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New Zealand Marvel

See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier
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Whale watching from Kaikoura near Christchurch
Witness the marvels of New Zealand on a 14 day Best Buys guided expedition.

Highlights

Some of the highlights included are:

  • See awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier
  • Cruise on mystical Milford Sound
  • Marvel at Fur Seals at Ohau Point and Whales at Kaikoura
  • Journey through the magnificent rainforest of Haast Pass

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Wildlife & Nature
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What's included
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with 2-door access, restroom, seatbelts, reclining seats, panoramic windows
  • Experienced, professional Tour Director and Tour Driver
  • Twin share rooms with private facilities in comfortable hotels
  • Full Buffet Breakfasts (13); Highlight Dinners (2); Dinners (8)
  • Welcome Reception
  • Travel wallet and map
  • Hotel porterage
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Itinerary

Days 1-2
Christchurch – Franz Josef

Christchurch – Franz Josef

On arrival in Christchurch you’ll be transferred to your hotel. You have today at leisure before a welcome reception and dinner with your Tour Director and fellow travellers. On the morning of day 2 you’ll board the TranzAlpine, one of the top 6 train journeys in the world. This spectacular railway takes you across the Canterbury Plains and through the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass. Later, visit Hokitika home of the native greenstone (jade) for a factory visit to see local artists at work. Next stop is Franz Josef Glacier – a rare, still advancing glacier (optional scenic Franz Josef Glacier flight available).

Days 3-4
Franz Josef – Queenstown

Franz Josef – Queenstown

Travel through the Haast Pass. See Thunder Creek Falls, take a rainforest walk and then it’s a trio of lakes – Wanaka, Hawea, Dunstan. Next up try sumptuous stone fruit at a Cromwell orchard. Later, you’ll visit historic gold mining Arrowtown on the Arrow River, previously one of the world’s richest rivers. On arrival in Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure-capital, you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour. On day 4, explore exciting Queenstown your way, all day. From wine tours to jet boat rides and white water rafting, Queenstown will surprise and exhilarate. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak Station for a gourmet barbecue ‘highlight dinner’ at the Colonel’s Homestead. An entertaining after-dinner farm show provides a glimpse into high-country farm life. Why not join in a sing-a-long on your cruise back to Queenstown.

Day 5
Queenstown - Te Anau

Queenstown - Te Anau

Travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau. You’ll be awe-struck by the great sights of Fiordland National Park on your journey to Milford Sound, one of the world’s most amazing places, where you’ll take a spectacular cruise on this natural wonder. En route you’ll have abundant photo opportunities at the Chasm, Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls. Return to lakeside Te Anau, where you have the option to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves.

Days 6-7
Dunedin - Omarama

Dunedin - Omarama

Cross sheep-filled farming land to Dunedin for a city tour. With ‘Free Time’ this afternoon, consider a wildlife cruise to see the Penguins and Royal Albatross, a visit the Cadbury Factory or ride the Taieri Gorge Railway. On day 7 you have the opportunity to visit Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle. Travel through Oamaru, famous for its limestone buildings, passing the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and the Benmore Dam on your way to Omarama.

Days 8-9
Omarama – Christchurch – Picton

Omarama – Christchurch – Picton

Soak up the scenery of Mt. Cook National Park (optional scenic flight available). See Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and travel across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch to explore the rebuild of this fascinating city. Travel along the rugged Pacific Ocean coast to Kaikoura, famous for its whales (optional whale watching flight is available). Get up close and personal with some New Zealand fur seals at Ohau Point. Pass the Grassmere Salt Works. Then travel to the pretty seaside fishing village of Picton for an orientation tour.

Days 10-11
Picton – Wellington – Rotorua

Picton – Wellington – Rotorua

Cruise on Queen Charlotte Sound and across Cook Strait to Wellington for a city tour before ‘Free Time’. Then you’ll visit  Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, where you’ll have time to explore New Zealand’s nature, art, history and cultural heritage. Travel along the Kapiti Coast, past the dairy farms of Manawatu to Tongariro National Park and discover the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu. Visit Taupo and drive along the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake. View Huka Falls and pass the Wairakei Geothermal Power Station. On day 11 enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi feast and concert and gain an insight into Maori culture.

Day 12
Rotorua Sights

Rotorua Sights

Visit the Agrodome Sheep Show, the multi-award-winning stage show, for a sample of farm life where you’ll gain an exciting and informative insight into agriculture in New Zealand. See the art of sheep shearing, sheepdog demonstrations, cow milking, bottle feeding of lambs and an exciting sheep auction. Then enjoy an afternoon of ‘Free Time’ – perhaps visit Rainbow Springs, abundant with Rainbow Trout and native fauna including the kiwi, or Te Puia, where a local Maori will guide you through the geothermal valley with its mud pools and geysers.

Days 13-14
Rotorua – Auckland

Rotorua – Auckland

On the morning of day 13 travel through lush Waikato farmland to Waitomo Caves. See the amazing underground Glow Worm Grotto by boat and walk through the limestone caves. Later you’ll follow the Waikato River, New Zealand’s longest river, into Auckland. Enjoy views from Mt. Eden before continuing to your hotel. This evening celebrate your vacation at a dinner with your Tour Director. On day 14 your Holiday concludes after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight.

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