Get yourself booked for the Best of New Zealand. Make your way through the exotic landscapes, experience dormant volcanoes, under-water wildlife, lush dairy farms, glow worm caves, river gorges, glaciers, sparkling lakes – all in one compact country. You’ll be awe-struck by the Bay of Islands, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua, Mt Cook, Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown plus more. It’s truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience what world has to offer all in one place. Go and Grab a seat!
Auckland- Bay of Islands- Rotorua- Wellington- Blenheim- Christchurch- Twizel- Dunedin- Te Anau- Queenstown- Franz Josef- Punakaiki- Christchurch
Day 1: Arrive Auckland
Welcome to New Zealand! On arrival in Auckland meet our RLT Tour Representative and get transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Auckland.
Day 2: Auckland – Bay of Islands
Today after a hearty breakfast, travel through the enchanting Orewa and the scenic Hibiscus Coast. Walk among the Kauri trees at Parry Kauri Park. Explore Whangarei and then go off to the beautiful Bay of Islands, New Zealand’s most cherished and scenic sights. Overnight at Bay of Islands.
Day 3: Bay of Islands Included Choice
Today after breakfast, you can choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Cruise to the ‘Hole in the Rock’, discover Kerikeri’s local arts & crafts scene or take a tour to historic Russell. Perhaps go sailing on a tall ship or dolphin-watching on the bay. Maybe play a round of golf or enjoy a dinner cruise down the Waitangi River. Ask the advice of our RLT Tour Representative for an amazing day ahead!
• Dolphin Eco Encounter
Watch or take the plunge and swim in the beautiful waters of the Bay of Islands for an up-close and personal dolphin encounter of your own.
• Hole in the Rock Cruise
Experience natural wonders and spectacular scenery as you venture through the Hole in the Rock, take in the majestic Grand Cathedral Cave and visit the Black Rocks and Marsden Cross.
• Discover Kerikeri
Enjoy a relaxing tour of Kerikeri showcasing the finest local arts and crafts as you interact with local artists as they create amazing work made from local materials.
• Tall Ship Sailing
Sail on the R. Tucker Thompson viewing secluded islands as the ship sails across the sheltered waters of the inner harbour and enjoy an antipasto platter and glass of wine as the sun starts to set.
• Russell Mini Tour
Take a mini tour of Russell and visit many of the town’s iconic locations including Flagstaff Hill, Christ’s Church and the Pompallier Mission House.
• Dinner Cruise
Relax on a scenic cruise down the Waitangi River winding through to Haruru Falls with dinner and drinks served aboard the Ratanui.
• Golf at Waitangi
Try your hand at 9 holes of golf at the Waitangi Golf Course and enjoy a tremendous panorama of sea and islands as you play your way around the golfing greens.
Overnight at Bay of Islands.
Day 4: Bay of Islands – Auckland
Stuff yourself good and get set to explore the historic Waitangi Treaty Reserve. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the culture of New Zealand by taking a visit to the Maori War Canoe (Waka) and Meeting House (Marae). Tonight dine at the top of the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere, Auckland’s Skytower at Orbit, a revolving remarkable restaurant with 360 degree views of the city. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and a must do in this amazing city.
Day 5: Auckland – Rotorua
Have a hearty breakfast today and set off for the sightseeing tour of Auckland, trace the Waikato River, to the Waitomo Caves. Our RLT Tour Representative will lead you through the Glow Worm Grotto by boat. On arrival in Rotorua take a tour in scenic views of Lake Rotorua. Tonight experience the Tamaki Family Marae for a personal and exclusive cultural evening. Enjoy the delicious Hangi feast with local wine. Overnight at Rotorua.
Day 6: Rotorua Explored!
Today after the delicious breakfast, choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Join the Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, discover Maori culture at Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland, see the Agrodome Farm Show, relax in the seclusion of your own hot mineral pool or unwind with a facial treatment in the Lake Spa Retreat at the Polynesian Spa. Maybe ride the amphibious Rotorua Duck or the luge at Rotorua Skyline. Ask our RLT Tour Representative to recommend some fun activities.
