Inspiring Journeys 19 Day The Long White Cloud
Christchurch to Auckland
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Inspiring Journeys

Inspiring Journeys 19 Day The Long White Cloud

This Inspiring Journey provides the perfect balance of relaxation and adventure, from the hot pools of Franz Josef to the brave depths of Queenstown, the adventure capital. Explore extraordinary landscapes and the age-old legends of the Māori as you come face to face with exhilarating New Zealand as few have seen it before.

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Small group tour escorted

This suggested tour costs from NZD$12,989 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Auckland

19 days/18 nights

Hotel 4 star

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Tour Inclusions

Guided tour of Emerson’s Brewery
Christchurch Grand Tour
Interislander ferry crossing
Te Papa Museum of New Zealand
Dinner with wine matching at Craggy Range Winery
Napier City Tour
Huka Falls
Maori Village Experience & Hangi (dinner), Rotorua
Entrance to Rainbow Springs and Kiwi Encounter
Redwoods Treetop Walk
Waitomo Glow Worm Caves
TranzAlpine Train from Christchurch to Arthur's Pass
Haast River Jet Experience
Milford Sound Cruise
18 breakfasts, 10 dinners, 1 special dinner
Tour at a glance

Day 1: Arrive into Christchurch
Accommodation: Hotel Montreal (or similar)

Day 2: Board the TranzAlpine Scenic Trail and head through to Arthur's Pass and later onto Franz Josef
Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat (or similar)

Day 3: Time to explore the glorious Franz Josef
Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat (or similar)

Day 4: Travel over the Haast Pass and past the lakeside towns of Wanaka and Hawea to Queenstown
Accommodation: Hotel St. Moritz Queenstown (or similar)

Day 5: A day free for you to explore the pristine alpine town of Queenstown
Accommodation: Hotel St. Moritz Queenstown (or similar)

Day 6: With so much to do you have a second day to experience all Queenstown has to offer
Accommodation: Hotel St. Moritz Queenstown (or similar)

Day 7: Travel south along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to the lakeside town of Te Anau before continuing on to Milford Sound
Accommodation: Milford Sound Lodge (or similar)

Day 8: Cruise Milford Sound today and experience an informative talk by a local expert
Accommodation: Milford Sound Lodge (or similar)

Day 9: Journey through pristine rainforest and onto Central Otago then finally to Dunedin
Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel (or similar)

Day 10: Visit Larnach castle today then see what else Dunedin has to offer
Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel (or similar)

Day 11: Head up the East coast of the South Island to the rebuilt Christchurch city
Accommodation: Hotel Montreal (or similar)

Day 12: Travel the coastline north to Kaikoura, Picton and then ferry to Wellington
Accommodation: QT Wellington

Day 13: A day at leisure to explore New Zealand's Capital city
Accommodation: QT Wellington

Day 14: Head north up the rugged Kapiti Coast, and head East to the architectural delight of the Hawkes Bay
Accommodation: Porters Boutique Hotel (or similar)

Day 15: A day to spend at leisure today in the Hawkes Bay area
Accommodation: Porters Boutique Hotel (or similar)

Day 16: Enjoy a morning in Hawke's Bay before heading inland to Huka Falls and on to the cultural centre of New Zealand
Accommodation: Pullman Rotorua (or similar)

Day 17: Visit the famous Redwood trees and head up to experience what it's like to be in their beautiful canopy
Accommodation: Pullman Rotorua (or similar)

Day 18: A leisurely breakfast before heading to Auckland the 'City of Sails'
Accommodation: QT Auckland (or similar)

Day 19: Time to farewell from Auckland

Tour full itinerary

Detailed itinerary: 19 day tour starting in Christchurch

Day 1 - Arrive into Christchurch
Inspiring Journeys 19 Day The Long White Cloud - Day 1
Arrive Christchurch

On arrival in Christchurch, you will be transferred by private car to your hotel. Spend some time at leisure to relax or explore on your own. Perhaps visit the International Antarctic Centre or Orana Wildlife Park, New Zealand’s only open-range zoo. In the evening you will meet your journey Director for a welcome reception.

