On this three-nation South Pacific Islands cultural tour, you will spend time in some very different Pacific countries, each with its own unique culture, language, style of governance and landscape. The Melanesian islands of Vanuatu and French-influenced New Caledonia are culturally very different from the Polynesian Cook Islands separated by thousands of miles of ocean. The countries remain little visited and offer a great opportunity to experience cultures minimally affected by outside influences.Read more
Experience the best of both countries combined on this itinerary. Explore the cosmopolitan city of Auckland, cruise by boat through the glow worm caves at Waitomo, view mighty geysers in Rotorua and visit the picture perfect Milford Sound in the World Heritage Fiordland National Park. This is before taking the short flight to Australia to enjoy a lunch cruise on the Sydney Harbour, viewing Uluru (Ayers Rock) on an early morning sunrise tour and snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef in Northern Queensland.Read more
Explore roads less travelled and experience all the scenic magic of touring New Zealand. Experience Maori culture and geothermal delights in world-famous Rotorua. At Lake Tarawera and on a farm in mid-Canterbury, you’ll enjoy private lunches with your Kiwi hosts. Visit Tongariro, Abel Tasman and Mount Cook National Park before exploring Milford Sound with a cruise and special scenic flight.Read more
Explore all the iconic attractions of the North and South islands such as the breathtaking Milford Sound. Enjoy the stunning views on one of the world’s great scenic train journeys, the TranzAlpine. Enjoy 4 two night stays including the beautiful Bay of Islands where you will board a luxury catamaran to the famous Hole in the Rock.Read more
Designed for the rail enthusiasts to enjoy the best of New Zealand. Experience the romance of four spectacular rail journeys, the majesty of an exclusive overnight cruise in the Milford Sound and the luxury of coach travel. This fully escorted holiday of New Zealand will showcase scenery by rail, sea and road.Read more
A two-week introduction to the highlights of Australia and New Zealand. From sophisticated Melbourne, tropical Cairns with the nearby Great Barrier Reef, multicultural Sydney and Auckland to the silence of Milford Sound and a hundred waterfalls, this tour packs a lot within an eventful fortnight. Colonial grandeur, an indigenous cultural performance, penguin watching tours and rainforest explorations – there will be new and varied experiences daily. You will visit Rotorua with its active geysers, Queenstown in the midst of New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park, and spend time in Christchurch, now reshaping itself into a renewed city.Read more
Explore the Beauty of the South Island. This itinerary will introduce you to a wide variety of activities like kayaking in the Abel Tasman, Taking the Tranz Coastal Train, Visiting the Pancake Rocks, Walking the base of a glacier, Taking a cruise through Milford Sound.Read more
Relax and enjoy the stunning landscapes of New Zealand all at a leisurely pace. Visit all the -must see’ attractions through the North and South Islands as well as some of the lesser known regions such as the art deco city of Napier and the food and wine regions of the Wairarapa and Blenheim.Read more
The ultimate small group tour combining four spectacular rail journeys and five scenic cruises including the Doubtful Sound overnight cruise. Travel on our ultimate small group touch coach with 20 luxury leather reclining seats on a full size vehicle with 2 door access and panoramic windows.Read more
Combine New Zealand and Australia on this 21 day in-depth independent package. Visit the well known spectacular highlights of Rotorua, Milford Sound, Sydney, Ayers Rock and the Great Barrier Reef. Go off the beaten path and cruise the Hole in the Rock, take a boat ride through glowworm caves at Waitomo and get up close and personal with the penguins in Phillip Island. This itinerary will give you the ultimate Downunder experiences! Independent packages can be adjusted to suit your travel interests, time frame and budget.Read more
Only our best Tour Directors are selected to escort this premium tour of Australia and New Zealand. Stay in first class accommodations whilst enjoying amazing highlight meals as you travel in luxury touring vehicles experiencing all the must do and see activities that Australia and New Zealand have to offer.Read more
Sitting on the shore of the crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, the lake and mountain landscape make Queenstown suited to all kinds of adventure. This four season mountain resort offers activities such as bungy jumping, sky diving, canyon swinging, jet boating, horse trekking and river rafting year round. Experience one of the many walking and hiking trails, sightseeing tours or indulge yourself with spa treatments, boutique shopping and excellent food and wine. From Queenstown the drama of the Central Otago landscape unfolds around you. If you’re a Lord of the Rings fan you’ll recognise many of the locations of Middle-earth here. Travel to Milford Sound, where fiord’s cliffs rise vertically from the dark waters, mountain peaks scrape the sky and waterfalls cascade downwards.Read more
