Day 1: Arrive Christchurch
On arrival in Christchurch you will be transferred to your hotel. You have time at leisure before a Welcome Reception and dinner with your Tour Director this evening.
Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch
Day 2: Christchurch – Franz Josef
First up this morning you’ll board the TranzAlpine, one of the top 6 train journeys in the world. This spectacular journey takes you across the Canterbury Plains and through the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass. Later, visit Hokitika home of the native greenstone (jade) for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration. Next stop is Franz Josef Glacier – a rare, still advancing glacier (optional scenic Fox Glacier flight).
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef G lacier, Franz Josef
Day 3: Franz Josef – Queenstown
Travel through the Haast Pass, view Thunder Creek Falls, take a rainforest walk. Then it’s a trio of lakes – Wanaka, Hawea, Dunstan. Next up sumptuous stone fruit at Cromwell, the stone fruit capital. Later, you’ll visit historic gold mining Arrowtown on the Arrow River, previously one of the world’s richest rivers. Enjoy a Queenstown orientation tour followed by dinner with views over Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables.
Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Mercure Queenstown Resort, 2 nights
Day 4: Queenstown ‘Free Time’
Explore exciting Queenstown your way. From wine and garden tours to jet boat rides and white water rafting, Queenstown will keep you occupied and exhilarated. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak Station for a carvery Highlight Dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. An entertaining after-dinner farm show provides a glimpse into high-country farm life. Why not join in a sing-a-long on your cruise back to Queenstown.
Day 5: Queenstown – Te Anau
Travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau. You’ll be awe-struck by great sights from Fiordland National Park – New Zealand’s largest – to Milford Sound, one of the world’s most amazing places, where you will cruise on the waters of this natural wonder. En route you’ll drive through the hand made Homer Tunnel to the abundant photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls. Then return to Te Anau. Tonight you have the option to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves.
Hotel: Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau
Day 6: Te Anau – Dunedin
Cross sheep-filled farming land to Dunedin for a city tour. ‘Free Time’ this afternoon – take a wildlife cruise to see the Penguins and Royal Albatross, visit the Cadbury Factory or ride the Taieri Gorge Railway.
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City
Day 7: Dunedin – Omarama
‘Free Time’ this morning – visit Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle. Travel through Oamaru, famous for its limestone buildings, passing the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and the Benmore Dam.
Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel, Omarama
Day 8: Omarama – Christchurch
Soak up the scenery of Mt. Cook National Park (optional scenic flight). See Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and travel across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Christchurch
Day 9: Christchurch – Picton
Travel along the rugged Pacific Ocean coast to Kaikoura, famous for its whales (optional Whale Watching flight). Get up close and personal with some New Zealand fur seals at Ohau Point. Pass the Grassmere Salt Works then travel to the pretty seaside fishing village of Picton for an orientation tour.
Hotel: Beachcomber, Picton
Day 10: Picton – Wellington
Cruise on Queen Charlotte Sound and across Cook Strait to Wellington for a city tour. ‘Free Time’ then you visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand.
Hotel: Travelodge, Wellington
Day 11: Wellington – Rotorua
Travel along the Kapiti Coast, through the dairy farms of Manawatu and Tongariro National Park, discover the alpine scenery of Mt. Ruapehu. Visit Taupo and drive along the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake. View Huka Falls and pass the Wairakei Geothermal Power Station. Tonight enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi feast and concert and gain an insight into Maori culture.
Hotel: Ibis Hotel, Rotorua, 2 nights
Day 12: Rotorua Sights
Visit the Agrodome Sheep Show for a sample of farm life. See the art of sheep shearing, sheepdog demonstrations, cow milking, bottle feeding lambs and an exciting sheep auction. Then enjoy an afternoon of ‘Free Time’ – visit Rainbow Springs, abundant with Rainbow Trout and native fauna including the kiwi or Te Puia, where a local Maori will guide you through the Geothermal Valley with its mud pools and geysers.
Day 13: Rotorua – Auckland
This morning travel through lush Waikato farmland to Waitomo Caves. See the amazing underground Glow Worm Grotto by boat and walk the limestone caves. Later you follow the Waikato River, New Zealand’s longest river, into Auckland. Enjoy views from Mt. Eden before continuing to your hotel. This evening celebrate your holiday at a Farewell Dinner with your Tour Director.
Hotel: VR Queen Street, Auckland
Day 14: Depart Auckland
Time at leisure until your transfer to Auckland Airport for your onward flight.
our Departure Dates for 2021:
Start in Christchurch – Ends in Auckland
March: 01, 08, 15, 22
April: 05, 12
May: 03, 10
New Zealand Marvel Tour Includes:
Flights are not included in the holiday price
Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price.
Day 1 Flight to arrive prior to 4.00 pm into Christchurch Airport
Day 14 Flight to depart anytime from Auckland Airport