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Discover The Best of New Zealand

Embark on an unforgettable journey through New Zealand, discovering its bustling cities, serene countryside, diverse wildlife, rich Māori heritage, and the breathtaking landscapes that have captivated the world. Experience the ultimate New Zealand tour.

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Experience Overview

At a Glance

  • 15 days & 14 nights
  • Auckland, Rotorua, Hobbiton, Waitomo Caves Wellington, Dunedin, Invercargill, Milford Sounds, Lake Tekapo, Queenstown & Christchurch.
  • Optional add ons include: Jet Boating, AJ Hackett Bungee Jumping, Helicopter Tours, Onsen Hot Pools, Martinborough Wine Tasting, Auckland Sky Tower, Skydiving & more


  • 4-star & 4.5-star Hotel Stays
  • Self Drive Car Hire for 15 Days Included
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Dinners Where Mentioned
  • Te Puia Haka Experience, Redwood Forest Night Walk, Hobbiton Tour, Te Papa Museum, Zealandia Kiwi Night Tour, Milford Sounds Cruise, TSS Earnslaw Cruise & BBQ Dinner, Gibston Valley Wine Cave, Lake Tekapo Star Gazing, Akaroa Dolphin Cruise

Value Proposition

  • $4,495 (NZD) per person
  • No Set Dates – Travel Anytime
  • Twin Share/Double Occupancy Room Rate
  • Seasonal Rates Available
  • New Zealand Owned & Operated
  • Customisable Itineraries upon request
  • Coach or Private Touring Option Available
Geothermal Champagne Pool
Waiotapu, New Zealand
Fur Seals
Wellington, New Zealand
Maori Traditional War Dance
New Zealand
Wellington Cable Car
Wellington, New Zealand
Queenstown City
Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand
Horomaka Banks Peninsula
Christchurch, New Zealand


Day 1

Kia Ora Auckland - Welcome to New Zealand

Welcome to Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand! Your New Zealand tour kicks off in the City of Sails Begin your journey in Auckland, New Zealand's most populous urban area, affectionately known as the "City of Sails".

We recommend your flight arrives before 4 p.m. to ensure a comfortable start to your adventure. Upon arrival, make your way to your accommodation, where you can settle in and freshen up for the start of your journey.


Your first day starts leisurely as you arrive into Auckland and make your way to your accommodation.


Take this time to relax and rejuvenate after your journey, perhaps with a leisurely stroll around the neighbourhood of your accommodation.

Proximity Apartments Manukau, or equivalent
Short Drive to Hotel
Optional: Dinner Add On
Free Time
North Island Car Hire for 5 Days
Optional: Auckland City Tour
Day 2

Waitomo Caves & Geothermal Pools

Begin your journey through the heart of the North Island, departing Auckland and heading towards the geothermal city of Rotorua. The drive will take you through the picturesque countryside with a notable stop at the world-renowned Waitomo Caves. Once in Rotorua, known for its rich Māori culture and geothermal activity, unwind and rejuvenate at the Polynesian Spa, an iconic thermal springs experience.


Depart from Auckland early in the morning and take the scenic route south towards Waitomo. Embark on a magical guided tour through the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, where you'll glide silently by boat under a breathtaking canopy of glowworms. This underground adventure showcases stunning limestone formations and a serene ambiance, making it a unique and unforgettable experience.


Continue your journey to Rotorua, arriving in the early afternoon. Check into your accommodation and then head to the Polynesian Spa. Spend the afternoon soaking in the therapeutic mineral waters of the spa’s many hot pools, which are fed by two natural springs. The slightly acidic Priest Spring waters relieve tired muscles, aches, and pains, while the alkaline waters of the Rachel Spring nourish skin. Enjoy serene lake views and a truly relaxing atmosphere, revitalizing your body and mind.

Jet Park Hotel, or equivalent
4 Hours Drive
6-8 Hours
Waitomo Caves Tour & Polynesian Spa
Optional: Agrodome Farm Tour
Day 3

The Cultural Capital Rotorua

Immerse yourself in the rich Māori culture and geothermal wonders of Rotorua. Today, explore the iconic Te Puia, a cultural center that showcases the majestic Pōhutu Geyser, traditional Māori arts, and live kiwi birds. Cap your day with a peaceful walk through the towering Redwoods, experiencing the tranquility of these ancient trees lit up at night.


