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Westoe Travel -Kiwi Specialist

GRAEME BRETT of Westoe Travel has been appointed as a GOLD Kiwi Specialist by Tourism New Zealand
This is the highest level of qualification for a Travel Agent.
We have a seperate website with ideas and suggestions for New Zealand at
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New Zealand - Northern Odyssey
The smaller of the two islands but the one where 77% of the country’s population resides. This itinerary takes you through the North Islands geothermal wonderland, littered with enticing hot springs, mud pools and geysers, alongside domineering volcano cones and rolling hills. Also enjoy the Art Deco city of Napier before finishing in the Capital City Wellington.

Day 1 Arrive Auckland
Our representative will meet you on arrival and transfer you to your chosen accommodation. The rest of today is free to explore the ‘City of Sails’.
B&B: Great Ponsonby Art Hotel
Hotel: The Heritage Auckland
Hahei Beach, Cathedral Cove & the Coromandel

Day 2 Hahei Beach, Cathedral Cove & the Coromandel (B)
Having collected your rental car, travel to the popular beaches of the Coromandel Peninsula. At Hahei, board a state-of-the-art rigid hull inflatable boat that takes you into the coastal islands of this marine reserve. Visit reefs, massive sea caves & bays, including the world-famous Cathedral Cove. The rest of today is free to explore the delights of the Coromandel, a favourite holiday destination for local kiwis
B&B: Rewa House
Hotel: Mercure Puka Park Lodge
Bay of Plenty Coastline, Whakatane

Day 3
Bay of Plenty Coastline, Whakatane (B)
Enjoy time for exploring, relaxing or swimming before driving along the Bay of Plenty coastline, through the beachside towns of Tauranga & Mt Maunganui, to Whakatane for your overnight stay.
B&B: Ashfields Country Garden B&B
Hotel: Tuscany Villas
Cruise to White Island Volcano, Rotorua

Day 4
Cape Cruise to White Island Volcano, Rotorua (B,L)
Join your luxury launch for the 80 minute cruise to the active, marine volcano of White Island. On the way out, you’ll be issued with your safety gear including hard hat & gas mask. Enjoy an in-depth tour of one of the world’s most interesting volcanoes. Trained tour guides will take you through the remains of the old sulphur mining factory. To top it all off, you’ll venture right up to the main crater’s edge. On your trip home you might even be lucky enough to spend some time with dolphins, whales or the NZ Fur Seal. Later this afternoon, journey to the thermal wonderland of Rotorua. After a big day out, soak & relax in the soothing mineral pools of the Polynesian Spa this evening.
B&B: Koura Lodge (2 nights)
Hotel: Amora Okawa Bay Resort (2 nights)
Discover Rotorua

Day 5
Discover Rotorua (B,D)
Discover the delights of Rotorua. There are many activities available including visits to thermal reserves, rafting, kayaking, cruising, spa treatments, adventure and general sightseeing activities. This evening, enjoy a traditional hangi (feast) and cultural evening with local Maori.
Lake Taupo, Napier

Day 6
Lake Lake Taupo, Napier (B)
First stop today is the mighty Huka Falls where you will experience a thrilling jetboat ride aboard the world famous HukaJet. Take time to wander around the popular lakeside town of Taupo before venturing eastwards over the scenic Kaweka ranges & descending into the Art-Deco city of Napier.
B&B: Cobden Garden Homestay (2 nights)
Hotel: Scenic Te Pania Hotel (2 nights)
Explore Napier & the local surrounds

Day 7
Explore Napier & the local surrounds (B)
Commence the day with a locally guided walk that will bring this fascinating architecture alive. At leisure to discover the Hawke’s Bay, widely regarded as the ‘Tuscany of the South Pacific’. You can explore the countryside & city pathways on your late model, mountain bike (or tandem if you prefer!), enjoy a game of golf, visit the largest mainland gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers, visit local wineries or take in the local city sights.
Wairarapa, Wellington

Day 8
Wairarapa, Wellington (B)
Travel through the rural heartland of the Wairarapa region on your way to the nation’s capital, Wellington. On arrival, visit Zealandia, a wildlife refuge in a forested valley just minutes from the city centre. It is a safe haven for some of New Zealand’s most endangered and iconic native animals including the tuatara, little spotted kiwi, hihi & the giant weta.
B&B: Booklovers B&B
Hotel: Rydges Hotel
Depart Wellington

Day 9
Depart Wellington (B)
Enjoy some last minute sightseeing or shopping before returning your rental car and continuing on to your next destination

