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$ 4441

New Zealand Showcase

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Multi
min $ 4441
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Destinations: Auckland, Rotorua, Napier, Masterton, Blenheim, Christchurch, Queenstown, Te Anau
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 4441
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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Auckland (D) On arrival in Auckland you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight: Skycity Hotel Day 2 Auckland - Bay of Islands (B,D) Depart Auckland today and travel to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree. Enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum in Matakohe, then travel via Whangarei to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British.
Overnight: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands Day 3 Bay of Islands (Free Day) (B) At leisure. Choose from the many optional activities available, including the Cape Reinga coach trip via Ninety Mile Beach or a spectacular scenic flight. This evening is also free and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional)..
Overnight: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands Day 4 Bay of Islands - Auckland (B,D) Travel aboard a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins before returning to Paihia. Travel south via Whangarei to Auckland. This afternoon includes a visit to Sky Tower at your leisure, one of New Zealand's most spectacular attractions.
Overnight: Skycity Hotel or similar Day 5 Auckland - Rotorua (B,L,D) Enjoy a city sights tour of Auckland. Continue through the picturesque countryside to Hobbiton for a buffet lunch. This is followed by a guided tour of the Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.
Overnight: Sudima Hotel Day 6 Rotorua (B,SD) Today begins with a Gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Gondola. There is also time for a Luge ride! Travel to the Agrodome where you see a shearing display and sheep dog trial. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before travelling 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.
Overnight: Sudima Hotel Day 7 Rotorua - Napier - Masterton (B,D) Depart Rotorua and travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Huka Falls and Lake Taupo. Continue to Napier known as “The Art Deco Capital”, where a city tour will showcase the most comprehensive collection of art deco buildings in the world. Enjoy some free time to explore the fascinating architecture before travelling through the Wairarapa, an emerging cool-climate wine region.
Overnight: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Solway Park Day 8 Masterton - Greytown - Wellington (B,D) Enjoy a leisurely start to the day before travelling to Greytown where you will see the most complete example of original Victorian wooden architecture. Drive through the scenic Rimutaka Mountain Range into Wellington, then enjoy a city tour of the nation’s capital which will highlight the history and culture on show here.
Overnight: Hotel James Cook Grand Chancellor Day 9 Wellington - Picton - Blenheim (B,D) A highlight this morning will be time to explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s impressive National Museum. Enjoy early bird entry to the Gallipoli Exhibition. This afternoon board the Interislander Ferry, cross the Cook Strait and enjoy the magnificent views as you travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. Board your coach here for the short journey to Blenheim.
Overnight: Scenic Hotel Marlborough Day 10 Blenheim - Christchurch (B,D) We depart early today and travel along the inland route, via the scenic Lewis Pass to the garden city of Christchurch.
Overnight: Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport Day 11 Christchurch - Arthur's Pass - Franz Josef (B,D) This morning board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. Travel over massive viaducts, river valleys and spectacular gorges as you ascend to Arthur’s Pass located in the centre of the Southern Alps. Board your coach and travel to Hokitika, famous for its Greenstone before continuing to Franz Josef where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers. .
Overnight: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier Day 12 Franz Josef - Queenstown (B) See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south along the West Coast to Fox Glacier. Continue via the Haast Pass, an area of stunning beauty before arriving into picturesque Queenstown, a year round resort situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu. This evening is free and you may choose to dine out at one of the many fine restaurants.
Overnight: Mercure Queenstown Resort Day 13 Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD) At leisure. There are plenty of sightseeing options and your Coach Captain is available to assist. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour of the scenic Skippers Canyon or the helicopter ride of a lifetime. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. On arrival sit back and relax, as you are treated to a gourmet barbeque prepared 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.
Overnight: Mercure Queenstown Resort Day 14 Queenstown - Te Anau (B,D) Enjoy a leisurely start this morning before travelling to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village where you visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland. Tonight after dinner you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).
Overnight: Distinction Luxmore Hotel Day 15 Te Anau - Milford Sound - Te Anau (B,L,D) 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 onboard. This afternoon return to Te Anau where some free time is available.
Overnight: Distinction Luxmore Hotel Day 16 Te Anau - Dunedin (B,SD) Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin known as the “Edinburgh of the South” and enjoy an informative city tour. Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnarch Castle where you will hear of its tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift.
Overnight: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City Day 17 Dunedin - Mt Cook - Twizel (B,D) Farewell Dunedin and travel to Oamaru famous for its limestone. Follow the Waitaki River and see Lake Benmore as you continue to marvel at Mt Cook, New Zealands highest peak. The opportunity is available to enjoy a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the Southern Alps. Travel to Twizel for your overnight stay.
Overnight: MacKenzie Country Hotel Day 18 Twizel - Christchurch (B,SD) Continue to Lake Tekapo and view the brilliant turquoise water, visit the charming Church of the Good Shepherd and see the Sheep Dog Statue. Arrive in Christchurch this afternoon where there is a city sightseeing tour.This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends.
Overnight: Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport or similar. Day 19 depart Christchurch (B) Time to say goodbye today. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday. Notes

(B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner (SD) Specialty Dinner


 2018/19 Itinerary Changes (Valid from 01 September 2018)

Day 10: Blenheim - Christchurch (B, D)
We depart early today and travel along the east coast of the south island through the whale watching town of Kaikoura to the garden city of Christchurch. 
Overnight: Distinction Christchurch

All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Discover the World
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