Welcome to New Zealand

This unique 17 day experience encompasses all the incredibly rich diversity that New Zealand has to offer, from spectacular outward bound escapades to sheer relaxation. Long ago, when the Polynesian ancestors of the Maori nation first glimpsed the outline of New Zealand’s then uninhabited landmass from their ocean-going canoes, they mistakenly thought it was simply a pattern or formation in the sky which appeared to hover on the horizon. Entranced by this, they gave the strangely enticing new land the appropriately descriptive Polynesian name ‘Aoatearoa’, land of the long white cloud.

These intrepid island explorers were to evolve into one of the most distinctive cultures anywhere in the world. We will attempt to get to grips with this vibrant culture in traditional Roturua. New Zealand’s temperate climate, natural splendour, fascinating artefacts, relaxed people, and commitment to environmental conservation make it a haven for world travellers of every persuasion. So it’s ‘Haere Mai’ and ‘Kia Ora’, as we invite you to join us on one of the most memorable holidays of a lifetime as we travel both the North and South Islands of this timelessly beautiful nation.

Tour Highlights

  • Experience true Maori life in Rotorua with a traditional dinner and evening performance
  • Interact with New Zealand's abundant nature in the Rainbow Springs Wildlife Park
  • Discover the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves and enjoy a traditional farm lunch
  • Explore the vibrant and diverse cities of Christchurch, Queenstown and Auckland
  • Set foot on the immense Franz Josef Glacier
  • Embrace your inner Adrenalin junky with an exhilarating jetboat ride or bungee jump
  • Dates & Prices

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    April 19 - May 5, 2018 (17 days)


    Standard Blind Price: £4499 Contact us for availability

    Discounted Sighted Price: £2999 Book Now

    The prices shown below are for non-UK travellers and do not include return flights and transfers. If you are travelling from within the UK, please .

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    Discounted Sighted Price: 2299 2299 Contact us for availability

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    A traditional steamer chugs across a lake, with steep rocky cliffs in the background
  • A close-up of ornate Maori carvings attached to a building

    What's Included

    • Flights & transfers from the UK (UK prices only)
    • Internal flights from Queenstown to Wellington (UK prices only)
    • 2 nights accommodation at Ibis Christchurch in Christchurch
    • 1 night accommodation at Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, in Franz Josef Glacier
    • 3 nights accommodation at Copthorne Hotel in Queenstown
    • 2 nights accommodation at Hotel Ibis Wellington in Wellington
    • 2 nights accommodation at Hotel Ibis Rotorua in Rotorua
    • 3 nights accommodation at Amora Hotel Auckland in Auckland
    • All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
    • Specified excursions
    • Services of local guides
    • Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
  • Excursions

    • Christchurch city tour
    • Franz Josef Glacier Walk (optional)
    • Shotover jet boat ride (optional)
    • Kawarau bridge bungee jump (optional)
    • Milford Sounds (optional)
    • Wellington city tour
    • Walking tour of Rotorua
    • Entrance to Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife park
    • New Zealand Sheep Show
    • Te Puia Guided Tour, Te Po Hangi & Concert and indigenous evening experience
    • Waitomo glow worm caves Traditional Maori performance and barbecue lunch
    • Auckland city tour
    • Auckland harbour cruise
    • Bay of Islands (optional)
    Cable cars ascend with green fields and trees below, in the distance is a rocky island surrounded by a body of water.

Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.

Thursday 19th April

This evening we will depart the on our international flight bound for New Zealand.

Overnight on flight.

Friday 20th April

Today we continue our journey to New Zealand and get to know each other a little better on our flight. We change in Singapore and journey onwards to Christchurch

Overnight on flight.

Saturday 21st April

Today we arrive into Christchurch.

Christchurch is the largest of the South Island’s cities and is known as the ‘garden city’ due to the highly attractive retention of a strong English garden heritage, which is particularly evident in the bright beauty of its floral elements. This evening will be free in Christchurch.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Christchurch.

