Your Holiday Itinerary - Exploring New Zealand

Day 1: Auckland, New Zealand

Your tour starts in Auckland.

Day 2: Auckland - Bay of Islands

Begin your day with a city tour of Auckland visiting the America’s Cup Village, the War Memorial, Queen Street and the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Next, travel north to the Bay of Islands. This sun-soaked region boasts more than 144 islands and warm waters with abundant marine life.

Day 3: Bay of Islands

Today you’ll take a cruise through the bay’s famous Hole in the Rock and views of the Cape Brett Lighthouse before you explore Paihia independently.

Day 4: Bay of Islands - Matakohe - Home Stay^

Visit Matakohe in the agricultural heartland of the North Island. Make a stop at the Kauri Museum to discover the story of the famous giant kauri tree. Later, make yourself right at home when a New Zealand family welcomes you for the night!^

Day 5: Rotorua

Today, you’ll find yourself amid the dramatic geothermal landscape of Rotorua and experience the Maori traditions. Enjoy the chance to view the famous Kiwi bird which is now on the endangered species list. Tonight, experience an authentic Hangi dinner celebration.

Day 6: Rotorua - Napier

After arriving in the city of Napier, which boasts some of the greatest Art Deco architecture in the world, enjoy a guided tour. This afternoon, take advantage of time at leisure.

Day 7: Napier - Wellington

Travel through the rolling countryside of the North Island on your journey to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city.

Day 8: Wellington

Take a walking tour of Wellington visiting the main sights and Te Papa Tongawera Museum. The remainder of your day is at leisure.

Day 9: Wellington - Picton - Blenheim, Marlborough

Today you’ll sail across Cook Strait and arrive in Picton on the South Island for lunch before travelling along the coast to the picturesque village of Havelock. Upon arrival in Blenheim, you’ll visit a local winery for a tasting and dine at the cellar door bistro.

Day 10: Blenheim

Enjoy the morning at leisure before visiting a family-owned winery in the Marlborough region for a tasting and tour.

Day 11: Blenheim - Punakaiki

Today you’ll travel through the heart of the South Island and further along the rugged coast to Punakaiki. Upon arrival at your hotel you will have free time to explore the area before dinner.

Day 12: Punakaiki - Franz Josef Region

Continue your journey along the stunning coastline to the Franz Josef Region. Along the way, make a stop in Hokitiki to meet the skilled carvers who work with the West Coast pounamu – New Zealand greenstone – at a local jade shop.

Day 13: Franz Josef - Queenstown

Before departing Franz Josef you may opt to see the glacier from a flightseeing tour. After crossing the Haast Pass, arrive in Queenstown. Tonight board the cable car for a ride up to the Skyline restaurant where you will enjoy dinner and fantastic views of Queenstown. After dinner, choose to take a seat at a cultural show; enjoy star gazing with a naturalist. Or, if you are feeling more adventurous, give the luge a try!

Day 14: Queenstown

Set off towards the beautiful 19th-century gold rush settlement of Arrowtown. Take time to explore before stopping at a local winery for a tasting of their award-winning wine and a fabulous lunch. Later, return to Queenstown for some free time.

Day 15: Queenstown

Today is a free day to explore Queenstown.

Day 16: Queenstown - Milford Sound - Te Anau

Today you’ll travel through ancient beech forest via the Homer Tunnel. During a cruise of the beautiful Milford Sound, you will see why this fjord is one of the most visited sights on South Island. Following your cruise, enjoy an overnight stay on the southern shores of Lake Te Anau.

Day 17: Te Anau - Dunedin

Travel to Dunedin, on the southeast coast of New Zealand. Visit the Royal Albatross Centre, the only mainland breeding location in the world for these magnificent birds.

Day 18: Dunedin

This morning you’ll see Larnach Castle as well as Baldwin Street, the world’s steepest public road. You may choose to embark on an optional trip on the spectacular Taieri Gorge Railway.

Day 19: Dunedin - Mt. Cook Region

Journey through unspoiled wilderness and arrive at Mt. Cook National Park, where permanent icefields and glaciers blanket the ragged peaks. You may choose to take a nature walk or enjoy an optional glacier flightseeing tour.

Day 20: Mt. Cook - Christchurch

This morning, visit a working farm and see a sheep shearing demonstration. Get to know these New Zealand farmers over a home-cooked morning tea. Later, enjoy some free time to explore Christchurch on your own.

Day 21: Christchurch

Embark on a short tour of Christchurch this morning before some free time. Tonight, visit the region’s earliest home, Riccarton House, and
enjoy a farewell dinner.

Day 22: Christchurch

Your tour ends in Christchurch

Departure Dates 2018/19 Exploring New Zealand (22 Days) - 7% discount on all dates

Collette brochure price from £2939

Travel 55 discount price from £2734

Telephone Collette Holidays on 0800 804 8700 and quote Travel 55 code NYC2

Prices are ‘guide from’ prices only and do not include flights. To check the latest up to date tour prices and to check availability call Collette reservations on 0800 804 8700. Don't forget to quote the Travel 55 code NYC2 to receive your 7% discount that is availably on all Collette tours.

