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NZ$2649 per adult
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07 Day Iconic New Zealand Holiday Package

Tour Highlights

NZ$2649 per adult
• 7 Nights in 4 Star Accommodation
• Car Hire: Premium Toyota Corolla with Full Insurance
• Yacht Cruise on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour
• Hobbiton Move Set Tour
• Hell's Gate Geothermal Reserve Walk and Sulphur Spa
• Te Puia Maori Evening Experience including Hangi Dinner
• Shotover Jet - the world's most exciting jet boat ride!
• Milford Sound Nature Cruise
**Includes FREE Skyline Queenstown Gondola Pass**

Explore the highlights of both islands with this New Zealand itinerary for 7 days.

With one week in New Zealand, a domestic flight allows you to travel quickly between top destinations. Visit Hobbiton, Rotorua, Queenstown, and Milford Sound on this unforgettable holiday. This New Zealand itinerary also includes several top activities to help you make the most of your stay.

Read on for the full details of the 7 Day Iconic New Zealand Holiday Package.

7 Day Iconic New Zealand Holiday Package | New Zealand Itinerary for 7 Days

Day 1 Arrive Auckland

Arrive in Auckland – the “City of Sails” is New Zealand’s largest city, bordered by two stunning harbours. Collect your rental car from the airport, explore the city, then make your way to your accommodation.

Stay 2 nights in Auckland City.

Day 2 Auckland

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Auckland Harbour Sailing

Discover Auckland and its surrounds with a cruise aboard an impressive purpose-built yacht, taking you on an amazing scenic tour around the sheltered waters of Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour. Spend the rest of the day taking in the sights of Auckland City.

This evening, if you would like to dine with a spectacular view, you might like to visit the Sky Tower. You are spoilt for choice with three restaurants and cafés up the Sky Tower, including the Orbit 360degree dining revolving restaurant; The Sugar Club, which is superbly chic and elegant; or the Sky Café, where you can relax with a coffee, cheese board or ice cream. You will have the opportunity to view the city from 328 metres high above street level and take in the beautiful views, up to 80 kilometres in every direction. Spot the key landmarks, including a number of volcanoes and historical locations within the greater Auckland area.

Day 3 Rotorua

Driving time Auckland to Matamata 159 km / 98  miles, 2 hours

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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Make your way to Matamata to discover the real Middle-earth on the most picturesque private farmland. Near Matamata, visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from the Lord of the Rings films in a fascinating two-hour guided tour. The set has been completely rebuilt and will remain as it was seen in the films. There are spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges from the rolling green hills of the movie set, which is still a working sheep and beef farm. You can relax and soak up the unique atmosphere with a great cup of coffee or a light meal in The Shire’s Rest Café.

Driving time Matamata to Rotorua 68 km / 42 miles, 1 hour

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.

Stay 2 nights in Rotorua.

Day 4 Rotorua

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Hell’s Gate Rotorua

The Hell’s Gate Geothermal Park is Rotorua’s most active geothermal area featuring a walkway lined with unique geothermal wonders and interactive opportunities. Experience the geothermal features with a self-guided map to show you around or join a guided tour of the reserve to learn more about the history, features and uniqueness of the geothermal area.

See bubbling mud pools, steaming craters, mineral pools, learn about New Zealand’s history and culture, and even try Maori weaving and wood carving! After this, the geothermal waters of the Hell’s Gate Sulphur Spa will rejuvenate and refresh you, as you relax and take in the surreal surroundings of the wondrous geothermal landscape.

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.

Day 5 Rotorua > Queenstown

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Skyline Gondola Queenstown

Today, depart Rotorua for Queenstown on a domestic flight (cost of flight not included in holiday package). Please enquire for flight options and approximate costs.

Arrive in Queenstown, collect your new rental car and make your way to your Queenstown accommodation.

Relax and explore Queenstown this afternoon, with 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 6 Queenstown

Today, get ready for the world’s most exciting jet boat ride! It’s a thrilling ride – skimming past rocky outcrops at close range in your Shotover Jet ‘Big Red,’ you will twist and turn through the narrow canyons at breathtaking speeds. And a major highlight – hold tight for the world-famous Shotover Jet full 360º spins!

Add on any other must-do Queenstown activities – ask about our package deals!

Day 7 Queenstown > Milford Sound

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Milford Sound Nature Cruise

Enjoy a scenic coach journey through heartland New Zealand to reach Milford Sound. The Milford Road (between Te Anau and Milford) is one of the finest alpine drives in the world. The scenery is exceptional, ranging from broad grassy flats, dense rainforest, and towering mountains through to glacial lakes and alpine herb fields. No other road in Fiordland offers such a diverse glimpse into New Zealand’s alpine zone. Your luxury coach has been purpose-built for travelling the Milford Road, incorporating the latest technology for comfort and safety. The seats are tiered and angled towards the windows to maximise your views, and the expansive glass roof provides breathtaking sights of the snow-capped peaks. The schedule includes plenty of time for short nature walks and photo opportunities along the way.

Upon reaching Milford Sound, you will enjoy a 2.5 hour Milford Sound Nature Cruise. With specialist nature guides on board, Real Journeys Nature Cruises offer a close-up experience of Milford Sound’s rainforest, soaring rock walls, towering snow capped mountains, cascading waterfalls, hanging valleys and wildlife… words just don’t do it justice, you have to see it for yourself! Throughout the cruise, the guides share stories of the fiord’s history and are happy to answer your questions. After your cruise, relax while your coach delivers you back to your Queenstown accommodation.

Day 8 Depart Queenstown

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

Plan a New Zealand Itinerary for 7 Days

If you have just one week in New Zealand, time is of the essence. In order to keep the pace of travel relaxed, this New Zealand itinerary focuses on several top destinations rather than trying to fit too much into your schedule.

Our New Zealand holiday packages are fully customisable. In other words, you can add, remove, or swap out activities or change the schedule to suit your preferences. As you plan your holiday, your personal travel consultant will work with you to make sure your New Zealand itinerary matches exactly what you are looking for.

We offer a number of other 7-day New Zealand holiday packages, if you wish to browse these for further inspiration.

Contact New Zealand Travel Organiser today to begin planning the holiday of a lifetime.

Tour Prices

Discounted Save up to 20%

Twin/Double: NZ$2649 or AU$2399 PP
Single: NZ$4299 or AU$3999
Child: NZ$1399 or AU$1299 PP

* Child rate applies (5-14 years) when accompanied by two adults, under 5 years FOC
* AUD conversions may vary
* A peak season surcharge may apply

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