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On this custom New Zealand tour, discover the most popular highlights of the country! Included in your itinerary are a trip to Hobbiton shire, made famous by the Lord of the Rings trilogy, volcano trekking from vibrant Rotorua, alpine tours and outdoor adventures at Mt Cook – New Zealand’s highest peak, and a visit to the surreal landscape of Milford Sound past the Southern Alps.


Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 2AucklandVolcanic Peaks & Black Sand Beaches, Maori Culture, Food & WineAuckland City Hotel, Heritage Auckland
2 - 4RotoruaWellness & Relaxation, Adventure Sports, Te Wairoa VillageThe Regent of Rotorua, Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
4 - 6ChristchurchEnglish Heritage, Maori Art & Culture, Southern AlpsThe Classic Villa, The George
6 - 7Mt CookSouthern Alps, Aoraki/Mount Cook Mountain, Hiking and MountaineeringMt Cook Lodge and Motels, The Hermitage Hotel
7 - 9QueenstownDramatic Landscapes, Adventure Sports, Milford Sound FjordKinross Cottages, Novotel Lakeside

Ideal For

  • Adventure
  • Landscape
  • Relaxation
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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 2

Private transfer from Auckland Airport to Hotel


1 Night

From volcanic peaks, lush native canopies and black sand beaches, to hip entertainment districts, contemporary art scenes and gourmet experiences, there’s something for everyone in this populous waterfront city, the largest in New Zealand!

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Room
RoomSuperior Room
Day 2 - 4

Your chauffeur will drive you from Auckland to Rotorua (Duration: 3 hrs) in a shared vehicle


2 Nights

From geothermal wonders at Kuirau Park located within the city center, to fumaroles, bubbling mud pools, and the pastel silica terraces of the Wai o Tapu valley, Rotorua is a haven for wellness enthusiasts.

Included Activities

Enroute to Auckland: Hobbiton Expedition
Begin your day with a drive through Rotorua’s volcanic landscape, and scenic sheep farms against Kaimai ranges enroute Hobbiton. Explore the picturesque Shire, replete with botanical gardens, hill mounds, waterbodies, and the double arch bridge. Soaking in stories of its creation, see Bilbo’s house – the Bag End, navigate the 44 Hobbit Holes, visit the Mill, and pose under the Party Tree. Reminisce related movies during conversations with friends over an array of Southfarthing brews at the Green Dragon Inn. Savor a buffet lunch at the Party Marquee overlooking this atmospheric movie set. Collecting your souvenir, hop on the bus to continue onward past pine forests, native bush, and horse ranches of the affluent town of Cambridge. Soak in the New Zealand countryside along the Waikato river flanked by lush paddocks and dairy farms, as you approach the coal mining town of Huntly. Finally, enjoy the farmlands vistas of Bombay Hills before arriving into Auckland by early evening. (Full Day; Time: Departs Rotorua at 0815; Duration: 7 hrs; Shared Activity & Transfer; Pick up & Drop off: Inner city Rotorua and central accommodation in Auckland; Fitness level: Easy)

Trekking through Rotorua’s Volcanic Valley
Experience the fascinating steam and sauna ambience of the North Island’s famed volcanic valley on this day tour of the geothermal activities at Rotorua. After an early morning breakfast at your hotel, set off to explore the wonders of the Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland and Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Reach the spectacular Lady Knox Geyser in time to watch its daily morning performance. The valley’s boiling mud pools, volcanic fumaroles and towering geysers erupt daily in a powerful mist of sulphuric steam and fury. Discover the unique plant and animal life that have adapted themselves to this steamy world of hot springs and hissing lakes. Walk among the valley’s singular geological features and dense rainforests that are also home to flocks of exotic birds. Return to your hotel after a day of exploring brilliantly painted silica terraces, boiling crater lakes, pools and streams. (Half Day; Time of day: Morning; Duration: 4.5 hrs, 0800–1230 hrs; Shared Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Moderate; Note: Please wear comfortable walking shoes).

