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Great New Zealand Discovery

27 days from £6,799 per person

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Savouring the silence on an overnight cruise through the serene and spectacular sounds of the Fiordlands.

Summary

Covering the ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’ from top to bottom, this tour includes all the best bits of both islands. There’s whale watching, wine tasting and fiord cruising, plus opportunities to get a real insight into Maori culture, as we make our way from Christchurch up to Auckland. Uncover the Scottish heritage of Dunedin (gateway to the wildlife-filled Otago Peninsula), admire Napier’s art deco architecture, and sip flat whites in the artisan coffee shops of Wellington and Auckland.

Your holiday includes:

17 excursions and visits

  • Akaroa harbour cruise
  • Visits to Otago Peninsula (including Royal Albatross Centre); Fiordland National Park; Westland National Park; Church Road winery; Te Puia; and Coromandel Peninsula
  • Doubtful Sound or Milford Sound overnight cruise
  • 4WD safari through Skippers Canyon
  • Haast River jet boat safari
  • TranzAlpine train
  • Kaikoura whale-watching cruise
  • Tours of Wellington, Napier and Auckland
  • Tamaki Village Maori cultural experience
  • Hole in the Rock cruise

Plus:

  • 23 nights in hotels and 3 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
  • International flights. Prices are based on return flights with Singapore Airlines from London Heathrow via Singapore. Supplements may apply from other airports
  • 28 meals: 23 breakfasts (days 4-26) 1 lunch (day 7) 4 dinners (days 7, 11, 13 and 19)

Plus

  • Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Titan tour manager
  • Travel in destination by coach
  • Porterage

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  • VIP Outbound1

    Days 1-2 UK - In flight

    Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flights to Christchurch.

    In flight


  • Christchurch

    Our first stop on our New Zealand itinerary is Christchurch. The capital of the South Island is known as the most ‘English’ of New Zealand’s cities. On arrival, you’ll have the remainder of the day free to explore or relax here.

    Chateau on the Park - Christchurch, a DoubleTree by Hilton (4-star)


  • Akaroa

    New Zealand has a distinctive European feel wherever you go and while Christchurch’s architecture is reminiscent of England, Akaroa is undeniably French. In fact, the town strives to recreate the feel of a provincial French village - and it’s utterly charming.

    We head to the Banks Peninsula and, on arrival in Akaroa, take a two-hour cruise of the harbour and learn how the entire Banks Peninsula was created from a huge volcano. Be sure to keep an eye out for adorable fur seals, dolphins and penguins. After, you’re free to explore this French settlement.

    • Visit Akaroa with harbour cruise (all day)

    Chateau on the Park - Christchurch, a DoubleTree by Hilton (4-star)


  • Dunedin

    We travel south to Dunedin. With a strong Scottish heritage, Dunedin is home to New Zealand’s only kilt shop and produces the country’s whisky. We stay here for two nights.

    Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin (4.5-star)


  • Otago Peninsula

    Our excursion today takes us to the Otago Peninsula, home to many species of magnificent marine life including blue penguins, the rare New Zealand sea lion and endangered yellow-eyed penguin. Wander the walkways to get a closer glimpse of the wildlife and admire the views over the sheer cliff edge. Our visit includes the Royal Albatross Centre.

    • Visit Otago Peninsula (morning)

    Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin (4.5-star)


  • Day 7 - Doubtful Sound/Milford Sound overnight cruise

    When you first began dreaming of your New Zealand adventure, it might have been the epic landscapes of the Fiordland National Park that flashed into your mind’s eye. Some of New Zealand’s most iconic landscapes can be found here; giant granite peaks, steely blue waters, frolicking penguins and dolphins. Brace yourself for a journey of a lifetime, deep into the Fiordland.

    We’ll first journey to Lake Manapouri or Te Anau, before boarding Fiordland Navigator or Milford Mariner for Doubtful Sound or Milford Sound. The rest of the afternoon is spent gliding through the glorious, unspoilt landscapes. This evening our vessel will anchor in a quiet part of the sound where we’ll spend a truly enchanting night in the wilderness.

