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5 weeks from Queenstown to Auckland

Would you like to visit some of New Zealand’s most spectacular sights and hidden gems? Starting in Queenstown, you will visit Lake Wakatipu, Fiordland National Park, the charming town of Wanaka, see whales in Kaikoura and the highest mountain in New Zealand, Mount Cook. Be enchanted by golden beaches, subtropical forests, sapphire lakes and rolling vineyards.

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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
Hiking enthusiasts will be in heaven in the Fiordland National Park
Hiking enthusiasts will be in heaven in the Fiordland National Park
Lake Wanaka is the gateway to exploring the wilderness of Mount Aspiring National Park
Lake Wanaka is the gateway to exploring the wilderness of Mount Aspiring National Park
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
Soak up the fresh rural air with views of the snow-capped Southern Alps
Soak up the fresh rural air with views of the snow-capped Southern Alps
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
Discover the crystal waters of Abel Tasman
Discover the crystal waters of Abel Tasman
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
Get a bird's eye view of Taupo in a float plane
Get a bird's eye view of Taupo in a float plane
Dig your own natural bath on Hot Water Beach
Dig your own natural bath on Hot Water Beach
For 360 degree views of Auckland City, walk to the summit of Mount Eden
For 360 degree views of Auckland City, walk to the summit of Mount Eden

Queenstown

3 nights

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

Fiordland National Park

3 nights

A nature lover’s paradise named on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Ancient rainforests, snow-capped mountains, tumbling waterfalls and the remarkable Milford and Doubtful Sound fiords.

Wanaka

3 nights

An ultimate outdoor base to explore the Southern Alps and Mt Aspiring National Park. The crystal clear waters of Lake Wanaka are ideal for fly fishing, boat cruises, jet boating, kayaking and swimming.

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.

Canterbury High Country

3 nights

It’s all about adventure, farms and relaxing amongst nature in the highlands. Go hiking through the mountains, kayaking on Lake Heron or mountain biking on the remote Bridge to Nowhere Cycle Trail.

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.

Abel Tasman

3 nights

Explore the coastline, golden beaches and lush native forest by foot. Or kayak past secluded bays and islands, and spot marine life such as seals, penguins and dolphins.

Wellington City

3 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.

Taupo

3 nights

A thermal wonderland of active volcanoes, trout-filled rivers, alpine tussock and ancient forests. As you make your way around the lake, you will discover an array of different landscapes.

Coromandel

3 nights

Where pristine beaches meet misty forests. Hike the Pinnacles, explore Cathedral Cove or spend your days on the glistening water - kayaking, sailing, snorkelling and fishing.

Auckland City

3 nights

The ‘City of Sails’ is surrounded by diverse landscapes. From the rugged coastline at Piha and Bethells Beach to the calm, sheltered and golden sand at Mission Bay.

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  • Includes all breakfasts and several dinners
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  • Rental for a large SUV for 37 days
  • Full insurance with $0 excess as standard
  • During your trip, your kilometres (and flights) are fully CO2 compensated
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  • 36 nights in superior lodges and holiday houses
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Luxury accommodation with view | New Zealand holiday
Luxury accommodation with view | New Zealand holiday
Luxury accommodation with view | New Zealand holiday
Luxury accommodation | New Zealand holiday
Included accomodations
  • 36 nights in world-class lodges and beach houses
  • Exquisite suites with exceptional service and views
  • Includes all breakfasts and several dinners
Included car
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  • Full insurance with $0 excess as standard
  • During your trip, your kilometres (and flights) are fully CO2 compensated
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