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Very Best of New Zealand Tour

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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.


28-day Very Best of New Zealand, from only £4,495pp

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Day 1: Depart UK

With a choice of five major UK airports: Birmingham, Glasgow, London Heathrow, Manchester and Newcastle, you can begin your journey departing from the airport most convenient to you with Qantas or Emirates. Departures from Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow fly via Dubai, while from London Heathrow or Manchester you can choose instead to fly to Singapore with Singapore Airlines. There is no additional cost whichever flight you choose.
In-flight meals and drinks included

Day 2: Singapore, 2 nights

The next three days of our itinerary are based on flying via Singapore, with flights direct from London Heathrow stopping here. All other flights travel via Dubai. Upon arrival into Singapore, you’ll be transferred to the four-star Copthorne Kings Hotel. Set in a location close to the banks of the Singapore River, you’ll be in a prime position to explore this exciting city.
In-flight meals and drinks included

Day 3: Singapore

A lively and modern city yet still a place steeped in cultures and traditions, Singapore is known as the crossroads of Asia, with its streets and landmarks telling the story of the city’s rich history over the centuries. Our first morning in Singapore begins with a tour taking in some of the city’s top sights. Along the way we’ll visit Merlion Park and admire its stunning views out to Marina Bay, the beautiful Thian Hock Keng Temple, the historic Civic District and the orchid gardens, surrounded by the city’s impressive botanical gardens. After our tour, we’ll return to the hotel, where you’re free to spend the rest of the day in Singapore as you please.
Breakfast included

Day 4: Depart Singapore

Before our evening flight to Auckland, we have the day to ourselves to spend as we like. We can recommend exploring the immensely beautiful Gardens by the Bay or tucking in to a high tea at the iconic Raffles hotel.
Breakfast, in-flight meals and drinks included

Day 5: Auckland, 2 nights

Those flying via Dubai will change aircraft in Australia before flying to Auckland, while those flying with Singapore Airlines will fly to Auckland directly. Our friendly Coach Captain will be on hand to greet you when you arrive, and will be there to help you make the most of your time in New Zealand, acting as both your driver and guide. From the airport we will be transferred to the Grand Millennium Auckland, enjoying a central location in the city; here we will spend out first two nights in New Zealand.
In-flight meals and drinks included

Day 6: Auckland

This morning we get to know our new surroundings with an orientation tour of Auckland. The most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland is known as the City of Sails thanks to its waterside location, though it is also surrounded by landscapes of volcanic hills. Our drive through the city first of all takes us along the stunning coastline of Waitemata Harbour, where you can see the extinct volcano of Rangitoto Island dominating the skyline in the distance. We will then continue to the setting for several America’s Cups, the glistening Viaduct Harbour. After the tour, your afternoon is free to do as you please. This is a great opportunity to take a trip to the top of Auckland’s iconic Sky Tower, the tallest building in the southern hemisphere. The panoramic views from the top are simply breath-taking!
Breakfast included

Day 7: Bay of Islands, 3 nights

We start off today setting off towards the Bay of Islands with a drive over the impressive Waitemata Harbour Bridge, driving past scenic landscapes of rolling hills and dairy farms as we travel north. On the way we visit the Waipoua Kauri Forest Reserve, where we will stop to observe one of its most notable landmarks, the enormous Kauri tree Tane Mahuta, known as the ‘Lord of the Forest’. After our beautiful stop in the forest, we travel through further across the country to the magnificent Bay of Islands. We arrive in the picturesque coastal town of Paihia, our base for the next three nights, where we will be staying at the Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands.
Breakfast included

Day 8: Bay of Islands

Today we embark on an unforgettable cruise around the Bay of Islands, which is sure to be one of many highlights during your holiday. From Paihia we cruise through the Red Head Passage to Cape Brett and Piercy Island, before taking in the famous Hole in the Rock. Look out for dolphins and schools of fish as we cruise through the beautiful waters. On the return leg, we visit historic Russell, a picturesque town which was known as the Hell Hole of the Pacific many moons ago. Following our cruise, the afternoon is free to spend as you wish. We are also offering an optional visit this afternoon (at an additional cost) to the Waitangi National Reserve, the famous spot where together the British and Maori chiefs signed the Waitangi Treaty in 1840.
Breakfast included

Day 9: Bay of Islands Freedom Day

Today is another Freedom Day to spend as you like in the Bay of Islands, though we are also offering an excellent optional full-day excursion to Cape Reinga, taking in the northern tip of New Zealand. On the way, we’ll take in some truly spectacular coastal views, including the incredible Ninety Mile Beach, as well as the Te Paki sand dunes. Arriving at Cape Reinga, we will see where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean. We will also learn about this place’s significance in Maori tradition; here Maori spirits return to their traditional homeland of Hawaiiki-A-Nui using the roots of an 800-year-old pohutukawa tree, which is still standing today.
Breakfast included

