Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch (D)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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
Day 10: Picton – Wellington (B,D)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight.