NEW ZEALAND HIGHLIGHTS

Enjoy the highlights of New Zealand with Tour Escorts Graham and Sue, exploring the South Island’s Mount Cook, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers as well as the best of the North Island on this extensive taster tour.
Starting in Christchurch you will enjoy a city tour before heading by motorhome to Mount Cook. We’ll spend a day in Dunedin, before visiting Milford Sound where you’ll venture down to the underwater observatory and take a relaxing fjord cruise.

On our visit to Queenstown, the world capital of adventure sports we will spend a day there before heading to Fox Glacier where you’ll have the option to take a helicopter or ski plane flight for a bird’s-eye view of the glaciers.

Spend an evening embracing Maori culture and experience thermal reserves with their geysers and hot springs. Cruise the Bay of Islands and visit the Hole in the Rock before ending our journey back in Auckland.

26 DAY ESCORTED TOUR

DAYS 1 – 2
Depart London to New Zealand, crossing the International Date Line.
DAY 3
Arrive Christchurch where you will meet your Tour Escorts and transfer to your hotel (bed and breakfast basis). Overnight Christchurch hotel.
DAY 4
Free day to explore Christchurch. Following a presentation of your motorhome, we will enjoy a welcome meal where you can meet the rest of your fellow travellers. Overnight Christchurch hotel.
DAY 5
Pick up your motorhome and drive to Mount Cook (192 miles), New Zealand’s highest mountain. Overnight Mount Cook campsite.
DAYS 6
Travel to Dunedin on the Otago Peninsula via Oamaru (180 miles). See the Moeraki boulders en route. Overnight Dunedin campsite.
DAY 7
Free day to explore Dunedin and the surroundings. Overnight Dunedin campsite.
DAY 8
Drive From Dunedin to Te Anau via Balclutha (180 Miles) with its Scottish Influences. Overnight Te Anau campsite. 
DAY 9
Full day excursion to Milford Sound including the underwater observatory, a fjord cruise, views of many South Island landmarks including Mitre Peak (weather permitting) and wildlife spotting (wildlife permitting). Overnight Te Anau campsite.
DAY 10
Drive to Queenstown via Five Rivers (110 miles). Overnight Queenstown campsite.
DAY 11
Day to explore Queenstown, world capital of adventure sports from paragliding to white water rafting. Take a cruise on Lake Wakatipu or the Skyline gondola to Bob’s Peak. Overnight Queenstown campsite.
DAYS 12 – 13
From Queenstown head for Fox Glacier (210 miles) with a free day to explore the glacier or the nearby Franz Josef Glacier – helicopter or ski plane flights over the glaciers are available and highly recommended. 2 nights Fox Glacier campsite.
DAY 14
Travel from Fox Glacier to Hanmer Springs via Reefton (257 miles). Overnight Hanmer Springs campsite.
DAY 15
A short drive today from Hanmer Springs to Kaikoura (63 miles) to ensure you arrive early enough to book the optional whale watching excursion for the next day. Overnight Kaikoura campsite.
DAY 16
Day at leisure for whale, dolphin and bird watching, seal and dolphin swimming. Overnight Kaikoura campsite.
DAY 17
Travel from Kaikoura to Lower Hutt. Bid farewell to the South Island and catch the Interislander ferry. Kaikoura to Picton (97 miles), Picton to Wellington Ferry crossing the Cook Strait (3 hours 30 minutes),Wellington to Lower Hutt (10 miles). Overnight Lower Hutt campsite.
DAY 18
Half-day city tour to Wellington. Make sure to visit Te Papa, the national museum of New Zealand and the "€˜beehive"€™ that houses the parliament. Overnight Lower Hutt campsite.
DAYS 19 – 20
Travel to Rotorua, home of Maori heritage centres, hot springs and thermal pools (279 miles). Following day at leisure to explore the thermal reserves with their geysers that can spout as high as 30m. Enjoy an evening meal with the Maori and learn about their culture. 2 nights Rotorua campsite.

New Zealand Highlights

DAY 21
Travel from Rotorua to Orewa, north of Auckland (205 miles). Visit Te Puke, famous for kiwi fruit, on the Bay of Plenty, or Waihi, the old gold-mining town, en route. Overnight Orewa campsite.
DAYS 22 – 23
Travel from Orewa to Paihia via Whangerei (120 miles) -€“ en route visit Hokianga Harbour or some of the world'€™s biggest trees at Waipoua Kauri Forest. Visit Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where the Maori chiefs signed their first accord with the British Crown. A boat cruise around the Bay of Islands and visit to the Hole in the Rock is included. 2 nights Paihia campsite.
DAY 24
Travel from Paihia to Orewa, (168 miles), visiting places that looked of interest to you on the way north. Overnight Orewa campsite.
DAY 25
Travel to Auckland (16 miles) and return your vehicle. You will then be transferred to the airport for your evening flight to London.
DAY 26
Arrive London. This ends the tour travel arrangements.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Highlights tour of both islands
  • Bay of Islands excursion including the Hole in the Rock
  • Two nights hotel stay in Christchurch
  • Evening meal with the Maori
  • Milford Sound excursion
  • Mount Cook, Queenstown, Wellington, Rotorua,
  • Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers
  • Welcome meal

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • The services of experienced Tour Escorts
  • Return standard flights (London to Christchurch, returning Auckland to London)
  • All airport taxes
  • 21 days fully-equipped 2-berth motorhome hire (includes unlimited mileage)
  • Motorhome preparation and living kits
  • Vehicle insurance (zero excess)
  • 20 nights site fees (includes electrical hook-up where available)
  • Two personal and one motorhome convenience kits, including camp chairs and GPS
  • Interisland ferry crossing
  • Two nights hotel accommodation in Christchurch on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Coach transfers as stated
  • Full day Milford Sound excursion
  • Welcome meal
  • A meal with the Maori people
  • Hole in the Rock cruise
  • Tour daybook
Prices are per person based on two adults sharing a motorhome
EXCLUSIONS
  • Personal insurance – please ask for a quote
  • Motorhome fuel or refills of propane gas
  • Meals and drinks (unless stated)
  • Excursions or entrance fees (other than those stated)
  • Personal expenditure, tips etc
  • Refundable motorhome security/cleaning deposit
  • Any single supplements, extra adult or child supplements – available on request