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16 Days: Highlights of New Zealand Tour [GPN16]
Starting at
$3,839

Guaranteed Departures

2019

Sep 10*, 19*, 26*
Oct 7, 14, 18, 27
Nov 3, 8, 13, 18

2020

Jan 8, 18
Feb 2, 5, 8, 9, 12, 14, 19, 23
Mar 2, 4, 7, 11, 16, 22, 24, 26

Apr 6, 8, 14, 25*
May 2*
*Seasonal Offer: Save $213 per person departure dates.

Highlights

  • All inclusive
  • 16 Days/15 Nights
  • Fully escorted modern coach travel
  • 3 – 3.5 star accommodations
  • Hotel porterage (we’ll handle your luggage for you!)
  • 4 cruises included
  • Personalized meet and greet on arrival

Inclusions

  • Accommodation – Christchurch – Quality Hotel Elms (1 Night), Omarama – Heritage Gateway Hotel (1), Dunedin – Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge (1), Te Anau – Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Room) (1), Queenstown – Mercure Queenstown Resort (2), Fox Glacier – Heartland Hotel Glacier Country or Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier (1), Christchurch – Quality Hotel Elms or similar (1), Wellington – Ibis Wellington (2), Rotorua – Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (2), Bay of Islands – Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge (2), Auckland – Rydges Auckland (1)
  • Meals – 15 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua; 12 sumptuous dinners including 3 specialty dinners: Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua; 1 picnic lunch; 1 delicious Devonshire Tea: Larnach Castle
  • US Domestic Flights – (Not included, but can be added to your quote)
  • International Flights – Los Angeles to Christchurch, Auckland to Los Angeles (Not included, but can be added to your quote)
  • Day Tours – Christchurch: City Sights Tour; Dunedin: City Sights Tour, Larnach Castle; Milford Sound: Cruise & Picnic Lunch; Queenstown: Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw; Arrowtown: Lakes District Museum; Scenic TranzAlpine Rail Journey from Arthur’s Pass to Christchurch; Picton: Cruise on the Interislander Ferry; Wellington: Te Papa National Museum of New Zealand, City Sights Tour; Rotorua: Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Luge Ride, Agrodome, Te Puia geothermal wonders, traditional Maori Hangi & Concert; Bay of Islands: Dolphin / Hole in the Rock Cruise; Matakohe: Kauri Museum; Auckland: City Sights Tour
  • Transfers – Airport to Hotel and Hotel to Airport
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Christchurch

On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by your tour representative and transferred to your hotel.

Hotel Quality Hotel Elms

Dinner included

Day 2: Christchurch – Omarama

After an introductory city sights tour depart Christchurch and travel through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water, visit The Church of the Good Shepherd and view the Sheep Dog Statue. Marvel at the spectacular mountain ranges including Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available (time and weather permitting) to enjoy a scenic flight (optional) over the Southern Alps before traveling to Omarama.

Hotel Heritage Gateway Hotel

Breakfast & Dinner included

Day 3: Omarama – Dunedin

Depart Omarama and see Lake Benmore before following the Waitaki River to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue south to Dunedin and enjoy a city sights tour followed by some free time. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift.

Hotel Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge

Breakfast & Specialty Dinner included

Day 4: Dunedin – Te Anau

This morning travel out along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you’ll hear of its tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Enjoy time to wander around the castle’s Garden of International Significance followed by a delicious Devonshire Tea. Farewell Dunedin and travel through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland and your overnight stay. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).

Hotel Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Room)

Breakfast & Dinner included

Day 5: Te Anau – Milford Sound – Queenstown

Depart Te Anau for a fascinating drive to Milford Sound where you board your launch for a cruise on this magnificent fiord. See the spectacular Bowen Falls and towering Mitre Peak as you enjoy a picnic lunch. This afternoon travel to Queenstown, overlooking magical Lake Wakatipu. Spend the next two nights at this year round resort town which offers a wide range of activities and attractions. This evening is free and you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.

Hotel Mercure Queenstown Resort (2 nights)

Breakfast & Lunch included

Day 6: Queenstown

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Coach Captain & Tour Guide are available to assist with the many sightseeing options available, including the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour to Skippers Canyon or get up close to a Kiwi bird. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Sit back, relax and enjoy a gourmet barbecue dinner which the chef will prepare in front of you at the Colonel’s Homestead. After dinner enjoy a short farm tour then reboard the TSS Earnslaw for a sing along by the piano as you cruise back to Queenstown.

Breakfast & Specialty Dinner included

Day 7: Queenstown – Arrowtown – Fox Glacier

Travel to Arrowtown and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to the mighty West Coast. See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel north to the township of Fox Glacier. Time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers.

Hotel Heartland Hotel Glacier Country or Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

Breakfast & Dinner included

Day 8: Fox Glacier – Arthur’s Pass – Christchurch

Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue into Arthur’s Pass and board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. View rivers and valleys as you travel through the Waimakariri Basin, over massive viaducts and through the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains to the elegant city of Christchurch. On arrival your coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.

Hotel Quality Hotel Elms or similar

Breakfast & Dinner included

Day 9: Christchurch – Picton – Wellington

Travel along the East Coast to the seaside village of Kaikoura. Enjoy the spectacular scenery as you travel through Marlborough Country, famous for its food and wine. Continue to Picton, where you will board the Interislander Ferry for your journey through the Marlborough Sounds and across Cook Strait to Wellington.

Hotel Ibis Wellington (2 nights)

Breakfast & Dinner included

Day 10: Wellington

A highlight this morning will be time to explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum with exhibits that embrace both Maori and European views. Reboard your coach for an extensive city tour which showcases the history and culture on show. Enjoy free time this afternoon and this evening is also free to choose your own dining arrangements.

Breakfast included

Day 11: Wellington – Taupo – Rotorua

Depart Wellington and view the snow capped peaks of Mt Ruapehu and Mt Tongariro as you travel to Lake Taupo. Visit the spectacular Huka Falls then travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua.

Hotel Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (2 nights)

Breakfast & Dinner included

Day 12: Rotorua

Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at the Skyline Rotorua. There is also time for a luge ride! Next stop is Agrodome for an action packed hour of farming entertainment and education that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Visit Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time this afternoon. This evening experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert.

Breakfast & Specialty Dinner included

Day 13: Rotorua – Auckland – Bay of Islands

This morning depart Rotorua and travel north via Auckland. Continue via Whangarei to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy an introduction to the Bay of Islands, location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British.

Hotel Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge (2 nights)

Breakfast & Dinner included

Day 14: Bay of Islands

This morning cruise through the beautiful Bay of Islands on board a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins before returning via Russell to Paihia for a free afternoon. A range of optional activities are available or you may choose to relax and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of the waterfront. This evening is also free and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).

Breakfast included

Day 15: Bay of Islands – Auckland

Depart the Bay of Islands this morning and travel via Whangarei and Dargaville to Matakohe. Enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum before continuing to Auckland for a city sights tour. This evening enjoy a final dinner with your new found friends.

Hotel Rydges Auckland

Breakfast & Dinner included

Day 16: Depart Auckland

Time to say goodbye. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

Breakfast included

All prices are USD$/person. Subject to availability and seasonality. Other Conditions Apply (see Terms and Conditions).