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An intoxicating fusion of natural beauty, big-city cool and Maori culture, New Zealand is well worth the long journey. This tour introduces the country’s dramatic scenery - snow-capped mountains, fiords, glaciers - along with award-winning wine regions. You’ll spend time in the laid-back cities, including two nights each in capital city Wellington and the ‘City of Sails’, Auckland. And you’ll finish with a flourish, with three nights in the Bay of Islands, home to soaring sand dunes and a rugged coastline.
- 17 Nights in a hotel and 3 in flight
- 24 Meals including; 18 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 5 dinners
- 18 Guided excursions and visits
- Visits to Fiordland National Park; Gibbston Valley Winery; Mount Cook; Huka Falls; Wai-O-Tapu thermal reserve; Rainbow Springs Wildlife Park; Agrodome farm show; Waitomo glow-worm caves; and Kauri Museum
- Milford Sound cruise
- TSS Earnslaw cruise
- Wellington orientation tour
- Tour of the Whakarewarewa Thermal Village
- Witness the Lady Knox geyser erupting
- Tamaki Maori Village Cultural Experience
- Auckland city tour
- Tour of the Waitangi Treaty House
- Bay of Islands cruise
- VIP door-to-door travel service
- Free connecting flights from regional airports
- Check-in service by Titan staff
- Services of an experienced Titan tour manager
- Scheduled Qantas flights via Dubai
- Best available coaches with Wi-Fi and experienced drivers
- Hotel porterage
- Airport taxes, security charges and fuel surcharges
- UK Air Passenger Duty
Days 1-2: London - In Flight
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Auckland and connecting flight to Christchurch.
Day 3: Sydney - Christchurch
‘Haere Mai’ (Welcome). Having travelled through several time zones we arrive in Auckland where we connect with our onward flight to Christchurch.
Days 4 - 5: Christchurch - Dunedin
Leaving Christchurch we travel south to Dunedin, elegant in its splendid hill and harbour setting. Known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’, because of the strong Scottish influence in the area, Dunedin is home to New Zealand’s only kilt shop and produces the country’s whisky.
Day 6: Dunedin - Te Anau
Leaving this charming city, with its seven hills reminiscent of Rome and century-old bluestone university buildings, we travel across rich Southland plains through Gore, the country music capital of New Zealand, before arriving at the gateway to Fiordland National Park. The Fiordland National Park is one of the largest in the world, known for its spectacular waterfalls, dense native forest and rare birds.
Days 7 - 8: Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown
We drive along the Eglinton and Hollyford Valleys, the thick bush and alpine aspect providing one of the most rewarding journeys in the country, to Milford Sound, commanded by the spectacular Mitre Peak.
Day 9: Queenstown- Mount Cook
This morning we visit Gibbston Valley Winery before we journey into the heart of the Southern Alps where we have our first glimpse of Mount Cook, known as ‘Cloud Piercer’ by the Maori, towering 3,754 metres above sea level.
Day 10: Mount Cook - Christchurch
Leaving the majestic Mount Cook, following breakfast, we skirt the glacial blue waters of Lake Pukaki. We pass Lake Tekapo and Geraldine.
Day 11: Christchurch - Wellington
Head north across the plains to the coastal town of Kaikoura, famous for its crayfish. At Picton we leave the South Island and steam across the spectacular Cook Strait on the comfortable inter-island ferry.
Day 12: Wellington
We take a short orientation tour of the city, which is often compared with San Francisco. Visitors generally agree that the harbour is the most beautiful in the country. The remainder of the day is at leisure and there are several attractions that are worthy of exploration, none more so than New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa.
Day 13: Wellington - Rotorua
We head north this morning, stopping at Huka Falls, where the wide Waikato River squeezes through a narrow gorge and down a 20m drop into a beautiful aquamarine pool. We then visit the Whakarewarewa Thermal Village, where the Tuhourangi/Ngati Wahiao tribe have opened their doors to share their way of life for over 200 years. ngton - Rotorua.
Day 14: Rotorua
This morning we visit visit Wai-O-Tapu, the most colourful and diverse of thermal reserves with its Primrose Terraces and Champagne Pool, after which we continue to see the Lady Knox geyser erupting. We then head to Rainbow Springs, one of the world’s most magnificent trout and wildlife habitats, where you have a chance to see the rare, flightless kiwi.
Days 15-16: Rotorua - Waitomo Caves - Auckland
We travel to the Waitomo Caves and take a boat along the underground river to see the glow-worms, spectacular in the darkness of the grotto.
Day 17: Auckland - Bay of Islands
Crossing the harbour bridge spanning the delightful Waitemata Harbour this morning, we can look back at Auckland’s famous landmark Rangitoto Island before heading to Northland, the birthplace of the nation. We drive along the west coast, passing sleepy harbourside hamlets and native forests, home to huge ancient kauri trees.
Days 18-19: Bay of Islands
Following breakfast this morning we embark on a delightful cruise around the bay to see Cape Brett lighthouse and view an area for game fishing where there may be a close encounter with a seal, dolphin or whale. We also cruise into the grand Cathedral Cave and through the ‘Hole in the Rock’. Later we transfer back to the hotel where the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 20: Bay of Islands - Auckland - In Flight
Breakfast is included this morning before leaving the Bay of Islands behind as we head south along the Hibiscus Coast and return to Auckland and the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Day 21: London
Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
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