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New Zealand Highlighter: Premier Escorted Luxury Vacation

Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,686

See the highlights of New Zealand with a group by coach while maintaining a great deal of freedom to choose your own activities. Explore the cultural and scenic sides of this unique country.


See the best of New Zealand on this 14 day trip from Auckland to Christchurch.

Consistently voted one of the world’s most liveable cities, Auckland seduces visitors with an ideal combination of indoor culture and outdoor lifestyle. Freedom of Choice Touring options let you choose your perfect Auckland experience, whether it’s a cruise on Waitemata Harbour or a visit to Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World.

Enjoy a guided tour to see the glowworms of Waitomo Caves on your way to Rotorua, home to bubbling mudpools and spouting geysers. You’ll partake of a traditional Maori Hangi feast and cultural performance at Mitai Maori Village. From your Freedom of Choice options, consider a visit to the Agrodome to learn about the country’s sheep farming industry, or Rainbow Springs, to meet some of the native animals and plants. A journey through Wairakei Steam Valley, stopping off at Huka Falls and beautiful Lake Taupo takes you to Wellington. Choose your own itinerary for a day in New Zealand’s capital. It might include a visit to Zealandia wildlife sanctuary, or even a Lord of the Rings tour.

Hop the TranzAlpine express to Franz Josef, home to the namesake glacier – said to be the tears of a Maori princess pining for her lost love. Via a tour of Haast River, go on to the skier’s Mecca of Queenstown, right in the heart of the South Island’s mountain landscape. Choose from a range of activities, such as a 4WD trip to Skippers Canyon, or a jetboat ride on the Shotover River (a Queenstown favourite). All travellers will love an included day trip to Milford Sound, a breathtaking, 16km long fjord carved by glaciers out to the Tasman Sea.

Travel from the nearby town of Te Anau to beautiful Dunedin, where you may choose from a range of activities including a visit to Otago Peninsula, home to colonies of Royal Albatross and Yellow-eyed Penguins, and a railway excursion through spectacular Taieri Gorge. A northbound journey along the coast lets you see Oamaru’s distinctive limestone architecture on your way to Mt Cook National Park. Visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, or try a stargazing experience with an expert astronomy guide. Cap off your day with an exclusive stay at The Hermitage, with views of majestic Mt Cook – known to the Maori as ‘Cloud Piercer’ – before ending your New Zealand adventure in Christchurch.


 

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Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,686

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Day 1

Arrive Auckland, Freedom of Choice

Transfer to your hotel then set out on your selected activity. This evening, enjoy a special Welcome Dinner.

Meal Plan Highlight Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Grand Millennium Hotel Auckland

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    Grand Millennium Hotel Auckland



    The Grand Millennium Hotel Auckland is situated in the heart of Auckland within walking distance to restaurants, shops, galleries, museums, and Auckland's exciting America's Cup village. The hotel has fully appointed and stylish rooms that are equipped with modern amenities. The rooms are designed to ...

    The Grand Millennium Hotel Auckland is situated in the heart of Auckland within walking distance to restaurants, shops, galleries, museums, and Auckland's exciting America's Cup village.

    The hotel has fully appointed and stylish rooms that are equipped with modern amenities. The rooms are designed to ensure that you have everything you need, in an utterly modern and delightfully relaxing environment. The in house restaurant serves a wide variety of New Zealand cuisine and other international delicacies. You can also unwind with a fine drink after a tiring day.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 2

Auckland, Waitomo, Rotorua, Hangi Feast

Heading out of Auckland you'll make a stop at Waitomo, home to the famous glowworm caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an eerie glow. Discover this natural wonder on a guided boat ride through a grotto lit by these magical creatures, before continuing to Rotorua.

Signature Experience:

This evening, immerse yourself in Maori culture as you enjoy a traditional Hangi Feast and a lively performance of song and dance.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Highlight Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Holiday Inn Rotorua

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    Holiday Inn Rotorua



    Overlooking the famous Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and Historic Village, the Holiday Inn Rotorua is the ideal base from which to discover this thermal wonderland. See and experience the beauty of Maori culture, spectacular geysers and boiling mud pools.

    Overlooking the famous Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and Historic Village, the Holiday Inn Rotorua is the ideal base from which to discover this thermal wonderland. See and experience the beauty of Maori culture, spectacular geysers and boiling mud pools.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 3

Day at Leisure

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

Day 4

Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington

Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway through the glorious landscapes of the North Island. Gaze out over Huka Falls and the tranquil setting of Lake Taupo, then cross the volcanic plateau of Tongariro National Park on your way to Wellington.

Freedom of Choice – Dining:

In Wellington, choose where to dine on a Freedom of Choice Dining evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Highlight Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Amora Hotel Wellington

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    Amora Hotel Wellington



    The Amora Hotel Wellington is a superbly located hotel in the heart of Wellington. Facing Wellington's waterfront, with magnificent views of Wellington's CBD and harbour and easy access to Lambton Quay, Te Papa and the Cable Car, Wellington's best attractions are right at the hotels ...

