Royal New Zealand

From the South to the North, experience the spectacular wonders of New Zealand with highlights such as the Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown & Auckland.

15 Days
Christchurch to Auckland
From (CAD)
$ 6,995
$ 6,645
Dates & Pricing

2019/2020 Christchurch > Auckland

A tale of two islands

From south to north, the spectacular natural wonders never cease. With turquoise waters, ancient forests, sweeping mountainscapes and epic glaciers, New Zealand is and always will be, breathtaking.
Start on the South Island in Christchurch, a city reimagining itself. Experience the amazing TranzAlpine railway and stand in awe before the Franz Josef Glacier. Soak up the adrenaline of Queenstown and savour the beauty of Milford Sound. During your time on the North Island, enjoy a glimpse into the world of the creative geniuses from Weta Workshop, who have dreamt up films like the Lord of the Rings trilogy in Wellington, while in Rotorua, marvel at the bubbling geothermal activity. Explore the ‘City of Sails’ and sail across Auckland Harbour, a beautiful way to end your 15 days of delight and exploration.
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15 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Christchurch

    Kia Ora and welcome to Christchurch for a two night stay. The wonder of New Zealand begins here, celebrate the start of your journey with a welcome dinner.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Christchurch

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  3. Day 3 - Christchurch > Franz Josef

    Join the TranzAlpine this morning for your rail journey across the Southern Alps. Visit the home of New Zealand’s native greenstone, Hokitika. Stand in wonder at Franz Josef Glacier with its ever-changing face before your overnight Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Franz Josef > Queenstown

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

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  5. Day 5 - Queenstown

    Wilderness and adventure beckon on the Dart River or enjoy a guided tour of local wineries. Alternatively, feel exhilarated on the Shotover Jet or take a 4WD Safari on the Scenes tour exploring The Lord of the Rings filming locations. A guided tour through Skippers Canyon is also available for you to enjoy or a guided walk around the lake edge.

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Queenstown > Te Anau

    Travel to Fiordland National Park to witness the spectacular beauty of Milford Sound. Be in awe of the towering cliffs, peaks and waterfalls.

    Experience a special screening of Ata Whenua – Shadowland. Also known as Fiordland on film, this short movie takes you on an unforgettable journey over the world heritage wilderness.

    Your base for tonight is Te Anau.

    Optional flight - Take a scenic flight from Queenstown to Milford Sound instead of travelling by road. (Additional expense).

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Te Anau > Mt Cook

    See the fertile, sheep filled farming land of Central Otago en route before soaking up the alpine landscape of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. Enjoy a Special Stay .

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Mt Cook > Christchurch

    Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo. Travel through the patchwork countryside of the Canterbury Plains before arriving back in Christchurch for an overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Christchurch > Wellington

    Drive along the spectacular East Coast where rugged mountains meet the ocean. Travel in the premium lounge on your ferry journey across the Marlborough Sounds to start your discovery of the North Island. Discover the nation’s capital city Wellington with your two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Wellington

    Enjoy a city tour before visiting Te Papa, the National Museum of New Zealand.

    Take an in-depth journey of Te Papa to discover the treasures and stories of New Zealand’s people, told with authority and passion. Concludes with kapu ti – a hot drink and traditionally inspired food.

    Exclusive to Scenic guests, you’ll meet the team from Weta Workshop, responsible for movies like ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy and ‘King Kong’. Get up close and personal with movie props and learn the secrets behind movie magic before enjoying dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Wellington > Rotorua

    Experience the force of nature at Huka Falls before visiting magnificent Lake Taupo. Your base for the next two nights is Rotorua.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  12. Day 12 - Rotorua

    Enjoy New Zealand’s famous sheep show and meet a Kiwi of the feathered kind, or take an amphibious duck tour of Rotorua’s city and lakes. Alternatively, relax in the geothermal pools, or visit the movie set of Hobbiton.

    Immerse yourself in Maori traditions at an authentic hangi dinner.

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Rotorua > Auckland

    Be amazed by Rotorua’s geothermal activity during a visit to Te Puia. Enjoy the scenery of rolling hills and farmlands of the Waikato region.

    Discover the award-winning Hamilton Gardens on your guided tour. The gardens are themed and explore civilisations and historically important garden styles throughout history. Enjoy lunch in one of the private themed gardens.

    Arrive in the ‘City of Sails’ this afternoon for your two night Special Stay.

    Your dining choices for tonight include a sunset dinner yacht cruise, Degree Gastrobar, Orbit 360 Restaurant at Sky City or dinner at your hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Auckland

    Choose from a range of Auckland’s iconic attractions – enjoy an exhilarating sail on an authentic America’s Cup yacht or explore the wine and cuisine of Waiheke Island. Alternatively, take a leisurely harbour cruise, discover the black sand beaches of the West Coast or join a small group sightseeing tour of Auckland.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Auckland

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Handcrafted luxury inclusions
  • Small group touring with no more than 40 guests
  • 4 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 27 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • 3 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • 27 meals – 14 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) and 11 dinners (D)
  • Expert Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

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