New Zealand at a Glance Trip Notes

Trip Overview


The New Zealand at a Glance tour promises nine days of exploration and discovery, where you’ll immerse yourself in the natural wonders, cultural gems, and scenic marvels that define this pristine corner of the world. From the vibrant cityscape of Christchurch to the rugged grandeur of the Southern Alps, and from the serene beauty of Queenstown to the ancient glaciers of Franz Josef, every moment of this New Zealand trip will be a tapestry of unforgettable experiences. So, fasten your seatbelt, both literally and figuratively, as we take you on a captivating adventure through the heart of South Island, where each day unfolds like a new chapter in an epic tale of exploration and wonder. We promise that this New Zealand tour will not leave your memory so soon. Welcome to New Zealand’s South Island Adventure!

Duration : 9 Days

Destination : New Zealand

Start/Ends in : Auckland / Queenstown

Group Size : 13-35 People

Age Req. : 18+

Trip Theme : Classic, Overland

Hotels : 4 Star Hotels & Local Lodges

Departs : All Year Round

Why you will love this tour

  • * This tour will captivate your heart with its jaw-dropping scenery. From the majestic Southern Alps to the pristine lakes and verdant forests, you’ll be surrounded by nature’s beauty at every turn.
  • * Stay in hand-picked, centrally located and authentic 4-Star hotels & Local Lodges and ride in private modern coaches..
  • * Immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of New Zealand. Discover the heritage of Christchurch, cruise through Maori legends, and explore the unique Kiwi way of life.
  • * Whether it’s a thrilling Tranz Alpine train ride, glacier trekking, or cruising the Milford Sound, adventure enthusiasts will find their bliss around every corner.

  • * Savor the delectable flavors of New Zealand cuisine. From fresh seafood to world-class wines, this tour will tantalize your taste buds with culinary delights.

  • * Experience the renowned warmth and hospitality of the Kiwi people as you engage with locals and share stories that will leave lasting impressions.
  • *  With each day offering a new and exciting adventure, this tour promises to create memories that will stay with you long after you’ve bid farewell to New Zealand’s South Island.

Arrival Details

The group welcome meeting with your guide and other travelers is held around 18:30 at the hotel lobby on Day 1 of your tour unless otherwise notified.

Meeting Point:

The meeting point for the tour is :

Sudima Auckland City  – Auckland

Address : 10th Floor/63-67 Nelson Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Phone : +64 800 783 462

Emergency Number: +44 203 14 99 200

Finishing Point:

Copthorne Hotel Queenstown Lakefront – Queenstown

Address :  Corner Frankton Rd &, Adelaide Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Phone : +64 3 450 0260

Emergency Number: +44 203 14 99 200


Auckland: Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city, known for its stunning harbor, iconic Sky Tower, and vibrant mix of cultures.

Hot Water Beach: On the Coromandel Peninsula, Hot Water Beach allows visitors to dig their own natural hot spring spa in the sand by the Pacific Ocean.

Rotorua: Rotorua is famous for its geothermal wonders, including bubbling mud pools and geysers, offering a unique and mesmerizing experience.

Lake Taupo: The largest lake in New Zealand, the lake is a breathtaking freshwater gem nestled in the heart of the North Island.

Tongariro National Park: Tongariro National Park boasts the striking landscapes of three active volcanoes and the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing hike.

Wellington: Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand, offers a vibrant arts scene, a picturesque harbor, and a quirky charm all its own.

Christchurch: Often called the “Garden City,” Christchurch is known for its beautiful parks, post-earthquake rebuilding, and English heritage.

Franz Joseph: Franz Josef is a glacier village on the West Coast, offering thrilling glacier hikes and helicopter tours amid stunning alpine scenery.

Queenstown: Queenstown is the adventure capital of the world, where visitors can bungee jump, ski, or simply enjoy the stunning Lake Wakatipu.


Please note that the itinerary may be subject to small changes depending on the conditions during the tour. Alternative accommodation of similar standards may be used depending on the group size and hotel availability.

