Duration
17 Days
Fitness
Relaxed
Travel
Multiple departure dates in 2018 & 2019
Destination
New Zealand
Begin your New Zealand story with a cruise in the stunning Bay of Islands. Continue the narrative with the arts and traditions of Maori culture, and the sweeping vistas of the Marlborough Sounds. Conclude your epic narrative with tales of intrepid settlers in Central Otago, and thrills in Queenstown, the adventure capital
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Feast on a Maori Hangi at a unique dinner experience with the Tamaki family
  • Travel by luxury coach with a dedicated guide with 27 meals included
  • Tour Christchurch and witness the dramatic rebuild of the city

  HOLIDAY INCLUDES
16 Nights in Comfortable accommodation
Travel by luxury coach
Airport transfers (see flight information in the Fine Print)
27 meals: 16 full breakfasts, 11 dinners

TRAVEL DATE 2019
  • Mar: 30

ITINERARY 
  • Day 1: Welcome to Auckland
  • Day 2: Auckland – Bay of Islands 
  • Day 3: Bay of Islands ‘Free Time’
  • Day 4: Bay of Islands – Auckland
  • Day 5: Auckland – Rotorua
  • Day 6: Rotorua
  • Day 7: Rotorua – Wellington
  • Day 8: Wellington – Picton
  • Day 9: Picton – Christchurch 
  • Day 10: Christchurch – Omarama
  • Day 11: Omarama – Dunedin
  • Day 12: Dunedin – Te Anau
  • Day 13: Te Anau – Queenstown
  • Day 14: Queenstown ‘Free Time’
  • Day 15: Queenstown – Franz Josef
  • Day 16: Franz Josef – Christchurch
  • Day 17: Farewell from Christchurch
For full itinerary information CLICK HERE  
HOTELS
  • Auckland: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites
  • Bay of Islands: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Garden Rooms
  • Rotorua: Ibis Rotorua Hotel
  • Wellington: Travelodge Wellington
  • Picton: Picton Beachcomber Inn
  • Christchurch: Ibis Hotel Christchurch
  • Omarama: Heritage Gateway Hotel
  • Dunedin: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City
  • Te Anau: Distinction Luxmore Hotel
  • Rotorua: Ibis Rotorua Hotel
  • Queenstown: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown
  • Franz Josef: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing)

Why Book with MyDiscoveries?
At MyDiscoveries we want to help you make ‘one day’, today. Whether you’re into cruising or glamping, or if you’d prefer to holiday at home or abroad, we’re driven to make your holiday dreams come true. With over 20 years of travel experience, you can be sure we can create the right holiday for you.Can’t find what you’re looking for on our site? Call us on 1300 404 606 and one of our travel consultants can create an incredible package for you.  
The MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee means that if you can’t get the travel dates you want within 30 days of buying the voucher, we’ll give you your money back
Pay over 5 x monthly, interest-free instalments. Credit card holders can spread their payments over 5 months on all MyDiscoveries holidays

Visa Information  All international destinations – All visa details obtained through smart traveller Visas for Australians travelling overseas A visa is a form of permission for a non-citizen to enter, transit or remain in a particular country. We do not issue visas for overseas travel and cannot provide definitive information on visas. Only the countries you plan to visit can provide up-to-date information about their visa requirements. For all countries, contact the nearest embassy or consulate of the country you intend to visit well in advance of travel. Not all countries have representation in Australia. For a list of all countries visa requirements Click Here
FINE PRINT 
  • Multiple Departure Date in 2018 & 2019
  • Subject to availability at time of booking for new bookings only
  • All prices are subject to change at any time without notice
  • Valid for sales unless sold out prior
  • If you need to cancel your trip after travel has been confirmed, the travel operator may impose cancellation fees
  • Please note all our holidays are subject to availability at time of booking. Should your dates not be available please note the My Discoveries Booking Guarantee applies. The MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee means that if you can’t get the travel dates you want within 30 days of buying the voucher, we’ll give you your money back, no questions asked.
  • Excludes: Flights, Travel insurance, Items of a personal nature, Meals not mentioned

TO BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY, BUY ONLINE AT WWW.MYDISCOVERIES.COM.AU or CALL 1300 404 606
1

Welcome to Auckland

After your airport transfer to your hotel, explore Auckland your way. This evening enjoy a welcome reception with your Travel Director. Hotel: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites
2

Auckland - Bay of Islands

Depart Auckland and travel along the Hibiscus Coast to the Bay of Islands. Take a scenic cruise through game fishing waters to Cape Brett and, weather permitting, through the ‘Hole in the Rock’. The return cruise to Paihia meanders through picturesque islands with deserted sandy beaches and secluded bays. Keep your eyes peeled for the marine life. Hotel: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Garden Rooms Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
3

