New Zealand Natural Wonders - Fun Over Fifty

New Zealand Natural Wonders


This really is a 100% New Zealand experience as we unearth both the north and south islands of ‘the land of the long white cloud’. An in-depth tour showcasing Maori culture and heritage, undoubtedly some of the world’s most stunning scenery, and good kiwi hospitality. Enjoy two breathtaking rail journeys and an overnight cruise on awe-inspiring Milford Sound as we discover all there is to know about our neighbours across ‘the ditch’.

Duration Duration:

19 days

Price From From

$7,998pp (AUD)

Departs Departure Dates:

12th February 2020

Location Departure Location:
Flights arrive into Auckland

Location Return Location:
Christchurch Airport


Twin Share
Sole Use
$1,500pp non-refundable

Itinerary (Flights arrive into Auckland - Christchurch Airport)

Day 1    (Meals In-Flight,D) Auckland


On arrival into Auckland, we are transferred to our hotel and meet as a group for dinner.

1 Night Stay: Grand Millennium Hotel, Auckland

Day 2    (B,L,D) Bay of Islands

eco heritage

Today begins with an Auckland city sights tour before travelling to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri tree. Continue through Whangarei to the Bay of Islands. This afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British.

2 Night Stay: Scenic Hotel, Bay of Islands

Day 3    (B,L,D) Bay of Islands

cruise eco

Enjoy stunning views of the islands as we explore the Bay of Islands on a full day cruise, including the famous Hole in the Rock and an island stopover. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins and try boom netting alongside the vessel.

Day 4    (B,L,D) Auckland


Farewell the Bay of Islands and travel south to Matakohe where we stop for a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum. Continue to Auckland’s north shore for some free time at leisure.

1 Night Stay: Grand Millennium Hotel, Auckland

Day 5    (B,L,D) Rotorua


Depart Auckland and travel through the picturesque countryside to Hobbiton for a guided tour of the movie set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.

2 Night Stay: Sudima Hotel, Lake Rotorua

Day 6    (B,L,SD) Rotorua

eco entertainment foodwine heritage

Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua, and if you are a daredevil, take a luge ride! Next stop is the Agrodome for an actionpacked hour of farming entertainment. Rest this afternoon before travelling to Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers. This evening immerse yourself in Maori culture at our specialty hangi and concert.

Day 7    (B,L,D) Wellington

eco heritage

Travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to the spectacular Huka Falls. Continue to Lake Taupo for some free time to enjoy this scenic lakeside town. Travel via the Tongariro National Park to the Wellington Tramway Museum to view a display of tramway history and enjoy a nostalgic trip on one of the original trams that served Wellington city.

2 Night Stay: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, Wellington

Day 8    (B,L,D) Wellington


This morning enjoy an extensive city tour of New Zealand’s capital, Wellington. A highlight today will be time to explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum, with exhibits that embrace both Maori and European views. Enjoy free time at leisure this afternoon.

Day 9    (B,L,D) Christchurch

eco train

This morning board the Interislander Ferry, cross the Cook Strait and enjoy the scenery as we travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. Join the Coastal Pacific, a truly spectacular rail journey that showcases the Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side, the rugged scenic coastline on the other and travels through numerous tunnels and across several bridges. Enjoy a two night stay in the garden city of Christchurch.

2 Night Stay: Distinction Hotel, Christchurch

Day 10    (B,L,D) Christchurch

heritage walking

This morning enjoy an introductory city tour of Christchurch and a visit to the International Antarctic Centre designed to provide an informative account of life in Antarctica. This afternoon is at leisure to explore the city.

Day 11    (B,L,D) Glacier

eco train

This morning board the TranzAlpine, one of the great train journeys of the world. Travel over massive viaducts, river valleys and spectacular gorges as you ascend to Arthur’s Pass located in the centre of the Southern Alps. Board your coach and travel to Hokitika, famous for its greenstone before arriving at Franz Josef where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

1 Night Stay: Scenic Hotel, Franz Josef Glacier

Day 12    (B,L,D) Queenstown


See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as we travel south via the Haast Pass, an area of stunning beauty before arriving into picturesque Queenstown, a year-round resort situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu.

2 Night Stay: Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Queenstown

Day 13    (B,SD) Queenstown

cruise eco entertainment foodwine heritage

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Sit back, relax and enjoy a gourmet barbecue dinner which the chef will prepare in front of you at the Colonel’s Homestead. After dinner enjoy a short farm tour then reboard the TSS Earnslaw for a sing-along by the piano on the return cruise. **Lunch is at own expense today.

