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Very Best of New Zealand Tour

Very Best of New Zealand Tour

New Zealand is known for so much – its stunning and other-worldly landscapes, its Maori culture and laid-back lifestyle, its unique flora and fauna; the list is endless. For that reason, if you’re going to travel to the other side of the world, you need to allow plenty of time to appreciate everything that New Zealand has to offer.

Building on from our successful Magnificent New Zealand tour, 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 less well known gems that many itineraries just wouldn’t have time to visit. For instance, we discover the Art Deco city of Napier; arty, bohemian Nelson and Wellington, the nation’s capital.

The tour is leisurely paced with plenty of free time to explore as you wish to, and truly does provide you with the Very Best of New Zealand.

Special Offer – Save up to £392 per couple

Our amazing special offer gives you a chance to experience a new destination on your way home from New Zealand for only £149 per person (£298 for singles). The stopover choices are for tours departing after the 1st September 2018 and are dependent on your choice of airline. The choices are Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore or Dubai. To take advantage of this booking offer is simple; book by the 31st August 2018.  Alternatively, if you’d prefer to see something of Australia, we can offer a three night stopover in Sydney for just £349 per person (£549 for singles), provided you book by 31st August 2018.

28-day Very Best of New Zealand, from only £5,195pp

Day 1 – Depart UK

You’ll leave the UK from the airport that’s most convenient for you: London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow, flying with Emirates / Qantas. Alternatively, you can choose to fly with Singapore Airlines from London Heathrow. Whichever airport or airline you select, there’s no additional cost.
In-flight meals and drinks included

 Day 2 – Singapore, 2 nights

Just so you know, all flights to Singapore travel via Dubai before arriving in Singapore, undoubtedly one of Asia’s must-visit cities. You’ll be transferred to the four star Copthorne Kings Hotel, situated in the city centre and close to the banks of the Singapore River.
In-flight meals and drinks included

Alternative stopover – Dubai or Bangkok

We’ve based days 2 -4 of this New Zealand tour on flights with Emirates / Qantas and a stopover in Singapore. You might decide, however, that you’d prefer to stop in Bangkok or Dubai for the same price. You may also choose to travel with Singapore Airlines, flying from London Heathrow. This means your included stopover with Singapore Airlines will be Singapore. All of our stopovers include transfers to and from the hotel, daily breakfast and a city sightseeing tour. Flight timings do vary depending on your choice of stopover. For more details, please speak with one of our travel experts.

Day 3 – Singapore

Singapore is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city; a melting pot of east and west. This morning, you’ll get to experience this for yourself during a tour of the city. There are plenty of opportunities to take photos at Merlion Park, Thian Hock Keng Temple, plus the thousands of beautiful orchids within the botanical gardens. You’ll be taken back to the hotel, with the rest of the day free to spend as you’d like.
Breakfast included

Day 4 – Depart Singapore

You’ll have another day at leisure in Singapore as our flight to Auckland is not departing until the evening. Perhaps you’d like to explore the futuristic bio-domes and sculptures in the Gardens by the Bay. Or start your holiday in style with high tea at the famous Raffles hotel.
Breakfast included and in-flight meals and drinks included

Day 5 – Auckland, 2 nights

There’ll be a quick change of flight in Australia before you arrive into Auckland. Our coach will be waiting, and will transfer you to the Scenic Hotel Auckland, where you’ll be spending the first two nights of this guided tour of New Zealand.
In-flight meals and drinks included

Day 6 – Auckland

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. The stylish Viaduct Harbour is another stop on the tour, which has played host to many America’s Cup celebrations. As the afternoon has been left free for you to enjoy however you’d like, why not take in the panoramic views from the top of the Sky Tower? As you’d expect from the tallest building in the southern hemisphere, the views truly are break-taking.
Breakfast included

Day 7 – Bay of Islands, 3 nights

After breakfast this morning, you’ll leave Auckland, crossing the impressive Waitemata Harbour Bridge and head north. On the drive to the Waipoua Kauri Forest Reserve, you’ll pass rolling hills dotted with dairy farms which give way to lush forest the closer you get to the reserve. There’s chance to marvel at the gigantic kauri tree Tane Mahuta, or ‘Lord of the Forest.’ From here, you’ll travel to the pale sands and turquoise waters of the Bay of Islands, and the pretty seaside town of Paihia where the Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands will be your home for the next three nights.
Breakfast included

