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Ultimate New Zealand Experience
Discover the very best of New Zealand’s rail and cruise experiences on this extensive ultimate small group experience with a maximum of just 20 travellers.
- Style: Guided Small Group Journey (Luxury)
- Duration: 19 days/18 nights
- Starts in: Auckland
Guide Price £5804
per person (based on 2 adults sharing)
- Bay of Islands
- Fox Glacier
- Doubtful Sound
Day 1 Auckland
Arrive into Auckland and be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative at the airport who will transfer you to your hotel. This evening, meet your fellow companions for a welcome reception.
Days 2-3 Auckland to Bay of Islands
Start your journey with a city tour of Auckland before travelling to the Kauri Museum for an informative talk. Continue to Paihia in the heart of the Bay of Islands, visiting the Waitangi Treaty Grounds en route to hear the history of the famous treaty signed here. Day three is free day to explore this stunning region.
Day 4 Bay of Island to Auckland
This morning, climb aboard a luxury catamaran and cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep your eyes peeled for resident bottlenose dolphins, before travelling south back to Auckland.
Day 5 Auckland to Rotorua
Travel on board the Glenbrook Vintage Railway this morning for a 15km trip on a beautifully restored steam train. Enjoy morning tea at the station before continuing to Rainbow Springs in Rotorua to visit the Kiwi Encounter for a behind the scenes tour of the working hatchery.
Day 6 Rotorua
Ride the Skyline Gondola this morning and enjoy breakfast with spectacular views. Take the luge down and the visit the Agrodome for an insight into the world of sheep farming. The afternoon is free to explore this geothermal wonderland at your leisure, before enjoying a thrilling Maori cultural performance and hangi feast at Te Puia this evening.
Days 7-8 Rotorua to Wellington
Continue south via spectacular Huka Falls, scenic Lake Taupo and rugged Tongariro National Park en route to Wellington. On day eight, visit Te Papa National Museum and embark on a city tour.
Days 9-10 Wellington to Christchurch
Cross the Cook Strait through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. Board the Coastal Pacific for a spectacular rail journey between the Pacific Ocean and the Kaikoura Ranges, before re-joining the coach to continue to Christchurch. On day 10, tour the International Antarctic Centre and enjoy a city tour.
Day 11 Christchurch to Fox Glacier
Board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. Travel in style through breath taking gorges as you ascend to Arthur’s Pass. This evening, transfer by luxury coach to Fox Glacier where free time allows for an optional scenic flight over the glaciers.
Days 12-13 Fox Glacier to Queenstown
Travel south along the west coast to Queenstown, visiting Arrowtown en route. Day 13 is free to explore Queenstown as you wish. In the evening, board the vintage TSS Earnslaw steamship to cruise Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station for a barbecue dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead.
Day 14 Queenstown to Doubtful Sound
Cruise the glacial lake of Manapouri before continuing to Fiordland National Park to board the Fiordland Navigator for an amazing overnight cruise on the pristine waters of Doubtful Sound.
Days 15-16 Doubtful Sound to Dunedin
After a hearty breakfast, sail to Deep Cove and re-join the coach to travel to Te Anau for an afternoon at leisure. On day 16, travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin, famous for its Edwardian and Victorian architecture.
Day 17 Dunedin
Drive along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle for a guided tour of this historic landmark. Enjoy an Ultimate High Tea in the Grand Ballroom before returning to Dunedin for an afternoon city tour.
Days 18-19 Dunedin to Christchurch
Travel back north to Pleasant Point Museum & Railway to explore the preserved heritage of the South Canterbury railway. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travellers. After breakfast on day 19, transfer to the airport for your onward travels after a memorable holiday.
Departs:Selected departures, Sep - Dec 2020 & Jan - May 2021.
per person (based on 2 adults sharing)
- Meet & Greet at Auckland Airport
- Return transfers in New Zealand
- 18 nights 4+ accommodation including the Regent of Rotorua and The George, Christchurch
- 18 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 14 dinners including a hangi feast in Rotorua and morning tea in Larnach Castle
- International flights
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