Kia Ora and welcome to New Zealand! On arrival you will be met by your Scenic Tours Representative and transferred* to your luxury hotel. You will enjoy a welcome drink whilst meeting your Tour Director for a tour briefing.
Overnight Special Stay: Auckland
Journey south through green farmlands to ‘Middle-earth’, the countryside as described by JRR Tolkien in his books. Accompanied by your guide on your Included tour, recount the fascinating details on how the Hobbiton Movie Set was created. Soak up the spectacular views across the Kaimai Ranges before continuing on to Longlands Homestead. SCENIC ENRICH:
Visit a working dairy farm and discover what life is like on the land for this family of famers as you savour your delicious home cooked roast lunch. Travel to Rotorua, an area renowned for its rich Maori culture and bubbling mud pools and discover more of this fascinating city’s impressive history with your Included visit to the fascinating Rotorua Museum.Two Night Stay: Rotorua
Unique, Boutique & Luxury Upgrade to spend two nights at the Hamurana Country Estate (additional expense).
Enjoy your Included visit to Te Puia, Rotorua’s famous Maori centre showcasing both the incredible Maori heritage as well as the region’s unique geothermal activity. Then choose your Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE activity, select from: (1) enjoy New Zealand’s best sheep show and witness the rare Kiwi; or (2) an amphibious duck tour of Rotorua’s city and lakes; or (3) relax in the geothermal pools of the Polynesian Day Spa; or (4) take a thrilling 4WD safari adventure. Tonight is an Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE Dining evening, select from: (1) traditional Hangi and cultural show at Tamaki Village; or (2) dinner at the hotel’s Restaurant Nikau; or (3) dinner with a view at Skyline Rotorua restaurant.
Experience rail travel like never before on your Included self-drive RailCruiser with unobstructed views and listen to the audio tour whilst discovering a unique piece of New Zealand history. Visit Huka Falls to witness the force and hear the noise as the water from New Zealand’s largest lake drains into its longest river, the Waikato. Take an Included cruise on Lake Taupo, Australasia’s largest freshwater lake and see Maori Rock Carvings, take in the fabulous views of secluded bays and view the spectacular mountain peaks of the World Heritage Tongariro National Park.
Overnight Special Stay: Lake Taupo
Travel to Taumaranui where you will board the Northern Explorer train. Witness an amazing feat of railway engineering on your Included train journey up the famous Raurimu Spiral onto the North Island’s awesome volcanic plateau. Travel through Tongariro National Park and on to Wellington.
Overnight Stay: Wellington
Explore New Zealand’s capital this morning with your Included sightseeing tour to view the city’s leading attractions including the famous Parliament Building known as the ‘beehive’ and the botanic gardens. SCENIC ENRICH: Discover unique Maori treasures and listen to traditional music as you explore New Zealand’s National Museum, the incredible Te Papa. Enjoy your Included cruise across picturesque Marlborough Sounds to the South Island and have access to the Premium Plus Lounge where you can enjoy light snacks along with complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, internet, and newspapers. On arrival in Picton a short drive takes you to Blenheim and the heart of New Zealand’s Sauvignon Blanc region. Enjoy your delicious dinner featuring local specialities from Blenheim region with complementary wines.
Overnight Stay: Blenheim
Board the Coastal Pacific for your Included journey south along the spectacular Pacific Ocean coastline to Kaikoura where rugged mountains drop to the ocean. Disembark then continue by coach to Canterbury.
Overnight Stay: Canterbury
Take your unforgettable Included journey through the magnificent Southern Alps on the scenic TranzAlpine railway to Arthur’s Pass. Disembark at Arthur’s Pass and continue on to Hokitika to discover the beauty and significance of the precious pounamu, greenstone, to the Maori people. Continue to Franz Josef and view the awesome glacier, a stunning landscape hewn by ice and the world’s most accessible glacier.
Overnight Stay: Franz Josef
Enjoy your Included exhilarating high speed jet boat ride on the mighty Haast River which is sure to be a highlight. Travel to Queenstown, with a stop at picturesque Lake Wanaka. Tonight is your Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE Dining evening, select from: (1) a cruise on Lake Wakatipu on board the TSS Earnslaw historic steamship, then dine at Walter Peak Station; or (2) ride the gondola to Skyline Restaurant and dine overlooking Queenstown; or (3) enjoy a relaxing gourmet dinner at the hotel’s Lombardi’s Restaurant.
Two Night Special Stay: Queenstown
Today is your Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE activity, select from: (1) experience wilderness and adventure on Dart River; or (2) enjoy a guided tour of local wineries with lunch; or (3) take an exciting ride through Shotover Canyon in a jet boat; or (4) see the scenery from Lord of the Rings of the Southern Lakes region on a 4WD tour; or (5) enjoy a guided tour to historic Skippers Canyon.
Today witness the spectacular mountain scenery of the Queenstown Lakes District. Journey through a vast landscape of rainforest and mountains to the spectacular Fiordland National Park. Enjoy your unforgettable Included cruise on mystical Milford Sound, with magnificent glacier-carved fiords and the majestic Mitre Peak reflecting in the waters. Tonight is your Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE Dining, select from: (1) a delicious buffet dinner at Hilights Restaurant; or (2) a casual café style dinner at Bailiez Café.
Overnight Stay: Te Anau
Savour the scenery today as you travel to Dunedin, a university city of Scottish heritage and New Zealand’s oldest city. This afternoon is your Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE activity, select from: (1) a guided tour of Larnach Castle and its magnificent gardens; (2) a trip to see the world’s only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross; or (3) explore the city on a heritage walking tour. Tonight is your SCENIC FREE CHOICE Dining evening, select from: (1) a guided tour of Speight’s Brewery and dinner; or (2) the hotel’s Carlton Restaurant.
Two Night Stay: Dunedin
Your adventure filled day begins at the magnificent Edwardian styled Dunedin Railway Station where you board the Seasider train for your Included journey along the coastal cliffs to Palmerston. Travel through the central Otago plains and discover the region’s gold mining history as you view an open cast pit before boarding the train for your Included journey across the Taieri Gorge. Marvel at the breath taking scenery, wild landscapes and towering iron viaducts that date back to 1879.
Nestled along the Otago Coast are the Moeraki Boulders. Visit this unique and intriguing sight of huge spherical boulders scattered across a sandy beach, before travelling to Christchurch. This evening enjoy your Included Farewell Dinner with your Tour Director.
Overnight Special Stay: Christchurch
This morning take time to explore this cosmopolitan city before your Included transfer to the airport for your onward or homebound flight (flight not included).
*Check transfer entitlements with your travel agent. For guests who have already received documentation - refer to your booking summary.