18 Day Royal Tourer New Zealand
18 Day Royal Tourer New Zealand
Begin in Auckland and travel to the subtropical Bay of Islands, before making your way through Rotorua and across the picturesque Marlborough Sounds to the South Island with APT.
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|Tour Type:||Premium Coach Tour|
|From:||Auckland to Christchurch|
|Departures:||Sep 2018 to Sep 2019|
From (NZD) $8040 per person
|Tour Operator:||APT Tours|
|17 nights in premium accommodation|
|29 meals – 17 breakfasts (B), 5 dinners (D) and 7 feature dinners|
|Visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds|
|Explore the stunning Bay of Islands on a dolphin watching cruise|
|Enjoy a traditional Māori hāngī feast in Rotorua|
|Cruise aboard the Interislander ferry to the South Island|
|Ride on the famous TranzAlpine train through the Southern Alps|
|Cruise the full length of Milford Sound|
|Discover Aoraki Mount Cook, Australasia's highest peak|
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Your journey begins today on arrival into Auckland. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your stylish and comfortable hotel.
Stay: Grand Millennium Auckland (2 nights)
After a morning at leisure, enjoy your selected sightseeing activity in the ‘City of Sails’ as you choose from a range of exciting sightseeing inclusions. Perhaps take a cruise on Waitemata Harbour, head off on a Waiheke Island wine tour, or explore the Auckland Museum. Alternatively, get up close to the fascinating marine life at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, or set off on a wilderness adventure into the Waitakere Ranges. Others may prefer to take a trip to the harbourside suburb of Devonport, which has great views of the city. (B, D)
Cross Auckland’s busy Harbour Bridge this morning and travel along the Hibiscus Coast. Stop at Matakohe’s Kauri Museum for an insight into the rich pioneering history of New Zealand’s Northland region. Continue to the stunning Bay of Islands and visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where the original treaty between the British and Māori people was signed. Here, you’ll also enjoy a visit to the carved meeting house and ceremonial war canoe.
Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands, in a room with harbour views (2 nights) (B, D)
Today discover this spectacular region with a choice of activities. Perhaps take a day tour to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s northernmost point, or maybe experience life aboard a tall ship. You could embark on a dolphin watching adventure or take a mini-tour of Russell. Alternatively, return to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds for an enriching guided tour. (B)
Explore the spectacular Bay of Islands on a dolphin watching cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. In these deep-sea fishing grounds, dolphins are frequently seen. Meander through the inner islands, admiring the picturesque sandy beaches and rocky outcrops, then relax for some time in a secluded bay. This evening, back in Auckland, you’ll be treated to a special Pacific-themed dinner with New Zealand produce at the Grand Millennium Auckland .
Stay: Grand Millennium Auckland (B, D)
Travel to Waitomo, home to the famous glowworm caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an eerie glow. Discover this natural wonder on a guided tour before continuing to Rotorua. This evening, immerse yourself in Māori culture as you enjoy a traditional hāngī feast and performance of song and dance.
Stay: Holiday Inn Rotorua, overlooking Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve (2 nights) (B, D)
Following breakfast this morning, enjoy your chosen Freedom of Choice sightseeing inclusion. Perhaps discover the icons of Rotorua at the Agrodome Farm Show followed by Rainbow Springs Nature Park, a kiwi encounter, and a visit to Te Puia. Alternatively, experience Middle-earth during a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set and gain an enthralling insight into the making of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Other options include a drive through forest and farmland to visit New Zealand’s largest boiling mud pool and colourful hot springs, or learning about the local art, history and culture at Rotorua Museum. (B)
Follow the Thermal Explorer Highway to the heart of New Zealand’s North Island this morning. View Wairakei Thermal Valley then Visit Huka Falls and Lake Taupō, before travelling across the vast volcanic plateau of World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park to Wellington. This evening, after checking in to your hotel, discover a range of tantalising local flavours with a choice of three tempting restaurants in which to dine.
Stay: InterContinental Wellington (2 nights) (B, D)
Discover the delights of the New Zealand capital with an extended stay. After breakfast set off on a sightseeing tour taking you to the city’s best-loved landmarks and sights, including New Zealand’s national museum – Te Papa Tongarewa. Afterwards, ride Wellington’s iconic Cable Car, gaining a fresh perspective of this coastal city. (B)
This morning, step aboard the Interislander ferry to cruise across Cook Strait and through the stunning waters of Marlborough and Queen Charlotte Sounds to Picton. Rejoin your coach and travel to the coast as you head for the quaint fishing town of Kaikōura. Continue travelling along the central east coast to Christchurch.
