New Zealand Grandeur
CHRISTCHURCH | FRANZ JOSEF | QUEENSTOWN | DOUBTFUL SOUND | DUNEDIN | MT COOK | KAIKOURA | PICTON | WELLINGTON | MARTINBOROUGH | TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK | ROTORUA | AUCKLAND
Discover the true essence of New Zealand as you explore both the North and South Island on this deluxe small group tour. Stay in boutique hotels, savour culinary delights and be treated to exclusive excursions whilst touring in 5 star comfort.
- West Coast Glaciers
- Spectacular Southern Lakes District
- Fiordland National Park
- Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South
- World Heritage listed Mt Cook National Park
- Wellington, the nation’s capital
- Boutique wine village of Martinborough
- Small group touring with just 24 guests
New Zealand Grandeur
Day 1 : Arrive Christchurch
Welcome to New Zealand. On arrival you will met and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy welcome drinks and dinner with your fellow travellers.
Hotel: Rydges Latimer Hotel
Day 2 : Christchurch - Franz Josef
A short drive brings you to the tiny train station of Springfield, gateway to the majestic Southern Alps. Board the award-winning TranzAlpine train for the spectacular rail journey to Arthurs Pass, the South Island’s highest altitude settlement. Enjoy thrilling vistas over deep gorges as you travel alongside the ice-fed Waimakariri River and traverse the mighty Southern Alps, where spectacular views of the chiselled alpine landscape will take your breath away at every turn. On to Franz Josef where you can relax and soak in the thermal pools after an invigorating day and sumptuous dinner.
Hotel: Te Waonui Forest Retreat
Day 3 : Franz Josef - Queenstown
Before your departure this morning, there is the opportunity to experience an optional scenic flight over this remarkable region (subject to weather conditions). Later, view incredible scenery as you travel past the untouched wilderness and pristine lakes of the Mt Aspiring and Westland National Parks. There is time to wander around the popular lakeside township of Wanaka before stopping at the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown.
Hotel for 2 nights: Heritage Queenstown Hotel
Day 4 : Queenstown
Queenstown is regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination and today is free to experience this magnificent alpine resort. Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure and leisure activities and your Coach Captain can assist with any optional activities you would like to do.
Day 5 : Overnight Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
Skirt the shores of Lake Wakatipu and travel through lush farmland to Te Anau. On to Manapouri, where you enjoy a leisurely cruise across this picturesque lake to West Arm. This is followed by a short coach trip on New Zealand’s most expensive road, travelling over Wilmot Pass and pausing along the way to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below. At Deep Cove, your crew and the ‘Fiordland Navigator’ await. Designed along the lines of a traditional scow, the ‘Fiordland Navigator’ blends old world charm with modern comfort and as you cruise through some of the fiord’s most stunning scenery, knowledgeable and friendly nature guides will share with you their passion for the region through their commentary. After dropping anchor in a sheltered cove, you can choose to explore the shoreline by kayak or tender boat or you can simply relax on board. As the majesty of Doubtful Sound unfolds before you, its beauty and vastness will take your breath away.
Overnight: Fiordland Navigator
Day 6 : Doubtful Sound - Dunedin
Enjoy a hearty breakfast this morning before exploring other parts of the fiord. We retrace our steps back to Manapouri where you re-join your coach for the journey to Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South.
Hotel for 2 nights: Distinction Dunedin Hotel
Day 7 : Dunedin
This morning travel along the Otago Peninsula where you board a Monarch Wildlife Cruise. On the cruise look out for Furseals and Sealions on their breeding rockeries as well an abundance of other wildlife such as Penguins, Dolphins and Albatross. Afterwards travel to Larnach Castle for a guided tour, learning about its tragic and mysterious history before enjoying a High Tea in the Grand Ballroom. The afternoon is free.
Day 8 : Dunedin – Mt Cook
Today travel up the Waitaki Valley to Omarama. Your journey continues into the World Heritage Mt Cook National Park, with its 70,000 ha of breathtaking alpine scenery. After dinner, enjoy a guided tour of the Digital Dome Planetarium before your astronomy guides take you to their outdoor stargazing site where you explore different elements of the spectacular southern sky.
Hotel: Mt Cook Hermitage Hotel
Day 9 : Mt Cook - Christchurch
Enjoy a morning at leisure. Later, at Lake Tekapo, stop to view the Church of the Good Shepherd, then cross the fertile Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.
Hotel: Rydges Latimer Hotel
Day 10 : Christchurch - Wellington
Head north past the coastal town of Kaikoura to Picton where you board the Interislander Ferry and cruise through the spectacular Queen Charlotte Sound into Cook Strait. Enjoy stunning views of New Zealand’s capital city as you arrive into Wellington Harbour.
Hotel for 2 nights: The Bolton Hotel Wellington
Day 11 : Wellington
Today is a free day at leisure to explore the nations capital.
Day 12 : Wellington - Martinborough
Today begins with a guided tour of Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. Travel on to Martinborough, located at the centre of the Wairarapa wine region. Enjoy a wine tasting at the award-winning Palliser Estate vineyard before checking into our accommodation.
Hotel: Peppers Parehua Country Estate
Day 13 : Wellington - Taupo
Enjoy a tour of the Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre, a captive-breeding sanctuary for some of the country’s most threatened birds and home to the only white kiwi in captivity. Afterwards continue on to Taupo.
Hotel: Millennium Hotel & Resort Manuels
Day 14 : Taupo - Rotorua
Stop to view the mighty Huka Falls before arriving at the thermal wonderland of Wai O Tapu; considered to be New Zealand’s most colourful and diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction Tonight, visit the award winning Tamaki Village and enjoy a traditional Maori hangi (feast) and cultural performance.
Hotel for 2 nights: Millennium Rotorua
Day 15 : Lake Rotoiti Cruise
Today’s highlight is an exclusive cruise across the serene, clear waters of Lake Rotoiti; bathe in the thermal waters of the Manupirua hot springs, accessible only by boat. Later, enjoy a suspended treetop eco-walk in the Redwood Forest.
Day 16 : Rotorua - Auckland
After breakfast, travel to Matamata experience a guided tour of Hobbiton, the movie set used in the block-busting ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Hobbit’ films. Enjoy a festive lunch at The Green Dragon Inn before travelling on to Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’.
Hotel for 2 nights: Pullman Hotel
Day 17 : Auckland
Today is free to explore New Zealand’s largest and most vibrant city. This evening, join your friends for a farewell dinner with dinks and relive the many great experiences shared over the last eighteen days.
Day 18 : Depart Auckland
Sadly, your holiday ends after breakfast this morning.