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NZ01: 14 Days Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua - Taupo - Wellington - Picton - Kaikoura - Christchurch - Omarama - Oamaru - Dunedin - Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown - Wanaka - Franz Josef - Christchurch

Tour Type: Escorted Coach Tour
Departure: Tuesday from February to December, guaranteed departures
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver & air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 13 nights at well-selected 3-star hotels
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners

Itinerary Details
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Day 1: Arrival in Auckland, Airport pick-up
Welcome to join the New Zealand 2 weeks itinerary! Today our driver will pick you up from the airport and send you to check into the hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. In the evening meet your tour director and other group members and enjoy the welcoming dinner together. We will inform you the time and location in advance.

Accommodation: VR Queen Street or similar (3 stars)

Day 2: Auckland Sightseeing Tour, Transfer to Rotorua
After breakfast, our 2 weeks New Zealand tour will begin with a visit to the scenic Mission Bay. There we'll tour the Bastion Point. Its commanding strategic position overlooking the Waitematā Harbour and central Auckland made it as the key site where Māori settlements protested against European settlers. Atop Bastion Point is the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial dedicated to the nation's well-loved 23rd prime minister who started a series of post-Depression reforms and laid solid foundation to the countries modern welfare state. Then we'll go to visit Waitomo and discover your magic moment in those Glowworm Caves. Next tour around the Lake Rotorua, the second largest lake in North Island of New Zealand, formed from a large volcano crater. At the end of the day, check into a hotel in Rotorua.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Ibis Rotorua or similar (3 stars)

Day 3: Rotorua One Day Trip
The lakeside city Rotorua is famous for its geothermal activities and fascinating Maori culture. Today, we will first pay a visit to Te Puia, the New Zealand's geothermal wonderland and home to a living Maori Village with schools teaching traditional carving and weaving arts. Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve at the region owns about 500 natural hot springs, bubbling mud pools as well as the Pohutu Geyser which erupts hourly to the height of up to 30 meters (98 feet). If you are interested, we could leave you some time to take a break and relax with the natural mineral hot spring of Polynesian Spa.

Meals: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Accommodation: Ibis Rotorua or similar (3 stars)

Day 4: Transfer from Rotorua to Wellington Via Taupo
In the morning depart for Huka Falls through jungles and forests. The endless, mesmerizing waterfall is formed where the Waikato River, normally 100 meters in width, is forced to go through a 15-meter-wide volcanic canyon. Each second, up to 220,000 litres of water bursts out from the gorge and thunders 11 meters to create a crystal-blue pool. You can experience this power of nature close-up. We'll also tour beautiful Lake Taupo, about the same size with Singapore, created by a volcanic eruption and very famous for trout fishery. Then we will move south to the capital city of Wellington and stay overnight there.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Travelodge Wellington or similar (3 stars)

Day 5: Half Day Wellington City Trip, Transfer to Picton by Ferry
After breakfast, visit the neoclassical-style Parliament Buildings and Te Papa - the national museum and art gallery. Lunch is served by "Eat My Lunch". It is a catering enterprise who engages in charity work. For every purchase of a commercial lunch, they will deliver a lunch to a child who would otherwise go hungry. In the afternoon, the tour director will accompany you to board the ferry at Interislander Ferry Terminal and cross the Cook Strait to the town of Picton in around 3.5 hours. The journey is reputed as one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world. Check into a local hotel on arrival.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Beachcomber Inn Picton or similar (3 stars)

Day 6: Drive from Picton to Christchurch via Kaikoura
Today from Picton we'll head south crossing Kaikoura towards Christchurch. Kaikoura is a coastal town kwon for its rich wildlife, especially the sperm whale. You may encounter them at nearshore area. Dinner is at your own expense. Feel free to ask your tour director for recommendations.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis or similar (3 stars)

Day 7: Christchurch City Tour, Transfer to Omarama
Today your New Zealand 2 weeks itinerary in Christchurch, officially the oldest established city in the county unfolds. It shows resilience and creativity after the devastating 2011 earthquake. The street art has transformed the sad city into an artistic powerhouse. Walking on the street while admiring those post-quake pieces, you will gain the strength too. Lake Tekapo and New Zealand's most photographed church - Church of the Good Shepherd are also on our to-visit list. Then leave for the town of Omarama and stay overnight at a local hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Heritage Gateway Hotel or similar (3 stars)

Day 8: Tranfer from Omarama to Dunedin
Today we will drive along the braided Waitaki River crossing Oamaru to Dunedin. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Dunedin is famous for its Victorian and Edwardian architecture. A walk in downtown will take you up close to those impressive architectural gems including the most photographed Dunedin Railway Station. You could also take half an hour's drive to Otago Peninsula, a beckoning land of rolling hills with clifftop vistas, sandy beaches and a great abundance of wildlife including penguins, seals, sea lions and albatross etc.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City or similar (3 stars)

