NZ Uncovered Tour

17 Day • Tour Exploring Cities, National Parks, Scenic Rail, Glaciers, Lakes, Culture and more!
Mount Cook National Park Canterbury New Zealand
The Southern Alps, New Zealand
Mount Cook National Park Canterbury New Zealand
Historic Railway Station, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand
Dunedin, New Zealand
Historic Railway Station, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand

 Queenstown from the Skyline Luge at sunrise

Blenheim Marlborough New Zealand
Blenheim, New Zealand
Blenheim Marlborough New Zealand
Wai-O-Tapu Champagne Pool Rotorua New Zealand
Rotorua, New Zealand
Wai-O-Tapu Champagne Pool Rotorua New Zealand
Auckland New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland New Zealand
Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

NZ Uncovered Tour

17 Day Guided Tour - Tour Exploring Cities, National Parks, Scenic Rail, Glaciers, Lakes, Culture and more!

The Highlights of the North and South Islands

From the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South, from harbourside cities to glaciers and volcanic black sand beaches, New Zealand packs a lot into two islands.

On this tour, you will have the chance to experience big attractions – Huka Falls, National Parks, Milford Sound, Franz Josef, The Tranzalpine scenic rail journey  – as well as simple pleasures such as meeting locals and farmers or savouring a thermal soak in Rotorua.

New Zealand 17 Day Tour

NZ Uncovered Tour
$11399 CAD
per person, based on twin share occupancy
  • Package includes:
  • 16 nights accommodation in premium 4-star hotels, Travel Director & Driver Guide, sightseeing and transport per itinerary
  • Departure Dates:
  • 2024: 9 Apr, 23 Apr, 4 Jun, 25 Jun, 3 Sep, 10 Sep, 17 Sep, 1 Oct, 8 Oct, 15 Oct, 22 Oct, 29 Oct, 5 Nov, 12 Nov, 19 Nov, 26 Nov, 3 Dec, 10 Dec, 17 Dec, 24 Dec, 31 Dec

    2025:  7 Jan, 14 Jan, 21 Jan, 28 Jan, 4 Feb, 11 Feb, 18 Feb, 25 Feb, 4 Mar, 11 Mar, 18 Mar, 25 Mar, 1 Apr, 8 Apr, 15 Apr, 22 Apr, 3 Jun, 24 Jun, 2 Sep, 9 Sep, 16 Sep, 30 Sep, 7 Oct, 14 Oct, 21 Oct, 28 Oct, 4 Nov, 11 Nov, 18 Nov, 25 Nov, 2 Dec, 9 Dec, 16 Dec, 23 Dec, 30 Dec

    2026:  6 Jan, 13 Jan, 20 Jan, 27 Jan, 3 Feb, 10 Feb, 17 Feb, 24 Feb, 3 Mar, 10 Mar, 17 Mar, 24 Mar, 31 Mar

  • Meals: 16 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 11 Dinners
  • Tour price per person listed is high season rate, based on double occupancy. Contact us for Single Traveller Rates, special offers and best available tour prices based on your preferred departure date.

Trip Details

Included in your trip

Tour Guide
Hotel Accommodations
Some Meals


International Flights/Airfare
Travel Insurance
Items of a Personal Nature


  • Auckland
  • Tauranga
  • Rotorua
  • Wellington
  • Blenheim
  • Christchurch
  • Mount Cook
  • Twizel
  • Dunedin
  • Te Anau
  • Milford Sound
  • Franz Josef
  • Punakaiki


The Best of New Zealand - Auckland to Christchurch

17 Day Adventure

Touring Highlights in New Zealand

  • New Zealand Maritime Museum – America’s Cup Tour
  • Te Puia – Geothermal Valley & Maori Arts and Crafts Institute
  • Hosted farm lunch
  • Te Puke Kiwifruit visit
  • Monteith’s Distillery Tour
  • Hosted afternoon tea in Tekapo
  • Milford Sound Nature Cruise
  • Evening cruise onboard TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak – High Country Farm and BBQ dinner
  • Journey on the TranzAlpine Train through the Southern Alps – one of the worlds great scenic rail journeys

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland, New Zealand

Welcome to Auckland, often referred to as the ‘City of Sails’. Your flight must arrive prior to 4.00pm. Tonight, meet your group and enjoy a welcome dinner.

