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Ultimate New Zealand

30 Day
Between Auckland and Christchurch
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Join us on this ultimate 30-day tour of New Zealand, and discover the land of the long white cloud.

Your journey begins in Auckland, where you’re free to explore this enigmatic city. Cruise Auckland Harbour on board an America’s Cup Yacht, stroll the black sand beaches of the west coast, or take a guided tour of this striking city, from Queen Street to the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Watch the sun set on Hokianga Bay as part of an exclusive Scenic Sundowners event. Then, journey to Cape Reinga, travelling 90-Mile Beach to marvel at the spectacular sand dunes and isolated bays. In Paihia, visit a Māori house for an authentic folklore performance, helping you learn all about New Zealand’s proud indigenous culture.

Sample the Sauvignon Blanc of Blenheim, or visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. In Christchurch, there’s chance to try the street food of this delightful kiwi city, or visit the town of Akaroa, a beauty spot renowned for its dolphin encounters.

Greet a breeding colony of Royal Albatross in Dunedin, embark on the famous TranzAlpine railway journey through the magnificent scenery of the Southern Alps, and marvel at the pristine blue waters and snow-capped peak of Mount Cook. With so much on offer in New Zealand, this promises to be the ultimate adventure of a lifetime.

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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 for your included three-night outbound stopover with Singapore Airlines from Manchester or London Heathrow, or fly to 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 free time to explore independently.

Meals: on board meal service and complimentary bar service.

Day 3
Stopover

After a hearty 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 a leisurely breakfast, the day is yours to discover everything your destination has to offer.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 5
Onwards to Auckland

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

Meals: on board meal service and complimentary bar service.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 6
Arrive Auckland

Welcome to Auckland. You’ll be met at the airport by a Scenic Representative for a two-night Special Stay. The wonders of New Zealand begin here. Celebrate your journey and meet your fellow guests at a welcome dinner.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 7
Auckland
Highlights: Freechoice and Freechoice Dining

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.

Freechoice

Choose from a range of Auckland’s attractions – enjoy an exhilarating sail on an authentic America’s Cup yacht and be part of the crew. Take the helm or simply sit back and enjoy the ride as you sail Auckland Harbour. Or explore the wine and cuisine of Waiheke Island and enjoy tastings of olive oil, wine and beer as well as a vineyard tour. Alternatively, take a leisurely morning cruise of Auckland’s beautiful harbour and see highlights including Devonport and the Harbour Bridge, or discover the Waitakere Ranges, walk in the lush rainforest and stroll along the black sand beaches. Or choose to join a small group tour and discover the history and sights of Auckland.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8
Auckland > Omapere
Highlights: Enrich - Tane Mahuta

Travel north across Auckland’s busy Harbour Bridge, along the Hibiscus Coast towards the Bay of Islands. Visit Matakohe’s award-winning Kauri Museum and gain an insight into the rich pioneering history of New Zealand’s Northland region. The museum specialises in the legacy of the ancient kauri forests, specifically the strong durable timber and the highly prized kauri gum. Continue to the Waipoua Forest, an ancient green world of towering trees and rare birds, and travel past natural gateways created by huge kauri trees and the fringing of colourful ferns along the road’s edge.

Enjoy your overnight stay in Omapere.

Enrich

The sense of awe you feel as you see the mighty Tane Mahuta kauri tree for the first time is unforgettable. Listen to the interactive interpretation from your local Maori guide about the importance of the ‘Lord of the Forest’ to both the natural environment and the Maori people.

Sundowners

Watch the sunset on Hokianga Bay with a drink on the terrace of your hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9
Omapere > Paihia
Highlights: Freechoice

Your base for the next two nights is Paihia.

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) or try your luck at fishing.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10
Paihia
Highlights: Enrich - Cape Reinga

Enrich
Travel to the very top of New Zealand – Cape Reinga. Explore the magnificent lighthouse and see where the waters of the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet. Discover this remote and magical place of deep spiritual significance to the Maori then enjoy the thrill of travelling along Ninety Mile Beach and marvel at the immense sand dunes.

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Travel to the very top of New Zealand – Cape Reinga. Explore the magnificent lighthouse and see where the waters of the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet. Discover this remote and magical place of deep spiritual significance to the Maori then enjoy the thrill of travelling along Ninety Mile Beach and marvel at the immense sand dunes.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11
Paihia > Auckland
Highlights: Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Discover the birthplace of modern New Zealand at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds with a Maori guide. See the world’s largest waka – a ceremonial war canoe, over 70 years old but still used every year on 6 February to celebrate New Zealand’s national Waitangi Day.

Return to your hotel in Auckland for an overnight stay.