Start your day at Te Puia, Rotorua’s premier cultural and geothermal site. Here, witness the powerful eruptions of the Pōhutu Geyser, the largest active geyser in the Southern Hemisphere. Explore the bubbling mud pools and steam vents, a testament to Earth's natural power. Participate in a guided tour to learn about Māori traditions and crafts at the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute located within Te Puia. Don't miss the chance to see live kiwi birds in their nocturnal enclosure.


As the sun sets, head to the Whakarewarewa Forest, home to the famous Redwoods Treewalk. Experience this forest from a unique perspective by walking along suspension bridges between 117-year-old Redwood trees. The forest floor and ferns below are lit by lanterns, providing a mystical and serene ambiance. This gentle walk is a perfect way to relax and reflect on the natural beauty and cultural experiences of the day.

Jet Park Hotel, or equivalent
1-2 Hours Drive
5 Hours
Te Puia Haka Experience & Redwood Tree Night Walk
Optional: Hells Gate & Polynesian Spa
Day 4

Hobbiton Adventures

Embark on a magical journey to the iconic Hobbiton Movie Set, nestled in the heart of the Waikato region. This day promises an unforgettable adventure through the picturesque landscapes that brought the Shire to life in "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogies.


Begin your day with a visit to Hobbiton, where the captivating landscapes of the Shire await. Join a guided tour to discover the intricate details and stories behind the making of the hobbit holes and the set's transformation into a living, breathing part of Middle-earth. Wander through the lush gardens and end your visit with a refreshing drink at the Green Dragon Inn, an experience that will transport you into the heart of Tolkien's world.


After your Hobbiton adventure, embark on the journey back to Auckland. The drive will take you through the diverse landscapes of the Waikato region, transitioning from rolling green hills to the metropolitan skyline of New Zealand's largest city.

Proximity Apartments Manukau, or equivalent
4 Hours Drive to Hobbiton & Auckland
8 Hours
Hobbiton Tour
Optional: Whakarewarewa
Day 5

The Capital City of Wellington

Embark on your Wellington adventure with a seamless flight from Auckland (not included), transitioning from the urban charm of the City of Sails to the cultural heartbeat of New Zealand. Upon arrival, dive into the nation's tales and treasures at the Te Papa Museum, where history, culture, and the spirit of the Māori unfold. As dusk falls, consider the enchanting option of a guided night tour at Zealandia, an eco-sanctuary where Wellington's wild side comes to life.


Your journey begins with a morning flight from Auckland to Wellington, offering aerial views of the North Island's diverse landscapes. Upon landing, your first destination is the Te Papa Museum, an architectural marvel on Wellington's waterfront. This cultural sanctuary houses extensive collections that narrate the stories of New Zealand, from its geological origins to contemporary art, making it a must-visit for anyone keen to understand the country's essence.


Post-museum exploration, the city invites you to stroll along its vibrant harbor or delve into the bohemian streets of Cuba Street, where cafes, boutiques, and street art abound. As evening approaches, you might opt for the Zealandia by Night tour, a unique opportunity to see some of New Zealand's most rare and nocturnal wildlife, including the elusive kiwi, in their natural habitat.

The Sebel Wellington, or equivalent
1 Hour Flight
6 Hours
Te Papa Museum, Zealandia Night Tour
Optional: Wellington Cable Car
Day 6

Wine Tasting & Breathtaking Scenic Drives

Embark on a scenic journey from Wellington, driving through the Rimutaka Range to the rugged southern coast. Your adventure begins with breathtaking views of Palliser Bay and Lake Onoke, where a serene walking or tramping track awaits, taking you through captivating landscapes over 2–4 hours. Continue to the charming village of Martinborough, renowned for its boutique shops, quaint cafes, and celebrated local wines, offering a delightful exploration of New Zealand's viticulture.


Start your day with the scenic drive to the Pinnacles via Rimutaka, where the dramatic landscapes of Palliser Bay unfold. Embrace the tranquility of Lake Onoke on an accessible walking track, immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the region.


