Day 1 Queenstown
Kia Ora and welcome to New Zealand for your four-night stay at the Millennium Hotel. Meet your Tour Director and travelling companions tonight at a welcome dinner.
Day 2 Queenstown
Freechoice: Take the Dart River Wilderness Jet or tour local wineries. Alternatively feel exhilarated on the Shotover jet, a 4WD tour of Skippers Canyon or Safari of the Scenes tour exploring The Lord of The Rings film set.
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.
Day 3 Queenstown
Journey to Fiordland National Park for an unforgettable cruise on Milford Sound. The sublime landscape is an isolated utopia, carved by ancient glaciers.
Today is yours to spend at your leisure, taking in the magnificent views of the lake and the Remarkables Mountains.
Day 5 Queenstown > Franz Josef
Travel to the West Coast via the picturesque town of Wanaka. Arrive in Franz Josef and stand in wonder at Franz Josef Glacier with its ever changing face. Stay overnight at the Franz Josef hotel.
Take a helicopter flight over Franz Josef or Fox Glacier and experience the wonder of landing in this natural alpine landscape. (Additional expense).
Day 6 Franz Josef > TranzAlpine > Christchurch
Visit the home of New Zealand’s native greenstone, Hokitika. Join the TranzAlpine this afternoon for your rail journey across the Southern Alps back to Christchurch, considered one of the top six train journeys in the world. Enjoy a two-night stay at the Rendezvous Christchurch, situated just moments from Cathedral Square and Hagley Park. This evening, you’re invited to dinner at your hotel.
Day 7 Christchurch
: Go punting on the tranquil River Avon or explore the nearby Botanical gardens. Visit the award-winning Antarctic Centre for a truly immersive experience, or if you’d prefer, embark on an open top bus tour of the city.
Day 8 Christchurch > Rotorua
After transferring to the airport and flying to Auckland in the North Island, you’ll travel to Rotorua for a two-night stay at the Millennium Hotel Rotorua.
Day 9 Rotorua
Be amazed by Rotoura’s unique geothermal activity during a visit to Te Puia.
Freechoice: See the rare Kiwi at Rainbow Springs, or embark on an amphibious duck tour of Rotoura’s city and lakes. If you’d prefer, you can relax in the region’s famous geothermal pools on a Polynesian Spa Day or enjoy a ride on the gondola to Skyline with an opportunity to taste local wines.
Enrich: This evening, you’ll be warmly welcomed at Tamaki Village by local Mãori people, who will put on an insightful cultural show before telling stories of their ancestors. A delicious dinner will then be served, which has been cooked using a traditional Hangi.
Day 10 Rotorua > Auckland
Discover the award-winning Hobbiton on a guided tour with lunch. Later, continue on to Auckland for a two-night Special Stay at the waterfront Sofitel Hotel.
Day 11 Auckland
Today, Auckland is yours to discover.
Freechoice: Explore Waiheke Island’s history, nature, beaches and cuisine or join an America’s Cup sailing experience. Alternatively, you can visit the Waitakere Ranges, walk the rainforest and stroll the black sand beaches, or explore the city of Auckland on a guided tour.
Day 12 Auckland
After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home.