21 Day New Zealand & Samoa

Explore the best of both countries in one epic trip.
Samoa Pacific Islands
To Sua Ocean Trench
Milford Sound
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Kayaking at the seabreeze resort in Saoa
Seabreeze Lagoon view Samoa

21 Day New Zealand & Samoa

Beginning in the adventurous alpine resort Queenstown, for a customized tour of New Zealand's stunning landscapes, charming towns, and cultural experiences. Relax and enjoy the beauty of Samoa at the Seabreeze Resort for 5 days a true oasis of tranquility.

Duration: 21

Starts: Queenstown, New Zealand

Finishes: Apia, Samoa

+ Absolute Chauffer Inclusions:
  • Professional Driver/Guide
  • Dedicated Travel designer
  • Full In-Country Support
Your Experiences:
  1. Fly & Cruise Milford Sound
  2. Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight – Fox & Franz
  3. Tranz Alpine Rail Journey
  4. Private Day Sailing in the Abel Tasman
  5. Tū Te Rā – Maori Summer Harvest Feast
  6. Private Tour of Hobbiton
  7. Swim the Sua Trench
Your Locations:
  1. Queenstown
  2. Milford Sound
  3. Wanaka
  4. Franz Josef
  5. Christchurch
  6. Kaikoura
  7. Blenheim
  8. Nelson
  9. Rotorua
  10. Auckland
  11. Upolu Samoa

Day by day tour itinerary

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Queenstown, New Zealand

Today you will be transferred to Sydney Airport to fly to Queenstown New Zealand, on arrival transfer to your hotel

Today is an exciting day as you depart from the bustling Sydney International Airport to embark on a journey to the picturesque Queenstown, New Zealand. This charming destination is renowned for its natural beauty and adventurous activities that attract visitors from all over the world. As you make your way to Queenstown, get ready to witness stunning landscapes, experience thrilling outdoor pursuits, and indulge in delectable cuisine. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing getaway or an action-packed holiday, Queenstown has something to offer everyone. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure!

Milford Sound

Drive to and Fly back from Milford Sound - experience the full beauty of Fiordland

The journey begins with a comfortable coach ride from Queenstown, where you’ll be mesmerized by the stunning scenery of the Fiordland National Park. Once you reach Milford Sound, you’ll embark on a leisurely cruise along the pristine waters, surrounded by majestic peaks, waterfalls, and wildlife. The highlight of the trip is a scenic flight over the Southern Alps, where you’ll witness unparalleled views of the stunning scenery from a unique vantage point. This exhilarating adventure is an experience of a lifetime, perfect for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.

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    Approximate Distance: 287 km

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    Total Driving Time: 4 hours

Milford Sound Haven Cruise
Wanaka Day Tour

Cruise to Lake Mou Waho and High Country Station by 4WD

Maximize your day in Wanaka with this guided nature encounter that offers a diverse range of activities. Start your day by cruising on the crystal-clear waters of Lake Wanaka, heading towards the Mou Waho Island Nature Reserve. A guided walk through the island’s trails leads you to a breathtaking summit, where you’ll discover the island’s unique feature – a lake on top of an island!

Get up close and personal with rare native birds, including weka, wood pigeon, and bellbird while enjoying a delightful ‘high tea.’ Take part in an eco-friendly experience by planting a tree on the island.

After lunch at one of Wanaka’s exceptional cafes (at your own expense), embark on a leisurely 4WD tour of a local sheep station to uncover the hidden secrets of Wanaka’s high country. This activity-packed tour is a must-do for nature enthusiasts who want to experience the best of Wanaka in a day.

Mou Waho island
Relax in Queenstown

Take the Skyline view and private Onsen Hot Pools

Experience a relaxing day in Queenstown, New Zealand, with a visit to the Skyline Gondola and the Onsen hot pools. Start your day with a scenic ride on the Skyline Gondola, which offers stunning views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu.

Later, unwind and relax in a private bathing experience at the Onsen hot pools. Immerse yourself in the therapeutic mineral waters while soaking in the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. This unique and tranquil experience is the perfect way to end your stay in Queenstown.

Queenstown Hot Pools
Queenstown to Franz Josef

Travel from Queenstown to Franz Josef over the Haast Pass for breathtaking views.

Today your driver will collect you as you embark on a breathtaking journey through the Haast Pass while driving from Queenstown to Franz Josef. The route offers an incredible display of natural beauty, with picturesque mountains, crystal-clear rivers, and dense forests lining the way. The journey takes you through remote and untouched areas of New Zealand, where you’ll experience stunning waterfalls, glacial lakes, and rugged terrain. This scenic drive is the perfect way to explore the wilderness of the South Island and offers numerous opportunities to stop and take in the stunning views along the way.

