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Seasonal Wonders Across New Zealand

Embark on an enchanting seasonal tour that weaves through the heart of New Zealand's North & South Islands, showcasing the vibrant hues of the season amidst the backdrop of stunning landscapes.

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Experience Overview

At a Glance

  • 11 Days & 10 Nights
  • Auckland, Hobbiton, Rotorua, Queenstown, Lake Tekapo, Milford Sounds, & Christchurch
  • Optional add ons include: Hells Gate, Bungee Jumping, Helicopter Tours, Onsen Hot Pools,


  • 4-star & 4.5-star Hotel Stays
  • Self Drive Car Hire for 11 Days
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Dinner where mentioned
  • Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Tour, Redwood Tree Walk, Polynesian Spa, Te Puia Maori Experience, TSS Earnslaw Cruise, Milford Sound Cruise, Skyline Luge & Gondola, Wine Tasting, Lake Tekapo Star Gazing, Akaroa Dolphin Cruise

Value Proposition

  • Starting from $3,319 (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
Wanaka Tree
Wanaka, New Zealand
Otago Vineyard
Canterbury, New Zealand
Arrowtown Bridge
Arrowntown, New Zeland
New Zealand Nature Treks
New Zealand
Nugget Point
Otago, New Zealand
Milford Sound
Milford Sound, New Zealand


Day 1

Kia Ora - Welcome to Auckland

Welcome to Auckland, affectionately known as the "City of Sails," where your seasonal adventure in New Zealand begins. Nestled beside two harbours, this vibrant city offers a blend of urban sophistication and breathtaking natural beauty. After settling into your accommodation, take the opportunity to acquaint yourself with Auckland's lively waterfront. The Viaduct Harbour, brimming with stylish cafes and restaurants, is perfect for a leisurely stroll and soaking up the maritime atmosphere.


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


In the afternoon, explore Auckland's geological wonders by visiting two iconic volcanic cones - Mt Eden and One Tree Hill. These natural landmarks provide not only historical insights into the region's volcanic activity but also offer sprawling views of the city and beyond. Wander through the lush greenery, immerse yourself in Maori history, and enjoy the serene landscapes that these volcanic cones boast.

Holiday Inn Express, or equivalent
1 Hour Drive
Optional: Dinner
3 Hours
North Island Car Hire for 3 Days
Optional: Auckland City Tour
Day 2

Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Exploration & Redwood Trees

Begin your adventure in the North Island with an enchanting journey from Auckland to Rotorua, making remarkable stops along the way. Explore the spectacular Waitomo Caves, where glowworms create a magical, starlit effect inside the limestone caverns. Continue to the charming Hobbiton Movie Set for a glimpse into the whimsical world of "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" films. End your day in Rotorua, where you will be captivated by the geothermal wonders and the rich Maori culture. Cap off the evening with an ethereal stroll through the towering Redwood trees, illuminated to highlight their majestic presence.


Begin your day with a scenic drive from Auckland to the Waitomo Caves. Dive into the underground world of Waitomo, famous for its limestone caverns and glowworms. Enjoy a guided tour through the magical Glowworm Grotto, where thousands of tiny bioluminescent creatures light up the dark, creating a starry effect on the cave ceilings. This enchanting experience is a profound introduction to New Zealand’s natural marvels.


Continue your journey south to Rotorua, a city renowned for its rich Maori culture and geothermal activity. Along the way, stop at the Hobbiton Movie Set for a guided tour of this famous "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" filming location. Explore the beautifully maintained set that includes the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill, and the hobbit holes that line the Shire. Conclude your day with a visit to the Whakarewarewa Forest, also known as the Redwoods. Here, embark on the Redwoods Treewalk, an eco-tourism experience that allows you to walk among the ancient and majestic Redwood trees.

