Spirit of New Zealand

Indulge in a little star-gazing before retiring to your private cabin for your overnight stay on Milford Sound. Journey out to Abel Tasman National Park and take a stroll along seemingly untouched golden beaches. Hear how the coastal city of Napier was rebuilt in Art Deco style after the earthquake of 1931.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch

Meet your Travel Director and travelling companions this evening at a Welcome Reception.

Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch

Day 2: Christchurch – Omarama

Visit the city this morning, then travel over the Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo and view the Church of the Good Shepherd before continuing to Mt. Cook National Park.

Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel

Day 3: Omarama – Dunedin

Travel via Oamaru to Dunedin for a city tour on arrival.

Hotel: Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin

Day 4: Dunedin – Milford Sound

Journey through rainforest, ancient glaciers and mountain ranges, and pass through the monumental Homer Tunnel. See Lake Matheson, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm before arriving in Milford Sound for your overnight cruise.

Please note: Cruise may not operate on 10 Sep 2020 departure. On this date, you can enjoy a day cruise on Milford Sound and accommodation in Te Anau or Queenstown

Hotel: Cruise Overnight Milford Sound

Day 5: Milford Sound – Queenstown

Depart this morning for Lake Te Anau. Explore the famous Te Anau Glowworm Caves by boat, drifting in silent darkness beneath the luminous shimmer of hundreds of glowworms. Later, travel to Queenstown.

Hotel: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown, 3 nights

Day 6: Queenstown ‘Free Time’

Today is free for you to explore Queenstown at your own pace. This evening, consider a cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw.

Day 7: Queenstown ‘Free Time’

Today, take time to either relax or tailor your own action-packed agenda.

Day 8: Queenstown – Franz Josef

Your first destination today is the old goldmining settlement of Arrowtown. Travel on to witness the serenity of the region’s vivid blue lakes, the most famous of which is pristine Lake Wanaka. Drive over the spectacular Haast Pass and take a rainforest walk to Thunder Creek Falls on your way to the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing)

Day 9: Franz Josef – Punakaiki

This morning, why not choose an optional experience and see Franz Josef Glacier from the air or take a glacier hike. Travel on to Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s famous greenstone, for a factory visit and demonstration. Continue to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks.

Hotel: Punakaiki Resort

Day 10: Punakaiki – Nelson

The Heritage Highway leads you to the Buller Gorge and Kahurangi National Park before arriving in Nelson.

Hotel: The Rutherford Hotel, 2 nights

Day 11: Nelson ‘Free Time’

Today you’ll have the option to journey to the top of the South Island and take a scenic cruise in the Abel Tasman National Park.

Day 12: Nelson – Wellington

Visit the seaside village of Picton then cruise on Queen Charlotte Sound before heading across Cook Strait to the North Island and Wellington, New Zealand’s capital. Enjoy a city sights tour before a guided tour of Te Papa Museum of New Zealand.

Hotel: Travelodge Wellington, 2 nights

Day 13: Wellington ‘Free Time’

Explore Wellington at your own pace today.

Day 14: Wellington – Napier

Your special packed lunch today won’t only be wholesome, it will also feed a Kiwi child who may otherwise go without, through the charity ‘Eat My Lunch’. Travel through the vineyards of the Wairarapa region and Hawke’s Bay, and take a walking tour of Art Deco Napier.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Day 15: Napier – Rotorua

Today journey to Lake Taupo, then visit Huka Falls on your way to Rotorua. Visit Te Puia, the Māori Arts and Crafts Institute. A tour of Rotorua’s active geothermal fields follows. Gain a further insight into traditional Māori culture at a concert and Hangi Highlight Dinner at the Tamaki Māori Village.

Hotel: Ibis Rotorua Hotel, 2 nights

Day 16: Rotorua

Today is free for you to explore at leisure.

Day 17: Rotorua – Auckland

Travel through the dairy-farming land of Waikato en route to Auckland.

Hotel: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

Day 18: Auckland – Bay of Islands

Travel through Northland to the Bay of Islands where you’ll experience spectacular scenery as you cruise through the ‘Hole in the Rock’.

Hotel: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Garden Rooms, 2 nights

Day 19: Bay of Islands ‘Free Time’

Today is free for you to explore at leisure.

Day 20: Bay of Islands – Auckland

Drive through lush farmland scenery on your return to Auckland. This evening, join your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Farewell Dinner.

Hotel: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

Day 21: Farewell from Auckland

Your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
October: 08$6,995.00$9,645.00
November: 26$6,995.00$9,645.00
December: 17$6,995.00$9,645.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 28$6,995.00$9,645.00
February: 04, 18$6,995.00$9,645.00
March: 11$6,995.00$9,645.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 20 breakfasts, 14 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Travel by luxury coach
Accommodation: 19 nights accommodation & 1 night cruise
Guide:Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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New Zealand Uncovered

Discover the sights of New Zealand in this epic 17 Day Guided Holiday and experience the contrasts of both the North and South Islands. Enjoy a local connection in picturesque Hinuera Valley, journey through farmland to the turquoise torrent known as Huka Falls and immerse yourself in New Zealand’s Maori culture at Tamaki Maori Village. Each destination offers something unique and charming

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland

On arrival in Auckland you’ll have time at leisure to explore or relax. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Reception and dinner with your Travel Director.

Hotel: Stamford Plaza Auckland, 2 nights

Day 2: Auckland

After a city sights tour enjoy time at leisure.

Day 3: Auckland – Tauranga

You’re invited to a Be My Guest lunch at the Red Barn on the Waikato farm of Lance and Bridgette O’Sullivan, New Zealand horse racing royalty. Later, travel to Tauranga, in the Bay of Plenty.

Hotel: Trinity Wharf Tauranga

Day 4: Tauranga – Rotorua

Travel through Te Puke to visit Kiwifruit Country, then on to Rotorua for an orientation tour. This afternoon explore Te Puia Thermal Reserve. Then an evening of culture, history and a Hangi feast Highlight Dinner awaits you at the Tamaki Māori Village.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights

Day 5: Rotorua Included Choice

Embark on one of your Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Glide through the Waitomo Glowworm Grotto, take an ancient forest zipline adventure with Canopy Tours, visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, or explore Rotorua and its lakes in an amphibious WWll-era Duck.

