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Magic of New Zealand - 27 day Small Group Escorted Tour

New Zealand is a pure and unspoilt country of just 4 million inhabitants, covering an area just slightly larger than the United Kingdom. It boasts spectacular scenery, lush vegetation, unique wildlife and a pleasant climate. Everywhere, the Maori people and their traditions add volumes to the richness of its history, culture and daily life. Travelling by road is the best way to see the real New Zealand, and there's no finer way of touring than our exclusive small group series offers. Carefully designed for a maximum of just 20 clients, you will travel in absolute comfort from Auckland to Christchurch, stay in some of New Zealand’s finest accommodation, and enjoy the genuine warmth of Kiwi hospitality.

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Day 1 – Depart London
Your Chauffeur driven car will collect you from your address at a pre-determined time to allow sufficient time to get to Heathrow Airport for your departing flight. Depart on Singapore Airlines from The Queens Terminal 2. All meals and drinks are included in-flight.

Day 2 – In air
Your flight will operate through Singapore.

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Arrive into Auckland Airport in the late morning. You will be greeted by your Driver/Guide and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this South Pacific city from the convenience of your central location. Perhaps visit the Observation Deck of The Sky Tower, one of the tallest buildings in the Southern Hemisphere. This evening you are invited to drinks and meet your fellow travellers before dining in the hotel. In Auckland you will stay at The Heritage Hotel for 2 nights. Breakfast included plus dinner on day 3.

Day 4 – Auckland
This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city including the summit of Mt Eden, a dormant volcanic crater with wonderful city views, Parnell Village, Tamaki Drive and the Viaduct Basin. This afternoon is at leisure to further explore or perhaps take an optional cruise on the harbour, visit Waiheke Island, sightseeing by Harley Davidson or experience the thrill of America’s Cup Sailing.

Day 5 – Auckland - Bay of Islands
Depart Auckland and cross the Harbour Bridge as we head north through Warkworth. A stop is made at the Matakohe Kauri Museum for a wonderful insight into the massive tree’s history. Continue on to the Waipoua Kauri Forest Reserve, which boasts some of the largest surviving examples of this magnificent tree, the second largest tree in the world. Cross to the east coast through Opononi and arrive in Paihia in the spectacular Bay of Islands. The Bay is an internationally acclaimed marine park and the cradle of New Zealand’s history. The historic Waitangi Treaty House is adjacent to the hotel and you will be issued with a pass to visit at your leisure. In Paihia you will stay at the Copthorne Waitangi Resort for 3 nights. Breakfast included plus dinner on days 5 and 7.

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This morning we include a Bay of Island’s cruise via Red Head Passage to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. There will be a chance to view dolphins, and if you are lucky, whales. On the return you will have the opportunity of stopping in Russell, once known as the “Hellhole of the South Pacific”, now a charming and picturesque coastal town. This evening you are free to dine out in one of the many great restaurants in the area.

Day 7 - Bay of Islands
A free day to enjoy the natural beauty of this aquatic playground. Take the ferry to Russell for lunch, play a round of golf on the fabled Waitangi Golf Course or even go fishing! There are some excellent beaches or just relax in the wonderful surrounds of the hotel. An optional tour is available to Cape Reinga, often described as one of the finest scenic day tours in the world, driving you along spectacular 90 Mile Beach to where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean at the very top of New Zealand. You can also reach the Cape by air on a half day trip leaving time for other activities.

Day 8 – Bay of Islands - Rotorua
Travel south along the east coast through Orewa Beach and Albany and again cross the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Continue south to Hamilton and through the rich Waikato farmland to Cambridge and on to Rotorua. This evening visit Te Puia, New Zealand’s premier geothermal and cultural experience for a guided tour and an authentic Maori Hangi and concert. In Rotorua you will stay at the Millennium Rotorua hotel for 2 nights. Breakfast included plus Special Meal on day 8.

