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20 Day Platinum New Zealand Odyssey Guided Tour

From the City of Sails, travel on to the geothermal wonders of Rotorua, then enjoy the delights of Art Deco Napier. Sit back and relax in the stunning Marlborough Sounds before taking a sneak peek at the Whales in Kaikoura then head south to the world-heritage listed Mt Cook National Park. Visit spectacular Milford Sound and enjoy a relaxing stay in Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand.

20 Day Platinum New Zealand Odyssey Guided Tour

Experience New Zealand like never before on a 20 day New Zealand Odyssey. This small group tour showcases New Zealand in a relaxed and less structured way.

Super Earlybird Offer!

Valid for all new bookings for all coach departures for travel from 01 September 2019 onwards. Book and pay in full by 31 March 2019 to be eligible for the offer. Terms & conditions apply - ask us for details & departure dates.

Tour Type: Group Tours
From: Auckland to Christchurch
Departs: Selected dates
Duration: 20 days
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Regions Visited

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Auckland, Waiheke Island, Hobbiton, Rotorua, Taupo, Napier, Wellington, Picton & Marlborough Sounds, Blenheim, Kaikoura, Tekapo, Mt Cook, Te Anau, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Arrowtown, Wanaka, Franz Josef, Christchurch

Tour Inclusions

  • 19 nights luxury accommodation
  • Full breakfast daily, 3 lunches & 11 dinners
  • Welcome dinner & drinks on arrival
  • Travel by 5 star luxury touring coach
  • Professional coach captain
  • Hotel porterage
  • Complimentary airport transfers on arrival & departure
  • Welcome dinner with drinks & farewell dinner
  • Dine at some of New Zealand’s leading wineries
  • Traditional Maori Hangi (feast) & Cultural Evening
  • Exclusive Lake Rotoiti cruise
  • Scenic Mussel cruise to Raetihi Lodge
  • Tasman Glacier Explorer boat expedition
  • Spectacular Milford Sound Nature Cruise
  • World famous TranzAlpine train
  • Day trip to Waiheke Island
  • Tour the famous Hobbiton Movie set
  • Blue & Green Lakes, Te Wairoa Buried Village
  • Te Puia Thermal Reserve
  • Wairakei Geothermal region & mighty Huka Falls
  • Guided Art Deco Walk, Napier
  • Interislander ferry cruise to Picton
  • Free use of Raetihi Lodge kayaks, mountain bikes, dinghies & fishing tackle
  • Lake Tekapo & Church of the Good Shepherd
  • Entry to Sir Edmund Hilary Alpine Centre

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVE AUCKLAND

‘Haere Mai’ …. Welcome to New Zealand. On arrival, you will be transferred to your downtown city hotel. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome drink & dinner.

Accommodation: Pullman Hotel

DAY 2: WAIHEKE ISLAND

After a leisurely start to the day, a brief ferry ride brings us to Waiheke Island, a haven for vineyards, olive groves, art galleries and sandy beaches. Enjoy a tour of the island before sitting down to a special lunch at the beautiful Mudbrick Winery, with its spectacular views over the Hauraki Gulf looking back to the city skyline.

Accommodation: Pullman Hotel

DAY 3: HOBBITON / ROTORUA

This morning, we travel south to Matamata where we experience a guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set, the movie set used in the block-busting ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Hobbit’ films. Later, we continue our journey on to the geothermal city of Rotorua.

Accommodation: Millennium Hotel

DAY 4: EXCLUSIVE LAKE ROTOITI CRUISE & TE WAIROA BURIED VILLAGE

Today’s highlight is an exclusive cruise across the serene, clear waters of Lake Rotoiti. Explore native bays and coves of the lake under sail on our luxury catamaran and bathe in the thermal waters of the Manupirua Pools, accessible only by boat. This afternoon, travel past the Blue & Green Lakes to the famous buried village of Te Wairoa. This evening, we visit  Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and are treated to a traditional Maori hangi (feast) and cultural performance.

Accommodation: Millennium Hotel

DAY 5: LAKE TAUPO / NAPIER

Stop to view the mighty Huka Falls & Wairakei Geothermal project and then take time to wander around the popular lakeside resort of Taupo. Continue on to Napier, one of the world’s finest Art Deco cities. Here, your local guide will bring this fascinating architecture to life on your walk around the town this afternoon.

Accommodation: The Crown Hotel Napier

DAY 6: AT LEISURE IN THE HAWKE'S BAY

Widely regarded as the ‘Tuscany of the South Pacific’, this region boasts some of New Zealand’s best wineries. Enjoy a free day to experience some of the many optional activities available or simply relax and enjoy your surroundings. This evening, we visit Mission Estate, New Zealand’s oldest winery established by a group of French missionaries in 1851. Enjoy wine tastings followed by a fine dining experience in the elegantly restored seminary with its sweeping views over the vineyards, city and the coast beyond.

Accommodation: The Crown Hotel

DAY 7: WAIRARAPA / WELLINGTON

Travel this morning through the rural heartland of the Wairarapa region en-route to Wellington, the nation’s capital, where you enjoy a brief sightseeing and orientation tour before checking into your accommodation.