    • Fiordland cruise, Fiordland National Park (afternoon/overnight)

    Fiordland Navigator (3-star) or Milford Mariner (3-star)

  • Doubtful Sound/Milford Sound - Queenstown

    We return to our coach for the journey to Queenstown and our hotel.

    Heritage Queenstown (4.5-star) or Millennium Queenstown (4.5-star)


  • Queenstown

    These two days are free for you to explore the alpine resort of Queenstown and the sublime wilderness that surrounds it. This cosmopolitan city boasts a great art scene, excellent vineyards and five international-standard golf courses. Keen walkers may like to look into hiking from the city to Queenstown Hill or through the pine forests of Ben Lomond Reserve to Bob’s Peak (with a gondola option available) to enjoy stunning views over the city and Lake Wakatipu.

    Heritage Queenstown (4.5-star) or Millennium Queenstown (4.5-star)


  • 4WD Safari - Wanaka

    Departing Queenstown today, we embark on a 4WD off-road safari to explore some of New Zealand’s hidden wonders. Take in stunning mountain and canyon vistas, some of which were used in the Lord of the Rings films, and long abandoned heritage sites. We return to our coach for the journey to the scenic town of Wanaka.

    • 4WD safari through Skippers Canyon (morning)

    Edgewater Resort, Wanaka (4.5-star)


  • Wanaka - Haast River - Franz Josef

    Enjoy some time this morning to really take in your spectacular surroundings. Late morning we head out to Haast Bridge to join an exhilarating 30km river safari along the crystal clear, glacial Haast River to Billy Falls, tumbling down the untamed landscape of Mount Aspiring National Park. Our journey continues by coach to Franz Josef.

    • Haast River safari (afternoon)

    Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (4-star)


  • TranzAlpine - Kaikoura

    This morning we travel to Greymouth, where we board a train for the famously scenic TranzAlpine journey. Ascending through thick beech forest, we traverse the mammoth Southern Alps and beautiful Arthur’s Pass National Park to Springfield. On arrival, we board a coach for Kaikoura.

    • TranzAlpine train journey (all day)

    Sudima Kaikoura (4.5-star)


  • Kaikoura

    Today is free to spend in this quaint coastal town known for its abundant wildlife. Maybe take a leisurely walk along the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway with lovely sea views and the chance to see a colony of New Zealand fur seals.

    Sudima Kaikoura (4.5-star)


  • Kaikoura - Blenheim/Picton

    Today we have a morning whale-watching cruise (weather dependent). The waters off this stunning coast are full of nutrients that attract marine wildlife including the giant sperm whale.

    There’ll be some free time for you to explore and pick up some lunch before we continue to Blenheim or Picton.

    • Whale watching cruise (morning)

    Scenic Marlborough (4.5-star), Blenheim or Picton Yacht Club (3.5-star), Picton


  • Blenheim/Picton - Wellington

    In Picton we’ll board an Interislander ferry across the Cook Strait, named after Captain Cook who was the first European to sail the route in 1770. We’re heading for the North Island and the city of Wellington, perched prettily on a craggy harbour. It’s compact with a big-city buzz and we’ll whizz round on an orientation tour when we arrive, before checking into our hotel.

    • Tour of Wellington (afternoon)

    Rydges Wellington (4.5-star)


  • Wellington

    Enjoy a free day in Wellington where you can relax on the inner-city beach, visit art galleries, or enter Weta Cave to get a look behind the scenes of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. You could visit Te Papa Tongarewa Museum - New Zealand’s national museum, which tells the country’s fascinating history, cultural and natural heritage. The city is also an ideal base for outdoor adventure, with beautiful walks including the visually stunning Makara Track.

    Rydges Wellington (4.5-star)


  • Napier

    We leave Wellington and travel north to Hawkes Bay, pausing at the highly-acclaimed Church Road winery for a tour and tasting. The first vines were planted here in 1897, making this one of New Zealand’s oldest wineries.

