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Great New Zealand Independent Coach Tour

Auckland * Bay of Islands * Coromandel * Rotorua * Lake Taupo * Napier * Wellington * Marlborough Sounds * Christchurch * TranzAlpine Train * West Coast Glaciers * Wanaka * Queenstown * Milford Sound * Te Anau * Dunedin

This is a great way to explore New Zealand from the beaches and islands in the north to the fiords and glaciers of the south. An independent 22 day tour from Auckland based o­n scheduled coach services, which operate 364 days a year with o­n board commentary and a knowledgable, experienced driver. 

Start in the north by the warm Pacific Ocean. See where the Waitangi Treaty was signed, cruise the beautiful Bay of Islands and through the famous Hole in the Rock. Explore the thermal wonders of the Coromandel, Rotorua and Taupo, the wine region of Napier, Wellington and Marlborough, New Zealand's "Centre Stage".

Crossing to South Island o­n the Interislander, for a great view of the magical Marlborough Sounds and continue by train to Christchurch. From here it's another awesome rail route, the famous TranzAlpine Express over the Southern Alps to the dramatic Tasman Coast, the West Coast Glaciers and Fiordland. Cruise the World Heritage listed Milford Sound and visit Queenstown, New Zealand's adventure capital, with time to experience some thrills, before returning via Dunedin to Christchurch to begin your journey home.

25 days from £4,988 per person twin share + flights

Itinerary

Day 1 - UK to Auckland

Depart London Heathrow o­n a scheduled Air New Zealand flight to Auckland via Los Angeles.

Day 2 - In flight

Day 3 - Arrive Auckland

On arrival at Auckland Airport you will be met and transferred to your Auckland hotel.
Overnights(2): Auckland

Day 4 - Auckland

This morning enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Auckland, featuring Auckland Harbour Bridge, cosmopolitan Viaduct Harbour, the dormant volcano Mount Eden, Parnell Village and the Tamaki waterfront.

Day 5 - Auckland to Bay of Islands (220km)

Travel north today via the Hibiscus Coast townships to the beautiful Bay of Islands. At Pathia visit the Waitangi Treaty House where New Zealand's most important document of state was signed in 1840 by Maori chiefs and respesentatives of the Crown. The rest of your afternoon is at leisure in the Bay of Islands.
Overnights(2): Bay of Islands

Day 6 - At leisure - Bay of Islands 

Today you are at leisure to choose o­ne of the many activities available in this National Maritime Park. Perhaps try game fishing or o­ne of many water sports, head north to spectacular Cape Reinga, New Zealand's most northerly point, where the Pacific meets the Tasman Sea.

Day 7 - Bay of Islands to Auckland (220km)

This morning board a luxury catamaran cruising to Cape Brett and through the famous "Hole in the Rock" and return to Paihia via Russell, the first capital of New Zealand. Later this afternoon say farewell to the Bay and return to Auckland.
Overnight(1): Auckland

Day 8 - Auckland to Whitianga, Coromandel (189km)

Head south-east today along the Seabird Coast and the pristine Firth of Thames, an area of special significance due to the abundance and diversity of flora and fauna. Visit the Miranda Shorebird Centre and continue through Thames to Rapaura Watergardens. In historic Coromandel itself ride the narrow gauge railway at Driving Creek before continuing to Whitianga.
Overnight(1): Whitianga

Day 9 - Coromandel to Rotorua (221km)

Tour Coromandel's eastern coast en route to Rotorua. Dependent o­n tide times a visit to Hot Water Beach can be special, soaking at low tide in the beach's natural pools heated by thermal springs. Overnights(2): Rotorua

Day 10 - Rotorua

A full day Rotorua sightseeing tour today includes a number of attractions and activities.Take a guided tour through Te Puia Thermal Reserve with its roaring geysers and boiling mud pools. Visit Paradise Valley Springs to see native bird and animal wildlife with crystal clear springs teeming with trout. The Agrodome Leisure Park, famous for its entertaining sheep show, a gondola cable car ride to the Skyline Skyride Complex, and the Polynesian Spa, New Zealand's leading thermal bathing complex are all o­n your itinerary.

Day 11 - Rotorua to Taupo and Napier (219km)

Head south today via Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake, and the World Heritage listed Tongariro National Park where the three volcanoes, Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe, and Tongariro itself dominate the scenery. Continue to Napier, o­n Hawkes Bay, a fascinating city devastated by earthquake in 1931 and rebuilt in largely Art Deco style. With Hawkes Bay famed for its wines you may wish to try the local Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot during your afternoon at leisure!
Overnight(1): Napier

Day 12 - Napier to Wellington (315km)

Continue south today through the beautiful Manawatu Gorge passing wineries, farms and coastal seascapes to Wellington, the seat of New Zealand's Parliament.
Overnights(2): Wellington 

Day 13 - Wellington

A day at leisure in New Zealand's capital city. Make time to ride the cable car from Lambton Quay for magnificent views over the city and coast. Visit Te Papa, the National Museum or the Parliament Buildings. Wellington is also noted for its theatre, art galleries, restaurants and cultural activities.

