New Zealand VistaReference WW54052
The 14 Day New Zealand Vista Tour takes you on a journey of discovery. From Auckland, you’ll travel south all the way to Milford Sound. Along the way, you’ll marvel at the glow worm caves of Waitomo, experience rural life at Agrodome and explore our unique Maori culture at Te Puia and Tamaki Village. After crossing the Interislander ferry to Picton you’ll head south to Christchurch, then on to Mt Cook National Park where you’ll spend a night at the Hermitage Hotel. Dunedin is next before you continue south to Te Anau and Milford Sound for your spectacular nature cruise. Heading north you spend 2 nights in Queenstown with a special dinner at Walter Peak before crossing to the West Coast glaciers. The final leg of your journey takes you back to Christchurch on board the Tranz Alpine scenic train.
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Depart the UK for your overnight flight to Auckland (Due to time difference, some flights may arrive 2 days later).
On arrival you will be met by one of our team and driven to your Auckland accommodation. Overnight in Auckland.
This full day tour has it all! From the magical glowworms and world-famous limestone formations of Waitomo to the rich cultural heritage and geothermal bounty of Rotorua. Includes a visit to the glowworm caves, a Māori cultural performance, a visit to the Agrodome and bubbling mud pools and geysers. Overnight in Rotorua. (B)
Explore Rotorua today and have a cultural evening at Tamaki Maori Village. Overnight in Rotorua. (B,D)
Your coach journey from Rotorua to Wellington takes you via the township of Taupō and New Zealand's largest lake. The lake itself is actually a gigantic volcanic caldera formed during one of the worlds largest ever eruptions. Heading south you pass through the rural towns of Taihape, Mangaweka and Bulls before arriving on the Kapiti Coast, with its coastal seaside towns of Paraparaumu, Paekakariki and Plimmerton. The Kapiti Coast leads into Wellington, New Zealand's capital. Overnight in Wellington. (B)
Morning at leisure in Wellington. In the afternoon, you'll cross the Cook Strait on the Interislander Ferry. Overnight in Picton. (B)
From Picton you head south on State Highway 1 towards Blenheim which sits right at the heart of the New Zealand's largest wine producing region, Marlborough. Crossing the dry hills of the Marlborough ranges you head towards one of the most spectacular coastlines of the South Island, the Kaikoura Coast. The road hugs the shore for around 50 kilometres and offers many chances to view the native wildlife such as seabirds and New Zealand fur seals. Arriving into Christchurch City puts you close to the airport and the International Antarctic Centre and a visit is highly recommended. Overnight in Christchurch. (B)
Depart Christchurch in the morning and travel through the lush farmland of the Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. Leaving Tekapo, continue into the Southern Alps towards Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park, home to New Zealand's tallest mountain. Along the way your driver guide will keep you entertained and informed with commentary on the area's history and sites of interest. The tour concludes on arrival at Mount Cook Village, where you can explore and soak up the views of Aoraki / Mount Cook as it towers above. Overnight at Mt Cook. (B)
In the afternoon you will be picked up from your accommodation in Mt Cook Village for the journey through to Dunedin. Along the way you stop for a short break in Omarama, then onto Oamaru for a scenic tour of the historic Whitestone Prectinct. You will then enjoy a guided walk along Koekohe Beach at Moeraki Boulders before reaching Dunedin, where you will be dropped off at your accommodation. Overnight in Dunedin. (B)
Enjoy this scenic coach trip across the magnificent Southland Countryside from the Edinburgh of the South, Dunedin, to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park. On arrival into Te Anau, you will be met by a representative and transferred to your Te Anau accommodation. Overnight in Te Anau. (B)
From Te Anau, you travel by coach along the spectacular Milford Road. On reaching Milford Sound, you join a Nature Cruise for a leisurely cruise the full-length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea. The cruise provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to enjoy waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife. Overnight in Queenstown. (B)
Explore Queenstown at leisure, this evening visit Walter Peak Station for dinner. Go back in time on this return trip to Walter Peak High Country Farm aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw Steamship. You'll be greeted off the boat and guided through beautiful lakeside gardens to the charming homestead. Here you'll enjoy a Gourmet BBQ dinner which your chef will prepare in front of you. Overnight in Queenstown. (B,D)
From Queenstown to Franz Josef discover the wild beauty of New Zealand's West Coast. Leaving Queenstown, travel by luxury coach through the stunning scenery of the South Island. Before arriving in the afternoon at the small village of Franz Josef. From here you can explore the world famous Franz Josef Glacier. Overnight in Franz Josef. (B)
This morning travel north through the small townships of Whataroa and Harihari. Continue onto Greymouth Railway Station from where you catch the world famous TranzAlpine train across the Southern Alps to Christchurch. Considered one of the world's great train journeys, the TranzAlpine Scenic Train takes you from Greymouth to Christchurch. You'll travel across the South Island from the west to the east coast through Arthur's Pass National Park. Overnight in Christchurch. (B)
Depending on when your flight departs you might have time for one last Christchurch adventure before dropping your car off at the airport and catching your flight.(B)
Arrive back into the UK.