Upon your arrival in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest metropolis, make your own way to your hotel for the evening. Auckland, often hailed as the “City of Sails,” boasts a striking location nestled between two expansive harbors. The cityscape is prominently graced by the renowned Sky Tower, providing breathtaking panoramic vistas of Auckland, extending to the enchanting Viaduct Harbour teeming with opulent superyachts and a vibrant assortment of bars and cafes. Beyond lies the expansive Hauraki Gulf. The remainder of the day is yours to savor the charm of this splendid urban oasis.

Accommodation : Sudima Auckland City – 4 Star

Embark on your journey from Auckland City as you head south, traversing the scenic Bombay Hills and crossing through the expansive Hauraki Plains en route to the majestic Coromandel Ranges. Traverse this awe-inspiring mountain range and follow the picturesque East Coast of Coromandel, heading northward towards the captivating Hot Water Beach. If your arrival aligns with high tide, within a two-hour window, you’ll have the chance to unearth your very own natural hot pool just meters away from the Pacific Ocean.

Continue your adventure by heading south along the coastline, bidding farewell to Coromandel, and passing through the renowned Bay of Plenty kiwifruit cultivation region, before reaching the enchanting city of Rotorua. Nestled inland by the serene Lake Rotorua, this city is renowned for its bubbling mud pools, erupting geysers, rejuvenating natural hot springs, and serves as a cultural hub, offering an immersive experience into New Zealand’s captivating Māori heritage.

Accommodation : Distinction Rotorua – 4 Star

Meals Included : Breakfast

In the morning, leave Rotorua for Taupo, with the option to visit Orakei Korako along the way. Orakei Korako, tucked away in the Taupo Volcanic Zone between Rotorua and Taupo, offers a unique volcanic experience. With 23 active geysers and ever-changing landscapes, it’s a mesmerizing natural wonder. Stroll through the Hidden Valley, explore the thermal Ruatapu Cave, which plunges more than 36 meters into volcanic tuff to the ‘Waiwhakaata’ or ‘Pool of Mirrors’ hot pool below.

Upon reaching Taupo, you’ll be greeted by the expansive Lake Taupō, a volcanic caldera where its waters flow into the striking Huka Falls. These captivating, crystal-blue cascades are well worth a stop on your way into Taupō.

Leaving Taupo, embark on a scenic drive around the southern shore of the lake, passing through Turangi and entering the Tongariro National Park. This park, centered around three volcanoes – Tongariro, Ngauruhoe, and Ruapehu – showcases some of New Zealand’s most awe-inspiring landscapes.

Accommodation : The Park Hotel Ruapehu – Lodge

Meals Included : Breakfast

Included Activities :

Visit to Lake Taupō
Visit to Tongariro National Park

Optional Activities :

Visit to Orakei Korako

As you leave Tongariro National Park behind, carry on your southern journey through the Manawatu region. Brimming with rustic allure, this area offers an excellent opportunity to soak up the essence of rural New Zealand culture. Traverse the town of Bulls, known for its playful bull-themed signs (keep an eye out for ‘Relieve-a-bull’ if nature calls)! Your route will lead you along the North Island’s West Coast, passing through Paraparaumu, and ultimately bringing you to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city and the center of its parliamentary affairs.

Accommodation : West Plaza Hotel – 4 Star

Meals Included : Breakfast

Following a brief morning sightseeing tour, the remainder of the day is yours to explore Wellington at your leisure. Consider embarking on an unforgettable journey aboard the iconic Wellington Cable Car, which offers stunning panoramic vistas of the city. In this vibrant metropolis, you can meander through concealed alleyways adorned with captivating street art and embark on scenic sculpture walks along the city’s waterfront.

Delve into the rich narratives of Aotearoa New Zealand through world-class museums and galleries, with the interactive and immersive Te Papa, the national museum, being a highly recommended choice. Wellington’s well-earned reputation as New Zealand’s culinary hub shines brightly, boasting a higher concentration of eateries and bars per capita than even New York City. Explore the city’s renowned hidden bars, embrace the café culture, savor award-winning dining establishments, and revel in excellent coffee.

