Auckland to Queenstown via the West Coast


Day 1:

We will collect you from your Auckland accommodation where we then head north to the magnificent Waipoua Forest. Home to some of New Zealand’s largest kauri trees, yoeu can experience one of the amazing Footprints Waipoua Tours if you are interested. Walk through rare flora and fauna to gaze in awe at these beautiful trees while hearing the interesting stories and legends of the forest told by a Maori guide. You can meet “The Father of the Forest” which is the oldest known kauri tree in the world. Before the tour ends you will have the memorable experience of meeting Tane Mahuta, New Zealand’s largest kauri tree which is regarded as “Lord of the forest” and you will surely see why.
We then head to Opononi which became famous in the mid 1950’s by a friendly dolphin named Opo who let children ride on her back. From here we overlook the beautiful Hokianga Harbour and its stunning sand dunes. From the Opononi wharf you could catch a water taxi over to these massive sand dunes on the other side of the harbour and try sandboarding. This provides you with quite a thrill as you will slide down the sand dunes on boogie boards.
We then head to the stunning Bay of Islands for a little slice of paradise. Accommodation in the Bay of Islands region.

Day 2:

We make our way to the beautiful town of Paihia which is rightly referred to as “the jewel of the Bay of Islands”. Whether you are after a day filled with adventure or want to simply relax, Paihia has something for everyone.
You have the option to explore the very best of the Bay of Islands including the spectacular Hole in the Rock a number of ways including a boat cruise, catamaran, or even by jet ski. You may also get to see some dolphins and whales along the way. If spotting dolphins isn’t quite enough for you, you can also book incorporate an experience that allows you to get up close and personal when you swim with them. If you are after a truly unforgettable experience then we can arrange see the famous Hole in the Rock, either by boat or taking an amazing helicopter trip on the newly built helipad situated on top of the island. Here you will be surrounded by breathtaking scenery and you have the option of learning about the island’s unique history and its cultural significance.
Other options you may be interested in doing while in the Bay of Islands include; fishing charters, parasailing, kayaking or diving.
Take a short ferry ride over to romantic Russell if you are interested in dining at some outstanding seaside restaurants or exploring some historic buildings including Pompallier Mission and Christ’s Church.
If you are interested in discovering more about New Zealand’s unique history, then visiting the Waitangi Treaty Grounds is a must-do! This is our most important historic site as this is where the Treaty of Waitangi - New Zealand’s founding document was signed in 1840. Here you can visit the Museum of Waitangi, the historic Treaty House, the magnificently carved Meeting House and the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe. You’ll hear stories about the momentous events that helped shape New Zealand and guided tours and cultural performances are available for your enjoyment. Accommodation in the Bay of Islands region.

Day 3:

After breakfast we can head to the top of the North Island to the beautiful Cape Reinga where you can watch from the lighthouse as two oceans collide. Be sure to have your camera ready as you won’t want to miss the breathtaking scenery that surrounds you. However, you also have the opportunity to take either a helicopter or aeroplane scenic flight which provides an excellent way to travel to Cape Reinga while also getting to experience some of the most spectacular coastal scenery that Northland has to offer. You’ll see some beautiful harbours and beaches, some of which are only accessible by either air or sea. This option can also provide you with the experience of “sand surfing” which entails sliding down Te Paki’s giant sand dunes on boogie boards. Whichever way you choose to see Cape Reinga it will be a memory you won’t ever forget.
After a wonderful day exploring the far north we then take you to one of our natural treasures - the stunning Matauri Bay with its beautiful white sand beaches and crystal clear waters.
We strive in making sure you have a range of options so you can choose the best fit for you, however for your last night’s accommodation we highly recommend The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs which is Northland’s premier luxury destination. You will be surrounded by outstanding 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean and provides some spectacular facilities for you to enjoy. From a private pink beach to a world-class golf course to a luxury spa, there is surely something here that everyone will love.
There are also a range of other lovely accommodation options in the Matauri Bay area which we will be happy to arrange for you on your behalf if you wish.
Accommodation in Matauri Bay.

