Best of New Zealand summer 2018
Brochure Type: The Australia and New Zealand Book 2018
As brilliant as the starry sky and close enough to touch, the luminous glow worms of northern New Zealand light up the dark depths of another world - yours to explore along a journey tracing the cityscapes of Auckland, the barren landscapes of Desert Road and jagged Pancake Rocks and Blow Holes of Punakaiki.
- City tour in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin
- Cruise in Bay of Islands, on the Cook Strait, on Lake Wakatipu and Milford Sound.
- View the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train.
- Visit Parry Kauri Park, the Bay of Islands, Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Franz Josef Glacier.
- 17 hot buffet breakfasts
- 1 afternoon tea (Be My Guest)
- 1 lunch (Be My Guest)
- 12 dinners
- 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
- Tour Operator
- Trafalgar Tours
- Offer valid through 6/30/2018
- 18 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Auckland||Arrive Auckland: Welcome to Auckland! On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4pm). You're free to explore Auckland before an evening Welcome Reception with your Travel Director.Welcome Reception|
|Day 2||Bay of Islands||Auckland - Bay of Islands (2 Nights): Depart Auckland and travel north over the Harbor Bridge past the sprawling suburbs of the North Shore. Travel through Northland's lush farmland scenery before arriving into the beautiful Bay of Islands. Experience spectacular scenery as you cruise through game fishing waters to Cape Brett and, weather permitting, through the famous 'Hole in the Rock'. The return cruise to Paihia meanders through picturesque islands; see deserted sandy beaches and secluded bays and keep your eyes peeled for the marine life.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine|
Copthorne Resort (Water View)
|Day 3||Bay of Islands||Bay of Islands Sightseeing: Today your choice of sightseeing: go on a dolphin-watching cruise; a day of sailing aboard a historic tall ship; enjoy wine tasting in Kerikeri or join a Russell Mini Tour and learn a little more about the settling of the Bay of Islands.Buffet Breakfast|
|Day 4||Auckland||Bay of Islands - Auckland: Enjoy a leisurely morning in the Bay of Islands before you travel back to Auckland. Our journey south takes us to Whangarei, the northern-most city in New Zealand, where you can wander around the art galleries and through the marina in the Town Basin. Later, enjoy a stop at Parry Kauri Park and take a walk among New Zealand's native forest giants, the Kauri trees. This evening join your Travel Director for a Regional Meal at 'Eight' at The Langham. Your personal degustation is prepared for you from the freshest, quality ingredients, including mouth-watering seafood and delicious desserts.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal|
|Day 5||Rotorua||Auckland - Rotorua (2 Nights): After a sightseeing tour of Auckland, head south to visit the amazing Glow Worm Grotto. A Local Specialist will lead you through the grotto by boat and you'll walk in the limestone caves. Continue to Rotorua. Tonight experience a Maori Hangi feast Regional Meal and concert at the Tamaki Family Marae.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal|
|Day 6||Rural Homestay||Rotorua Sightseeing - Rural Homestay: Today your choice of sightseeing: unwind at the Polynesian Spa; visit Te Puia and tour through the Whakawerawera Thermal Reserve; tour the Hobbiton movie set or explore Rotorua and its three lakes in an amphibious WWII era Duck.Buffet Breakfast|
|Day 7||Wellington||Rotorua - Wellington: View Huka Falls and drive along the shores of Lake Taupo. Discover the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park and the dairy farms of Manawatu. Visit Shenandoah for a Be My Guest afternoon tea. The historic villa's owners, Simon and Claudia, will show you around their property, which includes a unique private collection of Harley Davidson motor cycles. Take a short tour to see the local wildlife then continue to Wellington.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining, Dinner with wine|
James Cook Grand Chancellor
|Day 8||Blenheim||Wellington - Blenheim: Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, for a Cultural Insight into Maori life. Later, cruise the Cook Strait into tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound. The seaside village of Picton is next, then Blenheim. This evening enjoy a 3 course Regional Meal prepared with local produce, paired with wine from the famous Marlborough region.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal|
|Day 9||Christchurch||Blenheim - Christchurch: Today we travel inland through the Wairau Valley, home to some of the Marlborough region's world-famous Sauvignon Blanc. Continue to the alpine village of Murchison before travelling over Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.Buffet Breakfast|
|Day 10||Twizel||Christchurch - Twizel: Join us for a taste of country life at a Be My Guest barbecue lunch on Morelea Farm, a typical working sheep farm. You'll be welcomed into the home of your hosts Angie and Stan Taylor and their 600 acre garden. Hear their stories and sample delicious food prepared just for you. Later see Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and soak up the alpine scenery of Mount Cook National Park.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining, Dinner with wine|
MacKenzie Country Inn
|Day 11||Dunedin||Twizel - Dunedin Sightseeing: Your day starts with a journey along the Waitaki River, and a photo stop at the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel through to the township of Oamaru with its famous white limestone buildings and then on to Dunedin. This afternoon your choice of sightseeing: tour Larnach Castle, New Zealand's only castle; ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway; take the Monarch Wildlife Cruise or a tour of Speight's Brewery.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine|
Scenic Southern Cross
|Day 12||Te Anau||Dunedin - Te Anau: This morning enjoy a chance to explore Dunedin. Later, travel through lush green pastures, crossing sheep-filled farming land to the village of Te Anau, on the shores of Lake Te Anau, the South Island's largest lake. Tonight consider an Optional Experience out across the lake to the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine|
|Day 13||Queenstown||Te Anau - Queenstown (2 Nights): You'll be awe-struck by the magnificence of the World Heritage Fiordland National Park. Your cruise on mystical Milford Sound will take you past Bowen Falls and Mitre Peak. Afterwards, travel over the Devil's Staircase, along the shores of Lake Wakatipu on your way to Queenstown.Buffet Breakfast|
|Day 14||Queenstown||Queenstown Sightseeing: Today your choice of sightseeing: ride the Shotover Jet boat, visit a high country farm; ride gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner; visit Kiwi Birdlife Park or take a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand's oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Regional Meal at the Colonel's Homestead. Then enjoy an entertaining after-dinner farm show providing a glimpse into high-country farm life.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal|
|Day 15||Franz Josef||Queenstown - Franz Josef: Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown. Enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell then see a trio of lakes, Dunstan, Hawea and Wanaka. Travel over the Haast Pass and on to Franz Josef Glacier.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine|
Scenic Franz Josef Glacier
|Day 16||Punakaiki||Franz Josef - Punakaiki: There's time to explore Franz Josef Glacier. Later, take a walk among rainforest giants on the West Coast Treetop Walkway. Depart for Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration with a Local Specialist. Later, travel to Punakaiki for a night in your eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine|
Punakaiki Resort Authentic Accommodation
|Day 17||Christchurch||Punakaiki - Christchurch: Board the TranzAlpine train and travel through the Southern Alps to Christchurch. Celebrate your trip with a Farewell Dinner.Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner|
|Day 18||Depart Christchurch||Depart Christchurch: Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).Buffet Breakfast|
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Tour Type: Country ExplorerBrochure Type: The Australia and New Zealand Book 2018As brilliant as the starry sky and close enough to touch, the luminous glow worms of northern New Zealand light up the dark depths of another world - yours to explore al...