Ultimate Tour of New Zealand

Ultimate Tour of New Zealand

We are pleased to announce another fabulous holiday to New Zealand following an itinerary which has been developed over several years’ experience. We cover the most scenic and interesting parts of both North & South Island staying at carefully selected hotels as we go

We are pleased to announce another fabulous holiday to New Zealand following an itinerary which has been developed over several years’ experience. We cover the most scenic and interesting parts of both North & South Island staying at carefully selected hotels as we go, with breakfast each morning and dinner most evenings. Once again we have planned the holiday in conjunction with Leisure Time Tours of New Zealand, a family firm with over 25 years’ experience of showing their beautiful country to overseas visitors. Previous clients have confirmed this to be the holiday of a lifetime. Compare the difference with others – more meals, good hotels, more inclusions, sold only in the UK, Singapore stopover in both directions, a five star airline and personal, friendly service.

 

  • DAY 1:

    Your Door to Door service will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Heathrow Airport for overnight Singapore Airlines flight to Singapore. Dinner on board.

  • DAY 2:

    Late afternoon arrival in Singapore and then transfer to a central, four-star hotel.

  • DAY 3:

    Sightseeing with hop-off bus tickets and admission to may popular attractions. Early evening transfer to airport for the overnight Singapore Airlines flight to Auckland. B

  • DAY 4:

    Welcome to New Zealand! We should arrive late morning and meet our Leisure Time driver/guide who will be with us throughout our time in the country. Departing Auckland we travel over the Auckland Harbour Bridge and head north to Paihia on the beautiful Bay of Islands. D

  • DAY 5:

    Morning cruise through the Bay of Islands to the Cape Brett Lighthouse, Piercy Island and through the famous‘Hole in the Rock’, on board a luxury catamaran (weather permitting). Then have free time in the historic town of Russell before a guided tour of the famous Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where in 1840, the founding document of New Zealand as a nation was signed. B

  • DAY 6:

    Today we have a choice of two tours: A Discover the Far North of New Zealand. Journey along the magnificent 90 Mile Beach in a purpose built coach and stand on the wind swept tip of New Zealand at Cape Reinga where the Tasman Sea collides with the Pacific Ocean. B Alternatively enjoy a free morning along the Paihia waterfront. Early lunch (included) then take a tour to nearby Kerikeri with visits to a kauri workshop, a historic stone store and the Makana Chocolate Factory. BLD

  • DAY 7:

    Travel south to visit the excellent Matakohe Kauri Museum at Otamatea where we get an insight into the life of early pioneers in New Zealand. The back to Auckland for a sightseeing tour of the city centre and waterfront. Free time to ride to the top of the Skytower or for shopping. BD

  • DAY 8:

    Today we take to the water for a scenic cruise to the Coromandel Peninsula where we rejoin our coach to visit the Driving Creek Railway which climbs 120m to the Eyefull Tower for panoramic views across Hauraki Gulf.We then drive east across the Peninsula through beautiful scenery to reach Tairua where we stop for the night. The town is attractively set on Tairua Harbour and is overlooked by Mount Paku. BD

  • DAY 9:

    We travel down the coast to Tauranga and into Kiwi fruit country where we stop at Kiwi 360 to tour the orchard and learn about the industry. Later we visit Hells Gate Geothermal Park where we can walk past steaming fumeroles and hot pools of boiling mud to reach Kakahi Falls – the largest hot waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere. Then into Rotorua for a two nights stay. B

  • DAY 10:

    A full day in Rotorua. Morning visit to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley featuring the Pohuto Geyser. This evening will be free to explore the town of Rotorua or take a stroll around the lake. Tonight we attend a Hangi meal with entertainment on a recreated Maori village.

  • BD DAY 11:

    We travel via the mighty Huka Falls to the lakeside town of Taupo and then continue to the ‘Fruit Bowl’ of New Zealand, Hawkes Bay – Napier.We enjoy a sightseeing tour of the ‘Art Deco Capital of the World’ and then to the historic Mission Estate Winery for a wine tasting followed by dinner. BD

  • DAY 12:

    This morning we travel to Wellington where we enjoy an informative sightseeing tour including visits to St Pauls – the original cathedral built entirely of wood, the modern city centre and Mount Victoria from where there is a panoramic view across the city and harbour. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore New Zealand’s capital city and make a visit to Te Papa (Our Place), New Zealand’s national museum. BD

  • DAY 13:

    We cruise for three hours across the Cook Strait into the breath-taking beauty of the Marlborough Sounds to the town of Picton on the South Island. From here we travel the scenic road through Marlborough and its abundance of vineyards and on to Nelson for two nights. BD

  • DAY 14:

