Naturally New Zealand
10 Days 9 Nights
Auckland, Rotorua, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Lake Tekapo, Christchurch
- Arrive Auckland (D)
Arrive at Auckland airport and transfer to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. In the evening, meet your travel director for a welcome reception and highlight dinner at the hotel.Accommodation: The Grand by SkyCity or similar
- Auckland (B)
Start the day with a sightseeing tour around the waterfront to Mission Bay. Keep your camera at the ready to capture spectacular panoramic views of the skyline, sprawling North Shore and Waitemata Harbour from Bastion Point and Michael Joseph Savage Memorial. Spend the afternoon at leisure.
- Auckland – Rotorua (B/L/D)
Today venture through dramatic scenery and landscapes passing through Cambridge, ‘The Town of Trees and Champions’. On arrival in Rotorua, embark on an orientation of the area before visiting Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a guided tour of the National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa, the national leader in kiwi husbandry. Learn about the work being done to save New Zealand’s national bird, see kiwi eggs being incubated, the hatching process and newly hatched kiwi chicks. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Hangi Highlight Dinner and cultural performance at the Tamaki.Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Rotorua or similar
- Rotorua – Queenstown (B)
Enjoy breakfast in the charming village of Hobbiton, the movie set of the iconic The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies. Experience the rolling hills and green pastures of The Shire before continuing to Auckland for your flight to Queenstown.Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown or similar
- Queenstown – Milford Sound (B/L)
Journey over the Devil’s Staircase and along the shore of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau and its lake, the largest in the South Island. Travel through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges. Enjoy numerous photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lakes, Knobs Flat, Hollyford Valley lookout (Pop’s view), Cleddau Valley and the Chasm. Drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel towards iconic Mitre Peak Bowen Falls before reaching Milford Sound, for a cruise on this natural wonder. Return to Queenstown for the evening.
- Queenstown (B/D)
Your final day in Queenstown could see you take an optional experience ride on the Shotover Jet boat, a minibus excursion through spectacular Skippers Canyon or a wine tour. This evening join your Travel
Director for dinner at The Boatshed, set in the historic Railway Shipping Office built in 1936. Restored and relocated to its lakefront setting, The Boatshed with its spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables, is the perfect venue for your Highlight Dinner.
- Queenstown – Lake Tekapo (B/D)
This morning we leave the alpine wonderland of Queenstown behind, and begin the passage through Central Otago and out to Westland. On the way, we will stop and visit the faithfully restored gold mining settlement of Arrowtown. From here we will travel over to Cromwell, on the banks of Lake Dunstan to taste some of the town’s delicious stone fruit. Continue over the Lindis Pass and on to the world-renowned NESCO Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. Enjoy views of Mt. Cook before heading to the Church of the Good Shepherd. Later, join a local expert on an incredible voyage of discovery through the
Southern Hemisphere’s night sky, including the Southern Cross, Magellanic Cloud and the Milky Way. Your guide will enhance your knowledge and understanding of our southern skies as you admire and ponder the possibilities through powerful optical telescopes.Accommodation: Peppers Bluewater Resort or similar
- Lake Tekapo – Christchurch (B)
After breakfast, we journey through South Canterbury, visiting the charming village of Geraldine on your way to Christchurch. Arrive Christchurch, check-in for your stay and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.Accommodation: Distinctions Hotel or similar
- Christchurch (B/D)
This morning see how Christchurch is rebuilding after the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, and pop into the Transitional Cathedral in Latimer Square, the temporary home of the Christchurch Cathedral. It is the world’s only cathedral made substantially of cardboard! After a Christchurch city sights tour, you’re invited to a Be My Guest morning tea at the home of Tim and Isabelle Weston, owners of Britten Stables. Formerly horse stables for nearby Mona Vale Gardens and following that, the birthplace of the world-record-setting Britten V1000 motorcycle designed and built in the garage by Isabelle’s late father, John Britten. The couple restored the original charm of the stables and transformed it into the exquisite home that it is today. Tonight, join your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.
- Christchurch (B)
Bid farewell to New Zealand. After breakfast transfer to airport for your homebound flight.
B – Breakfast L – Lunch D – Dinner
Tour Package Details
|FRIDAY Arrival in Auckland||Land Package From||Single Supp|
|2021: April – September||4940||1680|
|2021: October – December
2022: January - March
HOTEL BLACKOUT DATES and SEASONAL SURCHARGE may apply.
~~ ALL PRICES ARE IN CANADIAN DOLLARS AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE ~~
Your Tour Package Includes:
- Return transfer between airport and hotel.
- Superior 4-Star hotel accommodation with daily breakfast.
- Sightseeing Tours with admission and meals as per itinerary.
- Professional English-Speaking local guide service.
Your Tour Package Does Not Include:
- International airfare from Canada to New Zealand.
- Domestic airfare within New Zealand.
- Any applicable weekend and other surcharges imposed by airlines.
- Any taxes, airport fees and fuel surcharge.
- Travel insurance, Travel Visa and all personal expenses.
- Tipping and gratuities to local guides, drivers, and hotel staff.
- Any items not specified as included.