Day 6: Rotorua – Wellington

Journey through forests and farmland to the turquoise torrent known as Huka Falls. The road unfolds in a broad panorama of stunning Lake Taupo. Continue south and along the Kapiti Coast to the capital city, Wellington.

Hotel: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Day 7: Wellington – Blenheim

Explore Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. This afternoon cruise the Cook Strait into tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound. The village of Picton is next, then it’s on to Blenheim for a city sightseeing tour. Tonight, enjoy a 3-course Highlight Dinner celebrating local produce and the wines of the Marlborough region.

Hotel: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Day 8: Blenheim – Christchurch

Travel to Kaikoura, where sperm whales can often be seen not far from shore. Travel along the Pacific coast and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

Hotel: Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Day 9: Christchurch – Twizel

This morning, join our Sustainable Tourism Commitment by planting a native tree in the Port Hills of Christchurch, an area recovering from wildfire. Next, visit the home of Angie and Stan Taylor at Lake Tekapo, for a Be My Guest afternoon tea and to learn about a lifetime spent farming. Later, view the little stone-hewn Church of the Good Shepherd on your way to Twizel.

Hotel: MacKenzie Country Hotel

Day 10: Twizel – Dunedin Included Choice

Journey along the Waitaki River, with a photo stop at the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel through to Oamaru and on to Dunedin. Choose an Included Choice sightseeing experience. Take a wildlife cruise out to Otago Peninsula, visit the famous Speight’s Brewery or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Day 11: Dunedin – Te Anau

After free time, travel through lush sheepfarming land. Then the rolling, grassy hills turn back into forested, rugged mountains, as you meander your way up into Fiordland National Park to Te Anau.

Hotel: Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas

Day 12: Te Anau -Queenstown

You will take the scenic journey through the rainforests, beech forests and meadows of Fiordland National Park and out to Milford Sound to cruise on this natural wonder. Afterwards, travel to Queenstown for an orientation tour.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 2 nights

Day 13: Queenstown Included Choice

Choose an Included Choice sightseeing experience. Ride the Shotover Jet, take a gondola to Bob’s Peak and visit Kiwi Birdlife Park or a minibus tour through Skippers Canyon. This evening, cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Highlight Dinner.

Day 14: Queenstown – Franz Josef

Visit the gold mining settlement of Arrowtown. From here you will travel to Cromwell to taste delicious stone fruit at a local orchard. It is a day of gorgeous lakes, as you travel further into Central Otago. Cross over the Haast Pass as the landscape changes from alpine scenery to the rainforest marvels of the wild West Coast. Your destination is the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)

Day 15: Franz Josef – Punakaiki

Visit Hokitika, home of the native greenstone for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration. Later, travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You’ll spend the night in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront.

Hotel: Punakaiki Resort

Day 16: Punakaiki – Christchurch

Travel to Greymouth to visit the iconic Monteith’s Brewery and taste some of their innovative brews before a pub-style lunch. Later you will journey aboard the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch. This evening, join your Travel Director and new-found friends for a Farewell Dinner.

Hotel: Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Day 17: Farewell from Christchurch

Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday concludes after breakfast.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
September: 08, 15, 22$7,475.00$9,925.00
October: 06, 13, 20, 27$8,295.00$11,045.00
November: 03, 10, 17, 24$8,295.00$11,045.00
December: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29$8,295.00$11,045.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 05, 12, 19, 26 $8,295.00$11,045.00
February: 02, 09, 16, 23$8,295.00$11,045.00
March: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30$8,295.00$11,045.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 16 breakfasts, 2 lunch, 1 afternoon tea, 11 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Travel by luxury coach
Rail: Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train
Accommodation: 16 nights accommodation
Guide:Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Southern Spectacular

Indulge in a delicious home-cooked barbecue lunch when you visit Morelea Farm and meet the Kiwi farming family of Angie and Stan Taylor. Make sure you have your camera battery charged to capture magnificent sights as you journey down into Milford Sound. Watch as master carvers create works of art out of the blocks of Pounamu.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch

Christchurch has bounced back after the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 and is now thriving once again. Contemporary art galleries, boutiques and open-air markets add to the city’s creative vibe. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel: Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Day 2: Christchurch – Twizel

This morning, join our Sustainable Tourism Commitment by planting a native tree in the Port Hills of Christchurch, an area recovering from wildfire. Visit the home of Angie and Stan Taylor for a Be My Guest afternoon tea, and hear about a lifetime spent farming in the Southern Alps. See Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, and view the famed Church of the Good Shepherd. Continue to the outdoor-adventure hub of Twizel.

Hotel: MacKenzie Country Hotel

Day 3: Twizel – Dunedin Included Choice

This morning, visit the spectacular Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme on the mighty Waitaki River. Explore the historic town of Oamaru, with its stately tree-lined streets and celebrated limestone buildings, then make your way to New Zealand’s southernmost city, Dunedin, home to many fine examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture. This afternoon, choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Tour imposing Larnach Castle, ride the historic Taieri Gorge railway, take a wildlife cruise, or experience an interactive tour of famous Speight’s Brewery.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Day 4: Dunedin – Te Anau

Today, travel through lush green sheep-grazing country on your way to the spectacular Fiordland National Park and the town of Te Anau, nestled in the southwestern corner of the South Island. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas

Day 5: Te Anau – Queenstown

Your experience in magnificent Milford Sound today is sure to be one of the highlights of your journey. Travel first through native rainforests and lush meadows to Mirror Lakes and the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel, and marvel at the stunning Cleddau Valley. Your unforgettable Milford Sound cruise takes in cascading waterfalls, hanging glacial valleys, and the sheer pinnacle of Mitre Peak. After disembarking, travel on to beautiful Queenstown.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel, 2 nights

Day 6: Queenstown Included Choice

Today, choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. If you’re feeling energetic you have the option of riding the exhilarating Shotover Jet boat. For a more laid-back experience, a minibus excursion will take you through spectacular Skippers Canyon, or take the gondola to Bob’s Peak for amazing views over Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu and then visit a Kiwi Birdlife Park. This evening, settle into a peaceful cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm, for a gourmet barbecue Highlight Dinner and an entertaining farm show.

