New Zealand Splendour with Homestay summer 2018
Tour Type: Country Explorer
Brochure Type: The Australia and New Zealand Book 2018
Set your course from the glistening glow worms of the north to the vibrant green jade of the south - your epic adventure through New Zealand's landscapes will take you past spectacular glaciers and alpine landscapes, culminating in a vintage encounter with T.S.S. Earnslaw as she steams her way across Lake Wakatipu.Sightseeing Highlights
- City tour in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch.
- Cruise on Cook Strait, Lake Wakatipu and Milford Sound.
- View the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train.
- Visit the Tamaki Family Marae in Rotorua, historic Arrowtown and Franz Josef Glacier.
First class travel Highlights
14 hot buffet breakfasts
1 lunch (Be My Guest)
1 afternoon tea (Be My Guest)
- Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most regions or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
- Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
- Hand-picked Insider Experiences
- Optional Experiences and free time
- Porterage, local tips and charges
- Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
- An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays
- All hotel charges and local taxes
- Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
- VIP entry to many sights
|Offer valid through 6/30/2018|
|Day 1||Auckland||Arrive Auckland: Welcome to Auckland! On arrival at Auckland Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4pm). This evening meet your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and Regional Meal dinner at 'Eight' at The Langham. Your personal degustation is prepared for you from the freshest, quality ingredients, including mouth-watering seafood and delicious desserts.Welcome Reception, Regional Meal|
|Day 2||Rotorua||Auckland - Rotorua (2 Nights): After a sightseeing tour of Auckland, head south to visit the amazing Glow Worm Grotto. A Local Specialist will lead you through the grotto by boat and you'll walk in the limestone caves. Continue to Rotorua. Join your fellow travellers tonight for a special Maori Hangi feast and concert Regional Meal at the Tamaki Family Marae.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal|
|Day 3||Rural Homestay||Rotorua Sightseeing - Rural Homestay: Today your choice of sightseeing: unwind at the Polynesian Spa; visit Te Puia and tour through the Whakawerawera Thermal Reserve; take a fascinating tour of the Hobbiton movie set or explore Rotorua and its three lakes in an amphibious WWII era Duck. Your Travel Director will assist you in booking your choice of sightseeing. This evening you'll stay with a local family in a nearby country home. Your hosts will provide wonderful Kiwi hospitality that makes you really feel 'at home'. You'll enjoy a wholesome dinner and a cooked breakfast, comfortable accommodation and a tour to introduce you to the way of life.Buffet Breakfast|
|Day 4||Wellington||Rotorua - Wellington: View Huka Falls and drive along the shores of Lake Taupo. Discover the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park and the dairy farms of Manawatu. Visit Shenandoah for a Be My Guest experience. The historic villa's owners, Simon and Claudia, will show you around their property, which includes a unique private collection of Harley Davidson motor cycles. Enjoy afternoon tea in their garden then take a short tour to see the local wildlife. Continue to Wellington.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining, Dinner with wine|
James Cook Grand Chancellor
|Day 5||Blenheim||Wellington - Blenheim: Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, for a Cultural Insight into Maori life. Later, cruise the Cook Strait into Queen Charlotte Sound. The seaside village of Picton is next, then Blenheim. This evening enjoy a 3 course Regional Meal prepared with local produce, paired with wines from the famous Marlborough region.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal|
|Day 6||Christchurch||Blenheim - Christchurch: Today we travel inland through the Wairau Valley, home to some of the Marlborough region's world-famous Sauvignon Blanc. Continue to the alpine village of Murchison before travelling over Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.Buffet Breakfast|
|Day 7||Twizel||Christchurch - Twizel: Join us for a taste of country life at a Be My Guest barbecue lunch on Morelea Farm. You'll be welcomed into the home of your hosts Angie and Stan Taylor and their 600 acre garden. Later, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and soak up the alpine scenery of Mount Cook National Park.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining, Dinner with wine|
MacKenzie Country Inn
|Day 8||Dunedin||Twizel - Dunedin Sightseeing: Your day starts with a journey along the Waitaki River, and a photo stop at the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel through to the township of Oamaru with its famous white limestone buildings and then on to Dunedin. This afternoon your choice of sightseeing: tour Larnach Castle, New Zealand's only castle; ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway; take the Monarch Wildlife Cruise or a tour of the Speight's Brewery.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine|
Scenic Southern Cross
|Day 9||Te Anau||Dunedin - Te Anau: This morning enjoy a chance to explore Dunedin. Later, travel through lush green pastures, crossing sheep-filled farming land to the village of Te Anau, on the shores of Lake Te Anau, the South Island's largest lake. Tonight consider an Optional Experience out across the lake to the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine|
|Day 10||Queenstown||Te Anau - Queenstown (2 Nights): Amazing photo opportunities await you as you see rainforest, ancient glaciers, mountain ranges and the hand-made Homer Tunnel. Pass the Mirror Lake, Pop's Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm. Your cruise on mystical Milford Sound will take you past Bowen Falls and Mitre Peak. Afterwards, travel over the Devil's Staircase and along the shores of Lake Wakatipu on your way to Queenstown.Buffet Breakfast|
|Day 11||Queenstown||Queenstown Sightseeing: Today your choice of sightseeing: ride the Shotover Jet boat, visit a high country farm; ride a gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner; visit Kiwi Birdlife Park or take a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon. 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 Regional Meal at the Colonel's Homestead. Then enjoy an entertaining after-dinner farm show providing a glimpse into high-country farm life and later return to Queenstown to sample the festive nightlife.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal|
|Day 12||Franz Josef||Queenstown - Franz Josef: Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown. Later, enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell, the stone fruit capital. See a trio of lakes, Dunstan, Hawea and Wanaka and travel over the Haast Pass to view amazing Thunder Creek Falls. Then it's on to Franz Josef Glacier.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine|
Scenic Franz Josef Glacier
|Day 13||Punakaiki||Franz Josef - Punakaiki: There's time to explore Franz Josef Glacier. Later, take a walk among rainforest giants on the West Coast Treetop Walkway. Depart for Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration with a Local Specialist. Later, travel to Punakaiki for a night in your eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine|
Punakaiki Resort Authentic Accommodation
|Day 14||Christchurch||Punakaiki - Christchurch: At Arthur's Pass board the TranzAlpine train to journey through the Southern Alps to Christchurch. Celebrate your trip this evening at a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director.Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner|
|Day 15||Depart Christchurch||Depart Christchurch: Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).Buffet Breakfast|
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