16 Day Ultimate Explorer Tour – New Zealand

Grand Specific Tours – 16 Day Ultimate Explorer 

Discover New Zealand’s majestic South Island and eclectic North Island in infinite style aboard an Ultimate Small Group Tour Coach, AKA Business Class on wheels! With 20 luxury leather reclining seats on a full-size 2-door access coach; fit with personal audio control units, a refreshment stand, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, panoramic windows and more; you’ll be the envy of everyone on the road.

About the Resort

This 16 Day Ultimate Explorer includes return airfares from your home port, return airport transfers in New Zealand, 15 nights of 4.5-star accommodation, most of your meals, a myriad of epic sightseeing tours and attractions plus VIP extras! Indulge in a deluxe travel set including your very own travel bag and ticket wallet, and delight in your personalised Meet and Greet on arrival as well as hotel porterage. Your package also covers 1 rail journey, 4 spectacular cruises and, of course, a souvenir group photo for the fridge at home! Sit back and relax as your professional coach captain guides you through New Zealand’s most stunning destinations with class.

Why go on a Grand Specific Tour? 

On an Ultimate Small Group Tour Coach, the intimate group of 20 travellers means that every aspect of your holiday is personal; where travel is at a relaxed pace and you’re gifted with more time to explore each destination at your leisure. Other perks include travelling in absolute style with luxury leather reclining seats on a full-size 2-door vehicle imposed by breathtaking landscape views through panoramic windows. Take the stress out of touring with transfers in New Zealand, plush accommodation, majority of meals, sightseeing, attractions and VIP extras all accounted for! Not convinced yet? Perhaps your very own deluxe travel set (comprising of a well-designed travel bag and ticket wallet), or your Ultimate Coach Captain’s professionalism and personalisation will impress. Feel like royalty from the moment you aboard this unique Small Group Tour.

Why we love it

  • Personalized Meet and Greet on arrival
  • All Sightseeing and Prepaid Attractions
  • 4 Cruises & 1 Rail Journey
  • Souvenir Group Photo

Coach Facilities

  • 20 luxury leather fully reclining seats with adjustable headrest and calf support
  • Panoramic viewing windows
  • Personal audio control unit with multiple music channels and a complimentary set of headphones
  • Stylish centre galley area equipped with refrigerated drinking fountain and fridge units
  • Complimentary daily onboard Wi-Fi allowance and USB port for charging devices
  • Air-conditioning
  • Onboard restroom
  • Wood grain timber tray table with built-in cup holder
  • Seat side personal storage providing easy access to your travel bag
  • Access to daily newspapers and range of magazines
Please Note: Some resort facilities may incur additional charges.


Indulge in the ideal blend of boutique hotels boasting individual style and larger properties offering more buzz and spirit. Premium comfort, comprehensive guest facilities and personal services are at the forefront of each 4.5-star hotel marked on this 16 Day Ultimate Explorer Tour.


Get a true taste of each destination as you eat your way through New Zealand’s foodie utopia. Your tour package includes 15 cooked breakfasts, 1 being a specialty breakfast at Stratosfare Restaurant in Rotorua; and 12 sumptuous dinners, 3 of which are specialty dinners (Walter Peak Homestead in Queenstown, a traditional Mãori Hãngi and concert in Rotorua, and a Farewell Dinner with selected beverages in Auckland). On your idyllic Milford Sound cruise, you’ll enjoy a delicious picnic lunch and you’ll be served an ultimate high tea when you visit Larnach Castle!

Destinations and Itinerary

Your 16 days of adventure and bliss begin in the historical city of Christchurch and finish up in iconic Auckland. Other destinations on the tour map include New Zealand’s highest peak, Mt Cook; Dunedin, in all its architectural glory; and picturesque Te Anau, from which you’ll head onto the magnificent fiord of Milford. From here, you’ll journey to charming Queenstown for all things adventure, romance and delectable cuisine before reaching the scenic township of Fox Glacier. Continue to Arthur’s Pass where you’ll board one of the great train journeys of the world! Step onto the Interislander Ferry taking you across Cook Strait from Picton to Wellington. Be captivated by snow-capped peaks on your way to Lake Taupo before stopping at the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Your final destination pre-departing Auckland is the Bay of Islands. Explore this enclave’s beauty aboard a luxury catamaran!

View below for a day-by-day breakdown of your itinerary.

DAY 1: Arrive Christchurch

Hotel: The George (or similar)

DAY 2: Christchurch – Mt Cook

Hotel: The Hermitage Hotel

DAY 3: Mt Cook – Dunedin

Hotel: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

DAY 4: Dunedin – Te Anau

Hotel: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

DAY 5: Te Anau – Milford Sound – Queenstown

Hotel: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (2 nights)

DAY 6: Queenstown

DAY 7: Queenstown – Fox Glacier

Hotel: Distinction Fox Glacier (or similar)

DAY 8: Fox Glacier – Arthur’s Pass – Christchurch

Hotel: The George (or similar)

DAY 9: Christchurch – Picton – Wellington

Hotel: InterContinental Wellington (2 nights)

DAY 10: Wellington

DAY 11: Wellington – Taupo – Rotorua

Hotel: Regent of Rotorua (or similar) (2 nights)

DAY 12: Rotorua

DAY 13: Rotorua – Auckland – Bay of Islands

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (2 nights)

DAY 14: Bay of Islands

DAY 15: Bay of Islands – Auckland

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Auckland

DAY 16: Depart Auckland

Hotel Location

Located in the heart of Hobart, just a short stroll from some of the best cafes, bars, restaurants, boutiques and markets, with Salamanca Place, Sullivans Cove and the historic Battery Point all just 5-10 min walk away, Travelodge Hotel Hobart is a great base from which to explore everything the charming city of Hobart has to offer.

Things To Do

New Zealand is an adventurer’s playground and leisure-seeker’s paradise where activities abound for families and couples alike. Whether it’s touring Dunedin’s impressive Larnach Castle, cruising along serene Lake Wakatipu, visiting national museums, zooming down the world’s first luge or befriending exotic wildlife at Rainbow Springs Nature Park! There is so much to do and see in the dreamland that is New Zealand.

Included Attractions

  • Larnach Castle*
  • Milford Sound Nature Cruise and Lunch
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Lakes District Museum
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry
  • Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum
  • Skyline Rotorua Gondola and Luge Ride
  • Agrodome
  • Rainbow Springs Nature Park
  • National Kiwi Hatchery Tour*
  • Thermal mud pools and geysers*
  • Te Puia Traditional Mãori Hãngi and Concert
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds*
  • Hole in the Rock Cruise including Island Stopover
  • Kauri Museum
  • City sights tour of Christchurch, Dunedin,
    Wellington and Auckland

*Guided tour

“Loved it…Our Coach Captain was a gem – an experienced driver with a conventional style of narrative that made the journey fun…Meals were great, accommodation was great, and the included excursions were good too…Everywhere you look is beautiful in terms of scenery.”

Alan, 2019

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