New Zealand - 25 Day Grand Explorer
Welcome to Auckland, Having completed arrival formalities, take delivery of your rental car and make your way to your chosen accommodation.
Matakohe, Hokianga Harbour
Head north out of Auckland today for about an hour and a half before turning west and taking a step back in time. A stop at the Matakohe Kauri Museum gives you some great insight to the area you are traveling through.
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After a leisurely start to the day, travel east to the Bay of Islands. Take some time to visit Kerikeri on the way for arts, crafts, antiques and see one of the oldest buildings in the country, the Stone Store.
Cape Brett Cruise, at leisure
Your luxury catamaran will take you on a comfortable journey out through game fishing waters to the Cape Brett Lighthouse. Next is Motukokako Island and the famous “Hole in the Rock” where we make a passage through the Hole and on to the Grand Cathedral Cave. On the return journey the cruise takes its time and meanders through the inner islands. View sandy beaches, beautiful bays and marine wildlife. Included is an island stopover on beautiful Urupukapuka Island.
Matakana’s beautiful beaches, boutique vineyards and local arts scene make this area a great place to visit. Nearby Warkworth is a captivating historic village in a picturesque spot on the banks of the Mahurangi River.
(21 day guests arrive Auckland today)
Discover Rotorua (D)
Discover the delights of Rotorua. There are many activities available including visits to thermal reserves, rafting, kayaking, cruising, spa treatments, adventure and general sightseeing activities. This evening, enjoy a traditional hangi (feast) and cultural evening with local Maori.
Wai-O-Tapu, Lake Taupo, Napier
At Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Reserve, you can walk at your own pace and marvel at the reserve’s unique features that include the world famous Champagne Pool, geysers, bubbling mud, steaming ground, expansive vistas, huge volcanic craters and sinter terrace formations. Stop at the mighty Huka Falls, then wander around the popular lakeside resort of Taupo. Continue on to Napier, one of the world’s finest Art Deco cities
Explore Hawke’s Bay Wine Country
This morning, enjoy a short, locally guided walk that will bring this fascinating architecture alive. The rest of the day is at leisure to discover the Hawke’s Bay, often referred to as the ‘Tuscany of the South Pacific’. You can explore the countryside & city pathways on your late model, mountain bike enjoy a game of golf, visit the gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers, tour local wineries, ride a hot air balloon or simply take in the local city sights.
Drive south today into the Wairarapa, a rural retreat in the very heart of New Zealand. We suggest stopping at Martinborough, a boutique wine village, before continuing onto Wellington, the nation’s capital. A visit to Te Papa, the national museum, is highly recommended.
Interislander ferry, Marlborough Sounds
This morning, enjoy a scenic cruise across Cook Strait by the Interislander to the picturesque fishing village of Picton. Transfer by floatplane or water taxi to your remote resort located in the stunning Marlborough Sounds.
Enjoy Kenepuru Sound
A free day to relax & marvel at the magic that is the Marlborough Sounds. Lodge staff will share their love of the area with you through the wide range of water and nature based experiences they put at your fingertips. Complimentary fishing tackle, kayaks and mountain bikes are provided at the lodge and there are a number of bush walks to enjoy.
After a leisurely start, return to Picton and take delivery of your new rental car and join the Coastal Pacific highway for the drive to Kaikoura, a coastal town located on a thin strip of coastal land between the Kaikoura mountain range & the Pacific Ocean.
Whale Watching, Hanmer Springs
Enjoy a morning Whale Watch adventure. Every trip is a unique experience & sightings may vary from day to day. Giant sperm whales are the star of the show and are year-round residents. A typical Whale Watch tour may encounter fur seals, pods of Dusky dolphins & the endangered Wandering Albatross. Depending on the season, you may also see migrating Hump Back whales, Pilot whales, Blue whales & Southern Right whales. Later, head inland to the alpine village of Hanmer Springs nestled amongst the foothills of the Southern Alps. End your day with a relaxing soak in the thermal mineral pools.
Banks Peninsula, Akaroa
Continue your drive south towards Christchurch before turning east and travelling over the Banks Peninsula to the quaint and historic seaside village of Akaroa. Settled in the early 1860’s, it has retained its French flavour through its street names & architecture.
Moeraki Boulders, Dunedin
Follow the coastal route to Oamaru, widely regarded as housing some of the nation’s finest architecture. The Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony is New Zealand’s largest. Stop to view the mystical and fascinating Moeraki Boulders as you continue your drive into Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South. It is a city of rare charm set amidst a magical landscape edged by the sea and boasts many activities for lovers of nature and wildlife
Portobello Peninsula, Taieri Gorge Railway
This morning cruise the length of the beautiful Otago Harbour with Monarch Cruises and enjoy unrivalled viewing of the exciting diversity of wildlife which abounds on spectacular Taiaroa Head - the only mainland nesting place for Northern Royal Albatross in the world, home to NZ fur seals and eight other nesting bird species. You may also see, dolphins, sea lions and a fascinating array of rarely seen ocean birds. This afternoon board the Taieri Gorge Railway, one of the wporld’s greatest train trips, for a relaxing journey through dramatic and ever-changing landscapes.
Central Otago, Te Anau
Travel through the Central Otago townships of Balclutha, Gore and Lumsden as you make your way to Te Anau, located on the shores of the largest of the southern glacial lakes and gateway to the spectacular Fiordland National Park, home to the spectacular fiords of Milford & Doubtful Sounds.
Milford Sound Nature Cruise, Queenstown
Travel by coach along the spectacular Milford Road and through the hand-strewn Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound where you board your vessel for a relaxing nature cruise along the entire length of the Sound to the Tasman Sea. You will view the awe-ispiring Mitre Peak, spectacular waterfalls, rainforests, mountains & wildlife. Collect your vehicle on return to Te Anau and drive on to Queenstown.
Explore Queenstown & surrounds
Enjoy two free days to experience this magnificent alpine resort regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination. Surrounded by majestic mountains, Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure & leisure activities in all forms, from extreme to relaxed exploration.
Set beneath the rugged Crown Range is Arrowtown, a fascinating collection of mining cottages with an atmosphere straight out of last century. Enjoy some time to stroll through this historic village, once a haven for the gold prospectors of the 1860’s. The shortest route to Wanaka is over the Crown Range Road. It’s a challenging drive, but the views are simply stunning. Wander around this popular lakeside resort and enjoy the relaxed vibe of this peaceful and picturesque location.
Hast Pass, Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers
View incredible scenery as you drive past the untouched native forests and pristine lakes of the Westland National Park & Haast Pass. On to the twin West Coast glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef. There is the opportunity to experience an optional scenic flight over this remarkable region this afternoon, weather permitting.
Tranz Alpine Train, Christchurch
Drive along the rugged west coast highway to Greymouth. Cecking in for your TranAlpine train journey to Christchurch, rated as one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. It crosses over the spectacular Southern Alps before winding its way over massive viaducts, through scenic river gorges and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.
Depart Christchurch (B)
Sadly, your holiday is at an end and you will be transferred to Christchurch airport today to connect with your onward flight.
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21 Day OptionPrice per person Twin/Double Share
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Apartment From: £3,883 per person
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