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This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of Rotorua including a visit to the Agrodome, with its amazing display of trained sheep, working sheep dogs and pastoral displays, and Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a guided walk and Kiwi Encounter to take a behind the scenes  open to the public. Lakeside Rotorua has many other attractions and you may like to take a dip in the thermal pools, or even take a floatplane or helicopter to the active volcano of White Island in the Bay of Plenty or the closer Mt Tarawera, location of the pink and white terraces destroyed by volcano eruption in 1886. This evening you are free to dine out in Rotorua at your leisure. glimpse of the rare Kiwi at the only conservation centre.

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An easy days travelling with some interesting stops. On the outskirts of Taupo is the geothermal area of Wairakei, where natural steam is harnessed for power production. A visit is also made to the remarkable Huka Falls before stopping in Taupo on the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake, with the Tongariro volcanic peaks in the distance. We continue through the Esk Valley and Te Pohue to Napier. The city is renowned for its art deco architecture and is the centre of the Hawkes Bay wine region. A guided Art Deco walk this afternoon through this lovely seaside city rounds off your day. In Napier you will stay at Te Pania Hotel for 1 night. Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 11 – Napier - Wellington
We leave Napier and pass through Hastings, Waipukurau and Woodville stopping at the Mt Bruce Reserve Native Bird Sanctuary for lunch. We continue on to delightful Greytown and then cross the Rimutaka Ranges to the vibrant capital city of Wellington. In Wellington you will stay at the Amora Hotel Wellington for 2 nights. Breakfast included plus dinner on day 11.

Day 12 – Wellington
This morning’s sightseeing tour of the city includes Parliament Buildings, the adjacent “Beehive”, Oriental Bay and much of Marine Drive. Afterwards you are free to explore the city and harbour at your leisure. Why not visit Te Papa Tongarewa, the stunning museum of New Zealand (Free entry), on the harbour front and telling the  country’s unique story through engaging exhibits and interactive technology. Alternatively you could take the Kelburn Cable Car to the botanical gardens. This evening you are free to dine out at one of the capitals great restaurants – many in Courtney Place or the Waterfront just a short walk from your hotel.

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Our leisurely cruise this morning takes us across Cook Strait to the South Island. Depart through Wellington Heads and sail into Tory Channel and down the Queen Charlotte Sound to the picturesque port of Picton. We travel on to Blenheim in the heart of New Zealand’s largest and most significant wine region, Marlborough. A visit is made to the Brancott Estate Winery before taking the scenic coastal drive down to the seaside settlement of Kaikoura. Situated on a small rocky peninsula and surrounded by towering mountains. Kaikoura is world renowned for whale watching and is one of the few places in the world where these magnificent creatures can be seen year round. The area also has an abundance of dolphins, seals and bird life. This evening you are free to dine out at one of the many local restaurants. Kaikoura is a mecca for seafood lovers and we recommend you try the local specialities including grouper, cod, mussels, paua (abalone) and the town’s namesake – crayfish. In Kaikoura you will stay at the White Morph for 2 nights with breakfast included.

Day 14 – Kaikoura
A full day to enjoy this wonderful coastal location. This morning you have a choice - Included is the Whale Watch excursion with an early departure to view Kaikoura’s resident Giant Sperm Whales, the largest living carnivore – equivalent to the size of 4 elephants. This 3.5 hour excursion is in a modern covered catamaran especially designed for whale watching. There are other whale species, many dolphins, seals and albatross. Alternatively you may prefer the Dolphin Experience where the emphasis is on this playful mammal (you will also have the possibility of swimming with dolphins) or as a third option you can take the Albatross Encounter where you will get the chance to feed these large pelagic birds along the coastline. This evening you are free to dine out at your leisure.

