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Very Best of New Zealand Tour

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New Zealand offers so much. From breath-taking and sometimes other worldly landscapes to its vibrant Maori culture; its welcoming and laid-back lifestyle to the unique flora and fauna; the list is endless. This tour is one of our most popular, with plenty of time to appreciate everything that New Zealand has to offer.

Distant Journeys’ Very Best of New Zealand tour takes in all the sights that would top anyone’s wish list with the addition of some lesser-known gems that many itineraries just wouldn’t have time to visit. For instance, we discover the Art Deco city of Napier as well as Kaikoura, famed for its whale watching. Arguably the highlight of the tour is an unforgettable cruise on Milford Sound.

The tour is leisurely-paced with plenty of free time to explore as you please, and truly does showcase this wonderful country in all its splendour.

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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. No matter which airline or airport you choose, there will be no additional cost.

Included meals:

In-flight meals and drinks

Day 2

Singapore, 2 nights

Merlion Statue at twilight with Singapore skyscrapers in background

Arrive into the wonderful city of Singapore and transfer to the four-star M Hotel City Centre, 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.

Day 3

Singapore

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

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. Perhaps explore the impressive Gardens by the Bay or enjoy high tea at Raffles Hotel.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 4

Depart Singapore

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

A day at leisure in Singapore until it’s time to leave for our evening flight to Christchurch.

Included meals:

Breakfast, in-flight meals and drinks

Day 5

Christchurch, 2 nights

centre of Christchurch, with classic tram system and smalls shops on the high street

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

Included meals:

In-flight meals and drinks

Day 6

Christchurch

The Transitional Cathedral in Christchurch New Zealand

Considered the most English of New Zealand’s cities, today in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake, Christchurch is in the midst of an epic rebuild that has completely reconstructed the city centre. This morning we take a tour to see what this exciting developing city has to offer. We start our day with a visit to the Sign of the Takahe, an historical building on the edge of the city and continue to view the key landmarks of the city centre.  From here we take a visit to the Botanic Gardens. Founded in 1863 with the planting of an English oak tree, the Christchurch Botanic Gardens contain an impressive array of flora and fauna. Our afternoon is at leisure to continue exploring this delightful city.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 7

Franz Josef, 2 nights

Couple kayaking on the blue waters of Lake Mapourika near Franz Josef on New Zealand's stunning West Coast

Today we embark on one of the most stunning drives in New Zealand. Travel through the Canterbury Plains, heading towards the imposing Southern Alps. We climb the mighty Southern Alps, where at every turn, spectacular views of the chiselled alpine landscape take our breath away. There is also an opportunity to take an optional journey on the TranzAlpine, arguably one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world. On board, you will enjoy thrilling vistas over deep gorges as we travel alongside the ice-fed Waimakariri River. From Arthur’s Pass, we make the spectacular descent down the western side of the Southern Alps by coach, 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 entering the Westland National Park and reaching the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier for our next two nights.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 8

Franz Josef Freedom Day

large rocky mountains, two green and one snowy, contrasting with people in bottom of shot

A relaxing day to take in the beauty of Franz Josef and the surrounding area at your leisure. We will arrange a transfer from the Franz Josef township to the Franz Josef glacier valley car park. From here you can stroll through the amazing rainforest to a viewpoint, from where there is a wonderful view of the steep glacier valley and the glacier terminal in the distance. Weather permitting, we may also take an optional scenic flight, which is at an additional cost, over the glacier and the awe-inspiring Alpine region.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 9

Queenstown, 3 nights

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

Enjoy 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.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 10

Queenstown

shotover jet full of passengers crashing against the river creating white sprays of waves

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. In the afternoon, you are free to enjoy 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

