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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 and arty, bohemian Nelson. We also include a once-in-a-lifetime and unforgettable overnight cruise on the magical Milford Sound.

 

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 LAUNCH OFFER: SAVE up to £632 per couple! Book by 1st March 2021 on any tour to New Zealand departing after September 2021 and choose an amazing homebound stopover from only £29 per person.

 

£99 LOW DEPOSIT: On top of our Special Launch Offer, if you book your Very Best of New Zealand tour by 15th December 2020 your deposit will be only £99 per person. See the offers tab for full details.

Very Best of New Zealand itinerary

From extra special inclusions, such as an overnight onboard Milford Mariner on the stunning Milford Sound to additional hidden gems, read on and discover why this holiday truly is the Very Best of New Zealand and the very best way to discover this wonderful country.

Travelling before September 2021? Please click here to view your itinerary.

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

  • Day 1: Depart UK
  • Day 2: Singapore, 2 nights
  • Day 3: Singapore
  • Day 4: Depart Singapore
  • Day 5: Christchurch, 2 nights
  • Day 6: Christchurch
  • Day 7: Dunedin, 2 nights
  • Day 8: Dunedin
  • Day 9: Milford Sound, overnight
  • Day 10: Queenstown, 3 nights
  • Day 11: Queenstown
  • Day 12: Queenstown
  • Day 13: Franz Josef, 2 nights
  • Day 14: Franz Josef
  • Day 15: Nelson, 2 nights
  • Day 16: Nelson
  • Day 17: Wellington, 2 nights
  • Day 18: Wellington
  • Day 19: Napier, Overnight
  • Day 20: Rotorua, 2 nights
  • Day 21: Rotorua
  • Day 22: Bay of Islands, 3 nights
  • Day 23: Bay of Islands
  • Day 24: Bay of Islands
  • Day 25: Auckland, 2 nights
  • Day 26: Auckland
  • Day 27: Depart Auckland
  • Day 28: Arrive UK

Day 1: Depart UK

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

 

Included meals: In-flight meals and drinks

 

Merlion Statue at twilight with Singapore skyscrapers in background

Day 2: Singapore, 2 nights

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

 

Included meals: In-flight meals and drinks

 

Alternative stopover

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

 

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

Day 3: Singapore

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

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

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

Day 4: Depart Singapore

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

 

Included meals: Breakfast, in-flight meals and drinks

 

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

Day 5: Christchurch, 2 nights

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

 

Included meals: In-flight meals and drinks

 

The Transitional Cathedral in Christchurch New Zealand

Day 6: Christchurch

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 before continuing to view the key landmarks of the city centre, including the transitional ‘Cardboard Cathedral’. 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

 

boulders laid upon a white sandy beach with yellow and purple skies

Day 7: Dunedin, 2 nights

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

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Dunedin railway station, with victorian era architecture

Day 8: Dunedin

This morning, we enjoy a sightseeing tour taking in the city’s neo-Gothic churches, town hall, opulent theatres, and other 19th century buildings. We have time to admire the beautifully landscaped trees and plants of Dunedin Botanical Gardens and the spectacular views of the Otago Peninsula and Harbour before we return to our hotel. Our afternoon is at leisure to spend as we please.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Milford Mariner Itinerary

Day 9: Milford Sound, overnight

Tour Highlight

Today we visit the magnificence of Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound. We say goodbye to Dunedin passing through Balclutha, which has a distinctive arched concrete bridge before passing through fresh, green farm scenery as we continue to Mossman and Lumsden and the scenic lakeside shores of Te Anau. From here our 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. In the height of summer Milford Sound attracts thousands of tourists each day; but when the day ends, visitors depart and a silence descends. Distant Journeys have included an overnight cruise along Milford Sound, undoubtedly a once in a lifetime experience. On board the wonderful Milford Mariner we cruise the full length of New Zealand’s most spectacular fiord to the Tasman Sea, before anchoring for the night in a sheltered cove. Our night aboard Milford Mariner will be a truly memorable experience, with nature guides on hand to assist, and the option to go exploring in the tender craft or kayaks, or 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.