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Twin Glacier Helicopter Trip

Have a birds eye view over Franz and Fox Glacier with snow landing

Fly over Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier on a spectacular helicopter tour that includes a landing right on the snow. Seeing both glaciers on a single helicopter flight offers an incredible perspective and understanding of New Zealand’s massive ice sheets, and you touch down on one of the glaciers to snap up-close photographs of the frozen terrain.

  • Spectacular aerial views of Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier
  • The live pilot commentary points out landmarks and unique features below
  • Walkout onto the snow after an exciting glacier landing
  • Bring home photographs of the glaciers and the stunning Southern Alps
Photo by Belle Hunt on Unsplash
Tranz Alpine Train Journey

Take one of the world's great train journeys across the Main Divide to Christchurch

Travelling from Franz Josef to Greymouth involves a picturesque drive along the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. The route winds through lush rainforest and past stunning glacier-fed rivers. Upon arrival in Greymouth, board the Tranz Alpine train, which is a scenic journey through the Southern Alps to Christchurch. The train passes through towering mountain ranges, stunning gorges, and across remote valleys, providing breathtaking views of the Canterbury Plains and the braided Waimakariri River. The journey is a highlight of any New Zealand South Island itinerary, showcasing the natural beauty of the region.

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    1 night at The George

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    Approximate Distance: 171km

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    Total Driving Time: 2 hours 30 mins

Christchurch to Kaikoura

Your driver will take you today to Kaikoura - known as the Serengeti of the ocean

Your driver will collect you from The George Hotel and take the scenic route north to Kaikoura. The journey takes visitors through a picturesque wine country, passing by lush vineyards, rolling hills, and stunning mountain ranges. Guests can also stop at several wineries along the way to sample some of the region’s famous wines. Afterward, the journey continues to Kaikoura, where guests can enjoy spectacular coastal views and unique marine wildlife experiences, such as whale watching or swimming with dolphins.

Whale Watching

See several species of whale and marine mammals, and pelagic seabirds on this informative day out

A Kaikoura whale watching tour is an exciting adventure that takes visitors out into the ocean to observe some of the world’s largest and most magnificent creatures. Visitors will have the opportunity to see several species of whales, including sperm whales, humpback whales, and orcas, in their natural habitat. The tours are led by knowledgeable guides who provide insights into the whales’ behavior and biology. Other marine wildlife, such as dolphins, seals, and albatross, are also often spotted on the tours. The experience is both exhilarating and educational, providing a deep appreciation for the natural wonders of the ocean.

DAY 10
Coastal Pacific Train to Marlborough

Take another Great Journey of New Zealand to the home of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Departing Kaikoura at 10am the Coastal Pacific Train is a scenic rail journey that takes passengers from Kaikoura to Blenheim, traveling along the rugged coastline of New Zealand’s South Island. The journey provides breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, rolling hills, and rugged mountains. After arriving in Blenheim at midday you have a private driver at your disposal for a half day, time enough to enjoy af fresco dining at one of the picturesque vineyards of the Marlborough region.

Coastal Pacific Train from Picton to Christchurch
DAY 11
Blenheim to Nelson

Transfer from Blenheim to Nelson

Todays journey passes through the stunning Marlborough region, passing by scenic vineyards, and valleys with rolling hills, perhaps stop in the seaside town of Havelock for coffee before passing through the winding Whangamoa range and meeting the coastline again at Glenduan as you travel towards Nelson with the scenic Atawhai harbour lapping against the roads edge.

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    2 nights at Pihopa Retreat

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    Approximate Distance: 114km

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    Total Driving Time: 1 hr 50 mins

DAY 12
Abel Tasman National Park

Enjoy a sailing, walk and seals trip in New Zealand's smallest National Park

Embark on a morning sail from Kaiteriteri Beach, taking in the breathtaking scenery along the Abel Tasman National Park coastline. Your journey includes passing iconic landmarks such as Split Apple Rock and observing playful NZ Fur Seals. Admire the golden beaches, bays, islands, and the sounds of birdsong while your knowledgeable skipper shares insights into the area’s history, marine life, flora, and fauna. After arriving at Anchorage Bay around midday, enjoy your own packed lunch on the beach, with pre-ordered catering options available. Take a refreshing swim before beginning a self-guided nature walk back to Marahau, encompassing sandy beaches, picturesque lookouts, and stunning native bushland scenery along the 3-4 hour coastal track.

