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Great New Zealand Discovery

27 days from £6,799 per person

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Savouring the silence on an overnight cruise through the serene and spectacular sounds of the Fiordlands.


Covering the ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’ from top to bottom, this tour includes all the best bits of both islands. There’s whale watching, wine tasting and fiord cruising, plus opportunities to get a real insight into Maori culture, as we make our way from Christchurch up to Auckland. Uncover the Scottish heritage of Dunedin (gateway to the wildlife-filled Otago Peninsula), admire Napier’s art deco architecture, and sip flat whites in the artisan coffee shops of Wellington and Auckland.

Your holiday includes:

17 excursions and visits

  • Akaroa harbour cruise
  • Visits to Otago Peninsula (including Royal Albatross Centre); Fiordland National Park; Westland National Park; Church Road winery; Te Puia; and Coromandel Peninsula
  • Doubtful Sound or Milford Sound overnight cruise
  • 4WD safari through Skippers Canyon
  • Haast River jet boat safari
  • TranzAlpine train
  • Kaikoura whale-watching cruise
  • Tours of Wellington, Napier and Auckland
  • Tamaki Village Maori cultural experience
  • Hole in the Rock cruise


  • 23 nights in hotels and 3 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
  • International flights. Prices are based on return flights with Air New Zealand from London Heathrow via Los Angeles (and Auckland on outbound) or Singapore Airlines via Singapore. Supplements may apply from other airports
  • 28 meals: 23 breakfasts (days 4-26) 1 lunch (day 7) 4 dinners (days 7, 11, 13 and 19)


  • Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Titan tour manager
  • Travel in destination by coach
  • Porterage


  • VIP Outbound1

    Days 1-2 UK - In flight

    Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flights to Christchurch.

    In flight

  • Christchurch

    Our first stop on our New Zealand itinerary is Christchurch. The capital of the South Island is known as the most ‘English’ of New Zealand’s cities. On arrival, you’ll have the remainder of the day free to explore or relax here.

    Chateau on the Park - Christchurch, a DoubleTree by Hilton (4-star)

  • Akaroa

    New Zealand has a distinctive European feel wherever you go and while Christchurch’s architecture is reminiscent of England, Akaroa is undeniably French. In fact the town strives to recreate the feel of a provincial French village - and it’s utterly charming. We head to the Banks Peninsula and, on arrival in Akaroa, take a two-hour cruise of the harbour and learn how the entire Banks Peninsula was created from a huge volcano. Be sure to keep an eye out for adorable fur seals, dolphins and penguins. After, you’re free to explore this French settlement.

    Chateau on the Park - Christchurch, a DoubleTree by Hilton (4-star)

  • Dunedin

    We travel south to Dunedin. With a strong Scottish heritage, Dunedin is home to New Zealand’s only kilt shop and produces the country’s whisky. We stay here for two nights.

    Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin (4.5-star)

  • Otago Peninsula

    Our excursion today takes us to the Otago Peninsula, home to many species of magnificent marine life including blue penguins, the rare New Zealand sea lion and endangered yellow-eyed penguin. We take to the walkways to get a closer glimpse of the wildlife and admire spectacular views over the sheer cliff faces of this volcano-born peninsula. Our visit includes the Royal Albatross Centre.

    Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin (4.5-star)

  • Day 7 - Dunedin - Doubtful Sound/Milford Sound overnight cruise

    An overnight bag is needed today, as we travel to Fiordland, one of the most spectacularly scenic areas of New Zealand, where we enjoy an overnight cruise on either Doubtful Sound or Milford Sound. We’ll first journey to Lake Manapouri or Te Anau, before boarding Fiordland Navigator or Milford Mariner for our cruise. We spend the remainder of the afternoon gliding through this unspoilt wilderness and watching for rare wildlife as the awesome scenes of smooth fiord waters and steep green banks unfold. This evening the vessel anchors in a quiet part of the sound where you spend an enchanting night.

    Fiordland Navigator (3-star) or Milford Mariner (3-star)

  • Doubtful Sound/Milford Sound - Queenstown

    We return to our coach for the journey to Queenstown and our hotel.

    Heritage Queenstown (4.5-star) or Millennium Queenstown (4.5-star)

  • Queenstown

    These two days are free for you to explore the alpine resort of Queenstown and the sublime wilderness that surrounds it. This cosmopolitan city boasts a great art scene, excellent vineyards and five international-standard golf courses. Keen walkers may like to look into hiking from the city to Queenstown Hill or through the pine forests of Ben Lomond Reserve to Bob’s Peak (with a gondola option available) to enjoy stunning views over the city and Lake Wakatipu.

    Heritage Queenstown (4.5-star) or Millennium Queenstown (4.5-star)

  • Queenstown - 4WD Safari - Wanaka

    Departing Queenstown today, we embark on a 4WD off-road safari to explore some of New Zealand’s hidden wonders. Take in stunning mountain and canyon vistas, some of which were used in the Lord of the Rings films, and long abandoned heritage sites. We return to our coach for the journey to the scenic town of Wanaka, where dinner is included tonight.

    Edgewater Resort, Wanaka (4.5-star)

  • Wanaka - Haast River - Franz Josef

    Following breakfast there is some time to enjoy your spectacular surroundings, before we depart to Haast Bridge where we join an exhilarating 30km river safari along the crystal clear, glacial Haast River to Billy Falls, tumbling down the untamed landscape of Mt Aspiring National Park. Our journey continues by coach to Franz Josef.

    Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (4-star)

  • Franz Josef - TranzAlpine - Hanmer Springs

    This morning we travel to Greymouth, where we board a train for the famously scenic TranzAlpine journey. Ascending through thick beech forest, we traverse the mammoth Southern Alps and beautiful Arthur’s Pass National Park to Springfield. On arrival, we board a coach for Hanmer Springs, where dinner is included tonight.

    Heritage Hanmer Springs (4.5-star)

  • Hanmer Springs

    Today is free to spend in this lovely town, surrounded by towering forests and dramatic mountains. Maybe explore the boutique shops, or watch the world go by with a coffee in one of the many cafés you’ll find. Alternatively, the thermal pools are a great way to relax.

    Heritage Hanmer Springs (4.5-star)

  • Blenheim

    Today we travel to Kaikoura for a whale-watching cruise (weather dependent). The waters off this stunning coast are full of nutrients that attract marine wildlife including the giant sperm whale. You are free to take lunch before we continue to Blenheim.

    Chateau Marlborough (5-star) or Scenic Marlborough (4.5-star), Blenheim

  • Blenheim - Wellington

    This morning we travel to Picton where we board a comfortable Interislander ferry for the journey across the Cook Strait, named after Captain Cook who was the first European to sail the route in 1770. Upon our arrival in Wellington we take a short orientation tour of the city before arriving at our hotel for two nights.

    Rydges Wellington (4.5-star)

  • Wellington

    Enjoy a free day in Wellington where you can relax on the inner-city beach, visit art galleries, enter Weta Cave to get a look behind the scenes of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy and view Te Papa Tongarewa Museum; New Zealand’s national museum re-tells the country’s fascinating history, cultural and natural heritage. The city is also an ideal base for outdoor adventure, with beautiful walks including the visually stunning Makara Track.

    Rydges Wellington (4.5-star)

  • Wellington - Napier

    Today we leave Wellington and travel north to Hawkes Bay, pausing at the highly-acclaimed Church Road winery for a tour and tasting. The first vines were planted here in 1897, making this one of New Zealand’s oldest wineries. We continue to the town of Napier, famed for its beautifully preserved Art Deco buildings, constructed after a devastating earthquake in 1931. We take a short walking tour of the town before continuing to our hotel for the night.

    Scenic Hotel Te Pania, Napier (4-star)

  • Napier - Rotorua

    Today we travel to Rotorua for two nights. Later, we get an unforgettable insight into Maori culture at Tamaki Village. Learn ancient Maori customs and protocols as you enter the village, deep in a natural forest, and find out about the distinctive facial tattooing, weaving and carving techniques through demonstrations. You may also have opportunities to participate in warrior training and perform the haka, all before a delicious hangi feast.

    Holiday Inn Rotorua (4.5-star)

  • Rotorua

    Today is free for you to explore Rotorua, a town where volcanic activity manifests in many forms. Visit the geothermal area to see the bubbling mud pools and sulphur vents, or just relax in the Polynesian Pools, Rotorua’s hot springs located by Lake Rotorua.

    Holiday Inn Rotorua (4.5-star)

  • Rotorua - Coromandel Peninsula

    This morning we make a stop at Te Puia and the New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Institute, located within Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley. Here you can visit a kiwi enclosure, the world-famous Pohutu Geyser, and more than 500 natural geothermal wonders. The Maori people who live here work hard to keep their ancient skills and heritage alive. We then continue along the coastal highway to the Coromandel Peninsula.

    Heritage Auckland (4.5-star) or Grand Millennium Auckland (4.5-star)

  • Coromandel Peninsula - Auckland

    A discovery of the stunning Coromandel Peninsula is this morning’s excursion, including Hot Water Beach, before our exploration takes to the water, as we join a ferry from Cooks Beach to Whitianga. There will be free time to explore before we continue to the iconic city of Auckland.

    Heritage Auckland (4.5-star) or Grand Millennium Auckland (4.5-star)

  • Auckland

    We discover Auckland, known as ‘The City of Sails’ on a morning sightseeing tour. This afternoon is free to do as you wish in this easily-navigable city. Perhaps visit Parnell Village, home to boutiques and Victorian-styled shops. Or choose to ascend Auckland’s Sky Tower, for incredible views over the city.

    Heritage Auckland (4.5-star) or Grand Millennium Auckland (4.5-star)

  • Auckland - Bay of Islands

    We leave this stunning city and head north to the Bay of Islands - New Zealand’s subtropical region and home to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where in 1840 the Treaty of Waitangi (New Zealand's founding document) was signed. We arrive at our hotel for two nights.

    Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (4-star) or Copthorne Hotel Bay of Islands (4-star)

  • Bay of Islands

    Following breakfast this morning we embark on a delightful cruise to the Cape Brett Peninsula and the famous Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island. According to Maori legend, local warriors used to paddle through the Hole in the Rock in their canoes before departing for battle and drops of water from the cave roof above were a good omen. If conditions allow, we will sail through ourselves. Whales and common and bottlenose dolphins can be spotted in this area, so keep your camera ready. On returning to the hotel, the remainder of the day is at leisure in the beautiful area.

    Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (4-star) or Copthorne Hotel Bay of Islands (4-star)

  • Day 26 Bay of Islands - Auckland - In flight

    We travel south along the Hibiscus Coast to Auckland Airport for your return flight to the UK.

    In flight

  • VIP Inbound

    Day 27 UK

    Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.

    Arrive Home

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Great New Zealand Discovery

27 days from £6,799 per person