Day 7: Queenstown – Franz Josef

Your destination today is the wild west coast of the South Island. Stop to visit the faithfully-restored gold-mining settlement of Arrowtown, and enjoy the serenity of the region’s vivid blue lakes. Drive over the spectacular Haast Pass, passing the 96-metre Thunder Creek Falls on your way to the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)

Day 8: Franz Josef – Punakaiki

Consider an optional experience helicopter flight over the glaciers, or you may wish to take a stroll through the small but lively Franz Josef village. Travel on to Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s famous greenstone. Continue to Punakaiki to view the intriguing Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You’ll spend the night in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront.

Hotel: Punakaiki Resort

Day 9: Punakaiki – Christchurch

Join your personal guide for a tour of Monteith’s Brewing Company, including tastings at the brewers’ table, before sitting down to lunch. Afterwards, board the iconic TranzAlpine train in Greymouth and embark on one of the world’s great train journeys, passing through magnificent landscapes ranging from the fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains to rugged gorges and pristine ice-fed streams and lakes. Back in Christchurch, join your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.

Hotel: Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Day 10: Farewell from Christchurch

Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
September: 15, 22, 29$4,525.00$5,735.00
October: 13, 20, 27$4,975.00$6,375.00
November: 03, 10, 17, 24$4,975.00$6,375.00
December: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29$4,975.00$6,375.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 05, 12, 19, 26$4,975.00$6,375.00
February: 02, 09, 16, 23$4,975.00$6,375.00
March: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30$4,975.00$6,375.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 Afternoon Tea, 7 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Travel by luxury coach
Rail:Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train
Accommodation: 9 nights accommodation
Guide: Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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The Long White Cloud

This expedition will invite you to become immersed in ancient Maori culture, and some of the planet’s most pristine wilderness. Be awed as you traverse New Zealand’s North and South Islands, from the hot pools of Franz Josef, an exclusive TreadRight experience in Rotorua, to the brave depths of Queenstown, the adventure capital. Explore extraordinary landscapes and ancient heritage, as you encounter exhilarating New Zealand as few have seen it before.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch

On arrival, board a private transfer to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Reception.

Hotel: Hotel Montreal

Day 2: Christchurch – TranzAlpine – Franz Josef

Travel through the Southern Alps aboard TranzAlpine train. From Arthur’s Pass, visit the small town of Hokitika, and meet a local greenstone (jade) carver. Continue to Franz Josef, where you’ll spend two nights in an eco-friendly retreat nestled in the wilderness.

Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, 2 nights

Day 3: Franz Josef Glacier

This morning, explore Franz Josef, where a local guide explains the history behind the imposing Franz Josef Glacier.

Day 4: Franz Josef – Arrowtown – Queenstown

Discover the mighty Haast River this morning, as you journey its lengths in a fully enclosed river jet boat. Enjoy lunch at Makarora, then explore the heritage gold-settlement of Arrowtown, before a short orientation of breathtaking Queenstown.

Hotel: Hotel St Moritz, 3 nights

Day 5: Queenstown at Leisure

Enjoy two full days to discover beautiful Queenstown. Perhaps a wine tour, or even an adrenaline-filled activity.

Day 6: Queenstown at Leisure

On your second night, enjoy a Local Dining Experience in one of Queenstown’s most exclusive restaurants.

Day 7: Queenstown – Te Anau – Milford Sound

Travel south along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau and then through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park. Tonight, stay at magnificent Milford Sound Lodge, with views of the magical Cleddau Valley.

Hotel: Milford Sound Lodge, 2 nights

Day 8: Milford Sound

Wake up to the awe-inspiring beauty of Milford Sound. Learn about Fiordland with your local expert, then sail this magnificent area, seeing endemic wildlife, an Underwater Observatory – or breathtaking kayaking!

Day 9: Milford Sound – Gore – Dunedin

Depart majestic Fiordland National Park for the picturesque South Otago. Travel through the musical town of Gore, before arriving in Dunedin, the country’s most southern city.

Hotel: Distinction Dunedin Hotel, 2 nights

Day 10: Dunedin

This morning, join an exclusive tour of Larnach Castle. Spend the afternoon at leisure, perhaps cruise the Otago Peninsula.

Day 11: Dunedin – Omarau – Timaru – Christchurch

Travel up the east coast through Omarau. Back in Christchurch, take a sightseeing tour, and learn of its history.

Hotel: Hotel Montreal

Day 12: Christchurch – Kaikoura – Wellington

Travel along the Pacific coast to the whale-watching capital of Kaikoura. Continue to the seaside village of Picton. Later cross the Cook Strait to Wellington for a city sightseeing tour, and then visit the enriching Te Papa Museum of New Zealand.

Hotel: Sofitel Wellington, 2 nights

Day 13: Wellington at Leisure

Today see Wellington your way. Why not visit the Weta Cave, home of the creative wizards behind The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies or go on a walking tour around Wellington.

Day 14: Wellington – Hawke’s Bay

Travel through the dairy farming land of Manawatu to Napier in Hawke’s Bay. This evening, enjoy wine-tasting and Local Dining Experience at one of their world-famous wineries.

Hotel: Porters Boutique Hotel, 2 nights

Day 15: Napier

Enjoy a relaxed start before you venture out to explore Napier. Join a local guide for a walking tour where you’ll gain an insight into the city’s Art Deco style. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Day 16: Hawke’s Bay – Rotorua

Enjoy a leisurely start before continuing the journey to nearby Rotorua. Visit the spectacular Huka Falls, before arriving in Rotorua for a sightseeing tour. Later, visit the Whakarewarewa Living Village for an insight into Māori life. This evening, your Local Dining Experience is an authentic Māori Hangi and concert at the Tamaki Māori Village.

