Hagley Park, Christchurch
Hagley Park, Christchurch
Milford Sound Scenery and Penguin Sightings
Milford Sound Scenery and Penguin Sightings
Queenstown New Zealand
Queenstown New Zealand
Beautiful Coastal Scenery in Dunedin, South Island
Beautiful Coastal Scenery in Dunedin, South Island
Milford Sound (left), and Wai O'Tapu, Rotorua (right)
Milford Sound (left), and Wai O'Tapu, Rotorua (right)

The Long White Cloud - Christchurch to Auckland

18 nights from €9,149 per person Including Flights

Overview

Explore New Zealand’s natural highlights on this 18-night guided tour, beginning in Christchurch and venturing through the Fiordland National Park splendours and Franz Josef Glacier thermal baths and stunning delights. You’ll make your way north taking the ferry from Picton to the north Island ready to admire remarkable volcanic peaks, the Huka Falls & Lake Taupo and enjoy a dazzling glow-worm show at the Waitomo Caves.

This tour with give you a real insight into the fascinating Maori culture experiencing a traditional Hangi feast and entering the forests with a Maori guide teaching you about the local wildlife and nature (AA - NZIJ).

 

Highlights include:

  • Take the TranzAlpine train enjoying extraordinary surroundings
  • Submerge yourself in the Franz Josef geothermal springs
  • Spend some quality time enjoying yourself in ‘adventure capital’ Queenstown
  • Head deep into the Fiordland National Park experiencing unexpected beauties
  • Walk part of the famous Milford Track
  • Afternoon Cruise on Milford Sound
  • Sail the Tasman Sea spotting wildlife
  • Indulge in mouth-watering flavours at a traditional Hangi feast and concert at the Tamaki Maori Marae
  • Visit the Whakarewarewa village for insights into the lives of the Maori community
  • Experience an exclusive five-star Eco Glowworm dazzling show
  • Head deep into Waipoua forest with a local Maori guide, immersing yourself in the fascinating legends behind these giant trees.

     
Whats included?
  • Flights & taxes
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Day 1

Christchurch

On arrival at Christchurch Airport you'll be driven by private car to your hotel. Welcome to Christchurch, join your travel director and fellow travellers for a welcome drink.

Overnight: The George, Christchurch

Day 2

Franz Josef

Hop on the TranzAlpine train today to traverse through the Canterbury plains with the gentle chug-chug taking you into epic scenery. Board the coach at Arthurs Pass and travel to Hokitika to meet a local artisan for a jewellery carving demonstration. For the next two nights, your accommodation will be at an eco-friendly retreat set in pristine wilderness. Perhaps relax in the Franz Josef’s geothermal hot pools.

Overnight: Te Waonui Forest Retreat (Breakfast and dinner with wine included)

Day 3

Franz Josef

This morning join a local guide to explore Franz Josef whilst they will explain the history behind the imposing glacier.

Overnight: Te Waonui Forest Retreat (Breakfast included)

Day 4

Queenstown

Board a purpose built full enclosed river jet boat and journey down the Haast River. After a lunch stop in Makarora enjoy a visit to the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown. The adventure capital awaits, check into your hotel in Queenstown and begin exploring on an orientation tour.

Overnight: Hotel St Moritz (Breakfast and dinner with wine included)

Day 5 - 6

Queenstown free time

Enjoy two full day to explore Queenstown, there is plenty to see and do, adventurers embrace the daring activities today for all those thrill seekers, time to make the most of the Adrenalin capital. Or perhaps a visit to the region’s vintages on a wine tour, view the Lord of the Rings film locations or enjoy the scenery of Queenstown and Glenorchy on a scenic tour. On your second night enjoy a local dining experience in one of Queenstown’s most exclusive restaurants.

Overnight: Hotel St Mortitz (Two breakfast and one dinner included)

Day 7

Milford Sound

Today you’ll head toward Milford Sound Lodge – visiting Te Anau and then journeying deep within the Fiordland National Park. Drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel and emerge into a photographer’s paradise where glaciers and peaks give way to the unexpected beauty of Mirror Lake. You’ll stop to explore the wonder of the Chasm Walk before arriving at your lodge for the next couple of evenings, with its exquisite views of the Cleddau Valley.

Overnight: Milford Sound Lodge (Breakfast and dinner with wine included)

Day 8

Milford Sound

Wake up to the startling beauty of Milford Sound. This morning, explore a section of the famous Milford Track on an easy going half day guided walk. This place is steeped in rich history and stories, the flora and fauna are unique and special. This afternoon aboard the Southern Discoveries vessel sit back and relax as a specialist nature guide introduces you to the natural wonders of Milford Sound often called the ‘eighth natural wonder of the world’.

