New Zealand Journey

from £2799
excluding flights *
11 nights Year round


This small group guided tour is the ideal introduction to this small country that feels so huge. Utilizing a diverse range of transport – train, gondola, boat, plane – you’ll connect with locals in arty beach towns, roam through an ancient rainforest, learn about local legend and cuisine from local Maori, and breathe in all the clean air you possibly can. Come to New Zealand a stranger, return home an honorary Kiwi.


  • Cruise Hauraki Gulf Marine Park for a whale and dolphin experience
  • Learn about Maori myths and legends
  • Experience the geothermal mysteries of Rotorua
  • Enjoy a ride on the scenic TranzAlpine railway
  • Relax at a rainforest lodge
  • Cruise through secluded Doubtful Sound searching for wildlife and waterfalls

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private or shared bathroom
  • 11 breakfasts & 2 dinners
  • Domestic flight
  • Excursions as per itinerary
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Full description

As part of the National Geographic Journeys travel style collection this tour allows greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort. Quality accommodation is included throughout as well as more inclusions, such as meals, private transport and activities. Some light walking and hiking is involved, suitable for most fitness levels.

These group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip.

Contact our New Zealand specialists now
nordic team doug kington bw
Authentic holidays for passionate travellers

Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £825 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private or shared bathroom

Departure Duration Twin Price (pp)
03, 10, 17, 24 Nov 2019 11 nights £3,159
01, 15, 22, 29 Dec 2019 11 nights £3,349
05, 12, 19, 26 Jan 2020 11 nights £3,349
02, 09, 16, 23 Feb 11 nights £3,349
01, 08, 15, 22, 29 Mar 2020 11 nights £3,259
26 Apr 2020 11 nights £3,029
31 May 2020 11 nights £3,029
05, 26 Jul 2020 11 nights £2,799
16 Aug 2020 11 nights £2,799
06, 27 Sep 2020 11 nights £2,799
04, 11, 18, 25 Oct 2020 11 nights £3,029
01, 08, 15, 22, 29 Nov 2020 11 nights £3,029
06, 13, 20, 27 Dec 2020 11 nights £3,259
03, 10, 17, 24, 31 Jan 2021 11 nights £3,259
07, 14, 21, 28 Feb 2021 11 nights £3,259
07, 14, 21, 28 Mar 2021 11 nights £3,259
04, 11, 25 Apr 2021 11 nights £3,029
30 May 2021 11 nights £3,029
06 Jun 2021 11 nights £2,799
04, 25 Jul 2021 11 nights £2,799
15 Aug 2021 11 nights £2,799
05 Sep 2021 11 nights £2,799
10, 17, 24, 31 Oct 2021 11 nights £3,029
21, 28 Nov 2021 11 nights £3,029
05, 12, 19, 26 Dec 2021 11 nights £3,259
16, 23 Jan 2022 11 nights £2,799

This tour operates on a dynamic pricing system, it is therefore advisable to book early in order to secure the best price.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private or shared bathroom
  • 11 breakfasts & 2 dinners
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Domestic flight
  • Waitomo Caves visit
  • Orientation walk in Christchurch
  • Scenic TranzAlpine train
  • Queenstown gondola ride
  • Wilderness day cruise (winter) or overnight cruise (summer) on Doubtful Sound
  • Meet a Maori elder
  • Services of group leader
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection »

Group Size:
Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 16

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: arrive Auckland

Arrive at any time today under your own arrangements. There are no activities until an evening welcome meeting so head out and enjoy the City of Sails. Feel free to explore, but make sure you are back in time to meet the group at 18:30 hours. After introductions, your CEO (Chief Experience Officer) will review the details of your tour.

Day 2: Auckland

Enjoy a morning orientation walk before catching a ferry to Waiheke Island. Visit two local wineries to learn more about New Zealand's burgeoning wine industry and the history of wine production in the country while sampling some of the local blends, of course.