Accommodation : West Plaza Hotel – 4 Star

Meals Included : Breakfast

Included Activities :

Sightseeing of Wellington

This morning, you’ll transfer to Wellington airport and board a flight to Christchurch. Upon arrival in Christchurch, you’ll be greeted and transported to your overnight accommodation. Christchurch is renowned as the ‘Garden City,’ celebrated for its lush parks, botanical gardens, and rich English heritage. The Avon River gracefully winds its way through the city center, offering opportunities for leisurely flat-bottomed punt rides, picturesque cycling paths, and the sprawling beauty of Hagley Park and Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Exploring the city via one of its charming trams is an excellent way to familiarize yourself with the area. Alternatively, you can opt for a relaxing boat ride on the Avon or unwind at one of the many cafes and restaurants along Oxford Terrace while savoring the city’s enchanting ambiance.

Accommodation : Distinction Christchurch Hotel – 4 Star

Meals Included : Breakfast

In the morning, you’ll be taken to the train station, where you’ll board the remarkable Tranz Alpine train. This train adventure traverses the width of the South Island, venturing through the formidable mountain range known as the ‘Great Divide.’ It’s recognized as one of the world’s most magnificent train journeys. Your journey commences in Christchurch on the eastern side, leading you across the vast Canterbury Plains and into the heart of the mountains starting from Springfield. Along the way, you’ll be treated to breathtaking New Zealand mountain vistas, including the captivating Arthur’s Pass. Upon reaching Arthur’s Pass, your tour coach will be ready to pick you up, and together, you’ll continue your journey by road down the West Coast of the South Island, ultimately arriving in the charming glacier town of Franz Josef.

Accommodation : Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier – 4 Star

Meals Included : Breakfast

Included Activities :

Franz Joseph Visit

This morning, you’ll awaken in the welcoming town of Franz Josef, which serves as the gateway for exploring the glacier bearing the same name. This glacier descends from the Southern Alps and extends into the temperate rainforest, reaching just 300 meters above sea level.

Your journey today takes you south along the West Coast to Haast. From there, you’ll venture inland through Haast Pass, eventually arriving at the charming town of Wanaka. Continuing on your route, you’ll have the opportunity to visit Arrowtown, a picturesque and historically significant village, before reaching Queenstown.

Queenstown is a stunning alpine town nestled along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by dramatic mountain ranges. It’s a popular destination year-round, known for its distinct four seasons. Winter offers clear, blue-sky days, spring retains a touch of snow while transitioning into longer, warmer days, summer brings sunshine and extended twilight hours, and autumn paints the landscape with vibrant hues of red and gold.

Accommodation : Copthorne Hotel Queenstown Lakefront – 4 Star

Meals Included : Breakfast

Included Activities :

Visit to Arrowtown

As the sun rises on your last day of adventure, savor a delightful breakfast at your hotel in Queenstown. While it’s hard to say goodbye to the beauty of this remarkable place, today marks the beginning of your onward journey. Depart Queenstown with a heart full of cherished memories.

Meals Included : Breakfast

Inclusions & Exclusions

The tour price covers the following services:

Accomodation : 4 star hotels & Local lodges

Airport Transfer : Airport transfers for the included domestic flights on the tour

Flights : Domestic flight from Wellington to Christchurch

Meals : 8 Breakfast

Transportation : A/C Vehicles

Guide : Services of experienced Travel Talk local guides licenced by the Ministry of Tourism

Sightseeing :

Auckland, Hot Water Beach, Rotorua, Lake Taupo, Tongariro National Park, Wellington, Kaikoura, Reefton, Punakaiki, Greymouth, Tauranga Bay, Charlston, Punakaiki, Franz Josef, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Twizel, Mt Cook, Christchurch

What is NOT included in the tour price?

