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New Zealand Experience Escorted Tour



  • Airfare from Australia to Auckland with Air New Zealand
  • 17 nights premium hotel accommodation
  • Full breakfasts daily & 15 Dinners
  • Travel by luxury touring coach
  • Guided by a professional and friendly coach captain
  • Holiday Planet tour escort
  • All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees
  • Hotel porterage
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure

Tour Highlights:

  • Historic Bay of Islands
  • Thermal Wonderland of Rotorua
  • Napier, the Art Deco Capital of the World
  • Wellington, the nation’s capital
  • World Heritage listed Mt Cook National Park
  • Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South
  • Fiordland National Park
  • Spectacular Southern Lakes region
  • West Coast Glacier region

Featured Experiences:

  • Authentic Maori Village, Hangi & Cultural Performance
  • Milford Sound Scenic Cruise
  • Coast to Coast TranzAlpine train journey

Iconic Sightseeing:

  • City tours of Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch
  • Entry to Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Cape Brett ‘Hole in the Rock’ Cruise
  • Entry to Auckland Sky Tower
  • Agrodome Farm Show
  • Rainbow Springs Park
  • Skyline Gondola & Luge
  • Locally guided Art Deco walking tour
  • Scenic Interislander ferry crossing
  • Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools
  • International Antarctic Centre
  • Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
  • Guided tour of Larnach Castle
  • Walter Peak Cruise & Dinner


New Zealand Experience Escorted Tour - Pricing

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Here’s a list of your

Day by Day Itinerary

  1. 23 October 2017

    Perth passengers – meet your HolidayPlanet Tour Host at Perth International Airport. Enjoy the convenience of Air New Zealand full-service quality with inflight entertainment, a meal and drinks throughout the flight.
    East Coast passengers – Fly with Air New Zealand or Virgin Australia to Auckland, arriving at a similar time to the rest of the group.

  2. 24 October 2017

    After collecting your luggage, a representative will greet you and a transfer awaits to take you to your downtown city hotel.

    Overnight: Auckland

  3. 25 October 2017

    Leaving the city behind, we travel across the Auckland Harbour Bridge and drive north to Paihia in the Bay of Islands, a seaside town nestled on the foreshore of this National Maritime Park. On arrival, meet your local Maori guide who will provide an insight into the local history before visiting Waitangi, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori people and the British. Enjoy a self-guided tour through the Treaty House, the Maori Meeting House and war canoe. Later this afternoon, board your launch for the scenic cruise to the Cape Brett Lighthouse and the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’.

    Overnight: Bay of Islands

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

  4. 26 October 2017

    A free day to explore and enjoy the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Your Coach Captain will happily assist with arranging optional activities for you. Why not try a full day tour to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s northern most point. Alternatively, explore historic Russell, New Zealand’s first settlement and visit its historic Church, Mission House and Museum.

    Overnight: Bay of Islands

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

  5. 27 October 2017

    Leaving Paihia, travel south through Whangarei to Warkworth and on to Auckland. Visit the Sky Tower, at 328m the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere and enjoy panoramic 360 degree views across the city and its two majestic harbours. Later, cross the Bombay Hills to the lush farmlands of the Waikato. On to the geothermal wonderland that is Rotorua.

    Overnight: Rotorua

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

  6. 28 October 2017

    Today begins with a visit to the Agrodome to see a unique New Zealand farm show. This is followed by a visit to Rainbow Springs to learn about native flora and fauna, including the famous Kiwi bird. The spectacular Skyline Gondola offers superb views over the city, lake and mountains and for those wanting a little excitement, why not try a Luge ride with our compliments. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before visiting Tamaki Village for an evening of fun and culture. You will experience a traditionally prepared Maori Hangi (feast) followed by a cultural performance featuring Maori songs, chants and dance including the stirring haka.

    Overnight: Rotorua

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

  7. 29 October 2017

    View the mighty Huka Falls and the Wairakei Geothermal project before stopping at Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand. Continue on to Napier, often regarded as the world’s Art Deco capital. On arrival, enjoy a locally guided walking tour of the city

    Overnight: Napier

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

  8. 30 October 2017

    Orchards and vineyards give way to farmland as you travel into the rural heartland of the Wairarapa region. Stop at historic Greytown to view excellent examples of Victorian colonial architecture before travelling over the Rimutaka Ranges to Wellington, the nation’s capital, where you enjoy a city tour on arrival.