Hotel: Pullman Rotorua, 2 nights

Day 17: Rotorua

Ascending to the breathtaking Redwoods Treewalk, enjoy an elevated bird’s eye view of the 115-year old redwood giants. Next stop is Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Discover native flora that grows around the crystal clear mineral water springs and you might even spot a kiwi or two.

Day 18: Rotorua – Auckland

Make your way to the famous Waitomo Caves for an exclusive 5-star Eco Glowworm experience. Later, travel through the dairy farming district of Waikato, and onto Auckland. This evening, toast your trip together at a Celebration Dinner.

Hotel: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Day 19: Farewell from Auckland

Time to say farewell as your Inspiring Journey comes to an end and you are transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
October: 12$12,150.00$16,665.00
November: 09, 23$12,150.00$16,665.00
December: 07$12,150.00$16,665.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 11, 25$12,150.00$16,665.00
February: 01, 08$12,150.00$16,665.00
March: 01, 08, 15, 22$12,150.00$16,665.00
October: 11$12,150.00$16,665.00
November: 08$12,150.00$16,665.00
December: 06$12,150.00$16,665.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 18 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 12 dinners
Transport:Private Airport Transfers & Travel by luxury coach
Rail:Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train
Accommodation: 18 nights accommodation
Guide: Expert Travel Director and/or Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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The Southern Drift

Uncover unique locations, secret trails, striking landscapes, natural treasures and roads less travelled on this true exploration of New Zealand’s South Island. Discover New Zealand on this Inspiring Journey through the natural treasures of the South Island. From the still waters of Milford Sound and snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps to the rolling hills of Central Otago, delve into the beauty of landscapes that have remained unchanged for millennia.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch

On arrival in Christchurch you will be transferred by private car to your hotel. Spend some time at leisure to relax or explore on your own. Perhaps visit the International Antarctic Centre or Orana Wildlife Park, New Zealand’s only open-range zoo. This evening, join your Journey Director for Welcome Reception.

Hotel: Hotel Montreal

Day 2: Christchurch – TranzAlpine – Franz Josef

It’s all aboard the TranzAlpine train. Rated as one of the world’s great scenic railway journeys, you’ll travel in comfort across the Canterbury Plains through the Southern Alps. From Arthur’s Pass, visit the small town of Hokitika, the heritage and cultural centre of the West Coast, and meet a local greenstone (jade) carver for a jewellery demonstration. Later we continue to Franz Josef. Your eco-friendly accommodation is set amid native bush, with an emphasis on relaxation and rejuvenation. This evening, why not enjoy Franz Josef’s local geothermal hot pools or perhaps a massage.

Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, 2 nights

Day 3: Franz Josef

After a relaxed start we explore this area, where a local guide explains the history behind the mighty Franz Josef Glacier. Later, you may want to get up close and personal with the glaciers on an optional helicopter flight. Your flight will hover over the snow face and may land high up in the valley so that you can walk across the ice fall – subject to weather conditions.

Day 4: Franz Josef – Queenstown

This morning it’s time for an adventure as we travel in a purpose-built fully enclosed river jet boat and journey down the Haast River. After a lunch stop at Makarora we head to Queenstown, taking time to stop to explore the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown on the Arrow River. The adventure-capital awaits you for your extended 3 night stay, and you’ll have the opportunity to explore it during an orientation tour when you arrive.

Hotel: Hotel St Moritz Queenstown, 3 nights

Day 5: Queenstown at Leisure

Today is your choice of sightseeing, you could join a wine tour, view The Lord of the Rings film locations and scenery of Queenstown and Glenorchy on a scenic tour or spend time having a relaxing massage in the spa

Day 6: Queenstown at Leisure

Make the most of your extended stay in Queenstown. Why not sit back and enjoy a peaceful cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak Station. Otherwise, you could simply relax, shop or enjoy time at one of the many cafés and restaurants while soaking up the alpine views. Tonight, enjoy a Local Dining Experience at one of Queenstown’s exclusive restaurants.

Day 7: Queenstown – Te Anau – Milford Sound

Travel south along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau on the shores of the South Island’s largest lake. Later you’ll travel through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges before driving through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to the amazing Mirror Lake. Afterwards, walk to see the Chasm on your way into Milford Sound. Tonight, stay at the magical Milford Sound Lodge, with views of the Cleddau Valley.

Hotel: Milford Sound Lodge, 2 nights

Day 8: Milford Sound

Wake up to the breathtaking beauty of Milford Sound. Learn more about breathtaking Fiordland National Park with an informative talk by a local expert. Later, board the Southern Discoveries vessel for a half day exploration of Milford Sound, often called the ‘eighth natural wonder of the world’. Sail out to the Tasman Sea, looking for wildlife along the way, for a visit to the Underwater Observatory and the opportunity to go sea kayaking in Harrison Cove.

Day 9: Milford Sound – Gore – Dunedin

We leave the majestic Fiordland National Park for the fertile sheep-dotted pastures of South Otago. Travel through Te Anau known for its beautiful lake and on to the country musical town of Gore at lunchtime, before arriving in Dunedin, New Zealand’s southernmost city. Enjoy dinner tonight at Parcels Restaurant at your hotel.

Hotel: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 10: Dunedin

This morning, join an exclusive tour of Larnach Castle. Your afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway or take a wildlife cruise of the Otago Peninsula.

