Travel 2 Touring 18/19



14 day New Zealand Panorama Christchurch • Omarama • Dunedin • Te Anau • Milford Sound • Queenstown • Fox Glacier • Picton • Wellington • Rotorua • Auckland

Day 1: Arrive Christchurch On arrival into Christchurch, transfer to your hotel. (D) Quality Hotel Elms Day 2: Christchurch - Omarama After a tour of the city sights, cross the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo for a visit to The Church of the Good Shepherd. Marvel at the spectacular mountain ranges including Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. Perhaps enjoy a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the Southern Alps before travelling to Omarama. See Lake Benmore before following the Waitaki River to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue south to Dunedin and enjoy a city tour before a Scottish evening, complete with bagpipes and special Haggis Ceremony. (BSD) Mercure Leisure Lodge Day 4: Dunedin - Te Anau Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Enjoy time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by a delicious Devonshire Tea. Travel to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland. You may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves Travel to Milford Sound, where you board your launch for a cruise past spectacular Bowen Falls and towering Mitre Peak. Your next stop, Queenstown, on the shores of Lake Wakatipu is renowned for its wide range of activities and attractions. You may like to try the thrill of a jet boat ride (optional). Board the vintage steamship, the TSS Earnslaw on your final night and cruise across the lake to Walter Peak Station and enjoy a delicious gourmet barbeque dinner. (BL,BSD) Mercure Queenstown Resort (2 nights) Day 7: Queenstown - Arrowtown - Fox Glacier Travel to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village en route to the Haast Pass, gateway to the West Coast. See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel to Fox Glacier. (BD) Heartland Hotel Glacier Country or Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier (optional) (BD) Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Superior Room Days 5 & 6: Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown (BD) Heritage Gateway Hotel Day 3: Omarama - Dunedin

Day 8: Fox Glacier – Arthur’s Pass – Christchurch After a visit to the Greenstone Factory in Hokitika, continue to Arthur’s Pass and board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. Travel through the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains back to Christchurch. (BD) Quality Hotel Elms Day 9: Christchurch - Picton - Wellington Travel to the seaside village of Kaikoura and enjoy the spectacular scenery of Marlborough Country, famous for its food and wine. Continue to Picton where you board the Interislander Ferry for your journey across Cook Strait to Wellington. (BD) ibis Wellington (2 nights) Day 10: Wellington A highlight of the morning will be time to explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum. This is followed by an extensive city tour which explains the history and culture on show in New Zealand’s capital, Wellington. The afternoon and evening is free. You may choose to dine at one of the city’s many fine restaurants. (B) Days 11 & 12: Wellington - Taupo - Rotorua See the spectacular Lake Taupo and Huka Falls as you travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Next day begins with a Gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua, including time for a luge ride. At Agrodome enjoy farming entertainment. Visit Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon. In the evening experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert. (BD,BSD) Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (2 nights) Day 13: Rotorua - Auckland Travel north to Auckland. Enjoy time at leisure to discover the city’s highlights. (BD) Rydges Auckland Day 14: Depart Auckland Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)


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