  • Any flights not mentioned above
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not stated above
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips & gestures
  • Entrance fees to the sights and museums
  • Optional activities
  • Other services not stated in the itinerary

Hotels & Accommodation

Solo travelers will be roomed with another solo traveler of the same gender in a twin or triple room or can upgrade to a solo room by paying the single supplement. You may choose the solo room option when booking online or contact us to arrange a private room. Your tour leader will allocate rooms upon arrival at the starting hotel in accordance with the rooming lists, last minute changes may not be guaranteed.

Sudima Auckland City – AUCKLAND 4 Star

Boasting a prime location, modern amenities, and a commitment to sustainability, Sudima Auckland City offers travelers a comfortable and eco-conscious stay in this vibrant urban destination.

Distinction Rotorua – ROTORUA 4 Star

Distinction Rotorua Hotel offers guests a comfortable and convenient stay in the heart of Rotorua, with easy access to the city’s renowned geothermal attractions and cultural experiences.

The Park Ruapehu – TONGARIRO Lodge

The Park Hotel Ruapehu is a charming accommodation nestled in the breathtaking landscapes of Tongariro National Park, providing a perfect base for exploring the stunning natural wonders of New Zealand’s North Island.

West Plaza Hotel – WELLINGTON 4 Star

The West Plaza Hotel is a stylish and centrally located establishment in the heart of Wellington, offering both leisure and business travelers a comfortable stay with easy access to the city’s attractions and amenities.

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier – FRANZ JOSEF 4 Star

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier offers guests a comfortable and scenic base for exploring the awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier and the surrounding Westland Tai Poutini National Park on New Zealand’s South Island.

Copthorne Hotel Queenstown Lakefront – QUEENSTOWN 4 Star

Copthorne Hotel Queenstown Lakefront offers travelers a picturesque lakeside retreat in the heart of Queenstown, New Zealand, with stunning views of Lake Wakatipu and easy access to the town’s vibrant dining, shopping, and outdoor adventure options.

Distinction Hotel Christchurch – CHRISTCHURCH – 4 Star

Distinction Hotel Christchurch offers travelers a modern and comfortable stay in the heart of Christchurch, New Zealand, with convenient access to the city’s attractions, including the vibrant cultural and dining scene.


Please note that entrance fees to sights and optional activities are not included in the tour price.

Optional Activities

Visit to Orakei Korako – NZD 47

Essential Information: New Zealand

Passport & Visas

If you are not from a visa-exempt country or if you plan to stay in New Zealand for a longer duration, you will typically need to apply for a visitor visa. This visa is suitable for tourists, family visits, and business trips. Some travelers may be exempt from obtaining a visa to enter New Zealand. These exemptions usually apply to citizens of visa waiver countries who intend to stay for a short period as tourists. Citizens of Australia do not require a visa to enter New Zealand.

Keep in mind that visa requirements can change, and the specific visa you need may depend on your nationality, the purpose of your visit, and other factors. Therefore, it’s crucial to consult the New Zealand Immigration website or contact the nearest New Zealand embassy or consulate to get the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding visa and passport requirements before planning your trip.

Passport validity entry requirements: Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond your intended date of departure from New Zealand.

Travel Advice

We are closely monitoring the latest travel updates to New Zealand and following the advice of the UK Foreign Office (FCDO). For the latest travel advice from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, please visit

We recommend all travellers to check their Government National Travel Advisory prior to their departure:

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Travel Insurance

All passengers travelling with Travel Talk are required to have personal travel insurance before participating in any of our tours. Your guide will collect your travel insurance details on the first day of your trip. It is your responsibility to make sure you have an adequate and suitable travel insurance for you in place, you may read more at

Health & Safety

The health and safety of our passengers, staff and communities visited is of utmost priority. As we monitor and comply with the official advice from the UK Foreign Office, as well as World Health Organization and government authorities regularly, we have implemented several policies and precautions on our tours for your wellbeing. You may find our Safe Travels Protocols at

Travel Talk Adventures has received the Safe Travels stamp by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), which allows travellers to recognise companies around the world that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols – so consumers canexperience ‘Safe Travels’.

