18 Day Guided Vacation in New Zealand!

$7,350 per person (based on double occupancy)

 

If you’ve always wanted a journey to include a world-renowned train, meeting a kiwi bird, swimming in the Pacific Ocean, or learning the haka – this is your ultimate New Zealand Bucket List vacation!  If you’ve always wanted to visit, this vacation has all your must-sees and must-dos, as you travel from the bottom of the South Island to the top of the North!  

 

This Vacation Includes:

  • 17 Breakfasts, 12 dinners, 1 lunch
  • 17 nights’ of accommodations
  • Airport meet-and-greet upon arrival
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Experienced travel director and driver guide
  • Enjoy New Zealand wine with all dinners
  • Airport Transfers
  • All taxes and fees

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1 – Christchurch

  • Welcome to Christchurch, New Zealand’s Garden City.
  • After you check-in, you can head out and explore Christchurch. Step back in time to a grand era of transport and relax as the Christchurch Tram takes you around the 'must-see' central attractions.
  • This evening, meet your fellow passengers and your Travel Director at a Welcome Reception and dinner at your hotel

Day 2 – Christchurch to Punakaiki

  • Board the TranzAlpine train and head out through the Southern Alps to Arthurs Pass. This spectacular train journey dates back to 1914, and is rated as one of the world’s most scenic train trips. The train forges through tunnels and over viaducts with panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, icy rivers, beech forests, gorges and river valleys.

Day 3 – Punakaiki to Franz Josef

  • As well as being one of the few West Coast communities to embrace its coastal landscape, Hokitika struck it rich in the resources stakes. Here you will visit a pounamu factory (native greenstone or jade), for the chance to see master carvers at work creating intricate pieces of jewellery and art.
  • Your final destination for today is the extraordinary rivers of ice that make up Franz Josef Glacier.

Day 4 & 5 - Franz Josef to Queenstown

  • If weather conditions are unfavourable on Day 3, you will get another chance to see the glaciers this morning.
  • Then you will head out of Franz following an ancient greenstone trail. View the sheer drop of Thunder Creek Falls and the grand sight of Mt Hooker, flanked on three sides by extensive glaciers.
  • From here you will travel further into Central Otago and view Lake Wanaka, where the shoreline is charmingly lined by poplars and willows, followed by the vivid blue waters of Lake Hawea. It is a day of gorgeous lakes, as after Hawea you will travel over to Cromwell, situated next to the sparkling pristine waters of Lake Dunstan.
  • On to Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand! 

Day 6 – Queenstown to Te Anau

  • You will want to have your camera battery charged, and ready to go. From the beautiful sights of Queenstown, you will travel out to the spectacular scenes of Milford Sound. You will stop at Mirror Lakes where, as the name suggests, you can see the stunning mountain scenery perfectly reflected in the waters of the lakes. Then on to the Homer Tunnel, man’s attempt to master the sheer rocky ranges, still left rough-hewn around the edges. As you emerge out the other side of the tunnel, you are presented with one of the world’s most dramatic alpine drives.
  • You will have a stop at the Chasm, where the roaring Cleddau River has carved its way through solid rock, and then it’s on to Milford Sound, where you will cruise the waters of this natural wonder. Your cruise meanders down, taking in the Bowen and Stirling Falls as these plummet from glacial hanging valleys sharply into the sea, and the sheer pinnacle of Mitre Peak, rising from the deep waters of the fiord. After leaving Milford Sound, you will journey 119km through the Fiordland National Park and out to Te Anau on one of the most scenic roads you could hope for. 

Day 7 - Te Anau to Dunedin

  • You may want to take an early morning walk along the shoreline of the South Island’s biggest lake, before you depart the township of Te Anau this morning. The heavily forested, rugged mountains of Fiordland National Park turn into rolling, grassy hills as you meander your way down to the city of Dunedin. Dunedin, also known as the Edinburgh of the South, has strong connections to its northern hemisphere sister city, even down to sharing many of the same street names – so take a wander down George Street, noting Dunedin’s Scottish ancestry.

Day 8 – Dunedin to Twizel

  • This morning you have some free time in Dunedin. You may want to visit the Cadbury Chocolate Factory, or you may just wish to roam around the beautiful grounds of New Zealand’s first university, Otago University.
  • From Dunedin you will then travel through to the township of Oamaru, with its stately tree-lined streets and its famous white limestone buildings. As well as shipping limestone to the bigger cities of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin for construction of their Town Halls and various churches, Oamaru locals made sure that their own town represented the best in limestone building the mid-late 1800’s had to offer. Then you will journey along the Waitaki River, for a photo stop at the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam.
  • Your day finishes in the heart of the Mackenzie Country at Twizel.

