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14 Day New Zealand Vista Guided Tour

Wander up one of the forty eight volcanic cones that make up the rolling landscape of Auckland for panoramic city views. Relax at Oriental Bay, Wellington’s golden-sand inner city beach. Amble alongside the Avon River, as it runs through the heart of Christchurch. Each of New Zealand’s major cities offers up something just a little unexpected.

14 Day New Zealand Vista Guided Tour

Wander up one of the forty eight volcanic cones that make up the rolling landscape of Auckland for panoramic city views. Relax at Oriental Bay, Wellington’s golden-sand inner city beach. Amble alongside the Avon River, as it runs through the heart of Christchurch. Each of New Zealand’s major cities offers up something just a little unexpected.

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Tour Type: Group Tours
From: Auckland to Christchurch
Departs: Selected dates
Duration: 14 Days
Tour Code: LAAC

Regions Visited

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Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Picton & Marlborough Sounds, Christchurch, Dunedin, Te Anau, Queenstown, Franz Josef

Tour Inclusions

  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned 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 (8)
  • Discover the arts and traditions of New Zealand’s Maori culture
  • Feast on a Maori Hangi at a unique dinner experience with the Tamaki family
  • Cruise through Waitomo’s famous Glow Worm Grotto
  • Marvel at Fur Seals at Ohau Point and Whales at Kaikoura
  • Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo
  • Explore Dunedin’s fascinating sights
  • Cruise on mystical Milford Sound
  • Travel past ancient glaciers, spectacular mountains and magical rainforest en route to Milford Sound
  • Sail across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak for a unique ‘highlight dinner’
  • Let loose in the adventure capital Queenstown
  • Visit the old gold mining village of Arrowtown
  • Taste Central Otago’s famous stone fruit at an orchard
  • Travel through the magnificent rainforest of Haast Pass
  • See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier
  • Journey over the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train
  • Tour through Christchurch to witness the incredible rebuild of the city

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1: WELCOME TO AUCKLAND

Welcome to Auckland Transfer from the airport to your hotel for check-in, then you’re free to see Auckland for yourself. An evening welcome reception is followed by dinner with your Travel Director and fellow travellers.

Accommodation: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites

DAY 2: AUCKLAND / ROTORUA

See Auckland on a city sights tour. Later, tracing the Waikato River travel to Waitomo Caves to tour the amazing Glow Worm Grotto. At Rotorua, you’ll take in views of Lake Rotorua and more on your orientation tour.   Tonight enjoy a Maori Hangi feast highlight dinner and concert for an insight into Maori culture at the Tamaki Maori Village.

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis

DAY 3: ROTORUA

Watch the Agrodome Farm Show to gain an insight into agriculture in New Zealand. Then the afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park, abundant with Rainbow Trout and native fauna including the kiwi, or Te Puia where you can join a tour of the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve with a local guide. 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: Hotel Ibis

DAY 4: ROTORUA / WELLINGTON

Heading south, you’ll view the Huka Falls. Visit Taupo and drive along the shores of New Zealand’s biggest lake through the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park and the dairy farms of Manawatu. Then it’s along the Kapiti Coast to Wellington for a city sights tour.

Accommodation: Travelodge

DAY 5: WELLINGTON / PICTON

It’s a morning at leisure in Wellington, then visit   Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, where you’ll have time to explore New Zealand’s nature, art, history and cultural heritage. There’s time for a photo at Parliament House. Then cruise across the Cook Strait and meander down the maze of inlets of Queen Charlotte Sound. Later you’ll travel to the seaside village of Picton for an orientation tour.

Accommodation: Picton Beachcomber Inn

DAY 6: PICTON / CHRISTCHURCH

It’s your chance to get up close and personal with some New Zealand fur seals at Ohau Point and watch whales at Kaikoura (optional scenic whale-watching flight is available). Travel along the rugged Pacific Ocean coast and across the colourful Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis

DAY 7: CHRISTCHURCH / OMARAMA

After a free morning travel over the patchwork countryside, where the spectacular sightseeing begins. Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki are first up. Next you’ll visit the Church of the Good Shepherd before soaking up the sensational alpine landscape of Mt. Cook National Park (optional scenic flight is available).

Accommodation: Heritage Gateway Hotel

DAY 8: OMARAMA / DUNEDIN

Your day starts along the Waitaki River with the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel through Oamaru with its famous white limestone buildings, to Dunedin for a city tour. Then you’ve got the afternoon to yourself – perhaps take a Wildlife Cruise, visit the Speights Brewery or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

DAY 9: DUNEDIN / TE ANAU

It’s a morning at leisure, during which you might like to tour New Zealand’s Larnach Castle. Head off across South Otago’s fertile sheep-filled farming land en route to Te Anau, on the shores of the largest lake in the South Island. Tonight you may choose to travel by boat through the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (own expense).

Accommodation: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

DAY 10: TE ANAU / QUEENSTOWN

You’ll be awestruck by great sights from Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound, where you’ll cruise on the waters of this natural wonder. On the way to Queenstown see the Mirror Lake, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak, Bowen Falls, then travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu. In Queenstown, an orientation tour on arrival will complete your highlight day.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort

DAY 11: QUEENSTOWN

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 12: QUEENSTOWN / FRANZ JOSEF

First stop is historic Arrowtown, an old gold mining settlement, on the Arrow River. Second stop is Cromwell and its sensational stone fruit. Then discover a trio of lakes – Dunstan, Hawea and Wanaka. After crossing over the Haast Pass, view Thunder Creek Falls and enjoy a rainforest walk. Your final destination for today is the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

DAY 13: FRANZ JOSEF / CHRISTCHURCH

Visit Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration. Travel to Arthur’s Pass to board the TranzAlpine, one of the top six train journeys in the world. This spectacular journey takes you through the Southern Alps and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. This evening celebrate your holiday at a farewell dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends.

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis

DAY 14: FAREWELL FROM CHRISTCHURCH

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

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