18 DAY ESSENCE OF NEW ZEALAND Escorted Tour - Australia Travel Master

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Day 1 Welcome to Christchurch
Meet your Travel Director and travelling companions this evening at a Welcome Reception.
Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch

Day 2 Christchurch – Omarama
Drive over the rich alluvial farmlands of the Canterbury Plains to Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki. Pause to view the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd before revelling in the alpine landscape of Mt. Cook National Park.
Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Omarama – Dunedin
Travel via Oamaru, with its famous white limestone buildings, to Dunedin, a region of unique landscapes and fascinating cultural history, for an orientation tour.
Hotel: Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Dunedin – Milford Sound
Be awestruck by the glories of Fiordland National Park. Journey through rainforest, ancient glaciers and mountain ranges, and pass through the monumental Homer Tunnel. See Lake Matheson, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm before arriving in Milford Sound for your overnight cruise

Hotel: Cruise Overnight Milford Sound
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 Milford Sound – Queenstown
Depart for the majestic Lake Te Anau. Explore the famous Te Anau Glowworm Caves by boat, before travelling to Queenstown, the adventure capital.
Hotel: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown , 3 nights
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Queenstown Free Time
Today is yours to explore at your own pace.
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Queenstown Free Time
While Queenstown wears its ‘Global Adventure Capital’ badge proudly, it’s also the perfect place to relax and explore. The town boasts great shopping with luxury brands, iconic New Zealand design stores, and boutique fashion. Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 Queenstown – Franz Josef
Your destination is the wild West Coast of the South Island. Stop to visit the gold mining settlement of Arrowtown. You will then travel over Haast Pass and view the sheer drop of Thunder Creek Falls on your way to the Franz Josef Glacier.
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing)
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 Franz Josef – Punakaiki
Explore this astounding glacier on foot or from the air this morning (both optional). Travel to Hokitika, home of New Zealand’s famous greenstone, then on to Punakaiki to view the intriguing Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You’ll spend the night in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront.
Hotel: Punakaiki Resort
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 Punakaiki – Nelson
The Heritage Highway leads you through a scenic wilderness to the plunging Buller Gorge and pristine Kahurangi National Park.
Hotel: The Rutherford Hotel, 2 nights
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 Nelson Free Time
Today you have free time to relax in Nelson.
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 Nelson – Wellington
Visit the seaside village of Picton with free time to explore. Cruise on tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound before heading across Cook Strait to the North Island and Wellington, New Zealand’s capital. Enjoy a city sights tour before a guided tour of Te Papa Museum of New Zealand.
Hotel: Travelodge Wellington, 2 nights
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 Wellington Free Time
Wellington is celebrated as the country’s creative and culinary capital and today is yours to explore at your own pace.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14 Wellington – Napier
Your special packed lunch today won’t only be wholesome, it will also feed a Kiwi child who may otherwise go without, through the charity ‘Eat My Lunch’. Travel through the Wairarapa region and Hawke’s Bay to Napier, a city whose unique concentration of beautiful Art Deco architecture is due to its rebuilding after the 1931 earthquake. Enjoy a walking tour with a local guide.
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Te Pania
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15 Napier – Rotorua
Journey to Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand, and then visit mighty Huka Falls on your way to Rotorua, where a sightseeing tour will include views of Lake Rotorua. Visit Te Puia, the Māori Arts and Crafts Institute. A tour of Rotorua’s active geothermal fields follows. Gain insight into traditional Māori culture this evening while you enjoy a Highlight Dinner at the Tamaki Māori Village
Hotel: Ibis Rotorua Hotel, 2 nights
Included Meals: Breakfast, Highlight dinner

Day 16 Rotorua Free Time
Today is yours to explore at your own pace.
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 17 Rotorua – Auckland
Travel through the lush dairy-farming district of Waikato en route to Auckland, where you’ll take a tour of the city.
Hotel: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 18 Farewell from Auckland
Your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.
Included Meals: Breakfast

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.
The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:
Ibis Hotel Christchurch
Heritage Gateway Hotel
Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
Cruise Overnight Milford Sound
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown
Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing)
Punakaiki Resort
The Rutherford Hotel
Travelodge Wellington
Scenic Hotel Te Pania
Ibis Rotorua Hotel

VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites


From 8 April 2021

$5290 Adult Twin
$7140 Single
$4765 Child

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