Kia Ora and welcome to Auckland for your two night Special Stay. Celebrate the wonder of New Zealand at tonight’s welcome dinner.
Freechoice: Choose from a range of Auckland’s attractions. Enjoy an exhilarating sail on an authentic America’s Cup yacht and be part of the crew, take the helm or simply sit back and enjoy the ride as you sail Auckland Harbour. Or, explore the wine and cuisine of Waiheke Island and enjoy tastings of olive oil, wine, as well as a vineyard tour. Alternatively, take a leisurely morning cruise of Auckland’s beautiful harbour and see highlights including Devonport and the Harbour Bridge, discover the Waitakere Ranges as you walk in the lush rainforest and stroll along the black sand beaches, choose to join a small group tour and discover the history and sights of Auckland or visit Auckland’s latest attractions the Weta Workshop Unleashed and the All Blacks Experience.
Freechoice Dining: Choose between a sunset dinner yacht cruise, Orbit 360 at Sky City, or dinner at the hotel’s Grand Millennium Brasserie.
Auckland > Paihia
Travel north across Auckland’s busy Harbour Bridge, along the Hibiscus Coast towards the Bay of Islands. Visit Matakohe’s award-winning Kauri Museum and gain an insight into the rich pioneering history of New Zealand’s Northland region. The museum specialises in the legacy of the ancient kauri forests, specifically the strong durable timber and the highly prized kauri gum. Continue to the Waipoua Forest, an ancient green world of towering trees and rare birds, and travel past natural gateways created by huge kauri trees and the fringing of colourful ferns along the road’s edge.
The sense of awe you feel as you see the mighty T-ane Mahuta kauri tree for the first time is unforgettable. Listen to the interactive interpretation from your local Maori guide about the importance of the ‘Lord of the Forest’ to both the natural environment and the Maori people.
Relax over an evening drink watching the sunset at Copthorne Bay of Islands.
Your base for the next three nights is Paihia.
Freechoice: Cruise the calm inland waters of the Bay of Islands with lunch included or enjoy a ferry ride to Russell, the birthplace of European settlement in New Zealand. Alternatively, discover the very best of the bay on a scenic cruise and journey through the Hole in the Rock (weather permitting) or join a Taste
of the Bay tour.
Travel to the very top of New Zealand – Cape Reinga. Explore the magnificent lighthouse and see where the waters of the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet. Discover this remote and magical place of deep spiritual significance to the Maori then enjoy the thrill of travelling along Ninety Mile Beach and marvel at the immense sand dunes.
Paihia > Auckland
This morning, discover Waitangi Treaty Grounds with a Maori guide.
Be entertained by an authentic Maori cultural performance inside the meeting house.
Return to your hotel Auckland.
Auckland > Rotorua
Visit the Hobbiton™ Movie Set before arriving in Rotorua, home of Maori 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 Maori traditions at an authentic hangi dinner.
Optional flight - Take a floatplane flight over Mt Tarawera (additional expense, please book prior to departure).
Rotorua > Napier
Witness the force of nature at Huka Falls before seeing the magnificent Lake Taupo.
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 animals at the National Aquarium.
Meet the makers at a special wine tasting and dinner at Mission Estate Winery.
Enjoy your overnight stay in the home of Art Deco, Napier.
Napier > Wellington
Head south to the town of Greytown in the Wairapa region. Continue to Wellington for a two night stay.
Take an in-depth journey of Te Papa to discover the treasures and stories of New Zealand.
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 or a visit to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. Stay overnight in Blenheim.
Blenheim > Christchurch
Drive along the spectacular East Coast where rugged mountains meet the ocean. Experience how Christchurch is recovering and enjoy a two night stay.
Freechoice: Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant or at the hotel’s restaurant.
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.
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. Feel exhilarated on the Shotover Jet, a 4WD Skippers Canyon, or Safari of the Scenes tour.
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. Then immerse yourself in New Zealand’s oldest university city, Dunedin, with a two night Special Stay.
Freechoice Dining: Choose between Speight’s Brewery and the hotel’s Parcels Restaurant.
Freechoice: Tour Larnach Castle or visit the breeding colony of Royal Albatross. Alternatively, take a heritage walking tour or cruise Otago Harbour.
Dunedin > Mount Cook
Visit the Moeraki Boulders, 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.
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