Day 8 – Tour Highlight

Bay of Islands cruise

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 part 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-fishing spots it’s not uncommon to see schools of fish and dolphins. The return trip includes a visit to 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 visit the grounds of the Waitangi National Reserve. It was here in 1840 that the British and Maori chiefs signed the Waitangi Treaty. This tour does come at an additional cost.
Breakfast included

Day 9 – Bay of Islands Freedom Day

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 area the place where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean, but it hold 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 today’s tour include the Te Paki sand dunes and a drive along Ninety Mile Beach, passing some magnificent scenery along the coast.
Breakfast included

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 Millennium Rotorua, superbly situated close to the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua.
Breakfast included

Day 11 – Tour Highlight

Rotorua sightseeing and Maori Hangi

This morning’s sightseeing takes us via Rotorua’s famous Bath House within the Government Gardens and is built in a Tudor style. You’ll then continue to Te Puia, which is home to the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve. Here you’ll find spurting geysers and boiling mud pools. Your afternoon is then at leisure, allowing you time to relax. As always, there are optional activities available including a leisurely afternoon enjoying the thermal pools at the nearby Polynesian Spa, with their healing properties. For those of you among us who prefer things a little more action-packed, there is also a float plane flight over Mount Terawera. This evening, you’ll experience the rich Maori culture with a concert of traditional song and dance – including the famous war dance The Haka – plus a traditional Hangi buffet dinner, cooked using traditional Maori methods.
Breakfast included and dinner included

Day 12 – Napier, 2 nights

There’ll be a leisurely start to the day before you make your way along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake. You’ll visit the Huka Falls and witness the impressive sight of the Waikato River narrowing to a chasm less than 15 metres across, tumbling down 11 metres to the basin below. There is then a visit to Wairakei Terraces, to see a Maori village. Your Maori guides will teach you about their rich cultural and spiritual history, plus you’ll explore the arts and crafts of the village. It’s then on to Napier, the final destination of the day, and your home for two nights. The city is heavily influenced by Art Deco, and is surrounded by vineyards and orchards. The next two evenings are spent at the delightful Scenic Hotel Te Pania, situated in a perfect spot on Napier’s sea front.
Breakfast included

Day 13 – Napier Freedom Day

Today is yours to spend as you please, although we would recommend spending some time exploring Napier. The 1930s buildings lining the streets give the city a trapped-in-time feeling; and you can enjoy the streetscape during a self-guided tour. It’s not just the architecture that the area is famous for though, and you might also like to visit some of the local wineries to sample the signature grapes of Pinot Gris and Syrah.
Breakfast included

Day 14- Wellington, 2 nights

This morning the journey continues south,  via Hastings and Masterton as we make our way to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital. Upon arrival we shall make our way to Wellington’s Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay, where our evening is at leisure.
Breakfast included

Day 15 – Wellington

Wellington is compact, cultured and full of character. Its interesting and varied architecture provides the ideal starting point for an orientation tour this morning. You will visit Wellington’s administrative area, taking in Parliament House, ‘the Beehive’ – you’ll understand the name when you see it – and the government buildings. Then continue to the top of Mount Victoria for the finest view of the city and its picturesque harbour. Your afternoon is at leisure – 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.
Breakfast included

Day 16 – Nelson, 2 nights

This morning you leave North Island in your wake as you board the ferry for our inter-island cruise to New Zealand’s South Island. During the cruise, enjoy spectacular views as you approach Queen Charlotte Sound. With the possibility of birds and dolphins following, we make our way across the Cook Straight to Picton. Upon arrival you will re-join our coach and make your way to Nelson where the remainder of our day is at leisure. Your next two nights are spent at the Nelson Rutherford Hotel.
Breakfast included

Day 17 – Nelson Freedom Day

Nelson is a delight for explorers on foot. Scattered throughout the city are art galleries and workshops, historic buildings and street cafes. Today has been left as a Freedom Day so you can spend it any way you choose. Perhaps consider a trip to Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand’s smallest national park, blessed with golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs, and its world-famous coast track. A cruise along the coast will take you to the very best scenery this region has to offer. Alternatively, you may wish to take a tour of some of the regions wonderful wineries.
Breakfast included

Day 18 – Franz Josef, 2 nights

This morning journey south along the heritage Highway, stopping off at Punakaki, otherwise known as Pancake Rocks. This incredible maze of limestone rocks stacked high with blowholes blasting water sky-high. Continue heading south, via Hokitika and Hari Hari , with the striking wild landscapes 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 Franz Josef Glacier Hotel.
Breakfast included

