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24 day New Zealand Private Tour – Auckland to Queenstown via the East Coast

Experience the very best that both the North and South Islands have to offer for your ultimate New Zealand holiday. You’ll be left breathless by the spectacular and diverse landscapes that are spread out over New Zealand and its east coast. With so much natural beauty to enjoy, be sure to have your cameras ready! You can experience all that makes New Zealand great from the rare and unique wildlife, to the friendly people and its rich history and culture. With an abundance of activities to choose from you can do as much or as little as you like.
  • Stay in the stunning Bay of Islands and explore its beautiful oceans and/or immerse yourself in our Maori history.
  • You can visit the very top of the North Island and watch as two oceans collide.
  • Have the option of taking a variety of cruises to the incredible Cathedral Cove
  • Visit Hot Water Beach
  • Enjoy the spectacular scenery including active volcanoes, craters, mud boiling and geysers erupting
  • Spend some time exploring the vibrant capital city of New Zealand
  • You could go searching for our giant sperm whales or swim with dusky dolphins
  • View Dunedin’s Victorian and Edwardian architecture
  • You can have a close encounter with the endangered Yellow Eyed Penguin or view the majestic Royal Albatross
  • Have the option to explore the beautiful blue waters of Stewart Island
  • Be spoilt for choice in New Zealand’s ‘Adventure Capital’ with plenty of adrenaline filled activities available
24 day New Zealand Private Tour – Auckland to Queenstown via the East Coast
TIME Unlimited Tours24 day New Zealand Private Tour – Auckland to Queenstown via the East Coast
TIME Unlimited Tours24 day New Zealand Private Tour – Auckland to Queenstown via the East Coast
TIME Unlimited Tours24 day New Zealand Private Tour – Auckland to Queenstown via the East Coast
TIME Unlimited Tours24 day New Zealand Private Tour – Auckland to Queenstown via the East Coast
TIME Unlimited Tours24 day New Zealand Private Tour – Auckland to Queenstown via the East Coast
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Day 1: We will collect you from your Auckland accommodation where we then head north to the magnificent Waipoua Forest. Home to some of New Zealand’s largest kauri trees, you can experience one of the amazing Footprints Waipoua Tours. Walk through rare flora and fauna to gaze in awe at these beautiful trees while hearing the interesting stories and legends of the forest told by a Maori guide. You can meet “The Father of the Forest” which is the oldest known kauri tree in the world. Before the tour ends you will have the memorable experience of meeting Tane Mahuta, New Zealand’s largest kauri tree which is regarded as “Lord of the forest” and you will surely see why.

We then head to Opononi which became famous in the mid 1950’s by a friendly dolphin named Opo who let children ride on her back. From here we overlook the beautiful Hokianga Harbour and its stunning sand dunes. From the Opononi wharf you could catch a water taxi over to these massive sand dunes on the other side of the harbour and try sandboarding. This provides you with quite a thrill as you will slide down the sand dunes on boogie boards.

We then head to the stunning Bay of Islands for a little slice of paradise.

Accommodation in the Bay of Islands region.

Day 2: We make our way to the beautiful town of Paihia which is rightly referred to as “the jewel of the Bay of Islands”. Whether you are after a day filled with adventure or want to simply relax, Paihia has something for everyone.

You have the option to explore the very best of the Bay of Islands including the spectacular Hole in the Rock a number of ways including a boat cruise, catamaran, or even by jet ski. If you are in luck you may also get to sight some dolphins and whales along the way. If spotting dolphins isn’t quite enough for you, how about you book a tour that offers an amazing experience where you can get up close and personal when you swim with them. If you are after a truly unforgettable experience then we can arrange for you to visit the Hole in the Rock, either going by boat or even landing by helicopter on the newly-built helipad situated on top of the island. Here you will be surrounded by breathtaking scenery and you have the option of learning the island’s unique history and its cultural significance.

Other options you may be interested in doing while in the Bay of Islands include; fishing charters, parasailing, kayaking or diving.