New Zealand - Island of Delight
The larger of the two main islands, but with only 23% of New Zealand’s population living here. Begin your journey in the capitol city of Wellington before heading to the South Island, famed for its outstanding natural beauty, from the towering snow-capped Southern Alps to majestic glacial lakes and forest-fringed beaches.
Day 1
Arrive Wellington
On arrival at Wellington, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your city hotel. The rest of today is at leisure to explore the nation’s capital. A visit to Te Papa National Museum is highly recommended.
Hotel: Rydges Hotel
Apartment: Museum Art Hotel
Picton & the Marlborough Sounds

Day 2
Picton & the Marlborough Sounds (B)
This morning, transfer to the ferry terminal & enjoy a scenic cruise across Cook Strait by the Interislander to the picturesque fishing village of Picton. Transfer by floatplane or water taxi to your remote resort located in the stunning Marlborough Sounds.
All categories: Raetihi Lodge (2 nights)
Enjoy Kenepuru Sound

Day 3
Enjoy Kenepuru Sound (B)
A free day to relax & marvel at the magic that is the Marlborough Sounds. Lodge staff will share their love of the area with you through the wide range of water and nature based experiences they put at your fingertips. Complimentary fishing tackle, kayaks and mountain bikes are provided at the lodge and there are a number of bush walks to enjoy.
Coastal Pacific Train to Kaikoura

Day 4
Cape Coastal Pacific Train to Kaikoura (B)
After a leisurely breakfast, return to Picton and join the Coastal Pacific train for your journey to Kaikoura, a coastal town nestled between the Kaikoura mountain range & the Pacific Ocean. Hotel: Fairways Resort
Hotel: Fairways Lodge
Boutique: Hapuku Lodge
Continue on to Christchurch

Day 5
Continue on to Christchurch (B)
This morning, there is time to enjoy an optional whale-watching adventure, a swim with the dolphins or join local Maori for a unique, award winning cultural experience. Later this afternoon, reboard the Coastal Pacific for the continuation of your train journ
Hotel: Rendezvous Hotel
Boutique: The George Hotel
Lake Tekapo, Aoraki Mt Cook

Day 6
Lake Tekapo, Aoraki Mt Cook (B)
(Collect your rental car this morning and travel south, stopping at beautiful Lake Tekapo to view the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. On to the Mt Cook National Park, a World Heritage listed site that covers over 70,000 hectares of breathtaking alpine scenery. Optional ski-plane and helicopter flights are available subject to weather conditions.
All categories: Mt Cook Hermitage Hotel
Tasman Glacier, Queenstown

Day 7
Tasman Glacier, Queenstown (B)
Experience the Tasman Glacier in the most unique way possible. An experienced guide will whisk you away in a stable MAC Boat to explore the melting ice-face of the Tasman Glacier. This afternoon, drive through the MacKenzie Country before beginning the assent over the Lindis Pass and emerging into the lush green farmland that surrounds the spectacular alpine village of Queenstown.
Hotel: Heritage Queenstown Hotel (4 nights)
Boutique: Hotel St Moritz (4 nights)
Explore Queenstown & surrounds

Day 8Day 9
Explore Queenstown & surrounds (B)
Enjoy two free days to experience this magnificent resort. Surrounded by majestic mountains, Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure & leisure activities in all forms, from extreme to relaxed exploration.
Milford Sound Nature Cruise Coach & Fly

Day 10
Milford Sound Nature Cruise Coach & Fly (B, L)
Travel by coach to spectacular Milford Sound where you will enjoy a leisurely nature cruise of this breathtaking fiord, cruising its full length to the Tasman Sea. An on-board nature guide will give you detailed information of the region’s history, flora & fauna and you will view spectacular waterfalls, rainforests and towering mountains, including the awesome Mitre Peak. Return to Queenstown by spectacular scenic flight.
Arrowtown, Wanaka, Twin Glaciers

Day 11
Arrowtown, Wanaka, Twin Glaciers (B)
Take time to stroll through the historic village of Arrowtown on your drive to the spectacular lakeside resort of Wanaka. Then enjoy incredible scenery as you drive past the untouched native forests and pristine lakes of the World Heritage Westland National Park and Haast Pass. On to Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers where there is the opportunity to experience an optional scenic flight over this remarkable region (subject to weather conditions)..
Hotel: Distinction Te Weheka
Apartment: Te Waonui Forest Retreat
Spectacular Tranz Alpine Train, Christchurch

Day 12
Spectacular Tranz Alpine Train, Christchurch (B)
Head north along the dramatic West Coast, steeped in history dating back to the gold rush era of the 1800's. At Greymouth, return your rental car and board the TranzAlpine train for a coast to coast rail adventure through the Southern Alps, rated as one of the most scenic train journeys in the world.
Hotel: Rendezvous Hotel
Apartment: The George Hotel
Depart Christchurch

Day 13
Depart Christchurch (B)
Sadly, your holiday ends today and you will be transferred to Christchurch airport to connect with your onward flight.