Hotel: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 11: Dunedin – Christchurch

Travel up the east coast of the South Island via Omarau and Timaru. Once back in Christchurch embark on a sightseeing tour of the city to learn about its rebirth after the devastating 2011 earthquake. This evening, toast your trip at a Celebration Dinner with your new-found friends and Journey Director.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza, Christchurch

Day 12: Farewell from Christchurch

Say farewell to your fellow travellers as your Inspiring Journey comes to an end and we transfer you to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
October: 12$8,150.00$11,150.00
November: 09, 23$8,150.00$11,150.00
December: 07$8,150.00$11,150.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 11, 25$8,150.00$11,150.00
February: 01, 08$8,150.00$11,150.00
March: 01, 08, 15, 22$8,150.00$11,150.00
October: 11$8,150.00$11,150.00
November: 08$8,150.00$11,150.00
December: 06$8,150.00$11,150.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners
Transport:Private Airport Transfers & Travel by luxury coach
Rail:Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train
Accommodation: 11 nights accommodation
Guide: Expert Travel Director and/or Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Essence of New Zealand

Create your perfect New Zealand holiday that will last a lifetime. It may be the spirit and energy of a Maori cultural performance or the breathtaking beauty of the mountain ranges and fiords of Milford Sound. There are many special memories to be made.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch

Meet your Travel Director and travelling companions this evening at a Welcome Reception.

Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch

Day 2: Christchurch – Omarama

Drive over the rich alluvial farmlands of the Canterbury Plains to Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki. Pause to view the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd before revelling in the alpine landscape of Mt. Cook National Park.

Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel

Day 3: Omarama – Dunedin

Travel via Oamaru, with its famous white limestone buildings, to Dunedin, a region of unique landscapes and fascinating cultural history, for an orientation tour.

Hotel: Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin

Day 4: Dunedin – Milford Sound

Be awestruck by the glories of Fiordland National Park. Journey through rainforest, ancient glaciers and mountain ranges, and pass through the monumental Homer Tunnel. See Lake Matheson, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm before arriving in Milford Sound for your overnight cruise.

Please note: Cruise may not operate on 10 Sep 2020 departure. On this date, you can enjoy a day cruise on Milford Sound and accommodation in Te Anau or Queenstown

Cruise: Overnight Milford Sound
Day 5: Milford Sound – Queenstown

Depart for the majestic Lake Te Anau. Explore the famous Te Anau Glowworm Caves by boat, before travelling to Queenstown, the adventure capital.

Hotel: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown, 3 nights

Day 6: Queenstown ‘Free Time’

Today is yours to explore at your own pace.

Day 7: Queenstown ‘Free Time’

While Queenstown wears its ‘Global Adventure Capital’ badge proudly, it’s also the perfect place to relax and explore. The town boasts great shopping with luxury brands, iconic New Zealand design stores, and boutique fashion.

Day 8: Queenstown – Franz Josef

Your destination is the wild West Coast of the South Island. Stop to visit the gold mining settlement of Arrowtown. You will then travel over Haast Pass and view the sheer drop of Thunder Creek Falls on your way to the Franz Josef Glacier.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing)

Day 9: Franz Josef – Punakaiki

Explore this astounding glacier on foot or from the air this morning (both optional). Travel to Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s famous greenstone, then on to Punakaiki to view the intriguing Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You’ll spend the night in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront.

Hotel: Punakaiki Resort

Day 10: Punakaiki – Nelson

The Heritage Highway leads you through a scenic wilderness to the plunging Buller Gorge and pristine Kahurangi National Park.

Hotel: The Rutherford Hotel, 2 nights

Day 11: Nelson ‘Free Time’

Today you have free time to relax in Nelson.

Day 12: Nelson – Wellington

Visit the seaside village of Picton with free time to explore. Cruise on tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound before heading across Cook Strait to the North Island and Wellington, New Zealand’s capital. Enjoy a city sights tour before a guided tour of Te Papa Museum of New Zealand.

Hotel: Travelodge Wellington, 2 nights

Day 13: Wellington ‘Free Time’

Wellington is celebrated as the country’s creative and culinary capital and today is yours to explore at your own pace.

Day 14: Wellington – Napier

Your special packed lunch today won’t only be wholesome, it will also feed a Kiwi child who may otherwise go without, through the charity ‘Eat My Lunch’. Travel through the Wairarapa region and Hawke’s Bay to Napier, a city whose unique concentration of beautiful Art Deco architecture is due to its rebuilding after the 1931 earthquake. Enjoy a walking tour with a local guide.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Day 15: Napier – Rotorua

Journey to Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand, and then visit mighty Huka Falls on your way to Rotorua, where a sightseeing tour will include views of Lake Rotorua. Visit Te Puia, the Māori Arts and Crafts Institute. A tour of Rotorua’s active geothermal fields follows. Gain insight into traditional Māori culture this evening while you enjoy a Highlight Dinner at the Tamaki Māori Village.

Hotel: Ibis Rotorua Hotel, 2 nights

Day 16: Rotorua

Today is yours to explore at your own pace.

Day 17: Rotorua – Auckland

Travel through the lush dairy-farming district of Waikato en route to Auckland, where you’ll take a tour of the city.

Hotel: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

Day 18: Farewell from Auckland

Your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast..

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
October: 08$6,050.00$8,390.00
November: 26$6,050.00$8,390.00
December: 17$6,050.00$8,390.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 28$6,050.00$8,390.00
February: 04, 18$6,050.00$8,390.00
March: 11$6,050.00$8,390.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 17 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Travel by luxury coach
Accommodation: 16 nights accommodation & 1 night cruise
Guide:Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Kia Ora New Zealand

Begin your New Zealand story with a cruise in the stunning Bay of Islands. Continue the narrative with the arts and traditions of Maori culture, and the sweeping vistas of the Marlborough Sounds. Conclude your epic narrative with tales of intrepid settlers in Central Otago, and thrills in Queenstown, the adventure capital.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland

After settling in to your hotel, you’ll have time to explore Auckland at your own pace. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception with your Travel Director.

Hotel: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

Day 2: Auckland – Bay of Islands

Travel along the scenic Hibiscus Coast to the Bay of Islands. Enjoy spectacular scenery as you cruise to Cape Brett, and through the ‘Hole in the Rock’.

Hotel: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Garden Rooms, 2 nights

Day 3: Bay of Islands ‘Free Time’

Explore the Bay of Islands at leisure today.

