Highlights of New Zealand Tour
Duration: 15 nights escorted tour
Price from: £3999pp
Christchurch 1 night
Omarama 1 night
Dunedin 1 night
Te Anau 1 night
Queenstown 2 nights
Fox Glacier 1 night
Christchurch 1 night
Wellington 2 nights
Rotorua 2 nights
Bay of Islands 2 nights
Days 1-2: Fly to Christchurch.
Day 3 Christchurch: On arrival into Christchurch you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 4 Christchurch/Omarama: After a city tour travel through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. See the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Sheep Dog Statue. Marvel at the spectacular mountain ranges including Mt Cook. The opportunity is available (time and weather permitting) to enjoy a scenic flight (additional expense) over the Southern Alps before travelling to Omarama.
Day 5 Omarama/Dunedin: Visit Lake Benmore, before following the Waitaki River to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue south to Dunedin for a city tour followed by some free time. Tonight’s Scottish evening has bagpipes, great food and a special Haggis Ceremony.
Day 6 Dunedin/Te Anau: Travel out along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle for a guided tour. Enjoy time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by a delicious Devonshire Tea. Continue through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland and later, you may like to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (additional expense).
Day 7 Te Anau/Queenstown: Set off on a fascinating drive to Milford Sound for a cruise. See the spectacular Bowen Falls and towering Mitre Peak as you enjoy a picnic lunch. This afternoon travel to Queenstown.
Day 8 Queenstown: At leisure. Your Coach Captain and Tour Leader can assist with the many sightseeing options available, including a jet boat ride, a heritage tour to Skippers Canyon or get up close to a Kiwi bird. Later, board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station for a gourmet barbecue dinner and short farm tour. Cruise back to Queenstown.
Day 9 Queenstown/Fox Glacier: Travel to Arrowtown and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to the mighty West Coast and see the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel to Fox Glacier. Time is available to experience a scenic flight (additional expense, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.
Day 10 Fox Glacier/Christchurch: Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue into Arthur’s Pass and board the TranzAlpine, for one of the world’s great train journeys as you travel through the Waimakariri Basin, over massive viaducts and through the Canterbury Plains.
Day 11 Christchurch/Wellington: Travel to Kaikoura, admiring the Marlborough Country scenery. Continue to Picton and board the Interislander Ferry for your journey through the Marlborough Sounds and across Cook Strait.
Day 12 Wellington: Explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum, followed by an extensive city tour.
Day 13 Wellington/Rotorua: Depart Wellington and view the snow-capped peaks of Mt Ruapehu and
Mt Tongariro as you travel to Lake Taupo. Visit spectacular Huka Falls then travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua.
Day 14 Rotorua: Begin with a gondola ride and breakfast at the Skyline Rotorua. There is also time for a luge ride! Next stop is Agrodome for an action packed hour of farming entertainment and education that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Visit Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. This evening enjoy a Māori Hāngi and Concert.
Day 15 Rotorua/Bay of Islands: Travel north via Auckland and Whangarei to Paihia, in the heart of the Bay of Islands. Enjoy an introduction to the Bay of Islands, where the treaty between the Māori tribes and British was signed.
Day 16 Bay of Islands: Cruise through the beautiful Bay of Islands aboard a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett, where a historic lighthouse keeps watch over Piercy Island, or as it is popularly known the ‘Hole in the Rock’ before returning to Paihia for a free afternoon. A range of optional activities are available (additional expense).
Day 17 Bay of Islands/Auckland: Depart this morning and travel via Whangarei and Dargaville to Matakohe. Enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum before continuing to Auckland for a city sights tour followed by a farewell dinner with your new found friends.
Day 18 Auckland: The tour ends with an airport transfer and your onward journey.
Departures: On specific dates. Please ask for details.
Accommodation: 3* PLUS hotels throughout.
Meals: Breakfast. Lunch is also included on day 7. Dinner is also included on days 3 (except for travellers arriving at the hotel after 8pm), 4-6, 8-11, 13-15 & 17.
Tour price: The price shown for this Grand Pacific Tour is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes international flights, return airport transfers, accommodation, hotel porterage, sightseeing as outlined, TranzAlpine rail journey, four cruises, comprehensive documentation pack and services of a Grand Pacific Coach Captain and Tour Leader.
Itinerary is based on departures between Sep 20-Mar 21. Prior to this date, meals and itinerary may vary.