New Zealand Splendour Summer 2019

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Your adventure through New Zealand's soul-stirring natural landscapes will take you past spectacular glaciers and alpine peaks, culminating in a vintage encounter with TSS Earnslaw on Lake Wakatipu.

Overview

Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • City tour in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch.
    • Cruise on Cook Strait, Lake Wakatipu and Milford Sound.
    • View fur seals up-close at Ohau Point and the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train.
    • Visit the Tamaki Māori Village in Rotorua, historic Arrowtown and Franz Josef Glacier

What's this trip about?

    Your adventure through New Zealand's soul-stirring natural landscapes will take you past spectacular glaciers and alpine peaks, culminating in a vintage encounter with TSS Earnslaw on Lake Wakatipu.

Details

Itinerary focusOff the Beaten Path
Group sizeOperator does not provide
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityAuckland
End CityChristchurch (Nz)

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural
  • Education / Learning
  • Local Immersion & Homestays

Destinations

  • New Zealand

Attractions

  • Auckland
  • Christchurch
  • Dunedin
  • Queenstown
  • Wellington

Activities

  • Culture
  • Historic sightseeing
  • Homestays & Cultural Immersion

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Auckland

Auckland extends a warm welcome as you transfer to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4pm) and spend the day discovering why this North Island hotspot has justifiably earned its reputation as the City of Sails. Later, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and Regional Meal at your hotel.

Day 2: Auckland - Rotorua (2 Nights)

See the iconic and unexpected highlights of Auckland during a sightseeing tour, then head south to the Glow Worm Grotto of Waitomo. Admire the luminescent walls that guide your boat tour through its glimmering depths in the company of a 'Local Specialist' and embark o...

Day 3: Rotorua Sightseeing

Today your choice of sightseeing: unwind at the Polynesian Spa; visit Te Puia and tour through the Whakawerawera Thermal Reserve; take a fascinating tour to discover the wizardry behind the Hobbiton movie set or explore Rotorua and its three lakes in an amphibious WWI...

Day 4: Rotorua - Wellington

Cross forest-clad landscapes and lush farmland to the raging waters of Huka Falls, which feeds New Zealand's largest lake, Lake Taupo. Continue your journey south, over the central plateau and along the rolling Kapiti Coast to New Zealand's capital city, Wellington. T...

Day 5: Wellington - Blenheim

Explore the Capital of Cool on your terms this morning with some free time to see such highlights as the Parliament buildings or savour the aromas of Welly's coffee culture. This afternoon, take to the tranquil waters of Queen Charlotte Sound after crossing Cook Strai...

Day 6: Blenheim - Christchurch

Delve into the whaling heritage of Kaikoura, where sperm whales can often be seen not far from shore. Journey along the Pacific Ocean coast and across the colourful Canterbury Plains to Christchurch, a city revealing an effortless fusion of modern verve and the elegance of yesteryear.

Day 7: Christchurch - Twizel

Visit Morelea to 'Connect with Locals' over a Be My Guest barbecue lunch, meeting your hosts Angie and Stan Taylor who will share insights into a lifetime spent farming in New Zealand. The flavours of Angie's famous pavlova will linger as you continue to the soul-stir...

Day 8: Twizel - Dunedin Sightseeing

Journey along the Waitaki River, taking a brief stop at the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Continue to the township of Oamaru with its famous white limestone buildings and then on to soaring spires of Dunedin. This afternoon, your choice of sightseeing: t...

Day 9: Dunedin - Te Anau

Delve into the Scottish heritage of Dunedin, exploring its youthful student atmosphere before journeying across lush pastoral lands to the village of Te Anau, the gateway to the natural splendour of Milford Sound. Tonight, consider an Optional Experience to the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves, where you'll cruise through ancient limestone caves and admire their luminous show.

Day 10: Te Anau - Queenstown (2 Nights)

Keep your camera at hand as you journey through the natural wonderland of rainforest, ancient glacier and mountain ranges. Continue through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel, and past Mirror Lake, Pop's Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm. Cruise the startlingly beautiful ...

Day 11: Queenstown Sightseeing

Prepare for a thrill a minute on your choice of sightseeing: ride the Shotover Jet boat; take a gondola to Bob's Peak for thrilling luge rides; visit Kiwi Birdlife Park or take a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu a...

Day 12: Queenstown - Franz Josef

Delve into the rich gold mining heritage of Arrowtown before savouring the juicy flavours of apricots, peaches and plums in Cromwell, New Zealand's stone fruit capital. Your journey to the icy depths of Franz Josef Glacier will see you pass a trio of lakes - Dunstan, Hawea and Wanaka - as well as Haast Pass and Thunder Creek Falls in Mt. Aspiring National Park.

Day 13: Franz Josef - Punakaiki

Your first stop is Hokitika, New Zealand's greenstone (jade) centre, where you'll admire the delicate stone-craft, during a visit to a local factory and jewellery demonstration by a master carver. Travel to Punakaiki next, to see the limestone Pancake Rocks and Blowho...

Day 14: Punakaiki - Christchurch

Board the TranzAlpine train at Arthur's Pass for one of the world's most scenic journeys across the Southern Alps bound for Christchurch. Your journey across New Zealand's North and South Islands almost at its end, you'll indulge in a Farewell Dinner with newfound friends.

Day 15: Depart Christchurch

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

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Last Updated: 9/6/2019

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Meals Included
  • 14 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 1 lunch (Connect with Locals)
  • 11 dinners.
Age Requirements
No age restrictions
Additional Information
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most regions or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Porterage is not provided at airports in Australia and New Zealand
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays
  • All hotel charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights
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