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Lupins, Lake Tekapo
Christchurch
Lake Tekapo, South Island
Dunedin Railway Station
Invercargill, New Zealand
Stewart Island
sheep
Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park
Franz Josef Glacier
Punakaiki Rocks
Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand
Hike through Abel Tasman National Park
Wellington
Museum of New Zealand
Napier City Scenes Market
Te Puia, Rotorua
Hobbiton Movie Set, New Zealand
All Blacks Experience, Auckland, New Zealand
Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Hole in the Rock Cruise
Whangarei, New Zealand

Spirit of New Zealand

21 day Escorted Tour – from £6210 £5589

With flights from £6839

A leisurely paced guided adventure to the highlights and hidden gems of both the North and South Islands, with inclusive activities and free time to explore.

Highlights:
  • Enjoy extended stays in Queenstown, Rotorua, Nelson and Wellington
  • Explore the art-deco architecture of Napier with a local expert
  • Visit the wild and wonderful Stewart Island
  • Experience an authentic hangi feast at Te Aronui a Rua
  • Visit the glittering glowworm caves of Te Anau

Your Itinerary

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You can customise your holiday by adding extra nights or activities before or after your Spirit of New Zealand escorted tour. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Christchurch

Day 1 – Welcome to Christchurch

Community spirit is strong in Christchurch, as you’ll discover exploring its streets at your leisure. We…

Community spirit is strong in Christchurch, as you’ll discover exploring its streets at your leisure. We recommend jumping on the tram to tour Christchurch and discover how the city has rebuilt itself since the 2010/11 earthquakes. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome reception.

    Wyndham Garden, Christchurch

Christchurch
Lake Tekapo, South Island

Day 2 – Christchurch – Omarama

More of Christchurch is revealed before the colours of the Canterbury Plains spread before you: the…

More of Christchurch is revealed before the colours of the Canterbury Plains spread before you: the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo, snowcapped mountains and atmospheric towns. Your Indoor Dark Sky Astronomy Experience at Tekapo, hosted by passionate guides, will forever change the way you see the night sky. You’ll see for yourself it may be one of the quietest spots on the planet, yet it has one of the busiest skies in the universe.

    Heritage Gateway Hotel

    Breakfast, Dinner
Lake Tekapo, South Island
Dunedin Railway Station

Day 3 – Omarama – Dunedin

Architectural drama awaits in Dunedin. While away the afternoon in atmospheric art-lined alleys or sipping a…

Architectural drama awaits in Dunedin. While away the afternoon in atmospheric art-lined alleys or sipping a lager or two in Speight’s Brewery (a national institution). Or venture further afield to discover Larnach Castle, fur seals and penguins.

    Dunedin Leisure Lodge

    Breakfast
Dunedin Railway Station
Invercargill, New Zealand

Day 4 – Dunedin – Invercargill

Rolling green pastures dotted with wide-eyed sheep are your backdrop to Gore, the country music capital…

Rolling green pastures dotted with wide-eyed sheep are your backdrop to Gore, the country music capital of New Zealand. Invercargill is obsessed with something else: motor vehicles. Tributes to speed legends colour the city. So it’s only fitting that you visit Classic Motorcycle Mecca for a tour and Highlight Dinner.

    Kelvin Hotel

    Breakfast, Dinner
Invercargill, New Zealand
Stewart Island

Day 5 – Stewart Island

Wild, wide and wonderful, Stewart Island’s rugged coastline cuts a dramatic form in the Southern Ocean….

Wild, wide and wonderful, Stewart Island’s rugged coastline cuts a dramatic form in the Southern Ocean. It’s largely untouched, which means that endemic flora and fauna thrive. But don’t take our word for it. Meet the locals on a tour through the Village and Bays.