New Zealand - Southern Adventure
An untamed paradise island of dramatic landscapes and lush rainforests, the South Island is a natural playground. Enjoy the diverse beauty of the south island form the legendary beauty of the Abel Tasman Maritime Park in the north to the spectacular scenery of Milford Sound in the south.
Day 1
Christchurch
Welcome to Christchurch. Having cleared customs & immigration formalities, you will be met by our representative & transferred to your city hotel.
Hotel: Rendezvous Hotel (2 nights)
Luxury: The George Hotel (2 nights)
4WD High Country TranzAlpine Experience

Day 2
4WD High Country TranzAlpine Experience (B,L)
Travel by coach through the Canterbury Plains to the Waimakariri Gorge in the foothills of the rugged Southern Alps. Travel by jet boat through the gorge deep into the Southern Alps to areas otherwise inaccessible. Rendezvous with the Unimog and travel in this unique 4WD vehicle to Flock Hill Station, viewing spectacular alpine scenery en-route. After lunch, travel by road to Arthur's Pass National Park where you return to Christchurch aboard the famous TranzAlpine train.
Hanmer Springs, Kaikoura

Day 3
Hanmer Springs, Kaikoura (B)
Collect your rental car this morning and drive inland to the naturally picturesque and tranquil alpine village of Hanmer Springs, nestled in a valley at the foothills of the Southern Alps. Relax in the hot thermal pools of the Hanmer Springs Thermal Reserve before continuing on to Kaikoura, located in a narrow strip of stunning coastline that lies between mountain peaks and the Pacific Ocean.
Hotel: White Morph Hotel
Luxury: Hapuku Lodge
Whale Watch Cruise, Nelson

Day 4
Whale Watch Cruise, Nelson (B)
Every Whale Watch tour is a unique experience & sightings may vary from day to day. Giant sperm whales are the star of the show and are year-round residents. A typical Whale Watch tour may encounter fur seals, pods of Dusky dolphins & the endangered Wandering Albatross. Depending on the season, you may also see migrating Hump Back whales, Pilot whales, Blue whales & Southern Right whales. Later today, continue north to Blenheim, gateway to the well-known Marlborough Sounds region before arriving at Nelson.
Hotel: Grand Mercure Monaco Resort (2 nights)
Luxury: Warwick House (2 nights)
Abel Tasman National Park Bush 'n' Beach walk
Day 5
At Abel Tasman National Park Bush 'n' Beach walk (B,L)
Experience for yourself the legendary Abel Tasman Maritime Park. Cruise into protected bays & view the fur seal colony on Tonga Island. The launch hugs the shore, travelling in close to idyllic beaches fringed by native forest. The Abel Tasman Coastal track is well formed & shaded and comes out onto protected beaches excellent for swimming. Enjoy a great day on the water combining cruising, sightseeing, bush walks & beautiful beaches.
Nelson Lakes, Punakaiki Rocks

Day 6
Nelson Lakes, Punakaiki Rocks (B)
Travel south through the Nelson Lakes region before arriving on the West Coast. Marvel at the bizarre limestone landscapes that is the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks & Blowhole.
All categories: Punakaiki Resort
Greymouth, Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers

Day 7
Greymouth, Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers (B,D)
View incredible scenery as you travel past the untouched native forests and pristine lakes of the World Heritage Westland National Park and Haast Pass. There is time to wander around the popular lakeside townships of Hawea and Wanaka before travelling over the spectacular Crown Range to the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown. On to Queenstown, a beautiful alpine resort regarded as New Zealand's premier holiday destination.
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef
Luxury: Te Waonui Forest Retreat
Haast, Wanaka, Queenstown

Day 8
Haast, Wanaka, Queenstown (B)
View incredible scenery as you travel past the untouched native forests and pristine lakes of the World Heritage Westland National Park and Haast Pass. There is time to wander around the popular lakeside townships of Hawea and Wanaka before travelling over the spectacular Crown Range to the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown. On to Queenstown, a beautiful alpine resort regarded as New Zealand's premier holiday destination.
Hotel: Heritage Hotel Queenstown (2 nights)
Luxury: The Spire (2 nights)
Free day to explore Queenstown & surrounds

Day 9
Free day to explore Queenstown & surrounds (B)
Surrounded by majestic mountains, Queenstown boasts adventure & leisure activities in all forms, from extreme to relaxed exploration. Jet boating, river rafting, wine tours, lake cruises, 4WD Lord of the Rings tours and bush walks are just some of the numerous activities available.
Milford Sound Overnight Cruise

