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Discover New Zealand

Fly to Auckland from London Heathrow and discover the paradise of the pacific, New Zealand, on this Grand Explorer tour. Enjoy the highlights of Auckland, before moving on to equally enchanting places including the Bay of Islands, Napier, Queenstown and Milford Sound, experiencing majestic mountains, dormant volcanoes and deep forested valleys all the way to Christchurch. Without doubt this is the perfect destination for that once-in-a-life-time holiday.

Tour Includes

  • 18 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 15 evening meals
  • Return flights to New Zealand with one checked-in suitcase
  • Airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Driver/guide in New Zealand
  • Porterage at all hotels

22 days from £7,789pp

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Itinerary

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Fly to Auckland, New Zealand.

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a two-night stay.

Includes Dinner

This morning, we experience a highlights tour of Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’, exploring the lively waterfront area and the base of New Zealand’s America’s Cup Challenge. Enjoy the relaxing views along Tamaki Drive, which runs east past peaceful sheltered bays to Auckland's most expensive real estate. Drive through the Auckland Domain Gardens and visit Auckland Museum for an excellent introduction to the people of the Pacific and New Zealand and the remarkable flora, fauna and geography of the area. We also visit Auckland’s Sky Tower – at 328m tall, it is one of the tallest buildings in the Southern Hemisphere offering you outstanding views of the Auckland Central Business District and surrounding area.

Includes Breakfast

Included Highlights

Auckland Highlights Sightseeing Tour
Optional Excursions

Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.

  2026
Auckland Harbour Cruise* 2026 £29

Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments only).

* This excursion is extremely popular and must be pre-booked before your departure – please call to request your place.

Departing Auckland we travel north over the Auckland Harbour Bridge to first of all visit the Parry Kauri Park. Here we will view some fine examples of Giant Kauri Trees. Continuing our journey, we then visit the Matakohe Kauri Museum. Here, we will gain an insight to the early New Zealand Pioneer History, which helped form the New Zealand that we see today. Continuing our journey, we reach Paihia in the beautiful Bay of Islands, where you’ll take a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty House where New Zealand’s history began. Stay for two nights in the Bay of Islands.

Includes Breakfast

Includes Dinner

Included Highlights

Bay of Islands Parry Kauri Park Paihia

Enjoy a day at leisure for personal exploration.

Includes Breakfast

Included Highlights

Bay of Islands
Optional Excursions

Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.

  2026
Cape Reinga Day Tour* 2026 £89

Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments only).

* This excursion is extremely popular and must be pre-booked before your departure – please call to request your place.

This morning, board a luxury catamaran to cruise the Bay of Islands to Cape Brett before making a passage through the Hole in the Rock (weather permitting). Afterwards, we travel south, following the Twin Coast Discovery Highway to arrive back in Auckland for one night.

Includes Breakfast

Includes Dinner

Included Highlights

Catamaran Cruise to Cape Brett

We travel south, crossing the Bombay Hills through the Dairy Rich Waikato Countryside to arrive at the famous Waitomo Caves. Here, a guide will take you underground to view the amazing limestone caves featuring stalagmites and stalactites, then you will board a small boat to view the glow-worm grotto – an underground cavern featuring millions of glow-worms.

From Waitomo, we travel to the thermal wonderland of Rotorua, the Sulphur City. Rotorua has the most energetic thermal activity in the country with bubbling mud pools, gushing geysers, beautiful coloured hot springs and terrace formations created by mineral water. Stay for two nights in Rotorua.

Includes Breakfast

Includes Dinner

Included Highlights

Waitomo Rotorua

Day at leisure in Rotorua, which has a large Maori population. This evening you will be treated to a traditional Hangi (feast) and Maori Concert at the Tamaki Maori Village. Experience the warmth of the Maori people during an evening of ceremonial rituals, powerful cultural performance, storytelling & hangi feasting. Enter the pre-European Maori village, witness the earth being scraped carefully away from the hangi pit and enter their ancestral Meeting House to relax, as their family entertain you with a powerful cultural performance, before dining on the traditional hangi buffet dinner (Maori feast) cooked the traditional Maori way in an earth oven.

Includes Breakfast

Includes Dinner

Included Highlights

Rotorua Maori Evening
Optional Excursions

Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.

  2026
Lake Rotorua Scenic Lunch Cruise* 2026 £33

Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments only).

* This excursion is extremely popular and must be pre-booked before your departure – please call to request your place.

This morning visit Te Puia – The New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley featuring the famous Pohutu Geyser. Departing Rotorua we travel via New Zealand’s largest pine tree forests to Taupo. En route, we make a visit to the Wairakei Geothermal Steam Field. Continuing our journey, we view the mighty Huka Falls. Huka in Maori translates to 'snow', as the water here has the appearance of snow falling as it is forced along from Lake Taupo through the falls on its journey along the Waikato River. This afternoon, we continue to the ‘Fruit Bowl’ of New Zealand, Hawkes Bay, Napier, for one night.

