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Royal New Zealand

26 Day
Between Christchurch and Auckland
From * £6,195
£5,595
Departing 07 November 2017
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Day 1

Fly with QANTAS or Emirates to either Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore or Bangkok from London Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham or Glasgow for a three-night stopover. Alternatively, fly to Singapore with Singapore Airlines from London Heathrow or Manchester, or Hong Kong with Air New Zealand from London Heathrow. Regional flights are available from £95 per person.

Meals: on board meal service and complimentary bar service.

Day 2
Stopover

Upon arrival at your stopover destination, you’ll be met by a local representative and transferred to your hotel before having free time to explore.

Meals: on board meal service and complimentary bar service.

Day 3
Stopover

After breakfast you can explore the city with an included Freechoice excursion. Of course, we also give you the freedom to explore independently.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 4
Stopover

Once you’ve enjoyed breakfast, the day is yours to discover everything your destination has to offer.

Meals: on board meal service and complimentary bar service.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 5
Onwards to Christchurch

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and some free time before an onward flight to Christchurch.

Meals: on board meal service and complimentary bar service.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 6
Arrive Christchurch

Kia Ora and welcome to Christchurch for a two-night stay. The wonder of New Zealand begins here, celebrate the start of your journey with a welcome dinner.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 7
Christchurch
Highlights: Freechoice

Freechoice: Go punting on the River Avon, take the Caterpillar Botanic Gardens Tour or learn about Christchurch’s recovery effort. Alternatively visit the seaside town of Akaroa or the International Antarctic Centre – the choice is entirely yours.

Freechoice

Go punting on the River Avon, take the Caterpillar Botanic Gardens Tour or learn about Christchurch’s recovery effort. Alternatively visit the seaside town of Akaroa or the International Antarctic Centre – the choice is entirely yours.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 8
Christchurch > Mount Cook
Highlights: Church of the Good Shepherd

Travel through the patchwork countryside of the Canterbury Plains. See Lake Tekapo and visit the picturesque Church of the Good Shepherd before soaking up the alpine landscape of Mount Cook National Park during a Special Stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9
Mount Cook > Dunedin
Highlights: Freechoice and Freechoice Dining

Visit the Moeraki Boulders, a unique sight featuring huge spherical boulders scattered across a sandy beach. Then immerse yourself in New Zealand’s oldest university city, Dunedin, with an overnight stay.

Choose between Speight’s Brewery, Etrusco or the hotel’s Carlton Restaurant.

Freechoice

Take a guided tour of Larnach Castle or a heritage walking tour of Dunedin.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10
Dunedin > Te Anau
Highlights: Te Anau Caves

See the fertile, sheep-filled farming land of South Otago, en route to Te Anau. Cruise across the largest lake in the South Island to the Te Anau Caves and in the darkness see the shimmer of thousands of glowworms. Your base for tonight is Te Anau.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11
Te Anau > Queenstown
Highlights: Milford Sound Cruise

Travel to Fiordland National Park to witness the spectacular beauty of Milford Sound. Be in awe of the towering cliffs, peaks and waterfalls. This afternoon arrive in Queenstown for your three night stay.

Optional flight - Take a scenic flight from Milford Sound to Queenstown instead of travelling by road. Additional expense.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 12
Queenstown
Highlights: Freechoice and Freechoice Dining

Take a steamship cruise on TSS Earnslaw and enjoy dinner at Walter Peak or ride the Skyline Gondola and dine overlooking Queenstown or simply relax at the restaurant in your hotel.

Freechoice

Wilderness and adventure beckon on the Dart River or for a more leisurely pace, enjoy a guided tour of local wineries. Alternatively, feel exhilarated on the Shotover Jet or take a 4WD Safari on the Scenes tour exploring The Lord of the Rings filming locations. A guided tour through Skippers Canyon is also available for you to enjoy or a guided walk around the lake edge.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13
Queenstown
Highlights: Day at leisure

The day is yours to uncover what other fantastic activities Queenstown has to offer.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 14
Queenstown > Franz Josef
Highlights: Haast River Jet

Start the day with a stop in Arrowtown before enjoying a jet boat ride on the Haast River. Arrive in Franz Josef and stand in wonder at Franz Josef Glacier with its ever-changing face. Enjoy your overnight Special Stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 15
Franz Josef > Christchurch
Highlights: TranzAlpine

Optional flight - Take a helicopter flight over Franz Josef or Fox Glacier and experience the wonder of a landing in this natural alpine landscape. Additional expense.