Day 11

Queenstown Freedom Day

Sailing on the TSS Earnslaw

Queenstown smiles south across Lake Wakatipu into an incomparable alpine scene. 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 for an enjoyable day of wine tasting and sightseeing, or take leisurely cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the vintage steamboat TSS Earnslaw. For something a little more adventurous, a four-wheel drive adventure along the famous Skippers Road may be appealing.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 12

Te Anau, Overnight

Calm milford sound waters with hills towering overhead

Tour Highlight

Today we travel to the magnificent Fiordland National Park and to Milford Sound, which will undoubtedly prove to be one of our tour’s many highlights. The scenic drive takes us through a variety of landscapes –
farmland, native tussock grasslands, lush beech forests and impressive glacial valleys – before arriving at Milford Sound to begin our cruise. Only when out cruising on Milford Sound can the sheer scale of the dramatic scenery be fully appreciated: towering peaks rise all around and spectacular waterfalls cascade into the calm waters below. Our cruise takes in the impressive Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls. Remember to keep a look out for dolphins as well as seals and penguins. We spend tonight at the Distinction Hotel and Villas.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 13

Dunedin, 2 nights

Dunedin railway station, with victorian era architecture

This morning 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. Enjoy two nights at the Distinction Hotel.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 14

Dunedin

Sealions sunbathing on a rock, with small cruise boat in the background

This morning, we enjoy a sightseeing tour taking in the city’s neo-Gothic churches, town hall, opulent theatres and other 19th century buildings. In the afternoon, why not join an optional wildlife cruise to the Otago Peninsula? Enjoy uninterrupted views of the world’s only mainland colony of royal albatross. You may also encounter sea lions, blue penguins and Hector’s dolphins.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 15

Christchurch, Overnight

Close up of some of the large Moeraki Boulders, with the calm waves of the water in the background
Unreal Moeraki Boulders at sunrise, Koekohe beach,Otago, South Island, New Zealand

Our journey takes us north as we return to Christchurch. A stop is made in Moeraki to view a collection of huge spherical boulders which are scattered along a beautiful stretch of beach. Maori legend says that the boulders are gourds washed ashore from a voyaging canoe called Araiteuri that was wrecked when it made landfall a long time ago. Scientists have discovered the boulders are actually calcite concretions, created about 65 million years ago, which have been raised from the seabed and uncovered one by one by the elements. Our next stop is Oamaru, where we stroll through New Zealand’s best preserved Victorian streets. We arrive at the Distinction Hotel in Christchurch, where we stay overnight.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 16

Kaikoura, Overnight

Whale diving in Ocean

After breakfast, we bid farewell to Christchurch and head towards the coastal town of Kaikoura, admiring the picturesque valley of Waipara, one of the country’s most notable wine regions, as we make our way north. Kaikoura means ‘crayfish’ in Maori, and the town is known as the crayfish capital of New Zealand. Kaikoura’s coast is also home to a variety of whale species, most prominently sperm whales, which can be seen year-round. This afternoon you will have the option to take a whale-watching cruise, weather permitting, with the chance to see these magnificent creatures, as well as orcas, dolphins and other marine life. After checking in to our hotel for the evening, the ideally located Sudima Hotel, the rest of the day is yours to enjoy as you please. Explore the cafes and shops of the charming Kaikoura township, a great place for fish & chips, and of course the local crayfish. We also recommend a walk along the coast towards Point Kean, where you may see New Zealand Fur Seals basking in the sun.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 17

Wellington, 2 nights

The large Interisland ferry travelling between the North and South islands of New Zealand

This morning we journey from Kaikoura to
Picton, and in the afternoon we leave South Island in our wake as we board the ferry for our inter-island cruise to New Zealand’s North Island. During the cruise, enjoy spectacular views as we depart Queen Charlotte Sound. With the possibility of birds and dolphins following, we make our way across the Cook Strait to Wellington. Upon arrival we re-join our coach and make our way to the Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay, where we spend the next two nights.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 18