Take a short ferry ride over to romantic Russell if you are interested in dining at some outstanding seaside restaurants or exploring some historic buildings including Pompallier Mission and Christ’s Church.

If you are interested in discovering more about New Zealand’s unique history, then visiting the Waitangi Treaty Grounds is a must-do! This is our most important historic site as this is where the Treaty of Waitangi - New Zealand’s founding document was signed in 1840. Here you can visit the Museum of Waitangi, the historic Treaty House, the magnificently carved Meeting House and the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe. You’ll hear stories about the momentous events that helped shape New Zealand and guided tours and cultural performances are available for your enjoyment.

Accommodation in the Bay of Islands region.

Day 3: After breakfast we can head to the top of the North Island to the beautiful Cape Reinga where you can watch from the lighthouse as two oceans collide. Be sure to have your camera ready as you won’t want to miss the breathtaking scenery that surrounds you. However, you also have the opportunity to take either a helicopter or aeroplane scenic flight which provides an excellent way to travel to Cape Reinga while also getting to experience some of the most spectacular coastal scenery that Northland has to offer. You’ll see some beautiful harbours and beaches, some of which are only accessible by either air or sea. This option can also provide you with the experience of “sand surfing” which entails sliding down Te Paki’s giant sand dunes on boogie boards. Whichever way you choose to see Cape Reinga it will be a memory you won’t ever forget.

After a wonderful day exploring the far north we then take you to one of our natural treasures - the stunning Matauri Bay with its beautiful white sand beaches and crystal clear waters.

We strive in making sure you have a range of options so you can choose the best fit for you, however for your last night’s accommodation we highly recommend The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs which is Northland’s premier luxury destination. You will be surrounded by outstanding 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean and provides some spectacular facilities for you to enjoy. From a private pink beach to a world-class golf course to a luxury spa, there is surely something here that everyone will love.

There are also a range of other lovely accommodation options in the Matauri Bay area which we will be happy to arrange for you on your behalf if you wish.

Accommodation in Matauri Bay.

Day 4: You have the morning to enjoy all that Matauri Bay has to offer before we set off on our way back to Auckland.

We will head to Kerikeri which is the largest town in Northland and is rich in history. Here you can see some of the most historic buildings in New Zealand, including the Stone Store and Kerikeri Mission Station. To stretch your legs you can follow a quick and easy walk to see the stunning Rainbow Falls.

Our next stop is the Kawiti Caves where you can see pristine rainforest and breathtaking rock formations. Here you have the option to discover the magic of Northland’s ultimate glow worm experience by entering a 200 metre limestone cave system where galaxies of glowworms await. You’ll learn all about the lifecycle of these glow worms and even get close enough to see its body and tail light which is a stunning blue/green colour.

From here we head south to Whangarei where we stop at the town basin which is filled with some lovely cafes, restaurants, art galleries and museums you can take some time to look around at.

Once we depart Whangarei we make our way back down to the vibrant city of Auckland. If you like we can visit the Sky Tower, a dominant feature of Auckland’s landscape, for some fine-dining and incredible 360° views. Otherwise we can recommend some incredible places for your evening meal.

Accommodation in Auckland.

Day 5: You can choose from any of our Auckland luxury tours that we offer. We’ll spend the day showing you the very best of Auckland including some of our favourite spots. We can visit our stunning west coast including its black sand beaches and waterfalls, or you can discover Auckland through the eyes of a local Maori guide and learn about our fascinating history and culture.

Accommodation in Auckland.

Day 6: We leave Auckland and head to the stunning Coromandel, renowned for its natural beauty and pristine golden beaches.

There are plenty of activities on offer for you to get out and explore the beauty of the Coromandel. You can visit the incredible Cathedral Cove either by boat or kayak with local guides who can explain the cultural and historical significance of the sites you will be exploring within the marine reserve. Make sure you have your camera ready as you won’t want to miss the natural beauty you see before you. You even have the choice of going by glass bottom boat so along the way you can view the marine life through the glass or jump in and snorkel with them!

