17 DAY ‘CLASSIC NEW ZEALAND’

17 Days / 16 Nights
Tour Commences on Monday’s, Thursday, and Saturday’s only

 

 

  1. ARRIVE AUCKLAND
    Welcome to New Zealand! You are met on arrival at the Auckland International Airport before being transferred to your hotel.
  2. AUCKLAND – WAITOMO – ROTORUA (L)
    Travel south from Auckland through the rich farmland of the Waikato on to Waitomo. Enjoy a guided tour through the long galleries and lofty chambers of the World Famous Glowworm Caves. Your tour continues with a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto, illuminated by thousands of tiny lights from the glow worms suspended from the cave ceiling. From we travel to the thermal wonderland of Rotorua, the Sulphur City. Rotorua has the most energetic thermal activity in the country with bubbling mud pools, gushing geysers, beautiful coloured hot springs and terrace formations created by mineral water. Rotorua also has a large Maori population whose cultural activities are interesting and accessible.
  3. ROTORUA MORNING SIGHTS – AUCKLAND
    This morning enjoy a half day tour of Rotorua. Included in your tour is a visit to Te Puia and the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute where you can view mighty geysers, boiling mud pools, and the traditional arts & culture of the Maori People; Rainbow Springs - a unique showcase of New Zealand's flora and fauna including New Zealand's national icon, a kiwi bird; and the Agrodome Sheep Show - a hands-on experience giving you an animated insight into New Zealand's farming history. This afternoon travel back to Auckland.
  4. AUCKLAND – BAY OF ISLANDS
    There's no place in the world like the Bay of Islands a stunning region of 144 secluded islands, abundant in natural wonders and marine life. Regarded as the birthplace of New Zealand as a bi-cultural nation, the Bay of Islands is rich in both Maori culture and early European history. Discover well-preserved Maori and European relics of the past, and learn more about the unique history that has shaped our country. Departing Auckland city travel to the Bay of Islands through spectacular scenery of native forests and sub-tropical bush to the foreshores of the National Maritime Park, arriving at your destination seaside town of Paihia. Upon arrival at Paihia in the beautiful Bay of Islands, you’ll take a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty House where New Zealand’s history began.
  5. BAY OF ISLANDS
    Today is a day of leisure. The Bay of Islands has so many options for you to discover - perhaps a day trip to the light house at Cape Reinga the most northern tip of New Zealand, followed by a safari along 90 Mile Beach on the way home. Maybe try your luck at deep-sea fishing, or take the plunge swimming with the dolphins or just take time out to relax within Paihia or Russell - New Zealand’s first Capital.
  6. BAY OF ISLANDS – AUCKLAND
    This morning board a luxury catamaran to cruise the Bay of Islands to Cape Brett before making a passage through the Hole in the Rock (conditions permitting). Following your return to the harbour, you disembark back in Paihia to travel back to Auckland. Your journey will take you past scenic native forests and sub-tropical bush, before crossing the Auckland Harbour Bridge to arrive back into the spectacular city scene of Auckland city by twilight.
  7. AUCKLAND SIGHTS
    This morning embark on an Auckland City Sightseeing Tour. Learn about the city's history and discover the spectacular scenery on this introductory tour of Auckland - enjoy the panoramic views from the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park near Mission Bay, see the Winter Gardens in the Auckland Domain. Journey around Auckland's waterfront to visit Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World and Antarctic Encounter for a scuba diver's view of the sharks, massive stingrays and other deep sea creatures as you travel through the Perspex Tunnel. You will also take a trip to the ‘South Pole’ to see live penguin colonies, walk through a replica of Scott’s Hut at Antarctica and learn about his ill-fated expedition. This afternoon/evening is at your leisure to further explore ‘Auckland the City of Sails’.
  8. Train only travels Monday’s, Thursday’s and Saturday’s AUCKLAND – WELLINGTON
    This morning, you are transferred from your hotel to the Auckland Train Station to board The Northern Explorer. The Northern Explorer is a rail journey through the heart of the North Island, travelling between Auckland - New Zealand's largest city and home of the Sky Tower, to Wellington – New Zealand's arts and culture capital. Along the way you pass the Central North Island ski towns of National Park and Ohakune, popular with young and old alike. You also see fantastic views of New Zealand farmland, the volcanic plateau, Mount Ruapehu, the world famous Raurimu Spiral, and stunning river gorges - all from our panoramic windows or open air viewing decks allowing you the best possible views. On arrival into Wellington you are transferred to your accommodation.
  9. WELLINGTON
    Enjoy a sightseeing tour of New Zealand’s capital city set around a magnificent natural harbour. Highlights include the famous Beehive and Parliament Buildings; Old Saint Paul’s Cathedral, a fine example of Revival Gothic architecture; the lovely Lady Norwood Rose Gardens and the breathtaking views from Mt Victoria. Time this afternoon to visit Te Papa - the National Museum of New Zealand which offers visitors a unique and authentic experience of New Zealand’s treasures and stories.
  10. WELLINGTON – CHRISTCHURCH
    (Train only operates Sept-May, travel by coach in Low season)