    Kelvin Hotel

    Breakfast
Stewart Island
sheep

Day 6 – Invercargill – Queenstown

The Real Country Farm Show, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, offers an authentic taste of what…

The Real Country Farm Show, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, offers an authentic taste of what rural New Zealand is like. For every guest, we donate funds to The Fairlight Foundation, Advancing Women in Agriculture. Continue to Queenstown and take the afternoon at your own pace.

    Copthorne Hotel and Resort

    Breakfast
sheep
Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park

Day 7 – Queenstown Free Time

A spot of bungy jumping at the place it was born? Or an epic journey through…

A spot of bungy jumping at the place it was born? Or an epic journey through Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound/Piopiotahi, carved by waterfalls and a playground for dolphins and seals? There’s a reason why this part of the island has World Heritage status. You choose today’s path.

    Copthorne Hotel and Resort

    Breakfast
Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park
Franz Josef Glacier

Day 8 – Queenstown – Franz Josef

Around the next bend is the Alpine countryside of the Southern Lakes. Over the Haast Pass,…

Around the next bend is the Alpine countryside of the Southern Lakes. Over the Haast Pass, the pretty town of Franz Josef/Waiau, at the edge of Westland World Heritage Park, awaits.

    Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

    Breakfast, Dinner
Franz Josef Glacier
Punakaiki Rocks

Day 9 – Franz Josef – Punakaiki

Wander Hokitika’s windswept coast before discovering the town’s other beauty: pounamu (native greenstone or jade). Prepare…

Wander Hokitika’s windswept coast before discovering the town’s other beauty: pounamu (native greenstone or jade). Prepare yourself for Punakaiki’s Pancake Rocks and blowholes; they owe their existence to the thundering surf that will lull you to sleep.

    Scenic Hotel Punakaiki

    Breakfast, Dinner
Punakaiki Rocks
Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

Day 10 – Punakaiki – Nelson

Ease along the Heritage Highway toward Nelson. Press your nose against the glass as your coach…

Ease along the Heritage Highway toward Nelson. Press your nose against the glass as your coach weaves through Buller Gorge and Kahurangi National Park.

    The Rutherford Hotel

    Breakfast
Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand
Hike through Abel Tasman National Park

Day 11 – Nelson Free Time

Lace up your hiking shoes and head off on a bushwalk, or cruise through Abel Tasman…

Lace up your hiking shoes and head off on a bushwalk, or cruise through Abel Tasman National Park. This pocket in the north of the island inspires calm, its golden beaches framed by sculpted granite cliffs.

    The Rutherford Hotel

    Breakfast
Hike through Abel Tasman National Park
Wellington

Day 12 – Nelson – Wellington

All aboard the Interislander for a cruise through Queen Charlotte Sound to Wellington.

All aboard the Interislander for a cruise through Queen Charlotte Sound to Wellington.

    Travelodge Wellington

    Breakfast, Dinner
Wellington
Museum of New Zealand

Day 13 – Wellington – Napier

Your city sights tour will end at Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. After the…

Your city sights tour will end at Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. After the opportunity to visit, travel to the Art Deco mecca, Napier.

    Scenic Hotel Te Pania

    Breakfast
Museum of New Zealand
Napier City Scenes Market

Day 14 – Napier

Experience The Daily Deco Tour for an insight into how Napier City became the Art Deco…

Experience The Daily Deco Tour for an insight into how Napier City became the Art Deco capital of the world. This comprehensive tour takes you on an historic timeline, sharing stories and showcasing the transformation and how Napier City and its people were resilient after the infamous 1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake, rebuilding the city they love into a fabulous and stylish ‘time warp’ Art Deco!

    Scenic Hotel Te Pania

    Breakfast
Napier City Scenes Market
Te Puia, Rotorua

Day 15 – Napier – Rotorua

This evening, explore Te Puia’s geothermal valley, and learn about Maori history and culture on this…

This evening, explore Te Puia’s geothermal valley, and learn about Maori history and culture on this guided experience, including a dinner of hangi-inspired cuisine and a cultural performance in a finely carved meeting house, Te Aronui a Rua. It ends on a high at the Pohutu Geyser, where, armed with a hot chocolate, you’ll view one of New Zealand’s geothermal wonderlands.