Visit all the highlights of the South Island by this package designed to give you time to explore on your own, while it includes all of the major highlights. Take the train through the famous Arthurs Pass, take a cruise on Milford Sound and walk the base of the Franz Josef Glacier.Read more
Grand Pacific Tours and Celebrity Cruises present this exclusive opportunity. Enjoy modern luxury on a cruise across the Tasman Sea onboard the indulgent Celebrity Solstice. Combine this with a luxury coach tour and see the best of New Zealand’s iconic attractions and stunning scenery not included on the cruise, giving you the complete New Zealand experience.Read more
Our premium day sightseeing tours allow you to experience the very best of New Zealand your way. GreatSights offers the flexibility to tailor your travel and create a bespoke itinerary that suits you perfectly.
With over 50 tours, all the key destinations are covered, including the sparkling waters of the Bay of Islands, the stunning sight of glow worms at Waitomo Caves, the mythical movie set of Hobbiton, a taste of Māori culture and the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua, Mount Cook, the highest peak in the Southern Alps, the tourist mecca of Queenstown, and the majestic fiords of Milford Sound and the glaciers of the West Coast
Our speciality is ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences, whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, authentic cultural experiences, wildlife and nature, or all of these. If you have limited time, you can rest assured you’ll get all the unmissable scenic highlights, and know that every detail is taken care of. If you have longer to spend, we can make extra stops and combine day tours to make your time truly memorable.
You’ll travel in style and comfort with GreatSights – our coaches are equipped with air conditioning and WiFi, reclining seats and onboard video. Tours provide multi-lingual commentary, while our Milford Sound coaches feature glass roofs to view the region’s spectacular scenery. Our expert local drivers give you informative and entertaining commentary on the history and geography of the locations you visit.Read more
InterCity provides New Zealand’s largest passenger transportation network, with coaches taking people to more than 600 destinations around the country.
The network is designed for independent travellers to experience New Zealand like a local. With InterCity, you get access to more than 130 daily bus services to take you between towns and cities. With economic fares and frequent and reliable services, travelling with InterCity offers great value.
InterCity’s high level of service and comfort, breadth of network, the frequency of service and flexibility makes it the ideal New Zealand transport choice. Its modern coach fleet offers a comfortable trip between destinations, experienced drivers, good seating and free WiFi.Read more
The Rees Hotel Queenstown is a sophisticated five-star hotel situated right on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, in the South Island of New Zealand. The Rees offers a variety of spacious and luxurious accommodation options including 60 Hotel rooms, 90 Apartments and five private, 3 bedroom/ 3 bathroom Lakeside Residences, all with terraces, showcasing spectacular views across Lake Wakatipu to the alpine panorama of the Remarkable Mountain range.
The many exceptional features at The Rees Hotel include a library of rare books and art, courtesy shuttle to/from Queenstown town centre, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, movies and local telephone calls, conference rooms, a fully-equipped gymnasium, secure undercover parking, electric car-charging station and its own private beach and wharf accessing jet-boat and water taxi services. Guests can swim from our wharf or beach – but it’s not for the faint-hearted!
Our team of experienced local and international staff pride themselves on delivering professional friendly service that consistently exceeds our guests’ expectations and is a hallmark of The Rees Hotel’s reputation.
Luxury vehicle and heli transfers and services are available to guests, ski lockers and a dedicated ski concierge are available during the winter season and a fleet of mountain bikes can be hired year-round. Walking and biking trails are directly accessible from the hotel around Lake Wakatipu and into Queenstown. In-room spa treatments and babysitting services can be arranged on request and children are particularly well catered for.