Day 4:

You have the morning to enjoy all that Matauri Bay has to offer before we set off on our way back to Auckland.
We will head to Kerikeri which is the largest town in Northland and is rich in history. Here you can see some of the most historic buildings in New Zealand, including the Stone Store and Kerikeri Mission Station. To stretch your legs you can follow a quick and easy walk to see the stunning Rainbow Falls.
Our next stop is the Kawiti Caves where you can see pristine rainforest and breathtaking rock formations. Here you have the option to discover the magic of Northland’s ultimate glow worm experience by entering a 200 metre limestone cave system where galaxies of glowworms await. You’ll learn all about the lifecycle of these glow worms and even get close enough to see its body and tail light which is a stunning blue/green colour.
From here we head south to Whangarei where we stop at the town basin which is filled with some lovely cafes, restaurants, art galleries and museums you can take some time to look around at.
Once we depart Whangarei we make our way back down to the vibrant city of Auckland. If you like we can visit the Sky Tower, a dominant feature of Auckland’s landscape, for some fine-dining and incredible 360° views. Otherwise we can recommend some incredible places for your evening meal.
Accommodation in Auckland.

Day 5:

You can choose from any of our Auckland luxury tours that we offer. We’ll spend the day showing you the very best of Auckland including some of our favourite spots. We can visit our stunning west coast including its black sand beaches and waterfalls, or you can discover Auckland through the eyes of a local Maori guide and learn about our fascinating history and culture.
Accommodation in Auckland.

Day 6:

We depart Auckland and head to Cambridge which is known as ‘the town of trees and champions’. This is because of its majestic tree-lined town and some of the world's best racehorses have been bred here. There are plenty of parks and gardens that provide a stunning range of colours as the seasons change and are a good place to enjoy a picnic or a leisurely stroll. Or you can wander around the boutique shops and cafes. You could visit the world class Avantidrome and get out riding on the track or just admire the impressive facility. Cambridge is home to two of New Zealand’s most beautiful waterways, the ‘mighty’ Waikato River and Lake Karapiro, so if you feel like swimming, rowing, kayaking, jet boating, cruising or fishing these are all available within minutes from the town centre.
Accommodation in Cambridge.

Day 7:

We head south to arrive in Rotorua, which is renowned for its geothermal activity and Maori culture. The city offers a range of different attractions for everyone from adrenaline junkies to those just looking to relax. We can help plan the perfect trip for you based around what will best suit your individual needs.
We recommend you visit one of Rotorua’s incredible thermal parks so you can experience the unique landscapes and volcanic activity. From bubbling mud pools, clouds of steam and natural hot springs you can relax in, you won’t be disappointed. There are a number of options, all with their own unique features and we can help suggest which one may suit you best.
We also highly recommend that you experience our Maori culture by visiting a Living Maori Village and witnessing incredible cultural performances and enjoy a Hangi – a mouth-watering feast cooked underground on hot rocks.
We can visit the Government Gardens where you can explore the historic gardens and take in the views of all there is to offer. While here you have the option of visiting the Rotorua museum if you want to discover Rotorua’s rich culture, volatile landscape and dramatic history. After this you might want to unwind and relax at the Polynesian Spa, a world-leading, natural hot mineral bathing and luxury spa retreat.
You can take a leisurely uphill gondola ride at Skyline Rotorua to marvel at the incredible views of Rotorua including the surrounding lakes and geothermal areas. At the top there is plenty for you to enjoy. From having a delicious meal at the Stratosfare Restaurant and Bar or the Market Kitchen Café to mountain biking or walking tracks that take advantage of the fantastic views there is something for everyone. You can even come up here in the evening to experience a guided tour of our galaxy with a stargazing experience! Enjoy the three luge tracks with differing skill levels as you speed downhill, twisting and turning with the stunning backdrop of Redwood forest. Or you can zoom through the forest on a zipline! If that still isn’t enough, you can test your limits at Rotorua’s highest and fastest adrenaline rush, with the Skyswing.
There are plenty of stunning rivers and lakes to explore which could be done either by jet boating, white water rafting, kayaking, parasailing and even stand up paddle boarding. The region is a fisherman’s dream if you’re after catching some trophy trout!
We can visit the Agrodome which provides a truly unique New Zealand farming experience with a display of interesting live farm shows.
If you’re interested in mountain biking or hiking there are some incredible trails we can take you to, including through the mighty Redwoods Forest, which is known as one of the most beautiful forests in the world.
You could take a helicopter or floatplane for spectacular views of Rotorua including its stunning lakes, geothermal reserves and remarkable volcanoes. You even have the option of landing on New Zealand’s only permanently active volcano White Island. This will be a truly unique experience you won’t forget anytime soon!
For those seeking adventure, there are plenty of options for you to choose from. You could visit Agroventures Adventure Park if you are looking for a truly unique experience. Here you can take a thrilling ride on one of New Zealand’s fastest jet boats and the world’s first ever jet-sprint! The closest you’ll get to being a superhero is by doing the Freefall Xtreme – New Zealand’s only wind tunnel and the only place you can body fly! Or experience the world’s one and only Shweeb – a suspended aerodynamic racing pod that you pedal as fast as you can. Race against your friends and family or there’s even a prize to win if you can beat the current world record! You can also do a bungy jump or take a ride on the Swoop super swing! Or you could visit Adventure Playground which offers the choice of quad biking, horse trekking, 4WD buggy tours and clay bird shooting!
Accommodation in Rotorua.

