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Royal New Zealand

21 Day
Between Christchurch and Auckland
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The greatest show on Earth unfolds in New Zealand, an island nation of invigorating natural wonder. Over 21 days, experience the raw beauty of the south and the indigenous heritage of the north, travelling from Christchurch to Auckland on the journey of a lifetime.

Christchurch is your gateway to New Zealand’s extraordinary South Island, where a world of wonder awaits. Scenic Freechoice gives you the chance to punt on the River Avon, visit the seaside town of Akaroa or explore the International Antarctic Centre. From this charming heritage city, travel the Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo and visit the Church of the Good Shepherd. Pastoral landscapes give way to the alpine backdrop of the Mount Cook National Park, where you’ll enjoy a special screening of Ata Whenua during an exclusive Scenic Enrich experience.

Journey through the Fiordland National Park, and encounter Milford Sound, Queenstown, and the Franz Josef Glacier, landscapes showcased throughout the Lord of the Rings trilogy. From here, you’ll travel to Wellington across Marlborough Sounds, a region awe-inspiring peaks and deep blue-watered valleys, to start your discovery of the North Island, beginning with a tour of the famous Te Papa museum, which illustrates the human history of New Zealand.

Across the North Island, encounter the customs, traditions and sacred sites of the Māori, from Rotorua, with its geothermal hot springs, to the spiritual serenity of Lake Taupo and Huka Falls. In Auckland, discover the award-winning Hamilton Gardens, complete with distinct areas themed by historical ages, or explore the wine and cuisine of Waiheke Island, for a taste of kiwi hospitality. 

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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 to Hong Kong with Air New Zealand from London Heathrow. Regional flights are available from £95 per person. Please enquire for more stopover options.

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 (not included for Sentosa stays), enquire for details. Of course, we also give you the freedom to explore independently.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 4
Stopover

Once you have 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
Stopover > 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
Christchurch
Highlights: Freechoice

Freechoice: Go punting on the Avon River, take the Botanic Gardens Tour or see Christchurch from an open top bus. Alternatively, visit the seaside town of Akaroa or the International Antarctic Centre – the choice is yours.

Freechoice

Go punting on the Avon River, take the Botanic Gardens Tour or see Christchurch from an open top bus. Alternatively, visit the seaside town of Akaroa or the International Antarctic Centre – the choice is 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 Church of the Good Shepherd before soaking up the alpine landscape of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. Enjoy an overnight Special Stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9
Mount Cook > Te Anau
Highlights: Enrich - Ata Whenua

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

Your base for tonight is Te Anau.

Enrich

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-listed wilderness.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10
Te Anau > Queenstown
Highlights: Milford Sound Cruise

Travel to Fiordland National Park to witness the spectacular beauty of Milford Sound. Stand in awe at the towering cliffs, peaks and waterfalls. Later, arrive in Queenstown for your two 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 11
Queenstown
Highlights: Freechoice and Freechoice Dining

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

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 12
Queenstown > Franz Josef
Highlights: Haast River Jet

Start the day with a stop in Wanaka 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 an overnight Special Stay.

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.)

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

Visit Hokitika, the home of New Zealand’s native greenstone. Join the TranzAlpine this afternoon for your rail journey across the Southern Alps back to Christchurch for an overnight stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14
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 Cook Strait 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 15
Wellington
Highlights: Enrich - Weta Workshop and Te Papa

Enjoy a city tour before visiting Te Papa, the 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. Concludes with kapu ti – a hot drink and traditionally inspired food.

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 16
Wellington > Rotorua
Highlights: Lake Taupo

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
Day 17
Rotorua
Highlights: Freechoice

Optional flight
Take a flight to Mt 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. Alternatively, relax in the geothermal pools or visit the movie set of Hobbiton.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 18
Rotorua > Auckland
Highlights: Enrich - Hamilton Gardens

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

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

Arrive in the 'City of Sails' this afternoon Auckland for your Special Stay

Your dining choices for tonight include a sunset dinner yacht cruise, Degree Gastrobar, Orbit 360 Restaurant at Sky City or dinner at your hotel.

Enrich

Discover the award-winning Hamilton Gardens on your guided tour. Each themed garden explores different civilisations or recreates a historically important garden style. Enjoy lunch in one of the private themed areas.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 19
Auckland
Highlights: Freechoice

Freechoice: Choose from a range of Auckland’s attractions – enjoy an exhilarating sail on an authentic 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 small group sightseeing tour of Auckland

Freechoice

Choose from a range of Auckland’s attractions – enjoy an exhilarating sail on an authentic 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 small group sightseeing tour of Auckland

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 20
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 21
Arrive UK

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