Royal New Zealand

English heritage, ancient glaciers and landscapes so epic, they're depicted as if a piece of fictional fantasy.

18 Days
Christchurch to Auckland
From (GBP)
£ 5,645
Dates & Pricing
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2019/2020 Christchurch > Auckland

English heritage, ancient glaciers and landscapes so epic, they're depicted as if a piece of fictional fantasy.

Explore Christchurch on double-decker bus tours and Edwardian punt boats available for excursions as part of our Scenic Freechoice program. Take the TranzAlpine to Franz Josef for an overnight Special Stay at the 5-star Te Waonui Forest Retreat followed by Queenstown where Scenic Freechoice activities are yours to enjoy.
Travel to Fiordland National Park to witness Milford Sound and attend a Scenic Enrich special screening of a short film about its history. Fertile farmland accompanies your route to Mount Cook and onwards to Lake Tekapo. Wellington invites you to an exclusive workshop with the team behind ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and Rotorua immerses you in Mãori tradition at an authentic hangi dinner. Its unique geothermal activity poses the perfect relaxing retreat, before your adventure ends in Auckland, with lunch at the award-winning Hamilton Gardens.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
DROI
Duration:
18 days
Departure City:
Christchurch
Return City:
Auckland

18 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Depart UK

    Fly with a world-renowned airline from London Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham or Glasgow.Why not include an outbound stopover? Enquire for details (additional expense). Included on board flight meal service and complimentary bar service.

  2. Day 2 - In Flight

    Relax as you fly towards your destination. Included on board flight meal service and complimentary bar service.

  3. Day 3 - 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. Included on board flight meal service and complimentary bar service

    Meals Included: Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Christchurch

    Freechoice

    Go punting on the River Avon, 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

  5. Day 5 - Christchurch > Franz Josef

    Join the TranzAlpine this morning for your rail journey across the Southern Alps. Visit the home of New Zealand’s native greenstone, Hokitika. Stand in wonder at Franz Josef Glacier with its ever-changing face before your 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

  6. Day 6 - Franz Josef > Queenstown

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  7. Day 7 - Queenstown

    Freechoice

    Wilderness and adventure beckon on the Dart River or 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.

    Freechoice Dining

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Queenstown > Te Anau

    Travel to Fiordland National Park to witness the spectacular beauty of Milford Sound. Be in awe of the towering cliffs, peaks and waterfalls.

    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 wilderness.

    Your base for tonight is Te Anau.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Te Anau > Mt Cook

    See the fertile, sheep filled farming land of Central Otago en route before soaking up the alpine landscape of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. Enjoy a Special Stay .

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Mt Cook > Christchurch

    Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo. Travel through the patchwork countryside of the Canterbury Plains before arriving back in Christchurch for an overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - 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 with your two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Wellington

    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 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

  13. Day 13 - Wellington > Rotorua

    Experience the force of nature at Huka Falls before visiting magnificent Lake Taupo. Your base for the next two nights is Rotorua.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  14. Day 14 - Rotorua

    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.

    Immerse yourself in Maori traditions at an authentic hangi dinner.

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Rotorua > Auckland

    Be amazed by Rotorua’s geothermal activity during a visit to Te Puia. Enjoy the scenery of rolling hills and farmlands of the Waikato region.

    Enrich

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

    Arrive in the ‘City of Sails’ this afternoon for your two night Special Stay.

    Freechoice Dining

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Auckland

    Freechoice

    Choose from a range of Auckland’s iconic 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

  17. Day 17 - Auckland > UK

    It’s time to bid a fond farewell to your new friends and the wonders of New Zealand. 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, enquire for details. Alternatively, extend your visit and stay in New Zealand for three extra nights, please call for details. Included on board full meal service and complimentary bar service.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  18. Day 18 - Arrive UK

    Welcome home.

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