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17 days | Departs year round –
Discover the spectacular highlights of both of New Zealand’s islands, before finishing your journey with a ride aboard the world-famous TranzAlpine Train.

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Book a winter departure & save $300 per person!

Highlights
  • Cruise in the stunning Bay of Islands and through the ‘Hole in the Rock’
  • Visit Waitomo’s famous Glowworm Grotto
  • Feast on a Maori Hangi at a unique dinner experience with the Tamaki family
  • Discover the arts & traditions of New Zealand’s Maori culture
  • Explore New Zealand’s capital, Wellington & visit the Te Papa Museum
  • Cruise on picturesque Queen Charlotte Sound
  • Marvel at Fur Seals at Ohau Point and Whales at Kaikoura
  • See spectacular Lake Tekapo and Lake Te Anau
  • Cruise on magnificent Milford Sound
  • Let loose in the adventure capital of Queenstown
  • Sail across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak for a unique highlight dinner
  • See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier
  • Visit a greenstone factory and watch the jade artists at work
  • Traverse the Southern Alps aboard the world-famous TranzAlpine train
  • Tour through Christchurch to witness the incredible rebuild of the city
Inclusions
  • Return flights from Australia to New Zealand
  • Guided coach touring around both islands
  • 7 nights in the North Island & 9 nights in the South Island
  • 16 breakfasts (B) & 11 dinners (D)
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Day 1 – Homeport to Auckland

Your New Zealand adventure begins with a flight across the Tasman Sea to Auckland, the City of Sails. After your airport transfer to your hotel, explore Auckland your way. An evening welcome reception is followed by dinner with your Travel Director and fellow travellers.

❱ Hotel stay: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites (1 night)

Day 2 – Auckland to the Bay of Islands (BD)

Depart Auckland and travel along the Hibiscus Coast to the Bay of Islands. Take a scenic cruise through game fishing waters to Cape Brett and, weather permitting, through the ‘Hole in the Rock’. The return cruise to Paihia meanders through picturesque islands with deserted sandy beaches and secluded bays. Keep your eyes peeled for the marine life.

❱ Hotel stay: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands (2 nights)

Day 3 – Free Time in the Bay of Islands (B)

Explore the Bay of Islands. Perhaps take a ferry to Russell, go sailing on a tall ship, dolphin-watching on the bay or visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

Day 4 – Bay of Islands to Auckland (B)

Enjoy a leisurely morning before travelling through lush farmlands on your way back to Auckland.

❱ Hotel stay: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites (1 night)

Day 5 – Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo Caves (BD)

After an Auckland city sights tour you’ll trace the Waikato River to Waitomo Caves. Glide through the amazing Glowworm Grotto by boat. Then arrive in Rotorua for an orientation tour. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi feast highlight dinner and concert at the Tamaki Maori Village.

❱ Hotel stay: Ibis Rotorua Hotel (2 nights)

Day 6 – Rotorua (B)

Visit the Agrodome Farm Show, then enjoy an afternoon of ‘Free Time’ – visit Rainbow Springs, abundant with Rainbow Trout and native fauna including the kiwi or Te Puia, where a local Maori will guide you through the Geothermal valley with its mud pools and geysers.

Day 7 – Rotorua to Wellington via Taupo (BD)

This morning, depart Rotorua travelling south to Wairakei and on to Taupo, in the very heart of the North Island. Stop to view mighty Huka Falls before following the eastern shoreline of Lake Taupo. Continue through rich farming lands into the capital city Wellington.

❱ Hotel stay: Travelodge Wellington (1 night)

Day 8 – Wellington to Picton (B, D)

This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Wellington. Take in the panoramic views from the top of Mt. Victoria. There will be time to explore the Parliament buildings and the Beehive, home to New Zealand’s politicians. Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand and explore the fascinating exhibits at your leisure. Later, cruise the Cook Strait into Queen Charlotte Sound and Picton.

