Buys Guided Holiday. Start your tour with a welcome reception then see Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki before visiting the Church of the Good Shepherd. Soak up the sensational alpine landscape of Mt. Cook National Park before travelling through Oamaru to Dunedin where you'll tour the city. Enjoy free time exploring Dunedin your way before travelling to Milford Sound for a breathtaking cruise on its pristine waters. Discover exciting Queenstown your way with some free time before going on to the rare and still advancing Franz Josef Glacier. Depart for Nelson where you have free time to explore the town your way then cross the Cook Strait to Wellington for a day at your leisure. Travel north to the art deco city of Napier and then to Rotorua where you'll enjoy a Maori Hangi feast and concert and discover the sights. Visit the Agrodome Sheep Show and continue on to Auckland for a city sights tour before your Guided Holiday concludes.


1 October 2015 - 30 September 2016 ?
Day 1
Welcome to Christchurch

On arrival at Christchurch Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a welcome reception and dinner.

Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch

Included Meals: Dinner

Day 2
Christchurch – Omarama

Board your coach to see the extensive work carried out to rebuild the city after the devastating earthquake of February 2011. Later, see Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and soak up the alpine scenery of Mount Cook National Park.

Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel, Omarama

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 3
Omarama – Dunedin

Your day starts along the Waitaki River and the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Then travel through Oamaru, with its famous white limestone buildings, to Dunedin where you’ll take a tour of the city. Visit New Zealand’s only castle, Larnach Castle and its stunning gardens.

Hotel: Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin

Included Meals: breakfast and dinner

Day 4
Dunedin – Milford Sound

Today is a feast for the senses. Travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau. You’ll be awestruck by the World Heritage Fiordland National Park, New Zealand’s largest. See rainforest, ancient glaciers, mountain ranges and drive through the Homer Tunnel. Pass Lake Matheson, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, before arriving in Milford Sound for your overnight cruise on the Milford Mariner. (Milford Mariner does not operate 17 May-19 September. During this period there will be a day cruise on Milford Sound and accommodation in Te Anau).

Hotel: Milford Mariner, Milford Sound (Cruise).

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 5-7
Milford Sound – Queenstown
Day 5: Milford Sound – Queenstown

This morning depart for Te Anau, on the shores of Lake Te Anau, the largest lake on the South Island. You’ll explore the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves by boat with local guide, before travelling to the adventure-capital Queenstown.

Day 6: Queenstown ‘Free Time’

A full day to see the sights of your choice. Take it easy with a wine tour or walk on the wild side with a jet boat ride or white water rafting (all own expense). Whatever you choose, Queenstown will surprise and exhilarate.

Day 7: Queenstown ‘Free Time’

Another action-packed day or time to relax. Tonight ride the Skyline Gondola to Bob’s Peak for a buffet ‘highlight dinner’ at the Skyline Restaurant.

Hotel: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown , 3 nights.

Included Meals: Day 5: Breakfast and dinner. Day 6: Breakfaast. Day 7: Breakfast and 'highlight dinner'

Day 8
Queenstown – Franz Josef

Visit the gold mining village of Arrowtown. Then enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell. See a trio of lakes, Dunstan, Hawea and Wanaka. Travel over the Haast Pass, view amazing Thunder Creek Falls then it’s on to majestic Franz Josef Glacier, the world’s most accessible glacier.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing)

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 9
Franz Josef – Punakaiki

See Franz Josef Glacier from the air or take a glacier hike (both own expense). Depart for Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and demonstration. Later, travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You’ll stay in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront. Enjoy dinner while watching the thundering surf at your doorstep!

Hotel: Punakaiki Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 10-11
Punakaiki – Nelson
Day 10: Punakaiki – Nelson

Soak up the scenic wilderness of the Heritage Highway through the impressive Buller Gorge and the Kahurangi National Park before arriving in Nelson. This afternoon you’ll visit the World of Wearable Arts and Collectable Cars.

Day 11: Nelson ‘Free Time’

On this day at leisure, you’ll have the option to journey to the top of the South Island and enjoy a relaxing cruise in the Abel Tasman National Park. Or perhaps take a short bush walk, relax in sunny Nelson or explore the many arts and craft shops.

Hotel: Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Hotel and Resort , Nelson, 2 nights.

Included Meals: Day 10: Breakfast and dinner. Day 11: Breakfast

Day 12-13
Nelson – Wellington
Day 12: Nelson – Wellington

Visit the seaside village of Picton and cruise on tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound, before you head across the Cook Strait to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital. Enjoy a city sights tour before you visit Maori Cultural Icon Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, where you’ll explore New Zealand’s nature, art, history and cultural heritage.