We can visit the world-famous Hot Water Beach where you can dig your own spa pool in the sand as naturally heated mineral water bubbles up through the sand, sit back and relax while being only a few metres away from the Pacific Ocean.

Home to two marine reserves, you may be interested in scuba diving or snorkelling around these spectacular reserves and discovering the wide range of marine life. Or if you want to stay dry, how about going on a fishing charter? There are plenty of types of fishing on offer from chasing marlin and tuna to live baiting for kingfish and surfcasting from the beach for kahawai.

For those seeking a full day of adventure, you can abseil, jump, zip line and slide down a number of cascading waterfalls in the Sleeping God canyon. Perfect for you if you are after both a thrill and a challenge!

On the other hand, if you’re after some relaxation then you could visit the Lost Spring and relax in luxury thermal pools while enjoying soothing waterfalls and poolside service. You can also be pampered at the day spa, all while being amongst tropical surroundings.

Accommodation in the Coromandel.

Day 7: Choose what you’d like to do from the range of wonderful options that allow you to enjoy the best of what the Coromandel has to offer.

Accommodation in the Coromandel.

Day 8: We depart the Coromandel and head south to arrive in Rotorua, which is renowned for its geothermal activity and Maori culture. The city offers a range of different attractions for everyone from adrenaline junkies to those just looking to relax. We can help plan the perfect trip for you based around what will best suit your individual needs.

We recommend you visit one of Rotorua’s incredible thermal parks so you can experience the unique landscapes and volcanic activity. From bubbling mud pools, clouds of steam and natural hot springs you can relax in, you won’t be disappointed. There are a number of options, all with their own unique features and we can help suggest which one may suit you best.

We also highly recommend that you experience our Maori culture by visiting a Living Maori Village and witnessing incredible cultural performances and enjoy a Hangi – a mouth-watering feast cooked underground on hot rocks.

We can visit the Government Gardens where you can explore the historic gardens and take in the views of all there is to offer. While here you have the option of visiting the Rotorua museum if you want to discover Rotorua’s rich culture, volatile landscape and dramatic history. After this you might want to unwind and relax at the Polynesian Spa, a world-leading, natural hot mineral bathing and luxury spa retreat.

You can take a leisurely uphill gondola ride at Skyline Rotorua to marvel at the incredible views of Rotorua including the surrounding lakes and geothermal areas. At the top there is plenty for you to enjoy. From having a delicious meal at the Stratosfare Restaurant and Bar or the Market Kitchen Café to mountain biking or walking tracks that take advantage of the fantastic views there is something for everyone. You can even come up here in the evening to experience a guided tour of our galaxy with a stargazing experience! Enjoy the three luge tracks with differing skill levels as you speed downhill, twisting and turning with the stunning backdrop of Redwood forest. Or you can zoom through the forest on a zipline! If that still isn’t enough, you can test your limits at Rotorua’s highest and fastest adrenaline rush, with the Skyswing.

There are plenty of stunning rivers and lakes to explore which could be done either by jet boating, white water rafting, kayaking, parasailing and even stand up paddle boarding. The region is a fisherman’s dream if you’re after catching some trophy trout!

We can visit the Agrodome which provides a truly unique New Zealand farming experience with a display of interesting live farm shows.

If you’re interested in mountain biking or hiking there are some incredible trails we can take you to, including through the mighty Redwoods Forest, which is known as one of the most beautiful forests in the world.

You could take a helicopter or floatplane for spectacular views of Rotorua including its stunning lakes, geothermal reserves and remarkable volcanoes. You even have the option of landing on New Zealand’s only permanently active volcano White Island. This will be a truly unique experience you won’t forget anytime soon!

For those seeking adventure, there are plenty of options for you to choose from. You could visit Agroventures Adventure Park if you are looking for a truly unique experience. Here you can take a thrilling ride on one of New Zealand’s fastest jet boats and the world’s first ever jet-sprint! The closest you’ll get to being a superhero is by doing the Freefall Xtreme – New Zealand’s only wind tunnel and the only place you can body fly! Or experience the world’s one and only Shweeb – a suspended aerodynamic racing pod that you pedal as fast as you can. Race against your friends and family or there’s even a prize to win if you can beat the current world record! You can also do a bungy jump or take a ride on the Swoop super swing! Or you could visit Adventure Playground which offers the choice of quad biking, horse trekking, 4WD buggy tours and clay bird shooting!

