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12 Day New Zealand Discoverer

Travelmarvel Low Cost Coach Tour starting in Auckland and finishing in Christchurch

Tour Description

Join Travelmarvel and experience the best of New Zealand. From the geothermal geysers and rich Maori culture of North to the snow capped Southern Alps of the South.

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Tour Info
Regions Visited
Trip Highlights
Included Experiences
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director and experienced Driver
  • Premium air-conditioned coach travel
  • All sightseeing, cruises, tours and entrance fees as specified
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day
  • A special travel bag and a handy wallet
Dining and Accommodation
  • 18 delicious meals - 11 Breakfasts (B), 5 Dinners (D) and 2 Feature Dinners (FD)
  • Special Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • 11 nights premium accommodation
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions shown apply to departures from September 2016 onwards.
  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • This tour forms part of the 15 Day New Zealand Getaway
  • Triple rooms may include a roll-away bed. Please check details at time of booking
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included

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Tour Itinerary - Day by Day
  • Day1

    Arrive Auckland

    Be met on arrival into Auckland and transferred to your hotel, which is centrally located in the beautiful harbourside city of Auckland, 'The City of Sails'.

    Stay: Rydges Hotel, Auckland

  • Day2

    Auckland, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua

    Travel to Waitomo and discover the magical natural spectacle of the Waitomo Caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an unmistakable glow. Continue to the geothermal capital of Rotorua. Visit Te Puia, New Zealand's premier cultural centre, enjoy a guided tour of the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and see Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley. Tonight enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi Feast.

    Stay: Rydges Rotorua (2 nights) (B, FD)

  • Day3

    Rotorua

    Rotorua captures the essence of New Zealand with its geothermal geysers, fascinating Maori culture and rich heritage. Your sightseeing continues with a visit to one of New Zealand's best-loved attractions, the Agrodome, with its entertaining sheep shearing demonstration, dog trials and animal nursery. (B)

  • Day4

    Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington

    Departing Rotorua, travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway through a region abundant with geothermal activity, crystal-clear lakes, natural spas and rich Maori culture. Visit Lake Taupo and Huka Falls. Later, travel across Tongariro National Park to Wellington.

    Stay: Ibis Wellington Hotel (B)

  • Day5

    Wellington, Cook Strait, Christchurch

    Enjoy a scenic voyage as the Interislander ferry traverses the Cook Strait through the breathtaking Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds. Weave through unspoilt islands and admire coastlines defined by tiny coves on the way to Picton. Continue to Christchurch via Kaikoura.

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

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  • Day6

    Christchurch, Fox Glacier

    Absorb the picturesque rural scenery from aboard your coach before beginning the ascent into the Main Divide. Then, sit back and enjoy the vistas as you journey through the towering, captivating Southern Alps. Continue along the coast to Westland National Park and see Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier. Over thousands of years, these remarkable natural wonders have created immense glacial valleys. Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier. (B, D)

  • Up

    TranzAlpine Train Upgrade Package

    Experience one of the world's top 6 train trips aboard the TranzAlpine from Christchurch to Arthur's Pass.

    Additional Cost: $NZ 165 pp

  • Day7

    Fox Glacier, Queenstown

    Today you will travel across the stunning snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps through spectacular Haast Pass, skirting the tranquil shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea to the alpine resort of Queenstown on Lake Wakatipu. Enjoy a picturesque two-night stay with the dramatic backdrop of towering mountains overlooking Lake Wakatipu.

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

  • Day8

    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 relaxing cruise to Walter Peak Station or a gondola ride to the top of Bob's Peak for spectacular panoramic views over Queenstown (both at own expense). Or take a thrilling Shotover Jet Boat ride for a different perspective on Queenstown. Alternatively, your Travelmarvel Tour Director will be able to suggest a range of activities and experiences so you can explore this exciting city. (B)

  • Day9

    Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau

    Follow The Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu to the still beauty of the Fiordland National Park, where Milford Sound awaits. Step aboard a ship to cruise the full length of this beautiful fiord, viewing cascading waterfalls, dense rainforest and towering mountains that surround this World Heritage-listed area.

    Stay: Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau (B, D)

  • Day10

    Te Anau, Dunedin

    Leaving the Fiordland region, journey through rolling Southland countryside before arriving in Dunedin. While here, enjoy a tour that reveals to you the city's most significant landmarks and learn of its rich history. Known as the 'Edinburgh of the South', the symbolic architecture of this former gold-mining town, is still proudly on display. Later, head to the nearby hills to take an intriguing tour of New Zealand's only castle, the impressive Larnach Castle. After your time here, enjoy some time at leisure before dining with your fellow travellers this evening.

    Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City (B, D)

  • Day11

    Dunedin, Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo

    Journey along the east coast to see the Moeraki Boulders formed over 60 million years ago. Continue to Oamaru to see some of New Zealand's finest 19th-century architecture. Later, en route to Lake Tekapo, journey into Aoraki Mt Cook National Park to view Australasia's highest mountain, Mt Cook. Arrive at your hotel, situated on the shores of scenic Lake Tekapo. Tonight dine on fresh local produce at your hotel's restaurant during a Farewell Dinner.

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

  • Day12

    Lake Tekapo, Depart Christchurch

    Visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo, built as a tribute to the region's early pioneers. Enjoy the pristine beauty and the azure waters of Lake Tekapo, in the heart of the spectacular Mackenzie district. Later, journey to Christchurch. Your tour then concludes when you arrive at Christchurch airport for your onward flight. (B)

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Tour Reviews

View all 5 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.4 out of 5.

  • 4The tour guide and coach driver were very knowledgeable and gave us lots of information. We saw a lot of the country in the 12 days. I was disappointed in the rooms in a few of the hotels, especially Te Anau (which was a little grubby and had nowhere to store wash bag etc in the bathroom) the Rydges Auckland (which was very dusty, missing a plug in the bathroom and the exterior of the wash hand basin was not very clean). Food was generally very good and staff were always helpful and welcoming.

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    - 15/11/2017
  • 5We had a great time with the Travelmarvel tour operator (Neville - tour guide; Chris - driver). The hospitality was fantastic and we enjoyed the locations as well! Great hotels, good food and other travel arrangements! A big thumbs up to the team! Thanks for the excellent arrangements and coordination, Marie!

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    - 20/12/2016
  • 4Generally a great experience. Most hotels outstanding, scenery amazing. Included meals of a high standard.

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    - 13/01/2016
  • 5We really enjoyed our tour. It was tiring due to the long distances but each day was very well planned with sufficient time for stops, and we had an excellent guide who was helpful and very knowledgeable. We were very lucky with the weather, even saw Mount Cook in full sun, and the spectacular scenery certainly lived up to expectations. All very well planned and managed. Most of the hotels were very good, one or two a bit cramped.

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    - 29/12/2015
  • 4Excellent trip, only one problem which I detailed on review I left with tour director at end of tour. One day's travel was way too long & it is a management problem, not tour director's.

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    - 03/11/2015

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