Day 13: Wellington ‘Free Time’

A free day to see the sights. Perhaps take a tour of Parliament or one of the Lord of the Rings movie tours, or even cruise to Somes Island in Wellington Harbour (own expense).

Hotel: Travelodge Wellington, 2 nights.

Included Meals: Day 12: Breakfast and dinner. Day 13: Breakfast

Day 14
Wellington – Napier

Travel through the dairy farming land of Manawatu to Napier. Enjoy a city walking tour with a local guide and learn how Napier was rebuilt after a devastating Earthquake in 1931.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Te Pania, Napier.

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 15-16
Napier – Rotorua
Day 15: Napier – Rotorua

Travel past Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand. Visit the mighty Huka Falls and then it’s on to Rotorua. On arrival a sightseeing tour takes in views of Lake Rotorua.

Maori Cultural Icon This evening enjoy a Maori Hangi feast ‘highlight dinner’ and concert at the Tamaki Family Marae.

Day 16: Rotorua

Maori Cultural Icon Visit Te Puia, the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, where you’ll see demonstrations of wood carving and weaving. Then tour the geothermal valley and hear about the importance of the geysers and mud pools to the Maori people.

Farm Stay Option (Additional cost)
Farm Stay Option (Additional cost)
  • $85 adult

Enjoy genuine New Zealand hospitality this evening and spend the night on a nearby farm. You’ll enjoy dinner and breakfast, comfortable accommodation and a farm tour to introduce you to the way of life. 

Hotel: Ibis Rotorua Hotel, 2 nights.

Included Meals: Day 15: Breakfast and 'highlight dinner'. Day 16: Breakfast

Day 17
Rotorua – Auckland

Visit the Agrodome Sheep Show, the multi-award-winning stage show, to gain an insight into agricultural life in New Zealand. You’ll see the art of sheep shearing, sheepdog demonstrations, cow milking, bottle feeding of lambs and an exciting sheep auction. Visit the farming community of Matamata to experience a farming demonstration before a delicious lunch at Longlands Farm. Continue to Auckland where your city sightseeing tour takes in Bastion Point, Viaduct Harbour and the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Hotel: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites, Auckland.

Included Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 18
Farewell from Auckland

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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Gumboot Sculpture in Taihape by artist Jeff Thomson

Visit the Gumboot Capital

On your way from Napier to Rotorua on this holiday, you’ll call in at Taihape, New Zealand’s gumboot capital! Late in 1984 a series of meetings were held by a group from the Taihape community searching for ways and means by which the effects of the imminent downturn in their local economy might be averted. It was decided to attempt to halt the traffic on State Highway One by providing a promotional activity to entice travellers to stop and see what Taihape had to offer. Hence, Gumboot Day was born. It is one day in the year when town and country alike get together and enjoy themselves while at the same time selling the town to the rest of New Zealand. Of course, the attempt on the gumboot throwing record has become a fixture for the event.


  • Immerse yourself in Maori culture at a Hangi & Concert Maori Cultural Icon
  • Explore the geothermal valley at Te Puia in Rotorua
  • Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo 
  • Explore New Zealand’s only castle, Larnach Castle
  • Spend the night cruising on magical Milford Sound
  • Let loose in New Zealand’s adventure capital, beautiful Queenstown
  • Gondola ride and dinner at Skyline Restaurant on Bob’s Peak with spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu
  • Cruise through Waitomo Caves famous Glow Worm Grotto
  • Taste Central Otago stone fruit at a local orchard
  • See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier
  • Watch artisans carving native greenstone (jade) in Hokitika
  • Punakaiki, home to the Pancake Rocks & Blowholes
  • Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand Maori Cultural Icon
  • Tour through Christchurch to witness the incredible rebuild of this city


  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)


  • Full buffet breakfasts (13)
  • ‘Highlight dinners’ (2)
  • Dinners (8)

Flight Information

Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price.

Day 1    flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm
into Christchurch Airport
Day 18    flights anytime
from Auckland Airport

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months

Ways to Save

Departures before 31 Mar 2016
Triple share     Save up to $285
Kings Club     Save up to $285

All savings are per person.

Departures between 1 Apr 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
Early payment discount
Pay by 31 Jan 2016     Save up to $410
Pay by 31 Mar 2016     Save up to $205
Kings Club early payment discount
Pay by 31 Jan 2016     Save up to $615
Pay by 31 Mar 2016     Save up to $410
Triple share     Save up to $205
Kings Club     Save up to $205

All savings are per person.

Departures between 1 Oct 2016 - 30 Sep 2017
Early payment discount
Pay by 31 Jan 2016     Save up to $470
Pay by 31 Mar 2016     Save up to $235
Kings Club early payment discount
Pay by 31 Jan 2016     Save up to $705
Pay by 31 Mar 2016     Save up to $470
Triple share     Save up to $235
Kings Club     Save up to $235

All savings are per person.

