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New Zealand Splendour: Auckland to Christchurch Tour

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Cruise Milford Sound & Queen Charlotte Sound, explore glow worm caves and discover Franz Josef Glazier. Travel on the TranzAlpine train and immerse yourself in rich Maori culture with a traditional Hangi.

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14 nights
  • Accommodation
  • Selected entry fees
  • Selected drinks
  • Selected meals
  • Day cruises
  • Day tours

About this holiday

Milford Sound, New Zealand

From the tip of the spectacular North Island to the bottom of the South Island, this journey offers a wealth of wonderful expriences. Cruise glorious Milford Sound, journey through towering pine forests and verdant pastureland, and fall asleep to the sound of waves crashing on the beach outside your hotel in rugged Punakaiki.


  • Highlights:

  • Discover Waitomo’s famous Glowworm Grotto
  • Wellington’s city sights & Mt. Victoria
  • Sail the Cook Strait to Queen Charlotte Sound
  • Savour a delicious BBQ at Morelea 
  • Marvel at the clear waters of Lake Tekapo & Lake Pukaki
  • Experience Milford Sound on a cruise
  • Taste Central Otago stone fruit at a local orchard
  • Discover Franz Josef Glacier
  • Visit a jade factory & see artists at work
  • Explore Punakaiki Pancake Rocks
  • Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train
  • Enjoy New Zealand wines with all hotel dinners
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Accommodation

    Franz Josef Glazier exterior accommodation

    This guided holiday includes a range of quality accommodation including: The Cordis, Millennium Rotorua & Queenstown, James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, Chateau Marlborough, Distinction Christchurch, Mackenzie Country Hotel, Scenic Hotel Southern Cross & Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing), Distinction TenAnau Hotel & Villas, Punakaiki Resort.

    Travel dates

    04-18 Jun 2019 - $5655 per person twin

    Solo rates available on request - please call our team on 1300 414 198.


    Day 1: Welcome to Auckland

    After arrival in Auckland, the afternoon is at leisure for you to explore this vibrant, multicultural city. You might like to amble down Queen Street to the main shopping precinct, or on to Viaduct Harbour. This evening, meet your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and Highlight Dinner at your hotel.

    Hotel: The Cordis, Auckland

    Included Meals: Highlight Dinner

    Day 2: Auckland-Rotorua

    After a tour of Auckland this morning, you’ll visit the Waitomo Caves to explore the mesmerising Glowworm Grotto. Then cross the rolling hills of King Country to Rotorua, where your orientation tour takes in spectacular views of Lake Rotorua.

    Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Day 3: Rotorua (Included Choice)

    Today, choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Unwind at the Polynesian Spa, tour the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, explore Rotorua and its lakes in an amphibious WWII-era Duck or take an ancient forest zipline adventure with Canopy Tours. This evening, gain an insight into Māori culture while you enjoy a traditional Māori Hangi Highlight Dinner and a concert at the Tamaki Family Village.

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

    Day 4: Rotorua-Wellington

    Journey through pine forests and verdant farmland to spectacular Huka Falls and serene Lake Taupo. Travel south over the Central Plateau and along the Kapiti Coast to Wellington. Enjoy an exclusive after-hours guided tour of Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. Before leaving there, top off the night with a Highlight Dinner.

    Hotel: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, Wellington

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner.

    Day 5: Wellington-Blenheim

    You can discover more of Wellington this morning. Perhaps visit the Parliament buildings and the ‘Beehive’, home to New Zealand’s politicians. Cruise the Cook Strait into tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound and travel on to the villages of Picton and sunny Blenheim. This evening enjoy a Highlight Dinner prepared from local produce and matched with fine Marlborough wines.

    Hotel: Chateau Marlborough, Blenheim

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

    Day 6: Blemheim-Christchurch

    Travel to Kaikoura, where sperm whales can often be seen not far from shore (an optional whale-watching flight is available). 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: Breakfast

    Day 7: 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 spent farming in New Zealand. This afternoon, see Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, and view the famed Church of the Good Shepherd on your way to Twizel.

    Hotel: MacKenzie Country Hotel, Twizel

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest lunch, Dinner with wine

    Day 8: Twizel-Dunedin (Included Choice)

    View the massive Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam this morning before stopping in at the harbour-side township of Oamaru with its celebrated white limestone buildings. Then you’ll make your way to New Zealand’s southernmost city, Dunedin. This afternoon choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Tour stately Larnach Castle, ride the historic Taieri Gorge railway, take a wildlife cruise, or experience an interactive tour of famous Speight’s Brewery.

    Hotel: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

    Day 9: Dunedin-Te Anau

    Today, travel through lush green sheepgrazing country on your way to the town of Te Anau on the shores of Lake Te Anau, the South Island’s largest lake

    Hotel: Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

    Day 10: Te Anau-Queenstown

    You’ll experience the magnificence of Fiordland National Park today. Explore the length of Milford Sound on a Nature Cruise. Learn about the history of the region and benefit from the knowledge of your specialist nature guide. After disembarking, travel on to beautiful Queenstown.

    Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 2 nights

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Day 11: Queenstown (Included Choice)

    Today, choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Ride the heart-stopping Shotover Jet boat, take a gondola to Bob’s Peak for thrilling luge rides, visit Kiwi Birdlife Park or take a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon. Enjoy a peaceful cruise this evening across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Highlight Dinner.

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

    Day 12: Queenstown-Franz Josef

    Stop to visit the faithfully-restored gold mining settlement of Arrowtown, and enjoy the serenity of the region’s vivid blue lakes. Enjoy the tastes of stone fruit at Cromwell, before travelling over Haast Pass and view the sheer drop of Thunder Creek Falls on your way to the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier. You may want to view the glacier on a helicopter flight (own expense). This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

    Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

    Day 13: Franz Josef-Punakaiki

    Explore the glacier this morning, then spend some time amongst temperate rainforest giants on the West Coast Treetop Walkway. Travel to Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s famous greenstone, then on to Punakaiki. You’ll spend the night in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront.

    Hotel: Punakaiki Resort

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

    Day 14: Punakaiki-Christchurch

    Board the iconic TranzAlpine train in the village of Arthur’s Pass this afternoon and embark on one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys. Back in Christchurch, join your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.

    Hotel: Distinction Christchurch Hotel

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

    Day 15:Farewell from Christchurch

    Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

    Included Meals: Breakfast


    Flights to arrive by 4pm, Tour start time - 8am, Tour End time - after breakfast.

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