11 nights |
from $3595 per person*
TOUR CODE: NTA12
Explore the delights of New Zealand on your Value-Plus Escorted Vacation. Highlights include the geothermal geysers and rich Maori culture of Rotorua and the snow-capped mountains of the South Island.
2020 APR: 17 MAY: 11 JUN: 15 SEP: 14, 28 OCT: 6, 13, 27 NOV: 3,10, 17, 24 DEC: 1, 15
All trips include 24-hour emergency travel assistance.
December 15, 2020
Valid for travel between:
04/17/2020 – 05/10/2020
05/11/2020 – 06/15/2020
09/14/2020 – 09/28/2020
10/06/2020 – 12/15/2020
Additional dates, gateway cities and airlines may be available.
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Day 1 Arrive Auckland Be met on arrival into Auckland and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy some time at leisure prior to dinner. Stay: Rydges Auckland Hotel Dinner Day 2 Auckland, Waitomo, Rotorua INSIDER EXPERIENCE Discover the magical natural spectacle of Waitomo Caves with a local guide. INSIDER EXPERIENCE Enjoy a Maori Hangi feast with performances of song and dance at Te Puia tonight. Leaving Auckland after breakfast, travel to Waitomo, home to the famous glow worm caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an unmistakable glow. Continue to the geothermal capital of New Zealand, Rotorua. Visit Te Puia, New Zealand’s premier cultural centre, and enjoy a guided tour of the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute. You will also see the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley and witness the phenomenal spectacle of erupting geysers and bubbling mud pools. Delight in the opportunity to dine and interact with locals who will enchant you with their customs and cheerful hospitality. Stay: Two Nights, Sudima Rotorua Breakfast, Dinner Day 3 Rotorua Rotorua captures the essence of New Zealand with its geothermal geysers, fascinating Maori culture and rich heritage. The city is positioned on the Pacific Rim of Fire, and is therefore one of the world’s most active geothermal areas. Your sightseeing continues with a visit to one of New Zealand’s best-loved attractions, the Agrodome, with its entertaining sheep shearing demonstration, dog trials and animal nursery. Later, perhaps enjoy an optional helicopter flight for views over the active White Island volcano (own expense). Breakfast Day 4 Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington Farewell Rotorua and enjoy the scenery as you travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Lake Taupo – the largest freshwater lake in Australasia – and thundering Huka Falls. Continue south across the vast volcanic plateau of World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park to Wellington. The evening has been left free for you to explore the vibrant dining scene independently. From seafood cafes to cosy wine bars and spectacular fine-dining restaurants, you will see that New Zealand’s wild and fresh produce is showcased on a plate here in Wellington. Stay: Travelodge Wellington Breakfast Day 5 Wellington, Cook Strait, Christchurch Enjoy one of the world’s most scenic voyages as the Interislander ferry traverses Cook Strait through the Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds. Admire tiny coves on the way to Kaikoura. Continue your journey onwards to Christchurch. Hotel: Christchurch, Quality Elms Hotel Breakfast, Dinner Day 6 Christchurch, Fox Glacier Absorb the rural scenery from aboard your coach before beginning the ascent into the Main Divide. Then, sit back and enjoy the vistas as you journey through the Southern Alps to Westland Tai Poutini National Park. This evening, enjoy dinner. Stay: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier Breakfast, Dinner Day 7 Fox Glacier, Queenstown INSIDER EXPERIENCE Settle in for a two-night stay overseeing the calming blue waters of Lake Wakatipu, all the while admiring the dramatic backdrop of towering mountains. Journey through spectacular Haast Pass, skirting the tranquil shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea to the alpine resort of Queenstown on Lake Wakatipu. Delicious food is always on the menu in Queenstown as it is renowned for its world-class food scene and nightlife. This evening, during time at leisure, you may like to dine at one of the many restaurants in the town centre. Stay: Two Nights, Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview Breakfast Day 8 Queenstown With the entire day to spend as you please, you have the freedom to simply relax or pursue your interests and choose one of our exciting select experiences. Perhaps step aboard the TSS Earnslaw steamship for a cruise to Walter Peak Station, or take a scenic gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak for panoramic views over Queenstown (both at own expense). Or, if you’re more of a gourmand, perhaps choose to set off into the Central Otago region independently – one of New Zealand’s foremost wine-producing areas. Breakfast Day 9 Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau INSIDER EXPERIENCE Board a boat and cruise the full length of Milford Sound, a magnificent fiord with views of cascading waterfalls, dense rainforest, sheer cliffs and surrounding mountains. Enter Fiordland National Park along the Milford Road, then enjoy an exciting Insider Experience. Afterwards, make your way to your hotel and enjoy dinner. Stay: Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau Breakfast, Dinner Day 10 Te Anau, Dunedin Today, journey through rolling Southland countryside before arriving in Dunedin. Enjoy a guided tour then head to the nearby hills to take an intriguing tour of Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle. Steeped in scandal and tragedy, it is filled with magnificent antiques and offers breathtaking views. Enjoy some time at leisure before dinner this evening. Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City Breakfast, Dinner Day 11 Dunedin, Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo INSIDER EXPERIENCE Journey into Mt Cook National Park to view Australasia’s highest mountain, Aoraki (Mt Cook). Arrive this afternoon at your hotel, situated on the shores of Lake Tekapo. INSIDER EXPERIENCE Dine on fresh local produce at your hotel’s restaurant during a memorable Farewell Dinner. See the Moeraki Boulders and visit Oamaru to see some of New Zealand’s finest 19th-century architecture. Stay: Lake Tekapo, Peppers Bluewater Resort Breakfast, Dinner Day 12 Lake Tekapo, Depart Christchurch Pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd before travelling to Christchurch airport for your onward flight. Breakfast
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