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Highlights of New Zealand

Christchurch 1 night
1 night
1 night
Te Anau
1 night
2 nights
Fox Glacier 
1 night
1 night
2 nights
2 nights
Bay of Islands
2 nights
1 night

Day 1 Christchurch: On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 Christchurch/Omarama: After an introductory city sights tour depart Christchurch and travel through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water, visit The Church of the Good Shepherd and view the Sheep Dog Statue. Marvel at the spectacular mountain ranges including Mt Cook, New Zealand's highest peak. The opportunity is available (time and weather permitting) to enjoy a scenic flight (additional expense) over the Southern Alps before travelling to Omarama.

Day 3 Omarama/Dunedin: Depart Omarama and see Lake Benmore, before following the Waitaki River to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue south to Dunedin and enjoy a city sights tour followed by some free time. Tonight, enjoy a Scottish evening with bagpipes, great food and special Haggis Ceremony. 

Day 4 Dunedin/Te Anau: Travel out along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle for a guided tour to hear about the tragic and scandalous history. Travel onwards through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland and your overnight stay. Tonight you may like to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (additional expense).

Day 5 Te Anau/Queenstown: Depart Te Anau for a fascinating drive to Milford Sound for a cruise on this magnificent fiord. See the spectacular Bowen Falls and towering Mitre Peak as you enjoy a picnic lunch. This afternoon travel to Queenstown, overlooking magical Lake Wakatipu.

Day 6 Queenstown: Today is at leisure. Your Coach Captain and Tour Guide are available to assist with the many sightseeing options available, including the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour to Skippers Canyon or get up close to a Kiwi bird. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Enjoy a gourmet barbecue dinner followed by a short farm tour then reboard the TSS Earnslaw and cruise back to Queenstown.

Day 7 Queenstown/Fox Glacier: Travel to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to the mighty West Coast, an area of stunning beauty. 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 8 Fox Glacier/Christchurch: Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue into Arthur's Pass and board The TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. View rivers and valleys as you travel through the Waimakariri Basin, over massive viaducts and through the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains to the elegant city of Christchurch. 

Day 9 Christchurch/Wellington: Travel to the seaside village of Kaikoura, enjoying spectacular scenery as you travel through Marlborough Country. Continue to Picton, where you board the Interislander Ferry for your journey through the Marlborough Sounds and across Cook Strait to Wellington.

Day 10 Wellington: Today explore this exciting region beginning with Te Papa, New Zealand's National Museum, followed by an extensive city tour. This afternoon and evening are at leisure.

Day 11 Wellington/Rotorua: Depart Wellington and view the snow capped peaks of Mt Ruapehu and Mt Tongariro as you travel to Lake Taupo. Visit the spectacular Huka Falls then travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua.

Day 12 Rotorua: Today begins 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. Enjoy free time this afternoon and this evening experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert.

Day 13 Rotorua/Bay of Islands: This morning depart Rotorua and travel north via Auckland. Continue via Whangarei to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy an introduction to the Bay of Islands, location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British.

Day 14 Bay of Islands: This morning cruise through the beautiful Bay of Islands on board a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins before returning via Russell to Paihia for a free afternoon. A range of optional activities are available (additional expense) or you may choose to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of the waterfront.

Day 15 Bay of Islands/Auckland: Depart the Bay of Islands 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. This evening you will be treated to a farewell dinner with your new found friends.

Day 16 Auckland: The tour ends with a transfer to the airport.

What you need to know

Departures: On specific dates. Please ask for details.

Accommodation: 3*-3* Plus hotels throughout.

Meals: Breakfast. Lunch is also included on day 5. Dinner is also included on days 1 (except for travellers arriving after 8pm), 2-4, 6-9, 11-13 & 15.

Tour price: The price shown for this Grand Pacific Tour is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes return airport transfers, accommodation, hotel porterage, sightseeing as outlined, TranzAlpine rail journey, four cruises, comprehensive document pack and services of a Grand Pacific Coach Captain and Tour Guide. Flights excluded.

Itinerary is based on departures from Sep 18. Prior to this date, meals and itinerary may vary. Tour Guide applies to Sep 18 departures onwards.

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