Enrich

Be entertained by an authentic Maori cultural performance inside the beautifully carved meeting house including a traditional Maori welcome, waiata (singing), poi, stick games, Maori weaponry, as well as the famous haka.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 12
Auckland > Rotorua
Highlights: Hobbiton Movie Set

Lose yourself in ‘Middle Earth’ on your visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set. Travelling through the rolling farm land of the Waikato, arrive in Rotorua, home of Maori culture and bubbling mud pools. Explore the National Kiwi Trust’s kiwi hatchery and nursery on a guided tour. Enjoy two nights in Rotorua.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 13
Rotorua
Highlights: Te Puia; Freechoice

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

Tonight immerse yourself in Maori traditions at an authentic hangi dinner.

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

Freechoice

Witness a farm experience, take an amphibious duck tour or relax in the geothermal pools. Or enjoy the view from Skyline Rotorua while wine tasting.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14
Rotorua > Napier
Highlights: Enrich - Mission Estate Winery

Witness the force of nature at Huka Falls before cruising on Lake Taupo. Enjoy our overnight stay at in the home of Art Deco, Napier.

Enrich

Meet the makers at a special wine tasting and dinner at Mission Estate Winery.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 15
Napier > Wellington
Highlights: Art Deco Tour

Take a walking tour of Napier’s Art Deco buildings. Discover the nation’s capital Wellington with your two night stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 16
Wellington
Highlights: Te Papa

Explore Wellington’s sights on your city tour before visiting the National Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 17
Wellington > Blenheim
Highlights: Freechoice

Travel in the premium lounge on the ferry across the Marlborough Sounds to start your discovery of the South Island.

After a day of discovery, check in to  your hotel in Blenheim for your overnight stay.

Freechoice

Choose wine tasting at the home of Sauvignon Blanc or visit Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 18
Blenheim > Christchurch

Drive along the spectacular East Coast where rugged mountains meet the ocean. Experience how this resilient city is recovering during your two night stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 19
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 20
Christchurch > Franz Josef
Highlights: TranzAlpine

Join the TranzAlpine this morning for your rail journey across the Southern Alps. Stand in wonder at Franz Josef Glacier before your overnight Special Stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 21
Franz Josef > Queenstown
Highlights: Haast River

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

Enjoy a ride on the Haast River Jet boat before you arrive in Queenstown for your three night stay.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 22
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’s restaurant.

Freechoice

Wilderness and adventure beckon on the Dart River or, for a more leisurely pace, take a guided tour of local wineries. Enjoy a walking tour with scenic views across the lake-shore. Alternatively feel exhilarated on the Shotover Jet, a 4WD at Skippers Canyon or Safari of the Scenes tour exploring The Lord of The Rings filming locations.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 23
Queenstown
Highlights: Your choice

Today is yours for the taking. Explore one of New Zealand’s most beloved cities independently, with plenty of free time to see the sights that take your fancy.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 24
Queenstown > Milford Sound
Highlights: Fiordland National Park; Te Anau

In the darkness of Te Anau caves, see the shimmer of thousands of glowworms. Tonight you’ll sleep surrounded by the majesty of Milford Sound on board the Milford Mariner. Anchor in a sheltered cove where you’ll have the opportunity to explore the area in a small boat or kayak.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 25
Milford Sound > Dunedin
Highlights: Freechoice Dining

Awake to breathtaking beauty in Milford Sound. Then immerse yourself in New Zealand’s oldest university city, Dunedin, with a two night stay.

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 26
Dunedin
Highlights: Freechoice

Freechoice: Take a guided tour of Larnach Castle or visit the breeding colony of Royal Albatross. Alternatively go on a heritage walking tour of Dunedin or take the scenic Taieri Gorge Railway.

Freechoice

Take a guided tour of Larnach Castle or visit the breeding colony of Royal Albatross. Alternatively go on a heritage walking tour of Dunedin or take the scenic Taieri Gorge Railway.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 27
Dunedin > Mount Cook
Highlights: Moeraki Boulders

Visit the Moeraki Boulders, a unique sight featuring huge spherical boulders scattered across a sandy beach. Enjoy a Special Stay at Mount Cook.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 28
Mount Cook > Christchurch
Highlights: Church of the Good Shepherd

Perched on the edge of Lake Tekapo is the Church of the Good Shepherd. Experience this famous vista before arriving back in Christchurch for your Special Stay. Celebrate your adventures during an iconic tram ride and farewell dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 29
Christchurch > Depart UK

After breakfast you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home. If you’re not ready for your journey to end, we can arrange an inbound stopover in one of many exciting destinations. Alternatively, you can extend your visit and stay in Australia for three extra nights, please call for details.

Meals: on board meal service and complimentary bar service

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 30
Arrive UK

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