Holiday Itinerary - Highlights of New Zealand

Day 1: Arrive Auckland, New Zealand.

Kia ora and welcome to New Zealand! Hotel rooms are available for immediate check-in. A pre-night is not required for early check-in. The remainder of the day is yours to relax or start exploring.

Day 2: Auckland.

This morning begins with a welcome briefing to meet fellow passengers and your Tour Director. Then enjoy a sightseeing tour, discovering firsthand why Auckland is regarded as one of the best places in the world to live. See the Domain, the city’s oldest park, developed around an extinct volcano. Highlights also include charming Parnell Village, bustling Queens Street, and the Viaduct Harbour. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. You may wish to take a trip to the top of Sky Tower, enjoy a sailing experience on Auckland Harbour, or visit nearby picturesque Waiheke Island. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining.

Day 3: Auckland - Rotorua.

Leave Auckland this morning and journey through lush farmland to Rotorua, home to New Zealand’s Maori culture and geothermal wonders. Our first stop is TE PUIA where a guided tour allows you to see bubbling mud, pools of boiling water, and the famous Pohutu geyser, the largest active geyser in the southern hemisphere. You’ll also have a chance to witness traditional Maori carving and weaving along with a Maori cultural performance. Then, visit AGRODOME to learn more about one of the country’s major industries—sheep! This evening is at leisure.

Day 4: Rotorua.

Today is free to explore more of Rotorua.  You may wish to take an optional excursion to visit magical Hobbiton, the set used as the Shire in the movie trilogies, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Other options include a zipline and canopy tour, helicopter and floatplane flights over the volcanic valley, or a relaxing soak in a natural hot spring at the Polynesian Spa. In the evening, you may want to attend an optional Maori Hangi dinner and cultural performance.

Day 5: Rotorua - Lake Taupo - Napier.

Today we continue our journey on the north island traveling past Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake. Later, arrive in Napier, located in the beautiful Hawk’s Bay region. This afternoon, a WALKING TOUR explains how a natural disaster resulted in Napier becoming one of the purest Art Deco cities in the world. With the rest of the day at leisure, you may wish to take a stroll on the beach, shop for a favorite souvenir, or visit the National Aquarium to see sharks, stingrays, penguins, and more. 

Day 6: Napier - Wellington

Continue to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city known for is vibrant art scene, world-class restaurant culture, and active outdoor lifestyle. Upon arrival, a sightseeing tour includes the famous Beehive and Parliament building and panoramic views of the city and harbor from the top of Mount Victoria. 

Day 7: Wellington - Interislander Ferry -Picton - Christchurch. 

Today, enjoy a special treat as you sail from Wellington to Picton and enjoy the spectacular Marlborough Sound on one of the most scenic FERRY journeys in the world. Make sure to have your camera ready as dolphins are frequent travelling companions of the ferry. On occasion, you might even spot a pod of whales or some penguins swimming by. Continue to Christchurch, the largest city on the South IsIand for an overnight stay.

Day 8: Christchurch - Lake Tekapo - Queenstown.

Our journey continues across New Zealand’s south island today. This is the land of towering mountains, rugged coastlines, and sweeping plains. Stop at beautiful Lake Tekapo for a visit to the picturesque CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD. Later, arrive in Queenstown, the “Adventure Capital,” for a 3-night stay. This evening you may want to take the Skyline Gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak, where you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu below. 

Day 9: Queenstown.

Today is free to explore more of Queenstown on your own. You may want to take the historic TSS Earnslaw Steamship to Walter Peak Farm for a delicious lunch or dinner, discover a favorite boutique or art gallery, take an exciting helicopter ride over the Remarkables Mountains, or enjoy a wine tour. 

Day 10: Queenstown. Excursion to Milford Sound.

Today, enjoy a full-day excurison to  breathtaking Milford Sound. CRUISE to see cascading waterfalls, sheer cliff walls, tropical rainforest, wildlife including seals and dolphins, and fantastic scenery. It’s sure to be a highlight of your trip!  Return to Queenstown late this evening.

Day 11: Queenstown.

Your holiday ends this morning.

Note: Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable

Departure dates & prices 2021 Highlights of New Zealand - 7% discount on all dates

Prices shown exclude flights and transfers, call Cosmos to add flights

Cosmos brochure price in black from £1804

Travel 55 discount price in red from £1678

Telephone Cosmos on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55

Starts from Auckland ends Queenstown - tour 3360

Dates Prices from Dates Prices from

20 Feb (Small-Group Discovery)

£2114
£1967

Oct 23
£1804
£1678
Mar 13

£1884
£1753

Nov 6

£1884
£1753

Apr 3 £1804
£1678
Nov 20 (Small-Group Discovery)
£2114
£1967
Sep 25 £1804
£1678
Dec 4

£1884
£1753

Oct 9 (Small-Group Discovery) £2044
£1901
Prices above do not include international air travel. To add flights and overseas transfers to your holiday, please call Cosmos. Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy. Single room supplement are available; Extra nights before and after your tour may be available, call Cosmos. Please see Cosmos Terms & Conditions  for further details. Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website

New Zealand

Wellington

Cosmos Tours
Highlights of New Zealand

7% discount - 11 days escorted touring holiday

2021 discount prices from only £1678

Your affordable New Zealand tour begins in Auckland with a two-night stay to start exploring this fascinating country. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city, including the Domain—its park surrounding a dormant volcano. You’ll travel through the lush farmland of Rotorua, home to New Zealand’s Maori culture, bubbling geothermal sites, and the setting for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. You’ll learn about the region’s natural wonders, agricultural and creative traditions, and the Maori culture.