Day 8:

Choose what you’d like to do from the range of wonderful options that allow you to enjoy the best of what Rotorua has to offer.
Accommodation in Rotorua.


Day 9:

We depart Rotorua and take a short drive to arrive in Taupo, which sits on the edge of New Zealand’s largest lake. We’ll stop at the incredible Huka Falls, where you’ll shortly see why its New Zealand’s most visited and photographed natural attraction!
The Great Lake Taupo has plenty of enjoyable water activities on offer from; kayaking, jet boating, jet skiing, white water rafting, parasailing, water skiing and wakeboarding. One of Taupo’s many natural wonders are some incredible Maori Rock Carvings that you can go and see either by taking a scenic cruise or sailing, while getting to enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the lake. Fishermen and fisherwomen could enjoy a fishing charter around Lake Taupo. Or if you want to visit the ‘Trout Fishing Capital of New Zealand’ then we can head out of town to Turangi so you can experience the very best that New Zealand trout and fly fishing has to offer.
Taupo offers plenty of delicious wine and cuisine as well as boutique shopping if you are looking for a more relaxed afternoon. We can visit the iconic Huka Prawn Park if you’d like some mouth-watering prawn dishes for lunch.
There are some world-class mountain biking tracks you could spend the day exploring or for the adventurous, there is also bungy jumping, skydiving, and quad biking. You can take a scenic flight on a helicopter or floatplane for a spectacular viewing experience. Golf players there are a range of courses for you to play on, including the famous Wairakei Golf & Sanctuary, which is one of the most popular golfing destinations in New Zealand and is not only an amazing golf course but also a beautiful environment for plants and birdlife. Or for anyone who’s interested you can try the Hole in One Challenge where you have to hit a golf ball 100 metres over the lake and onto a floating pontoon. All we can say is good luck!
If you want to relax after a busy day exploring Taupo we can take you to one of its many thermal hot pools, where you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings as you unwind.
Accommodation in Taupo.

Day 10:

We depart Taupo and head to the dynamic west coast region of Taranaki which is known as ‘The Garden of New Zealand’ with its rich volcanic soil and warm environment the gardens are truly spectacular.
There are a number of gardens with a diverse range of landscapes and unique plant collections we can visit, including Pukepukra Park, Hollard Gardens and Tupare and are well worth exploring the displays of native and exotic specimens.
Egmont National Park is home to Mount Taranaki, New Zealand’s most perfectly formed volcano and offers plenty of walks through lush rainforests, to waterfalls and eroded rock pools, and spectacular views. We can help arrange the most suitable walk for you if you are interested in exploring some natural beauty. In winter the mountain offers skiing or snowboarding.
The region has plenty of fantastic golf courses to choose from including the championship Ngamotu Links or coastal 9-hole courses, no matter where you wish to play all have guaranteed views of the mountain.
There are also an amazing collection of museums that may be worth visiting if you want to gain some insight to Taranaki’s interesting history. There is Puke Ariki which puts the spotlight on specific aspects of the region’s culture. Tawhiti Museum is regarded as New Zealand’s best private museum and uses hand-crafted life size exhibits and scale models to take you along an incredible journey through Taranaki’s history.
You can unwind and relax at Taranaki thermal spa, enjoying a private pool and massage if you really want to indulge.
You can also take a heli tour for an unforgettable day enjoying incredible views and landing at an isolated waterfall where you can swim, walk or simply enjoy the tranquillity. Before returning back to base for a celebratory drink, enjoy a delicious feast!
Accommodation in the Taranaki region.

