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WELCOME TO CHRISTCHURCH

‘Haere Mai’ … Welcome to New Zealand!

Relax you are on holiday! When you arrive in Christchurch we will meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel. Depending what time you arrive, you will then have some time to explore. Step back in time to a grand era of transport and relax as the Christchurch Tram takes you around the 'must-see' central attractions. The tram drivers provide a live commentary throughout the loop, identifying points of interest, historic architecture and the changes the city is under-going since the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. In the evening meet with your travel director and fellow companions at a welcome reception.

Some suggested excursions if you have time

Easygoing Cycling Tour   Punting the Avon River   Lyttelton Harbour Wildlife Cruise
Māori Cultural Evening French Akaroa Tour Southern Alps Ballooning
Christchurch Gondola Clearwater Golf Arthur's Pass TranzAlpine Hike

 

**From April 6th 2020 for the new touring season, this itinerary has some minor changes


Meals: Welcome Reception

Accommodation: Christchurch - 1 Night

Accommodation:
This inviting and modern brand new hotel features contemporary rooms, Restaurant & Bar. Nearby to the Cashel Street Re:START mall - this "pop up" shopping precinct is the new vibrant heart of the city, featuring many new designer shops and modern cafes. The Hotel is very close to the famous Cathedral Square, the historic heart of the city providing easy access to local activities, outer lying attractions and the airport.
Ibis Hotel Christchurch.

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TRANZALPINE RAIL JOURNEY

This morning you board the TanzAlpine to begin one of the top train journeys in the world. This spectacular trip takes you across the patchwork countryside of the Canterbury Plains and through the majestic Southern Alps to Aurthur's Pass. Later, visit the beachside town of Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade). Experience the vibrant local arts, culture and heritage through a jewelry demonstration by a local carver. Next it's on to Franz Josef Glacier were you have the opportunity to take a scenic helicopter flight (optional).

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Franz Josef  - 1 Night

Situated on the very edge of the Westland World Heritage Park, the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier will welcome you in true New Zealand style. The Hotel makes the most of its alpine location and is only moments from spectacular Franz Josef Glacier. The highly regarded Hot Pools are within walking distance. Featuring patios or balconies, the simple, warmly decorated rooms and suites include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and mini-fridges, plus tea and coffee making facilities. Suites add living areas. (formerly known as the Scenic Circle Franz Josef Glacier Hotel) has quality rooms with balcony views and special access.
Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

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GLACIERS / CROMWELL / ARROWTOWN

Travel through the scenic Haast Pass and view the must see 96-metre Thunder Creek Falls. Continue past the trio of lakes - Lake Dunstan, Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka  - before heading to scenic Cromwell, known for its breathtaking landscapes, where you'll get to try delicious stone fruit - peaches, plums, apricots, cherries - at a local orchard. From here visit to the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown, located on the Arrow River, before arriving in Queenstown.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Queenstown - 2 Nights

Experience tranquillity all year round. The Copthorne Resort Lakefront in Queenstown sits on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and is within walking distance of Queenstown’s central shopping and entertainment area. Exploring panoramic views of the lake and nearby mountains, the Copthorne is the perfect venue to relax! The Copthorne Lakefront blends superior facilities and comfort with friendly service. The hotel Balconies and garden views are a feature of many rooms.
Copthorne Resort Queenstown

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QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE

Today explore the adventure capital of the world your way - take a jet boat ride or go white water rafting. If you would prefer to relax choose to play a round of golf on one of the country's best courses, unwind on a unique wine tasting tour or indulge in a luxurious spa treatment. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand's oldest steamship, the TSS-Earnslaw, to Walter Peak High Country Farm, for a gourmet barbecue dinner. Afterwards experience an entertaining farm show where you'll get a glimpse into high-country farm life. 

