Introduction

Experience New Zealand like never before on our 20 Day New Zealand Odyssey. This small group tour showcases New Zealand in a more relaxed and less structured way.
With no more than 24 guests, this tour combines the ‘must see’ highlights with many unique and exclusive activities. Stay in premium hotels and lodges and enjoy dining at some of New Zealand’s leading wineries.

From the City of Sails, travel on to the geothermal wonders of Rotorua, then enjoy the delights of Art Deco Napier. Sit back and relax in the stunning Marlborough Sounds before taking a sneak peek at the Whales in Kaikoura then head south to the world-heritage listed Mt Cook National Park. Visit spectacular Milford Sound and enjoy a relaxing stay in Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand. Stop in at Franz Josef for a chance to view the glaciers before returning to Christchurch aboard the award-winning TranzAlpine train.

Our Platinum tour will leave you in awe, with plenty of memories and stories to share for years to come.

Highlights
  • 2 night stopovers in Auckland, Rotorua, Napier, Wellington, the Marlborough Sounds & Mt Cook
  • 4 night stay in majestic Queenstown
  • Geothermal Rotorua
  • Art Deco Napier
  • Wellington & Te Papa National Museum
  • Stunning Kenepuru Sound
  • Spectacular Kaikoura
  • World Heritage listed Mt Cook National Park
  • Beautiful Southern Lakes region
  • Twin glaciers of Fox & Franz Josef

What's included

  • Tour Group Size

    Maximum 24 travellers

  • Accommodation

    19 nights premium hotel & lodge accommodation

  • Dining

    Full breakfasts daily (B), 3 lunches (L) & 9 dinners (D)

Travel
  • Travel by 5 star luxury touring coach
  • Accompanied throughout by professional, experienced Coach Captain
  • Hotel porterage
  • Complimentary airport transfers on arrival & departure
Iconic Sightseeing
  • Cruise by ferry to Waiheke Island
  • Tour the famous Hobbiton Movie set
  • Blue & Green Lakes, Te Wairoa Buried Village
  • Wairakei Geothermal region & mighty Huka Falls
  • Guided Art Deco Walk, Napier
  • Interislander ferry cruise to Picton
  • Free use of Raetihi Lodge kayaks, mountain bikes, dinghies & fishing tackle
  • Lake Tekapo & Church of the Good Shepherd
  • Entry to Sir Edmund Hilary Alpine Centre
Featured Experiences
  • Dine at some of New Zealand’s leading wineries
  • Traditional Maori Hangi (feast) & Cultural Evening
  • Exclusive Lake Rotoiti cruise
  • Scenic Mussel cruise to Raetihi Lodge
  • Tasman Glacier Explorer boat expedition
  • Spectacular Milford Sound Nature Cruise
  • World famous TranzAlpine train

Itinerary

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  • Duration:  20 days & 19 nights
  • Area:  Both Islands
  • Meals:  Full breakfasts daily, 3 lunches & 9 dinners
  • Starts in:  Auckland
  • Ends in:  Christchurch

‘Haere Mai’ …. Welcome to New Zealand. On arrival you will be met by a Kirra representative and transferred to your downtown city hotel.

  • stay at Stamford Plaza Auckland (2 nights)

After a leisurely start to the day, a brief ferry ride brings us to Waiheke Island, a haven for vineyards, olive groves, art galleries and sandy beaches. Enjoy a special lunch at the beautiful Mudbrick Winery with its spectacular views over the Hauraki Gulf looking back to the city skyline. Later this afternoon, there is the opportunity to visit the historic and trendy seaside village of Devonport.

Travel south to Matamata, home to the famous Hobbiton Movie Set. Situated on private farmland, you’ll be treated to a fun and interesting guided tour before continuing on to the geothermal city of Rotorua. Tonight, enjoy a lakeside BBQ at our hotel.

  • stay at Millennium Hotel Rotorua (2 nights)

Today’s highlight is an exclusive cruise across the serene, clear waters of Lake Rotoiti. Explore native bays and coves of the lake under sail on our luxury catamaran and bathe in the thermal waters of the Manupirua Pools, accessible only by boat. This afternoon, travel past the Blue & Green Lakes to the famous buried village of Te Wairoa. This evening, we visit  Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and are treated to a traditional Maori hangi (feast) and cultural performance.

Stop to view the mighty Huka Falls & Wairakei Geothermal project and then take time to wander around the popular lakeside resort of Taupo. Continue on to Napier, one of the world’s finest Art Deco cities. Here, your local guide will bring this fascinating architecture to life on your walk around the town this afternoon.

