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A Journey through New Zealand
Commences Auckland 11 February and ends in Christchurch 01 March 2020

  • Bay of Islands
    Bay of Islands
  • Auckland
  • Mitre Peak, Milford Sound
    Mitre Peak, Milford Sound
  • Queenstown
  • Program Status Guaranteed Departure
  • Price AUD 9,990
  • Program Code GCTNZ20
  • Single Supplement AUD 2,550
  • Program Leader Louise Shave
  • Activity Rating Easy

Tour Itinerary

  • 19 Nights 
    • 3 - Auckland 
    • 2 - Bay of Islands
    • 2 - Rotorua
    • 2 - Napier
    • 3 - Wellington
    • 3 - Queenstown
    • 1 - Mt Cook
    • 3 - Christchurch

Commences Auckland 11 February and ends in Christchurch 01 March 2020

Tour Highlights

  • A scenic tour of cosmopolitan Auckland, including the Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • A ferry trip to tranquil Waiheke Island off Auckland
  • Visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Cruise across the spectacular Bay of Islands to Cape Brett and the Hole in the Rock
  • Discover geothermal Rotorua and enjoy a traditional ‘hangi’ and a Maori cultural performance
  • Enjoy a Kiwi encounter at Rainbow Springs Nature Park
  • A guided Art Deco walking tour of Napier and a wine tasting at one of New Zealand's earliest and most successful vineyards
  • Experience New Zealand’s incredible natural history at Zealandia in Wellington
  • Guided tour of Parliament in Wellington
  • Cruise the magnificent Milford Sound
  • Ride a gondola up to Queenstown’s Skyline Restaurant with dinner and spectacular views over the iconic Remarkable Mountains
  • Cruise across Lake Wakatipu to a working sheep farm
  • Discover the beauty of World Heritage-listed Aoraki Mount Cook National Park
  • Scenic ride on the famous TranzApline train through the Southern Alps
  • Explore the wonders of Antarctica at the International Antarctic Centre

Tour Overview

‘Haere Mai’ – Welcome to New Zealand, a small country which punches well above its weight for its spectacular alpine terrain, its rich Maori culture, volcanic and thermal regions, glacial fiords, fertile farmland, sheep, cows, sauvignon blanc and its very friendly people (including those fanatical rugby fans!)

We begin our journey in Auckland, where we are introduced to this cosmopolitan city. We visit one of Auckland's 47 islands, Waiheke Island, which boasts beautiful beaches, bohemian artists and award-winning vineyards, olive groves and restaurants. In 2015, Lonely Planet rated this island the fifth best destination in the world to visit. We then head north a few hours to the beautiful Bay of Islands at the north-eastern tip of New Zealand where early European contact occurred. Here we visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds where the 1840 Treaty, (New Zealand's founding document), was signed. Weather permitting, we cruise the turquoise waters of this stunning region and view the iconic ‘Hole in the Rock’ at Cape Brett.

Our journey continues as we travel through some of the country's richest farmland to Rotorua, where the turbulent forces that formed New Zealand are most evident. Rotorua has one of the world’s most lively fields of geothermal activity - boiling mud pools, bubbling hot springs and geysers will amaze you. We visit Te Puia, New Zealand’s Maori Arts & Crafts Centre where we learn about the initiatives to keep alive the strong indigenous traditions of carving and weaving. In the evening we enjoy a traditional Hangi meal. We will visit a kiwi hatchery to see some of these amazing birds and meet some of the dedicated people who work on this program.

We continue to the Hawkes Bay region to enjoy the delights of Art Deco Napier, a city surrounded by orchards and vineyards. There will be time to enjoy some wine sampling at New Zealand’s oldest winery. We then fly to chic Wellington where we take a guided tour of the city including a visit to Parliament and experience more of New Zealand’s natural history at Zealandia. A short flight takes us to Queenstown in the South Island, stunningly located by a picture-perfect lake and surrounded by the Southern Alps. Included is a cruise on glistening Lake Wakatipu and an unforgettable dinner atop a mountain! We take a day trip to visit World Heritage listed Fjordland National Park and cruise the famous Milford Sound, described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘Eighth Natural Wonder of the World.’

