New Zealand Marvel

14 day Escorted Tour - from £2600

With flights from £3825

The ultimate voyage of discovery covering the length and breadth of both islands, with visits to all the major attractions and places of interest.

Highlights:

  • Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train
  • See the awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier
  • Cruise on mystical Milford Sound
  • Discover New Zealand’s Maori culture
  • Experience Waitomo’s famous Glowworm Grotto
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Christchurch

On arrival in Christchurch there’s time for relaxing or exploring. Perhaps take a leisurely stroll along the banks of the picturesque Avon River. This evening your holiday begins with a Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch

Day 2 - Franz Josef

Board the iconic TranzAlpine train for one of the world’s great rail journeys. Pass through the lush pastureland of the Canterbury Plains to the rugged gorges and ice-fed streams and lakes of the Southern Alps. Alight at Arthur’s Pass and continue to Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s famous greenstone. Continue to Franz Josef Glacier (optional scenic flight available).

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

Day 3 - Queenstown

Drive over the spectacular Haast Pass, passing the 96-metre Thunder Creek Falls, and serene Lakes Wanaka, Hawea and Dunstan. Stop at the town of Cromwell and enjoy delicious stone fruit. Next you’ll visit the historic gold mining settlement of Arrowtown, where over 70 buildings from the gold-rush era are still beautifully preserved, before arriving in Queenstown for an orientation tour of the town, which sits on the shore of crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu.

Hotel: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Queenstown

Explore New Zealand’s adventure capital today. There are jet boat rides for thrill-seekers, and wine tours or intimate cafés for a more leisurely rhythm. 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 and an entertaining after-dinner show offering glimpses of high-country farm life.

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

Day 5 - Te Anau

Travel the highway known as the Devil’s Staircase and along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to the town of Te Anau. On your journey to Milford Sound you’ll be awestruck by the native rainforests and rugged mountains of Fiordland National Park. Your cruise on the Sound takes in cascading waterfalls, hanging glacial valleys, and towering Mitre Peak. Return to lakeside Te Anau, where this evening you’ll have the option of visiting the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (own expense).

Hotel: Luxmore Hotel
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 6 - Dunedin

Journey through lush green sheep-grazing country on your way to Dunedin this morning. The afternoon is yours to enjoy as you please. Sit back and relax, ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway, or take a wildlife cruise to spot penguins and Royal Albatross.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Omarama

You have the opportunity to visit Larnach Castle (own expense) before setting out for historic Oamaru, with its celebrated white limestone buildings. Later, pass the monumental Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam on your way to Omarama.

Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 8 - Christchurch

Journey through the awe-inspiring Aoraki Mt. Cook National Park this morning (an optional scenic flight is available). See majestic Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo, and stop to view the famous Church of the Good Shepherd. Later, traverse the fertile Canterbury Plains to Christchurch, a vibrant city known for its English heritage.

Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 9 - Picton

Travel along the rugged Pacific Ocean coast this morning to Kaikoura, where sperm whales can often be seen not far from shore (an optional whale watching flight is available). Pass the pink-tinged crystallisation ponds of the Lake Grassmere Salt Works, then travel to the pretty seaside village of Picton.

Hotel: Picton Beachcomber Inn
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 10 - Wellington

Cruise tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound, then cross the Cook Strait to Wellington, on the North Island. Take a city tour before enjoying some free time, and later visit Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, where you’ll have time to explore fascinating exhibits.

Hotel: Travelodge Wellington
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 - Rotorua

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’. Travel along the scenic Kapiti Coast through lush dairyfarming country to Tongariro National Park and snow-capped Mt. Ruapehu. Panoramic views of Lake Taupo will unfold around every corner. View mighty Huka Falls and pass the Wairakei Geothermal Power Station. Enjoy an evening of fun and laughter and gain an insight into traditional Māori culture followed by a Hangi Highlight Dinner at the Tamaki Māori Village.

Hotel: Ibis Rotorua Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and Highlight Dinner

Day 12 - Rotorua

Relax or explore Rotorua at your own pace. Perhaps you might visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park to observe the native fauna of New Zealand, including the country’s iconic kiwi.

Hotel: Ibis Rotorua Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 - Auckland

This morning explore the Waitomo Glowworm Grotto by boat, and walk through towering limestone caverns. Later you’ll follow the noble Waikato, New Zealand’s longest river, into Auckland. Take an orientation tour of New Zealand’s largest city before joining your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.

Hotel: VR Queen Street Hotel and Suites
Meals: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner

Day 14 - Farewell from Auckland

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

Meals: Breakfast

14 day Escorted Tour - from £2600

With flights from £3825

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All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a twin room, and include meals where shown. Call Freedom Destinations for departure dates and availability. Itineraries outlined are for departures from 01 April 2022.

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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
  • 13 nights hotel accommodation
  • 13 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:

2020-10-26

2020-11-02

2020-11-09

2020-11-23

2020-11-30

2020-12-07

2020-12-14

2020-12-21

2020-12-28

2021-01-03

2021-01-04

2021-01-10

2021-01-11

2021-01-17

2021-01-18

2021-01-25

2021-02-01

2021-02-08

2021-02-15

2021-02-22

2021-03-01

2021-03-08

2021-03-15

2021-03-22

2021-03-29

2021-04-05

2021-04-12

2021-05-03

2021-05-10

2021-06-14

2021-07-12

2021-08-09

2021-09-06

2021-10-04

2021-10-18

2021-10-25

2021-11-01

2021-11-08

2021-11-22

2021-11-29

2021-12-06

2021-12-13

2021-12-20

2022-01-24

2022-01-31

2022-02-07

2022-02-14

2022-02-21

2022-02-28

2022-03-07

2022-03-14

2022-03-21

2022-03-28

2022-04-04

2022-04-11

2022-05-02

2022-09-05

2022-10-03

2022-10-17

2022-10-24

2022-10-31

2022-11-07

2022-11-21

2022-11-28

2022-12-05

2022-12-12

2022-12-19

2022-12-26

2023-01-02

2023-01-09

2023-01-16

2023-01-23

2023-01-30

2023-02-06

2023-02-13

2023-02-20

2023-02-27

2023-03-06

2023-03-13

2023-03-20

2023-03-27

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