14 Day New Zealand Highlighter
14 Day New Zealand Highlighter
A fantastic way to discover New Zealand, this 14 day tour allows you see the sights of both the North and South islands, with a range of 'Freedom of Choice' options allowing you to tailor the holiday to your own preferences
Tour highlights
  • See the sights of Auckland on arrival
  • Visit the famous Waitomo Caves to admire the glowworms
  • Explore the vibrant capital city with a day touring Wellington
  • Take a ride on the famous TranzAlpine train
  • Enjoy the unspoilt wilderness of the Milford Sound and see the majestic Mount Cook
  • Choose from options suitable for thrill and leisure seekers alike on a day in Queenstown
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Day 1: Auckland
Arrive in Auckland and choose from a range of options for a welcome activity before a welcome dinner.
  • (D)
Day 2: Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua
Leave Auckland behind to travel south for the Waitomo Caves, where you can experience the mystical glowworms that light the way. Then head for Rotorua to immerse yourself in the local culture with an authentic Maori Hangi feast.
  • Breakfast and Featured Meals: Holiday Inn Rotorua (B,FD)
  • Meals as Stated: Holiday Inn Rotorua (B,FD)
Day 3: Rotorua
Choose from a range of 'Freedom of Choice' activities around Rotorua, with the chance to visit the Te Puia geothermal reserve, the Agrodome sheep show or take a relaxing visit to a Polynesian Spa for treatments and a leisurely soak.
  • Breakfast and Featured Meals: Holiday Inn Rotorua (B)
  • Meals as Stated: Holiday Inn Rotorua (B)
Country homestay option available – ask for details
Day 4: Rotorua - Wellington
Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway as you head for the heart of the North Island, stopping off to witness the awesome power of the spectacular Huka Falls and to admire the beauty of Lake Taupo. Then it’s time to journey across the vast plateau of the World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park before arriving in Wellington.
  • Breakfast and Featured Meals: Amora Hotel (B,D)
  • Meals as Stated: Amora Hotel (B,D)
Day 5: Wellington
Explore the capital of New Zealand on a sightseeing tour, which takes in the Parliament buildings and Oriental Bay. Visit Te Papa, the museum of New Zealand, and ride the cable car that gives fantastic views across the city before spending the remainder of the day at leisure.
  • Breakfast and Featured Meals: Amora Hotel (B)
  • Meals as Stated: Amora Hotel (B)
Day 6: Wellington - Kaikoura - Christchurch
Cruise across the Cook Straight through the stunning Marlborough Sounds to Picton and arrival on the South Island. Then pay a visit to the whale watching town of Kaikoura.
  • Breakfast and Featured Meals: Cotswolds Heartland Hotel, Christchurch (B,D)
  • Meals as Stated: Cotswolds Heartland Hotel, Christchurch (B,D)
Day 7: Christchurch - Franz Josef
Enjoy a stunning scenic trip on the famous TranzAlpine train to Arthur’s Pass, before continuing on by coach to Hokitika and the impressive Franz Josef Glacier.
  • Breakfast and Featured Meals: Franz Josef Te Waonui Forest Retreat (B,D)
  • Meals as Stated: Franz Josef Te Waonui Forest Retreat (B,D)
Day 8: Franz Josef - Queenstown
Take in the stunning beauty of the scenery as you leave Franz Josef to head down the West Coast before heading over the Haast Pass to Queenstown, where you have the choice of dining at four different eateries. 
  • Breakfast and Featured Meals: Novotel Lakeside (B,FD)
  • Meals as Stated: Novotel Lakeside (B,FD)
Day 9: Queenstown
A day where you can make the most of a 'Freedom of Choice' option to explore Queenstown further, with garden tours, wine tasting, a jetboat ride on the Shotover River or a bus tour to gold-mining Arrowtown being amongst your choices. There’s something for everyone.
  • Breakfast and Featured Meals: Novotel Lakeside (B)
  • Meals as Stated: Novotel Lakeside (B)
Day 10: Queenstown - Milford - Te Anau
Take in the scenery as you travel through the Remarkables mountain range to Fiordland National Park for a cruise in the beautiful, unspoilt wilderness of Milford Sound.
  • Breakfast and Featured Meals: Distinction Hotel Te Anau (B,D)
  • Meals as Stated: Distinction Hotel Te Anau (B,D)
Day 11: Te Anau - Dunedin
Travel through the countryside to Dunedin for another 'Freedom of Choice' day, where you could elect to take a trip on the Taieri Gorge Railway, tour Speight’s Brewery of see the wildlife on the Otago Peninsula.
  • Breakfast and Featured Meals: Scenic Hotel Dunedin (B,D)
  • Meals as Specified: Scenic Hotel Dunedin (B,D)
Day 12: Dunedin - Mount Cook
Hear the Maori legend about the giant Moeraki Boulders before heading inland to Mount Cook National Park, where your 'Freedom of Choice' options include guided walks, a glacier cruise or a visit to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.
  • Breakfast and Featured Meals: The Hermitage, Mount Cook (B,D)
  • Meals as Stated: The Hermitage, Mount Cook (B,D)
Day 13: Mount Cook - Canterbury Plains
Travel back to the Canterbury region along the alpine shores of Lake Tekapo, paying a visit to the famous Church of the Good Shepherd as you pass.
  • Breakfast and Featured Meals: Copthorne Commodore Hotel, Christchurch (B,D)
  • Meals as Stated: Copthorne Commodore Hotel, Christchurch (B,D)
Day 14: Canterbury - Christchurch
Spend time at leisure before transferring to Christchurch Airport for your return home
  • Breakfast and Featured Meals: (B)
  • Meals as Stated: (B)
All content and services, including overnight hotels and number of nights, are subject to change and may vary from the inclusions as shown in the itinerary. Specified hotels/content/services are therefore not guaranteed, however we and our suppliers undertake to ensure that any alternatives provided will always be of a similar standard or content/service type.
  • 13 nights accommodation in first-class hotels
  • Sightseeing & touring as shown (excl. optional items)
  • Meals as shown (B=breakfast, L=Lunch, D=dinner, FD=feature dinner)
  • Tours departing prior to 1 October 2014 follow a different itinerary
  • International flights in Tour Only prices

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