Jet Park Hotel, or equivalent
4 Hours Drive
8 Hours
Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Tour & Redwood Tree Walk
Optional: Skyline Luge & Polynesian Spa
Day 3

Maori Cultural Immersion & Rotorua Relaxation

Embark on a day filled with cultural enrichment and soothing relaxation in the heart of Rotorua, a city renowned for its geothermal wonders and deep Maori roots. This day promises an authentic glimpse into the traditional Maori culture followed by an afternoon of unwinding in the serene waters of a world-class spa.


Start your day at Te Puia, the epitome of Maori cultural experiences. Set in the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, your morning will be spent exploring the geothermal landscapes, including the famous Pohutu Geyser, and discovering traditional Maori crafts at the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. The highlight is the captivating Haka performance, a powerful and emotional Maori dance that resonates with strength and unity.


Transition from the morning's cultural journey to an afternoon of relaxation at the Polynesian Spa. Indulge in a private Lakeview Pool, where the soothing mineral waters and the tranquil view of Lake Rotorua provide a perfect setting for relaxation. Let the blend of mineral-rich waters and picturesque landscapes work their magic, leaving you refreshed and invigorated. Afterwards make your way back to Auckland ready for the next leg of the journey.

Proximity Apartments Manukau, or equivalent
5 Hours
8-10 Hours
Te Puia Haka Experience & Polynesian Private Lake Spa
Optional: Whakarewarewa
Day 4

Arriving in the Nature Capital Queenstown

Embark on a captivating journey that takes you from the urban charm of Auckland to the breathtaking beauty of Queenstown, seamlessly blending aerial views with lakefront leisure. Your day unfolds with a scenic flight, whisking you away to the adventure capital of New Zealand. As the urban tapestry gives way to rugged mountains and serene lakes, prepare for an afternoon of fun and natural wonder at the top of the Skyline Gondola.


Your day begins with a departure from Auckland, taking to the skies on a direct flight to Queenstown (not included). As you fly southward, peer out the window to witness the changing landscapes from the rolling green hills of the North Island to the rugged mountains and crystal-clear lakes of the South Island. Landing in Queenstown, you'll feel an instant shift in pace as the adventure capital of New Zealand welcomes you with its stunning scenery and laid-back vibe.


Elevate your Queenstown experience in the afternoon with a ride on the Skyline Gondola, offering panoramic views of the city, Lake Wakatipu, and the surrounding mountains. Once at the top, gear up for the thrilling Luge ride, a unique adventure that provides fun for all ages.

After the excitement of the Skyline Gondola and Luge, retreat to the tranquil sanctuary of your hotel's private spa.

Holiday Inn Queenstown, or equivalent
2 Hour Flight
5 Hours
Skyline Gondola + 3 Luge Rides
Optional: Onsen Hot Pools
Day 5

Arrowtown Exploring & TSS Evening Boat Ride

Begin your day with a leisurely drive from Queenstown to the historic gold mining town of Arrowtown. Nestled alongside the gold-bearing Arrow River, Arrowtown is a living historic settlement with a charming blend of old and new. Wander through the picturesque streets lined with colorful foliage, explore the well-preserved buildings, and visit the Lakes District Museum for a glimpse into the gold mining era. Arrowtown's unique blend of natural beauty and history makes it a perfect morning excursion. In the evening, step aboard the historical TSS Earnslaw Boat Cruise, and enjoy an evening farm show and BBQ Buffet Dinner.


Begin your day with a leisurely drive from Queenstown to the historic gold mining town of Arrowtown. Nestled alongside the gold-bearing Arrow River, Arrowtown is a living historic settlement with a charming blend of old and new. Wander through the picturesque streets lined with colorful foliage, explore the well-preserved buildings, and visit the Lakes District Museum for a glimpse into the gold mining era. Arrowtown's unique blend of natural beauty and history makes it a perfect morning excursion.


Step aboard the TSS Earnslaw, a vintage steamship that offers a nostalgic journey across Lake Wakatipu. Relish the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the vibrant colors reflected in the lake's pristine waters. Disembark at Walter Peak High Country Farm for an authentic New Zealand BBQ dinner experience. This is followed by a delightful farm demonstration that offers insights into high country farming life.

