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New Zealand Splendour

15 Days 1 Country 12 Cities

Take a Milford Sound cruise and view the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier in this Discoveries trip.

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15 Days 1 Country 12 Cities

New Zealand Splendour

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    • *Air: Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.
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      • *Air: Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.
      • This trip is operated in conjunction with our sister company and South Pacific Specialists - AAT Kings.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, South Africa, Kenya & Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

      Your adventure through New Zealand's soul-stirring natural landscapes will take you past spectacular glaciers and alpine peaks, culminating in a vintage encounter with TSS Earnslaw on Lake Wakatipu.


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      Trip code: ZAAC

      14 Nights

      accommodation

      26 Meals
      • 14 hot buffet breakfasts.

      • 1 lunch (Connect with Locals)

      • 11 dinners.

      On-trip Transport

      Internal flights not included.

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      Highlights

      What's Included

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        • City tour in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch.

        • Cruise on Cook Strait, Lake Wakatipu and Milford Sound.

        • View fur seals up-close at Ohau Point and the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train.

        • Visit the Tamaki Māori Village in Rotorua, historic Arrowtown and Franz Josef Glacier


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      Dining

        • 14 hot buffet breakfasts.

        • 1 lunch (Connect with Locals)

        • 11 dinners.


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

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • Porterage, local tips and charges

        • 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


       

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      Auckland - Rotorua (2 Nights)

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      Queenstown - Franz Josef

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      Franz Josef - Punakaiki

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      Punakaiki - Christchurch

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      Depart Christchurch

      Day 1

      Arrive Auckland Day 1 - Arrive Auckland

      Auckland extends a warm welcome as you transfer to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4pm) and spend the day discovering why this North Island hotspot has justifiably earned its reputation as the City of Sails. Later, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and Regional Meal at your hotel.

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      The Cordis

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      • Welcome Reception
      • Regional Meal

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      The Cordis

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception
      • Regional Meal

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      Auckland - Rotorua (2 Nights) Day 2 - Auckland - Rotorua (2 Nights)

      See the iconic and unexpected highlights of Auckland during a sightseeing tour, then head south to the Glow Worm Grotto of Waitomo. Admire the luminescent walls that guide your boat tour through its glimmering depths in the company of a 'Local Specialist' and embark on a walk through the limestone caves to see its exquisite natural formations. Continue to the heritage hub of Rotorua, where you'll take an orientation tour against the backdrop of Lake Rotorua.

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      Millennium

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      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Millennium

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      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Rotorua Sightseeing Day 3 - Rotorua Sightseeing

      Today your choice of sightseeing: unwind at the Polynesian Spa; visit Te Puia and tour through the Whakawerawera Thermal Reserve; take a fascinating tour to discover the wizardry behind the Hobbiton movie set or explore Rotorua and its three lakes in an amphibious WWII-era Duck. Tonight, Māori culture and traditions take centre stage on a visit to the Tamaki Maori Village. 'Dive into Culture' as you wander through the ancient forest village and learn about the Māori way of life, followed by a concert featuring local performers. You'll also have an opportunity to savour the flavours of an authentic Hangi Regional Meal, steamed underground in the traditional way.

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      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

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      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

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      Rotorua - Wellington Day 4 - Rotorua - Wellington

      Cross forest-clad landscapes and lush farmland to the raging waters of Huka Falls, which feeds New Zealand's largest lake, Lake Taupo. Continue your journey south, over the central plateau and along the rolling Kapiti Coast to New Zealand's capital city, Wellington. This evening, you'll 'Dive into Culture' during an exclusive guided tour of Te Papa Museum of New Zealand followed by a Regional Meal savouring local flavours.

      Hotel

      James Cook Grand Chancellor

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

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      James Cook Grand Chancellor

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

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      Day 5

      Wellington - Blenheim Day 5 - Wellington - Blenheim

      Explore the Capital of Cool on your terms this morning with some free time to see such highlights as the Parliament buildings or savour the aromas of Welly's coffee culture. This afternoon, take to the tranquil waters of Queen Charlotte Sound after crossing Cook Strait. You'll visit seaside Picton and stop in Blenheim where this evening your Regional Meal is prepared from local produce, paired with the delicate Sauvignon Blanc flavours that have made the Marlborough wine region famous.

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      Chateau Marlborough

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

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      Chateau Marlborough

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

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      Blenheim - Christchurch Day 6 - Blenheim - Christchurch

      Delve into the whaling heritage of Kaikoura, where sperm whales can often be seen not far from shore. Journey along the Pacific Ocean coast and across the colourful Canterbury Plains to Christchurch, a city revealing an effortless fusion of modern verve and the elegance of yesteryear.

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      Distinction

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      • Buffet Breakfast

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      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Christchurch - Twizel Day 7 - Christchurch - Twizel

      Visit Morelea to 'Connect with Locals' over a Be My Guest barbecue lunch, meeting your hosts Angie and Stan Taylor who will share insights into a lifetime spent farming in New Zealand. The flavours of Angie's famous pavlova will linger as you continue to the soul-stirring landscapes of Lake Tekapo to view the little stone-hewn Church of the Good Shepherd. Consider taking to the skies on an Optional Experience scenic flight over Mt. Cook, the Southern Alps and on to Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. Mountain country beckons and your final stop today is in the heart of Mackenzie Country.

