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Scheduled Departures - New Zealand Travel Packages

New Zealand

Northern Escape

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Location Start: Christchurch     End: Auckland 

Starting with Tranz Coastal train, Kaikoura, winery region of Blenheim crossing Queen Charlotte Sound to the North Island Wellington. Other highlights include Lake Taupo, Waitomo Glowworm caves, Rotorua Thermal Reserves and the Bay of Islands.

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The Tour includes: Airport Transfers, Accommodation, Coach Transport, 1 Dinner, City Highlights Tours in Wellington and Auckland, TranzCoastal Train Journey, Montana Winery Tasting an dAfternoon Tea, Interislander Ferry Crossing, Visit Te Papa Museum, Visit to Huka Falls, Entry to Agrodome, Entry to Rainbow Springs Park, Entry to Te Puia Thermal Reserve, Entry to Skyline Skyrides and Luge Ride, Entry to Waitomo and Visit to glowworm Grotto, Entry to Skytower, Entry to Kauri Museum, Entry to Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Hole in the Rock Cruise.

 

Save 10% on your Coach Tour Price when you book and pay in full 6 months Prior.

Save 5% on the Coach Tour Price with 3 Travellers sharing one room.

Got a group of 4 friends travelling together save $50 per person.

Single Travellers can save hundreds by choosing to Twin-Share with a fellow traveler.

Children only $50.00 per day when travelling with 2 Adults (2-15 yrs)

 

Day 1 - Arrive christchurch

Welcome to New Zealand! You will be greeted at the airport, with transport waiting to take you to your hotel.
Pavillions Hotel (1 night)

 

Day 2 - Christchurch / Kaikoura/ Blenheim

Join the Tranz Coastal train for a kaleidoscope of scenery across fertile Canterbury farmland through the Hundalee Ranges. Follow the Pacific coastline, with the Kaikoura mountains forming a rugged backdrop to the west, passing tiny holiday settlements and Kaikoura, famous for whale-watching. Arrive in Blenheim early afternoon. A short tour of the area includes a visit to Montana Winery. Enjoy a hosted tour of the winery, learn about and taste a range of the famous local wines (purchase if you wish) followed by afternoon tea.
Heartland Hotel Marlborough (1 night)

 

  Day 3 - Blenheim / Picton / Wellington

Drive to Picton, nestled on the shores of the Marlborough Sounds, to board the Interislander ferry. Sail through picturesque Queen Charlotte Sound, sheltered waterways, remote bays and isolated holiday homes. Across Cook Strait and into Wellington Harbour for spectacular views of New Zealand’s Capital City. A city tour will incorporate the summit of Mt Victoria for panoramic views of the city and harbour, the Houses of Parliament and the distinctive “Beehive”, Wellington Cathedral, city centre and Oriental Bay. Also explore the city yourself. Don’t miss Te Papa, the “Museum of New Zealand” or take a ride on the famous Cable Car.
Bay Plaza Hotel (1 night)

 

  Day 4 - Wellington / Taupo / Rotorua

Drive to Paekakariki with views of Kapiti Island and on a clear day, the South Island. Cross the Himitangi Plains, through the towns of Levin and Foxton to Bulls. Across rolling farmland to the central North Island National Park, dominated by the volcanic cone of Mt Ruapehu. Follow the Desert Road to Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake and famous for trout fishing. Stop at Huka Falls skirting massive pine forests to reach Rotorua, centre of Maori culture.
Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua(2 nights)

 

  Day 5 - Rotorua

A sightseeing tour visits the Agrodome for a display featuring New Zealand’s various sheep breeds with a shearing demonstration. See pools of brown and rainbow trout at Rainbow Springs Park and native birds including the Kiwi. Visit Te Puia, the Maori Arts and Crafts Centre and Thermal Reserve, with boiling mud, silica terraces and Pohutu Geyser. The spectacular Skyline Gondola offers superb views over city, lake and mountains and for a little excitement, try a Luge ride with compliments. Time for optional activities this afternoon before a Maori hangi (meal) with a selection of traditionally prepared meats and vegetables plus conventional dishes, followed by a concert featuring Maori songs, chants and the stirring haka (entire group).

 

  Day 6 - Rotorua / Waitomo / Auckland

Cross the Mamaku Ranges to the Waikato region, noted for dairy farming and world famous horse studs. At Waitomo, a guide will escort your group underground to the limestone caverns and glow worm grotto. On through Hamilton to Ngaruawahia, centre for the region’s Maori people, then alongside the Waikato River before crossing the Bombay Hills to reach New Zealand’s largest city – Auckland. A city tour will visit the summit of Skytower, at 328m the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere for superb city and harbour views, the downtown area and Waterfront Drive.
Rydges Hotel (1 night)

 

  Day 7 - Auckland / Bay of Islands

Cross Auckland's Harbour Bridge and drive north along the Hibiscus Coast to Matakohe and the Kauri Museum telling the story of the Kauri tree and the regions early settlement, the displays are superb and their story fascinating. Continue north through Kawakawa to Paihia, where we meet our local Maori Guide, a descendant of the original settlers to the region, who will provide a comprehensive insight and history of the Bay of Islands before a visit to New Zealand's birthplace, Waitangi. A self guided tour through the famous treaty house, the Maori Meeting House and giant war canoe all set in spectacular grounds overlooking the bay.
Tanoa Hotel Paihia (2 nights)

 

  Day 8 - Bay of Islands

A day free for you to relax and enjoy the many optional activities available. Your Coach Captain will happily assist with details. A full day Tour to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s northern most point and Ninety Mile Beach is extremely popular or alternatively, visit historic Russell, New Zealand’s first settlement and visit its original Church, Mission House and Museum.

 

  Day 9 - Bay of Islands / Auckland

A launch cruise will take you across the Bay and world acclaimed fishing grounds to Cape Brett and the famous “Hole in the Rock”. Returning to Paihia, board your Coach for the journey south through Whangarei and Warkworth passing the satellite tracking station. Shortly Auckland city and Harbour come into view.

Rydges Hotel (1 night)

 

Day 10 - auckland / Home

Today is goodbye to all your new found friends before you make your homeward journey. You will be transferred to Auckland International Airport to join your flight home.

 







 
 
 
 

 

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