Wellington

Aerial view of the harbour of Wellington, with the city in the distance

A Freedom Day to spend as we please. Wellington is compact, cultured and full of character.  There are a whole host of excellent activities in and around Wellington. A visit to Te Papa museum is highly recommended, as it offers a fascinating insight into New Zealand’s rich history and cultural heritage. Alternatively, ride a cable car to Wellington’s beautiful botanical gardens or take a relaxing stroll through the city’s streets and waterfront.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 19

Napier, Overnight

Traditional shops lining the streets of Napier

This morning our journey continues north via the Kapiti coast and Hastings as we make our way to the Art Deco city of Napier, located in an area dominated by orchards and vineyards. Napier’s city centre has the feeling of a time capsule – the seamless line of 1930s architecture is quite extraordinary. One of the ways to enjoy the streetscape is on a self-guided tour. Our evening is spent at the delightful Scenic Hotel Te Pania, superbly situated on Napier’s seafront.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 20

Rotorua, 2 nights

The emerald waters of Huka Falls surrounded by the green vegetation of the forest. Shotover Jet in the centre of the plunge pool

Today we make our way along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake. We visit the impressive Huka Falls where the Waikato River suddenly narrows to a chasm less than 15 metres across and heaves its vast bulk over an 11-metre ledge to boil furiously in a deep semi-circular basin below. We continue to Rotorua, which is at the heart of New Zealand’s rich Maori culture. This evening we attend a concert featuring traditional song and dance, including the world famous war dance – The Haka. Also included is a buffet dinner. The next two nights are spent at the four-star Distinction Hotel for a two night stay.

Included meals:

Breakfast and dinner

Day 21

Rotorua

Maori Warriors at Te Puia, Rotorua, New Zealand

This morning, we explore some of Rotorua’s most famous sights, including its tudor-inspired bath house. We continue to Te Puia, home to Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, to view its spouting geysers, bubbling mud pools and hissing fumaroles. During our free afternoon you may wish to take a scenic flight over Mount Tarawera or visit the Polynesian Thermal Pools.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 22

Bay of Islands, 3 nights

The vibrant greens and blues of the Bay of Islands and the surrounding waters from above

We travel north this morning, via Auckland, as we make our way to the pale sands and turquoise waters of the Bay of Islands. In the pretty seaside town of Paihia, the Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands or the Copthorne Hotel & Resort will be our home for the next three nights.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 23

Bay of Islands cruise

turquoise waters against the towering rocky formations with a hole running through the middle

Tour Highlight

Undoubtedly one of the highlights of this tour is a cruise around the Bay of Islands, as in our opinion, there’s no better way to see this picturesque area of New Zealand. You’ll 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-sea fishing waters, it’s not uncommon to see schools of fish and dolphins. The return trip travels via historic Russell. It’s hard to believe that this quaint township was once known as the ‘Hell Hole of the Pacific’. As the afternoon has been left free, you have an excellent opportunity to take an optional visit to the grounds of the Waitangi National Reserve. It was here in 1840 that the British and Maori chiefs signed the Waitangi Treaty.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 24

Bay of Islands Freedom Day

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

Today you’ll have a full day at leisure, allowing you to do the things that really interest you. For example, there is the opportunity to join a fantastic optional trip to Cape Reinga. It’s a full-day excursion which visits the northern tip of New Zealand. Not only is this where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean, but it holds a special 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. Other standout locations during the tour include the Te Paki sand dunes and a drive along Ninety Mile Beach, passing some magnificent scenery along the coast.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 25

Auckland, 2 nights

Aerial view of Mt. Eden, Auckland / New Zealand

After breakfast this morning, we leave the Bay of Islands. On the drive to the Waipoua Kauri Forest Reserve, we pass rolling hills dotted with dairy farms which give way to lush forest the closer we get to the reserve. There’s chance to marvel at the gigantic kauri tree Tane Mahuta, or ‘Lord of the Forest.’ From here, we cross the impressive Waitemata Harbour Bridge and head into Auckland and the Grand Millennium Hotel for our final two nights in New Zealand.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 26

