Our sightseeing this morning takes us via Rotorua’s famous Bath House, a Tudor-style building within the Government Gardens. We continue to Te Puia, home to the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, with its spurting geysers and boiling mud pools. Your afternoon is at leisure to relax. For those that so wish, optional activities include a floatplane flight over Mount Tarawera, or perhaps an afternoon visiting the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings may be more appealing?
Rotorua sightseeing: 3hrs inc. stops and visit to Te Puia
This morning we make our way to Auckland Airport for our Jetstar ﬂight to Christchurch. Enjoy a brief sightseeing tour, prior to our arrival at the centrally located Distinction Hotel, Christchurch.
Rotorua to Auckland: 3hrs 30min incl. stop
Christchurch transfer and sightseeing: 2hrs subject to arrival
After breakfast, we transfer to Christchurch railway station in plenty of time to catch the TranzAlpine Express, arguably one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world. Cross the fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains, and enjoy thrilling vistas over deep gorges as we travel alongside the ice-fed Waimakariri River. We climb the mighty Southern Alps, where at every turn, spectacular views of the chiselled alpine landscape will take our breath away. At Arthur’s Pass we join our waiting coach to make the spectacular descent down the western side of the Southern Alps through thick native beech forest. Our travels continue southbound taking us alongside striking wild scree-scarred terrain with forests of Crimson Rata and Kahikatea. Just a few miles further south we pass Lakes Ianthe and Mapourika before reaching Franz Josef and entering the Westland National Park. Our next two nights are at the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier.
Christchurch to Franz Josef: 9hrs incl. 2hrs 15min on Tranz Alpine, lunch, and stops.
Today is left completely free to absorb the beauty of Franz Josef. For those that so wish, we shall drive to the Franz Josef Glacier terminal where we will have the opportunity to walk to view the glacier. Weather permitting we may also take an optional scenic ﬂight (at an additional cost) over the glacier and the awe-inspiring Alpine region.
Incredible scenery today as we travel across the Haast River Bridge and via Clark Bluff along one of the most exciting scenic roads ever built. Travel along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea as we enter New Zealand’s Central Otago region. We continue via Lake Dunstan, created by the mighty Clyde hydro dam in 1994. Later in the afternoon we reach beautiful, cosmopolitan Queenstown, and our home for the next three nights, the four star Millennium Hotel, situated only a short walk from the centre of town.
Franz Josef to Queenstown: 9hrs including lunch and stops
Queenstown smiles south across Lake Wakatipu into an incomparable alpine scene. Poplars and willows surround the lakefront and the lake seems to glisten every shade of blue. Today has been left free to take advantage of the incredible variety of activities available in and around New Zealand’s most glamorous alpine resort. For a relaxing experience, follow Queenstown’s wine trail, an enjoyable day excursion of wine tasting and sightseeing. There is also an opportunity to take an optional leisurely cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the vintage steamboat TSS Earnslaw. The cruise includes a visit to Walter Peak Homestead and a sheep shearing show, before returning to Queenstown aboard Earnslaw.
A further Freedom Day to enjoy in this wonderful alpine setting. The thrill seekers amongst us may wish to try the Shotover Jet – an exhilarating boat ride amongst the crags and boulders of the Shotover River canyon. For a more serene experience maybe stroll by the lakeside or take a gondola ride to the top of Bob’s Peak for a magnificent panoramic view of Queenstown. Breakfast included
This morning we take a tour to visit the nearby historic mining town of Arrowtown. The heart of its history is Buckingham Street, a procession of small-town heritage buildings that stretch into a tree-lined avenue of tiny miners’ cottages. Be sure to try a cream tea in one of the quaint tea rooms. Afterwards, depart through high country landscapes and trout fishing rivers and travel onwards to the shores of Lake Te Anau, the biggest of South Island’s many lakes. We stay the next two nights at the Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau.
Queenstown to Te Anau: 6hrs via Arrowtown incl. lunch and stops
An early start this morning as we embark on a stunning scenic drive into the heart of Fiordland National Park to join our morning cruise on spectacular Milford Sound. By choosing to cruise early in the morning, we will experience a quieter environment in which to enjoy all the wonders this beautiful fiord has to offer. See towering cliffs and peaks, including the iconic and much-photographed Mitre Peak, rising more than a kilometre straight out of the sea. Waterfalls cascade into the fiord and luxuriant rain forest clings to sheer rock faces. Later we return to Te Anau where there is time to enjoy the delights of this quaint township.
Te Anau to Milford: 3hrs incl. stops
Milford to Te Anau: 2hrs
This morning after a hearty breakfast we say goodbye to Fiordland. A morning drive takes us via Mossburn and Lumsden to Gore. Fresh, green farm scenery will accompany us to Balclutha, which has a distinctive arched concrete bridge. Known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’, Dunedin is South Island’s second largest city and is considered New Zealand’s architectural heritage capital, with its lovingly restored Victorian and Edwardian buildings.
