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Contrasts of New Zealand

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From R 45 800 per person
New Zealand

The icy fingers of Franz Josef Glacier will almost have you in their grip as you explore its frosty wilderness en route to the warmth of New Zealand’s geothermal wonders, the magical Milford Sound and a mouth-watering Hangi feast shared with a local Maori family.

 

DINING

  • 8 HOT BUFFET BREAKFASTS
  • 2 LUNCHES
  • 4 DINNERS

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS

  • City tour in Auckland including harbour cruise
  • Cruise on Waitemata Harbour and Milford Sound
  • View native flora and fauna, jade carving in Hokitika and the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train
  • Visit Te Puia Thermal Valley and Franz Josef Glacier
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most regions or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Porterage, local tips and charges
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays
  • All hotel charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights

 

BE MY GUEST
In the North Island, join the O’Sullivans for lunch at the Red Barn on their beautiful dairy farm in the Waikato region.

CULTURAL INSIGHTS
Gain an insight into their indigenous culture and traditions at the Tamaki Maori Village in Rotorua.

HIDDEN TREASURES
Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

LOCAL SPECIALISTS
For included sightseeing in Rotorua

Day 1
Welcome to Auckland (2 Nights)

Day 2
Auckland

Day 3
Auckland – Rotorua

Day 4
Rotorua – Christchurch

Day 5
Christchurch – Franz Josef

Day 6
Franz Josef – Queenstown (3 Nights)

Day 7
Milford Sound

Day 8
Queenstown Free Time

Day 9
Depart Queenstown

Day 1
Welcome to Auckland (2 Nights) Day 1 – Welcome to Auckland (2 Nights)
On arrival in Auckland, you are transferred to your hotel. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a welcome reception followed by an included dinner at your hotel.

Hotel
Stamford Plaza

Meals
Welcome Reception
Dinner with wine

 

Day 2
Auckland Day 2 – Auckland
A morning sightseeing tour including Bastion Point, the War Memorial and Viaduct Harbour is followed by a cruise on Waitemata Harbour. Spend some free time exploring on your own or relaxing at your hotel.

Meals
Buffet Breakfast

 

 

Day 3
Auckland – Rotorua Day 3 – Auckland – Rotorua
You’re invited to a Be My Guest lunch at the home of Lance and Bridgette O’Sullivan, New Zealand horse racing royalty. Enjoy a sumptuous country-style lunch at the Red Barn on their beautiful Waikato farm. This evening you’re guests at the Tamaki Family Marae for traditional Hangi Regional Meal and cultural performance.

Hotel
Millennium

Meals
Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining
Regional Meal

 

 

Day 4
Rotorua – Christchurch Day 4 – Rotorua – Christchurch
Your morning sightseeing tour includes a visit to Rainbow Springs Nature Park, where with a Local Specialist you’ll discover native bush, ferns and trees that grow around the crystal clear mineral water springs. You may even spot a kiwi, New Zealand’s national icon! From here you’ll visit Te Puia (New Zealand’s Maori culture and geothermal experience). A Maori Local Specialist will escort you through the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve with its mud pools and geysers. In the afternoon you’ll fly to Christchurch.

Hotel
Distinction

Meals
Buffet Breakfast

 

 

Day 5
Christchurch – Franz Josef Day 5 – Christchurch – Franz Josef
First up this morning you will board the TranzAlpine train and head out through the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass. This spectacular train journey dates back to 1914, and is rated as one of the world’s most scenic train trips. The train forges through tunnels and over viaducts with panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, icy rivers, beech forests, gorges and river valleys. At Hokitika you’ll visit a New Zealand greenstone (jade) factory for a jewelley demonstration with a Local Specialist. Travel along the coastal road to Franz Josef Glacier for a short walk to view the glacier and perhaps take an optional scenic flight (weather permitting). Tonight, enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel.

Meals
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine

 

 

Day 6
Franz Josef – Queenstown (3 Nights) Day 6 – Franz Josef – Queenstown (3 Nights)
Get your camera ready today as you’ll experience some spectacular sights. Drive over the Haast Pass, past Thunder Creek Falls, Lakes Wanaka, Hawea and Dunstan. Enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell, the stone fruit capital. Next you’ll visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown before arriving in Queenstown, where an orientation tour completes your day.

Hotel
Millennium

Meals
Buffet Breakfast

 

 

Day 7
Milford Sound Day 7 – Milford Sound
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 lunch while you cruise on this wonder of nature. Later, return to Queenstown for the evening.

Meals
Buffet Breakfast
Lunch

 

 

Day 8
Queenstown Free Time Day 8 – Queenstown Free Time
Today is a full day to explore Queenstown at your leisure. Choose from a range of optional experiences. You have the option to ride the Shotover Jet, join a wine tour, Perhaps, take a 4WD through Skippers Canyon, or enjoy a cruise on the historic TSS Earnslaw over to Walter Peak Station for a BBQ lunch and farm show. This evening, join your Travel Director for dinner at the Boatshed. Set in the restored historic Railway Shipping Office and relocated to its lakefront setting in 1936, The Boatshed wth its spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables, it is the perfect venue for your exclusive Farewell Dinner.

Meals
Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Dinner

 

 

Day 9
Depart Queenstown Day 9 – Depart Queenstown
Say farewell to your feloow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Throughout today you will be transferred Queenstown Airport for your onward flight.

Meals
Buffet Breakfast

Additional Info

  • Duration :
    9 Days
  • Countries :
    1 Country
  • Cities :
    7 Cities
  • Price From :
    R45 800 per person
  • Location :
    New Zealand
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