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Contrasts of New Zealand

9 Days 1 Country 7 Cities

From the Icy Fingers of Franz Josef Glacier to the warmth of Rotorua's Geothermal wonders, New Zealand will have you in its grip.

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Contrasts of New Zealand

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    • Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park and learn about the kiwi breeding program. You'll also discover how your trip supports their vital work. (Day 4) Visit Te Puia to discover Māori culture and traditions at the Arts and Crafts Institute, and hear how your visit helps fund the education of young Māori people. (Day 4)
    • 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, 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. 

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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. Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available to us on the day that you book.
      • Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park and learn about the kiwi breeding program. You'll also discover how your trip supports their vital work. (Day 4) Visit Te Puia to discover Māori culture and traditions at the Arts and Crafts Institute, and hear how your visit helps fund the education of young Māori people. (Day 4)
      • 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

      From the Icy Fingers of Franz Josef Glacier to the warmth of Rotorua's Geothermal wonders, New Zealand will have you in its grip. Explore the magical Milford Sound and indulge in 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 Connect with Locals)

      • 4 dinners

      On-trip Transport

      All transport shown.

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • CITY TOUR in Auckland and Christchurch

        • CRUISE on Auckland Harbour and Milford Sound.

        • VISIT Te Puia Thermal Valley and Franz Josef Glacier.

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


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 8 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 2 lunches
          (including Connect with Locals)

        • 4 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


       

      Contrasts of New Zealand

      Your Itinerary

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      Day 1

      Arrive Auckland (2 Nights)

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      Auckland Sightseeing

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      Day 3

      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 Cruise

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      Queenstown Free Time

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      Depart Queenstown

      Day 1

      Arrive Auckland (2 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Auckland (2 Nights)

      Welcome to the New Zealand's invigorating North Island hub. On arrival in Auckland, transfer to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4pm) and settle in to one of the world's most liveable cities. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and 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 Sightseeing Day 2 - Auckland Sightseeing

      Immerse yourself in Auckland's intoxicating charm this morning as you embark on a city sightseeing tour to Mission Bay. Ascend to Bastion Point to admire views of the city skyline and Auckland Harbour, which you'll have an opportunity to explore later on board a cruise. Sit back and relax, as you experience first-hand why Auckland justifiably earns its reputation as the City of Sails.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Auckland - Rotorua Day 3 - Auckland - Rotorua

      Your Trafalgar Highlight today is a visit to Lance and Bridgette O'Sullivan's dairy farm, where you'll 'Connect with Locals' and discover New Zealand's horse racing traditions over a sumptuous country-style Be My Guest lunch. This evening, 'Dive into Culture' at the Tamaki Family Marae, complete with a tasty Hangi Regional Meal with wine and powerful Māori cultural performance revealing the rituals and traditions of this ancient culture.

      Hotel

      Millennium

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      Millennium

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Regional Meal

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Rotorua - Christchurch Day 4 - Rotorua - Christchurch

      Encounter New Zealand's indigenous creatures that find sanctuary alongside the crystal-clear mineral springs of Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Join a 'Local Specialist' who will help you spot shy kiwi amongst the native bush, ferns and trees. From here, 'Dive into Culture' when you journey to Te Puia to meet the local Māori community at Whakawerawera for an introduction to their gift from the gods - the bubbling geysers, mud pools and thermal springs of Rotorua. A Māori 'Local Specialist' will show you New Zealand's largest geyser before you board your flight to Christchurch.

      Hotel

      Distinction

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Distinction

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Christchurch - Franz Josef Day 5 - Christchurch - Franz Josef

      Journey across the Canterbury Plains and snow-capped Southern Alps on board the TranzAlpine, one of the world's most scenic rail journeys. Admire the vivid hues of greenstone (jade) during a visit to Hokitika for an exclusive jewellery carving demonstration with a 'Local Specialist' master carver. Continue to the luminescent icy depths of the Franz Josef Glacier, which you may choose to explore by air on an Optional Experience scenic flight (weather permitting).

      Hotel

      Te Waonui Forest Retreat

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Te Waonui Forest Retreat

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Day 5

      Day 6

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

      Journey across Haast Pass, along the pebbled shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea and past Thunder Creek Falls. Savour the juicy flavours of apricots, peaches, plums in Cromwell, New Zealand's stone fruit capital, then 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 Cruise Day 7 - Milford Sound Cruise

      Travel south over the Devil's Staircase and along the tranquil shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau, the gateway to South Island's spectacular fiords. Continue through the ancient forests of Fiordland National Park, driving past peaks and glaciers and through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to capture the startling natural beauty of Cleddau Valley and Mirror Lake. A journey filled with pinch-me moments awaits as you take to the tranquil waters of Milford Sound, enjoying a soul-stirring encounter with this wonder of nature and lunch on board before returning to Queenstown for an evening at leisure.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Queenstown Free Time Day 8 - Queenstown Free Time

      Push your boundaries and indulge your inner adventurer on one of Trafalgar's Optional Experiences. You could ride the Shotover Jet boat, take a minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon or simply explore Queenstown on your own. This evening, join your Travel Director for dinner at The Boatshed set in the historic New Zealand Railways Shipping Office built in 1936. Restored and relocated to its lakefront setting, The Boatshed, with its spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range, 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

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

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 9

      Available Departures

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

      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Connect with Locals
        Join the O'Sullivans in the North Island for lunch at the Red Barn on their beautiful dairy farm in the Waikato region. (Day 3)

      • Dive into Culture
        Immerse yourself in Māori culture and enjoy a traditional Māori feast at the Tamaki Māori Marae. (Day 3)

      • Local Specialist
        For included sightseeing in Rotorua (Day 4)

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • CITY TOUR in Auckland and Christchurch

        • CRUISE on Auckland Harbour and Milford Sound.

        • VISIT Te Puia Thermal Valley and Franz Josef Glacier.

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


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 8 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 2 lunches
          (including Connect with Locals)

        • 4 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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