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On arrival, transfer to The George for 2 nights. Spend the next day relaxing after your flight, or book an excursion to tour the surrounding area such as a Lord of the Rings scenery tour or a trip to the former French settlement of Akaroa. (N)Day 3: Kaikoura
Collect your hire car this morning and drive north to the coastal town of Kaikoura. Stay overnight at the Fyffe Country Lodge. Whalewatching cruises can be pre-booked. Upgrades available to the Hapuku Lodge & Treehouses, a luxury eco retreat in the Kaikoura mountains. (N)Days 4-5: Blenheim
Drive to Blenheim in the heart of the wineproducing region of Marlborough and visit some of the excellent local wineries. Stay 2 nights at Chateau Marlborough in Blenheim. (B) (N)Days 6-7: Nelson
Drive to Nelson in the Tasman Bay, the gateway to Abel Tasman National Park. During your stay we recommend pre-booking a fullday tour into Abel Tasman National Park or visiting Nelson’s superb Museum of Wearable Art and Classic Cars. Stay 2 nights at Cambria House. (N) (BDay 8: Punakaiki
Drive south-west to the small coastal town of Punakaiki, best known for its ‘pancake’ limestone rock formations and blowholes. Stay overnight at Punakaiki Resort. (B)Days 9-10: Franz Josef
Continue south along the rugged west coast to the town of Franz Josef and stay 2 nights at the Te Waonui Forest Retreat. Guided walks to the glacier terminal face or a scenic helicopter flight are recommended. (D) (B)Days 11-12: Queenstown
Continue south-west through the spectacular Southern Alps to Queenstown and stay at the QT Queenstown for 2 nights. Following day at leisure for a cruise on the lake or a helicopter flight to a mountain top for a romantic picnic. (B) (N)Day 13: Milford Sound
Drive into Fiordland National Park, passing through the lakeside town of Te Anau before continuing to Milford Sound. On arrival, board the Milford Mariner* for an overnight cruise on this dramatic fiord. (D)Days 14-15: Dunedin
Morning cruise through Milford Sound, keeping an eye out for seals and dolphins, before driving east to Dunedin, a city with strong Scottish influences and history. Stay at Fletcher Lodge for 2 nights or pay the supplement to stay at the Camp Estate at Larnach Lodge on the Otago Peninsula. Pre-bookable optional excursions include a wildlife cruise and a visit to New Zealand’s only castle – Larnach Castle. (B)Day 16: Onward travel
Return your hire car to the airport and fly home. Alternatively, continue your holiday in New Zealand; see the North Island Explorer itinerary on the previous page or speak to one of our New Zealand experts for more information and suggestions. (B)Meal basis
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.Important information Flights
International flights are not included with this itinerary. For flight options and prices, please contact your Cox & Kings travel consultant.*The Milford Mariner
This cruise does not operate between mid-May and mid-September; however, we are able to tailor your itinerary should you wish to travel during this period.Superior tour
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.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.
Offering warm, personalised service, The George is a boutique hotel located beside the beautiful Hagley Park and Avon river. A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, The George offers chic and spacious rooms and suites, all comfortably furnished and elegantly decorated. The hotel's two restaurants serve award-winning cuisine with seasonal menus. Features: 53 rooms, 2 restaurants, bar, coffee shop, sitting room. Room amenities: Television, minibar, bathrobes, hairdryer, coffee & tea facilities.
Te Waonui Forest Retreat is a five-star hotel located amongst the native West Coast rainforest at Franz Josef. Designed to be sensitive to the surrounding environment, guests at the property will find themselves encircled by rainforest and accommodated in natural and sustainable luxury. The retreat has 100 guest rooms, complimentary parking, a restaurant and a bar.
The QT Queenstown offers breathtaking views over the crystal-clear waters of Lake Wakatipu and the magnificent peaks of the Southern Alps. The lakeside resort provides luxury accommodation in its stunning boutique rooms with contemporary decor. The hotel's bar and restaurant overlook Lake Wakatipu and spectacular Remarkables mountain range. Features: 69 rooms, restaurant, bar, swimming pool, sauna, parking. Room amenities: Air conditioning, satellite television, tea & coffee making facilities, safe, minibar, hairdryer.
The Milford Mariner provides a very special dinner, bed and breakfast experience, when the daytime visitors depart and a silence descends on the Sound. The vessel has been purpose built to accommodate passengers in 30 private cabins with en suite bathrooms. It has a spacious dining room, observation lounge and large open deck areas for viewing the scenery of Milford Sound. <br/><br/> The Fiordland's scenery never fails to impress. Waterfalls tumble hundreds of metres; ancient rainforests cover the mountains; lakes shimmer and granite peaks look just like they did a thousand years ago. Milford is by far the best known of all of the fjords. <br/><br/> Departing from the Milford Wharf, cruise the full length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea. Leisurely explore many points of interest and view waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife with the experienced nature guide on board. Activities include kayaking and exploring the shoreline on the tender ...
Located 5km south of Kaikoura, Fyffe Country Lodge is a luxury bed and breakfast property with just six rooms. Each of the guestrooms has individual decor, fine furnishings and modern amenities. Facilities include car parking and a restaurant. Stays include breakfast daily.
Located just a few minutes walk from the centre of the city, Fletcher Lodge offers luxury accommodation in an atmosphere of restrained elegance while providing contemporary comfort and modern facilities. With just 6 guestrooms and 2 self-contained apartments the property provides the charm and personal attention of a bed and breakfast whilst extending the amenities associated with a full service hotel. The lodge does not offer dinner but there are a number of excellent restaurants just a short walk away. Stay includes breakfast daily.
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.
Cambria House is a beautifully restored Victorian villa, only 5 minutes' walk from the centre of Nelson. Hosted by owners Karel and David, the property has six guestrooms, each with different decor. Breakfast is included each morning and the communal garden is perfect for afternoon tea. Features: 6 rooms, internet access, parking, garden. Room amenities: Amenities vary, but typically include king-sized bed, large en suite bathroom with shower and bath, bathrobes, mini-stereo, underfloor heating.
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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.
Discounts cannot be combined with any other current or subsequent Cox & Kings offer. Discounts apply to new bookings only and cannot be applied retrospectively. Offers are subject to availability.
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