Day 4: Bay of Islands – Auckland

Enjoy a relaxed morning before travelling through lush farmland on your way back to Auckland.

Hotel: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

Day 5: Auckland – Rotorua

After a tour of Auckland’s city highlights, trace the Waikato River to the Waitomo Caves where you’ll explore the Waitomo Glowworm Grotto by boat. Your journey continues to Rotorua for an orientation tour with views of Lake Rotorua. This evening, enjoy a Māori Hangi feast Highlight Dinner and concert at the Tamaki Māori Village.

Hotel: Ibis Rotorua Hotel, 2 nights

Day 6: Rotorua

Your morning is free. You might like to visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a glimpse of New Zealand’s iconic kiwi bird, or Te Puia, the Māori Arts and Crafts Institute.

Day 7: Rotorua – Wellington

Journey through tall pine forests and verdant farmland to spectacular Huka Falls and serene Lake Taupo. Drive along the shores of New Zealand’s biggest lake through the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park and the dairy farms of Manawatu. Then follow the Kapiti Coast to Wellington for a city orientation tour.

Hotel: Travelodge Wellington

Day 8: Wellington – Picton

Your special packed lunch today won’t only be wholesome, it will also feed a Kiwi child who may otherwise go without, through the charity ‘Eat My Lunch’. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Wellington, and then visit Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. Cruise across the Cook Strait and explore the maze of inlets of Queen Charlotte Sound. Later you’ll travel to the seaside village of Picton and take a tour of the city before dinner.

Hotel: Picton Beachcomber Inn

Day 9: Picton – Christchurch

Travel to Kaikoura, where sperm whales can often be seen not far from shore. Travel along the Pacific Ocean coast and across the colourful Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch

Day 10: Christchurch – Omarama

Explore Christchurch at leisure this morning, then travel over the fertile plains to serene Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo. View the Church of the Good Shepherd and soak up the scenery of Mt. Cook National Park.

Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel

Day 11: Omarama – Dunedin

Visit the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and the monumental spillway of the nearby Benmore Dam. Then travel to the town of Oamaru, with its celebrated white limestone buildings. Continue to Dunedin, New Zealand’s southernmost city.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Day 12: Dunedin – Te Anau

Enjoy free time in Dunedin and then travel across the fertile sheep-dotted pastures of South Otago en route to Te Anau.

Hotel: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Day 13: Te Anau – Queenstown

Your experience in Milford Sound today is sure to be one of the highlights of your journey. Travel first through tall native rainforests and rugged mountains, then cruise the serene waters of this natural wonder. On the way to Queenstown see Mirror Lake, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls, then travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu.

Hotel: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown, 2 nights

Day 14: Queenstown ‘Free Time’

Explore New Zealand’s adventure capital at your own pace today. Later in the afternoon, cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Highlight Dinner.

Day 15: Queenstown – Franz Josef

Visit the faithfully-restored gold mining settlement of Arrowtown and travel on to Cromwell to taste its sensational stone fruit. You will then travel over Haast Pass and view the sheer drop of Thunder Creek Falls on your way to Franz Josef Glacier.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing)

Day 16: Franz Josef – Christchurch

This morning’s destination is Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s famous greenstone. Then continue to Arthur’s Pass to board the iconic TranzAlpine train and take one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys. This evening, join your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.

Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch

Day 17: Farewell from Christchurch

Your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
September: 05, 12, 26$5,195.00$6,925.00
October: 03, 10, 17, 24, 31$5,575.00$7,435.00
November: 07, 14, 28$5,575.00$7,435.00
December: 05, 12, 19, 26$5,575.00$7,435.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30$5,575.00$7,435.00
February: 06, 13, 20, 27$5,575.00$7,435.00
March: 06, 13, 20, 27$5,575.00$7,435.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 16 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 8 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Travel by luxury coach
Rail:Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train
Accommodation: 16 nights accommodation
Guide: Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Southern Spirit

Take a wander through the city of Christchurch and stop for a photo at the world’s only Cathedral built entirely of cardboard. Enjoy dinner with a spectacular view in Queenstown. Stay in the pretty seaside village of Picton then travel across the Cook Strait to the cosmopolitan capital city of Wellington.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch

You’ll have time at leisure this afternoon before a Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch

Day 2: Christchurch – Omarama

See how Christchurch has rebuilt itself after the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Later, travel over the fertile Canterbury Plains to soak up spectacular scenery. You’ll view the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd. Your day finishes in the heart of the Mackenzie Country at Omarama.

Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel

Day 3: Omarama – Dunedin

Your day begins with a visit to the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and the monumental spillway of the Benmore Dam. Next, travel to the historic town of Oamaru, with its tree-lined streets and celebrated white limestone buildings. Continue to Dunedin.

Hotel: Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin

Day 4: Dunedin – Milford Sound

Travel this morning over the Devil’s Staircase before descending to serene Lake Wakatipu. Drive through the towering beeches and rainforest, catching glimpses of glaciers and soaring mountain ranges. Continue through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel before arriving in Milford Sound for your overnight cruise. This unforgettable journey takes in cascading waterfalls, hanging glacial valleys, and the sheer pinnacle of Mitre Peak.

Please note: Cruise may not operate on 10 Sep 2020 departure. On this date, you can enjoy a day cruise on Milford Sound and accommodation in Te Anau or Queenstown

Hotel: Cruise Overnight Milford Sound

Day 5: Milford Sound – Queenstown

Depart this morning for the town of Te Anau. Cruise to the western shores of Lake Te Anau to the entry of the famous Glowworm Caves to meet your guide. Deep inside you’ll be taken by small boat into a silent hidden grotto inhabited by thousands of glowworms. Later, travel on to New Zealand’s adventure capital, Queenstown.

