Travel 2 Touring 18/19




22 day The Long White Cloud Christchurch • Punakaiki • Franz Josef • Queenstown • Milford Sound • Wedderburn • Mt Cook • Wellington • Taupo • Rotorua • Coromandel • Auckland • Bay of Islands

Day 1: Arrive Christchurch On arrival at your Christchurch hotel, you’ll have time at leisure to relax or explore. That evening, meet your Travel Director for a welcome drink and dinner. (D) Crowne Plaza Hotel Christchurch Day 2: Christchurch – Punakaiki In the morning, take one of the world’s great scenic railway journeys on the famous TranzAlpine train. Travel through the spectacular Southern Alps, and spend the night in an eco-friendly waterfront resort at Punakaiki. (BD) Punakaiki Resort Day 3: Punakaiki – Franz Josef Visit Hokitika for a demonstration by a greenstone (jade) carver, then continue on to Franz Josef. You will have the opportunity to take a breathtaking helicopter flight over the mighty glacier (optional at own expense) with a landing on the upper snow face (weather permitting). Before dinner, you might choose to visit the local geothermal hot pools. (BD) Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef Day 4: Franz Josef – Queenstown Travel along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea before taking some time to explore the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown en route to Queenstown. Nestled on the shores of crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown’s scenery is inspiring. (BD) Crowne Plaza Queenstown (3 nights) Days 5 & 6: Queenstown Free Time The next 2 days are free for you to explore New Zealand’s adventure capital. Ride the Shotover Jet Boat, venture out on a Wine Tour or enjoy a relaxing cruise on Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw (optional at own expense). On day 5 you’ll also enjoy a highlight dinner at one of

Day 8: Milford Sound Wake up to the startling beauty of Milford Sound. This morning, you’ll enjoy a half day exploration cruise as you sail out to the Tasman Sea to visit the Underwater Observatory and perhaps take the opportunity to try out sea-kayaking in Harrison Cove. You’ll learn plenty about the area with informative talks by local experts throughout the day. (BLD) Day 9: Milford Sound - Wedderburn This morning, you’ll travel from the pristine rainforests of Fiordland National Park through the rolling Southland to Central Otago. You’ll learn all about life on the alpine plains at a high-country farm in Wedderburn before finishing the day with dinner at the local pub. (BD) Wedderburn Cottages Day 10: Wedderburn – Mt. Cook Travel through gold-mining country today with the opportunity to try your hand at the ancient sport of curling. Then it’s on to the dramatic scenery of the Southern Alps where you’ll stay in the shadow of Mt. Cook, the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere. (BD) The Hermitage Hotel Day 11: Mt. Cook – Christchurch Marvel at the splendour of Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo and visit the famous Church of the Good Shepherd. Later, you’ll continue your journey across the Canterbury plains to the city of Christchurch where a brief city tour will give you an insight into the city’s rebirth after the 2011 earthquake. (B) Crowne Plaza Hotel Christchurch Day 12: Christchurch – Wellington Travel along the rugged Pacific Coast to Kaikoura, famous for its sightings of sperm whales. Continue on to the town of Picton, where you’ll board the a ferry to cross the Cook Strait to the North Island and the city of Wellington. Enjoy a city sightseeing tour and a visit to Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. (BD) Sofitel Wellington (2 nights) Day 13: Wellington Free Time Explore Wellington at your own pace. Enjoy the café lifestyle or shop till you drop. (B)

Queenstown’s fine dining restaurants. (BD,B) Day 7: Queenstown – Milford Sound

Travel to Te Anau, then through the rainforest of Fiordland National Park to the Milford Sound. You’ll pass glaciers, towering mountain ranges and beautiful lakes on your way to your accommodation for the next two nights. (BD) Milford Sound Lodge, Fiordland National Park (2 nights)


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