Day 10
Milford Sound Overnight Cruise (B,D)
Travel by coach along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through the rolling countryside to Te Anau. Continue along the spectacular Milford Road and through the hand-strewn Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound where you board the Milford Mariner for a relaxing cruise along the entire length of the Sound to the Tasman Sea where you will view spectacular waterfalls, rainforests, mountains & wildlife. The Milford Mariner is designed along the lines of a traditional New Zealand trading scow to reflect Fiordland’s heritage and you will be accommodated in private cabins with en-suite bathrooms in this purpose-built vessel. It boasts spacious deck areas for viewing the wilderness, scenery & wildlife of Milford and activities include kayaking and excursions in the tender vessels (stabi craft) to explore the coastline.
Overnight in sheltered Harrison Cove
Return to Queenstown, day at leisure

Day 11
Return to Queenstown, day at leisure (B)
An optional scenic flight back to Queenstown this morning is available subject to weather conditions (own expense). Upon your return to Queenstown, the rest of the day is free to relax & enjoy all that this spectacular resort has to offer.
Hotel: Heritage Hotel Queenstown (2 nights)
Luxury: The Spire (2 nights)
Mighty Dart River Safari

Day 12
Mighty Dart River Safari (B)
This morning, you will be collected from your hotel & taken to Glenorchy to join your Dart River Jetboat Safari. Here you jet boat on crystal clear waters in a wild and scenic landscape amidst towering peaks, glaciers and the ancient rainforests of the Mt. Aspiring National Park. This is far more than a jet boat ride… it's a rare journey into the enchanted wilderness of a World Heritage area. This afternoon is free for further sightseeing.
Central Otago, Dunedin

Day 13
Central Otago, Dunedin (B)
Today you will journey through the historic gold rush routes of Central Otago, passing through the townships of Cromwell, Clyde and Alexandra en-route to Dunedin, the 'Edinburgh of the South'. It is a city of rare charm set amidst a magical landscape edged by the sea and boasts many activities for lovers of nature and wildlife.
Hotel: Scenic Dunedin City Hotel
Luxury: Fletcher Lodge
Oamaru, Mt Cook National Park

Day 14
Oamaru, Mt Cook National Park (B)
Begin your day with a visit to Olveston House, Dunedin’s majestic historic home where you will get a glimpse into the lifestyle of a privileged New Zealand family in the early 1900’s. Travel north, stopping to view the unusual spherical Moeraki Boulders, before driving into Mt Cook National Park, a world heritage listed site that covers over 70,000 hectares of stunning alpine scenery. Optional flightseeing excursions by ski-plane and helicopter are available subject to weather conditions.
All categories: Mt Cook Hermitage Hotel
Tasman Glacier Explorer, Christchurch

Day 15
Tasman Glacier Explorer, Christchurch (B)
This morning you get to experience the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake and icebergs up close on the only tour of its kind in New Zealand. Experienced local guides whisk you away in a stable MAC boat to explore the melting ice face of the Tasman Glacier, New Zealand’s largest, and you’ll be able to touch & taste 400 year old ice. At Lake Tekapo, top to view the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd before crossing the vast Canterbury Plains to the ‘Garden City’ of Christchurch
Hotel: Rendezvous Hotel
Luxury: The George Hotel
Depart Christchurch Day 16Depart Christchurch (B)
Free time this morning for some last minute sightseeing, shopping or relaxing before returning your vehicle at
Christchurch airport for your onward flight.

New Zealand - Pacific Escapade

If your time is limited but you still want to experience both islands then this itinerary is for you! Combining the best of the North Island’s beaches and geothermal wonderland with the majestic beauty of the South Island. Experience boat trips, beaches and cultural experiences in the North before heading south to majestic mountains, national parks, glaciers and stunning scenery, this itinerary really dose have something for everyone!

Day 1
Arrive Auckland
Welcome to Auckland, the City of Sails. On completion of arrival formalities, you will be transferred to your chosen accommodation. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore what the ‘City of Sails’ has to offer.
B&B: Great Ponsonby Art Hotel
Hotel: The Heritage Auckland
Hibiscus Coast, Paihia

Day 2
Hibiscus Coast, Paihia (B)
Collect your rental car this morning and travel north over the harbour bridge & through the northern suburbs of Auckland, with the beachside homes of the Hibiscus Coast to the east & the bush-clad Waitakere Ranges to the west. Enjoy spectacular scenery of native forests & sub-tropical bush as you make your way to Paihia in the Bay of Islands, a seaside town nestled on the foreshore of this National Maritime Park. This afternoon, enjoy a cruise to Cape Brett & the famous ‘Hole-in-the-Rock’.
B&B: Chalet Romantica (2 nights)
Hotel: Copthorne Waitangi Resort (2 nights)
At leisure in the Bay of Islands