Recommended Queenstown Excursions:

Routeburn Day Walk Highest Bungey Jump Explore Arrowtown

Wine Tasting Central Otago      

Biking Skippers Canyon       Round at Millbrook Golf Resort
Earnslaw Steamboat Cruise   Dart River Jetboat Safari      

Gibbston Valley Wine Trail


Meals: Breakfast, highlight dinner


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TE ANAU / FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK

Today you travel to Te Anau. You'll be awestruck by the stunning sights of Fiordland National Park as you cruise Milford Sound, considered by many to be the eighth wonder of the world. From here drive to Mirror Lake, famous for its reflective views of Mount Cook, and past Pop's Lookout where you'll see stunning peaks, valley's and falls. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Te Anau - 1 Night

Distinction Luxmore Hotel provides comfortable newly refurbished accommodation in one of New Zealand's most popular scenic areas - Te Anau. Within easy walking distance of the township, surrounded by all local services, this 4-star hotel welcomes guests with 2 restaurants, free self parking, a fitness centre and FREE unlimited WiFi. Luxmores management and staff take pride in providing a warm, friendly and efficient service to all guests.
Distinction Luxmore Hotel

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DUNEDIN - EDINBURGH OF THE SOUTH

Cross sheep-filled farming land on the way to Dunedin, known as the Edinburgh of the South because of its rich Scottish heritage. This afternoon you are free - choose to visit the Otago Peninsula to see unique native wildlife such as Albatross, Sea Lions and rare Yellow-eyed Penguins. If you're a chocolate lover visit the Cadbury Chocolate Factory or if you want to learn more about your surroundings, take a ride on the historic Taieri Gorge Railway which will take you into the spectacular Central Otago Hinterland and up the rugged coast.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Dunedin - 1 Night

Accommodation:
This contemporary quality 4-star hotel accommodation is located the heart of Dunedin and is filled with modern local artwork. Located just blocks from the Octagon and walking distance of many of the city’s main attractions like the fabulous First Church of Otago, and handy to great restaurants and shopping centres. Amenities Include: Free WiFi, Restaurant & Cafe/Bar, Fitness Centre, Valet Car Parking, Conference Facilities.
Scenic Hotel Dunedin

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VICTORIAN OAMARU

This morning you are free to relax, perhaps visit Larnach Castle New Zealand's only castle. In the afternoon travel to Oamaru, a unique mix of Victorian – ornately decorated grand limestone buildings that once housed upstanding banks, hotels and restaurants – and bohemian artisans, creative’s and antiquarians. From here it's on to Omarama which highlights New Zealand's best – mountain scenery, location and small-town hospitality.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Omarama - 1 Night

Set amongst landscaped gardens with views of the surrounding mountains, the Heritage Gateway Hotel is a peaceful place to stay. Featuring 98 comfortably furnished guest rooms, restaurant & bar.The Heritage Gateway is located 4 hours south of Christchurch and is truly the gateway to the South Island. This hotel has a full restaurant and cocktail bar both offering panoramic views of the Southern Alps.
Set amongst landscaped gardens with views of the surrounding mountains, the Heritage Gateway Hotel

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HIGH COUNTRY LAKES & MT COOK NATIONAL PARK

Travel along the shores of spectacular Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki into Aoraki Mount Cook National Park soaking up the sensational alpine landscape. Mt. Cook, the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere, helped Sir Edmund Hillary hone his climbing skills in preparation for his conquest of Everest. Later visit the Church of the Good Shepherd before arriving in the garden city of Christchurch where you will enjoy a city sights tour and see how Christchurch is rebuilding after the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Christchurch - 1 Night

Accommodation:
This inviting and modern brand new hotel features contemporary rooms, Restaurant & Bar. Nearby to the Cashel Street Re:START mall - this "pop up" shopping precinct is the new vibrant heart of the city, featuring many new designer shops and modern cafes. The Hotel is very close to the famous Cathedral Square, the historic heart of the city providing easy access to local activities, outer lying attractions and the airport.
Ibis Hotel Christchurch.

