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Fly to New Zealand and join one of many escorted tours.  We use all inclusive, fully guided tour companies with excellent reputations.

All you have to do is select your date and we can package your tour with any special offer flights available at the time of booking.




Day 1: Arrive Christchurch
On arrival in Christchurch you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in. You have time at leisure to do as you wish before a welcome drink and dinner with your Tour Director this evening. 
Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch D

Day 2: Christchurch – Franz Josef
First up this morning you'll board the TranzAlpine, one of the top 6 train journeys in the world. This spectacular journey takes you across the Canterbury Plains and through the Southern Alps to Arthur's Pass. Later visit Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and demonstration before continuing south along the rugged coastal road to Franz Josef Glacier. 
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, 2 nights B D

Fox-GlacierDay 3: Franz Josef Glacier
Today you'll explore Franz Josef Glacier with your local expert guide on an interpretive tour. This afternoon you will have the opportunity to take an optional scenic flight over the Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers and Mt. Cook (weather permitting). Enjoy dinner at your leisure at one of the local cafés. B

Day 4: Franz Josef – Wanaka
Travel along the coastal road with the towering mountains on your left and the Tasman Sea on your right. Climb over the Haast Pass to view Thunder Creek Falls and travel through dramatic mountain and forest scenery. You'll stop for a ride on the Haast River Safari, a unique covered jetboat experience. Later you'll arrive at Lake Wanaka. 
Hotel: Wanaka Hotel, Wanaka B D

Day 5: Wanaka – Queenstown
This morning pass Lakes Hawea and Dunstan. Journey through the Kawarau Gorge. Stop at Cromwell with its sensational stone fruit. Enjoy a visit to Arrowtown, a colourful old gold-mining township steeped in local history, before continuing to Queenstown for dinner with views over Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables. 
Hotel: Heartland Hotel, Queenstown, 3 nights B D

Day 6: Milford Sound
Today is a feast for the senses. Travel along the Devil's Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau and its lake. You'll be awe-struck by great sights from Fiordland National Park, New Zealand's largest, to Milford Sound, one of the world's most amazing places, where you will cruise on the waters of this natural wonder. En route you'll drive through the hand-made Homer Tunnel to the abundant photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lake, Pop's Lookout, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls. In the late afternoon you'll return to Queenstown, where your evening is at leisure. B

Jetboat RideDay 7: Queenstown 'Free Time'
Today is free for you to enjoy the many scenic delights of Queenstown. Perhaps take an optional jet boat ride or try white water rafting. For the less adventurous there are garden and wine tours. This evening you'll ride the Skyline Gondola to Bob's Peak for a delicious buffet dinner while taking in stunning views of Queenstown.   Experience a Kiwi Haka Maori Show as well! B HD

Day 8: Queenstown – Christchurch
Travel past Mt. Cook National Park, home to New Zealand's highest mountain. You may wish to take an optional scenic flight (weather permitting). This afternoon stop at Lake Tekapo and view the Church of the Good Shepherd and then continue over the colourful Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner together with your travelling companions. 
Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch B D

Day 9: Depart Christchurch
Your tour concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. B
From €1550 per person sharing  (flights not included)



Day 1: Arrive Auckland
On arrival at Auckland Airport you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in. This evening meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception at your hotel and dinner at the top of the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere, Auckland’s Skytower at Orbit, a revolving restaurant with 360 degree views of the city.  
Hotel: SKYCITY Grand Hotel, Auckland. HD

Day 2: Auckland – Rotorua
After a sightseeing tour of Auckland, head south to trace New Zealand’s longest river, the Waikato, to the Waitomo Caves to visit the amazing Glow Worm Grotto. A local Guide will lead you through the grotto by boat and you’ll walk in the limestone caves. On arrival in Rotorua an orientation tour takes in views of Lake Rotorua.    Tonight you are invited to a Maori Hangi feast with local wine, and a concert at the Tamaki Family Marae. 
Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights. B D

