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Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland, New ZealandFranz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland, New Zealand
Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Rating: Read Reviews
  • Brochure: Australia and New Zealand 2014
  • Style: Discovery
  • Description: Visit the amazing Glow Worm Grotto at Waitomo Caves and experience Maori culture at a Be My Guest Hangi feast and concert in Rotorua. Gain an insight into country life at a Be My Guest lunch on a local farm. Take a Milford Sound cruise, view the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier and board the famous TranzAlpine train at Arthur's Pass on your journey through the Southern Alps to end your New Zealand trip in Christchurch.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    On arrival at Auckland Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and ‘Highlight Dinner’ at The Langham.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception / Dinner)

    Hotel: The Langham (D)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    After a sightseeing tour of Auckland, head south to the Waitomo Caves to visit the amazing Glow Worm Grotto. A Local Expert will lead you through the grotto by boat and you’ll walk in the limestone caves. Your journey continues to Rotorua. Join your fellow travellers tonight for a special Be My Guest Maori Hangi feast and concert at the Tamaki Family Marae.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

    Hotel: Millennium (MD)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 3


    Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Join the Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, discover Maori culture at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, see the Agrodome Sheep Show, relax in the seclusion of your own hot mineral pool or unwind with a facial treatment in the Lake Spa Retreat at the Polynesian Spa. Maybe ride the amphibious Rotorua Duck or the luge at Rotorua Skyline.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 4


    Travelling from the mountains to the sea, you’ll 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. Continue along the Kapiti Coast to Wellington. See the city from Mt. Victoria on your sightseeing tour.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: James Cook Grand Chancellor (SF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, with time to discover a Unique Insight into Maori culture. Later, cruise the Cook Strait into tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound. The seaside village of Picton is next, then to Blenheim for a city tour on arrival.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Scenic Hotel Marlborough (SF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    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 and see the extensive work carried out to rebuild the city after the earthquake of February 2011.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Novotel (SF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 7


    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. Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and soak up the alpine scenery of Mount Cook National Park.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining / Dinner)

  • Day 8


    Start your day with a drive along the Waitaki River. View the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel through Oamaru, with its famous white limestone buildings, to Dunedin for a tour of the city. This afternoon choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Tour Larnach Castle, ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway or take the Monarch Wildlife Cruise to see the Penguins and the Royal Albatross. Or choose from a visit to Cadbury World or Speight's Brewery.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (SF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 9


    Travel across rich fertile sheep-filled farming land to Te Anau on the shores of Lake Te Anau, the South Island's largest lake.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Distinction (SF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 10


    You’ll be awe-struck by the magnificence of the World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park. 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. An orientation tour of New Zealand’s adventure capital finishes this highlight day.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Millennium (MD)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 11


    Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Ride the Thunder Jet on Lake Wakatipu, join a wine tour, play a round of golf or take a gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner. Perhaps take a 4WD minibus through Skippers Canyon, relax with a spa treatment at Millbrook Resort, go horse riding or explore Queenstown on a Segway. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand's oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak Station for a carvery Highlight Dinner at the Colonel's Homestead.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)

  • Day 12


    Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown on the Arrow River. Enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell, the stone fruit capital, a Local Speciality. See a trio of lakes, Dunstan, Hawea and Wanaka. Travel over the Haast Pass and view amazing Thunder Creek Falls. Then it’s on to Franz Josef Glacier, the world’s most accessible and still advancing glacier.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (SF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 13


    See Franz Josef Glacier from the air on an optional flight (weather permitting) or take a glacier hike! Depart for Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), a Local Speciality, for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration. Later, travel to Punakaiki for a night in your Authentic Accommodation right on the waterfront.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Punakaiki Resort (SF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 14


    Travel to Arthur’s Pass where you’ll 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 and fellow travellers.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

    Hotel: Novotel (SF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 15


    Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Enjoy a Maori Hangi dinner at the Tamaki Family Marae in Rotorua.
  • Be My Guest Sample a taste of country life with a barbecue lunch on a working farm in Canterbury.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Watch skilled artisans carving greenstone (jade) in Hokitika.
  • Local Speciality Taste the sumptuous stone fruit at Mrs. Jones’ Orchard at Cromwell.
  • Local Expert Tour the Glow Worm Grotto at the Waitomo Caves.
  • Local Expert Explore Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland in Rotorua.
  • Unique Insight Explore New Zealand’s nature, art, history and cultural heritage at Te Papa.
  • Authentic Accommodation Stay at an exclusive resort on the waterfront at Punakaiki with the Tasman Sea before you and the National Park behind.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Waitomo CavesGuided tour through the Glow Worm Grotto.
  • Wai-O-Tapu Thermal WonderlandGuided tour through the thermal reserve.
  • Te PapaVisit the Museum of New Zealand.
  • Mt. CookSee the tallest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Milford soundCruise on this natural wonder.
  • Franz Josef GlacierView the magnificent glacier.
  • TranzAlpine TrainJourney through the Southern Alps.
  • PunakaikiSee the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes.


  • 14 hot buffet breakfasts
  • Be My Guest lunch in Canterbury.
  • 11 evening meals:
    • Welcome Reception and dinner with your Travel Director in Auckland.
    • 7 three-course dinners.
    • Highlight Dinner in Queenstown.
    • Be My Guest dinner with local wine in Rotorua.
    • Farewell Dinner in Christchurch.

Travel Highlights

  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.

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