Holiday Itinerary Discover New Zealand

Days 1 and 2 UK/New Zealand

Today you’ll depart on your flight to New Zealand.

Day 3 Auckland

You cross the International Dateline during your flight, so you lose day two and arrive in Auckland on the morning of day three. Don't worry, you'll get the day back on the way home! We'll stay here for the next two nights and the rest of the day is yours to do as you please.​

Day 4 Auckland

The beautiful city of Auckland - the largest in New Zealand - is situated on North Island in the spectacular Hauraki Gulf. The area is home to stunning landscapes of thermal springs and geysers, glorious national parks, luxuriant forests, stunning lakes and more. Now you've had time to relax, let's get out and discover the city on an included tour. Highlights include the 328-metre-high Sky Tower, the imposing War Memorial and the sweeping Waitemata Harbour, which is the most prominent natural feature of the 'City of Sails'. Downtown Auckland is a great mix of modern and historic architecture, so look out for St Patrick's Cathedral, built in 1848, and Auckland High Court, which was modelled on England's very own Warwick Castle.​ B

Day 5 Paihia

There's a scenic treat in store today as we travel along the beautiful Hibiscus Coast to Paihia, the perfect base from which to discover the lush forests and idyllic beaches of the Bay of Islands. En route we'll visit the Treaty House of Waitangi, where you can learn about the history of the 1840 agreement between the British Crown and the Maoris. B

Day 6 Paihia

You can choose how you spend today. Maybe you'll explore Paihia at your own pace but if you'd like to join an organised excursion we offer an optional trip to Cape Reinga. Located at the very top of North Island, this vast, untouched region is reached via a journey along the never-ending paradise of Ninety Mile Beach. Once here you'll have the chance to negotiate the Te Paki Quick Sand Stream, backed by towering dunes, and visit a lighthouse to take in exceptional views of the Pacific Ocean meeting the Tasman Sea.​ B

Day 7 Paihia

You've a chance to explore more of the stunning Bay of Islands on an optional catamaran cruise today. Keep your eyes peeled for a variety of marine life, including bottlenose dolphins and fur seals as we head past islands and secluded beaches to the Cape Brett 'Hole in the Rock'. If sea conditions are right, we should be able to sail through this narrow arch, carved by the forces of nature. The cruise ends with a stop at one of the beautiful islands.​ B

Day 8 Rotorua

The warm, emerald-green North Island was shaped by the fire of volcanoes, and evidence of this remains in the thermal springs surrounding Rotorua. This is where we head today, and our journey takes us through the Waikato farming region, home of the Maori kingdom.
We'll spend the next two nights in Rotorua and if you wish, you can take an optional float plane or helicopter flight to Mount Tarawera. Surrounded by unique scenery and towering above the pristine waters of Lake Tarawera, this now dormant volcano wreaked havoc on the nation when it erupted in 1886. If you choose to fly overhead you'll be able to look deep into its crater - a 6km ravine - and take in spectacular views of crater lakes and rugged peaks. B

Day 9 Rotorua

Your scenic tour today takes you to Te Puia Thermal Reserve, where you'll see bubbling mud, pools of boiling water, dramatic spouting geysers and traditional Maori architecture. Later, we offer a couple of optional excursions you can choose from if you want to get out and explore. You could join a tour of Hobbiton, the location created for the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit films. This thrilling site includes hobbit holes and the Green Dragon Inn, and your guide will tell you all you need to know about these popular movies. An alternative is a visit to Rainbow Springs Nature Park to see some of the interesting creatures that call New Zealand home, including the flightless Kiwi bird. If you join this trip you'll also take a gondola ride to the top of Mount Ngongotaha, which was formed by volcanic eruptions, and enjoy a tasting of New Zealand wine.  Tonight, you'll have a chance to experience a Maori concert and sample an authentic Hangi meal on an optional tour. This is where your food is cooked by steam underground using a centuries-old method that harnesses the power of nature. B, D

Day 10 Wellington

Wellington, New Zealand's capital, is our next destination. We'll make our way here via the forested slopes of the Wairakei Thermal Valley and Lake Taupo, whose waters flow rapidly into the impressive Huka Falls. Every second, around 220,000 litres of water pours through a narrow passage, and then rushes under a pedestrian bridge, where we will stop to take in this incredible sight. On arrival in Wellington, get your bearings on a short tour before we check into the hotel.