    Today we travel to nearby picturesque Abel Tasman National Park to enjoy a cruise along the coast. On show here we will see stunning granite and marble formations, golden sandy beaches and crystal clear streams that join the ocean. B

  • DAY 15:

    Drive south through rugged and remote bush covered mountains towards the west coast. Later we reach Punakaiki on the edge of the Paporoa National Park to view rugged coastline and the famous‘Pancake Rocks’ and blowholes. This afternoon we continue south to Hokitika to visit the Greenstone and Glass Blowing factories before continuing further south into the Westland National Park, the home of Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. BD

  • DAY 16:

    This morning time is available for optional scenic flights to view the glaciers and Mount Cook. Then south along the West Coast Road into the South West New Zealand World Heritage Area.A highlight today is jet boating on the mighty Haast River in Mount Aspiring National Park. Then over the Haast Pass to Makaroa and onto the upper reaches of Lake Wanaka and our hotel in the resort of Wanaka. BD

  • DAY 17:

    A fairly short journey today as we travel past Cronwell and through the Kawarau Gorge to reach New Zealand’s first commercial Bungy Jump platform.After time for viewing (or jumping!) we continue to historic Arrowtown – a quaint town with historic remains from the Gold Rush days. Then into Queenstown where we stay for two nights. B

  • DAY 18:

    A day at leisure in New Zealand’s premier resort. There is plenty to see and do including a trip on the Shotover jetboat, a four wheel drive excursion through Skippers Canyon, a ride on the Skyline Gondola or just have an easy day on the lakeside promenade. This evening we take a cruise across Lake Wakatipu to the Walter Peak High Country Farm for a buffet dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. BD

  • DAY 19:

    We skirt the shores of Lake Wakatipu and then continue Te Anau, the gateway to New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park – one of the great wilderness areas of the Southern Hemisphere. This afternoon we visit the local Fiordland Cinema to view ‘Ata Whenua’ – Shadowland, a short film which takes us through one of the most awe-inspiring landscapes on earth. There will also be time for an optional trip across the lake to visit the spectacular Te Anau Glowworm Caves. BD

  • DAY 20:

    A highlight of the tour as we drive to Milford Sound along one of the most scenic roads in the world through the Southern Alps. Before reaching Milford Sound we shall have a picnic lunch in the coach.At our destination we take to the water for a scenic cruise through the fjord which stretches 22km to the Tasman Sea. The Sound is dominated by the grandeur of Mite Peak and the Bowen Falls. Then back to our hotel in Te Anau. BL

  • DAY 21:

    We leave Te Anau and travel across the rolling farmland of Southland and Otago. The road travels through a number of small country towns before crossing the fast flowing Clutha River and heading north to reach Dunedin – ‘The Edinburgh of the South’ where we stay for two nights.After a short break we head down the Otago Peninsula to Taiaroa Heads.At Taiaroa Heads visit the Royal Albatross Colony which is the only mainland nesting site in the world for these magnificent birds. The tour commences with a talk and video explaining the life cycle of these majestic birds then walk up a steep pathway at a leisurely pace to the Observatory to view the nesting sites. This evening we take a tour of the Speights Brewery – the ‘Pride of the South’ followed by dinner at the Alehouse. BD

  • DAY 22:

    We spend the morning in Dunedin and then enjoy a scenic train ride. Our sightseeing tour will include Baldwin Street (officially the steepest in the world) and Olveston House – an impressive house dating from the early 20th Century that is still home to all the lavish furnishings and art collections that have been collected from all corners of the world. Next we visit the newly refurbished Otago Settlers Museum where we learn of life in the area during the early period of settlement.After free time for lunch we depart from Dunedin’s historic ornate Station for a trip on the Taieri Gorge Railway. This afternoon’s excursion takes us through dramatic landscapes and over several viaducts spanning deep ravines.After a brief stop at Pukerangi we retrace our route to Dunedin. BD

  • DAY 23:

    We leave Dunedin this morning and head north along the coast to view the Moeraki Boulders – extraordinary spherical boulders are unique to this area and lie partly submerged in the sea. Next we call at Oamaru where we have time to look at the ‘White Stone City’.We continue past Benmore and Otermatata, through Sailors Cutting and then skirt the shore of Lake Pukaki to Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain (12,300ft). Time will be available to enjoy an optional scenic flight over the ancient rivers of ice and the West Coast Glaciers (weather permitting). Then back along the shore of Lake Pukaki to our overnight accommodation in Twizel. BD

  • DAY 24:

    This morning we drive north to Tekapo to witness the magnificent blue waters of Lake Tekapo. Here we visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and the statue of the Collie Dog, before travelling the vast Mackenzie Basin, over Burke’s Pass through Fairlie, Geraldine,Ashburton and across the Canterbury Plains into Christchurch where we stay for two nights. There will be time during the afternoon to view the rebuilding of the city centre after the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. BD

