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14 Day New Zealand Marvel Guided Tour

From the impressive display of the glaciers of the West Coast, to the sensational alpine landscape of Lake Tekapo and Mt. Cook National Park, right up to the extraordinary geysers of Rotorua and the dramatic underground caverns of the Waitomo Caves, there is an abundance of spectacular natural sights to take your breath away.

14 Day New Zealand Marvel Guided Tour

From the impressive display of the glaciers of the West Coast, to the sensational alpine landscape of Lake Tekapo and Mt. Cook National Park, right up to the extraordinary geysers of Rotorua and the dramatic underground caverns of the Waitomo Caves, there is an abundance of spectacular natural sights to take your breath away.

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Tour Type: Group Tours
From: Christchurch to Auckland
Departs: Selected dates
Duration: 14 days
Tour Code: LCCA

Regions Visited

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Christchurch, Franz Josef, Arrowtown, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau, Dunedin, Tekapo, Kaikoura, Picton & Marlborough Sounds, Wellington, Rotorua, Auckland

Tour Inclusions

  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers (flights to arrive prior to 4pm on day 1, flights can depart anytime on day 14)
  • Full buffet breakfasts (13)
  • Highlight dinners (2)
  • Dinners (7)
  • Farewell dinner (1)
  • Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train
  • Visit a green stone factory & watch the jade artists at work
  • See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier
  • Travel through the magnificent rainforest of Haast Pass
  • Visit the old gold mining village of Arrowtown
  • Let loose in the adventure capital Queenstown
  • Sail across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak for a unique highlight dinner
  • Travel past ancient glaciers, spectacular mountains and magical rainforest en route to Milford Sound
  • Cruise on Milford Sound
  • Visit Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo
  • Marvel at Fur Seals at Ohau Point and Whales at Kaikoura
  • Cruise through Waitomo’s famous Glowworm Grotto
  • Feast on a Maori Hangi at a unique dinner experience with the Tamaki family

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1: WELCOME TO CHRISTCHURCH

On arrival in Christchurch you’ll be transferred to your hotel. Perhaps take a walk along the Avon River before a welcome reception and dinner with your Travel Director and fellow travellers.

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis

DAY 2: CHRISTCHURCH / FRANZ JOSEF

This morning you’ll board the TranzAlpine, one of the top 6 train journeys in the world. This spectacular railway takes you across the Canterbury Plains and through the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass. Later, visit Hokitika home of the native greenstone (jade) for a factory visit to see local artists at work. Next stop is Franz Josef Glacier (optional scenic Franz Josef Glacier flight available).

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

DAY 3: FRANZ JOSEF / QUEENSTOWN

Travel through the Haast Pass. See Thunder Creek Falls, take a rainforest walk and then it’s a trio of lakes – Wanaka, Hawea, Dunstan. Next up try sumptuous stone fruit at a Cromwell orchard. Later, you’ll visit historic gold mining Arrowtown on the Arrow River, previously one of the world’s richest rivers. On arrival in Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure-capital, you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort

DAY 4: QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE

Explore exciting Queenstown your way, all day. From wine tours to jet boat rides and white water rafting, Queenstown will surprise and exhilarate! This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue highlight dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. An entertaining after-dinner farm show provides a glimpse into high-country farm life.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort

DAY 5: QUEENSTOWN / TE ANAU

Travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau. You’ll be awe-struck by the great sights of Fiordland National Park on your journey to Milford Sound, one of the world’s most amazing places, where you’ll take a spectacular cruise on this natural wonder. En route you’ll have abundant photo opportunities at the Chasm, Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls. Return to lakeside Te Anau, where this evening you’ll have the option to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (own expense).

Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

DAY 6: TE ANAU / DUNEDIN

Cross sheep-filled farming land to Dunedin for a city tour. With ‘Free Time’ this afternoon, consider a wildlife cruise to see Penguins and Royal Albatross, or ride the Taieri Gorge Railway.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

DAY 7: DUNEDIN / OMARAMA

This morning, you have the opportunity to visit Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle. Later, travel through Oamaru, famous for its limestone buildings, passing the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and the Benmore Dam on your way to Omarama.

Accommodation: Heritage Gateway Hotel

DAY 8: OMARAMA / CHRISTCHURCH

Soak up the scenery of Mt. Cook National Park (optional scenic flight available). See Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and travel across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis

DAY 9: CHRISTCHURCH / PICTON

Travel along the rugged Pacific Ocean coast to Kaikoura, famous for its whales (optional whale watching flight is available). Get up close and personal with some New Zealand fur seals at Ohau Point. Pass the Grassmere Salt Works then travel to the pretty seaside fishing village of Picton for an orientation tour.

Accommodation: Beachcomber Inn

DAY 10: PICTON / WELLINGTON

Cruise on Queen Charlotte Sound and across Cook Strait to Wellington for a city tour before ‘Free Time’ and then you’ll visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, where you’ll have time to explore New Zealand’s nature, art, history and cultural heritage.

Accommodation: Travelodge

DAY 11: WELLINGTON / ROTORUA

Travel along the Kapiti Coast, past the dairy farms of Manawatu to Tongariro National Park and discover the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu. Visit Taupo and drive along the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake. View Huka Falls and pass the Wairakei Geothermal Power Station. Tonight enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi feast and concert and gain an insight into Maori culture.

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis

DAY 12: ROTORUA

Visit the Agrodome Farm Show, where you’ll gain an exciting and informative insight into agriculture in New Zealand. See the art of sheep shearing, sheepdog demonstrations, cow milking, bottle feeding of lambs and an exciting sheep auction. Then enjoy an afternoon of ‘Free Time’ – perhaps visit Rainbow Springs, abundant with Rainbow Trout and native fauna including the kiwi, or Te Puia, where a local Maori will guide you through the geothermal valley with its mud pools and geysers. Tonight you have the option of staying at your hotel or on a nearby farm. Enjoy genuine New Zealand hospitality this evening and spend the night on a nearby farm. You’ll enjoy dinner and breakfast, comfortable accommodation and a farm tour to introduce you to the way of life. (Additional cost).

Accommodation: Ibis Hotel

DAY 13: ROTORUA / AUCKLAND

This morning travel through lush Waikato farmland to Waitomo Caves. See the amazing underground Glowworm Grotto by boat and walk through the limestone caves. Later you’ll follow the Waikato River, New Zealand’s longest river, into Auckland, to enjoy a sightseeing tour of New Zealand’s largest city. This evening celebrate your holiday at a farewell dinner with your Travel Director.

Accommodation: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

DAY 14: FAREWELL FROM AUCKLAND

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight.

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