Day 2: Auckland

Enjoy a relaxed start to the day before heading to the New Zealand Maritime Museum for an exclusive America’s Cup tour  highlighting Auckland’s heritage of boat-building, and offering a glimpse of one of the world’s only replicas of the America’s Cup. Then travel around Auckland’s waterfront from the central city to Mission Bay stopping at Bastion Point and the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial for scenic views across Auckland, the North Shore and the Waitemata Harbour. This afternoon is at your leisure.

Day 3: Auckland to Tauranga

Travel south today, along the way enjoy you will be hosted for lunch in the home a kiwi couple on a working dairy farm in the Waikato region. After lunch travel to Tauranga, in the Bay of Plenty where you have a free afternoon.

Day 4: Tauranga to Rotorua

Continue your journey south today to the town of Te Puke where the majority of the country’s kiwifruit is grown. The next hot-spot on your holiday is Rotorua. Visit Te Puia to see Maori artisans at work, then continue your Rotorua tour at the steamy Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, a staggering valley where geysers pop and thermal springs jettison skywards. Fun fact: this is the only living Maori village in the world. The hot rocks in this pocket of the planet are prefect for cooking your hangi (underground) feast at Te Pā Tū Māori Experience, a bastion for Maori culture. Watch a performance before you dig in to your feast.

Day 5: Rotorua

Today choose from a range of optional sightseeing experiences (excursions optional, additional expense). You could take a guided tour through the long galleries and lofty chambers of the world-famous Waitomo Glow worm Caves. Or explore Rotorua and its three lakes in an amphibious WWII era Duck.

Day 6: Rotorua to Wellington

Say Haere Ra (goodbye) to Rotorua this morning and journey through pine forests and farmland to the turquoise torrent of rapids known as Huka Falls. The road ahead unfolds in a broad panorama of Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake. The stunningly blue fresh water of Lake Taupo is home to some of the best Trout fishing in the world. Journey south over the Central Plateau, New Zealand’s main volcanic area, and along the Kapiti Coast to New Zealand’s cool little capital city Wellington.

Day 7: Wellington to Blenheim

If you don’t fall in love with Wellington instantly, then you will surely find a spark after visiting Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand – the morning is yours to peruse the exhibits at your leisure. Be sure to linger at the exhibit highlighting a traditional Maori wharenui (meeting place). Re-join your mates to cruise Cook Strait across tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound to Picton in the South Island. Dinner tonight reflects the best of the regions food and wine.

Day 8: Blenheim to Christchurch

Travel to Kaikoura, where Sperm Whales can often be seen not far from shore (an optional whale-watching flight is available). The region is also known for its tasty crayfish and there are plenty of places to sample the wares, whether waterside fish-and-chip shops or legendary food trucks serving buttery crayfish rolls. Follow the Pacific Ocean coast and Canterbury Plains to Christchurch, home to some of the country’s most innovative architecture, art institutions and restaurants.

Day 9: Christchurch to Twizel

From its eye-popping, cardboard-crafted Transitional Cathedral to its gold-clad central library, Christchurch has rebuilt itself since the 2010/11 earthquakes, setting the bar high for architecture and design across the country. On your Christchurch tour you will discover that despite this cosmopolitan culture, South Island locals cherish a simple life. Prepare yourself for plenty of country swagger over afternoon tea hosted by Lake Tekapo locals in their home overlooking the emerald lake.

Day 10: Twizel to Dunedin

Your day starts with a journey along the Waitaki River through to the township of Oamaru, with its tree-lined streets and famous white limestone buildings. As well as shipping limestone to other cities for construction, Oamaru locals made sure that their own town represented the best in limestone building the mid-late 1800’s had to offer.

