Travel 2 Australia & New Zealand 2018/19

NEW ZEALAND

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

Day 14: Punakaiki - Fox Glacier Pause in the gold-rush town of Hokitika, now renowned for pounamu (greenstone), before heading to Glacier Country. The Fox & Franz Josef glaciers flow almost to sea level, making them uniquely accessible. Viewing options include helicopter flights (at own expense). (B) 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) PRICES INCLUDE • 22 nights’ accommodation in 3.5 star hotels (except Homestay on Day 21 if chosen)

Day 9: Rotorua - Napier Pausing at mighty Lake Taupo, then head to Hawke’s Bay on the east coast for a walking tour of Art Deco Napier. In the evening, enjoy the best of Kiwi food and drinks at the Mission Estate Winery. (BD) Day 10: Napier - Wellington Driving through the Wairarapa ranges, you arrive in NZ’s breezy capital city, known for its creative industries and great coffee. You then take the cable car from Kelburn before visiting Te Papa, one of the world’s top museums. (B) Day 11: Wellington - Nelson All aboard the Interislander ferry, navigating the Cook Strait to South Island. Picking up the coach, pause for a wine tasting in Marlborough before arriving in Nelson, the arts, crafts and artisan food capital of New Zealand. (B) Day 12: Abel Tasman National Park (choose your experience) The best way to discover this pristine wilderness is by boat and on foot. The options today are a half-day cruise around this jewel-like coast, or a cruise followed by self- guided beach and bush walks with 2 routes to choose from. (B) Day 13: Nelson - Punakaiki Head into Nelson Lakes National Park and take the challenging Buller Gorge road, carved through virgin forest by 19th Century miners, to the extraordinary rock formations at Punakaiki. (B)

• 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

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