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The Long White Cloud - Auckland to Christchurch

21 nights from £6,029 per person

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Overview

Explore New Zealand’s natural highlights on this 21-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, Enjoy a dazzling glow-worm show at the Waitomo Caves before spending 3-days exploring the beautiful Bay of Islands.

This tour with give you a real insight into the fascinating Maori culture experiencing a traditional Hangi dinner 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
  • Sail the Tasman Sea spotting wildlife and kayaking in Harrisons Cove
  • Indulge in mouth-watering flavours at a traditional Hangi dinner cooked in the ground using geothermal steam.
  • 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.

Details

Day 1

Christchurch

Welcome to Christchurch, join your travel director and fellow traveller’s for a welcome drink and dinner.

Overnight: Crowne Plaza Christchurch (Dinner with wine)

Day 2

Punakaiki

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 Punakaiki to see the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. Tonight your home will be an eco-friendly resort on the waterfront.

Overnight: Punakaiki Resort (Breakfast and dinner with wine)

Day 3

Franz Josef

Visit Hokitika today to admire the vivid hues of greenstone (Jade) on a jewellery carving demonstration. Continue to Franz Josef Glacier and relax in the geothermal hot pools in the pristine wilderness.

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

Day 4

Queenstown

Meander today through Haast Pass, along the pebbly shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea and 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: Crowne Plaza (Breakfast and dinner with wine)

Day 5

Queenstown free time

Adventurers embrace the daring activities today for all those thrill seekers, time to make the most of the Adrenalin capital. The day is yours to do as you wish, if daring activities is not your thing – there is plenty else on offer, perhaps a visit to the region’s vintages at the Gibbston Valley Winery before regrouping for dinner this evening at one of Queenstown’s fine dining restaurants.

Overnight: Crowne Plaza (Breakfast and highlights dinner)

Day 6

Queenstown free time

Today spend at leisure – a round of golf, an exhilarating ride on a jet boat or simply relaxing with a spa treatment – the day is yours to choose.

Overnight: Crowne Plaza (Breakfast)

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)

Day 8

Milford Sound

Wake up to the startling beauty of Milford Sound. This morning, board the Southern Discoveries vessel for a half day exploration of Milford Sound. Sail out to the Tasman Sea looking for wildlife and an opportunity to go sea kayaking in Harrisons Cove.

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

Day 9

Wedderburn

Embark on a journey this morning from the rainforests of Fiordland through Te Anau and the rolling hill country of Southland to the hills of Central Otago. Arrive in Wedderburn and head out to a high country farm to learn about life on the plains. Finish your day with dinner at the local pub.

Overnight: Wedderburn Cottages (Breakfast and dinner with wine)

Day 10

Mt. Cook

Today explore the town of Naseby to learn the history of this gold mining town. From here it’s on towards the spectacular scenery of the Southern Alps and Lake Pukaki before arriving in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. Enjoy dinner against the backdrop of the highest mountain in the southern hemisphere.

Overnight: The Hermitage Hotel (Breakfast and dinner with wine)

Day 11

Christchurch

Discover the shores of Lake Tekapo and the Church of the Good Shepherd today, before returning to Christchurch for an indepth sightseeing tour.

Overnight: Crowne Plaza (Breakfast)

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 port town of Picton, the launch pad for a serene sailing across the Cook Strait to trendy Wellington.

Overnight: Sofitel Wellington (Breakfast and dinner with wine)

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)

Day 14

Taupo

Follow the spectacular Kapiti Coast to Tongariro National Park, home to remarkable volcanic peaks. Departing the caldera, stop to admire the raging Huka Falls before arriving in Taupo.

Overnight: Hilton Lake Taupo (Breakfast and dinner with wine)

Day 15

Rotorua

Continue to nearby Rotorua to gain insights into the fascinating rituals and traditions of the Maori people. Tonight, indulge in the mouth-watering flavours of a traditional Hangi Highlight Dinner cooked in the ground using geothermal steam.

Overnight: Princess Gate Hotel (Breakfast and highlight dinner)

Day 16

Rotorua

Ascending to the Redwoods Treewalk, enjoy an elevated bird’s eye view of these redwood giants. Next up is Rotorua’s natural splendour – revealed in the crystal clear mineral springs and native flora of Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Visit Whakarewarewa Living Village for insights into the lives of the Maori community and their special bond with this ancient land.

Overnight: Princess Gate Hotel (Breakfast)

Day 17

Coromandel

Begin your day with a dazzling show during an exclusive five-star Eco Glow-worm experience. Later, visit Matamata, of The Lord of the Rings fame. This epic journey continues to Coromandel, where you’ll stay in Tree Hut Chalets.

Overnight: Grand Mercure Puka Park (Breakfast and dinner with wine)

Day 18

Auckland

Enjoy a relaxed start before heading to Auckland. Get your bearings during a city tour, then spend the rest of the day discovering why it’s deemed one of the world’s most liveable cities.

Overnight: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel (Breakfast)

Day 19

Bay of Islands

The golden sands of Orewa seem to stretch endlessly heading north to the native forest of Waipoua. Join a local Maori guide and head deep into the forest, immersing yourself in the fascinating legends behind these giant trees. Finally, journey to your waterfront resort in the Bay of Islands.

Overnight: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Water view room (Breakfast and dinner with wine)

Day 20

Bay of Islands

Set off by ferry to Russell. Embark on a guided walking tour of the town and explore its centuries-old seafaring heritage.

Overnight: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Water view room (Breakfast)

Day 21

Bay of Islands

Set forth across the Bay of Islands, cruising to the Maori’s sacred Hole in the Rock to witness how it resists the power of the sea. Return to Auckland for a memorable Farewell Dinner.

Overnight: Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour Hotel (Breakfast and farewell dinner with wine)

Day 22

Auckland

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

(Breakfast)

  • 21 nights’ accommodation
  • 21 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 15 dinners including 12 with wine, 2 highlight dinners and 1 farewell dinner
  • All internal transport
  • Tour guide throughout plus local guides
  • All activities and sightseeing as mentioned in itinerary

Local 2018 departure dates include: 12 Nov, 10 Dec

Local 2019 departure dates include: 21 Jan, 4 Feb, 11 Feb, 18 Feb, 4 Mar, 18 Mar

Please note that the availability changes with new departure dates added and other dates fully booked. We'd recommend calling one of our consultants to double check availability for you as new dates may be added/ fully booked due to popularity.

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