Day 3
At leisure in the Bay of Islands (B)
A free day to enjoy all that this natural playground has to offer. Swim with dolphins, see whales up-close, enjoy a days big game fishing, play a round of golf or take a trip to Cape Reinga, the northernmost point in New Zealand … the choices are endless.
B&B: Chalet Romantica (2 nights)
Hotel: Copthorne Waitangi Resort (2 nights)
Mataranka, Coromandel Peninsula

Day 4
Mataranka, Coromandel Peninsula (B)
Head south today and stop at the Mataranka wine village with its markets and boutique shops. Join the Pacific Coast Highway that links Auckland with the Coromandel Peninsula, a beautiful rugged area fringed with dozens of excellent beaches and a place where many local kiwis go to escape the hustle and hype of city life. It is also home to many arts and crafts people who seek an alternative lifestyle.
B&B: Rewa Lodge (2 nights)
Hotel: Mercure Puka Park Lodge
At leisure to explore the Coromandel beaches

Day 5
At leisure to explore the Coromandel beaches (B)
There are many beautiful places in the world and the Coromandel Peninsula is an unspoilt haven. Today you may choose to visit and enjoy the stunning beaches of Cathedral Cove and Hahei or dig your own spa pool using the thermal waters in the sand at Hot Water Beach.
Bay of Plenty, Rotorua

Day 6
Bay of Plenty, Rotorua (B)
Travel along the Bay of Plenty coastline to the popular beachside towns of Tauranga & Mt Maunganui. From here, travel inland across the volcanic plateau to the geothermal city of Rotorua, an area that has enchanted visitors from around the world for more than 160 years.
B&B: Koura Lodge (2 nights)
Hotel: Amora Okawa Bay Resort (2 nights)
Discover Rotorua

Day 7
Discover Rotorua (B,D)
Free time to explore Rotorua today. You may like to visit the Agrodome or take a gondola ride to the top of Mt Ngongotaha for spectacular views of Rotorua. Later this afternoon visit Te Puia geothermal area to view the boiling mudpools and cascading Pohutu geyser. This evening experience Te Po, Te Puia’s cultural experience. It is a feast of cultural storytelling, entertainment and Maori kai (indigenous food). After a formal Maori welcome, relax and enjoy a performance that includes beautiful songs, the stirring haka and the twirling poi dance. After dinner you will be transported by people movers to enjoy the spectacular lighting of the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley.
Fly Rotorua to Christchurch, Akaroa

Day 8
Fly Rotorua to Christchurch, Akaroa
This morning, board your flight to Christchurch. On arrival, collect your rental car & drive to Akaroa, a quaint seaside village on the Banks Peninsula with a strong French heritage. Settled in the early 1860’s, it has retained its French flavour through its street names & architecture.
B&B: Banks House (2 nights)
Hotel: Akaroa Village Inn (2 nights)
Wildlife Harbour Cruise

Day 9
Wildlife Harbour Cruise (B)
Your harbour cruise today will be fully narrated by your skipper who has extensive knowledge of the nature, wildlife and history of the harbour. The highlight of this trip is undoubtedly the sighting of one of the world's smallest and rarest dolphins, the Hector's or New Zealand Dolphin. These friendly and inquisitive mammals meet the boat most days throughout the year and their calves can be seen between October and March. Also on the trip you may catch glimpses of the White Flippered Blue Penguin, the smallest penguin in the world. There are many different bird species in the Harbour, including five different cormorant species and there is the chance of sighting the endangered yellow-eyed penguin.
Lake Tekapo, Mt Cook National Park

Day 10
Lake Tekapo, Mt Cook National Park (B)
Travel through the MacKenzie Country to Lake Tekapo where you stop to view the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd, built of local stone and oak in 1935. Then it’s on to the Mt Cook National Park, a World Heritage listed site. The park covers over 70,000 hectares of breathtaking alpine scenery and is also home to the Tasman Glacier; the longest in the Southern hemisphere. Optional Ski-plane & helicopter flights are available here subject to weather conditions.
All categories:Mt Cook Hermitage
Tasman Glacier, Queenstown

Day 11
Tasman Glacier, Queenstown (B)
This morning, you get to experience the Tasman Glacier in the most unique way possible. An experienced guide will whisk you away in a stable MAC Boat to explore the melting ice-face of the Tasman Glacier where you will also get to touch & taste 400-year old icebergs that have been carved into the murky waters of the lake. This afternoon, travel on to Queenstown, a spectacular alpine resort regarded as New Zealand’s premier destination.
B&B: Browns Hotel (3 nights)
Hotel: Heritage Queenstown Hotel (3 nights)
Explore Queenstown at leisure

