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  • Discover the sights and sounds of New Zealand - widely revered as one of the most awe-inspiring locations our glorious planet has to offer
  • Rich, verdant, landscapes, dazzling waters, enchanting natural denizens - this remarkable country has everything you could want from an idyllic getaway
  • Travel around the country, stopping at brilliant hotels with some exceptional excursions added in!

Your Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Auckland
Upon arrival in New Zealand you will be transferred from the airport to your hotel.

Situated on a narrow strip of land between Waitemata Harbour in the North and Manukau Harbour in the South, it’s fairly obvious why Auckland is known as the city of sails. Whether it's the rugged west-coast surf beaches or the glistening Hauraki Gulf - water is never far away. The best view of the city is to be had from the Sky tower - the tallest structure in the Southern hemisphere at over 1,000 feet - with views out over the city and surrounding countryside as well as the long view down to street level through the glass floor.
Day 2: Auckland - Waitomo Caves - Rotorua (approx. travel time: 2hrs 50mins / 142 miles)
Pick up your car and set off to discover the magic that has been attracting visitors for over 100 years. Visit Waitomo Glow-worm Caves where a knowledgeable guide will lead you through the limestone chambers and passages to see stunning features like the Tomo (a deep shaft that falls away to the darkness below), and the famous 'Cathedral'. The highlight of a visit to the Glow-worm Cave is a silent boat trip through the glow-worm grotto. Marvel at Mother Nature's light display as you glide quietly beneath the lights of thousands of glowworms suspended from the cave ceiling. Only the gentle sound of dripping water reminds you that you are deep underground and not beneath a star filled sky.

Afterwards, make your way to the gorgeous Rotorua region, full of picturesque lakes, idyllic pathways & epic craters created by extinct volcanoes.


Day 3: Rotorua
Today you will experience the amazing geothermal activity of Lady Knox Geyser, New Zealand's largest boiling mud lake and the colours of every tint and hue displayed in steaming pools, volcanic craters, fumaroles and silica terraces at Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland. Then enjoy the Waimangu Volcanic Valley nature walk amidst a stunning volcanic landscape with spectacular views of hot crater lakes, steaming cliffs, hissing fumaroles, colourful silica terraces, rare thermally adapted plants and the opportunity to see some of New Zealand's native bird life.

This evening enjoy the Te Po Evening Experience beginning at Te Keketanga-a-Rangi (Heavenly Origins), a space comprising twelve monumental carvings reaching skyward. Hear stories of the past prior to assembling at the waharoa (gateway) of the marae. Experience an authentic Maori welcome ceremony, warrior's challenge and kapa haka (performing arts) concert. The Maori Feast is a culinary opportunity like no other. The range of traditional and indigenous inspired dishes have been designed to create a memorable cultural experience.
Day 4-5: Wellington (approx. travel time: 5hrs 45mins / 282 miles)
Wellington city nestles compactly on the harbour edge, encircled by steeply rising hills. The nation’s capital is a flourishing centre of arts and culture, including a thriving film industry.


Day 6: Ferry from Wellington to Picton & onto Kaikoura (approx. travel time: 5hrs 50mins / 162 miles; including a interisland ferry)
Your journey today will take you across the Cook Strait on the Interislander from Wellington to Picton. The 92 km, three hour 20-minute ferry service is one of New Zealand's most iconic tourist experiences. Premium Plus is an exciting innovation from Interislander and is the most comfortable and luxurious way to travel across Cook Strait.

Kaikoura is a base for wildlife experiences of all kinds. The environment is truly spectacular – the village is caught between the rugged Seaward Kaikoura Range and the Pacific Ocean. In winter the mountains are covered with snow, adding to the drama of the landscape. Kaikoura’s special talent is marine mammal encounters as whales, fur seals and dolphins live permanently in the coastal waters.
Day 7: Kaikoura - Christchurch (approx. travel time: 2hrs 30mins / 112miles)
Promising an eclectic mix of historic elegance and contemporary culture. South Island’s main city is quintessentially English - named after the Oxford College whilst also having a Cambridge connection - visitors to Christchurch can take trips down the River Avon on an authentic Cambridge punt. This is a city of gardens, the biggest of which is Hagley Park; also home to the city’s Botanic Garden. Offering a unique experience that combines history and sightseeing is the Christchurch tramway, which takes you on a 1.5 mile loop allowing you to hop on and off at any of the nine stops along the way.


Day 8: Kiwirail Scenic Journey From Christchurch to Greymouth & onto Franz Josef Township
The TranzAlpine is one of the world’s great scenic train trips from one coast to another through the dramatic contrast of dry beech forests and tussock land on one side of the Alps and lush green landscapes on the other. From Christchurch, cross the patchwork farmland of the Canterbury plains, follow the Waimakariri River, climbing into alpine scenery on a series of spectacular viaducts. Then, after stopping at Arthur's Pass, emerge from the long Otira Tunnel and descend through sub-tropical rain forest past beautiful Lake Brunner and on to Greymouth.

As you will be travelling by train you will need to drop your car off at Christchurch airport the night before your Tranz Alpine train to Greymouth andf then collect a new car upon arrival in Greymouth.


