12 Day New Zealand Discoverer

See all New Zealand has to offer as you explore the North & South Island. Highlights include visiting the glowworm caves of Waitomo, and Maori culture.

Day 1. Arrive Auckland
Be met on arrival into Auckland and transferred to your hotel, which is centrally located in the beautiful harbourside city of Auckland.
Copthorne Hotel Auckland City

Day 2. Auckland, Waitomo, Rotorua
Travel to Waitomo, home to the famous glowworm caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate a remarkable glow. Like a Local - discover the magical natural spectacle of Waitomo Caves with a local guide before continuing to Rotorua. Visit Te Puia - New Zealand’s premier cultural centre - and enjoy a guided tour of the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Then head over to the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley and witness the phenomenal natural spectacle of erupting geysers and bubbling mud pools. A Taste of New Zealand - later, at Te Puia, enjoy a Maori Hangi Feast with performances of song and dance. Delight in an evening of local customs and cheerful hospitality.
Two Nights: Copthorne Hotel Rotorua    B, FD

Day 3. Rotorua
Rotorua captures the essence of New Zealand with its geothermal geysers, fascinating Maori culture and rich heritage. A Taste of New Zealand - for an extraordinary start to your day, begin with a buffet breakfast aboard the Lakeland Queen as you cruise over the still blue waters of Lake Rotorua. Your sightseeing continues with a visit to one of New Zealand’s best-loved attractions, the Agrodome, with its entertaining sheep shearing demonstration. FB

Day 4. Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington
Meander along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Lake Taupo - the largest freshwater lake in Australasia - and thundering Huka Falls with its striking blue water. Later, travel south across the vast volcanic plateau of World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park en route to Wellington, the nation's capital.
Ibis Wellington Hotel   B

Day 5. Wellington, Cook Strait, Ashburton
The Cook Strait separates the North and South Islands and was named after Captain James Cook, the first European to sail across in 1770. Like a Local - this morning, enjoy one of the world’s most scenic voyages as the Interislander ferry traverses Cook Strait through the breathtaking Marlborough and Queen Charlotte Sounds. Here, you’ll weave through unspoilt islands and admire coastlines defined by tiny coves on the way to the seaside port of Picton. Continue through breathtaking scenery via Kaikoura, nestled at the foot of majestic mountains, to Ashburton.
Hotel Ashburton     BD

Day 6. Ashburton, Fox Glacier
Today, ascend into the Main Divide and journey through the towering, captivating Southern Alps. Continue along the coast to Westland National Park and see Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier. Over thousands of years, these remarkable natural wonders have created immense glacial valleys and their magnificent rivers of ice can be seen cascading through the lush rainforests.
Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier  BD

Day 7. Fox Glacier, Queenstown
Travel across the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps, skirting the tranquil shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea to the alpine resort of Queenstown. Special Stay - settle in for a two-night stay admiring the dramatic backdrop of mountains overlooking the waters of Lake Wakatipu.
Two Nights: Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview B

Day 8. Queenstown
Queenstown is perfect for adventurers and leisure-seekers alike with endless activities on offer within the city and its surrounds. Today, enjoy a day at leisure and explore.  B

Day 9. Queenstown, Fiordland National Park, Te Anau
Today, follow The Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu to Fiordland National Park. Journey along the Milford Road, thought to be one of the world’s best alpine drives, to Milford Sound. Like a Local - cruise Milford Sound, a magnificent fiord with views of cascading waterfalls, dense rainforest, sheer cliffs and the surrounding mountains of this World Heritage-listed area. Afterwards, make your way to your hotel and enjoy dinner.
Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau     BD

Day 10. Te Anau, Dunedin
Leaving the Fiordland region, today, you’ll journey through rolling Southland countryside before arriving in Dunedin. Enjoy a tour taking in the city’s most significant landmarks and learn of its rich history. Later, head to the nearby hills to take an intriguing tour of Lanarch Castle, New Zealand’s only castle. Steeped in scandal and tragedy, filled with magnificent antiques and offering breathtaking views, Lanarch Castle provides a memorable holiday highlight.
Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge   BD

Day 11. Dunedin, Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo
See the Moeraki Boulders. These large spherical stones were formed over 60 million years ago and can be found along a stretch of Koekohe Beach. Continue to Oamaru to see some of New Zealand’s finest 19th-century architecture. Like a Local - journey into Mt Cook National Park to view Australasia’s highest peak, Aoraki (Mt Cook). Special Stay - arrive at your hotel, situated on the shores of Lake Tekapo. A Taste of New Zealand - dine on fresh local produce at your Farewell Dinner.
Lake Tekapo, Peppers Bluewater Resort   B, FD

Day 12. Lake Tekapo, Depart Christchurch
Visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd, which was built as a tribute to the region’s early pioneers. Your tour concludes on arrival at Christchurch airport. B

Includes 17 delicious meals - Enjoy 10 Breakfasts (B), 4 Dinners (D), 1 Feature Breakfast (FB) and 2 Feature Dinners (FD)

 


 

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