Hotel Options
RoomCutie Room
Day 4 - 6

Private transfer from Hotel to Rotorua Airport

Flight from Rotorua to Christchurch

Private transfer from Christchurch Airport to Hotel


2 Nights

Christchurch is a vibrant city with a rich English heritage nestled on the eastern coast of New Zealand’s South Island, bordered by the Waimakariri River and the Pegasus Bay.

Included Activities

Catching up with Christchurch
Driving around downtown Christchurch, witness this lively city that has embraced the recent natural disasters gracefully, and now sports a new look. See neighborhoods rejuvenating with modern architecture while still retaining its quintessential English charm. Creative public installations such as 185 Chairs, contemporary additions like Cardboard Cathedral, and vibrant street art are among the city’s fantastic new attractions. Visit Christchurch’s world famous Botanic Gardens nestled amid the expansive Hagley Park. Admire its exotic flora and fauna, while watching Edwardian punts gently glide on the meandering Avon river. See gourmet restaurants rub shoulders with food trucks, getting a glimpse of Christchurch’s eclectic dining scene. Later, head to The Tannery, a tastefully renovated former Victorian tannery with a long atrium that houses a selection of lifestyle boutiques and vintage shops. Finally, soak in the lush surrounds of Christchurch at Port Hills, which afford panoramic vistas of Lyttleton Harbor, the Canterbury Plains, Banks Peninsula, and the Southern Alps in the distance. (Half Day; Time:1000 hrs; Duration: 4.5 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Easy)

Hotel Options
RoomDeluxe Room
The George – Opt 2
RoomExecutive Room
Day 6 - 7

Private drive from Christchurch to Mt Cook (335 km, 4.5 hrs)

Mt Cook

1 Night

Explore Mount Cook, a dramatic alpine landscape bestowed with spectacular glacier lakes, rivers, meadows, and valleys that entertain horse treks, dinghy cruises, fishing trips, 4×4 drives, and scenic flights with glacier landings.

Hotel Options
RoomMotel Studio
RoomStandard Room
Day 7 - 9

Private drive from Mt Cook to Queenstown (270 km, 3 hrs)

Private transfer from Hotel to Queenstown Airport


2 Nights

Queenstown is where adventure seekers head out to for a shot of adrenalin! The region’s dramatic landscape is wrapped around the scenic lakes, velvety mountains and valleys of the Southern Alps.

Included Activities

Discover the Beauty of Milford with private car
Settle into your comfortable land cruiser for the drive along the shores of Lake Wakatipu as you set out to discover the beautiful environs of Milford. Journey past the southern farmlands to Lake Te Anau stopping for a short tea break along the way. Head into Fiordland National Park and the Eglinton Valley stopping at the Mirror Lakes boardwalk, Knobs Flat, The Divide, Monkey Creek through to the Cleddau Valley along Milford Road which affords excellent opportunities for great photography. Savor stunning views of the scenic landscape as you travel under the mountain through the 1.2 km Homer Tunnel. Nearly 4,000 feet (11200 m) long, this passageway carved into solid rock, lets you cross the main divide of the Southern Alps to reach Milford Sound. The last stop before Milford is The Chasm viewing the 22 metre deep ravine carved by the Cleddau River. Hop aboard the Cruise Milford and relax as the vessel floats along the fiord to the Tasman Sea, past spectacular waterfalls, craggy rock faces, and Mitre Peak. Watch out for the scenic landmarks that your captain points out as you relish a delectable buffet lunch onboard. Step off the boat and enjoy your drive back to Queenstown enjoying views of Sandfly Point, Lake Quill, Sutherland Falls, the Southern Alps, Lake Wakatipu, and Walter Peak along the way. (Full Day; Fixed Time: Yes; Time of Day: 0730; Duration: 9 hrs; Meal Included: Buffet Lunch; Private Activity; Fitness Level: Easy)

Hotel Options
Kinross Cottages – Opt 1
RoomStudio Cottage
Novotel Lakeside – Opt 2
RoomLakeside Room