After your morning expedition, journey to Martinborough, a haven for wine enthusiasts and lovers of quaint village charm. Wander through the boutique shops and cafes, and indulge in the exquisite taste of local wines, defining the essence of this renowned wine region.

The Sebel Wellington, or equivalent
4 Hours Drive
8-10 Hours
Scenic Nature Driving & Walking Trails
Optional: Martinborough Wine Tour
Day 7

Dunedin & The Caitlin Mountain Ranges

Embark on a captivating journey from Wellington to Dunedin, where you'll fly (not included) to the Scottish-inspired city, renowned for its Victorian and Edwardian architecture. Upon arrival in Dunedin, the adventure continues to the Catlins, a region where rugged landscapes and rich wildlife converge. Your exploration includes the iconic Nugget Point, known for its dramatic lighthouse and panoramic coastal views. Roaring Bay offers a serene spot to observe the rare yellow-eyed penguins in their natural habitat. The journey extends to Curio Bay, where the petrified forest unveils a glimpse into a prehistoric world, before concluding in Invercargill, the heart of Southland.


The day begins with your flight from Wellington to Dunedin, setting the stage for a day of exploration. In Dunedin, immerse yourself in the city's unique blend of cultural heritage and natural beauty, setting the tone for the adventures ahead.


Travel from Dunedin to the Catlins, where Nugget Point awaits with its breathtaking lighthouse views. At Roaring Bay, engage in a quiet wildlife watch, hoping to spot the elusive yellow-eyed penguins. The journey through the Catlins continues to Curio Bay, offering an extraordinary look at a fossilized forest, before driving to Invercargill.

Ibis Styles Invercargill, or equivalent
1.5 Hour Flight, 3 Hour Drive
Full Day
South Island Car Hire for 9 Days
Optional: Packed Lunch
Day 8

Southern Island Exploration

Journey to the southernmost tip of New Zealand's South Island to the historic town of Bluff. Known for its iconic signpost at Stirling Point marking distances to major cities worldwide, Bluff offers breathtaking panoramic views from Bluff Hill lookout, showcasing the raw beauty of Stewart Island and the surrounding seas.


Your day starts with a drive to Bluff, where you'll visit Stirling Point and Bluff Hill for unforgettable vistas. Treat your taste buds to the renowned Bluff Oysters, a must-try local delicacy.


The journey proceeds to Riverton, allowing you to delve into the heart of this quaint town. Embark on coastal walks to discover the area's natural splendors, concluding your exploration at Oreti Beach and Queen’s Park.

Ibis Styles Invercargill, or equivalent
3 Hours Drive
7 Hours
Coastal Drive & Beaches
Optional: Shark Cage Diving
Day 9

Journey to Milford Sound

Embark on a breathtaking journey to Milford Sound, one of New Zealand's most iconic natural attractions, known for its sheer cliffs, towering peaks, and cascading waterfalls. This day trip offers an immersive experience into the heart of Fiordland National Park, with countless photo opportunities along the way.


After an early breakfast, begin your journey along the stunning road to Milford Sound. This route is renowned for its diverse landscapes, passing through lush farmland, dense beech forests, and the remarkable Avenue of the Disappearing Mountain, where optical illusions make the mountain appear to recede as you approach.

As you approach Milford Sound, you'll pass through the Homer Tunnel, a remarkable engineering feat that cuts through the solid rock of the Darran Mountains.


Upon arrival at Milford Sound, board a cruise to explore this magnificent 22km-long fiord. The cruise offers up-close views of the iconic Mitre Peak, rising more than a mile straight out of the sea, and the chance to see waterfalls cascading down sheer rock faces, some of which are over 1000 meters high.

Continue your journey to Queenstown, the most well known city in New Zealand, especially for its adventure sports, stunning scenery, and vibrant nightlife.

Holiday Inn Queenstown, or equivalent
6 Hours Drive, 2 Hour Boat Ride
10 Hours
Milford Sound Cruise
Optional: Milford Sound Lunch & Milford Sound Private Tour
Day 10

Queenstown Activity Day & Boat Tour

Queenstown, known as the adventure capital of New Zealand, offers a day of leisure where you can indulge in outdoor activities, explore the vibrant downtown area, or simply relax and enjoy the stunning natural beauty. The highlight of the day is an enchanting evening cruise on Lake Wakatipu aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw steamship, culminating in a gourmet barbecue dinner at Walter Peak High Country Farm.


