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Grand New Zealand

(18 days, Auckland - Christchurch, 2016 - 2017)
  • New Zealand specialist Tour Director and Coach Driver
  • Tour by air-conditioned coach equipped with restroom, reclining seats, large panoramic windows and audio system
  • Complimentary airport transfers on Day 1 & Day 18 of the tour (conditions apply)
  • 17 nights accommodation in twin share rooms with private facilities
  • All hotel service charges & baggage handling (one piece per person)
  • City Highlights tour of Auckland, “The City of Sails”
  • Take a cruise to Cape Brett and travel through “The Hole in the Rock”
  • Discover New Zealand’s history at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Overnight cruise on Auckland Harbour with Hauraki Blue Cruises
  • Experience movie magic on a Hobbiton Movie Set Tour and Lunch
  • Enjoy a gondola ride and take in the sights of Lake Rotorua whilst enjoying a champagne breakfast
  • Hand feed trout at Rainbow Springs Nature Park and get up close to a kiwi at Kiwi Encounter
  • See the bubbling mud pools and meet the local people at Te Puia
  • Experience an authentic Maori Cultural Concert and Hangi Feast
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Wellington, including Te Papa National Museum
  • Cruise through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds
  • Re build tour of Christchurch
  • Visit fascinating Larnach Castle
  • Take part in a traditional Scottish Haggis ceremony
  • View Te Anau’s glowworm caves
  • Cruise the magnificent glacier carved fiords of Milford Sound
  • Cruise aboard the nostalgic TSS Earnslaw steamship and enjoy a sumptuous dinner
  • Visit the awesome Franz Josef Glacier
  • Journey through the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine railway
  • 29 quality meals including 16 Breakfasts (B), 1 Highlight Breakfast (HB), 1 Highlight Lunch (HL), 8 Dinners (D) and 3 Highlight Dinners (HD)
Day 1: Arrive Auckland (D)

“Kia Ora” and welcome to New Zealand! You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the City of Sails. This evening meet your Tour Director and fellow travelling companions for a welcome reception and dinner.
Two Night Stay: Auckland

Day 2: Auckland (B)

On your morning city highlights tour you will learn about Auckland’s history and see how Aucklanders live and play. Travel through Auckland’s CBD and through the inner city park known as The Domain. See the picturesque suburb of Ponsonby and historic Devonport. Continue up to the summit of Mt Victoria then visit the Auckland Fish Market before continuing on to the Viaduct Harbour. The afternoon is at leisure for you to Discover More of this great city.

Discover More: Climb the Sky Tower for 360o views of Auckland or enjoy a dinner yacht cruise on Waitemata Harbour. Participate as crew on an America's Cup yacht (additional cost).

Day 3: Auckland - "Hole in the Rock Cruise" Bay of Islands (B,D)

Heading north via Whangarei we arrive at the Bay of Islands and embark on an iconic cruise through the scenic waters of the Bay of Islands to Cape Brett Lighthouse. Cruise through the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ (weather permitting).
Overnight Stay: Paihia

Day 4: Waitangi Treaty Grounds - Auckland Overnight Cruise (B,D)

Start your day with a guided tour of the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Journey back to Auckland to join your overnight cruise on beautiful Auckland Harbour. Travel around the Hauraki Gulf Islands, explore secluded beaches or relax on deck and drink in the views, follow it all with a fabulous cuisine complimented by New Zealand wines and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. Be gently lulled to sleep in your private ocean view cabin. Enjoy a delicious breakfast before cruising back to port.
Overnight Stay: Hauraki Blue Cruises

Day 5: Hobbiton Movie Set - Rotorua (B,L)

Head south through rolling countryside and take a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set followed by indulging in a traditional and delicious lunch. Continue to Rotorua, the heartland of New Zealand’s Maori culture and explosive geothermal activity.
Two Night Stay: Rotorua

Day 6: Gondola - Kiwi Encounter - Thermal Reserve (B,D)

Take a Gondola ride up Mt Ngongotaha where a champagne breakfast and spectacular views are on offer. Visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park and Kiwi Encounter to hand feed rainbow trout and get up close to the Kiwi. We then visit Te Puia Thermal Village, a place of bubbling mud pools and spectacular geysers. This evening embark on a journey to Tamaki Maori Village to experience traditional Maori cultural ceremonies and performances followed by a hearty Hangi feast.