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The highway heads south hugging the coast and then crosses the Hunderlees to the Canterbury Plains. Follow the inland route through the Rakaia Gorge in the foothills of the Southern Alps and on to Lake Tekapo in the Mackenzie Country where we stop to visit the Church of the Good Shepherd. Enjoy the spectacular scenery as the road follows Lake Pukaki to Aoraki/Mt Cook Village located in a natural mountain amphitheatre amidst New Zealand’s tallest mountains. The village is home to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre Museum and Theatre complex which gives you an informative insight into the mountaineering exploits of the region. In Mt Cook you will stay at The Hermitage for 1 night. Breakfast and dinner included.

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Before leaving Mt Cook you will have an opportunity to take a scenic flight over this awe inspiring region with the possibility of a snow landing. The route today passes through Omarama and follows the Waitaki River past the massive Benmore Power Project which has created New Zealand’s largest artificial lake. Reach the coast at Oamaru with its elegant and historic limestone buildings. Further along the coast view the mysterious, spherical Moeraki Boulders that lie along the beach. On to Dunedin, a university city with a strong Scottish heritage, with fine Victorian and Edwardian architecture. In Dunedin you will stay at the Scenic Hotel Southern Cross for 2 nights. Breakfast included plus dinner on day 16.

Day 17 – Dunedin
This morning we have included another of the world’s great train trips, the Taieri Gorge Railway. This stunning engineering feat travels through the Taieri River Gorge, crosses viaducts and through tunnels carved by hand more than 100 years ago. This afternoon you will drive to the Otago Peninsula and visit the Royal Albatross Colony at Taiaroa Head, the only mainland breeding colony of the Royal Albatross in the world. A visit is also made to the gardens of Lanarch Castle before returning to Dunedin. This evening you are free to dine out at your leisure.

Day 18 - Dunedin - Te Anau
A leisurely departure this morning and head through Balclutha and Gore to Mandeville. During this lunch stop you will have the chance to visit the Croydon Aircraft Company who specialise in the restoration of de Havilland and other vintage aircraft. For a small cost you can enjoy a short flight on one of the famous vintage biplanes including a Tiger Moth or Dragonfly. Continue to the tranquil lakeside setting of Te Anau. In Te Anau you will stay at the Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas for 2 nights. Breakfast included plus dinner on day 18.

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A full day to enjoy the peace of this lovely lakeside resort nestled on the tranquil shores of Lake Te Anau. The lake is the second largest in New Zealand covering over 186 square miles. An optional excursion will take you to Doubtful Sound, visiting Manapouri Lake and Power Station before cruising this remote World Heritage sound. This evening there is an optional excursion to the spectacular Glow-worm Caves and you are free to dine out at your leisure.

Day 20 – Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown
Today we take you into the heart of Fiordland by one of the most scenic roads in the world. Transit the Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound with frequent stops en-route to view the scenery, including the fabled Mirror Lakes. On arrival board the Milford Monarch for a spectacular cruise through the fiord and out to the Tasman Sea, lunch included. Milford Sound, with Mitre Peak at its heart, has often been dubbed one of the wonders of the world, due to the awesome combination of its deep blue water, towering peaks and thunderous waterfalls. After the cruise you return to Te Anau and on to Queenstown. In Queenstown you will stay at the Crowne Plaza Queenstown hotel for 3 nights. Breakfast included plus dinner on day 20 and special meal on day 21.

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This morning we enjoy a sightseeing tour of the area visiting the Kawarau River Bridge where the bungee jumping craze started and then onto the historic and well preserved mining town of Arrowtown. Return to Queenstown via Arthur’s Point and the Shotover River. This afternoon is free in New Zealand’s premier resort situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and overlooked by the dramatic Remarkable Mountains. You may even like to take our optional tour to experience the thrill and exhilaration of the Shotover jet. This evening we include a special cruise on the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak high country station, where you will have the chance to see some aspects of the stations work and enjoy a wonderful meal in the period homestead.