    Today cruise the Cook Strait heading through the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound into the South Island. On arrival in Picton board The Coastal Pacific train journey to travel from the delightful port of Picton through to Christchurch, the South Island’s largest city. This journey is a scenic feast of New Zealand, with the Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side of your train and the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline on the other. One of the world's most scenic train journeys, the Coastal Pacific travels through 22 tunnels and crosses 175 bridges. The Coastal Pacific includes an open air viewing carriage where all your senses are awakened with the clean, fresh, sea air. On arrival you are transferred to your accommodation.
  11. CHRISTCHURCH – AKAROA – CHRISTCHURCH
    Depart the hotel by coach this morning to visit the beautiful unspoilt old French whaling depot of Akaroa on Banks Peninsula. Akaroa was settled by the French in an early attempt to colonise New Zealand and still retains a good deal of French character in its street names, boutique shops and cafes. Visit a cheese factory en-route and sample the local produce then explore the charming village with its cafes, art and craft shops and colonial style architecture. Time out allows you to explore the delightful village and for lunch at your leisure. In the afternoon enjoy a cruise on Akaroa Harbour which is known for its wildlife including penguins, marine birdlife and the very rare Hector’s Dolphins (smallest species in the world). This afternoon return to your Christchurch accommodation.
  12. CHRISTCHURCH – FRANZ JOSEF
    From Christchurch traverse the Southern Alps aboard the famous Tranz-Alpine rail journey to Greymouth. Board the award winning Tranz Alpine for a scenic rail journey through the heart of the mighty Southern Alps to Greymouth on the West Coast. Cross the fertile Canterbury Plains then wind through the gorge of the Waimakariri River and climb into Arthur's Pass National Park, a base for alpine sports, trekking and hunting. From the valleys of the snow-capped mountains, descend into the lush rainforests of Westland, to conclude the journey at the town of Greymouth. From here continue south by coach through forests and farmland, with views of the Alps to the east and the Tasman Sea to the west, to the village of Franz Josef.
  13. FRANZ JOSEF – QUEENSTOWN (B)
    Driving towards the southern end of the South Island’s West Coast Road, there is a strong sense of entering a primeval land, and a feeling of total isolation. Arriving at Haast, you are surrounded by a landscape of rainforest, wetlands, sand dunes and surf-pounded shingle beaches. This wilderness forms part of the South West New Zealand World Heritage Area, so designated because South Westland and Fiordland have some of the most dramatic forest and mountain scenery and natural resources in the world. From the Westland National Park we travel through the Haast River valleys and over the Haast Pass to Makarora and onto the upper reaches of Lake Wanaka. Travelling past Lake Hawea reach the popular Lake Wanaka, the starting point of the mighty Clutha River. This afternoon travel via Cromwell following the Kawarau Gorge Road into Queenstown.
  14. QUEENSTOWN (D)
    Today is at leisure. Visit the Remarkable’s or Coronet Peak. Experience the thrill of a jet-boat ride along the Shotover or Kawerau Rivers. Perhaps a scenic 4 wheel drive excursion through Skippers Canyon, it’s up to you. This evening take a cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the steamer TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak Station to dine at the Colonel’s Homestead.
  15. QUEENSTOWN – MILFORD SOUND – QUEENSTOWN (L) Travel by luxury coach on an unforgettable journey from Queenstown into Milford Sound. Located within the World Heritage Fiordland National Park, this region is rich with dense rainforest, lakes and waterfalls cascading from rugged mountain peaks. Journey through the Southern Alps via the Homer Tunnel, a 1.2km tunnel drilled through a solid mountain of rock. Upon arrival at Milford Sound, board your vessel for a spectacular cruise where you will see the wonders of Mitre Peak, glacier scarred rock walls that rise 1,200m vertically from the sea, and waterfalls that tumble from hanging valleys and crash into the sound far below. Return by coach to Queenstown.
  16. QUEENSTOWN – CHRISTCHURCH
    Departing from Queenstown travel through diverse farmland continuing along the Tasman River before arriving at the location of New Zealand's tallest mountain Aoraki / Mount Cook. There is time to experience an optional scenic helicopter or ski plane flight (weather permitting). Next we arrive at Lake Tekapo, where you can view the solitary Church of the Good Shepherd. Continue to Christchurch where on arrival you will be dropped off at your hotel.
  17. DEPART CHRISTCHURCH
    Today you are transferred from your hotel to connect with your outbound flight.

    17 Day Classic NZ Tour
    Seat in Coach Travel

    Nett Cost Twin Share (per person)
    Based on 2 pax sharing twin/double room

    3½ star hotel accommodation

    High Season (01 October 2015 – 30 April 2016)

    NZ$ 4710.00

    Low Season (01 May 2016 – 30 September 2016)

    NZ$ 4380.00

    INCLUDES:

    • 16 nights quality hotel accommodation in rooms with en-suite bathrooms
    • 1 breakfast
    • 2 lunches
    • 1 dinner
    • Touring/transport on a seat in coach/train basis as specified (non-smoking services)
    • Sightseeing activities and admission fees as specified
    • GST at 15% (government imposed tax and subject to change without notice)

    DOES NOT INCLUDE:

    • Meals except as specified and indicated by (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner
    • Wine or other beverages with meals
    • Use of rooms before/after normal check in/out times
    • Items of a personal nature eg; laundry, phone calls, emails, internet access, excess baggage etc
    • Additional sightseeing arrangements
    • Special Event Surcharges
    • International or domestic airfares
    • Any credit card or bank fees

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