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Magnificent New Zealand Tour

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New Zealand is a very special place. Its stunning, other-worldly landscapes, its rich Maori culture and laid-back outdoors lifestyle, its unique wildlife and fertile terrain; the list is endless. For that reason, if you’re going to make the journey to the other side of the world, you need to allow plenty of time to appreciate everything that New Zealand has to offer.

Discover New Zealand in all its glory on The Magnificent New Zealand tour. The essential tour of New Zealand, we visit all the must-see attractions during our comprehensive 24-day escorted holiday. We explore the country’s breath-taking scenery of high mountain peaks, deep fiords, lush rainforests and ancient glaciers. And we discover its vibrant, modern cities, learn about traditional Maori customs and enjoy an unforgettable cruise on magnificent Milford Sound – all at a leisurely pace.

From the harbourside city of Auckland to the sub-tropical Bay of Islands; from Rotorua’s unique geothermal landscape to the charming city of Christchurch; from the glacier of Franz Josef to the lively lakeside town of Queenstown and quirky Dunedin with its Victorian architecture and Scottish heritage: this 24-day tour really does encompass Magnificent New Zealand.

SPECIAL OFFER: SAVE up to £492 per couple! Book by 30th June 2022 on any tour to New Zealand departing after September 2022 and choose an amazing homebound stopover from only £99 per person.

Magnificent New Zealand, 24 days from only £4,195 per person

Get ready to discover New Zealand on Distant Journeys’ Magnificent New Zealand Tour. This 24-day escorted holiday to New Zealand includes so many highlights and visits all the country’s must-see attractions.


  • Day 1: Depart UK
  • Day 2: Singapore, 2 nights
  • Day 3: Singapore
  • Day 4: Depart Singapore
  • Day 5: Auckland, 2 nights
  • Day 6: Auckland
  • Day 7: Bay of Islands, 3 nights
  • Day 8: Bay of Islands
  • Day 9: Bay of Islands
  • Day 10: Rotorua, 2 nights
  • Day 11: Rotorua
  • Day 12: Christchurch, Overnight
  • Day 13: Franz Josef, 2 nights
  • Day 14: Franz Josef
  • Day 15: Queenstown, 3 nights
  • Day 16: Queenstown
  • Day 17: Queenstown
  • Day 18: Te Anau, 2 nights
  • Day 19: Milford Sound
  • Day 20: Dunedin, 2 nights
  • Day 21: Dunedin
  • Day 22: Christchurch, Overnight
  • Day 23: Depart Christchurch
  • Day 24: Arrive UK

path to the lighthouse at Cape Reinga, overlooking the meeting of the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean

Day 1: Depart UK

Depart from the UK airport most convenient for you with Qantas & Emirates. Choose from London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow. Alternatively, fly direct to Singapore with Singapore Airlines from London Heathrow or Manchester. Or if you prefer you may choose to fly via Amsterdam with KLM & Singapore Airlines from Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle, Edinburgh or Glasgow. No matter which airline or airport you choose, there will be no additional cost.


Included meals: In-flight meals and drinks


Merlion Statue at twilight with Singapore skyscrapers in background

Day 2: Singapore, 2 nights

Arrive into the wonderful city of Singapore and transfer to the four-star Copthorne Kings Hotel, situated in an enviable position close to the banks of the Singapore River.


Included meals: In-flight meals and drinks


Alternative stopover

We have based days 2-4 of this itinerary on a stopover in Singapore. If you are flying with Qantas  & Emirates, you may choose to stop in Bangkok or Dubai for the same price. Your stopover includes transfers, accommodation, daily breakfast and a city sightseeing tour. Flight timings will vary and will be advised at the time of booking.


Aerial view of Marina Bay, Singapore at dawn, with the famous Art Science museum in foreground

Day 3: Singapore

Known as ‘the crossroads of Asia’, Singapore is a city where east meets west; a cosmopolitan melting pot with an inspirational identity. This morning, enjoy a tour of this wonderful city. Included is a stop at Merlion Park with impressive views of Marina Bay. See the historic Civic District, Thian Hock Keng Temple and the fabulous orchid gardens set within Singapore’s botanical gardens. Return to the hotel where the rest of our day is free to spend as we please.


