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Explore the best of New Zealand on a 19 day tour from Auckland to Christchurch. Take the TranzAlpine along the Southern Alps & see the Franz Josef Glacier.

19 Day
From (AUD)
$ 7,995
  • 2017/2018 Auckland > Christchurch

    Tour Code:

    SHI

    Duration:

    19 Days

    Departure City:

    Auckland

    Return City:

    Christchurch

    Selected Itinerary
  • 19 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Auckland
      Highlights:
      Welcome

      Kia Ora and welcome to Auckland for an overnight stay.

    • Day 2 - 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 3 - Rotorua
      Highlights:
      Te Puia; Freechoice

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

      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.

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

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 4 - 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 5 - 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 6 - 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 7 - Wellington > Blenheim
      Highlights:
      Freechoice

      Travel in the premium lounge on the ferry across the Marlborough Sounds to start your discovery of the South Island.

      Freechoice

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

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 8 - 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 9 - 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 10 - 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 11 - 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 12 - Queenstown
      Highlights:
      Freechoice and Freechoice Dining
      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.

      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.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 13 - 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 14 - 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 15 - 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.

      Freechoice Dining

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 16 - 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.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 17 - 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 18 - 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 19 - Christchurch
      Highlights:
      Farewell

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

      Meals included: Breakfast