Day 9: Franz Josef Glacier Guide
The Franz Josef Glacier (Ka Roimata o Hine Hukatere) offers visitors a rare opportunity to experience a dynamic glacial environment, in a temperate environment, while being within easy driving and walking distance from the main highway. In the last ice age the glacier extended in a huge ice- sheet to beyond the present coastline. Although today’s glacier has retreated considerably, echoes of it’s frozen past are still apparent in the present landscape. The terminal face of the glacier is less than 300 metres above sea level and is just one of three to be this close to the coastline.

If you want to discover more of this natural phenomenon you can add an optional extra excursion (please see below for details)
Day 9-13: Queenstown
New Zealand’s adrenalin city sits peacefully in the shore of Lake Wakatipu and is set against the dramatic Southern Alps. This region is a tourist magnet, for the lakes, mountains and forests make an extraordinary location for all manner of adventure activities - from jet boating on the Shotover River, whitewater rafting or bungy jumping from the A.J Hackett bridge.


Day 12: Milford Coach & Nature Cruise
Today you will board your Real Journeys luxury glass-roofed coach in Queenstown and enjoy a trip along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through the rolling countryside to Te Anau. After a morning tea break in Te Anau continue along the spectacular Milford Road. On reaching Milford Sound, board the Milford Mariner for a relaxing cruise of Milford Sound. The cruise provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to enjoy waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife. Following your cruise reboard the coach for the return journey to Queenstown.


Day 13: Queenstown - Mount Cook (approx. travel time: 3hrs / 164 miles)

Aoraki / Mount Cook is the highest mountain in New Zealand, reaching a height of 3,754 metres. It lies in the Southern Alps, the mountain range which runs the length of the South Island. A popular tourist destination, it is also a favourite challenge for mountain climbers. Aoraki / Mount Cook consists of three summits lying slightly South and East of the main divide, the Low Peak, Middle Peak and High Peak, with the Tasman Glacier to the East and the Hooker Glacier to the West. In the region you can enjoy 4WD safaris, boating on the glacier lakes, horse treks, fishing, scenic flights with snow landings and numerous Walks and Hikes.

In the evening you will have the opportunity to do some star gazing.  Mount Cook is far from the city lights and therefore has some of the darkest skies in New Zealand & the only international dark sky reserve in the world - put simply, the stargazing here is utterly amazing and a truly unique experience not to be missed!


Day 14: Overnight in Christchurch (approx. travel time: 4hrs / 206 miles)
Head back to Christchurch for one last chance to explore the city!


Day 15: Fly to the UK
Drop your car off at the airport then head to the departures lounge for your flight back home.

Excursions

The following excursions can be added to your tour for an additional fee.

Auckland Harbour Cruise (Day 1)
Available daily from Auckland, this morning or afternoon cruise embarks on the sparkling waters of Auckland’s beautiful Waitemata Harbour for you to learn about the city’s best-loved landmarks. Visit the Viaduct Basin, see the harbour highlights including historic Devonport, the Auckland Harbour Bridge, Bean Rock Lighthouse and the Devonport Naval Base. Stop briefly at Rangitoto Island and experience its unique volcanic terrain firsthand.

Introducing Te Papa - Wellington (Day 5)
The perfect way to get an overview of Te Papa’s highlights, Māori taonga taonga treasures, and New Zealand history.

Heli Hike - Franz Josef (Day 9)
The Franz Josef Glacier helicopter tour is a once in a lifetime experience that should not be missed. From the moment you step on board the chopper, your experience and highly trained pilot will whisk you away, up and over the jaw-dropping landscape.  After a thrilling flight, high above the rugged terrain, you will land on the glacier, ready to undertake a two hour guided glacier hike. Your friendly guide will lead you through some of the most pristine and awe-inspiring glacier scenery in the world.

Your Hotels

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2 Adults

Heritage - Auckland (1-night)
Accommodation in a Superior Room with breakfast included.

Enjoy your stay at Heritage Auckland Hotel, in close proximity to Auckland's shopping and business districts making it the perfect place to stay - you are never more than a few steps away from a quality restaurant, cafe or bar.

Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel - Rotorua (2-nights)
Accommodation in a Superior Room with breakfast included.

The Regent of Rotorua offers stylish luxury accommodation, contemporary elegance and comfort amidst the exciting attractions and experiences Rotorua has to offer. Each of the rooms and suites in this central city luxury boutique hotel is exquisitely designed featuring dramatic contemporary decor with a touch of glamour and comfort. A spa treatment area, thermal pool and mini gym make the Regent of Rotorua the perfect Rotorua escape.


Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay - Wellington (2-nights)
Accommodation in a Superior Harbour View Room with breakfast included.

If location is everything, then the Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay has it all. Enjoy your stay in a hotel overlooking one of the most beautiful harbours in the world, and offers one of the most luxurious accommodation experiences in Wellington.


White Morph Motor Inn (Heritage Boutique Collection) - Kaikoura (1-night)
Accommodation in a Deluxe Room with breakfast included.