Day 3: Auckland - Rotorua

Drive to Rotorua, stopping for an excursion at Waitomo Caves where you'll take a boat ride through the cave and see thousands of flickering glowworms lighting up the walls.

Day 4: Rotorua

Enjoy a free day in Rotorua which sits over an active geothermal zone with bubbling mud pits and multi-coloured pools. Opt to visit one of the geothermal sites, or go whitewater rafting. This evening visit Tamaki Maori Village and enjoy a private welcome and talk from a “Kaumātua” (an elder in Māori society). After, watch an extravagant performance about local myths and legends while dining on traditional Hangi cuisine.

Day 5: Rotorua - Christchurch

Enjoy free time this morning in Rotorua before catching a flight to Christchurch. Take an orientation walk with a local expert to get a feel for the city.

Day 6: Christchurch - Franz Josef

Enjoy one of the world’s great scenic train trips on the TranzAlpine train, crossing the scenic Southern Alps to New Zealand's glacier region. Disembark and finish the journey over the highest pass in the Southern Alps in a private vehicle before transferring to a beautiful rainforest lodge, your home for two nights.

Day 7: Franz Josef

Options are plentiful today. Choose from a heli-hike excursion, guided walk on the glacier, or soaking in the hot pools amidst the stunning scenery.

Day 8: Franz Josef - Queenstown

Travel through the rugged rainforest along the west coast to Queenstown. An early start today to travel to wonderfully picturesque Lake Matheson. If the weather is right, it is possible to take incredible photos of the Southern Alps reflected in the lake. Follow the wild West Coast Road, through the rainforest before stopping for some short walks and waterfall visits.

Day 9: Queenstown - Fiordland National Park

Embark on an amazing wilderness cruise through scenic Doubtful Sound. Led by on-board naturalist guides, you'll have the chance to see dolphins, fur seals, birds and penguins and an option to kayak. In the evening, enjoy a delicious three course buffet dinner in the dining saloon. Mingle with fellow travellers, savour some of the fine wines at our licensed bar and, if the skies are clear in the evening, spend some time on the upper deck stargazing. The Fiordland Navigator is a purpose built vessel designed to replicate a traditional trading scow and is perfectly suited to cruising the fiords.

Day 10: Fiordland National Park - Queenstown

Enjoy morning wildlife viewing as we cruise back to port, then return to Queenstown.

Day 11: Queenstown

Enjoy a free day to explore on your own, visit a winery, or cruise on a historic steamship. Feeling a bit more adventurous? Opt to go bungee jumping, jet boating, skydiving, paragliding, or mountain biking. This evening enjoy a gondola ride with spectacular views of the city and surrounding landscape.

Day 12: depart Queenstown

Today your journey comes to an end. Depart at any time.

How to Book
Call us on 01737 214 250 to discuss your plans or
Enquire Now
Browse the website

Find a holiday idea or suggested itinerary that inspires you, then send an enquiry or call us

Personalised Quote

Your dedicated travel specialist will create a quote based on your preferences

Refine & Book

Together we’ll refine your itinerary until you’re happy and ready to book

You’re in safe hands

From the moment you book until you return home we’re here for you no matter what

You may also like

Explore New Zealand and Australia

from £6499
excluding flights
22 nights Year round
This 22-day active small group experience combines highlights of Australia and New Zealand.
  • Escorted
  • Active

New Zealand Explorer

from £2129
excluding flights
14 nights Year round
This 15-day active small group experience focuses on the incredible highlights of New Zealand’s North and South Islands
  • Escorted
  • Active
  • Classic Experiences
New Zealand

Kea Small Group Escorted Tour

from £2200
excluding flights
6 nights Jan-Apr, Oct-Dec
Discover mountains, fiords, glaciers and pristine scenery of the South Island.
  • Escorted
New Zealand

Kaka Small Group Escorted Tour

from £4815
excluding flights
16 nights Jan-Apr, Oct-Dec
Explore roads less travelled on this small group escorted tour of New Zealand
  • Escorted
New Zealand