Ideal for those wanting a taste of the country on a limited time budget. It focuses on the country’s two most popular destinations, super liveable Auckland, and the outdoor adventure capital, Queenstown.
- Round trip airfare to Auckland and return from Queenstown with Air New Zealand
- 4 nights hotel in Auckland
- Hop on Hop off Auckland Explorer Tour
- Waiheke Island Explorer Tour
- 3 nights hotel in Queenstown
- Skyline Gondola Ride with free upgrade to Buffet Lunch
- Airport transfers
- Gratuities unless otherwise stated
- Optional excursions
- Beverages unless otherwise stated
- Tourist Visa fees
- Park fees
|Vancouver||Economy Hotels||Moderate Hotels||First Class Hotels|
|Nov 1-30, Feb 17-Mar 31||from $2499||from $2699||from $2769|
|Dec 1-10, Jan 13-Feb 16||from $2999||from $3199||from $3299|
|Dec 11-Jan 12||from $3499||from $3599||from $3699|
|Taxes and service charges||$300||$300||$300|
|Victoria, Nanaimo, Kamloops, Kamloops, Edmonton, Calgary from $110 more|
|Regina, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax from $375 more|
Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply, pricing also based on flights Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri, if travelling on a Fri/Sat/Sun a weekend surcharge will apply.
Economy Hotels: Ibis Budget Auckland Centre, Heartland Hotel Queenstown or similar
Moderate Hotels: Adina Apartment Hotel Auckland, Copthorne Hotel, Resort Queenstown Lakefront or similar
First Class Hotel: Grand Millennium Hotel Auckland, Amora Hotel Auckland, Millennium Hotel Queenstown or similar
Day 1 – Depart North America
Depart from North America on board Air New Zealand
Day 2 – Cross the International Dateline
You will lose a day, which is regained on the return journey.
Day 3 – Arrive Auckland
On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is at leisure. Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand on the North Island, is known as the “City of Sails” due to its attractive harbour, home to thousands of sailing boats. It occupies a narrow isthmus between the harbour and the sea. It also has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world.
This modern city combines urban with beautiful beaches, hiking trails, islands and a rugged West Coast. For amazing views of the city, visit the Skytower, the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere or Mount Eden, an extinct volcano crater and the highest point in Auckland.
Accommodation: 4 nights
Economy – Ibis Budget Auckland Centre or similar
Moderate – Adina Apartment Hotel Auckland or similar
First Class – Grand Millennium Hotel Auckland, Amora Hotel Auckland or similar
Day 4 – Auckland Hop on Hop Off Explorer Tour
Today you will enjoy the Auckland Hop On Hop Off Explorer, an all day sightseeing tour visiting Auckland’s Big 14 Attractions with full commentary.
Buses leave every 30 minutes from and the all-day bus pass allows you to get on and off all day with the same pass. The tour visits a number of Auckland attractions including SkyCity, Auckland Museum, Parnell Village, Kelly Tarlton’s, Auckland waterfront, Mount Eden and Auckland Zoo just to name a few (entry fees not included).
Day 5 – Waiheke Island Explorer Tour
Be introduced to Waiheke on the Fullers Explorer Tour, a picturesque 35 minutes boat trip followed by 1.5 hour scenic highlight tour of Waiheke’s stunning locations. Cruise to Waiheke through the glorious Hauraki Gulf, on arrival you will be met by an experienced guide who will give you a taste of the views, culture and history that make up the diverse Island of Waiheke. On conclusion of the tour, take advantage of the complimentary All Day Bus Pass allowing you to either return to a destination on the tour or discover the island further on the Waiheke Island scheduled bus services.
Day 6 – Day at leisure
Today is free to explore Auckland at your leisure. We highly recommend an excursion to the Bay of Islands or the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua (additional cost applies)
Day 7 – Depart Auckland for Queenstown
You will be transferred back to the airport for your flight to Queenstown. Upon arrival in Queenstown you will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s top travel destinations and the gateway to some of New Zealand’s best natural scenery.
The city is small yet energetic and sits right next to the crystal clear Lake Wakatipu with an amazing backdrop of mountain ranges. It is also a centre for adventure pursuits. Visitors can experience a diverse range of activities including opportunities to bungee jump, sky dive, jet boat, plus go horseback riding and river rafting all within the nearby magnificent landscapes.
Accommodation: 3 nights
Economy – Heartland Hotel Queenstown or similar
Moderate – Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront or similar
First Class – Millennium Hotel Queenstown or similar
Day 8 – Skyline Gondola with Free Buffet Lunch
Marvel at the stunning views as you ride the Skyline Queenstown Gondola – the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere! Sit back and relax as the best views in the region unfold before your eyes and the Gondola carries you 450 metres above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu to the top of Bob’s Peak. En route you will enjoy a spectacular 220 degree panorama, with breath taking views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Walter Peak, Cecil Peak and over Queenstown. On arrival purpose built viewing platforms and outdoor terraces provide great photo opportunities. Then enjoy the famous Taste of New Zealand buffet which offers delectable fresh seafood, salads, roast meats and delicious desserts, while the panoramic view from the windows will captivate you.
Day 9 – Day at leisure
Today is free to explore Queenstown at your leisure, we highly recommend an excursion to majestic Milford Sound (additional cost applies)
Day 10 – Depart Queenstown for North America
Return to the airport for your flight home. Crossing the international dateline, you regain the day and arrive the same day at your hometown!
Canadian passport holders entering New Zealand will need to get an electronic travel authority before their arrival, even if they are transiting to another country.
You will not be allowed to travel to New Zealand if you do not have a visa or an NZeTA.
You can apply online https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/nzeta
You may also have to pay an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). The IVL costs NZD $35 and is paid at the same time as the NZeTA.
An NZeTA request costs NZD $9 on our free app, or NZD $12 if completed online.
Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the date you expect to leave from New Zealand
If you prefer Travel Best Bets will issue your New Zealand visas for $25 CAD per person (plus the Visa coss) after providing your agent with the required information.