Kia Ora New Zealand

17 day Escorted Tour - from £3025

With flights from £4175

This well planned tour explores New Zealand’s contrasting North and South Islands, including Auckland, the Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Southern Alps and more!

Highlights:

  • Visit Waitomo’s famous Glowworm Grotto
  • See the bubbling mud pools and steaming geysers of Rotorua
  • Gaze upon the mystically beautiful Lake Taupo
  • Enjoy a cruise on the breathtaking Milford Sound
  • Travel on the TranzAlpine train, one of the world’s great rail journeys
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Auckland

Explore Auckland at your own pace. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception with your Travel Director.

Hotel: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

Day 2 - Bay of Islands

Travel along the scenic Hibiscus Coast to the Bay of Islands. See spectacular scenery as you cruise to Cape Brett, and the ‘Hole in the Rock’. As you return to Paihia past through picturesque islands with deserted sandy beaches and secluded bays.

Hotel: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Garden Rooms
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 3 - Bay of Islands

Explore the Bay of Islands at your own pace today. Perhaps sail on a historic tall ship, take the ferry to the charming town of Russell, the country’s first sea-port, or explore the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

Hotel: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Garden Rooms
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Auckland

Enjoy a leisurely morning before travelling through lush farmland on your way back to Auckland.

Hotel: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites
Meals:
Breakfast

Day 5 - Rotorua

After a tour of Auckland’s city highlights, trace the Waikato River to the Waitomo Caves where you’ll explore the Waitomo Glowworm Grotto by boat. Your journey continues to Rotorua for an orientation tour with views of Lake Rotorua. This evening, enjoy a Māori Hangi feast Highlight Dinner and concert at the Tamaki Māori Village.

Hotel: Ibis Hotel Rotorua
Meals: Breakfast and Highlight Dinner

Day 6 - Rotorua

Your morning is free. You might like to visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a glimpse of New Zealand’s iconic kiwi bird, or Te Puia, the Māori Arts and Crafts Institute.

Hotel: Ibis Hotel Rotorua
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Wellington

Journey through tall pine forests and verdant farmland to spectacular Huka Falls and serene Lake Taupo. Drive along the shores of New Zealand’s biggest lake through the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park and the dairy farms of Manawatu. Then follow the Kapiti Coast to Wellington for a city orientation tour.

Hotel: Travelodge Wellington
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 - Picton

Your special packed lunch today won’t only be wholesome, it will also feed a Kiwi child who may otherwise go without, through the charity ‘Eat My Lunch’. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Wellington, and then visit Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. Cruise across the Cook Strait and explore the maze of inlets of Queen Charlotte Sound. Later you’ll travel to the seaside village of Picton and take a tour of the city before dinner.

Hotel: Picton Beachcomber Inn
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9 - Christchurch

Travel to Kaikoura, where sperm whales can often be seen not far from shore. Travel along the Pacific Ocean coast and across the colourful Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch
Meals:
Breakfast

Day 10 - Omarama

Explore Christchurch at leisure this morning, then travel over the fertile plains to serene Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo. View the Church of the Good Shepherd and soak up the scenery of Mt. Cook National Park.

Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 11 - Dunedin

Visit the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and the monumental spillway of the nearby Benmore Dam. Then travel to the town of Oamaru, with its celebrated white limestone buildings. Continue to Dunedin, New Zealand’s southernmost city.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 - Te Anau

Enjoy free time in Dunedin. You might like to visit Larnach Castle. Then travel across the fertile sheep-dotted pastures of South Otago en route to Te Anau. Tonight you may choose to cruise the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (own expense).

Hotel: Distinction Luxmore Hotel
Meals:
Breakfast and Highlight Dinner

Day 13 - Queenstown

Your experience in magnificent Milford Sound today is sure to be one of the highlights of your journey. Travel first through the tall native rainforests and rugged mountains of Fiordland National Park, then cruise the serene waters of this natural wonder. On the way to Queenstown see Mirror Lake, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls, then travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Enjoy an informative orientation tour of the city before settling in for your two-night stay.

Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 - Queenstown

Explore New Zealand’s adventure capital at your own pace today. Later in the afternoon, cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Highlight Dinner.

Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast and Highlight Dinner

Day 15 - Franz Josef

Visit the faithfully-restored gold mining settlement of Arrowtown and travel on to Cromwell to taste its sensational stone fruit. You will then travel over Haast Pass and view the sheer drop of Thunder Creek Falls on your way to Franz Josef Glacier.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing)
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 16 - Christchurch

This morning’s destination is Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s famous greenstone. Then continue to Arthur’s Pass to board the iconic TranzAlpine train and take one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys. This evening, join your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.

Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch
Meals: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner

Day 17 - Farewell from Christchurch

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

Meals: Breakfast

17 day Escorted Tour - from £3025

With flights from £4175

OPTIONS

  • Add extra nights in Auckland or Christchurch before or after your tour
  • Choose to fly Economy, Premium, Business or First Class
  • Add a stopover in Singapore, Dubai or other destination

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All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a twin room, and include meals where shown. Please call Freedom Destinations to confirm departure dates and availability. Itineraries outlined are for departures from 1 April 2021.

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Your Touring Experience

Enjoy first class touring with like minded travellers. Our experienced guides will make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Your escorted tour includes:

  • Sightseeing, walks and activities
  • Luxury, air conditioned coach travel
  • 16 nights hotel accommodation
  • 16 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 8 dinners
  • Expert tour director
  • Airport transfers and extra night options

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Departure Dates

Check for departure dates that suit you:

2020-10-03

2020-10-10

2020-10-17

2020-10-24

2020-10-31

2020-11-07

2020-11-14

2020-11-28

2020-12-05

2020-12-12

2020-12-19

2020-12-26

2021-01-02

2021-01-09

2021-01-16

2021-01-23

2021-01-30

2021-02-06

2021-02-13

2021-02-20

2021-02-27

2021-03-06

2021-03-13

2021-03-20

2021-03-27

2021-04-17

2021-04-24

2021-05-29

2021-06-26

2021-07-24

2021-08-07

2021-08-21

2021-09-04

2021-09-11

2021-09-25

2021-10-02

2021-10-09

2021-10-16

2021-10-23

2021-10-30

2021-11-06

2021-11-13

2021-11-27

2021-12-04

2021-12-11

2021-12-18

2021-12-25

2022-01-15

2022-01-22

2022-01-29

2022-02-05

2022-02-12

2022-02-19

2022-02-26

2022-03-05

2022-03-12

2022-03-19

2022-03-26

2022-04-16

2022-04-23

2022-05-28

2022-06-25

2022-07-23

2022-08-06

2022-09-03

2022-09-10

2022-09-24

2022-10-01

2022-10-08

2022-10-15

2022-10-22

2022-10-29

2022-11-05

2022-11-12

2022-11-26

2022-12-03

2022-12-10

2022-12-17

2022-12-24

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