Royal New Zealand (25 days, Auckland - Christchurch, 2014 - 2015)
Starting in the cosmopolitan city of Auckland with its urban delights and bountiful beaches, the 25-day Royal New Zealand tour takes you on a journey of distinctive discovery from the northernmost tip, through the snow-capped Southern Alps, along the rainforests of the South Island’s west coast and finishing in the garden city of Christchurch. You’ll be welcomed into the heart of Maori country in Rotorua; explore the country’s volcanoes, hot springs and mud pools; and enjoy plenty of first-class accommodation and cuisine along the way. With a wealth of dramatic landscapes and attractions to discover, our guided tour is the only way to do this country justice.
Book this tour by 3rd January 2014 to save £1,000 per couple and enjoy four FREE hotel upgrades worth up to £438 per couple, as well as a FREE two-night inbound stopover worth up to £698 per couple.
Our tours will fill up fast, so you'll need to book soon to secure your preferred date and tour.
Day 1: Depart the UK (Onboard full meal and complimentary bar service)
Choose from four world class airlines to begin your journey. Whichever airline you opt for there’s no extra cost: Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines or QANTAS / Emirates.
Day 2: Arrive at your choice of stopover (Onboard full meal service and complimentary bar service)
Depending on your airline choice, you can enjoy an included three-night stopover at one of the following destinations:
• Singapore • Dubai • Hong Kong • Bangkok
Flights from the UK to Singapore or Hong Kong will be via Dubai with selected airlines. Regional airport departure times for Dubai vary, please call for details. Once you’ve arrived at your stopover destination, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. For the remainder of the day you’re free to explore whichever city you’ve chosen to visit. Please note, depending on which airline and stopover you choose, flight schedules and timings may vary slightly, which means the first five days of your itinerary may differ. For more information, please call one of our travel advisors. It’s also worth noting that your stopover won’t be escorted by a Scenic Tours representative, however you will be met upon arrival by a local representative.
Day 3: Scenic FreeChoice day (B)
After a full buffet breakfast to set you up for the day, you’ll enjoy a Scenic FreeChoice day where you can choose from a selection of exciting activities.
Day 4: Free day (B)
After breakfast, the rest of the day is free to explore at your leisure.
Day 5: Onwards to New Zealand (B, Onboard full meal and complimentary bar service)
After a full buffet breakfast you have the day free for further exploration until you transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Auckland. Check in and depart for New Zealand on your overnight flight.
Kia Ora and welcome to New Zealand! On arrival you’ll be met by your Scenic Tours Representative and transferred to the luxury Langham Hotel for a two night Special Stay. Tonight meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers at a welcome briefing followed by a delicious Welcome Dinner.
Two Night Special Stay: Auckland
Today is your included Scenic FreeChoice activity day, choose from: (1) sailing an America’s Cup yacht - no experience necessary (2) explore Waiheke Island’s history, nature, beaches and food (3) a morning tea cruise of the ‘City of Sails’ harbour (4) visit Waitakere Ranges, walk in the rainforest and along the west coast’s black sand beaches (5) or discover Auckland on a small group sightseeing tour. Included tonight is a Scenic FreeChoice dining evening, where you can choose from: (1) Eight, offering eight open world kitchens (2) Harbourside Seafood Bar and Grill (3) or a sunset dinner cruise. Please note, your included Scenic FreeChoice activities and dining options for Auckland need to be pre-booked and there is limited availability, so we recommend booking early.
Travel north to the Bay of Islands, along the way visit the unique Kauri Museum before you reach Waipoua Forest to see the ancient kauri trees. Scenic Enrich: Meet your Maori guide at the mighty Tane Mahuta kauri tree, thought to be at least 1,500 years old, who will entertain you with legends of Maori culture of this region. Travel to the Bay of Islands, the waters and harbour where New Zealand’s early settlers first reached shore many centuries ago, for a for two night stay at the Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands or similar. Scenic Enrich: Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where in 1840 the founding document of New Zealand as a nation was signed by the first governor and an assembly of Maori chiefs. On arrival, meet your knowledgeable local Maori guide for a personal insight into this important area and be enchanted by an authentic Maori cultural performance including waiata (singing) inside the beautifully carved meeting house.