We travel through rugged but beautiful Central Otago and the Mackenzie Country renowned for its incredibly clear starry nights, brilliant sunny days, remarkable turquoise lakes, wide-open golden grasslands, valleys of emerald green and snow-capped mountains. We overnight at The Hermitage Hotel, set in an idyllic location in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park.

Our incredible journey concludes in the garden city of Christchurch, but not before we enjoy a train journey through the mighty Southern Alps on the famous TranzAlpine to Greymouth.

Tour Inclusions

    • 19 nights in en-suited hotel accommodation
    • Typical local breakfast daily, 9 lunches and 12 dinners
    • Touring by comfortable and modern coaches
    • 2 internal flights: Napier - Wellington, Wellington - Queenstown
    • Transport, lectures and field trips as indicated
    • Applicable entry fees and permits
    • Services of a Program Leader
    • Gratuities and necessary tips
    • Detailed Program Information Booklet

Louise Shave

Golden Compass France Ireland Scotland Tour Leader Louise Shave

Louise Shave graduated from the University of Auckland, in Languages, History and Music and with a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching.

She has a passion for her chosen subjects and really enjoys sharing with travellers the history and culture of countries in which she has lived or experienced. The extensive time she has recently spent living in both France and Ireland has given her an in-depth knowledge of those particular countries. She is a fluent speaker of French.

For the past 14 years, she has led many outbound programmes, especially in Europe, the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, Ireland, India, Bhutan and Nepal. She is much in demand as a guest speaker.

For six years, Louise and her husband explored the waterways of Europe on their 20 metre converted Dutch Barge. Not content with river travel, they also sailed a 10 metre boat across the Irish Sea and then back to England. Three years were spent in Ireland on the canals and rivers, with numerous adventures, followed by more time around the coast and in the English waterways.

As well as those noted above, her interests include art, architecture, theatre, film, reading, trekking, and, not least, her family!


Most of the cities and towns visited on this program can be explored by coach, where walking tours are relatively short and generally on the flat and all hotels have lifts with easily accessible rooms.
All our programs naturally involve some walking in order to discover better the places visited and, although we arrange porterage where this is available, participants are expected to be able to handle their own bags. Our program leaders will always try to make as much of the program as possible available for those who find walking longer distances, uphill or down steps difficult but, in same places, this cannot always be avoided.

If you have any concerns at all about your level of fitness, please do not hesitate to talk to us and discuss further with the experts who know the particular demands of each program.

Register your interest early

Golden Compass’s Tours educational travel programs are only available by booking direct with Golden Compass Tours. This gives you a cost saving and dealing direct with the specialist who actually arranges your tour on the ground.

Follow these simple steps to secure your place on one of our unique tours:

  1. Select the program or programs you are interested in joining, make a note of the program code that appears next to the program price (eg: GCTAD17) and call us on 1800 132 385 to check availability and hold an option.
  2. Access the Golden Compass booking form here.
  3. Complete the details you have available (we understand your flights and travel insurance details may not be confirmed when you make your booking).
  4. Print and sign your form, then simply scan and email your form direct to info@goldencompasstours.com.au. If you prefer you can post it to our Australian postal address at:

  Golden Compass, PO Box 163, Keiraville, NSW 2500, Australia.

Please note we require a deposit of AUD500 per person per program with the full balance for each tour being due 80 days prior to the start of your program.

Once the deposit payment has been taken you will then be sent your confirmation letter either by email or post (as you prefer). An invoice for the balance will be issued to you 12 weeks prior to the departure of your first tour or tours. Full payment by MasterCard, Visa or electronic bank transfer is required 80 days prior to the start of your tour. Payment will be charged by Golden Compass Tours from you in Australian dollars.

If you need any assistance, please call our Freecall number on 1800 132 385.