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Scenic Sights: Premier Escorted Luxury Vacation

Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,988

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
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,988

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Day 1

Arrive Auckland, Freedom of Choice

On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Today, choose from a range of sightseeing options. After your sightseeing activity, enjoy a feature Welcome Dinner.

Freedom of Choice - Sightseeing
Perhaps cruise on Waitemata Harbour; head off on a Waiheke Island wine tour; explore the Auckland Museum; get up close to marine life at Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium; set off into the Waitakere Rainforest; or take a trip to the suburb of Devonport for some of the best views of the city.

Meal Plan Highlight 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, Hangi Feast

Travel to Waitomo, home to the famous glow worm caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an eerie glow. Discover this natural wonder on a guided tour, before continuing to Rotorua.

Signature Experience
For tonight's feature dinner, immerse yourself in Maori culture as you enjoy a traditional Hangi Feast and 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.

    Facilities

    • 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, Freedom of Choice

Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway to the heart of New Zealand's North Island this morning. View the Wairakei Steam Valley, then visit Huka Falls and Lake Taupo, before travelling across the vast volcanic plateau of World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park all the way to Wellington.

Freedom of Choice - Dining
This evening, after checking in to your hotel, discover a range of tantalising local flavours with a choice of three tempting restaurants for your feature dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Highlight Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

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.

    Facilities

    • 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

Discover the city's beloved landmarks on a guided sightseeing tour today. Later, ride Wellington's iconic Cable Car, gaining a fresh perspective on this coastal city.

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Day 6

Wellington, Kaikoura, Christchurch

From the port of Picton, drive to the quaint fishing town of Kaikoura. Continue travelling along the central east coast all the way to Christchurch.

Signature Experience
Step aboard the Interislander ferry to cruise across Cook Strait and through the stunning waters of Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds to Picton.

Meal Plan Breakfast
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

TranzAlpine Train, Franz Josef Glacier

Disembark the train at Arthur's Pass and travel by coach to Hokitika. Here, you will see pounamu jade being skillfully carved into pieces of jewellery. Continue along the west coast to your luxury eco resort near Franz Josef Glacier. Here, enjoy a four-course degustation feature 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.

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

Meal Plan Breakfast and Highlight Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

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.

    Facilities

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

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Day 8

Franz Josef Glacier, Queestown, Freedom of Choice

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

Freedom of Choice - Dining
Choose from four restaurants for your feature dinner. Perhaps sample the fresh South Island produce at waterside Finz seafood restaurant, or take a scenic gondola ride to the Skyline Restaurant where you can enjoy your meal with stunning panoramic views of the city. You may prefer a dinner cruise aboard the TSS Earnslaw, a vintage steamboat, or dine amid the stylish surrounds of the Elements Restaurant.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Highlight Dinner
Duration3 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, Freedom of Choice

Enjoy a full day in Queenstown.

Freedom of Choice - Sightseeing
Perhaps embark on a Safari of the Scenes tour and visit several local sites where the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed. Alternatively, thrillseekers may enjoy an exhilarating ride on the Shotover Jet Boat, a Skippers Canyon adventure, or a river safari along the beautiful Dart River. New Zealand is rightly famous for its fine wines, and a tour of the country's premier wine-producing region is a tempting option. Other activities you may choose from include an exciting 4WD experience at Mt Nicholas, a bird walk through the surrounding Queenstown wilderness, or a leisurely cruise over the waters of Lake Wakatipu.

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Day 10

Independent Touring, Milford Sound, Queenstown

Follow The Remarkables mountain range to Fiordland National Park. On arrival, cruise the full length of pristine Milford Sound. Return to Queenstown for dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 11

Queenstown, Christchurch

Travel to Lake Tekapo and pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Built of locally gathered stone and oak, this charming church was erected as a tribute to the early pioneers of the region.

Signature Experience
Travel through Otago then enter Aoraki Mt Cook National Park and admire Mt Cook.

Meal Plan Breakfast
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 12

Depart Christchurch

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Jan 10, 14, 19, 23, 28; Feb. 4, 9, 14, 21, 25; Mar. 2, 11, 25; Apr. 8, 25; May 15; Sep 5, 12, 26; Oct 10, 24, 31; Nov 7, 11, 21; Dec 12, 19

2018: Jan 9, 23, 29; Feb 8, 20; Mar 1, 6, 24; Apr 10, 24; Jul 10; Sep 11, 25.

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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7 Aug 2018
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