Auckland

Sky tower with people in focus while blue seas and buildings scatter the background

Start the morning with an orientation tour of the city. Auckland has a beautiful waterside setting, with a modern skyline standing out against a backdrop of volcanic hills. As part of the tour, we’ll drive along the famous Waitemata Harbour. You’ll be able to see Rangitoto Island, an extinct volcano, which although it’s in the distance, dominates the horizon. Stop at the stylish Viaduct Harbour, which has played host to many America’s Cup celebrations. As the afternoon has been left free for you to enjoy however you would like, why not take in the panoramic views from the top of the Sky Tower? As you would expect from the tallest building in the southern hemisphere, the views truly are breathtaking.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Day 27

Depart Auckland

All good things must come to an end, and this morning we transfer to Auckland Airport. Our flights to our chosen UK airport operate via Australia and Dubai if travelling with Qantas & Emirates, or via Singapore if travelling with Singapore Airlines.

Included meals:

Breakfast, in-flight meals and drinks

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Day 28

Arrive UK

Maori women dancing in colourful clothes

This morning we arrive at our chosen airport, bringing to an end our incredible adventure.

Included meals:

In-flight meals and drinks

Why not combine with a tour of Australia?

For the ultimate Australasian adventure, discovering the highlights of both Australia and New Zealand, why not combine the Very Best of New Zealand Tour with our Wonders of Australia or Very Best of Australia tours? Take a look at our selection of combined tours for full information.

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Book your place on Very Best of New Zealand before 1st July 2024, and SAVE up to £492 per couple on tours departing from September 2024. Enjoy a two-night stopover on the homebound journey for just £99 per person (£198 single occupancy) in either Dubai, Bangkok or Singapore. The price includes two nights accommodation in a four-star hotel, full breakfast each morning and return airport to hotel transfers. Also available is a three-night stay in Bali for only £149 per person (£298 single occupancy) or a two-night stay on Sentosa Island for only £179 per person (£358 single occupancy).

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Prices:
Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin or double room.

Single supplement: £1,695 (October 2023 to March 2024) £1,875 (October 2024 to March 2025) £1,545 (April 2025)

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.

Flight upgrades: Upgrade to Premium Economy on selected routes from £2,295 per person return. Upgrade to Business Class from £4,995 per person return.

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.

Important Information: Our holiday prices are subject to fuel surcharges and the availability of flights in the lowest fare booking class. 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. For full terms and conditions see our terms and conditions page.

So much included

Our escorted holidays to New Zealand are designed to include so much in the price of your tour. And the even better news is that on the Very Best of New Zealand tour, a great deal of what you’ll 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 unforgettable excursions, including a cruise on Milford Sound, are already taken care of.

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 & from London Heathrow or Manchester on certain days of the week
  • 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

  • Meals worth £565 per person
  • Daily Breakfast
  • A dinner in Rotorua

Unforgettable experiences

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

On the ground

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

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M Hotel City Centre, Singapore

Occupying a great location in Singapore city centre, M Hotel is a modern, stylish hotel offering a warm welcome and a range of services alongside comfortable, contemporary accommodation. Your Stay The spacious guest rooms are equipped with flat screen TV… Find out more >
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Distinction Hotel, Christchurch

The Distinction Hotel Christchurch is newly refurbished and located right in the heart of the famous Cathedral Square. Described as ‘an urban escape combining sophisticated smarts and familiar warmth’ the hotel was renovated following the rejuvenation of Cathedral Square. Its… Find out more >
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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 Hotel & Villas, Te Anau

You’ll experience New Zealand’s natural beauty at its best, thanks to your stay at Te Anau Distinction Hotel & Villas, where your accommodation immerses you in some of the most picturesque surroundings imaginable. Not only is it located in one… 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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Distinction Hotel, Christchurch