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CHRISTCHURCH - PICTON

Today we travel over the Canterbury Plains and over the Lewis Pass, stopping at the small Alpine village of Murchison. Known as the ‘whitewater capital’ of the country due to the many rivers in the region. Later, we enjoy stunning scenery of the Buller Gorge before arriving to the Marlborough region, world-famous for its Sauvignon Blancs amongst other quality wines. This evening you will finish your adventure in the South Island in the pretty seaside fishing village of Picton.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Picton - 1 Night

Accommodation:

A visit to lovely Picton is at its best with the brilliant harbour views of award-winning Beachcomber Inn hotel. Outstanding service and the scenic waterfront location distinguish this hotel from others. Ideally located a short walk from retail stores and less than a kilometer away from the Interislander ferry terminal. For other directions, Blenheim airport is less than half an hour away. Have a comfortable stay at this hotel and let it be part of your best memories of New Zealand.

Picton Beachcomber Inn

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WELLINGTON - OUR COOL LITTLE CAPITAL

Cruise the tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound and across Cook Strait to Wellington, recently named 'The Coolest Little Capital in the World'. You will begin with a tour of the city before visiting the national museum Te Papa, where you'll gain insight into the country's fascinating nature, art, history and cultural heritage.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Wellington - 1 Night

Accommodation:

Located in a modern tower 300m from the waterfront, the Travelodge is just a few minutes walk from the harbour and the centre of Wellington. Main attractions such as the famous Cable Car, Botanic Garden and Te Papa (the national museum) all are situated within walking distance so transportation in the city centre is unnecessary. From here it is easy to enjoy a city trip that includes everything you don't want to miss when visiting New Zealand's (culture) capital! 

Travelodge Wellington

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WELLINGTON - ROTORUA

 

Your special packed lunch today won’t only be wholesome, it will also feed a Kiwi child who may otherwise go without, through the charity ‘Eat My Lunch’. Travel along the Kapiti Coast to Tongariro National Park soaking up the stunning alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu. The road ahead unfolds in a broad panorama of Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake. The stunningly blue fresh water of Lake Taupo is home to some of the best trout fishing in the world. On arrival in Rotorua an orientation tour takes in views of Lake Rotorua. 

Tonight gain insight into traditional Māori culture followed by a delicious dinner at the Tamaki Family Marae (meeting grounds), the focal point of Māori communities.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Highlight Dinner


Accommodation: Rotorua - 2 Nights

Accommodation:

Situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua, this hotel offers tranquil surroundings with sensational views, near to many bars, restaurants and main attractions. The Ibis Rotorua offers great accommodation to travellers that want to make most out of their stay in New Zealand's geothermal area. 

Ibis Rotorua

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ROTORUA - THE PACIFIC RIM OF FIRE

Todays is a free day to relax and explore at your own paceAfterwards enjoy an afternoon at leisure - perhaps visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park, named after the abundance of Rainbow Trout, to see native fauna, including kiwi birds. Or choose to do a tour of Te Puia, where a local Maori guide will show you the mud pools and geysers of the geothermal valley.

Meals: Breakfast.

 


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GLOWWORM GROTTO'S / THE 'CITY OF SAILS'

Travel through the Waikato region to the Waitomo Caves where you will take a tour of the amazing Glowworm Grotto by boat and walk through the limestone caverns. As you make your way into the heart of New Zealand’s largest city, you will stop at Bastion Point and the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial, as you will get stunning shots of Auckland, the North Shore and the Waitemata Harbour. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Auckland - 1 Night

Right on the main street of Auckland City's CBD, this brand new VR Hotel has proudly opened its doors to accommodate travellers who are exploring Auckland and surroundings. The location is on walking distance from the harbour, SkyCity, many shops and restaurants and the city's most popular attractions. Furthermore, public transport is easily accessible from this location. Many bars and restaurants are also available in nearby suburbs Mount Eden and Ponsonby.

VR Queenstreet

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BAY OF ISLANDS

Drive over Auckland's Harbour Bridge and along the scenic Hibiscus Coast to Parry Kauri Park, where you will walk amongst the native Kauri Trees, some of the largest and longest living trees in the world. Explore Whangarei, the northern-most city in New Zealand, then it's on to the seaside town of Paihia, known as the 'Jewel of the Bay of Islands.' From here enjoy a Scenic Cruise to Cape Brett and the famous 'Hole in the Rock' - make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the native marine life.