Includes Breakfast

Includes Dinner

Included Highlights

Wairakei Tourist Park

Guided city tour of Napier, featuring beautiful Art Deco buildings, before we continue south to Wellington for an informative sightseeing tour, including a visit to Te Papa (Our Place), New Zealand’s national museum. Stay at Wellington for one night.

Includes Breakfast

Includes Dinner

Included Highlights

Napier Guided Sightseeing Tour

We cruise across the Cook Strait, through picturesque Queen Charlotte Sound and into Picton on South Island, then continue through to Pelorous Bridge. Here, you can walk through the Beech and Podocarp Forest, as well as view the many sculptured boulders in the Pelorous River. We continue on for a tour of Nelson – this being the first city of New Zealand. Stay overnight at Nelson.

Includes Breakfast

Includes Dinner

Included Highlights

Nelson Pelorous Bridge

We travel through the Golden Downs Forest to Murchison, through the Maruia Forest and Lewis Pass and into Hanmer Springs, a lovely alpine village, then on to Christchurch, where we enjoy the sights of the ‘Garden City’, also known as 'the most English city outside of England', staying one night.

Includes Breakfast

Includes Dinner

Included Highlights

Christchurch

From Christchurch, we traverse the Southern Alps aboard the famous Tranz-Alpine railway to Arthurs Pass. From your carriage, you will see the fields of the Canterbury Plains and farmland, followed by the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River. Your train then climbs into the Southern Alps. From the village of Arthurs Pass, continue our journey to the West Coast, stopping in Hokitika, where a visit is made to the Greenstone and glass-blowing factories. Further south, we tour the Westland National Park, the home of Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. Stay overnight near Franz Josef.

Includes Breakfast

Includes Dinner

Included Highlights

Franz Josef
Optional Excursions

Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.

  2026
Neve Discoverer Helicopter Trip* 2026 £149

Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments only).

* This excursion is extremely popular and must be pre-booked before your departure – please call to request your place.

Driving towards the southern end of the South Island’s West Coast Road, there is a strong sense of entering a primeval land, and a feeling of total isolation. Arriving at Haast, you are surrounded by a landscape of rainforest, wetlands, sand dunes and surf-pounded shingle beaches. From the Westland National Park, we travel through the Haast River valleys and over the Haast Pass to Makaroa and on to the upper reaches of Lake Wanaka. This afternoon, we travel via Cromwell following the Kawerau Gorge Road into Queenstown. Stay for two nights.

Includes Breakfast

Included Highlights

Queenstown
Optional Excursions

Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.

  2026
Queenstown Gondola* 2026 £21

Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments only).

* This excursion is extremely popular and must be pre-booked before your departure – please call to request your place.

Free time in Queenstown. This evening, we take a cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the steamer TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak Station to dine at the Colonel’s Homestead.

Includes Breakfast

Includes Dinner

Included Highlights

Queenstown
Optional Excursions

Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.

  2026
Queenstown Boutique Wine Tour* 2026 £118

Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments only).

* This excursion is extremely popular and must be pre-booked before your departure – please call to request your place.

Leaving Queenstown, we skirt the shores of Lake Wakatipu, then through the beautiful Eglinton Valley, climbing to Homer Tunnel, before descending through the spectacular Cleddau Canyon to reach Milford Sound, where we enjoy a cruise of the Sound. The Sound is dominated by the grandeur of Mitre Peak and the Bowen Falls. From Milford Sound, we head to Te Anau for an overnight stay.

Includes Breakfast

Includes Dinner

Included Highlights

Milford Sound

Departing Te Anau we travel through some of New Zealand’s most populated sheep country to Dunedin, 'the Edinburgh of the South'. Here, you can join an optional scenic train ride on the Taieri Gorge Train excursion from the historic Dunedin Railway Station into the spectacular Taieri Gorge to Pukerangi and back again. (Only available to those who have pre-booked.) Stay for one night in Dunedin.

Includes Breakfast

Includes Dinner

Included Highlights

Dunedin
Optional Excursions

Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.

  2026
Dunedin Scenic Train Ride* 2026 £58

Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments only).

* This excursion is extremely popular and must be pre-booked before your departure – please call to request your place.

This morning, we visit Olveston House, an impressive turn-of-the-century house that is still home to all the lavish furnishings and art collections that have been collected from all corners of the world. We take in the sights of this old Scottish City before travelling onto Oamaru, where we have time to look at the ‘White Stone City’, where the old buildings have been constructed with local limestone. Travelling inland through Benmore and Otematata, through Sailors Cutting we arrive at Omarama, for an overnight stay.

