Royal New Zealand

16 Days
Christchurch to Auckland
From (NZD)
$ 8,360
Dates & Pricing

2020/2021 Christchurch > Auckland

A tale of two islands

From south to north, the spectacular natural wonders never cease. With turquoise waters, ancient forests, sweeping mountainscapes and epic glaciers, New Zealand is and always will be, breathtaking.
Start on the South Island in Christchurch, a city reimagining itself. Experience the amazing TranzAlpine railway and stand in awe before the Franz Josef Glacier. Soak up the adrenaline of Queenstown and savour the beauty of Milford Sound. In the North Island, your Scenic Freechoice option in Wellington gives you a chance to enjoy a glimpse into the world of the creative geniuses from Weta Workshop who have dreamt up films like the ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, while in Rotorua, marvel at the bubbling geothermal activity. Explore the ‘City of Sails’ and sail across Auckland Harbour, a beautiful way to end your 16 days of delight and exploration.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
ROI
Duration:
16 days
Departure City:
Christchurch
Return City:
Auckland

16 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Christchurch

    Kia ora and welcome to Christchurch for a two night stay. The wonder of New Zealand begins here. Celebrate the start of your journey with a welcome dinner. 

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Christchurch

    Freechoice

    Go punting on the Avon River, take a Botanic Gardens Tour or a city tour of Christchurch. Alternatively, visit the seaside town of Akaroa or the International Antarctic Centre – the choice is yours.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  3. Day 3 - Christchurch > Franz Josef

    Join the TranzAlpine this morning for your rail journey across the Southern Alps. Visit the home of New Zealand’s native greenstone, Hokitika. Stand in wonder at Franz Josef Glacier with its ever-changing face before your overnight Special Stay.

    Optional Helicopter Flight - Take a helicopter flight over Franz Josef or Fox Glacier and experience the wonder of a landing in this natural alpine landscape (additional expense, please book prior to departure).

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Franz Josef > Queenstown

    Enjoy a ride on the Haast River Jet boat before you arrive in Queenstown for your two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  5. Day 5 - Queenstown

    Freechoice

    Wilderness and adventure beckon on the Dart River, or enjoy a guided tour of local wineries. Alternatively, feel exhilarated on the Shotover Jet or take a 4WD Safari of the Scenes tour exploring ‘The Lord of the Rings’ filming locations. Or you could opt for a guided tour through Skippers Canyon, or a guided walk around the lake edge.

    Freechoice Dining

    Take a steamship cruise on TSS Earnslaw and enjoy dinner at Walter Peak, or ride the Skyline Gondola and dine overlooking Queenstown. Alternatively, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Queenstown > Te Anau

    In the darkness of the Te Anau caves, see the shimmer of thousands of glow-worms.

    Enrich

    Experience a special screening of ‘Ata Whenua – Shadowland’. Also known as ‘Fiordland on Film’, this short movie takes you on an unforgettable journey over the World Heritage-listed wilderness.

    Your base for your two night stay is Te Anau.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Te Anau

    Travel to Fiordland National Park to witness the spectacular beauty of Milford Sound. Stand in awe of the towering cliffs, peaks and waterfalls.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  8. Day 8 - Te Anau > Mt Cook

    See the fertile, sheep-filled farming land of Central Otago en route before soaking up the alpine landscape of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. Enjoy a Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Mt Cook > Christchurch

    Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo. Travel through the patchwork countryside of the Canterbury Plains before arriving back in Christchurch for an overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  10. Day 10 - Christchurch > Wellington

    Drive along the spectacular East Coast where rugged mountains meet the ocean. Travel in the ferry’s premium lounge across the Marlborough Sounds to start your discovery of the North Island. Discover the nation’s capital city Wellington with your two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Wellington

    Freechoice

    Take an in-depth journey of Te Papa to discover the treasures and stories of New Zealand’s land and people, or join a walking tour all about food. Alternatively, learn the secrets behind movie magic with the team from Weta Workshop, responsible for movies like ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy and ‘King Kong’.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  12. Day 12 - Wellington > Rotorua

    Visit the magnificent Lake Taupo, before experiencing the force of nature at Huka Falls. Your base for the next two nights is Rotorua.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  13. Day 13 - Rotorua

    Be amazed by Rotoura’s geothermal activity during a visit to Te Puia.

    Freechoice

    Enjoy New Zealand’s famous sheep show and meet a Kiwi of the feathered kind, or take an amphibious duck tour of Rotorua’s city and lakes. Alternatively, relax in the geothermal pools, or enjoy wine-tasting and the skyline gondola.

    Tonight, immerse yourself in Mãori traditions at an authentic hangi dinner.

    Optional Flight - Take a flight to Mt Tarawera including a volcanic landing (additional expense, please book prior to departure).

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Rotorua > Auckland

    Enjoy the scenery of the rolling hills and farmlands of the Waikato region. Visit the Hobbiton™ Movie Set before arriving in the ‘City of Sails’ Auckland this afternoon for your two night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Auckland

    Freechoice

    Choose from a range of Auckland’s iconic attractions – enjoy an exhilarating sail on an authentic America’s Cup yacht or explore the wine and cuisine of Waiheke Island. Alternatively, take a leisurely harbour cruise, discover the black sand beaches of the West Coast or join a small group sightseeing tour of Auckland.

    Later, look forward to your farewell dinner at Orbit 360 Restaurant at Sky City.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Auckland

    It’s time to bid a fond farewell to your new friends and the wonders of New Zealand.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Highlights
  • Delight in the spectacular scenery on one of the famous train rides of the world – the TranzAlpine
  • View the bubbling mud during a visit to Te Puia
  • Savour wine from New Zealand’s oldest winery, Mission Estate
  • Visit the Hobbiton™ Movie Set and enjoy a luncheon banquet
  • Experience a traditional M-aori dinner and welcoming as part of your visit to Tamaki

Handcrafted luxury inclusions
  • Fully escorted group touring
  • 2 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 26 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • 3 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • 26 meals – 15 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) and 9 dinners (D)
  • Expert Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

Pricing & Availability