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Best of New Zealand

18 Days 1 Country 15 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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      • *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.
      • All prices are per person, double share.
      • For the best savings and to avoid disappointment book early.
      • 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 Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.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

      North and South Island with must-sees all the way, from the cityscapes of Auckland to the barren landscapes of Desert Road, serene Milford Sound to the jagged pancake rocks of Punakaiki.

      You'll enjoy Insider moments like… discovering Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw. Operating on the lake for 100 years, you'll discover its history before a delicious dinner of local produce, and a moonlit cruise back to iconic Queenstown.


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      Trip code: ZABC

      17 Nights

      accommodation

      31 Meals
      • 17 hot buffet breakfasts.

      • 12 dinners.

      • 1 Be My Guest lunch.

      • 1 Be My Guest afternoon tea.

      On-trip Transport

      Internal flights not included.

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

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

        • View the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train.

        • Visit Parry Kauri Park, the Bay of Islands, Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Franz Josef Glacier.


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 17 hot buffet breakfasts.

        • 12 dinners.

        • 1 Be My Guest lunch.

        • 1 Be My Guest afternoon tea.


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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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      Day 1

      Arrive Auckland Day 1 - Arrive Auckland

      Welcome to Auckland! On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4pm). You're free to explore Auckland before an evening Welcome Reception with your Travel Director.

      Hotel

      The Langham

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      The Langham

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      • Welcome Reception

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      Day 2

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

      Journey through Orewa and along the scenic Hibiscus Coast. Enjoy a stop at Parry Kauri Park then it's on to Whangarei, the northern-most city in New Zealand. Your final destination is the Bay of Islands. Experience natural wonders and spectacular scenery as you cruise to Cape Brett and through the 'Hole in the Rock'.

      Hotel

      Copthorne Resort (Water View)

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Copthorne Resort (Water View)

      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: discover local wineries in Kerikeri; take a guided walk through historic Russell; sail aboard a tall ship at sunset; go dolphin-watching on the bay or enjoy a scenic dinner cruise on the Waitangi River.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Dune Rider Cape Reinga Via 90 Mile Beach

      This is a full day to explore the magnificent natural wonders of the North. See ancient buried kauri trees at the Gumdigger’s Park, visit Cape Reinga lighthouse, climb the magnificent sand dunes of 90 Mile Beach and then boogie board back down! Includes a picnic lunch.

      Adult Price: $150.00

      Dolphin Eco Encounter

      Your swim with the dolphins cruise includes: cruising the picturesque islands while searching for the dolphins, a mask, snorkel, fins & a wetsuit for those that choose to swim and a complimentary hot drink after your swim. Please Note: A $15.00 per person swim fee is payable onboard

      Adult Price: $110.00

      Discover Kerikeri

      Enjoy a relaxing tour of Kerikeri, showcasing the rich history of the North. This tour takes a look at the importance of wine-growing in the region and visits a small family-run boutique vineyard, Ake Ake to sample some of their organic wine. And then take a step back in time with visits to the Historic Stone Store and Kemp House. And then conclude the tour with a stop-off at the local chocolate factory – Makana – where you can watch the delicious chocolates being made, and of course, taste a few samples!

      Adult Price: $61.00

      Darryls Dinner Cruise

      Relax with a scenic cruise down the Waitangi River while enjoying a drink from the well-stocked bar. Wind through to Haruru Falls, where dinner is prepared and served aboard the boat, the Ratanui. Soak up the ambience of the floodlit falls, and perhaps even come face to face with a Taniwha!

      Adult Price: $98.00

      Salt Air 20 Minute Hole In The Rock Flight

      Take a helicopter scenic flight over the crystal waters of the Bay of Islands out to the “Hole in the Rock”. The return flight will encompass the townships of Russell, Paihia and Waitangi.

      Adult Price: $250.00

      Salt Air 30 Minute Bay Of Islands Coastal Discovery Flight

      Take the opportunity to explore a little more of the stunning coastline of the Bay of Islands region, and fly north over the coastal settlements and beautiful beaches of Takou Bay, Tapuaetahi, Mahineapua, Matauri Bay & the Cavilli Islands. Return via the Kerikeri Inlet and the townships of Kerikeri and Waitangi.

      Adult Price: $335.00

      R Tucker Thompson Tall Ship Sailing

      This is a fantastic opportunity to go sailing on a working tall ship, in one of the most spectacularly beautiful parts of New Zealand, the Bay of Islands. During this full day sail, why not take your turn on the helm, hoist the sails or climb the rigging? And enjoy the included morning tea and delicious BBQ lunch served on board.