Day 11:

Choose what you’d like to do from the range of wonderful options that allow you to enjoy the best of what Taranaki has to offer.
Accommodation in the Taranaki region.

Day 12:

We depart Taranaki and here you have a few choices of stopping along the way if you’d like. If you are interested we can drive the spectacular Surf Highway 45 where you can enjoy the views of the coastline and the pumping surf. We can stop off at the westernmost point of Taranaki, at the Cape Egmont Lighthouse which is surrounded by beautiful scenery so be sure to have your cameras ready!
We can then stop off at Whanganui, home to the Whanganui River which is New Zealand’s longest navigable waterway. If you like you can explore the Whanganui River by jet boat, kayak, and canoe or just take a stroll alongside it without getting wet. You could even cruise on the PS Waimarie, the only operating coal-fired paddle steamer in New Zealand. You can ride the historic Durie Hill elevator, built in 1919 it is only one of two earth-bound elevators in the world! At the top you can enjoy stunning views of the city, the mountains and the Tasman Sea. Or you can climb the War Memorial Tower right beside it for even more incredible views! You could also explore the Whanganui Regional Museum and enjoy the outstanding collection of Maori treasures.
If you prefer we can leave Taranaki and head straight to the capital of New Zealand, Wellington, known for its arts, culture, heritage and natural beauty. There’s plenty to see and do here and you’ll have a great two days exploring the very best Wellington has to offer. We’ll take a drive to the summit of Mount Victoria for you to enjoy the spectacular 360° views of Wellington.
We can explore the waterfront a number of ways including by bike, roller skate or simply have a wander and explore the many unique shops, and take your pick from a range of cafes, restaurants and bars for a bite to eat or a refreshing drink. Keep your eyes peeled for inspiring artworks dotted along the waterfront. We can also stop off along the way at Te Papa, our innovative national museum where you can enjoy the interactive displays showcasing New Zealand’s fascinating history, art, and indigenous people. If you want to get out and paddle around in the harbour instead you can hire a kayak, stand up paddle board or even a pedal boat.
There is plenty of time for us to visit New Zealand’s ‘coolest street’ - Cuba Street which provides an inner city slice of Bohemia with plenty of culinary and creative soul and provides a unique place to shop or dine!
We can take a ride up the iconic and historic Wellington cable car which climbs up to the Botanic Garden and provides incredible views of the city and harbour! If you are interested we can explore key parts of Parliament's buildings including the Beehive and learn about New Zealand’s parliamentary processes. You’ll also be able to see New Zealand’s largest and grandest wooden building! We can also visit the breathtaking Old St Paul’s, an 1866 wooden cathedral which is one of New Zealand’s greatest heritage buildings and is one of the best examples of Gothic Revival architecture in the world.
A must visit for Lord of the Rings fans is Weta Workshop for a unique behind the scenes look at how they help craft some of the world’s biggest films. You can get up close to props, vehicles, armour and weapons that were crafted for movies like; Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, King Kong, The Chronicles of Narnia and more!
We can visit Zealandia, home to some of New Zealand’s most rare and extraordinary wildlife and is thriving in a protected sanctuary set around a picturesque reservoir.
Accommodation in Wellington

Day 13:

Choose what you’d like to do from the range of wonderful options that allow you to enjoy the best of what Wellington has to offer.
Accommodation in Wellington.

Day 14:

We depart Wellington on the Interislander Cook Strait Ferry which takes us on one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world over to the South Island to arrive in Picton. From here we travel to Nelson where you spend the afternoon in one of New Zealand’s sunniest cities. From wine tours to art tours to visiting its museums, there is plenty for you to enjoy. If you’re looking for more adventurous options, how about cycling, hiking or kayaking to explore the beautiful outdoor environment. We can take you to Happy Valley Adventures for an action packed day of activities ranging from horse trekking to paintball to quad biking to flying the skywire - the world’s longest flying fox adventure! Not only will you be able to admire the stunning native forest but also the thrill of the high speeds as you ride both forwards and backwards!
Accommodation for the next two nights is in the Nelson or Abel Tasman region.

