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New Zealand Splendour Including Farmstay

15 Days 2 Countries 11 Cities

Take a Milford Sound cruise and view the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier in this Discoveries trip.

"We were treated to a fabulous vacation"

Kevin

About this trip

From Auckland to Christchurch, we see nature in its many forms: the Glow Worm Grotto, Franz Josef Glacier, the majestic Southern Alps and cruising Lake Wakatipu by vintage steamship. 

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… seeing the Maori treasure of pounamu (jade) skilfully carved into traditional ornaments. And having tea and exploring the grounds to views of the Tasman Sea, with the owners of historic home Shenandoah.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: ZAACF

14 Nights

accommodation

27 Meals
  • 14 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 1 Be My Guest lunch.

  • 1 Be My Guest afternoon Tea.

  • 11 dinners.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown. All transfers shown.

New Zealand Splendour Including Farmstay

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive Auckland

Welcome to Auckland! On arrival at Auckland Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4pm). This evening meet your Travel Director 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.

Meal(s)
Welcome Reception
Dinner
Hotel
The Langham

2. 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. Join your fellow travellers tonight for a special Maori Hangi feast and concert Regional Meal at the Tamaki Family Marae.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Regional Meal
Hotel
Millennium

3. Rotorua Sightseeing – Rural Homestay

Today your choice of sightseeing: join the Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs Nature Park; discover Maori culture at Te Puia Arts and Crafts Institute; see the Agrodome Sheep 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. Stay with a local family in a country home. On the homestay 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 in the home or cottages and a tour to introduce you to the way of life. You can also choose to meet the animals including sheep, cows, deer and other others or simply relax with your hosts and enjoy the scenic surrounds.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

4. 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 experience. 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. Enjoy afternoon tea in their garden then take a short tour to see the local wildlife. Continue to Wellington.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining
Dinner with wine
Hotel
James Cook Grand Chancellor

5. Wellington - Blenheim

Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, for a Cultural Insight into Maori life. Later, cruise the Cook Strait into 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 wines from the famous Marlborough region.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Regional Meal
Hotel
Scenic Marlborough

6. Blenheim - Christchurch

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

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Hotel
Novotel

7. Christchurch - Twizel

Join us for a taste of country life at a Be My Guest barbecue lunch on Morelea Farm. You'll be welcomed into the home of your hosts Angie and Stan Taylor and their 600 acre garden. Later, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and soak up the alpine scenery of Mount Cook National Park.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining
Dinner with wine
Hotel
MacKenzie Country Inn

8. Twizel - Dunedin

Start your day with a drive along the Waitaki River. View the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam then travel through Oamaru, with its famous white limestone buildings, to Dunedin for a tour of the city.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine
Hotel
Scenic Southern Cross

9. Dunedin Sightseeing - Te Anau

Today your choice of sightseeing: tour Larnach Castle; ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway; take the Monarch Wildlife Cruise to see the Penguins and the Royal Albatross; visit Cadbury World or Speight's Brewery. Travel across rich fertile sheep-filled farming land to Te Anau.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine
Hotel
Distinction

10. Te Anau - Queenstown (2 Nights)

Amazing photo opportunities await you as you see rainforest, ancient glaciers, mountain ranges and the hand-made Homer Tunnel. Pass the Mirror Lake, Pop's Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm. Your cruise on mystical Milford Sound will take you past Bowen Falls and Mitre Peak. Afterwards, travel over the Devil's Staircase and along the shores of Lake Wakatipu on your way to Queenstown.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Hotel
Millennium

11. Queenstown Sightseeing

Today your choice of sightseeing: ride the Shotover jet boat; join a wine tour; play a round of golf; ride a gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner; take a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon; relax with a spa treatment at Millbrook Resort or go horse riding. This evening cruise aboard New Zealand's oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a Regional Meal at the Colonel's Homestead.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Regional Meal

12. Queenstown - Franz Josef

Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown. Later, enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell, the stone fruit capital. See a trio of lakes, Dunstan, Hawea and Wanaka and travel over the Haast Pass to view amazing Thunder Creek Falls. Then it's on to Franz Josef Glacier.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine
Hotel
Scenic Franz Josef Glacier

13. Franz Josef - Punakaiki

See Franz Josef Glacier from the air on a scenic flight (weather permitting) or take a glacier hike (both own expense). 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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner with wine
Hotel
Punakaiki Resort Authentic Accommodation

14. Punakaiki - Christchurch

At Arthur's Pass board the TranzAlpine train to journey through the Southern Alps to Christchurch. Celebrate your trip this evening at a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Dinner
Hotel
Novotel

15. Depart Christchurch

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

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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

    • Visit the Tamaki Family Marae in Rotorua, historic Arrowtown and Franz Josef Glacier.

    • Cruise on Cook Strait, Lake Wakatipu, Milford Sound.

    • View fur seals up-close at Ohau Point and the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train.


What's Included

Dining

    • 14 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 1 Be My Guest lunch.

    • 1 Be My Guest afternoon Tea.

    • 11 dinners.


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • 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

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Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 10 Reviews

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    It actually was very good and the guides were special. However, on our tour one tourist got the flu and it spread throughout the bus by the time we completed the tour. Poeople having to go to the doctors. I came home and found that I had pneumonia. My suggestion would be that Trafalgar have

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    Service rating : The Splendor Tour of New Zealand was first rate in the way we were cared for. The hotels were lovely, the food very good, and the tour guide very knowledgeable.Product : Again, this tour was well organized and very enjoyable. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and pleasant.

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    Service rating : Hotels were excellent. I really liked the fact that some of the evening meals were "order off the menu". One gets tired of buffets on a tour. Our tour guide knew New Zealand and was helpful in selecting our optional tours of the day.Product : I enjoyed our tour. I think we

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    We were surprised on arrival to find that, although booked on a Trafalgar tour, we were on an AATKINGS tour. We were happy with the tour but do believe that this should have been comminicated before the tour

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