Accommodation in Rotorua.

Day 9: Choose what you’d like to do from the range of wonderful options that allow you to enjoy the best of what Rotorua has to offer.

Accommodation in Rotorua.

Day 10: We depart Rotorua and take a short drive to arrive in Taupo, which sits on the edge of New Zealand’s largest lake. We’ll stop at the incredible Huka Falls, where you’ll shortly see why its New Zealand’s most visited and photographed natural attraction!

The Great Lake Taupo has plenty of enjoyable water activities on offer from; kayaking, jet boating, jet skiing, white water rafting, parasailing, water skiing and wakeboarding. One of Taupo’s many natural wonders are some incredible Maori Rock Carvings that you can go and see either by taking a scenic cruise or sailing, while getting to enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the lake. Fishermen and fisherwomen could enjoy a fishing charter around Lake Taupo. Or if you want to visit the ‘Trout Fishing Capital of New Zealand’ then we can head out of town to Turangi so you can experience the very best that New Zealand trout and fly fishing has to offer.

Taupo offers plenty of delicious wine and cuisine as well as boutique shopping if you are looking for a more relaxed afternoon. We can visit the iconic Huka Prawn Park if you’d like some mouth-watering prawn dishes for lunch.

There are some world-class mountain biking tracks you could spend the day exploring or for the adventurous, there is also bungy jumping, skydiving, and quad biking. You can take a scenic flight on a helicopter or floatplane for a spectacular viewing experience. Golf players there are a range of courses for you to play on, including the famous Wairakei Golf & Sanctuary, which is one of the most popular golfing destinations in New Zealand and is not only an amazing golf course but also a beautiful environment for plants and birdlife. Or for anyone who’s interested you can try the Hole in One Challenge where you have to hit a golf ball 100 metres over the lake and onto a floating pontoon. All we can say is good luck!

If you want to relax after a busy day exploring Taupo we can take you to one of its many thermal hot pools, where you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings as you unwind.

Accommodation in Taupo.

Day 11: Choose what you’d like to do from the range of wonderful options that allow you to enjoy the best of what Taupo has to offer.

Accommodation in Taupo.

Day 12: We head to the east coast to Hawke’s Bay, which is known for its gourmet food and world-class wineries as it is one of New Zealand’s warmest and driest regions. If you are interested, you can enjoy a wine tour or even partake in a bicycle wine tour. You’ll have a wine and food experience that you won’t forget along with enjoying some stunning scenery!

We can take a drive to Cape Kidnappers which is home to the world’s largest and most accessible mainland gannet colony. You can get up close to this colony a number of ways, either by foot, sitting on a tractor trailer or even by kayak - the choice is yours!

Depending on the season, we can visit the stunning Mohaka River if you are interested in some of New Zealand’s best white water rafting, from gentle whitewater and enjoying the scenery to challenging and technical rapids you have the choice from river grade 2 to grade 5. You also have the choice of kayaking the river if you prefer.

This river is also world renowned for trout fishing. Try and catch a trophy sized trout! We can organise Mohaka raft trout fishing for people wanting to experience both great fishing and great scenery.

You can just relax on some of the gorgeous beaches along the coast, with 360 kilometres of coastline to choose from you have a wide selection of beaches offering incredible swimming and surfing. You could even take a helicopter flight and choose a sightseeing package or design your own!

Golf players will be lining up to play a round at the spectacular Cape Kidnappers Golf Course. The 18 hole course was designed by world renowned golf architect Tom Doak, where you’ll be 140 metres above sea level surrounded by breathtaking natural landscape and it’s designed to challenge golfers at all skill levels.