Day 14 - Wellington to Picton and Christchurch

Transfer this morning for the Interislander ferry crossing over Cook Strait. Weather permitting, an undoubted holiday highlight will be your cruise through the beautiful Marlborough Sounds to Picton at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound. Connect here with the TranzCoastal train through Blenheim and Kaikoura to Christchurch, the spectacular Kaikoura Mountains o­n your right and the rugged Pacific coast o­n your left. o­n arrival you will be transferred to your Christchurch hotel.- Train only operates 24 Sep - 31 March only.
Overnight(1): Christchurch

Day 15 - Christchurch to Greymouth and West Coast Glaciers (173)

You will transfer this morning to Christchurch station for another highlight of your trip, the TranzAlpine Train. Journey across the Canterbury Plains and over spectacular gorges and valleys of the Waimakariri River before climbing through tunnels and viaducts into the Southern Alps and down to the West Coast at Greymouth. Continue your journey by coach to the West Coast Glaciers.
Overnights(2): West Coast Glaciers

Day 16 - West Coast Glaciers

A full day at leisure to enjoy the magnificent Fox and Franz Josef glacier region. Optional activities include guided walks o­n to slow moving ice of the glacier itself or a scenic flight for a birds-eye view of the spectacular terrain (own cost and weather permitting).

Day 17 - West Coast Glaciers to Wanaka (287km)

A memorable trip through some of the most beautiful scenery in New Zealand. Travel over the Haast Pass and through silver beech forests of Mt Aspiring National Park. Continue along the shores of Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea across the powerful Clutha River to the peaceful alpine community of Wanaka, nestled o­n the shore of the magnificent lake.
Overnight(1): Wanaka

Day 18 - Wanaka to Queenstown (113km)

This morning you are at leisure until your afternoon departure from Wanaka. Optional activities available include 4WD excursion or a cruise o­n Lake Wanaka. After leaving Wanaka travel through rugged Kawarau Gorge to reach Queenstown, New Zealand's "adventure capital."
Overnights(2): Queenstown

Day 19 - Queenstown

Today's fully guided tour takes you for a scenic drive along the edge of Lake Wakatipu to Glenorchy where you will board a Dart River Jet Boat for a journey through the Dart Rivers braided river system surrounding by snow-capped mountains, ancient native forest, waterfalls and glacier valleys frozen in time. The ride is followed by an easy guided walk through ancient native beech forest and a 4WD safari ride.

Day 20 - Queenstown to Milford Sound and Te Anau (406km)

An early start today as you follow the shores of Lake Wakatipu via Kingston to arrive in Te Anau for a morning tea break. Follow the shores of Lake Te Anau to enter the Eglington Valley. Look out for Mirror Lakes and the Avenue of the Disappearing Mountain. The spectacular scenery of Fiordland National park continues before the Homer Tunnel brings you dramatically down into Milford Sound. A launch cruise o­n Milford Sound is included and can be even more dramatic after rain when Bowen Falls and other cascades are in full spate over sheer cliffs of the Sound. Return later today to Te Anau.
Overnight(1): Te Anau

Day 21 - Te Anau to Dunedin (298km)

Turn east again today to Coastal Otago and Dunedin, first settled by the Scottish. The city is famous for its ornate Edwardian and Victorian architecture and renowned as the "Edinburgh of the South".
Overnight(2): Dunedin

Dat 22 - Dunedin

Day at leisure

Day 23 - Dunedin to Christchurch (365km/228m)

Head o­n north to Moeraki, a small fishing village famed for its dramatic coastal scenery and the strange spherical boulders up to three metres in diameter scattered o­n the beach. Continue across the Canterbury Plains back to Christchurch via Oamaru and Timaru.
Overnights(1): Christchurch

Day 24 - Departure Christchurch

A transfer to Christchurch Airport is included. Check in for Auckland where you will connect with a Air New Zealand flight via Los Angeles back to the UK. 

Day 25 - Arrive UK

Why not extend your holiday with a stopover in Los Angeles? This can be included as part of your outward or return journey (or both) and for many the journey thus becomes part of the holiday. Please don't hesitate to contact us to discuss accommodation options, as well as transfers and sightseeing possibilities - we are very happy to tailor make your holiday to your own requirements.
  

