New Zealand Marvel Escorted Coach Tour
Travel 15 Jun 2019 - 28 Sep 2019
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- 13 nts New Zealand Marvel Escorted Coach Tour, New Zealand - Daily breakfast & 10 dinners
- Daily breakfast & 10 dinners
- Flights to Christchurch returning from Auckland via Dubai with Emirates, accommodation in a standard room, return airport transfers, TranzAlpine rail journey, three cruises, services of a luxury coach, an experienced travel director and driver Guide and prepayable taxes.
- This holiday is ATOL protected 2713
Daily breakfast & 10 dinners
Day 1 Christchurch: On arrival in Christchurch there’s time for relaxing or exploring. Perhaps take a leisurely stroll along the banks of the picturesque Avon River. This evening your holiday begins with a Welcome Reception and dinner with your Travel Director and fellow travellers.
Day 2 Christchurch/Franz Josef: Board the iconic TranzAlpine train for one the world’s great rail journeys. Pass through the lush pastureland of the Canterbury Plains to the rugged gorges and ice-fed streams and lakes of the Southern Alps. Alight at Arthur’s Pass and continue to Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s famous greenstone. Continue to Franz Josef Glacier (optional scenic flight available).
Day 3 Franz Josef/Queenstown: Drive over the spectacular Haast Pass, passing the 96-metre Thunder Creek Falls, and serene Lakes Wanaka, Hawea and Dunstan. Stop at the town of Cromwell and enjoy delicious stone fruit. Next you’ll visit the historic gold mining settlement of Arrowtown, where over 70 buildings from the gold-rush era are still beautifully preserved, before arriving in Queenstown for an orientation tour of the town, which sits on the shore of crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu.
Day 4 Queenstown: Explore New Zealand’s adventure capital today. There are jet boat rides for thrill-seekers, and wine tours or intimate caf for a more leisurely rhythm. Enjoy a peaceful cruise this evening across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Highlight Dinner and an entertaining after-dinner show offering glimpses of high-country farm life.
Day 5 Queenstown/Te Anau: Travel the highway known as the Devil’s Staircase and along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to the town of Te Anau. On your journey to Milford Sound you’ll be awestruck by the native rainforests and rugged mountains of Fiordland National Park. Your cruise on the Sound takes in cascading waterfalls, hanging glacial valleys, and towering Mitre Peak. Return to lakeside Te Anau, where this evening you’ll have the option of visiting the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (own expense).
Day 6 Te Anau/Dunedin: Journey through lush green sheepgrazing country on your way to Dunedin this morning. The afternoon is yours to enjoy as you please. Sit back and relax, ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway, or take a wildlife cruise to spot penguins and Royal Albatross.
Day 7 Dunedin/Omarama: You have the opportunity to visit Larnach Castle (own expense) before setting out for historic Oamaru, with its celebrated white limestone buildings. Later, pass the monumental Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam on your way to Omarama.
Day 8 Omarama/Christchurch: Journey through the awe-inspiring Aoraki Mt. Cook National Park this morning (an optional scenic flight is available). See majestic Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo, and stop to view the famous Church of the Good Shepherd. Later, traverse the fertile Canterbury Plains to Christchurch, a vibrant city known for its English heritage.
Day 9 Christchurch/Picton: Travel along the rugged Pacific Ocean coast this morning to Kaikoura, where sperm whales can often be seen not far from shore (an optional whalewatching flight is available). Pass the pink-tinged crystallisation ponds of the Lake Grassmere Salt Works, then travel to the pretty seaside village of Picton.
Day 10 Picton/Wellington: Cruise tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound, then cross the Cook Strait to Wellington, on the North Island. Take a city tour before enjoying some free time, and later visit Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, where you’ll have time to explore fascinating exhibits.
Day 11 Wellington/Rotorua: Travel along the scenic Kapiti Coast through lush dairy-farming country to Tongariro National Park and snowcapped Mt. Ruapehu. Panoramic views of Lake Taupo, the largest lake in Australasia, will unfold around every corner. View mighty Huka Falls and pass the Wairakei Geothermal Power Station. Later relax or explore Rotorua independently.
Day 12 Rotorua: This morning, experience the multiawarding- winning Agrodome Farm Show. Later relax or explore Rotorua at your own pace. Perhaps visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park, to observe the native fauna of New Zealand including the country’s iconic kiwi. Another option is Te Puia thermal reserve. Enjoy an evening of fun and laughter and gain an insight into traditional Maori culture followed by a delicious Hangi Highlight Dinner at the Tamaki Maori Village.
Day 13 Rotorua/Auckland: This morning explore the Waitomo Glowworm Grotto by boat, and walk through towering limestone caverns. Later you’ll follow the noble Waikato, New Zealand’s longest river, into Auckland. Take an orientation tour of New Zealand’s largest city before joining your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.
Day 14 Auckland: Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.
Flights to Christchurch returning from Auckland via Dubai with Emirates, accommodation in a standard room, return airport transfers, TranzAlpine rail journey, three cruises, services of a luxury coach, an experienced travel director and driver Guide and prepayable taxes.
Daily breakfast & 10 dinners
Made up of two rather remote islands (and many smaller ones), this tiny country is one of the world's greatest tourist destinations thanks to the incredible unspoilt scenery, naturally warm and friendly people, pleasant climate and fascinating blend of cultures.
New Zealand's 29 regions stretch more than 990 miles across two main islands, North Island and South Island, along with the lesser known Stewart Island in the south. Each destination is distinctive in character and, with the country being so compact, you can easily visit both islands on your holiday.
North Island has a spine of mountain ranges flanked on either side by gently rolling farmland, whilst the central area is a volcanic plateau and thermal area with the mud pools, hot springs and geysers of Rotorua at its heart. On South Island, the Southern Alps form a towering land mass along the west of the island and to the east, the landscape is of undulating hills and the flat Canterbury Plains. The country boasts a blissfully uncrowded stretch of coastline with a diversity all of its own. North Island and the north of South Island have the lion's share of the sandy beaches, whilst the rest of South Island is wilder and more rugged. The Southern Alps are home to Australasia's highest peak, Mount Cook as well as Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. Marlborough Sound and the Fiordlands are examples of mountain ranges which have 'sunk' into the sea creating spectacular sounds and fiords. Milford Sound particularly is typical of the fabulous scenery for which New Zealand is renowned.
New Zealand's Maori culture is an integral part of Kiwi life and adds a dynamic experience for visitors. Rotorua, on the central plateau of North Island, has one of the greatest concentrations of Maori residents in the country and is one of the best places to experience this unique culture. You'll almost certainly have the chance to try the "Hongi" – the traditional Maori greeting where two people rub noses. And even the non-rugby lovers amongst us couldn't fail to recognise the familiar sounds and actions of the "Haka", an ancient Maori dance, which has made the New Zealand All Blacks famous the world over.
Indulging in local food and wine is a must-do for many travellers. If gastronomy and the odd tipple are high on your agenda, a New Zealand holiday won't disappoint with vineyards stretching throughout every region and chefs adding local twists to fine cuisine.
Whether you're planning your first visit or much-anticipated return, let Premier Holidays create the perfect New Zealand holiday for you.