      Adult Price: $149.00

      Waitangi Treaty Grounds

      Take a wander through the grounds of New Zealand’s most important historic site, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, rich in history and stories of the momentous events which shaped a nation. The grounds are where Maori chiefs first signed their accord with the British Crown – the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document. Visit treasures such as the Treaty House, Meeting House, Flagstaff and Ceremonial War Canoe. Roam the grounds on your own, or enhance your visit with a guided tour. Many of the guides descend from signatories to the Treaty which will give your visit a personal connection to Waitangi. Your Day Pass includes admission to the Museum of Waitangi, the Treaty Grounds, a guided tour and a cultural performance. All visitors under the age of 18 are free.

      Adult Price: $40.00

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      Day 4

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

      Relax this morning before you return to Auckland. This evening join your Travel Director for a Regional Meal 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

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      The Langham

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

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      Day 5

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

      After a sightseeing tour of Auckland, head south to visit the amazing Glow Worm Grotto. A Local Specialist will lead you through the grotto by boat and you'll walk in the limestone caves. Continue to Rotorua. Tonight experience a Maori Hangi feast Regional Meal and concert at the Tamaki Family Marae.

      Hotel

      Millennium

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      Millennium

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

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      Day 6

      Rotorua Sightseeing - Rural Homestay Day 6 - Rotorua Sightseeing - Rural Homestay

      Today your choice of sightseeing: join the Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs Nature Park; discover Maori culture at Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute; see the Agrodome Farm Show; relax in the seclusion of your own hot mineral pool; unwind with a facial treatment in the Lake Spa Retreat at the Polynesian Spa; ride the amphibious Rotorua Duck or the luge at Rotorua Skyline.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Rainbow Springs Wildlife Park

      Set in 22 acres of beautiful native trees and streams, Rainbow Springs is home to a huge variety of New Zealand’s most precious inhabitants. Experience the adrenalin rush of The Big Splash, explore the many free flight aviaries, come face to face with pre-history in the eyes of the tuatara, and experience the wonder of the bird show featuring some of the funniest feathered performers you will ever see.

      Adult Price: $42.00

      Kawarau Jet Boat

      Enjoy a 30 minute Speed, Spins and Adrenalin jetboat ride across Lake Rotorua to the sanctuary Island of Mokoia. Along the way listen to stories and legends of the local Maori people of the area.

      Adult Price: $85.00

      Volcanic Air Floatplane Flights

      Choose from five different floatplane flights that showcase Rotorua with spectacular views, departing from Lake Rotorua itself. Take a short journey over Rotorua City, Sulphur Bay, and the geysers of Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, or journey further afield, landing at the Hidden Valley of Orakei Korako, or venture out to White Island – New Zealand’s only permanently active volcano. Helicopter flights are also available.

      Adult Price: $95.00

      Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

      Discover the real Middle-earth on the most picturesque private farmland near Matamata in the North Island of New Zealand, where you can visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings film trilogy in a fascinating two-hour guided tour.

      Adult Price: $110.00

      Volcanic Air Floatplane Flights

      Choose from five different floatplane flights that showcase Rotorua with spectacular views, departing from Lake Rotorua itself. Take a short journey over Rotorua City, Sulphur Bay, and the geysers of Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, or journey further afield, landing at the Hidden Valley of Orakei Korako, or venture out to White Island – New Zealand’s only permanently active volcano. Helicopter flights are also available.

      Adult Price: $95.00

      Polynesian Spa

      Relax in the seclusion of your own hot mineral private pool! Millions of visitors to Polynesian Spa over the last 125 years have received relief for tired muscles, aches and pains, arthritis and rheumatism from the therapeutic properties of the geothermic acidic and alkaline waters.

      Adult Price: $45.00

      Ogo Rotorua

      In 1994, Andrew Akers and Dwane van der Sluis invented a big inflatable ball that people could jump inside and roll around in. Now you can experience the fun of OGO! Visitors are offered multiple OGO ride options where we add 40 litres of water; (cool in summer, warm in winter). Choose from either the 250m long Straight Track or the wiggly windy 350m long Sidewinder Track.

