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Royal Tourer New Zealand

FROM $7,495

Begin in Auckland, and travel to the subtropical Bay of Islands before making your way through Rotorua and across the picturesque Marlborough Sounds to the South Island.

  • DURATION 18 DAYS
  • TYPE LUXURY LAND JOURNEY
  • OPERATES VARIOUS DATES FROM AUG 2017 TO SEP 2018
  • DEPARTS Auckland

ITINERARY

DAY 1 Arrive Auckland

Your journey begins today in Auckland. Be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
Stay: Auckland, Grand Millennium Hotel

DAY 2 Auckland

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

After a morning at leisure, enjoy your selected sightseeing activity as you choose from a range of inclusions. Perhaps take a cruise on Waitemata Harbour, head off on a Waiheke Island wine tour, or explore the Auckland Museum. Alternatively, get up close to the marine life at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, or set off on a Wilderness Adventure into the Waitakere Rainforest. Others may prefer to take a trip to the harbourside suburb of Devonport. (BD)
Stay: Auckland, Grand Millennium Hotel

DAY 3 Auckland, Bay of Islands

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This afternoon, visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds where the original treaty between the British and Maori people was signed.
Cross Auckland’s Harbour Bridge and travel along the Hibiscus Coast. Stop at Matakohe’s Kauri Museum for an insight into the pioneering history of the country’s Northland region. Continue to the Bay of Islands where you’ll enjoy your Signature Experience. You’ll also enjoy a visit to the Maori Meeting House and War Canoe. (BD)
Stay:Bay of Islands, Copthorne Hotel and Resort

DAY 4 Bay of Islands, Auckland

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

Today, perhaps take a day tour to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s northernmost point, and visit the iconic lighthouse. Or maybe experience life aboard a tall ship. You may alternatively choose to embark on a dolphin-watching adventure, or enjoy a mini-tour of Russell. (B)
Stay:Bay of Islands, Copthorne Hotel and Resort

DAY 5 Bay of Islands, Auckland

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Explore the spectacular Bay of Islands on a dolphin-watching cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock.

Today, meander through the inner islands on your Signature Experience dolphin-watching cruise, and then relax during some time in a secluded bay. This evening, be treated to a special Pacific-themed dinner with New Zealand produce at the hotel. (BD)
Stay: Auckland, Grand Millennium Hotel

DAY 6 Auckland, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This evening, immerse yourself in Maori culture as you enjoy a traditional Hangi Feast and performance of song and dance.

Travel to Waitomo, home to the famous glowworm caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an eerie glow. Discover this natural wonder on a guided tour, before continuing to Rotorua for a traditional Hangi Feast.(BD)
Stay:Holiday Inn Rotorua, overlooking Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve

DAY 7 Rotorua

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

Perhaps visit the Agrodome Farm Show and head to Rainbow Springs for a kiwi encounter before a visit to the Te Puia Thermal Reserve. Alternatively, tour the Hobbiton Movie Set and gain an insight into the making of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Other options include a drive through forest and farmland to visit New Zealand’s largest boiling mud pool and colourful hot springs, a guided walk through Redwood Treewalk or learning about art, history and culture at Rotorua Museum.

Following breakfast, enjoy your sightseeing inclusion.(B)
Stay:Holiday Inn Rotorua, overlooking Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve

DAY 8 Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Dining

After checking into your hotel this evening, discover a range of tantalising local flavours with a choice of four tempting restaurants in which to dine.

Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway to the heart of New Zealand’s North Island this morning. View the Wairakei Steam Valley, Huka Falls and Lake Taupo. Later, travel across the vast volcanic plateau of World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park. Here you’ll discover hushed cerulean blue waters and daunting volcanic peaks. (BD)
Stay:Amora Hotel Wellington

DAY 9 Wellington

After breakfast, set off on a sightseeing tour taking you to the city’s best-loved landmarks and sights. Visit New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa, and take a look at the fascinating history of this country through the museum’s studded walls. Afterwards, ride Wellington’s classic Cable Car, uncovering a fresh aerial perspective of this coastal city.(B)
Stay:Amora Hotel Wellington

DAY 10 Wellington, Christchurch

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This morning, cruise across the stunning Cook Strait aboard the Interislander ferry. Traverse the waters of Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds, enjoying breathtaking views through to Picton.

