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Wonders of New Zealand

18 Days 1 Country 15 Cities

Journey into New Zealand's North and South Island and discover places like Christchurch, Rotorua and Auckland.

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18 Days 1 Country 15 Cities

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    • Departures between 1 Oct 2018-31 Mar 2019 are subject to price, itinerary and hotel modification.
    • *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.
    • If you would prefer to start your trip in Auckland and end in Christchurch, this itinerary is also available in reverse. Visit Best of New Zealand - ZABC.
    • Stay at your hotel the evening of Day 13 or with a local family in a nearby country home. Your hosts will provide wonderful Kiwi hospitality that makes you really feel 'at home'. You'll enjoy a wholesome dinner and a cooked breakfast, comfortable accommodation and a tour to introduce you to the way of life. Please make your choice at time of booking.
    • 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 Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
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    • 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. 

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    Christchurch (Nz), New Zealand

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    Auckland, New Zealand

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    Early payment discount

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    Code: XXXXX

      Extensions available for this trip

      Secure your trip with a deposit today

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      Please read our Trip Notes before booking

      iNotes
      • Departures between 1 Oct 2018-31 Mar 2019 are subject to price, itinerary and hotel modification.
      • *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.
      • If you would prefer to start your trip in Auckland and end in Christchurch, this itinerary is also available in reverse. Visit Best of New Zealand - ZABC.
      • Stay at your hotel the evening of Day 13 or with a local family in a nearby country home. Your hosts will provide wonderful Kiwi hospitality that makes you really feel 'at home'. You'll enjoy a wholesome dinner and a cooked breakfast, comfortable accommodation and a tour to introduce you to the way of life. Please make your choice at time of booking.
      • 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. 

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      About this trip

      As brilliant as the starry sky and close enough to touch, the luminous glow worms of northern New Zealand light up the dark depths of another world - yours to explore along a journey tracing the barren landscapes of Desert Road and jagged Pancake Rocks and Blow Holes of Punakaiki and the cityscapes of Auckland.


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      17 Nights

      accommodation

      31 Meals
      • 17 hot buffet breakfasts

      • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

      • 1 afternoon tea (Be My Guest)

      • 12 dinners

      On-trip Transport

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      What's Included

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        • City tour in Auckland, Wellington, Blenheim and 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 Punakaiki Pancake Rocks, Franz Josef Glacier, Parry Kauri Park, and the Bay of Islands.


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 17 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 1 lunch
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        • 1 afternoon tea
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        • 12 dinners


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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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      Punakaiki - Franz Josef

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      Franz Josef - Queenstown (2 Nights)

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      Wellington - Rotorua (2 Nights)

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      Rotorua Sightseeing

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      Rotorua - Auckland

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      Auckland - Bay of Islands

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      Depart Auckland

      Day 1

      Arrive Christchurch Day 1 - Arrive Christchurch

      Welcome to Christchurch, New Zealand's Garden City. Flights can arrive any time prior to 4pm and you will be transferred from the airport to your Christchurch hotel. After you check-in, you may wish to stretch your legs and take a walk around Cathedral Square or visit the Re:Start Mall. This evening, meet your fellow passengers and Travel Director at a Welcome Reception and then enjoy dinner together at your hotel.

      Hotel

      Novotel

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception
      • Dinner

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      Novotel

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception
      • Dinner

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Christchurch - Punakaiki Day 2 - Christchurch - Punakaiki

      First up this morning you will board the TranzAlpine train and head out through the Southern Alps to Arthurs 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. Then, journey up the West Coast to Punakaiki, where you'll view the Pancake Rocks and blow holes. Tonight dinner with wine is at your hotel, then fall asleep to the sound of the surf crashing on the beach, as we overnight in our eco - friendly resort.

      Hotel

      Punakaiki Resort Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

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      Punakaiki Resort Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Punakaiki - Franz Josef Day 3 - Punakaiki - Franz Josef

      This morning travel down the West Coast to Hokitika. As well as being one of the few West Coast communities to embrace its coastal landscape, Hokitika struck it rich in the resources stakes. Here you will visit a pounamu factory (native greenstone or jade), for the chance to see a Local Specialist at work creating intricate pieces of jewellery and art. Maori tradition says it is bad luck to buy pounamu for yourself, so if you fancy a trinket of your own, make sure you have someone there to purchase it for you. Your final destination for today is the extraordinary rivers of ice that make up Franz Josef Glacier. You may want to get up close and personal with the glaciers on an Optional Experience helicopter flight. Your flight will hover over the snow face, and may land high up in the valley so that you can walk across the ice fall - subject to weather conditions. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