❱ Hotel stay: Picton Beachcomber Inn (1 night)

Day 9 – Picton to Christchurch via Kaikoura (B)

Get up close and personal with some New Zealand fur seals at Ohau Point, watch whales at Kaikoura, (optional scenic whale-watching flight is available) and travel across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

❱ Hotel stay: Ibis Hotel Christchurch (1 night)

Day 10 – Christchurch to Omarama via Mt Cook (BD)

Free time to relax this morning. Later see Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and soak up the alpine scenery of Mt. Cook National Park.

❱ Hotel stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel (1 night)

Day 11 – Omarama to Dunedin via Oamaru (BD)

Your day starts along the Waitaki River with the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel through Oamaru with its famous white limestone buildings to Dunedin, where you’ll tour the city. Then you’ve got the afternoon to yourself – perhaps take a Wildlife Cruise, visit the Cadbury Chocolate Factory or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway.

❱ Hotel stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City (1 night)

Day 12 – Dunedin to Te Anau (BD)

It’s a morning at leisure, during which you might like to tour New Zealand’s Larnach Castle. Head off across South Otago’s fertile sheep filled farming land en route to Te Anau, on the shores of the largest lake in the South Island. Tonight, you may choose to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves.

❱ Hotel stay: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (1 night)

Day 13 – Te Anau to Queenstown via Milford Sound (B)

Travel to Milford Sound, where you will cruise on the waters of this natural wonder. See Mirror Lake, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls. Travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown for a sightseeing tour on arrival.

❱ Hotel stay: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Queenstown (2 nights)

Day 14 – Free Time in Queenstown (BD)

Explore thrilling Queenstown your way – from wine tours to jet boat rides and white water rafting. This evening, cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a BBQ dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. An entertaining after-dinner farm show provides a glimpse into high-country farm life.

Day 15 – Queenstown to Franz Josef via Haast Pass (BD)

The first stop is historic Arrowtown. Next is Cromwell to taste its sensational stone fruit. Then it’s a trio of lakes – Lake Dunstan, Hawea, Wanaka before you travel through Haast Pass, view Thunder Creek Falls and take a rainforest walk. Finish your day at the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier.

❱ Hotel stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (1 night)

Day 16 – Franz Josef to Christchurch, TranzAlpine Train (BD)

Visit Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration first up then travel to Arthur’s Pass to board the TranzAlpine, one of the top 6 train journeys in the world. This spectacular journey takes you through the Southern Alps and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. This evening, celebrate your holiday at a farewell dinner.

❱ Hotel stay: Ibis Hotel Christchurch (1 night)

Day 17 – Christchurch to Homeport (B)

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight back to Australia.

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Departure

01 Jun 2019 (winter departure), 07 Sep 2019 (winter departure), 28 Sep 2019 (winter departure), 12 Oct 2019, 26 Oct 2019, 11 Nov 2019 (operates in reverse), 07 Dec 2019, 21 Dec 2019, 04 Jan 2020, 18 Jan 2020, 25 Jan 2020, 01 Feb 2020, 08 Feb 2020, 15 Feb 2020, 22 Feb 2020, 29 Feb 2020, 21 Mar 2020

Terms

The following terms & conditions apply to your booking in addition to our General Booking Terms & Conditions:

  • Flights are included from all departure cities shown as required. These are based on Air New Zealand ‘X’ Class Seat & Bag Economy airfares, Virgin Australia ‘V’ Class Go Plus Economy airfares, Qantas ‘S’ Class Economy airfares or Emirates ‘U’ Class Economy airfares, and are subject to availability at the time of your booking confirmation.
  • The following fees apply for cancellations made once your booking is confirmed:
    After deposit is received – loss of deposit;
    21 to 60 days before departure – 50% of total booking value plus deposit;
    Within 20 days of departure – 100% of total booking value.
    We recommend purchasing travel insurance for your holiday.
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