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Contrasts of New Zealand

9 Days 1 Country 9 Cities

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

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    • 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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      • *Air: Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. Land Only price requires the following intra-trip flight 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.
      • 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 Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.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 the 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: IZANB

      8 Nights

      accommodation

      17 Meals
      • 9 hot buffet breakfasts

      • 3 lunches (including Be My Guest)

      • 5 dinners

      On-trip Transport

      Internal flights not included.

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Auckland including harbour cruise.

        • 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

        • 3 lunches
          (including Be My Guest)

        • 5 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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      Arrive Auckland (2 Nights)

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      Auckland Sightseeing

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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 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 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 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

      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

      Today 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, sourced from fresh locally-grown produce, at the Red Barn on their beautiful Waikato dairy farm (from April 1 2018). This evening enter the traditional world of the Maori for a unique Cultural Insight. Enjoy a Hangi Regional Meal with wine, and a powerful and entertaining cultural performance, at the Tamaki Family Marae.

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      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 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! 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

      Novotel (Distinction from April 1 2018)

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      Novotel (Distinction from April 1 2018)

      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, cruise across Lake Wakatipu onboard the historic steamship TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner, take a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon 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

      Depart Queenstown Day 9 - Depart Queenstown

      Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast.

      Hotel

      Novotel

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      Novotel

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 9

      Available Departures

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

      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Be My Guest
        Meet Lance and Bridgette O'Sullivan for lunch on their dairy farm in the beautiful rural setting in the Waikato region of the North Island of New Zealand. Join Angie and Stan Taylor in their 600-acre garden at Morelea Farm in the Canterbury 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 - In Rotorua you'll explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park and Kiwi Encounter and learn about the kiwi breeding programme. You'll also discover how your trip supports their vital work. At Te Puia 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 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

        • 3 lunches
          (including Be My Guest)

        • 5 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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      Guest Reviews and Ratings

      • Guest Service Rating from 75 Reviews

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        Wonderful comprehensive and picturesque tour of New Zealand. For most of us, it was a once-in-a-lifetime journey and it exceeded all expectations.

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        Service rating : The Trafalgar tour of New Zealand was excellent. The itinerary, tour guide, hotels and meals were all top-notch.Product : This itinerary had a ll the sights we wanted to see in New Zealand! Great work.

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        Service rating : The scenery was beautiful. I enjoyed seeing so much of New Zealand. The highlights were the Maori village experience and the Milford Sound cruise.Product : It's a beautiful country. The people were very nice. Everything was clean and there was no smog. Our tour director was

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        Overall the trip coordination was excellent. Trafalgar should consider controlling intermediate travel for its tours so that tour groups stay intact. Our tour group was split into three parts and several people lost time arranging alternate travel due to travel delays and overbooking.

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        We saw so many sights that we would have missed had we been traveling on our own. Our Tour Guide, Marty, was so knowledgable and added so much to our experiences.

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