30 Day New Zealand 100% Pure Private Guided Tour Package
Explore New Zealand with one of our luxury New Zealand holidays. A private guided tour is an ideal way to explore New Zealand and is personalised to suit your group. Our private guided tours are hosted by one of New Zealand’s leading tour guides. Your guide will meet your group at the airport and chauffeur your group to explore the destinations and activities included in your personalised tour package. They will tend to your needs and share valuable local knowledge with your group to enhance your holiday experience. We can cater for groups between 1-20 people.
Our private guided tour packages are flexible and are booked to suit your group’s travel dates and interests.
Private Guided Tour Package Includes:
- Private tour guide / driver
- Private vehicle including fuel and airport transfers
- 30 Nights in 4 Star Accommodation
- Auckland Harbour Dinner Cruise
- Bay of Islands Hole in the Rock Cruise
- Boat Tour to Cathedral Cove Coromandel
- Entry into Rotorua’s Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve
- Te Puia Te Po Maori Evening Experience including Hangi Dinner
- Riverjet Thermal Safari
- Skyline Gondola and Buffet Dinner Combo Rotorua
- Gannet Safari Overland to Cape Kidnappers
- Interislander Ferry Wellington to Picton Ferry
- Abel Tasman Boat Cruise
- Scenic Helicopter Flight over Franz Josef Glacier with snow landing
- Milford Sound Overnight Cruise
- Te Anau Glowworm Caves Tour
- Return Flight Invercargill to Stewart Island
- Paterson Inlet Cruise including Ulva Island
- Taieri Gorge Railway Adventure
- Nomad Skippers Canyon 4WD Backcountry Safari
- TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship Cruise & Walter Peak High Country Farm Evening Dining Experience
Day 1 Arrive Auckland + Harbour Dinner Cruise
Arrive in Auckland – the “City of Sails” is New Zealand’s largest city and is bordered by two stunning harbours. Your tour guide will meet you at the airport and take you to your Auckland City accommodation. In the afternoon explore Auckland City with your tour guide.
In the evening enjoy a unique dining experience on Auckland’s magnificent Waitemata Harbour. An on water dining experience is not to be missed in any harbour city especially in Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’. Enjoy great sailing and as the sun sets watch the night lights of this photogenic city come alive. Your experienced crew talk about Auckland’s unique features and there is plenty of opportunity to participate in the sailing or sit back and enjoy the sights. Choose from a set menu served by the crew during the dinner stop at a sheltered mooring.
Stay 1 night in Auckland City.
Day 2 Bay of Islands + Hole in the Rock Cruise
Travel time Auckland to Bay of Islands 219 km / 136 miles, 4 hours
Travel to the Bay of Islands, renowned for its 144 Islands and surreal maritime park where an abundance of marine life includes whales, penguins and dolphins.
In the afternoon enjoy the must do Hole in the Rock Cruise. Discover the world famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ on the biggest vessel in the bay and look out for dolphins, whales, birds and other wildlife (lifetime mammal viewing guarantee). Cruise among the 144 islands the Bay of Islands is famous for and enjoy the stunning scenery and informative commentary about marine mammals, geography and history.
Stay 2 nights in Paihia, Bay of Islands.
Day 3 Bay of Islands
You choose what you would like to do today.
Activity Option: Our top pick is to venture off-road to Cape Reinga via 90 Mile Beach! This full day tour takes you to one of the most northern points of New Zealand where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean collide. You also get to visit Gumdiggers park where ancient Kauri forest was buried thousands of years ago; experience a 4WD drive tour along 90 Mile Beach, the chance to climb the giant sand dunes and toboggan back down and to finish your day visit the world famous Mangonui Fish shop and grab the freshest fish and chips as the sea washes gently beneath your feet. For other options please ask.
Day 4 Coromandel Peninsula
Travel time Bay of Islands to Coromandel Peninsula 406 km / 252 miles, 6 hours
Renowned worldwide as a spectacular holiday destination, with warm white sandy beaches, misty rainforests and wilderness a-plenty, the Coromandel is the ideal place to relax and unwind. In the afternoon explore the Coromandel Peninsula with your tour guide.