 

Included meals: Breakfast and dinner

 

 

colourful buildings amongst a range of mountains surrounded by a stretch of lakes

Day 10: Queenstown, 3 nights

After a truly wonderful experience as well as a hot breakfast, it’s time to make our way back to the jetty ready for the next part of our journey. We re-trace our tracks to Te Anau and continue through high country landscapes as we travel to the 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. We journey on to nearby Queenstown, and our home for the next three nights, the four-star Millennium Hotel, situated only a short walk from the centre of town.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Lookout point over the entirety of Queenstown and surrounding lake

Day 11: Queenstown Freedom Day

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

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

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

Day 12: Queenstown Freedom Day

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

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

The symmetrical bridge over the Haast River

Day 13: Franz Josef, 2 nights

Incredible scenery today as we travel via Lake Dunstan, created by the mighty Clyde hydro dam in 1994. We make our way through New Zealand’s Central Otago region, along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea. We will also travel along one of the most exciting scenic roads ever built – crossing the Haast River Bridge. Later in the afternoon, we reach Franz Josef in the Westland National Park. Our next two nights are at the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

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

Day 14: Franz Josef Freedom Day

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

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

The flat, jagged rocks known as Punakaiki, on the coast of New Zealand

Day 15: Nelson, 2 nights

Journey north this morning along the Heritage Highway, passing Lakes Mapourika and Ianthe as we leave Westland National Park. Our travels continue northbound taking us via Hari Hari and Hokitika, travelling alongside striking wild scree-scarred terrain with forests of Crimson Rata and Kahikatea. We visit Punakaiki (Pancake Rocks), an incredible maze of limestone rocks with booming blowholes stacked high above the sea; before arriving in Nelson where our next two nights are at the Rutherford Hotel.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

The quiet bay of Abel Tasman National Park, with sapphire waters next to dense green hills

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-side 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 visit some of the region’s wonderful wineries.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

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

Day 17: Wellington, 2 nights

This morning 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 Wellington, where the remainder of our day is at leisure. Our next two nights are spent at the Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

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

Day 18: 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 the 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.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Traditional shops lining the streets of Napier

Day 19: Napier, Overnight

This morning our journey continues north via Hastings and the Kapiti coast 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

 

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

Day 20: Rotorua, 2 nights

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, and enjoy a lunch inspired by traditional Maori cooking. Following lunch, we explore Te Puia, Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, with its spurting geysers and boiling mud pools, before attending a concert featuring traditional song and dance, including the world-famous war dance – The Haka. After a wonderful day soaking up traditional Maori culture, we head to the Millennium Hotel for a two-night stay.

 

Included meals: Breakfast and lunch

 

the Hobbiton village from the movie the Lord of the Rings

Day 21: Rotorua Freedom Day

A day at leisure in Rotorua. For those that so wish, optional activities include a floatplane flight over Mount Tarawera, or perhaps a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings may be more appealing?

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

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

Day 22: Bay of Islands, 3 nights

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 will be our home for the next three nights.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

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

Day 23: Bay of Islands cruise

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 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 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

 

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

Day 24: 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 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

 

Aerial view of Mt. Eden, Auckland / New Zealand

Day 25: Auckland, 2 nights

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

 

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

Day 26: 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. 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 (and Amsterdam if travelling Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle, Edinburgh or Glasgow), if travelling with Singapore Airlines & KLM.

 

Included meals: Breakfast and in-flight meals and drinks

 

SPECIAL LAUNCH OFFERSAVE up to £632 per couple!

If you would like to stopover on your way home, dependent on your choice of airline we have an amazing stopover offer available from £29 per person for a stay in Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Dubai or Sentosa Island. All you need to do to take advantage of this amazing offer is select a departure travelling from September 2021 onwards and book by 1st March 2021.

 

If you are flying with Qantas & Emirates, if you prefer, we have a relaxing Bali stopover available from £199 per person.

 

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

 

Day 28: Arrive UK

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

 

Included meals: In-flight drinks and breakfast

 

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

Don’t forget, you can SAVE up to £632 per couple on a homebound stopover, if you take a tour departing after September 2021. Just make sure you book by 1st March 2021. Choose a two night homebound stopover in Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sentosa Island or Bangkok for only £29 per person (£58 for single occupancy). The stopover includes return airport transfers, two nights in a four star hotel and full daily breakfast. Alternatively, you may consider a relaxing three night stay in Bali for only £199 per person (£398 for single occupancy).

 

What’s more, if you book the Very Best of New Zealand tour by 15th December 2020 your deposit will be only £99 per person. See the offers tab for full details.

