Scenic Splendour

On this epic 19-day luxury New Zealand tour, journey from Auckland to Christchurch discovering beautiful lakes, mighty glaciers and magnificent fjords.

19 Days
Auckland to Christchurch
From (AUD)
$ 8,695
Dates & Pricing

2019/2020 Auckland > Christchurch

Tour Map
Tour Code:
SHI
Duration:
19 days
Departure City:
Auckland
Return City:
Christchurch

19 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Auckland

    Kia Ora and welcome to Auckland for an overnight stay.

  2. Day 2 - Auckland > Rotorua

    Visit the Hobbiton movie set before arriving in Rotorua, home of Maori culture and bubbling mud pools, for a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  3. Day 3 - Rotorua

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

    Freechoice

    Witness a sheep show, take an amphibious duck tour or relax in the geothermal pools. Alternatively, enjoy the view from Skyline Rotorua while wine tasting.

    Tonight 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

  4. Day 4 - Rotorua > Napier

    Witness the force of nature at Huka Falls before cruising magnificent Lake Taupo. Enjoy your overnight stay 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

  5. Day 5 - Napier > Wellington

    Freechoice

    Take a walking tour of Napier’s Art Deco buildings, view the famous landmarks of Napier during a vintage car tour or discover a diverse range of aquatic animals and wildlife at the National Aquarium.

    Continue to Wellington for a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Wellington

    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, told with authority and passion. Concludes with kapu ti – a hot drink and traditionally inspired food.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  7. Day 7 - Wellington > Blenheim

    Travel in the premium lounge on the ferry across the Marlborough Sounds to the South Island.

    Freechoice

    Enjoy a tasting at the home of Sauvignon Blanc or visit Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre.

    Stay overnight in Blenheim.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Blenheim > Christchurch

    Drive along the spectacular East Coast where rugged mountains meet the ocean. At Kaikoura discover the diverse marine life. Experience how Christchurch is recovering during your two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  9. Day 9 - Christchurch

    Freechoice

    Go punting on the River Avon, take the Botanic Gardens Tour or enjoy an open top bus ride around Christchurch. Alternatively, visit the seaside town of Akaroa or the International Antarctic Centre.

    Freechoice Dining

     Experience a Kiwi home-hosted dinner with a local family or enjoy dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Christchurch > Franz Josef

    Join the TranzAlpine this morning for your rail journey across the Southern Alps. Stand in wonder at Franz Josef Glacier with its ever-changing face before your overnight Special 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, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Franz Josef > Queenstown

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  12. Day 12 - Queenstown

    Freechoice

    Take the Dart River Wilderness Jet, or tour local wineries. Alternatively, feel exhilarated on the Shotover jet, a 4WD 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

  13. Day 13 - Queenstown

    A free day to discover Queenstown.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  14. Day 14 - Queenstown > Milford Sound

    In the darkness of the Te Anau caves, see the shimmer of thousands of glowworms. Enjoy an overnight Special Stay on board the Milford Mariner amidst the majesty of Milford Sound.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Milford Sound > Dunedin

    Awake to breathtaking beauty in Milford Sound. Then immerse yourself in New Zealand’s oldest university city, Dunedin, with a two night stay.

    Freechoice

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Dunedin

    Freechoice

    Tour Larnach Castle or visit the breeding colony of Royal Albatross. Alternatively, cruise Otago Harbour or take the scenic Taieri Gorge Railway.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  17. Day 17 - Dunedin > Mount Cook

    Visit the Moeraki Boulders, a unique sight featuring huge spherical boulders scattered across a sandy beach. Enjoy a Special Stay at your hotel with Mount Cook view rooms.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Mount Cook > Christchurch

    Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd before arriving back in Christchurch for your overnight stay. Celebrate your adventures during an iconic tram ride and farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Christchurch

    Bid farewell to wonderful New Zealand.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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