• Rotorua Skyline & Luge
Take a Gondola ride 487 metres above sea level and enjoy panoramic views of Rotorua. At the top the Luge awaits. Part go-cart, part toboggan you’ll descend with tracks winding through Redwood Forest.
• Kiwi Encounter
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of New Zealand’s most successful kiwi conservation centre and working kiwi-nursery and hatchery.
• Spa Facial
Take time out to relax and unwind at the Lake Spa Retreat where hot mineral bathing is an integral part of all therapies at Polynesian Spa.
Take a range of 30-75 minute walks through New Zealand’s most colourful and diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction, sculptured out of volcanic activity and thousands of years in the making.
• Agrodome Farm Show
Witness a live sheep shearing demonstration, auction and farm dog demonstrations at the Agrodome Farm Show. Plus access the Farmyard Nursery and meet 19 breeds of sheep!
• Rotorua Duck
Jump on a fully restored amphibious vehicle that travels on land and water on a scenic journey that ventures onto the Rotorua’s three lakes – fun, entertaining and informative.
• Polynesian Spa
Relax in the seclusion of your own hot mineral private pool to relieve your tired muscles, aches and pains.
Overnight in Rotorua.
Farm Stay Option ( Supplementary Charges Applicable): Enjoy genuine New Zealand hospitality this evening and spend the night with a local family on a nearby farm.
Day 7: Rotorua – Wellington
Today after breakfast, explore the scenic Huka Falls and drive along the shores of Lake Taupo. Discover the serene alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park and the dairy farms of Manawatu. Continue your journey along the Kapiti Coast to Wellington. Enjoy the city view from Mt. Victoria on your sightseeing tour. Overnight in Wellington.
Day 8: Wellington – Blenheim
Today get a chance to explore Wellington before your visit at Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. Later, cruise the exotic Cook Strait into tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound along withthe seaside village of Picton and Blenheim for an amazing city tour. Overnight at Blenheim.
Day 9: Blenheim – Christchurch
Today you en route to the whale-watching haven of Kaikoura with our RLT Tour Representtive, you’ll pass the enchanting Grassmere Salt Works and see New Zealand fur seals up close at Ohau Point. Overnight at Christchurch.
Day 10: Christchurch – Twizel
Today enjoy a taste of country life at a delicious barbecue lunch on Morelea Farm, a working sheep farm. You’ll be warmly welcomed into the home of your hosts Angie & Stan Taylor and their giganatic240 hectare garden. Later, see the magical Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki and visit the historic Church of the Good Shepherd on your way to Twizel. Overnight in Twizel.
Day 11: Twizel – Dunedin
After the hearty breakfast today, explore the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and sensational Benmore Dam. Travel along with Roads Less Traveled through Oamaru to the amazing Dunedin. Overnight at Dunedin.
Day 12: Day in Dunedin
Stuff yourself good this morning and choose one of our Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Tour the amazing Larnach Castle, ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway or take the Monarch Wildlife Cruise. Or choose a tour of Cadbury World or Speight’s Brewery. Later, travel across farming land to Te Anau. Overnight at Te Anau.
Day 13: Te Anau – Queenstown
After the delicious breakfast today, visit the rainforest, ancient glaciers, mountain ranges and the hand-made Homer Tunnel. Pass the Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm. Cruise on the amazing Milford Sound. Afterwards, travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu on your way to Queenstown, which is the Adventure Capital of New Zealand. Overnight in Queenstown.
Day 14: Queenstown
Stuff yourself good today and choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Ride the Thunder Jet on Lake Wakatipu, join a wine tour, play 9 holes of golf or take a gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner. Perhaps take a 4WD minibus through Skippers Canyon, relax with a spa treatment at Millbrook Resort, go horse riding or explore Queenstown on a Segway. Ask our RLT Representative for the amazing day activities. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak Station for a delicious Highlight Dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead.
