The icy fingers of the Franz Josef Glacier will almost have you in their grip as you explore its frosty wilderness en route to the warmth of New Zealnd’s geothermal wonders, the magical Milford Sound and a mouth-watering Hangi feast shared with a local Maori family.
Travel Best Bets Package Includes
- Round trip international airfare to Auckland and return from Christchurch
- All Intra-tour flights
- 10 day guided vacation First Class coach tour
- Dining: 9 hot buffet breakfasts, 3 lunches (including Be My Guest), 5 dinners
- Transfers from airport to hotel and hotel to airport
- Hand-picked insider experiences
- Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
- All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included
- City tour in Auckland including harbour cruise
- Cruise on Milford Sound
- See Mt Cook, waterfalls, lakes, and rivers
- View native flora and fauna, jade carving in Hoktika and Southern alps from the TranzAlpine train
- Visit a geothermal valley and Franz Josef Glacier
Hidden Treasures: Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.
Be My Guest: Meet Lance and Bridgette O’Sullivan for lunch on their dairy farm in the beautiful rural setting in the Waikato region of the North Island of New Zealand. Join Angie and Stan Taylor in the 600-acre garden at Morelea Farm in the Canterbury region.
Cultural Insights: Gain an insight into their indingenous culture and traditions at the Tamaki Maori Village in Rotorua.
Local Specialists: For included sightseeing in Rotorua.
Travel Best Best Exclusive!
March 14 – 25, 2018
|Based on Double or Single Share|
|Vancouver||$5249 + $305 tax|
|Victoria, Kelowna||from $300 more|
|Calgary, Edmonton||from $200 more|
|Single Room Supplement||add $1545|
|Trafalgar Travel Club*||$230 discount|
*If you have traveled with Trafalgar before, you are entitled to a discount off the tour only portion! You will need to travel within 5 years of your last trip to qualify. For more information please contact our reservations department.
Day 1 Arrive Auckland (2 Nights)
Welcome to Auckland! On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4pm). The afternoon is free for you to explore the city. You could visit the Sky Tower for amazing views of the city. Perhaps visit the Auckland Museum or go shopping in stylish Parnell. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and dinner at your hotel. (D)
Day 2 Auckland Sightseeing
Start the day with a sightseeing tour. You’ll see Bastion Point, the War Memorial, Viaduct Harbour, the Auckland Harbour Bridge and more. Later, board your cruise on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour. Sit back and relax, the time is yours, it’s the best way to see Auckland, the City of Sails! (B)
Day 3 Auckland – Rotorua
Today you’re invited to a Be My Guest lunch at the home of Lance and Bridgette O’Sullivan, New Zealand horse racing royalty. Enjoy a sumptuous country-style lunch, sourced from fresh locally-grown produce, at the Red Barn on their beautiful Waikato dairy farm (from April 1 2018). This evening enter the traditional world of the Maori for a unique Cultural Insight. Enjoy a Hangi Regional Meal with wine, and a powerful and entertaining cultural performance, at the Tamaki Family Marae. (B/L/D)
Day 4 Rotorua – Christchurch
Your morning sightseeing tour includes a visit to Rainbow Springs Nature Park, where with a Local Specialist you will discover native bush, ferns and trees that grow around the crystal clear mineral water springs. You may even spot a kiwi, New Zealand’s national icon! From here you’ll visit Te Puia (New Zealand’s Maori culture and geothermal experience). A Maori Local Specialist will escort you through the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve with its mud pools and geysers. In the afternoon you’ll fly to Christchurch. (B)
Day 5 Christchurch – Franz Josef
Start the day with a spectacular train journey on the TranzAlpine from Christchurch through the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass. At the small town of Hokitika visit a New Zealand greenstone (jade) factory for a jewellery demonstration with a Local Specialist. Next you’ll arrive at the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier. You’ll have the opportunity to see it from the air on an optional scenic flight (weather permitting). (B/D)
Day 6 Franz Josef – Queenstown (3 Nights)
Get your camera ready today as you’ll experience some spectacular sights. Drive over the Haast Pass, past Thunder Creek Falls, Lakes Wanaka, Hawea and Dunstan. Enjoy the tastes of delicious stone fruit at Cromwell, the stone fruit capital. Next you’ll visit the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown before arriving in Queenstown, where an orientation tour completes your day. This evening join your Travel Director for dinner at The Boatshed set in the historic New Zealand Railways Shipping Office built in 1936. Restored and relocated to its lakefront setting, The Boatshed, with its spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range, is the perfect venue for your exclusive Regional Meal with wine. (B/D)
Day 7 Milford Sound Cruise
Journey over the Devil’s Staircase and along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau and its lake, the largest in the South Island. Travel through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges. Drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to the numerous photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls before reaching mystical Milford Sound. Enjoy lunch while you cruise on this wonder of nature. Return to Queenstown this evening. (B/L)
Day 8 Queenstown Free Time
Today you may like to consider taking one of our Optional Experiences. You could ride the Shotover Jet boat, cruise across Lake Wakatipu onboard the historic steamship TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner, take a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon or just explore Queenstown on your own. This evening perhaps ride a gondola to the Skyline Restaurant for dinner. (B)
Day 9 Queenstown – Christchurch
You’ll be awestruck by the sensational alpine landscape of Mt. Cook National Park. You may wish to take an Optional Experience scenic flight over Mt. Cook (weather permitting). See Lake Pukaki, and at Tekapo you’ll stop to view the charming Church of the Good shepherd. Later, you are welcomed into the home of Angie and Stan Taylor to enjoy a Be My Guest lunch in their 600 acre garden and gain an insight into the day to day operation of farm life. Then travel over the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch, where you’ll join your Travel Director and new-found friends this evening for a Farewell Dinner. (B/L/D)
Day 10 Depart Christchurch
Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). (B)
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