Day 10: Rotorua, 2 nights

This morning we set off south, passing through Auckland once more on our way to Rotorua, famous for its thermal springs. We arrive at our home for the next two nights, the four-star Millennium Rotorua, with a superb location near the shores of Lake Rotorua.
Breakfast included

Day 11: Rotorua

We get to know our new surroundings today with a sightseeing tour of the area, with our first stop being the Tudor-style Bath House, set within the famous Government Gardens. The tour then continues on to Te Puia, where we find the amazing Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, home to boiling mud pools and spurting geysers. Following the tour, the afternoon is free to do as you like. Optional activities today include a float plane flight over Mount Tarawera, or for a more relaxing afternoon, you can experience the healing properties of the natural thermal pools at Polynesian Spa. Rotorua is the perfect place to take in New Zealand’s rich Maori culture, and tonight at our hotel we enjoy a cultural showcase of song and dance, including the famous Haka. The evening also includes a buffet meal.
Breakfast and dinner included

Day 12: Napier, Overnight

This morning we make our way along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake. 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. Our destination today is the Art Deco city of Napier, located in an area dominated by orchards and vineyards. Take time this afternoon to explore the city. The seamless line of 1930s architecture is quite extraordinary and one of the best ways to experience the town is on a self-guided walk. We stay overnight at the delightful Scenic Hotel Te Pania, superbly situated on Napier’s sea front.
Breakfast included

Day 13: Wellington, 2 nights

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

Day 14: Wellington

Wellington is compact, cultured and full of character. Its interesting and varied architecture provides the ideal starting point for our orientation tour this morning. We visit Wellington’s administrative area, taking in Parliament House, ‘the Beehive’ (you’ll understand the name when you see it) and the government buildings. We 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 15: Nelson, 2 nights

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

Day 16: Nelson Freedom Day

Nelson is a delight for explorers on foot. Scattered throughout the city are art galleries and workshops, historic buildings and street cafés. 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 to some of the region’s wonderful wineries.
Breakfast included

Day 17: Franz Josef, 2 nights

Journey south this morning along the Heritage Highway to the rugged west coast. Visit Punakaiki (Pancake Rocks), an incredible maze of limestone rocks with booming blow-holes stacked high above the sea. Our travels continue southbound taking us via Hokitika and Hari Hari travelling 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 Franz Josef Glacier Hotel.
Breakfast included

Day 18: 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.
Breakfast included

Day 19: Queenstown, 2 nights

Today we take the ultimate road trip from Franz Josef to Queenstown, travelling over the Haast River Bridge and past the towering Clarke Bluff before we visit some of New Zealand’s stunning signature lakes. As we enter the Central Otago region, we drive along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, as well as Lake Dunstan, a completely man-made lake created in 1994 by the gigantic Clyde hydro dam. After taking in the beautiful lakeside scenery we arrive at the alpine resort of Queenstown and the four-star Millennium Hotel, just a short walk from the town centre, ready for the next day of adventures.
Breakfast included

Day 20: Queenstown Freedom Day

Another of our Freedom Days to enjoy is right here in Queenstown, where there are a whole host of activities on offer where you can make the most of the alpine landscapes. One option is to take a gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak, which offers unforgettable views across Lake Wakatipu to the Remarkables, a dramatic mountain range blanketed with snow. You can also enjoy the views from the water with an optional vintage cruise on board a vintage steamboat, the TSS Earnslaw. This leisurely cruise also includes a visit to the Walter Peak Homestead, where you can enjoy a sheep shearing demonstration before boarding the Earnslaw for the return to Queenstown.
Breakfast included

Day 21: Te Anau, 2 nights

This morning we visit one of the many historic mining towns found in the Otago region, the charming Arrowtown. At the heart of Arrowtown is Buckingham Street, lined with heritage buildings and small miners’ cottages, telling the story of the town in centuries past. After admiring the architecture and quaint buildings, be sure to stop for a cream tea in one of the olde-worlde tearooms. Leaving Arrowtown, we pass trout fishing rivers and travel through rolling countryside to Lake Te Anau, the largest of the many lakes found on South Island. Our stop for the next two nights is either the Distinction Luxmore Hotel  or the Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, close to the shores of Lake Te Anau.
Breakfast included

Day 22: Milford Sound Cruise

The early rise today is well worth it as we begin our day with a drive into the Fiordland National Park, ready for a truly unforgettable morning cruise on the spectacular Milford Sound. This morning cruise gives us the opportunity to enjoy the fjord at a much quieter time of day, with the beauty of the water and surrounding landscapes all to ourselves. Tall cliffs and peaks rise all around the fjord, reflecting in the tranquil waters, while you can also see lush rainforests clinging to rock faces and stunning waterfalls cascading down into the fjords. Not to be missed is a photo of Mitre Peak, a famous peak which towers more than a kilometre straight out of the sea.
Breakfast included

Day 23: Dunedin, 2 nights

After yesterday’s amazing cruise around Milford Sound, we sadly say goodbye to Fiordland after getting ready for the day with breakfast at the hotel. Our morning drive takes us through more lush green countryside as well as the tiny townships of Mossburn, Lumsden, Gore, Balcutha, with its distinctive arched bridge, and Milton, before reaching Dunedin. The second-largest city on South Island, Dunedin has been affectionately titled the ‘Edinburgh of the South’ and boasts an impressive collection of well-preserved Victorian and Edwardian buildings. For the next two nights we will be staying at the Distinction Hotel Dunedin, a building which was once the Chief Post Office.
Breakfast included

Day 24: Dunedin

This morning we take in a sightseeing tour of Dunedin, passing Otago University, the first university established in New Zealand, a series of neo-Gothic churches and an array of delightful 19th century buildings, including the town hall and lavish theatres. We will also see some spectacular natural views in the form of the beautifully landscaped Dunedin Botanical Gardens, as well as the sights over the Otago Peninsula and Harbour. Our tour will then return to the hotel, from where we can spend the afternoon at our own leisure.
Breakfast included

Day 25: Christchurch, 2 nights

This morning we depart Dunedin to head north once more to Christchurch. During the journey north, we’ll stop at Hampden Beach where the breath-taking Moeraki Boulders can be see. These enormous spherical boulders are up to two metres in diameter, and are both scattered across the beach as well as emerging from the sandstone cliffs. These boulders are part of Maori legend, which says that the great voyaging canoe Araiteuru brought the boulders ashore when it wrecked against the shore hundreds of years ago. Scientists estimate the boulders to be over 65 million years old, buried in soft mudstone until the past 15 million years of waves, wind and rain had exposed them one by one. After taking in this incredible sight, we drive on to Christchurch and arrive at the Distinction Hotel Christchurch  for our last two nights in New Zealand.
Breakfast included

Day 26: Christchurch

After suffering huge damage at the hands of the 2011 earthquake, Christchurch is still being constructed with a rebuild that has brought all of the city centre back to its former glory. Today we begin with a tour to see the city’s key landmarks as well as areas where Christchurch is still in a transition from damaged to new. The first stop is the Sign of the Takahe, a historical building on the edge of the city, before moving into the city centre to see the main landmarks, such as the unique ‘Cardboard Cathedral’, and then onwards to the Botanic Gardens. These gardens are home to an impressive display of flora and fauna, and were established back in 1863, where it all began with the planting of an English oak tree. Following the tour, our afternoon is free to enjoy the city as we please.
Breakfast included

Day 27: Depart Christchurch

After a holiday of a lifetime exploring New Zealand, we sadly transfer to Christchurch Airport for our departures back to the UK. All flights with Qantas or Emirates, regardless of UK airport, travel via Australia and Dubai, while all Singapore Airlines flights change in Singapore.
Breakfast and in-flight meals and drinks included

Day 28: Arrive UK

An on-board breakfast is served before we arrive at the airport of our choosing: Birmingham, Glasgow, London Heathrow, Manchester or Newcastle.

In-flight drinks and breakfast included


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.


Departure dates & prices

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, already taken care of.


The Very Best of New Zealand departures


Departure datePrice (pp)AvailabilityOffer
09 October *£5,195ONLY 7 ROOMS LEFTCall for details
31 October£5,395ONLY 6 ROOMS LEFTCall for details
10 December^£5,495ONLY 1 ROOM LEFTCall for details
04 March* £5,395ONLY 5 ROOMS LEFTCall for details
30 April£4,495ONLY 9 ROOMS LEFTCall for details


^Christmas departure: The Christmas & New Year departure includes Christmas dinner in Nelson and a celebratory dinner on New Year’s Eve in the Bay of Islands. Please click here to view the full itinerary.

*These departure dates operate in reverse, beginning in Christchurch and finishing in Auckland. All hotels and experiences are the same as featured in the itinerary.

**This departure date has four nights in Queenstown and will not be staying in Te Anau.

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

Single supplement: £1,795 (£1,495 for 30th April 2020 departure).

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.

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

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 selected dates)
  • 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 £367 per person
  • Dinner in Rotorua


Unforgettable experiences

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


On the ground

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


100% confidence

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

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.

