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Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand

New Zealand Getaway

19-day escorted tour from £4,095 pp incl. flights

Summary

Short description

An unforgettable escorted tour of New Zealand with Travelmarvel by APT

Highlights

  • Explore the Bay of Islands, New Zealand's finest maritime park. on a dolphin cruise to Cape Brett and the Hole in the Rock
  • Enjoy a scenic voyage on the Cook Strait connecting the North and South Islands via the Marlborough and Queen Charlotte Sounds
  • Cruise the full length of Milford Sound fjord, surrounded by dense rainforest, sheer cliffs and cascading waterfalls

In Brief

  • 1 Night Auckland
  • 2 Nights Bay of Islands
  • 1 Night Auckland
  • 2 Nights Rotorua
  • 1 Night Wellington
  • 1 Night Christchurch
  • 1 Night Fox Glacier
  • 2 Nights Queenstown
  • 1 Night Te Anau
  • 1 Night Dunedin
  • 1 Night Lake Tekapo
  • 1 Night Christchurch

Itinerary

Recommended for:
Escorted tour | Food & wine | History & culture | Natural world

Highlights include a dolphin cruise in the Bay of Islands, visiting the thermal parks and enjoying a Hangi feast in Rotorua, the South Island's spectacular West Coast, the Milford Sound, Dunedin and Mount Cook.

Day by day itinerary

Days 1-2
Depart UK

Overnight flight from the UK to Auckland.

Day 3
Auckland

On arrival you are met by a Travelmarvel representative and transferred to your centrally located hotel.

Stay: Rydges Auckland


Day 4
Auckland, Bay of Islands

Today, head north to the Waipoua Kauri Forest Reserve where you'll view the giant Kauri tree Tane Mahuta, ‘Lord of the Forest'. Continue to the Bay of Islands, the birthplace of the nation where the Maori and British Crown signed New Zealand's famous Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. Tonight, you'll met your fellow travellers over a welcome dinner. 

Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Bay of Islands

Meals: B D

Day 5
Bay of Islands, Day at Leisure

The Bay of Islands is home to 144 islands and known as a playground for lovers of anything aquatic. Today, enjoy a full day at leisure or perhaps upgrade to an overnight cruise.

Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Bay of Islands

Meals: B

Day 6
Bay of Islands, Auckland

Explore New Zealand's finest national maritime park on a dolphin-watching cruise to Cape Brett and cruise through the Hole in the Rock. Cruise through game fishing waters to the Cape Brett lighthouse. Return this afternoon to the picturesque harbour city of Auckland.

Stay: Rydges Auckland

Meals: B D

Day 7
Waitomo, Rotorua

The Waitomo region is home to the world-renowned Glowworm Caves, where thousands of these tiny luminescent creatures create a magical light show. Discover this natural wonder, before continuing to Rotorua. Visit Te Puia and enjoy a guided tour of the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute, and witness the phenomenal natural spectacle of erupting geysers and bubbling mud pools of Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley. Immerse yourself in traditional Maori culture tonight as you enjoy a traditional hangi feast and an entertaining performance of song and dance.

Stay: Rydges Rotorua

Meals: B D

Day 8
Rotorua

Rotorua on the Pacific Rim of Fire captures the essence of New Zealand with its geothermal geysers and rich Maori culture. Visit one of New Zealand's most loved attractions; the Agrodome, with its entertaining dog trials, sheep shearing demonstration and animal nursery. This afternoon, you may like to enjoy some optional excursions such as a helicopter flight over the active White Island volcano or experience a Country Homestay (own expense).

Stay: Rydges Rotorua

Meals: B

Day 9
Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington

Departing Rotorua, you'll head to Lake Taupo and the thundering Huka Falls with its striking blue water, before travelling south across the vast volcanic plateau of World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park en route to Wellington, the national capital.