Quality accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.

The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

  • Ibis Hotel Christchurch
    107 Hereford St, Christchurch 8011 New Zealand

    • Ibis Hotel Christchurch Standard Room
    • Ibis Hotel Christchurch Reception
    • Ibis Hotel Christchurch Exterior

    Ibis Christchurch is ready to welcome you. Adjacent to the new shopping heart of Christchurch, Cashell Mall. The "pop up" shopping precinct is the new vibrant heart of the city, featuring many new designer shops and modern cafes. Ibis Hotel Christchurch is very close to the famous Cathedral Square, the historic heart of the city providing easy access to the outer lying attractions and the airport. The Ibis features 155 contemporary rooms, restaurant OOPEN, a bar and meeting room.

    • Features
    • 220/240 V AC
    • Data port in room
    • Air-conditioning
    • Flat Screen TV
    • Satellite/cable colour TV
    • Work Desk
    • Direct Dial Telephone
    • Manual temperature control
    • Wi-Fi in room (Pay)
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Ensuite
    • Shower
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron
    • Security peephole
    • Automatic wake up call
    • Operator wake up call
    • Alarm Clock
  • Heritage Gateway Hotel
    12 Omarama Ave, Omarama 9412 New Zealand


    • Heritage Gateway Hotel - Exterior
    • Heritage Gateway Hotel - Room
    • Heritage Gateway Hotel - Bar

    Located in the heart of the Mackenzie/Waitaki region, a unique area of New Zealand's South Island. Set amongst landscaped gardens with views of the surrounding mountains, the Heritage Gateway Hotel is a peaceful place to stay.

    • Features
    • Ensuite
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Phone
    • TV
    • Electric blankets
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Hairdryer
    • Refrigerator
  • Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
    10 Smith Street, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand

    • Room at Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
    • Views of Dunedin from Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
    • Exterior view of Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
    • Jimmy Cooks Restaurant at Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
    • Aberdeen Bar at Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin

    Located right in the heart of the city, Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin is ideal for business or leisure. When it is true hospitality and a convenient location that you desire on your travels, then this is your perfect hotel. Dunedin has few destinations to match the stylish Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin, where the accommodation reflects a total dedication to excellence in guest service, modern comfort and attention to detail.

    • Features
    • Ensuite
    • Broadband Internet access
    • Sky TV
    • Mini Bar
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Direct Dial Telephone
  • Milford Mariner
    Milford Sound Visitor Terminal, Milford Sound 9846, New Zealand

    Milford Sound (Cruise).

    • Milford Mariner cruising the Milford Sound
    • Milford Mariner near the fjords on the Milford Sou
    • Milford Mariner - Room
    • Milford Mariner deck with scenic views
    • Milford Mariner - Restaurant
    • Milford Mariner - Dining

    Spend the night aboard the Milford Mariner waking up in one of the most beautiful places on earth. You’ll cruise the full length of Milford Sound accompanied by a specialist nature guide. The cruise style is relaxed, allowing plenty of time to view the fiord’s spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife.

    • Features
    • Private cabins with en suites
    • Use of Kayaks
  • Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown
    Corner Frankton Rd & Adelaide St, Queenstown 9300

    3 nights.

    • Copthorne Hotel exterior at Lake Wakatipu
    • Standard Room at Copthorne Hotel in Queenstown
    • Lobby Area at Copthorne Hotel in Queenstown
    • Front Entrance of Copthorne Hotel in Queenstown
    • Courtyard area of Copthorne Hotel in Queenstown

    Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront is located on Frankton Road, just five minutes stroll to the heart of Queenstown.

    The hotel resort is close to many wonderful activities, from the town's world famous jet boat rides to radical white water rafting, bungee jumping, vineyards, international golf courses and ski fields.

    • Features
    • Ensuite
    • TV
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Refrigerator
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Telephone - Voice Mail
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Hairdryer
  • Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing)
    36 Main Road, Franz Josef Glacier 7886, New Zealand

    • Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier - Room
    • Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier - Restaurant
    • Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier - Exterior

    Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier sits at the edge of the Westland World Heritage Park, and is just moments from one of New Zealand’s most spectacular natural attractions, the Franz Josef Glacier. Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier makes the most of its alpine location and offers quality accommodation in two separate hotel ‘wings’. Stay in either the Douglas or Graham wing, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings within Franz Josef village. Our hotel is in a premium location, making it the perfect place to base yourself while exploring the magnificent Westland region.