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      Scenic Franz Josef Glacier

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Scenic Franz Josef Glacier

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Franz Josef - Queenstown (2 Nights) Day 4 - Franz Josef - Queenstown (2 Nights)

      If weather conditions are unfavourable on Day 3, you will get another chance to fly up to the glaciers this morning. If you aren't flying, you might want to take a stroll through the small but lively Franz Josef village. Then you will head out of Franz following an ancient greenstone trail. View the sheer drop of Thunder Creek Falls and the grand sight of Mt Hooker, flanked on three sides by extensive glaciers. Travel over Haast Pass, marking a change from the rainforest marvel of the wild West Coast to the alpine scenery of the Southern Lakes. From here you will travel further into Central Otago and view Lake Wanaka, where the shoreline is charmingly lined by poplars and willows, followed by the vivid blue waters of Lake Hawea. It is a day of gorgeous lakes, as after Hawea you will travel over to Cromwell, situated next to the sparkling pristine waters of Lake Dunstan. Stop in at a local orchard for a taste of some of the town's delicious stone fruit. Later, you will stop and visit the faithfully restored gold mining settlement of Arrowtown. As you amble down the beautiful tree-lined avenues, past the 19th century wooden buildings, you will feel like you have stepped into a movie set. Then it's on to Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand!

      Hotel

      Millennium

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Millennium

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Queenstown Sightseeing Day 5 - Queenstown Sightseeing

      Today your choice of sightseeing: ride the Shotover Jet, visit Kiwi Birdlife Park, or a high country farm, take the gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner or perhaps a 4WD minibus through Skippers Canyon. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue Regional Meal at the Colonel's Homestead. An entertaining farm show provides a glimpse into high-country farm life. Return to Queenstown to experience the festive nightlife.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

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      Day 6

      Queenstown - Te Anau Day 6 - Queenstown - Te Anau

      Today is one of those days where you will want to have your camera battery charged, and ready to go. And you will probably want to have a spare battery or two on hand… just in case. From the beautiful sights of Queenstown, you will travel out to the spectacular scenes of Milford Sound. You will stop at Mirror Lakes where, as the name suggests, you can see the stunning mountain scenery perfectly reflected in the waters of the lakes. Then on to the Homer Tunnel, man's attempt to master the sheer rocky ranges, still left rough-hewn around the edges. As you emerge out the other side of the tunnel, you are presented with one of the world's most dramatic alpine drives, down through the Cleddau Valley. You will have a stop at the Chasm, where the roaring Cleddau River has carved its way through solid rock, and then it's on to Milford Sound, where you will cruise the waters of this natural wonder. Your cruise meanders down the sound, taking in the Bowen and Stirling Falls as these plummet from glacial hanging valleys sharply into the sea, and the sheer pinnacle of Mitre Peak, rising from the deep waters of the fiord. After leaving Milford Sound, you will journey through the Fiordland National Park and out to Te Anau on one of the most scenic roads you could hope for. Travel through native rainforests, beech forests, alluvial flats and meadows. This evening after dinner with wine at your hotel you may consider an Optional Experience out across the lake to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves.

      Hotel

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      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

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      Distinction

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Te Anau - Dunedin Day 7 - Te Anau - Dunedin

      You may want to take an early morning walk along the shoreline of the South Island's biggest lake, before you depart the township of Te Anau this morning. The heavily forested, rugged mountains of Fiordland National Park turn into rolling, grassy hills as you meander your way down to the city of Dunedin. Dunedin, also known as the Edinburgh of the South, has strong connections to its northern hemisphere sister city, even down to sharing many of the same street names - so take a wander down George Street, noting Dunedin's Scottish ancestry. This afternoon your choice of sightseeing: tour Larnach Castle, New Zealand's only castle, ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway, take the Monarch Wildlife Cruise or a Speight's Brewery. Tonight, enjoy dinner with wine at your hotel.

