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14 Day Essence of New Zealand Package

Tour Highlights

NZ$5199 per adult
• 14 Nights in 4 Star Accommodation
• Car Hire: Premium Toyota Corolla with Full Insurance
• Milford Sound Nature Cruise
• Abel Tasman Boat Cruise
• Interislander Ferry Cook Strait Wellington to Picton Ferry
• Napier Wine Experience Tour
• Te Puia Maori Evening Experience including Hangi Dinner
**Includes FREE Skyline Queenstown Gondola Pass**

Travel from Queenstown to Auckland, visiting top highlights along the way, on the 14 Day Essence of New Zealand Holiday Package. Our New Zealand tour packages are perfect for hassle-free travel, with all accommodation, activities, and rental car included.

This New Zealand holiday package includes world-famous destinations such as Queenstown, Milford Sound, Wellington, and Rotorua. Plus, experience unforgettable activities ranging from scenic cruises to wine tours.

Continue reading for the full details of our New Zealand tour packages.

14 Day Essence of New Zealand Tour Packages

Day 1 Arrive Queenstown

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Skyline Gondola Queenstown

Arrive in Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital. Collect your rental car from the airport and make your way to your accommodation.

Relax and explore Queenstown. You have the option to visit the Kiwi Birdlife Park, the Underwater Observatory, or the Ivan Clarke Gallery; ride the Skyline Gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak for panoramic views over the Wakatipu Basin, or simply enjoy a lakefront stroll or a bit of boutique shopping.

Stay 3 nights in Queenstown.

Day 2 Queenstown

Relax and explore Queenstown today or choose from an exciting range of optional activities including raftingscenic flights4WD safariswinery tourslake cruises and many more.

You also have the option to make a trip to Arrowtown. You’ll be enchanted by historic Arrowtown, a New Zealand treasure located 20 minutes from Queenstown. Arrowtown is charming and quirky. This delightful gold rush village is nestled below the beautiful peaks that surround the sparkling Arrow River. The heart of its history is Buckingham Street, a procession of heritage buildings that stretches into a tree-lined avenue of tiny miner’s cottages. The buildings in this lovely precinct house shops, galleries, bars, and restaurants – many classy, most individual, and not one from an international chain.

Day 3 Queenstown -> Milford Sound

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Milford Sound Nature Cruise

Enjoy a scenic coach journey through heartland New Zealand to reach Milford Sound. Here you will enjoy a 2.5 hour Milford Sound Nature Cruise. Milford Sound is sure to impress! Sheer cliffs, towering snow-capped mountains, cascading waterfalls, hanging valleys, sub-tropical rainforest, marine life… words just don’t do it justice, you have to see it for yourself! After your cruise, relax while your coach travels through stunning scenery before delivering you back to your Queenstown accommodation.

Day 4 Wanaka

Driving time Queenstown to Wanaka 70 km / 43 miles, 1 hour

Drive over the beautiful Crown Range, one of New Zealand’s highest alpine roads, and admire the fantastic views along the way. Be sure to stop at the historic Cardrona Hotel for a refreshment before your arrival into Wanaka, an alpine town boasting panoramic views, a relaxing atmosphere and myriad walking tracks.

Stay 2 nights in Wanaka.

Day 5 Wanaka

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Lake Wanaka

Relax in Wanaka, exploring attractions such as Puzzling World, the National Toy and Transport Museum, the Warbirds and Wheels Museum, Crossfire, Rippon Vineyard and Tasting Room, and Cinema Paradiso.

Relax and explore Wanaka – you may want to visit Puzzling World, Wanaka’s illusional attraction, or the National Toy and Transport Museum. Other options include strolling along one of Wanaka’s stunning walking tracks, relaxing on the lake’s edge or browsing through Wanaka’s boutique shops.

You could also visit Rippon Vineyard and Tasting Room to sample local wines, or catch a film at Cinema Paradiso, Wanaka’s quirky local theatre.

Day 6 Franz Josef

Driving time Wanaka to Franz Josef 285 km / 177 miles, 4 hours

Discover the Haast Pass Highway, where there are many short walks and natural attractions to view along the way. Continue north, through dense rainforest broken by rugged coastal vistas, towards New Zealand’s most famous glaciers.

In the afternoon, you have the option to add on a scenic helicopter flight sweeping above Westland National Park as you explore Franz Josef Glacier before landing in the snow.

Stay 1 night in Franz Josef.

Day 7 Hokitika

Driving time Franz Josef to Hokitika 136 km / 85 miles, 2.5 hours

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Hokitika Gorge

Enjoy your journey north along the West Coast to Hokitika, famous for its arts and crafts. Watch a masterpiece being crafted from gold, silver, molten glass, bone, silk or greywacke or carve your own creation from wood or jade (pounamu). Take in Hokitika’s natural beauty, enjoy its expansive beach, or venture down one of the many walking and mountain biking tracks.

Stay 1 night in Hokitika.

Day 8 Nelson

Driving time Hokitika to Nelson 325 km / 201 miles, 4.5 hours

Travel to Nelson, a seaside town which enjoys New Zealand’s highest sunshine hours. Nelson is a creative paradise, with artists, galleries, local markets and gourmet cafés.

