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Best of New Zealand Including Farmstay

18 Days 2 Countries 13 Cities

See and taste the best of New Zealand, from Cape Brett in the North to Dunedin in the South Island.

"Thank you for a wonderful experience"

Ashley

About this trip

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.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: ZABCF

17 Nights

accommodation

31 Meals
  • 17 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 1 Be My Guest lunch.

  • 1 Be My Guest afternoon tea.

  • 12 dinners

On-trip Transport

All transport shown. All transfers shown.

Best of New Zealand Including Farmstay

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive 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.

Meal(s)
Welcome Reception
Hotel
The Langham

2. Auckland - Bay of Islands (2 Nights)

Head out of Auckland to the Hibiscus Coast. Walk among the Kauri trees at Parry Kauri Park. Explore Whangarei, the northern-most city in New Zealand, and then it's off to the Bay of Islands. Experience natural wonders and spectacular scenery as you cruise to Cape Brett and through the 'Hole in the Rock'.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine
Hotel
Copthorne Resort

3. Bay of Islands Sightseeing

Today your choice of sightseeing: discover the new wine-producing of Kerikeri; take a tour to historic Russell; go sailing on a tall ship; take a dolphin-watching cruise on the bay; play a round of golf or enjoy a dinner cruise on the Waitangi River.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

4. Bay 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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Regional Meal
Hotel
The Langham

5. Auckland - 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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Regional Meal
Hotel
Millennium

6. Rotorua 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 Sheep 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. 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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

7. Rotorua - 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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining
Dinner with wine
Hotel
James Cook Grand Chancellor

8. Wellington - 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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Regional Meal
Hotel
Scenic Marlborough

9. Blenheim - 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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Hotel
Novotel

10. Christchurch - Twizel

Join us for a taste of country life at a Be My Guest barbecue lunch on Morelea Farm. You'll be welcomed by Angie and Stan Taylor into their 600 acre garden. Later 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 with wine
Hotel
MacKenzie Country Inn

11. Twizel - 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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine
Hotel
Scenic Southern Cross

12. Dunedin 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, cross rich fertile sheep-filled farming land to Te Anau.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine
Hotel
Distinction

13. Te 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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Hotel
Millennium

14. Queenstown Sightseeing

Today your choice of sightseeing: ride the Shotover Jet boat; join a wine tour; play 9 holes of golf; ride a gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner; take a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon; relax with a spa treatment at Millbrook Resort or go horse riding. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand's oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a Regional Meal at the Colonel's Homestead.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Regional Meal

15. Queenstown - 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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine
Hotel
Scenic Franz Josef Glacier

16. Franz Josef - Punakaiki

There's time to explore Franz Josef Glacier. 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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine
Hotel
Punakaiki Resort Authentic Accommodation

17. Punakaiki - Christchurch

Board the TranzAlpine train and travel through the Southern Alps to Christchurch. Celebrate your trip with a Farewell Dinner.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Dinner
Hotel
Novotel

18. Depart Christchurch

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

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Authentic Accommodation
    on the Tasman Sea coast.

  • Be My Guest
    with your hosts Simon and Claudia on their historic property Shenandoah and at Morelea Farm.

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, and learn about traditions of the Maori.

  • Local Specialists
    with a jade (greenstone) carver and an expert guide in the Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.


What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Auckland, Wellington, Blenheim, Dunedin.

    • Visit Parry Kauri Park, the Bay of Islands, Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Franz Josef Glacier.

    • Cruise in Bay of Islands, on the Cook Strait, on Lake Wakatipu and Milford Sound.

    • View the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train.


What's Included

Dining

    • 17 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 1 Be My Guest lunch.

    • 1 Be My Guest afternoon tea.

    • 12 dinners


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • 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


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


Why Trafalgar?

The Trafalgar Experience

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Enjoy

Enjoy the wonder of travel, crisscrossing the globe through the seasons. On effortless adventures in breathtaking new horizons, forge lifelong friendships and memories. Our lovingly crafted itineraries are a fascinating mosaic of cultures, flavours, festivals and local stories. We’re with you all the way, guiding you and ensuring you experience the real thing: the sheer love of travel, entirely hassle-free.


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"Is simply the best way to position what our guests love to experience and what we love to deliver" - Gavin Tollman CEO


Meet

Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


Taste

Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


Unwind

Once you've packed your suitcase, we take care of the rest, removing all your concerns so that you can be secure in the knowledge that an award-winning global company with an impeccable reputation has taken care of every little detail. We arrange everything you'll need along your journey - meals, accommodation and travel logistics, because we are with you all the way. Travel the world with peace of mind, knowing you’re in the hands of Trafalgar.


Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 4 Reviews

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : Our coach driver Nathan and tour director Mel were excellent. Their personal commentary was excellent and you got an overlook of growing up in New Zealand.Product : The farmstay was great you got a look into the daily lives of the people who live there, which was excellent.

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : It was a very large group. I prefer smaller groups. They were all compatible but I like smaller. I will ask about size next time.Product : Enjoyed all. We had excellent tour director and bus driver. That does make a big difference. A few more late starts would be appreciated but

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : It was an excellent, wonderful tour of our life and Trafalgar made it even better by providing us beautiful resorts, hotels, delicious dinners with drinks and sumptuous breakfasts. The couple of accomodations were ocean front and couple lake front. The motor coach was nice with

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : The service was excellent,the trip was fantastic.Attention to detail was first class plus our guide and driver were second to none.Would book with with you without hesitation.Product : See comments above they confirm our pleasure with the overall experience

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