Ultimate New Zealand
7 days of Ultimate New Zealand
Discover some of New Zealand’s most scenic spots with this 7-day highlights itinerary. Gaze in awe at glowworm filled caves and geothermal wonders. Wander through world-class museums and galleries in Wellington.
Day 1: A day in Auckland
With a mix of natural wonder and adventure, Auckland is a great place to start your New Zealand journey. Take in the panoramic views from the iconic Sky Tower.
Discover world-class food and wine in Auckland’s many eateries and immerse yourself in the city’s vibrant nightlife.
If you have time visit one of the Hauraki Gulf’s many glittering islands to walk through beautiful native bush or take a magical vineyard tour.
Day 2: Auckland - Waitomo Caves
Travel south over rolling hills to the city of Hamilton, where you can wander tranquil botanic gardens or visit the Hamilton Zoo and see the giant free flight aviary. As you continue south you’ll come to Otorohanga Kiwi House, a chance to meet New Zealand’s national symbol.
The Waitomo Caves is famous for its subterranean splendour. Beneath the surface of this ancient limestone region is a series of vast cave systems decorated with glow-worms. Choose your level of adventure, from a gentle boat cruise to blackwater rafting or abseiling into the abyss.
Day 3: Rotorua
Evidence of volcanic activity greet you at every turn in Rotorua, from bubbling mud pools, to giant geysers and relaxing hot pools. Explore the region’s many geothermal wonders or discover unique Maori culture with a cultural performance and delicious hangi.
For the more adventurous, try the famous Skyline luge, bungy jumping, mountain biking or zip-lining through the forest canopy.
Day 4: Taupo
Journey to Taupo and discover the Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings. These carvings have become an iconic cultural attraction for the Taupo region and are a clear demonstration that traditional Māori knowledge and skills continue to be passed from generation to generation. These carvings can only be reached by boat and are best viewed up close from a kayak.
Day 5: Wellington
Wellington is compact, cultured and full of character. Nestled between the harbour and the hills, the downtown area is ideal for explorations on foot.
Spend the morning visiting the city’s many art galleries and museums, including the stunning national Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa. Discover the secrets behind The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogies with a Weta Cave Workshop Tour.
Day 6: Christchurch
Fast-changing and funky, Christchurch is the South Island’s largest city. Old English gardens contrast with pop-up bars and container-based shopping malls in this enduring centre, which is rebuilding itself after a damaging earthquake in February 2011. Favourite activities include punting down the Avon River, biking in the Port Hills, visiting Sumner Beach, or exploring the Antarctic Centre.
day 7: Queenstown
The alpine resort of Queenstown is exciting and fantastically attractive. It’s the place to source almost any kind of adventure, including bungy, jet boating, horse trekking, rafting and river surfing. It’s also a destination for luxury experiences – gourmet food and wine, spa treatments and leisurely games of golf.
Highlights of this trip
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Hobbit filming locations
Theme & Leisure parks
Thermal Hot Springs
Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
International Antarctic Centre
Punting on the Avon River
Jet Boating and Bungy Jumping