Discover New Zealand – Auckland, Napier, Queenstown & Christchurch

22 days from £4,795pp.


Milford Sound

Visit: Milford Sound, New Zealand

Auckland

Visit: Auckland, New Zealand

Cape Reinga

Visit: Cape Reinga, New Zealand

Christchurch

Visit: Christchurch, New Zealand

Queenstown

Visit: Queenstown, New Zealand

Mount Cook

Visit: Mount Cook, New Zealand

About the Tour

Fly to Auckland from London Heathrow and travel as far as you can go to discover the paradise of the pacific, New Zealand, on this Grand Explorer tour. Enjoy the highlights of Auckland, before moving on to equally enchanting places including the Bay of Islands, Napier, Queensland and Milford Sound, experiencing majestic mountains, dormant volcanoes and deep forested valleys all the way to Christchurch. Without doubt this is the perfect destination for that once-in-a-life-time holiday. This holiday is part of our GRAND EXPLORER range.

Tour Includes


  • 18 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 15 evening meals
  • Return flights to New Zealand
  • Airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Driver/guide in New Zealand
  • Porterage at all hotels
  • Napier
Dates & Prices

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 01709 787 463 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  • Send payments via online banking.
  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Your Itinerary

    Fly to Auckland, New Zealand.

    Auckland

    Auckland

    Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a two-night stay.

    • Included meals: Dinner
    Bay of Islands

    Bay of Islands

    This morning, we experience a highlights tour of Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’, exploring the lively waterfront area and the base of New Zealand’s America’s Cup Challenge. Enjoy the relaxing views along Tamaki Drive, which runs east past peaceful sheltered bays to Auckland's most expensive real estate. Drive through the Auckland Domain Gardens and visit Auckland Museum for an excellent introduction to the people of the Pacific and New Zealand and the remarkable flora, fauna and geography of the area. We also visit Auckland’s Sky Tower – at 328m tall, it is one of the tallest buildings in the Southern Hemisphere offering you outstanding views of the Auckland Central Business District and surrounding area.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Cape Reinga

    Cape Reinga

    Departing Auckland we travel north over the Auckland Harbour Bridge to first of all visit the Parry Kauri Park. Here we will view some fine examples of Giant Kauri Trees. Continuing our journey, we then visit the Matakohe Kauri Museum. Here, we will gain an insight to the early New Zealand Pioneer History, which helped form the New Zealand that we see today. Continuing our journey, we reach Paihia in the beautiful Bay of Islands, where you’ll take a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty House where New Zealand’s history began. Stay fro two nights in the Bay of Islands.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Hole in the Rock

    Hole in the Rock

    Enjoy a day at leisure for personal exploration.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Waitomo Caves

    Waitomo Caves

    This morning, board a luxury catamaran to cruise the Bay of Islands to Cape Brett before making a passage through the Hole in the Rock. Afterwards, we travel south, following the Twin Coast Discovery Highway to arrive back in Auckland for one night.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Tamaki Maori Village

    Tamaki Maori Village

    We travel south, crossing the Bombay Hills through the Dairy Rich Waikato Countryside to arrive at the famous Waitomo Caves. Here, a guide will take you underground to view the amazing limestone caves featuring stalagmites and stalactites, then you will board a small boat to view the glow-worm grotto – an underground cavern featuring millions of glow-worms. From Waitomo, we travel to the thermal wonderland of Rotorua, the Sulphur City. Rotorua has the most energetic thermal activity in the country with bubbling mud pools, gushing geysers, beautiful coloured hot springs and terrace formations created by mineral water. Stay for two nights in Rotorua.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Huka Falls

    Huka Falls

    Day at leisure in Rotorua, which has a large Maori population. This evening you will be treated to a traditional Hangi (feast) and Maori Concert at the Tamaki Maori Village. Experience the warmth of the Maori people during an evening of ceremonial rituals, powerful cultural performance, storytelling & hangi feasting. Enter the pre-European Maori village, witness the earth being scraped carefully away from the hangi pit and enter their ancestral Meeting House to relax, as their family entertain you with a powerful cultural performance, before dining on the traditional hangi buffet dinner (Maori feast) cooked the traditional Maori way in an earth oven.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Wellington

    Wellington

    We travel via New Zealand’s largest pine tree forests to Taupo. En route, we make a visit to the Wairakei Geothermal Steam Field. Continuing our journey, we view the mighty Huka Falls. Huka in Maori translates to 'snow', as the water here has the appearance of snow falling as it is forced along from Lake Taupo through the falls on its journey along the Waikato River. This afternoon, we continue to the ‘Fruit Bowl’ of New Zealand, Hawkes Bay, Napier, for one night.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Nelson

    Nelson

    Guided city tour of Napier, featuring beautiful Art Deco buildings, before we continue south to Wellington for an informative sightseeing tour, including a visit to Te Papa (Our Place), New Zealand’s national museum. Stay at Wellington for one night.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Christchurch

    Christchurch

    We cruise across the Cook Strait to Picton on South Island, then continue through to Pelorous Bridge. Here, you can walk through the Beech and Podocarp Forest, as well as view the many sculptured boulders in the Pelorous River. We continue on for a tour of Nelson – this being the first city of New Zealand. Stay overnight at Nelson.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Westland National Park

    Westland National Park

    We travel through beautiful scenery to Hanmer Springs, a lovely alpine village, then on to Christchurch, where we enjoy the sights of the ‘Garden City’, also known as 'the most English city outside of England', staying one night.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Queenstown