Day 19 – Franz Josef Freedom Day

Today has benn left completely free to absorb the beauty of Franz Josef under your own steam. There is the option, if you wish, to drive to the Franz Josef Glacier terminal where you have the opportunity to walk and view the glacier. Weather permitting, you can also take an optional scenic flight over the glacier and the awe-inspiring Alpine region, although this does come at an additional cost.
Breakfast included

Day 20 – Queenstown, 3 nights

Today’s drive features incredible scenery, as you travel across the Haast River Bridge and via Clark Bluff along one of the most exciting scenic roads ever built. Travelling along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, entering New Zealand’s Central Otago region. You’ll also see Lake Dunstan, created by the Clyde hydro dam in 1994. Later in the afternoon you’ll reach the cosmopolitan city of Queenstown, and the four star Millennium Hotel which is your home for the next three nights and is only a short walk from the centre of town.
Breakfast included

Day 21 – Queenstown

Queenstown’s location is impressive. The city hugs the shore of Lake Wakatipu and backs onto an incomparable alpine scene. The lake itself seems to glisten every shade of blue, with the curve of the bay looking like a giant smile. This morning you’ll take a tour to visit nearby Lake Hayes before moving on to the historic mining town of Arrowtown. Make sure you stop for a cream tea in one of the quaint tearooms along Buckingham Street, with its collection of heritage buildings stretching into a tree lined avenue of tiny miners’ cottages. Your afternoon in Queenstown has been left at leisure. Thrill seekers may wish to try the Shotover Jet – an exhilarating speed boat ride, twisting amongst the crags and boulders of the Shotover River canyon. For something a little more sedate, why not follow Queenstown’s wine trail for an enjoyable afternoon of wine tasting and sightseeing.
Breakfast included

Day 22 – Queenstown Freedom Day

Today has been left free to allow you to take advantage of the incredible variety of activities available in and around New Zealand’s most glamorous alpine resort. Take a gondola ride – and your camera – to the top of Bob’s Peak for some fabulous views of the apt-named Remarkables. For an additional cost, you also have the opportunity to enjoy an optional leisurely cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the vintage steamboat TSS Earnslaw. The cruise also includes a visit to Walter Peak Homestead and a sheep shearing show, before returning to Queenstown.
Breakfast included

Day 23 – Tour Highlight

Milford Sound, Overnight

Today is sure to be another tour highlight. Visit the magnificence of Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound. The scenic drive takes you through Te Anau, plus a variety of landscapes: farmland gives way to lush beech forests and deep, glacial valleys before arriving at Milford Sound. It’s easy to see why the Sound is such a popular tourist attraction – it attracts thousands of visitors every day during the summer months. Yet, one of the best times to visit Milford Sound is at the end of the day, when everyone has left. And with Distant Journeys you’ll do just that with an overnight cruise along Milford Sound , which is undoubtedly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You’ll be staying on board the wonderful Milford Mariner, and you’ll cruise the length of New Zealand’s most spectacular fiord to the Tasman Sea, before anchoring for the night in a sheltered cove. Your night aboard Milford Mariner will be a truly memorable experience – there will be nature guides on hand to help you spot some of the wild residents, and there is the option to go exploring in the tender craft or kayaks. Of course, you can simply relax on deck. After the day’s activities, enjoy a sumptuous evening buffet in the spacious dining saloon before retiring to your private cabin with en-suite facilities.
Breakfast and dinner included

Day 24 – Dunedin, 2 nights

Start the day on board the Milford Mariner with a hot breakfast, before it’s time to make your way back to the jetty ready for the next part of your journey. Fresh, green farmland will be the vista for the journey to Balclutha, with its distinctive arched concrete bridge. Milton is the last sizeable settlement before we reach Dunedin. Dunedin is South Island’s second largest city and is also known as ‘Edinburgh of the South.’ It’s also considered New Zealand’s architectural heritage capital, thanks to its lovingly restored Victorian and Edwardian buildings. Your next two nights are spent at the Distinction Hotel Dunedin.
Breakfast included

Day 25 – Dunedin

Enjoy a city sightseeing tour this morning, which includes travelling via Otago University, which was the first university in New Zealand. You’ll also pass by the city’s neo-Gothic churches, town hall, opulent theatres, and other 19th century buildings. There’s plenty of time to admire the beautifully landscaped Dunedin Botanical Gardens , plus the impressive views of the Otago Peninsula and Harbour before returning to the hotel. Your afternoon is at leisure to spend as you please.
Breakfast included