Hotel: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown, 3 nights

Day 6: Queenstown ‘Free Time’

Today is free for you to explore exciting Queenstown at your own pace. Plan your own day or you may like to choose one of our optional experiences, including riding the Shotover Jet boat, joining a tour of the region’s popular wineries, or enjoying a popular minibus excursion through rugged Skippers Canyon. This evening, consider a cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the iconic vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw for a gourmet barbecue dinner at Walter Peak High Country Farm.

Day 7: Queenstown ‘Free Time’

Enjoy another full day in Queenstown to tailor your own action-packed agenda.

Day 8: Queenstown – Franz Josef

Your destination today is the wild west coast of the South Island. Stop to visit the goldmining settlement of Arrowtown, where more than 70 original buildings from the gold-rush era are faithfully preserved. Sample luscious stone fruit in Cromwell and enjoy the serenity of the region’s vivid blue lakes, the most famous of which is tranquil Lake Wanaka. Drive over spectacular Haast Pass, passing the 96-metre Thunder Creek Falls and stopping for a leisurely rainforest walk on your way to the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing)

Day 9: Franz Josef – Punakaiki

Travel on to Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s famous greenstone. Pounamu (its Māori name) is of great cultural significance in Māori culture and is prized for its strength, durability and beauty. Continue to Punakaiki to view the intriguing Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You’ll spend the night in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront.

Hotel: Punakaiki Resort

Day 10: Punakaiki – Nelson

The Heritage Highway leads you through scenic wilderness to the plunging Buller Gorge and pristine Kahurangi National Park.

Hotel: The Rutherford Hotel, 2 nights

Day 11: Nelson ‘Free Time’

On this day at leisure, you’ll have the option of journeying to the top of the South Island and embarking on a scenic cruise in the Abel Tasman National Park. You may prefer to take a short bushwalk, relax in sunny Nelson, or explore the town’s many art and craft galleries.

Day 12: Nelson – Wellington

Visit the seaside village of Picton with free time to explore and purchase lunch. Cruise on tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound before heading across Cook Strait to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital. Enjoy a city sights tour, then visit the Māori cultural icon Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, where you’ll explore New Zealand’s nature, art, history and cultural heritage.

Hotel: Travelodge Wellington, 2 nights

Day 13: Wellington ‘Free Time’

Celebrated as the country’s creative and culinary capital, Wellington is nestled between two of New Zealand’s finest wine regions. Today is yours to explore the city at your own pace. Celebrate your holiday at a Farewell Dinner with your new-found friends.

Day 14: Farewell from Wellington

Your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Your special packed lunch today won’t only be wholesome, it will also feed a Kiwi child who may otherwise go without, through the charity ‘Eat My Lunch’.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
October: 08$4,850.00$6,700.00
November: 26$4,850.00$6,700.00
December: 17$4,850.00$6,700.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 28$4,850.00$6,700.00
February: 04, 18$4,850.00$6,700.00
March: 11$4,850.00$6,700.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Travel by luxury coach
Accommodation: 12 nights accommodation & 1 night cruise
Guide:Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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New Zealand Vista

Wander up one of the forty eight volcanic cones that make up the rolling landscape of Auckland for panoramic city views. Relax at Oriental Bay, Wellington’s golden-sand inner city beach. Amble alongside the Avon River, as it runs through the heart of Christchurch. Each of New Zealand’s major cities offers something unique and charming.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland

After settling into your hotel, you’ll have time to explore Auckland independently. This evening enjoy a Welcome Reception with your Travel Director.

Hotel: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

Day 2: Auckland – Rotorua

Begin your day with a city tour, then trace the path of the Waikato River to the Waitomo Caves to explore the amazing Glowworm Grotto. Travel on to Rotorua and take an orientation tour of the city, where you’ll enjoy spectacular views of Lake Rotorua. Enjoy an evening of fun and laughter and gain insight into traditional Māori culture followed by a delicious Hangi Highlight Dinner at the Tamaki Māori Village.

Hotel: Ibis Rotorua Hotel, 2 nights

Day 3: Rotorua

Relax or explore Rotorua at your own pace.

Day 4: Rotorua – Wellington

Journey through tall pine forests and verdant farmland to spectacular Huka Falls and serene Lake Taupo. Drive along the shores of New Zealand’s biggest lake through the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park and the dairy farms of Manawatu. Next, follow the Kapiti Coast to Wellington for a city orientation tour.

Hotel: Travelodge Wellington

Day 5: Wellington – Picton

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Wellington, and then visit Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. Your special packed lunch today won’t only be wholesome, it will also feed a Kiwi child who may otherwise go without, through the charity ‘Eat My Lunch’. Cruise across the Cook Strait and explore the maze of inlets of Queen Charlotte Sound. Later you’ll travel to the seaside village of Picton and take a tour of the city before dinner.

Hotel: Picton Beachcomber Inn

Day 6: Picton – Christchurch

Travel to Kaikoura, where sperm whales can often be seen not far from shore. Continue along the Pacific Ocean coast, then across fertile farmlands to Christchurch.

Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch

Day 7: Christchurch – Omarama

After a morning at leisure, travel through verdant countryside to serene Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo, and view the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd before continuing to the awe-inspiring Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park.

Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel

Day 8: Omarama – Dunedin

Visit the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and the monumental spillway of the nearby Benmore Dam. Then travel to the historic town of Oamaru en route to Dunedin, New Zealand’s southernmost city, where your afternoon is at leisure. You may like to take a wildlife cruise, or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Day 9: Dunedin – Te Anau

This morning you’re free to explore Dunedin at your own pace: you might like to visit stately Larnach Castle. This afternoon, travel through lush green sheep-grazing country on your way to Fiordland National Park and the town of Te Anau. Tonight, why not consider an optional experience and take a boat tour of the mysterious Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

Hotel: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Day 10: Te Anau – Queenstown

Your experience in magnificent Milford Sound is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip. Travel through tall native rainforests and rugged mountains of Fiordland National Park, then cruise the serene waters of this natural wonder. On the way to Queenstown see Mirror Lake, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls, then travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Enjoy an informative orientation tour on arrival.