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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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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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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 Luxmore

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

One of the wonderful things about the Millennium Hotel Rotorua is the fact that its eco-friendly design means it remains respectful to the stunning natural beauty that gives it its home. And its surroundings really are stunning, as the hotel… Find out more >
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Rutherford, Nelson

Rutherford Hotel, Nelson

The Rutherford Hotel is in a central location, putting all of Nelson’s favourite attractions - its thriving artistic and café culture, and many galleries - right on your doorstep. Should you wish to visit the local shops, Morrison Square and… 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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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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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 Graham Wing in a light and airy room, you’ll enjoy the… Find out more >
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Grand Millennium, 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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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$145£77
Americas Cup Sailing$190£101
Auckland Sky Tower$32£17
Wine on Waiheke$145£77
Bay of Islands
Cultural visit to Haruru waterfalls with waka-paddling, Marae visit$135£72
Cape Reinga day excursion$160£85
Cape Reinga by Air & 4WD$450£238
Mt Tarawera Volcano by Floatplane (30 min)$265£140
Mt Tarawera Volcano by Helicopter (50 min)$465£246
Crater Lakes by Floatplane (15 mins)$185£98
Crater Lakes by Helicopter (15 mins)$215£114
White Island Active Volcano by Floatplane (1hr)$665£352
White Island Active Volcano by Helicopter (3hr)$1,095£580
Hobbiton Movie Set Tour*$119£63
Polynesian Spa$30£16
Art Deco Guided Walk$25£13
National Museum Te PapaFreeFree
Weta Workshop tour including transfers$65£34
Rovers Rings Tours$110£58
Wine & Artisans Tour$140£74
Wine, Brews & Views Tour$135£72
Abel Tasman National Park One day pass including shuttle transfer*$126£67
Franz Josef
Heliservices – 20 min, one glacier with snow landing$280£148
Heliservices – 30 min, twin glacier with snow landing$365£193
Heliservices – 40 min, glaciers, Mount Cook & snow landing$495£262
Helicopter Line -20 min, Neve Discoverer/snow landing$280£148
Helicopter Line – 30 min, Twin Glacier/snow landing$360£191
Helicopter Line – 40 min, Mt Scenic Spectacular/snow landing$490£260
Franz Josef Glacier Valley guided walk$82£43
TSS Earnslaw Cruise, farm visit & barbecue lunch*$129£68
Jetboat Ride – Shotover Canyon$159£84
Kawarau Jetboat Ride (from main town pier)$135£72
Dart River Safari – Jet Boat, 30-40 min walk plus 4WD$279£148
Queenstown Wine Trail – wineries, cheese tasting & lunch$195£103
Skippers Canyon – scenic tour and jet boat ride$195£103
4WD Nomad Safari to Skippers Canyon$195£103
Queenstown Scenic Cruise & Mount Nicholas Farm Experience (4hrs in total)$99£52
Te Anau
Te Anau Glowworm Caves$103£55
Fiordland Jet Boat$159£84
Taieri Gorge Train Excursion*$109£58
Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour – Including visit to Penguin Palace$150£79
Royal Albatross Centre$122£65

*due to the limited availability on these tours, we recommend booking at least 90 days before you leave the UK. Your Distant Journeys travel expert will be able to assist you. If booked within 30 days of departure, there will be a  surcharge added to the cost of the excursion.

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)$1,300£32
Grand Palace (Half day)$1,250£30
Temples & City tour (Half day)$1,150£28
Price pp in US Dollars (US)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Traditional Dubai City Tour$51£41
Modern Dubai City Tour$71£57
Modern Dubai City Tour – including At The Top$101£81
Sundowner (Dune dinner safari)$133£106
An Evening of Elegance – dinner cruise$172£137
Helicopter tour of Dubai (12 minutes)$194£155
Price pp in Singapore Dollars (SGD)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Singapore Night Safari$101£59
Gardens by the Bay – Including 2 conservatories and OCBC Skyway$39£23
Gardens by the Bay – Including 2 conservatories$32£119
Al fresco afternoon tea at Raffles*  (Operating daily from October 2019)$72£42
Afternoon tea in the Grand Lobby at Raffles*  (Operating daily)$90£53
Singapore by night – including Singapore Sling at Raffles$112£66
Price pp in Hong Kong Dollars (HKD)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Hong Kong
Hong Kong Island Tour*$400£42
Lamma Island Dinner & Symphony of Lights*$750£78
Lantau Island tour with lunch*$850£89
Macau Tour with lunch*$995£104
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Kecak at Uluwatu & BBQ seafood dinner$67£54
Mengwi Temple, Monkey forest & Tanah Lot$58£46
Bali Hai dinner cruise$66£53
Jatiluwih & The Batukaru Mountains Nature Tour$48£38
Balinese Purifying$56£45

*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.

Distant Journeys regularly offer special offers on a homebound stopover. Contact one of our travel experts for more details.

Melia Hotel Bali

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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Singapore Skyline

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 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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