Ultimate New Zealand Explorer

16 day Small Group Tour - from £4759

Natural wonders, coastal backdrops, breathtaking scenery and memorable activities contribute to making this 16 day small group tour an unforgettable experience. Be dazzled by the purpose built luxury coach with 20 leather reclining seats and panoramic windows.

Highlights:

  • Milford Sound Nature Cruise & Lunch
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Traditional Maori Hangi & Concert
  • Hole in the Rock Cruise
  • Thermal mud pools and geysers
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Christchurch

On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative who will transfer you to your hotel. Meet your travelling companions over a complimentary pre-dinner drink.

Hotel: The George or similar
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 - Mt Cook

After an introductory city sights tour depart Christchurch and travel through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water, visit The Church of the Good Shepherd and view the Sheep Dog Statue. Marvel at the spectacular mountain ranges including Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available to enjoy a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the Southern Alps.

Hotel: The Hermitage Hotel
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3 - Dunedin

Depart Mt Cook and see Lake Benmore, before following the Waitaki River to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue south to Dunedin and enjoy an informative city tour followed by some free time to explore at leisure. You might be interested in a tour of the Speight’s Brewery (optional) or to see Albatross in their natural habitat (optional).

Hotel: Distinction Dunedin
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4 - Te Anau

Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you will hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Enjoy time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by an Ultimate High Tea in the Grand Ballroom. Farewell Dunedin and travel through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland and your overnight stay. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).

Hotel: Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 - Milford Sound

Depart Te Anau for a fascinating drive to Milford Sound where you board your launch for a nature cruise on this magnificent fiord. See the spectacular Bowen Falls and towering Mitre Peak as you enjoy a picnic lunch. This afternoon travel to Queenstown, overlooking magical Lake Wakatipu. Spend the next two nights at this year round resort which offers a wide range of activities and attractions. This evening is free and you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Queenstown

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. There are many sightseeing options available including the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour to Skippers Canyon or get up close to a Kiwi bird. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Sit back, relax and enjoy a gourmet barbecue dinner which the chef will prepare in front of you at the Colonel’s Homestead. After dinner enjoy a short farm tour then reboard the TSS Earnslaw for a sing along by the piano as you cruise back to Queenstown.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7 - Fox Glacier

Travel to Arrowtown, an old goldmining village and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to the West Coast, an area of stunning beauty. See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel north to the township of Fox Glacier. Time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers before arriving at your hotel.

Hotel: Distinction Fox Glacier or similar
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 - Arthur’s Pass

Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue to Arthur’s Pass and board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. View rivers and valleys as you travel through the Waimakariri Basin, over massive viaducts and through the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains to the elegant city of Christchurch. On arrival your Ultimate Coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.

Hotel:The George or similar
Meals:
Breakfast and Dinner

Day 9 - Picton

Travel along the East Coast to the seaside village of Kaikoura. Enjoy the spectacular scenery as you travel through Marlborough Country, famous for its food and wine. Continue to Picton, where you will board the Interislander Ferry for your journey through the Marlborough Sounds and across Cook Strait to Wellington.

Hotel: Intercontinental Wellington
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10 - Wellington

A highlight this morning will be time to explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum with exhibits that embrace both Maori and European views. Reboard your coach for a city tour. Enjoy free time this afternoon and this evening is also free to choose your own dining arrangements.

Hotel: Intercontinental Wellington
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 - Taupo

Depart Wellington and view the snow capped peaks of Mt Ruapehu and Mt Tongariro as you travel to Lake Taupo. Visit the spectacular Huka Falls then travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua.

Hotel: Regent of Rotorua
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 12 - Rotorua

Today begins with a gondola ride at the Skyline Rotorua for breakfast, with spectacular views and time for a thrilling luge ride! Next stop is Agrodome for an action packed hour of farming entertainment and education that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Continue to Rainbow Springs, spanning 22 acres of native trees. A highlight will be the Kiwi Encounter experience which offers a unique behind-the-scenes tour of a working Kiwi nursery and hatchery. Some free time is available before travelling to Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. This evening experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert.

Hotel: Regent of Rotorua
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 13 - Auckland

This morning depart Rotorua and travel north via Auckland to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree. Continue through Whangarei to the Bay of Islands. This afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 14 - Bay of Islands

This morning cruise through the beautiful Bay of Islands on board a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins before returning via Russell to Paihia for a free afternoon. A range of optional activities are available or you may choose to relax and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of the waterfront. This evening is also free and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
Meals: Breakfast

Day 15 - Auckland

Depart the Bay of Islands this morning and travel via Whangarei and Dargaville to Matakohe. Enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum before continuing to Auckland for a city sights tour. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new found friends.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Auckland
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 16 - Farewell from Auckland

Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

Meals: Breakfast

16 day Small Group Tour - from £4759

With flights from £5849

Options

  • Add extra nights in Christchurch from £124 per night
  • Add extra nights in Auckland from £95 per night
  • Choose to fly economy, premium or business class

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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 1 April 2019.

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Your Touring Experience

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

Your small group tour includes:

  • Max 20 passengers
  • Sightseeing, walks and activities
  • Luxury air conditioned coach travel
  • 15 nights hotel accommodation
  • 15 breakfasts and 12 dinners
  • Airport transfers and extra night options

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