* Travel Period: 1 Apr 2021 – 31 Mar 2022 / /  Tour of Waitangi Treaty Grounds replaces Hole in the Rock Cruise / / 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Bay of Islands - 2 Nights

This four star hotel offers uninterrupted Bay views surrounded by 60 acres of subtropical gardens and the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds. It features a spectacular, lagoon style swimming pool and rock pools of cascading water. The hotel’s 180 guest rooms have individual patios or balconies from which to enjoy the water or garden views. Taking inspiration from nature, rooms have been designed to blend into the natural environment whilst offering a serene escape.
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands

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BAY OF ISLANDS LEISURE TIME

Today you are free to experience the beautiful Bay of Islands as you wish. Made up of 144 islands it's paradise for water lovers and there is no shortage of things to do. Go on a dolphin cruise, take a coach trip to Cape Reinga via 90 mile beach, spend the day sailing on a tall ship or take a tour to historic Russel. Ask your Travel Director about optional experiences.

Excursions available in and around the Bay of Islands

Historical Island Cruise   Diving Rainbow Warrior   4WD Adventure Cape Reinga
Sailing the Islands   Dolphin Swimming   Giant Kauri Forest Walk
Cultural Tour of Waitangi   Golf at Kauri Cliffs   Sea Kayaking the Bay



Meals: Breakfast


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BAY OF ISLANDS - AUCKLAND

This morning you will have leisure time, you can visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Reserve, where New Zealand's founding document was signed or go to historic Russel, New Zealand's first capital. This afternoon enjoy the farmland scenery as you return to Auckland. This afternoon, you may want to head out and explore Auckland. Take a seat in the sunshine and enjoy a relaxed farewell dinner while watching the activity on Waitemata Harbour.

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Accommodation: Auckland - 1 Night

Right on the main street of Auckland City's CBD, this brand new VR Hotel has proudly opened its doors to accommodate travellers who are exploring Auckland and surroundings. The location is on walking distance from the harbour, SkyCity, many shops and restaurants and the city's most popular attractions. Furthermore, public transport is easily accessible from this location. Many bars and restaurants are also available in nearby suburbs Mount Eden and Ponsonby.

VR Queenstreet

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FAREWELL AUCKLAND

Your holiday concludes after breakfast. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Haere rā and Bon Voyage!

We hope you enjoyed your holiday and our promise to make your travels through New Zealand as hassle-free and hospitable as possible - ensuring that today you leave with a memory card full of photos, and huge smiles on your faces when recalling your time in New Zealand! Have a great homeward journey, farewell and hope to see you again soon.

Meals: Breakfast


NOTES

Highlights

  • Tour through Christchurch to witness the incredible rebuild of the city
  • Visit a greenstone factory and watch the jade artists at work
  • See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier
  • Visit serene crystal clear Lake Wanaka
  • Sail across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak for a unique ‘highlight dinner’
  • Let loose in the adventure capital Queenstown
  • Cruise on breath-taking Milford Sound
  • See spectacular Lake Tekapo and Lake Te Anau
  • Marvel at Fur Seals at Ohau Point and Whales at Kaikoura
  • Set sail on Queen Charlotte Sound
  • Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand
  • Explore New Zealand’s capital Wellington
  • Discover the arts and traditions of New Zealand’s Maori culture
  • Feast on a Maori Hangi at a unique dinner experience with the Tamaki family
  • *Cruise in the stunning Bay of Islands and through the ‘Hole in the Rock’
  • * Travel Period: 1 Apr 2021 – 31 Mar 2022 / /  Tour of Waitangi Treaty Grounds replaces Hole in the Rock Cruise / / 

Inclusions

  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Airport transfers 

Dining

  •  16 Full buffet breakfasts
  •  1 Lunch
  •  6 Dinners
  •  2 Highlight dinners
  •  1 Farewell Dinner

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What Steve says about this tour: If you've come to get up close to New Zealand's spectacular landscapes and stunning vistas, you will thoroughly enjoy the 17 day New Zealand Magic tour. You begin in the South Island, then criss cross your way north in a luxury coach with a knowledgable on board Tour Director. The accommodation is all 4 star and the pace is relaxed.
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