Sailing in the Abel Tasman National Park
DAY 13
Fly to Rotorua

Leave the South Island and arrive in the geothermal and cultural precinct of New Zealand

Board a flight from Nelson to Rotorua, and upon arrival, check in at the On the Point Lodge. Later tonight, immerse yourself in the traditional Maori culture by attending the Te Pa Tu experience. This captivating event showcases Maori art, music, and dance, providing a unique insight into their culture and customs. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness a breathtaking haka performance and enjoy a delicious Hangi feast, cooked using traditional methods. The Te Pā Tū experience promises to be an unforgettable highlight of your trip to Rotorua.

Tamaki Brothers
DAY 14
Full day exploring Rotoura

The morning explore the geothermal wonderland and the afternoon delve further into the culture

Discover Rotorua’s geothermal wonders on the Eco Thermal Park Morning Tour, departing daily between 8:00-8:30 am from your accommodation. Witness New Zealand’s largest boiling mud pool, colourful hot springs, and volcanic features at Wai-O-Tapu, before experiencing the Lady Knox geyser eruption at 10:15 am. Next, visit the Waimangu Volcanic Valley and learn about the Mt. Tarawera eruption that created this stunning geothermal park. In the Elite Cultural Afternoon Tour, immerse yourself in Maori culture by visiting Te Puia and the Rotowhio Marae. Observe the Pohutu geyser and Maori War Canoe, and learn about the region’s volcanic and Maori history.

DAY 15
Auckland via Hobbiton

Experience the wonderful world of Hobbiton on your journey north to Auckland

Enjoy a private transfer from Rotorua to Auckland via Hobbiton, where you can explore the picturesque movie set used in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. Marvel at the charming Hobbit holes, gardens, and other iconic locations before continuing your journey to Auckland. With a private transfer, you can travel in comfort and style, with the added benefit of stopping at Hobbiton for a unique and unforgettable experience. Don’t miss the chance to visit this enchanting film location and create lasting memories on your transfer from Rotorua to Auckland.

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    2 nights at The Hotel Britomart

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    Approximate Distance: 228km

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    Total Driving Time: 3 hrs 30 mins

DAY 16
Relax in Auckland

Free time in the City of Sails

To get the lay of the land perhaps start your day with a visit to the Sky Tower, the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere, for stunning views of the city. Head to the Auckland Art Gallery to discover New Zealand’s art and cultural heritage. Then, explore the Viaduct Harbour and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants and cafes. Take a ferry to the nearby islands, such as Waiheke Island, to enjoy wine tasting and beautiful beaches.

Aucklands Waterfront
DAY 17
Fly to Samoa

Today leave Auckland and travel to the Sanctuary that is the Seabreeze Samoa

The Seabreeze Resort is located on the southern coastline of Upolo. Following your arrival at Faleolo Airport it will take you 1.5 hours drive to arrive at the `soul ‘of Samoa in the heart of paradise at the Seabreeze Resort. The Seabreeze Resort is an adults only oasis of tranquility.

Seabreeze Resort Samoa
DAY 18
Relax at the resort

From the time you wake - there is always something new to experience

Relax by the infinity pool with cocktail in had, lae on thebeach or take a dip within the protection of the pristine lagoon. Make the most of the in-villa spa services, offering a range of luxurious treatments.

Kayaking at the seabreeze resort in Saoa
DAY 19-20
Visit nearby attractions

Swim at the Sua Trench and visit the friendly local villages

Over the next couple of days make the most of this visit to Samoa.

Only a short drive or walk from the Seabreeze you will arrive at the Sua Trench. This unique land formation consists of two giant lava rock openings joined via ancient lava tubes cabes to each other and the ocean. Enjoy the experience of swimming in turquoise water accessed by a ladder.

Vavau Beach – One of Samoa’s best kept secrets. This natural beauty is a 1.5K walk from the resort with its own little grotto and white sandy beach. With no facilities, it reflects the natural beauty of a deserted beach for you to enjoy.

Apia Township – visit the markets, restaurants, cafes, STA Cultural Village and Robert Louis Stevenson’s museum. Take the 50 minute hike to the top of the mountain for breathtaking views of Apia and visit the grave of the man himself!

Sua Trench, Samoa
DAY 21
Farewell from Samoa

Faamavae - Farwell

After an exciting 21 day trip to New Zealand and Samoa it is time to return home. You will transfer back to the airport for your onward flight. All aspects of this trip can be molded to suit your requirements exactly, with more island hopping or adding on Australia to your trip. We eagerly await your instructions!

Farewell from Samoa

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