Day 14    (B,L,D) On-Board Milford Mariner

cruise eco heritage

This morning travel to Arrowtown and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via Te Anau to Milford Sound and board the Milford Mariner for an overnight cruise. Relax and take in the fiord’s spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife.

1 Night Stay: Milford Mariner Cruise

Day 15    (B,L,D) Te Anau

cruise eco

Start the day with a hearty breakfast before heading back out to the Tasman Sea (weather permitting) to explore more of the fiord. Return back to the wharf to meet your coach and enjoy the scenic drive to Te Anau where you will enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

1 Night Stay: Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau

Day 16    (B,L,SD) Dunedin

entertainment foodwine heritage

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin for a city tour. Enjoy time to wander around the Botanic Gardens and then time at leisure to explore the city. Tonight, a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, Haggis ceremony and gift.

2 Night Stay: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin

Day 17    (B,L,D) Dunedin

cruise eco heritage

This morning travel along the beautiful Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where we take a guided tour to learn about its tragic and scandalous history. After lunch, we join a wildlife cruise to the spectacular Taiaroa Head renowned for sightings of albatross, New Zealand fur seals and other marine mammals including up to 20 species of ocean birds all in their natural environment.

Day 18    (B,L,SD) Christchurch

foodwine heritage

This morning visit Olveston House, a prestigious historic home before travelling to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening with your newfound friends.

1 Night Stay: Sudima Hotel, Christchurch Airport

Day 19    (B,Meals In-Flight) Flights Back to Australia


Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your respective flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

Tour Inclusions

  • Return economy flights ex. Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne
  • Hosted from Brisbane with an experienced Fun Over Fifty Host
  • 2 nights Auckland; city sights tour
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • 2 nights Bay of Islands; Cream Trip cruise
  • Kauri Museum
  • Hobbiton movie set tour
  • 2 nights Rotorua
  • Gondola and luge rides; Agrodome
  • Thermal mud pools and geysers
  • Te Puia traditional Maori hangi and concert
  • Huka Falls; Lake Taupo; Tongariro National Park; Wellington Tramway Museum
  • 2 nights Wellington; guided city tour; Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum
  • Cruise on the Interislander Cook Strait ferry
  • Marlborough Sounds; Picton
  • Coastal Pacific rail journey
  • 3 nights Christchurch; International Antarctic Centre
  • TranzAlpine rail journey; Hokitika
  • 1 night Franz Josef; Haast Pass
  • 2 nights Queenstown; Lake Wakatipu cruise on the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak Station
  • Arrowtown; Lakes District Museum
  • Milford Sound; 1 night aboard the Milford Mariner in en-suited cabins
  • 1 night Te Anau
  • 2 nights Dunedin; Scottish dinner including a traditional Haggis ceremony
  • Guided tour of Larnach Castle
  • Wildlife cruise to Taiaroa Head; Olveston House
  • Hotel porterage
  • 52 meals

Additional Information

Non-refundable deposit of $1500pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation.

N.B. Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights. Taxes are NOT included and are approximately $185pp. Australian passport holders minimum validity for travel must be 6 months from date of return to Australia. Non-Australian passport citizens are required to seek independent advice for passport validity and entry visa. Prices & dates are correct as at 6 September 2019 and are based on the exchange rates at time of publication and may be adjusted if rate fluctuations affect the price to be paid for services. Any price increase is to be paid by the guest, and at this time if guest chooses to cancel all monies paid/held will be forfeited. Due to international terms & conditions, balance of payment for this tour (excluding airlines taxes) will be required 100 days prior to departure and at this time 100% cancellation fees apply. Airlines taxes will be payable on receipt of notification 90 days prior to departure. Travel Insurance is compulsory and it is recommended that it be purchased at time of paying deposit. Tour passengers will require a clearance letter (provided by Fun Over Fifty) from their local GP for travel.

B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner SD = Specialty Dinner

Flight Included
Rail Travel
Comfort Plus Coach
Eco Experience
Walking Component
Food &/or Wine Component


Passengers must be able to:

  • Walk 20 min without stopping
  • Ascend stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 45 min without sitting
  • Walk over uneven ground
  • Embark/debark transport unaided
  • Manage their own luggage

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