    We continue to the town of Napier, famed for its beautifully preserved art deco buildings, constructed after a devastating earthquake in 1931. We take a short walking tour of the town before continuing to our hotel for the night.

    • Visit to Church Road winery (afternoon)
    • Walking tour of Napier (afternoon)

    Scenic Hotel Te Pania, Napier (4-star)


  • Rotorua

    Today we make our way to Rotorua. This evening, we’ll get an unforgettable insight into Maori culture at Tamaki Village. Learn ancient Maori customs and protocols as you enter the village, deep in a natural forest, and find out about the distinctive facial tattooing, weaving and carving techniques through demonstrations. You may also have opportunities to participate in warrior training and perform the haka, all before a delicious hangi feast.

    • Tamaki Village Maori cultural experience (evening)

    Holiday Inn Rotorua (4.5-star)


  • Rotorua

    Today is free for you to explore Rotorua, a town where volcanic activity manifests in many forms. Visit the geothermal area to see the bubbling mud pools and sulphur vents, or just relax in the Polynesian Pools, Rotorua’s hot springs located by Lake Rotorua.

    Holiday Inn Rotorua (4.5-star)


  • Rotorua - Coromandel Peninsula

    This morning we make a stop at Te Puia and the New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Institute, located within Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley. Here you can visit a kiwi enclosure, the world-famous Pohutu Geyser, and more than 500 natural geothermal wonders. The Maori people who live here work hard to keep their ancient skills and heritage alive.

    We then continue along the coastal highway to the Coromandel Peninsula.

    • Visits to Te Puia and the New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Institute (morning)

    Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort, Coromandel Peninsula (4.5-star)


  • Coromandel Peninsula - Auckland

    Coromandel Peninsula - Auckland. A discovery of the stunning Coromandel Peninsula is this morning’s excursion, including Hot Water Beach, before our exploration takes to the water, as we join a ferry from Cooks Beach to Whitianga. There will be free time to explore before we continue to the ruggedly beautiful city of Auckland.

    • Visit Coromandel Peninsula (morning)

    Heritage Auckland (4.5-star) or Grand Millennium Auckland (4.5-star)


  • Auckland

    We discover Auckland, known as ‘The City of Sails’ on a morning sightseeing tour. With water lapping its shores from two harbours, it’s hard to imagine a more attractive city setting.

    This modern city is easy to navigate, so you can enjoy some free time this afternoon to explore under your own steam. Perhaps visit Parnell Village, home to boutiques and Victorian-styled shops. Or choose to ascend Auckland’s Sky Tower, for incredible views over the city, volcanic cones and farmland beyond.

    • City tour of Auckland (morning)

    Heritage Auckland (4.5-star) or Grand Millennium Auckland (4.5-star)


  • Auckland - Bay of Islands

    We say our goodbyes to Auckland today and head north to the Bay of Islands. New Zealand’s subtropical region is also home to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where in 1840 the Treaty of Waitangi (New Zealand's founding document) was signed.

    Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (4-star) or Copthorne Hotel Bay of Islands (4-star)


  • Bay of Islands

    After a leisurely morning, we cruise to the Cape Brett Peninsula to visit the famous Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island. According to Maori legend, local warriors used to paddle through the Hole in the Rock in their canoes before departing for battle and drops of water from the cave roof above were a good omen.

    If conditions allow, we’ll sail through ourselves. Whales and bottlenose dolphins can be spotted in this area, so keep your camera ready.

    • Hole in the Rock cruise (afternoon)

    Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (4-star) or Copthorne Hotel Bay of Islands (4-star)


  • Day 26 Bay of Islands - Auckland - In flight

    We travel south along the Hibiscus Coast to Auckland Airport for your return flight to the UK.

    In flight


  • VIP Inbound

    Day 27 UK

    Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.

    Arrive Home


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Great New Zealand Discovery

27 days from £6,799 per person