Your accommodation: Hotel Montreal (or similar)

Hotel Montreal offers luxurious inner city Christchurch accommodation just a short walk to the cafes and restaurants of Victoria St. The spacious suites also include a kitchenette or kitchen and your own private balcony.
Day 2 - Board the TranzAlpine Scenic Trail and head through to Arthur's Pass and later onto Franz Josef
Inspiring Journeys 19 Day The Long White Cloud - Day 2
Christchurch to Franz Josef

Today it's all aboard the TranzAlpine train. Rated as one of the world's great scenic railway journeys, you'll travel in comfort across the Canterbury Plains through the southern Alps. From Arthur's Pass, visit the small town of Hokitika, the heritage and cultural centre of the West Coast, and meet local greenstone (jade) carver for a jewellery demonstration. Later we continue to Franz Josef. Your eco-friendly accommodation is set amid native bush, with an emphasis on relaxation and rejuvenation. This evening, why not enjoy Franz Josef's local geothermal hot pools or perhaps massage?

*Due to a reduction in passenger numbers because of COVID-19 border restrictions, the TranzAlpine train is operating a limited schedule. This schedule may not coincide with some of the 2022/2023 departures. Please contact our sales consultants to discuss whether your chosen departure is affected by this.

Your accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat (or similar)

Nestled amongst native West Coast rainforest at Franz Josef is a very special five-star retreat. Designed with utmost care of its precious environment, guests at Te Waonui Forest Retreat will find themselves encircled by rainforest and accommodated in natural and sustainable luxury.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Time to explore the glorious Franz Josef
Inspiring Journeys 19 Day The Long White Cloud - Day 3
Spend the day exploring Franz Josef and the glacier country

Today you’ll explore Franz Josef Glacier with your Local Expert Guide on an interpretive tour. This afternoon you’ll have the opportunity to take an optional scenic flight over the Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers and Mt. Cook (weather permitting).

Your accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat (or similar)

Nestled amongst native West Coast rainforest at Franz Josef is a very special five-star retreat. Designed with utmost care of its precious environment, guests at Te Waonui Forest Retreat will find themselves encircled by rainforest and accommodated in natural and sustainable luxury.
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 4 - Travel over the Haast Pass and past the lakeside towns of Wanaka and Hawea to Queenstown
Inspiring Journeys 19 Day The Long White Cloud - Day 4
Franz Josef to Queenstown

This morning it's time for an adventure as we travel in a purpose-built fully enclosed river jet boat and journey down the Haast River. After a lunch stop at Makarora, we head to Queenstown, taking time to stop to explore the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown on the Arrow River, with an orientation tour on arrival. Tonight, dinner is included at your hotel.

Your accommodation: Hotel St. Moritz Queenstown (or similar)

Awarded the best hotel in the New Zealand Tourism Awards 3 times running this luxury apartment-style hotel is built on an elevated hillside position offering spectacular lake and mountain views. Only a 2 minute walk to the centre of Queenstown's vibrant attractions and activities.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - A day free for you to explore the pristine alpine town of Queenstown
Inspiring Journeys 19 Day The Long White Cloud - Day 5
Another day to experience Queenstown

Enjoy Queenstown your way! Perhaps join a wine tour and taste some of Central Otago’s world-renowned Pinot Noir or view The Lord of the Rings film locations on a scenic tour of Queenstown and Glenorchy. Tonight, you can dine at one of the local restaurants along the waterfront in town or simply relax at your hotel.

Your accommodation: Hotel St. Moritz Queenstown (or similar)

Awarded the best hotel in the New Zealand Tourism Awards 3 times running this luxury apartment-style hotel is built on an elevated hillside position offering spectacular lake and mountain views. Only a 2 minute walk to the centre of Queenstown's vibrant attractions and activities.
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 6 - With so much to do you have a second day to experience all Queenstown has to offer
Inspiring Journeys 19 Day The Long White Cloud - Day 6
Explore Queenstown

Make the most of your extended stay in Queenstown. Why not sit back and enjoy a peaceful cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak Station, take a jet boat ride down the mighty Shotover River. Or simply relax, shop or enjoy time at one of the many cafés and restaurants while soaking up the alpine views.
Tonight, enjoy a Local Dining Experience in one of Queenstown’s most exclusive restaurants.

Your accommodation: Hotel St. Moritz Queenstown (or similar)

Awarded the best hotel in the New Zealand Tourism Awards 3 times running this luxury apartment-style hotel is built on an elevated hillside position offering spectacular lake and mountain views. Only a 2 minute walk to the centre of Queenstown's vibrant attractions and activities.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Travel south along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to the lakeside town of Te Anau before continuing on to Milford Sound
Inspiring Journeys 19 Day The Long White Cloud - Day 7
Queenstown to Milford Sound

Travel south along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau on the shores of the South Island's largest lake. Later you'll travel through the rainforest of World Heritage Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges before driving through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to the amazing Mirror Lake. Afterwards, walk to see the Chasm on your way into Milford Sound and take some time to kayak this majestic fiord, considered by many as the Eighth Wonder of the World (optional experience at own expense). Tonight stay at the magical Milford Sound Lodge, with views of the Cleddau Valley.