The Distinction Hotel Christchurch is newly refurbished and located right in the heart of the famous Cathedral Square. Described as ‘an urban escape combining sophisticated smarts and familiar warmth’ the hotel was renovated following the rejuvenation of Cathedral Square. Its… Find out more >
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Sudima Hotel, Kaikoura

Sudima Kaikoura is a brand-new hotel occupying a prime position on the town’s Esplanade, with sweeping views of sea and mountain directly ahead. This central location, only a short walk from the town centre, makes it an ideal base for… Find out more >
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Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay, Wellington

Where better to stay during your time in Wellington than on the premier Oriental Parade? Not only does the Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay Welling hotel overlook the beautiful Wellington Harbour, but it’s also the ideal base to explore everything this… Find out more >
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Scenic Hotel Te Pania, Napier

You couldn’t want for a better location than that of Scenic Hotel Te Pania. Sat on the edge of the picturesque Hawke’s Bay, its surroundings and views are simply stunning and a true treat for anyone who stays here. Such… 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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Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Bay of Islands

The Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Bay of Islands enjoys a superb waterfront location set in 60 acres of subtropical gardens, next to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and just a short distance from the village of Paihia. Your Stay The light… Find out more >
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Grand Millennium Hotel, Auckland

You’re in prime position to explore when you stay at Grand Millennium Auckland. Its city centre location puts you close to both Queen Street and Viaduct Harbour, meaning you really are surrounded by the vibrancy and hustle and bustle of… Find out more >
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Dunedin: Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour

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Queenstown: TSS Earnslaw Cruise & 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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Franz Josef: Scenic Helicopter Flights

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Wellington: Weta Workshop Tour

Go behind the scenes of some of the best-loved movies in history with this tour of the Weta Workshop near Wellington, a studio famous for creating some of the movie...

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Wellington: National Te Papa Museum

A visit to Te Papa museum is highly recommended, as it offers a fascinating insight into New Zealand’s rich history and cultural heritage.  Entrance is free of charge   Wellington:...

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Rotorua: Hobbiton Movie Set Tour – Afternoon

Setting out from Rotorua, your Hobbiton Movie Set Tour starts with a scenic drive across to Matamata where your local driver guide will provide informative commentary and share stories about...

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Rotorua: Flightseeing

Visit Rotorua’s most remote destinations by your choice of either helicopter, fixed wing aircraft or even floatplane. Popular flightseeing options include exploring New Zealand’s Mount Tarawera which is the site...

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Bay of Islands: Cape Reinga by Air & 4WD

This excursion offers a great way to travel to the top of New Zealand to experience its beauty, history and scenery. Not only does it avoid you needing to take...

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Bay of Islands: Cape Reinga

During your trip to New Zealand, be sure to venture to the very top of the North Island to Cape Reinga. The rolling hills of Northland's rural countryside, breath-taking coastal...

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Auckland: Sky Tower

Experience stunning panoramic 360˚ views of the city from 220 meters high. The Sky Tower has now been part of Auckland’s sky line for 19 years and is the tallest...

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Auckland: Dinner Cruise

Immerse yourself in Auckland’s harbour setting with dinner on a beautiful boat. During an enchanting dinner cruise in Auckland, you will soak up your destination’s atmosphere from the peace of...

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Kaikoura: Whalewatching

This whale watching tour offers an exciting up-close encounter with Whales. A whale, as defined by the Marine Mammals Protection Regulations 1992, means all species commonly known as whales; and includes baleen whales, sperm whales, beaked whales, killer whales and pilot whales. This tour focuses on locating and spotting the Giant Sperm whale.

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Bali: Purifying Ceremony at Tirta Empul Temple

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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Bali: 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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Bali: 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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Bali: 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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Bangkok: Half Day 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 Wat Traimit, the temple of the Golden Buddha.