Included meals: Breakfast


Photo looking up at the Gardens By The Bay light show in Singapore at night, vibrant pinks and purples paired with deep blues of the night sky

Day 4: Depart Singapore

A day at leisure in Singapore until it’s time to leave for our evening flight to Auckland. Perhaps explore the impressive Gardens by the Bay or enjoy high tea at Raffles.


Included meals: Breakfast, in-flight meals and drinks


Bright photo of Auckland skyline at daytime, with boats sailing in the harbour

Day 5: Auckland, 2 nights

If flying with Qantas & Emirates, your flight will transfer via Australia before arriving into Auckland. On arrival, we meet our local Coach Captain, who will be our driver and guide during our time in New Zealand. Transfer to the centrally located Grand Millennium Auckland, where we spend our first two nights in New Zealand.


Included meals: In-flight meals and drinks


The wave-like architecture of the Queens Wharf in Auckland, with skyscrapers in the background

Day 6: Auckland

This morning, we take an orientation tour of the city. Known as the ‘City of Sails’, Auckland is New Zealand’s most populous city, with a beautiful waterside setting and a landscape dotted with volcanic hills. We drive along the stunning coastline of the famous Waitemata Harbour. In the distance see Rangitoto Island, an extinct volcano, dominating the horizon. We continue to the stylish Viaduct Harbour, host to many America’s Cup celebrations. Your afternoon is free for you to enjoy as you please. Perhaps take a trip to the top of Sky Tower; the panoramic views from the tallest building in the southern hemisphere are truly breathtaking.


Included meals: Breakfast


Valley of an island in the Bay of Islands overlooking the deep blue water

Day 7: Bay of Islands, 3 nights

Our travels today commence with a drive over the impressive Waitemata Harbour Bridge. Journey past dairy farms and rolling hills as we make our way north. We continue to the Waipoua Kauri Forest Reserve, where we stop to view the gigantic kauri tree Tane Mahuta, ‘Lord of the Forest.’ We then travel across the country to the beautiful Bay of Islands and our home for the next three nights, the Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands, located in the picturesque seaside town of Paihia.


Included meals: Breakfast


Singular house and lighthouse on an island at the Bay of Islands

Day 8: Bay of Islands

Tour Highlight

Visiting this stunning area wouldn’t be complete without a cruise around the Bay of Islands, no doubt one of your tour highlights. Cruise via Red Head Passage to Cape Brett and Piercy Island and on to the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’. In these world-famous deep-fishing grounds dolphins and schools of fish are frequently seen. Our return trip travels via historic Russell, once known as the ‘Hell Hole of the Pacific’, but now a peaceful and picturesque township. Our free afternoon provides an excellent opportunity (at an additional cost) to visit the grounds of the Waitangi National Reserve where, in 1840, the British and Maori chiefs signed the Waitangi Treaty.


Included meals: Breakfast


Striking rocks emerging from the pale sand dunes of Te Paki

Day 9: Bay of Islands Freedom Day

Although our day has been left at leisure, we have the opportunity to join a fantastic optional trip to Cape Reinga. This full day excursion visits the northern tip of New Zealand, where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean. The area holds special spiritual significance in Maori tradition, as the place where Maori spirits return to their traditional homeland, Hawaiiki-A-Nui, via the roots of a lone (and still standing) 800-year-old pohutukawa tree. Highlights of today’s tour include magnificent coastal landscapes, the Te Paki sand dunes and a drive along Ninety Mile Beach.


Included meals: Breakfast


Maori men and women performing the famous war dance; the Haka

Day 10: Rotorua, 2 nights

We travel south this morning via Auckland as we make our way to the world-famous thermal region of Rotorua. The next two nights are spent at the four star Distinction Hotel. Rotorua is the heart of New Zealand’s rich Maori culture and this evening, at our hotel, we attend a concert featuring traditional song and dance, including the world famous war dance – The Haka. Also included is a buffet dinner.