Stay 2 nights in Whitianga, Coromandel.
Day 5 Cathedral Cove Boat Tour
Today discover the original Cathedral Cove Boat Tour to Hahei’s marine reserve and magnificient volcanic coastline, which departs 10 minutes from Hotwater Beach. The Explorer trip travels up to 14 kms, and takes you into coastal islands of the marine reserve, massive sea caves and bays, including the world famous Cathedral Cove. The magnificence of this natural volcanic scenery is legendary and the approach by sea, combined with an insightful yet relaxed commentary further enhances the experience.
In the afternoon visit Hot Water Beach and dig your own hot pool, option to go for a picturesque walk along this stretch of coastline – the scenery is stunning.
Day 6 Rotorua + Hells Gate + Maori Cultural Experience
Travel time Coromandel Peninsula to Rotorua 252 km / 157 miles, 3 hours
Rotorua is distinguished by Maori culture and geothermal activity!
This diverse city will put on a display as you stroll through Hells Gate, to view a steaming thermal reserve, with mud pools, craters and activites including the chance to try Maori weaving and wood carving.
In the evening enjoy a traditional 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 2 nights in Rotorua.
Day 7 Rotorua Thermal Safari + Skyline Gondola Restaurant
Join the New Zealand Riverjet Thermal Safari which offers entry into Orakei Korako Geothermal Wonderland and a thrilling jet boating experience. Jet Boat down the Waikato River through the spectacular Tutukau Gorge. See abundant bird life, pine forests, steaming volcanic river banks and trout feeding areas on your way down to Orakei Korako; one of New Zealand’s most popular geothermal attractions. Walk around this magnificent thermal reserve, see boiling mud, geysers and silica terraces. The stunning scenery of the mighty Waikato River makes you feel like time stood still as you gently cruise through the spectacular Tutukau Gorge where the canyon walls rise dramatically up to 50 metres above the water. During several stops along the way your driver explains about the rich history of the area and its unique wildlife. Riverjet also like to offer you a bit of excitement. The jet boat takes you close to obstacles in the water and river banks. And of course you’ll experience the legendary Hamilton spins.
In the evening enjoy dinner at Rotorua’s most spectacular location – Skyline Restaurant. Sit back and relax as the views from the gondola unfold while you journey to the Skyline complex. The Skyline Restaurant will then serve you a mouthwatering taste of New Zealand, a buffet of legendary proportions. Feast on mouth-watering fresh soups and salads and seafood specialties such as mussels, queen scallops, sushi and sashimi. Enjoy carvery roasts of beef, lamb or pork with specialty sauces to match, with live cooking from your friendly chefs. The legendary Art of the Grill menu will tempt your taste buds even further, with a selection of fillet steak, prawn and Morten Bay Bugs – all cooked on the grill to your liking. Add to that mouth-watering desserts, and you’ve got yourself a unique dining experience not to be missed. Tiered seating guarantees stunning views from every table! After dinner enjoy the scenic ride back down on the gondola.
Day 8 Napier
Travel time Rotorua to Napier 218 km / 135 miles, 3 hours
Travel to the East Coast and discover Napier, the Art Deco Capital of New Zealand within the country’s oldest and second largest wine growing region, the Hawkes Bay. Explore Napier in the afternoon visiting vineyards with your tour guide if you wish.
Stay 2 nights in Napier.
Day 9 Cape Kidnappers Gannet Safari
Today Safari Overland to Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony – the world’s largest, most accessible Gannet nesting place. It’s the only way of being taken right to within a few feet of these remarkable birds and there is no walking required! Enjoy an overland safari through the spectacular scenery of Cape Kidnappers Station and see over 20,000 gannets, with their distinctive black eye markings and a pale gold crown. In the air above your heads these amazing birds with their six foot wing span swoop and dive as they bring back fish. On the ground, the pairs preen and perform the dance of the gannets’ recognition ritual. The 36km, three hour trip includes a commentary by your tour guide on the farming operation on Cape Kidnappers Station and an introduction to the gannets.
Day 10 Wellington
Travel time Napier to Wellington 319 km / 198 miles, 5 hours
Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, has so much to offer. 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 live theatre, exhibitions, Te Papa Tongarewa the Museum of New Zealand and more – Wellington has something for everyone. Relax and explore Wellington City with your tour guide.
