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Contrasts of New Zealand

9 Days 1 Country 7 Cities

Experience Auckland, the City of Sails in this Country Explorer trip and also enjoy the Be My Guest lunch with the O'Sullivans at the Red Barn on their dairy farm.

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9 Days 1 Country 7 Cities

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    • *Air: Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. Land Only price requires the following intra-trip flights to be purchased separately in order to fulfil the trip itinerary: Day 4 from Rotorua to Christchurch - NZ5785/5787. 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.
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    • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii 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. 

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    Auckland, New Zealand

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    Queenstown, New Zealand

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      Please read our Trip Notes before booking

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      • *Air: Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. Land Only price requires the following intra-trip flights to be purchased separately in order to fulfil the trip itinerary: Day 4 from Rotorua to Christchurch - NZ5785/5787. 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 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

      The icy fingers of Franz Josef Glacier will almost have you in their grip as you explore its frosty wilderness en route to the warmth of New Zealand's geothermal wonders, the magical Milford Sound and a mouth-watering Hangi feast shared with a local Maori family.


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      Trip code: IZAB

      8 Nights

      accommodation

      14 Meals
      • 8 hot buffet breakfasts

      • 2 lunches (including Be My Guest)

      • 4 dinners

      On-trip Transport

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Auckland including harbour cruise

        • Cruise on Waitemata Harbour and Milford Sound

        • View native flora and fauna, jade carving in Hokitika and the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train

        • Visit Te Puia Thermal Valley and Franz Josef Glacier


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 8 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 2 lunches
          (including Be My Guest)

        • 4 dinners


      What's Included

      Travel Highlights

        • 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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      Day 1

      Welcome to Auckland (2 Nights)

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      Auckland

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      Auckland - Rotorua

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      Rotorua - Christchurch

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      Christchurch - Franz Josef

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      Franz Josef - Queenstown (3 Nights)

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      Milford Sound

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      Queenstown Free Time

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      Depart Queenstown

      Day 1

      Welcome to Auckland (2 Nights) Day 1 - Welcome to Auckland (2 Nights)

      On arrival in Auckland, you are transferred to your hotel. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a welcome reception followed by an included dinner at your hotel.

      Hotel

      Stamford Plaza

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Stamford Plaza

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception
      • Dinner with wine

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Auckland Day 2 - Auckland

      A morning sightseeing tour including Bastion Point, the War Memorial and Viaduct Harbour is followed by a cruise on Waitemata Harbour. Spend some free time exploring on your own or relaxing at your hotel.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Auckland - Rotorua Day 3 - Auckland - Rotorua

      You're invited to a Be My Guest lunch at the home of Lance and Bridgette O'Sullivan, New Zealand horse racing royalty. Enjoy a sumptuous country-style lunch at the Red Barn on their beautiful Waikato farm. This evening you're guests at the Tamaki Family Marae for traditional Hangi Regional Meal and cultural performance.

      Hotel

      Millennium

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      Millennium

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining
      • Regional Meal

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Rotorua - Christchurch Day 4 - Rotorua - Christchurch

      Your morning sightseeing tour includes a visit to Rainbow Springs Nature Park, where with a Local Specialist you'll discover native bush, ferns and trees that grow around the crystal clear mineral water springs. You may even spot a kiwi, New Zealand's national icon! From here you'll visit Te Puia (New Zealand's Maori culture and geothermal experience). A Maori Local Specialist will escort you through the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve with its mud pools and geysers. In the afternoon you'll fly to Christchurch.

      Hotel

      Distinction

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Distinction

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Christchurch - Franz Josef Day 5 - Christchurch - Franz Josef

      First up this morning you will board the TranzAlpine train and head out through the Southern Alps to Arthur's Pass. This spectacular train journey dates back to 1914, and is rated as one of the world's most scenic train trips. The train forges through tunnels and over viaducts with panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, icy rivers, beech forests, gorges and river valleys. At Hokitika you'll visit a New Zealand greenstone (jade) factory for a jewelley demonstration with a Local Specialist. Travel along the coastal road to Franz Josef Glacier for a short walk to view the glacier and perhaps take an optional scenic flight (weather permitting). Tonight, enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Franz Josef - Queenstown (3 Nights) Day 6 - Franz Josef - Queenstown (3 Nights)

      Get your camera ready today as you'll experience some spectacular sights. Drive over the Haast Pass, past Thunder Creek Falls, Lakes Wanaka, Hawea and Dunstan. Enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell, the stone fruit capital. Next you'll visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown before arriving in Queenstown, where an orientation tour completes your day.

      Hotel

      Millennium

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Millennium

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Milford Sound Day 7 - Milford Sound

      Journey over the Devil's Staircase and along the shore of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau and its lake, the largest in the South Island. Travel through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges. Drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to the numerous photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lake, Pop's lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, Mitre Peak and the Bowen Falls before reaching Milford Sound. Enjoy lunch while you cruise on this wonder of nature. Later, return to Queenstown for the evening.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Queenstown Free Time Day 8 - Queenstown Free Time

      Today is a full day to explore Queenstown at your leisure. Choose from a range of optional experiences. You have the option to ride the Shotover Jet, join a wine tour, Perhaps, take a 4WD through Skippers Canyon, or enjoy a cruise on the historic TSS Earnslaw over to Walter Peak Station for a BBQ lunch and farm show. This evening, join your Travel Director for dinner at the Boatshed. Set in the restored historic Railway Shipping Office and relocated to its lakefront setting in 1936, The Boatshed wth its spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables, it is the perfect venue for your exclusive Farewell Dinner.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 8

      Day 9

      Depart Queenstown Day 9 - Depart Queenstown

      Say farewell to your feloow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Throughout today you will be transferred Queenstown Airport for your onward flight.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 9

      Available Departures

      Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/en-sg/tours/contrasts-of-new-zealand?tripcode=izab for the latest discounts & departure information.

      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Be My Guest
        In the North Island, join the O'Sullivans for lunch at the Red Barn on their beautiful dairy farm in the Waikato region.

      • Cultural Insights
        Gain an insight into their indigenous culture and traditions at the Tamaki Maori Village in Rotorua.

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Local Specialists
        For included sightseeing in Rotorua

      • Join Trafalgar
        Travel Today, Sustain Tomorrow: Rainbow Springs Nature Park and Kiwi Encounter, Rotorua - You'll explore the park and learn about the kiwi breeding program. You'll also discover how your trip supports their vital work.Te Puia, Rotorua - You'll discover Maori culture and traditions at the Arts and Crafts Institute, and learn how your visit helps fund the education of young Maori people.

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      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Auckland including harbour cruise

        • Cruise on Waitemata Harbour and Milford Sound

        • View native flora and fauna, jade carving in Hokitika and the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train

        • Visit Te Puia Thermal Valley and Franz Josef Glacier


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 8 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 2 lunches
          (including Be My Guest)

        • 4 dinners


      What's Included

      Travel Highlights

        • 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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