A beautiful Itinerary that will allow you to explore all of New Zealand (South Island- North Island - Bay Of Islands) TOUR HIGHLIGHTS * Haggis Ceremony & Gift * Larnach Castle * Milford Sound Cruise & Lunch * *Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw * Lakes District Museum * TranzAlpine Rail Journey * * Cruise on the Interisland Ferry * Introduction to Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum * Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Luge Ride * Agrodome * Thermal Mud Pools & Geysers * * Traditional Maori Hangi & Concert * Dolphin/Hole in the Rock Cruise * Kauri Museum * * Sky Tower * City sights tour of Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington & Auckland
(B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner (SD) Specialty Dinner
DAY 1: Thursday 6th October 22 Home – Melbourne (D)
Today we board a Cardwell’s Vehicle and head to Melbourne where we stay overnight before catching an early morning flight. Hotel Best Western Airport Lodge
DAY 2: Friday 7th Melbourne – Christchurch (B,D)
Fly from Melbourne to Christchurch. On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel.
Hotel Quality Hotel Elms or similar
DAY 3: Saturday 8th Christchurch – Omarama (B,D)
After an introductory city sights tour depart Christchurch and travel through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water, visit The Church of the Good Shepherd and view the Sheep Dog Statue. Marvel at the spectacular mountain ranges including Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available (time and weather permitting) to enjoy a scenic flight (optional) over the Southern Alps before travelling to Omarama.
Hotel Heritage Gateway Hotel
DAY 4: Sunday 9th Omarama - Dunedin (B,SD)
Depart Omarama and see Lake Benmore, before following the Waitaki River to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue south to Dunedin and enjoy a city sights tour followed by some free time. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift.
Hotel Mercure Leisure Lodge
DAY 5: Monday 10th Dunedin - Te Anau (B,D)
This morning travel out along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Enjoy time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by a delicious Devonshire Tea. Farewell Dunedin and travel through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland and your overnight stay. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).
Hotel Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Room)
DAY 6: Tuesday 11th Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown (B,L)
Depart Te Anau for a fascinating drive to Milford Sound where you board your launch for a cruise on this magnificent fiord. See the spectacular Bowen Falls and towering Mitre Peak as you enjoy a picnic lunch. This afternoon travel to Queenstown, overlooking magical Lake Wakatipu. Spend the next two nights at this year round resort which offers a wide range of activities and attractions. This evening is free and you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.
Hotel Mercure Queenstown Resort (2 nights)
DAY 7: Wednesday 12th Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD)
Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Coach Captain & Tour Guide are available to assist with the many sightseeing options available, including the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour to Skippers Canyon or get up close to a Kiwi bird. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Sit back, relax and enjoy a gourmet barbecue dinner which the chef will prepare in front of you at the Colonel’s Homestead. After dinner enjoy a short farm tour then reboard the TSS Earnslaw for a sing along by the piano as you cruise back to Queenstown
DAY 8: Thursday 13th Queenstown - Arrowtown – Fox Glacier (B,D)
Travel to Arrowtown and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to the mighty West Coast, an area of stunning beauty. See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel north to the township of Fox Glacier. Time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers.
Hotel Heartland Hotel Glacier Country or Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier
DAY 9: Friday 14th Fox Glacier - Arthur’s Pass - Christchurch (B,D)
Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue into Arthur’s Pass and board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. View rivers and valleys as you travel through the Waimakariri Basin, over massive viaducts and through the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains to the elegant city of Christchurch. On arrival your coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.
Hotel Quality Hotel Elms or similar
DAY 10: Saturday 15th Christchurch - Picton - Wellington (B,D)
Travel along the East Coast to the seaside village of Kaikoura. Enjoy the spectacular scenery as you travel through Marlborough Country, famous for its food and wine. Continue to Picton, where you will board the Interislander Ferry for your journey through the Marlborough Sounds and across Cook Strait to Wellington.
Hotel Ibis Wellington (2 nights)
DAY 11: Sunday 16th Wellington (B)
A highlight this morning will be time to explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum with exhibits that embrace both Maori and European views. Reboard your coach for an extensive city tour which showcases the history and culture on show. Enjoy free time this afternoon and this evening is also free to choose your own dining arrangements.
DAY 12: Monday 17th Wellington - Taupo - Rotorua (B,D)
Depart Wellington and view the snow capped peaks of Mt Ruapehu and Mt Tongariro as you travel to Lake Taupo. Visit the spectacular Huka Falls then travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua.
Hotel Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (2 nights)
DAY 13: Tuesday 18th Rotorua (B,SD)
Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at the Skyline Rotorua. There is also time for a luge ride! Next stop is Agrodome for an action packed hour of farming entertainment and education that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Visit Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time this afternoon. This evening experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert.
DAY 14: Wednesday 19th Rotorua - Auckland - Bay of Islands (B,D)
This morning depart Rotorua and travel north via Auckland. Continue via Whangarei to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy an introduction to the Bay of Islands, location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British.
Hotel Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge (2 nights)
DAY 15: Thursday 20th Bay of Islands (B,D)
This morning cruise through the beautiful Bay of Islands on board a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins before returning to Paihia for a free afternoon. A range of optional activities are available or you may choose to relax and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of the waterfront. This evening is also free and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).
DAY 16: Friday 21st Bay of Islands - Auckland (B,D)
Depart the Bay of Islands this morning and travel via Whangarei and Dargaville to Matakohe. Enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum before continuing to Auckland for a city sights tour. This evening enjoy a final dinner with your new found friends.
Hotel Rydges Auckland
DAY 17: Saturday 22nd Auckland - Melbourne (B)
Time to say goodbye. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Melbourne where you will be met by a Cardwell’s representative and returned to your respective destinations after a memorable New Zealand holiday
$6112 Per Person Twin Share $1650 Single Supplement - FLIGHTS INCLUDED