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New Zealand Small Group Tour

$6,999

This small group tour takes you on an intimate journey of New Zealand, from Auckland to Queenstown. The focus is on immersive local experiences and spectacular highlights. Enjoy the first class accommodation and services from expert guides. Plus all flights are included!

Description

New Zealand Small Group Coach Tour with Flights – 13 days

Whoever said bigger is better, doesn’t know the benefits of joining a small group tour!

This special New Zealand tour helps you get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss and especially, get to know the locals. Those intimate, local experiences include a meal with a New Zealand family, enjoying a traditionally prepared ‘hangi’ dinner and visiting a family-run working sheep farm.

There are all the other highlights that you won’t want to miss either, like seeing the astonishing glow worms in the Waitomo Caves, discovering the steaming geysers at Wai-o Tapu Thermal Park, and exploring the capital city of Wellington. On the South Island the discoveries continue, with breathtaking Franz Josef Glacier, dazzling Queenstown and cruising on spectacular Milford Sound!

Why you’ll love this trip:

  • Flights, accommodation, most meals & sightseeing are all included.
  • Enjoy the support and endless local knowledge from your experienced guide.
  • It’s a worry-free way to explore New Zealand and discover more than you could on your own!

Your Holiday Includes:

  • Small group – maximum 22 travellers guaranteed
  • International flights – return economy flights to Auckland & Queenstown
    • Fly from Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane (please ask for other cities)
    • Prepayable Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Domestic flight – one-way economy flight from Wellington to Christchurch
  • 12 nights First Class accommodations
    • 2 nights Auckland
    • 2 nights Rotorua
    • 1 night Napier
    • 2 nights Wellington
    • 1 night Christchurch
    • 1 night Franz Josef
    • 2 nights Queenstown
    • 1 night Te Anau
    • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
    • Hotel porterage
  • Transfers – all transfers included only with airfare purchase on package dates
  • 22 meals – 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 8 dinners
    • Including welcome, home-hosted & farewell dinners)
    • Beer and wine included with all dinners
  • Sightseeing – as per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Escorted tour – services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
    • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
    • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

Departs Thursdays:

2021 – 01 September to 30 November
2022 – 01 February to 12 May & 01 September to 30 November
2023 – 01 February to 11 May

Note: Subject to confirmation at time of booking and price may vary depending on your travel date.

Get the Brochure:

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Click on the button to view or download a copy of the brochure. The brochure includes more details and the full itinerary (where applicable).

Want to Stay Longer?

You can add extra nights at the start or end of the tour.

Ask us today about staying at other properties or adding more services. We are happy to design a holiday that will suit you best.

Travelling Solo?

We can look after you. Single supplement is approximately $1800 and please contact us for current rates.

Booking Conditions:

All prices are per person, based on twin share, and listed in Australian dollars (AUD). The package is subject to confirmation at the time of booking and prices may change without notice. Booking conditions and cancellation fees apply.

Please read Australia & New Zealand Travel Company’s Terms & Booking Conditions prior to making a reservation. By booking any travel service with us, you have agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions.

How to Book

To make a booking please call Australia & New Zealand Travel Company on 1300 168 910 or email reservations@anztravelco.com.

You can also select a trip and request it via this website – please make sure you enter the quantity for the number of people travelling. In the ‘Additional Information’ field on the Checkout page, add your preferred departure date plus any other information that will help us process your booking, such as departure city and travel preferences.

No payment is required to submit an online booking request, but your booking is pending and no place is being held. Your booking status will be advised when you hear from our travel consultants. Bookings are normally actioned within 24 hours – Monday to Friday.

Itinerary & Booking Info

Travel Style

Small group tour, escorted

Tour highlights

Descend into the astonishing Waitomo Caves with its swirling rivers and glow worms
Visit Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Park and admire its steaming geysers
Home hosted dinner in a traditional New Zealand home
Enjoy a traditionally prepared "Hangi" dinner, cooked in the steaming ground
Discover delightful Christchurch, the "most-English" city in the country
Take in the stunning landscape of the South Island aboard the TranzAlpine train
Experience the dynamic environment at the Franz Josef Glacier
Explore the dazzling city of Queenstown, the country's adventure capital
Tour a family-run working merino sheep farm
Cruise on spectacular Milford Sound, surrounded by breathtaking scenery

Itinerary

ITINERARY:

DAY 1, Arrive in Auckland
Welcome to New Zealand! Arrive in Auckland, the country's largest city, often called the "City of Sails" because of its lovely harbourside location, and transfer to your hotel.

