17 Day New Zealand Wonderland
17 Day New Zealand Wonderland
Discover the many highlights of New Zealand on this 17 day excursion, which provides the perfect opportunity to tailor your visit to suit your own preferences with a number of 'Freedom of Choice' options along the way
Tour highlights
  • Cruise the Bay of Islands and pay a visit to the Hole in the Rock
  • Visit the famous Waitomo Caves to admire the glowworms
  • Take a ride on the famous TranzAlpine train
  • Enjoy the unspoilt wilderness of the Milford Sound and pay a visit to Mount Cook
  • Swim with dolphins, a tour of Auckland, take a jetboat ride or enjoy wine tasting amongst the available options on a 'Freedom of Choice' day
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Day 1: Arrive Auckland
Meet and transfer to your hotel where a selection of 'Freedom of Choice' touring options are available. Visit the Auckland Museum, climb the Harbour Bridge of take a cruise around Waitemata Harbour.
  • Rendezvous Grand Hotel
Day 2: Auckland - Bay of Islands
Travel along the Hibiscus Coast and visit both the Matakohe Kauri Museum and Waipoua Forest Reserve as you head to the Bay of Islands. Once there, take a guided tour of the Waitangi Reserve, where the founding document of modern New Zealand was signed back in 1840.
  • Breakfast and Featured Meals: Copthorne Waitangi Resort (B)
  • Meals as Specified: Copthorne Waitangi Resort (B)
Day 3: Bay of Islands
Choose from an extensive range of 'Freedom of Choice' options, including a drive along the sands of Ninety Mile Beach, tall ship sailing or the chance to swim with dolphins.
  • Breakfast and Featured Meals: Copthorne Waitingi Resort (B)
  • Meals as Specified: Copthorne Waitingi Resort (B)
Overnight cruise option available – ask for details
Day 4: Bay of Islands - Auckland
Explore the Bay of Islands further with a cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock before returning to Auckland for a special dinner.
  • Breakfast and Featured Meals: Rendezvous Grand Hotel (B)
  • Meals as Specified: Rendezvous Grand Hotel (B)
Day 5: 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)
  • Meals as Specified: Holiday Inn Rotorua (B)
Day 6: 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 Specified: Holiday Inn Rotorua (B)
Country homestay option available – ask for details
Day 7: 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)
  • Meals as Specified: Amora Hotel (B)
Day 8: Wellington
Choose from a selection of 'Freedom of Choice' options to discover more about the capital city, including a highlights tour, a visit to Zealandia or the opportunity to visit some locations from the 'Lord of the Rings' films. Your evening is then free to sample one of the many impressive restaurants around the city.
  • Breakfast and Featured Meals: Amora Hotel (B)
  • Meals as Specified: Amora Hotel (B)
Day 9: 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: Methven Resort, Methven (B)
  • Meals as Specified: Methven Resort, Methven (B)
Day 10: 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: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef (B)
  • Meals as Specified: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef (B)
Day 11: 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)
  • Meals as Specified: Novotel Lakeside (B)
Day 12: 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.
  • Breakfast and Featured Meals: Novotel Lakeside (B)
  • Meals as Specified: Novotel Lakeside (B)
Day 13: 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)
  • Meals as Specified: Distinction Hotel Te Anau (B)
Day 14: 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)
  • Meals as Specified: Scenic Hotel Dunedin (B)
Day 15: 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)
  • Meals as Specified: The Hermitage, Mount Cook (B)
Day 16: 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: Ashley Hotel, Riccarton (B)
  • Meals as Specified: Ashley Hotel, Riccarton (B)
Day 17: Canterbury - Christchurch
Spend time at leisure before transferring to Christchurch Airport for your return home
  • Breakfast and Featured Meals: (B)
  • Meals as Specified: (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.
  • 16 nights accommodation in first-class hotels
  • Sightseeing & touring as shown (excl. optional items)
  • Meals as shown (B=breakfast, D=dinner, FD=feature dinner)
  • International flights in Tour Only prices

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