'Door to door'
We are pleased to announce another fabulous holiday to New Zealand following an itinerary which has been developed over several years’ experience. We cover the most scenic and interesting parts of both the North & South Islands staying at carefully selected hotels as we go. With breakfast each morning and dinner most evenings. Once again we have planned the holiday in conjunction with Leisure Time Tours of New Zealand, a family firm with over 30 years’ experience of showing their beautiful country to overseas visitors with a personal, friendly service.
Day 1: Your Door to Door service will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Heathrow Airport for overnight Singapore Airlines flight to Singapore. Dinner on board.
Day 2: Late afternoon arrival in Singapore and then transfer to a central four-star hotel.
Day 3: Sightseeing with hop-off bus tickets and admission to many popular attractions. Early evening transfer to airport for the overnight Singapore Airlines flight to Auckland. B
Day 4: Welcome to New Zealand! We should arrive late morning and meet our Leisure Time driver/guide who will be with us throughout our time in the country. Departing Auckland we travel over the Auckland Harbour Bridge and head north to Paihia on the beautiful Bay of Islands. D
Day 5: Morning cruise through the Bay of Islands to the Cape Brett Lighthouse, Piercy Island and through the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’, (weather permitting). Then have free time in the historic town of Russell before a guided tour of the famous Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where in 1840, the founding document of New Zealand as a nation was signed. B
Day 6: Today we have a choice of two tours:
A: Discover the Far North of New Zealand. Journey along the magnificent 90 Mile Beach in a purpose built coach and stand on the windswept tip of New Zealand at Cape Reinga where the Tasman Sea collides with the Pacific Ocean. Lunch is included.
B: Alternatively enjoy a free morning along the Paihia waterfront. Early lunch (included) then take a tour to nearby Kerikeri with visits to a kauri workshop, a historic stone store and the Makana Chocolate Factory. BLD
Day 7: Travel south to visit the excellent Matakohe Kauri Museum at Otamatea where we get an insight into the life of early pioneers in New Zealand. The back to Auckland for a sightseeing tour of the city centre and waterfront. Free time to ride to the top of the Skytower or for shopping. BD
Day 8: Today we take to the water for a scenic cruise to the Coromandel Peninsula to visit the Driving Creek Railway which climbs 120m to the Eyefull Tower for panoramic views across Hauraki Gulf.
We then drive east across the Peninsula through beautiful scenery to reach Tairua where we stop for the night. BD
Day 9: We travel down the coast to Tauranga. Later we visit Hells Gate Geothermal Park where we can walk past steaming fumeroles and hot pools of boiling mud. Then into Rotorua for a two nights stay. B
Day 10: A full day in Rotorua. Morning visit to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley featuring the Pohuto Geyser. This afternoon will be free to explore the town of Rotorua. Tonight we attend a Hangi meal with entertainment on a recreated Maori village. BD
Day 11: We travel via the mighty Huka Falls to the lakeside town of Taupo and then continue to the ‘Fruit Bowl’ of New Zealand, Hawkes Bay – Napier. We enjoy a sightseeing tour of the ‘Art Deco Capital of the World’ and then to the historic Mission Estate Winery for a wine tasting followed by dinner. BD
Day 12: This morning we travel to Wellington where we enjoy an informative sightseeing tour including visits to St Pauls – the original cathedral built entirely of wood, the modern city centre and Mount Victoria. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore New Zealand’s capital city and make a visit to Te Papa (Our Place), New Zealand’s national museum. BD
Day 13: We cruise for three hours across the Cook Strait into the breath-taking beauty of the Marlborough Sounds to the town of Picton on the South Island. From here we travel the scenic road through Marlborough and its abundance of vineyards and on to Nelson for two nights. BD
Day 14: Today we travel to nearby picturesque Abel Tasman National Park to enjoy a cruise along the coast. On show here we will see stunning granite and marble formations, golden sandy beaches and crystal clear streams that join the ocean. B
Day 15: Drive south through rugged mountains towards the west coast. Later we reach Punakaika on the edge of the Paporoa National Park to view the famous ‘Pancake Rocks’ and blowholes. This afternoon we continue south to Hokitikato to visit the Greenstone and Glass Blowing factories before continuing further south into the Westland National Park, the home of Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. BD
Day 16: This morning time is available for optional scenic flights to view the glaciers and Mount Cook. Then south into the South West New Zealand World Heritage Area. A highlight today is jet boating on the mighty Haast River in Mount Aspiring National Park. Then over the Haast Pass to Makaroa and our hotel in the resort of Wanaka. BD
