NEW ZEALAND

Venture to the Land of the Long White Cloud where you’ll explore the best of New Zealand. Taking in the South Island’s Mount Cook, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers as well as the North Island’s Wellington, Lake Taupo, Rotorua and the Bay of Islands.
Your holiday will start with a sightseeing tour in Christchurch before collecting your motorhome and travelling to Mount Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand.

You’ll see the Moeraki boulders en route and have a full day to explore Dunedin, the second-largest city in the South Island of New Zealand before visiting Milford Sound, the underwater observatory and taking a relaxing fjord cruise.

No trip to New Zealand would be complete without a visit to Queenstown, the world capital of adventure sports and we will spend a day there before heading to Fox Glacier. Visit Te Puke, famous for kiwi fruit, enjoy an evening of Maori, culture, and see geysers and hot springs before cruising the Bay of Islands and ending your journey back in Auckland.

34 DAY ESCORTED TOUR

DAYS 1 – 2
Depart London to New Zealand. Cross International Date Line.
DAY 3
Arrive Christchurch, where you will meet your Tour Escorts and transfer to your hotel (bed and breakfast basis) you are free to make your own meal arrangements. 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 vehicles and travel to Mount Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand (192 miles). Overnight Mount Cook campsite.
DAYS 6 – 7
Travel from Mount Cook to Dunedin via Oamaru (205 miles). See the Moeraki boulders en route. Day to explore Dunedin, the Otago peninsula and albatross colony. 2 nights Dunedin campsite.
DAYS 8 – 9
Travel from Dunedin to Te Anau via Balclutha and Te Anau (180 miles). 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
Go from Te Anau 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.
DAY 12
Travel from Queenstown to Wanaka through the Southern Alps (48 miles). Overnight Wanaka campsite.
DAY 13
Travel from Wanaka to Fox Glacier through the impressive Haast Pass (175 miles). Overnight Fox Glacier campsite.
DAY 14
Day at leisure to visit Fox Glacier or nearby Franz Josef Glacier – helicopter or ski plane flights over the glaciers are available and highly recommended. Overnight Fox Glacier campsite.
DAY 15
Travel from Fox Glacier to Greymouth along the coast road between the Tasman Sea and the Alps via Hokitika Gorge (130 miles). Overnight Greymouth campsite.
DAY 16
Travel from Greymouth to Hanmer Springs via Reefton (135 miles). Overnight Hanmer Springs campsite.
DAY 17
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 18
Day at leisure for whale, dolphin and bird watching, seal and dolphin swimming. Overnight Kaikoura campsite.
DAY 19
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 20
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 21 – 22
Travel from Lower Hutt to Napier via Hastings (200 miles). Following day at leisure to explore Napier,
famous for its art deco architecture. 2 nights Napier campsite.
DAYS 23 – 24
Travel from Napier to Taupo (95 miles) on the shores of Lake Taupo, via Eskdale and Te Pohue. Day at leisure to explore Taupo and to luxuriate in the thermal pools, visit the Craters of the Moon bubbling mud pools or the Huka Falls. 2 nights Taupo campsite.
DAYS 25 – 26
Travel to Rotorua, home of Maori heritage centres, hot springs and thermal pools (50 miles). Following day at leisure to explore the thermal reserves with their geysers that can spout as high as 30m. Meet the Maori for dinner. 2 nights Rotorua campsite.

New Zealand Tour

DAY 27
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 28 – 30
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 31
Travel from Russell to Orewa, (168 miles), visiting places you missed on the way north. Overnight Orewa.
DAY 32
Return your motorhome. Transfer to Auckland city centre hotel (accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis). Afternoon at leisure to visit Auckland followed by a farewell meal in Auckland’s Sky Tower with stunning views over Auckland by night. Overnight Auckland city centre hotel.
DAY 33
Day at leisure. Enjoy a museum, Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World or the Parnell Rose Gardens. Transfer to airport. Evening flight from Auckland to London.
DAY 34
Arrive London. This ends the tour travel arrangements.

Please note: the 2017 February itinerary may travel from Auckland to Christchurch.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Complete tour of North and South Island
  • Traditional Maori evening meal
  • Coach tour and two nights hotel stay in Christchurch
  • Milford Sound excursion
  • Bay of Islands cruise including the Hole in the Rock
  • A day in Queenstown
  • Cruise on Lake Wakatipu
  • One night hotel stay in Auckland
  • Farewell meal in the spectacular Skytower restaurant

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • The services of experienced Tour Escorts
  • Return standard flights (London to Christchurch, returning Auckland to London)
  • All airport taxes
  • 29 days fully-equipped 2-berth motorhome hire (includes unlimited mileage)
  • Motorhome preparation and living kits
  • Vehicle insurance (zero excess)
  • 28 nights site fees (includes electrical hook-up where available)
  • Interislander ferry crossing
  • Two personal and one motorhome convenience kits, including camp chairs and GPS
  • One night hotel accommodation in Auckland on a bed and breakfast basis
  • 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
  • Farewell meal
  • 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 (approx. NZ$500)
  • Any single supplements, extra adult or child supplements – available on request