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Contrasts of New Zealand

Contrasts of New Zealand is a 10 Days First Choice journey from Auckland to Christchurch.

8 nights

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Overview

Experience the dramatic contrasts of New Zealand’s two very distinct islands on this fascinating journey. From the rugged beauty of the West Coast to the untouched serenity of Milford Sound, Witness extraordinary natural splendour as you explore Aotearoa.

After arrival in Auckland you'll have some free to explore the city. In the evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and dinner at your hotel.


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Stamford Plaza Auckland

World-class luxury in the heart of the city, just minutes away from the harbour and viaduct. Please note that construction on the city rail link project is underway on Albert St. Stamford Plaza Auckland remains accessible to vehicles and pedestrians, all day, every day. Albert St remains open in both directions throughout the CRL upgrade. However it is limited to one way in each direction.

Start the day with a tour of the highlights of this lively multicultural city, stopping to visit lovely Queen Street with its many heritage buildings, and picturesque Viaduct Harbour. Later, take a cruise on the sparkling waters of Waitemata Harbour.


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Stamford Plaza Auckland

World-class luxury in the heart of the city, just minutes away from the harbour and viaduct. Please note that construction on the city rail link project is underway on Albert St. Stamford Plaza Auckland remains accessible to vehicles and pedestrians, all day, every day. Albert St remains open in both directions throughout the CRL upgrade. However it is limited to one way in each direction.

Follow the meandering trail of the Waikato River to the home of Lance and Bridgette O’Sullivan, of New Zealand horse racing farm, for a Be My Guest experience, a traditional country-style lunch at the Red Barn on their beautiful Waikato Farm. A very personal and exclusive cultural evening awaits you at the Tamaki Family Maori Village. Experience local customs like the Hongi greeting as well as learn some traditional words. Feast on succulent meats and vegetables cooked in a Hangi, the traditional Maori method of cooking in the earth using geothermal steam.

Included: Breakfast, Be My Guest lunch and Highlight Dinner.


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Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Whether you need to travel for business or leisure, we offer world class residential style accommodation to suit your specific needs. Centrally located in the city beside mystical Lake Rotorua, this welcoming, international class hotel is adjacent to Polynesian Spa and just a brief stroll from the Rotorua Museum and Convention Centre.

This morning, visit Rainbow Springs to observe many species of New Zealand found, including the iconic kiwi. From here you’ll visit Te Puia thermal reserve with its bubbling mudpools and stunning geysers. In the afternoon, fly to Christchurch, the gateway to the South Island.


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Distinction Hotel Christchurch

The newly renovated Distinction Hotel Christchurch is an urban escape combining sophisticated smarts and familiar warmth whilst standing proud amongst the buzz of the rejuvenation of Cathedral Square.

Travel today through magnificent alpine landscapes on the world-renowned TranzAlpine train. Stop at Arthur's Pass, the highest settlement on the South Island, and at Hokitika, famed for its New Zealand greenstone (jade). Continue to the town of Franz Josef.


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Te Waonui Forest Retreat

A haven from the city rush, a foray into New Zealand’s pristine wilderness – Te Waonui Forest Retreat is truly a place to relax and refresh. All focus has been on creating a healthy, environmentally safe habitat to maximise guests’ wellbeing. With a natural, earthy ambience and attentive service, there’s no better place to take a deep breath and simply unwind.

Drive over the spectacular Haast Pass this morning, passing towering Thunder Creek Falls, and serene Lakes Wanaka, Hawea and Dunstan. You’ll visit the historic goldmining settlement of Arrowtown before arriving in Queenstown. An orientation tour of the town, which sits on the shore of crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic mountain ranges, completes your day.


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Millennium Hotel Queenstown

At the Millennium Hotel Queenstown, you will always find spellbinding luxury and it is easy to relax in the air of timeless elegance. This welcoming Queenstown hotel captures the essence of a truly unique region and is perfect for either an international conference venue or as a restful haven from the rigours of Queenstown's many outdoor adventure pursuits.

Journey along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau, then drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to see Mirror Lake, Cleddau Valley, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls before reaching mystical Milford Sound. Your lunch cruise on this wonder of nature is sure to be a highlight of your journey.


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Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Millennium Hotel Queenstown

At the Millennium Hotel Queenstown, you will always find spellbinding luxury and it is easy to relax in the air of timeless elegance. This welcoming Queenstown hotel captures the essence of a truly unique region and is perfect for either an international conference venue or as a restful haven from the rigours of Queenstown's many outdoor adventure pursuits.

Explore exciting Queenstown your way today. Jet boat rides and white water rafting will tempt the adventurous, or you might prefer to tour the vineyards of the nearby Gibbston Valley. This evening, join your travelling companions for an exclusive Farewell Dinner at The Boatshed, with its spectacular views over Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range.

Included: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner


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Meals Included: Half Board

Millennium Hotel Queenstown

At the Millennium Hotel Queenstown, you will always find spellbinding luxury and it is easy to relax in the air of timeless elegance. This welcoming Queenstown hotel captures the essence of a truly unique region and is perfect for either an international conference venue or as a restful haven from the rigours of Queenstown's many outdoor adventure pursuits.

Your New Zealand journey comes to an end this morning after breakfast.


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Flight information

Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Auckland Airport 

Day 10 – flights to depart anytime from Christchurch Airport

Flights are not included in the holiday price.

Internal-holiday flights: Land Only price requires the following internal-holiday flights to be purchased separately in order to fulfil the holiday itinerary:

Day 4 – Rotorua to Christchurch: NZ5785/5787

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