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New Zealand Discoverer (12 days): Value Plus Escorted Vacation

Duration
12 Days
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US$ 2,659

A comprehensive New Zealand tour from top to bottom, this trip encompasses the Land of the Long White Cloud, including its most cosmopolitan cities, and its most impressive natural sights.


This 12-day trip through New Zealand starts in Auckland, then journeys south through Rotorua, Wellington, and glacier country, before reaching the dramatic landscapes of Queenstown and rounding the South Island.

Those who arrive early will have a chance to discover why Auckland is one of the world’s most liveable cities before setting out for Waitomo. Visit the glowworm caves where thousands of the namesake creatures turn their home into a natural spectacle. Then explore the bubbling mud pools and geysers of Rotorua, before all that geothermal activity helps create a Maori Hangi Feast for your enjoyment, complete with traditional dance. A cruise on Lake Rotorua and a visit to the Agrodome complete your sightseeing here.

The North Island is dotted with exceptional lakes, many of which are found along the Thermal Explore Highway. Visit Lake Taupo and see the impressive Huka Falls before you arrive in the nation’s capital, Wellington. If time allows, enjoy one of New Zealand’s most vibrant cultural and culinary scenes. Then board the Interislander ferry bound for the South Island. The coastal views along the way aren’t bad either!

Spend a night in rapidly recovering Christchurch before turning west, bound for the Westland National Park and glacier country. Your final destination is Fox Glacier, the only New Zealand glacier that can be reached on foot via a spectacular valley walk. Then continue on through Haast Pass, skirting Lakes Wanaka and Hawea on your way to Queenstown. This is New Zealand’s favourite place to play, boasting one of the most beautiful natural locations on earth, on the shores of Lake Wakatipu.

Settle in before choosing your own adventure, and in Queenstown, there are many. You may wish to zip-line through the forest of the surrounding slopes, enjoy a jet boat ride through the ravines, step aboard the 100-year-old TSS Earnslaw for a lake cruise, or take a wine tour through Central Otago. After a day’s excitement, continue your journey along the Remarkables mountain range to Fjordland National Park. The journey to Milford Sound is jaw-dropping as it is, but the fjord itself (erroneously named a ‘sound’) is one of the world’s must-see natural wonders. Spend the night in the nearby town of Te Anau to maximise your time enjoying the landscape.

Finally turn towards Dunedin, a vibrant university town back on the east coast, and probably the most Scottish of all New Zealand’s towns. Uncover the secrets of Lanarch Castle on an included tour. Finally, head north along the coast to see the Moeraki Boulders, and the architecture of Oamaru. Then spend one final night on the shores of Lake Tekapo, in the shadow of majestic Mount Cook, before returning to Christchurch for departure.


 

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Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,659

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Day 1

Arrive Auckland

Be met on arrival into Auckland and transferred to your hotel.

Duration1 Night
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Rydges Auckland

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    Rydges Auckland



    The hotel's close proximity to the centre of the city make it ideal for both business and leisure, with the Casino and the Viaduct's thriving bars and restaurants just a short walk away. And for exploring beyond downtown Auckland, access to the motorway system is ...

    The hotel's close proximity to the centre of the city make it ideal for both business and leisure, with the Casino and the Viaduct's thriving bars and restaurants just a short walk away. And for exploring beyond downtown Auckland, access to the motorway system is close at hand. Rooms at Rydges Auckland are designed to exude warmth and sublime comfort. All rooms enjoy views of the inner city, while some enjoy sweeping views of the Auckland Harbour Bridge and the picturesque Waitemata Harbour.

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    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
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    • Restaurant(s)
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    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 2

Auckland, Waitomo, Rotorua

Leaving Auckland after breakfast, travel to Waitomo, home to the famous glow worm caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an unmistakable glow. Continue to the geothermal capital of New Zealand, Rotorua. Visit Te Puia, New Zealand's premier cultural centre, and enjoy a guided tour of the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. You will also see the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley and witness the phenomenal natural spectacle of erupting geysers and bubbling mud pools.

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Duration2 Nights
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Rydges Rotorua

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    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 ...

    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.

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    • 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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Day 3

Rotorua

Rotorua captures the essence of New Zealand with its geothermal geysers, fascinating Maori culture and rich heritage. The city is positioned on the Pacific Rim of Fire, and is therefore one of the world's most active geothermal areas. Your sightseeing continues with a visit to one of New Zealand's best-loved attractions, the Agrodome, with its entertaining sheep shearing demonstration, dog trials and animal nursery. Later, perhaps enjoy an optional helicopter flight for views over the active White Island volcano - own expense.