Day 12
Explore Queenstown at leisure (B)
Nothing you have experienced will have prepared you for the excitement of a Shotover Jet ride as you speed through the towering, rocky canyons of the South Island's river of gold. The major highlight is the famous Shotover Turn, where your boat spins through a full 360 degrees in its own length. The remainder of today is at leisure to relax or explore Queenstown. Optional activities available include bungy jumping, white water rafting, four wheel driving, cruising on Lake Wakatipu, riding a gondola to the summit of Bob's Peak for panoramic views or simply enjoying the excellent shopping and dining available.
Doubtful Sounds Wilderness Excursion

Day 13
Doubtful Sounds Wilderness Excursion (B,L)
You will be collected from your hotel this morning and travel by coach to Manapouri. Cruise the crystal clear waters of this stunning lake, renowned for its numerous islands and deserted beaches. Then it’s over Wilmot Pass on one of New Zealand’s remotest and prettiest sub-alpine roads, stopping along the way to experience some of Fiordland’s densest rainforest and to view Doubtful Sound glistening far below. On reaching Deep Cove, you will board your vessel for a cruise that takes in the most dramatic scenery of Doubtful Sound. Nature guides provide an engaging commentary and point out the highlights. Keep a look out for wildlife as bottlenose dolphins frequently swim alongside the vessel, fur seals bask on the rocks around the fiord and rare penguins can at times be observed. After your cruise reboard your coach and travel back to Queenstown.
Lake Wanaka, Lake Moeraki

Day 14
Lake Wanaka, Lake Moeraki (B,D)
Leave Queenstown this morning & stop at the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown, a fascinating collection of mining cottages with an atmosphere straight out of last century. Wander around the beautiful town of Lake Wanaka before enjoying incredible scenery as you drive past the untouched native forests and pristine lakes of the Westland National Park & Haast Pass. Few places can match the unique natural setting of your accommodation for the next 2 nights, the Lake Moeraki Wilderness Lodge.
All categories: Wilderness Lodge, Lake Moeraki
A day at leisure

Day 15
A day at leisure (B,D)
Spectacular beaches - home to fur seals and crested penguins, pristine lakes & untouched, ancient rainforests provide a paradise for nature lovers. Radiating from the lodge is a network of guided and self-guided rainforest and Tasman seacoast walks. There is also a fleet of canoes for you to explore the Moeraki Riverand you can paddle the short distance up the river to the lake.
West Coast Glaciers, Punakaiki Rocks

Day 16
West Coast Glaciers, Punakaiki Rocks (B)
This morning, journey up the coast to Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers. Optional helicopter flightseeing or heli-hikes can be booked and are highly recommended (subject to weather conditions). Travel north along the dramatic West Coast, steeped in history dating back to the gold rush era of the 1800's, to the famous blowholes & limestone formations at Punakaki Rocks.
All categories: Punakaiki Resort (2 nights)
Tranz Alpine Train, Christchurch

Day 17
Tranz Alpine Train, Christchurch (B)
Return your rental car at Greymouth before checking in for your train journey to Christchurch. The TranzAlpine is described as "The Great New Zealand Rail Adventure" and is rated as one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. Ascend through lush beech forests past the beautiful Lake Brunner via the alpine village of Arthurs Pass before crossing the spectacular Southern Alps. The TranzAlpine then winds its way over massive viaducts, through spectacular river gorges and the stunning Waimakariri River valley & across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.
B&B: Orari Bed & Breakfast
Hotel: Rendezvous Hotel
Depart Christchurch

Day 18
Depart Christchurch (B)
Sadly, your holiday is at an end and you will be transferred to Christchurch airport today to connect with your onward flight.


New Zealand - 25 Day Grand Explorer

This is one of our most popular itineraries providing the ultimate touring experience of New Zealand. North Island highlights include the spectacular Bay of Islands, the geo-thermal region of Rotorua, allowing you the chance to experience our unique Maori culture, through to the art deco architecture of Napier & the wineries of the Martinborough region. After a short stay in the capital, Wellington, we then travel onto the South Island to explore the Kaikoura coastline, the rugged West Coast, and the adventure capital Queenstown. We include a visit to the 'must-see' attraction of Milford Sound in the Fiordland National Park, historic Dunedin and magnificent Mt. Cook, before returning to Christchurch.
Day 1
Arrive Auckland
Welcome to Auckland, Having completed arrival formalities, take delivery of your rental car and make your way to your chosen accommodation.

The rest of today is free to explore the ‘City of Sails’.
Hotel: Hotel Grand Chancellor
Apartment: Auckland Harbour Oaks
Waipoua Forest

Day 2
Matakohe, Hokianga Harbour
Head north out of Auckland today for about an hour and a half before turning west and taking a step back in time. A stop at the Matakohe Kauri Museum gives you some great insight to the area you are traveling through.