Start your day with a thrilling Skyline Luge & Gondola ride. After breakfast, head to the Skyline complex for a fun-filled morning. The Gondola ride offers panoramic views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, and the Remarkables mountain range. Once at the top, the luge tracks await, offering a unique and exhilarating way to descend the hill with twists, turns, and tunnels.


As the day transitions to evening, embark on a memorable cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw, affectionately known as the "Lady of the Lake.".

Following dinner, enjoy an entertaining farm show that provides insights into New Zealand's farming practices. The show includes sheep shearing demonstrations and an introduction to the farm's sheepdogs.

Holiday Inn Queenstown, or equivalent
2 Hours Boat
6-10 Hours
Skyline Gondola + 3 Luge Rides & TSS Earnslaw BBQ Dinner
Optional: AJ Hackett Bungee & Scenic Helicopter Ride
Day 11

Scenic Delights in Glenorchy

Embark on a breathtaking journey from Queenstown to Glenorchy, where the scenic drive itself becomes a highlight of your adventure. This route is famed for its spectacular landscapes, offering panoramic views and enchanting photo opportunities. Begin your day by venturing through iconic spots such as Bennetts Bluff lookout, Wilson Bay, and Bob’s Cove, each offering unique vistas of the surrounding natural beauty. Closeburn and the Glenorchy Lookout will leave you spellbound with their picturesque settings.


The morning is dedicated to exploring the scenic route towards Glenorchy. Make a stop at Bennetts Bluff lookout for an awe-inspiring view that captures the essence of New Zealand's rugged beauty. Continue your journey through Wilson Bay and Bob’s Cove, immersing yourself in the serene landscapes.


Arrive at Glenorchy Wharf, where you'll enjoy a packed lunch amidst the stunning backdrop of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains. On your return, visit Lake Moke Conservation Area, renowned for its tranquil beauty and the mesmerizing reflections of towering mountains on its calm surface, offering unparalleled photo opportunities.

Holiday Inn Queenstown, or equivalent
3 Hours Drive
6 Hours
Scenic Lookouts & Lake Views
Optional: High Country Horse Trek
Day 12

Scenic Journey & Stargazing Views in Lake Tekapo

Embark on a picturesque drive from Queenstown to Lake Tekapo a journey that offers a tapestry of New Zealand's stunning landscapes. Starting in the historic gold mining town of Arrowtown, explore its charming cafes and the Chinese Settlement Village. Continue through Cromwell, where the wine tastings in Bannockburn are a must, and visit the reconstructed town of Old Cromwell. Topped off by one of the best stargazing sights within the world, this day is one you can't help but remember.


Your morning will be spent traversing the landscapes from Queenstown to Arrowtown and then through Cromwell. Each location offers unique attractions, from the quaint streets of Arrowtown to the vineyards of Cromwell, providing a blend of cultural and natural experiences.


The drive continues through the majestic Lindis Pass towards Twizel, offering views of the stunning Lake Pukaki, known for its distinctive turquoise hue. The journey progresses to Lake Tekapo, where the picturesque church of the Good Shepherd and the opportunity for stargazing at Mount John Observatory await. Settle into your hotel, and await the beautiful stargazing tour later in the evening.

Peppers Bluewater Resort, or equivalent
3 Hours Drive
6 Hours
Tekapo Night Sky Reserve Star Gazing
Optional: Tekapo Hot Springs
Day 13

The Garden City of Christchurch

Make your way to Christchurch in the morning. An enchanting city, made up of a blend of rich heritage, vibrant culture, and natural beauty, making it a unique destination for travelers. Known as the Garden City, Christchurch is adorned with expansive parks, serene rivers, and stunning gardens that bring a sense of tranquility and peace to its bustling urban environment.


Upon arrival into Christchurch, begin the day with a leisurely exploration of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, a lush oasis in the heart of the city. The gardens are home to an impressive collection of flora from around the world, providing a colorful and fragrant experience. Stroll through the meticulously maintained flower beds, serene water features, and native plant collections. These gardens serve as a living museum, showcasing the natural beauty and botanical diversity of New Zealand and beyond.


