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Classic New Zealand

Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,232

This is the ultimate classic New Zealand tour. Begin in Auckland and then it’s on to Rotorua, next head south to the capital, Wellington before embarking on the scenic South Island.


From the lush, fascinating North Island to the rugged South, this 13 day trip offers the perfect mix of New Zealand’s diverse cities, natural wonders and traditional history.

New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland seduces visitors with its laid back pace, world class museums, galleries and gardens. Enjoy spectacular city views from your included visit to Mt Eden, as well as historic Parnell Village. You’ll also explore some of the surrounding rainforest, including the black sand beach that where ‘The Piano’ was filmed.

The North Island of New Zealand is a geology geek’s paradise. Believed to be over two million years old, the Waitomo Caves are a major draw for visitors fascinated by their large population of glowworms and beautiful stalactite and stalagmite formations. You’ll have the chance to explore them on your way to Rotorua, where spouting geysers and boiling mudpools showcase geothermal New Zealand at its most spectacular. An included tour of this area includes Rainbow Springs, Te Whakarewarewa thermal reserve and Te Puia Rotorua. Cap off your sightseeing with a traditional Maori concert and Hangi (feast) for a taste of New Zealand’s indigenous culture.

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city, and a major political and cultural centre. You’ll spend an evening at leisure to explore, before a city tour takes you to the Parliament Buildings, Old Saint Paul’s Cathedral, and sweeping views atop Mt Victoria. An afternoon trip takes you to visit the fur seals of Sinclair Head and the Leaning Lighthouse.

A Mecca for skiers, Queenstown puts you in the heart of the South Island’s mountain landscape. Less active travelers can enjoy an optional scenic helicopter flight, jetboat trip or Gondola ride to take in the sights. An included day trip takes you to Milford Sound, a breathtaking, 16km long fjord carved by glaciers out to the Tasman Sea.  

On a journey that takes in landscapes ranging from stunning lakes to lush rainforests, head north along the West Coast to Franz Josef Glacier. This charming community is the perfect base for exploring Westland National Park, before your journey continues on to Greymouth. Once there, board the alpine express for one of the most scenic train journeys you’ll ever take, the Tranz Alpine Express through the Southern Alps to Christchurch.

Christchurch was devastated by four large earthquakes between September 2010 and December 2011. But while some areas and attractions remain closed for repairs, there is still plenty for the visitor to do and see if time allows. The Air Force Museum will thrill military history buffs, while the Canterbury Museum provides a fascinating look at New Zealand history. Or take a tour of sites affected by the quakes for a glimpse of a resilient, rebuilding Christchurch.


 

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Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,232

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Day 1

Auckland Airport to Auckland City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

SkyCity Hotel Auckland

Experience New Zealand's premier entertainment destination when you stay at SKYCITY Hotel. Located in the city centre and close to major attractions and shopping, SKYCITY offers over 300 recently refurbished rooms and suites - all with free WIFI internet. Facilities including a world class casino, more than 20 restaurants, cafes and bars, a theatre, free live entertainment on select nights and the iconic Sky Tower - all on the doorstep of this spacious and modern hotel.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration2 Nights
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SkyCity Hotel Auckland

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    SkyCity Hotel Auckland



    Experience New Zealand's premier entertainment destination when you stay at SKYCITY Hotel. Located in the city centre and close to major attractions and shopping, SKYCITY offers over 300 recently refurbished rooms and suites - all with free WIFI internet. Facilities including a world class casino, …

    Experience New Zealand's premier entertainment destination when you stay at SKYCITY Hotel. Located in the city centre and close to major attractions and shopping, SKYCITY offers over 300 recently refurbished rooms and suites - all with free WIFI internet. Facilities including a world class casino, more than 20 restaurants, cafes and bars, a theatre, free live entertainment on select nights and the iconic Sky Tower - all on the doorstep of this spacious and modern hotel.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna

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Best of Both Worlds

Experience the best sights of Auckland City in the morning combined with an afternoon Wilderness Experience -- a day of contrasts. Auckland is set on 52 dormant volcanic cones and between two harbours, the sparkling Waitemata and the brooding Manukau. Known as the City of Sails, it's New Zealand's largest and busiest city. The morning tour is a journey of discovery designed to explore the history and sights as well as see how Aucklanders live and play.