    • Features
    • Hair Dryer
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Work Desk
    • Mini Bar
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Refrigerator
    • Four Spa Pools
  • Punakaiki Resort
    State Highway 6 ,Punakaiki 8252 New Zealand

    • Punakaiki Resort - Exterior
    • Punakaiki Resort - Villas
    • Punakaiki Resort - Walkway to Villas

    Situated on New Zealand's wild West Coast, the Punakaiki Resort is surrounded by the Paparoa National Park and is only a stone's throw from the beach. The hotel rooms are designed in harmony with the local environment to maintain a sense of privacy and seclusion and have either ocean or rainforest views.

    • Features
    • Ensuite
    • Shower and toilet facilities
    • Refrigerator
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Phone
    • Hairdryer
    • Wireless Internet access
    • TV
    • Satellite/cable colour TV
  • Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Hotel and Resort
    6 Point Road, Monaco, Nelson, New Zealand

    Nelson, 2 nights.

    • Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco - exterior bar
    • Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco - One bedroom studio
    • Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Hotel and Resort
    • Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco - Village Green
    • Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco - One bedroom studio
    • Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Hotel and Resort
    • Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Hotel and Resort

    Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Hotel and Resort provides luxury boutique accommodation by the water in Nelson, New Zealand - the ideal vacation destination.

    • Features
    • Ensuite
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Sky TV
    • Phone
    • Free wireless internet access
    • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Travelodge Wellington
    2-6 Gilmer Terrace, Wellington, 6011, New Zealand

    2 nights.

    • Travelodge Wellington - Exterior
    • Travelodge Wellington - Restaurant
    • Travelodge Wellington - Guest Room

    With close proximity to the city’s financial hub as well as many Wellington attractions, such as Wellington Zoo, the Wellington Cable Car, the Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, and the Wellington Botanic Gardens, Travelodge Hotel Wellington is perfectly located for both business and leisure travel.

    • Features
    • Hair Dryer
    • Pay TV
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Individual heater control
    • LCD TV
    • Refrigerator
    • Internet Access
    • Microwave
  • Scenic Hotel Te Pania
    45 Marine Parade, Napier South, Napier 4140, New Zealand


    • Scenic Hotel Te Pania - Room
    • Scenic Hotel Te Pania - Exterior
    • Scenic Hotel Te Pania - Exterior

    Styled to complement its remarkable location on the edge of the beautiful Hawke's Bay, our Scenic Hotel Te Pania boasts design awards for its style and offers an unmatched level of service to leisure travellers and conference guests. Hawke's Bay is one of the first places in the world to see the light each day, and Scenic Hotel Te Pania in Napier enjoys a premium waterfront location on Marine Parade. The hotel’s slender curved form echoes the shape of the bay, and guests enjoy sweeping views out over the water. A fresh, contemporary style hotel, Scenic Hotel Te Pania is just a short stroll from Napier’s main art deco style street.

    • Features
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Mini Bar
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Air-conditioning
    • TV
    • Work Desk
    • Hair Dryer
    • Laundry/Valet service
    • Dry cleaning service
  • Ibis Rotorua Hotel
    Lake End Rangiruru Street, Rotorua 3010 New Zealand

    2 nights.

    • Ibis Rotorua Hotel - Room
    • Ibis Rotorua Hotel - Exterior
    • Ibis Rotorua Hotel - Exterior

    Situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua, this hotel offers tranquil surroundings with sensational views. Our central location is easily accessible to cafés, restaurants and the Energy Events Convention Centre. Stunning natural scenery and geothermal wonders makes this the ultimate destination.

    • Features
    • Ensuite
    • Air-conditioning
    • Telephone - Voice Mail
    • Soundproofed Windows
    • TV
    • In-house movies
    • Pay TV
    • 220/240 V AC
    • Data port in room
    • High speed transmission line (pay)
    • Work Desk
    • Manual temperature control
    • Iron
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Automatic wake up call
  • VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites
    401 Queen St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand


    • VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites - Exterior
    • VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites - Deluxe King Suite
    • VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites - Deluxe King Suite
    • VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites - Bathroom

    A BRAND New 4.5 Qualmark rated apartment Hotel & Suites with an unbeatable location on Queen Street, contemporary styling and well-appointed modern rooms. For the convenience of travellers and visitors to Auckland, VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites is an ideal location, situated on the prime street of Auckland CBD. This brand new hotel offers excellent convenience of being in the heart of the business, shopping and food district of Auckland.

