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Bay of Islands
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£5679 per person
PRICES INCLUDE • 22 nights’ accommodation in 3.5 star hotels (except Homestay on Day 21 if chosen) • Meals as specified: 22 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch, 3 speciality dinners • Transfers and travel in New Zealand by comfortable coach and ferry • Sightseeing as per itinerary (excluding ‘optional’ items) • Support of Driver-Leader DEPARTURES 2019: Feb 14; Mar 14; Apr 11; May 9; Jun 6; Oct 15; Nov 12. 2020: Jan 15; Feb 19; Mar 18; Oct 14; Nov 18.
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Nelson & Abel Tasman
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TOUR STYLE: Small Group
GROUP SIZE: 16 max
INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Discover ancient Kauri forest from a canopy walk • Learn how the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi gave birth to a new nation • Take a ferry across Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf to the Coromandel • Dig your own ‘spa pool’ on Hot Water Beach • See where Captain Cook anchored the Endeavour in Mercury Bay • Greet a Maori in Rotorua and enjoy a hangi meal cooked by volcanic heat • Discover the southern hemisphere’s most complete Art Deco city • Taste wine in Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough vineyards • Ride the Wellington cable car from Kelburn viewpoint • See where a river of ice meets rainforest at Fox Glacier • Marvel at the silent beauty of Mitre Peak and Milford Sound • See New Zealand’s highest peak, Aoraki Mt Cook • Try your hand at making an authentic pavlova • Explore Christchurch by punt and vintage tram • Enjoy the best of New Zealand food and wine in the included dinners
ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: 3 - 4 stars
Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.
Day 15: Fox Glacier - Wanaka After a photo-opp at Lake Matheson, take the Haast Pass river road deep into Mt Aspiring National Park to the lakeside resort of Wanaka, ringed by mountains. (B) Day 16: Wanaka (choose your experience) Nature lovers may take a lake cruise to a conservation island with an eco-guide to discover native birds like the flightless Buff Weka, or alternatively you can choose to enjoy a scenic 4WD adventure to a high country farm above the lake. Later, enjoy a free afternoon. (B) Day 17: Wanaka - Te Anau Travelling via historic Arrowtown, beneath the peaks of the Remarkables and along the shore of Lake Wakatipu, we arrive in the township of Te Anau. (B) Day 18: Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown Relax during one of the world’s most scenic drives, with stop to admire Fiordland waterfalls and rainforest: our goal is a memorable cruise on Milford Sound past Mitre Peak to the Tasman Sea (picnic lunch on board). (BL) Day 19: Queenstown This sophisticated resort offers something for everyone, so the day is free for you to be a thrill-seeker or a wine-taster, to ride a gondola or cruise on a vintage steam ship, to name just four options. (B) Day 20: Queenstown - Mt Cook - Twizel With the Southern Alps on your left, cross Otago and travel beside Lake Pukaki before driving up to Mt Cook Village, where Sir Edmund Hilary climbed his country’s highest peak before conquering Everest. Overnight in Twizel. (B) Day 21: Twizel - Lake Tekapo - Canterbury Plains (choose your experience) Drop in on a Tekapo homestead to make New Zealand’s famous pavlova. Suitably refreshed, there’s a lakeside photo-stop before crossing the Canterbury Plains. Choose either a small-town hotel and restaurant, or (in smaller groups) a rural Homestay for a home-cooked meal and overnight with a local family. (BD) Day 22: Canterbury Plains - Christchurch Post-earthquake Christchurch mixes colonial charm with cutting-edge architecture, re-inventing itself in typical Kiwi style. Boatmen take you for a punt on the River Avon before you hop on a vintage tram. Your farewell dinner features the best of local food and wine. (BD) Day 23: Depart Christchurch We transfer you to the airport for your home or onward flight, or ask us to extend your stay with tailor-made arrangements by car or TranzAlpine rail. (B) Silver Fern Holidays: Small Group Journeys • A trip with Silver Fern Holidays offers flexibility and personalisation thanks to their smaller group size of up to 16 passengers. All trips give you the opportunity to create unique memories that are tailored to your interests - from delicious seafood feasts to humbling encounters with the locals. • Our hand-picked leaders are knowledgeable, enthusiastic and give personal insights and practical advice on both the must-see sights and the more off-the- beaten-track encounters. • Stay in comfortable surroundings with a specially selected range of accommodations - from city centre hotels and ocean-front resorts, to historic inns and small family-run guest houses, you’re always guaranteed a warm and passionate Kiwi welcome.
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