Day 22 – Queenstown
Today is a free day to relax and enjoy the many activities available in Queenstown. You will have the option of taking a jet boat safari on the Dart River into the spectacular high country, enjoy a boutique wine tour including Amisfield, visit Middle Earth on the Safari of the Scenes 4WD tour or perhaps take a helicopter sightseeing flight. This evening you are free to dine out at one of the many fine restaurants or al fresco cafés that are just a short walk from your hotel.

Day 23 – Queenstown - Franz Josef Glacier
Dramatic scenery today as we travel through to Wanaka and Lake Hawea before crossing the Haast Pass in the Mt Aspiring National Park to the rainforests of the West Coast. A stop is made at Fox Glacier in the Westland National Park before continuing to Franz Josef. The West Coast is a rugged and primeval region of rainforests, limestone gorges, glaciers and stunning scenery running alongside the Tasman Sea. A visit is made to the glacier and you will have the opportunity of taking a helicopter or light aircraft flight across the glacier against the backdrop of Mt Cook. In Franz Josef you will stay at the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier for 1 night. Breakfast and dinner included.

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Continue north through the scenic West Coast to Hokitika, renowned for its crafted greenstone jade jewellery. Join the TranzAlpine for one of the world’s great train journeys. Travel through deep gorges, river valleys and cross the spectacular snow-capped Southern Alps within the Arthur’s Pass National Park. Descend into the patchwork of colour that is the Canterbury Plains and on to Christchurch. Re-join your coach and enjoy an orientation tour en-route to your hotel. This evening you are free to dine out in one of the city’s many restaurants. In Christchurch you will stay at The George Hotel for 2 nights. Breakfast included plus special dinner on day 25.

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Enjoy a full day tour to the lovely village of Akaroa on Banks Peninsula. Travel via Lake Ellesmere and stop at The Hilltop for stunning views of Akaroa Harbour before enjoying some free time in this early French settlement. Then we will board the Canterbury Cat for a wonderful cruise of the harbour with a chance of seeing hectors dolphins, seals and penguins. Our return journey is via the Port Hills with spectacular views of the city. Tonight you are invited to a special farewell dinner in the hotel’s premier restaurant, Pescatore.

Day 26 – Depart Christchurch
This morning you will transfer to Christchurch International Airport for your Singapore Airlines flight to London via Singapore. All meals and drinks are included.

Day 27 – Arrive London
Arrive into London Heathrow Terminal 2. Meet your Chauffeur Car driver in the arrival hall and transfer home.

 

Hand picked hotels on this magical tour of New Zealand

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Heritage Hotel, Auckland

Located in the centre of downtown Auckland, a few minutes from the Sky Tower and very close to Queen Street, the waterfront and the city’s finest restaurants and cafés. The hotel has 2 distinct wings. Our rooms are in the Tower Wing with harbour or city views.

Hotel Facilities: Hectors Restaurant and Lobby Bar, rooftop swimming pool, gymnasium, floodlit tennis court, gift shop, self-service laundry, sauna, spa treatments, hair salon and 24 hour room service. Wifi throughout (Free in the lobby).

Room Facilities: en-suite bathroom with separate shower, bathrobes, air conditioning, refrigerator and mini-bar, writing desk, in room safe, tea & coffee making, iron & board, hair dryer and TV.

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Copthorne Hotel & Resort, Bay of Islands

This property has a superb waterfront location in the heart of the Bay of Islands and is part of the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds. It is surrounded by 60 acres of subtropical gardens and is just a 15 minute walk, or 2 minute drive, from the township of Paihia. Our rooms are all Superior Plus Seaview Rooms.

Hotel Facilities: The complex offers a tennis court, free form lagoon style swimming pool, outdoor spa pool, mountain bike hire, courtesy shuttle to downtown Paihia, Waitangi Restaurant & Bar, laundry service, and 24 hour room service. Wifi throughout (Free in the lobby).

Room Facilities: en-suite bathroom with separate shower, refrigerator and mini-bar, writing desk, in room safe, tea & coffee making, iron & board, hair dryer, patio or balcony overlooking the sea and large screen TV.