      Hotel

      Scenic Southern Cross

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Scenic Southern Cross

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Dunedin - Twizel Day 8 - Dunedin - Twizel

      This morning you have some free time in Dunedin. You may wish to roam around the beautiful grounds of New Zealand's first university, Otago. From Dunedin you will then travel through to the township of Oamaru, with its stately tree-lined streets and its famous white limestone buildings. As well as shipping limestone to the bigger cities of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin for construction of their Town Halls and various churches, Oamaru locals made sure that their own town represented the best in limestone building the mid-late 1800s had to offer. Then you will journey along the Waitaki River, for a photo stop at the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. The Waitaki River marks the boundary between the regions of Canterbury and Otago, and with its large catchment it is an ideal source of hydro-electric power. Your day finishes in the heart of the Mackenzie Country at Twizel.

      Hotel

      MacKenzie Country

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      MacKenzie Country

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

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      Day 9

      Twizel - Christchurch Day 9 - Twizel - Christchurch

      You may wish to take an Optional Experience this morning. Take in Mount Cook National Park from the air on a scenic flight out over New Zealand's highest peak, the Southern Alps and on to Franz Josef and Fox Glacier. Sweeping views across the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo framed by a backdrop of rugged hills and snow-capped mountains provide stunning alpine photography opportunities. Later, you will visit the little stone-hewn Church of the Good Shepherd, and stop for a quick photo with the bronze statue of a collie dog, the touching tribute to the sheepdogs which helped develop the Mackenzie Country. Join us at a Be My Guest barbecue at Morelea Farm, a typical working sheep farm, where you'll get a taste of traditional New Zealand country life. You'll be welcomed into the home of Angie and Stan Taylor and their 600 acre garden. You'll have the chance to experience sheep shearing and farming demonstrations before enjoying a BBQ lunch, and wait until you try Angie's famous pavlova dessert! Listen to the family's story of growing up in rural New Zealand and their challenges of farming in the foothills of New Zealand's Southern Alps. This afternoon head through the South Canterbury country towns of Fairlie and Geraldine and out over the patchwork countryside of the Canterbury Plains into Christchurch. Enjoy a city sights tour and see how Christchurch is rebuilding after the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Pop into the Transitional Cathedral in Latimer Square, the temporary home of the Christchurch Cathedral. It is the world's only cathedral made substantially of cardboard! Tonight, speak with your Travel Director about dining recommendations in Christchurch's inner city.

      Hotel

      Novotel

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Hotel

      Novotel

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

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      Day 10

      Christchurch - Blenheim Day 10 - Christchurch - Blenheim

      (Alternative Travel Route) Today you'll travel over the Canterbury Plains and the Lewis Pass, stopping at the small Alpine village of Murchison, known as the 'whitewater capital' of the country due to the many rivers in the region. Later, you'll enjoy stunning scenery of the Buller Gorge before arriving in the Marlborough region, world-famous for its Sauvignon Blancs, among other quality wines. Enjoy a brief orientation tour of Blenheim. Tonight enjoy a 3 course Regional Meal prepared from local produce and matched with wines of the Marlborough region, including selections from Villa Maria and Saint Clair wineries.

      Hotel

      Chateau Marlborough

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      Chateau Marlborough

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Day 10

      Day 11

      Blenheim - Wellington Day 11 - Blenheim - Wellington

      Enjoy a quiet start to the day. Your Travel Director and coach will join you on board the Interislander for a cruise across the Cook Strait, from the South Island to the North. Surprisingly it takes longer to cruise through the Queen Charlotte Sound and up the Tory Channel than it does to cross the open ocean of Cook Strait. You will meander through a maze of arms and inlets out of Picton. Upon arrival, you will head out on a city sights tour of Wellington taking in New Zealand's parliament buildings, and a visit to Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, for a Cultural Insight. Discover New Zealand's nature, history, art and heritage, and then enjoy some time at leisure. Indulge in Wellington's renowned coffee culture, or take a walk along Lambton Quay. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

      Hotel

      James Cook Grand Chancellor

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      James Cook Grand Chancellor

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Day 11

      Day 12

      Wellington - Rotorua (2 Nights) Day 12 - Wellington - Rotorua (2 Nights)

      After departing Wellington, this morning you'll travel north up the Kapiti Coast to the gorgeous historic villa, Shenandoah, for a Be My Guest morning tea. Join Simon and Claudia, who will show you their home, which includes a unique private collection of Harley Davidson motor cycles. Enjoy morning tea in their garden, then take a walk around the property to meet the animal members of the family. Journey north over the tussock plains of the Central Plateau through Tongariro National Park, view Lake Taupo and Huka Falls on your way to Rotorua. Tonight an evening of culture, history and scrumptious food awaits you at the Tamaki Family Marae. Wander through the ancient forest village and learn about Maori art forms and traditions, followed by a concert featuring local performers. Experience an authentic Maori Hangi Regional Meal, steamed underground in the traditional way.