Private transfer from Hotel to Queenstown Airport

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 4,490 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 4,890 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in one double room for 9 days / 8 nights.
  • Meals as indicated
  • Economy flights for all sectors :
    • Rotorua – Christchurch (Flight)
  • All activities as listed :
    • Rotorua: Enroute to Auckland: Hobbiton Expedition
    • Rotorua: Trekking through Rotorua’s Volcanic Valley
    • Christchurch: Catching up with Christchurch
    • Queenstown: Discover the Beauty of Milford with private car
  • Self-driven car during your journey as follows:
    • Vehicle Type: Sub- Compact car for 1-3 guests: Toyota Yaris or similar (Automatic), Compact Car for max. 4 guests: Toyota Corolla Hatch or similar (Automatic), Intermediate Car for max. 5 guests: Toyota Corolla or similar (Automatic), Full Size Wagon for max. 5 guests: Toyota Highlander or similar (Automatic), Compact SUV for max. 4 guests: Holden Trax or similar (Automatic), Full Size Sport Sedan for max. 5 guests: Holden Commodore or similar (Automatic), Premium Minivan for max. 8 guests: Hyundai iMax or similar (Automatic)
    • Unlimited kilometre
    • X days
    • Pick-up: Date & Airport/City
    • Drop-off: Date & Airport/City
    • GPS navigation system (GPS units on continuous/ multi island hire must be kept until the final return of the car)
    • One additional driver, if spouse/partner
    • Towing charges in the event of mechanical failure
  • For your rental car we book the best cover possible with the following services:
    • Standard Motor Vehicle Damage Waiver
  • Additionally our preferred partner offers the following: airport fee, ferry fee (except for the late ferry fee) & one way hire, in case car is hired for a minimum of 7 days
  • The general business terms apply
  • All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above
  • All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, accompanied by your tour guide
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
  • Fees and taxes

Not Included

Not Included

  • Among other expenses, the following additional costs are not included for rental cars (to be made directly at the car rental shop with a credit card from a recognisable bank institution):
    • One-way fee of 57,50 NZD for hires less than 7 days
    • Minimum 100 NZD pre-authorization
    • Late ferry fee of 57,50 NZD for vehicle collection at ferry locations after 18:30 hrs
    • Smoke free policy: based on Avis 100% smoke-free policy a cleaning fee of 287.50 NZD applies, if the vehicle is returned and it smells of smoke.
    • Road user charges
    • Charges for late return of the vehicle
    • Charges for damage to or repair of the vehicle
    • Traffic and/or parking offence infringement fees
    • Special request delivery fees
    • Additional driver (included, if additional driver is spouse/partner)
    • 14,95 NZD per baby seat per day or 74,75 NZD per month (baby seat to be provided at the time of booking)
    • 14,38 NZD per ski/snowboard rack per day or 184 NZD per month
    • 14,38 NZD per bike rack per day or 138 NZD per month
    • Optional: 6,90 NZD for roadside assistance per day (up to 10 NZD fuel delivery, key replacement in case of loss, flat tyre assistance, tyre replacement, flat battery assistance)
    • Optional: 11,50 NZD for roadside assistance PLUS per day (up to 10 NZD fuel delivery, key replacement in case of loss, flat tyre assistance, tyre replacement, flat battery, windscreen replacement free of charge)
    • Towing in case of an accident
    • Windscreen cover
    • Damage excess reduction
    • Restrictions to South and North Island roads apply. Rental cars are not permitted to drive on dangerous roads, e.g. Skippers Rd./ Ninety Mile Beach/ general unformed roads.
    • Rental cars cannot be taken from one island across to the other on Cook Strait Ferry Services. Failure to comply will result in a relocation fee of minimum 747,50 NZD.
    • Fuel (Please drop off the car with full tank. In case fuel needs to be added, the car rental company will charge you the amount for it)
    • Rental car trips do not include any entry fees or expenses for national parks or game reserves.
  • Camera fees
  • Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
  • Visa fees
  • Travel, health and cancellation insurance
  • International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)
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9 days $ 4,490 / person

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