Day 26 – Christchurch, Overnight

This morning, you’ll be heading north once more. Stop at Hampden Beach to admire the Moeraki Boulders, huge spherical boulders scattered along the beach, with others 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. Later in the day you’ll arrive at the Heartland Hotel Cotswold in Christchurch for your final night in New Zealand.
Breakfast included

Day 27 – Depart Christchurch

This morning marks the end of what will have undoubtedly been a memorable trip. You’ll transfer to Christchurch Airport before the flights to your chosen airport via Sydney and Dubai.
Breakfast and in-flight meals and drinks included


If you would like to experience a new destination on your way home from New Zealand, we have an amazing offer on a selection of stopovers for you to choose from: Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok or Dubai.  The price is only £149 per person if sharing a twin or double and £298 for single occupancy. Included are return airport transfers and two nights accommodation in a four or five star hotel with full daily breakfast. This offer is only available on tours departing after the 1st September 2018. As an alternative you may prefer to have a three night stopover in Sydney or Bali on the way home. These are also available at a reduced rate – please see the Offers tab for more details.

See the departure dates and prices for full details. All you need to do is book by 31st August 2018.

Day 28 – Arrive UK

Breakfast is served shortly before our arrival into London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow.
In-flight drinks and breakfast included


Why not combine with a tour of Australia?

If you wish to make the ultimate journey to Australasia, combining the Wonders of Australia or Very Best of Australia tours with The Very Best of New Zealand tour makes perfect sense. Have a look at our combined tours for more information.


Departure dates & prices

Our escorted holidays to New Zealand are designed to include a lot in the price of your tour. And the even better news is that on the Very Best of New Zealand tour, so much 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 an overnight cruise on Milford Sound, already taken care of.  All you need to do is bring some spending money.

Plus, if you book by 31st August 2018 you can take advantage of our homebound stopover and save up to £392 per couple with a two night stopover from just £149 per person.

2018 / 19 The Very Best of New Zealand departures

Departure datePrice (pp)AvailabilityOffer
09 October *£5,195ONLY 3 ROOMS LEFT£149 stopover
15 March£5,195ONLY 2 ROOMS LEFT£149 stopover

* These departure dates operate in reverse order, beginning in Christchurch and finishing in Auckland. All hotels and experiences are the same as detailed in the itinerary. For a detailed itinerary, please click here.

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

Single supplement: £1,895

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.

Alternative hotels:  Please note, the 9th October 2018 and 20th February 2019 departures stay at the Copthorne Hotel in Queenstown. The 31st October 2018 and 25th January 2019 departures will stay at the Grand Millennium hotel in Auckland and the Copthorne Waitangi in the Bay of Islands.

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.

What’s included?

Flights with leading scheduled airlines

  • Return economy class flights with Qantas / Emirates from London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow
  • Alternatively fly with Singapore Airlines from London Heathrow at no additional cost.
  • Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are available on selected international routes for a supplement

Great choice of included stopovers

  • Your choice of two night outbound stopover in Singapore, Bangkok or Dubai (dependent on choice of airline)
  • Your stopover includes airport transfers, accommodation, daily breakfast and a sightseeing tour

Carefully selected hotels

  • Superior hotels in great locations as detailed in the itinerary
  • Overnight accommodation on-board the Milford Mariner

Many meals included

  •  Daily breakfast included, worth £397 per person
  •  Maori Hangi Dinner in Rotorua

Overnight cruise on Milford Sound

  • Private en-suite cabins aboard Milford Mariner
  • Dinner and breakfast included

Unforgettable experiences included

  • Sightseeing tours in Singapore, Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Queenstown, Dunedin and Christchurch
  • ‘Hole in the Rock’ cruise in the Bay of Islands
  • Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve
  • Maori Hangi & Concert
  • Maori village visit at Wairakei Terraces

We include even more…

  • Services of experienced local Coach Captains
  • All hotel porterage
  • All overseas transfers and transport in modern air-conditioned coaches
  • All airport charges, security charges and applicable fuel surcharges
  • UK Air Passenger Duty
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • ATOL protection for your holiday

Hand-picked hotels

All the hotels on our escorted tours to New Zealand are carefully selected by our Directors to ensure they meet their high standards. Over the decades they’ve worked in the travel industry, they’ve come to understand exactly what elements of a hotel work best on a touring holiday, with location and quality being paramount. So throughout your touring holiday in New Zealand, rest assured that we’ve aimed to provide top accommodation, without it costing you the earth.

