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Scenic Sights: Premier Escorted Luxury Vacation

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,045

Beginning in Auckland in the North Island, travel south by coach exploring the best of New Zealand’s scenic sights including Waitomo Caves, Kaikoura, Franz Josef and Milford Sound.


See New Zealand at its most impressive on this 12 day trip from cosmopolitan Auckland to historic 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, the famous home of bubbling mudpools and spouting geysers. You’ll partake of a traditional Maori Hangi feast and cultural performance at Mitai Maori Village. Consider a soak in a thermal mineral pool or visit Rainbow Springs to meet some of the native animals and plants. A journey through Wairakei Steam Valley and across the volcanic plateau of Tongariro National Park takes you to Wellington. Choose your own itinerary for a day in New Zealand’s capital. It might include a visit to Karori Eco Sanctuary or even a Lord of the Rings tour.

Following a picturesque coastal journey to Christchurch, hop the TranzAlpine express to Franz Josef, the perfect base for exploring New Zealand’s Glacier country. 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 enjoy an included day trip to New Zealand’s most spectacular sight, Milford Sound, a breathtaking, 16km long fjord carved by glaciers out to the Tasman Sea. Keep a look out for seals, penguins and dolphins in these waters as you pass by majestic Mitre Peak. Enjoy stops at Mt Cook and LakeTekapo before your return to Christchurch.


 

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,045

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Day 1

Arrive Auckland

Transfer to your hotel then set out on your selected activity. Perhaps cruise on Waitemata Harbour; enjoy a unique All Blacks experience; visit Auckland Zoo to discover the native flora and fauna of New Zealand; or immerse yourself in a Make Believe Experience and journey behind the cinema curtain with the Academy Award-winning team at Weta Workshop; or escape the bustle of the city on a tour to Auckland's wild, black sand beaches and lush rainforest. This evening, enjoy a special Welcome Dinner.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

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 Caves, Rotorua

Discover the Waitomo Caves on a guided boat ride through a grotto lit by the magical glow worms, before continuing to Rotorua. This evening, enjoy a traditional Hangi feast and a lively performance of song and dance.

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Duration2 Nights
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Millennium Hotel Rotorua

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    Millennium Hotel Rotorua



    This popular hotel in Rotorua is centrally located just a brief stroll to Lake Rotorua, Rotorua's International Convention Centre, world famous Polynesian Spa, the town centre and only minutes from Rotorua's key tourist attractions and adventure activities. At Millennium Hotel Rotorua, you will find 227 …

    This popular hotel in Rotorua is centrally located just a brief stroll to Lake Rotorua, Rotorua's International Convention Centre, world famous Polynesian Spa, the town centre and only minutes from Rotorua's key tourist attractions and adventure activities. At Millennium Hotel Rotorua, you will find 227 rooms offering you a wide choice of accommodation styles.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 3

Rotorua

This morning after breakfast, it's time to explore Rotorua on your selected sightseeing activity. Perhaps experience one of New Zealand's best-loved attractions, the Agrodome, with its entertaining sheep shearing demonstration, dog trials and animal nursery then visit the Te Puia Thermal Reserve; alternatively, choose to visit Wai-O-Tapu or experience Middle-earth during a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set. Afterward, the afternoon and evening are free for you to explore.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 4

Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington

Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway to the thunderous Huka Falls and Lake Taupo, then continue to the nation's capital, Wellington.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

InterContinental Wellington

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    InterContinental Wellington



    Intercontinental Wellington is a modern luxury hotel perfect for leisure or business travellers. Located in the heart of the city and adjacent to the scenic harbour, it is the ideal base to explore the local businesses, shopping and cultural centres. There are 232 stylish rooms …

    Intercontinental Wellington is a modern luxury hotel perfect for leisure or business travellers. Located in the heart of the city and adjacent to the scenic harbour, it is the ideal base to explore the local businesses, shopping and cultural centres. There are 232 stylish rooms to choose from and several modern conveniences on site for you to enjoy.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 5

Wellington

After breakfast, set off on a sightseeing tour of Wellington's best-loved landmarks and sights, including the waterfront area and New Zealand's national museum -- Te Papa Tongarewa. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy as you please.

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Day 6

Wellington, Christchurch

Step aboard the Interislander ferry to cruise across Cook Strait and through Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds to Picton. Once you've rejoined your coach, travel via the landscapes of Marlborough and Kaikoura to Christchurch.

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Duration1 Night
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Commodore Hotel Christchurch Airport

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    Commodore Hotel Christchurch Airport



    Situated on Christchurch's Memorial Avenue on an idyllic seven acres of land featuring award-winning native New Zealand gardens, Commodore Hotel Christchurch Airport is just minutes away from the Christchurch International Airport and ten minutes into the centre of Christchurch. The hotel features 137 guest accommodation …

    Situated on Christchurch's Memorial Avenue on an idyllic seven acres of land featuring award-winning native New Zealand gardens, Commodore Hotel Christchurch Airport is just minutes away from the Christchurch International Airport and ten minutes into the centre of Christchurch. The hotel features 137 guest accommodation rooms, conference and meeting facilities and extensive free parking.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 7

Christchurch, TranzAlpine Train, Franz Josef Glacier

Board the TranzAlpine train for one of the world's greatest rail adventures. Disembark at Arthur's Pass and travel by coach to Hokitika. Here, see pounamu (jade) being carved into pieces of jewelry. Later, arrive at your luxury eco-resort in time for a delicious four-course dinner. Take in the dramatic icy surrounds of the Franz Josef Glacier.

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Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Te Waonui Forest Retreat

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    Te Waonui Forest Retreat



    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.

    Facilities

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

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Day 8

Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown

Enjoy a day of breathtaking scenery as you travel to Queenstown. Tonight, enjoy a Freedom of Choice Dining evening. Perhaps sample quality crafted beer at Canyon Food & Brew Co. Alternatively, take a scenic gondola ride to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner with a view. You may prefer a cruise aboard the TSS Earnslaw, a vintage steamboat, or dine amid the stylish surrounds of the Elements Restaurant.

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Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

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.

    Facilities

    • 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 Freedom of Choice activities -- you choose your activity. Visit where The Lord of the Rings was filmed; enjoy a cruise on Lake Wakatipu; take a Skippers Canyon adventure; join a river safari along Dart River; or enjoy a winery tour.

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Day 10

Milford Sound, Queenstown

Independent Touring. Say goodbye to your tour director this morning, as you are given the freedom to explore New Zealand independently. Follow The Remarkables mountain range to Fiordland National Park. Continue to Milford Sound, where you'll enjoy a cruise that explores the full length of this pristine fiord. Return to Queenstown this evening.

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Day 11

Depart Queenstown

Independent Touring. After breakfast this morning, your New Zealand adventure concludes. We say goodbye before we transfer you to the airport for your flight.

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DEPARTURES:

2020: Jan 7, 14, 29; Feb 11, 18, 25; Mar 7, 17; Apr 7; May 20;  Sep 15, 29; Oct 6, 20, 27; Nov 3, 17; Dec 1, 15, 30
2021: Jan 12, 19, 26; Feb 2, 9, 23; Mar 2, 9, 23; Apr 6, 20; May 11; Jul 20; Sep 7; 21, 28

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Nightly accommodation as indicated or similar
  • Touring as per itinerary
  • Meals as mentioned

PRICE EXCLUDES:

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

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

This itinerary is valid for travel 10 Oct ’17 – 2 Oct ’18, travel outside these dates may follow a different itinerary. 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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11 May 2021
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