Hold on tight and experience a thrilling, high-speed adventure skimming across peaceful Lake Wakatipu with its backdrop of spectacular mountains before plunging between dramatic high cliffs.
• Wine Tour
Take a tour of vineyards and wineries in New Zealand’s premier wine regions – Queenstown and Central Otago. Taste a variety of wines at four Queenstown wineries and sample local cheeses.
• Segway on Q
Take in the scenic lakeside views and explore Queenstown as you ride and glide on the amazing Segway Personal Transporter.
• Golf at Millbrook Resort
Play 9 holes at Millbrook, one of the most scenic golf courses in the world. The championship course offers three nine hole courses with extraordinary photo opportunities at every hole.
• Skyline Restaurant
Ride the Gondola cableway 450 metres above Queenstown for breathtaking views. Afterwards enjoy a buffet dinner with views to die for.
• Skippers Canyon
Travelling via 4WD mini-bus, you’ll be thrilled by Skippers Canyon – an incredible canyon that impresses with its grandeur. A photographer’s delight, it’s not to be missed.
• Spa Treatment
Treat yourself at Queenstown’s award-winning day spa. The Spa at Millbrook epitomises the ultimate in rest and relaxation with views across manicured fairways, rolling hills and surrounding mountains.
• Horse Trekking
Saddle up at the Ben Lomond Station and take a 90 minute guided horse ride of the Moke Lake trip – suitable for riders of all abilities.
Overnight in Queenstown
Day 15: Queenstown – Franz Josef
After breakfast explore the historic Arrowtown then enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell. See the serne lakes, Dunstan, Hawea and Wanaka. Travel over the amazing Haast Pass and view Thunder Creek Falls. Then travel onto Franz Josef Glacier, the world’s most accessible and still advancing glacier. Overnight stay at Franz Josef Glacier.
Day 16: Franz Josef – Punakaiki
Today after a hearty breakfast depart for Hokitika with our RLT Tour Representative, for a greenstone (jade) factory visit. Later, travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and the sensational blowholes. Overnight in Punakaiki.
Day 17: Punakaiki – Christchurch
Today travel to the amazing Arthur’s Pass where you’ll board the TranzAlpine train, which is a once in a lifetime experience and travel through the Southern Alps to Christchurch. Later join the RLT Tour Representative for a farewell dinner. Overnight at Christchurch.
Day 18: Its time to bid goodbyes – depart Christchurch
After a delicious morning meal,you’ll be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. Bid your goodbyes to the amazing country and fly off with memories to cherish.
- Tour by luxury air-conditioned coach with 2-door access, restroom, seatbelts, reclining seats, panoramic windows
- Tour with an experienced Roads Less Travelled Tour Representative
- Twin share rooms with private facilities in quality hotels
- Dining Inclusions
- Breakfast of Choice (6)
- Full Buffet Breakfasts (11)
- You are invited Lunch (1)
- You are invited Dinner (1)
- Highlight Dinners (2)
- Hotel Dinners (8)
- Farewell Dinner (1)
- Welcome Reception
- Travel wallet and map
- Airport transfers
- Hotel porterage included
- Airfare(International/Domestic), airport tax, visa, travel and health insurance.
- Meals other than those indicated above, drinks, tips, laundry, telephone calls & expenses of personal nature.
- Portages at Airport & Sea Ports.
- Supplement Charge Applicable on all Optional Activities
- Peak Season Surcharge – If applicable
- Govt. Service Tax of 3.09% on the total billing amount
- Any items or services not specified under Inclusion.
- The exchange rate of Euro/USD/ AUD/NZD keeps on fluctuating. Euro/ USD/ AUD/NZD will be charged as per the Forex Card rate of HDFC Bank on the day/date of final payment