Ultimate Small Group Tours promise more than just a holiday, inviting you to uncover the authentic side of New Zealand and connect with the nation’s heritage as you explore both destination highlights and hidden gems.

Widely regarded as ‘Business Class on wheels’, Ultimate coaches are famed for their superlative comfort on the road, accommodating a maximum of 20 passengers with plush, leather reclining seating. Panoramic windows allow guests to take in mesmerising views as they travel, with an adjustable headrest, wooden timber tray and ample storage space.

View the full details of the 16 Day Ultimate Explorer from our brochure here

Featured Hotels*

Christchurch: The George

Mt Cook: The Hermitage Hotel

Dunedin: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Te Anau: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Queenstown: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Fox Glacier: Distinction Fox Glacier

Wellington: InterContinental Wellington

Rotorua: Regent of Rotorua

Bay of Islands: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

Auckand: Crowne Plaza Auckland

*Hotels are subject to change

Highlights & Inclusions

  • Guided tour of Larnach Castle
  • Milford Sound nature cruise and lunch
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry
  • Visit Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum
  • Skyline Rotorua Gondola and Luge Ride
  • Thermal mud pools and geysers guided tour
  • Te Puia Traditional Mãori Hãngi and Concert
  • Hole in the Rock Cruise including Island Stopover
  • City tour of Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington & Auckland


Christchurch, New Zealand


Getting there

Arrival Airport

Christchurch International Airport

Approximate flight times

London to Christchurch 25 hours

Time difference

GMT +12



There isn't a bad time to visit the South Island. The summer months (December to February) boast the best weather, while the cooler spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May) seasons are the ideal time to enjoy lots of the activities on offer. In the winter (June to August), head south to Queenstown hills for skiing and snowboarding.



16 Day Ultimate Explorer

Christchurch, New Zealand