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New Zealand Splendour with Homestay

15 Days 1 Country 12 Cities

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

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New Zealand Splendour with Homestay

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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.
    • Stay at your hotel the evening of Day 3 or 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. 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 Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
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    • Double-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 traveling as part of a family group. 
    • Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.
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    Auckland, New Zealand

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    Christchurch (Nz), 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

      Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

      Please read our Trip Notes before booking

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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.
      • Stay at your hotel the evening of Day 3 or 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. 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.
      • Double-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 traveling as part of a family group. 
      • Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

      About this trip

      Set your course from the glistening glow worms of the north to the vibrant green jade of the south - your epic adventure through New Zealand's landscapes will take you past spectacular glaciers and alpine landscapes, culminating in a vintage encounter with T.S.S. Earnslaw as she steams her way across Lake Wakatipu.


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      14 Nights

      accommodation

      27 Meals
      • 14 hot buffet breakfasts

      • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

      • 11 dinners

      • 1 afternoon tea (Be My Guest)

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch.

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

        • View the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train.

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


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 14 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 1 lunch
          (Be My Guest)

        • 11 dinners

        • 1 afternoon tea
          (Be My Guest)


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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


       

      New Zealand Splendour with Homestay

      Your Itinerary

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      Day 1

      Arrive Auckland

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      Auckland - Rotorua (2 Nights)

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      Rotorua Sightseeing – Rural Homestay

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      Rotorua - Wellington

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      Wellington - Blenheim

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      Blenheim - Christchurch

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      Christchurch - Twizel

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      Twizel - Dunedin Sightseeing

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      Dunedin - Te Anau

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      Te Anau - Queenstown (2 Nights)

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      Queenstown Sightseeing

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      Queenstown - Franz Josef

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      Franz Josef - Punakaiki

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      Punakaiki - Christchurch

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      Depart Christchurch

      Day 1

      Arrive Auckland Day 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 Regional Meal 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.

      Hotel

      The Langham

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      The Langham

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception
      • Regional Meal

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      Day 2

      Auckland - Rotorua (2 Nights) Day 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.

      Hotel

      Millennium

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      Millennium

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

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      Day 3

      Rotorua Sightseeing – Rural Homestay Day 3 - Rotorua Sightseeing – Rural Homestay

      Today your choice of sightseeing: unwind at the Polynesian Spa; visit Te Puia and tour through the Whakawerawera Thermal Reserve; take a fascinating tour of the Hobbiton movie set or explore Rotorua and its three lakes in an amphibious WWII era Duck. Your Travel Director will assist you in booking your choice of sightseeing. This evening you'll stay 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.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Rotorua - Wellington Day 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.

      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

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Wellington - Blenheim Day 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 3 course Regional Meal prepared with local produce, paired with wines from the famous Marlborough region.

      Hotel

      Chateau Marlborough

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      Chateau Marlborough

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Blenheim - Christchurch Day 6 - Blenheim - Christchurch

      Today we travel inland through the Wairau Valley, home to some of the Marlborough region's world-famous Sauvignon Blanc. Continue to the alpine village of Murchison before travelling over Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

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      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Christchurch - Twizel Day 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.

      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

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Twizel - Dunedin Sightseeing Day 8 - Twizel - Dunedin Sightseeing

      Your day starts with a journey along the Waitaki River, and a photo stop at the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel through to the township of Oamaru with its famous white limestone buildings and then on to Dunedin. 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 tour of the Speight's Brewery.

      Hotel

      Scenic Southern Cross

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Scenic Southern Cross

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

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      Day 9

      Dunedin - Te Anau Day 9 - Dunedin - Te Anau

      This morning enjoy a chance to explore Dunedin. Later, travel through lush green pastures, crossing sheep-filled farming land to the village of Te Anau, on the shores of Lake Te Anau, the South Island's largest lake. Tonight consider an Optional Experience out across the lake to the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves.

      Hotel

      Distinction

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

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      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

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      Day 10

      Te Anau - Queenstown (2 Nights) Day 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.

      Hotel

      Millennium

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      Queenstown Sightseeing Day 11 - Queenstown Sightseeing

      Today your choice of sightseeing: ride the Shotover Jet boat, visit a high country farm; ride a gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner; visit Kiwi Birdlife Park 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. Then enjoy an entertaining after-dinner farm show providing a glimpse into high-country farm life and later return to Queenstown to sample the festive nightlife.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Day 11

      Day 12

      Queenstown - Franz Josef Day 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.

      Hotel

      Scenic Franz Josef Glacier

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      Scenic Franz Josef Glacier

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

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      Day 13

      Franz Josef - Punakaiki Day 13 - 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

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      Day 14

      Punakaiki - Christchurch Day 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.

      Hotel

      Novotel

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      Novotel

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

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      Day 15

      Depart Christchurch Day 15 - 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

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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

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

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

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Local Specialist
        For included sightseeing in Hokitika and Waitomo Caves.

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch.

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

        • View the Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine train.

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


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 14 hot buffet breakfasts

        • 1 lunch
          (Be My Guest)

        • 11 dinners

        • 1 afternoon tea
          (Be My Guest)


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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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        Our tour director, Tania, was awesome and fun and our driver, Lewis, was efficient and professional. private transfers to and from the airport, made it better still.

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        Service rating : Overall, I enjoyed the tour. The itinerary was great and seeing the country by bus was awesome. Ricky, the driver, was incredible. He was an excellent driver, and very personable and helpful. Kevin, the tour director, was quite well organized and quite humorous. I am not a

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        Service rating : Cairns tour was OK . Sydney tour was too repetitive on first day - too much talk about "high cost of living/houses, etc" and second day tour guide was boring and had no enthusiasm in his voice.Product : Our tour guide Kevin was an absolute jewel...very well informed and his

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        Service rating : Tour was very well organized and covered the culture and features of New Zealand. Hotels and food was excellent.Product : The trip covered all the main sights and more.

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        Service rating : The trip was great. The only bad part was our 8 hr layover in Houston after flying in from Tampa before our long trip to Auckland.Product : For the most part everything was great. Some of the hotel food wasn't the greatest. Our tour guide and bus driver were awesome.

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