Explore Nelson this afternoon. You can walk the sun-drenched sands or take a sea kayaking tour around the coast and see a seal colony and little blue penguins bobbing in the water. Taste your way around the region by bicycle on Tasman’s Great Taste Trail or get your daily dose of adrenaline with a visit to one of the region’s world-class mountain bike parks.

Stay 2 nights in Nelson.

Day 9 Nelson > Abel Tasman

Driving time Nelson to Kaiteriteri 60 km / 37 miles, 1 hour (each way)

Abel Tasman Scenic Cruise

Today, enjoy a boat cruise into Abel Tasman National Park, where you can relax on the hot golden sand or enjoy a day walk. Take in the natural beauty and enjoy!

Relax in style with the best view of the Abel Tasman National Park from comfortable seats around tables on upper and lower decks with an Abel Tasman cruise. Featuring a café and bar on board. Let the friendly hosts introduce you to the stories of the landscape.

Day 10 Wellington

Driving time Nelson to Picton 134 km / 83 miles, 2 hours
Sailing time Picton to Wellington 70 km / 43 miles, 3 hours

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Interislander Ferry

Make your way to Picton to board the Interislander Ferry for a scenic cruise to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. Set on the edge of a stunning harbour, surrounded by rolling hills, it’s a city rich in culture waiting to be explored. From shopping and picturesque walks to exhibitions, festivals, Te Papa Tongarewa: the Museum of New Zealand, and more – Wellington has something for everyone.

Stay 1 night in Wellington.

Day 11 Napier

Driving time Wellington to Napier 319 km / 198 miles, 4 hours

Head to the East Coast and discover Napier, the Art Deco Capital of New Zealand, which is also set within the country’s oldest and secondlargest wine growing region, Hawke’s Bay.

Explore Napier this afternoon, with the option to visit the National Aquarium of New Zealand, home to the country’s most diverse range of sea life. You might also like to visit Otatara Pa (Maori Fortified Village) which was the largest Pa in the Hawkes Bay region, now a historical reserve showcasing many of the foundations of terraced dwelling sites and food pits.

Stay 2 nights in Napier.

Day 12 Napier

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Hawkes Bay Wine Tours

Today, enjoy a Napier Wine Experience Tour, visiting four world class local wineries for wine tastings and a winery tour with a difference! Includes wine tastings at New Zealand’s oldest winery and New Zealand’s only winery museum.

The Hawke’s Bay region is known as the ‘Gourmet Food and Wine Region of New Zealand.’ This area is the largest red wine growing region. Home to the world famous ‘Gimblett Gravels’ wine growing district.

Day 13 Rotorua

Driving time Napier to Rotorua 218 km / 135 miles, 3 hours

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Te Puia Rotorua

Enjoy the scenic journey to Rotorua, distinguished by Maori culture and geothermal activity. This diverse city will put on a display as you encounter geysers, mud pools, steaming craters and 16 beautiful lakes.

In the evening, enjoy a Maori Cultural Experience including a Hangi Dinner. Hear stories and learn how Maori traditions live on today. Experience an authentic Maori welcome. Watch a challenge by the Maori warriors, a karanga (call) from the Maori women welcoming you onto the marae, and a whaikorero (welcome speech). Relax and enjoy the beautiful waiata (songs), the world renowned haka (challenge), and the elegant poi dance. Learn Maori customs including Maori musical instruments, haka and poi. The dining experience is a culinary opportunity like no other. Following dessert, you will be transported down into the valley to conclude your evening beside the awe-inspiring Pohutu geyser.

Stay 1 night in Rotorua.

Day 14 Auckland

Driving time Rotorua to Auckland 181 km / 112 miles, 2.5 hours

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America’s Cup Sailing Auckland

At your leisure, make your way to Auckland. Relax in Auckland for the afternoon or join the crew and enjoy an America’s Cup sailing trip, a must-do experience where you get a chance to spend 2 hours out on the harbour on an actual America’s Cup yacht!

Stay 1 night in Auckland City.

Day 15 Depart Auckland

Drop your rental car off at Auckland Airport and depart Auckland.

Planning New Zealand Tour Packages

Our New Zealand tour packages are fully customisable. In other words, we can amend the destinations, inclusions, or schedule to suit your preferences.

As you begin planning your holiday, one of our travel consultants will work alongside you to tailor your New Zealand tour packages to match exactly what you are looking for.

We offer a range of other 14-day New Zealand self-drive itineraries for inspiration. Alternatively, you can choose a North Island or South Island holiday.

Contact New Zealand Travel Organiser today to begin planning your holiday.

Tour Prices

Discounted Save up to 20%

Twin/Double: NZ$5199 or AU$4799 PP
Single: NZ$9499 or AU$8699
Child: NZ$2899 or AU$2599 PP

* Child rate applies (5-14 years) when accompanied by two adults, under 5 years FOC
* NZ$77 additional charge applies to children aged under 12 years taking part in the Napier Wine Experience Tour
* AUD conversions may vary
* A peak season surcharge may apply

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