Your accommodation: Milford Sound Lodge (or similar)

Experience the tranquillity of Milford once the day visitors have left. Breakfast on the deck while keas look on.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - Cruise Milford Sound today and experience an informative talk by a local expert
Inspiring Journeys 19 Day The Long White Cloud - Day 8
Milford Sound

Wake up to the startling beauty of Milford Sound. This morning, explore a section of the famous Milford Track on an easy going half day guided walk. This place is steeped in rich history and stories, the flora and fauna are unique and special. This afternoon aboard the Southern Discoveries vessel sit back and relax as a specialist nature guide introduces you to the natural wonders of Milford Sound often called the ‘eighth natural wonder of the world’.

Your accommodation: Milford Sound Lodge (or similar)

Experience the tranquillity of Milford once the day visitors have left. Breakfast on the deck while keas look on.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 - Journey through pristine rainforest and onto Central Otago then finally to Dunedin
Inspiring Journeys 19 Day The Long White Cloud - Day 9
Milford to Dunedin

You leave the majestic Fiordland National Park for the fertile sheep-dotted pastures of South Otago. Travel through Te Anau known for its beautiful lake and on to the country musical town of Gore for lunchtime, before arriving in Dunedin, New Zealand’s southernmost city. Enjoy dinner tonight at Parcels Restaurant at your hotel.

Your accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel (or similar)

Distinction Dunedin Hotel occupies the grand Chief Post Office built in the 1930’s. This art deco inspired building has recently been transformed into a 4 star hotel with elegant décor, set in the heart of the city.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10 - Visit Larnach castle today then see what else Dunedin has to offer
Inspiring Journeys 19 Day The Long White Cloud - Day 10
Dunedin

Enjoy a relaxed start this morning, before taking a guided tour at Emerson’s Brewery, sample the tasty craft beer before an afternoon at leisure. Relax or continue exploring Dunedin as you wish. Perhaps ride the historic Tairei Gorge Railway or take a wildlife cruise of the Otago Pennisula.

Your accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel (or similar)

Distinction Dunedin Hotel occupies the grand Chief Post Office built in the 1930’s. This art deco inspired building has recently been transformed into a 4 star hotel with elegant décor, set in the heart of the city.
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 11 - Head up the East coast of the South Island to the rebuilt Christchurch city
Inspiring Journeys 19 Day The Long White Cloud - Day 11
Dunedin to Christchurch

Travel up the east coast of the South Island via Oamaru and Timaru. On arrival in Christchurch embark on a sightseeing tour of the city to learn about its rebirth after the devastating 2011 earthquake.

Your accommodation: Hotel Montreal (or similar)

Hotel Montreal offers luxurious inner city Christchurch accommodation just a short walk to the cafes and restaurants of Victoria St. The spacious suites also include a kitchenette or kitchen and your own private balcony.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12 - Travel the coastline north to Kaikoura, Picton and then ferry to Wellington
Inspiring Journeys 19 Day The Long White Cloud - Day 12
Christchurch to Wellington

Travel along the rugged Pacific Ocean coast this morning to Kaikoura, where sperm whales can often be seen not far from shore. Pass the pink tinged crystallisation ponds of the Lake Grassmere Salt Works, then travel to pretty seaside fishing village of Picton. Later cross the Cook Strait to the North Island where you have a city sightseeing tour taking in New Zealand's parliament buildings, and a visit to Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Your accommodation: QT Wellington

The QT Wellington is superbly situated opposite Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand and Wellington's waterfront. The luxury rooms are just a few minutes walk from the cafes restaurants, theatres, galleries and shopping of the vibrant Courtenay Quarter.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13 - A day at leisure to explore New Zealand's Capital city
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Free Day to Explore Wellington

You have a day at leisure to see the sights of your choice. Perhaps take a tour of Parliament or venture to Weta Workshop, the home of the special effects wizards whose work features in many blockbuster movies. Enjoy the cafe lifestyle in the capital city or simply shop till you drop, there is something in Wellington for everyone!