Continue north through Dargaville and the Waipoua Forest before arriving at Hokianga Harbour. Tonight, enjoy a Twilight Encounter, a magical evening tour of the Waipoua Forest guided by local Maori.

All categories: Copthorne Hokianga Hotel
Kerikeri the Stone Store

Day 3
Kerikeri, Paihia
After a leisurely start to the day, travel east to the Bay of Islands. Take some time to visit Kerikeri on the way for arts, crafts, antiques and see one of the oldest buildings in the country, the Stone Store.

Continue on to Paihia, a popular seaside resort nestled on the shores of this National Maritime Park.
Hotel: Paihia Pacific Resort Hotel (2 nights)
Apartment: The Waterfront Suites (2nights)
Cape Brett Cruise

Day 4
Cape Brett Cruise, at leisurE

Day 5
Matakana, Takapuna
Matakana’s beautiful beaches, boutique vineyards and local arts scene make this area a great place to visit. Nearby Warkworth is a captivating historic village in a picturesque spot on the banks of the Mahurangi River.

From here a short drive brings you to Takapuna, a vibrant seaside suburb home to stylish shops, swanky cafés and a bustling Sunday market.

Hotel: Spencer on Byron
Apartment: Auckland Takapuna Oaks
Day 6
Hobbiton, Rotorua
An easy drive south of Auckland will take you to the Waikato town of Matamata, home to Hobbiton. The region has attracted Lord of the Rings enthusiasts from all over the world since a local farm became the setting for “the Shire” in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit. Here you will enjoy a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, including the hobbit holes, and discover middle-earth movie magic. Continue on to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua.

Hotel: Sudima Hotel (2nights)
Apartment: Princes Gate Apartments (2nights)

Day 7
Discover Rotorua (D)

Discover the delights of Rotorua. There are many activities available including visits to thermal reserves, rafting, kayaking, cruising, spa treatments, adventure and general sightseeing activities. This evening, enjoy a traditional hangi (feast) and cultural evening with local Maori.

Day 8
Wai-O-Tapu, Lake Taupo, Napier

At Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Reserve, you can walk at your own pace and marvel at the reserve’s unique features that include the world famous Champagne Pool, geysers, bubbling mud, steaming ground, expansive vistas, huge volcanic craters and sinter terrace formations. Stop at the mighty Huka Falls, then wander around the popular lakeside resort of Taupo. Continue on to Napier, one of the world’s finest Art Deco cities

Hotel: Quest Hotel (2 nights)
Apartment: Breakwater Apartments (2 nights)

Day 9
Explore Hawke’s Bay Wine Country
This morning, enjoy a short, locally guided walk that will bring this fascinating architecture alive. The rest of the day is at leisure to discover the Hawke’s Bay, often referred to as the ‘Tuscany of the South Pacific’. You can explore the countryside & city pathways on your late model, mountain bike enjoy a game of golf, visit the gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers, tour local wineries, ride a hot air balloon or simply take in the local city sights.

Day 10 Martinborough, Wellington

Drive south today into the Wairarapa, a rural retreat in the very heart of New Zealand. We suggest stopping at Martinborough, a boutique wine village, before continuing onto Wellington, the nation’s capital. A visit to Te Papa, the national museum, is highly recommended.

Hotel: Ibis Wellington
Apartment: Citylife Apartments

Day 11
Interislander ferry, Marlborough Sounds

This morning, enjoy a scenic cruise across Cook Strait by the Interislander to the picturesque fishing village of Picton. Transfer by floatplane or water taxi to your remote resort located in the stunning Marlborough Sounds.

All categories: Raetihi Lodge (2 nights)

Day 12
Enjoy Kenepuru Sound

A free day to relax & marvel at the magic that is the Marlborough Sounds. Lodge staff will share their love of the area with you through the wide range of water and nature based experiences they put at your fingertips. Complimentary fishing tackle, kayaks and mountain bikes are provided at the lodge and there are a number of bush walks to enjoy.

Day 13Picton, Kaikoura
After a leisurely start, return to Picton and take delivery of your new rental car and join the Coastal Pacific highway for the drive to Kaikoura, a coastal town located on a thin strip of coastal land between the Kaikoura mountain range & the Pacific Ocean.