On arrival, we enjoy a sightseeing tour taking in the city’s neo-Gothic churches, town hall, opulent theatres, and other 19th century buildings. We have time to admire the beautifully landscaped trees and plants of Dunedin Botanical Gardens and the spectacular views of the Otago Peninsula and Harbour before we return to our hotel. Our next two nights are spent at the Distinction Hotel Dunedin.
Te Anau to Dunedin: 5hrs incl. lunch and stops
Dunedin sightseeing: 2hrs 30min
A day at leisure to spend as we please. Perhaps join the Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour – a perfect optional excursion for nature lovers. The tour includes an Otago Harbour cruise to Taiaroa Head, home of the world’s only mainland nesting place of albatross, and a visit to Penguin Place, a private conservation reserve for the endangered Yellow Eyed Penguin. Alternatively, you may wish to travel on the Taieri Gorge Train as it travels through ten tunnels and over countless bridges and viaducts, stopping or slowing down at various scenic points along the way for photos.
This morning, our travels take us north once more. We stop at Hampden Beach to witness the geological curiosities known as the Moeraki Boulders, huge spherical boulders which are scattered along the beach, whilst others can be seen emerging from the sandstone cliffs. Each boulder weighs several tonnes and is up to two metres in diameter. According to Maori legend, the boulders are gourds washed ashore from the great voyaging canoe Araiteuru when it was wrecked upon landfall in New Zealand hundreds of years ago. Scientists explain the boulders as calcite concretions formed about 65 million years ago. The soft mudstone containing the boulders was raised from the seabed around 15 million years ago and waves, wind and rain are uncovering them one by one. Later in the day, we arrive at the Distinction Hotel in Christchurch for our final night in New Zealand.
Dunedin to Christchurch: 8hrs 30min via Moeraki and Oamaru
All good things must come to an end, and this morning we transfer to Christchurch Airport. Our flights to London Heathrow or Manchester travel via Singapore. If flying to Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle, Edinburgh or Glasgow, flights will also travel via Amsterdam.
Breakfast and in-ﬂight meals and drinks included
SPECIAL OFFER: If you would like to break the long journey home to the UK after your New Zealand tour, then why not add on a stopover on Sentosa Island, Singapore? To celebrate the launch of our new 2020/ 2021 season, we are offering any guests travelling in our new season (departing from October 2020) a two night homebound stopover for only £99pp (£198 for single occupancy). The homebound stopover includes return airport transfers, two nights accommodation in a four star hotel and a full daily breakfast. To enjoy this special launch offer, simply book by 30 June 2020.
If you fly with Qantas / Emirates (a supplement of £395pp applies), your stopover choices are Hong Kong, Bangkok, Dubai and Singapore, each of which is on the same very special offer.
Breakfast is served shortly before our arrival, bringing an end to our Magnificent New Zealand tour.
In-ﬂight drinks and breakfast included
Escorted holidays to New Zealand are designed to include a lot in your tour. And the great news is that on the Magnificent New Zealand tour, so much of what you do and see is already included in the price. That’s all your scheduled international flights, overseas transfers, expertly chosen hotels, daily breakfast, experienced local coach captains, and many amazing excursions, including a cruise on Milford Mariner, already paid for. All you need to do is bring a bit of spending money.
SPECIAL OFFERS: If you would like to break the long journey home to the UK after your New Zealand tour, then why not add on a stopover in Sentosa Island, Singapore? To celebrate the launch of our new 2020/ 2021 season, we are offering any guests travelling in our new 2020 / 2021 season (departing from October 2020) a two-night homebound stopover for only £99pp (£198 for single occupancy). The homebound stopover includes return airport transfers, two nights accommodation in the fabulous four-star Rasa Sentosa Resort and a full daily breakfast.
If you fly with Qantas / Emirates (a supplement of £395pp applies), your stopover choices are two nights in either Hong Kong, Bangkok, Dubai and Singapore, each of which is on the same very special offer of £99pp (£198 for single occupancy). Alternatively, enjoy a three-night stopover in beautiful Bali, for just £249pp (£448 for single occupancy). Your package includes return airport transfers, three nights accommodation in a four-star hotel and a full daily breakfast. For full details, see the ‘Offers’ tab.