You have the option of having your accommodation while in Hawke’s Bay at The Farm at Cape Kidnappers if you are after luxury, spectacular views and an outstanding hospitality experience. They offer a range of facilities to accommodate everyone's needs, from their 5-star golf course to heated infinity pool and jacuzzi to a range of spa treatments and a fully equipped gym. They also have plenty of activities available on property from walking trails, horse treks, mountain biking, and clay target shooting.

Accommodation in the Hawke’s Bay region.

Day 13: Choose what you’d like to do from the range of wonderful options that allow you to enjoy the best of what Hawke’s Bay has to offer.

Accommodation in the Hawke’s Bay region.

Day 14: We then depart Hawke's Bay and head to the capital of New Zealand, Wellington, known for its arts, culture, heritage and natural beauty. There’s plenty to see and do here and you’ll have a great two days exploring the very best Wellington has to offer. We’ll take a drive to the summit of Mount Victoria for you to enjoy the spectacular 360° views of Wellington.

We can explore the waterfront a number of ways including by bike, roller skate or simply have a wander and explore the many unique shops, and take your pick from a range of cafes, restaurants and bars for a bite to eat or a refreshing drink. Keep your eyes peeled for inspiring artworks dotted along the waterfront. We can also stop off along the way at Te Papa, our innovative national museum where you can enjoy the interactive displays showcasing New Zealand’s fascinating history, art, and indigenous people. If you want to get out and paddle around in the harbour instead you can hire a kayak, stand up paddle board or even a pedal boat.

There is plenty of time for us to visit New Zealand’s ‘coolest street’ - Cuba Street which provides an inner city slice of Bohemia with plenty of culinary and creative soul and provides a unique place to shop or dine!

We can take a ride up the iconic and historic Wellington cable car which climbs up to the Botanic Garden and provides incredible views of the city and harbour! If you are interested we can explore key parts of Parliament's buildings including the Beehive and learn about New Zealand’s parliamentary processes. You’ll also be able to see New Zealand’s largest and grandest wooden building! We can also visit the breathtaking Old St Paul’s, an 1866 wooden cathedral which is one of New Zealand’s greatest heritage buildings and is one of the best examples of Gothic Revival architecture in the world.

A must visit for Lord of the Rings fans is Weta Workshop for a unique behind the scenes look at how they help craft some of the world’s biggest films. You can get up close to props, vehicles, armour and weapons that were crafted for movies like; Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, King Kong, The Chronicles of Narnia and more!

We can visit Zealandia, home to some of New Zealand’s most rare and extraordinary wildlife and is thriving in a protected sanctuary set around a picturesque reservoir.

Accommodation in Wellington.

Day 15: Choose what you’d like to do from the range of wonderful options that allow you to enjoy the best of what Wellington has to offer.

Accommodation in Wellington.

Day 16: We depart Wellington on the Interislander Cook Strait Ferry which takes us on one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world over to the South Island to arrive in Picton. We head to the seaside settlement of Kaikoura where the local speciality is crayfish and there are plenty of wonderfully unique marine wildlife experiences. You have the opportunity to go whale watching and have exciting close encounters with giant sperm whales either by boat or by the comfort of a helicopter or aeroplane. Or if you would rather go by boat and watch the dusky dolphins and if you’d like an unforgettable experience then you are able to jump in the ocean and swim with them. If neither of those ideas have got your attention, how about a truly unique experience where you can go snorkelling with New Zealand fur seals. We can also arrange fishing, kayaking, diving or snorkelling trips if you prefer.

Accommodation in the Kaikoura region.

Day 17: We leave Kaikoura and drive along the beautiful east coast to the largest city in the South Island, which suffered two major earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 which sadly destroyed many of its buildings but they are bouncing back with innovative new attractions and there are still plenty of old favourites for you to enjoy.

Christchurch has been long referred to as “The Garden City” and if you’d like to visit the award winning Botanic Gardens, home to an endless array of exotic flora and fauna, you will surely see why it gets that name.

