13 Day New Zealand Discoverer

13 Day New Zealand Discoverer

Join Travelmarvel and experience the best of New Zealand, from the geothermal geysers and rich Māori culture of north to the snow-capped Southern Alps of the south.

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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) $4935 per person
Tour Operator: Travelmarvel Tours
Duration: 13 Days
Tour Code: nta13


12 nights in premium accommodation
20 delicious meals – 12 breakfasts (B) and 8 dinners (D)
Visit the fascinating glowworm caves of Waitomo
Experience Māori culture at a hāngī feast
Cruise the Cook Strait on the Interislander ferry
Embark on a whale watching cruise in Kaikoura
Bask in idyllic views during your Special Stay at Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview
Cruise along Milford Sound and enjoy spectacular views
Experience the beauty and grandeur of 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 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 (D)

Day 2
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, to enjoy a guided tour of the Māori Arts and Crafts Institute and see Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley. Tonight enjoy a traditional Maori hāngī feast.

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

Day 3

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, with its entertaining sheep shearing demonstration, dog trials and animal nursery. (B)

Day 4
Rotorua - Taupō - Wellington

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

Stay: Travelodge Hotel Wellington (B)

Day 5
Wellington - Cook Strait - Christchurch

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 6
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 7
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 Tai Poutini National Park and see Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier. Over thousands of years, these remarkable natural wonders have created immense glacial valleys.

Stay: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier (B, D)

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TranzAlpine Train Upgrade Package

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

Additional Cost: $NZ 170 pp

Day 8
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 Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea to the alpine resort of Queenstown on Lake Wakatipu. Enjoy a picturesque two-night stay with the dramatic backdrop of towering mountains overlooking the lake.

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

Day 9
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 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)

Day 10
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 the towering mountains that surround this World Heritage-listed area.

Stay: Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau (B, D)

Day 11
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. Afterwards, enjoy some time at leisure before dining with your fellow travellers this evening.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City (B, D)

Day 12
Dunedin - Aoraki Mount Cook - Lake Tekapo

Journey along the east coast to see the Moeraki Boulders, formed over 60 million years ago. Continue to Ōamaru 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 – Aoraki Mount Cook. Arrive at your hotel on the shores of scenic Lake Tekapo. Tonight dine on fresh local produce at your hotel’s restaurant during a farewell dinner.

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

Day 13
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 the lake 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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13 Day New Zealand Discoverer
Low Cost Coach Tour
Tour Code: nta13
From (NZD) $4935 per person
Save (NZD) $260 per person
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Departures: Oct 2019 to Sep 2020

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