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    New Zealand Uncovered
    17 days | 16 nights
    From $6,727* pp
    Discounted rates - save $747*pp^
    Each destination of New Zealand offers something unique and charming. On this epic 17-day guided holiday, you can discover the contrasts of both the North and South Islands. You'll make local connections in picturesque Hinuera Valley, journey through farmland to the turquoise torrent known as Huka Falls and get to know the Maori culture at Tamaki Maori Village.
    Your package includes: Your package highlights:

    Your package includes:

    Your package highlights:

    Your package includes:

    Your package includes:

    • 16 nights premium hotel accommodation
    • Daily full buffet breakfasts, 1 “Be My Guest” lunch, 1 lunch, 1 “be my guest” afternoon tea, 3 highlight dinners, 7 dinners with wine, 1 farewell dinner
    • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coaches with reclining seats and Wi-Fi
    • Experienced travel director and driver-guide
    • Cultural and community engagement activities
    • All National Park entrance fees and sightseeing
    • Airport transfers
    Your package highlights:

    Your package highlights:

    • Local connection – discover New Zealand’s famous jockey’s farm in the picturesque Hinuera Valley
    • Insider Knowledge – cruise Milford Sound on a nature cruise and discover the area’s spectacular wildlife and natural landscapes
    • Cultural Immersion – delve into New Zealand’s national identity, exploring this country’s culture, history and natural world
    • Sustainable footprints – plant indigenous trees in the Port Hills
    Valid for travel
    Travel between 1 April 2020 - 31 March 2021, subject to availability.
    Offer expires
    31 Oct 2019 unless sold prior

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    Day 1

    Welcome to Auckland

    On arrival in Auckland you’ll have time at leisure to explore or relax. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner with your travel director.

    Day 2

    Auckland

    After a city sights tour enjoy time at leisure.

    Day 3

    Auckland – Tauranga

    You’re invited to a Be My Guest lunch at the Red Barn on the Waikato farm of Lance and Bridgette O’Sullivan, New Zealand horse racing royalty. Later, travel to Tauranga, in the Bay of Plenty.

    Day 4

    Tauranga – Rotorua

    Travel through Te Puke to visit Kiwifruit Country, then on to Rotorua for an orientation tour. This afternoon explore Te Puia Thermal Reserve. Then an evening of culture, history and a Hangi feast Highlight Dinner awaits you at the Tamaki Māori Village.

    Day 5

    Rotorua Included Choice

    Embark on one of your included choice sightseeing experiences. Glide through the Waitomo Glowworm Grotto, take an ancient forest zipline adventure with Canopy Tours, visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, or explore Rotorua and its lakes in an amphibious WWll-era Duck.

    Day 6

    Rotorua – Wellington

    Journey through forests and farmland to the turquoise torrent known as Huka Falls. The road unfolds in a broad panorama of stunning Lake Taupo. Continue south and along the Kapiti Coast to the capital city, Wellington.

    Day 7

    Wellington – Blenheim

    Explore Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. This afternoon cruise the Cook Strait into tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound. The village of Picton is next, then it’s on to Blenheim for a city sightseeing tour. Tonight, enjoy a three-course highlight dinner celebrating local produce and the wines of the Marlborough region.

    Day 8

    Blenheim – Christchurch

    Travel to Kaikoura, where sperm whales can often be seen not far from shore. Travel along the Pacific coast and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

    Day 9

    Christchurch – Twizel

    This morning, join our Sustainable Tourism Commitment by planting a native tree in the Port Hills of Christchurch, an area recovering from wildfire. Next, visit the home of Angie and Stan Taylor at Lake Tekapo, for a Be My Guest afternoon tea and to learn about a lifetime spent farming. Later, view the little stone-hewn Church of the Good Shepherd on your way to Twizel.

    Day 10

    Twizel – Dunedin Included Choice

    Journey along the Waitaki River, with a photo stop at the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel through to Oamaru and on to Dunedin. Choose an Included Choice sightseeing experience. Take a wildlife cruise out to Otago Peninsula, visit the famous Speight’s Brewery or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway.

    Day 11

    Dunedin – Te Anau

    After free time, travel through lush sheepfarming land. Then the rolling, grassy hills turn back into forested, rugged mountains, as you meander your way up into Fiordland National Park to Te Anau.

    Day 12

    Te Anau – Queenstown

    You will take the scenic journey through the rainforests, beech forests and meadows of Fiordland National Park and out to Milford Sound to cruise on this natural wonder. Afterwards, travel to Queenstown for an orientation tour.

    Day 13

    Queenstown

    Choose an included choice sightseeing experience. Ride the Shotover Jet, take a gondola to Bob’s Peak and visit Kiwi Birdlife Park or a minibus tour through Skippers Canyon. This evening, cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue highlight dinner.

    Day 14

    Queenstown – Franz Josef

    Visit the gold mining settlement of Arrowtown. From here you will travel to Cromwell to taste delicious stone fruit at a local orchard. It is a day of gorgeous lakes, as you travel further into Central Otago. Cross over the Haast Pass as the landscape changes from alpine scenery to the rainforest marvels of the wild West Coast. Your destination is the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier.

    Day 15

    Franz Josef – Punakaiki

    Visit Hokitika, home of the native greenstone for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration. Later, travel to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. You’ll spend the night in an eco-friendly resort right on the waterfront.

    Day 16

    Punakaiki - Christchurch

    Travel to Greymouth to visit the iconic Monteith’s Brewery and taste some of their innovative brews before a pub-style lunch. Later you will journey aboard the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch. This evening, join your travel director and new-found friends for a farewell dinner.

    Day 17

    Farewell from Christchurch

    Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday concludes after breakfast.

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    Advertised prices are per person, twin share, tour only, correct at time of publication and are subject to availability, withdrawal and change at any time without notification due to fluctuations in charges and currency. Offer valid on new booking only. ^Discount is already included in the advertised price. Blackout departure dates may apply. Offer combinable with applicable discounts only – Kings Club Past Guest Discount of up to 5% available for guests who have previously traveled with Inspiring Journeys, AAT Kings or family of brands. Other conditions apply. Please contact your personal travel manager for full terms and conditions.

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