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Millennium Hotel, Rotorua

Rotorua’s largest deluxe hotel, located in the centre of the city, beside mystical Lake Rotorua and adjacent to the Polynesian Spa. It is just a brief stroll to the town centre. Our rooms are all Superior Plus Rooms.

Hotel Facilities: Restaurant Nikau and Bar Zazu plus the Poolside Brasserie. The Spa, providing massages and body treatments including Rotorua mud wraps. A heated swimming pool, spa pools and saunas plus free access to the Go 360 Gym. Wifi in the public areas, a fee applies.

Room Facilities: Marble bathrooms, balcony overlooking Lake Rotorua, bathrobes, air conditioning, fridge and mini-bar, tea & coffee making, iron & board, work desk, hair dryer, in-room safe and large screen TV.

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Scenic Hotel Te Pania, Napier

Styled to complement its remarkable location on the edge of the beautiful Hawke’s Bay, this modern hotel boasts design awards for its style. You’ll delight in Napier with its seaside location and incredible Art Deco architecture. The shape of the hotel curves to echo the lines of the Bay, offering stunning views out over the Pacific Ocean. Our rooms are Superior Rooms with Ocean View.

Hotel Facilities: Exchange Brasserie and Bar with alfresco dining, guest laundry, gymnasium, and 24 hour reception. Free Wifi throughout including the rooms.

Room Facilities: en-suite bathroom, air conditioning, refrigerator and mini-bar, tea & coffee making, iron & board, writing desk, hair dryer, clock radio and TV..

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Amora Hotel, Wellington

This fabulous, contemporary style, downtown hotel is close to The Waterfront just across the road from Te Papa Museum, close to shopping and the café & restaurant area of Courtney Place and Cuba Street. Our rooms are all Deluxe Rooms with Harbour View.

Hotel Facilities: Grill Restaurant and Bar on the first floor, complimentary guest laundry, Bodyhaven Spa, fully equipped gymnasium, reception, safe and 24 hour room service. Wifi is available throughout the hotel including the rooms – a fee applies.

Room Facilities: en-suite marble bathroom with spa bath and separate shower, bath robes, air conditioning, refrigerator and minibar, tea & coffee making, iron & board, writing desk, hair dryer and large screen TV.

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The White Morph, Kaikoura

This small boutique style hotel overlooks the coast in this seaside settlement. It is a 10 minute walk to the centre of town and is right on the waterfront. Our rooms are all sea facing Premium Rooms.

Hotel Facilities: There is a self-service laundry, BBQ area and two computers in reception for guests use. Wifi is free throughout the hotel including the rooms.

Room Facilities: en-suite bathroom with hydro therapy spa, balcony or patio, mini refrigerator, tea & coffee making, iron & board, hair dryer, and TV.

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The Hermitage, Mt Cook

Located deep within the Aoraki Mt Cook National Park and World Heritage area, the hotel is surrounded by the silent splendour of the Southern Alps. First built in 1884, today it is a modern tourist orientated hotel. Our rooms are Premium Rooms.

Hotel Facilities: There is a range of restaurants and bars and the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre with a full dome digital planetarium, 3D Theatre, Museum and Hilary Gallery. A café, the Panorama Room and the Alpine Restaurant. Wifi throughout (fee to pay).

Room Facilities: Beautifully appointed large rooms with floor to ceiling panoramic views. En-suite bathrooms with spa-bath, airconditioning, in-room safe, fridge and mini-bar, tea & coffee making, sofa lounge, hair dryer, binoculars and TV.

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Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin

'The Cross', as it is affectionately known, has a proud history dating back to 1883. Extensively refurbished, the hotel now provides guests with an exceptional level of comfort, style and service. Situated near the Octagon, in the city centre, Dunedin has a popular university, vibrant student life and a bustling business district that keeps the atmosphere young and exciting. Our rooms are all Superior Rooms. Wifi is free throughout hotel including the rooms.

