Scenic Splendour

19 Days
Auckland to Christchurch
From (NZD)
$ 9,395
Dates & Pricing

2021/2022 Auckland > Christchurch

The land of the long white cloud

A place of wild beauty and extraordinary friendliness, you’ll love getting to know New Zealand.
Explore ‘Middle-earth’ before taking in the geothermal wonders of Rotorua. Continue with a visit to Wellington before hopping on a ferry to the South Island. Sample crisp Sauvignon Blanc in its place of origin, and marvel at the diverse marine life along the East Coast before arriving in Christchurch. This city will delight visitors with its resilience and positive outlook before crossing the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine. The Franz Josef Glacier is a highlight, as is the energy and passion of Queenstown, while waking up to the views of Milford Sound and Mount Cook will be a treasured memory for years to come.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
SHI
Duration:
19 days
Departure City:
Auckland
Return City:
Christchurch

19 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Auckland

    Welcome to Auckland for your overnight Special Stay.

  2. Day 2 - Auckland > Rotorua

    Visit the Hobbiton™ Movie Set before arriving in Rotorua, home of Maori culture and bubbling mud pools. Later, visit the National Kiwi Trust, before your two night stay in Rotorua.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  3. Day 3 - Rotorua

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

    Freechoice

    Witness a sheep show, take an amphibious duck tour or relax in the geothermal pools. Alternatively, enjoy the view from Skyline Rotorua while wine tasting.

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

    Optional flight - Take a floatplane flight over Mt Tarawera (additional expense, please book prior to departure).

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Rotorua > Napier

    Witness the force of nature at Huka Falls before cruising magnificent Lake Taupo. Enjoy your overnight stay in the home of Art Deco, Napier.

    Enrich

    Meet the makers at a special wine tasting and dinner at Mission Estate Winery.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Napier > Wellington

    Freechoice

    Take a walking tour of Napier’s Art Deco buildings, view the famous landmarks of Napier during a vintage car tour or discover a diverse range of aquatic animals and wildlife at the National Aquarium.

    Continue to Wellington for a two-night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Wellington

    Enrich

    Take an in-depth journey of Te Papa to discover the treasures and stories of New Zealand.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  7. Day 7 - Wellington > Blenheim

    Travel in the ferry’s premium lounge across the Marlborough Sounds to the South Island.

    Freechoice

    Enjoy a tasting at the home of Sauvignon Blanc, a visit to Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, or take an afternoon cruise on the Marlborough Sounds.

    Enjoy an overnight stay at Blenheim.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Blenheim > Christchurch

    Drive along the spectacular East Coast where rugged mountains meet the ocean. Experience how Christchurch is recovering during your two-night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  9. Day 9 - Christchurch

    Freechoice

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

    Freechoice Dining

    Experience a Kiwi home-hosted dinner with a local family or enjoy dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Christchurch > Franz Josef

    Join the TranzAlpine this morning for your rail journey across the Southern Alps. Stand in wonder at Franz Josef Glacier with its ever-changing face before your overnight Special Stay.

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Franz Josef > Queenstown

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  12. Day 12 - Queenstown

    Freechoice

    Take the Dart River Wilderness Jet, or tour local wineries. Feel exhilarated on the Shotover Jet, a 4WD Skippers Canyon, or Safari of the Scenes tour.

    Freechoice Dining

    Take a steamship cruise on TSS Earnslaw and enjoy dinner at Walter Peak, ride the Skyline Gondola and dine overlooking Queenstown, or simply relax at the hotel’s restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Queenstown

    Enjoy a day at leisure to discover Queenstown.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  14. Day 14 - Queenstown > Milford Sound

    In the darkness of the Te Anau caves, see the shimmer of thousands of glow-worms. Enjoy an overnight Special Stay on board the Milford Mariner amidst the majesty of Milford Sound.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Milford Sound > Dunedin

    Awake to breathtaking beauty in Milford Sound. Then immerse yourself in New Zealand’s oldest university city, Dunedin, with a two night Special Stay.

    Freechoice Dining

    Choose between Speight’s Brewery and the hotel’s Parcels Restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Dunedin

    Freechoice

    Tour Larnach Castle or visit the breeding colony of Royal Albatross. Alternatively, take a heritage walking tour, cruise Otago Harbour or take the scenic Taieri Gorge Railway.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  17. Day 17 - Dunedin > Mount Cook

    Visit the Moeraki Boulders, featuring huge spherical boulders scattered across a sandy beach. Enjoy a Special Stay at Mount Cook.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Mount Cook > Christchurch

    Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd before returning to Christchurch for your Special Stay.

    Enrich

    Celebrate your adventures during an iconic tram ride.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Christchurch

    Bid farewell to New Zealand.

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the tour will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Highlights
  • Be awed by the beauty of Milford Sound
  • Stay at the Hermitage Hotel with picturesque views of Mount Cook
  • Indulge in a variety of seafood during a cruise around Marlborough Sounds
  • Taste wine from New Zealand’s oldest winery at Mission Estate

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