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$ 4824

New Zealand Rail, Cruise & Coach

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min $ 4824
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Destinations: Southern Alps, Whangarei, Rotorua, Bay of Islands, Lake Wakatipu, Blenheim, Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 4824
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Itinerary

Day 1 arrive Auckland (D) Upon arrival in Auckland you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight:
Grand Millennium Hotel, Auckland Day 2 Auckland - Bay of Islands (B,D) Today enjoy an Auckland city sights tour before travelling 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.
Overnight: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands Day 3 Bay of Islands (Free Day) (B) Today is a free day. Choose from the many optional activities available, including the Cape Reinga coach tip 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) This morning 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 and Dargaville to Auckland's north shore, where you will see stunning views of Rangitoto Island, Auckland Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf.
Overnight: Spencer on Byron Day 5 Auckland - Rotorua (B,LD) This morning enjoy a city sights tour of Auckland before travelling to Glenbrook Vintage Railway for a nostalgic 15 km trip on a beautifully restored vintage steam train. Visit the restoration workshop and on return to Glenbrook Station, morning tea will be served. Continue on to Rotorua and visit Paradise Valley Springs, a superb wildlife park where you can hand feed rainbow trout.
Overnight: Sudima Hotel Rotorua Day 6 Rotorua (B,SD) Begin with a Gondola ride to the Stratosfare Restaurant where a buffet breakfast and spectacular views are on offer. 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 out 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 Rotorua Day 7 Rotorua - Wellington (B,D) Travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to spectacular Huka Falls then continue to Lake Taupo for some free time to enjoy this scenic lakeside town. In the afternoon travel via Tongariro National Park and the snow-capped peaks of Mt Ruapehu and Mt Tongariro. Continue south along the Kapiti Coast to Wellington.
Overnight: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor Day 8 Wellington (B) A highlight this morning will be time to explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s fabulous National Museum, and the exhibits that embrace both Maori and European views. Reboard your coach for an extensive city tour. Enjoy some leisure time this afternoon. This evening is also free to dine out at one of the many fine local restaurants.
Overnight: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor Day 9 Wellington - Blenheim (B,D) This morning board the Interislander Ferry, cross the Cook Strait and enjoy the magnificent views as you travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. Enjoy lunch in Picton (own expense) before a fascinating visit to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. Dinner and accommodation tonight are in Blenheim.
Overnight: Scenic Hotel Marlborough or Chateau Marlborough Day 10 Blenheim - Christchurch (B,D) This morning depart Blenheim and travel via the scenic inland route and the Lewis Pass (approx. 7.5 hours driving time with comfort stops and lunch stop). Arrive in Christchurch this afternoon and enjoy a city sightseeing tour. Dinner and your accommodation this evening are in Christchurch.
Overnight: Quality Hotel Elms Day 11 Christchurch - Arthur's Pass - Franz Josef (B,D) This morning board the TranzAlpine, 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 arriving at 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 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 at one of the many fine restaurants.
Overnight: Mercure Queenstown Resort Day 13 Queenstown - (free day) (B,SD) Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown. Your Tour Guide and Coach Captain are available to assist with the many options available. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Sit back and relax, as you are treated to a gourmet barbeque dinner prepared at the Colonel’s Homestead. After dinner enjoy a short farm tour then reboard the TSS Earnslaw for a sing along by the piano on your return cruise.
Overnight: Mercure Queenstown Resort Day 14 Queenstown - Milford Sound - Te Anau (B,D) This morning travel to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village where you visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via Te Anau to Milford Sound and board the Milford Mariner for your amazing overnight cruise. There is plenty of time to view the fiord's spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife - you are bound to encounter seals and if you are lucky perhaps dolphins and penguins. As evening falls enjoy a delicious carvery buffet freshly prepared by the on-board chef.
Overnight: Milford Mariner Day 15 Milford Sound - Te Anau (B,D) Start the day with a hearty breakfast before heading back out to the Tasman Sea (weather permitting) to explore more of this stunning fiord. Return to the wharf to meet your coach and enjoy the scenic drive to Te Anau. This afternoon enjoy a cruise across Lake Te Anau to visit the Glow Worm Caves where you will admire the incredible limestone caverns, waterfalls and mysterious Glow Worm Grotto.
Overnight: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Deluxe Room) Day 16 Te Anau - Dunedin (B,SD) Today travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin. After time for lunch board the Silver Fern railcar for a journey along spectacular clifftops overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Blueskin Bay. On return to Dunedin’s historic Edwardian Railway Station, board the coach for an informative city tour. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food and a Haggis Ceremony.
Overnight: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross Day 17 Dunedin (B,D) Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle for a guided tour. Visit Glenfalloch Restaurant for a delightful morning tea. Return to the city for some free time. You might choose to board the Taieri Gorge for a journey through spectacular scenery only accessible by rail.
Overnight: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross Day 18 Dunedin-Christchurch (B,SD) This morning visit Olveston House, a prestigious historic home before travelling to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends.
Overnight: Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport Day 19 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

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


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

Day 4: Bay of Islands - Auckland (B, D)
This morning 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 where you will enjoy a packed lunch. Continue south via Whangarei and the Parry Kauri Museum to Auckland's north shore, where you will see stunning views of Rangitoto Island, Auckland Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf.
Overnight: Spencer on Byron

Day 9: Wellington - Christchurch (B, D)
This morning board the Interislander Ferry, cross the Cook Strait and enjoy the magnificent views as you travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. Enjoy lunch in Picton (own expense) before boarding the Coastal Pacific train and journeying via Kaikoura to Christchuch. 
Overnight: Distinction Christchurch

Day 10: Christchurch (B)
This morning you will visit the International Antarctic Centre in Christchurch.  This afternoon enjoy a city sightseeing tour or make use of your included tram pass.
Overnight: Distinction Christchurch

Day 17: Dunedin (B, D)
Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle for a guided tour and sumptuous Devonshire tea.  Return to the city for some free time. You might choose to board the Taieri Gorge for a journey through spectacular scenery only accessible by rail.
Overnight: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

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