Please make sure to regularly check your Government’s travel advice before travelling and be well-informed of any requirements. Your tour guide will also notify you of the regulations and protocols to follow throughout your trip with us.

Please note that if any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary or possess a potential risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, we reserve the right to remove them from all or part of a trip.

Please consult with your doctor for the latest medical travel information and any vaccinations you may need. We recommend that you bring any personal medical requirements and medications with you as these may be difficult to obtain while on tour.


New Zealand’s weather varies across its North and South Islands, but the best time to visit depends on your interests. The North Island enjoys warm summers (December to February), perfect for beach outings and city exploration, while mild autumns (March to May) and springs (September to November) offer fewer crowds and excellent conditions for outdoor activities. Winters (June to August) are mild in the North Island. In contrast, the South Island experiences picturesque autumns with colorful foliage, and its winters are ideal for skiing in the Southern Alps regions. Spring and autumn are often considered the best overall times to visit due to pleasant weather and fewer tourists, offering a balanced experience across both islands. Always be prepared for sudden weather changes in this diverse and stunning country.

Money Matters

Travelers to New Zealand will find a straightforward and well-equipped system for managing money matters. The official currency is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD), which is readily available in coins and banknotes. ATMs are widespread and accept major international debit and credit cards, making it convenient to withdraw local currency. Credit cards like Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted for various transactions, but carrying some cash is advisable, especially in smaller towns or remote areas. Currency exchange services are available at airports, banks, and exchange offices. Tipping is not common, but it’s appreciated for exceptional service. Overall, New Zealand offers a traveler-friendly environment for managing finances.

Eating & Drinking

New Zealand cuisine is a fusion of influences from Māori traditions, British heritage, and Pacific flavors. Seafood, including green-lipped mussels, crayfish, and various fish, is abundant due to the country’s extensive coastline. Lamb and venison are prominent meats, known for their quality. Māori dishes like hangi and indigenous ingredients like kumara offer a taste of the country’s heritage. Savory pies are a popular on-the-go snack, and New Zealand’s dairy products, including cheese and butter, are renowned. The country’s wine regions produce world-class Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay, while the cafe culture and coffee culture are thriving in urban areas. Overall, New Zealand’s cuisine celebrates fresh, locally sourced ingredients and offers a diverse culinary experience.

Hangi: A traditional Māori method of cooking where food, such as meat, root vegetables, and sometimes seafood, is slow-cooked in an earth oven. The result is tender and flavorful.

Pavlova: A popular dessert made from a meringue base topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit, typically strawberries, kiwifruit, and passionfruit. There’s often a friendly debate with Australia over who invented it.

Whitebait Fritters: Whitebait, tiny translucent fish, are mixed with egg and lightly pan-fried to create a delicate and delicious fritter.

Kumara: These sweet potatoes are often roasted, mashed, or made into fries, and they are a staple in New Zealand cuisine.

Manuka Honey: While not a traditional drink, Manuka honey is a unique New Zealand product known for its medicinal properties. It’s often used in hot drinks like tea to soothe sore throats.

Essentials to Bring & Internet

-Face mask/cover and hand sanitiser enough for your personal use throughout the trip – See more at

-Travel Documents: Passport, Visa (if required), flight or transport ticket (and photocopies)

-Travel Talk Tour Voucher (printed or digital)Travel Insurance Policy (and photocopy)

-Personal medical kit and medicine

-Money (cash, credit card, travellers’ cheques)

-Power Adapter

-Reusable water bottle

-Ear plugs and eye mask

-Sun protection – hat, sunglasses, sunscreen

-Comfortable, closed walking shoes

-Wind/water proof jacket

-Warm clothes, hat, and gloves for cold weather

-Sandals, swimwear, shorts for warm weather

Internet Access

Internet access in New Zealand is widespread and generally reliable, particularly in urban areas where high-speed broadband connections are common. Wireless and mobile internet services are well-developed, with 4G and 5G networks providing coverage across much of the country. Public Wi-Fi is readily available in cafes, restaurants, and public spaces in major cities. While satellite internet serves remote and rural areas, it may offer slower speeds. Data caps on some plans should be considered, and costs vary based on location and connection type. Overall, New Zealand provides adequate internet access for most travelers and residents, with the quality and speed varying depending on location and provider.