Hotel Facilities: Carlton Restaurant, Café D'Or, Ports O'Call Bar, two guest launderies, gym and 24 hour reception and room service.

Room Facilities: en-suite bathroom, fridge and mini bar, tea & coffee making, iron & board, hair dryer, clock radio and large screen TV.

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Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villa, Te Anau

Overlooking the serene deep waters of Lake Te Anau with a spectacular backdrop of Mt Luxmore and the Murchison Mountains. The town centre is just a 2 minute stroll. Our rooms are all Lake View.

Hotel Facilities: The renowned McKinnon Room Restaurant and Explorer Bar, self service laundry, swimming pool, sauna, gym, reception safe and tour desk. Wifi is free in the public areas.

Room Facilities: en-suite bathroom with spa bath and separate shower, refrigerator, tea & coffee making, iron & board, hair dryer and large screen TV.

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Crowne Plaza, Queenstown

The Crowne Plaza boasts spectacular views across Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables mountain range.Queenstown’s entertainment district is on the doorstep. Our rooms are all Lake View.

Hotel Facilities: A superbly appointed hotel recently refurbished with quality furnishings, service and state of the art technology. Threesixty Restaurant, Martini Room and Bed Bar, guest laundry, sauna, and 24 hour room service. Wifi throughout including the rooms (a fee applies).

Room Facilities: Private Balcony, en-suite bathroom, pillow menu, bathrobes, refrigerator and mini-bar, tea & coffee making, iron & board, hair dryer, in-room safe and large screen TV.

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Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Situated on the very edge of the Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier will welcome you in true New Zealand style. Encompassing two distinctive wings, each has its own charm and atmosphere and makes the most of the lush native bush surroundings and superb alpine views. Both are within the Franz Josef Village and offer a range of accommodation choices. Our rooms are all in the Douglas Wing.

Hotel Facilities: Canavans Restaurant and Rata Bar with open fireplace, guest laundry, private spa pools. Free Wifi throughout the hotel.

Room Facilities: en-suite bathroom, refrigerator and mini-bar, tea & coffee making, iron & board, hair dryer, clock radio TV.

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The George, Christchurch

This boutique hotel is the essence of supreme comfort and impeccable service. Overlooking Hagley Park and the Avon River it is just a 2 minute walk to the Botanical Gardens and 10 mins to the central city. Our rooms are all Premium Executive.

Hotel Facilities: 50 Bistro and contemporary bar near reception and Pescatore Restaurant on the first floor, guest laundry, bicycle hire, private garden, library, reception, safe, and 24 hour room service. Free Wifi throughout, including the rooms.

Room Facilities: Contemporary and sophisticated with stunning photographic art work, en-suite bathroom with heated mirrors, air conditioning, mini-bar, tea & coffee making, iron & board, writing desk, in-room safe with charging point, hair dryer and TV.

New Zealand is like no other place on earth – packed full of stunning and diverse landscapes and a whole host of incredible things to see and do. All of these experiences are included on your tour. 

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In Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown you will enjoy a fantastic range of guided sightseeing excursions that will include the major sights of each location.

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During this spectacular half day cruise,in a stable catamaran, you will see an abundance of marine mammals and wildlife including dolphins. At Cape Brett you will get close to (maybe sail through)the famous “Hole in the Rock”.

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This historic area is where Maori chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi – New Zealand’s founding document. See the historic Treaty House, the magnificently carved meeting house and the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe and enjoy views of the stunning Bay of Islands.

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On the journey to the Bay of Islands you pass through the Waipoua Kauri Forest with many fine examples of this massive tree. At Matakohe you'll visit the museum with stunning exhibits including antique furniture and a shop with the best selection of Kauri products in New Zealand.

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New Zealand’s premier Maori culture and geothermal visitor experience stands majestic as a symbol of protection for Maori arts, crafts and culture, upholding the values of this proud race. A guided tour is followed by an immersive feast of indigenous culture, entertainment and food.