After immersing yourself in the natural wonders of the gardens, continue your cultural journey through Christchurch by visiting the iconic landmarks that define the city's skyline and history. Explore the Arts Centre, a hub for arts, crafts, and entertainment housed in a collection of Gothic Revival buildings that have been carefully restored following the earthquakes.

The Muse Christchurch, or equivalent
2.5 Hours Drive
4-6 Hours
Gothic Architecture & Botanical Gardens
Optional: Christchurch Tram & Christchurch Gondola
Day 14

Agricultural Landscapes & Dolphin Watching

Embark on a picturesque journey through the rolling countryside towards the enchanting Banks Peninsula and the quaint town of Akaroa. This day is dedicated to exploring the heart of local artisan culture, surrounded by the breathtaking natural beauty that New Zealand is renowned for. Discover a carefully curated selection of boutique wineries, cheese makers, and microbreweries, showcasing the best of local craftsmanship and flavors. The area is a haven for those who appreciate the finer things in life, offering an immersive experience into the local culinary and artistic scene.


The morning begins with a scenic drive through the lush countryside, leading you to the Banks Peninsula. Here, take the opportunity to visit local wineries, where you can savor exquisite tastings and learn about the winemaking process from the experts themselves. The journey continues to artisan cheese makers, offering a chance to indulge in the rich flavors of locally produced cheeses.


In the afternoon, explore the charming streets of Akaroa, a town known for its colonial architecture and vibrant arts scene. Visit the local microbreweries to sample a variety of craft beers, each with a unique story behind its creation. The day's adventure may also lead you to encounters with the world's rarest dolphin, the Hector's Dolphin, and the chance to spot blue penguins along the coastline, adding a touch of wildlife magic to your experience.

The Muse Christchurch, or equivalent
2 Hours Drive
6-7 Hours
Akaroa Dolphin Cruise
Optional: Swim with the Dolphins
Day 15

Farewell Christchurch

As your New Zealand adventure draws to a close, take this final morning to reflect on the unforgettable experiences and the stunning landscapes you've encountered along the way.


Gather with your travel companions for one last breakfast at your accommodation. This is a moment to share stories, exchange contacts, and reminisce about the journey you've shared across New Zealand's diverse and breathtaking landscapes.


As you board your flight and bid farewell to New Zealand, take a moment to look back on the adventures you've had and the landscapes that have captivated your heart. Whether it's the adrenaline-pumping activities, the peaceful moments in nature, or the connections made with fellow travellers and locals, your New Zealand journey is sure to be an experience you'll treasure forever.


Terms & Conditions

15 Day Tara Travel New Zealand, Discover New Zealand Tour 24/25

Note: Instant quotes are subject to availability of specific accommodation and other inclusions. Our NZ touring experts will be in touch with you regarding this. Costs quoted in currencies other than New Zealand dollars (NZ$) are based on todays exchange rate and are subject to change. Refer to our terms and conditions.

Travel Insurance -

We strongly recommend that all travellers secure comprehensive travel insurance covering trip cancellation, medical emergencies, travel delays, and lost luggage to ensure peace of mind during your journey.

Health and Safety -

Travelers are advised to consult with a healthcare professional for recommended vaccinations and health precautions. We urge all clients to adhere to safety guidelines and instructions provided during activities and excursions.

If you have chosen to hire a rental car then you may incur a one way fee if a portion of your hire is under 7 days in total. Your sales consultant can confirm this on booking.

Remember - we can create this itinerary with any style of accommodation or customise to suit your interests and timeframe. Get in touch to build your dream holiday with us.

All indicative prices are in NZD and inclusive of GST

Cancellation and Refund Policy -

Cancellations by the client must be made in writing and are subject to the following charges:

More than 45 days prior to departure: 80% of the total booking is refunded to the client

30 -45 days prior to departure: 50% of the total booking is refunded to the client

Less than 30 days prior to departure results in no refund available.

Cancellations made by Tara will result in a full refund of any payments made specifically for the cancelled service.

Payment Terms -

A deposit of 50% is required at the time of booking, with the full balance due 45 days prior to departure. Acceptable payment methods include direct bank transfer, and credit card. Failure to make final payments by the deadline may result in the cancellation of your booking without refund.