Contrasts of New Zealand

10 days,

9 nights |

from $3150 per person*


Experience the contrasts of New Zealand’s two distinct islands. From Auckland’s sparkling Harbor to Rotorua’s geothermal wonderland, from the rugged beauty of the West Coast to the untouched serenity of Milford Sound, new facets of New Zealand’s splendor will reveal themselves each day as you explore the land of The Long White Cloud.

  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

Tour Highlights

  • Experience a Maori Hangi cultural concert
  • Journey through the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine
  • Connect with locals in their Christchurch home
  • Discover magical Milford Sound on a cruise of the fiord

Flight Information

Flights are not included in the tour price; please call our team for the current flight prices. Any flights referred to in the itinerary are an additional expense. Must arrive by 4pm on day 1 into Auckland Airport

Departure Dates

From $3150 per person* departing: 24 Apr 2020 22 May 2020 12 Jun 2020 10 Jul 2020 21 Aug 2020 28 Aug 2020 11 Sep 2020 25 Sep 2020 From $3525 per person* departing: 09 Oct 2020 23 Oct 2020 13 Nov 2020 20 Nov 2020 27 Nov 2020 04 Dec 2020 11 Dec 2020 18 Dec 2020 25 Dec 2020 01 Jan 2021 08 Jan 2021 15 Jan 2021 22 Jan 2021 29 Jan 2021 05 Feb 2021 12 Feb 2021 19 Feb 2021 26 Feb 2021 05 Mar 2021 12 Mar 2021 19 Mar 2021 26 Mar 2021 From $3150 per person* departing: 02 Apr 2021 09 Apr 2021 23 Apr 2021 21 May 2021 11 Jun 2021 09 Jul 2021 20 Aug 2021 27 Aug 2021 10 Sep 2021 24 Sep 2021 From $3525 per person* departing: 08 Oct 2021 15 Oct 2021 22 Oct 2021 12 Nov 2021 19 Nov 2021 26 Nov 2021 03 Dec 2021 10 Dec 2021 17 Dec 2021 24 Dec 2021 31 Dec 2021 07 Jan 2022 14 Jan 2022 21 Jan 2022 28 Jan 2022 04 Feb 2022 11 Feb 2022 18 Feb 2022 25 Feb 2022 04 Mar 2022 11 Mar 2022 18 Mar 2022 25 Mar 2022 Please click here for full Booking Conditions.

All trips include 24-hour emergency travel assistance.

Book by:

March 21, 2022

Valid for travel between:

04/01/2020 – 03/25/2022

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Day 1 Welcome to Auckland After arrival in Auckland you’ll have free time to explore. This evening, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and dinner at your hotel. Hotel: Stamford Plaza Auckland, 2 nights Included Meals: Dinner with wine

Day 2 Auckland Start the day with a tour of the highlights of this lively multicultural city. Later, take a cruise on the sparkling waters of Waitemata Harbour. Hotel: Stamford Plaza Auckland Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

Day 3 Auckland – Rotorua Follow the trail of the Waikato River to the home of Lance and Bridgette O’Sullivan, of New Zealand horse racing fame, for a Be My Guest experience, a traditional country-style lunch at the Red Barn on their beautiful Waikato farm. A very personal cultural evening awaits you at the Tamaki Maori Village. Feast on succulent meats and vegetables cooked in a Hangi, the traditional Maori method of cooking in the earth using geothermal steam. Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Be My Guest Lunch, Highlight Dinner

Day 4 Rotorua – Queenstown Spend time at leisure this morning or consider an optional experience. You could visit Te Puia to meet the local Maori 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 not included and must be booked, ask us for details) Hotel: Millennium, Queenstown, 3 nights Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 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 a cruise on this wonder of nature. Return to Queenstown for the evening. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 Queenstown Free Time 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 Remarkables, is the perfect venue for your Highlight Dinner Included Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

Day 7 Queenstown – Franz Josef This morning you’ll leave the alpine wonderland of Queenstown behind, and begin the passage hrough Central Otago and out to Westland. On the way, you will stop and visit the faithfully restored gold mining settlement of Arrowtown. 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). Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 8 Franz Josef – Christchurch 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 jewelery 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. Hotel: Distinction, Christchurch Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 Christchurch 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 worldrecord-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. Included Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest, Farewell Dinner

Day 10 Farewell from Christchurch Your vacation comes to an end this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. Included Meals: Breakfast

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*Terms & Conditions: Pricing is per person based on double occupancy. All prices are in US dollars and correct at time of posting for travel during specified travel dates. Single supplements, black-out dates and seasonal supplements may apply. Airfare is not included unless indicated. Prices may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received. Airline and hotels frequently change their prices as a result of fare increases and/or fuel surcharges. Prices may increase before full payment for those and other reasons. Package is not combinable with any other offer or discounted vacation package. After full payment, prices are guaranteed except only due to an increase in government-imposed taxes or fees. By paying your deposit, you affirmatively agree to the possibility of such increases. Package is strictly subject to availability, not retroactive and not combinable with any other special or vacation package offer. Minimum night stays or required room types may apply. All prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change without notice. Please call for our current prices. CST#2001136-20

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