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16 Days: Ultimate New Zealand Explorer [UGPEX16]
Starting at
$5,711

Guaranteed Departures

2019

Sep 27*
Oct 13, 28, 31
Nov 12
Dec 5

2020

Jan 11, 26
Feb 13
Mar 1, 10, 29
May 6*

*Seasonal Offer: Save $213 per person departure dates.

Highlights

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

Inclusions

  • Accommodation – Christchurch – The George (1 Night), Mt Cook – The Hermitage Hotel (Aoraki Wing) (1), Dunedin – Distinction Dunedin (1), Te Anau – Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas) (1), Queenstown – Millennium Hotel Queenstown (2), Fox Glacier – Distinction Fox Glacier (1), Christchurch – The George (1), Wellington – InterContinental Wellington (2), Rotorua – Regent of Rotorua (2), Bay of Islands – Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (Deluxe Room) (2), Auckland – Crowne Plaza Auckland (1)
  • Meals – 15 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua. 12 sumptuous dinners including 3 specialty dinners: Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua; Farewell Dinner, selected beverages, Auckland. 1 picnic lunch: Milford Sound Cruise. 1 Ultimate High 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; Hokitika: Greenstone Factory; Scenic TranzAlpine Rail Journey from Arthur’s Pass to Christchurch; Picton: Cruise on the Interislander Ferry; Wellington: Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum, City Sights Tour; Rotorua: Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Luge Ride, Agrodome, Kiwi Encounter experience, thermal mud pools & geysers, Maori Hangi & Concert; Bay of Islands: Waitangi Treaty  Grounds, Dolphin / Hole in the Rock Cruise; Auckland: Kauri Museum, 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 director who will transfer you to your hotel. Meet your traveling companions over a complimentary pre-dinner drink.

Hotel The George or similar

Dinner included

Day 2: Christchurch – Mt Cook

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.

Hotel The Hermitage Hotel (Aoraki Wing)

Breakfast & Dinner included

Day 3: Mt Cook – Dunedin

Depart Mt Cook and see Lake Benmore, before following the Waitaki River to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue south to Dunedin and enjoy an informative city tour followed by some free time to explore at leisure. You might be interested in a tour of the Speight’s Brewery (optional) or a visit to the Royal Albatross Centre to see Albatross in their natural habitat (optional).

Hotel Distinction Dunedin

Breakfast & Dinner included

Day 4: Dunedin – Te Anau

Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you will hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Enjoy time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by an Ultimate High Tea in the Grand Ballroom. Farewell Dunedin and travel through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland and your overnight stay. Tonight you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).

Hotel Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas

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 nature 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 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 Millennium Hotel Queenstown (2 nights)

Breakfast & Lunch included

Day 6: Queenstown

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Local Host is 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 re-board the TSS Earnslaw for a sing along by the piano as you cruise back to Queenstown.

Breakfast & Specialty Dinner included

Day 7: Queenstown – Fox Glacier

Travel to Arrowtown, an old gold-mining village and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to the West Coast, an area of stunning beauty. See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel north to Fox Glacier. Time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers before arriving at your hotel.

Hotel Distinction Fox Glacier

Breakfast & Dinner included

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

Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue to 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 Ultimate Coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.

Hotel The George

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 continue to the Marlborough Country, famous for it’s food and wine. Continue to Picton, where you board the Interislander Ferry for your journey through the Marlborough Sounds and across Cook Straight to Wellington.

Hotel InterContinental Wellington (Deluxe Room, 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 a city tour. 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 Regent of Rotorua or similar (2 nights)

Breakfast & Dinner included

Day 12: Rotorua

Today begins with a gondola ride at the Skyline Rotorua for breakfast with spectacular views and time for a thrilling luge ride! Next stop is the Agrodome for an action packed hour of farming entertainment and education that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Continue to Rainbow Springs, spanning 22 acres of native trees. A highlight will be the Kiwi Encounter experience which offers a unique behind-the-scenes tour of a working kiwi nursery and hatchery. Some free time is available before traveling to Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. 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 to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree. Continue through Whangarei to the Bay of Islands. This afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British.

Hotel Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (Deluxe Room, 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 bottle nose 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 farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new found friends.

Hotel Crowne Plaza Auckland

Breakfast & Specialty 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).