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Day 4

Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington

Farewell Rotorua and enjoy the scenery as you travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Lake Taupo - the largest freshwater lake in Australasia - and thundering Huka Falls. Continue south across the vast volcanic plateau of World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park to Wellington. The evening has been left free for you to explore the vibrant dining scene independently. From seafood cafes to cosy wine bars and spectacular fine-dining restaurants, you will see that New Zealand's wild and fresh produce is showcased on a plate here in Wellington.

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Duration1 Night
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Travelodge Wellington

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    Travelodge Wellington is an ideal place to stay for any traveller. The hotel is situated in the town centre and is just a short stroll to cafes, shops and the beautiful Wellington harbour. Visitors to Wellington can enjoy close access to the Te Papa Tongarewa ...

    Travelodge Wellington is an ideal place to stay for any traveller. The hotel is situated in the town centre and is just a short stroll to cafes, shops and the beautiful Wellington harbour. Visitors to Wellington can enjoy close access to the Te Papa Tongarewa (the Museum of New Zealand), the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Royal New Zealand Ballet and the Museum of Wellington's City and Sea. The hotel offers 132 spacious rooms.

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    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 5

Wellington, Cook Strait, Christchurch

Travel to Christchurch via Kaikoura today.

Insider Experience
Enjoy one of the world’s most scenic voyages as the Interislander ferry traverses Cook Strait through the Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds. Weave through islands and admire coastlines defined by tiny coves on the way to Picton.

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Duration1 Night
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Quality Hotel Elms

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    Quality Hotel Elms



    Quality Hotel Elms at 456 Papanui Road is ideally situated on the Northwest corner of the city offering easy access for out of town guest's proximity to the airport for North Island and International guests, without the hassle of entering the central city. The Quality ...

    Quality Hotel Elms at 456 Papanui Road is ideally situated on the Northwest corner of the city offering easy access for out of town guest's proximity to the airport for North Island and International guests, without the hassle of entering the central city.

    The Quality Hotel Elms offer a variety of facilities and services, like our brand new Fiber optic super-fast internet that we now offer to all guests on a complimentary basis. Conferencing facilities for up to 200 delegates, and our new wedding venue has been constructed with the latest design specifications to ensure you and your guests are catered for in a beautiful setting.

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    • Bar
    • Conference Room
    • Restaurant
    • Wedding Facilities

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Day 6

Christchurch, Fox Glacier

Absorb the rural scenery from aboard your coach before beginning the ascent into the Main Divide. Then, sit back and enjoy the vistas as you journey through the Southern Alps. Be sure to keep watch for the icy crests of Fox and Franz Josef glaciers as you travel through Westland Tai Poutini National Park. Over thousands of years, these natural wonders have created immense glacial valleys. Today, their rivers of ice can be seen cascading down through the lush rainforests.

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Duration1 Night
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Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

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    Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier



    The historic Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier originally opened in 1928 and has provided a comfortable bed for the night for more than its fair share of climbers and adventurers from all corners of the world. Restored in 2007, the hotel proudly continues its tradition with ...

    The historic Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier originally opened in 1928 and has provided a comfortable bed for the night for more than its fair share of climbers and adventurers from all corners of the world. Restored in 2007, the hotel proudly continues its tradition with modern comforts. With the mighty Southern Alps as its backdrop, the hotel offers fantastic rural and mountain views. The hotel has 67 guest rooms and suites. Standard rooms and suites are equipped with; free Wi-Fi, refrigerators, hairdryers and tea and coffee making facilities.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
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Day 7

Fox Glacier, Queenstown

Travel past the rugged peaks of the Southern Alps this morning. Journey through spectacular Haast Pass, skirting the tranquil shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea to the alpine resort of Queenstown on Lake Wakatipu. This evening, during time at leisure, you may like to dine at one of the many restaurants in the town centre.

Insider Experience
Settle in for a two-night stay overseeing the calming blue waters of Lake Wakatipu, all the while admiring the dramatic backdrop of towering mountains.

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Duration2 Nights
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Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

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    Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview



    Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview is in the perfect location. Queenstown town centre is a short stroll away, complete with shopping, entertainment and adventure activities. The hotel rooms and apartments are extremely spacious with large private balconies so you can enjoy the magnificent views ...

    Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview is in the perfect location. Queenstown town centre is a short stroll away, complete with shopping, entertainment and adventure activities. The hotel rooms and apartments are extremely spacious with large private balconies so you can enjoy the magnificent views of Lake Wakatipu and the remarkable mountain range from the comfort of your room. Hillary's Restaurant with its breathtaking mountain and lake views features a conservatory style decor and serves a wide variety of Kiwi and international cuisine.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Internet Access
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Day 8

Queenstown

With an entire day to spend as you please, you have the freedom to simply relax amid the beautiful lakeside setting or pursue your interests and choose one of Travelmarvel's exciting optional experiences. You may wish to step aboard the 100-year-old TSS Earnslaw steamship for a relaxing cruise to Walter Peak Station, or perhaps take a scenic gondola ride to the top of Bob's Peak for spectacular panoramic views over Queenstown - both at own expense.

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Day 9

Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau

Enter Fiordland National Park along the Milford Road. Continue to your hotel in Te Anau and enjoy dinner.

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Duration1 Night
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Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau

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    Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau



    The Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau is situated amidst lush gardens, and offers enviable views over the mountains and lakes. Guest rooms are comforting and modern, while an excellent range of amenities are provided. With an on-site restaurant and bar, you needn't look far for entertainment ...

    The Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau is situated amidst lush gardens, and offers enviable views over the mountains and lakes. Guest rooms are comforting and modern, while an excellent range of amenities are provided. With an on-site restaurant and bar, you needn't look far for entertainment during your stay. The hotel boasts 94 guest rooms, with twin, double and adjoining rooms for families.

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    • Bar(s)
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    • Internet Access
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    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 10

Te Anau, Dunedin

Today you will journey through rolling Southland countryside before arriving in Dunedin. Enjoy a guided tour then head to the nearby hills to take an intriguing tour of Larnach Castle, New Zealand's only castle. Steeped in scandal and tragedy, it is filled with magnificent antiques and offers breathtaking views. Enjoy some time
at leisure before dinner this evening.

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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.

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    • 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 11

Dunedin, Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo

See the Moeraki Boulders and visit Oamaru to see some of New Zealand's finest 19th-century architecture. Continue through Mt Cook National Park to Lake Tekapo. Tonight, enjoy a feature dinner.

Insider Experience
Journey into Mt Cook National Park to view Australasia’s highest mountain, Aoraki - Mt Cook.

Insider Experience
Stay overlooking the shores of Lake Tekapo.

Insider Experience
Tonight, dine on fresh local produce at your hotel’s restaurant during a memorable Farewell Dinner.

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Duration1 Night
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Peppers Bluewater Resort

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    Peppers Bluewater Resort



    Peppers Bluewater Resort is located overlooking the breathtaking Lake Tekapo between Christchurch and Queenstown on New Zealand's South Island. The hotel has spectacular views across Lake Tekapo, the focal point of the Mackenzie Basin. This is the perfect base for exploring the region including Mt ...

    Peppers Bluewater Resort is located overlooking the breathtaking Lake Tekapo between Christchurch and Queenstown on New Zealand's South Island. The hotel has spectacular views across Lake Tekapo, the focal point of the Mackenzie Basin. This is the perfect base for exploring the region including Mt Cook National Park. There are 60 stylish lakeside rooms offered in a range of accommodation options including one, two and three bedroom luxury villas and apartments. Rakinui Restaurant and Lounge is a place to eat, drink and relax amongst warm friendly surroundings.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Internet Access
    • Lounge(s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 12

Lake Tekapo, Depart Christchurch

Awake to vistas of Lake Tekapo just beyond your window. Pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Transfer to Christchurch airport, arriving at 3pm. You must book your international flights to depart after 5pm, or 4pm for domestic flights.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Jan 9,18,27; Feb 6,5,22; Mar 1,6,17,31; Apr 12; Sep 6,20; Oct 2, 13, 18, 25, 30; Nov 8, 15, 22, 27, 29; Dec 6, 20.

2018: Jan 8, 12, 17, 19, 26, 29; Feb 5, 10, 14, 16, 21, 28; Mar 5, 9, 14, 16, 23, 30; Apr 11, 25; May 9; Sep 5, 12, 19, 26.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 11 nights' accommodation
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach travel
  • Airport transfers on first and last day
  • All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as outlined in the itinerary

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 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 inquire.

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