Best of New Zealand 2017

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

North and South Island with must-sees all the way, from the cityscapes of Auckland to the barren landscapes of Desert Road, serene Milford Sound to the jagged pancake rocks of Punakaiki.You'll enjoy Insider moments like? discovering Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw. Operating on the lake for 100 years, you'll discover its history before a delicious dinner of local produce, and a moonlit cruise back to iconic Queenstown.

Sightseeing Highlights
  • City tour in Auckland, Wellington, Blenheim, Dunedin.
  • Cruise in Bay of Islands, on the Cook Strait, on Lake Wakatipu and Milford Sound.
  • View the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train.
  • Visit Parry Kauri Park, the Bay of Islands, Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Franz Josef Glacier.
Dining Highlights
  • 17 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 12 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 13067032

Tour Operator
Trafalgar Tours
18 Days
Escorted - Yes
Day 1AucklandArrive Auckland: Welcome to Auckland! On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4pm). You're free to explore Auckland before an evening Welcome Reception with your Travel Director.Welcome Reception
The Langham
Day 2Bay of IslandsAuckland - Bay of Islands (2 Nights): Journey through Orewa and along the scenic Hibiscus Coast. Enjoy a stop at Parry Kauri Park then it's on to Whangarei, the northern-most city in New Zealand. Your final destination is the Bay of Islands. Experience natural wonders and spectacular scenery as you cruise to Cape Brett and through the 'Hole in the Rock'.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Copthorne Resort (Water View)
Day 3Bay of IslandsBay of Islands Sightseeing: Today your choice of sightseeing: discover local wineries in Kerikeri; take a guided walk through historic Russell; sail aboard a tall ship at sunset; go dolphin-watching on the bay or enjoy a scenic dinner cruise on the Waitangi River.Buffet Breakfast
Day 4AucklandBay of Islands - Auckland: Relax this morning before you return to Auckland. This evening join your Travel Director for a Regional Meal at 'Eight' at The Langham. Your personal degustation is prepared for you from the freshest, quality ingredients, including mouth-watering seafood and delicious desserts.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
The Langham
Day 5RotoruaAuckland - 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. Tonight experience a Maori Hangi feast Regional Meal and concert at the Tamaki Family Marae.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
Day 6RotoruaRotorua Sightseeing - Rural Homestay: Today your choice of sightseeing: join the Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs Nature Park; discover Maori culture at Te Puia Maori 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 nearby country home. 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 and a tour to introduce you to the way of life.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
Rural Homestay
Day 7WellingtonRotorua - 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 afternoon tea. 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. Take a short tour to see the local wildlife then continue to Wellington.Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining, Dinner with wine
James Cook Grand Chancellor
Day 8BlenheimWellington - Blenheim: Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, for a Cultural Insight into Maori life. Later, cruise the Cook Strait into tranquil 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 wine from the famous Marlborough region.Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
Scenic Marlborough
Day 9ChristchurchBlenheim - Christchurch: En route to the whale-watching haven of Kaikoura, you'll see New Zealand fur seals up close at Ohau Point. Travel over the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.Buffet Breakfast
Day 10TwizelChristchurch - Twizel: Join us for a taste of country life at a Be My Guest barbecue lunch on Morelea Farm, a typical working sheep farm. You'll be welcomed into the home of your hosts Angie and Stan Taylor and their 600 acre garden. Hear their stories and sample delicious food prepared just for you. Later see Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, 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 11DunedinTwizel - Dunedin: Drive along the Waitaki River and view the Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam, then through Oamaru to Dunedin for a tour of the city.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Scenic Southern Cross
Day 12Te AnauDunedin Sightseeing - Te Anau: Today your choice of sightseeing: tour Larnach Castle; ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway; take the Monarch Wildlife Cruise; tour Cadbury World or Speight's Brewery. Later, travel across farming land to the South Island's largest lake and the town of Te Anau.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Day 13QueenstownTe Anau - Queenstown (2 Nights): You'll be awe-struck by the magnificence of the World Heritage Fiordland National Park. Your cruise on mystical Milford Sound will take you past Bowen Falls and Mitre Peak. Afterwards, travel over the Devil's Staircase, along the shores of Lake Wakatipu on your way to Queenstown.Buffet Breakfast
Day 14QueenstownQueenstown 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 15Franz JosefQueenstown - Franz Josef: Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown. Enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell then see a trio of lakes, Dunstan, Hawea and Wanaka. Travel over the Haast Pass and on to Franz Josef Glacier.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Scenic Franz Josef Glacier
Day 16PunakaikiFranz 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 17ChristchurchPunakaiki - Christchurch: Board the TranzAlpine train and travel through the Southern Alps to Christchurch. Celebrate your trip with a Farewell Dinner.Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Day 18Depart 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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02/24/2018$6,075.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
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