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New Zealand Gems

8 Days


New Zealand Gems

8 Days / 7 Nights

Explore New Zealand by Coach or Self-Drive Car. Flexible Daily Departures

Looking for something a little different? Travel to very unique attractions, some firmly removed from the well-trodden tourist trails – from the amazing panoramic views over Lake Taupo to the Art Deco city of Napier; from New Zealand’s harborside capital of Wellington – where culture vultures must prepare to be delighted– to Kaikoura, one of the most magical whale-watching experiences in the world.

Arrive Auckland

Welcome to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city – known as the ‘City of Sails’. This afternoon we suggest a city sightseeing tour.

Auckland | Waitomo | Rotorua (226 miles)

Travel to the fascinating Waitomo Caves where you will enjoy lunch before a guided tour of the famous Glowworm Grotto. Continue on to Rotorua. In the evening enjoy a Maori Hangi(feast) and Concert . (Lunch & Dinner included) (Optional meal plans begin today)

Rotorua Sightseeing

Today experience the many varied sights that Rotorua has to offer. Visit Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve. Learn about traditional Maori crafts at Te Puia, before traveling to Rainbow Springs and Agrodome Farm Show. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Perhaps take an optional tour to Mt Tarawera, the Buried Village or enjoy a swim at the Polynesian Spa.

Rotorua |Taupo | Napier (135 miles)

This morning take the short journey to Taupo where you will be taken on a guided tour of Taupo’s highlights including the Boat Harbour, Craters of the Moon and the Aratiatia Rapids. Enjoy a visit to the spectacular Huka Falls, before continuing on to Napier. This evening enjoy a walking tour of Napier’s fascinating Art Deco architecture.

Napier | Wellington (201 miles)

Enjoy a tour of some of Hawke’s Bay’s leading wineries before traveling south for Wellington.


At leisure in the capital city today. Make time to visit ‘Te Papa’ the Museum of New Zealand. 

Wellington | Kaikoura (98 miles – including ferry crossing)

Cruise across Cook Strait this morning and through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. Join the TranzCoastal train (Seat-in-Coach only) and begin your journey through vineyards and on to coastal Kaikoura.

Kaikoura |  Christchurch (114 miles)

Begin with a whale watching cruise (weather permitting). Enjoy a short guided tour of Kaikoura’s highlights before rejoining the TranzCoastal train (Seat-in-Coach only) to Christchurch.

7 nights’ accommodation: 2 nights in unique geothermal Rotorua, Experience Maori culture, Unique Maori Hangi (feast) & Concert, Explore the Art Deco city of Napier, Capital city of Wellington, Whale watching cruise — Kaikoura (weather permitting)

Seat-in-Coach prices include arrival transfer. Self-Drive prices do not include vehicle insurance.


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