Culture, Religion, and Traditions

New Zealand’s culture is a rich tapestry woven from the threads of its diverse population and a deep connection to its stunning natural landscapes. The country’s indigenous culture is embodied by the Māori people, who arrived in New Zealand over a thousand years ago. Māori culture is celebrated through art, music, dance (such as the haka), and traditional ceremonies like the powhiri (welcome) and hangi (earth oven cooking). New Zealand is also a multicultural society, with people from various ethnic backgrounds contributing to its cultural mosaic. Religion in New Zealand is diverse, with Christianity being the predominant faith, but there is also a growing number of people who identify as non-religious or practice other faiths, including Hinduism, Islam, and Buddhism. Kiwis, as New Zealanders are known, take pride in their outdoor lifestyle, and many traditions revolve around nature, such as hiking (known as tramping), barbecues (known as “kiwi barbies”), and celebrating Waitangi Day, which marks the signing of New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi. Overall, New Zealand’s culture is a blend of indigenous heritage, multicultural influences, and a deep respect for the environment.

Etiquette and How to Dress

New Zealanders are known for their friendly and relaxed demeanor, and etiquette in the country reflects this laid-back attitude. Politeness and respect are highly valued, so saying “please” and “thank you” is customary. When meeting someone for the first time, a firm handshake is a typical greeting. New Zealanders generally maintain a casual and informal style, so you’ll find that dressing comfortably is more important than formal attire. In urban areas, such as Auckland and Wellington, business-casual attire is common for work settings, but a more casual dress code is the norm in most other situations. However, when visiting Māori marae (meeting grounds) or attending formal events, it’s advisable to dress more conservatively. As New Zealand experiences diverse weather, it’s also practical to dress in layers, as temperatures can change quickly, especially in the South Island’s mountainous regions. Overall, blending comfort with respect for the occasion is the key to dressing appropriately in New Zealand.

Solo Travellers

We have many solo travellers joining our tours. Solo travellers will be roomed with another traveller of the same gender. If you would like a private solo room, please contact us. You may see out solo travels page for more details.

Rules to Follow

We are committed to ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. We do not tolerate any form of violence (physical or verbal), bullying or harassment involving customers, partners, Travel Talk staff or locals. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a passenger are forbidden.

We will not tolerate any illegal activity, including but not limited to: use and possession of illegal drugs, trespassing, and disrupting public order. If you consume alcohol, please ensure that you drink responsibly and follow the local laws and regulations.

You must follow the advice of your tour leader and local officials regarding health and safety measures. We operate all tours under Safe Travels protocols for the wellbeing of our passengers, staff and communities visited. Please ensure that you have read the and are fully prepared for your trip.

If someone is acting inappropriately regarding these matters, please notify your tour leader immediately or contact us on the emergency contact number provided below.

Your tour leader has the right to remove from the group anyone not abiding by these rules, with no right of compensation or refund. See more at

Please remember that our travellers come from different parts of the world and will have various needs and preferences. Be understanding and patient with your fellow travellers, and always strive to be on time.

Responsible Travel

We believe that travel is a force for good and show our support through various initiatives and charity organizations, as well as keeping the principals of responsible and sustainable travel at the core of our ethos. These values are engrained in our business culture and the design of our trips just the same. Together with you, we strive to make a positive impact on local people and economies, respecting the local culture, environment, social fabric and customs; encouraging respectful and meaningful cross-cultural exchange. Read more at

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