Overnight: Milford Sound Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner with wine included)

Day 9

Dunedin

Embark on a journey this morning from the rainforests of Fiordland through Te Anau and the rolling the hill country of Southland to the hills of South Otago. A stop in the musical town of Gore at lunchtime before arriving in Dunedin, New Zealand’s southernmost city.

Overnight: Distinction Dunedin Hotel (Breakfast and dinner with wine included)

Day 10

Dunedin Free Time

Enjoy a relaxed start this morning, before taking a guided tour oat Emerson’s Brewery, sample the tasty craft beer before an afternoon at leisure. Relax or continue exploring Dunedin as you wish. Perhaps ride the historic Tairei Gorge Railway or take a wildlife cruise of the Otago Pennisula.

Overnight: Distinction Dunedin Hotel (Breakfast included)

Day 11

Christchurch

Travel up the east coast through Oamaru, famous for its white limestone buildings before arriving in Christchurch for an in-depth sightseeing tour.

Overnight: Hotel Montreal, Christchurch (Breakfast and dinner with wine included)

Day 12

Wellington

Against the backdrop of snow-capped peaks, you’ll arrive in the whale-watching capital of Kaikoura. Consider a scenic whale watching flight (own expense). Continue to the picturesque seaside village of Picton, the launch pad for a serene sailing across the Cook Strait to Wellington followed by a visit to the enriching Te Papa Museum of New Zealand.

Overnight: Sofitel Wellington (Breakfast and dinner with wine included)

Day 13

Wellington free time

Spend your day delving into the coffee culture and gourmet delights of Wellington – consider a cable car ride for a bird’s-eye view of the city – today is yours to enjoy the city on your terms.

Overnight: Sofitel Wellington (Breakfast included)

Day 14

Hawke’s Bay

Travel through the dairy farm land of Manawatu to Napier in Hawke’s Bay. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon before joining your group for wine tasting and a local dining experience at one of their world-famous wineries.

Overnight: Porters Boutique Hotel (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 15

Hawke’s Bay -Napier - Hawke’s Bay

Enjoy a relaxed start before we venture out to explore the Hawkes Bay region. Relive the glamour and style of the jazz era with a luxurious vintage car tour. Your driver will provide a fascinating commentary as you are driven in style, through Art Deco Napier and surrounding areas. You’ll learn about the earthquake that destroyed the city, hear stories of the people that led the rebuild, and discover the Art Deco style. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Overnight: Porters Boutique Hotel (Breakfast and dinner with wine included)

Day 16

Rotorua

Enjoy a leisurely start before continuing the journey to Rotorua. This afternoon visit Waimangu Volcanic Valley where you will connect with the beating heart of the world’s youngest geothermal valley, it’s unique history and legacy. Along the guided walk you’ll experience geothermal activity, hot springs, volcanic craters, nature and wildlife. Followed by a relaxing 45-minute cruise around the tranquil waters of Lake Rotomahana see stunning geothermal activity only accessible by boat as well as rare native birdlife. Immerse in the stories of the Mt Tarawera volcanic eruption and the resulting dramatic landscape changes that created this amazing part of the world.

Overnight: Pullman Rotorua (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 17

Rotorua

Ascending to the breathtaking Redwoods Treewalk, enjoy an elevated bird’s eye view of the 115-year-old redwood giants and the beautiful surrounds of the forest from a unique perspective. Next stop is Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a behind the scenes look at the National Kiwi Hatchery. Tonight, an evening of culture, history and scrumptious food awaits you at Tamaki Maori Village. Wander through the ancient forest village and learn about Maori art forms and traditions, followed by a cultural performance. Experience an authentic Maori Hangi meal, steamed underground in the traditional way..

Overnight: Pullman Rotorua (Breakfast included)

Day 18

Auckland

Begin the day with a dazzling show during an exclusive five-star Eco Glow-worm experience. Later, travel through dairy farming district of Waikato onto Auckland and enjoy a celebration dinner with your group tonight.

Overnight: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 19

Auckland

Bid a fond farewell to your group as your epic New Zealand Inspiring Journey has come to an end.

(Breakfast)

  • International Flights
  • 18 nights’ accommodation
  • 18 Full buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch, 12 dinners
  • All internal transport
  • Tour guide throughout plus local guides
  • All activities and sightseeing as mentioned in itinerary

Tour 2020 departure dates include: 2 Mar, 16 Mar, 6 Apr, 13 Apr, 12 Oct, 9 Nov, 7 Dec

Tour 2021 departure dates include: 11 Jan, 1 Feb, 8 Feb, 22 Feb, 1 Mar, 8 Mar, 15 Mar

Jackie Sheehan
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