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Contrasts of New Zealand

10 Days 1 Country 10 Cities

Experience Auckland, the City of Sails and tour the amazing Glow Worm Grotto in this Country Explorer trip.

"Saw everything we wanted and more!"

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About this trip

After Auckland's harbour, geothermal wonders and Maori culture, it's on to South Island for the TranzAlpine train, Franz Josef Glacier and a cruise on magical Milford Sound.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… savouring Maori dishes at the Tamaki Family Marae, as you help raise the traditional hangi basket from the earth oven amid mouth-watering smells. And tasting succulent fruit at Mrs Jones' famous orchard.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: IZANB

9 Nights

accommodation

16 Meals
  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest).

  • 2 lunches (including Be My Guest).

On-trip Transport

Internal flights not included.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Auckland.

    • Cruise on Milford Sound.

    • See Mt. Cook, waterfalls, lakes and rivers.

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

    • Visit a geothermal valley and Franz Josef Glacier.


What's Included

Dining

    • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest).

    • 2 lunches (including Be My Guest).


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


Contrasts of New Zealand

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Day 1

Arrive Auckland (2 Nights)

Day 2

Auckland Sightseeing

Day 3

Auckland - Rotorua

Day 4

Rotorua - Christchurch

Day 5

Christchurch - Franz Josef

Day 6

Franz Josef - Queenstown (3 Nights)

Day 7

Milford Sound Cruise

Day 8

Queenstown Free Time

Day 9

Queenstown - Christchurch

Day 10

Depart Christchurch

Day 1

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

Welcome to Auckland! On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4pm). The afternoon is free for you to explore the city. You could visit the Sky Tower for amazing views of the city. Perhaps visit the Auckland Museum or go shopping in stylish Parnell. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and dinner at 'Eight' at The Langham. Your personal degustation is prepared for you from the freshest, quality ingredients, including mouth-watering seafood and delicious desserts.

Hotel

The Langham

Meals

  • Welcome Reception
  • Dinner

Hotel

The Langham

Meals

  • Welcome Reception
  • Dinner

Day 1

Day 2

Auckland Sightseeing Day 2 - Auckland Sightseeing

Start the day with a sightseeing tour. You'll see Bastion Point, the War Memorial, Viaduct Harbour, the Auckland Harbour Bridge and more. Later, board your cruise on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour. Sit back and relax, the time is yours, it's the best way to see Auckland, the City of Sails!

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 2

Day 3

Auckland - Rotorua Day 3 - Auckland - Rotorua

Trace the Waikato River to the Waitomo Caves. Tour the amazing Glow Worm Grotto by boat with a Local Specialist and walk through the limestone caves. From here your journey continues to Rotorua, where 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. This evening enter the traditional world of the Maori. Enjoy a Hangi Be My Guest dinner accompanied by local wine, and a powerful and entertaining cultural performance, at the Tamaki Family Marae.

Hotel

Millennium

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Hotel

Millennium

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

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 will 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! Then visit the Agrodome Farm Show, the multi-award-winning stage show, for a Cultural Insight into agriculture in New Zealand. You'll see the art of sheep shearing, sheepdog demonstrations, cow milking, bottle-feeding of lambs and an exciting sheep auction. In the afternoon you'll fly to Christchurch.

Hotel

Novotel

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Hotel

Novotel

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 4

Day 5

Christchurch - Franz Josef Day 5 - Christchurch - Franz Josef

Start the day with a spectacular train journey on the TranzAlpine from Christchurch through the Southern Alps to Arthur's Pass. At the small town of Hokitika visit a New Zealand greenstone (jade) factory for a jewellery demonstration with a Local Specialist. Next you'll arrive at the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier. You'll have the opportunity to see it from the air on an optional 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)

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. 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 Regional Meal with wine.

Hotel

Millennium

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Hotel

Millennium

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Day 6

Day 7

Milford Sound Cruise Day 7 - Milford Sound Cruise

Journey over the Devil's Staircase and along the shores 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 Bowen Falls before reaching mystical Milford Sound. Enjoy lunch while you cruise on this wonder of nature. Return to Queenstown this evening.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 7

Day 8

Queenstown Free Time Day 8 - Queenstown Free Time

Today you may like to consider taking one of our Optional Experiences. You could ride the Shotover Jet boat, join a wine tour, play a round of golf, take a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon, relax with a spa treatment at Millbrook Resort or just explore Queenstown on your own. This evening perhaps ride a gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 8

Day 9

Queenstown - Christchurch Day 9 - Queenstown - Christchurch

You'll be awestruck by the sensational alpine landscape of Mt. Cook National Park. You may wish to take an optional scenic flight over Mt. Cook (weather permitting). See Lake Pukaki, and at Tekapo you'll stop to view the charming Church of the Good shepherd. Later, you are welcomed into the home of Angie and Stan Taylor to enjoy a Be My Guest lunch in their 600 acre garden and gain an insight into the day to day operation of farm life. Then travel over the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch, where you'll join your Travel Director and new-found friends this evening for a Farewell Dinner.

Hotel

Novotel

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining
  • Farewell Dinner

Hotel

Novotel

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 9

Day 10

Depart Christchurch Day 10 - 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

Day 10

Available Departures

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The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    at the Tamaki Family Maori Marae in Rotorua and with your hosts Angie and Stan Taylor in their 600 acre garden at Morelea Farm in the Canterbury region.

  • Cultural Insight
    Visit the Agrodome and witness sheep shearing, auctions and farm dog demonstrations.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • #JoinTrafalgar
    Rainbow Springs Nature Park and Kiwi Encounter - Rotorua You'll explore the park, learn about the kiwi breeding programme and see new hatchling, Sam. 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. 

  • Local Specialist
    at the Glow Worm Grotto in Waitomo Caves, a geothermal valley and a nature park in Rotorua.

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Auckland.

    • Cruise on Milford Sound.

    • See Mt. Cook, waterfalls, lakes and rivers.

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

    • Visit a geothermal valley and Franz Josef Glacier.


What's Included

Dining

    • 9 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest).

    • 2 lunches (including Be My Guest).


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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Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 19 Reviews

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    Great tour director, driver, and thoughtfully planned trip!

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    Service rating : I loved our accommodations and the tours they chose for the region we were visting seemed to be the main attractions that many people booked for themselves. We just didn't have to do the work to research their ratings!Product : I loved the Be Our Guest meal at Angie's farm. She

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    Service rating : We had a great time and Tom did everything he could to make it special and personable. Even when I had an unusual allergy to pineapple, he was able to get me alternative meal options that were very tasty and safe.Product : Mark made sure that we had a great time and when we

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    Service rating : The variety of cultural experiences, professionalism of tour guide and quality of accommodations.Product : Loved all of the sights and cultural experiences. Would consider longer stay in Franz Josef.

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    Service rating : Very well organized. Excellent service. Responsive. Marty (tour leader) was great--had people skills plus organizational skills).Product : Excellent tour. Suggested improvements:1. A bit less drving/sitting and a bit more walking. 2. Better disclosure of very dangerous drive to

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