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New Zealand Odyssey

FROM $8385

Discover the pristine beauty New Zealand has to offer. Let someone else take care of the driving so all your need to worry about is photographing the pristine landscapes of this beautiful country!

  • DURATION 20 Days
  • TYPE Luxury Guided Coach
  • OPERATES October - April
  • DEPARTS Auckland


DAY 1 Arrive Auckland

‘Haere Mai’…. Welcome to New Zealand. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your downtown city hotel.

Stay: Heritage Auckland Hotel

Day 2 Waiheke Island, Devonport

After a leisurely start to the day, a brief ferry ride brings us to Waiheke Island, a haven for vineyards, olive groves, art galleries and sandy beaches. Enjoy a special lunch at the beautiful Mudbrick Winery with its spectacular views over the Hauraki Gulf looking back to the city skyline. Later this afternoon, there is the opportunity to visit the historic and trendy seaside village of Devonport. (BL)

Stay: Heritage Auckland Hotel

Day 3 Hobbiton, Rotorua

Travel south to Matamata, home to the famous Hobbiton Movie Set. Situated on private farmland, you’ll be treated to a fun and interesting guided tour before continuing on to the geothermal city of Rotorua. Tonight, enjoy a lakeside BBQ at our hotel. (BD)

Stay: VR Lake Resort Okawa Bay.

Day 4 Exclisive Lake Rotoa Cruise & Te Wairoa Buried Village

Today’s highlight is an exclusive cruise across the serene, clear waters of Lake Rotoiti. Explore native bays and coves of the lake under sail on our luxury catamaran and bathe in the thermal waters of the Manupirua Pools, accessible only by boat. This afternoon, travel past the Blue & Green Lakes to the famous buried village of Te Wairoa. This evening, we visit Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and are treated to a traditional Maori hangi (feast) and cultural performance. (BD)

Stay: VR Lake Resort Okawa Bay.

Day 5 Lake Taupo - Napier

Stop to view the mighty Huka Falls & Wairakei Geothermal project and then take time to wander around the popular lakeside resort of Taupo. Continue on to Napier, one of the world’s finest Art Deco
cities. Here, your local guide will bring this fascinating architecture to life on your walk around the town this afternoon. (B)

Stay: The Crown Hotel

Day 6 Day at Leisure in the Hawkes Bay

Widely regarded as the ‘Tuscany of the South Pacific’, this region boasts some of New Zealand’s best and oldest wineries. Enjoy a free day to experience some of the many optional activities available or simply relax and enjoy your surroundings. This evening, we visit Craggy Range Winery in the stunning Tuki Tuki Valley for a sumptuous dinner in its French bistro inspired restaurant, ‘Terroir’. (BD)

Stay: The Crown Hotel

Day 7 Wairarapa, Wellington

Travel this morning through the rural heartland of the Wairarapa region en-route to Wellington, the nation’s capital, where you enjoy a brief sightseeing and orientation tour before checking into your accommodation. (B)

Stay: The Bolton Hotel

Day 8 Explore the Nations Capital.

Recently named the ‘coolest little capital in the world’ by Lonely Planet, Wellington is nestled between a sparkling harbour and rolling green hills and is renowned for its arts, heritage, culture and native beauty. A visit to Te Papa National Museum is highly
recommended as is a ride on the famous Cable Car up the hill to Kelburn for amazing views over the city. If you like action-packed adventure activities, Wellington has it all along with beautiful walks around the harbour and surrounding hills. (B)

Stay: The Bolton Hotel

Day 9 Picton & The Malborough Sounds

This morning we cruise across Cook Strait by Interislander ferry to the picturesque fishing village of Picton. At Havelock, we board our vessel for a scenic cruise to our remote resort located in the stunning Kenepuru Sound. For those who wish, an optional floatplane transfer & scenic flight to the lodge is available from Picton. (BD)

