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New Zealand Highlighter Escorted Tour

Auckland * Rotorua * Wellington * Methven * TranzAlpine Train * Franz Josef * Queenstown * Te Anau * Dunedin * Mt Cook * Christchurch

A relaxing 14-day escorted tour showing the 'Highlights' of New Zealand, including a trip on the famous TranzAlpine Train and a cruise on the beautiful Milford Sound.

14 days from £5,441 per person twin share + flights


Day 1 - UK - Auckland

Your New Zealand holiday starts with a departure from the UK 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 transferred to your hotel. Discover the 'City of Sails' today, perhaps climb Auckland's Harbour Bridge. Visit Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium. Cruise Waitemata Harbour or enjoy a relaxing massage. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner at your hotel. Dinner included.

Overnight (1) - Auckland - Rendezvous Grand Hotel

Day 4 - Waitomo, Rotorua

The Waitomo region is home to the world-renowned glow-worm caves. We discover the natural wonder on a guided tour of the Limestone caverns before continuing to Rotorua. This evening, the Tamaki Maori Village welcomes us as we experience the dance, music and fascinating culture of the Maori people at a traditional Hangi Feast. Breakfast and Dinner included.

Overnight (2) - Rotorua - Holiday Inn

Day 5 - Rotorua

Indulge in a relaxing spa treatment in the mud from Rotorua's geothermal region or experience the icons of Rotorua at Te Puia Thermal Reserve. You may enjoy an entertaining and educational Agrodome Farm Show, complete with sheep shearing, a live dog trial and the opportunity to feed the lambs or even milk a cow. Other options include a Hobbiton Movie set tour and a thrilling 4WD Bush Safari through the natural rainforest. Breakfast and Dinner included.

Day 6 - 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. Our journey then takes us across the vast volcanic plateau of World Heritage-listed Tongarior National Park en route to Wellington, the nation’s capital. Tonight, enjoy the choice of a great range of dining options. Breakfast and Dinner included.

Overnight (2) - Wellington - Amora Hotel

Day 7 - Wellington

Today choose from a selection of included sightseeing activities. Perhaps enjoy a Wellington city highlights tour, or an enthralling visit to Zealandia: Karori Eco Sanctuary. Take a Lord of the Rings set tour or visit the Carter Observatory and Planetarium. Breakfast Included.

Day 8 - Cook Strait, Christchurch

Named after Captain James Cook, the first European to sail through the narrow strait of water in 1770. Cook Strait separates the North and South Islands. The InterIslander Ferry journey is one of the most picturesque cruises in the world, passing through Marlborough and Queen Charlotte Sounds. Once in Picton, we travel to Kaikoura, famous for its whale watching before arriving in Christchurch. Breakfast and Dinner included

Overnight (1) Christchurch - Commodore Hotel

Day 9 - TranzAlpine Train, Franz Josef

Today is sure to be a highlight of your New Zealand Holiday! Rated as one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world, the TranzAlpine Train takes us through river valleys and across the magnificent Southern Alps to Arthurs Pass. Re-Boarding your coach, you drive through the breath-taking west coast where you'll marvel at majestic Franz Josef Glacier. Breakfast and Dinner included.

Overnight (1) - Franz Josef Glacier - Te Waonui Forest Retreat 

Day 10 - Franz Josef, Queenstown

Enjoy a day of incredible scenery as you travel along the Haast River, capturing views of the towering peaks, waterfalls and rainforests in the massive glacier-formed Haast River valley. In Queenstown, choose for a delicious range of included dining options. Breakfast and Dinner included.

Overnight (2) - Queenstown - Novotel Queenstown Lakeside Hotel

Day 11 - Queenstown

Tailor your sightseeing in Queenstown today, options include a thrilling Shotover jet boat ride deep into river canyons; indulging in some of Central Otago's finest wines; or enjoying a Safari of the Scenes tour taking in all the Queenstown locations from the famous Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Breakfast Included.

Day 12 - Milford Sound, Te Anau

Journey along the Milford Road this morning as it winds its way down the Eglinton and Hollyford Valleys then through the Homer Tunnel. As we exit the tunnel we'll be met by dramatic scenery. Cruise the full length of the Milford Sound, then continue to Te Anau. Breakfast and Dinner included.

Overnight (1) - Te Anau - Distinction Hotel & Villas

Day 13 - Te Anau, Dunedin

Today we travel across New Zealand's South Island to the east coast and onto Dunedin, with its strong Scottish Heritage. Perhaps learn the art of brewing beer at Speight's brewery or take a ride about the historic Taieri Gorge Railway. Breakfast and Dinner included. 

Overnight (1) - Dunedin - Scenic Hotel

Day 14 - Mt Cook

We head north today, along New Zealand's east coast. Stop to view the unusual spherical-shaped Moreaki Boulders on Koekohe Beach, before continuing to Mount Cook National Park. Here tailor your sightseeing and perhaps enjoy a visit to the Sir Edmund Hilary Alpine Centre, with its digital planetarium. Alternatively join a guided nature walk through the Wilderness of Mount Cook National Park, and discover the spectacular landscapes, wildlife, flora and fauna of this region on foot. Breakfast and Dinner included.

Overnight (1) Mount Cook - The Hermitage

Day 15 - Mt Cook, Christchurch

Leaving the snow-capped mountains of Mount Cook National Park behind, we travel by coach to Lake Takapo. Here, we'll visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd, built by locally gathered stone and oak as a tribute to the regions early pioneers. Breakfast and Dinner included.

Overnight (1) - Christchurch - Rydges Latimer Hotel

Day 16 - Christchurch - UK

After breakfast, enjoy the morning at leisure in Christchurch. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight to London via Auckland and Los Angeles. Breakfast Included

Day 17 - 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 so, for many, the journey therefore becomes part of the holiday. Please 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 in conjunction with your Trans-Atlantic and Trans-Pacific 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 
October to April £POA £POA
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  • Scheduled Air New Zealand flights in Economy Class from London (Heathrow)
  • All pre-payable airport taxes, security charges and the UK Air Passenger Duty
  • Transfer from Auckland Airport to your hotel
  • Tour by luxury air-conditioned coach with 2-door access, Restroom, seatbelts, reclining seats, panoramic windows
  • Tour with an experienced, professional Tour Director and Tour Driver
  • Spectacular sightseeing experiences
  • Dining Inclusions - 24 Meals - 13 Breakfasts & 11 Dinners
  • Rooms with private facilities
  • Hotel porterage included for 1 Bag

Not Included

  • Local airport fees on leaving New Zealand that cannot be prepaid - currently NZ$25

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