Day 9: Half-day Free to Explore Dunedin, Drive to Te Anau
The morning is free for you. After breakfast, you could pay a visit to Larnach Castle - a historic mock castle with beautiful gardens or Otago University ranking the oldest university in the country. In the afternoon, we will set out for the picturesque town of Te Anau, also the visitor base for Fiordland National Park with spectacular glacier-carved fiords and Lake Te Anau, the largest lake only second to Lake Taupo in New Zealand. After the visit, you could go for a self-paid boat trip from the lakefront to explore the 12,000 year old glowworm caves. Tonight, stay in a hotel in Te Anau.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel or similar (3 stars)

Day 10: Milford Sound Sightseeing, Transfer to Queenstown
Today we are going to visit the Milford Sound, the world-renowned nature wonder lying within Fiordland National Park. Make sure your phone or camera is fully charged. After arrival, we will enjoy a cruise to admire its towering peaks, cascading waterfalls and amazing wildlife. Travel to Queenstown this afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront or similar (3 stars)

Day 11: Free Day in Queenstown
Enjoy your day for independent visits. Queenstown is a nature playground for adventurers. It offers a huge choice of blood-pumping activities such as jet boating, bungy jumping, rafting and skydiving. A tour to Gibbston Valley Winery and Cheesery with wine tasting is also a good choice to unwind. In the evening, the tour director will lead you to board TSS Earnslaw, the heritage coal-fired steamship to sail across the Lake Wakatipu. After disembarking at Walter Peak Station, we'll tour around High Country Farm and enjoy an authentic dinner. Then we will sail back to Queenstown.

Meals: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront or similar (3 stars)

Day 12: Transfer to Arrowtown to Franz Josef, Appreciate Franz Josef Glacier
After breakfast, depart for Arrowtown, a historic gold-mining town on the banks of the Arrow River. Then we will travel to Cromwell and sample seasonal fruits at a local orchard. After arrival at Franz Josef, a small town located on the rugged West Coast, we will hike to the viewpoint of Franz Josef Glacier and overlook the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps. If you want to have close-up look at the glacier, you could join a heli-hike or guided ice walk at your own expense.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier or similar (3 stars)

Day 13: Transfer to Arthur's Pass and take Train Back to Christchurch
Today we will drive north along the West Coast to Hokitika, a gold mining town known for its mining history, pounamu, whitebait and driftwood beaches. Upon arrival, we'll tour a pounamu factory and watch the master cavers at work. Then travel with TranzAlpine for a scenic train journey from Arthur's Pass to Christchurch. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner waiting for you.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Ibis or similar (3 stars)

Day 14: Departure from Christchurch, Airport see-off
The 2 weeks New Zealand tour will end here. After breakfast, our driver will send you to the airport according to your flight schedule. Looking forward to see you again. Wish you all the best!

Meals: Breakfast

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Tour Prices

10% off - book 60 days before, 5% off - book 30 days before

Arrival DateDepature DateDouble Occupancy
Sep 06,2022Sep 19,2022$4219 $3797
Sep 13,2022Sep 26,2022$4219 $3797
Sep 27,2022Oct 10,2022$4219 $3797
Oct 11,2022Oct 24,2022$4419 $3977
Oct 18,2022Oct 31,2022$4419 $3977
Oct 25,2022Nov 07,2022$4419 $3977
Nov 08,2022Nov 21,2022$4419 $3977
Nov 29,2022Dec 12,2022$4419 $3977
Dec 06,2022Dec 19,2022$4419 $3977
Dec 13,2022Dec 26,2022$4419 $3977
Jan 10,2023Jan 23,2023$4549 $4094
Jan 24,2023Feb 06,2023$4549 $4094
Jan 31,2023Feb 13,2023$4549 $4094
Feb 07,2023Feb 20,2023$4549 $4094
Feb 14,2023Feb 27,2023$4549 $4094
Feb 21,2023Mar 06,2023$4549 $4094
Feb 28,2023Mar 13,2023$4549 $4094
Mar 07,2023Mar 20,2023$4549 $4094
Mar 14,2023Mar 27,2023$4549 $4094
Mar 21,2023Apr 03,2023$4549 $4094
Mar 28,2023Apr 10,2023$4549 $4094
Apr 25,2023May 08,2023$4499 $4049
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
What's Included
  • Accommodation with breakfast at selected hotels.
  • TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Arthur's Pass.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Service of English speaking local guides per the itinerary.
  • Services of experienced driver and air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned sights visited.
  • Interislander ferry crossing.
What's Excluded
  • International airfares into and out of New Zealand.
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.).
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • New Zealand visa fee.
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