Stay 2 nights in Wellington.
Day 11 Wellington
Explore Wellington with your Tour Guide visiting top Wellington attractions such as Te Papa, Wellington Cable Car, Mt Victoria Lookout and Wellington Zoo.
Option to add-on a Lord of the Rings Tour.
Day 12 Interislander Ferry + Nelson
Sailing time Wellington to Picton 70 km / 43 miles, 3 hours
Travel time Picton to Nelson 141 km / 88 miles, 2 hours
It’s all about the journey today as you board the Interislander Cook Strait Ferry, which will transport you on a scenic cruise to Picton. Back on dry land drive through Marlborough, New Zealand’s largest wine region, to reach your destination, Nelson. Enjoying New Zealand’s highest sunshine hours, discover the creative paradise that is Nelson, with artists, galleries, boutique shopping, local markets and gourmet cafes, you will soon love the Nelson way of life.
Stay 2 nights in Nelson.
Day 13 Nelson
Today you might like to take a stroll around Queen’s Gardens and enjoy the park’s sculptures, which include The Cupid Fountain, the Water Wheel and the Boer War memorial. You can feed the ducks and stop off for a bite to eat in the cafe.
You also have the opportunity to visit the Nelson Provincial Museum, New Zealand’s oldest museum. Learn about the region, its people, history and environments; it includes a temporary gallery which features changing exhibitions. At the end of your visit browse the gift shop for a curated collection of Kiwi-made products, arty objects, exhibition inspired merchandise, books and stationery.
Day 14 Abel Tasman
Travel time Nelson to Abel Tasman 65 km / 40 miles, 1.5 hours
Today, make your way to Abel Tasman, where inviting sandy beaches fill the spaces between trees and tide line, crystal clear streams tumble down mossy valleys to join the ocean and granite and marble formations fringe the headlands cloaked in regenerating native forest.
You can visit Te Puketea Bay, a perfect crescent of golden sand with a walking track that leads up Pitt Head to an ancient Maori pa (fort) site. Terracing and food pits are still visible, and it’s easy to see why the location was chosen as a defensive site – the views are huge.
Native wildlife is an essential part of the scenery. Tui and bellbird song fills the forest; shags (cormorants), gannets and little blue penguins dive for their dinner; fur seals lounge on the rocks around the edge of Tonga Island.
Stay 2 nights in Abel Tasman
Day 15 Abel Tasman Boat Cruise
Today, take a boat cruise into Abel Tasman National Park today, where you can relax on the hot golden sand, enjoy a day walk, or simply remain aboard for the return cruise. Soak in the natural beauty and enjoy! This trip allows you to explore sections of the Abel Tasman Coast Track; the boat will stop at scenic points along the way where you can get off and walk a section of the track. The boat will then collect you later in the day. You could also just pack a picnic lunch and beach towels and laze on the beach for the day.
Day 16 Hokitika
Travel time Abel Tasman to Hokitika 377 km / 243 miles, 5.5 hours
Discover the rugged West Coast as you travel 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 one of the many walking and mountain bike tracks.
Stay 1 night in Hokitika.
Day 17 Franz Josef + Scenic Helicopter Flight
Travel time Hokitika to Franz Josef 136 km / 85 miles, 2 hours
Continue south, through dense rain forest towards New Zealand’s glaciers.
In the afternoon take a 20 minute scenic helicopter flight sweeping above Westland National Park as you explore Franz Josef Glacier before landing in the snow to enjoy exceptional views of the majestic Southern Alps.
In the evening option to visit Glacier Hot Pools, the perfect way to unwind and experience a blissful state of pure relaxation after travelling along the coast.
Stay 1 night in Franz Josef.
Day 18 Fox Glacier
Travel time Franz Josef to Fox Glacier 23 km / 14 miles, 30 minutes
Stay at Fox Glacier township tonight.
Activity Option: add-on a Fox Glacier Terminal Face Walk. This is an informative and leisurely trip to the dynamic face of the glacier. If you want to see blue ice take a famous Fox Glacier Heli Hike.