Included meals: Breakfast and dinner


three people stood at the end of a pier in Rotorua, with birds in the calm waters, and the sunset in the background

Day 11: Rotorua

Our sightseeing this morning takes us via Rotorua’s famous Bath House, a Tudor-style building within the Government Gardens. We continue to Te Puia, home to the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, with its spurting geysers and boiling mud pools. Your afternoon is at leisure to relax. For those that so wish, optional activities include a floatplane flight over Mount Tarawera, or perhaps an afternoon visiting the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings may be more appealing?


Included meals: Breakfast


centre of Christchurch, with classic shops on the high street

Day 12: Christchurch, Overnight

This morning we make our way to Auckland Airport for our Jetstar flight to Christchurch. Enjoy a brief sightseeing tour, prior to our arrival at the centrally located  Distinction Hotel, Christchurch.


Included meals: Breakfast


Famous TranzAlpine train travelling through the Canterbury Plains

Day 13: Franz Josef, 2 nights

Tour Highlight

After breakfast, we transfer to Christchurch railway station in plenty of time to catch the TranzAlpine Express, arguably one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world. Cross the fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains, and enjoy thrilling vistas over deep gorges as we travel alongside the ice-fed Waimakariri River. We climb the mighty Southern Alps, where at every turn, spectacular views of the chiselled alpine landscape will take our breath away. At Arthur’s Pass we join our waiting coach to make the spectacular descent down the western side of the Southern Alps through thick native beech forest. Our travels continue southbound taking us alongside striking wild scree-scarred terrain with forests of Crimson Rata and Kahikatea. Just a few miles further south we pass Lakes Ianthe and Mapourika before reaching Franz Josef and entering the Westland National Park. Our next two nights are at the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier.


Included meals: Breakfast


Helicopter landed on the top of the Franz Josef Glacier, with people hiking through the deep snow

Day 14: Franz Josef Freedom Day

Today is left completely free to absorb the beauty of Franz Josef. For those that so wish, we shall drive to the Franz Josef Glacier terminal where we will have the opportunity to walk to view the glacier. Weather permitting we may also take an optional scenic flight (at an additional cost) over the glacier and the awe-inspiring Alpine region.


Included meals: Breakfast


Queenstown lake at day, with green and yellow vegetation surrounding the water, and jagged mountains in the background

Day 15: Queenstown, 3 nights

Incredible scenery today as we travel across the Haast River Bridge and via Clark Bluff along one of the most exciting scenic roads ever built. Travel along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea as we enter New Zealand’s Central Otago region. We continue via Lake Dunstan, created by the mighty Clyde hydro dam in 1994. Later in the afternoon we reach beautiful, cosmopolitan Queenstown, and our home for the next three nights, the four star Millennium Hotel, situated only a short walk from the centre of town.


Included meals: Breakfast


TSS earnslaw steamboat travelling through the lakes of Queenstown

Day 16: Queenstown Freedom Day

Queenstown smiles south across Lake Wakatipu into an incomparable alpine scene. Poplars and willows surround the lakefront and the lake seems to glisten every shade of blue. Today has been left free to take advantage of the incredible variety of activities available in and around New Zealand’s most glamorous alpine resort. For a relaxing experience, follow Queenstown’s wine trail, an enjoyable day excursion of wine tasting and sightseeing. There is also an opportunity to take an optional leisurely cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the vintage steamboat TSS Earnslaw. The cruise includes a visit to Walter Peak Homestead and a sheep shearing show, before returning to Queenstown aboard Earnslaw.


Included meals: Breakfast


Lookout point over the entirety of Queenstown and surrounding lake

Day 17: Queenstown Freedom Day

A further Freedom Day to enjoy in this wonderful alpine setting. The thrill seekers amongst us may wish to try the Shotover Jet – an exhilarating boat ride amongst the crags and boulders of the Shotover River canyon. For a more serene experience maybe stroll by the lakeside or take a gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak for a magnificent panoramic view of Queenstown.


