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LAST MINUTE DEAL! 18-day Best of New Zealand Tour - Auckland to Christchurch

SAVE $813 PP on selected dates!

From the North Island to the snow-capped peaks of the South, you’ll explore every nook of New Zealand on this magnificent journey. Highlights include a heart-pounding haka welcome to Rotorua for a taste of Māori culture and a world-renowned train journey.

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About this holiday

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Read on for the amazing day-by-day itinerary...

From the pristine white beaches of the North Island to the snow-capped peaks of the South, you’ll explore every nook of New Zealand on this magnificent journey. A heart-pounding haka welcomes you to Rotorua for a taste of Māori culture, while a world-renowned train journey tops off your time in The Land of the Long White Cloud with scenic splendour.

Choose This Trip If You'd Love To:

  • Journey through the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine
  • Tour a brewery and taste one of its award-winning beers
  • Witness steep waterfalls and Mitre Peak in Milford Sound
  • Experience Maori culture and genuine Kiwi hospitality

Inclusions

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  • Your tour includes:

  •  Quality accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Airport transfers (see FAQ below)
  • Tour Highlights:

    Local Connection - Join hosts Angie and Stan Taylor at their home for a barbecue lunch followed by Angie’s famous pavlova.

    Insider Knowledge - Board a Nature Cruise on Milford Sound, where a specialist guide will provide commentary on the wildlife and natural landscapes.

    Cultural Immersion - Delve into the national identity of New Zealand, exploring a collection of objects relating to its culture and history at Te Papa.

    Sustainable Footprints - Your visit to Te Puia helps fund the Arts and Crafts Institute, enriching the lives of the local Maori attending.

    Accommodation

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    Distinction Te Anau

    Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort. The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

    • Stamford Plaza Auckland
    • Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Water View Rooms
    • Millennium Hotel, Rotorua
    • James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
    • Chateau Marlborough
    • Distinction Christchurch Hotel
    • MacKenzie Country Hotel
    • Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
    • Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas
    • Millennium Hotel, Queenstown
    • Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)
    • Punakaiki Resort
    • Distinction Christchurch Hotel

    Travel dates

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    Please note that prices are subject to availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.

    Book on the following departures and you'll save $813 per person:

    • 16 Nov-03 Dec 2019
    • 30 Nov-17 Dec 2019
    • Twin share - was $8,125 per person - NOW from $7,312 PER PERSON
    • Solo Traveller - was $10,865 per person - NOW from $10,052 PER PERSON

    Freecall our local travel team on 1300 414 198 to secure your seat NOW!

    Itinerary

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    Day 1: Welcome to Auckland

    On arrival in Auckland you’ll have time at leisure. This evening, meet your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception.

    Hotel: Stamford Plaza Auckland

    Day 2: Auckland - Bay of Islands

    Travel to the stunning Bay of Islands. Experience spectacular scenery as you cruise to Cape Brett and through the ‘Hole in the Rock’.

    Hotel: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Water View Rooms, 2 nights

    Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Dinner with wine

    Day 3: Bay of Islands Included Choice

    Choose an Included Choice sightseeing experience. Go sailing aboard a historic tall ship, take a guided tour of Russell with lunch at the local pub, explore the Bay of Islands and visit three wineries for tastings, or see the sights on the Bay of Islands Highlights Tour.

    Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

    Day 4: Bay of Islands - Auckland

    En route to Auckland visit Parry Kauri Park and walk among the native forest giants.

    Hotel: Stamford Plaza Auckland

    Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Dinner with wine

    Day 5: Auckland - Rotorua

    Discover the sights of the city, including panoramic views from the Sky Tower. Visit Te Puia, the Māori Arts and Crafts Institute. A tour of Rotorua’s active geothermal fields follows. An evening of culture and history awaits you at a Highlight Dinner at the Tamaki Māori Village. Enjoy a concert featuring local performers and experience an authentic Hangi meal.

    Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights

    Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Highlight Dinner

    Day 6: Rotorua Included Choice

    Embark on one of your Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Glide through the Waitomo Glowworm Grotto, take an ancient forest zipline adventure with Canopy Tours, visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, or explore Rotorua and its lakes in an amphibious WWll-era Duck.

    Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

    Day 7: Rotorua - Wellington

    Journey through dense pine forests and farmland to Huka Falls. Continue over the Central Plateau and along the Kapiti Coast to New Zealand’s capital city, where you’ll enjoy an exclusive guided tour of Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. Before leaving, top off the night with a Highlight Dinner.

    Hotel: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

    Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Highlight Dinner

    Day 8: Wellington - Blenheim

    Discover more of Wellington, then cruise the Cook Strait into Queen Charlotte Sound to Picton and Blenheim. Enjoy a Highlight Dinner prepared with local produce and matched with fine Marlborough wines. 

    Hotel: Chateau Marlborough

    Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Highlight Dinner

    Day 9: Blenheim - Christchurch

    Travel to Kaikoura, where sperm whales can often be seen not far from shore. On arrival in Christchurch, see the extensive work carried out to rebuild the city after the earthquake of 2011.

    Hotel: Distinction Christchurch Hotel

    Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

    Day 10: Christchurch - Twizel

    Visit Morelea, the home of Angie and Stan Taylor, on the shores of Lake Tekapo. Enjoy a Be My Guest barbecue lunch in their garden, and gain an insight into a lifetime of farming. View the Church of the Good Shepherd on your way to Twizel. 

    Hotel: MacKenzie Country Hotel

    Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Be My Guest Lunch, Dinner with wine

    Day 11: Twizel - Dunedin Included Choice

    Make your way to New Zealand’s southernmost city, Dunedin. Choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Tour Larnach Castle, ride the Taieri Gorge Railway, take a wildlife cruise, or tour Speight’s Brewery.

    Hotel: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

    Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Dinner with wine

    Day 12: Dunedin - Te Anau

    Travel through lush green sheep-grazing country on your way to Te Anau. 

    Hotel: Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas

    Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Dinner with wine

    Day 13: Te Anau - Queenstown

    Experience the magnificence of Fiordland National Park as you cruise on Milford Sound. Learn about the history of the region and benefit from the knowledge of your specialist guide.

    Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 2 nights

    Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

    Day 14: Queenstown Included Choice

    Today, choose from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Ride the Shotover Jet, take a gondola to Bob’s Peak and then visit the Kiwi Birdlife Park, or take an excursion through Skippers Canyon. This evening, cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Highlight Dinner.

    Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Highlight Dinner

    Day 15: Queenstown - Franz Josef

    Stop to visit the faithfully-restored gold mining settlement of Arrowtown, and enjoy some succulent stone fruit at Cromwell. You’ll then travel over Haast Pass and view Thunder Creek Falls on your way to the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier.

    Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)

    Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Dinner with wine

    Day 16: Franz Josef - Punakaiki

    Travel to Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s famous greenstone (jade) for a demonstration by a master caver, then on to Punakaiki. Spend the night in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront.

    Hotel: Punakaiki Resort

    Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Dinner with wine

    Day 17: Punakaiki - Christchurch

    Join your guide for a tour of Monteith’s Brewing Company, including tastings before sitting down to a pub-style lunch. Afterwards, board the TranzAlpine train in Greymouth and embark on a journey to Christchurch. This evening, join your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.

    Hotel: Distinction Christchurch Hotel

    Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Dinner

    Day 18: Farewell from Christchurch

    Your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

    Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast

    Questions

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    Flight Information:

    •  Day 1 - Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Auckland Airport
    •  Day 18 – Flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport

    What to Bring:

    •  Comfortable walking shoes
    •  Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
    •  Water bottle
    •  Camera
    •  Jacket in cooler months

    Fitness Requirements:

    • Low level of fitness required
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    Fine print

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    Travel at 60 booking conditions apply.

    Last Minute Deal -Terms and Conditions

    Prices are per person in AUD twin share, land only and include savings. Only valid for travel on advertised departures until sold out or departed. Offers are subject to availability at time of booking. Offer can be combined with Kings Club Frequent Traveller Discount or Concession Discount (Pensioner or Seniors Card) only and not valid in conjunction with any other special offer or discount . For new bookings only.