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15 Day Classic New Zealand Explorer

Christchurch

Franz Josef

Queenstown

Rotorua

Te Anau

Wellington

ITINERARY

Day 1: Christchurch
  • Highlights: Kia Ora. Welcome to New Zealand. A Kirra representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome cocktail party

    Hotel: Distinction Hotel
Day 2: Christchurch - Lake Tekapo
  • Highlights: Today begins with a unique experience combining history and sightseeing. Enjoy a journey in style through the changing face of Christchurch’s city centre on-board a beautifully restored heritage tram. We then visit the International Antarctic Centre before crossing the Canterbury Plains, New Zealand’s largest area of flat land that lies between the mighty Southern Alps and the Pacific Ocean. Its patchwork of agricultural activity ranges from grazing grass and wheat to herbs and sunflowers. On arrival at Tekapo, we stop to view the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog Memorial overlooking the lake. There is time this afternoon for some optional alpine flightseeing by ski-plane or helicopter over Aoraki Mt Cook, a world heritage listed national park covering over 70,000 hectares of breathtaking mountain scenery (subject to weather conditions).

    Hotel: Peppers Bluewater Resort (B,D)
Day 3: Central Otago - Lake Te Anau
  • Highlights: Travel through the townships of Twizel and Omarama before beginning the assent over the Lindis Pass to Cromwell, located deep in the heart of Central Otago in the valley of Upper Clutha. Travel through the lush farmlands of the region before arriving at the shores of Lake Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland National Park.

    Hotel: Distinction Luxmore (B, D)
Day 4: Spectacular Doubtful Sound Wilderness Experience
  • Highlights: After breakfast, travel to Manapouri and enjoy a leisurely cruise across this picturesque lake to West Arm. Travel over the Wilmot Pass and pause to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below. Board ‘Patea Explorer’ for a three hour cruise through this pristine fiord. During the cruise, knowledgeable and friendly nature guides will share with you their passion for the region through their commentary. They will answer questions, point out landmarks and provide you with information about the varied wildlife you may encounter like dolphins, fur seals and the rare Fiordland crested penguin. As the majesty of Doubtful Sound unfolds before you, its vastness will take your breath away. Later this afternoon, travel on to Queenstown, regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination and enjoy dinner at your hotel on arrival.

    Hotel: Copthorne Lakefront Hotel and Resort (B, L, D)
Day 5: Queenstown at leisure
  • Highlights: Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure and leisure activities in all its various forms and your Coach Captain will happily recommend and assist with any optional activities you would like to do. Alternatively, you may prefer to browse in the many shops and galleries. Tonight, ride the Skyline gondola to the top of Bobs Peak where both the dining and the views are unsurpassed.

    Hotel: Copthorne Lakefront Hotel & Resort (B, D)
Day 6: Arrowtown - Franz Josef
  • Highlights: This morning, we visit Arrowtown. Set beneath the rugged Crown Range, this historic village was once a haven for the gold prospectors of the 1860’s and features a fascinating collection of mining cottages with an atmosphere straight out of last century. Stop at Wanaka, a picture postcard resort on the lakes edge with a spectacular mountain backdrop. View the untouched wilderness and pristine lakes of the Mt Aspiring and Westland National Parks before arriving on the rugged and wild West Coast, home to the twin glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef.

    Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (B, D)
Day 7: Hokitika - Punakaiki
  • Highlights: Before our departure this morning, there is the opportunity to experience an optional scenic flight over this remarkable region (subject to weather conditions). At Hokitika, we stop to visit to a Pounamu, (also known as Greenstone or Jade) factory. Pounamu is considered a treasure in Maori culture and is seen as a sign of status and power. At Punakaiki, marvel at the bizarre limestone landscapes that are the Pancake Rocks & Blowhole. Tonights stay is at a friendly eco resort located in the Paparoa National Park and only a stone’s throw from the beach.

    Hotel: Punakaiki Resort (B, D)
Day 8: Murchison - Nelson
  • Highlights: Skirt the west coastline before heading inland to Murchison. Travel north through the Nelson Lakes region before arriving at Nelson, a city of charm based on a harbour that is the busiest fishing port in New Zealand. This afternoon, visit the World of Wearable Art and Classic Car Museum.

    Hotel: Heritage Rutherford Hotel (B, D)
Day 9: Abel Tasman National Park
  • Highlights: A short drive brings us to Kaiterteri where you board your vessel for a scenic cruise of the famous Abel Tasman National Maritime Park. Cruise through the Astrolabe Roadstead to Torrent Bay and Bark Bay calling in to picturesque beaches and coves. Pause to view the antics at Tonga Island Seal Colony on your way to Totaranui. An optional coastal walk may be available for those wishing to spend time ashore, see your Coach Captain for details.

