Breathtaking New Zealand

Classic Touring

15 Days from $8,849

Feb 2020 - Feb 2021 Departures

​This all-encompassing tour of New Zealand starts in the beautiful city of Auckland on North Island. Discover emerald-green landscapes, thermal springs and geysers in Rotorua and Napier, then spend some time in the capital Wellington, before sailing across the Cook Strait to South Island. Snow-capped mountains, shimmering glaciers and beautiful Milford Sound await and there's also time to explore Queenstown and the vibrant city of Christchurch.

Overview

What's included

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host & Specialist Local Guide
  • 14 nights in 3 & 4-star hotels
  • 17 meals: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners including welcome & farewell drinks
  • Free scheduled group transfers are available on arrival & departure. Other transport & porterage included

Included excursions

  • Waitomo glow worm caves
  • Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch & Napier sightseeing
  • Te Puia Thermal Reserve
  • Cruise on Milford Sound
  • Journey on the TranzAlpine Train
  • Local Flavours - Dinner & wine-tasting at the Mission Estate Winery

Optional excursions

  • Float-plane/helicopter ride to Mount Tarawera
  • Hobbiton movie set or Rainbow Springs Nature Park
  • Cultural experience & Tamaki Hangi feast
  • Scenic helicopter flight over a glacier
  • Kawarau jet boat ride
  • Ride the Skyline Queenstown Gondola for stargazing & dinner
  • Dart River excursion
  • Steamship cruise on Lake Wakatipu
  • Mount Cook scenic flight

Some of the above optional experiences can only be booked when you arrive in New Zealand

Itinerary

Make your own way to Auckland, where you can meet us for the scheduled group transfers to your hotel. Your Tour Manager will meet you at the hotel for your welcome meeting this evening.

​The beautiful city of Auckland is the largest in New Zealand, situated on the North Island in the Hauraki Gulf. We’ll admire its spectacular skyline on an included tour this morning. Later, you will have time to explore the city further at your leisure.

Today we will journey through the dairy-rich Waikato farming region, home of the Maori kingdom, and visit the world-famous Waitomo Caves. The amazing glow-worm grotto is a fascinating sight and we will explore in the company of a Local Guide.

Today you have the option to join a tour of Hobbiton, the location created for the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit films. Alternatively join us for an optional excursion to Rainbow Springs, where you can catch a glimpse of the rare, flightless kiwi bird, take a ride on a gondola and enjoy a taste of regional wines. Tonight, you’ll have a chance to experience a Maori concert and sample an authentic Hangi meal on an optional tour.​

Today we visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve, home to the extraordinary boiling mud pools and spouting geysers that New Zealand is so famous for. We then head to Napier, home to one of the finest collections of Art Deco-style buildings in the world and with an ideal climate for growing grapes. Sample some of the locally cultivated wines before we discover more of the town. We’ll enjoy a group dinner this evening at a winery estate.

​Wellington, New Zealand’s wonderful capital, enjoys a beautiful setting on the southern tip of the North Island. We’ll head here today with an orientation tour on arrival to highlight the city’s main sights.

​We have left today free for you to explore the city with your travelling companions. Perhaps take the cable car to the Botanical Gardens or visit the Te Papa Museum, which offers a wealth of information about New Zealand and its history, along with a collection of art.

​We set sail for the South Island today. Once back on land we continue the drive to Christchurch and enjoy the stunning scenery of the Kaikoura coast along the way.

The TranzAlpine offers a spectacular journey into the Southern Alps. We’ll be on board the train from Christchurch to Arthur’s Pass, passing through the contrasting scenery of the snow-capped Southern Alps and majestic gorges. We then continue south to the magnificent scenery and glaciers of the Franz Josef and Fox Glacier regions.

Travel through Westland National Park with tremendous views as we head to Queenstown, a popular resort in both summer and winter.

Later on, you may wish to join us for an optional ride on the Skyline Queenstown Gondola. We’ll travel 450 metres above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu for fabulous views of the night sky and an incredible stargazing experience. A delicious dinner in the restaurant at the top of the gondola rounds off a wonderful evening.

