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Best of New Zealand

18 Days 1 Country 17 Cities

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

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      • 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

      As brilliant as the starry sky, the luminous glow worms of Waitomo light up the dark depths of another world - yours to explore along an epic journey through New Zealand.


      Trip type: Country Explorer i

      Trip code: ZABC

      17 Nights

      accommodation

      30 Meals
      • 17 hot buffet breakfasts.

      • 1 lunch (Connect with Locals).

      • 12 dinners.

      On-trip Transport

      Internal flights not included.

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      What's Included

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

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

        • View the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train.

        • Visit Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto, the Bay of Islands, Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Franz Josef Glacier.


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 17 hot buffet breakfasts.

        • 1 lunch (Connect with Locals).

        • 12 dinners.


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      Travel Highlights

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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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      Twizel - Dunedin Sightseeing

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      Dunedin - Te Anau

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      Te Anau - Queenstown (2 Nights)

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      Queenstown Sightseeing

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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

      Welcome to Auckland, one of the world's most liveable cities. On arrival, you'll be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4pm), then spend your day at leisure before joining your Travel Director for an evening Welcome Reception.

      Hotel

      The Cordis

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      The Cordis

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Auckland - Bay of Islands (2 Nights) Day 2 - Auckland - Bay of Islands (2 Nights)

      We journey north through lush farmland to the Bay of Islands, where we'll cruise the game waters once plied by Māori fishermen. Delve into the legend of the 'Hole in the Rock' (weather permitting), visit historic Cape Brett and sail past the deserted beaches and secluded coves that dot the bay as you return via Paihia to the mainland.

      Hotel

      Copthorne Resort (Water View Room)

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Copthorne Resort (Water View Room)

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Bay of Islands Sightseeing Day 3 - Bay of Islands Sightseeing

      Today, your choice of sightseeing: explore the Waitangi Treaty Reserve grounds; enjoy a day of sailing aboard a historic tall ship; embark on a relaxing tour of Kerikeri with wine and chocolate tasting or venture to Russell for a Mini Tour to learn more about the settling of the Bay of Islands.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Day 4

      Bay of Islands - Auckland Day 4 - Bay of Islands - Auckland

      Indulge in some me-time this morning before returning to Auckland. Your journey takes you to Whangarei, New Zealand's northernmost city, before continuing to Parry Kauri Park, where you'll have an opportunity to walk amongst the Kauri giants that have towered over the forest floor for millennia. This evening, join your Travel Director for a Regional Meal at your hotel.

      Hotel

      The Cordis

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      The Cordis

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Auckland - Rotorua (2 Nights) Day 5 - Auckland - Rotorua (2 Nights)

      Gain a deeper understanding of why Auckland justifiably earns its reputation as the City of Sails, then head to Waitomo for an encounter with the iridescent occupants of Glow Worm Grotto. Navigate its dark depths with a 'Local Specialist' and walk through the limestone caves with their dramatic formations. Continue to Rotorua.

      Hotel

      Millennium

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Millennium

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Rotorua Sightseeing Day 6 - Rotorua Sightseeing

      Embark on your choice of sightseeing: unwind at the Polynesian Spa; visit Te Puia and tour through the Whakawerawera Thermal Reserve; tour the wizardry of the Hobbiton movie set or explore Rotorua and its three lakes in an amphibious WWII-era Duck. 'Dive into Culture' this evening when Māori culture takes centre stage this evening as you visit the Tamaki Māori Village for a traditional Hangi Feast Regional Meal.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

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      Day 7

      Rotorua - Wellington Day 7 - Rotorua - Wellington

      Travel through pine forests and farmland to the raging Huka Falls, which feeds Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake. Continue south over the central plateau and along the Kapiti Coast to Wellington. 'Dive into Culture' and gain insights into New Zealand's nature, heritage and art during an exclusive guided tour of Te Papa Museum, then conclude your day with a Regional Meal which reveals Wellington's reputation as the country's culinary capital.

      Hotel

      James Cook Grand Chancellor

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      James Cook Grand Chancellor

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Wellington - Blenheim Day 8 - Wellington - Blenheim

      Embrace your inner hipster this morning and immerse yourself in your cool surrounds during some free time to explore the Capital of Cool on your terms. This afternoon, prime your sea legs for a cruise through the Cook Strait into the quiet waters of Queen Charlotte Sound. Journey to seaside Picton, then Blenheim, where tonight you'll enjoy a Regional Meal prepared from local produce and paired with the local Sauvignon Blanc for which the Marlborough region is famous.