      Hotel

      Millennium

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      Millennium

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining
      • Regional Meal

      Day 12

      Day 13

      Rotorua Sightseeing Day 13 - Rotorua Sightseeing

      Today your choice of sightseeing: tour the Hobbiton movie set, discover Maori culture at Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, unwind at the Polynesian Spa or maybe explore Rotorua and its three lakes in an amphibious WWll era Duck. Your Travel Director will assist you in booking all of your chosen sightseeing experiences.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Day 14

      Rotorua - Auckland Day 14 - Rotorua - Auckland

      This morning you will travel through the King Country region which was at the centre of the New Zealand Wars in the 1860s to Waitomo Caves. See the amazing underground Glow Worm Grotto by boat and walk through the limestone caverns with a Local Specialist. This afternoon you will follow the meandering trail of the Waikato River, New Zealand's longest river, past the lush farmlands of the Waikato Region. As you journey over the Bombay Hills, the landscape changes from green, grassy meadowlands to the edges of suburbia. As you make your way into the heart of New Zealand's largest city, you will stop at Bastion Point and the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial, as you will get stunning shots of Auckland, the North Shore and the Waitemata Harbour. Tonight's Regional Meal is at The Langham. Your personal degustation menu is made from the freshest, quality ingredients, including mouth-watering seafood and desserts.

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      The Langham

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

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      The Langham

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

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      Day 15

      Auckland - Bay of Islands Day 15 - Auckland - Bay of Islands

      This morning depart Auckland City and travel over the Harbour Bridge past the sprawling suburbs of the North Shore of Auckland. Your travels then take you through Northland's lush farmland scenery before arriving into the beautiful Bay of Islands. Experience spectacular scenery as you cruise through game fishing waters to Cape Brett and, weather permitting, through the famous 'Hole in the Rock' formation. The return cruise to Paihia meanders through picturesque islands - see deserted sandy beaches and secluded bays and keep your eyes peeled for the marine life.

      Hotel

      Copthorne Resort (Water View)

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Copthorne Resort (Water View)

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

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      Day 16

      Bay of Islands Sightseeing Day 16 - Bay of Islands Sightseeing

      Today your choice of sightseeing: Perhaps go on a dolphin watching cruise, a day of sailing aboard a historic tall ship, journey around Kerikeri on a wine tasting tour or join a Russell Mini tour and learn a little more about the settling of the Bay of Islands. Your Travel Director will assist you in booking the sightseeing of your choice.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Bay of Islands - Auckland Day 17 - Bay of Islands - Auckland

      Enjoy a leisurely morning in the Bay of Islands before you travel back to Auckland. Your journey takes you to Whangarei, the northern-most city in New Zealand, where you can wander around the art galleries and through the marina in the Town Basin. Later, enjoy a stop at Parry Kauri Park and take a walk among New Zealand's native forest giants, the Kauri trees before arriving into Auckland late afternoon. Tonight, speak with your Travel Director about dining recommendations in Auckland's inner city.

      Hotel

      The Langham

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Hotel

      The Langham

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 17

      Day 18

      Depart Auckland Day 18 - Depart Auckland

      Bid farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Authentic Accommodation
        Stay on South Island's wild west coast at Punakaiki Resort near the famous Pancake Rocks

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        Join Angie and Stan Taylor in their 600-acre garden at Morelea Farm in the Canterbury region

      • 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
        Visit a jade factory in Hokitika and see a jewellery demonstration. Enter the world of the glow worm with an expert guide at Waitomo Caves

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        • City tour in Auckland, Wellington, Blenheim and 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 Punakaiki Pancake Rocks, Franz Josef Glacier, Parry Kauri Park, and the Bay of Islands.


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 17 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 1 lunch
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        • 1 afternoon tea
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        • 12 dinners


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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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        Everything was great! Marty was our guide and Stu our bus driver. These two fellows were outstanding with their knowledge of the entire areas we toured. The hotels, sites, options and food were all great.

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        Meals and lodgings were **** and *****. Tour director and driver were professional and knowledgable and scenery was incredible.

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        Service rating : Outstanding Guide makes trip even betterProduct : We covering both Islands in 18 days driving more than 2400 miles.Most of the time we arrived in a new destination at the end of the day and unless we were staying two nights all we saw was the hotel and dining room. I would

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