DAY 2, Free Day in Auckland
Enjoy a free day to explore Auckland at leisure. This evening, attend an orientation meeting at approximately 6 PM with your Tour Manager on the exciting adventure that awaits you in New Zealand, followed by a Welcome Dinner and drinks with your fellow travellers. Overnight: Auckland
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua
From Auckland, travel south through the fertile Waikato Plains to Waitomo. A unique experience is in store for you at the astonishing Waitomo Caves, home to swirling rivers, glow worms and rocks that flow into delicate shawl-like formations. After lunch, drive to Rotorua and check in to your hotel. Tonight, savour a home-hosted dinner with a local family and experience a unique opportunity to learn about their values and traditions
Overnight: Rotorua
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Te Puia Thermal Reserve, "Hangi" Feast Dinner
Morning is at leisure for independent explorations in Rotorua, or join the optional Hobbiton tour. Travel through the spectacular North Island scenery to Matamata, home to the Hobbiton movie set. Take a guided tour around the set and view Hobbit holes, the Party Tree, the Mill, and the Green Dragon Inn. In the afternoon, journey to Te Puia, in Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, set amidst a landscape of erupting geothermal activity and thermal springs. Discover the unique lifestyle and traditions of the Maori and witness the phenomena of Mother Nature and how the Maori people live in harmony within this unique landscape and environment. You'll meet with a member of the local Maori tribe who shares the many aspects of traditional wood carving and its importance within the Maori culture. In the village observe the weaving demonstrations and traditional ways of creating piupiu (grass skirts). You’ll visit the kiwi house to view the nocturnal kiwi bird before continuing to the boiling mud pools and geysers. Then, attend a traditional Haka ceremony and Maori concert. Afterward, enjoy an authentically prepared Hangi dinner, cooked in the steaming ground and hot pools, ending with the most delectable steamed dessert. Tonight will indeed be a memorable and authentic Maori experience!
Optional: Hobbiton Movie Set Tour (AM) Cost $119 per person.
Overnight: Rotorua
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Park, Napier, Wine Tasting
Visit the geothermal wonderland of the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Park, New Zealand's most colourful geothermal attraction, with its steaming geysers and bubbling hot springs.
Then, journey through breathtaking scenery to the coastal city of Napier. Begin the drive heading south through rolling sheep-dotted hills and farmland. Marvel at picture-perfect views of Lake Taupo before continuing southeast along the Thermal Explorer Highway. The road leads into dramatic tree-covered mountains, rugged hills and at times alongside rushing rivers. On the descent through farmland and orchards, get your first glimpse of beautiful Hawkes Bay before arriving at Napier. This lovely city is famous for its wines and Art Deco architecture. The area is known as the fruit bowl of New Zealand with perfect conditions for world-class wine and produce. Tonight, taste some of the finest wines of the area and savour a delectable dinner
Overnight: Napier
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Dannevirke, Pukaha Mount Bruce National Reserve, Wellington
After breakfast this morning, depart Napier and drive through Wairarapa district to Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand, located at the southern end of the North Island. Along the way, stop for tea at Dannevirke, a town well-known for its Scandinavian heritage. Continue to Pukaha Mount Bruce National Reserve, housing rare birds in an area of protected forest. Take a guided walk in the forest and gain knowledge about New Zealand's unique flora and fauna. Learn about the reserve's work to restore the forest and bring endangered birds back into the countryside. After your visit, drive to Wellington. Arrive and check in to your hotel. Later, share highlights of today's experiences during dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Wellington
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Morning at Leisure, Culinary Walking Tour
Morning is at leisure for independent explorations in Wellington, including a ticket to ride on the historic Wellington cable car, providing panoramic views over the city. In the afternoon, embark on a culinary adventure around Wellington City and sample a range of delicious local food and drinks. During this walking tour, you’ll gain insights into the city’s history, its unique culinary scene, chat with local artisans and hear their stories. At the conclusion of the tour, return to the hotel and spend the evening at leisure
Overnight: Wellington
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Flight to Christchurch and Walking Tour
