New Zealand Land of the Long White Cloud Escorted Tour Highlights
22 February – 26 March 2016
27 February – 31 March 2016
Tour Escorts Pam And Norman Whitaker and Nelson and Barbara Lacey
Guide Price From £5,195 Per Person
Total Driving Distance Approx. 2,500 Miles
Tour Size Maximum 24 Units
Days 1 - 2
Depart London to New Zealand. Cross International Date Line.
Arrive Christchurch, where you’ll be met on arrival by your Tour Escorts and transferred to the hotel (bed and breakfast basis) you are free to make your own meal arrangements. Overnight Christchurch hotel.
Breakfast followed by a guided coach tour of Christchurch. PM – time to explore at leisure, then in the evening enjoy a welcome meal at the hotel and a vehicle presentation by the motorhome company. Overnight Christchurch hotel.
Pick up vehicles and travel to Mount Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand (192 miles). Overnight Mount Cook campsite.
Days 6 - 7
Travel From Mount Cook To Dunedin Via Oamaru (205 Miles). See The Moeraki Boulders En Route. Day To Explore Dunedin, The Otago Peninsula And Albatross Colony. 2 Nights Dunedin Campsite.
Days 8 - 9
Travel from Dunedin to Te Anau via Balclutha and Te Anau (180 miles). Full day excursion to Milford Sound including the underwater observatory, a fjord cruise, views of many South Island landmarks including Mitre Peak (weather permitting) and wildlife spotting (wildlife permitting). Overnight Te Anau campsite.
Go from Te Anau to Queenstown via Five Rivers (110 miles). Overnight Queenstown campsite.
Day to explore Queenstown, world capital of adventure sports from paragliding to white water rafting. Take a cruise on Lake Wakatipu or the Skyline gondola to Bob’s Peak. Overnight Queenstown campsite.
Travel from Queenstown to Wanaka through the Southern Alps (48 miles). Overnight Wanaka campsite.
Travel from Wanaka to Fox Glacier through the impressive Haast Pass (175 miles). Overnight Fox Glacier campsite.
Day at leisure to visit Fox Glacier or nearby Franz Josef Glacier – helicopter or ski plane flights over the glaciers are available and highly recommended. Overnight Fox Glacier campsite.
Travel from Fox Glacier to Greymouth along the coast road between the Tasman Sea and the Alps via Hokitika Gorge (130 miles). Overnight Greymouth campsite.
Travel from Greymouth to Hanmer Springs via Reefton (135 miles). Overnight Hanmer Springs campsite.
A short drive today from Hanmer Springs to Kaikoura (63 miles) to ensure you arrive early enough to book the optional whale watching excursion for the next day. Overnight Kaikoura campsite.
Day at leisure for whale, dolphin and bird watching, seal and dolphin swimming or even shark diving (in a shark cage) for the adventurous. Overnight Kaikoura campsite.
Travel from Kaikoura to Lower Hutt. Bid farewell to the South Island and catch the Interislander ferry. Kaikoura to Picton (97 miles), Picton to Wellington Ferry crossing the Cook Strait (3 hours 30 minutes), Wellington to Lower Hutt (10 miles). Overnight Lower Hutt campsite.
Day at leisure to explore Wellington, the capital city – make sure to visit Te Papa, the national museum of New Zealand and the ‘beehive’ that houses the parliament. Overnight Lower Hutt campsite.
Days 21 - 22
Travel from Lower Hutt to Napier via Hastings (200 miles). Following day at leisure to explore Napier, famous for its art deco architecture. 2 nights Napier campsite.
Days 23 - 24
Travel from Napier to Taupo (95 miles) on the shores of Lake Taupo, via Eskdale and Te Pohue. Day at leisure to explore Taupo and to luxuriate in the thermal pools, visit the Craters of the Moon bubbling mud pools or the Huka Falls. 2 nights Taupo campsite.
Days 25 - 26
Travel to Rotorua, home of Maori heritage centres, hot springs and thermal pools (50 miles). Following day at leisure to explore the thermal reserves with their geysers that can spout as high as 30m. Meet the Maori for dinner. 2 nights Rotorua campsite.
Travel from Rotorua to Orewa, north of Auckland (205 miles). Visit Te Puke, famous for kiwi fruit on the Bay of Plenty or Waihi, the old gold-mining town, en route. Overnight Orewa campsite.
Days 28 - 30
Travel from Orewa to Russell via Whangerei (120 miles) – en route visit Hokianga Harbour or some of the world’s biggest trees at Waipoua Kauri Forest. Try Waitangi National Reserve, where the treaty ceding New Zealand’s sovereignty to Britain was signed by the Maori chiefs. We include a boat cruise around the Bay of Islands and visit the Hole in the Rock. 3 nights Russell campsite.
Travel From Russell To Orewa, (168 Miles), Visiting Places You Missed On The Way North. Overnight Orewa.
Return your motorhome. Transfer to Auckland city centre hotel (accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis). Afternoon at leisure to visit Auckland followed by a farewell meal in Auckland’s Sky Tower with stunning views over Auckland by night. Overnight Auckland city centre hotel.
Day at leisure. Enjoy a museum, Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World or the Parnell Rose Gardens. Transfer to airport. Evening flight from Auckland to London.
Arrive London. This ends the tour travel arrangements.
New Zealand 34 Day Escorted Tour
Venture to the Land of the Long White Cloud with Pam and Norman, where you’ll explore the best of New Zealand, taking in the South Island’s Mount Cook, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers as well as the North Island’s Wellington, Lake Taupo, Rotorua and the Bay of Islands.
Complete tour of North and South Island Traditional Maori Evening Meal Coach Tour And Two Nights Hotel Stay In Christchurch Milford Sound excursion Bay of Islands cruise including the Hole in the Rock
One night hotel stay in Auckland Farewell meal in the spectacular Skytower restaurant; The services of experienced Tour Escorts Return standard flights (London to Christchurch, returning Auckland to London) ; All airport taxes 29 days fully-equipped 2-berth motorhome hire (includes unlimited mileage) ;Motorhome preparation and living kits ;Vehicle insurance (zero excess) 28 nights site fees (includes electrical hook-up where available) ;Interislander ferry crossing ;Two nights hotel accommodation in Christchurch on a bed and breakfast basis ;One night hotel accommodation in Auckland on a bed and breakfast basis; Coach transfers as stated; Full day Milford Sound excursion; Welcome meal; A meal with the Maori people
Tour daybook Prices are per person based on two adults sharing a motorhome
Personal insurance – please ask for a quote Motorhome fuel or refills of propane gas Meals and drinks (unless stated) Excursions or entrance fees (other than those stated) Personal expenditure, tips etc Any single supplements, extra adult or child supplements – available on request
Add-Ons And Upgrades
Enhance your flight with an upgrade Add in pre-tour or post-tour stays, extended motorhome rental, hotels or excursions. Upgrade to a 4 or 6-berth motorhome for extra space
Holiday Ref: NZT02