The beautiful and tranquil Avon River can be experienced by a punting tour which involves a skilled punter propelling you slowly along the water on a handcrafted flat-bottomed boat. Flowing gently through the city centre this is an iconic way to see Christchurch from a different perspective. Alternatively, you can jump aboard the historic tram which provides you with a unique experience offering both history and sightseeing. Just let us know if one of these experiences would suit you and we will happily arrange it.

Another popular sightseeing activity is the Christchurch Gondola, if you choose to do this you’ll be 500 metres above sea level and witness spectacular 360° views overlooking the Christchurch cityscape, over the Canterbury Plains to the high peaks of the Southern Alps and the dramatic views of Banks Peninsula. These unique views you witness will not be forgotten anytime soon. If that still isn’t enough we can always arrange a helicopter scenic flight where you can fly to places and witness sights that will remain unseen to many.

For a truly unique experience, we can visit the International Antarctic Centre which offers authentic, interactive fun and an exciting experience of Antarctica for everyone. You can experience a penguin encounter, which is New Zealand’s first indoor/outdoor viewing area of Little Blue Penguins. Chill out in real ice and snow and take a ride on the Hagglund - an all-terrain vehicle to experience what it's like travelling across rough terrain. Enjoy a stunning light and sound show while learning stories of Antarctic explorers or experience the 4D theatre for a simulated cruise to Antarctica.

For those seeking adventure, the Christchurch region has plenty to offer. From jet boating down the spectacular Waimakariri river to canyoning tours where you experience swimming, cliff jumping, water slides and zip lines all in one. If you want to stay dry, then try flying, jumping and swinging through the treetops at the Adrenalin Forest.

If you’d like to have an authentic Maori experience then Ko Tane is the place to visit. Here you will witness and can take part in cultural performances and learn the Maori culture and history while enjoying a Hangi - a four course dinner where the food is cooked underground long and slow on stones that are heated in a pit.

Accommodation in the Christchurch region.

Day 18: You can spend today exploring the Christchurch region and we will happily arrange a fantastic day filled with activities and attractions to suit your needs.

However, you also have the option of a day trip where you can enjoy the stunning scenic drive to the picturesque seaside settlement of Akaroa, the most French town in New Zealand. Here you can experience its historic buildings, the incredible harbour filled with marine mammals and the passion they have for French cuisine. You have the option to take a harbour cruise if you are interested in swimming with the world’s rarest and smallest Hector’s dolphin, as Akaroa is the only place in the world you can do this you don’t want to miss out! You may also see other special wildlife including New Zealand fur seals and the White Flippered Blue Penguin, which is the smallest penguin in the world. You won’t just witness the wildlife, you’ll be shown many incredible sea caves and volcanic cliffs. The pink, purple and red volcanic amphitheatre will surely take your breath away. Other options include; kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and jet boating. If you’d like to know more about the history of Akaroa, we can explore the historic cottages, Akaroa museum and The Giant's House.

Accommodation in the Christchurch region.

Day 19: We continue along the beautiful east coast to the city of Dunedin where you’ll find some unique landscapes, Victorian and Edwardian architecture, and some incredible wildlife.

There are plenty of interesting buildings and landmarks for us to visit. Marvel at the Dunedin railway station, one of New Zealand’s most photographed buildings. You can take a tour of the Olveston Historic Home which is an authentic historic home that sheds light on the life of a wealthy merchant family during the early twentieth century. You can also enjoy a tour through New Zealand’s infamous castle, Larnach Castle, learn the Larnach family legacy and then explore the castle’s award winning gardens. You’ll soon see why Baldwin Street is recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the steepest street in the world! We can visit Dunedin Botanic Gardens, which is the very first botanic garden in New Zealand and has plenty of beauty to admire including a wide range of rare and endangered native plant species.

Chocolate lovers may wish to visit Cadbury World where you can discover and sample different elements in the chocolate making process and even get to create your own! Visit the Cadbury World Cafe for some delicious chocolatey goodness. What about beer lovers? You can visit The Speight’s Ale House, situated within the historic Speight’s Brewery. Here you’ll learn the history of beer making, the brewing process, and of course get to experience some sampling of their most famous beers. If you’re after lunch or dinner they have some Ale House classics to offer or just have some nibbles and drinks in this iconic venue.