    Hotel: Heritage Rutherford Hotel (B)
Day 10: Picton - Wellington
  • Highlights: A short drive brings us to the picturesque fishing village of Picton. Board the Interislander ferry and cruise through the spectacular Queen Charlotte Sound into Cook Strait. Enjoy stunning views of New Zealands capital city as you arrive into Wellington Harbour. Enjoy a city tour taking in all the major sights and there is free time for exploring on your own. Situated on the Wellington waterfront, a visit to Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, is highly recommended.

    Hotel: Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay (B, D)
Day 11: Taupo - Rotorua
  • Highlights: Leaving the city behind, we travel through rolling farmland as we enter the Tongariro National Park, dominated by the volcanic cone of Mt Ruapehu. Follow the Desert Road to the popular lakeside resort of Taupo, located on the shores of New Zealands largest lake. Stop to view the mighty Huka Falls and travel past massive pine forests to reach Rotorua, centre of Maori culture and famous for its geysers, boiling mud pools and steaming craters.

    Hotel: Sudima Lake Rotorua (B, D)
Day 12: Rotorua Sightseeing
  • Highlights: Today begins with a visit to the Agrodome to see a unique New Zealand farm show. This is followed by a visit to Te Puia, home to Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Centre. Here you will witness all of natures thermal wonders including silica terraces and the famous Pohutu Geyser. Enjoy some free time this afternoon for optional activities before visiting Tamaki Village for an evening of fun and culture. You will experience a traditionally prepared Maori Hangi (feast) followed by a cultural performance featuring Maori songs, chants and dance including the stirring haka.

    Hotel: Sudima Lake Rotorua (B, D)
Day 13: Hobbiton - Pauanui
  • Highlights: Cross the Mamaku Ranges into the Waikato region, well known for its dairy farming, world famous horse studs and champion Rugby team! At Matamata, a guide will escort your group on a Hobbiton Movie Set and Farm Tour. Enjoy a visit to the set used in The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. On to Pauanui, a favourite New Zealand holiday beach resort for our overnight stay.

    Hotel: Grand Mercure Puka Park Lodge (B,D)
Day 14: Coromandel - Auckland
  • Highlights: The Coromandel Peninsula is a beautiful, rugged area fringed with dozens of excellent beaches and is a place where many kiwis choose to escape the hustle and hype of city life. After breakfast you will travel on to Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’ and enjoy a city sights tour and entry to the famous Sky Tower. Tonight you will celebrate a farewell dinner with your new found friends.

    Hotel: Rydges Auckland (B, D)
Day 15: Depart Auckland
  • Highlights: Sadly, your holiday ends today and you will be transferred to Auckland airport to connect with your onward flight. (B)
Fares and Pricing
Guaranteed Departure Dates
Tour code: S Brochure Price Our Discount Discounted Price Brochure Price Our Discount Discounted Price
Start: Christchurch Finish: Auckland Share Twin (NZD) Single (NZD)
Nov 10 2019 Nov 24 2019 $7199 $715 $6484 $9789 $975 $8814 Enquire
Jan 12 2020 Jan 26 2020 $7199 $715 $6484 $9789 $975 $8814 Enquire
Feb 23 2020 Mar 8 2020 $7199 $715 $6484 $9789 $975 $8814 Enquire
Mar 8 2020 Mar 22 2020 $7199 $715 $6484 $9789 $975 $8814 Enquire
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Includes:
  • Maximum 35 travellers
  • 14 nights premium accommodation
  • Full breakfast daily (B), 1 lunch (L) and 12 dinners (D)
  • Travel by luxury touring coach
  • Guided by a professional Coach Captain
  • All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown
  • Scenic Interislander Ferry Crossing
  • Hotel porterage
  • Complimentary private airport transfers
  • Welcome drinks party and farewell dinner with wine
  • Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
  • Skyline Gondola and Dinner, Queenstown
  • Cruise the famous Abel Tasman National Park
  • Authentic Maori Village, Hangi and Cultural Performance
  • City tours of Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland
  • Sir Edmund Hilary Alpine Centre
  • World of Wearable Arts Museum
  • Scenic Interislander cruise
  • Agrodome Farm Show
  • Te Puia Thermal Reserve
  • Hobbiton Movie Set and Farm Tour
  • Entry to Auckland Skytower
Includes:
  • Maximum 35 travellers
  • 14 nights premium accommodation
  • Full breakfast daily (B), 1 lunch (L) and 12 dinners (D)
  • Travel by luxury touring coach
  • Guided by a professional Coach Captain
  • All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as shown
  • Scenic Interislander Ferry Crossing
  • Hotel porterage
  • Complimentary private airport transfers
  • Welcome drinks party and farewell dinner with wine
  • Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
  • Skyline Gondola and Dinner, Queenstown
  • Cruise the famous Abel Tasman National Park
  • Authentic Maori Village, Hangi and Cultural Performance
  • City tours of Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland
  • Sir Edmund Hilary Alpine Centre
  • World of Wearable Arts Museum
  • Scenic Interislander cruise
  • Agrodome Farm Show
  • Te Puia Thermal Reserve
  • Hobbiton Movie Set and Farm Tour
  • Entry to Auckland Skytower