The Very Best of New Zealand departures

 Departure date Price (pp) Availability Offer
 2021
 16 February SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
 16 March £5,495 Available Call for details
 20 April  £4,495 HALF FULL Call for details
 3 October £5,395 HALF FULL SAVE up to £632 Per Couple
 7 November £5,395 ONLY 9 ROOMS LEFT SAVE up to £632 Per Couple
 2022
 16 January  £5,395 ONLY 2 ROOMS LEFT SAVE up to £632 Per Couple
 23 January  £5,395 JUST LAUNCHED SAVE up to £632 Per Couple
 6 February SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
 13 February  £5,395 JUST LAUNCHED SAVE up to £632 Per Couple
 6 March £5,395 HALF FULL SAVE up to £632 Per Couple
 24 April £4,495 JUST LAUNCHED SAVE up to £632 Per Couple

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

Single supplement:
£1,895.  £1,495 for 20th April 2021 departure. £1,595 for 24th April 2022 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.

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

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

So much included

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 an overnight 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 & KLM from London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle, Edinburgh or Glasgow.
  • 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), Christchurch, Queenstown, Dunedin, Wellington, Rotorua and Auckland
  • Overnight cruise on Milford Sound
  • Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve
  • Maori concert
  • ‘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

100% confidence

  • Your holiday is covered by our Price Promise
  • Your holiday is fully ATOL protected
  • Your holiday is covered by our Covid-19 Guarantee

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Scenic Hotel, Bay of Islands

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Auckland – Americas Cup Sailing

If there’s one thing you must do in Auckland if you love sailing, it’s an Americas Cup Sailing experience. Feel the thrill of sailing an authentic America’s Cup yacht when...

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Auckland – Dinner Cruise on Pride of Auckland

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...

NZD $145 / GBP £76 Read More >
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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...

NZD $450 / GBP £234 Read More >
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Bay of Islands – Cape Reinga Day Excursion

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...

NZD $160/ GBP £83 Read More >
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Bay of Islands – Cultural Waka (canoe) Tour

The Bay of Islands Cultural Waka tour is an interactive Waka canoe experience that provides a rare and unique insight into the Maori ancient customs, rituals and traditions. During this...

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Polynesian Spa in Rotorua

Nestled on the shores of Lake Rotorua lies the Polynesian Spa – a geothermal bathing retreat, where you can experience wellness sourced from Rotorua’s very own backyard. Renowned for its...

NZD $30/ GBP £16 Read More >
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Rotorua – Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Your tour of the Hobbiton movie set starts with a scenic drive from Rotorua across the Kaimai Ranges to The Shires™ Rest. It then continues with a drive through the...

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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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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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National Te Papa Museum 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.  Entrance is free of charge

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Nelson: Wine and Artisans Tour

Perfect for those who are fans of all things carefully crafted, this half-day art and wine tour from Nelson includes visits to leading Nelson art galleries alongside tastings at two...

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Abel Tasman National Park Day Pass

The Abel Tasman National Park may be New Zealand’s smallest, but it’s among one of the country’s most beautiful National Parks, boasting stunning coastal scenery, including golden beaches and sculptured...

NZD $126 / £67 Read More >
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Nelson – Wine, Brews & Views Tour

Nelson is well known for its award-winning local wines and craft beer. This enjoyable tour visits two award winning wineries for wine tasting then a scenic drive to New Zealand’s...

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Franz Josef – Glacier Valley Guided Walk

Experience Franz Josef Glacier in all its natural glory on a Franz Joesf Glacier guided walk. Your Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk will take you up alongside the mighty Waiho...

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Franz Josef – Scenic Helicopter Flights

Experience the true untouched beauty and awe inspiring scenery of New Zealand’s South Island on a Franz Josef Glacier helicopter tour. This helicopter ride over the Franz Josef Glacier sweeps...

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Queenstown – Southern Discoveries & Mount Nicholas Farm

Follow the journey of merino wool in a fun, interactive environment from mustering/rounding up sheep through to the creating of Icebreaker clothing. Learn about the history of this family run...

NZD $78 / GBP £41 Read More >
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Queenstown – Nomad Safari to Skippers Canyon

The Nomad Safaris Skippers Canyon tour is a half-day heritage tour that follows the rugged and once treacherous Skippers Road. The Nomad Safari departs Queenstown to travel the road that...

