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Discover New Zealand


Route:
  • London
  • Auckland
  • Bay of Islands
  • Rotorua
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Fox Glacier
  • Queenstown
  • Te Anau
  • Dunedin
  • Lake Tekapo
  • Christchurch
  • London
Tour Pace:

17 DAYS from €4479pp

Tour Highlights
  • Dolphin spotting on a magical 'Hole in the Rock' cruise
  • Visit the Waitomo Glow-worm Caves
  • Experience Maori culture at a Hangi Feast and performance
  • Breakfast cruise on Lake Rotorua
  • Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu
  • Cruise along the spectacularly beautiful Milford Sound fiord
  • Enjoy a dinner of fresh, local produce in Lake Tekapo

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Discover New Zealand

New Zealand truly is one of the most sublimely beautiful destinations on the planet and this comprehensive escorted tour includes the very best it has to offer.

Tour Itinerary

12
UK to Auckland

Depart London on your scheduled flight to Auckland, via Dubai.

2
Auckland

You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel, which is centrally located in the beautiful harbour-side city of Auckland, 'The City of Sails'.

3
Auckland to Bay of Islands

Following breakfast, journey north to the Waipoua Kauri Forest Reserve - one of New Zealand's most famous Kauri forests. Here visit Tane Mahuta or 'Lord of the Forest', the largest and most celebrated Kauri tree known to stand today. Continue to the stunning turquoise waters of the Bay of Islands where Captain Cook, the first European settler arrived back in 1769 and forged the first relationships with local Maori. This evening, enjoy a special welcome dinner.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
4
Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is home to 144 islands providing a stunning aquatic playground off the north coast of the North Island. Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the idyllic subtropical surrounds.

  • Breakfast
5
Bay of Islands to Auckland

Today you will travel to explore New Zealand's finest maritime park on a cruise to Cape Brett around the captivating coastline which provides sheltered waters for dolphins, whales, seals penguins and other marine life. Then, continue to the Hole in the Rock, a distinctive sandstone arch formation, which defines this remarkable coast. Later, return to Auckland.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
6
Auckland to Rotorua

This morning, travel to Waitomo, home of the famous glowworm caves where thousands of tiny luminescent creatures radiate an unmistakable glow. Continue on to the geothermal capital of New Zealand, Rotorua to visit Te Puia - New Zealand's premier cultural centre and enjoy a tour of the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute. Later head over to the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley and witness the phenomenal natural spectacle of erupting geysers and bubbling mud pools. The day will close with a Maori Hangi Feast along with a wonderful cultural dance performance.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
7
Rotorua

After breakfast at the hotel continue your sightseeing with a visit to one of New Zealand's best-loved attractions, the Agrodome, with its entertaining sheep shearing demonstration, dog trials and animal nursery. Enjoy an optional helicopter flight for views over the active white island volcano. Alternatively experience life on the land with a special overnight Country Homestay, where you can enjoy warm hospitality, home-cooked meals and gain a real insight into rural New Zealand life (both at an additional cost).

  • Breakfast
8
Rotorua to Wellington

Departing Rotorua after breakfast, travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway through a region abundant with geothermal activity, crystal-clear lakes, natural spas and rich Maori culture. Visit Lake Taupo - the largest freshwater lake in Australasia and thundering Huka Falls with its striking blue water. Later, travel south across the vast volcanic plateau of World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park en route to Wellington, the nation's capital, where you will spend the evening.

  • Breakfast
9
Wellington to Christchurch

This morning, enjoy one of the world's most scenic voyages as the Interislander ferry traverses Cook Strait through the breath-taking Marlborough and Queen Charlotte Sounds to the seaside port of Picton. Once in Picton, enjoy a spectacular scenic drive as you continue to Kaikoura, famed for whale watching and nestled at the foot of majestic mountains. Later, arrive in Christchurch and settle in your hotel before dinner.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
10
Christchurch to Fox Glacier

Today you have the option to take one of the world's most scenic rail journeys aboard the TranzAlpine Train (pre-book at a fee) - crossing the Canterbury Plains and up into the Southern Alps to Arthur's Pass. Alternatively, travel by coach where you can sit back and enjoy the vistas as you journey through this captivating landscape. Continue along the coast and through the rainforest to Westland National Park home to the twin glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef, whose magnificent rivers of ice can be seen cascading down through the lush rainforests.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
11
Fox Glacier to Queenstown

This morning, travel through the spectacular Haast Pass, skirting the tranquil shores of lakes Wanaka and Hawea to the alpine resort of Queenstown on Lake Wakatipu. Delicious food is always on the menu in Queenstown as it is renowned for its world-class culinary scene. This evening, during a time at leisure, you may like to dine at one of the many local restaurants located in the heart of the city.

