Contrasts of New Zealand
9 nights from £2,189 per person - available 2018 & 2019
- In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
- Internal travel
- Sights and excursions
- Tour guide throughout
- 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners
A great way to sample some of the many wondrous sights, sounds and tastes of New Zealand, this 10-day adventure kicks off in Auckland and takes you on a whirlwind journey through the North and South Islands. Along the way, you’ll be treated to time in the Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto, spend an evening at the Tamaki family Marae, journey along the South Alps on the Tranz Alpine and take lunch on a cruise along Milford Sound. End your trip with visits to Queenstown and Christchurch for a glimpse into classic New Zealand life. (AA)
Prices are quoted per person on a twin-share basis and do not include international flights.
- Experience the sights and sounds of Auckland, with a cruise on Waitemata Harbour
- Discover the beautiful glow worms at the Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto (AA)
- Spend time at the Tamaki family Marae, enjoying the traditional Maori culture
- Soak up the authentic farm life at the Agrodome Sheep Show
- Make your way through the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine train
- Be inspired by the Franz Josef Glacier
- Admire Milford Sound with a lunchtime cruise
- Spot the native kiwi bird in Rotorua
- Sample delicious fruits at a local orchard in Central Otago
Arrive into Auckland (before 4pm) and be greeted with a transfer to your hotel. Spend the afternoon exploring this harbour city at your leisure before the welcome reception and highlight dinner with your group and tour guide at the hotel. A selection on New Zealand wines are included in the meal so enjoy yourself and get to know your fellow travellers.
On your second day in New Zealand, begin with a sightseeing tour where you’ll visit Bastion Point, the War Memorial, Viaduct Harbour and the Auckland Harbour Bridge, among others. Later, take a cruise on the Waitemata Harbour and enjoy the sights from the waters.
Overnight: The Cordis, Auckland (Day 1: Highlight Dinner. Day 2: Breakfast included)
Journey along the Waikato River to the Waitomo Caves, where you’ll take a boat trip tour of the Glow Worm Grotto with a local guide. Walk through the limestone caves then continue on to Rotorua to visit Te Puia. You’ll be guided through the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve by a local Maori guide who will highlight the many unique features, including the bubbling mud pools and geysers.
In the evening, you’ll be invited to attend the Tamaki Family Marae for the evening, being greeted by a Haka challenge and Karanga, and spending the evening enjoying traditional Maori life with a Hangi feast and local wine.
Overnight: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua (Breakfast and Be My Guest dinner included)
Enjoy sightseeing with a visit to the Rainbow Springs Nature Park, where you’ll explore with a local guide to discover the myriad ferns, trees and plants that grow around the springs. Afterwards, visit the Agrodome Sheep Show – an award-winning event – and witness the art of sheep shearing, milking cows, bottle-feeding lambs and an exciting sheep auction. In the afternoon, fly to Christchurch.
Overnight: Novotel Christchurch (Breakfast included)
Begin your day with an awe-inspiring train journey on the Tranz Alpine from Darfield through the Southern Alps to arrive at Arthur’s Pass. You’ll have the opportunity to visit a New Zealand greenstone (jade) factory and witness jewellery artists at work before arriving at Franz Josef Glacier – the world’s most accessible glacier. There is also the chance to see this amazing area from an optional scenic flight (weather permitting).
Overnight: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef (Breakfast and dinner with wine included)
Explore the beautiful scenery on your way to Queenstown today, driving over Haast Pass, past Thunder Creek Falls, and Lakes Wanaka, Hawea and Dunstan. Visit a local orchard in Cromwell to sample the delicious stone fruits before heading to the historic gold mining Arrowtown on the Arrow River. This was once one of the richest rivers in the world and a great place to stop off at on your way to Queenstown – New Zealand’s adventure capital of the world. Enjoy a highlight dinner at The Boatshed with your group and some spectacular views over the Lake and mountain range.
Overnight: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown (Breakfast and Highlight dinner included)
Make your way over the Devil’s Staircase and along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to arrive at Te Anau, home to the largest lake on the South Island. You’ll venture through the rainforest of the World Heritage Fiordland National Park to witness the breath-taking mountain ranges and glaciers. Drive through Homer Tunnel and experience the inspiring scenery along the way, offering up countless photo opportunities including Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, Mitre Peak, Mirror Lake and Bowen Falls. Cruise the natural wonder of Milford Sound while enjoying a delicious lunch; make your way back to Queenstown for the evening.
Overnight: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown (Breakfast and lunch included)
There is a choice of sightseeing activities to enjoy today. Opt between a ride on the Shotover Jet, joining a wine tour, playing a round of golf or taking a gondola ride to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner. You could perhaps take a 4WD minibus through Skippers Canyon or relax at Millbrook Resort with a rejuvenating spa treatment. Alternatively, explore Queenstown on a Segway tour.
Overnight: Millennium Hotel, Queenstown (Breakfast included)
Admire the sensational vistas of Mt Cook National Park today, with the option to take an optional scenic flight over the area (weather permitting). Later on, continue on to see Lake Pukaki and Tekapo, stopping to view the Church of the Good Shepherd before visiting Morelea Farm for an authentic glimpse into New Zealand country life.
You’re invited to enjoy a BBQ lunch with local hosts in their 240 hectare garden and gain an insight into farming life operations. Afterwards, you’ll travel over the patchwork landscape that is the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch for a farewell dinner with your new found friends to reminisce on the exciting adventures you have been on.
Overnight: Novotel Christchurch (Breakfast, Be My Guest lunch and farewell dinner included)
The trip concludes today after breakfast – transfer anytime to Christchurch Airport for your departing flight.
- Internal travel: Luxury Coach; Cruise; Tranz Alpine train
- Hotels (9 nights)
- 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners
- City sightseeing tour in Auckland; Cruise in Auckland Harbour; Cultural dinner at Tamaki Family Marae; Glow Worm tour; Visit to Agrodome Sheep Show; Tranz Alpine train ride; Visit to jade factory; Cruise on Milford Sound; BBQ lunch at Morelea Farm
- Tour guide throughout, local guides
- Airport transfers
Please note - International flights and domestic flights throughout New Zealand are not included in the price shown.
2018 Local Departure Dates: Jan 26, Feb 02, Feb 09, Feb 23, Mar 16, Mar 23, Mar 30, Apr 06, Apr 13, Apr 27, May 25, Jun 15, Jul 13, Aug 24, Sep 14, Sep 28, Oct 12, Oct 26, Nov 16, Dec 07, Dec 14, Dec 28
2019 Local Departure Dates: Jan 11, Jan 25, Feb 8, Feb 15, Feb 22, Mar 8, Mar 15, Mar 22, Apr 12, Jun 14, Jul 12, Sep 27
There may be other departure dates depending upon availability - please enquire
We would recommend you take...
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
- Water bottle
- Jacket in cooler months