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14 Day New Zealand Marvel

14 Days (13 Nights) | $4,375
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See New Zealand's vistas on a 14 day Best Buys Guided Holiday. Discover Auckland on a city sights tour then travel onto Waitomo Caves to tour the unique Glow Worm Grotto before ending the day with a Maori cultural experience. Watch the Agrodome Sheep Show to gain an insight into farm life. Heading south, you'll take in the alpine scenery of Mt Ruapehu on the way to Wellington where you'll cross Cook Strait to the South Island. Get up close with the fur seals at Ohau Point and continue along the rugged Pacific Ocean coast to Christchurch. Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd before soaking up the sensational views of Mt. Cook. Enjoy a city tour of Dunedin with free time to explore the city your way. Be awe-struck by magical Milford Sound where you'll enjoy a relaxing cruise before heading to action packed Queenstown. You'll have a day at leisure to explore Queenstown your way before stopping at Arrowtown en route to the still advancing Franz Josef Glacier. Board the TranzAlpine Train traversing the kaleidoscopic Canterbury Plains and finish up in Christchurch.

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch (D)

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On arrival in Christchurch you’ll be transferred to your hotel. You have today at leisure before a welcome reception and dinner with your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Day 2: Christchurch – Franz Josef (B,D)

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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 – a rare, still advancing glacier (optional scenic Franz Josef Glacier flight is available).

Day 3: Franz Josef – Queenstown (B)

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.

Day 4: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ (B,SD)

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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. Why not join in a sing-a-long on your cruise back to Queenstown.

Day 5: Queenstown – Te Anau (B,D)

Travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau. You’ll be awestruck 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 you have the option to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves.

Day 6: Te Anau – Dunedin (B,D)

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

Day 7: Dunedin – Omarama (B,D)

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

Day 8: Omarama – Christchurch (B)

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

Day 9: Christchurch – Picton (B,D)

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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.

Day 10: Picton – Wellington (B,D)

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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.

Day 11: Wellington – Rotorua (B,SD)

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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 ‘highlight dinner’ and concert and gain an insight into Maori culture.

Day 12: Rotorua Sights (B)

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Visit the Agrodome Sheep Show, the multi-award-winning stage show, for a sample of farm life, 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 Nature Park, 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.

Day 13: Rotorua – Auckland (B,D)

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This morning travel through lush Waikato farmland to Waitomo Caves. See the amazing underground Glow Worm Grotto by boat and walk through the limestone caves. Later you’ll follow the Waikato River, New Zealand’s longest river, into Auckland. Enjoy the sights of the city before continuing to your hotel. This evening celebrate your holiday at a dinner with your Tour Director.

Day 14: Farewell from Auckland (B)

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

Tour Includes:

  • Experienced Tour Director and Driver Guide
  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers
  • 13 Full Buffet breakfasts
  • 2 Highlight dinners
  • 8 dinners
Departure Dates: Double Single
Jan 4, 11, 14, 18, 25, 28 2016 $3,950 $5,205
Feb 1, 4, 8, 11,15, 22, 25, 29 2016 $3,950 $5,205
March 7, 14, 21 2016 $3,950 $5,205
Apr 11, 18 2016 $3,950 $5,205
May 9, 16, 2016 $3,950 $5,205
Jun 20 2016 $3,725 $4,935
Jul 18 2016 $3,725 $4,935
Aug 15, 29 2016 $3,725 $4,935
Sep 5, 12 2016 $3,725 $4,935
Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 2016 $4,150 $5,490
Nov 7, 14, 28 2016 $4,150 $5,490
Dec 5, 12, 19, 26 2016 $4,150 $5,490
Jan 2, 9, 12, 16, 23, 26, 30, 2017 $4,150 $5,490
Feb 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 2017 $4,150 $5,490
March 6, 13, 20, 2017 $4,150 $5,490
Apr 10, 17, 2017 $3,950 $5,250
May 8, 15, 2017 $3,950 $5,250
Jun 19, 2017 $3,725 $4,990
Jul 17, 2017 $3,725 $4,990
Aug 14, 28, 2017 $3,725 $4,990
Sep 4, 11, 2017 $3,725 $4,990
Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2017 $4,225 $5,575
Nov 6, 13, 27, 2017 $4,225 $5,575
Dec 11, 18, 25, 2017 $4,225 $5,575

Pricing is based on per person in Canadian Dollars

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