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Inspiring New Zealand

Duration 10 days

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Embark on an exclusive expedition into the scenic highlights of New Zealand, a journey revealing the extraordinary depths of a land shaped by Maori legends, brave pioneers and ancient seismic forces.

Take a look at your day-by-day itinerary or contact us on 0207 620 8952 to find out more.

DAY 1

Arrive Auckland (2 nights)
Welcome to Auckland, New Zealand’s vibrant ‘City of Sails’. On arrival, transfer to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4pm). This evening, join your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Welcome Reception and dinner.
Hotel: Sofitel
Meal: Welcome Reception,Dinner

DAY 2

Auckland Sightseeing
Kickstart your mesmerising journey through New Zealand with an exhilarating sightseeing tour of Auckland, from its trendy Waterfront to Mission Bay. Keep your camera at the ready to capture the soul-stirring views of the city’s iconic skyline, sprawling North Shore and Waitemata Harbour from Bastion Point and the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial. You’re in for a food and wine extravaganza next that will delight your discerning taste buds. Take a ferry to Waiheke Island, where a scenic drive takes you to Stonyridge Vineyard. Here you’ll enjoy a tour and tastings of the finest Cabernet blends, followed by a light lunch against the backdrop of beautiful vineyard views. Then delve into Waiheke’s olive-growing industry at Rangihoua Estate and taste a range of award-winning olive oils, followed by a visit to Casita Miro for a brush with the Mediterranean. Finish up your gourmet encounter with wine tastings at the beautiful Mudbrick Vineyard – views of the Hauraki Gulf completing this special experience. Return to Auckland, where tonight you’ll have an evening at leisure to embark on your very own culinary adventure – perhaps in the Wynyard Quarter or the Viaduct.
Meal: Breakfast,Lunch

DAY 3

Auckland – Rotorua (2 Nights)
Begin your day by exploring the iridescent Waitomo Caves on an exclusive five-star Eco Glowworm experience with a ‘Local Specialist’. Admire the magical subterranean world of Footwhistle Cave before continuing your journey to the volatile landscapes of Rotorua, where Maori culture takes centre stage. This evening,’Connect With Locals’ on your visit the Tamaki Māori Village for insights into local rituals and traditions of this fascinating culture. Embrace their gracious Hongi greeting, experience the heart-pounding wero challenge during the Powhiri, a ceremonial welcome, and enjoy a ‘Be My Guest’ dinner, the delicious flavours of the Hangi cooked in the earth with geothermal steam.
Hotel: Pullman
Meal: Breakfast,Be My Guest

DAY 4

Rotorua Sightseeing
‘Dive into Culture’ at the Living Maori Village Whakarewarewa, where a ‘Local Specialist’ will join you to view New Zealand’s biggest geyser, bubbling mud pools and thermal springs. You’ll also learn about their special bond with this ancient land. Your afternoon is at leisure.
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 5

Rotorua – Wellington (2 Nights)
Come face-to-face with New Zealand’s indigenous creatures within the lush surrounds of Rainbow Springs Nature Park. You’re sure to catch a glimpse of the shy, iconic national bird in the park’s nocturnal kiwi enclosure, on a ‘behind-the-scenes tour’. Fly to Wellington and spend the evening exploring on your own, perhaps enjoying dinner at one of the quirky cafes at Courtney Place or Cuba Street.
Hotel: Sofitel
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 6

Wellington Sightseeing
This morning, a foodie extravaganza awaits this morning as you join a ‘Local Specialist’ to sample the delicious gourmet delights shared over fascinating stories of Wellington. Embrace your inner hipster as you explore the charming Victorian architecture and savour the city’s coffee culture, visiting several local gems with an expert to indulge in the city’s specialties. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 7

Wellington – Queenstown (3 nights)
This morning we continue to the urban eco-sanctary of Zealandia, admiring the extraordinary efforts of conservationists who have reintroduced 18 species of native wildlife that were absent from mainland New Zealand for over a century. Then it’s time to prime yourselves for a few days of adventure, flying to Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital. On arrival, journey to the gold rush village of Arrowtown. Enjoy a tour of Queenstown, and gaze at the natural splendour in its midst – from the peaks of the Remarkables to beautiful Lake Wakatipu.
Hotel: St. Moritz
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 8

Doubtful Sound Cruise
The legendary tears of two Māori sisters may have created Lake Manapōuri, but there’s nothing sad about your memorable cruise across its deep blue waters. Travel to the heart of Fiordland National Park next and immerse yourself in the beauty and vastness of remote Doubtful Sound. The views from your Wilderness Cruise will take your breath away as you venture even deeper into the rugged wilderness, keeping an eye out for dolphins, fur seals and the occasional penguin.
Meal: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

DAY 9

Queenstown At Leisure
Explore exciting Queenstown your way and consider an Optional Experience. Perhaps enjoy a guided walk through a native beech forest or embark on a minibus tour through the scenic gorge of Skippers Canyon. For a more sedate encounter with the adrenaline capital, visit one of the nearby wineries on a wine tour. As your final day ends, toast your trip at a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends.
Meal: Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

DAY 10

Depart Queenstown
For now, all that’s left to say is a fond farewell as your trip comes to a end after breakfast. Throughout today you will be transferred to Queenstown Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).
Meal: Breakfast

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR in Auckland and Queenstown
  • VISIT historic Arrowtown, Rainbow Springs Nature Park, Rotorua geothermal valley and Waitomo Caves
  • VIEW a Maori cultural performance, kiwi birds at Rainbow Springs, geothermal activity and glowworms at Waitomo Caves
  • CRUISE to Waiheke Island and on Doubtful Sound

Dining Highlights

  • 9 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 6 dinners (Including Connect With Locals)

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-Stays
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights
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Inspiring New Zealand

Embark on an exclusive expedition into the scenic highlights of New Zealand, a journey revealing the extraordinary depths of a land shaped by Maori legends, brave pioneers and ancient seismic forces.

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