Day 11 Wellington

We're going to explore Wellington in more detail today on a walking tour. One of the leading cities for arts and culture in New Zealand, there is so much to see, from an array of museums and galleries to historic architecture and fabulous shopping. We'll take in the Te Papa Museum, a showcase of New Zealand's cultural treasures, and the lively waterfront area. We'll also visit the botanical gardens, which run over 26 hectares, and take a trip on the historic Wellington Cable Car for fabulous views across this lovely city.​ B

Day 12 Christchurch

Today we're going to cross the Cook Strait to South Island and travel to Christchurch for an overnight stay. This city, the second-largest in New Zealand, has a fascinating English heritage, which is apparent in some of its older buildings. Also known as the Garden City, it boasts plenty of natural beauty too.​ B

Day 13 Tranzalpine Train

You've a spectacular journey ahead today, as you step aboard the TranzAlpine train and head into the Southern Alps. Here you'll see narrow gorges and towering snow-capped peaks, so be sure to have your camera ready. Your journey continues to the Franz Josef and Fox Glacier regions, where you'll witness enormous valleys of ice and deep, dramatic ravines. Later, if the weather conditions are right, you'll have the opportunity to take an optional helicopter flight over the glaciers for views that are out of this world. B

Day 14 Queenstown

The road through the Westland National Park has to be one of the most scenic ever built. It crosses Clark Bluff and the Haast River Bridge and today we'll drive along it on our way to Queenstown. If you're looking for an adrenaline rush, you've come to the right place, as Queenstown is known as New Zealand's capital of adventure. One option on your free afternoon is to take a ride on the Kawarau Jet Boat. On this thrilling excursion, you will travel at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour in the very shallow waters of the Shotover and Kawarau River. B

Day 15 Queenstown

Today has been left free so you can spend some time at leisure and discover Queenstown at your own pace. However, if you're feeling adventurous we have another optional thrill-packed excursion for you to join. You'll start with a walk through the bush and then you'll head off on an exciting four-wheel-drive journey before boarding a jet boat for an exhilarating ride along the Dart River. This evening if you wish you could enjoy a more relaxing experience, with a cruise on Lake Wakatipu with dinner served in a restaurant at the foot of Walter Peak. B

Day 16 Te Anau

Today is the day you visit one of the most beautiful locations in New Zealand – Milford Sound. Located deep within Fiordland National Park, this inky-blue expanse of water is surrounded by forest-covered hills and dramatic mountain peaks and must be seen to be believed. If the weather conditions are good, we'll take in the fjord's majestic beauty on a cruise.​ B, L

Day 17 Dunedin

Today we make our way to Dunedin, and on the way we're going to make a stop at the Glow Worm Caves. This labyrinth of limestone caverns is lit by thousands of glow worms, offering us an incredible sight. B

Day 18 Dunedin

You can spend your time exploring at leisure today, or perhaps you'll choose to join an optional trip to the Royal Albatross Colony on the Otago Peninsula. This is the world's only mainland breeding colony of these fascinating birds, and during your visit you'll learn more about them, watch a short film and visit the observatory where hopefully you will see them nesting.​ B

Day 19 Omarama

As we travel northwards to Omarama, we'll make a stop at the Moeraki Beach Boulders. These huge spherical rocks are scattered along the sand and are shrouded in Maori legend. Thought to have started forming in ancient sea floor sediments, the largest boulders are estimated to have taken around four million years to reach their current size. Some weigh several tonnes and the largest measure more than two metres in width. It's no wonder this is a very popular spot for photographers! Our route then follows the Waitiki River inland and if you wish you can take an optional flight over some of New Zealand's highest mountains and largest glaciers. Your pilot will provide an interesting commentary as you take in the breathtaking scenery. B

Day 20 Christchurch

We're bound for the Mount Cook region this morning. On the way we'll make a stop at Lake Tekapo, a picturesque turquoise-coloured body of water, which boasts a stunning backdrop of the Southern Alps. We'll then head over Burkes Pass, a mountain passageway, and continue across the Canterbury plains. This vast patchwork of agricultural land nestled between the mountains and the sea produces more than 80% of the country's grains, crops and seeds. Mount Cook is the highest peak in New Zealand, towering to 12,000ft, and if weather conditions are favourable you might be tempted to view it on an optional scenic flight. We'll arrive back in Christchurch late this afternoon and stay here overnight.​ B

Day 21 Christchurch/UK

Today we'll transfer you to the airport for your flight to the UK. You'll cross the International Dateline again, meaning you gain back the time lost at the start of your tour.​ B

Day 22 UK

Arrival in the UK today.

Departure dates and prices 2020/21

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11 Nov 2020 Heathrow £5149 10 Feb 2021 Heathrow £5499
3 Mar 2021 Heathrow £5149 13 Oct 2021 Heathrow £5149
3 Nov 2021 Heathrow £5149

The holiday price may be subject to change and will be confirmed at the time of booking.  Airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.  Alternative dates may be available but not yet guaranteed, call for details. Prices are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents. All holidays subject to Travelsphere Terms & Conditions. 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

Discover New Zealand

Holidays by Air 22 Days 2020/21

Prices from £5149

New Zealand with it's incredible unspoilt scenery. There are some of the most diverse environments on earth, from beaches and rainforests to mountains, lakes, glaciers and even volcanoes. Many of these different natural features can be visited on the same day. Glittering lakes and empty white beaches of the North Island, the otherworldly South Island, the home of towering fjord lands, snow-dusted mountains and true Tolkien country, on this epic tour of a lifetime. 

All of this can be discovered on this wonderful Travelsphere holiday to New Zealand.