      Adult Price: $35.00

      Private Deluxe Pool at Polynesian Spa

      Relax in the seclusion of your own hot mineral private pool! Millions of visitors to Polynesian Spa over the last 125 years have received relief for tired muscles, aches and pains, arthritis and rheumatism from the therapeutic properties of the geothermic acidic and alkaline waters.

      Adult Price: $45.00

      Agrodome Sheep Show

      Witness a live sheep shearing demonstration, auction and farm dog demonstrations at the Agrodome Sheep Show. Head out to the Farmyard Nursery for cuddles with the littlest members of the show, and meet the 19 different breeds of sheep.

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      Rotorua - Wellington Day 7 - Rotorua - Wellington

      View Huka Falls and drive along the shores of Lake Taupo. Discover the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park and the dairy farms of Manawatu. Visit Shenandoah for a Be My Guest afternoon tea. The historic villa's owners, Simon and Claudia, will show you around their property, which includes a unique private collection of Harley Davidson motor cycles. Take a short tour to see the local wildlife then continue to Wellington.

      Hotel

      James Cook Grand Chancellor

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      James Cook Grand Chancellor

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining
      • Dinner with wine

      Optional Experiences

      Weta Wellington There And Back Again Tour

      This movie-based experience provides a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse of Weta Workshop, the home of the special effects wizards whose work features in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogies. The tour invites you to view the creative processes of a Weta technician and to touch, feel, and hold real props, weapons and models from the films the creative Weta team have worked on. Return transfers from the Wellington i-Site are included.

      Adult Price: $65.00

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      Day 8

      Wellington - Blenheim Day 8 - Wellington - Blenheim

      Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, for a Cultural Insight into Maori life. Later, cruise the Cook Strait into tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound. The seaside village of Picton is next, then Blenheim. This evening enjoy a 5 course Regional Meal prepared with local produce, paired with wine from the famous Marlborough region.

      Hotel

      Scenic Marlborough

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      Scenic Marlborough

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

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      Day 9

      Blenheim - Christchurch Day 9 - Blenheim - Christchurch

      En route to the whale-watching haven of Kaikoura, you'll see New Zealand fur seals up close at Ohau Point. Travel over the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

      Hotel

      Novotel

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Novotel

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Christchurch Tramway

      Step back in time to a grand era of transport and relax as the Christchurch Tram around the 'must-see' central attractions. Get on and off as you please at any of the seven stops. The tram drivers provide a live commentary throughout the loop, identifying points of interest, historic architecture and the changes the city is under-going since the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.

      Adult Price: $25.00

      Day 9

      Day 10

      Christchurch - Twizel Day 10 - Christchurch - Twizel

      Join us for a taste of country life at a Be My Guest barbecue lunch on Morelea Farm, a typical working sheep farm. You'll be welcomed into the home of your hosts Angie and Stan Taylor and their 600 acre garden. Hear their stories and sample delicious food prepared just for you. Later see Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and soak up the alpine scenery of Mount Cook National Park.

      Hotel

      MacKenzie Country Inn

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      MacKenzie Country Inn

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining
      • Dinner with wine

      Optional Experiences

      Grand Traverse Scenic Flight

      Explore the alpine wonderland of the Southern Alps’ highest peaks and glacial lakes on this 45-minute scenic flight, including Murchison Glacier, Tasman Glacier, Main Divide, Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier, westland coastal rainforests and Mount Cook.

      Adult Price: $370.00

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      Twizel - Dunedin Day 11 - Twizel - Dunedin

      Drive along the Waitaki River and view the Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam, then through Oamaru to Dunedin for a tour of the city.

      Hotel

      Scenic Southern Cross

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Scenic Southern Cross

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Optional Experiences

      Speights Brewery Tour

      No visitor to Dunedin should leave without taking the Speight’s Brewery Tour. Since 1876 the brewery has been proudly producing Speight’s legendary ales from the same site in Rattray Street. On the Speight’s Brewery Tour you’ll see, smell, touch and taste the ingredients that go into making Speight’s beers – and of course, get to sample “The Pride of the South” for yourself!

      Adult Price: $29.00

      Monarch Wildlife Cruise

      Cruise the length of the beautiful Otago Harbour, passing by the historic fishing village of Careys Bay and the working port of Port Chalmers. Then continue your tour out to the tip of the Otago Peninsula, enjoying unrivalled wildlife viewing. See what cannot be seen from land – Albatross, New Zealand Fur Seals and up to 20 species of bird and marine life in their undisturbed and otherwise inaccessible environment.