Visit the home of New Zealand’s native greenstone, Hokitika. Join the TranzAlpine this afternoon for your rail journey across the Southern Alps back to Christchurch, considered one of the top six train journeys in the world. Overnight stay in Christchurch.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 16
Christchurch > Wellington
Highlights: Marlborough Sounds

Drive along the spectacular East Coast where rugged mountains meet the ocean. Travel in the premium lounge on your ferry journey across the Marlborough Sounds to start your discovery of the North Island. Discover the nation’s capital city Wellington with your two night stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 17
Wellington
Highlights: Enrich - Weta Workshop and Te Papa

Enjoy a city tour before visiting Te Papa, the National Museum of New Zealand.

Enrich

Take an in-depth journey of Te Papa to discover the treasures and stories of New Zealand’s land and people, told with authority and passion.

Enrich

Exclusive to Scenic guests, you’ll meet the team from Weta Workshop, responsible for movies like ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy and ‘King Kong’. Get up close and personal with movie props and learn the secrets behind movie magic before enjoying dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 18
Wellington > Rotorua
Highlights: Lake Taupo

Experience the force of nature at Huka Falls before seeing magnificent Lake Taupo. Immerse yourself in Maori traditions at an authentic hangi dinner. Your base for the next two nights is Rotorua.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 19
Rotorua
Highlights: Freechoice

Be amazed by Rotorua’s geothermal activity during a visit to Te Puia.

Optional flight - Take a flight to Mount Tarawera including a volcanic landing. Additional expense.

Freechoice

Enjoy New Zealand’s famous sheep show and meet a Kiwi of the feathered kind or take an amphibious duck tour of Rotorua’s city and lakes. Travel via gondola to Skyline for extensive views over Rotorua and winetasting. Alternatively relax in the geothermal pools, or visit the movie set of Hobbiton.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 20
Rotorua > Auckland
Highlights: Enrich - Hamilton Gardens

Today the scenery is of rolling hills and farmlands of the Waikato region.

Arrive in the City of Sails this afternoon and your Special Stay in Auckland.

Your dining choices for tonight include a sunset dinner yacht cruise, Harbourside Ocean Bar, Orbit 360 Restaurant at Sky City or dinner at Palm Court in your hotel.

Enrich

Discover the award winning Hamilton Gardens on your guided tour. The gardens are themed and explore civilisations and recreate historically important garden styles throughout history. Enjoy lunch in one of the private themed gardens.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 21
Auckland > Paihia
Highlights: Enrich - Tane Mahuta

Journey north and visit the Kauri Museum to learn about the history of the local pioneers. Your base for the next two night is Paihia.

Enrich

The sense of awe you feel as you see the mighty Tane Mahuta kauri tree for the first time is unforgettable. Listen to stories from your local Maori guide about the ‘Lord of the Forest’.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 22
Paihia
Highlights: Freechoice

Freechoice: Cruise the calm inland waters of the Bay of Islands including lunch or enjoy a ferry ride to Russell, the birthplace of European settlement in New Zealand. You could also cruise to Cape Brett Lighthouse and through the Hole in the Rock (weather permitting), travel to the country’s northernmost point, Cape Reinga, or try your luck at fishing in the bountiful waters.

Freechoice

Cruise the calm inland waters of the Bay of Islands including lunch or enjoy a ferry ride to Russell, the birthplace of European settlement in New Zealand. You could also cruise to Cape Brett Lighthouse and through the Hole in the Rock (weather permitting), travel to the country’s northernmost point, Cape Reinga, or try your luck at fishing in the bountiful waters.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 23
Paihia > Auckland
Highlights: Waitangi Treaty Grounds

This morning discover Waitangi Treaty Grounds with a Maori guide before returning to Auckland for a two night Special Stay.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 24
Auckland
Highlights: Freechoice

Freechoice: Sail on an America’s Cup yacht or explore the wine and cuisine of Waiheke Island. Alternatively take a leisurely harbour cruise, discover the black sand beaches of the West Coast or join a group sightseeing tour of Auckland.

Freechoice

Sail on an America’s Cup yacht or explore the wine and cuisine of Waiheke Island. Alternatively take a leisurely harbour cruise, discover the black sand beaches of the West Coast or join a group sightseeing tour of Auckland.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 25
Auckland

It’s time to bid a fond farewell to New Zealand, but if you’re not ready for your journey to end, we can arrange an inbound stopover at one of our many destinations. Alternatively, you can extend your journey and stay for an extra two nights, please call for details.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 26
Arrive UK

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