 

Sunday 22nd April

In 2011 Christchurch experienced an earthquake of significant magnitude which caused much destruction across the city, and indeed some rebuilding activity continues to this day. During our morning walking tour, our guide will explain how the townscape has been changed by this event, how it has been restored, and which of it’s timeless qualities have remained appealingly unchanged. A particular highlight is the willow and oak-lined River Avon and the city’s clustered medieval-styled stone buildings.

The afternoon will be at leisure to explore at your own pace.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Christchurch.

Monday 23rd April

Today we will journey from Christchurch through stunning and dramatic countryside to the Franz Josef Glacier.

The ‘backbone’ of New Zealand’s South Island is the mighty Southern Alps mountain range and one of the most appealing features is the Franz Josef Glacier. Though originally named by explorers after Queen Victoria of England, the geologist Julius Von Haast later renamed this spectacular glacier ‘Franz Josef’, after the contemporary Emperor of his native Austrian homeland. Here we have the opportunity to participate in two optional tours.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Franz Josef.

Tuesday 24th April

Today we will have a free day to ogle the incredibly dramatic beauty of the glacier as it cuts through mountainous terrain.

There will also be an optional walking tour along the valley to the Terminal face of the Franz Josef glacier. There are splendid views of the icefall and the lower expanses of this miracle of nature.

This evening we will continue our journey through New Zealand’s Southern island to Queenstown.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Queenstown.

Wednesday 25th April

A free day in Queenstown, with an opportunity to take an exhilarating high-speed Jet boat ride or to visit Milford Sound.

Some may choose to enjoy a cruise through the extraordinary stretch of water known as Milford Sound. This memorable journey features some stunning views of surrounding terrain in the heart of the Te Wahipounamu world heritage area. Te Wahipounamu is the place to which the Maori used to travel by canoe, from the warmer climate of the North Island, to collect ‘greenstone’ (a native form of jade) which they would use to carve both functional and decorative items. These ranged from adze chisels and weapons of war, to the charming ‘tiki’ pendants which are still worn around the neck today to bring good luck. Milford Sound and the Te Wahipounamu area is a natural wonderland where luxuriant outcrops of rainforest cling picturesquely to sheer rock walls, splashed by  beautiful waterfalls, whilst the impressive Mitre Peak dominates the skyline in the middle distance.

For a more action-packed afternoon alternative, some might decide to take a Jet Boat ride. Here there’s a very real need to ‘hold on tight!’ as you surrender to the thrills of spinning and speeding along the river at an exhilarating pace.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Queenstown.

Thursday 26th April

A free day in Queenstown, with the additional opportunity to bungee jump. Queenstown was built from the late 19th century onwards around Queenstown Bay on the long, thin glacial lake known as Lake Wakatipu and is surrounded by spectacular mountains. It’s also the South Island’s most popular water activity resort and is renowned for its wide range of exciting and inspiring outdoor features. Among over 200 of these available here are: jet boating, white-water rafting, tramping and fly fishing. It’s also a great place for relaxing amid the bustling cafe culture.

If you are feeling a little more adventurous try our once in a lifetime opportunity to bungee jump! The ‘Kawarau Bridge Bungee’, original home of the 43 metre jump which is perhaps the most famous of all ‘opportunities to plunge’, is still going strong, and great numbers of people indulge their dare-devil ‘bungee’ passion here every year.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Queenstown.

Friday 27th April

We take an internal flight to the southern tip of the North Island to Wellington.

The world’s southernmost capital, and capital city of New Zealand since 1865, Wellington is a compact and stylish place, attractively situated around a natural harbour. It’s popularly characterised by a brisk breeze which habitually blows through Cook Strait, which divides the North and South Islands. This ‘windy city’ features a blend of fine buildings, old and new, linked by beautiful vistas of the city and harbour. Wellington has received a number of international recognition awards and accolades over recent years, numbering among which are: 12th place in the world for quality of living, and 4th position in the top ten world cities to visit (Lonely Planet). The afternoon is free to explore the many charms of Wellington.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Wellington.

 

Saturday 28th April

We take a tour of this fine city which includes information about the historic parliament buildings, Mount Victoria, the interesting exhibits at the Te Papa museum, and much else of local significance. The afternoon is free for individual choice of activities.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Wellington.