    Sudima Lake Rotorua

    Breakfast, Dinner
Te Puia, Rotorua
Hobbiton Movie Set, New Zealand

Day 16 – Rotorua Free Time

Today is one of decisions. Bliss out in the Polynesian Spa’s thermal springs; go behind the…

Today is one of decisions. Bliss out in the Polynesian Spa’s thermal springs; go behind the scenes on a working kiwi nursery; visit the Hobbiton movie set; or board a scenic flight for a bird’s-eye view.

    Sudima Lake Rotorua

    Breakfast
Hobbiton Movie Set, New Zealand
All Blacks Experience, Auckland, New Zealand

Day 17 – Rotorua – Auckland

Today your sights are firmly set on Auckland’s main love: rugby. The interactive All Blacks Experience…

Today your sights are firmly set on Auckland’s main love: rugby. The interactive All Blacks Experience explores an introduction to the game as a part of New Zealand culture.

    Holiday Inn Express, Auckland

    Breakfast
All Blacks Experience, Auckland, New Zealand
Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Day 18 – Auckland – Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is undeniably beautiful, but it also holds a special historical secret: this…

The Bay of Islands is undeniably beautiful, but it also holds a special historical secret: this is where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840. Your guide, perhaps a descendent of one of the original signatories, will explain the significance.

    Copthorne Hotel and Resort

    Breakfast, Dinner
Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Hole in the Rock Cruise

Day 19 – Bay of Islands

Trip the light fantastic and head off in whatever direction you please. Perhaps travel up to…

Trip the light fantastic and head off in whatever direction you please. Perhaps travel up to Cape Reinga/Te Rerenga Wairua via idyllic Ninety Mile Beach. Or glide around on an historic tall ship, cruise to the Hole in the Rock or join a tour of Russell.

    Copthorne Hotel and Resort

    Breakfast
Hole in the Rock Cruise
Whangarei, New Zealand

Day 20 – Bay of Islands – Auckland

For a little more northern exposure, make your way to Whangarei, the island’s most northerly outpost…

For a little more northern exposure, make your way to Whangarei, the island’s most northerly outpost and a place where waterfalls meet beaches, galleries meet museums. Explore at your leisure before the commute back to Auckland for your Farewell Dinner.

    Holiday Inn Express, Auckland

    Breakfast, Dinner
Whangarei, New Zealand
Auckland

Day 21 – Farewell from Auckland

Over three weeks, we hope you’ve packed your address book with the names of new friends…

Over three weeks, we hope you’ve packed your address book with the names of new friends and your camera with photos. But at the end of the day, it’s the memories that will fuel your flight home.

    Breakfast
Auckland

Your Itinerary

You can customise your holiday by adding extra nights or activities before or after your Spirit of New Zealand escorted tour. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Day 1

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Welcome to Christchurch

Community spirit is strong in Christchurch, as you’ll discover exploring its streets at your leisure. We recommend jumping on the tram to tour Christchurch and discover how the city has rebuilt itself since the 2010/11 earthquakes. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome reception.

    Wyndham Garden, Christchurch

Christchurch

Day 2

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Christchurch – Omarama

More of Christchurch is revealed before the colours of the Canterbury Plains spread before you: the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo, snowcapped mountains and atmospheric towns. Your Indoor Dark Sky Astronomy Experience at Tekapo, hosted by passionate guides, will forever change the way you see the night sky. You’ll see for yourself it may be one of the quietest spots on the planet, yet it has one of the busiest skies in the universe.

    Heritage Gateway Hotel

    Breakfast, Dinner
Lake Tekapo, South Island

Day 3

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Omarama – Dunedin

Architectural drama awaits in Dunedin. While away the afternoon in atmospheric art-lined alleys or sipping a lager or two in Speight’s Brewery (a national institution). Or venture further afield to discover Larnach Castle, fur seals and penguins.

