Tour Date: 25 January to 5 March 2022Location: New Zealand

We are just asking for expressions of interest on this tour.

This will be PTG’s sixth tour to New Zealand and our most comprehensive yet. All of our tours have been researched and led by Stephen Martin in association with the various travel boards around New Zealand. This is a real opportunity to seeing this wonderful country in depth. The tour is deliberately broken into three equal sections allowing you to either enjoy the full six weeks or to concentrate on the areas of New Zealand that particularly interest you. As with our previous New Zealand tours arrangements can be made to leave or join the tour at points convenient to you, for example in the past some people have combined participating in the tour with seeing relatives. Our aim is to enjoy in New Zealand at the time of year when the weather is at its best and we travel in style with four-star hotels and lots of included meals and visits to wineries. One of the highlights the tour is that time we spend in Napier timed for the Art Deco Festival which only occurs once a year and our accommodation was booked five years ago such is the demand on the limited quality accommodation for the festival.

If this tour is of interest, please email Stephen Martin on smart@ptg.co.uk and we will send you a full programme and costings once they are available.

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Tour Highlights


  • Great hotels
  • Napier Art Deco Festival
  • North and South Island
  • Stewart Island
  • Milford Sound nature cruise
  • Queenstown
  • Kingston Flyer steam train
  • Several preserved railways
  • Tranz Alpine train
  • Bay of Islands (option)
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  • Gallery
  • Transport & Accommodation

The tour starts in Nelson on the South Island and our time here will include a full-day visit to the fantastic Abel Tasman National Park with a ranger guide and a visit to several of the wineries. We depart Nelson heading for the west coast of the South Island stopping for a jet boat ride. We headed down by the stunningly beautiful West Coast stopping at Franz Josef to see the glacier and at “Shanty Town” with the opportunity of a steam train ride. From Franz Josef we travel through what is probably the most attractive coastline in New Zealand making our way to Wanaka where we will have a four-wheel drive tour before moving on to Invercargill stopping at the both an aircraft and transport museum on route. Invercargill is the most southerly point on the mainland and from we will take the ferry to Stewart Island where it’s possible to go on a night safari for wild kiwi. On our return the following day to the mainland we will visit a petrified forest before returning to Invercargill. The next day we head into Fiord Land National Park staying at Te Anau allowing us a full day at Milford Sound including a nature cruise, a spectacular highlight. Returning to Te Anau the following day includes a visit to the Glow Worm Caves and if it is running the preserved Kingston flyer, a steam train which is currently being restored. Arriving in Queenstown we have a wonderful evening trip on the Earnshaw a vintage steamship including a farm visit and dinner. The following day which concludes the first section of our New Zealand tour includes a visit to Gibbston Valley wines before going by coach to Dunedin.

The core central tour starts in Dunedin (and clients can join us here) and on the first day we have wonderful trips on to preserved railways of the Gorge railway and the Ocean Beach Railway. The following day there is an opportunity for any further train ride on The Seasider Train and in the afternoon, we will visit Larnach Castle and the opportunity to get close to albatrosses and penguins. We are then head to Christchurch and have the opportunity to visit three preserved railways on route. Our centrally located hotel enables you, the following day, to explore this wonderful city or join us and on the Weka Pass railway and lunch at a winery. In the evening there is a wonderful tour of Christchurch by a tramcar with an included meal. The next day provides another highlight with a full day on the Tranz Alpine train passing through the Alps to Greymouth and returning to Christchurch, a spectacular journey. The following day gives us another wonderful train ride on the Coastal Pacific train heading up to Picton. On the next day we have a private cruise to a pearl farm and, in the afternoon, we have a visit to one of the best aircraft museums in the world. Not forgetting this is an area of many wineries the following day gives us a tour to two different vineyards. After that, we are saying goodbye to the South Island and catch the ferry from Picton to Wellington where we will overnight. Subject to confirmation the following day we will take the once-a-year charter train from Wellington to Napier where we will have three days to enjoy all the events at the festival. Additionally, we have a meal at the Mission Estate winery and of the second part of our tour concludes here with the option of returning home via Napier Airport or travel on the Art Deco train back to Wellington and return to the UK from there.

For those of us coming on to explore the northern part of the North Island which becomes increasingly semitropical we will depart by coach to Gisborne enjoying a Gisborne railway excursion on route. The next day there is the opportunity for sunrise tour to the most westerly point of New Zealand, an opportunity for sting ray-feeding and wine tour with lunch. the next two days also give us an opportunity to familiarise ourselves with the Maori culture. We planned to enjoy two days cruising off the coast, one to the volcanic White Island and the following day to Moutohora island with a guided nature walk and hot water beach before moving on Rotorua where we have a redwood tree walk. We have a full day exploring the many volcanic and Maori highlights of this area before heading to Auckland. We have allowed a full day in Auckland for self-exploration and dinner in the famous Sky Tower revolving restaurant. The following day we head to the unique Bay of Islands in the far north of the country with some nature stops on the way. Our time in the Bay of Islands includes a trip on the Bay of Islands vintage railway and an opportunity learn much more about Maori culture including a visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. A cruise through the Hole in the Rock and the opportunity to spot dolphins and having been to the furthest point on the South Island there is an opportunity of going to the furthest point on the North Island before the following day returning to Auckland and a farewell dinner by the Harbour side.

This is truly a once in a lifetime experience, a spectacular tour which will provide many incredible memories particularly if you are able to join us for the full tour. A full itinerary and pricing details will be available in due course and will be posted on our website.

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If this tour is of interest, please email Stephen Martin on smart@ptg.co.uk and we will send you a full programme and costings once they are available.

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