Two Night Stay: Bay of Islands
Today is an included Scenic FreeChoice activity day where you choose from: (1) an exhilarating day sailing among the islands of the bay on Lion New Zealand (no experience necessary) (2) a lunch cruise around the calm inland waterways of the bay (3) a tour of the quaint and historic Russell and Pompallier (4) a full day tour to the country’s northernmost point, Cape Reinga, crossing the vast stretch of Ninety Mile Beach and its immense sand dunes (5) cruise the waters to the Hole in the Rock and travel through this natural wonder (weather permitting) (6) or discover Kerikeri and its history and charm.
An early journey takes you south for your included Scenic Enrich
visit to Longlands Homestead, a working dairy farm, for your delicious home cooked roast lunch. Continue to Rotorua, an area renowned for its Maori culture, spectacular geysers and bubbling mud pools. Discover more of this fascinating city’s dramatic history and culture with your visit to the world class Rotorua Museum. Stay for two nights at Millennium Hotel Rotorua.Two Night Stay: Rotorua
The Indulgence Collection: Why not treat yourself and upgrade your accommodation to spend two nights at Hamurana Country Estate in Rotorua?
Enjoy your visit to Te Puia, Rotorua’s famous Maori Arts and Craft centre, showcasing both the rich Maori heritage as well as the region’s unique geothermal activity. Then choose your included Scenic FreeChoice activity, where you choose from: (1) enjoy New Zealand’s best sheep show at the famous Agrodome, later see the rare Kiwi in their natural environment (2) an amphibious duck tour of Rotorua’s city and lakes (3) relax in the geothermal pools of the Polynesian Day Spa (4) take a thrilling 4WD safari adventure (5) or experience unique RailCruising through a stunning landscape. Tonight is your included Scenic FreeChoice dining, where you can choose from: (1) traditional hangi and cultural show at Tamaki Village (2) casual dinner at the hotel’s Nikau Restaurant (3) or enjoy dinner with a view at the Skyline Rotorua restaurant.
Discover Huka Falls, Wairakei Steam Valley and Lake Taupo, Australasia’s largest freshwater lake, before you travel to Napier for an overnight stay at the Scenic Hotel Te Pania. Located on the edge of the beautiful Hawkes Bay, the hotel boasts an array of design awards for its amazing style and impressive service. Scenic Enrich: Visit Mission Estate Winery, an award-winning Hawkes Bay winery and New Zealand’s oldest, for your private wine tasting tour followed by an enjoyable dinner.
Overnight Stay: Napier
Discover Napier’s Art Deco architecture on an included guided walking tour before heading south to Wellington, the nation’s capital. Take in the spectacular views of the city and harbour as you enjoy a two night Special Stay at the Copthorne Oriental Bay Hotel. Scenic Enrich: Explore the rich treasures of Maori art at Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum, on your Maori Experience tour featuring traditional music and food.
Two Night Special Stay: Wellington
Uncover Wellington and the city’s amazing sights on your sightseeing tour. Covering the best scenic, cultural and historic attractions there’s certain to be something to stimulate your interest. Wellington is the coffee capital of New Zealand so take a break and discover one of the charming cafés.
Enjoy your cruise across Marlborough Sounds to New Zealand’s South Island. On board the Interislander ferry you will have access to the Premier Plus Lounge where you can enjoy a light breakfast along with complimentary soft drinks, tea, coffee, internet, newspapers and magazines. Arrive at Picton and take a picturesque drive down the East Coast, including a short stop at the Kaikoura seal colony. Upon arrival in Christchurch you’ll transfer to the Novotel Christchurch or similar for a two night stay.