Hotel: White Morph Inn
Apartment: Fairways Ocean Ridge
Whale Watching, Hanmer Springs

Day 14
Whale Watching, Hanmer Springs

Enjoy a morning Whale Watch adventure. Every trip is a unique experience & sightings may vary from day to day. Giant sperm whales are the star of the show and are year-round residents. A typical Whale Watch tour may encounter fur seals, pods of Dusky dolphins & the endangered Wandering Albatross. Depending on the season, you may also see migrating Hump Back whales, Pilot whales, Blue whales & Southern Right whales. Later, head inland to the alpine village of Hanmer Springs nestled amongst the foothills of the Southern Alps. End your day with a relaxing soak in the thermal mineral pools.

Hotel: Heritage Hotel
Apartment: Clear Ridge Apartments

Day 15
Banks Peninsula, Akaroa

Continue your drive south towards Christchurch before turning east and travelling over the Banks Peninsula to the quaint and historic seaside village of Akaroa. Settled in the early 1860’s, it has retained its French flavour through its street names & architecture.

Hotel: Akaroa Village Inn
Apartment: The Bruce Apartments

Day 16
Moeraki Boulders, Dunedin

Follow the coastal route to Oamaru, widely regarded as housing some of the nation’s finest architecture. The Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony is New Zealand’s largest. Stop to view the mystical and fascinating Moeraki Boulders as you continue your drive into Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South. It is a city of rare charm set amidst a magical landscape edged by the sea and boasts many activities for lovers of nature and wildlife

Hotel: Mercure Dunedin (2 nights)
Apartment: Apartments at St Clair (2 nights)

Day 17
Portobello Peninsula, Taieri Gorge Railway

This morning cruise the length of the beautiful Otago Harbour with Monarch Cruises and enjoy unrivalled viewing of the exciting diversity of wildlife which abounds on spectacular Taiaroa Head - the only mainland nesting place for Northern Royal Albatross in the world, home to NZ fur seals and eight other nesting bird species. You may also see, dolphins, sea lions and a fascinating array of rarely seen ocean birds. This afternoon board the Taieri Gorge Railway, one of the wporld’s greatest train trips, for a relaxing journey through dramatic and ever-changing landscapes.

Day 18
Central Otago, Te Anau

Travel through the Central Otago townships of Balclutha, Gore and Lumsden as you make your way to Te Anau, located on the shores of the largest of the southern glacial lakes and gateway to the spectacular Fiordland National Park, home to the spectacular fiords of Milford & Doubtful Sounds.

Hotel: Distinction Luxmore Hotel
Apartment: Lakefront Lodge

Day 19
Milford Sound Nature Cruise, Queenstown

Travel by coach along the spectacular Milford Road and through the hand-strewn Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound where you board your vessel for a relaxing nature cruise along the entire length of the Sound to the Tasman Sea. You will view the awe-ispiring Mitre Peak, spectacular waterfalls, rainforests, mountains & wildlife. Collect your vehicle on return to Te Anau and drive on to Queenstown.

Hotel: Copthorne Lakeview Hotel (3 nights)
Apartment: Peppers Beacon Apartments (3 nights)

Day 20
Explore Queenstown & surrounds

Enjoy two free days to experience this magnificent alpine resort regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination. Surrounded by majestic mountains, Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure & leisure activities in all forms, from extreme to relaxed exploration.

Day 22
Arrowtown, Wanaka

Set beneath the rugged Crown Range is Arrowtown, a fascinating collection of mining cottages with an atmosphere straight out of last century. Enjoy some time to stroll through this historic village, once a haven for the gold prospectors of the 1860’s. The shortest route to Wanaka is over the Crown Range Road. It’s a challenging drive, but the views are simply stunning. Wander around this popular lakeside resort and enjoy the relaxed vibe of this peaceful and picturesque location.

Hotel: Edgewater Resort
Apartment: Wanaka Edge Apartments

Day 23
Hast Pass, Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers

View incredible scenery as you drive past the untouched native forests and pristine lakes of the Westland National Park & Haast Pass. On to the twin West Coast glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef. There is the opportunity to experience an optional scenic flight over this remarkable region this afternoon, weather permitting.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef
Apartment: Franz Josef Retreat

Day 24
Tranz Alpine Train, Christchurch

Drive along the rugged west coast highway to Greymouth. Cecking in for your TranAlpine train journey to Christchurch, rated as one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. It crosses over the spectacular Southern Alps before winding its way over massive viaducts, through scenic river gorges and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

Hotel: Ibis Hotel
Apartment: Quest Apartments
Depart Christchurch

Day 25
Depart Christchurch (B)
Sadly, your holiday is at an end and you will be transferred to Christchurch airport today to connect with your onward flight.

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All passengers must have a valid passport for this tour. Depending on the country issuing your passport, a visa may also be required. More information can be found at the Identity & Passport Service

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Customers should ensure that they are fit enough to travel, please check with your General Practictioner and www.fco.gov.uk/travel and www.nathnac.org

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