If you have the time to experience more of the very best of New Zealand, this deluxe journey across the country will be perfect for you.
The route loops through the South Island, covering highlights including Lake Tekapo & Mt Cook on the way to Queenstown. If you have extra time, you could also add the Scottish-influenced city of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula.
Visit New Zealand’s most remarkable scenery at Milford Sound, then journey up the West Coast to Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. Explore the glaciers on foot or by helicopter. Continue north, following the road leading through the alpine heights of Arthur’s Pass. Head across the Canterbury Plains to Kaikoura, where you can go whale watching, albatross viewing, or swimming with dolphins. You’ll pass through the wine growing region of Marlborough, en route to Wellington, New Zealand’s hip and attractive capital city.
The volcanoes of Tongariro are bound to impress you. If you’re feeling energetic, take on the Tongariro Crossing – among the best day hikes on Earth. You’ll explore Rotorua, where you’ll find extensive Maori cultural experiences, as well as renowned thermal areas, complete with boiling mud, geysers and luxury spas.
Finally, make your way to Auckland, New Zealand’s ‘City of Sails.’ If you have extra time, wind down at the end of your trip with a couple of nights on Waiheke Island, known for its excellent wineries, rolling green hills and superb beaches.