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Ultimate New Zealand

30 Day
Between Auckland and Christchurch
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Kia ora, welcome to New Zealand, an iconic land of glacial peaks, immersive cities and proud indigenous customs. This incredible itinerary showcases the land of the long white cloud in all its splendour, transporting you through the nation’s many highlights on a journey of luxury, adventure and wonder.

Thirty days, and hundreds of opportunities for discovery. Begin on the North Island, where Māori heritage is tangible at the Bay of Islands, a striking enclave of more than 140 sub-tropical islands. Stand before Tane Mahuta, the kauri ‘lord of the forest’, during a special Scenic Enrich experience, before travelling to Cape Reinga at the westernmost tip of New Zealand, a region held sacred for its peace, isolation and connection to Papatūānuku, god of the Earth.

Travelling steadily south, visit Rotorua with its sacred hot springs, where you’ll be treated to a traditional ‘Hangi’ dining experience. In Napier, explore the Mission Estate winery and sample some of the fine vintages during a private dinner and tasting event, a wonderful encounter exclusive to Scenic Enrich.

Day 17 sees you travel to the South Island, home to some of the hemisphere’s most striking backdrops. Journey into the Southern Alps, savouring the enthralling vistas of the Fiordland National Park, and the unspoiled beauty and stillness of Milford Sound, a delightful fiord home to awe-inspiring peaks, cascading waterfalls and lush rainforests. After a guided tour of the historic university city of Dunedin, visit the highest mountain in New Zealand: Mount Cook, before enjoying an iconic tram ride through the beautiful streets of Christchurch – the perfect end to this unforgettable journey. 

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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 will 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’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: B, on board meal service and complimentary bar service

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 6
Arrive Auckland

Kia Ora and welcome to Auckland for a two night stay at the Grand Millennium Hotel. Celebrate the wonder of New Zealand at a welcome dinner.

Meals included: Dinner
Day 7
Auckland

Your dining choices for tonight include a sunset dinner yacht cruise, Degree Gastrobar, Orbit 360 Restaurant at Sky City or dinner at the hotel’s Grand Millennium Brasserie.

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, as you 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

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.

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

Your base for the next two nights is Paihia.

Freechoice

Cruise the calm inland waters of the Bay of Islands with lunch included or enjoy a ferry ride to Russell, the birthplace of European settlement in New Zealand. Alternatively, discover the very best of the Bay on a scenic cruise and journey through the Hole in the Rock (weather permitting).

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10
Paihia

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.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11
Paihia > Auckland

Discover the birthplace of modern New Zealand at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds with a Maori guide

Later, return to your hotel in Auckland for your overnight Special Stay.

Enrich

Enjoy an authentic Maori cultural performance inside the beautifully carved meeting house.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 12
Auckland > Rotorua

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 M-a ori culture and bubbling mud pools. Explore the National Kiwi Trust’s kiwi hatchery and nursery on a guided tour. Enjoy your two night stay at  Rotorua.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 13
Rotorua

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

Immerse yourself in Maori traditions and culture at your authentic hangi dinner tonight.

Optional Flight 
Take a flight to Mount Tarawera including a volcanic landing. (Additional expense)

Freechoice

Witness a sheep show or take an amphibious duck tour of Rotorua’s city and lakes. Alternatively, relax in the geothermal pools or travel via gondola to Skyline Rotorua for extensive views over the city and winetasting.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14
Rotorua > Napier

Hear and see the force of nature at Huka Falls before visiting magnificent Lake Taupo. Enjoy your overnight stay in Napier.

Enrich

Meet the makers at a special wine tasting and dinner tonight at Mission Estate or similar in the award-winning Hawke’s Bay wine region.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 15
Napier > Wellington

Explore the nation’s capital Wellington during your two night stay.

Freechoice

Take a walking tour through Napier’s Art Deco buildings, view the famous landmarks of Napier on a vintage car tour or discover a diverse range of aquatic animals and wildlife at the Napier Aquarium.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 16
Wellington

Uncover Wellington’s sights on your city tour before visiting the 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

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

Stay overnight in Blenheim.

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. Your base for the next two nights is Christchurch.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 19
Christchurch

Experience a Kiwi home-hosted dinner with a local family or enjoy dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.

 

Freechoice

Go punting on the Avon River, take a tour of the Botanic Gardens or see Christchurch by open top bus. Alternatively, visit the seaside town of Akaroa or the International Antarctic Centre – the choice is yours.

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

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

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

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

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

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 lakeshore. Alternatively, take 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

A free day to discover Queenstown.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 24
Queenstown > Milford Sound

In the darkness of Te Anau caves, see the shimmer of thousands of glow worms. 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

Awake to breathtaking beauty in Milford Sound. Later, travel to Dunedin for two nights.

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 26
Dunedin

Freechoice: Take a guided tour of Larnach Castle or visit the breeding colony of Royal Albatross. Alternatively, cruise Otago Harbour or take the scenic Taieri Gorge Railway.

Freechoice

Take a guided tour of Larnach Castle or visit the breeding colony of Royal Albatross. Alternatively, cruise Otago Harbour or take the scenic Taieri Gorge Railway.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 27
Dunedin > Mount Cook

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 28
Mount Cook > Christchurch

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 of the South Island during an iconic tram ride and farewell dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 29
Christchurch > 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: B, on board meal service and complimentary bar service

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 30
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