      Adult Price: $148.00

      Cadburyworld Tour

      The Cadburyworld Tour is a chocolate-lover’s dream that overwhelms the senses! As you walk into the factory, the enticing scent of Jaffas, Turkish Delight, or cocoa welcomes you in, but that’s nothing compared to the all-encompassing chocolate scent wafting through the kitchen. Don’t worry, your taste buds will have their chance too! In addition to receiving a bag full of samples, you’ll also have the pure liquid joy of tasting melted, still-warm chocolate. In the Purple Silo, you’ll be astonished by one tonne of chocolate flowing down before you… mmmmm chocolate waterfall!

      Adult Price: $17.60

      Taieri Gorge Railway

      Taieri Gorge Railway is one of the world’s great train trips, taking passengers from the hustle and bustle of Dunedin’s city centre to the rugged mountain interior of Central Otago, and back. Travel in comfort, cross magnificent stone and wrought iron viaducts, travel through a series of tunnels with rock walls only inches from the side of the train.

      Adult Price: $99.00

      Larnarch Castle Tour

      Let your local driver take you on an exciting Otago Peninsula drive to New Zealand’s only castle. Your guided tour of the Larnach family home will give you insight into not only the architecture and style of the stately building, but also into William Larnach’s family life and the restoration done by the current owners during the past three decades. Enjoy views from the tower and marvel at the immaculate gardens before your return to Dunedin.

      Adult Price: $75.00

      Day 11

      Day 12

      Dunedin Sightseeing - Te Anau Day 12 - Dunedin Sightseeing - Te Anau

      Today your choice of sightseeing: tour Larnach Castle; ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway; take the Monarch Wildlife Cruise; tour Cadbury World or Speight's Brewery. Later, travel across farming land to the South Island's largest lake and the town of Te Anau.

      Hotel

      Distinction

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Distinction

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Optional Experiences

      Te Puia

      Take a wander through Te Puia, New Zealand’s Maori Culture Centre, where you will have the opportunity to view the awesome power of the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley… and much more!

      Adult Price: $52.00

      Te Anau Glow Worm Caves

      2.5 hour tour incorporating a cruise across Lake Te Anau to Cavern House. Enjoy a guided tour (in small groups) through the limestone caverns, waterfalls and the glow worm grotto. Complimentary tea & coffee is available at Cavern House

      Adult Price: $85.00

      Milford Sound Scenic Flight

      A 40 minute flight over picturesque fiords, glaciers, alpine lakes and waterfalls including the famous Sutherland Falls and the majestic Mitre Peak. Fly over spectacular remote scenery that no man has ever set foot in.

      Adult Price: $395.00

      Milford Sound Scenic Flight

      A 40 minute flight over picturesque fiords, glaciers, alpine lakes and waterfalls including the famous Sutherland Falls and the majestic Mitre Peak. Fly over spectacular remote scenery that no man has ever set foot in.

      Adult Price: $395.00

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      Day 13

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

      You'll be awe-struck by the magnificence of the World Heritage Fiordland National Park. Your cruise on mystical Milford Sound will take you past Bowen Falls and Mitre Peak. Afterwards, travel over the Devil's Staircase, along the shores of Lake Wakatipu on your way to Queenstown.

      Hotel

      Millennium

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Millennium

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 13

      Day 14

      Queenstown Sightseeing Day 14 - Queenstown Sightseeing

      Today your choice of sightseeing: ride the Shotover Jet boat, join a wine tour, play 9 holes of golf; ride gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner 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 sheep show between courses and later return to Queenstown to sample the festive nightlife.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Optional Experiences

      Kawarau River Rafting

      4 hours including transfer to Cavell’s rafting lodge to collect your wetsuit and other rafting equipment. Transfer to Kawarau River put-in point for extensive safety instructions and training in paddling techniques. Then raft the mighty Kawarau River! Hot showers, sauna and complimentary tea/coffee await you at the end of this adventure.

      Adult Price: $229.00

      Kawarau River Rafting

      4 hours including transfer to Cavell’s rafting lodge to collect your wetsuit and other rafting equipment. Transfer to Kawarau River put-in point for extensive safety instructions and training in paddling techniques. Then raft the mighty Kawarau River! Hot showers, sauna and complimentary tea/coffee await you at the end of this adventure.