January 8, 15, 29 - 2018

June 25

November 5, 19

February 5, 19, 26

July 30

January 14, 28 - 2019

March 5

August 27

February 4, 18, 25

April 23

September 24

March 4, 25

May 21

October 29

April 29

Please note: prices may change and will be confirmed when you call to make a booking. The discount will be applied accordingly to reflect the price. Departure dates are subject to availability. Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking.

NOTE: • On some dates alternate hotels may be used • ^Your home stay will take place in the region of Rotorua. If you prefer not to stay in a private home, you may choose to stay at your Rotorua hotel with dinner included. Please make your decision known at the time of booking as no changes are allowed on tour. • An ESTA visa is required for all UK passport holders travelling to or via the USA, at your own expense • An ETA visa is required for entry into Australia which is provided by us free of charge.

Exploring New Zealand

22 Day Holidays - 7% Discount

Prices from only £2734

This fantastic tour encompasses the best of New Zealand and its spectacular landscape. From the steaming geothermal activity in Rotorua, to the awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier and the calmness of the Milford Sound to the intriguing Maori culture, New Zealand really has a plethora of experiences for all to enjoy.

This wonderful scenic 22 day tour to New Zealand comes with a 7% discount saving. To book call Collette Holidays direct on 0800 804 8700 and quote Travel 55 ref: NYC2.

Tour Highlights - Exploring New Zealand

  • Cruise Milford Sound and the Bay of Islands
  • Overnight in Mt. Cook National Park
  • Dine at Queenstown’s Skyline restaurant
  • Enjoy wine tasting in the Marlborough wine region
  • Choose from enjoying a cultural show and star gazing with a naturalist. Or give the luge a try.

What's Included In Your Tour

  • MEALS: 35 meals (21 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches & 12 Dinners)
  • ACCOMMODATION: Rydges, Auckland. Scenic Bay of Islands, Paihia. Home Stay or Millennium Hotel, Rotorua. Scenic Te Pania, Napier. Amora Hotel, Wellington. Scenic Hotel Marlborough, Blenheim. Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki. Scenic Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef. Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, Queenstown. Distinction Hotel & Villas, Te Anau. Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin. The Hermitage Hotel, Mount Cook. Pavilions Hotel, Christchurch.


  • Complimentary Private Airport Transfers*
  • Services of an experienced tour manager
  • Services of local expert guides
  • TRANSPORT: Coach, cable car and boat trips
  • GROUP SIZE: Approx 40
  • SOLO TRAVELLERS: From £4,009

Booking flights is easy

...and we can be as flexible as you need to be. We can organise fl ights from most of the UK’s regional airports, with our preferred airline partners. We can advise you on the best airlines for each tour and the best routes, and you can choose who you’d prefer to travel with. We’ll fi nd the best price for you based on your chosen departure date and local airport.

More Convenient

From Exeter to Inverness, we can fly you from your local airport to join our tours around the world minimising the need to travel to London. Let us find the best priced and most convenient fl ight for your holiday choice and your UK location.

More Comfort

We can also organise to upgrade your flight to premium economy, business or first class and arrive refreshed and ready for an adventure. We have great partnerships with many airlines and often have access to exclusive flight upgrade fares. Just let us know your preference at time of booking, and we will fi nd the best priced flight for you.

More Peace of Mind

When you book a flight inclusive holiday with us, if your tour itinerary changes for any reason, or the flight schedule changes, we will manage all the changes for you. Your holiday will also be fully bonded under our ATOL licence giving you full protection for your holiday. If you choose to book your own flight, if anything does change you’ll be liable for any flight changes required.

Traveling in style

At Collette, we believe your holiday starts as soon as you leave your front door. So, when you book a flight inclusive holiday with us, you’ll be able to start your holiday in style with our exclusive private door to door service. Getting to the airport can often be one of the most stressful parts of your holiday, but don’t worry, we have it all in hand.

Bon Voyage

Your driver will collect you from your home and take you directly to your chosen UK departure airport. Your driver has access to the latest satellite navigation technology, to ensure that you have the most convenient, traffic free journey to the airport. Your transfer is
exclusively for you and no one else!

Welcome Home

When you return from your holiday, your driver will meet you as you come through into the arrivals hall after you have collected your luggage. You will then be whisked away from the airport and taken straight back home, without any diversions, in the comfort you have been accustomed to on your Collette tour.

Your Preference

If you prefer to drive yourself to the airport, you could take advantage of our complimentary hotel stay and airport parking at the airport of your choice. If you have an early morning flight, or you could extend your holiday for an extra night if you have a later flight back. Just let us know your preference at time of booking.

Conditions may apply, call for details.

Must-See Inclusions

  • Traverse the heart of the Southern Alps aboard the famous TranzAlpine train.
  • Explore Te Puia, a Maori cultural and geothermal experience.
  • Relish a breathtaking cruise through Milford Sound fjord.
  • Overnight at majestic Mt. Cook National Park taking in the tranquillity.
  • Come to know the best of Auckland during a panoramic city tour.
  • Tour Wellington and see its sprawling Old Government Building.


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