Day 15:

After breakfast we can make our way to New Zealand’s smallest and only coastal national park - Abel Tasman National Park for a day spent either relaxing or getting your adrenaline pumping. You can explore the golden sand beaches and clear turquoise waters either by kayak, water taxi, sailing catamaran or even skydiving. Or if you’re really feeling adventurous why don’t you try Abel Tasman Canyons where you’ll be jumping off cliffs into pools of water and abseiling through waterfalls.
Accommodation in the Nelson or Abel Tasman region.

Day 16:

We make our way to the town of Franz Josef which is home to one of the most accessible glaciers in the world. You have the opportunity to experience an incredible glacier adventure at Franz Josef Glacier; you can get up close to the ice with a guided glacier hike, a heli-hike or just enjoy an incredible air sightseeing tour. After a long day you can unwind and relax at Glacier Hot Pools which are surrounded by beautiful rainforest. You have the choice of private pools for a unique and romantic experience away from the crowds or if you really want to relax how does a spa and massage sound?
Accommodation in the Franz Josef region.

Day 17:

We then head along the beautiful West Coast which the drive in itself should be an attraction as the scenery is absolutely breath-taking. Along the way you will see diverse landscapes from rainforests to stunning lakes and mountains.
We drive through Haast where you can get out and stretch your legs with an easy five minute walk to see the spectacular Thunder Creek Falls. We then head past the World Heritage listed Mt Aspiring National Park where we continue towards Queenstown where we drive over The Crown Ranges which is the highest main road in New Zealand and offers some truly incredible views.
Along the way we stop in the small resort town of Cardrona and visit the iconic Cardrona Hotel either for a look around and a photo opportunity or for a coffee and bite to eat. We also make a stop in the historic gold mining town of ArrowTown. Whether you want to explore its great outdoors or browse its shops and museum or relax over a delicious meal, the choice is yours. If you are a golfer, then the golf course at Millbrook Resort is a must play! It is one of the most scenic golf courses in the world and is also a championship course.
Surrounded by majestic mountains and situated on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu we arrive in Queenstown, our premier four season lake and alpine destination. With its stunning scenery and wide range of activities it offers a perfect mix of both action and relaxation.
You’ll shortly see why Queenstown is known as the adventure capital of New Zealand. There’s snowboarding and skiing in winter, and activities ranging from jet boating, bungy jumping, river rafting, horse trekking, skydiving, paragliding, hang gliding to even hot air ballooning for you to enjoy all year round. 
A must see Queenstown attraction is the Skyline Gondola which offers absolutely breathtaking views overlooking Queenstown. There are plenty of things to enjoy at the top including the award winning cuisine at the scenic Stratosfare restaurant and bar, a Maori cultural experience witnessing a Haka being performed, two thrilling luge tracks, paragliding, AJ Hackett's Bungy and Swing, and if you go up after dark you can have an amazing stargazing experience as it provides an unbelievably clear view of the night sky.
You have the opportunity to cruise Lake Wakatipu aboard the iconic steamship the TSS Earnslaw to experience some of Queenstown’s most spectacular alpine scenery while also exploring this 103 year old steamship. If you’d like more than just a cruise you can add on a visit to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a taste of New Zealand’s farming lifestyle. Here you can take a guided farm tour, go on a horse trek, and have a lovely barbecue lunch or dinner.
You can also take a helicopter flight to expose breathtaking views of Lake Wakatipu and the stunning Queenstown region.
If you want to witness a true slice of paradise then we can take you on the spectacular drive to Glenorchy which sits at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu. If you like you can explore the beautiful scenery Glenorchy has to offer by horseback, jet boat, kayak or even by air either on a scenic flight or experience the thrill of a skydive. Any Lord of the Rings fans? Glenorchy has been the backdrop for many of the trilogy’s key scenes and you can take a scenic guided tour to explore some of these locations and gain a great insight about the filming stories and secrets.
There is a wide range of outstanding accommodation options here in Queenstown and we can help advise what would be the best fit for you and arrange these on your behalf.
Accommodation in Queenstown.

Day 18 & 19:

Choose what you’d like to do from the range of wonderful options that allow you to enjoy the best of what Queenstown has to offer.
Accommodation in Queenstown.

Day 20:

We are happy to leave you in Queenstown or we can drop you off at the Queenstown airport.