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AucklandAuckland City Hotel Copthorne Hotel Auckland CityHeritage Auckland
PaihiaTanoa Paihia Hotel Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge PaihiaCopthorne Hotel Bay of Islands
AucklandAuckland City Hotel Copthorne Hotel Auckland CityHeritage Auckland
CoromandelAotearoa Lodge - Standard StudioAotearoad Lodge - Superior Studio Grand Mercure Puka Park
RotoruaIbis Rotorua Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua Millennium Hotel Rotorua
NapierQuest Napier Scenic Hotel Te Pania The Crown Napier
WellingtonIbis Wellington Hotel Grand Chancellor James Cook Rydges Wellington
ChristchurchIbis Christchurch Chateau on the Park ChristchurchNovotel Christchurch Cathedral Square
Franz Josef GlacierPunga Grove Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier - Graham WingScenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier - Douglas Wing
WanakaMercure Oakridge Resort - Standard Room Mercure Oakridge Resort - 1 Bed Apartment The Edgewater
QueenstownTanoa Aspen Hotel Copthorne Resort Lakefront Mercure Queenstown Resort
Te AnauKingsgate Hotel Te AnauDistinction Luxmore HotelDistinction Te Anau Hotel
DunedinKingsgate Hotel Dunedin Mercure Dunedin Leisure LodgeDistinction Dunedin
ChristchurchIbis Christchurch Chateau on the Park ChristchurchNovotel Christchurch Cathedral Square

Included

  • Scheduled flights with Air New Zealand from London to Auckland and return from Christchurch.
  • Airport transfers in both Auckland and Christchurch.
  • All prepayable airport taxes, security charges
  • UK Air Passenger Duty
  • 21 nights accommodation in Budget, Standard or Superior hotels, room only, with private facilities.
  • Scheduled seat-in-coach transportation with on-board commentary for duration of tour.
  • Interislander Ferry Wellington to Picton.
  • TranzCoastal train Picton to Christchurch.
  • TranzAlpine train Christchurch to Greymouth
  • Sightseeing as detailed

Not Included

  • Meals
  • Excursions other than specified

Please note that there is an extra cost payable for a single person on the seat in coach transfer from Auckland/Coromandel including sightseeing
- this cost will be advised and added at time of booking and refunded upon your return if more than 1 person travels on this tour.


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Auckland City Hotel


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Copthorne Hotel Auckland City


Location:
This property is located 21.1 kilometres from Auckland International Airport (approximately 30 minutes) in central Auckland. It is within easy walking distance of Queen Street shopping, the Central Business District, Auckland University and many other key attractions. Auckland’s Viaduct Basin and Vector Arena are less than 10 minutes walk away and there is easy motorway access to greater Auckland and northern and southern gateways.
 
Description:
Sitting on the hills above Auckland's famous waterfront, the hotel offers both city and seascape views. Facilities available include porter services, same day dry cleaning/laundry, disabled access, postal & parcel services, wireless broadband internet access in public areas,

Number of Rooms: 110

Accommodation:
All Standard Rooms are equipped with Sky TV, air-conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, high speed internet access, charge applies, sound proofed 'hush windows' and a balcony, views ranging from cityscapes, park lands or Waitemata Harbour views.

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Heritage Auckland


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Tanoa Paihia Hotel


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Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia


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Copthorne Hotel Bay of Islands


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Auckland City Hotel


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Copthorne Hotel Auckland City


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Heritage Auckland


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Aotearoa Lodge - Standard Studio


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Aotearoad Lodge - Superior Studio


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Grand Mercure Puka Park


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Ibis Rotorua


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Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua


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Millennium Hotel Rotorua


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Quest Napier


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Scenic Hotel Te Pania


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The Crown Napier


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Ibis Wellington


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Hotel Grand Chancellor James Cook


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Rydges Wellington


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Ibis Christchurch


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Chateau on the Park Christchurch


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Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square


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Punga Grove


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Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier - Graham Wing


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Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier - Douglas Wing


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Mercure Oakridge Resort - Standard Room


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Mercure Oakridge Resort - 1 Bed Apartment


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The Edgewater


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Tanoa Aspen Hotel


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Copthorne Resort Lakefront


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Mercure Queenstown Resort


Location:
This property is located 9.8 kilometres from Queenstown International Airport (approximately 20 minutes), with spectacular views over Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables Mountains. It is only 3 minutes drive from the centre of town.
 
Description:
Situated on a unique vantage point in an alpine paradise, this internationally-branded hotel offers spectacular 180 degree views of Queenstown, along with excellent leisure and recreational facilities including a seasonal swimming pool, sauna, gymnasium and a ski/ boot drying room. Meet and relax in the Lounge Bar and dine over stunning views in Vista Restaurant.

Number of Rooms: 148

Accommodation:
With a warm, natural and relaxing decor, the Garden View Rooms overlook the garden recreational area. It offers a 26" LCD TV, tea/coffee making and a bath & shower. The Lake View Rooms have unsurpassed views overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range. Both spacious and relaxing, features include a 26" LCD TV, Tea/Coffee making and pay broadband internet access.

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Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau


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Distinction Luxmore Hotel


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Distinction Te Anau Hotel


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Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin


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Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge


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Distinction Dunedin


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Ibis Christchurch


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Chateau on the Park Christchurch


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Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square