Enjoy you stay at White Morph Motor Inn Kaikoura, located on the waterfront in close proximity to the town itself which allows easy access to the shops, restaurants and the cinema.  Your Deluxe Room is comfortable, well-appointed and offers partial sea views and a shared balcony.


Rydges Latimer Hotel - Christchurch (1-night)
Accommodation in a Superior Room with a buffet breakfast included.

Enjoy fantastic Christchurch accommodation surrounded by stunning natural beauty. Here guests will experience top-of-the-line features and amenities whilst enjoying scenic views of Latimer Square - an iconic green space in New Zealand. Relax in comfort, in rooms boasting contemporary Kiwi design and take advantage of the superb location - close to the best local attractions Christchurch has to offer.   Enjoy a buffet style breakfast from 6.00am - 10.30am.


Scenic Hotel - Franz Josef Glacier (1-night)
Accommodation in a Superior Room in the Douglas Wing with breakfast included.

Enjoy your stay at Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier located at the edge of the Westland World Heritage Park, and just moments from one of New Zealand’s most spectacular natural attractions, the Franz Josef Glacier.


The Rees Hotel - Queenstown (1-night)
Accommodation in an Executive Lake View Room with a full breakfast included.

Showcasing breathtaking panoramic lake and alpine views, The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments is conveniently situated near Queenstown's CBD.  The Rees boasts luxurious accommodation options and many unique features such as a fine dining restaurant, extensive wine cellar, art gallery, library and observatory.

The Hermitage - Mount Cook (1-night)
Accommodation in a Superior Room with buffet breakfast included.

The world-renowned Hermitage Hotel is nestled against the majestic backdrop of New Zealand's highest peak, Aoraki Mount Cook and the Southern Alps. A haven for adventurous travellers The Hermitage Hotel offers a complete year-round alpine holiday experience.

Your last night will be spent in Rydges Latimer, Christchurch again.

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Your Journey

Flights: The flights included are with either a scheduled or no-frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.

Transfers: A transfer between Christchurch Airport & your hotel can be added for an additional fee at the next stage of the booking process.

Car Hire: Is included.  Please see the next tab for details.

What's Included?

  • 14 Nights Accommodation as per Itinerary (or Similar)
  • 14 Days Car Hire - Pick up Auckland Day 2 and drop off Christchurch on Departure
  • Breakfast Daily
  • Tour through Waitomo Glow Worms Caves (Day 2)
  • TranzAlpine Scenic Train Journey (Day 8)
  • Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk (Day 9)
  • Milford Coach & Nature Cruise (Day 12)
  • Big Star Gazing Tour (13th night)

Car Hire

The minimum age for driving a hire car in New Zealand is 21 and drivers must have held a full driving licence for at least 1 year. You must present a full valid driving licence on collection of the vehicle and in some cases a credit card or cash deposit.

Your Thrifty Car Rental will be a Toyota Camry or similar vehicle. Features include a 2.0 - 2.4 litre engine, automatic transmission, 4/5 door, air conditioning, radio with CD player, Bluetooth, airbags and central locking. . It can accommodate up to five people, two medium bags and two overnight bags.

You will need to drop your car off at Christchurch airport the night before your Tranz Alpine train to Greymouth andf then collect a new car upon arrival in Greymouth.

Premium Inclusive Option Includes:

  • Car hire on unlimited kilometre basis
  • Airport/Ferry fees
  • TPP (Total Protection Package)
  • Reduced low Accident Damage Excess (NIL on car category ICAR)
  • Free roadside assistance 24 hours a day
  • Maps (these include Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch city map, NZ touring map and AA North and South Island guides)

Meet & Greet

If you are driving to the airport in the UK, and book our package including flights, you may wish to add our Meet and Greet service. Take the hassle out of airport parking and have an official representative take your car on arrival, and it will be waiting for you on your return.

This can be added at the next stage of booking process where available.

Your Contract

Your contract will be with Voyage Privé. The air holiday package(s) shown are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 10170.

If you book a package which does not include flights, then ATOL protection does not apply. Your contract will be with the provider of the accommodation and not Voyage Privé. Voyage Privé acts only as agent for the accommodation provider.

Please read our booking conditions before confirming your holiday. 

Travel Documents

Once the booking process is complete, you will receive an automatic confirmation email from Voyage Prive detailing your chosen travel arrangements.

Your official ATOL receipt and booking confirmation issued by the Tour Operator will follow within 5 days.

We will send all documents out as early as possible (subject to full payment being received) but you should receive all your documentation at least 10 days prior to departure. Generally, travel documents are sent via email however, in some cases they will be sent by post.

If you have booked Meet & Greet, you will receive a separate voucher for this via email.

Please do make sure that you add Voyage Privé to your Safe Senders list and check your Junk mail regularly for your travel documents.

Important Information

For further information on passport & visa requirements click here

Please note that the location shown on our map is to be used as a guide only and the actual location of the property may differ

Although we endeavour to provide up to date information we cannot guarantee that all hotel facilities and services will be available during your stay, especially when travelling out of the main holiday periods

Star rating standards may differ to that of the UK, depending on the country of travel

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