Trafalgar 10 Day Contrasts of New Zealand 22/23
Auckland to Christchurch
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Trafalgar 10 Day Contrasts of New Zealand 22/23

Experience the contrasts of New Zealand's distinct islands. From Auckland's sparkling Harbour to Rotorua's geothermal wonderland, the rugged beauty of Lake Tekapo to the untouched serenity of Milford Sound, new facets of New Zealand's splendour will reveal themselves each day as you explore the Land of the Long White Cloud.

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Escorted coach tour

This suggested tour costs from NZD$6,452 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Auckland, finishes in Christchurch

10 days/9 nights

Hotel 4 star

 Pre and post tour options? YES

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Tour Inclusions

Auckland City Tour
Entrance to Rainbow Springs and Kiwi Encounter
Te Puia Maori Hangi & Concert
Breakfast at Hobbiton
Milford Sound Cruise
8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners, 2 special dinners
Tour at a glance

Day 1: Prepare for your trip in Auckland
Accommodation: Skycity Grand Hotel (or similar)

Day 2: Sightsee in Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city
Accommodation: Skycity Grand Hotel (or similar)

Day 3: Head south to Rotorua
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Rotorua (or similar)

Day 4: Today fly to the South Island, Queenstown
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

Day 5: Tour highlight, Milford Sound Cruise
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

Day 6: Choose what you experience in Queenstown
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

Day 7: Journey north to Lake Tekapo
Accommodation: Peppers Bluewater Resort (or similar)

Day 8: Cross South Canterbury to your final destination Christchurch
Accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch (or similar)

Day 9: Explore Christchurch
Accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch (or similar)

Day 10: Farewell from Christchurch

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Detailed itinerary: 10 day tour starting in Auckland

Day 1 - Prepare for your trip in Auckland
Trafalgar 10 Day Contrasts of New Zealand 22/23 - Day 1
Trafalgar 10 day Contrasts of New Zealand

New Zealand’s largest city is also one of its prettiest, as you’ll discover exploring at your leisure. Arrive early to linger in its hip harbourside precincts, where galleries and design-driven stores await. You’ll have worked up an appetite by the time you meet your fellow travel companions for a few local tipples at a Welcome Reception and dinner. Start your Auckland tour on a high, we say.

Arrival into Auckland airport

On arrival into Auckland, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Your accommodation: Skycity Grand Hotel (or similar)

Ideally situated in the heart of Auckland’s CBD, with many of the city's most impressive attractions and eateries literally on your doorstep, the Skycity Grand Hotel offers guests a truly five-star experience. The friendly and attentive team is here to attend to your every need.
Meals included: Dinner
Day 2 - Sightsee in Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city
Trafalgar 10 Day Contrasts of New Zealand 22/23 - Day 2
Auckland

If you didn’t get your city bearings yesterday, you will on an Auckland tour today. Have your camera poised as you reach Mission Bay, a dreamy waterside suburb where the blues patchwork to the horizon. Click! Then get snap happy once again at Bastion Point and the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial, offering epic vistas over Auckland and its harbours. Click, click, click! Want some tips on how to spend your free afternoon in New Zealand’s largest city? How about going behind the scenes of the All Blacks, arguably the world’s most legendary rugby team? Or cruising to Waiheke Island to sip more wine at forward-thinking cellar doors? This evening’s Auckland tour is at your leisure.

Your accommodation: Skycity Grand Hotel (or similar)

Ideally situated in the heart of Auckland’s CBD, with many of the city's most impressive attractions and eateries literally on your doorstep, the Skycity Grand Hotel offers guests a truly five-star experience. The friendly and attentive team is here to attend to your every need.
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 3 - Head south to Rotorua
Trafalgar 10 Day Contrasts of New Zealand 22/23 - Day 3
AAT Kings Auckland to Rotorua

You could be forgiven for thinking Rotorua’s landscapes are a sci-fi movie set. Mud pops and jettisons from bubbling geysers, and steam rushes skywards from cracks in the Earth. The surrounding forest is a fertile habitat for New Zealand’s national bird, being protected and bred at the National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa. The cute-as-a-button, cotton-ball kiwi is under threat in the wild; at the hatchery, passionate conservationists reveal how they are saving the population, one incubated egg at a time. Tonight, dive deep into Indigenous culture and traditions on a Rotorua tour at Te Pa Tu Māori Experience, where your hangi Highlight Dinner is cooked underground. This is a meal you won’t forget in a hurry.

Your accommodation: Millennium Hotel Rotorua (or similar)

Rotorua's largest 4 star deluxe hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of the city overlooking Lake Rotorua. Five levels of accommodation offer guests a wide variety of scenic views.
Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner
Day 4 - Today fly to the South Island, Queenstown
Trafalgar 10 Day Contrasts of New Zealand 22/23 - Day 4
Rotorua to Hobbiton to Auckland

Lord of the Rings fanatics, prepare for a day of goosebumps. Your Rotorua tour begins with breakfast served in the very spot that Frodo and Bilbo once lived. The Hobbiton Movie Set is all rolling hills and emerald pastures, a storybook landscape for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. The feel-good vibes that ensure will follow you all the way to Queenstown, the self-proclaimed adventure capital of New Zealand.