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During your tour of Rotorua you will enjoy this wonderful agricultural demonstration (sheep and working dogs) and many highlights at Rainbow Springs Nature Park including a visit to the Kiwi Experience conservation area.

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This unique city was destroyed by an earthquake in 1931 and rebuilt with passion – during this walk the guide will bring to life the Art Deco Quarter in Napier’s vibrant city centre.

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This is one of the world’s premier areas for viewing giant sperm whales. This early morning tour is aboard specially designed craft for whale viewing and includes a main passenger cabin and outside viewing areas. Depending on the season other whales can be sighted along with hundreds of dolphin.

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Relax on the heritage carriages as you journey from the city centre to the mountainous interior of Central Otago with an informative and lively commentary. Great photo opportunities as you travel across viaducts and through tunnels carved by hand more than 100 years ago.

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Renowned for its wildlife and magnificent views, a visit is made to the Royal Albatross colony where you will see these giant birds in their natural environment. A visit is also made to Lanarch Castle and its beautiful gardens.

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Best known of the many fiords and only accessible by one of the world’s finest alpine drives. Cruise the full length of Milford Sound and edge near the waterfalls cascading down the sheer granite cliffs of Mitre Peak. Lunch is included.

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Relive the elegance of bygone days with a cruise aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw. Cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm for an insight into high country life and enjoy a carvery buffet in the historic homestead.

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Rated as one of the world’s great scenic rail journeys, linking Christchurch with the West Coast, The journey crosses massive viaducts and winds through spectacular gorges as it tracks slowly across the country’s impressive Southern Alps from Greymouth to Christchurch.

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Travel to Bank’s Peninsula and visit the charming village of Akaroa – a former French settlement. The journey offers spectacular views of both Akaroa and Lyttelton Harbours. A cruise on the Canterbury Cat is included with a chance to see the rare Hectors dolphin.

Stay at these warm and exotic destinations before or after your tour.

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Singapore - 2 nights

On arrival in Singapore you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a 2 night stay. This vibrant and sophisticated city has evolved in recent years to one of Asia’s most exciting destinations. Not only fantastic shopping but wonderful gardens, lively dining quarters and plenty to interest the visitor. The InterContinental Hotel : This delightful hotel exudes old world charm with elegant interiors and award winning dining experiences. It is located in the bustling shopping complex of Bugis Junction and near Raffles Hotel. Deluxe Room includes full breakfast, half day city tour and return transfers.

COST - £351 per person share double, £295 single person supplement. 

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Sentosa Island (Singapore) ~ 2 nights

Sentosa is the largest and best known of Singapore’s offshore islands. It is linked to the mainland by a causeway and cable car and is a popular weekend spot for the locals from Singapore.
Sofitel Sentosa Resort & Spa: A stylish sanctuary with superb facilities and beautifully designed guest rooms. It is perched high on a cliff top amid stunning landscaped tropical gardens.Deluxe room includes full breakfast and return transfers.

COST - £289 per person share double, £253 single person supplement.

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Dubai - 2 nights

Conveniently located for a stop on-route to Australasia this Emirate offers a fusion of modern and futuristic hotels and amenities with a safari through the sand dunes of the nearby desert.
Sheraton Jumeira Beach : This five star beach resort is situated right on the beach in Dubai’s Marina district. A modern paradise with superb leisure facilities and set in 10,000 square meters of landscaped gardens. Standard room includes full breakfast and return transfers.

COST - £454 per person share double, £390 single person supplement.

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Hong Kong - 2 nights

This former British colony continues to be a wonderful place to visit – made up of the peninsula of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island where charming colonial buildings stand proudly alongside futuristic monoliths. It is a shoppers paradise and famous for nightlife and dining – a must is a visit to the music scene of Lang Kwai Fong.
The Park Lane:The Park Lane is conveniently located on Hong Kong Island in the bust shopping and entertainment district of Causeway Bay. IT offers spectacular views of the harbour and Victoria Park and has easy access to the MTR stations and cross harbour tunnel.

