New Zealand -
Land of the Long White Cloud
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Experience more with so much included
Experience the warm sub-tropical climate in the stunning Bay of Islands
including a dolphin-watching cruise
Visit Christchurch, New
Zealand’s second city
Enjoy an authentic, rural homestay with a
Visit Te Puia, Rotorua’s geothermal wonderland
with local Maori guides
Explore Auckland, 'the City of Sails' on
a sightseeing tour
Admire Napier’s beautiful Art Deco
architecture on a guided walking tour
Visit the 'Sunshine City'
of Nelson and cruise along Abel Tasman National Park’s stunningly scenic
Vineyard visit and tasting in Marlborough, one of the
world’s finest wine regions
Cross the Southern Alps on the
TranzAlpine train, one of the world’s great train journeys
an included helicopter flight around the iconic Franz Josef glacier,
with an amazing alpine landing
Stay two nights in Queenstown and
enjoy the resort's scenic location
Cruise awe-inspiring Milford
Get close-up views of snow-capped Mt Cook, New Zealand’s
Discover cosmopolitan Singapore during a two-day
Return scheduled flights from the UK
hand-picked four-star and three-star accommodation, including all local
All breakfasts, a traditional Maori Hangi feast in Rotorua,
and a private wine tasting in Marlborough
The services of our
experienced tour manager throughout
Its mountains, rivers, fiords and glaciers are breath-taking.
Experience magnificent National Parks, charming towns and pristine
landscapes plus wonder at its volcanic geysers and boiling mud pools. A
bit of a cliché, yes, but it’s true: New Zealand is one of those holiday
destinations of a lifetime – its mountains, rivers, fjords, and scenery
are quite literally breath-taking! And with a population of only a few
million in a land approximately the same size as the UK, you’ll quickly
become attuned to the easy-going Kiwi lifestyle as you travel through
the country’s magnificent national parks, charming towns and pristine
Getting to New Zealand can be a long and tiring
journey, so we have chosen to include a stopover in Singapore and fly
with Singapore Airlines, renowned for their world class service and with
direct onward flights to Auckland and from Christchurch. We have two
days here to explore the many attractions this thrilling Asian
metropolis has to offer, including its dazzling architecture, superb
cuisine and vibrant mix of cultures.
We stay in Auckland for two
nights to give you the best opportunity to acclimatise to the time zone.
We then travel to the sub-tropical Bay of Islands for two nights – a
wonderful region of small historic towns and a deeply indented coastline
filled with golden sandy coves, a paradise for sailing and boating.
New Zealand is primarily a farming country, full of dairy herds and
of course millions of sheep – so what better way to experience this way
of life than to stay a night with a New Zealand family on their farm! In
the fertile region of Cambridge, south of Auckland, our group will be
split between a number of local farmsteads where you’ll be able to gain
a firsthand understanding the very basis of the country’s economy whilst
getting to know your friendly hosts.
Rotorua is one of North
Island’s greatest areas of geothermal activity, with its spectacular
geysers, steaming hot pools and bubbling mud. It’s also a centre of
Maori settlement and in the evening you attend a Maori Hangi (feast)
featuring a Powhiri (formal welcome) and traditional songs and dances
relaying the stories of Maori myths and legends, followed by a meal of
lamb, chicken and kumara (sweet potato) cooked in the traditional way,
in an underground oven.
We continue to the east coast and the
renowned wine-producing region of Hawke’s Bay, facing the Pacific Ocean.
Here we stay in charming Napier, famous for its unique architecture, a
legacy of a 1931 earthquake when the whole town was rebuilt in just two
years in the Art Deco style of the time.
Zealand’s diminutive capital, offers a bustling waterfront and from Mt
Victoria, there are outstanding views of the city’s beautiful harbour.
Te Papa, the fascinating National Museum, covers every aspect of New
Zealand’s history, art, culture and geography.
Crossing the Cook
Strait between the North and South Islands by InterIslander ferry we
cruise through the Marlborough Sounds with their beautiful
turquoise-blue waters on our way to Nelson, known as South Island’s
sunniest spot and next to the beautiful coastal scenery of the Abel
Tasman National Park.
New Zealand has gained a reputation as an
outstanding wine-growing nation, and Marlborough on the northeastern
corner of South Island is certainly one of the key regions for producing
premium quality wines.
Christchurch is the country’s second
largest city and following the devastating earthquake of February 2011,
a major reconstruction programme is underway in the city centre.
Fortunately, access to the wonderful Botanic Gardens, Hagley Park and
the Canterbury museum has not been affected and already city architects
are winning awards for some very innovative projects, including the new
‘temporary’ cardboard cathedral.
The TranzAlpine crossing of the
Southern Alps from Christchurch to Arthur’s Pass must rate as one of the
world’s great train journeys and our tour then follows the west coast of
South Island to the magnificent Franz Josef and Fox glaciers. The best
way to experience these amazing natural phenomena is from the air, so we
have arranged for an included helicopter flight, with an alpine landing,
to see the magnificent Franz Josef glacier – a breathtaking highlight of
Queenstown, situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu,
is described as the ‘Adventure Capital of the World’, or ‘the Scenic Gem
of the South Island’. Whichever description is most apt, you can be sure
you’ll not be disappointed by your stay in one of the country’s
outstanding resorts. We have a full day at leisure here, so you can
choose to relax or be as active as you wish.
The small lakeside
township of Te Anau is the gateway to the World Heritage Fjordland
National Park, and what a park it is! The grandeur and majestic beauty
of this untouched landscape almost defies description, from
glacier-carved valleys, through thousands of hectares of virgin forest,
to glimmering lakes, waterfalls, and Alpine peaks, these are world-class
sights to savour. Our cruise, on one of the world’s great fjords,
Milford Sound, is the highlight of our visit before heading north to
Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain and a fitting conclusion to
your holiday in Aotearoa, the Land of the Long White Cloud.
course, New Zealand is not just about its extraordinary landscapes – the
cuisine and wines are just a good reason to go: you won’t find better
lamb or beef, or fresher seafood. Look out for blue cod from South
island, green-lip mussels, snapper and for big appetites, grouper! The
local free-range lamb is world-famous, but the cheese, manuka honey,
fruit and even ice-cream are all equally superb. And you cannot leave
without trying a kiwi pavlova for dessert! If you enjoy wine, then
Marlborough’s Sauvignon Blancs are considered some of the best in the
world – we include a wine tasting at a famous estate on our way through
Our wonderful tour has been designed to make getting
to New Zealand as easy as possible and covers all the awe-inspiring
highlights of this remarkable country, as well as many less explored
corners, such as our farm stay in Cambridge, Art Deco Napier and Nelson
with the Abel Tasman National Park. Our included trips on the
TranzAlpine train, the helicopter flight over the staggering Franz Josef
glacier and the visit to Mt Cook will be experiences that you will
treasure for many years to come.
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