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15 Day New Zealand Splendor from $4650*
First Choice Tour














Highlights:

  • Discover Waitomo’s famous Glow Worm Grotto
  • Wellington’s City Sights and Mt. Victoria
  • Sail the Cook Strait to beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound
  • Indulge in a 5 course dinner with matching wines in Blenheim
  • Marvel at the crystal clear waters of Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki
  • Discover truly spectacular Milford Sound on a cruise
  • Discover Franz Josef Glacier
  • Walk around Punakaiki Pancake Rocks
  • Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train

Includes:

  • An experienced, professional Tour Director and Driver
  • Tour by luxury air-conditioned coach with 2-door access, restroom, reclining seats & panoramic windows
  • 14 nights accommodation with private bathrooms
  • 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 11 dinners
  • Round trip airport transfers (see suggested flight information below)
  • Welcome reception
  • Travelscene After Hours Emergency Travel Assistance
     

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; these are the suggested group flights:
  • Day 1 Flights to arrive prior to 4:00pm into Auckland
  • Day 15 Flights to depart anytime from Christchurch


Departure Dates:

2017: 10, 17, 24, 31 Jan; 7, 14, 21, 28 Feb; 7, 14, 21, 28 Mar; 4, 11, 18, 25 Apr; 2 May; 6 Jun; 4 Jul; 1, 15, 29 Aug; 5, 12, 19, 26 Sep; 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Oct; 7, 14, 21, 28 Nov; 5, 12, 19, 26 Dec  

2018: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Jan; 6, 13, 20, 27 Feb; 6, 13, 20, 27 Mar

Dates in bold indicate guaranteed departure

15 Day New Zealand Splendor   
1 April 2017 - 31 May 2017 $4825*
1 June 2017 - 30 September 2017 $4650*
1 October 2017 - 31 March 2018 $5175*

Terms and Conditions - Tour Code: ZAAC
*Terms & Conditions (USD): Prices are land only, 'from' per person, based on double occupancy and valid for travel between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018. Airfares are not included. Single supplements, black-out dates and seasonal supplements may apply. 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 June 2016). All prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change. Subject to availability, this offer may be withdrawn at any time. 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. Please call for our current prices. Hearing impaired persons may dial 711 (National Relay Service) to contact us at the above number. Tour code: ZAAC. CST#2001136-50.

Prices subject to change without notice. Please click here to read our terms and conditions.

Itinerary effective 1 April 2017. Tours prior may follow a different itinerary. Please enquire for details.

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland

On arrival in Auckland you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception and ‘Highlight Dinner’ at Eight Restaurant at The Langham. Your personal degustation is prepared for you from the freshest quality ingredients, including mouth-watering seafood and plentiful desserts. B HD
Hotel: The Langham, Auckland

Day 2: Auckland – Rotorua

After a sightseeing tour of Auckland, trace the Waikato River, to the Waitomo Caves. A Local Guide will lead you through the Glow Worm Grotto by boat. On arrival in Rotorua an orientation tour takes in views of Lake Rotorua. Tonight enjoy a Maori Hangi feast and concert for an insight into Maori culture at the Tamaki Family Marae. B HD
Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights.

Day 3: Rotorua Included Choice

Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to join the Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, discover Maori culture at Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland or Te Puia, see the Agrodome Farm Show, relax in the seclusion of your own hot mineral pool or unwind with a facial treatment in the Lake Spa Retreat at the Polynesian Spa. Maybe ride the amphibious Rotorua Duck or the luge at Rotorua Skyline. B

Day 4: 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. You’re invited to Shenandoah. The historic villa’s owners, Simon and Claudia will show you around their property, which includes a unique private collection of Harley Davidson motorcycles. Enjoy afternoon tea in their garden then take a short tour to see the local wildlife including pheasants, peacocks and friendly Highland cows. Continue to Wellington for a sightseeing tour. B YA D
Hotel: James Cook Grand Chancellor, Wellington

Day 5: Wellington – Blenheim

Why not explore Wellington before you visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. Later, cruise the Cook Strait into tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound. The seaside village of Picton is next, then Blenheim for a city sightseeing tour. Tonight enjoy dinner with local produce matched with local wines from the Marlborough region. B HD
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Marlborough, Blenheim

Day 6: Blenheim – Christchurch

En route to the whale-watching haven of Kaikoura, you’ll pass the Grassmere Salt Works and see New Zealand fur seals up close at Ohau Point. Travel to Christchurch and see the extensive work carried out to rebuild the city after the earthquake of February 2011. B
Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch

Day 7: Christchurch – Twizel

You’re invited to enjoy a taste of country life at a barbecue lunch on Morelea Farm, a working sheep farm. You’ll be welcomed into the home of your hosts Angie & Stan Taylor and their 240 hectare garden. Later, see Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, the alpine scenery of Mount Cook National Park and visit the Church of the Good Shepherd on your way to Twizel. B YL D
Hotel: MacKenzie Country Inn, Twizel

Day 8: Twizel – Dunedin

View the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel through Oamaru to Dunedin for a tour of the city. Your afternoon is at leisure. B D
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin

Day 9: Dunedin Included Choise – Te Anau

This morning choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to tour Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle, ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway or take the Monarch Wildlife Cruise. Or choose a tour of Cadbury World or the Speight’s Brewery. Later, travel across farming land to the village of Te Anau, on the shores of Lake Te Anau. B D
Hotel: Distinction Hotel, Te Anau

Day 10: Te Anau – Queenstown

You’ll be awestruck by the magnificence of the World Heritage-listed Fiordland National Park. Amazing photo opportunities await you today as you see rainforest, ancient glaciers, mountain ranges and the hand-made Homer Tunnel. Pass the Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm. Your cruise on Milford Sound will take you past Bowen Falls and Mitre Peak. Afterwards, travel along the shores of Lake Wakatipu on your way to Queenstown, where an orientation tour finishes this highlight day. B
Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 2 nights.

Day 11: Queenstown Included Choice

Today is a full day to explore Queenstown at your leisure. Choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You have the option to ride the Thunder Jet on Lake Wakatipu, join a wine tour, play 9 holes of golf or take a gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner. Perhaps take a 4WD minibus through Skippers Canyon, relax with a spa treatment at Millbrook Resort, go horse riding or explore Queensown on a Segway. This evening, cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak Station for a gourmet BBQ at the Colonel’s Homestead. An entertaining farm show provides a glimpse into high-country farm life. B HD

Day 12: Queenstown – Franz Josef Glacier

Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown. Enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell. See lakes, Dunstan, Hawea and Wanaka. Travel over the Haast Pass and view amazing Thunder Creek Falls. Then it’s on to Franz Josef Glacier, the world’s most accessible glacier. B D
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing), Franz Josef

Day 13: Franz Josef Glacier – Punakaiki

It’s time for an exhilarating adventure among temperate rainforest giants on the West Coast Treetop Walk. Then depart for Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade) for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration. Later, travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and blowholes. You’ll spend the night in an eco-friendly resort, right on the waterfront. B D
Hotel: Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki

Day 14: Punakaiki – Christchurch

Travel to Arthur’s Pass where you’ll board the TranzAlpine train, one of the top six train journeys in the world, to travel through the Southern Alps to Christchurch. Join your Tour Director and fellow travelers this evening for a Farewell Dinner. B FD
Hotel: Novotel, Christchurch

Day 15: Farewell from Christchurch

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. B

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(*) Prices are US Dollars per person.