Accommodation in Dunedin.

Day 20: Our second day here in Dunedin could be spent exploring the incredible nature it has to offer. You’ll surely enjoy the spectacular views of the Otago Peninsula and can visit some of the magnificent world famous wildlife. First of all, we can visit the most popular city beach, St Clair which is just one of Dunedin's many beautiful beaches. Then make our way to Tunnel beach which has spectacular sandstone cliffs, a man-made tunnel that takes you to the secluded beach that has caves covered in mysterious fossils.

We can take a trip to Penguin Place to visit the endangered Yellow Eyed Penguins where you will witness and can photograph undisturbed activity at close range. Then we could head to the Royal Albatross Centre, which is the only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross in the world. You don’t want to miss out on seeing these majestic seabirds in their natural habitat! There is also the chance to go on a viewing tour to see our Little Blue Penguins in their natural habitat - they are the smallest penguin in the world. If you prefer you can take a wildlife cruise to see the penguins and albatross, as well as other incredible wildlife like fur-seals and if you're lucky even spot dolphins and sea-lions. Or even travel on an argo - an 8-wheel all-terrain vehicle across rugged coast to see this incredible wildlife and as an added bonus tour a New Zealand sheep shed and watch as an experienced shearer removes their fleece.

Accommodation in Dunedin.

Day 21: We set off towards our next destination. Surrounded by majestic mountains and situated on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu we arrive in Queenstown, our premier four season lake and alpine destination. With its stunning scenery and wide range of activities it offers a perfect mix of both action and relaxation.

You’ll shortly see why Queenstown is known as the adventure capital of New Zealand. There’s snowboarding and skiing in winter, and activities ranging from jet boating, bungy jumping, river rafting, horse trekking, skydiving, paragliding, hang gliding to even hot air ballooning for you to enjoy all year round.

A must see Queenstown attraction is the Skyline Gondola which offers absolutely breathtaking views overlooking Queenstown. There are plenty of things to enjoy at the top including the award winning cuisine at the scenic Stratosfare restaurant and bar, a Maori cultural experience witnessing a Haka being performed, two thrilling luge tracks, paragliding, AJ Hackett's Bungy and Swing, and if you go up after dark you can have an amazing stargazing experience as it provides an unbelievably clear view of the night sky.
You have the opportunity to cruise Lake Wakatipu aboard the iconic steamship the TSS Earnslaw to experience some of Queenstown’s most spectacular alpine scenery while also exploring this 103 year old steamship. If you’d like more than just a cruise you can add on a visit to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a taste of New Zealand’s farming lifestyle. Here you can take a guided farm tour, go on a horse trek, and have a lovely barbecue lunch or dinner.

You can also take a helicopter flight to expose breathtaking views of Lake Wakatipu and the stunning Queenstown region.

Accommodation in Queenstown.

Day 22: We can take a short drive to the historic gold mining town of Arrowtown. Whether you want to explore its great outdoors or browse its shops and museum or relax over a delicious meal, the choice is yours. If you are a golfer, then the golf course at Millbrook Resort is a must play! It is one of the most scenic golf courses in the world and is also a championship course. From Arrowtown, we can continue on to the small resort town of Cardrona and visit the iconic Cardrona Hotel either for a look around and a photo opportunity or for a coffee and bite to eat.

If you want to witness a true slice of paradise then we can take you on the spectacular drive to Glenorchy which sits at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu. If you like you can explore the beautiful scenery Glenorchy has to offer by horseback, jet boat, kayak or even by air either on a scenic flight or experience the thrill of a skydive. Any Lord of the Rings fans? Glenorchy has been the backdrop for many of the trilogy’s key scenes and you can take a scenic guided tour to explore some of these locations and gain a great insight about the filming stories and secrets.

Accommodation in Queenstown.

Day 23: Choose what you’d like to do from the range of wonderful options that allow you to enjoy the best of what Queenstown has to offer.