Included meals: Breakfast


traditional small homes of quiet Arrowtown

Day 18: Te Anau, 2 nights

This morning we take a tour to visit the nearby historic mining town of Arrowtown. The heart of its history is Buckingham Street, a procession of small-town heritage buildings that stretch into a tree-lined avenue of tiny miners’ cottages. Be sure to try a cream tea in one of the quaint tea rooms. Afterwards, depart through high country landscapes and trout fishing rivers and travel onwards to the shores of Lake Te Anau, the biggest of South Island’s many lakes. We stay the next two nights at the Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau.


Included meals: Breakfast


Calm milford sound waters with hills towering overhead

Day 19: Milford Sound Cruise

Tour Highlight

An early start this morning as we embark on a stunning scenic drive into the heart of Fiordland National Park to join our morning cruise on spectacular Milford Sound. By choosing to cruise early in the morning, we will experience a quieter environment in which to enjoy all the wonders this beautiful fiord has to offer. See towering cliffs and peaks, including the iconic and much-photographed Mitre Peak, rising more than a kilometre straight out of the sea. Waterfalls cascade into the fiord and luxuriant rain forest clings to sheer rock faces. Later we return to Te Anau where there is time to enjoy the delights of this quaint township.


Included meals: Breakfast


Dunedin railway station, with victorian era architecture

Day 20: Dunedin, 2 nights

This morning after a hearty breakfast we say goodbye to Fiordland. A morning drive takes us via Mossburn and Lumsden to Gore. Fresh, green farm scenery will accompany us to Balclutha, which has a distinctive arched concrete bridge. Known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’, Dunedin is South Island’s second largest city and is considered New Zealand’s architectural heritage capital, with its lovingly restored Victorian and Edwardian buildings. On arrival, we enjoy a sightseeing tour taking in the city’s neo-Gothic churches, town hall, opulent theatres, and other 19th century buildings. We have time to admire the beautifully landscaped trees and plants of Dunedin Botanical Gardens and the spectacular views of the Otago Peninsula and Harbour before we return to our hotel. Our next two nights are spent at the Distinction Hotel Dunedin.


Included meals: Breakfast


Penguin in Dunedin, with greenery surrounding the animal

Day 21: Dunedin Freedom Day

A day at leisure to spend as we please. Perhaps join the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour – a perfect optional excursion for nature lovers. The tour includes an Otago Harbour cruise to Taiaroa Head, home of the world’s only mainland nesting place of albatross, and a visit to Penguin Place, a private conservation reserve for the endangered Yellow Eyed Penguin. Alternatively, you may wish to travel on the Taieri Gorge Train as it travels through ten tunnels and over countless bridges and viaducts, stopping or slowing down at various scenic points along the way for photos.


Included meals: Breakfast


Close up of some of the large Moeraki Boulders, with the calm waves of the water in the background

Day 22: Christchurch, Overnight

This morning, our travels take us north once more. We stop at Hampden Beach to witness the geological curiosities known as the Moeraki Boulders, huge spherical boulders which are scattered along the beach, whilst others can be seen emerging from the sandstone cliffs. Each boulder weighs several tonnes and is up to two metres in diameter. According to Maori legend, the boulders are gourds washed ashore from the great voyaging canoe Araiteuru when it was wrecked upon landfall in New Zealand hundreds of years ago. Scientists explain the boulders as calcite concretions formed about 65 million years ago. The soft mudstone containing the boulders was raised from the seabed around 15 million years ago and waves, wind and rain are uncovering them one by one. Later in the day, we arrive at the Distinction Hotel in Christchurch for our final night in New Zealand.


Included meals: Breakfast


Day 23: Depart Christchurch

All good things must come to an end, and this morning we transfer to Christchurch Airport. Dependent on your choice of airline your flight will either connect via Australia and Dubai, if flying with Qantas & Emirates, or Singapore (and also Amsterdam if flying to Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle, Edinburgh or Glasgow) if your chosen airline is Singapore Airlines & KLM.


Included meals: Breakfast and in-flight meals and drinks


SPECIAL OFFER: SAVE up to £492 per couple!

