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Royal New Zealand

Enjoy the astonishing nature and soak up the welcoming culture of New Zealand on an 18 day adventure from the spectacular South to North islands.

20 Day
From (AUD)
$ 8,095
  • 2017/2018 Christchurch > Auckland

    Tour Code:

    ROI

    Duration:

    20 Days

    Departure City:

    Christchurch

    Return City:

    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. Soak up the adrenaline of Queenstown and savour every second of Milford Sound. Stand in awe before the Franz Josef Glacier and experience the amazing TranzAlpine railway. There is simply so much goodness to discover on this amazing journey. During your time on the North Island, thrill at a glimpse into the world of the geniuses from Weta Workshop, who have dreamt up films like the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy and marvel at the bubbling geothermal activity. Get to know the ‘Lord of the Forest’, a mighty 2,000-year-old kauri tree, explore the beautiful Bay of Islands, and sail across Auckland Harbour, a beautiful way to end your 20 days of delight and exploration.

  • 20 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.

      Freechoice Dining

      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 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.

      Freechoice Dining

      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.

      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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Auckland > Paihia
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Tane Mahuta

      Journey north and visit the Kauri Museum to learn about the history of the local pioneers. Your base for the next two night is Paihia.

      Enrich

      The sense of awe you feel as you see the mighty Tane Mahuta kauri tree for the first time is unforgettable. Listen to stories from your local Maori guide about the ‘Lord of the Forest’.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 17 - Paihia
      Highlights:
      Freechoice
      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), travel to the country’s northernmost point, Cape Reinga, or try your luck at fishing in the bountiful waters.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 18 - Paihia > Auckland
      Highlights:
      Waitangi Treaty Grounds

      This morning discover Waitangi Treaty Grounds with a Maori guide before returning to Auckland for a two night Special Stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 19 - Auckland
      Highlights:
      Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Sail on an 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 group sightseeing tour of Auckland.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 20 - Auckland
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      Bid farewell to New Zealand’s wonders.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    Scenic highlights
    • 4 exclusive Enrich experiences
    • Your choice of 38 Freechoice activities and dining
    • 3 memorable Special Stays
    • 34 meals – 19 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 13 dinners