New Zealand Highlights Escorted Tour
Dates 5 - 30 October 2015
Guide Price From £3,510 Per Person
Tour Escorts Arthur And Carol Lancaster
Total Driving Distance Approx. 2,200 Miles
Tour Size Maximum 24 Units
Days 1 - 2
Depart London to New Zealand, crossing the International Date Line.
Arrive Christchurch where you will be met by your Tour Escorts and transferred to your hotel (bed and breakfast basis).
Half day Christchurch city tour. Following a presentation of your motorhome, we will enjoy a welcome meal where you can meet the rest of your fellow travellers. Overnight Christchurch hotel.
Pick up your motorhome and drive to Mount Cook (192 miles), New Zealand’s highest mountain. Overnight Mount Cook campsite.
Travel to Dunedin on the Otago Peninsula via Oamaru (180 miles). See the Moeraki boulders en route. Overnight Dunedin campsite.
Free day to explore Dunedin and the surroundings.
Drive From Dunedin To Te Anau Via Balclutha (180 Miles) With Its Scottish Influences. Overnight Te Anau Campsite.
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.
Drive 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.
Days 12 - 13
From Queenstown head for Fox Glacier (210 miles) with a free day to explore the glacier or the nearby Franz Josef Glacier – helicopter or ski plane flights over the glaciers are available and highly recommended. 2 nights Fox Glacier campsite.
Travel from Fox Glacier to Hanmer Springs via Reefton (257 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 19 - 20
Travel to Rotorua, home of Maori heritage centres, hot springs and thermal pools (279 miles). Following day at leisure to explorethe thermal reserves with their geysers that can spout as high as 30m. Enjoy an evening meal with the Maori and learn about their culture. 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 22- 23
Travel from Orewa to Paihia via Whangerei (120 miles) – en routevisit 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. A boat cruise around the Bay of Islands and visit to the Hole in the Rock is included. 2 nights Paihia campsite.
Travel from Paihia to Orewa, (168 miles), visiting places that looked of interest to you on the way north. Overnight Orewa campsite.
Travel to Auckland (16 miles) and return your vehicle. You will then be transferred to the airport for your evening flight to London.
Arrive London. This ends the tour travel arrangements.
26 Day Escorted Tour
Enjoy the highlights of New Zealand with Tour Escorts Arthur and Carol, exploring both the North and South Islands.
New Zealand Highlights Tour
Bay Of Islands Excursion Including The Hole In The Rock; Two Nights Hotel Stay In Christchurch; Evening Meal With The Maori; Milford Sound Excursion; Mount Cook, Queenstown, Wellington, Rotorua, Fox And Franz Josef Glaciers.
The Services Of Experienced Tour Escorts Return Standard Flights (London To Christchurch, Returning Auckland To London); All airport taxes 21 days fully-equipped 2-berth motorhome hire (includes unlimited mileage); Motorhome preparation and living kits; Vehicle insurance (zero excess); 20 nights site fees (includes electrical hook-up where available); Interisland Ferry Crossing; Two nights hotel accommodation in Christchurch on a bed and breakfast basis; Coach Transfers As Stated; Full Day Milford Sound Excursion; Welcome meal; A meal with the Maori people; Hole in the Rock cruise; 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 Refundable motorhome security/cleaning deposit Any single supplements, extra adult or child supplements – available on request Tour Daybook Your personal tour itinerary, including suggested excursions en route. Use as a guidebook and keep as a memento
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: NZT01
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