If you would like to stopover on your way home, we have an amazing stopover offer available from £99 per person for a stay in Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong or Dubai. Alternatively, you could enjoy a relaxing three-night stopover in Bali for £249 (£398 single occupancy) per person, or stay for two nights on Sentosa Island for £169 (£298 single occupancy) per person. All you need to do to take advantage of this amazing offer is book any departure after September 2022 by 30th June 2022.


When booking just tell our friendly travel professionals which offer you would prefer.


Valley of an island in the Bay of Islands overlooking the deep blue water

Day 24: Arrive UK

Breakfast is served shortly before our arrival, bringing an end to our Magnificent New Zealand tour.


Included meals: In-flight drinks and breakfast


Why not combine with a tour of Australia?

If you wish to make the ultimate journey to Australasia, why not combine the Magnificent New Zealand tour with either the Wonders of Australia or Very Best of Australia tour?  Please see our Australia & New Zealand combination tours for more details.

Magnificent New Zealand – Departure dates & prices

Don’t forget, you can SAVE up to £492 per couple on a homebound stopover. Just make sure you book by 30th June 2022. Choose a two night homebound stopover in Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore or Bangkok for only £99 per person (£198 for single occupancy). The stopover includes return airport transfers, two nights in a four star hotel and full daily breakfast. Alternatively, you may consider a relaxing three night stay in Bali for only £249 per person (£398 for single occupancy) or a two night stop on Sentosa Island for £169 (£298 single occupancy) per person. Available only on departures after September 2022.

Please note that our holiday prices are subject to the availability of flights in the lowest fare booking class. Air fares have risen steeply in recent weeks, and as a result there may be a flight surcharge to add to the price of your holiday. The correct price will always be confirmed to you before you book, and once you have booked, our Price Promise will guarantee there will be no further increases.


 Departure date Price (pp) Availability Offer
 04 November £5,095 HALF FULL SAVE up to £492 per couple
 17 December^ £5,795 AVAILABLE SAVE up to £492 per couple
 13 January £5,195 ONLY 4 ROOMS LEFT SAVE up to £492 per couple
 03 February £5,195 ONLY 5 ROOMS LEFT SAVE up to £492 per couple
 03 March £5,095 AVAILABLE SAVE up to £492 per couple
 21 April £4,195 ONLY 7 ROOMS LEFT SAVE up to £492 per couple

^Christmas Departure: Amended itinerary to celebrate Christmas in New Zealand with Distant Journeys. Please call for details.
Prices: Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin or double room.

Single occupancy supplement: £1,495, except 22 April 2022 and 14 April 2023, £1,395.

Deposit: £1,000 per person if travelling in economy class, £1,950 per person if travelling in premium economy, and £3,750 per person for business class.

New Zealand Visa: Travellers to New Zealand are required to obtain a visa (NZeTA). The cost for this is $12NZD ($9NZD if applying via the smartphone app). An International Visitor Levy fee of $35NZD is also payable and will be charged when applying for the NZeTA.

Terms and conditions: Holiday prices are subject to the availability of flights in the lowest fare booking class and may change, however the correct price will always be confirmed before you book. For full terms and conditions see our terms and conditions page.

So much included

Escorted holidays to New Zealand are designed to include a lot in your tour. And the great news is that on the Magnificent New Zealand tour, so much of what you do and see is already included in the price. That’s all your scheduled international flights, overseas transfers, expertly chosen hotels, daily breakfast, experienced local coach captains, and many amazing excursions, already paid for. All you need to do is bring a bit of spending money.

Flights with leading scheduled airlines

  • Return economy class flights
  • Fly with Qantas & Emirates from London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow
  • Alternatively, fly with Singapore Airlines & KLM from London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle, Edinburgh or Glasgow.
  • Domestic flight within New Zealand
  • All airport charges, security charges and any applicable fuel surcharges
  • UK Air Passenger Duty

Choice of outbound stopover

  • Two-night outbound stopover; choose from Singapore, Bangkok or Dubai (dependent on choice of airline)

Carefully selected hotels

  • Superior hotels in great locations
  • All hotel porterage
  • Applicable hotel taxes