Accommodation in Queenstown.

Day 24: We are happy to leave you in Queenstown or we can drop you off at the Queenstown airport.

Rate Information: (NZ$)

Rates: 01 April – 30 September (Low Season)*

5 or more Adults price per adult per day: $295
4 Adults price per adult per day: $345
3 Adults price per adult per day: $445
2 Adults price per adult per day: $645

Rates: 01 October – 31 March (High Season)*

5 or more Adults price per adult per day: $345
4 Adults price per adult per day: $395
3 Adults price per adult per day: $495
2 Adults price per adult per day: $695

Please note: Accommodation, attractions/entry fees and meals are not included and are at your own cost however we are more than happy to provide you with recommendations and arrange these for you.

Children 4-11 years 50% off adult price

This Tour is available for a minimum of 2 people. If you would like to make a booking for one person click here to enquire.

Tour Type: Private Tour

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24 day New Zealand Private Tour – Auckland to Queenstown via the East Coast
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Additional Information

Tour Inclusions:

Pick-up and drop-off services, our knowledgeable and friendly professional guiding services in a Luxury Vehicle, all guide and vehicle expenses including guide accommodation and guide meals. All taxes are also included. Our Experienced Host-Guides (Kaiarahi) not only become your local host but can lead you to popular local places and share with you our knowledge of New Zealand’s special cultures, cuisine, cityscapes and coastlines along with its unique flora and fauna.

All our private tours can be customised further specially for you. Any of our private tours can start from the final location instead and be enjoyed travelling the other way.         

Please bring: Please bring comfortable clothing/shoes for changeable weather, sun protection, any personal medication, your camera and a smile! Where possible we encourage you to leave behind any unnecessary valuable items.

Age Information:

  • Adults are from 12 years
  • Children's age is between 4 and 11 years
  • Infants age is 0-3 years (Please note: we are only able host infants on our Private Tours)
  • Our Private Tours can be for any number of guests

General Information:

All our Private Tours can be offered in foreign languages such as German, French, Spanish and others but are subject to availability and additional fees apply. Please request this additional service at the time of booking along with any other special requirements (i.e. dietary requirements, mobility issues, medical information / equipment requests, children’s ages for NZ child seat rules, special reasons for travel, etc)

On Private Tours pick-up and drop-off locations can be at your designated accommodation, airport, cruise ship or other location. Please specify the location when booking. When pickup is from a designated meeting place including cruise ship terminal or airport, we would really appreciate receiving our guest’s mobile phone number with the booking. This helps us greatly to locate our guests just in case when we are not picking up directly from your accommodation.

Our Different Tour Types:

Small Group Tours are operated on a non-exclusive basis with other guests min 2 pax and max 15 pax and are priced on a per person basis.

Private Tours
are operated exclusively for our guests and are priced per day per passenger for any group size from 1 pax to any number required.

Please note: when we incorporate visits to attractions on Private Tours (these must be specifically stated as included, otherwise entry fees to attractions are NOT included on our Private Tours), these may or may not be private depending on what is booked. Our Private Tours on the other hand will be private just for your party.

Cancellation Policy:

Click here to view our most up to date Cancellation Policy located on our Terms and Conditions page.
24 day New Zealand Private Tour – Auckland to Queenstown via the East Coast
TIME Unlimited Tours 24 day New Zealand Private Tour – Auckland to Queenstown via the East Coast
TIME Unlimited Tours

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Your Auckland Tour was the best day out we have had. Great tour with lots of interesting info from someone who was more like a friend than a tour guide. Thank you very much!
Neill Sperath
TIME Unlimited Tours
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Neill Sperath is a passionate New Zealander by choice. He is of Irish and German descent and has become a proud New Zealander and a New Zealand citizen since relocating from Europe many years ago, after falling in love with New Zealand and Ceillhe. Previous to that he lived mainly in Ireland and Germany and is well travelled, having visited over 50 countries so far. Before coming to New Zealand Neill managed several large shopping centres in Europe.
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+64 9 846 3469
+64 274 846 369
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