RotoruaDay 3: Rotorua Sights
Start the day with a ride on the Skyline Gondola and breakfast with stunning views over Lake Rotorua. Visit the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. See volcanic craters, steaming ground and bubbling mud pools on an exclusive guided tour of the geothermal valley. B

Day 4: Rotorua – Wellington
Travelling from the mountains to the sea, you’ll view Huka Falls and drive along the shores of Lake Taupo. Discover the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park and the dairy farms of Manawatu. Continue along the Kapiti Coast to Wellington. See the city from Mt. Victoria on your sightseeing tour.  
Hotel: Travelodge, Wellington. B D

Day 5: Wellington – Blenheim
Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, with time to discover it yourself. Later, cruise the Cook Strait into tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound. The seaside village of Picton is next, then Blenheim for a city tour. Enjoy a tasting, tour and Highlight Dinner at Georges Michel Wine Estate, a family owned and run winery. 
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Marlborough, Blenheim. B HD

Day 6: Blenheim – Christchurch
En route to the whale-watching haven of Kaikoura, you’ll pass the Grassmere Salt Works and see New Zealand fur seals up close at Ohau Point. Travel to Christchurch and see the extensive work carried out to rebuild the city after the earthquake of February 2011. 
Hotel: Sudima Hotel, Christchurch. B

Day 7: Christchurch – Twizel
 You are invited to enjoy a taste of country life at a barbecue lunch on Morelea Farm, a typical working sheep farm. You’ll be welcomed into the home of your hosts Angie & Stan Taylor and their 240 hectare garden. Later see Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and soak up the alpine scenery of Mount Cook National Park. 
Hotel: MacKenzie Country Inn, Twizel. B L D

Day 8: Twizel – Dunedin
View the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel through Oamaru to Dunedin for a tour of the city. Your afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps take a Wildlife Cruise to see the Penguins and the Royal Albatross, visit the Cadbury Factory or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway. 
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City, Dunedin. B D

Lake-te-anauDay 9: Dunedin – Te Anau
You have the opportunity to visit Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle. Travel across rich fertile sheep-filled farming land to Te Anau, on the shores of Lake Te Anau, the South Island’s largest lake. 
Hotel: Distinction Hotel, Te Anau. B D

Day 10: Te Anau – Queenstown
See rainforest, ancient glaciers, mountain ranges and the hand-made Homer Tunnel. Pass the Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm. Your cruise on mystical Milford Sound will take you past Bowen Falls and Mitre Peak. Afterwards, travel over the Devil’s Staircase, along the shores of Lake Wakatipu on your way to Queenstown, where an orientation tour finishes this highlight day. 
Hotel: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, 2 nights. B

Day 11: Queenstown ‘Free Time’
Explore Queenstown at your leisure. Take it easy with a wine or garden tour, or walk on the wild side with a jet boat ride and white water rafting. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak Station for a carvery Highlight Dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. B HD

Day 12: Queenstown – Franz Josef
Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown on the Arrow River. Enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell, the stone fruit capital. See a trio of lakes, Dunstan, Hawea and Wanaka. Travel over the Haast Pass and view amazing Thunder Creek Falls. Then it’s on to Franz Josef Glacier, the world’s most accessible and still advancing glacier. 
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef. B D

Punakaiki-blow-holeDay 13: Franz Josef – Punakaiki
See Franz Josef Glacier from the air on an optional flight (weather permitting) or take a glacier hike! Depart for Hokitika home of the greenstone (jade) for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration. Later, travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You’ll stay in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront. 
Hotel: Punakaiki Resort, Punakaiki. B D

Day 14: Punakaiki – Christchurch
Travel via Greymouth to Arthur’s Pass where you’ll board the TranzAlpine train to travel through the Southern Alps to Christchurch. Join your Tour Director this evening for a Farewell Dinner. 
Hotel: Sudima Hotel, Christchurch. B FD

Day 15: Depart Christchurch
Your tour concludes after breakfast. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight. B

From €3745 per person sharing (flights not included)

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