16 Day New Zealand Getaway

16 Day New Zealand Getaway

Join Travelmarvel for a 16 day escorted tour exploring the scenic delights of New Zealand. Highlights include the Bay of Islands, the geothermal geysers and rich Māori culture of Rotorua, and the snow-capped mountains of the South Island.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Low Cost Coach Tour
From: Auckland to Christchurch
Departures: Oct 2019 to Sep 2020
Price: From (NZD) $5545 per person
Tour Operator: Travelmarvel Tours
Duration: 15 Days
Tour Code: nt16

Inclusions

15 nights in premium accommodation
24 delicious meals – 15 breakfasts (B) and 9 dinners (D)
Take a dolphin watching cruise to Cape Brett in the Bay of Islands
Visit Waitomo's glowworm caves
Dine in traditional style with a Hangi Feast in Rotorua
Cruise the Cook Strait on the Interislander ferry
Embark on a whale watching cruise in Kaikoura
Cruise Milford Sound and enjoy spectacular views
Experience the breathtaking views in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park
Stay on the shores of Lake Tekapo and indulge in a Farewell Dinner

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive Auckland

Be met and transferred to your hotel, which is centrally located in the beautiful harbourside city of Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’.

Stay: Rydges Hotel, Auckland

Day 2
Auckland - Bay of Islands

Journey north to the Waipoua Forest – one of New Zealand’s most famous kauri forests and the largest of its kind remaining on the North Island. Here, a short walk from the roadside will take you to the base of a giant kauri tree called Tāne Mahuta, or ‘Lord of the Forest’. Continue to the stunning Bay of Islands, where you’ll enjoy a special welcome dinner.

Stay: Kingsgate Hotel AutoLodge Paihia. (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 3
Bay of Islands at Leisure

The Bay of Islands is home to 144 islands providing a stunning aquatic playground off the north coast of the North Island. After breakfast today you’ll enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the idyllic subtropical surrounds. Perhaps relax on a pristine beach, explore the stunning wilderness areas via one of the many walking tracks, or set off into town and dine at a local restaurant. (B)

Day 4
Bay of Islands - Auckland

Explore New Zealand’s finest national maritime park on a dolphin watching cruise to Cape Brett. This captivating coastline provides sheltered waters for dolphins, whales, seals, penguins and other marine life, so keep a look out while enjoying the scenery. The, continue to the Hole in the Rock, a distinctive arch formation which defines this remarkable coast. Later, return to Auckland.

Stay: Rydges Hotel, Auckland (B, D)

Day 5
Auckland - Waitomo Caves - Rotorua

Travel to Waitomo and discover the famous glowworm caves. Then continue to Rotorua. Visit Te Puia, New Zealand’s premier cultural centre, and tour the Māori Arts and Crafts Institute. During your time here you’ll see the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley. Later, enjoy a Māori hāngī feast with performances of song and dance. Delight in the opportunity to dine and interact with locals who will enchant you with their customs and cheerful hospitality.

Stay: Sudima Rotorua (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 6
Rotorua

Rotorua captures the essence of New Zealand with its geothermal geysers, fascinating Māori culture and rich heritage. Your sightseeing continues with a visit to one of New Zealand’s best-loved attractions, the Agrodome. Later, perhaps enjoy an optional helicopter flight over the White Island volcano (own expense). (B)

Day 7
Rotorua - Taupō - Wellington

Travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway through a region abundant with geothermal activity and rich Māori culture. Visit Lake Taupoō the largest freshwater lake in Australasia, and thundering Huka Falls with its striking blue water. Later travel south across the volcanic plateau of World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park to Wellington.

Stay: Travelodge Hotel Wellington (B)

Day 8
Wellington - Cook Strait - Blenheim

This morning take in a city sights tour which includes Te Papa Tongarewa. Enjoy one of the world’s most scenic voyages on the Interislander ferry en route to Blenheim.

Stay: Blenheim, Quality Hotel Marlborough. (B,D)

Day 9
Blenheim - Kaikoura - Christchurch

Head to Kaikoura and delight in the chance to embark on a whale watching cruise. Here is one of the few areas in the world where sperm whales can be sighted all year round. Continue your journey onwards to Christchurch.

Stay: Quality Hotel Elms, Christchurch (B, D)

Day 10
Christchurch - Fox Glacier

Absorb the picturesque rural scenery from aboard your coach before beginning the ascent into the Main Divide, or maybe ride the TranzAlpine. Rejoin your group and continue along the coast and through rainforest to Westland Tai Poutini National Park. Marvel at the twin glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef.

Stay: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier (B, D)

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TranzAlpine Train Upgrade Package

Experience one of the world’s top scenic train trips aboard the TranzAlpine from Christchurch to Arthur’s Pass.

Additional cost: $NZ 185 per person. Select option when requesting your quote.

Day 11
Fox Glacier - Queenstown

Today you’ll travel across the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps this morning, through spectacular Haast Pass, skirting the tranquil shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea to the alpine resort town of Queenstown on Lake Wakatipu. Settle in for a relaxing two-night stay admiring the dramatic backdrop of towering mountains capped in snow overseeing the calming blue waters of Lake Wakatipu. Delicious food is always on the menu in Queenstown as it is renowned for its world-class culinary scene. This evening, you may like to dine at one of the many local restaurants located within the heart of the city and sample some of the region’s fresh flavours (own expense).

Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview (2 nights) (B)

Day 12
Queenstown at Leisure

Queenstown is perfect for adventurers and leisure-seekers alike. Today, during time at leisure, you have the freedom to simply relax or choose one of Travelmarvel’s exciting optional experiences. These include a gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak for spectacular panoramic views or a thrilling ride on the Shotover Jet (both own expense). (B)

Day 13
Queenstown - Milford Sound - Te Anau

Today, follow The Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu to Fiordland National Park. Journey along Milford Road, renowned as one of the world’s best alpine drives, to Milford Sound. Step aboard a ship to cruise the full length of this beautiful fiord, viewing the cascading waterfalls, dense rainforest and towering mountains that surround this World Heritage-listed area.

Stay: Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau (B, D)

Day 14
Te Anau - Dunedin

Leaving the Fiordland region, journey through rolling Southland countryside before arriving in Dunedin for a tour. Later discover Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle. Steeped in scandal and tragedy, filled with magnificent antiques and offering breathtaking views, Lanarch Castle provides a memorable holiday highlight. Enjoy some time at leisure before dinner.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City (B, D)

Day 15
Dunedin - Aoraki Mount Cook - Lake Tekapo

Today you’ll journey along the east coast to see the Moeraki Boulders on Koekohe Beach. Continue to Ōamaru to discover some of New Zealand’s finest 19th-century architecture. Head into Aoraki Mount Cook National Park to view Australasia’s highest mountain. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner.

Stay: Peppers Bluewater Resort, Lake Tekapo (B, D)

Day 16
Lake Tekapo - Depart Christchurch

En route to Christchurch today you’ll pay a visit to the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd, built of locally gathered stone and oak and erected as a tribute to the early pioneers of the region. Our tour concludes on arrival at Christchurch Airport. (B)

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16 Day New Zealand Getaway
Low Cost Coach Tour
Tour Code: nt16
From (NZD) $5545 per person
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Departures: Oct 2019 to Sep 2020

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