Bay of Islands, Scenic Hotel

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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Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay Wellington

Perfectly situated in Wellington’s famous Oriental Bay, the Copthorne Hotel is a great and comfortable base for your stay in the capital. The Copthorne Oriental Bay is just a few minutes walk from the city’s main shopping and dining areas.… Find out more >
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Dunedin, Distinction Hotel

Formerly the 1930’s Chief Post Office, the Distinction Hotel is located in the rejuvenated and vibrant Exchange Area in the heart of Dunedin. The hotel features an on-site gym and a restaurant & bar where you can relax and unwind.… Find out more >
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Franz Josef Glacier, Scenic Hotel

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 Graham Wing in a light and airy room, you’ll enjoy the… Find out more >
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Milford Mariner Cruise

Wake up in one of the most beautiful places on earth after a night onboard the Milford Mariner. Enjoy a cruise of the magical Milford Sound, accompanied by a specialist nature guide, who will explain the history and geology of… Find out more >
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Queenstown, Millennium Hotel

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 only minutes from Queenstown's central shopping,… Find out more >
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Rotorua, Millennium Hotel

The Millennium Hotel takes full advantage of Rotorua’s unique qualities by using its natural geothermal resources to heat both the hotel and the indoor pool. The location couldn’t be better, right alongside Lake Rotorua and an easy walk into the… Find out more >
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Rutherford Hotel Nelson

Centrally located and a prime spot from which to visit the many sights of Nelson, including its nearby beaches, mountain regions and national parks. All guest rooms enjoy modern décor and internet access. During your stay at the Rutherford Nelson… Find out more >
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Scenic Hotel Auckland

The Scenic Hotel Auckland is excellently positioned right in the heart of Auckland, and just a short stroll from the city’s main restaurants and shops. Enjoy modern comfortable rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi access. Dine at the M.L.C. café and bar… Find out more >
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Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Wake up to beautiful views of Hawkes’s Bay at the superbly positioned Scenic Hotel Te Pania. Just a short walk away from Napier’s famous art-deco area and many restaurants and bars. Dine alfresco at the Exchange Brasserie and admire the… Find out more >
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Very Best of New Zealand – Freedom Days

Discovering New Zealand with Distant Journeys gives you the perfect blend of an escorted tour experience, and the freedom to explore as you please. While we ensure you’ll see all the highlights of New Zealand, we also make sure you can personalise your touring experience to suit your interests. Maybe you’d like to sail an America’s Cup yacht in Auckland harbour or enjoy a winery tour in Central Otago? Well, during Freedom Days, you can choose from a range of activities to spend the days as you please.

And you don’t have to decide before you leave the UK – you can let your local Coach Captain know what you’d like to do up to the day before.

Simply click on the description of each excursion available in the various destinations to read more about it.


Price pp in New Zealand dollars (NZD)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Pride of Auckland – Harbour sailing dinner cruise$130£71
Americas Cup Sailing$170£92
Auckland Sky Tower$28£15
Waiheke Island$130£71
Bay of Islands
Cultural visit to Haruru waterfalls with waka-paddling, Marae visit$135£73
Cape Reinga day-excursion$149£81
Cape Reinga by Air & 4WD$425£231
Mt Tarawera Volcano by Floatplane (30 min)$215£117
Mt Tarawera Volcano by Helicopter (50 min)$385£209
Crater Lakes by Floatplane (15 mins)$165£90
Crater Lakes byHelicopter (15 mins)$195£106
White Island Active Volcano by Floatplane (1hr)$595£323
White Island Active Volcano by Helicopter (3hr)$865£470
Hobbiton Movie Set Tour$114£62
Polynesian Spa$27£15
Franz Josef
Heliservices – 20 min, one glacier with snow landing$225£122
Heliservices – 30 min, twin glacier with snow landing$300£163
Heliservices – 40 min, glaciers, Mount Cook & snow landing$440£239
Helicopter Line -20 min, Neve Discoverer/snow landing$240£130
Helicopter Line – 30 min, Twin Glacier/snow landing$310£168
Helicopter Line – 40 min, Mt Scenic Spectacular/snow landing$450£245
Franz Josef Glacier Valley guided walk$75£41
TSS Earnslaw Cruise, farm visit & barbecue lunch$105£57
Jetboat Ride – Shotover Canyon$145£79
Kawarau Jetboat Ride (from main town pier)$125£68
Dart River Safari – Jet Boat, 30-40 min walk plus 4WD$239£130
Queenstown Wine Trail – wineries, cheese tasting & lunch$182£99
Skippers Canyon – scenic tour and jet boat ride$195£106
4WD Nomad Safari to Skippers Canyon$270£147
Queenstown Scenic Cruise & Mount Nicholas Farm Experience (4hrs in total)$75£41
Lake Tekapo
Grand Traverse, Scenic Flight (50 min)$370£201
Taieri Gorge Train Excursion$99£54
Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour – Including visit to Penguin Palace$148£80