Stay: Commodore Hotel, Christchurch (B, D)
Board the TranzAlpine train for one of the world’s greatest rail adventures. Journey through the striking patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains, before travelling across the magnificent Southern Alps within Arthur’s Pass National Park. Disembark at Arthur’s Pass and travel by coach to Hokitika. Here you’ll enjoy the opportunity to see pounamu (jade) being skilfully carved into pieces of jewellery. Afterwards, continue along the dramatic West Coast to Franz Josef, where you’ll take in the dramatic terrain and icy surrounds of the striking Franz Josef Glacier. Sitting at just 250m above sea level, Franz Josef is quite unique as it is one of just three glaciers in the world that descends into temperate rainforest. Its low altitude creates a spectacular environment, where stunning ice formations are juxtaposed against the lush canopy of the surrounding forest. Arrive later at your luxury eco-resort where you will enjoy a delectable four-course degustation dinner this evening.
Stay: Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef Glacier (B, D)
Enjoy a day of truly breathtaking scenery as you travel along the Haast River. Arrive in Queenstown, the country’s ‘adventure capital’, where you’ll choose from four tempting restaurants. Perhaps sample the delicious fresh produce at waterside Finz seafood restaurant, or take a scenic gondola ride to Stratosfare Restaurant. You may prefer to cruise aboard the TSS Earnslaw, a vintage steamboat, or dine amid the stylish surrounds of Elements Restaurant.
Stay: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside (2 nights) (B, D)
Today you can personalise your Queenstown experience with our exciting touring options. Perhaps embark on a Safari of the Scenes tour and visit several local sites where the popular Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed, as you discover the great affinity between the cinematic landscapes of New Zealand and that of Middle-earth. Thrill-seekers may enjoy an exhilarating ride on the famous Shotover Jet, a Skippers Canyon adventure, or a river safari along the shimmering waters of the Dart River. New Zealand is rightly famous for its many vineyards and rich wines, and a tour of the country’s premier wine-producing region is a tempting option. Other activities include a 4WD experience at Mount Nicholas, a bird walk through surrounding wilderness, or the leisurely Million Dollar Cruise across the shimmering waters of Lake Wakatipu. (B)
Embark on one of the world’s most scenic drives today as you journey along the Milford Road. Wind down the Eglinton and Hollyford Valleys then drive through the Homer Tunnel to be met by the sight of Mitre Peak. Continue to Milford Sound, where you’ll enjoy a cruise that explores the full length of this pristine fiord. Afterwards, enjoy a picturesque drive to the lakeside settlement of Te Anau. Tonight enjoy a Taste of Fiordland dinner.
Stay: Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas (B, D)
This morning journey through rolling Southland countryside. Travel to Dunedin on the island’s east coast, a city known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’. This afternoon, choose your activity. Perhaps tour Larnach Castle, visit Olveston House, or head to Dunedin’s beautiful railway station and board the Taieri Gorge Railway. Those who enjoy a beer might like to tour Speight’s Brewery. Alternatively, nature lovers can visit an albatross colony, see penguins, or take an off-road tour of the sweeping Otago Peninsula.
Stay: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin (B, D)
Journey north and stop to view the large spherical Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe Beach. Continue to World Heritage-listed Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, where you can choose your activity. Perhaps visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, including a visit to the planetarium and a stargazing session with an astronomer. Alternatively, during the summer months, board a MAC boat and get up close to icebergs on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake.
Stay: The Hermitage Hotel (B, D)
Travel to picturesque Lake Tekapo today, where you’ll pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Later, travel through delightful scenery along Burkes Pass to Christchurch. In the evening you will enjoy a memorable farewell dinner at your hotel.
Stay: Rydges Latimer, Christchurch (B, D)
Today your tour concludes after breakfast, with a transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)
There are 16 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.6 out of 5.
I recommend that you inform individuals that there are opportunities to do laundry and pack as little as possible due to weight and number of bag restrictions on flights and buses. Bring a great camera with an extra battery and storage. Those that tried to get by on smart phones or tablets ran out of storage space and had to start deleted apps but in two cases it didn't work and they were very disappointed. Only half of the hotels offered unlimited wireless the rest were pay or receive 20 mins free in lobby and often Internet was slow. All that said - it was a great trip and the pace worked out well staying in two nights in most places and all the countryside was gorgeous. It was pretty relaxing overall.
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