To enjoy any of these special launch offers, simply book by 30 June 2020.
|Departure date||Price (pp)||Availability||Offer|
|18 October||£4,895||HALF FULL||£99pp stopover, or Bali for £249|
|17 December^||£5,595||NEW DATE||£99pp stopover, or Bali for £249|
|10 January||£4,995||HALF FULL||£99pp stopover, or Bali for £249|
|24 January||£4,995||ONLY 9 ROOMS LEFT||£99pp stopover, or Bali for £249|
|21 February||£4,995||ONLY 9 ROOMS LEFT||£99pp stopover, or Bali for £249|
|14 March||£4,995||NEW DATE||£99pp stopover, or Bali for £249|
|25 April||£3,995||ONLY 2 ROOMS LEFT||£99pp stopover, or Bali for £249|
^: Christmas Departure: Amended itinerary to celebrate Christmas in New Zealand with Distant Journeys. To view the amended itinerary, please click here.
Prices: Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin or double room.
Single occupancy supplement:
£1,495 for departures before September 2020 (26 April 2020 departure: £1,195).
£1,595 for departures from September 2020 (25 April 2020 departure: £1,295).
Deposit: £1,000 per person if travelling in economy class, £1,950 per person if travelling in premium economy, and £3,750 per person for business class.
Terms and conditions: Holiday prices are subject to the availability of flights in the lowest fare booking class and may change, however the correct price will always be confirmed before you book. For full terms and conditions see our terms and conditions page.
If you’ve taken advantage of one of our two-night stopovers on your journey home from New Zealand you may want to make the most of your short stay in these exciting destinations by taking an optional excursion or two.
After all, who could visit Singapore without a trip to the world-famous and historic Raffles Hotel for afternoon tea or a Singapore Sling? Or if you’re in Bangkok, the Grand Palace with its beautiful Temple of the Emerald Buddha is a must-see. Explore Hong Kong and learn about its fascinating history. And if Dubai is where you’ll spend the last two nights of your holiday, why not enjoy one of them feasting Bedouin-style on a Desert Safari?
Click on any of the descriptions below to find out more about any of the optional excursions in Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok.
Make a day of your trip to Waiheke by adding on the Wine on Waiheke tour. This stunning winery tour combines world class wine set against the backdrop of stunning...NZD $150 / GBP £78 Read More >
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If there’s one thing you must do in Auckland if you love sailing, it’s an Americas Cup Sailing experience. Feel the thrill of sailing an authentic America’s Cup yacht when...NZD $190 / GBP £99 Read More >
Immerse yourself in Auckland’s harbour setting with dinner on a beautiful boat. During an enchanting dinner cruise in Auckland, you will soak up your destination’s atmosphere from the peace of...NZD $145 / GBP £76 Read More >
This excursion offers a great way to travel to the top of New Zealand to experience its beauty, history and scenery. Not only does it avoid you needing to take...NZD $450 / GBP £234 Read More >
During your trip to New Zealand, be sure to venture to the very top of the North Island to Cape Reinga. The rolling hills of Northland's rural countryside, breath-taking coastal...NZD $160/ GBP £83 Read More >
The Bay of Islands Cultural Waka tour is an interactive Waka canoe experience that provides a rare and unique insight into the Maori ancient customs, rituals and traditions. During this...NZD $135 / GBP £70 Read More >
Nestled on the shores of Lake Rotorua lies the Polynesian Spa – a geothermal bathing retreat, where you can experience wellness sourced from Rotorua’s very own backyard. Renowned for its...NZD $30/ GBP £16 Read More >
Your tour of the Hobbiton movie set starts with a scenic drive from Rotorua across the Kaimai Ranges to The Shires™ Rest. It then continues with a drive through the...NZD $119 / GBP £62 Read More >
Visit Rotorua’s most remote destinations by your choice of either helicopter, fixed wing aircraft or even floatplane. Popular flightseeing options include exploring New Zealand’s Mount Tarawera which is the site...From NZD $185 / GBP £96 Read More >
Experience Franz Josef Glacier in all its natural glory on a Franz Joesf Glacier guided walk. Your Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk will take you up alongside the mighty Waiho...NZD $79 / GBP £42 Read More >
Experience the true untouched beauty and awe inspiring scenery of New Zealand’s South Island on a Franz Josef Glacier helicopter tour. This helicopter ride over the Franz Josef Glacier sweeps...From NZD $280 / GBP £148 Read More >
Follow the journey of merino wool in a fun, interactive environment from mustering/rounding up sheep through to the creating of Icebreaker clothing. Learn about the history of this family run...NZD $78 / GBP £41 Read More >
The Nomad Safaris Skippers Canyon tour is a half-day heritage tour that follows the rugged and once treacherous Skippers Road. The Nomad Safari departs Queenstown to travel the road that...NZD $295 / GBP £156 Read More >
The Queenstown Skippers Canyon Tour is the best way to experience all that Skippers Canyon has to offer. The Skippers Canyon Tour takes place in small groups and includes a...NZD $195 / GBP £103 Read More >
