17 Day New Zealand Wonderland from $5395*
Discover New Zealand from tip to tail
Bay of Islands
Bay of Islands dolphins
Franz Josef Glacier
This is the perfect New Zealand journey for those who desire to explore the north and south islands of New Zealand. With comprehensive sightseeing inclusions and leisure time, it covers all the key destinations on this Premier-Escorted Vacation.
- Visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds
- Explore the Bay of Islands on a dolphin-watching cruise
- Immerse yourself in Maori culture at a Hangi Feast in Rotorua
- Cruise to the South Island aboard the Interislander ferry, taking in the intricate waterways of the Marlborough Sounds
- Ride on the famous TranzAlpine train
- Marvel at the impressive icy contours of Franz Josef Glacier
See spectacular Milford Sound, where you’ll enjoy a cruise that explores the
full length of this pristine fiord
- Discover Australasia’s highest peak at Mt Cook National Park
- Dedicated APT Tour Director and professional Driver
- Travel aboard a spacious, luxurious coach
- 16 nights accommodation
- 16 full breakfasts & 11 dinners
- Arrival and departure transfers in New Zealand
- The additional services of expert local guides in select locations
- All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as outlined
- Travelscene Assist - 24 hour emergency travel assistance
2017: Jan 7, 11, 16, 20, 25; Feb 1, 6, 11, 18, 22, 27; Mar 8, 22; Apr 5, 22; May 12; Jul 8; Aug 5; Sep 2, 9, 23; Oct 7, 14, 21, 28; Nov 4, 8, 18, 25; Dec 2, 9. 16
2018: Jan 6, 10, 20, 24; 26, 31; Feb 5, 10, 17, 21, 25; Mar 3, 7, 10, 21, 28; Apr 7, 14, 21; May 12; Jul 7; Aug 4; Sep 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Land content only. International and domestic flights not included in tour price. Itinerary effective 7 Oct. 2017 - 29 Sept. 2018. Tours departing outside these dates follow a different itinerary - please enquire for details. Ask us about pre and post accommodation. Te Waonui Forest Retreat is subject to seasonality.
|Price per person (twin share)|
|7 Jan 2017 - 22 Apr 2017||$5995*|
|12 May 2017 - 5 Aug 2017||$5395*|
|2 Sep 2017 - 23 Sep 2017||$5695*|
|7 Oct 2017 - 28 Mar 2018||$6295*|
|7 Apr 2018 - 21 Apr 2018||$5995*|
|12 May 2018 - 4 Aug 2018||$5695*|
|1 Sep 2018 - 22 Sep 2018||$5995*|
|29 Sep 2018||$6295*|
|Terms and Conditions - Tour Code: NCC17|
*Terms & Conditions: Valid for travel selected Premier Vacations and Value Plus Vacations departing between 7 January 2017 and 29 September 2018. Discounts apply only to main tour land component, not to any flights or pre and post hotel bookings. Subject to availability, this offer may be withdrawn at any time. All tour prices listed are land only, ‘from’ per person, double occupancy, based on low season travel. Flights are not included. Seasonal surcharges and additional surcharges apply over weekends, special events and holiday periods. Not combinable with any other offer or discounted vacation package. Prices may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received. All prices are in US dollars and correct at time of posting (27 December 2016). All prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change. Please call for our current prices. Tour Code: NCC17. CST#2001136-50.
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Itinerary effective 7 Oct. 2017 – 29 Sept. 2018. Tours departing outside these dates follow a different itinerary – please enquire for details
Day 1. Arrive Auckland
On arrival into Auckland, be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Then, after your chosen activity, you’re free to explore the city at leisure.
Two Nights: Grand Millennium Auckland.
Freedom of Choice - Sightseeing: Perhaps cruise on Waitemata Harbour; head off on a Waiheke Island wine tour; explore the Auckland Museum; get up close to marine life at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium; set off into the Waitakere Rainforest; or take a trip to the suburb of Devonport for some of the best views of the city.
Day 2. Auckland, Bay of Islands
Cross Auckland’s Harbour Bridge and travel along the Hibiscus Coast. Stop at Matakohe’s Kauri Museum for an insight into the rich pioneering history of the Northland region. Continue to the Bay of Islands. B D
Two Nights: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands, in a room with harbour views.
Signature Experience: Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where the original treaty between the British and Maori people was signed. Here, you will also enjoy a visit to the Maori Meeting House and War Canoe.
Day 3. Bay of Islands
Today, discover this spectacular region with our range of activities. B
Freedom of Choice - Sightseeing: Perhaps take a day tour to Cape Reinga; experience life on the high seas; embark on a dolphin-watching adventure; take a mini-tour of Russell; or return to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds for a guided tour.
Day 4. Bay of Islands, Auckland
Following your cruise, travel back to Auckland and tonight, enjoy a Pacific-themed feature dinner. B FD
Stay: Grand Millennium Auckland.
Signature Experience: Explore the Bay of Islands on a dolphin-watching cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Meander through the inner islands, admiring the sandy beaches and keeping watch for dolphins, then spend some time in a secluded bay.
Day 5. Auckland, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua
Travel to Waitomo, home to the famous glow worm caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an eerie glow. Discover this natural wonder on a guided tour, before continuing to Rotorua. B FD
Two Nights: Holiday Inn Rotorua, overlooking Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve.
Signature Experience: For tonight’s feature dinner, immerse yourself in Maori culture as you enjoy a traditional Hangi Feast and performance of song and dance.