    The Amora Hotel Wellington is a superbly located hotel in the heart of Wellington. Facing Wellington's waterfront, with magnificent views of Wellington's CBD and harbour and easy access to Lambton Quay, Te Papa and the Cable Car, Wellington's best attractions are right at the hotels doorstep. Amora Hotel Wellington offers some of the most spacious guest rooms and suites in Wellington.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Day Spa
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 5

Wellington

Set off on a tour taking you to the city's best-loved landmarks and sights, including New Zealand's national museum - Te Papa Tongarewa. Afterwards, ride Wellington's iconic Cable Car, gaining a fresh perspective as you gaze out across this spectacular coastal city. The afternoon and evening have been left free for you to enjoy discovering Wellington at your own pace.

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Day 6

Wellington, Kaikoura, Christchurch

Now on the South Island, rejoin your coach and travel via the stunning landscapes of Marlborough and Kaikoura to Christchurch.

Signature Experience:

Step aboard the Interislander ferry to cruise across Cook Strait and on to Picton at the tip of the South Island.

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Duration1 Night
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Heartland Hotel Cotswold

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    Heartland Hotel Cotswold



    Full of character, Heartland Hotel Cotswold is warm and welcoming, and the perfect place to relax during your visit to Christchurch. The hotel has 77 spacious rooms and its spacious grounds feature award-winning gardens. Located on the edge of the central business district it's an ...

    Full of character, Heartland Hotel Cotswold is warm and welcoming, and the perfect place to relax during your visit to Christchurch. The hotel has 77 spacious rooms and its spacious grounds feature award-winning gardens. Located on the edge of the central business district it's an easy stroll to boutique shopping at Merivale Mall, Christchurch Casino and the beautiful Hagley Park. Just a 20 minute drive from Christchurch airport Heartland Hotel Cotswold is well-positioned for travellers visiting Christchurch.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service

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Day 7

Christchurch, TranzAlpine Train, Franz Josef Glacier

From Arthur's Pass. Travel by coach to Hokitika. Here, you will see pounamu (jade) being skillfully carved into pieces of jewellery. Arrive later at your luxury eco-resort near Franz Josef Glacier and enjoy a four-course degustation dinner.

Signature Experience:

Board the TranzAlpine train for one of the world's greatest rail adventures. Journey through the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains and across the Southern Alps.

Along the west coast, take in the dramatic terrain and icy surrounds of the Franz Josef Glacier.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Highlight Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Te Waonui Forest Retreat

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    A haven from the city rush, a foray into New Zealand's pristine wilderness - Te Waonui Forest Retreat is truly a place to relax and refresh. All focus has been on creating a healthy, environmentally safe habitat to maximise guests' wellbeing. With a natural, earthy ...

    A haven from the city rush, a foray into New Zealand's pristine wilderness - Te Waonui Forest Retreat is truly a place to relax and refresh. All focus has been on creating a healthy, environmentally safe habitat to maximise guests' wellbeing. With a natural, earthy ambience and attentive service, there's no better place to take a deep breath and simply unwind.

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    • Bar
    • Concierge
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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Day 8

Franz Josef, Queenstown

Enjoy a day of truly breathtaking scenery as you travel along the Haast River on your way to Queenstown.
Freedom of Choice - Dining:

On a Freedom of Choice Dining evening in Queenstown, you can choose from four restaurants in which to enjoy dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Highlight Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

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    Novotel Queenstown Lakeside



    Located in the very heart of Queenstown, overlooking Lake Wakatipu, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside is within a stone's throw from a range of fabulous stores, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. If you wish to venture a little further into this unspoiled Southern Lakes Region of New Zealand, ...

    Located in the very heart of Queenstown, overlooking Lake Wakatipu, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside is within a stone's throw from a range of fabulous stores, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. If you wish to venture a little further into this unspoiled Southern Lakes Region of New Zealand, you will discover some of the finest outdoor leisure activities in the world. Novotel Queenstown Lakeside has 204 guestrooms, all with balconies and stunning scenic views.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa

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Day 9

Queenstown

Personalise your experience today with our range of activities.

Freedom of Choice - Sightseeing:

Visit sites where Lord of the Rings was filmed; enjoy a ride on the Shotover Jet Boat; take a Skippers Canyon adventure; join a river safari; set out on a winery tour; choose a 4WD experience; or join a bird walk. The choice is yours today.

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Day 10

Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau

Journey along Milford Road, then cruise the full length of Milford Sound. Later, travel to the lakeside town of Te Anau.

Signature Experience:

Sample the flavours of the South Island during a Taste of Fiordland Dinner.

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Duration1 Night
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Distinction Hotel and Villas Te Anau

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    Distinction Hotel and Villas Te Anau



    Distinction Hotel and Villas is situated on Lakefront Drive facing Lake Te Anau, the South Island's largest lake. The expansive well maintained gardens and grounds surrounding the hotel provide the perfect complement to the attractive lake and mountain views. This hotel is very centrally located, ...

