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Breathtaking New Zealand

From $9,499
Duration 15 Days
Departures from: Oct 2023 - Nov 2023
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From $9,499
Duration 15 Days
Departures from: Oct 2023 - Nov 2023
Tour Overview
This all-encompassing tour of New Zealand starts in the beautiful city of Auckland on North Island. Discover emerald-green landscapes, thermal springs and geysers in Rotorua and Napier, then spend some time in the capital Wellington, before sailing across the Cook Strait to South Island. Snow-capped mountains, shimmering glaciers and beautiful Milford Sound await and there's also time to explore Queenstown and the vibrant city of Christchurch.
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  • meals included tour All Breakfasts
  • max group size Max Group Size 35

Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Holiday Director as your host & Specialist Local Guide
  • 14 nights in 3 & 4-star hotels
  • A guaranteed twin or double room of your own
  • 17 meals: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners including welcome & farewell drinks
  • Transportation excluding overseas transfers to and from the airport*
  • Porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Waitomo glow worm grotto
  • Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch & Napier sightseeing
  • Te Puia Thermal Reserve
  • Dinner & wine-tasting at the Mission Estate Winery
  • Journey on the TranzAlpine train
  • Cruise on Milford Sound

Itinerary

Day 1 Auckland

Make your own way to our first hotel where your Holiday Director will meet you for your welcome meeting that evening. Meals included: D

Day 2 Auckland

​The beautiful city of Auckland is the largest in New Zealand, situated on the North Island in the Hauraki Gulf. We'll admire its spectacular skyline on an included tour this morning, which takes us to all the must-see sights. Later, you will have time to explore the city further in the company of your fellow travellers. ​

Meals included: B

Day 3 Auckland - Rotorua

The warm, emerald-green North Island was shaped by volcanic activity, and evidence of this remains in the thermal springs surrounding Rotorua. En-route we will journey through the dairy-rich Waikato farming region, home of the Maori kingdom, and visit the world-famous Waitomo Caves. The amazing glow-worm grotto is a fascinating sight and we will explore in the company of a Local Guide.

You can also take an optional flight today, either by float-plane or helicopter, over Mount Tarawera Volcano. You'll learn how the volcano's 1886 eruption - the largest in New Zealand's living memory - affected the landscape and, if you chose the helicopter flight, you will actually land at the site of the eruption. Those choosing the float-plane excursion will have the added excitement of taking off and landing on water at the Rotorua City Lakefront.​

Meals included: B

Day 4 Rotorua

Today you have the option to join a tour of Hobbiton, the location created for the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit films. We'll explore the site, which includes hobbit holes and the Green Dragon Inn, while our guide offers fascinating insight – a must for fans of the films.

Te Puia Thermal Reserve is home to the extraordinary boiling mud pools and spouting geysers that New Zealand is so famous for. We will call here this morning to see this spectacular sight for ourselves.

Tonight, you'll have a chance to experience a Maori concert and sample an authentic Hangi meal on an optional tour. This is where your food is cooked by steam underground using a centuries-old method that harnesses the power of nature.

Meals included: B

Day 5 Rotorua - Napier

The route to Napier takes us through the Wairakei Valley, past the spectacular Huka Falls to beautiful Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest freshwater lake. We will pause here to take in the mesmerising views. Napier is home to one of the finest collections of Art Deco-style buildings in the world and has the ideal climate for growing grapes. Sampling some of the locally cultivated wines is certain to be a treat before we discover more about the town as we explore on foot in the company of your Holiday Director. We'll enjoy a group dinner this evening at a winery estate.

Meals included: B,D

Day 6 Napier - Wellington

​Wellington, New Zealand's wonderful capital, enjoys a beautiful setting on the southern tip of the North Island. We'll head here today with an orientation tour on arrival to highlight the city's main sights.​

Meals included: B

Day 7 Wellington - at Leisure

​We have left today free for you to explore the city with your travelling companions. Perhaps take the cable car to the Botanical Gardens or visit the Te Papa Museum, which offers a wealth of information about New Zealand and its history, along with a collection of art.​

Meals included: B

Day 8 Wellington - Christchurch

​We set sail for the South Island today. Once back on land, we continue the drive to Christchurch, often referred to as the most English city outside of England. We'll enjoy the stunning scenery of the Kaikoura coast along the way.​

Meals included: B

Day 9 Christchurch - Franz Josef

Today we will journey from Christchurch to the stunning Franz Josef region. En route, we will stop Hokitika, a quaint town with some excellent arts and crafts stores. We will then continue to Tree Tops, to enjoy spectacular views from walkways high in the ancient tree canopy. Later, upon arrival in Franz Josef, perhaps join an optional helicopter flight with a landing on the glacier.

Meals included: B

Day 10 Franz Josef Glacier - Queenstown

The road through Westland National Park is one of the most scenic ever built, with tremendous ocean views to one side and spectacular forest views to the other. Experience it for yourself as we head to Queenstown, a popular resort in both summer and winter, travelling south crossing the Haast River Bridge and passing Lake Hāwea and Lake Wanaka along the way. This evening, if you wish, you could enjoy a relaxing steamship cruise on Lake Wakatipu and a gourmet barbecue dinner in the Colonel's Homestead at Walter Peak.