  • DAY 25:

    Today we join the famous Tranz-Alpine train for a scenic ride up into the Southern Alps from Christchurch to Arthurs Pass. We leave the train here and join our coach for the journey back to Christchurch by an equally scenic route. There will be some time this afternoon to visit the beautiful Botanic Gardens or even take a punt on the River Avon. This evening we have a farewell dinner at a city centre restaurant. BD

  • DAY 26:

    Farewell to New Zealand. This morning we transfer to Christchurch International Airport to join our direct daytime Singapore Airlines flight to Singapore. On arrival we transfer to a central four-star hotel for overnight and breakfast. B

  • DAY 27:

    Another full day to enjoy the many attractions of Singapore with tickets for the hop-on/hop-off bus and many attractions. Evening transfer to Airport for overnight flight back to London. B

  • DAY 28:

    We arrive back at Heathrow early in the morning where your Door to Door service will be waiting to take you home.

  • B = BREAKFAST | L = LUNCH | D = DINNER A MORE DETAILED ITINERARY IS AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.

 

  • Price Includes:

 

  • Door to Door Service

  • Airport Transfers

  • Return Flights

  • Two stopovers and two full days sightseeing in Singapore 

  • 24 nights bed & full breakfast

  • 17 dinners (plus airline meals)

  • 2 lunches

  • All excursions, trains, boats, admissions as per the itinerary

  • Air conditioned coach travel (same coach throughout)

  • Local driver/guide in New Zealand

  • Escorted throughout by a UK Tour Manager

 

Single room supplement: £1315

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Name Address Contact Details
Bath Bath
Avon Street / Riverside Coach Car Park
Bridgwater Bridgwater Mount Street Bus Stop
Rear of Angel Place Shopping centre
Bristol Anchor Road West Anchor Road, Outside @ Bristol
Westbound Bus Stop
Bristol Bedminster ASDA Bedminster Bus Shelter - East Street
In front of ASDA Store
Bristol Downend Bristol Downend
Lloyds Bank
Bristol Filton Bristol Filton
The Air balloon Pub
Bristol Fishponds Fishponds - Fishponds Road,
Bus Stop Outside Lodge House, BS16 3HZ
Bristol Kingswood Kingswood - High Street Bus Stop
Opposite the Civic Centre, BS15 9TR
Bristol Knowle Knowle
Broadwalk Shopping Centre
Bristol Redfield Redfield - Bus Stop outside Aldi
Church Road
Bristol Westbury-on-Trym Westbury-on-Trym Library
Bottom Falcondale Rd.
Chippenham Chippenham The Bridge
In Front of Johnsons Dry Cleaners
Cirencester Cirencester Little Chef/Burger King
Hare Bushes Services, A429 Burford Road, GL7 5DS
Clevedon Clevedon
Tui Travel Agency
Exeter Services Exeter Services - M5 - Pickups from here may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
Frome Frome
Market Place
Gloucester Gloucester
Bus Station
Gordano Gordano M5 Services CAR PARK
Highbridge Highbridge, Church Street Bus Stop
Near to Church
Ivybridge Ivybridge Leisure Centre Car Park - Pickups may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
Junction 27 M5 J27 M5 - Burger King/ Travelodge
Pick ups maybe fed to Gordano Services
Leigh Delamere Services Leigh Delamere - Outbound - Eastbound Side
Return - Westbound Side - Coach Park
Liskeard Liskeard Lloyds Bank
The Parade, Liskeard, PL14 6AW
M5 Junction 13 M5 Junction 13, Starbucks Formerly Little Chef
Melksham Melksham
Town Hall.
Midsomer Norton Midsomer Norton
Town Hall
Newton Abbot Newton Abbot Railway Station Lay By
Pickups may be fed to Gordano Services M5-J19
Plymouth Plymouth Railway Station SE Bound Bus Stop
Pennycomequick Hill/ Saltash Road
Shepton Mallet Shepton Mallet Station Road Car Park
Bus Stop near Monument
Somerton Somerton The Cross - Pickups from here may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
St Austell St Austell-Railway Station
PL25 4LA
Street Street
Bayliss Centre
Taunton Herons Taunton - Hankeridge Farm Bus Stop,
Herons Gate by Halfords Superstore.
Thornbury Thornbury
Aldi Lay-by
Torquay Torquay Coach Station
Trowbridge Trowbridge
Town Hall
Truro Truro Fairmantle Street Coach Park
TR1 2EE
Wells Wells
Princes Road Car Park
Westbury Westbury
Haynes Road bus stop
Weston-super-Mare Weston-super-Mare
Locking Road Car Park
Yeovil Yeovil Bus Station - Pickups may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
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