      Adult Price: $229.00

      Kiwi Birdlife Park

      The Kiwi Birdlife Park is a wildlife sanctuary found in the heart of Queenstown. They hold and display over 20 species of native NZ wildlife in our 5 acre Park, all of which are part of nationally managed programmes. Your entry fee supports their conservation work. They offer guaranteed kiwi viewing in our specially constructed nocturnal houses, audio tours (available in English and Japanese; allow 45min), Conservation Shows (11am, 3pm; allow 30min) and Kiwi Feedings (10am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 4.30pm; allow 15min). They offer an all-day pass and the park can be enjoyed in all weather. Experience conservation in action!

      Adult Price: $43.00

      Shotover Jet

      Enjoy a 30-minute jet boat ride down the mighty Shotover River and through Shotover Canyon with the only company permitted to operate in this area. A major highlight is experiencing the famous “Shotover Jet Turn” where your boat spins through a full 360 degrees turn. Includes return transfers from Queenstown. (Duration: 1.5 hours in total)

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      Nomad Safaris 4WD Tour

      Be amazed by both the man-made and natural features on this 4-hour 4WD safari from Queenstown. The tour incorporates scenes from The Lord of the Rings incl Heaven & Hells Gate, Maori Point, Lighthouse rock, Blue Slip, Skippers Bridge, Skippers Settlement and gold panning in the Shotover River.

      Adult Price: $185.00

      Original Wine Trail

      The Queenstown Wine Trail offers a fun, personalised and friendly sightseeing wine tour of vineyards and wineries in New Zealand’s premier wine regions – Queenstown & Central Otago. As the groups are small, you will have time to taste a variety of wines at four Queenstown wineries, sample local cheeses, enjoy a winery lunch at Gibbston Valley Winery (at own expense) and experience spectacular scenery.

      Adult Price: $160.00

      Food and Wine Sampler

      This unique food and wine experience is a relaxed and leisurely tour amongst picturesque surroundings. It is the ideal tour for guests who may have a shorter time frame. Tour includes tastings at two wineries, an underground wine cave tour, cheese presentation and tasting at the regions only cheesery and a gourmet lunch at Gibbston Valley Winery. Operates 1st of October to 31st of March

      Adult Price: $182.00

      Skippers Canyon 4WD Tour

      Skippers Canyon 4WD Tours are the only company to offer a complete 4WD tour of Skippers Canyon and access to the unique mining relics available in the Sainsbury gold claim museum. Following the winding, yet majestic Skippers road, which carves its way down from the Coronet Peak ski road, over the saddle and down “Long gully” through to Skippers Canyon; your guide will detail the history of the road, hardships of the miners and how many miners were killed building the road over a century ago. You can select the 'Tour Only' option and your price will be reduced to: Adult - $149.00, Child - $89.00

      Adult Price: $195.00

      Dart River Safari

      A stimulating not-to-be missed journey into the Dart River Valley where mythology, heritage & fantasy meet reality. Your Wilderness Jet trip is an exhilarating and spectacular journey deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park, with the only jet boat operator allowed on the Dart River.

      Adult Price: $239.00

      Skyline Queenstown Gondola And Kiwi Haka Show

      Ride on the Gondola cableway to the Skyline Restaurant. Enjoy a spiritual journey of Maori culture and customs as told through traditional song and dance. Set in an intimate theatre surrounded by mythical carved legends of the Wakatipu and surrounding areas.

      Adult Price: $72.00

      Skyline Queenstown Gondola And Kiwi Haka Show

      Ride on the Gondola cableway to the Skyline Restaurant. Enjoy a spiritual journey of Maori culture and customs as told through traditional song and dance. Set in an intimate theatre surrounded by mythical carved legends of the Wakatipu and surrounding areas.

      Adult Price: $72.00

      Skyline Queenstown Gondola Kiwi Haka Show And Dinner

      Why not opt for a complete Skyline evening, and enjoy a sumptuous dinner with breath-taking views followed by a dazzling cultural performance at the Skyline Restaurant.

      Adult Price: $124.00

      9 Hole Round of Golf at Arrowtown Golf Course with Remarkable Golf Tours

      Queenstown has become New Zealand’s premier destination for golfers, offering some of the most spectacular courses in the world. With a mix of easy and challenging courses, take the chance to play a 9-hole round at one of the most scenic courses in the world – The Arrowtown Golf Club, bursting with history and character. Your package includes course transfers with hotel pick-ups, green fees, cart hire and executive club hire.

