Scenic Splendour

22 Days
Auckland to Christchurch
From (GBP)
£ 6,970
Dates & Pricing

2022/2023 Auckland > Christchurch

Tour Map
Tour Code:
DSHI
Duration:
22 days
Departure City:
Auckland
Return City:
Christchurch

22 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - UK > Auckland

    Fly with a world-renowned airline from a choice of UK airports.

  2. Day 2 - In Flight

    Relax as your fly toward your destination.

  3. Day 3 - Auckland

    Kia Ora and welcome to Auckland for your overnight Special Stay.

  4. Day 4 - Auckland > Rotorua

    Visit the Hobbiton™ Movie Set before arriving in Rotorua, home of Maori culture and bubbling mud pools. Later,  visit the National Kiwi Trust,  before your two night stay in Rotorua.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  5. Day 5 - Rotorua

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

    Freechoice

    Witness a sheep show, take an amphibious duck tour or relax in the geothermal pools. Alternatively, enjoy the view from Skyline Rotorua while wine tasting.

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

    Optional flight - Take a floatplane flight over Mt Tarawera (additional expense, please book prior to departure).

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Rotorua > Napier

    Witness the force of nature at Huka Falls before seeing the magnificent Lake Taupo.

    Freechoice

    Take a walking tour of Napier’s Art Deco buildings, view the famous landmarks of Napier during a vintage car tour or discover a diverse range of animals at the National Aquarium.

    Enrich

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

    Enjoy your overnight stay in the home of Art Deco, Napier.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Napier > Wellington

    Head south to the town of Greytown in the Wairapa region. Continue to Wellington for a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Wellington

    Enrich

    Take an in-depth journey of Te Papa to discover the treasures and stories of New Zealand.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  9. Day 9 - Wellington > Blenheim

    Travel in the ferry’s premium lounge across the Marlborough Sounds to the South Island. Freechoice: Enjoy a tasting at the home of Sauvignon Blanc or a visit to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. Stay overnight in Blenheim.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Blenheim > Christchurch

    Drive along the spectacular East Coast where rugged mountains meet the ocean.  Experience how Christchurch is recovering and enjoy a two night stay.

    Freechoice

    Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant or at the hotel’s restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Christchurch

    Freechoice

    Go punting on the Avon River, take a Botanic Gardens Tour or enjoy a city tour around Christchurch. Alternatively, visit the seaside town of Akaroa or the International Antarctic Centre.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  12. Day 12 - Christchurch > Franz Josef

    Join the TranzAlpine this morning for your rail journey across the Southern Alps. 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 in this natural alpine landscape (additional expense, please book prior to departure).

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - 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

  14. Day 14 - Queenstown

    Freechoice

    Take the Dart River Wilderness Jet, or tour local wineries. Feel exhilarated on the Shotover Jet, a 4WD Skippers Canyon, or Safari of the Scenes tour.

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Queenstown

    Enjoy a day at leisure to discover Queenstown.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  16. Day 16 - Queenstown > Milford Sound

    In the darkness of the Te Anau caves, see the shimmer of thousands of glow-worms. Enjoy an overnight Special Stay on board the Milford Mariner amidst the majesty of Milford Sound.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Milford Sound > Dunedin

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

    Freechoice Dining

    Choose between Speight’s Brewery and the hotel’s Parcels Restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Dunedin

    Freechoice

    Tour Larnach Castle or visit the breeding colony of Royal Albatross. Alternatively, take a heritage walking tour or cruise Otago Harbour.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  19. Day 19 - Dunedin > Mount Cook

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Mount Cook > Christchurch

    Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd before returning to Christchurch for your Special Stay

    Enrich

    Celebrate your adventures during an iconic tram ride.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Christchurch > UK

    Bid farewell to New Zealand.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  22. Day 22 - Arrive UK

    Welcome home.

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the tour will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions.

Tour inclusions

Highlights
  • Be awed by the beauty of Milford Sound
  • Stay at the Hermitage Hotel with picturesque views of Mount Cook
  • Indulge in a variety of seafood during a cruise around Marlborough Sounds
  • Taste wine from New Zealand’s oldest winery at Mission Estate

Pricing & Availability