CONTRASTS OF NEW ZEALAND

Auckland, Rotorua, Queenstown, Franz Josef Glacier & Christchurch

Overview

TOUR CODE: T2-IZANB

Guided Vacation

Take in the contrasts of two distinct islands. From Auckland’s sparkling harbour, to Rotorua’s geothermal wonderland, across to the rugged beauty of the West Coast and the untouched serenity of Milford Sound, another snapshot of New Zealand’s natural splendor reveals itself around every corner.

What’s Included

  • 2 nights in a Superior Room at Stamford Plaza Hotel Auckland
  • 1 nights in a Superior Room at Millennium Hotel Rotorua
  • 3 nights in a Superior Room at Millennium Hotel Queenstown
  • 1 nights in a Deluxe Room at Te Waonui Forest Retreat Franz Josef Glacier
  • 2 nights in a Classic Room at Distinction Christchurch Hotel
  • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 5 dinners
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • English speaking guide
  • Transfers, sightseeing tours and cultural activities as specified in itinerary
  • Hotel taxes and service charges

Itinerary

DAY 01

ARRIVE AUCKLAND (DW)

On arrival in Auckland you’ll have time to relax or explore. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception and dinner.

DAY 02

AUCKLAND (B)

Embark on a city sightseeing tour this morning to Mission Bay. Keep your camera at the ready to capture spectacular panoramic views of the skyline, sprawling North Shore and Waitemata Harbour from Bastion Point and Michael Joseph Savage Memorial. Spend the afternoon as you wish.

DAY 03

AUCKLAND/ROTORUA (B/D)

Today, you’ll venture through the King Country region, which was at the centre of the New Zealand Wars in the 1860s. On arrival in Rotorua, embark on an orientation of the area before visiting Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Discover native flora that grows around the crystal-clear mineral water springs and you might even spot a kiwi or two! This evening, enjoy a traditional Hangi Highlight Dinner and cultural performance at the Tamaki Māori Village.

DAY 04

ROTORUA/QUEENSTOWN (B)

Spend time at leisure this morning or consider an optional experience. You could visit Te Puia to meet the local Māori community for an introduction to their gift from the gods – the bubbling geysers, mud pools and thermal springs of Rotorua. Later, you’ll fly to Queenstown (airfare is not included).

DAY 05

MILFORD SOUND CRUISE (B/L)

Journey over the Devil’s Staircase and along the shore of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau and its lake, the largest in the South Island. Travel through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges. Drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to the numerous photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lake, Pop’s lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, Mitre Peak and the Bowen Falls before reaching Milford Sound. Enjoy a cruise on this wonder of nature. Return to Queenstown for the evening.

DAY 06

QUEENSTOWN FREE TIME (B/D)

Your final day in Queenstown could see you take an optional experience ride on the Shotover Jet boat or a cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue lunch at the Colonel’s Homestead. This evening join your Travel Director for dinner at The Boatshed, set in the historic Railway Shipping Office built in 1936. Restored and relocated to its lakefront setting, The Boatshed with its spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable, is the perfect venue for your Highlight Dinner.

DAY 07

QUEENSTOWN/FRANZ JOSEF (B/DW)

This morning you’ll leave the alpine wonderland of Queenstown behind, and begin the passage through Central Otago and out to Westland. On the way, you will stop and visit the faithfully restored gold mining settlement of Arrow town. From here you will travel over to Cromwell, where you will stop in at a local orchard for a taste of some of the town’s delicious stone fruit. It is a day of gorgeous lakes as you travel further into Central Otago and view the vivid blue waters of Lake Hawea, followed by Lake Wanaka, where the shoreline is charmingly lined by poplars and willows. Our destination for today is the extraordinary rivers of ice that make up Franz Josef Glacier. You may want to get up close and personal with the glaciers on an optional experience helicopter flight (weather permitting).

DAY 08

FRANZ JOSEF/CHRISTCHURCH (B)

Head off to the drift-wood strewn beaches of Hokitika. Here you will visit a pounamu (jade) factory for the chance to see master carvers at work creating intricate pieces of jewellery and art. Later, travel inland to the small settlement of Arthur’s Pass. Board the TranzAlpine train and head back to the East Coast and Christchurch. This spectacular train journey dates to 1914 and is rated as one of the world’s most scenic train trips.

DAY 09

CHRISTCHURCH (B/D)

This morning see how Christchurch is rebuilding after the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, and pop into the Transitional Cathedral in Latimer Square, the temporary home of the Christchurch Cathedral. It is the world’s only cathedral made substantially of cardboard! After a Christchurch city sights tour, you’re invited to a Be My Guest morning tea at the home of Tim and Isabelle Weston, owners of Britten Stables. Formerly horse stables for nearby Mona Vale Gardens and following that, the birth place of the world record- setting Britten V1000 motorcycle designed and built in the garage by Isabelle’s late father, John Britten. The couple restored the original charm of The Britten Stables and transformed it into the exquisite home that it is today. This evening join your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.

DAY 10

FAREWELL FROM CHRISTCHURCH (B)

Your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight.

Meals: B= Breakfast   L= Lunch   D= Dinner   DW=Dinner with wine

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Dates & Prices

Per person, based on double occupancy

    2020Land OnlySingle Supplement
    Jul 10$3,150$1,205
    Sep 25$3,150$1,205
    Oct 09, 23$3,525$1,350
    Nov 13, 27$3,525$1,350
    Dec 11$3,525$1,350
    2021
    Jan 22, 29$3,525$1,350
    Feb 05, 12$3,525$1,350
    Mar 05, 12, 19$3,525$1,350
    Apr 02, 09, 23$3,150$1,205
    May 21$3,150$1,205
    Jun 11$3,150$1,205
    Jul 09$3,150$1,205
    Aug 27$3,150$1,205
    Sep 10, 24$3,150$1,205
    All prices are land only, 'from' per person, double occupancy, based on low season travel. Flights are not included. Seasonal surcharges and additional surcharges apply over weekends, special events and holiday periods. Not combinable with any other offer or discounted vacation package. Prices may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received. All prices are in US dollars and correct at time of posting (23 October 2019). All prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change. Please call for our current prices. Tour Code: T2-IZANB (LO/032820/C-0)
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