Kia Ora and welcome to Auckland for your two night Special Stay. Celebrate the wonder of New Zealand at tonight’s welcome dinner.
Freechoice: Sail on an authentic America’s Cup yacht or explore the wine and cuisine of Waiheke Island. Alternatively, take a leisurely harbour cruise, discover the black sand beaches of the West Coast, or join a small group sightseeing tour of Auckland.
Freechoice Dining: Choose between a sunset dinner yacht cruise, Orbit 360 at Sky City, or dinner at the hotel’s Grand Millennium Brasserie.
Auckland > Omapere
Travel north towards the Bay of Islands and visit the Kauri Museum to learn about the history of the local pioneers.
The sense of awe you feel as you see the mighty Tãne Mahuta kauri tree for the first time is unforgettable. Listen to stories from your Mãori guide about the ‘Lord of the Forest’.
Watch the sunset on Hokianga Bay with a drink on the terrace of your hotel.
Omapere > Paihia
Freechoice: Take a lunch cruise or enjoy a ferry ride to Russell, the birthplace of European settlement in New Zealand. Alternatively, cruise to Cape Brett Lighthouse and through the Hole in the Rock (weather permitting), or join a Taste of the Bay tour.
Spend the next two nights in Paihia.
Journey to the top of New Zealand – Cape Reinga – and enjoy the thrill of travelling along Ninety Mile Beach.
Paihia > Auckland
This morning discover Waitangi Treaty Grounds with a Mãori guide.
Be entertained by an authentic Mãori cultural performance inside the meeting house.
Return to your hotel in Auckland for a one-night stay.
Auckland > Rotorua
Visit the Hobbiton™ Movie Set before arriving in Rotorua, home of Mãori culture and bubbling mud pools. Later, visit the National Kiwi Trust, before your two night stay in Rotorua.
Be amazed by Rotorua’s geothermal activity during a visit to Te Puia.
Freechoice: Witness a sheep show, take an amphibious duck tour or relax in the geothermal pools. Alternatively, enjoy the view from Skyline Rotorua while wine tasting. Tonight, immerse yourself in Mãori traditions at an authentic h-a ngi dinner.
Optional flight - Take a helicopter flight to Mt Tarawera including a volcanic landing (additional expense, please book prior to departure).
Rotorua > Napier
Witness the force of nature at Huka Falls before visiting magnificent Lake Taupo. Enjoy an overnight stay in the home of Art Deco, Napier.
Meet the makers at a special wine tasting and dinner at Mission Estate Winery.
Napier > Wellington
Freechoice: Take a walking tour of Napier’s Art Deco buildings, view the famous landmarks of Napier during a vintage car tour or discover a diverse range of aquatic animals and wildlife at the National Aquarium.
Continue to Wellington for a two-night stay.
Explore Wellington’s sights on your city tour before visiting the National Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa.
Take an in-depth journey of Te Papa to discover the treasures and stories of New Zealand, told with authority and passion, before delighting in kapu ti – a hot drink and traditionally inspired food.
Wellington > Blenheim
Travel in the ferry’s premium lounge across the Marlborough Sounds to the South Island.
Freechoice: Enjoy a tasting at the home of Sauvignon Blanc, a visit to Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, or take an afternoon cruise on the Marlborough Sounds.
Enjoy an overnight stay at Blenheim.
Blenheim > Christchurch
Drive along the spectacular East Coast where rugged mountains meet the ocean. Experience how Christchurch is recovering during your two-night stay.
Freechoice: Go punting on the Avon River, take a Botanic Gardens Tour or enjoy a city tour around Christchurch. Alternatively, visit the seaside town of Akaroa or the International Antarctic Centre.
Freechoice Dining: Experience a Kiwi home-hosted dinner with a local family or enjoy dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.
Christchurch > Franz Josef
Join the TranzAlpine this morning for your rail journey across the Southern Alps. Stand in wonder at Franz Josef Glacier with its ever-changing face before your overnight Special Stay.
Optional flight - Take a helicopter flight over Franz Josef or Fox Glacier and experience the wonder in this natural alpine landscape (additional expense, please book prior to departure).
Franz Josef > Queenstown
Enjoy a ride on the Haast River Jet boat before you arrive in Queenstown for your three night stay.
Freechoice: Take the Dart River Wilderness Jet, or tour local wineries. Alternatively, feel exhilarated on the Shotover Jet, a 4WD Skippers Canyon, or Safari of the Scenes tour exploring ‘The Lord of The Rings’ filming locations.
Freechoice Dining: Take a steamship cruise on TSS Earnslaw and enjoy dinner at Walter Peak, ride the Skyline Gondola and dine overlooking Queenstown, or simply relax at the hotel’s restaurant.
Enjoy a day at leisure to discover Queenstown.
Queenstown > Milford Sound
In the darkness of the Te Anau caves, see the shimmer of thousands of glow-worms. Enjoy an overnight Special Stay on board the Milford Mariner amidst the majesty of Milford Sound.
Milford Sound > Dunedin
Awake to breathtaking beauty in Milford Sound. The cruise style is relaxed, allowing plenty of time to view the fiord’s spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife. Then immerse yourself in New Zealand’s oldest University City, Dunedin, with a two-night stay.
Freechoice Dining: Choose between Speight’s Brewery and the hotel’s Carlton Restaurant.
Freechoice: Tour Larnach Castle or visit the breeding colony of Royal Albatross. Alternatively, take a heritage walking tour, cruise Otago Harbour or take the scenic Taieri Gorge Railway.
Dunedin > Mount Cook
Visit the Moeraki Boulders, a unique sight featuring huge spherical boulders scattered across a sandy beach. Enjoy a Special Stay at Mount Cook.
Mount Cook > Christchurch
Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd before returning to Christchurch for your Special Stay
Celebrate your adventures during an iconic tram ride.
Bid farewell to New Zealand.