The Kiwi Way Tour

20 Day • Explore Cities, National Parks, Glacier, Lakes, Culture and more!
Auckland Devonport New Zealand
 
Auckland Devonport New Zealand
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Hobbiton Movie Set, , New Zealand
Hobbiton Movie Set New Zealand
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Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
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Cathedral Cove, New Zealand
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Napier, New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
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Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
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Wanaka, New Zealand
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Milford Sound New Zealand
Milford Sound, New Zealand
Milford Sound New Zealand
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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Queenstown New Zealand
Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown New Zealand

Queenstown, New Zealand

Trip Summary

The Kiwi Way Tour

20 Day Tour - Explore Cities, National Parks, Glacier, Lakes, Culture and more!

Small group Journey including the North and South Islands of New Zealand

See New Zealand the ‘kiwi way’.  This journey travels through some of the highlights of the North and South islands discovering history, cities, national parks, wine tasting, beautiful coastlines and Maori culture.

20 Day Kiwi Way Tour
$11759CAD
per person, based on double occupancy
  • Departure Dates 2024:
  • Jan 13, 27
    Feb 10, 24
    Mar 23
    Apr 20
    May 11
    Oct 26
    Subject to availability.
  • Package includes:
  • Accommodation for 1 night Auckland, 2 nights Coromandel Peninsula, 2 nights Rotorua, 1 night Napier, 1 night Wellington, 2 nights Nelson, 1 night Punakaiki, 1 night Fox Glacier, 2 nights Wanaka, 1 night Te Anau, 2 nights Queenstown, 1 night Twizel, 2 nights Christchurch
  • Airport transfers, transport through New Zealand with excursions.
  • Meals: 19 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners
20 Day Kiwi Way Tour
$12200CAD
per person, based on double occupancy
  • Departure Dates 2024:
  • Nov 23
  • Departure Dates 2025:
  • Jan 18, 25
    Feb 15, 22
    Mar 8, 22
    Apr 19
    May 10
    Subject to availability.
  • Package includes:
  • Accommodation for 1 night Auckland, 2 nights Coromandel Peninsula, 2 nights Rotorua, 1 night Napier, 1 night Wellington, 2 nights Nelson, 1 night Punakaiki, 1 night Fox Glacier, 2 nights Wanaka, 1 night Te Anau, 2 nights Queenstown, 1 night Twizel, 2 nights Christchurch
  • Airport transfers, transport through New Zealand with excursions.
  • Meals: 19 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners

Trip Details

Included in your trip

Accommodations
Cultural Experience
Excursions
Guided
Breakfast Daily
Some Meals

EXCLUDED FROM YOUR TRIP

Flights/Airfare
Items of a Personal Nature
Tips/Gratuities
Travel Insurance

WHERE WILL YOU VISIT?

  • Auckland
  • Coromandel Peninsula
  • Rotorua
  • Lake Taupo
  • Napier
  • Wellington
  • Nelson
  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Punakaiki
  • Fox Glacier
  • Wanaka
  • Milford Sound
  • Te Anau
  • Queenstown
  • Twizel
  • Mt Cook
  • Christchurch

TRIP ITINERARY

Tour from Auckland to Christchurch

20 Day Adventure

Day 1: Arrive Auckland, New Zealand

Welcome to New Zealand. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.  The rest of your day is spent at your leisure to explore the ‘City of Sails’.

Day 2: Auckland to Coromandel

Travel to the Coromandel Peninsula, a spectacular coastal drive.  Visit the Driving Creek Railway climbing 120m on a narrow-gauge line to the ‘EyeFull’ Tower for panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and back over the Hauraki Gulf. Drive east to the seaside town of Whitianga on Mercury Bay. 

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3: Coromandel Peninsula

White cliffs, golden beaches, inviting turquoise waters and green forests are the colours of the Coromandel, with scarlet highlights courtesy of the flowers of Pōhutukawa trees in summer. At Hot Water Beach warm springs bubble up through the sand, and when the tide is right you can dig out your very own ‘spa’ pool.  Take a walk along the beautiful Hahei beach and visit Cooks Beach – named after Captain James Cook who sailed on the HMS Endeavour into Mercury Bay in 1769.  This area is a popular retreat for Kiwis during summer months.   

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4: Coromandel to Rotorua

Travel south along the Pacific Coast Highway through beachside towns of Whangamatā and Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty before heading inland to stop at Okere Falls for a bush walk and scenic lookouts. Rotorua is the centre of New Zealand’s geothermal activity and Māori heritage. No visit to Rotorua would be complete without including Te Puia, not only an active geothermal site, but the nation’s centre for indigenous arts and crafts and a Kiwi conservation project. At Te Puia you will be welcomed by a private guide for your visit.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5: Rotorua

Today you have a choice of sightseeing excursions: visit Waimangu Volcanic Valley, site of the eruption of Mt. Tarawera in 1886 or Hobbiton Movie Set, the delightful setting for The Shire that featured in Peter Jackson’s films, The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit film series.