    • Features
    • Air-conditioning
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Hair Dryer
    • TV

Experience more on your holiday

To ensure your holiday is filled with memorable experiences, we have included a range of quality Optional Excursions for you to choose from and partake in, if you wish, during your holiday. We understand that everyone is an individual, and have therefore allowed some free time for you to experience different types of touring. These have not been included in the tour fare as we realise they may not appeal to all people. Our selection of optional excursions include scenic flights, helicopter rides, cruises, dinners, ballooning, fishing trips, four wheel drive tours, cultural experiences, and even camel riding.

Experiences available between 1 October 2015 - 30 September 2016

Rainbow Springs Wildlife Park (Rotorua)

From NZ$40 Adult NZ$25 Child

Rainbow Springs Wildlife Park

Set in 22 acres of beautiful native trees and streams, Rainbow Springs is home to a huge variety of New Zealand’s most precious inhabitants. Experience the adrenalin rush of The Big Splash, explore the many free flight aviaries, come face to face with pre-history in the eyes of the tuatara, and experience the wonder of the bird show featuring some of the funniest feathered performers you will ever see. 

Kawarau Jet Boat (Rotorua)

NZ$85 Adult NZ$54 Child

Kawarau Jet Boat

Enjoy a 30 minute Speed, Spins and Adrenalin jetboat ride across Lake Rotorua to the sanctuary Island of Mokoia.  Along the way listen to stories and legends of the local Maori people of the area.

Rotorua Trout Fishing (Rotorua)

NZ$145 Adult/Child

Rotorua Trout Fishing

Includes up to 4 hours of fishing, guide & tackle, light refreshments, Polaroid photos of your catch and courtesy transport.

Rotorua Duck - City and Lakes Tour (Rotorua)

NZ$68 Adult NZ$38 Child

Rotorua Duck - City and Lakes Tour

Discover Rotorua’s spectacular lakes area from the comfort of a fully restored World War II amphibious vehicle, able to travel on land and water. A 90 minute fun-filled and scenic journey that ventures onto the three Rotorua lakes, and is accompanied by an entertaining and informative commentary.

Volcanic Air Floatplane Flights (Rotorua)

From NZ$95 Adult/Child

Volcanic Air Floatplane Flights

Choose from five different floatplane flights that showcase Rotorua with spectacular views, departing from Lake Rotorua itself. Take a short journey over Rotorua City, Sulphur Bay, and the geysers of Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, or journey further afield, landing at the Hidden Valley of Orakei Korako, or venture out to White Island – New Zealand’s only permanently active volcano. Helicopter flights are also available.

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour (Rotorua)

NZ$110 Adult NZ$72.50 Child

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Discover the real Middle-earth on the most picturesque private farmland near Matamata in the North Island of New Zealand, where you can visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings film trilogy in a fascinating two-hour guided tour.

Ogo Rotorua (Rotorua)

From NZ$35 Adult/Child

Ogo Rotorua

In 1994, Andrew Akers and Dwane van der Sluis invented a big inflatable ball that people could jump inside and roll around in. Now you can experience the fun of OGO! Visitors are offered multiple OGO ride options where we add 40 litres of water; (cool in summer, warm in winter). Choose from either the 250m long Straight Track or the wiggly windy 350m long Sidewinder Track.

Polynesian Spa (Rotorua)

From NZ$45 Adult NZ$16 Child

Polynesian Spa

Relax in the seclusion of your own hot mineral private pool! Millions of visitors to Polynesian Spa over the last 125 years have received relief for tired muscles, aches and pains, arthritis and rheumatism from the therapeutic properties of the geothermic acidic and alkaline waters.

National Aquarium (Napier)

NZ$20 Adult NZ$10 Child

National Aquarium

The National Aquarium of New Zealand, stretching along Napier’s Marine Parade like a huge stingray, is home to over 100 rich and diverse saltwater, freshwater and land animal exhibits from New Zealand and around the world. Journey through the Oceanarium inside the amazing underwater tunnel as hundreds of local fish species swim and feed, above and around you. View exotic reef and deep-sea fish from around the world, alligators, piranhas and all sorts of other marine life from the Americas, Asia and Australia, and kiwi, tuatara and penguin enclosures provide an insight into New Zealand’s most precious species.

Weta Wellington There and Back Tour (Wellington)

NZ$65 Adult NZ$40 Child

Weta Wellington There and Back Tour

This movie-based experience provides a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse of Weta Workshop, the home of the special effects wizards whose work features in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogies. The tour invites you to view the creative processes of a Weta technician and to touch, feel, and hold real props, weapons and models from the films the creative Weta team have worked on. Return transfers from the Wellington i-Site are included. 

Flat Earth - Middle Earth Tour of Filming Locations - Half Day (Wellington)

NZ$175 Adult NZ$87.50 Child

Flat Earth - Middle Earth Tour of Filming Locations - Half Day

A wonderful half day film locations experience with your own expert guide in a small group. The tour takes you to filming locations, such as Rivendell - where Frodo recovered from his knife attack, the Gardens of Isengard, and the quarry used for the filming of Helms Deep in Rohan, plus many many more Lord of the Rings locations. Includes refreshments and morning or afternoon tea.