Many meals

  • Daily breakfast, worth £324 per person
  • Dinner in Rotorua

Unforgettable experiences

  • Sightseeing tours in Singapore (or Bangkok or Dubai), Auckland, Rotorua, Queenstown, Dunedin and Christchurch
  • ‘Hole in the Rock’ cruise in the Bay of Islands
  • Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve
  • Maori concert
  • Scenic rail journey on board the TranzAlpine
  • Morning cruise on Milford Sound

On the ground

  • Services of experienced Coach Captains
  • All overseas transfers
  • Modern, air-conditioned coaches throughout

100% confidence

  • Your holiday is covered by our Price Promise
  • Your holiday is fully ATOL protected
  • Your holiday is covered by our Covid Guarantee

Copthorne King's Hotel, Singapore

Standing proud on the historic and picturesque Singapore River, Copthorne King's Hotel Singapore is close to a dazzling array of shopping, dining and entertainment venues. Its central location means Orchard Road, Chinatown and Central Business District are all just a… Find out more >
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Grand Millennium, Auckland

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Scenic Hotel, Bay of Islands

This resort-style hotel, complete with sub-tropical gardens, is the perfect base for exploring the beautiful Bay of Islands and only a stroll away from the main wharf. Situated at the entrance to the seaside town of Paihia, the Scenic Hotel… Find out more >
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Distinction Hotel, Rotorua

Imagine waking up with the most enchanting forest on your doorstep. Well, that is exactly what will happen when you stay at The Distinction Rotorua Hotel. Adjacent to the hotel is the Whakarewarewa Forest which is home some of the… Find out more >
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Distinction Hotel, Christchurch

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Scenic Hotel, Franz Josef Glacier

Situated on the edge of the Franz Josef Glacier, one of New Zealand's most spectacular natural attractions, the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier is an accommodation highlight. Staying in the Douglas Wing in a light and airy room, you’ll enjoy… Find out more >
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Millennium Hotel, Queenstown

Timeless elegance meets luxury accommodation at the Millennium Hotel Queenstown. The hotel is the perfect place to relax and unwind after an exciting day sightseeing in New Zealand's adventure capital. Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located on top of a hill… Find out more >
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Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau

This hotel is right in the hustle and bustle of Te Anau Town, but only a short stroll from the serene Lake Te Anau and its picturesque surroundings. Te Anau is known by many as the walking capital of the… Find out more >
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Distinction Hotel, Dunedin

Dunedin is New Zealand’s oldest city and home to some of the Southern Hemisphere’s most spectacular heritage architecture. An interesting fact about this lovely hotel which you’ll stay in while you’re visiting Dunedin is that in the 1930s, it was… Find out more >
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Auckland – Americas Cup Sailing

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Bay of Islands – Cape Reinga by Air & 4WD

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Bay of Islands – Cape Reinga Day Excursion

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Polynesian Spa in Rotorua

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Franz Josef – Glacier Valley Guided Walk

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Franz Josef – Scenic Helicopter Flights

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Queenstown – Southern Discoveries & Mount Nicholas Farm

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Queenstown – Nomad Safari to Skippers Canyon

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Queenstown – Skippers Canyon

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Queenstown – Wine Trail

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Queenstown – Dart River Jetboat Safari

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Queenstown: Jetboat Ride

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Queenstown – Shotover Jet

There are few experience as exhilarating, and as quite literally breath-taking as a ride on a Shotover Jet in Queenstown. The ‘Can you handle the canyons?’ jet boat ride experience...

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Queenstown – TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak Station

Get a taste of New Zealand’s farming lifestyle at Walter Peak High Country Farm. Situated on picturesque Lake Wakatipu’s south-western shores, the farm is the perfect place to spend a...

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Royal Albatross Centre – Dunedin

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The Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour is the perfect optional excursion for nature lovers. It includes transport to the Otago Peninsula, an Otago Harbour cruise on the ‘Monarch’ and a visit...

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Dunedin – Taieri Gorge Train Excursion

Your Taieri Gorge Train excursion begins at Dunedin’s beautiful railway station. Prepare to embark on a scenic journey into some of New Zealand’s most ever-changing, spectacular and iconic scenery. The...