    Overnight: Wellington

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

  9. 31 October 2017

    This morning, board the Interislander Ferry for the scenic cruise across Cook Strait and through the sheltered waters of Queen Charlotte Sound before arriving into the picturesque fishing village of Picton. Rejoin your coach for the journey south to the resort town of Hanmer Springs, renowned for its therapeutic natural thermal waters.

    Overnight: Hanmer Springs

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

  10. 01 November 2017

    After a leisurely breakfast, stroll around the village and enjoy entry into the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools with its naturally heated thermal mineral waters. Later, we make the short drive to the Garden City of Christchurch and visit the International Antarctic Centre before enjoying a brief orientation tour of the city.

    Overnight: Christchurch

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

  11. 02 November 2017

    Cross the Canterbury Plains with the Southern Alps to the west. View the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog Memorial overlooking Lake Tekapo. Visit Mt Cook National Park, with time to enjoy the scenic majesty of New Zealand’s highest snow-capped peaks and a visit to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre before travelling around Lake Pukaki to Twizel and Omarama

    Overnight: Omarama

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

  12. 03 November 2017

    Travel down the Waitaki Valley to Oamaru. Stop to view the mystical Moeraki Boulders, then on to Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South. An early arrival allows you time to enjoy the choice of some excellent optional activities. Prior to dinner this evening you will be treated to a traditional Scottish Haggis Ceremony complete with piper, address to the Haggis and gift.

    Overnight: Dunedin

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

  13. 04 November 2017

    Enjoy spectacular views across the Otago Peninsula as you travel to Larnach Castle. On your guided tour, learn about its tragic and mysterious history. Depart Dunedin and head inland, crossing rich farmlands to the agricultural towns of Gore and Lumsden, before arriving at the shores of Lake Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland National Park.

    Overnight: Te Anau

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

  14. 05 November 2017

    Follow the Hollyford Valley before descending into the Cleddau Canyon. Drive through the Homer Tunnel into spectacular Milford Sound, the world renowned natural wonder dominated by Mitre Peak. Luxuriant rainforest clings to sheer rock walls and waterfalls tumble hundreds of meters to the sea below. Cruise the entire length of the fiord and enjoy the on-board commentary that gives you detailed information on the region’s history, flora and fauna as you view spectacular waterfalls, towering mountains and wildlife.

    Overnight: Te Anau

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

  15. 06 November 2017

    Continue north to Kingston, then skirt around the shores of Lake Wakatipu to the picturesque alpine resort of Queenstown. This evening, cruise across the lake aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw before reaching the Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner

    Overnight: Queenstown

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

  16. 07 November 2017

    Today is a free day to experience this magnificent resort. Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure and leisure activities and your Coach Captain can assist with any optional activities you would like to do. Take a ride on the world famous Shotover Jet Boat , travel to the top o Bob’s Peak by gondola for spectacular views, take a tour to the gold mining area of Skippers Canyon or for the adventurous, try white water rafting. Alternatively, browse in the many shops and galleries

    Overnight: Queenstown

    Meals: Breakfast

  17. 08 November 2017

    Pass picturesque Lake Hayes on the way to Arrowtown, an area steeped in fascinating history relating to early settlement and the gold mining era. Stop at Lake Wanaka, a picture postcard resort on the lakes edge with a spectacular mountain backdrop. View the untouched wilderness and pristine lakes of the Mt Aspiring and Westland National Parks before arriving on to the West Coast, home to thetwin glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef.

    Overnight: Franz Josef

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

  18. 09 November 2017

    At Hokitika, stop to visit to a Pounamu, (also known as Greenstone or Jade) factory. Pounamu is considered a treasure in Maori culture and is seen as a sign of status and power. At Greymouth, board the famous TranzAlpine Train. Renowned as one of the most scenic train journeys in the world, this coast to coast rail adventure will take you though the Southern Alps, over massive viaducts, river valleys and gorges. Breakfast & Dinner included.

    Overnight: Christchurch

    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

  19. 10 November 2017

    Sadly, it’s time to bid farewell to all your new friends before you make your homeward journey. You will be transferred to the airport to join your flight home.