Day 6. Rotorua
After your activity, the afternoon and evening are free for you to explore at leisure. B
Freedom of Choice - Sightseeing: Perhaps enjoy a sheep show at the Agrodome followed by a kiwi encounter at Rainbow Springs Nature Park and a visit to Te Puia Thermal Reserve. Choose to visit Wai-O-Tapu, Rotorua Museum; see some of the sets from the Lord of the Rings movies, or explore Redwood Treewalk with a Maori guide.
Day 7. Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington
Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway to the heart of New Zealand’s North Island this morning. View the Wairakei Steam Valley, then visit Huka Falls and Lake Taupo, before travelling across the vast volcanic plateau of World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park all the way to Wellington. B FD
Two Nights: Amora Hotel Wellington.
Freedom of Choice - Dining: This evening, after checking in to your hotel, discover a range of tantalising local flavours with a choice of three tempting restaurants for your feature dinner.
Day 8. Wellington
After breakfast, set off on a sightseeing tour taking you to Wellington’s best-loved landmarks and sights, including the spectacular waterfront area and New Zealand’s national museum - Te Papa Tongarewa. Afterwards, ride the iconic Cable Car, gaining a fresh perspective and fantastic vistas of this coastal city. B
Day 9. Wellington, Kaikoura, Christchurch
From the port of Picton, drive to the quaint fishing town of Kaikoura. Continue travelling along the central east coast all the way to Christchurch. BD
Stay: Christchurch, The Commodore.
Signature Experience: Step aboard the Interislander ferry to cruise across Cook Strait and through the stunning waters of Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds to Picton.
Day 10. Christchurch, TranzAlpine Train, Franz Josef Glacier
Disembark the train at Arthur’s Pass and travel by coach to Hokitika. Here, you will see pounamu jade being skillfully carved into pieces of jewellery. Continue along the west coast to your luxury eco resort near Franz Josef Glacier. Here, enjoy a four-course degustation feature dinner. B FD
Stay: Franz Josef Glacier, Te Waonui Forest Retreat.
Signature Experience: Board the TranzAlpine train for one of the world’s greatest rail adventures. Journey through the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains and across the Southern Alps.
Signature Experience: Along the west coast of the South Island, take in the dramatic terrain and icy surrounds of the Franz Josef Glacier.
Day 11. Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown
Enjoy a day of truly breathtaking scenery as you travel along the Haast River on your way to Queenstown. B FD
Two Nights: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside.
Freedom of Choice - Dining: Choose from four restaurants for your feature dinner. Perhaps sample the fresh South Island produce at waterside Finz seafood restaurant, or take a scenic gondola ride to the Skyline Restaurant where you can enjoy your meal with stunning panoramic views of the city. You may prefer a dinner cruise aboard the TSS Earnslaw, a vintage steamboat, or dine amid the stylish surrounds of the Elements Restaurant.
Day 12. Queenstown
Enjoy a full day in Queenstown. B
Freedom of Choice - Sightseeing: Perhaps embark on a Safari of the Scenes tour and visit several local sites where the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed. Alternatively, thrillseekers may enjoy an exhilarating ride on the Shotover Jet Boat, a Skippers Canyon adventure, or a river safari along the beautiful Dart River. New Zealand is rightly famous for its fine wines, and a tour of the country’s premier wine-producing region is a tempting option. Other activities you may choose from include an exciting 4WD experience at Mt Nicholas, a bird walk through the surrounding Queenstown wilderness, or a leisurely cruise over the waters of Lake Wakatipu.
Day 13. Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau
Embark on one of the most scenic drives today as you journey along the Milford Road and into the heart of Fiordland National Park. Keep your camera at the ready as you wind down the Eglinton and Hollyford valleys, then drive through the Homer Tunnel to be met by the sight of Mitre Peak, the iconic backdrop to Milford Sound. After your cruise, enjoy a picturesque drive to the lakeside settlement of Te Anau. B FD
Stay: Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas.
Signature Experience: Cruise along the full length of beautiful fiord Milford Sound, located deep within Fiordland National Park.
Signature Experience: In Te Anau, enjoy a feature Taste of Fiordland Dinner, showcasing the fine local produce.
Day 14. Te Anau, Dunedin
Journey through Southland countryside as you travel to Dunedin, a city known as the Edinburgh of the south. B D
Stay: Dunedin, Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Freedom of Choice - Sightseeing: Tour Larnach Castle and visit Olveston House, head to Dunedin’s railway station and board the Taieri Gorge Railway, or tour Speight’s Brewery. Alternatively, choose to visit the Otago Peninsula where you can observe an albatross colony, watch for penguins, or take an off-road tour.
Day 15. Dunedin, Mt Cook
Drive north and stop to view the large spherical Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe Beach. Then, continue onward to Mt Cook National Park. BD
Stay: Mt Cook, The Hermitage Hotel
Signature Experience: View Australasia’s highest mountain, Aoraki Mt Cook, and admire the sublime alpine scenery that abounds here.
Freedom of Choice - Sightseeing: Perhaps visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, including a visit to the planetarium and a stargazing session with an astronomer. Alternatively, during the summer months, board a MAC boat and get up close to icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake.
Day 16. Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo, Christchurch
Travel to Lake Tekapo and pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. In Christchurch this evening, you will enjoy a feature Farewell Dinner at your hotel. B FD
Stay: Rydges Latimer Christchurch
Day 17. Depart Christchurch
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. B
Itinerary effective 7 Oct. 2017 – 29 Sept. 2018. Tours departing outside these dates follow a different itinerary – please enquire for details.
Bay of Islands
Bay of Islands dolphins
Franz Josef Glacier