Sunday 29th April

We transfer from Wellington to Rotorua, via Lake Taupo. Lake Taupo is within the geo-thermally active region at the centre of the North Island and is New Zealand’s largest lake. It provides a popular centre for trout fishing and a range water sport activities. On a clear day, there are stunning views of surrounding snow capped mountains visible across the lake.

We will move on to Rotorua, a noted centre for all aspects of the unique Maori life. This former spa town is located on a volcanic plateau and is famous firstly for the fascinating geothermal activity which gives the whole area a mysterious, other-worldly ambience, but also for being New Zealand’s centre for all aspects of Maori tradition and arts.

We will stay in the Rainbow Springs Kiwi wildlife park. Entry includes the Bird Shows, Water rides, an opportunity to see Kiwi birds, a living dinosaur and to immerse yourself in the New Zealand native bush.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Rotorua.

Monday 30th April

We enjoy a morning tour of Rotorua which includes entrance into the Rainbow Springs and Kiwi Experience.

In the morning we will have a traditional New Zealand Sheep show. Sheep provide the backbone for New Zealand’s economy and for its significant contribution to world food production. Here we get a revealing inside story of man’s harnessing of nature in pursuit of sustenance.

We shall also visit the site of a celebrated Te Puia Maori fortress, which was first occupied around 1325. This impenetrable tribal stronghold was never taken in battle and Maori people have inhabited this area ever since those days, taking full advantage of the local geothermal activity for heating and cooking. We will be experiencing an active natural geo-thermal steam geyser and associated hot, sulphurous mud pools. We’ll also be visiting New Zealand’s national carving and weaving schools to witness at first hand these fine and intricate native crafts in action.

This evening we will enjoy a traditional indigenous experience. This will include a concert and dinner. Te Po is Te Puia’s authentic evening cultural experience – a feast of food, culture and friendship. It begins every night at Te-Heketanga-a-Rangi (The Heavenly Origins). Hear the stories of the past and see how these traditions live on today. Feeding guests is regarded by Maori as an honour and a sign of a tribe’s mana (standing), so a sumptuous banquet is provided during the evening. This banquet combines contemporary cuisine with a traditional hangi (earth-cooked oven meal), where kai (food) is steam-cooked by hot rocks in the earth, giving it a delicious smoky flavour.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Rotorua.

Tuesday 1st May

Today we transfer to Auckland via Waitomo

En-route we pay a visit to the spectacular Waitomo glow-worm caves. In the afternoon, we will then enjoy a delicious barbecue at the Roselands farm. This will be a buffet of fresh home-made salads, sauces, bread and rice. A dessert buffet of home-made traditional New Zealand cookies and our ever popular carrot cake are available afterwards with tea and coffee.

This evening we will arrive in Auckland

Breakfast and lunch included. Overnight in Auckland.

Wednesday 2nd May

Today we begin a morning city tour of Auckland, where the attractive yachting scene ahas led to this being termed the ‘city of sails’. We set out to discover some of the reasons why Auckland is regarded as one of the best places in the world to live. Our tour takes us through the city centre, along thriving Karangahape Road, past fashionable Ponsonby and over the imposing Auckland Bridge which provides views of the Hauraki Gulf and a truly memorable city skyline. The city’s longest established park, the Auckland Domain, is situated within the crater of an extinct volcano and features wonderful tropical gardens, wildfowl ponds and many examples of public art. We will also get to go on the Auckland harbour cruise.

The afternoon will be at leisure to explore.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Auckland.

Thursday 3rd May

Today will be a free day to explore Auckland. The city which sits astride a narrow isthmus between two fine harbours comprises New Zealand’s biggest city and also the largest of all Polynesian cities, there is a huge amount to explore

There is also an option to participate in an excursion to the Bay of Islands.

The sheer scenic beauty of the Bay of Islands make this a particular haven for those who love the sea and seek the chance to savour a warm Pacific climate on uncrowded sandy beaches, surrounded by fine native forests.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Auckland.

Friday 4th May

Today we depart Auckland for our journey home.

Saturday 5th May

Arrival home.