New Zealand Splendor - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

17 days

from $5175 pp

Trip available from Jun 2015 to Mar 2016.
"A truly wonderful experience"
Denis , Jul 2014

From Auckland to Christchurch, we see nature in its many forms: Glow Worm Grotto, majestic Mt. Cook, Franz Josef Glacier, and the Southern Alps by the TranzAlpine train.

It's Insider moments like… seeing the Maori treasure of pounamu (jade) skilfully carved into traditional ornaments, and avoiding bad luck by finding someone to buy yours for you. Having tea and a tour with the owners of historic home Shenandoah to views of the Tasman Sea, getting up close to their friendly Highland cattle and unique collection of Harley Davidson bikes. Tearing yourself away from the unique Pancake Rocks and Blowholes of Punakaiki, then sleeping to Tasman Sea breezes at a waterfront resort.

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1-2


    You will fly over the international date line on your way to Auckland, New Zealand.

  • 3.


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


    Welcome Reception,Dinner


    The Langham

  • 4.


    After a sightseeing tour of Auckland, head south to the Waitomo Caves to visit the amazing Glow Worm Grotto. A Local Expert will lead you through the grotto by boat and you'll walk in the limestone caves. Your journey continues to Rotorua. Join your fellow travelers tonight for a special Maori Hangi feast and concert Regional Meal at the Tamaki Family Marae.


    Buffet Breakfast,Regional Meal



  • 5.


    Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Join the Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, discover Maori culture at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, see the Agrodome Sheep Show, relax in the seclusion of your own hot mineral pool or unwind with a facial treatment in the Lake Spa Retreat at the Polynesian Spa. Maybe ride the amphibious Rotorua Duck or the luge at Rotorua Skyline.


    Buffet Breakfast

  • 6.


    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 including friendly Highland cows. Continue to Wellington for a sightseeing tour.


    Buffet Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining,Dinner


    James Cook Grand Chancellor

  • 7.


    Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, with time to discover a Unique Insight into Maori culture. Later, cruise the Cook Strait into tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound. The seaside village of Picton is next, then Blenheim for a city tour. This evening enjoy a Regional Meal prepared with local produce, paired with local wine.


    Buffet Breakfast,Regional Meal


    Scenic Marlborough

  • 8.


    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 and see the extensive work carried out to rebuild the city after the earthquake of February 2011.


    Buffet Breakfast



  • 9.


    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. Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and soak up the alpine scenery of Mount Cook National Park.


    Buffet Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining,Dinner


    MacKenzie Country Inn

  • 10.


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


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner


    Scenic Southern Cross

  • 11.


    This morning choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Tour Larnach Castle, ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway or take the Monarch Wildlife Cruise to see the Penguins and the Royal Albatross. Or choose from a visit to Cadbury World or Speight's Brewery. Travel across rich fertile sheep-filled farming land to Te Anau on the shores of Lake Te Anau, the South Island's largest lake.


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner



  • 12.


    You'll be awe-struck by the magnificence of the World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park. 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. An orientation tour of New Zealand's adventure capital finishes this highlight day.


    Buffet Breakfast



  • 13.


    Today choose one from a range of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. Ride the Thunder Jet on Lake Wakatipu, join a wine tour, play a round of golf or take a gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner. Perhaps take a 4WD minibus through Skippers Canyon, relax with a spa treatment at Millbrook Resort, go horse riding or explore Queenstown on a Segway. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand's oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak Station for a gourmet barbecue Regional Meal at the Colonel's Homestead.


    Buffet Breakfast,Regional Meal

  • 14.


    Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown on the Arrow River. Enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell, the stone fruit capital, a Local Specialty. See a trio of lakes, Dunstan, Hawea and Wanaka. Travel over the Haast Pass and view amazing Thunder Creek Falls. Then it's on to Franz Josef Glacier, the world's most accessible and still advancing glacier.


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner


    Scenic Franz Josef Glacier

  • 15.


    See Franz Josef Glacier from the air on an optional flight (weather permitting) or take a glacier hike! Depart for Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), a Local Specialty, for a factory visit and jewelry demonstration. Later, travel to Punakaiki for a night in your Authentic Accommodations right on the waterfront.


    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner


    Punakaiki Resort Authentic Accommodations

  • 16.


    Travel to Arthur's Pass where you'll 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 and fellow travelers.


    Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner



  • 17.


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


    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodations

    Stay at an exclusive resort on the waterfront at Punakaiki with the Tasman Sea before you and the National Park behind.
  • Be My Guest

    Enjoy afternoon tea at Shenandoah villa near Wellington.
    Sample a taste of country life with a barbecue lunch on a working farm in Canterbury.
  • Hidden Treasure

    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Expert

    Tour the Glow Worm Grotto at the Waitomo Caves.
    Explore Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland in Rotorua.
  • Local Specialty

    Watch skilled artisans carving greenstone (jade) in Hokitika.
    Taste the sumptuous stone fruit at Mrs. Jones' Orchard at Cromwell.
  • Unique Insight

    Explore New Zealand's nature, art, history and cultural heritage at Te Papa.

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What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Auckland, Wellington, Blenheim and Dunedin.
  • Cruise through Cook Strait on Lake Wakatipu and Milford Sound.
  • See magnificent Franz Josef Glacier.
  • View native wildlife up close, jade carving in Hoktika, the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine train.
  • Visit the Glow Worm Grotto at Waitomo Caves, a thermal valley in Rotorua, Te Papa Museum of New Zealand and Franz Josef Glacier.


  • 1 Be My Guest afternoon tea.

  • 14 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 11 dinners

    (including Welcome Reception, 3 Regional Meals, 6 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner).
  • 1 Be My Guest lunch.

Travel Highlights

  • A stylish wallet, travel documents and map
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

We offer a range of Optional Experiences and entertainment options to complement our trips. These are purchased when you are on your trip, via your Trafalgar Travel Director. Depending on the region visited, these can be paid with cash or credit card. We are sorry but at this time we are unable to display all optionals for this trip. Where available, these Optional Experiences will be added to our website shortly.

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