A 30 minute drive from downtown Auckland brings you to the Arataki Centre, the gateway to the rain forest, where the sweeping decks give breathtaking panoramic views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Absorb the local history and admire the traditional Maori carvings that stand guard there. Head further west and experience the power of the wild and rugged west coast. Feel the black sand beneath your feet as you stroll along some of the most awe-inspiring beaches the world has to offer.

With your knowledgeable and experienced guide, your eco-tour continues on to the lush rain forest where you hear native birdsong as you walk the easy bush tracks amongst New Zealand's famous kauri trees and giant tree ferns.

Duration8 Hours

Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo incl Lunch

Travel south from Auckland, through the rich farmland of the Waikato, and onto Waitomo. Here you will 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. Following your tour there is time for lunch (included). You will then continue to Rotorua by coach.

Duration6 Hours
Day 2

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 3

Rydges Rotorua

Located in a park like setting on the edge of Rotorua's Arawa Racecourse, Rydges Rotorua boasts panoramic views across the city to Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island. The hotel is close to Rotorua's famous attractions and activities, and an easy walk to the city centre and Whakarewarewa Geysers.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration2 Nights
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Rydges Rotorua

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    Located in a park like setting on the edge of Rotorua's Arawa Racecourse, Rydges Rotorua boasts panoramic views across the city to Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island. The hotel is close to Rotorua's famous attractions and activities, and an easy walk to the city centre …

    Located in a park like setting on the edge of Rotorua's Arawa Racecourse, Rydges Rotorua boasts panoramic views across the city to Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island. The hotel is close to Rotorua's famous attractions and activities, and an easy walk to the city centre and Whakarewarewa Geysers.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bicycles
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry facilities
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Discover Rotorua Morning Tour

Today on your morning tour you will visit Te Puia and the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute where you can view mighty geysers, boiling mud pools, and the traditional arts and culture of the Maori People. You will also experience Rainbow Springs which is a unique showcase of New Zealand's flora and fauna including New Zealand's national icon, a kiwi bird. Last but not least, you will have a hands on experience at the Agrodome Sheep Show, giving you an animated insight into New Zealand's farming history.

Duration4 Hours

Journey of Ages Evening Cultural Experience

This evening you will engage in a wonderful experience at the Tamaki Maori Village. Enroute your guide will instruct you on the rules and protocol for visiting Marae (meeting grounds). On arrival at the venue, nobody must enter the fortified village until the Powhiri (formal welcome) has been performed. The host tribe will send out a toa (warrior) who will challenge the guests, via their elected chief to ascertain if they come in peace. A Teka (peace offering) is placed and received by one of the visiting chiefs. At the Village, the Karanga, or "welcome call" will echo across the courtyard, followed by the Powhiri (welcome dance). You will then be able to enter onto the village grounds where the Tangata Whenua (people of the land) will demonstrate different activities such as poi twirling, hand games, weaponry displays, reciting chants and displaying activities of an era gone by.

The buffet style dinner will be held in the meetinghouse dining hall and will have everyone enjoying a succulent Hangi feast. The evening ends with the Poroporoaki, the official closing ceremony and you will be safely transferred back to your accommodation.

Duration3 Hours
Day 4

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 5

Rotorua City Hotel to Rotorua Airport

Duration30 Minutes

Wellington Airport to Wellington City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay

If location is everything, then this hotel in Wellington has it all, with a compact city centre that supports an arts scene, cafe culture and nightlife much larger than many cities of similar scale. The Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay overlooks one of the most beautiful harbours in the world. All rooms are decorated in colours that capture the natural beauty of the nearby ocean and earth. Upgrade to a Superior Harbour View or higher category of room to enjoy air conditioning (not available in Superior rooms). The hotel also offers a concierge service and leisure desk.

Meal Plan Room Only - Advance Purchase - Non Refundable,No Amendments
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay

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    If location is everything, then this hotel in Wellington has it all, with a compact city centre that supports an arts scene, cafe culture and nightlife much larger than many cities of similar scale. The Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay overlooks one of the most …

    If location is everything, then this hotel in Wellington has it all, with a compact city centre that supports an arts scene, cafe culture and nightlife much larger than many cities of similar scale. The Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay overlooks one of the most beautiful harbours in the world. All rooms are decorated in colours that capture the natural beauty of the nearby ocean and earth. Upgrade to a Superior Harbour View or higher category of room to enjoy air conditioning (not available in Superior rooms). The hotel also offers a concierge service and leisure desk.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 6

Wellington City Sights and Coastline Tour

See Wellington through the eyes of a local on this tour. Experience the best attractions and must see landmarks of this vibrant city and get off the tourist trail. Gain a 360 degree view of the city from Mount Victoria, experience the rugged south coast seas and explore interesting quaint villages throughout the city. Take a ride on the famous cable car (optional at own cost) but most of all sit back and enjoy Wellington at its finest!