Widely regarded as the ‘Tuscany of the South Pacific’, this region boasts some of New Zealand’s best and oldest wineries. Enjoy a free day to experience some of the many optional activities available or simply relax and enjoy your surroundings. This evening, we visit Craggy Range Winery in the stunning Tuki Tuki Valley for a sumptuous dinner in its French bistro inspired restaurant, ‘Terroir’.

Travel this morning through the rural heartland of the Wairarapa region en-route to Wellington, the nation’s capital, where you enjoy a brief sightseeing and orientation tour before checking into your accommodation.

Named the ‘coolest little capital in the world’ by Lonely Planet, Wellington is nestled between a sparkling harbour and rolling green hills and is renowned for its arts, heritage, culture and native beauty. A visit to Te Papa National Museum is highly recommended as is a ride on the famous Cable Car up the hill to Kelburn for amazing views over the city. If you like action-packed adventure activities, Wellington has it all along with beautiful walks around the harbour and surrounding hills.

This morning we cruise across Cook Strait by Interislander ferry to the picturesque fishing village of Picton. At Havelock, we board our vessel for a scenic cruise to our remote resort located in the stunning Kenepuru Sound. For those who wish, an optional floatplane transfer & scenic flight to the lodge is available from Picton.

A free day to relax & marvel at the magic that is the Marlborough Sounds. Lodge staff will share their love of the region with you through the wide range of water and nature based experiences they put at your fingertips. Complimentary fishing tackle, kayaks & mountains bikes are provided at the lodge and there is a number of bush walks to enjoy. Or you can simply relax with a book & soak in the spectacular scenery.

Return to Havelock by water taxi and board our coach for the journey to the small coastal town of Kaikoura. Here you can enjoy an optional whale-watching adventure, swim with the dolphins or join local Maori for a unique, award winning cultural experience.

Travel south across the Canterbury Plains and stop at beautiful Lake Tekapo to view the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Then travel up the western side of Lake Pukaki to the Mt Cook National Park, a World Heritage listed site. The park covers over 70,000 hectares of breathtaking alpine scenery.

Today we experience the Tasman Glacier in the most unique way possible. An experienced guide will whisk you away in a stable MAC Boat to explore the melting ice-face of the Tasman Glacier. Get up close to touch & taste 400-year old icebergs that have been carved into the murky waters of the lake. Later today, there is time to enjoy one of the many bush walks and optional ski-plane and helicopter flights are available subject to weather conditions.

Travel through the MacKenzie Country before beginning the ascent over the Lindis Pass and emerging into the lush green farmland that surrounds the spectacular alpine village of Queenstown, regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination.

  • stay at Doubletree by Hilton (4 nights)

Set beneath the rugged Crown Range is Arrowtown, a fascinating collection of mining cottages with an atmosphere straight out of last century. Enjoy time to stroll through this historic village. Onto Gibbston Valley Winery Restaurant which merges the stunning surrounds with the elegant beauty of the wine and food. Prepared by the Executive Chef, the seasonal menu features carefully-selected ingredients that reflect local flavours.

Your highlight today is a leisurely nature cruise of the breathtaking Milford Sound, cruising the full length of the fiord to the Tasman Sea. An on-board nature guide will give you detailed information of the region’s history, flora & fauna and you will view spectacular waterfalls, rainforests and towering mountains, including the awesome Mitre Peak. Wildlife includes dolphins, seals, penguins & albatross when in season.

*** Overnight cruises on Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound are also available subject to availability – ask us for details ***

Enjoy a free day to experience this magnificent resort. Surrounded by majestic mountains, Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure & leisure activities in all forms, from extreme to relaxed exploration. Your coach captain will be happy to advise you on all the activities and options available.

There is time to wander around the resort town of Lake Wanaka before enjoying incredible scenery as we travel past the untouched native forests and pristine lakes of the World Heritage Westland National Park. On to Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers where there is the opportunity to experience an optional scenic flight over this remarkable region (subject to weather conditions).

Head north along the dramatic West Coast, steeped in history dating back to the gold rush era of the 1800’s. This afternoon, we board the TranzAlpine train for a coast to coast rail adventure through the Southern Alps, rated as one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. On arrival we transfer to our resort hotel for a farewell dinner.

  • stay at Rydges Latimer

Sadly, your holiday ends today and you will be transferred to Christchurch airport to connect with your onward flight home.

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