Accommodation: The Bolton Hotel

DAY 8: EXPLORE THE NATION'S CAPITAL

Named the ‘coolest little capital in the world’ by Lonely Planet, Wellington is nestled between a sparkling harbour and rolling green hills and is renowned for its arts, heritage, culture and native beauty. A visit to Te Papa National Museum is highly recommended as is a ride on the famous Cable Car up the hill to Kelburn for amazing views over the city. If you like action-packed adventure activities, Wellington has it all along with beautiful walks around the harbour and surrounding hills.

Accommodation: The Bolton Hotel

DAY 9: PICTON / MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS

This morning we cruise across Cook Strait by Interislander ferry to the picturesque fishing village of Picton. At Havelock, we board our vessel for a scenic cruise to our remote resort located in the stunning Kenepuru Sound.

Accommodation: Raetihi Lodge

DAY 10: KENEPURU SOUND

A free day to relax & marvel at the magic that is the Marlborough Sounds. Lodge staff will share their love of the region with you through the wide range of water and nature based experiences they put at your fingertips. Complimentary fishing tackle, kayaks & mountains bikes are provided at the lodge and there is a number of bush walks to enjoy. Or you can simply relax with a book & soak in the spectacular scenery.

Accommodation: Raetihi Lodge

DAY 11: BLENHEIM / KAIKOURA

Return to Havelock by water taxi and board our coach for the journey to the small coastal town of Kaikoura. Here you can enjoy an optional whale-watching adventure, swim with the dolphins or join local Maori for a unique, award winning cultural experience.

Accommodation : White Morph Heritage Boutique

DAY 12: LAKE TEKAPO / AORAKI MT COOK

Travel south across the Canterbury Plains and stop at beautiful Lake Tekapo to view the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Then travel up the western side of Lake Pukaki to the Mt Cook National Park, a World Heritage listed site. The park covers over 70,000 hectares of breathtaking alpine scenery.

Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel Mt Cook

DAY 13: TASMAN GLACIER EXPEDITION

Today we experience the Tasman Glacier in the most unique way possible. An experienced guide will whisk you away in a stable MAC Boat to explore the melting ice-face of the Tasman Glacier. Get up close to touch & taste 400-year old icebergs that have been carved into the murky waters of the lake. Later today, there is time to enjoy one of the many bush walks and optional ski-plane and helicopter flights are available subject to weather conditions.

Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel Mt Cook

DAY 14: CROMWELL / TE ANAU

Begin the assent over the Lindis Pass to the township of Cromwell, then continue on to the historic village of Clyde, nestled in a sheltered basin at the foot of an immense and crooked gorge. Stop for lunch at Alexandra, located on the banks of the mighty Clutha River, then travel across the farmlands of Central Otago to the township of Gore before arriving at the shores of Lake Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland National Park.

Accommodation: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

DAY 15: MILFORD SOUND / QUEENSTOWN

Today’s highlight is a leisurely nature cruise of the breathtaking Milford Sound, cruising the full length of the fiord to the Tasman Sea. An on-board nature guide will give you detailed information of the region’s history, flora & fauna and you will view spectacular waterfalls, rainforests and towering mountains, including the awesome Mitre Peak. Wildlife includes dolphins, seals, penguins & albatross when in season. Continue your journey on to Queenstown, regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination.

Accommodation: Heritage Queenstown

DAY 16: QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE

Enjoy a free day to experience this magnificent alpine resort. Surrounded by majestic mountains, Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure & leisure activities in all forms, from extreme to relaxed exploration. Your guide will be happy to advise you on all the activities and options available.

Accommodation: Heritage Queenstown

DAY 17: ARROWTOWN / AKARUA WINERY

Set beneath the rugged Crown Range is Arrowtown, an historic village located beside the Arrow River which was once a haven for the gold prospectors of the 1860’s. It features a fascinating collection of mining cottages with an atmosphere straight out of last century. Enjoy time to stroll through this historic village, before enjoying a relaxing, sumptuous lunch at Walnut Cottage, the show piece of Akarua Wines and back dropped by the Remarkables mountain range.

Accommodation: Heritage Queenstown

DAY 18: WANAKA / FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER

There is time to wander around the resort town of Lake Wanaka before enjoying incredible scenery as we travel past the untouched native forests and pristine lakes of the World Heritage Westland National Park. On to Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers where there is the opportunity to experience an optional scenic flight over this remarkable region (subject to weather conditions).

Accommodation: Te Waonui Rainforest Retreat

DAY 19: TRANZALPINE TRAIN / CHRISTCHURCH

Head north along the dramatic West Coast, steeped in history dating back to the gold rush era of the 1800’s. This afternoon, we board the TranzAlpine train for a coast to coast rail adventure through the Southern Alps, rated as one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. This evening, join your friends for a farewell dinner with drinks and relive the many great experiences of the last three weeks.

Accommodation: Rydges Latimer

DAY 20: DEPART CHRISTCHURCH

Sadly, your holiday ends today and you will be transferred to Christchurch airport to connect with your onward flight home.

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