“Kia Ora” and welcome to New Zealand! Please arrive by 12 noon for your transfer to your overnight cruise. Meet your Tour Director and fellow companions onboard and enjoy your cruise around the beautiful Auckland Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf Islands.
Overnight Stay: Hauraki Blue Cruises
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
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).
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
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.
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
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
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
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).
Make our way to Te Anau where we cruise across Lake Te Anau to witness the Glowworm Caves.
Overnight Stay: Te Anau
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).
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).
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
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).
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.
|Nov 2016||from AUD $4,945|
|Mar 2017||from AUD $4,945|
|Itinerary and departure dates subject to change. Please inquire for full details. All prices are in CAD and based on per passenger twin share. Refer to the terms and conditions.|
|Itinerary and departure dates subject to change. Please inquire for full details. All prices are in USD and based on per passenger twin share. Refer to the terms and conditions.|