Hotel: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown , 2 nights

Day 11: Queenstown ‘Free Time’

Explore New Zealand’s adventure capital at your own pace today. There are jet boat rides, white water rafting and 4WD safaris for the thrill-seekers, and wine tours or intimate cafés for those who enjoy a more leisurely experience. Later this afternoon, enjoy a cruise across peaceful Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Highlight Dinner.

Day 12: Queenstown – Franz Josef

Your first destination today is the faithfullyrestored gold-mining settlement of Arrowtown. Sample luscious stone fruit in Cromwell, and enjoy the serenity of the region’s vivid blue lakes. Drive over spectacular Haast Pass, passing the 96-metre Thunder Creek Falls and stopping for a tranquil rainforest walk on your way to the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier (an optional scenic flight is available).

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing)

Day 13: Franz Josef – Christchurch

Travel on this morning to Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s famous greenstone. Continue to Arthur’s Pass to board the iconic TranzAlpine train and embark on one of the world’s most renowned rail journeys. Pass through magnificent landscapes to the lush pasture-land of the Canterbury Plains. This evening in Christchurch, join your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.

Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch

Day 14: Farewell from Christchurch

Your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
September: 08, 15, 29$4,325.00$5,745.00
October: 06, 13, 20, 27$4,625.00$6,115.00
November: 03, 10, 17$4,625.00$6,115.00
December: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29$4,625.00$6,115.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 05, 12, 19, 26$4,625.00$6,115.00
February: 02, 09, 16, 23$4,625.00$6,115.00
March: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30$4,625.00$6,115.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 8 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Travel by luxury coach
Accommodation: 13 nights accommodation
Rail:Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train
Guide:Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Southern Spotlight

Tick all the boxes of must-dos in the South Island. Journey through the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine train, have a night out at a High Country Station in Central Otago, cruise down the still waters of Milford Sound, and roam through the stone-hewn campus of New Zealand’s oldest university in Dunedin.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch

You’ll have time to relax before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch

Day 2: Christchurch – Omarama

See how Christchurch is has rebuilt itself after the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, and pop into the Transitional Cathedral, the temporary home of the Christchurch Cathedral, built almost entirely of cardboard. Later, travel over the fertile Canterbury Plains to soak up spectacular scenery. You’ll view the famous Church of the Good Shepherd, and stop for a quick photo with the bronze statue of a collie dog. You may wish to view Mount Cook National Park from the air this afternoon on an optional experience scenic flight. Your day finishes in the heart of the Mackenzie Country at Omarama.

Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel

Day 3: Omarama – Dunedin

Visit to the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme, an intricate series of interconnected lakes and canals, and the monumental spillway of the nearby Benmore Dam. Then travel to the historic town of Oamaru, with its elegant tree-lined streets and celebrated white limestone buildings. Continue to Dunedin, New Zealand’s southernmost city, where your afternoon is at leisure. You may like to take a wildlife cruise, or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Day 4: Dunedin – Te Anau

This morning you’re free to explore Dunedin at your own pace: you might like to visit stately Larnach Castle. This afternoon, travel through lush green sheep-grazing country on your way to Fiordland National Park and the town of Te Anau. Tonight, why not consider an optional experience and take a boat tour of the mysterious Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

Hotel: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Day 5: Te Anau – Queenstown

Your experience in magnificent Milford Sound is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip. Travel through tall native rainforests and rugged mountains of Fiordland National Park, then cruise the serene waters of this natural wonder. On the way to Queenstown see Mirror Lake, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls, then travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Enjoy an informative orientation tour on arrival.

Hotel: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown , 2 nights

Day 6: Queenstown ‘Free Time’

Explore New Zealand’s adventure capital at your own pace today. There are jet boat rides and white water rafting for the thrill-seekers, and wine tours or intimate cafés for those who enjoy a more leisurely rhythm. You might like to visit the picturesque Queenstown Gardens and enjoy its beautiful tulips in spring or glorious roses in summer. Take a peaceful cruise this evening across Lake Wakatipu aboard the century-old TSS Earnslaw, the only remaining commercial passenger-carrying coal-fired steamship in the Southern Hemisphere. Your destination is Walter Peak High Country Farm, where you’ll enjoy a gourmet barbecue Highlight Dinner and entertaining after-dinner show offering glimpses of high country farm life.

Day 7: Queenstown – Franz Josef

Your destination today is the wild west coast of the South Island. Stop to visit the gold-mining settlement of Arrowtown, where more than 70 original buildings from the gold-rush era are faithfully preserved. Sample luscious stone fruit in Cromwell and enjoy the serenity of the region’s vivid blue lakes, the most famous of which is tranquil Lake Wanaka. Drive over the spectacular Haast Pass, passing the 96-metre Thunder Creek Falls and stopping for a leisurely rainforest walk on your way to the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing)

Day 8: Franz Josef – Christchurch

Travel on this morning to Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s famous greenstone. Pounamu (its Māori name) is of great cultural significance in Māori culture and was prized for its strength, durability and beauty. It was used for weapons, tools and personal ornaments, and also denoted great status. Continue to Arthur’s Pass to board the iconic TranzAlpine train and embark on one of the world’s most renowned rail journeys. Pass through magnificent landscapes ranging from the rugged gorges and pristine ice-fed streams and lakes of the Southern Alps, to the lush pasture-land of the Canterbury Plains. This evening in Christchurch, join your Travel Director and new-found friends for a Farewell Dinner.

Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch

Day 9: Farewell from Christchurch

Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
September: 13, 20$2,995.00$3,905.00
October: 04, 11, 18, 25$3,225.00$4,240.00
November: 01, 08, 15, 22$3,225.00$4,240.00
December:06, 13, 20, 27$3,225.00$4,240.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 03, 10, 17, 24, 31$3,225.00$4,240.00
February: 07, 14, 21, 28$3,225.00$4,240.00
March: 07, 14, 21, 28$3,225.00$4,240.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Travel by luxury coach
Rail:Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train
Accommodation: 8 nights accommodation
Guide: Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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