This afternoon make your way down to the Southernmost New Zealand city, Dunedin. Also known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’. You have a free afternoon when you may wish to see more of the region with an optional experience. Perhaps take a Wildlife Cruise out to Otago Peninsula, visit the Speights Brewery – a New Zealand institution or journey out to the gorgeous Larnach Castle – New Zealand’s only castle (excursions additional expense).

Day 11: Dunedin to Te Anau

This morning travel through farm land, the rolling hills and heavily forested, rugged mountains and you make your way to Fiordland National Park and the South Island’s largest lake and the town of Te Anau.

Enjoy the thrill of jet boating down the majestic trout filled Waiau River to the serene Lake Manapouri, home to Pomana Island where native birds are under threat. Your visit helps protect them through a community-based conservation project that is also helping to restore native flora.  Stop in some quiet, tranquil spots, soak up the amazing surrounds, spot a few trout and learn about the unique environment and fascinating history of this unique location among Fiordland National Park.

Day 12: Te Anau to Milford Sound and Queenstown

Today is a day to have your camera battery charged. After leaving Te Anau, take a scenic journey through the Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound. Travel through native rainforests, beech forests, alluvial flats and meadows. You will stop at Mirror Lakes where, as you can enjoy stunning mountain scenery reflected in the lakes. Drive through Homer Tunnel, and on to one of the world’s most dramatic alpine drives through the Cleddau Valley. At Milford Sound, cruise the waters of this natural wonder taking in Bowen and Stirling Falls as they plummet from glacial hanging valleys sharply into the sea, and the sheer pinnacle of Mitre Peak, rising from the deep waters of the fiord. From spectacular Milford Sound, you travel on to the beautiful adventure capital of Queenstown.

Day 13: Queenstown Free Time

Explore Queenstown your way, choose from a range of optional sightseeing experiences (excursions additional expense). You could choose to ride the Shotover Jet, take a gondola to Bob’s Peak or tour vineyards and spectacular scenery on a boutique wine tour.

This evening, enjoy a peaceful evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead and glimpse into high-country farm life.

Day 14: Queenstown to Franz Josef

This morning, begin the passage through Central Otago to the west coast.  Visit the restored gold mining settlement of Arrowtown with its tree-lined avenues, gleaming lakes, alpine scenery and rainforest along the West Coast of New Zealand. Welcome to your Franz Josef Glacier/Ka Roimata o Hine Hukatere tour, the massif ideally explored on a helicopter flight – subject to weather conditions (Optional Experience, additional expense) you may even be able to land and walk across the ice-fall. A birdseye view reveals the immensity of this gem-like mound of ice.

Day 15: Franz Josef to Punakaiki

Swap white at Franz Josef Glacier/Ka Roimata o Hine for pounamu (native greenstone or jade) in Hokitika.   Then steel yourself for the Pancake Rocks and blowholes of Punakaiki, a sliver of South Island geology that is as humbling as it is awe-inspiring

Day 16: Punakaiki to Christchurch

Enjoy a leisurely start this morning travelling to Greymouth for a brewery experience at Monteith’s Brewery where you will be guided through the traditions and heritage of this national icon before enjoying a pub-style lunch. Board the scenic Tranzalpine train to Christchurch. This spectacular rail journey dates back to 1914 and is rated as one of the world’s most scenic train trips. The train forges through tunnels and over viaducts with panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, icy rivers, beech forests, gorges and river valleys. This evening join your group for a farewell dinner.

Day 16: Farewell Christchurch

Your tour concludes this morning after breakfast. Your flights can depart any time today and you will be transferred to Christchurch Airport. Meals included: Breakfast


Important Flight Information for your New Zealand Tour:

Note: Flights referred to in the itinerary are not included in the tour price and you may need to ensure your flights arrive before/after certain times to take this tour.  Please ask your Downunder Travel Destination Specialist to book your flights to New Zealand (additional cost).



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