Travel 2 Touring 18/19




21 day Spirit of New Zealand Christchurch • Milford Sound • Queenstown• Franz Josef • Nelson • Wellington • Napier• Rotorua • Auckland • Bay of Islands

Day 1: Christchurch On arrival at Christchurch Airport, you’ll be transferred to your hotel. That evening meet your Travel Director for a welcome reception and dinner. (D) Ibis Hotel Christchurch Day 2: Christchurch – Omarama Board your coach to see the extensive work carried out to rebuild the city after the devastating earthquake of February 2011. Later, travelling over the patchwork countryside of the Canterbury Plains, the spectacular sightseeing begins. Enjoy sweeping views across the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo and visit the Church of the Good Shepherd before soaking up the sensational alpine landscape of Mt. Cook National Park – a scenic highlight! You may choose to take an optional scenic flight over Mt. Cook (weather permitting, at own expense). (BD) Heritage Gateway Hotel Day 3: Omarama – Dunedin Travel through Oamaru, with its famous white limestone buildings, to Dunedin for a tour of the city. With an afternoon at leisure, you have a range of optional experiences available – perhaps take a wildlife cruise out to Otago Peninsula or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway (all at own expense). (BD) Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin Day 4: Dunedin – Milford Sound Be awestruck by the World Heritage Fiordland National Park. You’ll see rainforest, ancient glaciers and mountain ranges, and then drive through the Homer Tunnel. Pass through the Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, before arriving in Milford Sound for your overnight cruise (please note: Cruise does not operate 21 May-15 September. During this period there will be a day cruise on Milford Sound and accommodation in Queenstown or Te Anau). (BD) Milford Sound Overnight Cruise Day 5: Milford Sound – Queenstown In the morning depart for the lakeside town of Te Anau. Explore the famous Te Anau Glowworm Caves by boat with a local guide, before travelling to New Zealand’s adventure capital, Queenstown. (BD) Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown (3 nights) Days 6 & 7: Queenstown Explore exciting Queenstown your way over the next two days. You may like to consider taking one of the optional experiences on offer, such as the Shotover Jet boat, a local wine tour, a round of golf, a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers

Canyon or simply exploring Queenstown on your own. That evening, you might consider an optional cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. An entertaining after-dinner farm show provides a glimpse into high-country farm life. (B,BD) Day 8: Queenstown – Franz Josef Visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown before continuing on to Cromwell and its selection of delicious stone fruits. Then it’s a trio of lakes – Lake Dunstan, Lake Hawea, Lake Wanaka. Travelling over the Haast Pass, view the impressive Thunder Creek Falls before arriving at your destination, the majestic Franz Josef Glacier. An optional helicopter flight to the upper glacier face is available (at own expense). (BD) Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing) Day 9: Franz Josef – Punakaiki This morning, there is another chance to see Franz Josef Glacier from the air or take a glacier hike (both optional, at own expense). Then, it’s onwards to Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and carving demonstration. Later travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes before you arrive at your accommodation for the night - an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront. Enjoy dinner while watching the thundering surf at your doorstep. (BD) Punakaiki Resort Day 10: Punakaiki – Nelson Soak up the scenic wilderness of the Heritage Highway through the impressive Buller Gorge and the Kahurangi National Park before arriving in Nelson. That afternoon, you’ll visit the amazing World of Wearable Arts and Classic Cars, where you will experience unforgettable garments from the gala award shows held each year. (BD) Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Hotel and Resort (2 nights) Day 11: Nelson With a full day at leisure, you have the option to journey to the top of the South Island and enjoy a relaxing cruise in the Abel Tasman National Park (at own expense). Or perhaps take a short bush walk, relax in sunny Nelson or explore the

many arts and craft galleries. (B) Day 12: Nelson – Wellington

Visit the seaside village of Picton before boarding the InterIslander ferry to cross Cook Strait to New Zealand’s capital, Wellington. Enjoy a city sights tour before


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