Covering some of New Zealand’s best loved attractions, this compact Journey is well-suited to those with less time to spare.
Covering the mountains and adrenaline sports of Queenstown, the geological wonders of Rotorua and the dramatic landscapes of Fiordland, you’ll also have the chance to explore the vibrant cities of Auckland and Christchurch.
Some of the highlights included are:
- Admire waterfalls and cliffs of Milford Sound on a relaxing cruise
- Ride the spectacular TranzAlpine train from Greymouth to Christchurch
- Take to the skies in a helicopter and touch down on the Franz Josef Glacier
- Visit a traditional Maori village in Rotorua
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- International & internal flights
- 11 nights in 4-5* hotels
- 3 days' car hire
- Milford Sound day tour with lunch
- Franz Josef heli hike
- Tamaki Maori Village Tour
- TranzAlpine train from Greymouth to Christchurch
- Airport transfers
Need to know+
- Arrives: Queenstown Airport (ZQN)
- Time difference: GMT+13
- Visa requirements: British passport holders do not require a visa
- Language: English and Maori
- Currency: New Zealand dollar (NZD)
- Flying time from UK: around 27 hours
- Plug type: 3-prong flat blade plug
- Voltage: 240 volts/50 cycles
Fly from UK to Queenstown
Start your Journey with a bang in fun-filled Queenstown, where adventurous activities abound. Perhaps try jetboating on the Shotover River, or skydive over the beautiful Lake Wakatipu. Once you’ve got your breath back, set sail on a relaxing cruise on the still waters of Milford Sound. Get your camera ready and look out for dolphins as you sail among the towering cliffs, plunging waterfalls and pretty forests.
Head on to Franz Josef, home to the eponymous glacier. See the glacier’s icy face in all its glory with a thrilling helicopter ride over the top of the creeping ice, then take a walk on its surface, visiting the ice caves, pools and pinnacles of this other-worldly place, glittering in various shades of blue and white. Later, drive to Greymouth and hop on board the TranzAlpine Railway, taking you through some of New Zealand’s most spectacular landscapes to Christchurch.
Explore the leafy city of Christchurch, the largest settlement on the South Island. Here you can while away the days in the cafés and restaurants, shop ‘til you drop in the boutiques or sample a cocktail or two in the bars. Be sure to take a look at the quirky Cardboard Cathedral, a temporary replacement for the one that fell in the 2011 earthquake, and explore the greener side of the city with a punting trip on the pretty River Avon.
Fly to the North Island and discover Rotorua, a geothermal playground of geysers, steam vents and hot springs. Rotorua is also at the heart of New Zealand’s Maori culture so is the perfect place to learn more about local traditions and legends. While you’re here you’ll take a day trip to Tamaki Maori Village, in the midst of a 200-year-old forest. Here you’ll be treated to a cultural performance and a hangi meal, cooked under the ground.
Glorious golden sand beaches await in your next stop Coromandel, a forested, hilly and coastal peninsula with some wonderfully bucolic scenery. While Coromandel itself offers a number of gift shops and cute cafés, it’s the area around town that you’ll want to explore the most. Hit the hiking trails at Coromandel Forest Park for unbeatable views over the region or kayak Cathedral Cove to admire the rugged cliffs that plunge into bright blue waters.
Arrive in Auckland and get your bearings with an ascent of the 328 metre-high Sky Tower, giving you far reaching views across the city and beyond. If you prefer the outdoors, perhaps take the ferry to peaceful Waiheke Island, where you’ll find pristine beaches and pretty vineyards just 35 minutes by boat from Auckland. Alternatively, drive down to the suburb of Titirangi, dotted with art galleries, cafés and parks.
Depart Auckland and return to the UK
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