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      MacKenzie Country

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner with wine

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      MacKenzie Country

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner with wine

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      Twizel - Dunedin Sightseeing Day 8 - Twizel - Dunedin Sightseeing

      Journey along the Waitaki River, taking a brief stop at the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Continue to the township of Oamaru with its famous white limestone buildings and then on to soaring spires of Dunedin. This afternoon, your choice of sightseeing: tour Larnach Castle, New Zealand's only castle; ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway; take the Monarch Wildlife Cruise or embark on an interactive tour of the Speight's Brewery.

      Hotel

      Scenic Southern Cross

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

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      Scenic Southern Cross

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

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      Dunedin - Te Anau Day 9 - Dunedin - Te Anau

      Delve into the Scottish heritage of Dunedin, exploring its youthful student atmosphere before journeying across lush pastoral lands to the village of Te Anau, the gateway to the natural splendour of Milford Sound. Tonight, consider an Optional Experience to the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves, where you'll cruise through ancient limestone caves and admire their luminous show.

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      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

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      • Dinner with wine

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      Te Anau - Queenstown (2 Nights) Day 10 - Te Anau - Queenstown (2 Nights)

      Keep your camera at hand as you journey through the natural wonderland of rainforest, ancient glacier and mountain ranges. Continue through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel, and past Mirror Lake, Pop's Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm. Cruise the startlingly beautiful Milford Sound, slicing through its tranquil waters past such highlights as Bowen Falls and Mitre Peak. Later, travel over the Devil's Staircase and along the shores of Lake Wakatipu en route to the adventure capital of Queenstown.

      Hotel

      Millennium

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Millennium

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Queenstown Sightseeing Day 11 - Queenstown Sightseeing

      Prepare for a thrill a minute on your choice of sightseeing: ride the Shotover Jet boat; take a gondola to Bob's Peak for thrilling luge rides; visit Kiwi Birdlife Park or take a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand's oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Regional Meal at the Colonel's Homestead. Enjoy an entertaining after-dinner farm show providing a glimpse into high-country farm life, then return to Queenstown to sample the festive nightlife.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

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      Queenstown - Franz Josef Day 12 - Queenstown - Franz Josef

      Delve into the rich gold mining heritage of Arrowtown before savouring the juicy flavours of apricots, peaches and plums in Cromwell, New Zealand's stone fruit capital. Your journey to the icy depths of Franz Josef Glacier will see you pass a trio of lakes - Dunstan, Hawea and Wanaka - as well as Haast Pass and Thunder Creek Falls in Mt. Aspiring National Park.

      Hotel

      Scenic Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Scenic Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

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      Franz Josef - Punakaiki Day 13 - Franz Josef - Punakaiki

      Your first stop is Hokitika, New Zealand's greenstone (jade) centre, where you'll admire the delicate stone-craft, during a visit to a local factory and jewellery demonstration by a master carver. Travel to Punakaiki next, to see the limestone Pancake Rocks and Blowholes channelling the force of the Tasman Sea. This evening, you'll stay at one of Trafalgar's 'Stays with Stories', an eco-friendly resort on the waterfront.

      Hotel

      Punakaiki Resort

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

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      Punakaiki Resort

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

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      Day 14

      Punakaiki - Christchurch Day 14 - Punakaiki - Christchurch

      Board the TranzAlpine train at Arthur's Pass for one of the world's most scenic journeys across the Southern Alps bound for Christchurch. Your journey across New Zealand's North and South Islands almost at its end, you'll indulge in a Farewell Dinner with newfound friends.

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      Distinction

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      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

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      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

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      Depart Christchurch Day 15 - Depart Christchurch

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

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      • Buffet Breakfast

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Connect with Locals
        Join your hosts Angie and Stan Taylor at a barbecue lunch in their home and gain an insight into a lifetime spent farming in New Zealand. (Day 7)

      • Dive into Culture
        Visit Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, and learn about the traditions of the Maori. (Day 4)

      • Stays with Stories
        Stay on the South Island's wild west coast at eco-friendly Punakaiki Resort. Designed in harmony with the environment, your stay gives you a unique insight into local ecology and nature. (Day 13)

      • Local Specialist
        with an expert guide in the Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto (Day 2) and a jade (greenstone) carver in Hokitika (Day 13)

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        • City tour in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch.

        • Cruise on Cook Strait, Lake Wakatipu and Milford Sound.

        • View fur seals up-close at Ohau Point and the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train.

        • Visit the Tamaki Māori Village in Rotorua, historic Arrowtown and Franz Josef Glacier


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      Dining

        • 14 hot buffet breakfasts.

        • 1 lunch (Connect with Locals)

        • 11 dinners.


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

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • Porterage, local tips and charges

        • 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


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