Discover More: Amphibious Rotorua Duck city and lakes tour or Railcruising journey or Polynesian Spa (additional cost).

Day 7: Lake Taupo - Tongariro National Park - Wellington (B,D)

Travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway before arriving at the geothermal power station at the Wairakei Steam Valley. Then it's on to see spectacular Huka Falls before continuing to the immense Lake Taupo. This afternoon travel to Tongariro National Park, an area steeped in Maori tradition and scenically stunning with Mt Ruapehu and Mt Tongariro. In the evening we arrive into Wellington, New Zealand’s capital.
Two Night Stay: Wellington

Day 8: Wellington (B)

This morning enjoy a tour to the city’s most well-known destinations and leading attractions. Travel up Brooklyn Hill and Mt Victoria for stunning panoramic views of the town and coastline, visit the botanic gardens and cable car museum. Pass by the beautiful Old St Pauls Cathedral and the Parliament buildings before being dropped at Te Papa for a tour of one of New Zealand's best museums.

Day 9: Marlborough Sounds - Kaikoura - Christchurch (B)

This morning we board the Interislander ferry and cruise through the picturesque Marlborough and Queen Charlotte Sounds. Enjoy a short stop at the Kaikoura seal colony before continuing to Christchurch.
Overnight Stay: Christchurch

Day 10: Lake Tekapo - Twizel (B,D)

This morning learn how Christchurch is recovering from the earthquake before travelling to the beautiful glacier fed Lake Tekapo. See the Church of the Good Shepherd before continuing to a Mt Cook viewpoint and your chance to see New Zealand’s largest mountain (weather permitting).
Overnight Stay: Twizel

Day 11: Moeraki Boulders - Dunedin (B,D)

Travel today to see the intriguing Moeraki Boulders before arriving into Dunedin. Visit Larnach Castle and take a tour where you will hear its tragic and scandalous history. Tonight experience a special Haggis ceremony.
Two Night Stay: Dunedin

Day 12: Dunedin (B)

Today is free to explore at your own pace.

Discover More: Heritage Walking Tour followed by Speight's Brewery and lunch or take a train trip through Taieri Gorge or embark on a Wildlife Tour (additional cost).

Day 13: Te Anau - Glowworm Caves (B,D)

Make our way to Te Anau where we cruise across Lake Te Anau to witness the Glowworm Caves.
Overnight Stay: Te Anau

Day 14: Milford Sound Cruise - Queenstown (B)

Journey through the majestic forests, waterfalls and mountains of Fiordland National Park. On arrival in Milford Sound enjoy an unforgettable cruise through a unique and pristine environment. See the spectacular Bowen Falls and towering Mitre Peak before making our way to Queenstown in the evening.
Two Night Stay: Queenstown

Discover More: Milford Sound Scenic Flight (additional cost).

Day 15: Queenstown at leisure - TSS Earnslaw (B,D)

Queenstown is an incredibly beautiful place with endless opportunities for exploration and adventure. This evening board the steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Be treated to New Zealand high country cuisine then enjoy a short farm tour before reboarding the TSS Earnslaw for the cruise back to Queenstown.

Discover More: Skippers Canyon tour or take a Jet boat, helicopter and gondola ride or Dart River safari (additional cost).

Day 16: Arrowtown - Wanaka - Franz Josef (B,D)

Take a step back in time and enjoy the traditional street scenes and shops on a visit to the quaint and historic gold mining town of Arrowtown. Make our way to Wanaka, known as one of the most beautiful lakeside towns in New Zealand. Travel over the Haast Pass to Thunder Creek Falls and the spectacular Franz Josef Glacier.
Overnight Stay: Franz Josef

Day 17: TranzAlpine Rail - Christchurch (B,D)

Explore Franz Josef Glacier before embarking on one of the most famous rail journeys in the world. Cross dramatic river gorges, sub-tropical rainforest and lakes on one side of the Southern Alps then dry forests and patchwork farmland on the other. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner as you recall all the wonderful moments with your new found friends.

Discover More: Franz Josef Glacier Scenic Flight (additional cost).

Day 18: Depart Christchurch (B)

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight home (flight at own expense, please pre-book). For now it’s “haere ra” (goodbye) to New Zealand. We hope you had a fantastic time and we look forward to welcoming you on another Evergreen tour soon.

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Nov 2016
from AUD $5,795
Mar 2017
from AUD $5,795
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