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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