New Zealand Discover

What's Included

  • Return flights from Heathrow with Singapore Airlines via Singapore
  • 18 nights in 3 to 4-star hotels plus 3 nights in flight
  • 20 meals: 18 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner and welcome drink
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Driver Guide
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Tour of Auckland
  • Visit the Treaty House of Waitangi
  • Te Puia Thermal Reserve
  • Lake Taupo
  • Traditional Tamaki Hangi feast
  • New Zealand's capital Wellington
  • Journey on the TranzAlpine train​
  • Beautiful Milford Sound including lunch
  • Glow Worm Caves
  • See the Moeraki Beach Boulders

Optional excursions and add-on

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional experiences to your holiday before you set off. Take a look below at the extra trips you can enjoy on this tour.

Cape Reinga - Paihia from £83

Full day excursion to the Far North in the unique Dune Rider vehicle purposely built to go off-road in full comfort of air conditioning, reclining seats, plenty of leg room and large panorama windows for great views along the way. You will immerse in an informative and entertaining account of the culture and history of Northland, visiting 90 Mile Beach, Te Paki Sand Dunes and finally Cape Reinga. Freshly prepared lunch is included during this tour.

Full Day – Moderate Walking – Scenic Interest

Cape Brett - Paihia from £83

Here is your chance to explore the beautiful Bay of Islands further, with a cruise on a large catamaran. You will have a chance of viewing marine mammals, such as dolphins, whales, seals or orcas. We will cruise out to the iconic Hole in the Rock and if the sea conditions permit, travel through it. On our return journey we will have a beautiful island stop for lunch where you can take a walk or have a swim before making our way back to Paihia.

Half Day – Minimal Walking - Scenic Cruise

Cape Reinga and Cape Brett - Paihia - Dual Ticket - Prebookable Only from £132

Dual ticket will allow you to enjoy both optional excursions in Paihia at the special discounted price.

Hobbiton - Rotorua from £64

You will be transported to the Hobbiton Movie set tour which is a visitor experience based at the original location where Hobbiton was created for the filming of the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit films. It offers an interesting and entertaining experience incorporating the famous film set and a special insight into rural life. Your tour starts with a drive through the picturesque sheep farm with its spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Your guide will escort you through the site recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton Movie Set was created.

Discover New Zealand with Cook Islands Add-on

Extend to 26 days from £799.00 Departures from: Nov 2020 - Nov 2021


Day 3 - 4: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Auckland is situated within walking distance from a range of shopping and dining options on Queen Street. Modern rooms feature en-suite facilities, flat-screen TVs and sleep-aid aromatherapy kits. Wi-Fi is also available for a fee. Other hotel facilities include gym, sauna, a lobby cocktail bar and a restaurant.

Day 5 - 7: Kingsgate Hotel,Paihia Featuring 100 rooms and 13 suites, the hotel also offers amenities including a swimming pool, an indoor spa, and games room. Dine in Reef Restaurant where waterfront views accompany your meals. 

Day 8 - 9: The 3.5-star Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua is set on the shores of the lake and close to Rotorua's vibrant city centre. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, outdoor swimming pool and spa. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, safe, refrigerator, iron, tea/coffee-maker and hairdryer.

Dayu 10 - 11: Park Hotel, Lambton Quay  is situated in the heart of Wellington. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, bar & fitness centre. Rooms are furnished with free Wi-Fi, TV, tea & coffee making facilities and a hairdryer.

Day 12: The 3.5-star Elms Hotel is located in the Papanui area of Christchurch, with bars and restaurants in the local vicinity. The city centre is within easy reach.

Day 13: The 4-star Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier sits at the edge of the Westland World Heritage Park and is just moments from one of New Zealand’s most spectacular natural attractions, the Franz Josef Glacier. The hotel offers facilities including a restaurant. All 130 rooms feature en suite facilities, TV, tea/coffee making facilities, fridge, mini bar, heater and hairdryer.

Day 14 - 15:Holiday Inn, Queenstown Frankton Road  The 3-star Holiday Inn Frankton Road in Queenstown has a peaceful setting amongst alpine scenery and picturesque lakes, yet it''s conveniently close to the city. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, sauna and tennis court. Bedrooms have private facilities, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, hairdryer and Wi-Fi.

Day 16: Distinction Luxmore Hotel Lake Te Anau  This hotel is located a short walk away from Lake Te Anau. Rooms feature Fiordland-themed décor and come with free Wi-Fi, en-suite facilities and tea/coffee-making facilities. Other hotel amenities include a fitness centre and various dining options, including the bar with a fireplace.

Day 17 - 18:  Victoria Hotel, Dunedin is conveniently located in the centre of Dunedin. Every room features refrigerator, radio, telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee-making facilities. Modern New Zealand cuisine can be enjoyed in a restaurant, located on-site.

Day 19: The 3-star Gateway Heritage Hotel in Omarama is set amongst landscaped gardens offering wonderful views of the surrounding mountains. Hotel facilities include a restaurant and bar. Bedrooms have private facilities, TV, iron, refrigerator, tea/coffee-maker and hairdryer.

Day 20: The 3.5-star Elms Hotel is located in the Papanui area of Christchurch, with bars and restaurants in the local vicinity. The city centre is within easy reach.

Hotels are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.


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