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Bangkok – City and Temples Tour

Thailand has over 26,000 temples or Wats (local name). This Half Day City and Temples tour will bring you to three of the most distinguished temples in Bangkok, beginning with...

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Bangkok – Grand Palace

Bangkok’s Grand Palace Tour is a “must see” for all visitors to Bangkok. The Grand Palace complex, built in 1782, includes the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)...

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Bangkok – Floating Markets

A glimpse of everyday life in Thailand can be seen at the Damnern Saduak floating market, situated around 100km south west of Bangkok. This Bangkok floating market can be explored...

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Dubai – Helicopter Flight Tour

All aboard an exhilarating Dubai helicopter tour. After take-off from Dubai Festival City you will follow the creek winding past the Creek golf course and continue over the Spice Souk...

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Dubai – an Evening of Elegance Dinner Cruise

A fabulous evening on a Bateaux Dubai dinner cruise awaits. This elegant two-and-a-half hour Dubai Marina dinner cruise offers the best sightseeing with fine dining, personalized service and a contemporary...

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Dubai – Desert Safari and Dinner

For a magical and memorable evening, join us on a Dubai Desert Safari tour. Leave behind the hustle and bustle of the city and venture into the mysterious desert in...

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Dubai – Traditional Dubai City Tour

This fascinating half day Dubai City tour provides an insight into Dubai’s rich history. Your tour of Old Dubai passes the Zabeel Royal Palaces, visits historical buildings with their ancient...

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Dubai – New Dubai City Tour

Explore the highlights and landmarks of the city on a half-day tour. From The Palm, Jumeirah and Dubai Marina to Downtown Dubai and The Dubai Mall, see all of the...

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Afternoon Tea in the Grand Lobby, Raffles Hotel

The Afternoon Tea ritual, much like Raffles Hotel, Singapore, was fashioned in the 19th century. A cherished tradition since its founding in Great Britain, the experience journeyed to Asia during...

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Singapore by Night tour

The evening begins with a local Chinese Dinner along the Singapore River with a choice of either Hainanese Chicken Rice or Seafood Nasi Goreng (Menu is subject to seasonal changes). En...

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Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Recently voted one of the Top 10 Indoor Gardens of the World, the Gardens by the Bay is also Singapore’s number 1 attraction according to Trip Advisor. Featuring more than...

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Afternoon Tea at Tiffin Room, Raffles Hotel

The Tiffin Room has been synonymous with the Raffles Hotel, Singapore, since its establishment in 1892. The restored interior decor includes reinstating the wooden floorboards in the Tiffin Room to...

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Singapore Night Safari

The Singapore Night Safari is world’s first. Set in 40 hectares of secondary jungle, the mystery and drama of the tropical jungle after dusk unfolds at the Singapore Zoo Night...

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Lamma Island Dinner & Symphony of Lights

Combine a scenic cruise to Lamma Island with a delicious seafood dinner at a local restaurant; see locals in a fishing village go about their daily lives and enjoy an uninterrupted...

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Macau Day Excursion

Macau, a former Portuguese enclave, mixes colonial charm with modern Chinese zest and is just a short hour-long ferry ride from Hong Kong. Sometimes called the Las Vegas of the...

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Lantau Island tour

Hong Kong’s largest outlying island, Lantau Island seems a world away from the high rise modernity of Hong Kong Island. It offers unspoilt countryside, lush green valleys, pristine beaches, reflective...

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Hong Kong Island tour

This half day tour of Hong Kong Island begins with a visit to famous Stanley Market, one of the must-see places for visitors to Hong Kong. You will find an...

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Purifying Ceremony at Tirta Empul Temple, Bali

The Indonesian island of Bali is renowned not only for its beauty but also for its ancient temples. Tirta Empul temple is among the most famous, its waters said to...

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Jatiluwih Village & The Batukaru Mountains Nature Tour

Discover the ‘real’ Bali and escape off the beaten track with this small group tour to the centre of Bali, visiting mountains, farms, ancient villages and temples. There’s more to...