Flat Earth - Middle Earth Tour of Filming Locations - Full Day (Wellington)

NZ$385 Adult NZ$192.50 Child

Flat Earth - Middle Earth Tour of Filming Locations - Full Day

All of the wonderful inclusions of the half day tour, plus be spellbound when visiting the site of Lothlorien – the majestic Fernside Lodge. You will see where Smeagol & Deagol fought for the Ring - a must for the most avid Lord of the Rings fans. This tour also visits the district of Miramar - home to Peter Jackson and many of the cast and crew - and the Weta Cave.

Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle Discoverer Day (Nelson)

NZ$96 Adult NZ$48 Child

Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle Discoverer Day

Discoverer Day is the ultimate boat cruise and walk combination in the Abel Tasman National Park. With two different walk options, the Discoverer Day shows all the best the Abel Tasman has to offer with a Full Scenic Boat Cruise, visits to Split Apple Rock and a Fur Seal colony, golden beaches, forest walking and wildlife encounters all in one superb day out.

Air Safaris - Grand Traverse Scenic Flight (Mt Cook)

NZ$360 Adult NZ$230 Child

Air Safaris - Grand Traverse Scenic Flight

Explore the alpine wonderland of the Southern Alps’ highest peaks and glacial lakes on this 45-minute scenic flight, including Murchison Glacier, Tasman Glacier, Main Divide, Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier, westland coastal rainforests and Mount Cook.

Speight's Brewery Tour (Dunedin)

NZ$28 Adult NZ$12 Child

Speight's Brewery Tour

No visitor to Dunedin should leave without taking the Speight’s Brewery Tour. Since 1876 the brewery has been proudly producing Speight’s legendary ales from the same site in Rattray Street. On the Speight’s Brewery Tour you’ll see, smell, touch and taste the ingredients that go into making Speight’s beers – and of course, get to sample “The Pride of the South” for yourself!

Monarch Wildlife Cruise (Dunedin)

NZ$148 Adult NZ$55 Child

Monarch Wildlife Cruise

Cruise the length of the beautiful Otago Harbour, passing by the historic fishing village of Careys Bay and the working port of Port Chalmers. Then continue your tour out to the tip of the Otago Peninsula, enjoying unrivalled wildlife viewing. See what cannot be seen from land – Albatross, New Zealand Fur Seals and up to 20 species of bird and marine life in their undisturbed and otherwise inaccessible environment.

Cadbury World Tour (Dunedin)

NZ$16 Adult NZ$10 Child

Cadbury World Tour

The Cadburyworld Tour is a chocolate-lover’s dream that overwhelms the senses! As you walk into the factory, the enticing scent of Jaffas, Turkish Delight, or cocoa welcomes you in, but that’s nothing compared to the all-encompassing chocolate scent wafting through the kitchen. Don’t worry, your taste buds will have their chance too! In addition to receiving a bag full of samples, you’ll also have the pure liquid joy of tasting melted, still-warm chocolate. In the Purple Silo, you’ll be astonished by one tonne of chocolate flowing down before you… mmmmm chocolate waterfall!

Taieri Gorge Railway (Dunedin)

NZ$95 Adult NZ$28 Child

Taieri Gorge Railway

Taieri Gorge Railway is one of the world’s great train trips, taking passengers from the hustle and bustle of Dunedin’s city centre to the rugged mountain interior of Central Otago, and back. Travel in comfort, cross magnificent stone and wrought iron viaducts, travel through a series of tunnels with rock walls only inches from the side of the train.

Monarch Larnach Castle Tour (Dunedin)

NZ$75 Adult NZ$37.50 Child

Monarch Larnach Castle Tour

Let your local driver take you on an exciting Otago Peninsula drive to New Zealand’s only castle. Your guided tour of the Larnach family home will give you insight into not only the architecture and style of the stately building, but also into William Larnach’s family life and the restoration done by the current owners during the past three decades. Enjoy views from the tower and marvel at the immaculate gardens before your return to Dunedin.

Fiordland Cinema (Te Anau)

From NZ$47.50 Adult/Child

Fiordland Cinema

Sit back in the comfort of the custom designed, large screen cinema and prepare to be overwhelmed by the staggering beauty of the Fiordland World Heritage Status Wilderness showcased in Ata Whenua – Shadowland.