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Bangkok: Half Day 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) and is unquestionably one of the wonders of the world today.

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Bangkok: Half Day 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 on a unique Bangkok floating market tour. You’ll take an exhilarating narrow long-tailed speedboat ride through the marshes and stilt houses, which leads you to the Damnern Saduak Market.

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Dubai: Helicopter Flight Tour

Highlights:  Fly over the iconic tower - Burj Khalifa! Explore sites of Jumeirah Beach and downtown Enjoy a helicopter tour over Dubai by flying from the most famous man-made island,...

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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 the trained hands of your safari guides.

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Night out at Colonial Charms of the City

To truly experience the vibrant heartbeat of Singapore, immerse yourself in the pulsating urban life of the Civic District. A heady blend of old and new, the precinct is home to a trove of cultural gems, hip bars and unforgettable feasts.

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Singapore: Night out at Chinatown and Little India

Chinatown has come a long way since the early days when Chinese immigrants made this enclave their home. Filled with a sprawling myriad of shops and eateries, bustling with colourful and exciting activities set against a backdrop of rich history and heritage, Chinatown is not to be missed, especially in the evening when everything really comes alive.

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Singapore: Night out at Marina Bay

Discover birds-eye view of the city and Marina Bay from the top of Marina's Bay Sand's Skypark. Enjoy one complimentary drink at CÉ LA VI Kiosk, Level 56, Marina Bay Sands Skypark, Hotel Tower 3. Experience the breath-taking view of the city lights, before moving onto the picturesque Marina Bay area where you experience Gardens by the Bay under the moonlit sky.

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Singapore: Afternoon Tea in the Grand Lobby, Raffles Hotel

Highlights:  Afternoon Tea at Raffles Tour Description:  The Afternoon Tea ritual, much like Raffles Hotel, Singapore, was fashioned in the 19th century. A cherished tradition since its founding in Great...

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Singapore: Gardens by the Bay

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 1 million plants from more than 5,000 species, Gardens by the Bay in Singapore is a must-see destination filled with wonders from around the world.

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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 Safari.

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Special  Offers – SAVE up to £492 per couple!

Enjoy a homebound stopover from as little as £99 per person when you book one of our Australia and/or New Zealand tours departing after September 2024. Choose a city stay in bustling Bangkok, fashionable Dubai or the cosmopolitan Singapore, or opt to relax beachside in Bali, or Sentosa Island.

It really does pay to book early, as these stopovers usually cost up to £690 per couple for two nights’ accommodation in a four-star hotel, with full daily breakfast and airport transfers.

Destinations and prices as follows:

  • Two-night stopover in Singapore, Bangkok or Dubai for just £99 per person (£198 for single occupancy).
  • Three-night stopover in Bali for only £149 per person (£298 for single occupancy).
  • Two-night stopover on Sentosa Island for £179 per person (£358 for single occupancy).

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The savings quoted on Australia & New Zealand tours are off the price of a homeward stopover which normally costs up to £690 per couple. Special offers are for tours featured in our 2024/25 Australia & New Zealand brochure, departing from September 2024. All offers are based on specific flights and booking classes and are subject to availability at the time of booking. If choosing to fly with Singapore Airlines your homebound stopover options are limited to Singapore or Sentosa Island. All offers must end 1st July 2024


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Bangkok Stopover 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 Stopover Offer, M Hotel City Centre

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 Stopover 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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Bali Stopover Offer, Merusaka Nusa Dua

The beachfront Merusaka in Nusa Dua is an oasis of calm surrounded by tropical beauty, where turquoise waters lap white-sand shores and swaying palm trees. Guests can expect modern, comfortable rooms with elements of Balinese design; three outdoor pools and…

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Sentosa Stopover 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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Excellent itinerary. Multiple choice of tour extras, good hotels well located. Tour captain was exceptional in knowledge of both islands.

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The best holiday of my life, highly recommended. I wished it had gone on longer!

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