New Zealand Marvel - 14 days

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The ultimate voyage of discovery in 14 unforgettable days. Your grand tour covers the length and breadth of both islands with visits to all the major attractions and places of interest.

UNFORGETTABLE SIGHTSEEING EXPERIENCES

  • Franz Josef Glacier
  • Free time in Queenstown
  • Milford Sound cruise
  • Church of Good Shepherd
  • Mount Cook National Park
  • Free time in Christchurch
  • Te Papa National Museum
  • Huka Falls
  • Rotorua Hangi Feast & concert
  • Agrodome Sheep Show
  • Waitomo Glowworm Grotto
  • Auckland city tour

 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 and dinner with your Travel Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch
Included Meals: Dinner

 

Day 2: Christchurch – Franz Josef

Board the iconic TranzAlpine train for one 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)
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 3: Franz Josef – 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 , 2 nights

Day 4: Queenstown Free Time

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.

Included Meals: Day 3: Breakfast. Day 4: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

 

Day 5: Queenstown – 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: Distinction Luxmore Hotel
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 6: Te Anau – Dunedin

Journey through lush green sheepgrazing 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
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 7: Dunedin – 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
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 8: Omarama – 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
Included Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 9: Christchurch – 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 whalewatching 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
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 10: Picton – 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
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 11: Wellington – Rotorua

Travel along the scenic Kapiti Coast through lush dairy-farming country to Tongariro National Park and snowcapped Mt. Ruapehu. Panoramic views of Lake Taupo, the largest lake in Australasia, will unfold around every corner. View mighty Huka Falls and pass the Wairakei Geothermal Power Station. Later relax or explore Rotorua independently.

Hotel: Ibis Rotorua Hotel, 2 nights


Day 12: Rotorua

This morning, experience the multiawarding- winning Agrodome Farm Show. Later relax or explore Rotorua at your own pace. Perhaps visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park, to observe the native fauna of New Zealand including the country’s iconic kiwi. Another option is Te Puia thermal reserve. Enjoy an evening of fun and laughter and gain an insight into traditional Māori culture followed by a delicious Hangi Highlight Dinner at the Tamaki Māori Village.

Included Meals: Day 11: Breakfast. Day 12: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

 

Day 13: Rotorua – 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 & Suites
Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

 

 Day 14: Farewell from Auckland

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

Included Meals: Breakfast

 

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All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a double or twin room, and include meals where shown - (B)reakfast, (L)unch (D)inner. Call Freedom New Zealand for departure dates and availability. Itinerary based on travel October 2018 onwards. Itinerary may vary for travel prior to October 2018 - ask your consultant for details. *OFFER - Save up to £425 on new bookings when booked before 31st December 2018. Valid on selected dates, subject to availability, seasonal variations and conditions apply. *
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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
  • En suite hotel accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and meals shown
  • Extra night options
  • Return airport transfers

 

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