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Royal New Zealand

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Day 1

Fly with a world-renowned airline from London Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen or Leeds Bradford for a three-night stopover. Please enquire for stopover and airline options.

Meals: on board meal service and complimentary bar service.

Day 2

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

After breakfast you can explore independently the stopover of your choice.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 4

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

Meals: B, 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: B, 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

There’s much to do on your first full day, with plenty of ways to explore this growing city.


Go punting on the River Avon, or see Christchurch from an open top bus. 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

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9
Mount Cook > Te Anau

See the fertile, sheep filled farming land of Central Otago, en route to Te Anau.

Your base for tonight is Te Anau.


Experience a special screening of Ata Whenua –Shadowland. Also known as Fiordland on film, this short movie takes you on an unforgettable journey over the world heritage wilderness.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10
Te Anau > Queenstown

Travel to Fiordland National Park to witness the spectacular beauty of Milford Sound. With its cascading waterfalls and endless peace and quiet, this area of show-stopping natural beauty is sure to impress even the most seasoned of travellers. This afternoon, you’ll arrive in Queenstown for your two-night stay.

Optional flight
If you would prefer, you can take a Scenic flight from Milford Sound to Queenstown rather than travelling by road (Additional expense). Please call for details.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11

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 restaurant in your hotel.


Wilderness and adventure beckon in the form of the Dart River or, at a more leisurely pace, enjoy a guided tour of local wineries. If you’re feeling particularly audacious, take an exhilarating ride through Shotover Canyon in a jet boat or take a 4WD Safari of the Scenes tour exploring The Lord of The Rings filming locations. A guided tour through Skippers Canyon or a guided walk around the lake edge would also be sure to not disappoint.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12
Queenstown > Franz Josef

Start the day with a stop off in Arrowtown before enjoying a ride on the Haast River. Arrive in Franz Josef and marvel at the ever-changing face of the Franz Josef Glacier before an overnight Special Stay at Te Waonui Forest Retreat.

Optional flight
Take a helicopter flight over Franz Josef or Fox Glacier and experience the wonder of landing in this natural alpine landscape (Additional expense). Please call for details.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13
Franz Josef > Christchurch

Visit the home of New Zealand’s native greenstone, Hokitika. This afternoon, join the famous TranzAlpine and embark on one of the world’s most sought-after railway journeys through the magnificent scenery of the southern Alps. Tonight’s accommodation is at Christchurch.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14
Christchurch > Wellington

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, during your two-night stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 15

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


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. Concludes with kapu ti – a hot drink and traditionally inspired food.


Exclusive to Scenic guests, you’ll meet the team from Weta Workshop, responsible for films like ‘The Lord of the Rings’ 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 16
Wellington > Rotorua

Experience the force of nature at Huka Falls, soaking up the beguiling serenity of Lake Taupo. Your base for the next two nights is Rotorua.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 17

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

Tonight, adopt Mãori traditions at a delicious authentic hangi dinner.

Optional flight
Take a flight to Mt Tarawera including a volcanic landing (Additional expense). Please call for details.


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. Alternatively, relax in the geothermal pools, or visit the movie set of Hobbiton.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 18
Rotorua > Auckland

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

Arrive in the 'City of Sails' this afternoon Auckland. Your wonderfully located city centre dwelling is close to Queen Street and Viaduct Harbour. You’ll be in the heart of Auckland, with some of this cosmopolitan city’s top restaurants, shops and venues on your doorstep. Relax after an exciting day or enjoy a swim in the indoor heated pool.

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


Discover the award-winning Hamilton Gardens on a guided tour. They are all themed and explore civilisations, recreating important garden styles throughout history. Enjoy lunch in one of the private themed gardens.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 19

New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland has it all. Beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a passion for food, wine and shopping, this diverse city is packed with exciting things to do. Based around two large harbours, the iconic Sky Tower boasts views of Viaduct Harbour, inhabited by super yachts and lined with bars and cafés. Beautiful Auckland Domain, the oldest park in the city, is built around an extinct volcano and home to the Winter Gardens.

Today you’re invited to explore Auckland’s ample sights, so we have created a collection of Freechoice activities to introduce you to the city


Board an America’s Cup Yacht and sail through Auckland’s harbour, explore the wine and cuisine of Waiheke Island, or take a leisurely harbour cruise to discover the black sand beaches of the west coast. Alternatively, join a small group for a sightseeing tour of Auckland.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 20

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 21
Arrive UK

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