New Zealand Getaway
Duration: 15 nights escorted tour
Price from: £4799pp
Auckland 1 night
Bay of Islands 2 nights
Auckland 1 night
Rotorua 2 nights
Wellington 1 night
Christchurch 1 night
Fox Glacier 1 night
Queenstown 2 nights
Te Anau 1 night
Dunedin 1 night
Lake Tekapo 1 night
Christchurch 1 night
Days 1-2: Fly to Auckland.
Day 3 Auckland: On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 4 Auckland/Bay of Islands: Head north to Parry Kauri Park to see a mighty Kauri tree and marvel at its impressive size. Continue to the Bay of Islands and a welcome dinner overlooking the spectacular Bay of Islands.
Day 5 Bay of Islands: Home to 144 islands, enjoy this aquatic playground with a full day at leisure. Perhaps relax on the beach, explore the wilderness areas via one of the many walking tracks, or set off into town.
Day 6 Bay of Islands/Auckland: Explore New Zealand’s finest maritime park on a cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. This captivating coastline provides sheltered waters for dolphins, whales, seals, penguins and other marine life. Continue to the Hole in the Rock, a distinctive sandstone arch formation. Return to Auckland by coach and relax prior to dinner.
Day 7 Auckland/Rotorua: This morning, travel to Waitomo, home to the famous glowworm caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an unmistakable glow. Continue to the geothermal capital of New Zealand, Rotorua where you visit Te Puia, New Zealand’s premier cultural centre and have a guided tour of the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute. Also see the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley and witness the phenomenal spectacle of erupting geysers and bubbling mud pools. This evening enjoy a Maori Hangi feast.
Day 8 Rotorua: Your sightseeing continues with a visit to one of New Zealand’s best-loved attractions, the Agrodome, with its entertaining sheep shearing demonstration, dog trials and animal nursery. Later, perhaps take an optional helicopter flight for views over the active White Island volcano (additional expense).
Day 9 Rotorua/Wellington: Travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Lake Taupo – the largest freshwater lake in Australasia – and thundering Huka Falls. Continue south across the vast volcanic plateau of World Heritagelisted Tongariro National Park to Wellington where you have a city sights tour. The evening has been left free for you to explore Wellington’s vibrant dining scene.
Day 10 Wellington/Christchurch: Embark on one of the world’s most scenic voyages aboard the Interislander ferry across the Cook Strait. Continue by road to Christchurch.
Day 11 Christchurch/Fox Glacier: Absorb the rural scenery from the coach before beginning the ascent into the Main Divide. Then, sit back and soak up the vistas as you journey through the Southern Alps to Westland Tai Poutini National Park.
Day 12 Fox Glacier/Queenstown: Drive through Haast Pass, skirting the shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea to the alpine resort of Queenstown on Lake Wakatipu.
Day 13 Queenstown: This morning, you are free to relax or choose from one of the select experiences: perhaps step aboard the TSS Earnslaw steamship for a cruise to Walter Peak Station or set off into the Central Otago wine region independently (both additional expense). Later, enjoy a scenic gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak for panoramic views over Queenstown and a delicious lunch.
Day 14 Queenstown/Te Anau: Enter Fiordland National Park along the Milford Road, then cruise the full length of magnificent Milford Sound, to view cascading waterfalls, dense rainforest, sheer cliffs and mountains.
Day 15 Te Anau/Dunedin: Drive through the rolling Southland countryside to Dunedin, where you have a guided tour followed by leisure time.
Day 16 Dunedin/Lake Tekapo: See the Moeraki Boulders and visit Oamaru. Later, journey into Aoraki Mt Cook National Park before arriving at your hotel, situated on the shores of Lake Tekapo.
Day 17 Lake Tekapo/Christchurch: Pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd before travelling to Christchurch.
Day 18 Christchurch: Bid farewell to new friends as you transfer to the airport for your onward journey.
Departures: On specific dates. Please ask for details.
Accommodation: 3-4* hotels throughout.
Meals: Breakfast. Lunch is also included on day 13. Dinner is also included on days 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 14 & 16.
Tour price: The price shown for this APT Travelmarvel tour includes international flights, ferry travel on day 10, return airport transfers, coach travel, accommodation, sightseeing as outlined and services of a tour guide.
The itinerary is based on departures between Oct 20-Mar 21 and may vary for other dates.