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This extensive itinerary is an ideal
introduction to New Zealand for firsttime visitors looking to explore the
country at their own pace. Travel the
length of New Zealand to visit the main
sights, with plenty of opportunities
to explore each area further and
excursions that can be tailored to your
On arrival, transfer to the SKYCITY Hotel / M Social Auckland* for 2 nights. Following day at leisure or take an optional excursion. (N) (B)Days 3-4: Bay of Islands
Collect your hire car and drive north to the Bay of Islands. On arrival, stay 2 nights at Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands near Paihia / Arcadia Lodge* in Russell. Suggested excursions include a cruise out on the Bay of Islands to spot dolphins or visits to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and the historic town of Russell. (B) (N)Day 5: Rotorua
Drive south to the volcanic town of Rotorua and stay 2 nights at the Millennium Rotorua / Peppers on the Point* . This long journey can be broken up with a stop for lunch in the pleasant town of Cambridge, with tree-lined streets and many well-preserved heritage buildings, or Matamata, home of the Hobbiton film set. Alternatively, shorten your day’s drive by taking an overnight stay in Auckland, which is approximately the halfway point of this journey. (N)Day 6: Rotorua
Day at leisure to explore the volcanic attractions of Rotorua. (N)Days 7-8: Wellington
Drive south to Wellington and stay at the Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay / Bolton Hotel* for 2 nights. Following day at leisure to explore New Zealand’s capital city, with time to visit the National Museum Te Papa or join a guided walking tour. (N)Day 9: Blenheim
Drop off your hire car and board the Interislander ferry for the journey to South Island. On arrival in Picton, collect a new car and drive south through the Marlborough wine-growing region to Blenheim. Stay overnight at the Scenic Hotel Marlborough / Chateau Marlborough* . (N)Day 10: Kaikoura
Continue south this morning along the beautiful east coast to Kaikoura. Stay 1 night at The White Morph / Fyffe Country Lodge*. Afternoon whale-watching cruise off the Kaikoura coast. (N)Days 11-12: Christchurch
Drive south to Christchurch and stay 2 nights at the Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square / The George* . The following day is at leisure to explore Christchurch. (N)Day 13: Aoraki / Mount Cook
Drive to Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park and stay overnight at the Hermitage Aoraki Mount Cook Hotel. Spend the afternoon walking in the park or visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre. Option to extend your stay and explore further. (N)Day 14: Te Anau
Drive to the lakeside town of Te Anau and stay overnight at Distinction Luxmore / Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas* (or similar). (N)Day 15: Milford Sound
Drive to Milford Sound, where you will board the Milford Mariner† for an overnight cruise in this spectacular fiord. (D)Days 16-17: Queenstown
Drive to Queenstown and stay at the Millennium Hotel / QT Queenstown* (or similar) for 2 nights. Following day is at leisure to enjoy one of the many outdoor activities available. (B, N)Day 18: Franz Josef
Drive north through the Mount Aspiring National Park to the small town of Franz Josef. Stay 1 night at the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef / Te Waonui Forest Retreat* . Optional guided walk to the face of the Franz Josef glacier, or take a scenic flight for an aerial view. (N)Day 19: Christchurch
Drive north up the rugged west coast to Greymouth, drop off your hire car and board the TranzAlpine train for a journey through the Southern Alps to Christchurch. On arrival, you will be transferred to the Sudima Christchurch Airport hotel for 1 night. (B)Day 20: Onward travel
Transfer to the airport to fly home or continue your holiday. (N)Meal basis:
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.Important information Standard tour
Standard tour itineraries are based in 3- and 4-star accommodation. Prices are based on the standard room / cabin category, unless otherwise stated.Flights:
International flights are not included with this itinerary.† The Milford Mariner:
This cruise does not operate between mid-May and midSeptember; however, we are able to tailor your itinerary should you wish to travel during this period.Tailor-made travel:
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.
Originally opened to adventurous travellers in 1884, the Hermitage Hotel has since been rebuilt, modernised and refurbished to offer a range of comfortable accommodation options in a world heritage wilderness playground. With the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park as its alpine backdrop, the onsite restaurant offers buffet meals, with each seat providing a view of New Zealand's tallest mountain.
Located on Wellington's Oriental Parade, with many of the hotel rooms overlooking the spectacular inner harbour, the Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental Bay is within walking distance of many of the city's finest restaurants and tourist attractions. The 118 rooms have modern decor and amenities. Facilities at the property include a restaurant, cocktail bar and an indoor swimming pool.
Low season from £2545 per person
High season from £2935 per person
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Flexible Prices & Itineraries
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Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.
*Itinerary: Note that for the 06 Feb 2014* departure date only the itinerary is different to the regular 2014 tour, with a visit to the countryside in Mai Chai and an extra night in Hanoi, and one less night in Hoi An.
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