Arriving in Picton, rejoin your coach and travel south towards Christchurch. Proudly holding the colloquial title of the Garden City, Christchurch is well known for its English heritage and botanic attractions. This evening, you enjoy a stay among the idyllic native gardens of the Commodore Hotel. (BD)
Stay:Commodore Hotel

DAY 11 Christchurch, TranzAlpine Train, Franz Josef

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This morning, board the TranzAlpine train for one of the world’s greatest rail adventures. Journey through the striking patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains before travelling across the magnificent Southern Alps within Arthur’s Pass National Park.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Take in the dramatic terrain and icy surrounds of the striking Franz Josef Glacier this afternoon.

Disembark the TranzAlpine train at Arthur’s Pass and travel by coach to Hokitika where you’ll enjoy the opportunity to see pounamu (jade) being skilfully carved into pieces of jewellery. After admiring Franz Josef Glacier, arrive at your luxury eco-resort where you will savour a delicious four-course degustation dinner. (BD)
Stay:Franz Josef, Te Waonui Forest Retreat

DAY 12 Franz Josef, Queenstown

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Dining

This evening for dinner, perhaps sample fresh produce at Finz seafood restaurant, or take a gondola ride to the Skyline Restaurant and enjoy remarkable views along with a delicious selection of food. Otherwise, you may cruise aboard the TSS Earnslaw and enjoy a delicious meal at The Great Kiwi Carvery, or dine at your hotel.

Enjoy a day of breathtaking scenery travelling along the Haast River. Afterwards, arrive in Queenstown, the country’s adventure capital where you can choose from four tempting restaurants.(BD)
Stay:Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

DAY 13 Queenstown

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

Perhaps embark on a Safari of the Scenes tour, and visit several sites where The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed. Alternately, thrill-seekers may enjoy a ride on the famous Shotover Jet Boat, a Skippers Canyon adventure, or a river safari along the Dart River. A tour of the country’s premier wine-producing region is another tempting option, as is a 4WD experience at Mt Nicholas, a bird walk through surrounding wilderness, and the leisurely Million Dollar Cruise across the waters of Lake Wakatipu.

Choose from a range of exciting sightseeing inclusions today. (B)
Stay:Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

DAY 14 Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a cruise that explores the full length of Milford Sound. As mountains encompass your surrounds, carve a course across the stunning waterway.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Tonight, enjoy a Taste of Fiordland Dinner, being treated to a unique local dining experience.

Embark on one of the most scenic drives today as you journey along the Milford Road. Wind down the Eglinton and Hollyford valleys, then drive through the Homer Tunnel to be met by the sight of Mitre Peak. Afterwards, enjoy a picturesque drive to the lakeside settlement of Te Anau.(BD)
Stay:Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

DAY 15 Te Anau, Dunedin

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

Perhaps tour Larnach Castle and Olveston House, or head to Dunedin’s beautiful railway station and board the Taieri Gorge Railway. Those who enjoy a beer might like to tour Speight’s Brewery. Alternatively, nature lovers can either visit an albatross colony, see penguins or take an off-road tour of the sweeping Otago Peninsula.

This morning, journey through rolling Southland countryside. Travel to Dunedin on the island’s east coast, a city known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’ because of its classic structures, including the only castle in New Zealand. Spend this afternoon how you like and select a Freedom of Choice activity.(BD)
Stay:Dunedin, Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

DAY 16 Dunedin, Mt Cook

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Discover Australasia’s highest peak in Aoraki Mt Cook National Park.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ – Sightseeing

In Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, you might like to visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, including a visit to the planetarium and a stargazing session. Alternatively, join a guided nature walk and discover the native flora and fauna. During the summer months, board a MAC boat and get up close to icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake.

Journey north and view the Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe Beach. These giant stones have been eroded for centuries by the changing tides, giving them a wondrous sleek touch. Continue to World Heritage-listed Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, where you can choose your activity.(BD)
Stay:Mt Cook, The Hermitage Hotel

DAY 17 Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo, Christchurch

Travel to picturesque Lake Tekapo today. Here, you’ll pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Later, travel through delightful scenery along Burkes Pass to Christchurch. In the evening, you’ll enjoy a memorable Farewell Dinner at your hotel. (BD)
Stay:Rydges Latimer Christchurch

DAY 18 Depart Christchurch

Today, your New Zealand adventure concludes after breakfast. Transfer to the airport and say farewell to your fellow travellers.(B)

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