Bay of Islands 'Free Time

Explore the Bay of Islands. Perhaps take a ferry to Russell, go sailing on a tall ship, dolphin-watching on the bay or visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Hotel: Copthorne Resort Bay of Islands, Garden Rooms Meals: Breakfast
4

Bay of Islands - Auckland

Enjoy a leisurely morning before travelling through lush farmlands on your way back to Auckland. Hotel: VR Queen Street Hotel & Suites Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
5

Auckland - Rotorua

After an Auckland city sights tour you’ll trace the Waikato River to Waitomo Caves. Glide through the amazing Glowworm Grotto by boat. Then arrive in Rotorua for an orientation tour. Tonight enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi feast highlight dinner and concert at the Tamaki Maori Village. Additional cost: Rural Homestay Option Hotel: Ibis Rotorua Hotel Meals: Breakfast, Highlight dinner
6

Rotorua

Visit the Agrodome Farm Show, then enjoy an afternoon of ‘Free Time’ – visit Rainbow Springs, abundant with Rainbow Trout and native fauna including the kiwi or Te Puia, where a local Maori will guide you through the Geothermal valley with its mud pools and geysers. Hotel: Ibis Rotorua Hotel Meals: Breakfast
7

Rotorua - Wellington

This morning depart Rotorua travelling south to Wairakei and on to Taupo, in the very heart of the North Island. Stop to view mighty Huka Falls before following the eastern shoreline of Lake Taupo. Continue through rich farming lands into the capital city Wellington. Hotel: Travelodge Wellington Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
8

Wellington - Picton

This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of Wellington. Take in the panoramic views from the top of Mt. Victoria. There will be time to explore the Parliament buildings and the Beehive, home to New Zealand’s politicians. Visit Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand and explore the fascinating exhibits at your leisure, including their unique Marae or Maori Meeting House. Cruise the Cook Strait into Queen Charlotte Sound and Picton. Hotel: Picton Beachcomber Inn Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
9

Picton - Christchurch

Get up close and personal with some New Zealand fur seals at Ohau Point, watch whales at Kaikoura, (optional scenic whale-watching flight is available) and travel across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch Meals: Breakfast
10

Christchurch - Omarama

Free time to relax this morning. Later see Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and soak up the alpine scenery of Mt. Cook National Park. Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
11

Omarama - Dunedin

Your day starts along the Waitaki River with the Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam. Travel through Oamaru with its famous white limestone buildings to Dunedin, where you’ll tour the city. Then you’ve got the afternoon to yourself – perhaps take a Wildlife Cruise, visit the Cadbury Chocolate Factory or ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
12

Dunedin - Te Anau

It’s a morning at leisure, during which you might like to tour New Zealand’s Larnach Castle. Head off across South Otago’s fertile sheepfilled farming land en route to Te Anau, on the shores of the largest lake in the South Island. Tonight you may choose to travel by boat through the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (own expense). Hotel: Distinction Luxmore Hotel Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
13

Te Anau - Queenstown

Park to Milford Sound, where you will cruise on the waters of this natural wonder. See Mirror Lake, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls. Travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown for a sightseeing tour on arrival. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Meals: Breakfast
14

Queenstown 'Free Time

Explore thrilling Queenstown your way – from wine tours to jet boat rides and white water rafting. This evening cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue highlight dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. An entertaining after-dinner farm show provides a glimpse into high-country farm life. Why not join in a sing-a-long on your cruise back to Queenstown? Hotel: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Meals: Breakfast, Highlight dinner
15

Queenstown - Franz Josef

The first stop is historic Arrowtown. Next is Cromwell to taste its sensational stone fruit. Then it’s a trio of lakes – Lake Dunstan, Hawea, Wanaka before you travel through Haast Pass, view Thunder Creek Falls and take a rainforest walk. Your final destination today is the extraordinary Franz Josef Glacier (an optional scenic flight is available). Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing) Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
16

Franz Josef - Christchurch

You’ll visit Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), for a factory visit and jewellery demonstration first up then travel to Arthur’s Pass to board the TranzAlpine, one of the top 6 train journeys in the world. This spectacular journey takes you through the Southern Alps and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. This evening celebrate your holiday at a farewell dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends. Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch Meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner
17

Farewell from Christchurch

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight.
Meals: Breakfast
Why is this tour good for MyDiscoveries Customers? Group tours allow you to enjoy your holiday and meet like-minded travellers while your Tour Guide handles all the complicated organisational components. You don’t have to worry about the day’s itinerary as it is all planned out for you. This 17-day tour makes travelling New Zealand easy as it covers all corners of New Zealand and you can relax as your Driver Guide take you from place to place. With lots of inclusions and some optional one on offer during free days, you can be sure to see all the New Zealand has on offer.
Flights Interested in this holiday and want to know how to get to Christchurch to start your holiday or return home from Auckland? MyDiscoveries is a fully licenced travel agency that can book flights to any destination for you. Currently,  Jetstar, Qantas, Virgin, Air New Zealand and Emirates all fly to both Christchurch and Auckland from most capital cities within Australia. NEED FLIGHTS? CALL US ON 1300 404 606
MyDiscoveries VIP Pack
  • Start your holiday before you’ve even stepped on the plane with MyDiscoveries exclusive VIP package.
  • Arrive at Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane airport in the comfort and style of a privately chauffeured luxury SUV or sedan, complete with complimentary water and WiFi.
  • Relax and unwind away from the usual airport hustle and bustle with premium lounge access complete with an array of amazing facilities at your disposal.