True South Dining Room is the property’s multi-award-winning fine-dining restaurant. The executive chef Ben Batterbury and his team create exquisite menus taking advantage of the spectacular produce available from passionate local suppliers in Central Otago. Our sommelier can advise or match these dining delights to wines from our internationally awarded list and Bordeau Wine cellar, featuring a comprehensive collection of wine from the great houses of Burgundy and Bordeaux alongside the best offerings from New Zealand. Regular exclusive culinary events and winemaker’s dinners are held at the property each year.
Quiet, private and sophisticated, The Rees Hotel Queenstown epitomizes southern hospitality at its finest and an authentic New Zealand experience.
Mitai Maori Village will give you an authentic introduction to Maori culture leaving you amazed and in awe. The Mitai family is proud to have created a sacred and spiritual place that offers you an authentic indigenous cultural experience like no other. The evening is guaranteed to leave you enthralled by the fascinating Maori Culture.
Upon arrival at our Mitai Maori Village, you will learn the basic guidelines of entering such a sacred place. Enter the world of Mitai and be enthralled by the natural bush setting, and learn of the past times and history of this significant area which once was occupied and flourished in villages.
See warriors in traditional dress paddle an ancient warrior canoe (waka) down the Wai-o-whiro stream, and don’t miss your only opportunity in the Rotorua area to see glow worms in their natural habitat. Marvel at the crystal clear water full of eels and trout flowing directly from the earth at the sacred “Fairy Spring”.
Be captivated by songs, dances and games in a rich powerful entertaining cultural concert, complete with the spine-tingling “Haka” Maori war dance. View the uplifting of the hangi from the earth cooked oven (Hangi Pit) in the ground and learn the preparation and contents of the traditional hangi. Learn the art of Ta Moko (tattoo), Maori customs, Musical instrument, Poi dance (Ball on the end of a string), Carving, Flora and fauna and the medicinal uses and learn of our glow worm and the sacred freshwater spring.
Dine on the authentic hangi feast which includes a hot selection of succulent New Zealand meats and poultry, delicious vegetables and fresh salads, topped off with tempting dessert buffet style.
Auckland is New Zealand's largest city and main transport hub. Imagine an urban environment where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanting holiday islands. Add a sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping.Read More
Nestled between a sparkling harbor and rolling green hills, New Zealand's capital city is renowned for its arts, heritage, culture and native beauty. Wellington buzzes with delicatessens, cafes and restaurants – it’s a city that enjoys gourmet food and fine wine. Known as the culinary capital of New Zealand, Wellington is famous for its tucked-away bars, quirky cafes, award-winning restaurants and great coffee.Read More
Stewart Island is New Zealand's third largest island, situated 30 kilometers south of the South Island, across the Foveaux Straight. In the Māori language, it’s known as Rakiura which means ‘the land of glowing skies’. The Aurora Australis which often appears in these southern skies will show inkling why.Read More
Captivated by the majestic beauty of the surrounding mountains and rivers, it’s rumored that gold prospectors gave this now cosmopolitan town its name. Queenstown sits on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic alpine ranges. World famous for its iconic scenery, friendly people, golf courses, wineries and smorgasbord of outdoor activities, you'll never be short of things to do in Queenstown.Read More
Nelson is a lifestyle; that’s the best way to describe it. Situated at the top north-west of the South Island, it is the sunniest region in New Zealand. Perhaps it’s the sun, perhaps it’s the location, but Nelson, New Zealand, has long been a magnet for creative people. There are more than 350 working artists and craftspeople living in Nelson, traditional, contemporary and Maori. Visit their studios and find a unique piece to take home with you.Read More
Located at the top of the South Island, Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine growing region and the home of world-renowned sauvignon blanc. Marlborough enjoys high sunshine hours and a temperate climate so that visitors can experience all of Marlborough’s diversity through the season. No matter what time of year, there is always something going on in Marlborough, New Zealand.Read More
