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New Zealand Grand Tour

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Looking for your next adventure? Visit New Zealand's North and South Islands on the ultimate holiday of a lifetime! 
  • Product Code 42100
  • Holiday Type Sightseeing And Walking Holidays, Experiential Holidays
  • Grade Grade 4
  • Holiday Duration Nights

Guided Walking Holidays New Zealand - A 'Grand Tour'

Imagine a small country blessed with more than its fair share of natural wonders, and you are imagining New Zealand. Subtropical beaches, volcanoes and spectacular thermal areas, fjords, ice-capped mountains, unique flora and fauna. Worth travelling half way around the world for? Most definitely!

Ramblers Walking Holidays is one of the few British tour operators licensed by the Department of Conservation to legally operate walking holidays in New Zealand.

The best way to discover New Zealand is on foot, so we will enjoy a series of walks and sightseeing during this epic trip. Our holiday starts in Auckland, a city cradled between the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean. We travel south from here to Rotorua, centre of both Maori culture and the most extraordinary thermal activity. Here there are geysers, bubbling mud pools and lakes which fizz all the colours of the rainbow. Our next stop is the Tongariro National Park situated in a spectacular region of active volcanoes. The Tongariro Crossing is amongst the greatest one-day walks anywhere in the world (this can be done as an optional extra).

From the capital, Wellington, we sail across the Marlborough Sound to Picton on South Island. After walking by Queen Charlotte Sound and visiting a vineyard we spend two nights at St Arnaud by the beautiful Nelson Lakes. Here the view from the top of Mount Robert is one of the finest in the country. We travel to Fox Glacier and follow a riverside trail to the terminal moraine, walk along Gillespie’s Beach with the chance of sighting fur seals and dusky dolphins, and take in the incredible view across Lake Matheson to the Southern Alps.

The journey over Haast Pass brings us to Queenstown. The setting, on the shores of Lake Wakatipu with the craggy ‘Remarkables’ as a back drop, is sensational. The Moke Lake Walk is often voted the best of the holiday, and an ascent of Ben Lomond is also possible.

Te Anau is our base in the Southern Lake District, from where we cruise on Milford Sound. This fjord lives up to its reputation, with dramatic cliffs, hanging valleys and waterfalls cascading into the dark waters. We then head north to spend a day exploring the area around Mount Cook. The view of New Zealand’s highest mountain set against Lake Pukaki or the Hooker Glacier is yet another highlight. Journey’s end is Christchurch; a city which has recovered with great fortitude from the earthquake of 2011. This really is a holiday of a lifetime. With our expert knowledge, we purposely, as far as possible, the excessively touristy places, and spend as much time as we can in the great New Zealand countryside, with its magnificent lakes and rivers, providing you with that exhilarating feeling of really being in wide open spaces (because you are).

Tongariro Alpine Crossing Option*

Heralded as the best one-day trek available in New Zealand, it spans the length of Mount Tongariro covering 12 miles (19.2km) and takes on average 7-8 hours to complete. This can be booked independently through a local operator as an optional extra and will be organised for you to partake in during your stay in Turangi. Price includes local guide, lunch, trekking/wet weather gear hire and return transfers from Turangi. A medium to high level fitness required. If a part of our programme, this would be a more challenging level 7 activity.

Holiday Highlights

  • Walking amongst Rotorua's geysers, thermal springs & boiling mud pools.
  • Cruising amongst vertical cliffs, angling valleys & waterfalls in Milford Sound.
  • Enjoying the view of Mount Cook – the highest & most beautiful point in New Zealand.
  • The ferry ride through the Queen Charlotte Sound. Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world!
  • Getting up close to glaciers.
  • The volcanoes by Tongariro National Park.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Flights and return airport transfers
      Transport for all walks, activities and excursions.
      B&B en suite accommodation.
      Dinners on 10 evenings in hotels or local restaurants
      Tour Leaders licenced by the New Zealand Department of Conservation.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

    Please see the Holiday Information sheet for this Holidays Itinerary as the content may vary depending on departure date.

Travel Details

  • Arrival transfer by road (c30mins).
  • Flights Heathrow-Auckland/ Christchurch-Heathrow via Singapore both ways (c24hrs + stop), Singapore Airlines or Qantas via Dubai.
  • We can offer regional flight options and often there will be up to two transfer vehicles (which may include coaches, minibuses or taxis) from the airport to the hotel and vice versa which will minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport.
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights Premium Economy, Business or First Class may be possible, please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • Stopover package: If you would like to break your journey in Singapore please contact us for details on the stopover packages available when flying Singapore Airlines.

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Copthorne Hotel Auckland City

Simple, sophisticated, and designed for comfort, Copthorne Hotel Auckland City is centrally located, making it the perfect base to see the city and surrounding attractions. Whilst you acclimatise to the time zone you may want to visit nearby Queen Street shopping, the Central Business District, or Auckland University. All rooms are uniquely equipped with soundproof ‘hush windows’ - designed to ensure utmost privacy and comfort. Best of all, enjoy the beautiful seascape or city view from the in-room balconies. For hunger pangs and nightcaps, there’s Jimmy Cook’s Kiwi Kitchen, a casual spot serving up some of the most delicious fresh local produce alongside an extensive wine, beer, and cocktail menu.

Copthorne Lakefront Resort

The upscale Copthorne Lakefront Resort has amazing views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range, from its restaurant and many of the rooms. Despite being set in this tranquil spot it is within walking distance of Queenstown’s central shopping and entertainment area. Spacious warmly decorated rooms come with Wi-Fi (fee), flat-screens, tea and coffee making facilities, plus minibars and views of the mountains and the garden; some include balconies. There's 24/7 room service. A cosy restaurant has a terrace with panoramic views of the dramatic scenery, where you can sample the excellent wines of New Zealand. Or take a drink in the cosmopolitan Impressions Cocktail Bar with both indoor and alfresco sitting.

Holiday Inn, Rotorua

We stay in the well reviewed Holiday Inn Rotorua near Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley and Whakarewarewa Forest. Rooms feature flat-screen TVs, minifridges, coffeemakers and desks; some have balconies. Wi-Fi is also available. Breakfast and dinner are served in a restaurant/bar that features an a la carte menu as well as a buffet. There's also a lobby bar/lounge. Other amenities include a fitness room and a geothermally heated outdoor pool.

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