Weather Weather in New Zealand can change unexpectedly. The north island has subtropical weather during summer, and inland areas of the South Island can be as cold as -10°C (14°F) in winter, As most of the major cities are close to the coastline they remain quite warm.  The average temperature decreases as you travel south. January and February are the warmest months, and July is the coldest month of the year.
Visa Information  All international destinations – All visa details obtained through smart traveller Visas for Australians travelling overseas A visa is a form of permission for a non-citizen to enter, transit or remain in a particular country. We do not issue visas for overseas travel and cannot provide definitive information on visas. Only the countries you plan to visit can provide up-to-date information about their visa requirements. For all countries, contact the nearest embassy or consulate of the country you intend to visit well in advance of travel. Not all countries have representation in Australia. For a list of all countries visa requirements Click Here
Travel Insurance  We recommend you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed. Call MyDiscoveries on 1300 404 100 to get a personalised quote on travel insurance 
What is included in The Deal?   Please refer to the ‘Includes’ section in The Deal for details of what’s included. If you are unclear, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 404 606 for more information.
Are there any health precautions or vaccinations that I need? We recommend you see your doctor at least six weeks prior to travel to get their advice and to allow time for any necessary vaccinations.
Can I arrange my flights with MyDiscoveries? MyDiscoveries is a full-service travel agency and we can arrange flights to any destination. Call us on 1300 404 606 to get a personalised quote.
Do I need travel insurance? We always recommend that you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed. MyDiscoveries can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote for you – call us on 1300 404 606
Can MyDiscoveries organise my travel insurance? We always recommend that you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed. MyDiscoveries can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote at competitive rates for you – call us on 1300 404 606
When will my booking be confirmed? Once your MyDiscoveries holiday voucher has been purchased you will be contacted by a member of the MyDiscoveries Reservations team. MyDiscoveries will work with the tour operator to get you booked onto your preferred travel dates and will send you an email to confirm your booking information. If for any reason we are unable to book you onto your preferred dates please refer to the MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee to understand our refund policy. When booking in to your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveller names and details of any special requirements.
What is the cancellation procedure? / Can I cancel or make changes to my booking? If for any reason you need to cancel your booking, contact the MyDiscoveries Reservations team on 1300 404 606. Once we have received your verbal request for cancellation we will ask you to confirm the request in writing (email or post is fine) so that we can accurately start processing the cancellation. Make sure you include your travel voucher number and traveller names when requesting and confirming the cancellation. Please be aware that the travel operator may impose cancellation fees. In addition, MyDiscoveries will charge a AUD $100 per person cancellation fee for cancellations outside our 30 Day Booking Guarantee period.
I haven’t received my MyDiscoveries voucher yet. What do I do? If you have not received your voucher contact MyDiscoveries on 1300 404 606 and we will resend your voucher by email or post.
How do I take advantage of the 5 monthly payments plan? At time of booking online, you should be able to select our 5 monthly instalment plan as a payment option. If booking over the phone, please mention you wish to pay in 5 monthly payments and our team will ensure this is set up. This is a free of charge service that allows you to pay off your holiday in 5 equal payments. How does it work? Pay only 1/5th of the total of your Holiday at time of booking. Your remaining 4 payments will be taken automatically from the same credit card on the same day of the next 4 months. Easy!
Where can I find the full terms and conditions for MyDiscoveries? Specific terms and conditions for each holiday can be found in the Fine Print section of every holiday. Full terms and condition for My Discoveries can be found HERE  When will I receive my tour documentation? A travel wallet containing your documents and luggage tags will be posted to MyDiscoveries 4 weeks prior to travel. For Short Breaks and Day Tours e-documents will be emailed to you within 48 hours of full payment being made
What type of clothes should I bring? It is also important to consider the region you will be visiting and the season you will be travelling, however, AAT Kings recommend casual, drip-dry lightweight clothes. There is no need for lots of formal clothes, however, you might like to include a few options to wear out for dinner, but above all you want to be comfortable.
How fit do I need to be? We have graded all MyDiscoveries products with a fitness level. Relaxed, Moderate & Active. For more information on the MyDiscoveries Fitness Levels CLICK HERE