Includes Breakfast

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Included Highlights

Omarama

A day for spectacular sights. We head north to skirt the shore of Lake Pukaki to Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain. Travelling to Tekapo, we witness the magnificent blue waters of Lake Tekapo. Here, we visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and the statue of the Collie dog, before travelling the vast Mackenzie Basin, over Burke’s Pass and across the Canterbury Plains into Christchurch. Stay overnight in Christchurch.

Includes Breakfast

Includes Dinner

Included Highlights

Christchurch Mount Cook Lake Tekapo

Transfer to the airport to connect with your homeward bound flight.

Includes Breakfast day 21

Accommodation

You will stay for two nights at the Grand Millenium Hotel, Auckland; two nights at the Scenic Hotel, Paihia; one night at the Grand Millenium Hotel, Auckland; two nights at the Distinction Hotel Rotorua; one night at the Scenic Hotel, Napier; one night at the James Cook Hotel, Wellington; one night at the Rutherford Heritage Hotel; one night at the Quality Elms Hotel, Christchurch; one night at the Scenic Hotel, Franz Josef; two nights at the Copthorne Hotel, Queenstown; one night at the Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Lake Te Anau; one night at the Scenic Hotel, Dunedin; one night at the Heritage Gateway Hotel, Omarama and one night at the Quality Elms Hotel, Christchurch.

Distinction Luxmore Hotel

This 180 bedroom 4 star hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Te Anau's town shopping centre and a short stroll from Lake Te Anau, The hotel offers 2 dining options on site. Enjoy views of the township looking towards Lake Te Anau from Hilights Restaurant, known for its excellent breakfasts and delicious carvery buffet dinners. Bailiez's legendary café style menu and bar is popular among Te Anau locals and a great choice for relaxing after exploring Fiordland. Distinction Hotels are 100% New Zealand owned and operated. The team at Distinction Luxmore will make your stay in Te Anau comfortable and enjoyable.

Hotel Facilities

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  • Outdoor Swimming Pool (Seasonal)
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Grand Millenium Hotel Auckland

This 4 star hotel is superbly located in the city centre, close to Queen Street and Viaduct Harbour. Grand Millennium Auckland strives to provide a superior experience through excellent service and attention to detail. All of the 452 stylish rooms combine smart design, chic decor, floor to ceiling windows for natural light and modern amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. Take advantage of quality facilities, whether it’s enjoying a swim in the heated indoor pool, a delicious meal at Ember or Katsura Japanese Restaurant, or a cocktail at The Aviary lobby bar

Hotel Facilities

Need further information? Fill in our enquiry form and we'll get back to you as soon as we can

General
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Indoor Swimming Pool (Seasonal)
Room
  • Shower or Bath
Hotel
  • Bar
  • Restaurant

Travel Options

When it comes to getting you to your destination, Leger Holidays makes it easy with a selection of travel options to choose from.

Luxuria Coach

Executive Coach

All of our coaches are modern and comfortable, and you can be assured of a high level of service and reliability from our expert-trained coach crews, who will be on hand to assist and escort you along the way.

Executive Coach Features

  • Air-conditioning, an onboard servery, onboard toilet and reclining seats.
  • Please note that on selected air holidays, the executive coach may have limited facilities.

Your Flights

Flights

Return flights are from London Heathrow to New Zealand. Regional connections to Heathrow are available, additional supplements may apply.

All prices and airports are subject to availability. Flight supplements may apply. Please call for more details.

This holiday is operated by Leger Air Holidays Ltd. ATOL 3880.

All prices and airports are subject to availability – routes can be reintroduced, cancelled or amended by the airline at any time.

Frequently asked questions about flights

Yes, unfortunately there is no feeder/transfer service to/from the U.K. airports.

Estimated flight times are given at the time of booking. The times given are for guidance only and may change.

Exact flight times will be confirmed on travel document which are sent 7-10 days before departure. For more information on flight times please contact our Reservations Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at reservations@leger.co.uk.

We are able to pre-book flight seats with most airlines. There may be a charge for this service.

Any charges will be confirmed at the time of booking. Most other airlines will allocate your seats at check-in.

Yes, we can. Please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 to arrange wheelchair assistance or any other medical requests.

We recommend you check-in for your flight three hours before the scheduled time for long haul flights and two and a half hours before the scheduled time for any European holidays.

Luggage allowances vary from airline to airline. The luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 5kg for hand luggage. Ryan Air's luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 10kg for hand luggage. All allowances are subject to changes made by the airline.

For more information on luggage allowances please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at reservations@leger.co.uk.

The transfers on the majority of our flight tours are included. Our Reservations Staff will be able to advise you when you call. On tours where you book your own flight the transfers may only be available at certain times or not at all.

This depends on which airline the flight is booked with. Please call our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 for more details.

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