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Queenstown – Skippers Canyon

The Queenstown Skippers Canyon Tour is the best way to experience all that Skippers Canyon has to offer. The Skippers Canyon Tour takes place in small groups and includes a...

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Queenstown – Dart River Jetboat Safari

The only jet boat Queenstown operator allowed on the Dart River, the Dart River Jetboat Wilderness Safari is an exhilarating and spectacular journey deep into the heart of the world-renowned...

NZD $259 / GBP £137 Read More >
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Queenstown – Kawarau Jetboat

Experience 60 minutes of unforgettable thrills, spins and exhilaration across three waterways in one of the world’s most stunning locations on a Kawarau Jetboat in Queenstown. Jet across the crystal...

NZD $135 / GBP £72 Read More >
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Queenstown – Shotover Jet

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

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Queenstown – TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak Station

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

NZD $129 / GBP £68 Read More >
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Bangkok – City and Temples Tour

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

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Bangkok – Grand Palace

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

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Bangkok – Floating Markets

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

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Dubai – Helicopter Flight Tour

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

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Dubai – an Evening of Elegance Dinner Cruise

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

USD $172/ GBP £137 Read More >
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Dubai – Desert Safari and Dinner

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

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Dubai – Traditional Dubai City Tour

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

USD $51 / GBP £41 Read More >
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Dubai – New Dubai City Tour

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

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Afternoon Tea in the Grand Lobby, Raffles Hotel

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

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Singapore by Night tour

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

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Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

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

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Afternoon Tea at Tiffin Room, Raffles Hotel

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

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Singapore Night Safari

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

SGD $101 / GBP £59 Read More >
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Lamma Island Dinner & Symphony of Lights

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

HKD $750 / GBP £78 Read More >
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Macau Day Excursion

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

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Lantau Island tour

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

HK $850 / GBP £89 Read More >
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Hong Kong Island tour

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

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Purifying Ceremony at Tirta Empul Temple, Bali

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

USD $56 / GBP £46 Read More >
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Jatiluwih Village & The Batukaru Mountains Nature Tour

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

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Bali Hai Sunset Dinner Cruise

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

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Mengwi Temple, Monkey Forest & Tanah Lot Temple Tour

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

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Kecak at Uluwatu Temple in Bali & BBQ seafood dinner

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

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Special Offers

Book now with only £99 per person deposit and SAVE up to £632 per couple!

 

Our most popular Special Launch Offer – a two-night homebound stopover is available for only £29 per person (£58 for single occupancy) – on all our New Zealand tours.

 

If flying with Qantas & Emirates there are several options for your £29 stopover – Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong or Dubai. Alternatively, you have the option to choose a relaxing three-night beach stay on the wonderful Indonesian island of Bali, for only £199 (£398 for single occupancy) per person.

 

If you prefer to fly with Singapore Airlines, your Special Launch Offer stopover options of £29 per person (£58 for single occupancy) are either Singapore or Sentosa Island.

 

These stopovers normally cost as much as £690 per couple for two nights accommodation in a deluxe four star hotel, with full daily breakfast and airport transfers. So it really does pay to book early with Distant Journeys.

 

We are also pleased to offer our new £99 per person deposit offer. Just make a new booking to New Zealand between 13th November and the 15th December 2020 to take advantage of this special low deposit.

 

Special Offers: terms and conditions
Special Launch Offer is £29pp in twin / double room, £58 for single occupancy and is subject to the availability of flights and accommodation. The Bali stopover is £199 per person (£398 for single occupancy). The saving of up to £632 per couple is available on tours departing from September 2021 and is on the price of the homebound stopover.

 

The £99 low deposit is per person and is available for all new bookings made between 13th November 2020 and the 15th December 2020. This offer is available on tours of Australia and New Zealand departing after September 2021 and is non-refundable. Please note, the £99 deposit is not available for passengers who have booked prior to 13th November 2020, or for those passengers transferring their booking from the 2020/21 season. The balance of the deposit is payable by the 15th February 2021.


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Sentosa Offer, Rasa Sentosa Resort

Stopover in style at the four star Rasa Sentosa Resort, 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 a…

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Bangkok Offer, Pathumwan Princess Hotel

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

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Singapore Offer, Copthorne Kings Hotel

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

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Dubai Offer, Marriott al Jaddaf Hotel

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

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Hong Kong Offer, Regal Kowloon

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

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Bali Offer, Meliá Hotel

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

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