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On arrival in Auckland, you will be met and transferred to the Stamford Plaza Auckland Hotel for 2 nights. Evening welcome dinner with the rest of the group. (D)Day 2: Auckland
Morning tour of Auckland’s city sights including stops at Bastion Point and the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial. Afternoon at leisure. (B)Day 3: Tauranga
Travel to Tauranga, stopping for lunch at the Waikato farm of Lance and Bridgette O’Sullivan, New Zealand horse racing royalty. Continue to Tauranga, with the afternoon at leisure. Stay overnight at Trinity Wharf Tauranga. (B, L, D)Day 4: Rotorua
Travel through Te Puke and stop at Kiwifruit Country, a family business set within a 60-hectare orchard. Continue to Rotorua with a short orientation tour on arrival. This afternoon visit Te Puia and explore the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve. Tonight, gain an insight into Maori culture with a Maori hangi feast (food cooked using hot stones) and concert. Stay 2 nights at the Millennium Hotel Rotorua. (B, D)Day 5: Rotorua
Choose from a selection of included tours: see the glow-worm caves at Waitomo, take a tour of the Hobbiton movie set or explore Rotorua and its three lakes in an amphibious second world war-era ‘duck’. (B)Day 6: Wellington
Travel south to New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington. En route, drive along the shores of Lake Taupo and pass Tongariro National Park. Stay at James Cook Grand Chancellor for 1 night. (B)Day 7: Wellington • Blenheim
Morning at leisure to explore Wellington and later visit Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. In the afternoon, board the Interislander ferry for a scenic cruise to the South Island. On arrival, take a panoramic city tour of Blenheim before transferring to the Chateau Marlborough for 1 night. Tonight, dinner will be accompanied by wines of the region, which have been paired with the meal. (B, D)Day 8: Kaikoura • Christchurch
Morning drive south to Christchurch, visiting the whale watching town of Kaikoura en route, where there will be time to join an optional whale watching excursion. On arrival, transfer to the Distinction Christchurch for 1 night. (B)Day 9: Twizel
In the morning, travel to a working farm for afternoon tea before travelling south to Twizel. En route, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo and see the spectacular Mount Cook National Park. Stay overnight at MacKenzie Country Inn. (B, L, D)Day 10: Dunedin
Travel to Dunedin, passing the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. On arrival in Dunedin, there will be a short orientation tour before a choice of included excursions: ride the Taieri Gorge railway, take a wildlife cruise or visit Speight’s Brewery. Stay overnight at the Scenic Hotel Southern Cross. (B, D)Day 11: Te Anau
Travel past lush green fields to the lakeside town of Te Anau, on the shores of South Island’s largest lake. Stay overnight at the Distinction Hotel. (B, D)Day 12: Milford Sound • Queenstown
Morning drive to Milford Sound where you will join a nature cruise. Continue to Queenstown for an orientation tour. Stay 2 nights at the Millennium Hotel. (B)Day 13: Queenstown
Choose from a selection of included excursions: ride the Shotover Jet, take a gondola to Bob’s Peak for thrilling luge rides, take a 4×4 minibus tour through spectacular Skippers Canyon or visit Kiwi Birdlife Park. Evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station with an after-dinner farm show providing an insight into country farm life. (B, D)Day 14: Arrowtown • Franz Josef
Travel to Franz Josef, home to the world’s most accessible glacier. En route, pass spectacular scenery, stop at the historic gold-mining settlement of Arrowtown and take a short rainforest walk. Stay overnight at Scenic Hotel Franz Josef. (B, D)Day 15: Punakaiki
This morning take an exhilarating adventure among the temperate rainforest on the West Coast Treetop Walk. Travel north to Punakaiki, the Pancake Rocks and blowholes. Overnight at Punakaiki Resort. (B, D)Day 16: Christchurch
Morning at leisure before travelling to Greymouth for a brewery experience at Monteith’s. Join the TranzAlpine train for a journey across the dramatic Southern Alps to Christchurch, considered one of the most spectacular rail journeys in the world. On arrival, transfer to the Distinction Christchurch for 1 night. (B, D)Day 17: Onward travel
Morning at leisure. Private transfer to Christchurch airport to fly home, or continue your holiday. (B)Meal basis
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No mealsImportant information Flights:
International flights are not included with this itinerary. For flight options and prices, please contact your Cox & Kings travel consultant.Non-exclusive group tour
Please note that this tour is operated by AAT Kings on a non-exclusive basis. Therefore, other passengers may or may not be Cox & Kings clients.Itinerary:
Please note the itinerary is provisional and subject to change. Itinerary and departure dates may change from 1 October 2020. For more information and prices, please contact your Cox & Kings travel consultant.Superior tour
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.Single supplement
From £1,360pp.Private & tailor-made travel
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.
The Stamford Plaza Auckland Hotel is located in the city centre of Auckland. The 300 rooms and suites are modern and spacious with contemporary decor. Facilities at the property include an indoor swimming pool, three restaurants and a bar.
The Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier is located on the edge of the village and Westland World Heritage Park. The hotel comprises three separate wings, each with its own atmosphere and offering alpine views. Facilities include a restaurant, bar and four spa pools.
Scenic Hotel Dunedin City is just two blocks from the Octagon in the heart of the city, and is close to shops, parks and the main city attractions and services. The hotel has 110 rooms each with modern facilities including tea & coffee facilities, iron and ironing board and mini bar. The property also has a guest laundry, gym, restaurant and bar.
The Millennium Hotel Rotorua is located on Lake Rotorua, near to the thermal pools at Polynesian Spa. The 227 rooms all have modern decor and amenities. Facilities include a bar, a gym, swimming pool,sauna and two restaurants (one of these is not open during winter months),
The 4-star Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown close to the central shopping and entertainment area. The hotel has 220 rooms, each elegantly decorated with modern furnishings including a minibar, air conditioning, safe, and tea and coffee making facilities. Other hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, gym, sauna and spa.
Located a short distance from Blenheim, Chateau Marlborough provides stylish accommodation in the heart of one of New Zealand's most celebrated wine regions. There are a range of room types, from studios and suites to a 2-bedroom Grande Penthouse, each equipped with modern amenities. The award-winning Quench restaurant serves a dinner menu of local produce such as Marlborough green lip mussels and New Zealand lamb. Features: 45 rooms, outdoor pool, fitness centre, bar, Wi-Fi, restaurant, laundry service. Room amenities: Television, iron & ironing board, hairdryer, minibar, pillow menu.
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*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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