  • Breakfast
12
Queenstown

Today you have the freedom to simply relax on one of many exciting optional activities. You may wish to board the 1912 Edwardian vintage steamer for a relaxing cruise to Walter Peak Station or perhaps take a gondola ride to the top of Bob's Peak for spectacular panoramic views over Queenstown. Alternatively, you may choose to set off in the Central Otago region independently - one of New Zealand's world-renowned wine producing areas (all at own expense).

  • Breakfast
13
Queenstown to Te Anau

Departing in the morning, journey past The Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu to Fiordland National Park, a vast remote wilderness and the heart of New Zealand's World Heritage Area. Next, continue along the Milford Road, thought to be one of the world's best alpine drives, to Milford Sound a magnificent fiord where you will enjoy a cruise with views of cascading waterfalls, dense rainforest and sheer cliffs.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
14
Te Anau to Dunedin

Leaving the Fiordland region, travel through rolling Southland countryside before arriving in Dunedin to enjoy a tour taking in the city's most significant landmarks. Later, head to the nearby hills to the supposedly haunted Lanarch Castle, New Zealand's only castle, filled with magnificent antiques and offering breathtaking views of the surrounding area.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
15
Dunedin to Lake Tekapo

Travel along the east coast to see the Moeraki Boulders - large spherical stones formed over 60 million years ago. Continue to Oamaru to see some of New Zealand's finest 19th century Victorian architecture then continue into Mt Cook National Park to view Australasia's highest mountain, Aoraki. Arrive at your hotel, situated on the shores of Lake Tekapo for a farewell dinner.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
16
Lake Tekapo & Christchurch to the UK

Following breakfast your group will visit the tiny church of Good Shepherd, which was built as a tribute to the region's early pioneers and is arguably one of the most photographed in the whole of New Zealand. Your tour concludes on arrival in Christchurch airport for your return flight back to the UK, or continue on to your chosen extension.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

British passport holders are not currently required to obtain a visa in order to travel to New Zealand. Further visa advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you to check with your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding required passport validity.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of €300pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Your flights to New Zealand are with Emirates (EK), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 3. Each passenger is entitled to 30kg of hold luggage and hand luggage of 7kg not exceeding 56cm x 36cm x 23cm in size. Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-in should be at least 3 hours before departure.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10, and the maximum will be 40. If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival by your national guide who will remain with you for the duration of the tour, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

Currency Information

The currency in New Zealand is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD) and we recommend you change some currency before you leave the UK. Cash machines will also be available throughout the tour in order to withdraw money in your local currency.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £400 will be sufficient for the durations of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPrice
2018 Dates
19 Oct 201804 Nov 2018€4736
24 Oct 201809 Nov 2018€4759
02 Nov 201818 Nov 2018€4781
23 Nov 201809 Nov 2018€4815
2019 Dates
06 Jan 201922 Jan 2019€5218
20 Jan 201905 Feb 2019€4927
08 Feb 201924 Feb 2019€4927
15 Feb 201903 Mar 2019€4927
22 Feb 201910 Mar 2019€4927
03 Mar 201919 Mar 2019€4815
17 Mar 201902 Apr 2019€4815
03 May 201919 May 2019€4479
06 Sep 201922 Sep 2019€4703
20 Sep 201906 Oct 2019€4759

What to expect

Fact File
Min/Max temperature

8 °C / 24 °C

When to go

Weather can vary quite considerably throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

Auckland, North Island

Queenstown, South Island

What to pack
  • Warm clothing and thermals in winter
  • Waterproof lightweight jacket
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera and charger
  • Binoculars
  • A plug adaptor
  • Leave plenty of space in your case for shopping!
Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Brian Thomas
24th Mar 2017

Hotels varied in quality from excellent to just adequate for an overnight stop only.
Overall they were ok for a fast paced tour just as this.
Food was generally very good all all the hotels.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Kathleen Harris
26th Mar 2016

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
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  • Te Anau
  • Dunedin
  • Lake Tekapo
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