    Dunedin Leisure Lodge

    Breakfast
Dunedin Railway Station

Day 4

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Dunedin – Invercargill

Rolling green pastures dotted with wide-eyed sheep are your backdrop to Gore, the country music capital of New Zealand. Invercargill is obsessed with something else: motor vehicles. Tributes to speed legends colour the city. So it’s only fitting that you visit Classic Motorcycle Mecca for a tour and Highlight Dinner.

    Kelvin Hotel

    Breakfast, Dinner
Invercargill, New Zealand

Day 5

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Stewart Island

Wild, wide and wonderful, Stewart Island’s rugged coastline cuts a dramatic form in the Southern Ocean. It’s largely untouched, which means that endemic flora and fauna thrive. But don’t take our word for it. Meet the locals on a tour through the Village and Bays.

    Kelvin Hotel

    Breakfast
Stewart Island

Day 6

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Invercargill – Queenstown

The Real Country Farm Show, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, offers an authentic taste of what rural New Zealand is like. For every guest, we donate funds to The Fairlight Foundation, Advancing Women in Agriculture. Continue to Queenstown and take the afternoon at your own pace.

    Copthorne Hotel and Resort

    Breakfast
sheep

Day 7

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Queenstown Free Time

A spot of bungy jumping at the place it was born? Or an epic journey through Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound/Piopiotahi, carved by waterfalls and a playground for dolphins and seals? There’s a reason why this part of the island has World Heritage status. You choose today’s path.

    Copthorne Hotel and Resort

    Breakfast
Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park

Day 8

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Queenstown – Franz Josef

Around the next bend is the Alpine countryside of the Southern Lakes. Over the Haast Pass, the pretty town of Franz Josef/Waiau, at the edge of Westland World Heritage Park, awaits.

    Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

    Breakfast, Dinner
Franz Josef Glacier

Day 9

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Franz Josef – Punakaiki

Wander Hokitika’s windswept coast before discovering the town’s other beauty: pounamu (native greenstone or jade). Prepare yourself for Punakaiki’s Pancake Rocks and blowholes; they owe their existence to the thundering surf that will lull you to sleep.

    Scenic Hotel Punakaiki

    Breakfast, Dinner
Punakaiki Rocks

Day 10

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Punakaiki – Nelson

Ease along the Heritage Highway toward Nelson. Press your nose against the glass as your coach weaves through Buller Gorge and Kahurangi National Park.

    The Rutherford Hotel

    Breakfast
Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

Day 11

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Nelson Free Time

Lace up your hiking shoes and head off on a bushwalk, or cruise through Abel Tasman National Park. This pocket in the north of the island inspires calm, its golden beaches framed by sculpted granite cliffs.

    The Rutherford Hotel

    Breakfast
Hike through Abel Tasman National Park

Day 12

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Nelson – Wellington

All aboard the Interislander for a cruise through Queen Charlotte Sound to Wellington.

    Travelodge Wellington

    Breakfast, Dinner
Wellington

Day 13

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Wellington – Napier

Your city sights tour will end at Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. After the opportunity to visit, travel to the Art Deco mecca, Napier.

    Scenic Hotel Te Pania

    Breakfast
Museum of New Zealand

Day 14

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Napier

Experience The Daily Deco Tour for an insight into how Napier City became the Art Deco capital of the world. This comprehensive tour takes you on an historic timeline, sharing stories and showcasing the transformation and how Napier City and its people were resilient after the infamous 1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake, rebuilding the city they love into a fabulous and stylish ‘time warp’ Art Deco!

    Scenic Hotel Te Pania

    Breakfast
Napier City Scenes Market

Day 15

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Napier – Rotorua

This evening, explore Te Puia’s geothermal valley, and learn about Maori history and culture on this guided experience, including a dinner of hangi-inspired cuisine and a cultural performance in a finely carved meeting house, Te Aronui a Rua. It ends on a high at the Pohutu Geyser, where, armed with a hot chocolate, you’ll view one of New Zealand’s geothermal wonderlands.

