DAY 1: Arrive Christchurch
On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
Heartland Hotel Cotswold
- Omarama (B,D)
introductory city sights tour depart
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 (optional) over the
before travelling to 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 a Scottish evening will be presented
comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and
- Te Anau (B,D)
travel out along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle
where you hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided
tour. Enjoy time to wander around this
of International Significance
followed by a delicious Devonshire Tea. Farewell Dunedin and travel through Balclutha and Gore
to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland and your overnight stay.
Tonight you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves
Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Room)
Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown (B,L)
Depart Te Anau
for a fascinating drive to Milford Sound where you board your
launch for a cruise on this magnificent fiord. See the
Falls and towering Mitre Peak
as you enjoy a picnic lunch. This afternoon travel to
Queenstown, overlooking magical
Lake Wakatipu. Spend the next two nights at
this year round resort which offers a wide range of activities
and attractions. This evening is free and you may choose to dine
at one of the many fine restaurants.
Queenstown Resort (2 nights)
Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD)
Today is a free day for you to explore
Queenstown at leisure. Your Coach Captain is 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
Wakatipu to Walter Peak
Station. Sit back, relax and enjoy a gourmet barbecue dinner
which the chef will prepare in front of you at the Colonel’s Homestead. After dinner enjoy a short farm
tour then reboard the TSS Earnslaw for a sing along by the piano
as you cruise back to Queenstown.
DAY 7: Queenstown – Arrowtown - Franz Josef (B,D)
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
north to Fox Glacier. Continue to Franz Josef where time is
available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight
(optional) over the spectacular glaciers.
Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing)
DAY 8: Franz Josef - Arthur’s Pass - Christchurch (B,D)
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. On arrival your
coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.
Heartland Hotel Cotswold
DAY 9: Christchurch – Picton - Wellington (B,D)
Travel along the East Coast to the seaside village of Kaikoura.
Enjoy the spectacular scenery as you travel through Marlborough
Country, famous for its food and wine. Continue to Picton, where
you board the Interislander Ferry for your journey through the
Marlborough Sounds and across Cook Strait to Wellington.
Ibis Wellington (2 nights)
DAY 10: Wellington (B)
A highlight this morning will be time to explore Te Papa, New
Zealand’s National Museum. This is followed by an extensive city
tour which explains the history and culture on show in New
Zealand’s capital, Wellington. Enjoy some free time to explore
at leisure this afternoon. This evening is also free and you may
choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.
DAY 11: Wellington – Taupo - Rotorua (B,D)
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.
Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (2 nights)
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
some free time this afternoon. This evening experience an
entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert.
DAY 13: Rotorua - Auckland - Bay of Islands (B,D)
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.
Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge (2 nights)
DAY 14: Bay of Islands (B,D)
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 or you may choose to
relax and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of the waterfront.
DAY 15: Bay of Islands - Auckland (B,SD)
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.
Copthorne Hotel Auckland City
DAY 16: Depart Auckland (B)
Time to say goodbye. You’ll be transferred to the airport for
your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.