    Queenstown

    From Christchurch, we traverse the Southern Alps aboard the famous Tranz-Alpine railway to Arthurs Pass. From your carriage, you will see the fields of the Canterbury Plains and farmland, followed by the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River. Your train then climbs into the Southern Alps. From the village of Arthurs Pass, continue our journey to the West Coast, stopping in Hokitika, where a visit is made to the Greenstone and glass-blowing factories. Further south, we tour the Westland National Park, the home of Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. Stay overnight near Franz Josef.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Lake Wakatipu

    Lake Wakatipu

    Driving towards the southern end of the South Island’s West Coast Road, there is a strong sense of entering a primeval land, and a feeling of total isolation. Arriving at Haast, you are surrounded by a landscape of rainforest, wetlands, sand dunes and surf-pounded shingle beaches. From the Westland National Park, we travel through the Haast River valleys and over the Haast Pass to Makaroa and on to the upper reaches of Lake Wanaka. This afternoon, we travel via Cromwell following the Kawerau Gorge Road into Queenstown. Stay for two nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Milford Sound

    Milford Sound

    Free time in Queenstown. This evening, we take a cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the steamer TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak Station to dine at the Colonel’s Homestead.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Dunedin

    Dunedin

    Leaving Queenstown, we skirt the shores of Lake Wakatipu, then through the beautiful Eglinton Valley, climbing to Homer Tunnel, before descending through the spectacular Cleddau Canyon to reach Milford Sound, where we enjoy a cruise of the Sound. The Sound is dominated by the grandeur of Mitre Peak and the Bowen Falls. From Milford Sound, we head to Te Anau for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Departing Te Anau we travel through some of New Zealand’s most populated sheep country to Dunedin, 'the Edinburgh of the South'. Here, you can join an optional scenic train ride on the Taieri Gorge Train excursion from the historic Dunedin Railway Station into the spectacular Taieri Gorge to Pukerangi and back again. (Only available to those who have pre-booked.) Stay for one night in Dunedin.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Mount Cook

    Mount Cook

    This morning, we visit Olveston House, an impressive turn-of-the-century house that is still home to all the lavish furnishings and art collections that have been collected from all corners of the world. We take in the sights of this old Scottish City before travelling onto Oamaru, where we have time to look at the ‘White Stone City’, where the old buildings have been constructed with local limestone. Travelling inland through Benmore and Otematata, through Sailors Cutting we arrive at Omarama, for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    A day for spectacular sights. We head north to skirt the shore of Lake Pukaki to Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain. Travelling to Tekapo, we witness the magnificent blue waters of Lake Tekapo. Here, we visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and the statue of the Collie dog, before travelling the vast Mackenzie Basin, over Burke’s Pass and across the Canterbury Plains into Christchurch. Stay overnight in Christchurch.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Transfer to the airport to connect with your homeward bound flight.

    • Included meals: Breakfast day 21

    Your Excursions

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Auckland Sightseeing
    • Bay of Islands
    • Waitomo
    • Rotorua
    • Wairakei Tourist Park
    • Huka Falls
    • Nelson
    • Christchurch
    • Franz Josef
    • Queenstown
    • Milford Sound
    • Dunedin
    • Omarama
    • Christchurch

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Taieri Gorge Train ride
    • Scenic flight over the ancient rivers of ice and the West Coast Glaciers

    Notes

    Deposits: You can secure your place on this exciting tour for a low deposit of £300pp. A further payment of £950pp will need to be paid to us 30 weeks before departure and the balance 15 weeks before departure.

    Single Room Supplement from £945.00 (22 days).

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    You will stay for two nights at the Rendezvous Hotel, Auckland; two nights at the Scenic Hotel, Paihia; one night at the Rendezvous Hotel, Auckland; two nights at the Distinction Hotel Rotorua; one night at the Scenic Hotel, Napier; one night at the James Cook Hotel, Wellington; one night at the Trailways Hotel, Nelson; one night at the Quality Elms Hotel, Christchurch; one night at the Scenic Hotel, Franz Josef; two nights at the Copthorne Hotel, Queenstown; one night at the Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Lake Te Anau; one night at the Scenic Hotel, Dunedin; one night at the Heritage Gateway Hotel, Omarama and one night at the Quality Elms Hotel, Christchurch.

     

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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    Yes, unfortunately there is no feeder/transfer service to/from the U.K. airports.

    Flight times are given at the time of booking. The times given are for guidance only and may change.

    Exact flight times will be confirmed on travel document which are sent 7-10 days before departure. For more information on flight times please contact our Reservations Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at reservations@leger.co.uk.

    We are able to pre-book flight seats with most airlines. There may be a charge for this service. Any charges will be confirmed at the time of booking. Most other airlines will allocate your seats at check-in.
    Yes, we can. Please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 to arrange wheelchair assistance or any other medical requests.
    We recommend you check-in for your flight three hours before the scheduled time for long haul flights and two and a half hours before the scheduled time for any European holidays.

    Luggage allowances vary from airline to airline. The luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 5kg for hand luggage. Ryan Air's luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 10kg for hand luggage. All allowances are subject to changes made by the airline.

    For more information on luggage allowances please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at reservations@leger.co.uk.

    The transfers on the majority of our flight tours are included. Our Reservations Staff will be able to advise you when you call. On tours where you book your own flight the transfers may only be available at certain times or not at all.
    This depends on which airline the flight is booked with. Please call our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 for more details.

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