Optional excursions for stopover destinations

If you’ve taken advantage of one of our two night stopovers on your journey home from New Zealand you may want to make the most of your short stay in these exciting destinations by taking an optional excursion or two.

After all, who could visit Singapore without a trip to the world-famous and historic Raffles Hotel for afternoon tea or a Singapore Sling? Or if you’re in Bangkok, the Grand Palace with its beautiful Temple of the Emerald Buddha is a must-see.  Explore Hong Kong and learn about its fascinating history. And if Dubai is where you’ll spend the last two nights of your holiday, why not enjoy one of them feasting Bedouin-style on a Desert Safari?

Click on any of the descriptions below to find out more about any of the optional excursions in Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok.

Price pp in Thai Baht (THB)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Damnern Saduak Floating Market (Half Day) 1,100£24
Grand Palace (half day)1,200£27
Temples & City (half day) tour1,150£26
Price pp in US Dollars (US)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Dubai – Sightseeing tours
Traditional Dubai City Tour$45£35
New Dubai City Tour$96£76
Dubai – Excursions
Sundowner (Dune dinner safari)$108£85
An Evening of Elegance – dinner cruise$136£107
Helicopter tour of Dubai (12 minutes)$163£128
Price pp in Singapore Dollars (SGD)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Singapore Night Safari$96£54
Gardens by the Bay – Including 2 conservatories and OCBC Skyway$38£21
Gardens by the Bay – Including 2 conservatories$30£17
Afternoon Tea at Raffles *  Tour not operating from 1st July 2017 – Mid 2018$73£41
Footsteps of Raffles – including Afternoon Tea at Raffles Hotel * Tour not operating from 1st July 2017 – Mid 2018$109£61
Singapore by night – including Singapore Sling at Raffles (Tour not operating from 1st July 2017 – Mid 2018)$65£37
Price pp in Hong Kong Dollars (HKD)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Hong Kong
Hong Kong Island Tour *$400£41
Lantau Island tour with lunch *$850£87
Macau Tour with lunch *$995£102
Lamma Island Dinner & Symphony of Lights*$750£77

*due to the limited availability on these tours, we recommend booking at least 30 days before you leave the UK. Your Distant Journeys travel expert will be able to assist you.

Special offer – save up to £392 per couple

Enjoy a stopover on your way home from the Very Best of New Zealand from only £149 per person. This is in addition to your included stopover on the way out, and saves you up to £392 on the normal price.

Please be aware that this special offer only applies to bookings made by the 31st August 2018. The price is £149 per person if sharing a twin or double and £298 in a single room, and these prices are  subject flight and hotel availability at the time you book. To take advantage of this wonderful offer, you must travel on a departure date after 1st September 2018.

There are some fabulous destinations for the special offer stopover – Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok or Dubai. No matter which you choose, the stopover offer includes return airport to hotel transfers, accommodation in a four or five star hotel for two nights, and a full daily breakfast. Alternatively, you may choose a stopover in Bali for three nights at a reduced rate of £249 per person (£498 for single occupancy) or Sydney for three nights at a reduced rate of £349 per person (£549 for single occupancy).

Please note that if you choose to travel with Singapore Airlines, your only stopover option will be Singapore.

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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Bangkok Offer, Amari Watergate 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…

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Copthorne Kings Hotel in Singapore - Stopover Offer

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

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 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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North Sydney Harbourview Hotel - Stopover Offer

If you're going to travel all the way to New Zealand, you might want to take the opportunity to see something of Australia too on your way home.  Sydney is a world-class city that needs little introduction - it's everything…

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The Very Best of New Zealand tour is a new itinerary with departures in late 2018 and early 2019. This page will be updated with reviews as soon as our customers are contacted by the independent reviews company Feefo. In the meantime, please feel free to look at the reviews for our other tours to New Zealand – we’re sure you will be impressed with the service our guests receive and the fantastic reviews they give us!

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