Your value-minded New Zealand guided vacation continues with big sights to see throughout the north island. You’ll travel past New Zealand’s largest lake, Lake Taupo, on your way to visit the art-deco city of Napier. Go sightseeing in the New Zealand capital of Wellington, and take in its vibrant art and dining scene. See the Beehive and Parliament buildings, then take in the sweeping views of the harbor from Mount Victoria. Embark on one of the world’s most scenic ferry rides across the Marlborough Sound—keeping an eye out for dolphins, penguins, or whales on your way to Christchurch. Explore the land of towering mountains, rugged coastlines, and vast plains of New Zealand’s south island as you venture on to Queenstown. Enjoy free time to explore this “adventure capital” before your breathtaking cruise on Milford Sound. Here, be awed by waterfalls, sheer cliff walls, and tropical rainforests surrounding the marine home of seals, penguins, and dolphins.

This budget-minded tour of New Zealand is nothing short of spectacular. Enjoy the idyllic and fantastic scenes around each turn in your escorted vacation from Auckland to Queenstown..

This amazing 11 day tour Highlights of New Zealand comes with a 7% discount saving when you book direct with Cosmos on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55

Travel 55 in association with Cosmos. To book call direct on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55 you will then receive a 7% discount from the Cosmos price. 

At a glance

Tour Highlights 

  • Auckland:  Welcome briefing; sightseeing tour.
  • Rotorua: Te Puia; Agrodome
  • Napier: Walking tour.
  • Lake Tekapo: Church of the God Shepherd 
  • Queenstown: Cruise on Milford Sound.

Professional tour director

Transporation: Private, first-class air-conditioned motorcoach while touring, Interislander ferry from Wellington to Picton

Hotels: Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges and tips for baggage handling. Listed hotels or equivalent

  • Auckland - Quest Auckland
  • Rotorua - Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua
  • Napier - Expressotel Napier
  • Wellington - Thorndon Hotel Wellington
  • Christchurch - Ibis Christchurch
  • Queenstown - Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Small Group Discovery

Select Globus 2021 Europe tours are limited to an average of just 24 guests per tour. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus European tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery Europe vacation is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

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Transportation

When it comes to showing you the best the world has to offer, Cosmos goes the extra mile! In addition to our private, first-class motorcoaches, we use a variety of transportation for an out-of-this-world experience! How do we do it? With a journey on a bullet train in Japan…a rickshaw ride in India…cruises on Ha Long Bay in Vietnam or the Amazon River in Brazil, or the open-air safari vehicles in South Africa…and so much more! Plus, with Cosmos, you never have to worry about getting to the boat on time, buying tickets for the train, or waiting in long lines. Just sit back and enjoy the ride!

Accommodation

After a day of travelling, you want to relax at a comfortable, clean, and attractive hotel or safari lodge that is centrally located. We select hotels with the best guestrooms (always with a private bathroom), and service. Our hotels in Asia, Africa and South America include a full breakfast each day so you can start the day off right. See individual itinerary pages for hotel listings.

Sightseeing

Our packages include guided sightseeing and scenic highlights that reveal the best of the Exotics. Discover the wonders of historic Kyoto, Beijing, and Siem Reap…walk along Shanghai’s famous Bund…explore ornate temples in Bangkok…discover the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu…hand-feed giraffes in Nairobi…experience the Great Barrier Reef…and more. Enjoy inside visits of the must-see sites and parks with knowledgeable Local Guides and Driver/Guides who will bring each destination to life. See itinerary pages to learn what’s included in your holiday.

Leisure time

No one enjoys a holiday where every second is spent on a schedule. We build free time into every Cosmos holiday where possible, so you can eat, shop, and explore the way you want. Your Tour Director and Local Guides can offer suggestions for things to see and do—or you can join one of our many intriguing optional excursions.

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Our free CosmosGO mobile app puts the world at your fingertips. While travelling, get entertainment, sightseeing, dining, and shopping suggestions for each destination. With built-in GPS navigation, you’ll have the direction you need. 

Guidance

At the heart of every great Cosmos tour are the friendly, knowledgeable folks who show you around and help you maximise your free time. We go to incredible lengths to find the most professional Tour Directors and Local Guides for the richest experience possible.

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