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Kia Ora New Zealand

17 day Guided Tour NOW - from £2909

Experience the contrasts of New Zealand’s North and South Islands on a 17 day Best Buys guided expedition. Take in the beauty of Auckland, Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Southern Alps, Milford Sound, Queenstown plus more.

Highlights:

  • Cruise through Waitomo’s famous Glowworm Grotto
  • Explore New Zealand’s capital Wellington
  • See spectacular Lake Taupo
  • Cruise on breathtaking Milford Sound
  • See the awe inspiring Franz Josef Glacier
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive 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.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Garden Rooms, 2 nights

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.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Auckland

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

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

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.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Ibis Hotel Rotorua, 2 nights

Day 6 - Rotorua

Experience the multi-award winning Agrodome Farm Show, for insights into agriculture in New Zealand. Your afternoon is free. You might like to visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a glimpse of the New Zealand’s iconic kiwi bird, or Te Puia, the Māori Arts and Crafts Institute. This evening enjoy a Māori Hangi feast Highlight Dinner and concert at the Tamaki Māori Village.

Meals: Breakfast & Highlight Dinner

Day 7 - Wellington

Journey south through pine forests today to Lake Taupo and mighty Huka Falls, in the heart of the North Island. Continue along the eastern shoreline of the lake and on through rich farmlands to Wellington, the nation’s capital.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel: Travelodge Wellington

Day 8 - Picton

This morning enjoy a tour of Wellington, including panoramic views from the summit of Mt. Victoria. See the national Parliament and the ‘Beehive’, home to New Zealand’s politicians, and explore Te Papa Museum and Art Gallery. Then cruise the Cook Strait into tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound on the South Island, to picturesque Picton.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel: Picton Beachcomber Inn

Day 9 - Christchurch

Travel to Kaikoura, where sperm whales can often be seen not far from shore (an optional whale-watching flight is available). Travel along the Pacific Ocean coast and across the colourful Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch

Day 10 - Omarama

Explore Christchurch at leisure this morning, then travel over the fertile Canterbury Plains to serene Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo, view the Church of the Good Shepherd and soak up the scenery of Mt. Cook National Park (optional scenic flight available).

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel

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. The afternoon is free for you to explore. Perhaps take a wildlife cruise or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

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).

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner
Hotel: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

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.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown, 2 nights

Day 14 - Queenstown

Explore New Zealand’s adventure capital at your own pace today. Late afternoon, enjoy a cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Highlight Dinner and an entertaining afterdinner farm show.

Meals: Breakfast & Highlight Dinner

Day 15 - Franz Josef

Your first destination today is the faithfully-restored gold mining settlement of Arrowtown. Travel on to Cromwell to taste its sensational stone fruit and enjoy the region’s vivid blue lakes. You will then travel over Haast Pass and view the sheer drop of Thunder Creek Falls on your way to the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier. An optional scenic flight is available.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing)

Day 16 - Christchurch

This morning’s destination is Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s famous greenstone, Pounamu (its Māori name). Then continue to Arthur’s Pass to board the iconic TranzAlpine train and take one of the world’s most renowned rail journeys. Pass through the Southern Alps to the lush pastureland of the Canterbury Plains. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner.

Meals: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner
Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch

Day 17 - Depart Christchurch

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

Meals: Breakfast

17 day Guided Tour NOW - from £2909

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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 Guided Tour includes:

  • Sightseeing, walks and activities
  • Luxury air conditioned coach travel
  • En suite hotel accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and meals shown
  • Extra night options
  • Return airport transfers

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