Stay 1 night in Fox Glacier.
Day 19 Wanaka
Travel time Fox Glacier to Wanaka 206 km / 128 miles, 3.5 hours
The change in landscape will amaze you as you travel down the West Coast with peeks of the Tasman Sea. Take the Haast Pass Highway and admire waterfalls and many viewing points and short walks along the way before reaching Wanaka, an alpine paradise with views so good it’s hard to put down your camera.
In the afternoon you have many options, you may want to visit Puzzling World, Wanaka’s iconic illusional attraction as well as the famous National Toy and Transport Museum. You may also want to take a look around Wanaka’s boutique shops, stroll around the lake’s edge, or indulge in one of the many activities on offer.
Stay 2 nights in Wanaka.
Day 20 Wanaka
Relax and enjoy Wanaka for the day. Option to add-on a must do Wanaka activity.
Day 21 Milford Sound Overnight Cruise
Travel time Wanaka to Te Anau 230 km / 143 miles, 3.5 hours
Travel time Te Anau to Milford Sound 116 km / 72 miles, 2.5 hours
Upon reaching Milford Sound you will begin your overnight experience with a full length cruise of Milford Sound accompanied by a specialist nature guide. The atmosphere on board is friendly and relaxed, and you’ll quickly get to know your crew and fellow travellers. As you explore the fiord, keep a lookout for wildlife, especially fur seals basking on the rocks. In the late afternoon, the Milford Mariner will moor in a sheltered cove, allowing you to go exploring with a nature guide in the kayaks and tender craft (small boat). If you’re feeling brave, you can even go swimming in the fiord’s pure – but cold – waters. As the shadows deepen, the Milford Mariner will return under sail (weather permitting) to Harrison Cove for the night. Enjoy a three-course meal in the cosy saloon and relax in the company of like-minded travellers.
Stay 1 night aboard the Milford Mariner.
Day 22 Milford Sound > Te Anau + Glowworm Caves
Travel time Milford Sound to Te Anau 116 km / 72 miles, 2.5 hours
Upon returning to Milford Sound travel back to Te Anau.
In the afternoon take the magical Te Anau Glowworm Caves Tour. Explore a mysterious underground world of rushing water before drifting in silent darkness beneath the luminous shimmer of thousands of glowworms. Your Te Anau Glowworm Cave adventure begins with a cruise across beautiful Lake Te Anau on board the catamaran Luminosa to the western side of the lake. On arrival there is time to view the interesting displays at Cavern House before your friendly guides accompany you underground in small groups. As you explore by path and small boat, your senses will be overwhelmed. In this mysterious underground world discover fossils and rock formations, and view rushing waterfalls and whirlpools. Learn how the caves are still being carved out by the incredible and relentless power of nature, before gliding through silent darkness to the glowworm grotto. The delicate incandescence of thousands of tiny glowworms is a magical sight! Stay 1 night in Te Anau.
Day 23 Flight to Stewart Island
Travel time Te Anau to Invercargill 153 km / 94 miles, 3 hours
Flight time Invercargill to Stewart Island 36 km / 22 miles, 30 mins
Travel to Invercargill, where you will enjoy a scenic flight to Stewart Island, New Zealand’s ultimate eco-tourism destination. Its densely forested hills, and untouched coastline of rocky outcrops and creamy golden sand beaches make Stewart Island a haven for native marine and bird life.
Stay 2 nights on Stewart Island.
Day 24 Stewart Island + Paterson Inlet Cruise
Today enjoy the Paterson Inlet Cruise including a visit to Ulva Island. Discover Stewart Island from the water. Enjoy a leisurely cruise of beautiful Paterson Inlet viewing hidden coves and unspoilt beaches. Along the way learn about the early Maori history and European settlement including whaling. Your skipper and nature guide provide detailed commentary throughout the cruise and are happy to answer any questions. While on board, keep a lookout for fur seals, penguins and other wildlife, as sightings are common. Disembark at Ulva Island, a renowned wildlife sanctuary for a 45-minute guided walk with a specialist nature guide. View rare plants and rich birdlife, including the inquisitive weka, which are often seen on the beach. For the remainder of the cruise around Paterson Inlet, relax on board the modern catamaran and enjoy the coastal scenery before heading back to base.
