New Zealand Splendour with Rural Homestay 2017

Tour Type: Country Explorer
Brochure Type: The Australia and New Zealand Book 2017

From Auckland to Christchurch, we see nature in its many forms: the Glow Worm Grotto, Franz Josef Glacier, the majestic Southern Alps and cruising Lake Wakatipu by vintage steamship. You'll enjoy Insider moments like? seeing the Maori treasure of pounamu (jade) skilfully carved into traditional ornaments. And having tea and exploring the grounds to views of the Tasman Sea, with the owners of historic home Shenandoah.

Sightseeing Highlights
  • City tour in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch.
  • Cruise on Cook Strait, Lake Wakatipu, Milford Sound.
  • View fur seals up-close at Ohau Point and the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train.
  • Visit the Tamaki Family Marae in Rotorua, historic Arrowtown and Franz Josef Glacier.
Dining Highlights
  • 14 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 11 dinners.
  • 1 Be My Guest lunch.
  • 1 Be My Guest afternoon tea.
First class travel Highlights
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most regions or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Porterage, local tips and charges
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays
  • All hotel charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights

Call (520) 445-6812 for more information or to book today! Mention code 13067006

Tour Operator
Trafalgar Tours
15 Days
Escorted - Yes
Day 1AucklandArrive Auckland: Welcome to Auckland! On arrival at Auckland Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4pm). This evening meet your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and dinner at 'Eight' at The Langham. Your personal degustation is prepared for you from the freshest, quality ingredients, including mouth-watering seafood and delicious desserts.Welcome Reception, Dinner
The Langham
Day 2RotoruaAuckland - Rotorua (2 Nights): After a sightseeing tour of Auckland, head south to visit the amazing Glow Worm Grotto. A Local Specialist will lead you through the grotto by boat and you'll walk in the limestone caves. Continue to Rotorua. Join your fellow travellers tonight for a special Maori Hangi feast and concert Regional Meal at the Tamaki Family Marae.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
Day 3RotoruaRotorua Sightseeing - Rural Homestay: Today your choice of sightseeing: join the Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs Nature Park; discover Maori culture at Te Puia Arts and Crafts Institute; see the Agrodome Farm Show; relax in the seclusion of your own hot mineral pool; unwind with a facial treatment in the Lake Spa Retreat at the Polynesian Spa; ride the amphibious Rotorua Duck or the luge at Rotorua Skyline. This evening you'll stay with a local family in a country home. On the homestay your hosts will provide wonderful Kiwi hospitality that makes you really feel 'at home'. You'll enjoy a wholesome dinner and a cooked breakfast, comfortable accommodation in the home or cottages and a tour to introduce you to the way of life. You can also choose to meet the animals including sheep, cows, deer and other others or simply relax with your hosts and enjoy the scenic surrounds. Please make your choice at time of booking.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
Rural Homestay
Day 4WellingtonRotorua - Wellington: View Huka Falls and drive along the shores of Lake Taupo. Discover the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park and the dairy farms of Manawatu. Visit Shenandoah for a Be My Guest experience. The historic villa's owners, Simon and Claudia, will show you around their property, which includes a unique private collection of Harley Davidson motor cycles. Enjoy afternoon tea in their garden then take a short tour to see the local wildlife. Continue to Wellington.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining, Dinner with wine
James Cook Grand Chancellor
Day 5BlenheimWellington - Blenheim: Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, for a Cultural Insight into Maori life. Later, cruise the Cook Strait into Queen Charlotte Sound. The seaside village of Picton is next, then Blenheim. This evening enjoy a 5 course Regional Meal prepared with local produce, paired with wines from the famous Marlborough region.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
Scenic Marlborough
Day 6hristchurchBlenheim - Christchurch: En route to the whale-watching haven of Kaikoura, you'll pass the Grassmere Salt Works and see New Zealand fur seals up close at Ohau Point. Travel to Christchurch over the patchwork Canterbury Plains.Buffet Breakfast
Day 7TwizelChristchurch - Twizel: Join us for a taste of country life at a Be My Guest barbecue lunch on Morelea Farm. You'll be welcomed into the home of your hosts Angie and Stan Taylor and their 600 acre garden. Later, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and soak up the alpine scenery of Mount Cook National Park.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining, Dinner with wine
MacKenzie Country Inn
Day 8DunedinTwizel - Dunedin: Start your day with a drive along the Waitaki River. View the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam then travel through Oamaru, with its famous white limestone buildings, to Dunedin for a tour of the city.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Scenic Southern Cross
Day 9Te AnauDunedin Sightseeing - Te Anau: Today your choice of sightseeing: tour Larnach Castle; ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway; take the Monarch Wildlife Cruise to see the Penguins and the Royal Albatross; visit Cadbury World or Speight's Brewery. Later, travel across farming land to the village of Te Anau, on the shores of Lake Te Anau.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Day 10QueenstownTe Anau - Queenstown (2 Nights): Amazing photo opportunities await you as you see rainforest, ancient glaciers, mountain ranges and the hand-made Homer Tunnel. Pass the Mirror Lake, Pop's Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm. Your cruise on mystical Milford Sound will take you past Bowen Falls and Mitre Peak. Afterwards, travel over the Devil's Staircase and along the shores of Lake Wakatipu on your way to Queenstown.Buffet Breakfast
Day 11QueenstownQueenstown Sightseeing: Today your choice of sightseeing: ride the Shotover Jet boat, join a wine tour, play 9 holes of golf; ride gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner or take a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand's oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Regional Meal at the Colonel's Homestead. Enjoy an entertaining sheep show between courses and later return to Queenstown to sample the festive nightlife.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
Day 12Franz JosefQueenstown - Franz Josef: Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown. Later, enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell, the stone fruit capital. See a trio of lakes, Dunstan, Hawea and Wanaka and travel over the Haast Pass to view amazing Thunder Creek Falls. Then it's on to Franz Josef Glacier.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Scenic Franz Josef Glacier
Day 13PunakaikiFranz Josef - Punakaiki: There's time to explore Franz Josef Glacier. Later, take a walk among rainforest giants on the West Coast Treetop Walkway. Depart for Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration with a Local Specialist. Later, travel to Punakaiki for a night in your eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Punakaiki Resort Authentic Accommodation
Day 14ChristchurchPunakaiki - Christchurch: At Arthur's Pass board the TranzAlpine train to journey through the Southern Alps to Christchurch. Celebrate your trip this evening at a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director.Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Day 15Depart ChristchurchDepart Christchurch: Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).Buffet Breakfast

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01/23/2018$5,175.00* (USD) / Land Price - FullQuote
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