Transfer to the airport this morning, for your flight to Christchurch, in the South Island. The city, is the second largest in New Zealand. Often referred to as the most English of New Zealand's cities, it is also known as the "Garden City", because of its majestic trees and extensive parks and gardens, including expansive Hagley Park in the heart of the city. Arrive in Christchurch and transfer to the hotel. Afterward, take an orientation walking tour of the city. Balance of the day is at leisure for independent explorations
Overnight: Christchurch
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, TranzAlpine Scenic Train to Greymouth, Kiwi Hatchery, Franz Josef
This morning, board the most scenic train ride in New Zealand, and one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. Traveling west crossing the farmland of the Canterbury Plains, ascend through spectacular gorges and river valleys towards the Southern Alps. Arrive at the village of Arthurs Pass for a short break before descending through the Otira Tunnel and lush beech rainforests to Greymouth in the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. Drive to Franz Josef and visit a kiwi hatching facility, home to a hatching program of the world’s rarest kiwi, the rowi. Learn more about this rare flightless bird from an expert ranger. Then, check in to your hotel overlooking some of New Zealand’s tallest peaks. Dinner is at the hotel tonight
Overnight: Franz Josef
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Franz Josef Glacier Walk, Queenstown
Embark on a thrilling adventure. Your experienced and knowledgeable guide will lead you on an adventurous walk in the Franz Josef Glacier Valley. The famous glacier, discovered by Europeans in 1865, is named after the Austrian emperor. Although the glacier has retreated considerably, its frozen past is still visible in the present landscape. Learn more about the role of the glacier in shaping this remarkable landscape as you continue through the regenerating rainforest and along the glacier valley up to the receding terminal face of the glacier. Later, drive to Queenstown, named for Queen Victoria, surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown's stunning scenery is inspiring and revitalizing. The city is acclaimed by international travellers and "kiwis" alike as New Zealand's adventure capital. Check in to your hotel before dinner tonight at a local restaurant
Overnight: Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Mt Nicholas Farm Experience
Enjoy a cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Mt Nicholas High Country Farm on board Spirit of Queenstown for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes visit to an authentic, family-run merino sheep farm. Tour the farm, that is home to 30,000 merino sheep, view the working animals and learn about raising sheep and producing merino wool. Afterward, savour a freshly prepared farmers platter for lunch. Soak in the surrounding panoramic views in one of New Zealand’s most rugged and remote high-country farms before returning on a catamaran cruise to Queenstown. The balance of the day is at leisure to discover picturesque Queenstown on your own
Overnight: Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12, Milford Sound, Te Anau
Depart Queenstown for picturesque Te Anau, gateway to Milford Sound. Nestled on the lake's edge, it's the perfect base from which to discover the spectacular glacier-carved wilderness of Fiordland National Park. Follow the glacier-hewn Eglinton River Valley into a magnificent beech forest before descending into the precipitous Hollyford Valley.
Tussock and scrub replace the bush as the road climbs steadily up the Hollyford to the gigantic cirque where sheer rock faces dwarf the Homer Tunnel portal beneath. Beyond the tunnel, you descend into the Cleddau Canyon, between towering, rugged mountains and forests, until the road comes out into the open at spectacular Milford Sound. After lunch, board your cruise on Milford Sound and be surrounded by astonishing scenery from atop the viewing decks. An informative commentary on the natural history and wildlife follows you as you stop at waterfalls and points of interest along the way. Afterward, check in to your hotel in Te Anau. Tonight, share wonderful memories together on your last night in New Zealand. Bid goodbye to your Tour Manager and newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner in the hotel
Overnight: Te Anau
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Depart New Zealand
After breakfast, drive to the airport in Queenstown for your departure flight. Please select flights that depart no earlier than 1 PM
Meals: Breakfast

Please note: The day by day descriptions published are intended as an indicative guide only. Travel by nature is unpredictable. Weather patterns, road and rail conditions, public holidays, travel restrictions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.

How to Book

Bookings can be made by calling Australia & New Zealand Travel Company on 1300 168 910 or email to reservations@anztravelco.com.

Online booking requests may also be submitted via this website by selecting a trip. Please make sure you include your preferred departure date in the ‘Additional Information’ field on the Checkout page.

Bookings are pending and not confirmed until you receive a status update from an Australia & New Zealand Travel Company consultant.

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