      Hotel

      Chateau Marlborough

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      Chateau Marlborough

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Day 8

      Day 9

      Blenheim - Christchurch Day 9 - Blenheim - Christchurch

      Travel to Kaikoura and delve into its whaling heritage, keeping a keen eye for Sperm Whales that can often be seen not far from shore (an Optional Experience whale-watching scenic flight is available). Continue along the Pacific Ocean coast and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch, the Garden City of New Zealand.

      Hotel

      Distinction

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 9

      Day 10

      Christchurch - Twizel Day 10 - Christchurch - Twizel

      Join us for a taste of country life at Morelea, where we'll 'Connect with Locals' over a Be My Guest barbecue lunch and enjoy home-grown hospitality in the home of Angie and Stan Taylor. Journey past Lake Pukaki and visit the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo. Your encounter with the arresting beauty of New Zealand's South Island continues in Mount Cook National Park, our last stop today before arriving in Twizel.

      Hotel

      MacKenzie Country Inn

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      MacKenzie Country Inn

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner with wine

      Day 10

      Day 11

      Twizel - Dunedin Sightseeing Day 11 - Twizel - Dunedin Sightseeing

      Journey along the Waitaki River, stopping briefly at the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel through to the township of Oamaru with its famous white limestone buildings and then on to 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 Speight's Brewery.

      Hotel

      Scenic Southern Cross

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Scenic Southern Cross

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Day 11

      Day 12

      Dunedin - Te Anau Day 12 - Dunedin - Te Anau

      Connect with the Scottish heritage of Dunedin with some free time to explore the city this morning. Later, journey through pastural landscapes dotted with sheep before arriving in Te Anau on the shore of Lake Te Anau, the gateway to Milford Sound's tranquil waters. Enjoy time at leisure this evening for a Trafalgar highlight - an Optional Experience cruise across the lake to the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves.

      Hotel

      Distinction

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

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      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

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      Day 13

      Te Anau - Queenstown (2 Nights) Day 13 - Te Anau - Queenstown (2 Nights)

      Immerse yourself in the startling natural splendour of the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. Take a nature cruise, slicing through the mystical Milford Sound, past such highlights as Bowen Falls and Mitre Peak. Journey over the Devil's Staircase later, and along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, bound for Queenstown.

      Hotel

      Millennium

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Millennium

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 13

      Day 14

      Queenstown Sightseeing Day 14 - Queenstown Sightseeing

      Dive right into the adventure capital today with 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. Here you'll indulge in a gourmet barbecue Regional Meal at the Colonel's Homestead. Then enjoy an entertaining after-dinner farm show providing insights into high-country farm life.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Day 14

      Day 15

      Queenstown - Franz Josef Day 15 - Queenstown - Franz Josef

      Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown before continuing your journey to Cromwell to savour the flavours of delicious stone fruit. See a trio of lakes, Dunstan, Hawea and Wanaka, then travel over Haast Pass and on to the luminescent white wilderness of Franz Josef Glacier.

      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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      Day 16

      Franz Josef - Punakaiki Day 16 - Franz Josef - Punakaiki

      Spend some free time this morning exploring the icy depths of the glacier. Later, travel to Hokitika, renowned for its exquisite greenstone craft, where you'll visit a factory and admire a jewellery demonstration by a 'Local Specialist' master carver. Continue to the limestone Pancake Rocks and Blowholes of Punakaiki, before spending the night at one of Trafalgar's 'Stays with Stories' - an eco-friendly resort on the waterfront.

      Hotel

      Punakaiki Resort

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Punakaiki Resort

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Day 16

      Day 17

      Punakaiki - Christchurch Day 17 - Punakaiki - Christchurch

      Board the TranzAlpine train for one of the world's most scenic journeys through the Southern Alps and Canterbury Plains to Christchurch, a city rebuilding itself from the ruins of a tragic earthquake. Celebrate an epic journey at a Farewell Dinner with newfound friends.

      Hotel

      Distinction

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      Distinction

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 17

      Day 18

      Depart Christchurch Day 18 - Depart Christchurch

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

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Available Departures

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Connect with Locals
        Join Angie and Stan Taylor at their home Morelea, and listen to the family's story of growing up in rural New Zealand. (Day 10)

      • Dive into Culture
        Visit Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, and gain insight into the traditions of the Māori. (Day 7)

      • Local Specialist
        with a jade (greenstone) carver (Day 16) and an expert guide in the Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto (Day 5).

      • Stays with Stories
        Stay on South Island's wild west coast at Punakaiki Resort near the famous Pancake Rocks. (Day 16)

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

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

        • View the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train.

        • Visit Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto, the Bay of Islands, Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Franz Josef Glacier.


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      Dining

        • 17 hot buffet breakfasts.

        • 1 lunch (Connect with Locals).

        • 12 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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