18 Day New Zealand Panorama Guided Tour


Travel the length of New Zealand on one of our most popular coach tour itineraries. In the North Island, experience sightseeing tours of Auckland and Wellington and enjoy the Bay of Islands Hole in the Rock cruise. Down in the South Island, enhance your holiday enjoyment by choosing an optional excursion helicopter flight in the Glacier region.  During the course of our Panorama tour you will have free time in Paihia (Bay of Islands), Rotorua, Queenstown and Dunedin so you have time to either sit back and relax or choose one of the many different and diverse optional excursions


Package Includes:

  • 17 nights’ accommodation total (starts in Christchurch, ends in Auckland)
  • 17 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 14 dinners
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Professional coach captain/guide & hotel porterage
  • Airport transfers
  • Milford Scenic Cruise
  • Authentic Maori Village, Hangi & Cultural Performance
  • Coast to Coast TransAlpine Train Journey
  • All sightseeing, tours and entrance fees as shown in itinerary below
  • All taxes & fees



Price Per Person:



*Price is per person, based on double occupancy.

*Price is land only, including various tours and entrance fees, and does NOT include international airfare

*Valid for travel: 25 Sept 2018 - 24 May 2019




Full Itinerary:


Day 1

  • “Haere Mai”.... Welcome to New Zealand. A tour representative will greet you at the airport with transport waiting to take you to your downtown Auckland hotel.

Day 2

  • Travel across the Auckland Harbour Bridge and drive north to Paihia in the Bay of Islands.
  • On arrival, meet your local Maori guide who will provide insight into the local history before visiting Waitangi, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori people and the British.
  • Later this afternoon, board your launch for the scenic cruise to the Cape Brett Lighthouse and the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’

Day 3

  • A free day to explore and enjoy the beauty of the Bay of Islands. Your Coach Captain will happily assist with arranging optional activities for you.

Day 4

  • Leaving Paihia, travel south through Whangarei to Warkworth and on to Auckland.
  • Visit the Sky Tower, at 328m the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere and enjoy panoramic 360 degree views across the city and its two majestic harbours.

Day 5

  • Today begins with a visit to the Agrodome to see a unique New Zealand farm show.
  • Visit Rainbow Springs to learn about native flora and fauna, including the famous Kiwi bird. This is followed by the spectacular Skyline Gondola which offers superb views over the city, lake and mountains and for those wanting a little excitement, why not try a Luge ride with our compliments.
  • You will experience a traditionally prepared Maori Hangi (feast) followed by a cultural performance featuring Maori songs, chants and dance including the stirring haka.

Day 6

  • View the mighty Huka Falls and the Wairakei Geothermal project and then Lake Taupo, the largest in New Zealand!
  • Continue on to Napier, often regarded as the world’s Art Deco capital. On arrival, enjoy a locally guided walking tour of the city.

Day 7

  • Orchards and vineyards give way to farmland through the rural heartland of the Wairarapa region. Stop at historic Greytown to view excellent examples of Victorian colonial architecture.

Day 8

  • From Wellington join the Interislander Ferry for a scenic cruise to the South Island
  • Continue south to the alpine resort town of Hanmer Springs, renowned for its therapeutic natural thermal waters.

Day 9

  • Stroll around the village and enjoy entry into the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools with its naturally heated thermal mineral waters.
  • Later today, you’ll make the short drive to the Garden City of Christchurch and visit the International Antarctic Centre

Day 10

  • Cross the Canterbury Plains with the Southern Alps to the west.
  • Visit Mt Cook National Park, with time to enjoy the scenic majesty of New Zealand’s highest snow-capped peaks!

Day 11

  • Travel down the Waitaki Valley to the Whitestone township of Oamaru.
  • Stop to view the mystical Moeraki Boulders, then on to Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South. 

Day 12

  • Enjoy spectacular views across the Otago Peninsula as you travel to Larnach Castle. On your guided tour, learn about its tragic and mysterious history.
  • Depart Dunedin and head inland, crossing rich farmlands to the agricultural towns of Gore and Lumsden, before arriving at the shores of Lake Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland National Park.

Day 13

  • Follow the Hollyford Valley before descending into the Cleddau Canyon.
  • Cruise the entire length of the fiord and enjoy the on-board commentary that gives you detailed information on the region’s history, flora and fauna as you view spectacular waterfalls, towering mountains and wildlife

Day 14

  • Continue north to Kingston, then skirt around the shores of Lake Wakatipu to the picturesque alpine resort of Queenstown. This evening, cruise across the lake aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw before reaching the Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner.

Day 15

  • Today is a free day to experience this magnificent resort.
  • Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure and leisure activities and your Coach Captain can assist with any optional activities you would like to do.

Day 16

  • Pass picturesque Lake Hayes on the way to Arrowtown, an area steeped in fascinating history.
  • Stop at Wanaka, a picture postcard resort on the lakes edge with a spectacular mountain backdrop. View the untouched wilderness and pristine lakes of the Mt Aspiring and Westland National Parks before arriving on the West Coast, home to the twin glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef

Day 17

  • At Hokitika, stop to visit a Pounamu (also known as Greenstone or Jade) factory. Pounamu is considered a treasure in Maori culture and is seen as a sign of status and power.
  • At Greymouth, board the famous TranzAlpine Train. Renowned as one of the most scenic train journeys in the world, this coast to coast rail adventure will take you through the Southern Alps, over massive viaducts, river valleys and gorges

Day 18

  • Depart Christchurch... ask us how you can stay longer in New Zealand, or perhaps visit Australia too?




Terms & Conditions:-

Valid for travel as indicated in the chart above. All bookings are subject to availability at time of booking.  Price advertised is land only and does not include international airfare from Canada; airfare needs to be added on additionally.  Prices advertised are subject to change without notice until such time as the package is booked and paid for.  Downunder Travel Ltd. is the agent/broker in this equation and for that reason is not responsible for any issues or incidents which result in clients expenditure outside of the package booked paid for and agreed upon. Please advise your Downunder Travel Specialist should you be traveling on anything other than a Canadian or U.S. passport. Airfare, taxes & fuel surcharges component of package must be paid in full at time of booking at which time the airfare becomes non-refundable. We highly recommend that all passengers protect themselves with cancellation / interruption insurance which will cover them against cancellations due to non pre-existing medical conditions which cause them penalties or other expenses. We also highly recommend medical insurance for any travel outside of your home province. Your Downunder Travel Specialist can assist with both Cancellation/Interruption Insurance and Medical Insurance.