Duration2 Hours

Seal Coast Safari

Our tour begins with pick up in Wellington city. We then proceed up the Brooklyn Hill to a wind turbine, where guests can take in the great views of the city far below. From here, there is also stunning views across the Cook Strait and the South Island.

We then travel over the hills through private farmland towards Wellington's rugged south coast. On this private farmland you can encounter various animals including goats, Red Deer and ostriches! They can be shy though, so no guarantees!

Once on the coast, we drive along the beaches in our 4x4 Land Cruisers and stop at a colony of wild New Zealand Fur Seals. Enjoy either morning or afternoon tea whilst observing these cute and curious creatures in their natural habitat and learn of their history and behaviour from a safe distance.

Finally, we make our way back to the city before dropping you safely back in town.

Duration3 Hours
Day 7

Wellington City Hotel to Wellington Airport

Duration30 Minutes

Queenstown Airport to Queenstown City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

On the shores of Lake Wakatipu is the 241 suite Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront. It offers the very best of the New Zealand outdoor lifestyle. Located close to several of New Zealand's finest ski fields, it is also the starting point for exploring the spectacular scenery of New Zealand's southern region.

Meal Plan Room Only - Advance Purchase - Non Refundable,No Amendments
Duration3 Nights
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Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

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    On the shores of Lake Wakatipu is the 241 suite Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront. It offers the very best of the New Zealand outdoor lifestyle. Located close to several of New Zealand's finest ski fields, it is also the starting point for exploring …

    On the shores of Lake Wakatipu is the 241 suite Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront. It offers the very best of the New Zealand outdoor lifestyle. Located close to several of New Zealand's finest ski fields, it is also the starting point for exploring the spectacular scenery of New Zealand's southern region.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Discover Milford Sound Coach Cruise Coach incl Lunch

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 luxury catamaran 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.

Duration12 Hours
Day 8

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 9

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 10

Queenstown to Franz Josef

Duration8 Hours

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier sits at the edge of the Westland World Heritage Park and it is just moments from one of New Zealand's most spectacular natural attractions, the Franz Josef Glacier. The hotel is in a premium location, making it the perfect place to base yourself while exploring the magnificent Westland region.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

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    Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier



    Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier sits at the edge of the Westland World Heritage Park and it is just moments from one of New Zealand's most spectacular natural attractions, the Franz Josef Glacier. The hotel is in a premium location, making it the perfect place …

    Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier sits at the edge of the Westland World Heritage Park and it is just moments from one of New Zealand's most spectacular natural attractions, the Franz Josef Glacier. The hotel is in a premium location, making it the perfect place to base yourself while exploring the magnificent Westland region.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking (for Self Park)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa

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Day 11

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 12

Franz Josef to Greymouth

Duration4 Hours

KiwiRail Scenic Journeys

Coach Style Seating

Duration4 Hours

Christchurch Rail Station to Christchurch City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Crowne Plaza Christchurch

The hotel is 2 minutes' walk from New Regent Street, 6 minutes' walk from Christchurch Casino and 5 minutes' drive from the centre of Christchurch CBD (Central Business District). Christchurch Airport is 18 minutes' drive away.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration1 Night
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Crowne Plaza Christchurch

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    The hotel is 2 minutes' walk from New Regent Street, 6 minutes' walk from Christchurch Casino and 5 minutes' drive from the centre of Christchurch CBD (Central Business District). Christchurch Airport is 18 minutes' drive away.

    The hotel is 2 minutes' walk from New Regent Street, 6 minutes' walk from Christchurch Casino and 5 minutes' drive from the centre of Christchurch CBD (Central Business District). Christchurch Airport is 18 minutes' drive away.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Fitness Centre
    • Library
    • Luggage Storage
    • Wifi/Internet Access

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Day 13

Christchurch City Hotel to Christchurch Airport

Duration30 Minutes

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DEPARTURES:

Daily from Auckland or Christchurch.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 12 nights hotel accommodation
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • Return airport transfers
  • Meals as indicated.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Optional excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Meals and beverages unless stated otherwise
  • Park fees unless stated

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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