    Sudima Lake Rotorua

    Breakfast, Dinner
Te Puia, Rotorua

Day 16

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Rotorua Free Time

Today is one of decisions. Bliss out in the Polynesian Spa’s thermal springs; go behind the scenes on a working kiwi nursery; visit the Hobbiton movie set; or board a scenic flight for a bird’s-eye view.

    Sudima Lake Rotorua

    Breakfast
Hobbiton Movie Set, New Zealand

Day 17

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Rotorua – Auckland

Today your sights are firmly set on Auckland’s main love: rugby. The interactive All Blacks Experience explores an introduction to the game as a part of New Zealand culture.

    Holiday Inn Express, Auckland

    Breakfast
All Blacks Experience, Auckland, New Zealand

Day 18

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Auckland – Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is undeniably beautiful, but it also holds a special historical secret: this is where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840. Your guide, perhaps a descendent of one of the original signatories, will explain the significance.

    Copthorne Hotel and Resort

    Breakfast, Dinner
Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Day 19

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Bay of Islands

Trip the light fantastic and head off in whatever direction you please. Perhaps travel up to Cape Reinga/Te Rerenga Wairua via idyllic Ninety Mile Beach. Or glide around on an historic tall ship, cruise to the Hole in the Rock or join a tour of Russell.

    Copthorne Hotel and Resort

    Breakfast
Hole in the Rock Cruise

Day 20

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Bay of Islands – Auckland

For a little more northern exposure, make your way to Whangarei, the island’s most northerly outpost and a place where waterfalls meet beaches, galleries meet museums. Explore at your leisure before the commute back to Auckland for your Farewell Dinner.

    Holiday Inn Express, Auckland

    Breakfast, Dinner
Whangarei, New Zealand

Day 21

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Farewell from Auckland

Over three weeks, we hope you’ve packed your address book with the names of new friends and your camera with photos. But at the end of the day, it’s the memories that will fuel your flight home.

    Breakfast
Auckland

This Tour Includes

20 nights hotel accommodation
20 breakfasts and 8 dinners
Expert tour director
Activities and experiences as detailed in the itinerary
Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach
Professional and experienced driver

Departure Dates

Check for departure dates that suit you:

2024-09-05

2024-10-03

2024-10-17

2024-10-31

2024-11-21

2024-11-28

2024-12-12

2024-12-19

2024-12-26

2025-01-02

2025-01-23

2025-01-30

2025-02-06

2025-02-13

2025-02-20

2025-02-27

2025-03-06

2025-03-20

2025-04-03

2025-04-24

2025-09-04

2025-10-02

2025-10-16

2025-10-30

2025-11-20

2025-11-27

2025-12-11

2025-12-18

2025-12-25

2026-01-01

2026-01-22

2026-01-29

2026-02-05

2026-02-12

2026-02-19

2026-02-26

2026-03-05

2026-03-19

To confirm availability call 0333 234 3209

Flights & More

With FREEDOM, you can book your Spirit of New Zealand escorted tour and flights together, as an ATOL protected package. Our Travel Experts can find the best priced Economy, Premium or Business Class flights for you.

You can also personalise your holiday. Why not add:

  • Extra nights in Christchurch or Auckland, before or after your tour
  • A stopover to New Zealand in Sydney, Dubai or another destination

Next Step

Please get in touch with our New Zealand Experts to start planning your holiday. You’ll have a single point of contact from your first enquiry through booking.

Spirit of New Zealand

21 day Escorted Tour – from £6210 £5589

With flights from £6839

All prices are per person, based on two people sharing a double or twin room and include meals shown. Seasonal supplements may apply. Please call Freedom Destinations to confirm departure dates and availability.

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