Flight Rotorua to Queenstown

Fly from Rotorua to Queenstown.  The cost for this is additional to your tour, we can book this flight for you.

Your accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 5 - Tour highlight, Milford Sound Cruise
Trafalgar 10 Day Contrasts of New Zealand 22/23 - Day 5
Milford Sound Cruise

Bring your stamina and sense of adventure – things get a little wild today. Nature rules as you skirt Queenstown’s gleaming Lake Wakatipu, and traverse the Devil’s Staircase to Te Anau, the alpine gateway to World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park. Once you’ve paused to admire the drama at Mirror Lakes, Knobs Flat, Hollyford Valley lookout, Cleddau Valley and the Chasm, you’ll begin to understand why Rudyard Kipling called this the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’. You haven’t even seen Bowen Falls or Milford Sound/Piopiotahi yet… The best Milford Sound/Piopiotahi cruise sees you in the company of eagle-eyed guide, who not only knows the immense geological history of the region, but can also point out sun-baking fur seals and playful dolphins.

Your accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6 - Choose what you experience in Queenstown
Trafalgar 10 Day Contrasts of New Zealand 22/23 - Day 6
Queenstown

Take today’s Queenstown New Zealand tour at your own pace. Like things fast and furious? Feel the wind in your hair on the high-octane Shotover Jet, perhaps, your high-octane chariot churning over the Shotover River’s white-water rapids. Prefer to be able to talk (and drink wine) while you cruise? Glide across Lake Wakatipu aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue lunch in a dreamy alpine setting. Wherever you wander, be sure to save space for tonight’s Highlight Dinner at Postmasters Café, a historic Arrowtown cottage replete with picket fence and Instagrammable gardens.

Your accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.
Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner
Day 7 - Journey north to Lake Tekapo
Trafalgar 10 Day Contrasts of New Zealand 22/23 - Day 7
Queenstown to Lake Tekapo

Whether pinot noir grapes or cherries, things grow well in the fertile Central Otago region of the South Island. Get a taste for the area’s plump stone fruit at a local orchard, where the farmers will guide you around the estate. Mountain drama – including views of Aoraki/Mt. Cook – is your backdrop en route to Lake Tekapo, with water so turquoise it looks like a Renaissance painting. This part of the country is ravishing and remote; the lack of light pollution means dazzling Southern Hemisphere stargazing at UNESCO World Heritage listed Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. It’s handy to have an astronomer in your company to decode the constellations of the Milky Way. If there was ever a NZ experience that put life in perspective, this is it.

Your accommodation: Peppers Bluewater Resort (or similar)

Peppers Bluewater sits overlooking stunning Lake Tekapo and the Southern Alps and is just a short walk to the small towns facilities. Also close by is the Tekapo Springs Day Spa, a great place to relax after a day exploring. Facilities include an on site restaurant and bar.
Meals included: Dinner
Day 8 - Cross South Canterbury to your final destination Christchurch
Trafalgar 10 Day Contrasts of New Zealand 22/23 - Day 8
Journey north to Christchurch

The Canterbury region of the west coast is a bucolic union of grassy plains, mirror-like lakes and snow-capped mountains, the kind of landscape that you might see on postcards. Enjoy some warm Kiwi hospitality at Morelea, the home of Angie and Stan Taylor. Indulge in a Be My Guest barbecue lunch and hear about a lifetime spent in farming in New Zealand. You'll also get to witness Angie preparing her famous pavlova dessert. Whether installations or bijou boutiques, this city packs a mighty art punch, as you’ll discover on tomorrow’s Christchurch tour. For now, the only thing to do is celebrate your NZ holiday at one of the city’s forward-thinking restaurants and bars. Ask us for recommendations.

Your accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch (or similar)

This 4.5 star hotel is centrally located in the revitalised Cathedral Square. Ideally positioned, only a few minutes walk from the brand new Christchurch Convention Centre.
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 9 - Explore Christchurch
Trafalgar 10 Day Contrasts of New Zealand 22/23 - Day 9
Day in Christchurch

Start your last full day of your travels touring the beautiful English city of Christchurch, which is not only rebuilding itself after the devastating 2010/11 earthquakes, but is changing the way architects think about design. Case in point the mind-bending Transitional Cathedral, made largely of cardboard, and Turanga, the gold-clad central library. A big day leads to a big evening joining your Travel Director and travel mates for a celebratory Farewell Dinner featuring produce from the Canterbury region.

Your accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch (or similar)

This 4.5 star hotel is centrally located in the revitalised Cathedral Square. Ideally positioned, only a few minutes walk from the brand new Christchurch Convention Centre.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10 - Farewell from Christchurch
Trafalgar 10 Day Contrasts of New Zealand 22/23 - Day 10
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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