Te Anau is the gateway to Fjordland National Park and our first port of call on today’s tour. We continue through the lush beech forests of the Eglinton Valley and the eroded glacial canyons of the Hollyford Valley, before arriving at Milford Sound.

A cruise on the Sound is a great way to appreciate the beauty of the area.

Explore Queenstown at your leisure or perhaps join an optional excursion to take a ride on a jet boat. You’ll also enjoy a walk through the bush and go on an exciting four-wheel drive. This evening you could enjoy a relaxing steamship cruise on Lake Wakatipu and a gourmet barbecue dinner in the Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak.

Today we travel via the gold-mining town of Arrowtown. New Zealand’s spectacular scenery is never-ending and another stunning route delivers us to the Mount Cook region today.

Today we will travel over the Canterbury Plains and on to Christchurch where an orientation tour introduces us to all the main sights. This evening we’ll gather with the group to enjoy a farewell drink.

Your tour comes to an end today. Scheduled group transfers are available to the airport​, please see www.justyou.com/transfers

Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your vacation before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your vacation information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

New Zealand - Hobbiton - Rotorua

New Zealand - Hobbiton - Rotorua

from $109

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You will be transported to the Hobbiton Movie set tour which is a visitor experience based at the original location where Hobbiton was created for the filming of the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit films. It offers an interesting and entertaining experience incorporating the famous film set and a special insight into rural life. Your tour starts with a drive through the picturesque 1.250 acre sheep farm with its spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Your guide will escort you through the ten acre site recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton Movie Set was created.
Hobbit holes, The Green Dragon Inn, The Mill and other structures can be viewed and you will see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle Earth. Specially brewed beverages are available at The Green Dragon Inn as you complete your tour.

Note: Tours run in all weather conditions. Umbrellas are provided in the event of rain however it is recommended you take comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing.

Please note: due to a wide selection of excursions available, you may choose either the Hobbiton excursion or the Rainbow Springs and Gondola ride excursion due to time restraints.

4 and a half hours – Moderate Walking - Must do opportunity

New Zealand - Walter Peak Cruise and Dinner - Queenstown

New Zealand - Walter Peak Cruise and Dinner - Queenstown

from $149

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A return scenic cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm onboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw. On disembarking at Walter Peak, guests are welcomed and escorted through the lakeside gardens to the Colonel’s Homestead where they are seated for dinner. Our colonial homestead features a stately ballroom and finely appointed rooms each featuring a roaring open fire to evoke a cosy atmosphere on colder evenings. The Gourmet BBQ menu, designed by Kiwi Celebrity Chef Josh Emett, incorporates the fresh seasonal produce and locally hunted game and seafood so famous in the Central Otago region and surrounding coastal areas. All meat and seafood is cooked on the outdoor BBQ and rotisserie, in front of guests and served immediately. A locally influenced wine list and other beverages are also available to purchase at the bar. Following dinner, visitors have the option of a brief farm show or relaxing at the bar before returning onboard the TSS Earnslaw to Queenstown. A tradition is the TSS Earnslaw’s sing-along around the piano on the return journey.

Scenic Cruise – Dinner Included – Not to be missed

New Zealand - Dart River - Queenstown

New Zealand - Dart River - Queenstown

from $259

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This is a fantastic opportunity. After a Chinamans Bluff bush walk (a reasonable level of fitness is necessary for this walk) through ancient Beech forests, and a 4 wheel drive ride near the top of lake Wakitipu, you will get the chance to experience an exhilarating jet boat ride.

Please Note : We advise that you take warm clothes.

Full Day excursion – One hour Jet boat ride included – Moderate Walking

New Zealand - Stargazing, gondola ride and dinner - Queenstown

New Zealand - Stargazing, gondola ride and dinner - Queenstown

from $149

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Marvel at the stunning views as you ride the Skyline Queenstown Gondola - the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere, and one of the must-do activities in Queenstown!
Sit back and relax as the best views in the region unfold before your eyes and the Gondola carries you 450 metres above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu to the top of Bob's Peak. Enjoy the clear, unpolluted skies of Queenstown which are the perfect setting for your stargazing experience.
Perched high above Queenstown and surrounded by snow-capped mountains, keen stargazers have the opportunity to access a 'hidden world' not seen by the naked eye, and impossible to see in many other locations around the world.
To end the evening enjoy dinner at the restaurant, located at the top of the Gondola. The menu is inspired by iconic New Zealand cuisine and infused with international influences, and offers something for everyone - from fresh seafood and delectable desserts to an array of vegetarian dishes.

