Te Puia, Rotorua
Bay of Islands
Waitomo Glowworm Cave
TranzAlpine Crossing
Lake Pukaki
Milford Sound, New Zealand

Kia Ora New Zealand

17 day Escorted Tour - from £4050

With flights from £5200

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: Holiday Inn Express, Auckland

Day 2 - Bay of Islands

This morning, travel to the beautiful Bay of Islands. Discover the stories, people and events that shaped the past, present and future of Aotearoa New Zealand at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. During your tour you will view the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe, the historic Treaty House and carved Meeting House. Stand on the spot where New Zealand’s
founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed in 1840.

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.

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: Holiday Inn Express, Auckland
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

Your day begins on the Waitaki River with a visit to the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme. See the monumental spillway of nearby Benmore Dam. Then travel to the historic town of Oamaru, with its celebrated white limestone buildings. Continue to Dunedin and enjoy an orientation tour. Dunedin is known for its Scottish and Māori heritage, Victorian and
Edwardian architecture, and large student population. The afternoon is free for you to relax or explore independently. You might like to take a wildlife cruise, or a ride on the historic Taieri Gorge Railway. The train negotiates the deep, narrow gorge with ease as it travels through ten tunnels and over countless bridges and viaducts.

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:  Luxmore Hotel
Meals:
Breakfast and 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 £4050

With flights from £5200

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 to New Zealand in Singapore, Dubai or another 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 2023.

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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:

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

2023-01-07

2023-01-14

2023-01-21

2023-01-28

2023-02-04

2023-02-11

2023-02-18

2023-02-25

2023-03-04

2023-03-11

2023-03-18

2023-03-25

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