Tonight visit Tamaki Māori Village for an evening experience including Māori song, tradition and divine seasonal kai (cuisine) within the forest Pā (village) amidst towering trees.

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 6: Rotorua to Napier

Visit the powerful Huka Falls and Lake Taupō – more inland sea than lake, though its fresh waters teem with trout. Across the lake stands the mighty volcanic peaks of Ruapehu, Ngāuruhoe and Tongariro within the Tongariro National Park. Travel to Napier, one of the world’s most complete examples of Art Deco architecture, second (arguably) only to Miami Beach. This afternoon your local guide brings history and architecture alive with entertaining stories as you discover Napier on foot. This evening enjoy dinner at New Zealand’s oldest winery, Mission Estate.

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 7: Napier to Wellington

Travel through the vineyards and orchards of Hawke’s Bay and the bush-clad ranges of the Wairarapa into New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. See New Zealand’s Parliament Buildings, the Kelburn lookout and take the Wellington cable car before visiting Te Papa Museum of New Zealand.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8: Wellington to Nelson

Your day starts with one of the most beautiful ferry journeys in the world across Cook Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound. On arrival in Picton,  travel to Blenheim in the heart of the Marlborough wine country (famous for its Sauvignon Blanc) and enjoy wine tasting at one of Marlborough’s premier wineries.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9: Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park is a mosaic of golden coves and turquoise lagoons sheltered by forested ranges. This morning from Kaiteriteri, your tour includes a choice of one activity from these three options: Scenic Cruise (3-4 hour cruise), Beaches & Bays (2.5 hour walk) or Forest and swing bridge (4 hour walk).

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10: Nelson to Punakaiki

Driving via the Nelson Lakes National Park – a landscape of rugged peaks, forests, stunning glacial lakes and the beginning of the Southern Alps. Follow the Buller River Gorge – one of the world’s best but least-known scenic drives, carved out of the forest by 19th century prospectors. Travel south to the small settlement of Punakaiki – renowned for its wild, rugged coastline and the famous ‘Pancake Rocks’ – these stratified limestone stacks.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11: Punakaiki to Fox Glacier

Journey south along the Great Coast Road (recently voted one of the top ten coastal drives in the world by Lonely Planet) through historic towns to Hokitika and then on to the small remote village of Fox. The rivers of snow and ice of the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers flow from vast snowfields high in the Southern Alps, down almost to sea level. Weather permitting, an optional helicopter ride with a snow landing is an amazing terrific way to experience the grandeur of these West Coast glaciers (additional cost).

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12: Fox Glacier to Wanaka

Visit Lake Matheson for a morning walk– when conditions are right the lake perfectly mirrors Mt. Cook. Travel over Haast Pass along the river road into Mt. Aspiring National Park to the pretty resort town of Wānaka.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 13: Wanaka

This morning you have a choice of excursion either take a boat across the lake to an island for a guided walk or a 4×4 back country adventure.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 14: Wanaka to Te Anau

Depart Wānaka, stopping at the much photographed Cardrona Pub before travelling to historic Arrowtown, a delightful gold rush village and on to Lake Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 15: Te Anau to Milford Sound to Queenstown

The journey from Te Anau to Milford Sound is one of the most scenic experiences. Fiordland National Park, part of the Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area is one of the great wilderness areas of the Southern Hemisphere. The scenery is spectacular with lofty mountains and deep valleys carved out by glaciers. Described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, Milford Sound is breathtaking in any weather. Cruise past towering Mitre Peak to the Tasman Sea. After the cruise travel through to Queenstown.

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 16: Queenstown

Queenstown is surrounded by mountains and set on the shores of crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu, the perfect backdrop for a visit full of adventure, exploration or relaxation. Today is spent at your leisure.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 17: Queenstown to Twizel

Continue north through the rugged Kawarau Gorge, past Lake Dunstan and across the Central Otago countryside to Lindis Pass. Drive along Lake Pukaki to Mt. Cook Village, home to New Zealand’s tallest peak, Aoraki (Mt. Cook) and stay overnight in the rural town of Twizel.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 18: Twizel to Christchurch

Visit a local home on the shores of Lake Tekapo and learn the secrets of making the kiwi dessert ‘Pavlova’. See the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd set against a majestic backdrop of the Southern Alps, one of New Zealand’s most photographed spots. Travel across the high country through small rural towns and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. The most English of New Zealand cities had a succession of earthquakes in 2010 & 2011, the city combines urban regeneration and innovation with heritage, culture and creativity.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 19: Christchurch

This morning join punting boatmen, with straw boaters and traditional Edwardian dress for a relaxing cruise in flat-bottomed punts along the River Avon through the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Then journey in style onboard a heritage tram through the changing face of Christchurch’s city centre. Tonight enjoy a relaxed farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 20: Depart Christchurch, New Zealand

Today you will farewell New Zealand. After breakfast you will be transferred to Christchurch Airport.

Meals included: Breakfast

 


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