18 Day Guided Grandeur Vacation in New Zealand!

 

Be inspired and embrace the wonders of New Zealand as you discover the true essence of this breathtaking country in genuine comfort and style.  Join your fellow travellers for an exciting and unique journey through the heartland of New Zealand. Stay in boutique hotels, savour culinary delights and enjoy armchair style comfort aboard 5-star luxury touring coaches. Stargazing, forest walks, thermal pools, wine tastings and wildlife sanctuaries are just some of the fantastic experiences that await you!

 

 

This Vacation Includes:

  • 17 Breakfasts, 2 lunches, 9 dinners
  • 17 nights’ in 4-5 star accommodations
  • Airport meet-and-greet upon arrival
  • Travel by luxury coach (max. 24 passengers)
  • Experienced travel guide
  • All sightseeing and excursions as indicated in the itinerary below
  • Airport Transfers
  • All taxes and fees

 

$10,153 NOW: $9,799 per person (based on double occupancy)

*Price does NOT include international airfare.  Valid for travel on select group departure dates between 20 Oct 2018 - 15 Mar 2019.

*Price includes all taxes and fees.  Subject to availability.

 

 
 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1:  Arrive Christchurch

  • Kia Ora. Welcome to New Zealand. A representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a Welcome dinner and cocktails with fellow travellers.
  • Meals included: Dinner

 

Day 2: TranzAlpine, Franz Josef

  • A short drive brings us to the tiny train station of Springfield, gateway to the majestic Southern Alps. Board the award-winning TranzAlpine train for the spectacular rail journey to Arthurs Pass, the South Island’s highest altitude settlement.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 3: Wanaka, Queenstown

  • View incredible scenery as you travel past the untouched wilderness and pristine lakes of the Mt Aspiring and Westland National Parks. There is time to wander around the popular lakeside township of Wanaka before stopping at the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown.
  • Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 4: At leisure in Queenstown 

  • Queenstown is regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination and today is free to experience this magnificent alpine resort. Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure and leisure activities and your Coach Captain can assist with any optional activities you would like to do.
  • Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 5: Overnight Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise

  • Skirt the shores of Lake Wakatipu and travel through lush farmland to Te Anau. On to Manapouri, where you enjoy a leisurely cruise across this picturesque lake to West Arm. This is followed by a short coach trip on New Zealand’s most expensive road, travelling over Wilmot Pass and pausing along the way to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 6: Manapouri, Dunedin

  • Enjoy a hearty breakfast this morning before exploring other parts of the fiord.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 7: Otago Peninsula, Taieri Gorge

  • Enjoy spectacular views across the Otago Peninsula as you travel to Lanarch Castle. On your guided tour, learn about its tragic and mysterious history before enjoying a High Tea in the Grand Ballroom. This afternoon, board the famous Taieri Gorge Railway.
  • Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 8: Moeraki, Mt Cook

  • Stop to view the mystical Moeraki Boulders before travelling up the Waitaki Valley to Omarama. Your journey continues into the World Heritage Mt Cook National Park, with its 70,000 ha of breathtaking alpine scenery.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 9: Lake Tekapo, Kaikoura

  • At Lake Tekapo, stop to view the Church of the Good Shepherd. Then cross the fertile Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. From here, we head to the picturesque coastal town of Kaikoura, nestled on a narrow strip of land with the mountains to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east.
  • Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 10: Picton, Wellington

  • Continue north on to the charming fishing village of Picton where you board the Interislander Ferry and cruise through the spectacular Queen Charlotte Sound into Cook Strait. Enjoy stunning views of New Zealand’s capital city as you arrive into Wellington Harbour.
  • Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 11: At leisure in Wellington

  • Enjoy a brief city tour taking in all the major sights and then there is free time for exploring on your own. Situated on the Wellington waterfront, a visit to Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, is highly recommended. Another very popular excursion is a visit to the Weta Workshop, a world-leading design and special effects facility for major Hollywood film makers.
  • Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 12 On to Martinborough Wine Village

  • The town of Martinborough is located at the centre of the Wairarapa wine region and because of its close proximity to Wellington, makes it a popular weekend destination for locals. Many boutique wineries are within an easy walk of the town square and the region is particularly well known for its production of Pinot Noir wines.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 13: Pukaha Mount Bruce, Tongariro National Park

  • This morning, enjoy a guided tour of the Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre, a captive-breeding sanctuary for some of the country’s most threatened wildlife and home to the only white kiwi in captivity. Continue north along the Desert Road to Tongariro, New Zealand’s oldest national park and a dual World Heritage area.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 14: Taupo, Rotorua

  • First stop today is Taupo where you will enjoy time to stroll around this popular lakeside resort. View the mighty Huka Falls & Wairakei Geothermal Project before arriving at the thermal resort of Rotorua. This evening, we enjoy a tour of Te Puia Thermal Reserve and are treated to a traditional Maori hangi (feast) and cultural performance featuring Maori songs, chants and dance including the stirring haka.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 15: Exclusive Lake Rotoiti Cruise & Redwood Treetop Walk

  • Today’s highlight is an exclusive cruise across the serene, clear waters of Lake Rotoiti. Explore native bays and coves of the lake under sail on our luxury catamaran and bathe in the thermal waters of the Manupirua Pools, accessible only by boat. Later, enjoy a suspended treetop eco-walk amongst Rotorua’s gentle giants in the Redwood Forest and get a unique bird’s eye perspective of these 110 year old trees and the lush flora below.
  • Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 16: Hobbiton, Auckland

  • Travel to Matamata and experience a guided tour of Hobbiton, the movie set used in the block-busting ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Hobbit’ films.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 17: At leisure in Auckland

  • Today is free to explore New Zealand’s largest and most vibrant city. Perhaps take the ferry to Waiheke Island & enjoy lunch at one of the many superb vineyards, stroll around the trendy suburbs of Parnell and Ponsonby or sail Waitemata Harbour aboard a genuine America’s Cup racing yacht.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 18: Depart Auckland

  • Sadly, your holiday ends after breakfast this morning.
  • Meals included: Breakfast

 

 

Terms & Conditions:-

Valid for travel times between 21 Oct 2018 - 15 Mar 2019 (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.