Hawke’s Bay is one of New Zealand’s warmest, driest regions and this has made it one of the country’s leading producers of wine; notably red wines – cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah – but also with some quite stunning whites. The region is the first stop on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail, and it's a popular place for bicycle wine tours.Read More
Known as the Edinburgh of New Zealand, Dunedin is the country's city of the south, wearing its Scottish heritage with pride. Surrounded by dramatic hills and at the foot of a long, picturesque harbour, Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. The accommodation is good and plentiful; the nightlife buzzes with funky bars and delicious restaurants and the natural attractions are unique and fascinating.Read More
The Coromandel, with its pristine beaches, native forests and laid-back vibe, is one of New Zealand’s most popular and best-loved holiday destinations. A binocular’s view across the gulf from Auckland, the Coromandel is everything that a big city isn’t. Cloaked in native rainforest with dazzling white sand beaches, it is rustic, unspoiled and relaxed.Read More
Sitting within the Pacific Rim of Fire, Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland with bubbling mud pools, clouds of steam, and natural hot springs perfect for bathing and relaxing in. After marvelling at the distinctive landscapes and volcanic activity within a geothermal park, enjoy a simple soak in a natural hot stream or indulge in a wellness getaway at a luxurious spa.Read More
Christchurch, New Zealand is interwoven by two rivers linking parks, gardens and avenues. Bordered by the Port Hills and the Pacific Ocean, it is situated on the Canterbury Plains with the Southern Alps as a majestic backdrop. Funky Christchurch city and the vast Canterbury region have plenty to keep you busy, whether you're a shopaholic, wild adventurer or history buff.Read More
Taupo was created nearly two thousand years ago by a volcanic eruption so big it darkened the skies in Europe and China. Visit the Craters of the Moon and you'll see evidence of the lake's fiery birth in the geysers, steaming craters and boiling mud pools. At some of Lake Taupo's beaches, swimmers and paddlers can enjoy warm, geothermal water currents.Read More
The Bay of Islands is a subtropical micro-region known for its stunning beauty & history. For those that love beaches and water activities, it's paradise. A three hour drive or 35 minute flight north of Auckland, the Bay of Islands encompasses 144 islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula and includes the boutique towns of Opua, Paihia, Russell and Kerikeri.Read More
The West Coast, or ‘the Coast’ as locals call it, is a wild place of rivers and rainforests, glaciers and geological treasures. Never more than 50 kilometres wide, the whole stretch down the West Coast of the South Island - of which Greymouth is the largest town - is home to only 31,000 people. It’s good if you’ve got your own transport because this is a long region and there’s a lot to see. In fact, the Great Coast Road stretching from Westport to Greymouth was recently voted one of the top 10 coastal drives in the world by Lonely Planet.Read More
Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealand's smallest national park - but it's perfectly formed for relaxation and adventure. A coastal paradise that you can walk through or explore by cruise boat, sailing catamaran, water taxi or sea kayak, visitors love the way the Abel Tasman National Park mixes physical exertion with beach life. Bursts of hiking or paddling are punctuated by sun bathing, swimming and sedate snorkeling.Read More
New Zealand is a food and wine lover’s paradise. Vineyards stretch throughout every region, chefs put playful local twists on fine cuisine. New Zealand food and wine festivals serve up taste sensations with a side of local music. New Zealand is made up of sublime forests, mountains, lakes, beaches and fiords and makes for one of the best hiking destinations on Earth. Discover this outdoor enthusiasts’ playground through cycling, hiking, surfing, fly fishing, or jet-boating. You name it – New Zealand’s got it.
Conditions around Auckland are subtropical, with warm, humid summers and mild winters. Further south, winters can be chilly, with frost. The South Island is generally cooler, with occasional snow in the winter and mild summer evenings. As New Zealand lies in the Southern Hemisphere, it has opposite seasons to those living in the northern half of the world.
|Season:||Temperature Range (Celsius)||Seasonal Comments|
|Spring||3°C to 19°C|
|Summer||8°C to 24°C|
|Fall||4°C to 21°C|
|Winter||-1°C to 16°C|