Welcome to the land of breath taking landscapes, vibrant culture, and unforgettable experiences. Join us on an extraordinary journey to New Zealand, where the North and South Islands beckon with their unique charm. From the cosmopolitan cityscapes of Auckland to the awe-inspiring fjords of Milford Sound, this holiday promises to be an adventure like no other.
You travel south to Rotorua, the centre of both Maori culture and the most extraordinary thermal activity. Here you'll find geysers, bubbling mud pools and lakes which fizz with all the colours of the rainbow.
Next stop is Tongariro National Park situated in a region of active volcanoes where you stay nearby. The Tongariro Crossing is amongst the greatest one-day walks anywhere in the world (enjoyed as an optional extra; please ask our sales team for a quote).
From Wellington, you set sail across the Marlborough Sound to Picton on the South Island. After walking alongside the Queen Charlotte Sound and visiting a luscious vineyard where you may like to sample local wines, you spend two nights at St Arnaud in the beautiful Nelson Lakes National Park. Continue to Christchurch where you'll meet with those joining for South Island Discovery (41809) and explore the city together.
You will travel to Franz Josef Glacier via Arthur’s Pass and the west coast route. Gaze at the incredible mirror-like reflection of the Southern Alps as we walk around Lake Matheson. Explore the valleys leading up to Franz Josef Glacier. Then onwards over the Haast Pass to Wanaka and Mount Aspiring National Park where you walk along some exhilarating trails.
From Wanaka, you travel on to Queenstown. Enjoy dinner in the Skyline Restaurant, reached by gondola, with stunning views over Lake Wakatipu and the craggy ‘Remarkables' provide a sensational backdrop. The next stop is Te Anau, the base for your visit to the Southern Lake District and the world-famous Milford Sound cruise.
You head north to spend two nights in Twizel, the gateway to the peaks and trails of Mount Cook. Here you can enjoy the last of our spectacular walks. After a jam-packed break, we’re sure you’ll agree that this really is the holiday of a lifetime.
Please be aware that this holiday can have a total group size of up to 22 people but there will be two leaders . We also have an option to do the Tongariro Crossing.
Heralded as the best one-day trek available in New Zealand, it spans the length of Mount Tongariro covering 12 miles (19.2km) and takes on average 7-8 hours to complete. You have the option to participate in the Tongariro Crossing. A medium to high-level is fitness required. This walk is above the advertised walking grade for this holiday and is a similar walking grade to our challenging Grade 7 Ramble Worldwide walking holidays. We can book the crossing through a local tour operator at the time of making your booking.
Please contact our Sales and Reservations department for a quote. The price includes local guide, lunch, trekking/wet weather gear hire and return transfers from the Chateau. Please click the "Read More" tab to download the information guide.
Choose either the entire Complete New Zealand route as above or if you have limited time available, join us for the South Island Discovery only.