Destination: New Zealand
Duration: 35 Days
Group size: 6 – 8
Dates: 22nd January – 25th February 2020
Cost: £4000 not including International Airfare (Singapore Airlines approx. £720 return)
Following the success of the 2019 trip, I just could not resist putting together a new itinerary that included some of the highlights of that trip, but also adding some new and exciting elements. Such is the nature of New Zealand, that you can never achieve everything in one trip, however long you make it.
Starting in Auckland, we head north to visit the most northern tip of New Zealand, Cape Reinga, but not before we have had a play on quad bikes of 90-Mile Beach. We then head south again and round to the Coromandel where we can enjoy some spectacular coastal scenery.
Time to head inland to Rotorua, the centre for thermal activity, This remains a bit of a theme as we then visit the volcanoes that make up the Tongariro Massif, the crossing of which is one of the world’s great day walks.
Back out on the coast we visit Napier, rebuilt in the Art Deco style after being destroyed in the 1931 earthquake. Here we can enjoy the opulence of vintage cars and good wines.
Before leaving North Island, we spend a couple of days in the capital, Wellington. The sailing across the Cook Strait to Picton is one of the best short sea crossings you will ever encounter, particularly as we cruise slowly up Marlborough Sound to Picton.
If you thought North Island was busy, South Island has so much to offer from sea kayaking in the Abel Tasman National Park to whale watching in Kaikoura, from star gazing in a night sky reserve to flying up to New Zealand’s highest peak, Mount Cook, from walking the famous Routeburn Track or sailing in the atmospheric Doubtful Sound to the buzz of Queenstown, from sea lions, penguin and albatross to swimming with dolphins, it is all here.
Please take some time to read the full itinerary at the foot of this page. I can guarantee, you will not get such good value anywhere else for a trip of this length and content.