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After falling in love with the ‘City of Sails’, Auckland you’ll discover ancient kauri forests and the spectacular beauty and historical significance of the Bay of Islands. 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, marvel at the 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 the world’s great train journeys – the TranzAlpine. The 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
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.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 2
Auckland
Highlights: Freechoice and Freechoice Dining

Your dining choices for tonight include a sunset dinner yacht cruise, Harbourside Ocean Bar, Orbit 360 Restaurant at Sky City or dinner at Palm Court in your hotel.

Freechoice

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
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.

Enjoy your overnight stay in Omapere.

Enrich

The sense of awe you feel as you see the mighty Tane Mahuta kauri tree for the first time is unforgettable. Listen to the interactive interpretation from your local Maori guide about the importance of the ‘Lord of the Forest’ to both the natural environment and the Maori people.

Sundowners

Watch the sunset on Hokianga Bay with a drink on the terrace of your hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4
Omapere > Paihia
Highlights: Freechoice

Your base for the next two nights is Paihia.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5
Paihia
Highlights: Enrich - Cape Reinga

Enrich
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.

Enrich

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
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.

Return to your hotel in Auckland for an overnight stay.

Enrich

Be entertained by an authentic Maori cultural performance inside the beautifully carved meeting house including a traditional Maori welcome, waiata (singing), poi, stick games, Maori weaponry, as well as the famous haka.

Meals included: Breakfast
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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8
Rotorua
Highlights: Te Puia; Freechoice

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

Tonight immerse yourself in Maori traditions at an authentic hangi dinner.

Optional flight - Fly to Mount Tarawera including a volcanic landing. Additional expense.

Freechoice

Witness a farm experience, take an amphibious duck tour or relax in the geothermal pools. Or enjoy the view from Skyline Rotorua while wine tasting.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
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.

Enrich

Meet the makers at a special wine tasting and dinner at Mission Estate Winery.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11
Wellington
Highlights: Te Papa

Explore Wellington’s sights on your city tour before visiting the National 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 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.

After a day of discovery, check in to  your hotel in Blenheim for your overnight stay.

Freechoice

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13
Blenheim > Christchurch

Drive along the spectacular East Coast where rugged mountains meet the ocean. Experience how this resilient city is recovering during your two night stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14
Christchurch
Highlights: Freechoice

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.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast
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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
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.

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

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 17
Queenstown
Highlights: Freechoice and Freechoice Dining

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 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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
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.

Meals included: Breakfast
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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
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.

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 21
Dunedin
Highlights: Freechoice

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.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast
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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 24
Christchurch
Highlights: Farewell

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

Meals included: Breakfast
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