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New Zealand Splendour

From wild sweeping landscapes to fine wine and charming hospitality, discover the magic of New Zealand on a 16 day journey from Christchurch to Auckland.

16 Day
From (AUD)
$ 6,795
  • 2017/2018 Christchurch > Auckland

    Wild blue yonder

    Spend 16 magical days discovering why New Zealand is known as one of the most pure places on Earth.

    From wild sweeping landscapes to fine wine and charming hospitality, this part of the world is a joy to explore. Christchurch will amaze and inspire, Aoraki Mount Cook World Heritage Park is simply breathtaking and you’ll delight in Dunedin’s Scottish heritage. Experience the spectacular Fiordland National Park where towering cliffs and crystal waterfalls will leave you awestruck before exploring Queenstown. There are no words to describe the wonder you’ll feel when you first set eyes upon the mighty Franz Josef Glacier and you’ll find that the TranzAlpine is the trip of a lifetime. Cross the picturesque Marlborough Sounds to the North Island and arrive in delightful Wellington. After exploring the national capital, travel north via Lake Taupo to the bubbling mudpools of Rotorua and finish your trip on a high note in the beautiful ‘City of Sails’, Auckland.

    Tour Code:

    RSI

    Duration:

    16 Days

    Departure City:

    Christchurch

    Return City:

    Auckland

  • 16 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Christchurch
      Highlights:
      Welcome dinner

      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

    • Day 2 - 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.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 3 - Christchurch > Mount Cook
      Highlights:
      Church of the Good Shepherd

      Travel through the patchwork countryside of the Canterbury Plains. See Lake Tekapo and visit the picturesque Church of the Good Shepherd before soaking up the alpine landscape of Mount Cook National Park during a Special Stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Mount Cook > Dunedin
      Highlights:
      Freechoice and Freechoice Dining

      Visit the Moeraki Boulders, a unique sight featuring huge spherical boulders scattered across a sandy beach. Then immerse yourself in New Zealand’s oldest university city, Dunedin, with an overnight stay.

      Freechoice

      Take a guided tour of Larnach Castle or a heritage walking tour of Dunedin.

      FreechoiceDining

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 5 - Dunedin > Te Anau
      Highlights:
      Te Anau Caves

      See the fertile, sheep-filled farming land of South Otago, en route to Te Anau. Cruise across the largest lake in the South Island to the Te Anau Caves and in the darkness see the shimmer of thousands of glowworms. Your base for tonight is Te Anau.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Te Anau > Queenstown
      Highlights:
      Milford Sound Cruise

      Travel to Fiordland National Park to witness the spectacular beauty of Milford Sound. Be in awe of the towering cliffs, peaks and waterfalls. This afternoon arrive in Queenstown for your three night stay.

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 7 - Queenstown
      Highlights:
      Freechoice and Freechoice Dining
      Freechoice

      Wilderness and adventure beckon on the Dart River or for a more leisurely pace, 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.

      FreechoiceDining

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Queenstown
      Highlights:
      Day at leisure

      The day is yours to uncover what other fantastic activities Queenstown has to offer.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 9 - Queenstown > Franz Josef
      Highlights:
      Haast River Jet

      Start the day with a stop in Arrowtown before enjoying a jet boat ride on the Haast River. Arrive in Franz Josef and stand in wonder at Franz Josef Glacier with its ever-changing face. Enjoy your overnight Special Stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Franz Josef > Christchurch
      Highlights:
      TranzAlpine

      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.

      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. Overnight stay in Christchurch.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Christchurch > Wellington
      Highlights:
      Marlborough Sounds

      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

    • Day 12 - Wellington
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Weta Workshop and Te Papa

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

      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.

      Enrich

      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

    • Day 13 - Wellington > Rotorua
      Highlights:
      Lake Taupo

      Experience the force of nature at Huka Falls before seeing magnificent Lake Taupo. Immerse yourself in Maori traditions at an authentic hangi dinner. Your base for the next two nights is Rotorua.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Rotorua
      Highlights:
      Freechoice

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

      Freechoice

      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. Travel via gondola to Skyline for extensive views over Rotorua and winetasting. Alternatively relax in the geothermal pools, or visit the movie set of Hobbiton.

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

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 15 - Rotorua > Auckland
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Hamilton Gardens

      Today the scenery is of rolling hills and farmlands of the Waikato region.

      Enrich

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

      Arrive in the City of Sails this afternoon and your Special Stay in Auckland.

      FreechoiceDining

      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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Auckland
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      Bid a fond farewell to the wonders of New Zealand.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    Scenic highlights
    • 3 exclusive Enrich experience
    • Your choice of 28 Freechoice activities and dining
    • 3 memorable Special Stays
    • 28 meals – 15 breakfasts, 2 lunch and 11 dinners