Landscapes of New Zealand
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... diverse nature and fascinating geological formations. With plenty of time to explore all four corners of this wonderful landscape, you’ll be hooked.
Some of the highlights included are:
- Gaze across glacial lakes to the peak of Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain
- Discover the great outdoors against the scenic backdrop of Lake Taupo
- Learn about Maori culture among the geysers and mud pools of Rotorua
- Soak up the sun as you cruise the tranquil Bay of Islands in search of dolphins
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- All international & internal flights
- 20 nights in 4.5–5* hotels
- 14 days car hire
- Milford Sound cruise with lunch
- TranzAlpine return train ride
- Return ferry from Picton to Bay of Many Coves
- One way ferry from Picton to Wellington
- Tamaki Maori Village tour
- Pride of Auckland dinner cruise
- Dolphin Discovery cruise
- All transfers aboard a private vehicle
Need to know
- Arrives: Queenstown Airport (ZQN)
- Time difference: GMT+13
- Visa requirements: British passport holders do not require a visa
- Language: English and Maori
- Currency: New Zealand dollar (NZD)
- Flying time from UK: around 27 hours
- Plug type: 3-prong flat blade plug
- Voltage: 240 volts/50 cycles
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Thrill-seek in adventurous Queenstown where activities range from the exhilarating to the downright terrifying. Bungee jumping, jet boating, river boarding and ziplining should satisfy the adventurous types, while the more sedate cruising, fishing, cycling and hiking would suit those with a more relaxed approach. Skiing and snowboarding are also possible in winter. While in the area, cruise past the dramatic cliffs and cascading waterfalls of Milford Sound, looking out for the New Zealand fur seals sunbathing on the rocks.
5* Spire Queenstown
Includes a Milford Sound cruise with lunch
Aoraki Mount Cook
Head into Aoraki Mount Cook National Park and appreciate the majesty of Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain. Cruise on the glacial lake and get a close up view of the Tasman Glacier or perhaps take a kayak for an even closer look. You can also choose to soar above the valley on a scenic flight, explore by 4WD, or hike the many walking trails. Learn all about mountain climbing at the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre museum, but most of all just appreciate the peace and beauty of this stunning region. After dark, there’s little artificial light so watch as the stars light up the night sky.
4.5* Hermitage Hotel
Ride the scenic TranzAlpine Train from Christchurch to Greymouth and back, passing through deep gorges, thick forest and snow-capped mountains. This is New Zealand’s most scenic rail journey, crossing from the farms and villages of the Canterbury Plains, past deep gorges and ice-fed rivers to the spectacular Southern Alps. Forests and rivers take you through to Greymouth, where you’ll have an hour or so to look around and grab a coffee in one of the local cafes, if you haven’t eaten on board that is, and admire the wooden clocktower.
5* George Hotel
Includes a return ride aboard the scenic TranzAlpine train.
Kaikoura’s name comes from the Maori kai (to eat) and koura (crayfish) so it would be rude not to at least try this tasty dish while you are here. The region’s diverse ecosystem draws visitors hoping to spot sperm whales, dusky dolphins, fur seals, seabirds such as albatross and shearwaters, plus of course being surrounded by stunning mountain scenery helps too. But its not just about marine safaris, as you can also head off on a horse, a bike or on foot to explore the rugged coastline.
5* Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses
Bay of Many Coves
Admire the scenic vistas at the Bay of Many Coves, found among the islets and inlets of the delightful Marlborough Sounds. Get back to nature among the forested hills, hire a sea kayak or rowing boat and try your hand at fishing, and don’t forget to look out for dolphins in the bay. Back at your hotel, unwind in the pool or hot tub, or treat yourself to a hot stone massage. Sit back, relax and appreciate the scenery with a glass of New Zealand wine – bliss!
5* Bay of Many Coves Resort
Includes the return ferry between Picton and Bay of Many Coves
Uncover Kiwi culture in Wellington, home to the excellent Te Papa national museum, which explores the history, biology and archaeology of New Zealand and even has the world’s largest specimen of the colossal squid on display. Welling ton is a pretty city surrounded by hills - take the cable car up to Kelburn for the pretty Botanic Gardens, plus of course excellent views of the harbour. There’s a vibrant entertainment scene here too, with numerous theatres, museums, galleries and boutiques to explore. Sip cappuccinos, sip martinis, it’s up to you.
5* Bolton Hotel
Includes a one-way ferry from Picton to Wellington
Get outdoors in beautiful Lake Taupo, which offers a wealth of opportunity to get out into the fresh air. Hiking and biking are popular choices, or you could paddle down the Waikato River in a kayak, perhaps stopping for a swim on the way or a long soak in the hot springs. You can even use your kayak to explore the cliffs and inlets too small for a boat, some of which lead to Maori carvings. For the more adventurous, quad biking and gliding might suit, the latter giving panoramic views of the lake and Huka Falls, or you could just visit the thundering falls themselves on foot.
5* Huka Lodge
Welcome to Rotorua, the heart of New Zealand’s Maori culture. It’s also a geothermal wonderland of geysers, hot springs and mud pools, waiting to be explored. Learn about Maori history on a visit to a traditional village, then watch the mud pools boil or head up a dormant volcano. Alternatively, ride the Skyline Gondola to the top of Mount Ngongotaha for panoramic views over town – there’s a good restaurant up there and you can have a go at the luge too, or just take the gondola back down again.
5* Peppers on the Point
Includes a Tamaki Maori Village Tour with typical hangi meal – 6:00pm
Auckland is built on 50 volcanoes, some of which are dormant, although none has erupted for 600 years. Soak up the sights of this multicultural city, filled with museums, ancient lava flows and sweeping sea views across the Hauraki Gulf. While we’re on the subject, heading out into the gulf is something not to miss – you’ll be rewarded with views of the 47 islands including Waiheke, covered with vast vineyards and inhabited by millionaires. Watch the sun set over the islands and Auckland’s beautiful harbour your evening dinner cruise.
5* Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
Includes the Pride of Auckland dinner cruise – 06:00pm
Bay of Islands
The Bay of Islands is a collection of almost 150 islets dotted among glittering turquoise waters. Cruise the calm waters, past forested islands and rugged coastlines, in search of dolphins and other marine life, keeping a look out for the Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island. Seek out waterfalls, visit old churches or take a scenic flight to explore this tranquil area, or, if you’re feeling more energetic, hike the many walking trails or get on your bike.
5* Waterfront Suites
Includes a Dolphin Discovery cruise to Hole in the Wall – 09:00am