Milford Sound Scenic Flight (Te Anau)

NZ$395 Adult NZ$215 Child

Milford Sound Scenic Flight

A 40 minute flight over picturesque fiords, glaciers, alpine lakes and waterfalls including the famous Sutherland Falls and the majestic Mitre Peak. Fly over spectacular remote scenery that no man has ever set foot in.

Ziptrek Ecotours (Queenstown)

From NZ$135 Adult NZ$85 Child

Ziptrek Ecotours

Ziptrek Ecotours is a spectacular and exhilarating flying fox eco-adventure through the forest canopy high above Queenstown, on Skyline Gondola hill.

Kawarau River Rafting (Queenstown)

NZ$219 Adult/Child

Kawarau River Rafting

4 hours including transfer to Cavell’s rafting lodge to collect your wetsuit and other rafting equipment. Transfer to Kawarau River put-in point for extensive safety instructions and training in paddling techniques. Then raft the mighty Kawarau River! Hot showers, sauna and complimentary tea/coffee await you at the end of this adventure.

Kiwi Birdlife Park (Queenstown)

NZ$43 Adult NZ$22 Child

Kiwi Birdlife Park

The Kiwi Birdlife Park is a wildlife sanctuary found in the heart of Queenstown. They hold and display over 20 species of native NZ wildlife in our 5 acre Park, all of which are part of nationally managed programmes. Your entry fee supports their conservation work. They offer guaranteed kiwi viewing in our specially constructed nocturnal houses, audio tours (available in English and Japanese; allow 45min), Conservation Shows (11am, 3pm; allow 30min) and Kiwi Feedings (10am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 4.30pm; allow 15min). They offer an all-day pass and the park can be enjoyed in all weather. Experience conservation in action! 

Shotover Jet Boat Ride (Queenstown)

NZ$135 Adult NZ$75 Child

Shotover Jet Boat Ride

Enjoy a 30-minute jet boat ride down the mighty Shotover River and through Shotover Canyon with the only company permitted to operate in this area. A major highlight is experiencing the famous “Shotover Jet Turn” where your boat spins through a full 360 degrees turn. Includes return transfers from Queenstown. (Duration: 1.5 hours in total)

Nomad Safaris 4WD Tour (Queenstown)

NZ$175 Adult NZ$89 Child

Nomad Safaris 4WD Tour

Be amazed by both the man-made and natural features on this 4-hour 4WD safari from Queenstown. The tour incorporates scenes from The Lord of the Rings incl Heaven & Hells Gate, Maori Point, Lighthouse rock, Blue Slip, Skippers Bridge, Skippers Settlement and gold panning in the Shotover River.

Queenstown Original Wine Trail (Queenstown)

NZ$155 Adult NZ$89 Child

Queenstown Original Wine Trail

The Queenstown Wine Trail offers a fun, personalised and friendly sightseeing wine tour of vineyards and wineries in New Zealand’s premier wine regions – Queenstown & Central Otago. As the groups are small, you will have time to taste a variety of wines at four Queenstown wineries, sample local cheeses, enjoy a winery lunch at Gibbston Valley Winery (at own expense) and experience spectacular scenery.

Queenstown Wine Trail Summer Sampler (Queenstown)

NZ$176 Adult NZ$125 Child

Queenstown Wine Trail Summer Sampler

This unique food and wine experience is a relaxed and leisurely tour amongst picturesque surroundings. It is the ideal tour for guests who may have a shorter time frame. Tour includes tastings at two wineries, an underground wine cave tour, cheese presentation and tasting at the regions only cheesery and a gourmet lunch at Gibbston Valley Winery. Operates 1st of October to 31st of March

Skippers Canyon Jet - Scenic Tour & Jet Boat (Queenstown)

NZ$189 Adult NZ$109 Child

Skippers Canyon Jet - Scenic Tour & Jet Boat

Skippers Canyon Jet are the only company to offer a complete 4WD tour of Skippers Canyon and access to the unique mining relics available in the Sainsbury gold claim museum. Following the winding, yet majestic Skippers road, which carves its way down from the Coronet Peak ski road, over the saddle and down “Long gully” through to Skippers Canyon; your guide will detail the history of the road, hardships of the miners and how many miners were killed building the road over a century ago.

Dart River Safari Jet Boat (Queenstown)

NZ$229 Adult NZ$129 Child

Dart River Safari Jet Boat

A stimulating not-to-be missed journey into the Dart River Valley where mythology, heritage & fantasy meet reality. Your Wilderness Jet trip is an exhilarating and spectacular journey deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park, with the only jet boat operator allowed on the Dart River.