Day 17: A fairly short journey today as we travel past Cromwell and through the Kawarau Gorge to reach New Zealand’s first commercial Bungy Jump platform. After time for viewing (or jumping!) we continue to historic Arrowtown – a quaint town with historic remains from the Gold Rush days. Then into Queenstown where we stay for two nights. B
Day 18: A day at leisure in New Zealand’s premier resort. There is plenty to see and do including a trip on the Shotover jetboat, a four wheel drive excursion through Skippers Canyon, a ride on the Skyline Gondola or just have an easy day on the lakeside promenade. This evening we take a cruise across Lake Wakatipu to the Walter Peak High Country Farm for a buffet dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. BD
Day 19: We skirt the shores of Lake Wakatipu and then continue to Te Anau, the gateway to New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park. This afternoon we visit the local Fiordland Cinema to view ‘Ata Whenua’ – Shadowland, a short film which takes us through one of the most awe-inspiring landscapes on earth. There will also be time for an optional trip across the lake to visit the spectacular Te Anau Glowworm Caves. BD
Day 20: A highlight of the tour as we drive to Milford Sound along one of the most scenic roads in the world through the Southern Alps. At our destination we take to the water for a scenic cruise through the fjord which stretches 22km to the Tasman Sea. The Sound is dominated by the grandeur of Mite Peak and the Bowen Falls. Then back to our hotel in Te Anau. B, Packed L
Day 21: We leave Te Anau and travel across the rolling farmland of Southland and Otago to reach Dunedin – ‘The Edinburgh of the South’ where we stay for two nights. After a short break we head down the Otago Peninsula to Taiaroa Heads. At Taiaroa Heads visit the Royal Albatross Colony which is the only mainland nesting site in the world for these magnificent birds. This evening we take a tour of the Speights Brewery – the ‘Pride of the South’ followed by dinner at the Alehouse. BD
Day 22: We spend the morning in Dunedin and then enjoy a scenic train ride. Our sightseeing tour will include Baldwin Street (officially the steepest in the world) and Olveston House – an impressive house dating from the early 20th Century. Next we visit the newly refurbished Otago Settlers Museum where we learn of life in the area during the early period of settlement. After free time for lunch we depart from Dunedin’s historic ornate Station for a trip on the Taieri Gorge Railway. This afternoon’s excursion takes us through dramatic landscapes and over several viaducts spanning deep ravines. BD
Day 23: We leave Dunedin this morning and head north along the coast to view the Moeraki Boulders - extraordinary spherical boulders are unique to this area and lie partly submerged in the sea. Next we call at Oamaru where we have time to look at the ‘White Stone City’. We continue, through Sailors Cutting and then skirt the shore of Lake Pukaki to Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain (12,300ft). Time will be available to enjoy an optional scenic flight over the ancient rivers of ice and the West Coast Glaciers (weather permitting). Then back along the shore of Lake Pukaki to our overnight accommodation in Twizel. BD
Day 24: This morning we drive north to Tekapo to witness the magnificent blue waters of Lake Tekapo. Here we visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and the statue of the Collie Dog, before travelling the vast Mackenzie Basin, over Burke’s Pass, the Canterbury Plains and into Christchurch where we stay for two nights. There will be time during the afternoon to view the rebuilding of the city centre after the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. BD
Day 25: Today we join the famous Tranz-Alpine train for a scenic ride up into the Southern Alps from Christchurch to Arthurs Pass. We leave the train here and join our coach for the journey back to Christchurch by an equally scenic route. There will be some time this afternoon to visit the beautiful Botanic Gardens or even take a punt on the River Avon. This evening we have a farewell dinner at a city centre restaurant. BD
Day 26: Farewell to New Zealand. This morning we transfer to Christchurch International Airport to join our direct daytime Singapore Airlines flight to Singapore. On arrival we transfer to a central four-star hotel for overnight and breakfast. B
Day 27: Another full day to enjoy the many attractions of Singapore with tickets for the hop-on/hop-off bus and many attractions. Evening transfer to the airport for overnight flight back to London. B
Day 28: We arrive back at Heathrow early in the morning where your Door to Door service will be waiting to take you home.
MEALS: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Please Note: A more detailed itinerary is available on request.
Kingsgate Hotel, Paihia ***+
Grand Hotel, Auckland ****+
Pacific Harbour Villa, Tairua ****
Millenium Hotel, Rotorua ****
Scenic Hotel Te Pania, Napier ****
Grand Chancellor, Wellington ****
Rutherford Hotel, Nelson ****+
Scenic, Franz Joseph Glacier ****
Edgewater Resort, Wanaka ****+
Copthorne Lakeside, Queenstown ****
Distinction Hotel, Te Anau ****
Southern Cross Hotel, Dunedin ****
MacKenzie Country Hotel, Twizel ***
Distinction Hotel, Christchurch ****
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