Day 9 – Twizel and Christchurch

  • You may want to take in Mount Cook National Park from the air this morning, on a scenic flight out over New Zealand’s highest peak, the Southern Alps and on to Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers (optional – at own expense). Sweeping views across the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo framed by a backdrop of rugged hills and snow-capped mountains provide stunning alpine photography opportunities.
  • You will visit the little stone-hewn Church of the Good Shepherd, and stop for a quick photo with the bronze statue of a collie dog, the touching tribute to the sheepdogs which helped develop the Mackenzie Country.

Day 10 – Christchurch to Blenheim

  • Today you will get the opportunity to spend some time observing some pretty special wildlife. From the seaside township of Kaikoura, you may want to take a helicopter flight (optional – at own expense) and coast out over the Pacific Ocean for whale and dolphin viewing. If a helicopter flight is not your style, why not wander down the main street, stop in at one of many local eateries and sample a Kiwi seafood delight - crayfish. There is no way to avoid these sea creatures… even the town’s name reflects an abundance of crustaceans – ‘kai’ in Maori means food and ‘koura’ means crayfish.
  • This afternoon get up close and personal with New Zealand fur seals at Ohau Point, and watch as they frolic and play in the tidal currents, and sun themselves on the rocks. 

Day 11 – Blenheim to Wellington

  • Enjoy a quiet start to the day. Your coach and crew will join you on board the Interislander for a cruise across the Cook Strait, from the South Island to the North.

Day 12 & 13 – Wellington to Rotorua

  • After departing Wellington, this morning you’ll travel north up the Kapiti Coast to the gorgeous historic villa, Shenandoah.  ‘You’re invited’ to join Simon and Claudia, who will show you their home, which includes a unique private collection of Harley Davidson motor cycles. Enjoy morning tea in their garden, and then take a walk around the property to meet the animal members of the family.
  • Journey north over the tussock plains of the Central Plateau through Tongariro National Park, view Lake Taupo and Huka Falls on your way to Rotorua.

Day 14 – Rotorua to Auckland

  • This morning you will travel through the King Country region which was at the centre of the New Zealand Wars in the 1860s to Waitomo Caves. See the amazing underground Glow Worm Grotto by boat and walk through the limestone caverns.
  • This afternoon you will follow the meandering trail of the Waikato River, New Zealand’s longest river, past the lush farmlands of the Waikato Region. As you journey over the Bombay Hills, the landscape changes from green, grassy meadowlands to the edges of suburbia. 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

Day 15 & 16 – Auckland to Bay of Islands

  • This morning depart Auckland and travel north over the Harbour Bridge. Journey through Orewa and along the scenic Hibiscus Coast, the birthplace of Sir Edmund Hillary.
  • You will then travel into the Bay of Islands. Experience spectacular scenery as you cruise through game fishing waters to Cape Brett and, weather permitting, through the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ formation.
  • The return trip to Paihia cruises through picturesque islands. Keep your eyes peeled for marine life

Day 17 – Bay of Islands to Auckland

  • Before departing the Bay of Islands, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Waitangi Treaty Reserve, where New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed (at own expense).

Day 18 – Farewell from Auckland

  • Your New Zealand holiday concludes this morning after breakfast.

*Valid for departures between 1 Oct 2016 - 30 Sep 2017

*Price above is per person, based on double occupancy, and includes all taxes and fees.  Price does NOT include international airfare.

 

 

 

 

Terms & Conditions:-

Valid for travel times between 01 Oct 2016 – 30 Sep 2017 (departure schedule varies).  Itinerary, departure dates & prices may be subject to change. This package price is land-only and does not include international flights.  Price above is based on double occupancy; please reach out to our Destination Specialists for pricing on single supplement. Itinerary may change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility.  All bookings are subject to availability at time of booking. Downunder Travel Ltd. is the agent/broker in this equation and for that reason is not responsible for any issues or incidents which result in clients expenditure outside of the package booked paid for and agreed upon.  Please advise your Downunder Travel Specialist should you be traveling on anything other than a Canadian or U.S. passport.  All Canadian Citizens must re-enter Canada on a valid Canadian Passport.  We highly recommend that all passengers protect themselves with cancellation / interruption insurance which will cover them against cancellations due to non pre-existing medical conditions which cause them penalties or other expenses.  We also highly recommend medical insurance for any travel outside of your home province.  Your Downunder Travel Specialist can assist with both Cancellation/Interruption Insurance and Medical Insurance.  All passengers who may wish to travel to Australia either before or after this trip must have an Australian travel Visa.