NZ - #25 - family - 3 weeks - nature - Pure New Zealand: Nature and wildlife
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3 weeks from Queenstown to Matakana

Go on a journey and discover New Zealand’s natural gems. A family-friendly holiday with a relaxed travel pace. Over three-weeks, you will experience unique wildlife encounters, learn about New Zealand’s rare flora and fauna, natural heritage and history. Travel through the country’s most astounding landscapes, capturing the essence of the local food and wine scene.

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Below, you can discover our suggested locations. Feel free to adjust your comfort level, add activity packages along the route, and indicate whether you would like us to arrange your flights. The price indication is based on travel in high season, so shoulder season travel will often give you a price advantage.

Route and Impressions

Enjoy a day trip to the northern tip of Lake Wakatipu by jet boat
Enjoy a day trip to the northern tip of Lake Wakatipu by jet boat
Don't miss out on a picture-perfect moment at The Church of the Good Shepherd
Don't miss out on a picture-perfect moment at The Church of the Good Shepherd
Join a boat cruise, swim with dolphins and seals or take a scenic flight in Kaikoura
Join a boat cruise, swim with dolphins and seals or take a scenic flight in Kaikoura
Savour Wellington city's assortment of culinary delights
Savour Wellington city's assortment of culinary delights
Visit the impressive gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers
Visit the impressive gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers
Visit geothermal wonders with a local guide
Visit geothermal wonders with a local guide
Visit the Matakana Village Farmers Market
Visit the Matakana Village Farmers Market

Queenstown

4 nights

New Zealand's adventure capital is centred around the crystal waters of Lake Wakatipu and nestled between dramatic mountain ranges.

Tekapo

3 nights

Gleaming with bright turquoise waters and surrounded by the peaks of the Southern Alps. It’s the best place to stargaze in New Zealand, with its clear nights and lack of light pollution.

Kaikoura

3 nights

Kaikoura lies between the rugged Seaward Kaikoura Mountain Range and the Pacific Ocean, offering spectacular views. The nutrient-rich water attracts whales, seals, albatross and dolphins.

Wellington City

2 nights

A vibrant and compact city, bursting with an array of things to see and do. Dive into the coffee culture, visit Te Papa Museum and soak up the views from Mount Victoria.

Hawkes Bay & Napier

3 nights

Renowned for sunshine, fruitful vineyards and award-winning wineries. Go back in time to the 1930s, with a visit to the Art Deco-styled, Napier.

Rotorua

3 nights

Situated on one of the world’s most active volcano regions, Rotorua is brimming with remarkable Maori culture, world-class activities and astonishing scenery.

Matakana

3 nights

Featuring artisanal food, award-winning wine, over 30 boutique vineyards, olive groves, restaurants that primarily use fresh local produce and a famous farmer’s market.

Price guide per person

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Included accommodations
  • 21 nights in comfortable cottages, holiday homes, farm stays
  • Pleasant rooms with an ensuite or a private bathroom
  • Includes some breakfasts
Included car
  • Rental for a large SUV for 22 days
  • Full insurance with $0 excess as standard
  • During your trip, your kilometres (and flights) are fully CO2 compensated
Friendly Kiwi hospitality at our accommodations | New Zealand holiday
Comfortable bedroom in your cottage | New Zealand holiday
Comfortable stay at original sheep farm | New Zealand holiday
Included accomodations
  • 21 nights in superior cottages and holiday houses
  • Delightful rooms with an ensuite and a nice view
  • Includes most breakfasts and some dinners
Included car
  • Rental for a large SUV for 22 days
  • Full insurance with $0 excess as standard
  • During your trip, your kilometres (and flights) are fully CO2 compensated
Very comfortable eco house in Kaikoura | New Zealand holiday
Very comfortable eco house in Kaikoura | New Zealand holiday
Very comfortable eco house in Kaikoura | New Zealand holiday
Stunning views on Arthur's Pass | New Zealand nature
Included accomodations
  • 21 nights staying at exclusive lodges and boutique villas, holiday houses
  • Spacious suites with an eye for luxury and design
  • Includes all breakfasts and several dinners
Included car
  • Rental for a large SUV for 22 days
  • Full insurance with $0 excess as standard
  • During your trip, your kilometres (and flights) are fully CO2 compensated
Luxury accommodation | New Zealand holiday
Luxury accommodation with view | New Zealand holiday
Amazing views from your accommodation | New Zealand holiday
Luxury accommodation | New Zealand holiday
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