    Distinction Hotel and Villas is situated on Lakefront Drive facing Lake Te Anau, the South Island's largest lake. The expansive well maintained gardens and grounds surrounding the hotel provide the perfect complement to the attractive lake and mountain views. This hotel is very centrally located, with just a short walk to a well-equipped shopping centre (open seven days a week), where you'll find retail outlets, restaurants and cafes. The hotel's 112 rooms are comprised of 4 Deluxe Suites, 80 Hotel Rooms, 13 Villa Suites and 15 Villa Rooms.

    Facilities

    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 11

Te Anau, Dunedin

Travel to Dunedin on the island's east coast and this afternoon, choose your activity. Stay: Dunedin, Scenic Hotel Southern Cross.

Freedom of Choice - Sightseeing:

Tour Larnach Castle and visit Olveston House, or head to Dunedin's beautiful railway station and board the Taieri Gorge Railway. Alternatively, tour Speight's Brewery, visit an albatross colony, see penguins or take an off-road tour of the Otago Peninsula.

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Duration1 Night
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Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

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    Scenic Hotel Dunedin City



    Just 2 blocks from the Octagon in the heart of the city, Scenic Hotel Dunedin City is close to shops, parks and the best city attractions and services. Guests visiting for business in Dunedin will find the central location extremely convenient. Warm and comfortable guest ...

    Just 2 blocks from the Octagon in the heart of the city, Scenic Hotel Dunedin City is close to shops, parks and the best city attractions and services. Guests visiting for business in Dunedin will find the central location extremely convenient. Warm and comfortable guest rooms will welcome you back at the end of a day of sightseeing.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 12

Dunedin, Mt Cook, Freedom of Choice

See the spectacular Moeraki Boulders today then travel to Mt Cook National Park.

Signature Experience:

View Australasia's highest mountain, Aoraki (Mt Cook), and the alpine scenery in World Heritage-listed Mt Cook National Park.

Freedom of Choice - Sightseeing:

Perhaps visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, including a visit to the planetarium and a stargazing session with an astronomer. You may like to join a guided nature walk. Or, during summer, board a MAC boat on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake.

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Duration1 Night
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The Hermitage Aoraki Mount Cook

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    The Hermitage Aoraki Mount Cook



    Discover the spectacle and drama of New Zealand's Aoraki Mount Cook National Park from the splendour and comfort of The Hermitage Aoraki Mount Cook. The Hermitage, located within Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, has a range of accommodation types available. The main hotel complex contains ...

    Discover the spectacle and drama of New Zealand's Aoraki Mount Cook National Park from the splendour and comfort of The Hermitage Aoraki Mount Cook. The Hermitage, located within Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, has a range of accommodation types available. The main hotel complex contains 164 rooms, while 32 Motel and 20 Chalet self-contained units are located 200-800m away in the village. From an intrepid journey through glacial valleys to a mouth-watering culinary dining adventure, The Hermitage Hotel is the perfect place to base your adventure and discover why this region has endeared itself to Kiwi adventure seekers for so long.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
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    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 13

Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo, Christchurch

Travel to Lake Tekapo to visit the Church of the Good Shepherd, erected as tribute to the early pioneers of the region. Head to Christchurch for a Farewell Dinner tonight.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Highlight Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Rydges Latimer Christchurch

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    Rydges Latimer Christchurch



    Rydges Latimer Christchurch is located just 2 minutes walking distance from the city's CBD, is within easy driving distance of a stunning collection of local attractions and activities and only a 15 minute drive from Christchurch International Airport and features 138 guest rooms and extensive ...

    Rydges Latimer Christchurch is located just 2 minutes walking distance from the city's CBD, is within easy driving distance of a stunning collection of local attractions and activities and only a 15 minute drive from Christchurch International Airport and features 138 guest rooms and extensive banquet facilities with a capacity to cater for up to 360 people, making it the largest hotel function space in Christchurch.

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Day 14

Depart Christchurch

Transfer to Christchurch airport for your onward flight.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Nov 7, 21; Dec 12, 19

2018: Jan 9, 23, 29; Feb 8, 20; Mar 1, 6, 24; Apr 10, 24; Jul 10; Sep 11, 25; Oct 9, 16, 23, 30; Nov 6, 10, 20, 27; Dec 4, 11, 18

2019: Jan 8, 12, 17, 22, 26, 28; Feb 2, 7, 12, 19, 23, 28; Mar 5, 9, 12, 23, 30; Apr 9, 16, 23; May 14; Jul 9; Aug 6; Sep 3, 10, 17, 24; Oct 1

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Nightly accommodation
  • Touring as per itinerary
  • Meals as indicated

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices "from" and seasonal surcharges may apply. All meals indicates meals as per itinerary. All tours are guaranteed departures. Itinerary effective 10 Oct ’17 – 2 Oct ‘18. Tours prior may follow a different itinerary. Supplements for solo travellers are available on request.

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