Your accommodation: QT Wellington

The QT Wellington is superbly situated opposite Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand and Wellington's waterfront. The luxury rooms are just a few minutes walk from the cafes restaurants, theatres, galleries and shopping of the vibrant Courtenay Quarter.
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 14 - Head north up the rugged Kapiti Coast, and head East to the architectural delight of the Hawkes Bay
Inspiring Journeys 19 Day The Long White Cloud - Day 14
Wellington to Hawke's Bay

Continue north today, travelling through the dairy farming land of Manawatu to Napier in Hawkes Bay. Tonight, enjoy dinner with wine matching at Craggy Range Winery, one of the regions world famous wineries situated in the shadow of the spectacular Te Mata Peak.

Your accommodation: Porters Boutique Hotel (or similar)

Porters Boutique Hotel offers luxury accommodation located in the heart of Havelock North village, nestled at the foot of Te Mata Peak. This is a thriving hub of cafes, restaurants, wineries and boutique shopping.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 15 - A day to spend at leisure today in the Hawkes Bay area
Inspiring Journeys 19 Day The Long White Cloud - Day 15
Hawke's Bay

Enjoy a relaxed start before we venture out to explore the Hawkes Bay region. Relive the glamour and style of the jazz era with a luxurious vintage car tour. Your driver will provide a fascinating commentary as you are driven in style, through Art Deco Napier and surrounding areas. You’ll learn about the earthquake that destroyed the city, hear stories of the people that led the rebuild, and discover the Art Deco style. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Your accommodation: Porters Boutique Hotel (or similar)

Porters Boutique Hotel offers luxury accommodation located in the heart of Havelock North village, nestled at the foot of Te Mata Peak. This is a thriving hub of cafes, restaurants, wineries and boutique shopping.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 16 - Enjoy a morning in Hawke's Bay before heading inland to Huka Falls and on to the cultural centre of New Zealand
Inspiring Journeys 19 Day The Long White Cloud - Day 16
Hawke's Bay to Rotorua

Enjoy a leisurely start before continuing the journey to Rotorua. This afternoon visit Waimangu Volcanic Valley where you will connect with the beating heart of the world’s youngest geothermal valley, it’s unique history and legacy. Along the guided walk you’ll experience geothermal activity, hot springs, volcanic craters, nature and wildlife. Followed by a relaxing 45-minute cruise around the tranquil waters of Lake Rotomahana see stunning geothermal activity only accessible by boat as well as rare native birdlife. Immerse in the stories of the Mt Tarawera volcanic eruption and the resulting dramatic landscape changes that created this amazing part of the world.

Your accommodation: Pullman Rotorua (or similar)

Pullman Rotorua is located in the city and only moments away from the lakefront. It is surrounded by surreal scenery and iconic attractions.
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 17 - Visit the famous Redwood trees and head up to experience what it's like to be in their beautiful canopy
Inspiring Journeys 19 Day The Long White Cloud - Day 17
Explore Rotorua

Ascending to the breathtaking Redwoods Treewalk, enjoy an elevated bird’s eye view of the 115-year-old redwood giants and the beautiful surrounds of the forest from a unique perspective. Next stop is Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a behind the scenes look at the National Kiwi Hatchery. Tonight, an evening of culture, history and scrumptious food awaits you at Te Puia. Wander through the ancient forest village and learn about Maori art forms and traditions, followed by a cultural performance. Experience an authentic Maori Hangi meal, steamed underground in the traditional way.

Your accommodation: Pullman Rotorua (or similar)

Pullman Rotorua is located in the city and only moments away from the lakefront. It is surrounded by surreal scenery and iconic attractions.
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 18 - A leisurely breakfast before heading to Auckland the 'City of Sails'
Inspiring Journeys 19 Day The Long White Cloud - Day 18
Rotorua to Auckland

Begin your day with a dazzling show during an exclusive five-star Eco Glowworm experience at Caveworld Waitomo. Your guide sets the scene for a cave experience where you will see glowworms, cave formations and appreciate the beauty of Footwhistle Cave. Later, travel through the dairy farming district of Waikato, and onto Auckland. Tonight, Toast your trip together tonight at a Celebration Dinner.

Your accommodation: QT Auckland (or similar)

Rare beauty is celebrated in bold design that’s strikingly off the wall. Home to internationally renowned Chef Sean Connolly, QT Auckland puts delicious touches on every agenda. Sip pretty at the rooftop bar, or recharge in the hotel’s rooms and suites. Discovery awaits, as textures and hues mix to celebrate the local surrounds, complete with plush furniture, sleek bathrooms and all the creature comforts.
Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner
Day 19 - Time to farewell from Auckland
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Farewell from AAT

How many travel highs can you pack into a holiday? This itinerary has certainly pushed the boundaries. Now all you have to do is go home and sort through all those photos.

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