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New Zealand Getaway Escorted Tour

Auckland * Bay of Islands * Rotorua * Wellington * Christchurch * Fox Glacier * Queenstown * Te Anau * Dunedin * Lake Tekapo

Discover the wonders of the North and South islands of New Zealand over 15 unforgettable days. Beginning in Auckland, head to Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Wellington, then up to Picton before continuing to the South Island. You'll also explore the delights of Ashburton, Fox Glacier, Queenstown, Te Anau, Milford Sounds, Dundedin and Mt Cook.

18 days from £4,463 per person twin share + flights

Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - 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 be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at your leisure.
Overnight(1): Auckland - Rydges Auckland Hotel

Day 4 - Auckland, Bay of Islands

Our journey takes us north to the Waipoua Kauri Forest Reserve where you’ll view the giant Kauri tree Tane Mahuta, ‘Lord of the Forest’. Continue to the Bay of Islands, the birthplace of the nation. Breakfast & Dinner Included

Overnights(2): Bay of Islands - Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands

 

Day 5 - Bay of Islands at Leisure

The Bay of Islands is home to 144 islands and is a playground for lovers of anything aquatic. Today, enjoy a full day at leisure or perhaps upgrade to an overnight cruise. Breakfast Included

Day 6 - Bay of Islands, Auckland

Explore New Zealand’s finest national maritime park o­n a dolphin watching cruise to Cape Brett and cruise through the Hole in the Rock. Cruise through game fishing waters to the Cape Brett lighthouse. Return this afternoon to Auckland. Breakfast & Dinner Included

Overnight(1): Auckland - Rydges Auckland Hotel

Day 7 - Waitomo, Rotorua

The Waitomo region is home to the famous glow worm caves, where thousands of these tiny creatures radiate an unmistakable glow. We discover this natural wonder, before continuing to. Tonight in Rotorua, immerse yourself in Maori culture as you enjoy a Maori hangi feast and performance. Breakfast & Dinner Included

Overnights(2): Rotorua - Rydges Hotel

Day 8 - Rotorua

Rotorua captures the essence of New Zealand with its geothermal geysers and rich Maori culture. Visit o­ne of New Zealand’s most loved attractions; the Agrodome, with its entertaining sheep shearing demonstration. Later, continue to Te Puia Thermal Reserve where we’ll enjoy a guided tour through the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, as well as learn about the famous geysers. Later, you may like to enjoy some optional excursions such as a helicopter flight over the active White Island volcano or experience life o­n the land with a Country Homestay (own expense, must be pre-booked). Breakfast Included

Day 9 - Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington

Departing Rotorua, we travel through a region abundant with geothermal activity, crystal clear lakes and streams, natural spas and rich Maori culture. Visit Lake Taupo and thundering Huka Falls with its striking blue water, before travelling south across the vast volcanic plateau of World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park en-route to Wellington, the national capital. Breakfast Included

Overnight(1): Wellington - Ibis Hotel

Day 10 - Wellington, Cook Strait, Christchurch

Named after Captain James Cook, who became the first European to sail through the narrow body of water in 1770, Cook Strait separates the North and South Islands and is o­ne of the most picturesque cruises in the world as the Interislander ferry takes us through Marlborough and Queen Charlotte Sounds. o­nce in Picton we journey south and visit the fishing town of Kaikoura, famous for its whale watching, before arriving in Christchurch. Breakfast & Dinner Included

Overnight(1): Christchurch - Quality Hotel Elms

Day 11 - Christchurch, Fox Glacier

This morning you have an opportunity to board the award-winning TranzAlpine train (own expense). Cross the vast patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains before climbing up into the Main Divide. Stunning scenery awaits as you journey across the magnificent Southern Alps. Continue along the dramatic coastline through dense rainforest to Westland National Park. Enjoy the grand scenery as you travel along the west coast, viewing Franz Josef Glacier. Breakfast & Dinner Included

Overnight(1): Fox Glacier - Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

Day 12 - Fox Glacier, Queenstown

We cross the snowcapped Southern Alps and travel through Haast Pass. Trace the shorelines of lakes Wanaka and Hawea to the alpine resort of Queenstown o­n the banks of Lake Wakatipu. Delicious food and a great night out are always o­n the menu in Queenstown, tonight enjoy o­ne of the many choices (own expense). Breakfast Included

Overnights(2): Queenstown - Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

Day 13 - Queenstown, Day at Leisure

Queenstown is perfect for adventurers and leisure seekers alike with endless attractions and activities o­n offer. You may wish to join the TSS Earnslaw for a cruise and tour of Walter Peak Station or perhaps take a gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak for an amazing view over Queenstown (own expense). Breakfast Included

Day 14 - Queenstown, Fiordland National Park, Te Anau

Today we follow the Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu to Fiordland National Park. Our journey takes us along the Milford Road, renowned as o­ne of the world’s best alpine drives, to Milford Sound, where we cruise the full length of this beautiful fiord. View the cascading waterfalls, dense rainforest and towering mountains of this World Heritage-listed area. Breakfast & Dinner Included

Overnight(1): Te Anau - Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau

Day 15 - Te Anau, Dunedin

Leaving the Fiordland region, journey through rolling Southland countryside to Dunedin. Enjoy a city tour o­n arrival before visiting Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s o­nly castle. Tonight absorb the Scottish flavour and character of Dunedin and enjoy a Scottish-themed evening at your hotel, complete with bagpipes, kilts and haggis. Breakfast & Dinner Included

Overnight(1): Dunedin - Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Day 16 - Dunedin, Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo

Today our journey takes us along the east coast to see the spectacular Moeraki Boulders o­n Koekohe Beach. A visit to picturesque Oamaru provides stunning natural beauty and some of New Zealand’s best 19th century architecture. This evening in Lake Tekap we’ll enjoy our final dinner together, a delicious High Country feast, the perfect way to end our New Zealand Getaway. Breakfast & Dinner Included

Overnight(1): Lake Tekapo - Peppers Bluewater Resort

Day 17 - Lake Tekapo, Depart Christchurch

We pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd, built of locally gathered stone and oak and erected as a tribute to the early pioneers of the region. Our tour concludes o­n arrival at Christchurch airport, where you will check-in for your flight to the UK via Los Angeles. Breakfast Included

Day 18 - 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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*Available daily to New Zealand via Los Angeles

British Airways Economy Class Domestic Add-on's

Available in conjunction with your TransAtlantic and TransPacific Flights with Air New Zealand between London and to/from Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle. Details on request.

Departure Dates

2017 - 2018

Twin Share Single Traveller 
September to April  £POA £POA
 
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Included

  • Scheduled Air New Zealand flights in Economy Class from London (Heathrow) to Auckland with return from Christchurch
  • All pre-payable airport taxes, security charges and the UK Air Passenger Duty
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • 14 Breakfasts, 8 Dinners
  • Transfers as indicated
  • Excursions and entry to attractions as indicated
  • The Service of a Dedicated Tour Director
  • Professional Driver

Not Included

  • Meals, unless indicated


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