Day 1 | Highlights: Welcome dinner
Kia Ora and welcome to Auckland for a two night Special Stay. Celebrate the wonder of New Zealand at a welcome dinner.
Day 2 | Auckland Highlights: Freechoice and Freechoice Dining
Choose from a range of Auckland’s attractions – enjoy an exhilarating sail on an authentic America’s Cup yacht and be part of the crew. Take the helm or simply sit back and enjoy the ride as you sail Auckland Harbour. Or explore the wine and cuisine of Waiheke Island and enjoy tastings of olive oil, wine and beer as well as a vineyard tour. Alternatively, take a leisurely morning cruise of Auckland’s beautiful harbour and see highlights including Devonport and the Harbour Bridge, or discover the Waitakere Ranges, walk in the lush rainforest and stroll along the black sand beaches. Or choose to join a small group tour and discover the history and sights of Auckland.
Day 3 | Auckland > Omapere Highlights: Enrich - Tane Mahuta
Travel north across Auckland’s busy Harbour Bridge, along the Hibiscus Coast towards the Bay of Islands. Visit Matakohe’s award-winning Kauri Museum and gain an insight into the rich pioneering history of New Zealand’s Northland region. The museum specialises in the legacy of the ancient kauri forests, specifically the strong durable timber and the highly prized kauri gum. Continue to the Waipoua Forest, an ancient green world of towering trees and rare birds, and travel past natural gateways created by huge kauri trees and the fringing of colourful ferns along the road’s edge.
Day 4 | Omapere > Paihia Highlights: Freechoice
Cruise the calm inland waters of the Bay of Islands including lunch or enjoy a ferry ride to Russell, the birthplace of European settlement in New Zealand. You could also cruise to Cape Brett Lighthouse and through the Hole in the Rock (weather permitting) or try your luck at fishing.
Day 5 | Paihia Highlights: Enrich - Cape Reinga
Travel to the very top of New Zealand – Cape Reinga. Explore the magnificent lighthouse and see where the waters of the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet. Discover this remote and magical place of deep spiritual significance to the Maori then enjoy the thrill of travelling along Ninety Mile Beach and marvel at the immense sand dunes.
Day 6 | Paihia > Auckland Highlights: Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Discover the birthplace of modern New Zealand at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds with a Maori guide. See the world’s largest waka – a ceremonial war canoe, over 70 years old but still used every year on 6 February to celebrate New Zealand’s national Waitangi Day.
Day 7 | Auckland > Rotorua Highlights: Hobbiton Movie Set
Lose yourself in ‘Middle Earth’ on your visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set. Travelling through the rolling farm land of the Waikato, arrive in Rotorua, home of Maori culture and bubbling mud pools. Explore the National Kiwi Trust’s kiwi hatchery and nursery on a guided tour. Enjoy two nights in Rotorua.
Day 8 | Rotorua Highlights: Te Puia; Freechoice
Be amazed by Rotorua’s geothermal activity during a visit to Te Puia.
Day 9 | Rotorua > Napier Highlights: Enrich - Mission Estate Winery
Witness the force of nature at Huka Falls before cruising on Lake Taupo. Enjoy our overnight stay at in the home of Art Deco, Napier.
Day 10 | Napier > Wellington Highlights: Art Deco Tour
Take a walking tour of Napier’s Art Deco buildings. Discover the nation’s capital Wellington with your two night stay.
Day 11 | Wellington Highlights: Te Papa
Explore Wellington’s sights on your city tour before visiting the National Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa.
Day 12 | Wellington > Blenheim Highlights: Freechoice
Travel in the premium lounge on the ferry across the Marlborough Sounds to start your discovery of the South Island.
Day 13 | Blenheim > Christchurch Highlights:
Drive along the spectacular East Coast where rugged mountains meet the ocean. Experience how this resilient city is recovering during your two night stay.
Day 14 | Christchurch Highlights: Freechoice
Go punting on the River Avon, take the Caterpillar Botanic Gardens Tour or learn about Christchurch’s recovery effort. Alternatively visit the seaside town of Akaroa or the International Antarctic Centre – the choice is entirely yours.
Day 15 | Christchurch > Franz Josef Highlights: TranzAlpine
Join the TranzAlpine this morning for your rail journey across the Southern Alps. Stand in wonder at Franz Josef Glacier before your overnight Special Stay.
Day 16 | Franz Josef > Queenstown Highlights: Haast River
Optional flight - Take a helicopter flight over Franz Josef or Fox Glacier and experience the wonder of this natural alpine landscape. Additional expense.
Day 17 | Queenstown Highlights: Freechoice and Freechoice Dining
Wilderness and adventure beckon on the Dart River or, for a more leisurely pace, take a guided tour of local wineries. Enjoy a walking tour with scenic views across the lake-shore. Alternatively feel exhilarated on the Shotover Jet, a 4WD at Skippers Canyon or Safari of the Scenes tour exploring The Lord of The Rings filming locations.
Day 18 | Queenstown Highlights: Your choice
Today is yours for the taking. Explore one of New Zealand’s most beloved cities independently, with plenty of free time to see the sights that take your fancy.
Day 19 | Queenstown > Milford Sound Highlights: Fiordland National Park; Te Anau
In the darkness of Te Anau caves, see the shimmer of thousands of glowworms. Tonight you’ll sleep surrounded by the majesty of Milford Sound on board the Milford Mariner. Anchor in a sheltered cove where you’ll have the opportunity to explore the area in a small boat or kayak.
Day 20 | Milford Sound > Dunedin Highlights: Freechoice Dining
Awake to breathtaking beauty in Milford Sound. Then immerse yourself in New Zealand’s oldest university city, Dunedin, with a two night stay.
Day 21 | Dunedin Highlights: Freechoice
Take a guided tour of Larnach Castle or visit the breeding colony of Royal Albatross. Alternatively go on a heritage walking tour of Dunedin or take the scenic Taieri Gorge Railway.
Day 22 | Dunedin > Mount Cook Highlights: Moeraki Boulders
Visit the Moeraki Boulders, a unique sight featuring huge spherical boulders scattered across a sandy beach. Enjoy a Special Stay at Mount Cook.
Day 23 | Mount Cook > Christchurch Highlights: Church of the Good Shepherd
Perched on the edge of Lake Tekapo is the Church of the Good Shepherd. Experience this famous vista before arriving back in Christchurch for your Special Stay. Celebrate your adventures during an iconic tram ride and farewell dinner.
Day 24 | Christchurch Highlights: Farewell
It’s time to bid a fond farewell to new friends and the wonders of New Zealand.