      Adult Price: $169.00

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      Day 15

      Queenstown - Franz Josef Day 15 - Queenstown - Franz Josef

      Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown. Enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell then see a trio of lakes, Dunstan, Hawea and Wanaka. Travel over the Haast Pass and on to Franz Josef Glacier.

      Hotel

      Scenic Franz Josef Glacier

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Scenic Franz Josef Glacier

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Optional Experiences

      Mountain Scenic Spectacular Flight

      Discover the gigantic expanse of the Franz Josef and Fox snowfields on this 40-minute scenic flight. Cross the main divide for breathtaking views of Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. Highlights include a snow landing, Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers and Mt Cook.

      Adult Price: $450.00

      Twin Glacier Flight

      From a mantle of pure white snow, massive rivers of ice wind their way down glacier valleys. Explore the glaciers, an incredible natural phenomenon on this 30-minute scenic flight. Highlights include a snow landing at the head of the Franz Josef or Fox Glacier.

      Adult Price: $310.00

      West Coast Wildlife Centre

      The West Coast Wildlife Centre, New Zealand, is a brand new all-weather attraction located in the centre of Franz Josef. It is the official home to the incubation and captive rearing programme for New Zealand’s rarest Kiwi – the Rowi and Haast tokoeka. The forest and bush around the West Coast are largely dense and untouched and the undergrowth is teeming with incredible wildlife – much of which is rarely seen as it is often only active at night.

      Adult Price: $35.00

      Day 15

      Day 16

      Franz Josef - Punakaiki Day 16 - Franz Josef - Punakaiki

      There's time to explore Franz Josef Glacier. Later, take a walk among rainforest giants on the West Coast Treetop Walkway. Depart for Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration with a Local Specialist. Later, travel to Punakaiki for a night in your eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront.

      Hotel

      Punakaiki Resort Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Punakaiki Resort Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Optional Experiences

      Haast River Safari

      Travel on a purpose built fully enclosed river jet boat with front-loading access. Great visibility is ensured, yet you remain warm, dry and comfortable, making this a unique and safe experience suitable for anyone of any age to participate in and enjoy.

      Adult Price: $109.00

      Neve Discoverer Flight

      Lift off and fly up over the Franz Josef or Fox Glacier to land amongst this alpine wonderland on a 20-minute scenic flight. Highlights include landing at the head of the Franz Josef or Fox Glacier and a snow or icefall landing.

      Adult Price: $240.00

      Day 16

      Day 17

      Punakaiki - Christchurch Day 17 - Punakaiki - Christchurch

      Board the TranzAlpine train and travel through the Southern Alps to Christchurch. Celebrate your trip with a Farewell Dinner.

      Hotel

      Novotel

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      Novotel

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      Twin Glacier Flight

      From a mantle of pure white snow, massive rivers of ice wind their way down glacier valleys. Explore the glaciers, an incredible natural phenomenon on this 30-minute scenic flight. Highlights include a snow landing at the head of the Franz Josef or Fox Glacier.

      Adult Price: $310.00

      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

      Day 18

      Available Departures

      Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/gsa/tours/best-of-new-zealand for the latest discounts & departure information.

      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Authentic Accommodation
        on the Tasman Sea coast.

      • Be My Guest
        with your hosts Simon and Claudia on their historic property Shenandoah and at Morelea Farm.

      • Cultural Insights
        Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, and learn about traditions of the Maori.

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

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

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        • View the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train.

        • Visit Parry Kauri Park, the Bay of Islands, Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Franz Josef Glacier.


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        • 12 dinners.

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        • Optional Experiences and free time

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        • 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


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        Great itinerary, tour guide ad driver. Lodgings were all first class. Most meals were good. Much confusion over "included" versus "optional" tours. Need more clarification.

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        Service rating : The service was good and our tour director and driver were absolutely tremendous! - very knowledgeable about everything "New Zealand" , well rounded and attentive to our concerns. However, I will probably not use you again. The size of the tour was far too large (47) meaning

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        Service rating : Well organized. Hotels very good to excellentProduct : Many sites seen and experienced.

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        Service rating : It appeared to us that Trafalgar didn't have enough people for any 1 travel package so combined various packages into one group. We had 3 different travel guides and at least 3 different groups of people. It wasn't the tour guide's fault, but clearly was the result of a corporate

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        Service rating : Loved the destinations​. Our driver was phenomenal and our 2 guides were excellent.Product : 5 would have been perfection. It was wonderful, but not perfect. Perfection is hard to reach.

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