Two Night Stay: Christchurch
Today choose from the following included Scenic FreeChoice activities: (1) punting on the River Avon (2) learning about Christchurch’s recovery effort on a unique Rebuild Tour (3) or take the Caterpillar Gardens Tour.
Scenic Enrich: Take an unforgettable journey through the magnificent Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine railway. Disembark at Arthur’s Pass and journey by coach to Hokitika, a former gold mining town. Continue to the village of Franz Josef where a highlight today is a visit to the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier (weather permitting). Tonight, stay for one night at the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef.
Overnight Stay: Franz Josef
Take an exhilarating high speed jet boat ride on the mighty Haast River. Continue to Queenstown and along the way visit picturesque Lake Wanaka. In Queenstown, you’ll enjoy a three night Special Stay at MGallery Hotel St Moritz Queenstown or similar situated in a fantastic location, overlooking Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables mountain range.
Three Night Special Stay: Queenstown
Today is your included Scenic FreeChoice activity day, choose from: (1) experience wilderness and adventure on Dart River (2) enjoy a guided tour of local wineries with lunch (3) take an exhilarating ride through Shotover Canyon in a jet boat (4) see the scenery from Lord of the Rings of the Southern Lakes region on a 4WD tour (5) enjoy a guided tour to historic Skippers Canyon (6) or travel on the Kingston Flyer vintage steam train. Tonight is your included Scenic FreeChoice dining evening, choose from: (1) a steamship cruise on board TSS Earnslaw followed by dinner at Walter Peak Station (2) ride the gondola to Skyline Restaurant and dine overlooking Queenstown (3) or enjoy a relaxing gourmet dinner at Lombardi’s Restaurant.
Travel to Fiordland National Park and see the spectacular beauty of Milford Sound, the most accessible of Fiordland’s magnificent glacier-carved fiords, on your unforgettable cruise. See towering cliffs and peaks including the iconic Mitre Peak which rises more than a kilometre straight out of the sea. Waterfalls cascade into the fiord and luxuriant rain forest clings to sheer rock faces in this exceptional place. Return to Queenstown for an evening at your leisure.
Continue to New Zealand’s oldest city Dunedin, a university city of Scottish heritage and home to the world’s steepest street, Baldwin Street. Tonight is your included Scenic FreeChoice dining evening, choose from: (1) a guided tour of Speight’s Brewery and dinner (2) or the hotel’s Carlton Restaurant. Stay overnight at the Scenic Hotel Southern Cross.
Overnight stay: Dunedin
This morning choose an included Scenic FreeChoice activity: (1) a guided tour of Larnach Castle and its magnificent gardens (2) or explore the city on a heritage walking tour. Continue your journey north for your visit to the famous Moeraki Boulders, a bizarre sight of huge spherical boulders scattered across a sandy beach. Then stop to view Mount Cook (weather permitting) and continue to Peppers Bluewater Resort for an overnight stay.
Overnight Stay: Lake Tekapo
Visit the quaint stone Church of the Good Shepherd situated on the lake’s edge before travelling along the wide expanse of the Canterbury Plains with the Southern Alps as a backdrop to Christchurch, the South Island’s largest city. This evening travel on the famous Christchurch Tram for cocktails before enjoying your Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant as you reminisce about your adventure. Stay overnight at the Novotel Christchurch or similar.
Overnight Stay: Christchurch
Your tour concludes this morning and you’ll be transferred back to the airport for your flight home. Alternatively why not extend your holiday in New Zealand, visit family and friends or arrange a stopover on your way home?
Please note Scenic FreeChoice options in Auckland need to be pre-booked.
Meals: B: Breakfast LB: Light Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner HL: Highlight Lunch HD: Highlight Dinner
If you choose to extend your stay in New Zealand, please check transfer entitlements with your Scenic Tours travel advisor.