COST - £345 per person share double, £217 single person supplement.

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Fiji - 4 nights

Fiji is made up of 333 unspoilt islands in the tropical south Pacific. Often referred to as the world’s friendliest paradise where the people are as warm as the climate. It has uncrowded beaches,beautiful coral reefs and is a perfect holiday destination.
InterContinental Resort Fiji: Situated on picturesque Natadola Beach this magnificent retreat offers a golf course, world class dining, spa, four swimming pools and relaxed outdoor bars. The Classic Rooms include full breakfast and return transfers.

COST - £TBA per person share double, £TBA single person supplement.

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ADDITIONAL STOPOVERS

We are able to offer stopovers in Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Australia and many of the islands of the South Pacific (including Samoa, Cook Islands and Tahiti) this may necessitate travelling on different airlines and we are able to quote on a selection of accommodation styles.

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Tour Summary

› International flights with Singapore Airlines
› All airport taxes, fees and charges
› Airport transfer service on departure and when you return
› 23 Nights accommodation in first class hotels with ensuite facilities
› All Breakfasts, 1 lunch and 13 dinners (including 3 special meals)
› Luxury touring coach with maximum 20 people
› Experienced Driver/Guide throughout
› Sightseeing tours in all the major centres
› Many included excursions
› Porterage of luggage at all hotels

World Class Airlines

Our prices are based on return economy class flights with Singapore Airlines. Singapore Airlines were the first airline to operate the new A380 double deck aircraft with a wonderful reputation for service and customer care. All their flights operate through Singapore and you are able to make a stopover in one or both directions. To suit your stopover requirements or through personal choice we can offer flights on several other airlines including Cathay Pacific and Air New Zealand. All Airlines offer the option to upgrade to Business or First Class while Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand also offer a Premium Economy cabin.

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Airport Transfers

We include a chauffeur driven car to drive you to your departure airport in the UK and take you home on your return. You will be contacted the day before departure to confirm your pick-up time and your driver will be waiting for you on your return. This service is available up to 75 miles from your departure airport – should your pick-up location be further away you will be quoted a cost for the additional miles.

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Outstanding Accommodation

We have carefully chosen some of New Zealand’s most special places to stay. All rooms have private facilities and feature tea and coffee making facilities, iron and ironing board, modern TV’s and telephone. In many hotels we have upgraded our rooms to a superior standard which offer additional benefits such as balconies, sea or lake views and upgraded fixtures and fittings.

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Great Food

Quite unique to our small group series is the variety of your dining experiences. A full breakfast is included throughout the tour, whilst evening meals range from three course dinners, barbecues and sumptuous buffets. On some occasions we take you out to dine at selected restaurants for special meals, whilst on nights where dinner is not included on the itinerary, you are free to explore and sample local restaurants at your leisure.

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Quality Coaches

We understand that your comfort on travelling days is paramount to your enjoyment of the whole experience. That’s why our specially adapted luxury small coaches are built on chassis that give the same smooth ride and power-to-weight ratio as the larger touring coaches but accommodate a maximum of 20 people. They feature air suspension, contour reclining seats with seat belts, tinted windows, individual air conditioning controls and personal reading lights, a fridge for drinks and large underfloor luggage space.

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Departure DateReturn DatePriceSingle Supplement
09th November 2017 05th December 2017 £6,585 £2,255
11th January 2018 06 February 2018 £6,785 £2,255
       
04th February 2018* 02nd March 2018 £6,785 £2,255
       
10th November 2018 06th December 2018 £6,785 £2,255

* Departure operates in reverse direction (Christchurch to Auckland).

All prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin or double room.

A deposit of £400 per person is applicable, and final balance must be paid 70 days prior to departure. Terms and conditions apply.