Holiday Inn Queenstown, or equivalent
2 Hour Drive, 2 Hour Boat
Breakfast & TSS Earnslaw BBQ Dinner
8-10 Hours
TSS Earnslaw BBQ Dinner Cruise
Optional: Stargazing Tour
Day 6

Morning Hikes with Afternoon Wines

Immerse yourself in the unparalleled beauty of Queenstown with a day that promises both adventure and indulgence. Begin your journey with a trek through the breathtaking landscapes of the Queenstown Hill walk, followed by an afternoon savoring the finest wines in the atmospheric Gibbston Valley Wine Cave. This day is a perfect blend of natural wonders and culinary excellence, set against the backdrop of Queenstown's majestic scenery.


Your day begins with an exhilarating ascent up Queenstown Hill This moderately challenging hike rewards you with panoramic views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, and the surrounding mountains, draped in the vibrant colors of autumn. As you reach the peak, the breathtaking vista unfolds, offering a serene moment to reflect amidst the majesty of the Southern Alps.


After the morning's trek, unwind in the unique setting of the Gibbston Valley Wine Cave, nestled in the heart of Central Otago's wine country. This experience offers a fascinating insight into the wine-making process, set within a naturally climate-controlled cave. Enjoy a guided tour of the cave and winery, learning about the region's wine production, followed by a tasting session featuring premium Gibbston Valley wines.

Holiday Inn Queenstown, or equivalent
2 Hours Drive
8 Hours
Nature Trek & Gibbston Valley Wine Cave
Optional: Half Day Private Wine Tour
Day 7

Experience the Milford Sound Marvels

Prepare for an unforgettable journey from the thrill-seeking heart of Queenstown to the tranquil waters of Milford Sound, often described as the eighth wonder of the world. This day promises a seamless blend of excitement and serenity, taking you from the adventure capital to the peaceful fjords, showcasing the diverse beauty of New Zealand's landscapes.


Begin your day in Queenstown, where adventure meets tranquility. Before embarking on your journey to Milford Sound, take a moment to breathe in the crisp morning air and gaze at the surrounding alpine scenery that makes Queenstown a destination like no other.


Journey from the autumnal elegance of Queenstown to the timeless beauty of Milford Sound. Board a cruise to explore this fjord, carved by glaciers during the ice ages. Milford Sound is a sanctuary of calm waters, towering peaks like the iconic Mitre Peak, and cascading waterfalls. The autumn light enhances the magical ambiance, making the water shimmer and the surrounding peaks stand out more dramatically against the sky.

Holiday Inn Queenstown, or equivalent
10 Hours Drive & Boat Ride
12 Hours
Milford Sound Cruise
Optional: Milford Sound Lunch & Milford Sound Private Tour
Day 8

Scenic Drives & 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.


After a hearty breakfast in Queenstown, prepare for a picturesque drive towards Lake Tekapo. The route unfolds with stunning landscapes, showcasing the diverse beauty of New Zealand's South Island. The journey from Queenstown to Lake Tekapo is a visual treat, with autumn colors enhancing the vistas.


Upon arrival at Lake Tekapo, immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of the turquoise lake, surrounded by the golden hues of autumn. The iconic Church of the Good Shepherd offers a perfect photo opportunity, standing against the backdrop of the Southern Alps.

As dusk falls, prepare for an unforgettable stargazing experience at the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. The absence of light pollution allows for an unparalleled view of the night sky.

Peppers Bluewater Resort, or equivalent
3 Hours Drive
6 Hours
Tekapo Night Sky Reserve Star Gazing
Optional: Tekapo Hot Springs
Day 9

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 10

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
4 Hours Drive
7 Hours
Akaroa Dolphin Cruise
Optional: Tranzalpine Train
Day 11

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

11 Day Tara Travel New Zealand, Seasonal Wonders Across New Zealand 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.