Travel 2 Touring 18/19




15 day New Zealand Getaway Auckland • Bay of Islands • Rotorua • Wellington • West Coast • Queenstown • Milford Sound • Dunedin

Day 1: Arrive Auckland On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure in beautiful Auckland. Rydges Auckland Day 2: Auckland - Bay of Islands Travel north to the Waipoua Kauri Forest Reserve, where you’ll view the giant Kauri Tree, Tane Mahuta - ‘Lord of the Forest’. Continue to the Bay of Islands, the birthplace of the nation where in 1840 the Waitingi Treaty, founding document of modern New Zealand, was signed between the British and the Maori chiefs. (BD) Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands (2 nights) Day 3: Bay of Islands The Bay of Islands is home to 144 islands – a playground for lovers of anything aquatic. Enjoy a full day at leisure; perhaps take a day tour to Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach, relax with a round of golf, or even go swimming with the dolphins. (B) Day 4: Bay of Islands - Auckland Explore New Zealand’s finest national maritime park on a dolphin-watching cruise to Cape Brett and sail through the Hole in the Rock. In the afternoon, return to Auckland. (BD) Rydges Auckland Day 5: Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua Leaving Auckland, travel to the famous Waitomo Caves to experience a guided tour of the underground limestone caverns, lit by thousands of tiny glowworms. In the afternoon, arrive in Rotorua, where you can immerse yourself in Maori Culture with a guided tour of the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute followed a traditional Maori Hangi feast and concert. (BD) Rydges Rotorua (2 nights) Day 6: Rotorua In the morning, enjoy breakfast before visiting one of the region’s most famous attractions, the Agrodome, where a sheep display will entertain you. Alternative optional sightseeing includes a thrilling ‘White Island Active Volcano’ flight (own expense). Note: Country homestay option is available tonight, ask for details. (B)

Day 7: Rotorua - Taupo - Wellington Depart Rotorua and travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Lake Taupo and thundering Huka Falls. Continue on to Tongariro National Park to Wellington. (B) Travelodge Wellington Day 8: Wellington - Cook Strait - Kaikoura - Christchurch Cruise across Cook Strait through the breathtaking Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds to Picton and then along the spectacular Pacific Ocean drive to Kaikoura. (BD) Quality Hotel Elms, Christchurch Day 9: Christchurch - Fox Glacier In the morning, you have an opportunity to board the award-winning TranzAlpine train (own expense) to experience the stunning scenery of the Southern Alps. Alternatively, enjoy this journey aboard the tour coach. Continue along the dramatic coastline viewing the Franz Josef Glacier en route to Westland National Park. (BD) Heartland Hotel, Fox Glacier Day 10: Haast Pass - Queenstown Travelling across the Haast Pass, you’ll then trace the shorelines of beautiful lakes Wanaka and Hawea to the alpine resort of Queenstown. (B) Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview (2 nights) Day 11: Queenstown You’ll be spoilt for choice in Queenstown with plenty of optional sightseeing (own expense) for adventurers and leisure seekers alike. Perhaps ride the gondola for panoramic aerial views, take a thrilling jetboat ride and experience Queenstown’s lively culinary scene. Perhaps take one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys aboard the TranzAlpine train. Please enquire for further details. (B) Day 12: Queenstown - Milford Sound - Te Anau Follow the Remarkables mountain range to Fiordland National Park and then travels the Milford Road, renowned as one of the world’s best alpine drives, to Milford Sound. Board your boat for a full-length cruise of the beautiful fiord in this World Heritage-listed area. (BD) Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau


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