Walter Peak Horse Trekking (Queenstown)

NZ$119 Adult NZ$71 Child

Walter Peak Horse Trekking

Join Real Journeys for a relaxing and scenic horse trek through Walter Peak High Country Farm. Cruise aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw to disembark at Walter Peak High Country Farm before meeting your horse and guide for a wonderful horseback experience. This 40 minute trek takes you across beautiful rolling terraces to a lookout with spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the mountains. The riding is easy, picturesque and suitable for even first-time riders. After returning to the stables, enjoy a delicious morning or afternoon tea at the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant.

TSS Earnslaw Cruise & Walter Peak Dinner (Queenstown)

NZ$120 Adult NZ$60 Child

TSS Earnslaw Cruise & Walter Peak Dinner

Relive the elegance of turn-of-the-century travel with a cruise on Queenstown’s iconic vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw. Launched in 1912, the TSS Earnslaw is the largest and grandest vessel ever to ply Lake Wakatipu. The TSS Earnslaw makes several trips daily across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm on the western shores. A cruise on this gracious heritage vessel is the perfect way to experience Queenstown’s magnificent alpine scenery. Upon reaching Walter Peak High Country Farm, you can disembark for an insight into New Zealand’s farming lifestyle. Enjoy an evening dining at the Colonel’s Homestead followed by an entertaining Sheep Show!

Remarkable 9 Hole Golf Tour (Queenstown)

From NZ$149 Adult/Child

Remarkable 9 Hole Golf Tour

Queenstown has become New Zealand’s premier destination for golfers, offering some of the most spectacular courses in the world. With a mix of easy and challenging courses, take the chance to play a 9-hole round at one of three Queenstown courses. Choose from the secluded fairways of the South Island’s premier resort course at Millbrook Resort, one of the most scenic courses in the world – the Queenstown Golf Club or the Arrowtown Golf Club, bursting with history and character. Your package includes course transfers with hotel pick-ups, green fees, cart hire and executive club hire.

Haast River Safari (Franz Josef Glacier)

NZ$109 Adult NZ$59

Haast River Safari

Travel on a purpose built fully enclosed river jet boat with front-loading access. Great visibility is ensured, yet you remain warm, dry and comfortable, making this a unique and safe experience suitable for anyone of any age to participate in and enjoy. 

The Helicopter Line Mountain Scenic Spectacular (Franz Josef Glacier)

NZ$450 Adult NZ$315 Child

The Helicopter Line Mountain Scenic Spectacular

Discover the gigantic expanse of the Franz Josef and Fox snowfields on this 40-minute scenic flight. Cross the main divide for breathtaking views of Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. Highlights include a snow landing, Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers and Mt Cook. 

The Helicopter Line Twin Glacier Scenic Flight (Franz Josef Glacier)

NZ$310 Adult NZ$217

The Helicopter Line Twin Glacier Scenic Flight

From a mantle of pure white snow, massive rivers of ice wind their way down glacier valleys. Explore the glaciers, an incredible natural phenomenon on this 30-minute scenic flight. Highlights include a snow landing at the head of the Franz Josef or Fox Glacier. 

The Helicopter line Neve Discoverer (Franz Josef Glacier)

NZ$235 Adult NZ$164.50 Child

The Helicopter line Neve Discoverer

Lift off and fly up over the Franz Josef or Fox Glacier to land amongst this alpine wonderland on a 20-minute scenic flight. Highlights include landing at the head of the Franz Josef or Fox Glacier and a snow or icefall landing. 

West Coast Wildlife Centre (Franz Josef Glacier)

NZ$35 Adult NZ$20 Child

West Coast Wildlife Centre

The West Coast Wildlife Centre, New Zealand, is a brand new all-weather attraction located in the centre of Franz Josef. It is the official home to the incubation and captive rearing programme for New Zealand’s rarest Kiwi – the Rowi and Haast tokoeka. The forest and bush around the West Coast are largely dense and untouched and the undergrowth is teeming with incredible wildlife – much of which is rarely seen as it is often only active at night.

West Coast Treetop Walk (Franz Josef Glacier)

NZ$38 Adult NZ$15 Child

West Coast Treetop Walk

An exhilarating treetop adventure among the temperate rainforest giants. Experience life with the birds, high in the ancient Rimu and Kamahi canopy. Easy access for all to enjoy, along a steel platform 20 metres high and over 450 metres long.


The excursions can be booked through your Tour Director. You will be asked during the early part of your tour to name those that you may wish to join, as advance reservations are often necessary. Please note that occasionally weather or seasonal conditions may not permit their operation. Some also depend on a minimum number of participants and suitable time being available.


Prices indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars

Prices are valid from 1 October 2015. Optional experience pricing is indicated in Australian dollars or New Zealand dollars depending on the country of operation and may be subject to change. Please note that reduced rates for pensioners or children may apply on some tours. Prices are inclusive of GST.