Meals included: B

Day 11 Milford Sound

​Milford Sound is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful locations in New Zealand. Te Anau is the gateway to Fjordland National Park and our first port of call on today's tour. We continue through the lush beech forests of the Eglinton Valley and the eroded glacial canyons of the Hollyford Valley, before arriving at Milford Sound itself. A cruise on the Sound, which we include weather permitting, is a great way to appreciate the beauty of the area, and lunch is also included. ​

Meals included: B,L

Day 12 Queenstown - at Leisure

Explore Queenstown in the company of your fellow travellers or perhaps join us on an optional excursion.
If you're feeling adventurous, there's a fantastic opportunity to take an exhilarating jet boat ride on the Dart River. You'll also enjoy a walk through the bush and go on an exciting four-wheel drive.
If you're looking for an adrenaline rush, why not take an optional ride on the Kawarau Jet Boat. On this thrilling adventure you will travel at speeds of up to 50 miles an hour in very shallow water. Later on, you may wish to join us for an optional ride on the Skyline Queenstown Gondola. We'll travel 450 metres above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu to the top of Bob's Peak for fabulous views. A delicious dinner in the restaurant at the top of the gondola rounds off a wonderful evening

Meals included: B

Day 13 Queenstown - Omarama

​Today we travel via the gold-mining town of Arrowtown. New Zealand's spectacular scenery is never-ending and another stunning route delivers us to the Mount Cook region today. If you wish you can take an optional scenic flight over some of New Zealand's highest mountains and largest glaciers. Your pilot will provide interesting commentary as you admire them from the air.​

Meals included: B

Day 14 Omarama - Christchurch

​A lovely drive this morning takes us across Burkes Pass and onwards to Lake Tekapo. We will travel over the Canterbury Plains and on to Christchurch, where an orientation tour introduces us to all the main sights. This evening we will gather with the group to enjoy a farewell drink. ​

Meals included: B

Day 15 Christchurch

Today it's time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers as your holiday comes to an end. Meals included: B

Accommodation

Crowne Plaza Auckland

Crowne Plaza Auckland is situated within walking distance from a range of shopping and dining options on Queen Street. It is also in close proximity to main sightseeing attractions of Auckland. Modern rooms feature en-suite facilities, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and sleep-aid aromatherapy kits. Other hotel facilities include gym, sauna, a lobby cocktail bar and a restaurant.

Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Millennium Hotel Rotorua is located a short walk away from the Lake Rotorua. Every hotel room is featuring free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minifridges and tea/coffee-making facilities. Other hotel amenities include an outdoor swimming pool and an indoor geothermal pool, as well as a fitness centre and a spa with saunas.

Scenic Hotel Te Pania

You will stay at the Scenic Hotel Te Pania perfectly located on the edge of Hawkes Bay. Hotel facilities include a restaurant and bar. Bedrooms have private facilities, TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee-making facilities.

West Plaza Hotel Wellington

West Plaza Hotel is a spacious property located in the heart of Wellington CBD, opposite the Town Hall and Convention Centre and just 3 minutes’ walk from Te Papa Museum and Lambton Quay waterfront's many shops, restaurants and cafes. The hotel features an award-winning restaurant, 24-hour reception, 24-hour room service, luggage storage facilities and guests enjoy free WiFi throughout the property. City Dining & Bar offers a seasonal menu of modern New Zealand cuisine and a selection of boutique New Zealand wines.

Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Distinction Christchurch Hotel is located in the heart of the city just a few steps away from the Avon River, Botanical Gardens, Christchurch Casino and many more attractions. Each hotel room is air-conditioned and features free Wi-Fi, smart TVs, minifridge and tea/coffee-making facilities. Other hotel amenities include restaurant and a bar, the perfect place to enjoy delicious cuisine and drinks.

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Scenic Franz Josef Hotel is located close to one of New Zealand's most spectacular natural attractions, the Franz Josef Glacier.

Hotel facilities include restaurant, bar/lounge and spa. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, mini-bar, tea/coffee-maker, TV and hairdryer.

Holiday Inn Queenstown Frankton Road

Holiday Inn Queenstown Frankton Road has a peaceful setting amongst alpine scenery and picturesque lakes, yet it is conveniently close to the city.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, sauna and tennis court. Bedrooms have private facilities, tea and coffee-making facilities, TV, hairdryer and Wi-Fi.

Heritage Gateway Hotel

Heritage Gateway Hotel in Omarama is set amongst landscaped gardens offering wonderful views of the surrounding mountains.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant and bar. Bedrooms have private facilities, TV, iron, refrigerator, tea/coffee-maker and hairdryer.

Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Distinction Christchurch Hotel is located in the heart of the city just a few steps away from the Avon River, Botanical Gardens, Christchurch Casino and many more attractions. Each hotel room is air-conditioned and features free Wi-Fi, smart TVs, minifridge and tea/coffee-making facilities. Other hotel amenities include restaurant and a bar, the perfect place to enjoy delicious cuisine and drinks.