Stay: Raetihi Lodge

Day 10 Enjoy Kenepuru Sounds

A free day to relax & marvel at the magic that is the Marlborough Sounds. Lodge staff will share their love of the region with you through the wide range of water and nature based experiences they put at your fingertips. Complimentary fishing tackle, kayaks
& mountains bikes are provided at the lodge and there is a number of bush walks to enjoy. Or you can simply relax with a book & soak in the spectacular scenery. (BD)

Stay: Raetihi Lodge

Day 11 Blenheim, Kaikoura

Return to Havelock by water taxi and board our coach for the journey to the small coastal town of Kaikoura. Here you can enjoy an optional whale-watching adventure, swim with the dolphins or join local Maori for a unique, award winning cultural experience. (B)

Stay: White Morph Heritage Inn

Day 12 Lake Tekapo, Aoraki Mt Cook

Travel south across the Canterbury Plains and stop at beautiful Lake Tekapo to view the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Then travel up the western side of Lake Pukaki to the Mt Cook National Park, a World Heritage listed site. The park covers over 70,000 hectares of breathtaking alpine scenery. (BD)

Stay: Mt Cook Hermitage Hotel

Day 13 Tasman Glacier Expedition

Today we experience the Tasman Glacier in the most unique way possible. An experienced guide will whisk you away in a stable MAC Boat to explore the melting ice-face of the Tasman Glacier. Get up close to touch & taste 400-year old icebergs that have been carved
into the murky waters of the lake. Later today, there is time to enjoy one of the many bush walks and optional ski-plane and helicopter flights are available subject to weather conditions. (BD)

Stay: Mt Cook Hermitage Hotel

Day 14 Lindis Pass, Queenstown

Travel through the MacKenzie Country before beginning the ascent over the Lindis Pass and emerging into the lush green farmland that surrounds the spectacular alpine village of Queenstown, regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination. (B)

Stay: Heritage Queenstown Hotel

Day 15 Arrowtown, Amisfield Winery

Set beneath the rugged Crown Range is Arrowtown, a fascinating collection of mining cottages with an atmosphere straight out of last century. Enjoy time to stroll through this historic village. On to Amisfield Winery & Bistro overlooking Lake Hayes and back
dropped by the Remarkables mountain range. Enjoy a relaxing lunch featuring their signature “Trust the Chef” menu, their famous shared dining experience with dishes selected by the chef based on fresh produce available on the day. (BL)

Stay: Heritage Queenstown Hotel

Days 16 Milford Sound Nature Cruise

Your highlight today is a leisurely nature cruise of the breathtaking Milford Sound, cruising the full length of the fiord to the Tasman Sea. An on-board nature guide will give you detailed information of the region’s history, flora & fauna and you will view spectacular
waterfalls, rainforests and towering mountains, including the awesome Mitre Peak. Wildlife includes dolphins, seals, penguins & albatross when in season. (BL)

Stay: Heritage Queenstown Hotel *Overnight cruises on Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound are also available today subject to availability – ask us for details *

Day 17 Queenstown & surroundings

Enjoy a free day to experience this magnificent resort. Surrounded by majestic mountains, Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure & leisure activities in all forms, from extreme to relaxed exploration. Your coach captain will be happy to advise you on all the activities and options available. (B)

Stay: Heritage Queenstown Hotel

Day 18 Wanaka, Franz Josef Glacier

There is time to wander around the resort town of Lake Wanaka before enjoying incredible scenery as we travel past the untouched native forests and pristine lakes of the World Heritage Westland National Park. On to Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers where there is the opportunity to experience an optional scenic flight over this remarkable region (subject to weather conditions). (BD)

Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef

Day 19 Spectacular Transalphine Train, Christchurch

Head north along the dramatic West Coast, steeped in history dating back to the gold rush era of the 1800’s. This afternoon, we board the TranzAlpine train for a coast to coast rail adventure through the Southern Alps, rated as one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. On arrival we transfer to our resort hotel for
a farewell dinner. (BD)

Stay: Peppers Clearwater Resort

Day 20 Depart Christchurch

Your holiday ends today and you will be transferred to Christchurch airport to connect with your onward flight home. (B)


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