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17 Day New Zealand Contrasts

17 Days (16 Nights) | $4,925
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Be amazed by New Zealand's contrasting landscape on a 17 day Best Buys Guided Holiday. Saunter along the picturesque Hibiscus Coast to the breathtaking Bay of Islands where you'll take a scenic cruise to the famous 'Hole in the Rock'. You have free time to explore the Bay of Islands before travelling to Auckland then onto the Glow Worm Grotto of the Waitomo Caves where you'll wind your way through the caves. End the day with a traditional Maori Hangi feast and concert. Visit the Agrodome Sheep Show for a taste of farm life then choose to see the sights of Rotorua your way. En route to Wellington, stop at spectacular Huka Falls and then enjoy a sightseeing tour of Wellington. Meet the fur seals at Ohau Point the travel to see Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, the Church of the Good Shepherd and Mt Cook. Tour the sights of Dunedin and be awe-struck by the incredible sights of Fiordland National Park before enjoying free time in exciting Queenstown. Franz Josef, a rare and still advancing glacier is the next stop and choose to see its majesty on foot or from the air. Board the TranzAlpine Train where you'll pass the incredible scenery of the Southern Alps en route to Christchurch where your Guided Holiday finishes.

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland

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After your airport transfer to your hotel, explore Auckland your way. This evening enjoy a welcome reception with your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Day 2: Auckland – Bay of Islands (B,D)

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Depart Auckland and travel along the Hibiscus Coast to the beautiful Bay of Islands. Take a scenic cruise through game fishing waters to Cape Brett and, weather permitting, through the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ formation. The return cruise to Paihia meanders through picturesque islands – see deserted sandy beaches and secluded bays and keep your eyes peeled for the marine life.

Day 3: Bay of Islands ‘Free Time’ (B)

Explore the Bay of Islands. Perhaps take a ferry to Russell, go sailing on a tall ship, dolphin-watching on the bay or play a round of golf.

Day 4: Bay of Islands – Auckland (B,D)

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Enjoy a leisurely morning before travelling through lush farmlands on your way back to Auckland.

Day 5: Auckland – Rotorua (B,SD)

After an Auckland city sights tour you’ll trace the Waikato River to Waitomo Caves. Tour the amazing Glow Worm Grotto by boat. Then arrive in Rotorua for an orientation tour. Tonight enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi feast ‘highlight dinner’ and concert, for an insight into Maori culture, at the Tamaki Family Marae.

Day 6: Rotorua (B)

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Visit the Agrodome Sheep Show, then enjoy an afternoon of ‘Free Time’ – visit Rainbow Springs, 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 7: Rotorua – Wellington (B,D)

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View the Huka Falls, visit Taupo and drive along the shores of its lake. Discover the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park and the dairy farms of Manawatu. Travel along the Kapiti Coast into Wellington, for a city tour.

Day 8: Wellington – Picton (B,D)

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A morning of ‘Free Time’, followed by a visit to Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. Then you’ll cruise on Queen Charlotte Sound and later travel to the seaside village of Picton.

Day 9: Picton – Christchurch (B)

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Get up close and personal with some New Zealand fur seals at Ohau Point, watch whales at Kaikoura, (optional scenic whale-watching flight is available) and travel across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

Day 10: Christchurch – Omarama (B,D)

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Free time to relax this morning. Later see Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and soak up the alpine scenery of Mt. Cook National Park (optional Mt. Cook scenic flight is available).

Day 11: Omarama – Dunedin (B,D)

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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, where you’ll tour the city. Then you’ve got the afternoon to yourself – perhaps take a Wildlife Cruise, visit the Cadbury Chocolate Factory or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway.

Day 12: Dunedin – Te Anau (B,D)

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After a free morning, you’ll cross sheep-filled farming land to the South Island’s biggest lake and the town of Te Anau, where tonight you can take a Glow Worm Caves tour (own expense).

Day 13: Te Anau – Queenstown (B)

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Journey through Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound, where you will cruise on the waters of this natural wonder. See Mirror Lake, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls. Travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown for a sightseeing tour on arrival.

Day 14: Queenstown ‘Free Time’ (B,SD)

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Explore thrilling Queenstown your way – from wine tours to jet boat rides and white water rafting. 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 15: Queenstown – Franz Josef (B,D)

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The first stop is historic Arrowtown. Next is Cromwell to taste its sensational stone fruit. Then it’s a trio of lakes – Lake Dunstan, Hawea, Wanaka before you travel through Haast Pass, view Thunder Creek Falls and take a rainforest walk. Final stop is Franz Josef Glacier, a rare, still advancing glacier (an optional scenic flight is available).

Day 16: Franz Josef – Christchurch (B,D)

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You’ll visit Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration first up then travel through Greymouth, the largest town on the West Coast, to Arthur’s Pass to board the TranzAlpine, one of the top 6 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 dinner with your Tour Director and new-found friends.

Day 17: Farewell from Christchurch (B,D)

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

Tour Includes:

  • Experienced Tour Director and Driver Guide
  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • 16 Full Buffet breakfasts
  • 2 Highlight dinners
  • 9 dinners
Departure Dates: Double Single
Jan 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 2016 $4,750 $6,260
Feb 6, 13, 20, 27 2016 $4,750 $6,260
March 5, 26 2016 $4,750 $6,260
Apr 2, 23, 30 2016 $4,750 $6,260
Jun 4 2016 $4,450 $5,905
Jul 2, 30 2016 $4,450 $5,905
Aug 13, 27 2016 $4,450 $5,905
Sep 10, 17 2016 $4,450 $5,905
Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 2016 $4,975 $6,620
Nov 5, 12, 19 2016 $4,975 $6,620
Dec 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 2016 $4,975 $6,620
Jan 7, 14, 21, 28, 2017 $4,975 $6,620
Feb 4, 11, 18, 25, 2017 $4,975 $6,620
March 4, 25, 2017 $4,975 $6,620
Apr 1, 22, 29, 2017 $4,750 $6,345
Jun 3, 2017 $4,450 $6,000
Jul 1, 29, 2017 $4,450 $6,000
Aug 12, 26, 2017 $4,450 $6,000
Sep 9, 16, 30, 2017 $4,450 $6,000
Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, 2017 $5,075 $6,735
Nov 4, 11, 18, 2017 $5,075 $6,735
Dec 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2017 $5,075 $6,735

Pricing is based on per person in Canadian Dollars

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