Duration
17 Days
Fitness
Relaxed
Travel
Multiple dates in 2018 & 2019
Destination
New Zealand
Journey across patchwork plains, over shimmering blue waters, through mist-shrouded forests and along roads hand-carved into sheer mountainsides. A wonderful 17-day trip through glorious New Zealand features almost every type of natural landscape you can imagine, as you make your way to Auckland in the North Island from Christchurch in the South Island.
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Explore New Zealand’s capital cities, cruise in the stunning Bay of Islands and more!
  • Travel by luxury coach with a dedicated guide and 25 meals included
  • Exceptional scenery with plenty of optional experiences to build your perfect holiday

HOLIDAY INCLUDES
17 days in Comfortable accommodation
Travel by luxury coach
Airport transfers (see flight information in the Fine Print)
25 meals: 16 breakfasts, 9 dinners and 2 highlight dinners

TRAVEL DATE
  • 01 Oct 18 – 30 Sep 19

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

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

FINE PRINT 
  • Valid for travel: 01 Oct 18 – 30 Sep 19
  • Subject to availability at time of booking for new bookings only
  • All prices are subject to change at any time without notice
  • Advertised price twin and single are per person, land only and based on 25 Feb 19 departure
  • Valid for sales unless sold out prior
  • Flight Information: Day 1 Flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm into Christchurch Airport. Day 17 Flights to depart anytime from Auckland Airport.
  • 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 Christchurch

Welcome to New Zealand! You’ll have time to relax before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception and dinner.

Included Meals: Dinner

2

Christchurch to Franz Josef

Travel on the iconic TranzAlpine train, passing through magnificent landscapes on your way to Arthur’s Pass. At Hokitika, stop to learn about New Zealand greenstone (jade), before continuing to the town of Franz Josef, your destination for today.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

3

Franz Josef to Queenstown

Drive over the spectacular Haast Pass this morning, passing Thunder Creek Falls and serene Lakes Wanaka, Hawea and Dunstan. Stop at the town of Cromwell and enjoy the tastes of its delicious stone fruit. Next, you’ll visit the historic gold mining settlement of Arrowtown. An orientation tour of Queenstown, which sits on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic mountain ranges, completes your day.

Included Meals: Breakfast

4

Queenstown

Explore exciting Queenstown your way today – 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.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

5

Queenstown to Te Anau

Travel the iconic stretch of highway known as the Devil’s Staircase and along the shores of serene Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau. On your way to cruise on Milford Sound, you’ll be awestruck by the towering native rainforests and rugged mountains of Fiordland National Park. Drive through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel and see the Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

6

Te Anau to Dunedin

Journey through the lush green sheep grazing country on your way to Dunedin. After a city tour, the afternoon is yours. Sit back and relax, ride the historic Taieri Gorge railway or take a wildlife cruise.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

7

Dunedin to Omarama

You have the opportunity to visit the stately home known as Larnach Castle before setting out for historic Oamaru, with its elegant tree-lined streets and celebrated white limestone buildings. Later, pass the monumental Waitaki Hydro Power Scheme and Benmore Dam on your way to Omarama.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

8

Omarama to Christchurch

Journey through the awe-inspiring Aoraki Mt. Cook National Park (an optional scenic flight is available). See majestic Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo, and stop to view the famous Church of the Good Shepherd. Later, traverse the fertile Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

Included Meals: Breakfast

9

Christchurch to Picton

Travel along the rugged Pacific Ocean coast this morning to Kaikoura, where sperm whales can often be seen not far from shore (an optional whale-watching flight is available). Pass the pink-tinged crystallisation ponds of the Lake Grassmere Salt Works, then travel to the pretty seaside village of Picton.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

10

Picton to Wellington

Cruise tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound this morning, then cross the Cook Strait to Wellington. Take a city tour before enjoying some free time, and later visit Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, where you’ll have time to explore fascinating exhibits revealing great insights into New Zealand’s art, history, cultural and natural heritage.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

11

Wellington to Rotorua

Travel along the scenic Kapiti Coast today through the lush dairy-farming country to Tongariro National Park and snow-capped Mt. Ruapehu. Panoramic views of Lake Taupo, the largest lake in Australasia, will unfold around every corner. View mighty Huka Falls and pass the Wairakei Geothermal Power Station.

Included Meals: Breakfast

12

Rotorua

This morning, experience the multi-awarding- winning Agrodome Farm Show. Later relax or explore Rotorua at your own pace. Perhaps visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park, to observe the native fauna of New Zealand including the country’s iconic kiwi. Another option is Te Puia thermal reserve. Enjoy an evening of fun and laughter and gain an insight into traditional Māori culture followed by a delicious Hangi Highlight Dinner at the Tamaki Māori Village.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

13

Rotorua to Auckland

Travel through lush Waikato farmland to the fabulous Waitomo Caves. See the amazing underground Glowworm Grotto by boat, and walk through limestone caverns. Later you’ll follow the noble Waikato River into Auckland. Take an orientation tour before joining your Travel Director for dinner.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

14

Auckland to Bay of Islands

Depart Auckland via its impressive Harbour Bridge, travelling to Orewa and on to the scenic Hibiscus Coast, then it’s off to Paihia in the Bay of Islands. Experience spectacular scenery as you cruise to Cape Brett, and one of the region’s most noted landmarks, the natural arch known as the ‘Hole in the Rock.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

15

Bay of Islands Free Time

Experience the beauty of the Bay of Islands in your own way. Take a coach trip to Cape Reinga via idyllic 90 Mile Beach, enjoy a day of sailing on a tall ship, or tour the historic town of Russell, first capital of New Zealand.

Included Meals: Breakfast

16

Bay of Islands to Auckland

Enjoy a leisurely morning before travelling through lush farmland as you return to Auckland.

Included Meals: Breakfast

17

Farewell from Auckland

Bid farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

Included 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. Travel around New Zealand from Christchurch and explore the North and South islands by coach and cruise exploring all the key highlights and exceptional sceneries of this wonderful country.


Flights

Interested in this holiday and want to know how to get to New Zealand? MyDiscoveries is a fully licenced travel agency that can book flights to any destination for you. Jetstar, Qantas, Air New Zealand and Virgin Airlines fly to Christchurch from most capital cities within Australia.

NEED FLIGHTS? CALL US ON 1300 404 606


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 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.


Travel Insurance 

We recommend you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed. Call MyDiscoveries and Quote: DISCOVERY10 to receive an immediate 10% off your 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