Approx timing - 7pm - 11pm

Evening – Not to be missed experience

New Zealand - Jet Boat ride - Queenstown

New Zealand - Jet Boat ride - Queenstown

from $129

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If you are after an adrenaline rush then you must take a ride on the Kawarau Jetboat. From Queenstown a 50 min thrill of a lifetime jetboat ride cruising across Lake Wakatipu to the emerald green waters of the Kawarau River then onto the shallow, fast moving Shotover River. You will travel at speeds of up to 50mph, often in water only 4-6 inches deep.

45 Minutes - Unforgettable Experience

New Zealand - Rotorua - Cultural Experience and Tamaki Hangi Feast

New Zealand - Rotorua - Cultural Experience and Tamaki Hangi Feast

from $119

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Journey back to a time of proud warriors and ancient traditions with a visit to the Tamaki Maori Village. The most award-winning cultural attraction in New Zealand. Experience ceremonial rituals, powerful performances and hangi feasting. Learn about the customs, protocols and stories that have been passed through the generations of time. Welcome to the world of the Maori! On this evening excursion you’ll interact with the Maori and experience things such as seeing the earth being scraped carefully away from the hangi pit to reveal baskets laden with a sumptuous mouth-watering feast cooked beneath the ground on hot stones. At the heart of the village you’ll be entertained with a powerful performance including action songs, poi, stick games and the wold famous ‘haka’ – the Maori War Dance!

Evening excursion – Minimal walking – Unforgettable

Accommodation

Grand Millennium Auckland is located in the city centre short walk away from Sky Tower and with many options of dining, shopping and entertainment at the doorstep. Modern hotel rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and tea/coffee-making facilities. Other hotel amenities include an indoor heated swimming pool, a gym with two saunas and various dining options, including a Japanese restaurant.
The 3-star Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua is set on the shores of the lake and close to Rotorua's vibrant city centre. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, outdoor swimming pool and spa. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, safe, refrigerator, iron, tea/coffee-maker and hairdryer.
You will stay at the 4-star Scenic Hotel Te Pania perfectly located on the edge of Hawkes Bay. Hotel facilities include a restaurant and bar. Bedrooms have private facilities, TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee-making facilities.
The Park Hotel Lambton Quay is situated in the heart of Wellington. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, bar & fitness centre. Rooms are furnished with free Wi-Fi, TV, tea & coffee making facilities and a hairdryer.
The 3.5-star Quality Hotel Elms is located in the Papanui area of Christchurch, with bars and restaurants in the local vicinity. The city centre is within easy reach.
The 4-star Scenic Franz Josef Hotel is located close to one of New Zealand's most spectacular natural attractions, the Franz Josef Glacier. Hotel facilities include restaurant, bar/lounge and spa. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, mini-bar, tea/coffee-maker, TV and hairdryer.
The 4-star Holiday Inn Queenstown Frankton Road has a peaceful setting amongst alpine scenery and picturesque lakes, yet it's conveniently close to the city. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, sauna and tennis court. Bedrooms have private facilities, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, hairdryer and Wi-Fi.
The 3-star Heritage Gateway Hotel in Omarama is set amongst landscaped gardens offering wonderful views of the surrounding mountains. Hotel facilities include a restaurant and bar. Bedrooms have private facilities, TV, iron, refrigerator, tea/coffee-maker and hairdryer.
The 3.5-star Quality Hotel Elms is located in the Papanui area of Christchurch, with bars and restaurants in the local vicinity. The city centre is within easy reach.

Grand Millennium Auckland

Just You have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

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Monday 01 Mar 2021

15 Days

$8,849

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