Stay: Travelodge Wellington

Meals: B

Day 10
Wellington, Cook Strait, Christchurch

Named after Captain James Cook, who became the first European to sail through the narrow body of water in 1770, Cook Strait separates the North and South Islands. Enjoy one of the most picturesque cruises in the world as the Interislander ferry takes you through Marlborough and Queen Charlotte Sounds. Once in Picton, journey south and visit the fishing town of Kaikoura, famous for its whale watching. Continue to Christchurch.

Stay: Quality Hotel Elms, Christchurch

Meals: B D

Day 11
Christchurch, Fox Glacier

This morning, you have an opportunity to board the award-winning TranzAlpine train (own expense). Cross the vast patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains before climbing up into the Main Divide. Stunning scenery awaits as you journey across the magnificent Southern Alps. Continue along the dramatic coastline through dense rainforest to Westland National Park. Enjoy the grand scenery as you travel along the West Coast, viewing Franz Josef Glacier.

Stay: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

Meals: B D

Day 12
Fox Glacier, Queenstown

Today, cross the snow-capped Southern Alps and travel through Haast Pass. Trace the shorelines of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea to the alpine resort of Queenstown on the banks of Lake Wakatipu. Delicious food and a great night out are always on the menu in Queenstown - tonight enjoy one of the many choices on offer.

Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

Meals: B

Day 13
Queenstown, Day at Leisure

Queenstown is perfect for adventurers and leisure seekers alike with endless attractions and activities on offer. You may wish to join the TSS Earnslaw for a cruise and tour of Walter Peak Station or perhaps take a gondola ride to the top of Bob's Peak for an amazing view over Queenstown (own expense).

Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

Meals: B

Day 14
Queenstown, Fiordland National Park, Te Anau

Today, you'll follow the Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu to Fiordland National Park. The journey follows Milford Road, renowned as one of the world's best alpine drives, to Milford Sound, where you'll cruise the full length of this beautiful fjord. View the cascading waterfalls, dense rain forest and towering mountains of this World Heritage-listed area.

Stay: Kingsgate Hotel, Te Anau

Meals: B D

Day 15
Te Anau, Dunedin

Leaving the Fiordland region, journey through rolling Southland countryside to Dunedin. Enjoy a city tour on arrival before visiting Larnach Castle, New Zealand's only castle, built in 1871–74 by the merchant baron and politician William Larnach.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Meals: B D

Day 16
Dunedin, Mt Cook and Lake Tekapo

Begin the day with a journey along the east coast to see the spectacular Moeraki Boulders that lay strewn across Koekohe Beach. According to Maori legend, these spherical rocks are the remains of calabashes, kumaras and eel baskets that washed ashore after a canoe broke apart. Continue your journey to Lake Tekapo, stopping along the way at the Mt Cook National Park to marvel at New Zealand's highest peak. Continue to your hotel on the shores of beautiful Lake Tekapo before enjoying a farewell dinner of the freshest local produce at your hotel's restaurant.

Stay: Peppers Bluewater Resor

Meals: B D

Day 17
Lake Tekapo, Depart Christchurch

En route to Christchurch today, you'll visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd on the edge of Lake Tekapo, built of locally gathered stone and oak and erected as a tribute to the early pioneers of the region. Your last night will be in Christchurch.


Accommodation : The Commodore, Christchurch

Meals: B

Day 18
Depart Christchurch

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the UK

Day 19
Arrive UK

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Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior

19-day escorted tour from £4,095 incl. flights

Superior

Low Season

from £4,095 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £4,745 pp. incl. flights

  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights between London, Auckland & Christchurch
  • Return airport transfers
  • 15 nights accommodation in a mix of 3* (Standard) & 4* (Superior) hotels, including 15 breakfasts, 5 dinners & 3 feature dinners
  • Escorted touring with Travelmarvel tour director and driver, highlights incude;
  • Dolphin spotting on a Hole in the Rock cruise, Bay of Islands
  • View thousands of glowworms at the Waitomo caves
  • Enjoy a Maori tradition at a Hangi feast and performance in Rotorua
  • View the spectacular fiords of Milford Sound
  • Take in the tranquil lakes of Lake Wakatipu and Tekapo
  • and much more..
  • Travel based on selected departure dates and subject to availability




Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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