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Bali Hai Sunset Dinner Cruise

Bali is one of the world’s most beautiful islands, and the Bali Hai cruise is one of the best ways to see the island in all its splendour, taking it...

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Mengwi Temple, Monkey Forest & Tanah Lot Temple Tour

Discover ancient temples, meet the local wildlife and explore the countryside of inland Bali with this half-day Mengwi Temple, Monkey Forest and Tanah Lot tour. It’s one of several optional...

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Kecak at Uluwatu Temple in Bali & BBQ seafood dinner

Discover the real Bali with an immersive evening of culture, dance and food on this evening tour to Bali’s Uluwatu temple. If you decide to visit Bali on a homebound...

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Special Offers

Book now and SAVE up to £492 per couple!

Our most popular Special Offer – a two-night homebound stopover is available for only £99 per person (£198 for single occupancy) – on all our New Zealand tour departures after September 2022 if you book by 30th June 2022.

There are several options for your £99 stopover – Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong or Dubai. Alternatively, you have the option to choose a relaxing three-night beach stay on the wonderful Indonesian island of Bali, for only £249 (£398 for single occupancy) per person. If you prefer, you can enjoy a two-night stay on Sentosa Island for £169 (£298 single occupancy) per person.
These stopovers normally cost as much as £690 per couple for two nights accommodation in a deluxe four star hotel, with full daily breakfast and airport transfers. So it really does pay to book early with Distant Journeys.

Special Offers: terms and conditions

Special Offer is £99pp in twin / double room, £198 for single occupancy and is subject to the availability of flights and accommodation. The Bali stopover is £249 per person (£398 for single occupancy). The Sentosa Island stopover is £169 per person (£298 for single occupancy). The saving of up to £492 per couple is based on the price of the homebound stopover. Available only on departures after September 2022.


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Bangkok Offer, Pathumwan Princess Hotel

Busy, lively, colourful and above all welcoming, Bangkok should be on your list of must-see places to visit. Here you can experience things you simply can’t do in most cities, like sailing on a longtail boat through floating markets. Make sure…

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Singapore Skyline

Singapore Offer, Copthorne Kings Hotel

There’s just so much to do and see in Singapore, that no matter how many times you visit, you’ll always find yourself wanting to go back again. Maybe it’s the myriad of cultures coming together to create such a unique…

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Dubai Offer, Marriott al Jaddaf Hotel

Stay in style at the five star Marriott al Jaddaf when you visit the gateway to Arabia. The numerous malls and labyrinth-like souks are enchanting to explore. And you really can’t complain about the year round sunshine, which you can make…

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Hong Kong Temple

Hong Kong Offer, Regal Kowloon

Hong Kong oozes energy. Even if you’re feeling a little tired after your travels, it’s guaranteed to perk you up again. While its skyline of sky scrapers is impressive, you simply need to look across the harbour to see the…

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Bali Offer, Meliá Hotel

The name Bali conjures up thoughts of an exotic tropical paradise, and the reality is every bit as wonderful.  Swaying palm trees, white sand beaches and the warm hospitality of the Balinese people await you in this blissful beachfront sanctuary.…

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Sentosa Offer, Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa, Singapore

Stopover in style at the four star Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa, Singapore, a beautiful beachside resort on Singapore’s Sentosa Island.  Perfect for a relaxing break, but close to the numerous exciting attractions of Singapore, the Rasa Sentosa stopover may be chosen as…

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The organisation and communication were first class. The flexibility in travelling to the destination was impressive and the hotels where we stayed  in were all of a good standard. Our Coach was driven by Ken, who was a character and nothing was too much for him.
Mr & Mrs Hall, Magnificent New Zealand
We both enjoyed the Magnificent New Zealand holiday immensely. The Coach Driver/Tour Guide was excellent and the hotels were really comfortable. The holiday was extremely good value and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to taste the Antipodean holiday experience.
Mr & Mrs Kell, Magnificent New Zealand


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Distant Journeys has won 10 awards in the last five years, at the British Travel Awards, and we have been awarded Feefo’s highest Platinum Trusted Rating for customer satisfaction.

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