The only jet boat Queenstown operator allowed on the Dart River, the Dart River Jetboat Wilderness Safari is an exhilarating and spectacular journey deep into the heart of the world-renowned...NZD $259 / GBP £137 Read More >
Experience 60 minutes of unforgettable thrills, spins and exhilaration across three waterways in one of the world’s most stunning locations on a Kawarau Jetboat in Queenstown. Jet across the crystal...NZD $135 / GBP £72 Read More >
There are few experience as exhilarating, and as quite literally breath-taking as a ride on a Shotover Jet in Queenstown. The ‘Can you handle the canyons?’ jet boat ride experience...NZD $149 / GBP £79 Read More >
Get a taste of New Zealand’s farming lifestyle at Walter Peak High Country Farm. Situated on picturesque Lake Wakatipu’s south-western shores, the farm is the perfect place to spend a...NZD $129 / GBP £68 Read More >
The Otago Peninsula on South Island’s east coast is a top destination for nature lovers, known for its seals, penguins and seabirds. One of its premier wildlife attractions is the...NZD $122 / £65 Read More >
The Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour is the perfect optional excursion for nature lovers. It includes transport to the Otago Peninsula, an Otago Harbour cruise on the ‘Monarch’ and a visit...NZD $150 / GBP £79 Read More >
Your Taieri Gorge Train excursion begins at Dunedin’s beautiful railway station. Prepare to embark on a scenic journey into some of New Zealand’s most ever-changing, spectacular and iconic scenery. The...NZD $109 / GBP £58 Read More >
Thailand has over 26,000 temples or Wats (local name). This Half Day City and Temples tour will bring you to three of the most distinguished temples in Bangkok, beginning with...THB 1,150 / GBP £28 Read More >
Bangkok’s Grand Palace Tour is a “must see” for all visitors to Bangkok. The Grand Palace complex, built in 1782, includes the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)...THB 1,250 / GBP £30 Read More >
A glimpse of everyday life in Thailand can be seen at the Damnern Saduak floating market, situated around 100km south west of Bangkok. This Bangkok floating market can be explored...THB 1,300 / GBP £32 Read More >
All aboard an exhilarating Dubai helicopter tour. After take-off from Dubai Festival City you will follow the creek winding past the Creek golf course and continue over the Spice Souk...USD $194 / GBP £155 Read More >
A fabulous evening on a Bateaux Dubai dinner cruise awaits. This elegant two-and-a-half hour Dubai Marina dinner cruise offers the best sightseeing with fine dining, personalised service and a contemporary...USD $172/ GBP £137 Read More >
For a magical and memorable evening, join us on a Dubai Desert Safari tour. Leave behind the hustle and bustle of the city and venture into the mysterious desert in...USD $133 / GBP £110 Read More >
This fascinating half day Dubai City tour provides an insight into Dubai’s rich history. Your tour of Old Dubai passes the Zabeel Royal Palaces, visits historical buildings with their ancient...USD $51 / GBP £41 Read More >
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The Afternoon Tea ritual, much like Raffles Hotel, Singapore, was fashioned in the 19th century. A cherished tradition since its founding in Great Britain, the experience journeyed to Asia during...SGD $90 / GBP £53 Read More >
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Macau, a former Portuguese enclave, mixes colonial charm with modern Chinese zest and is just a short hour-long ferry ride from Hong Kong. Sometimes called the Las Vegas of the...From HK $995 / GBP £104 Read More >
Hong Kong’s largest outlying island, Lantau Island seems a world away from the high rise modernity of Hong Kong Island. It offers unspoilt countryside, lush green valleys, pristine beaches, reflective...HK $850 / GBP £89 Read More >
This half day tour of Hong Kong Island begins with a visit to famous Stanley Market, one of the must-see places for visitors to Hong Kong. You will find an...HK $400 / GBP £42 Read More >
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Book your place on our 2020 / 2021 season (tours departing from September 2020) Magnificent New Zealand tours by 30 June 2020 and you can take advantage of one of our special launch offers.
Add on a two night stopover on Sentosa Island, Singapore for just £99pp (£198 for single occupancy). The homebound stopover includes return airport transfers, two nights accommodation in the beachside Shangri La Rasa Sentosa Resort and a full daily breakfast.
Add on a two night stopover in either Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore or Dubai for just £99pp (£198 for single occupancy). The homebound stopover includes return airport transfers, two nights accommodation in a four star hotel and a full daily breakfast. Flights would be with Qantas / Emirates at a supplement of £395pp
Enjoy a three-night stopover in beautiful Bali, for just £249pp (£448 for single occupancy). Your package includes return airport transfers, three nights accommodation in a four star hotel and a full daily breakfast. Flights would be with Qantas / Emirates at a supplement of £395pp
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