Day 25 Flight to Invercargill
Flight time Stewart Island to Invercargill 36 km / 22 miles, 30 minutes
Take in the stunning vistas on your way to Invercargill, well known for its southern hospitality. Visit art galleries, museums or get close to nature and walk the paths and tracks through Queens Park. Relax and explore Invercargill with your tour guide.
Stay 1 night in Invercargill.
Day 26 Dunedin
Travel time Invercargill to Dunedin 210 km / 130 miles, 3 hours
Discover the Catlins Coast, an attraction in itself, whilst travelling to Dunedin, one of the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the southern hemisphere. Dunedin offers a diverse range of experiences including the Cadbury Chocolate Factory, the Speight’s Brewery, Larnach Castle and of course the stunning Otago Peninsula. Explore Dunedin and visit attractions of interest with your tour guide.
Stay 2 nights in Dunedin.
Day 27 Dunedin + Taieri Gorge Railway
Today join the Taieri Gorge Railway – one of the world’s great train trips and an experience not to be missed. Departing from Dunedin’s beautiful railway station the Taieri Gorge Railway begins its scenic journey into some of New Zealand’s most ever-changing, spectacular and iconic scenery. The train travels into the Taieri Gorge, a narrow and deep gorge carved out over aeons by the ancient Taieri River. The train negotiates the gorge with ease as it travels through ten tunnels and over countless bridges and viaducts. The train will stop or slow down at various scenic points along the way for photos where you can disembark. Stand on the open air platforms while the train moves or enjoy a quiet drink and food from the onboard cafe while the train manager tells the story of the nature and history of the area.
Day 28 Queenstown
Travel time Dunedin to Queenstown 286 km / 178 miles, 4 hours
Drive through historic Central Otago, farm land, orchards and vineyards to reach Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital of the world. Explore Queenstown in the afternoon.
Stay 3 nights in Queenstown.
Day 29 Queenstown 4WD Safari
Today join Nomad Safaris for their Nomad Safaris Skippers Canyon adventure – a half-day 4WD heritage tour that follows the rugged and once treacherous Skippers Road. The Skippers Canyon 4WD tour departs from Queenstown heading out towards Coronet Peak. As you head up the mountainside towards the entrance to this spectacular canyon you will stop at The Plane Table, which gives a stunning panoramic view of the Wakatipu Basin. Follow in the footsteps of many adventurers and discoverers as this historical winding road brings you to the historic Skippers Bridge, which provides a stunning photo opportunity. After carefully negotiating the bridge, the road continues into the historical township of Skippers. Indulge in morning tea at the Skippers Schoolhouse. On the return journey you will stop at Deep Creek where you can immerse yourself in the heritage of the local area by turning your hand to a spot of gold panning. Your trained guides will teach you techniques to successfully pan for gold on one of the richest gold bearing rivers in the world. Some may also recognise spots along the Skippers Road as being featured in The Lord of The Rings. British Automobile Association voted Skippers Canyon Road as one of the 25 most scenic roads in the world.
Day 30 Queenstown + Lake Cruise with High Country Farm Dinner
Today relax and explore Queenstown and its surrounding towns. Take the picturesque 30 min drive to historic Arrowtown, and enjoy a short walk around the Chinese miners village or along the historic cobble stone streets lined with tiny miner’s cottages. Or add on one of the must do activities in Queenstown.
In the evening relive the elegance of turn-of-the-century travel with a cruise aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw, the only coal fired passenger carrying vessel still operating in the southern hemisphere. Step aboard – watch the stokers fuelling the fireboxes and hear the hiss of the steam engines working as the TSS Earnslaw takes you on a nostalgic cruise over beautiful Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm where you will enjoy a stunning gourmet BBQ dinner. An entertaining after dinner farm show provides a glimpse into high country farming life. Then on your return cruise to Queenstown, relax with a drink from the bar or join a fun sing-along with the ship’s pianist and make a toast to a fantastic holiday!
Day 31 Depart Queenstown
Your Guide will deliver you to Queenstown Airport today for your departing flight.