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Between Auckland and Christchurch
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After falling in love with Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’, you’ll explore ‘Middle Earth’ before taking in the geothermal wonders of Rotorua. Continue with a visit to Wellington before hopping on a ferry to the South Island. Sample crisp Sauvignon Blanc in its place of origin and marvel at diverse marine life along the east coast before arriving in Christchurch. This city will delight with its resilience and positive outlook before you take one of New Zealand’s great train journeys – the TranzAlpine. Franz Josef Glacier is a highlight, as is the energy and passion of Queenstown. Milford Sound is simply breathtaking and waking up to the view of Mount Cook will be a treasured memory for years to come.
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Day 1

Kia ora and welcome to Auckland for your overnight stay.

Day 2
Auckland > Rotorua

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 M-a ori culture and bubbling mud pools. Explore the National Kiwi Trust’s kiwi hatchery and nursery on a guided tour. Enjoy your two night stay at  Rotorua.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3
Rotorua

Be amazed by Rotorua’s unique geothermal activity during a visit to Te Puia.

Immerse yourself in Maori traditions and culture at your authentic hangi dinner tonight.

Optional Flight 
Take a flight to Mount Tarawera including a volcanic landing. (Additional expense)

Freechoice

Witness a sheep show or take an amphibious duck tour of Rotorua’s city and lakes. Alternatively, relax in the geothermal pools or travel via gondola to Skyline Rotorua for extensive views over the city and winetasting.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4
Rotorua > Napier

Hear and see the force of nature at Huka Falls before visiting magnificent Lake Taupo. Enjoy your overnight stay in Napier.

Enrich

Meet the makers at a special wine tasting and dinner tonight at Mission Estate or similar in the award-winning Hawke’s Bay wine region.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5
Napier > Wellington

Explore the nation’s capital Wellington during your two night stay.

Freechoice

Take a walking tour through Napier’s Art Deco buildings, view the famous landmarks of Napier on a vintage car tour or discover a diverse range of aquatic animals and wildlife at the Napier Aquarium.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6
Wellington

Uncover Wellington’s sights on your city tour before visiting the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa.

Enrich

Take an in-depth journey of Te Papa to discover the treasures and stories of New Zealand’s land and people, told with authority and passion.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 7
Wellington > Blenheim

Travel in the premium lounge on the ferry across the Cook Strait to start your discovery of the South Island.

Stay overnight in Blenheim.

Freechoice

Choose wine tasting at the home of Sauvignon Blanc or visit Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8
Blenheim > Christchurch

Drive along the spectacular east coast where rugged mountains meet the ocean. Your base for the next two nights is Christchurch.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 9
Christchurch

Experience a Kiwi home-hosted dinner with a local family or enjoy dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.

 

Freechoice

Go punting on the Avon River, take a tour of the Botanic Gardens or see Christchurch by open top bus. Alternatively, visit the seaside town of Akaroa or the International Antarctic Centre – the choice is yours.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10
Christchurch > Franz Josef

Join the TranzAlpine for your rail journey across the Southern Alps. Stand in wonder at Franz Josef Glacier before your overnight Special Stay.

Optional Flight
Take a helicopter flight over Franz Josef or Fox Glacier and experience the wonder of this natural alpine landscape. (Additional expense.)

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11
Franz Josef > Queenstown

Enjoy a ride on the Haast River Jet boat before you arrive in Queenstown for your three night stay.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 12
Queenstown

Take a steamship cruise on TSS Earnslaw and enjoy dinner at Walter Peak, ride the Skyline Gondola and dine overlooking Queenstown or simply relax at the hotel’s restaurant.

Freechoice

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 lakeshore. Alternatively, take the Shotover Jet, a 4WD at Skippers Canyon or Safari of the Scenes tour exploring The Lord of The Rings filming locations.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13
Queenstown

A free day to discover Queenstown.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 14
Queenstown > Milford Sound

In the darkness of Te Anau caves, see the shimmer of thousands of glow worms. 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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 15
Milford Sound > Dunedin

Awake to breathtaking beauty in Milford Sound. Later, travel to Dunedin for two nights.

Choose between Speight’s Brewery, Etrusco and the hotel’s Carlton Restaurant.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 16
Dunedin

Freechoice: Take a guided tour of Larnach Castle or visit the breeding colony of Royal Albatross. Alternatively, cruise Otago Harbour or take the scenic Taieri Gorge Railway.

Freechoice

Take a guided tour of Larnach Castle or visit the breeding colony of Royal Albatross. Alternatively, cruise Otago Harbour or take the scenic Taieri Gorge Railway.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 17
Dunedin > Mount Cook

Visit the Moeraki Boulders, a unique sight featuring huge spherical boulders scattered across a sandy beach. Enjoy a Special Stay at your hotel in Mount Cook.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 18
Mount Cook > Christchurch

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 of the South Island during an iconic tram ride and farewell dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 19
Christchurch

It’s time to bid farewell to new friends and the wonders of New Zealand.

Meals included: Breakfast
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