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Experience the amazing diversity of New Zealand on a fascinating Saga tour

New Zealand, the ‘land of the long white cloud’, is blessed with a stunning diversity of scenery and amazing natural wonders, from hot springs and geysers to sparkling glaciers, silent fjords and mountains.

This fascinating tour uncovers the highlights, and offers an insight into Maori culture.

This tour includes three nights aboard aircraft.

Including...

23 nights in hotels and 3 in flight

47 meals: 23 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 23 dinners

Excursions and visits

  • City tour of Auckland
  • Visit Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Cruise through the Bay of Islands
  • Waitomo Caves walking tour and boat ride
  • Agrodome and Rainbow Springs
  • Maori concert and feast
  • Maori Arts and Crafts Institute
  • Scenic drive past Lake Taupo
  • Wellington sightseeing tour
  • Inter-island cruise via Marlborough Sounds
  • Scenic drive through the winelands and visit to a winery
  • Journey aboard the TranzAlpine Express train
  • A ride on Queenstown's Skyline Gondola and dinner at the top
  • Visit the gold-mining town of Arrowtown
  • Lakes District Museum in Arrowtown
  • Tour of Fiordland National Park and cruise across Milford Sound
  • Scenic drive through Mount Cook region
  • Visit to Auckland Museum


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Day 1 - 2 UK to Auckland

After taking Saga's included UK door-to-door travel service to the airport, depart in the evening and fly to Auckland, arriving on the morning of day three.


Day 3 Auckland

Auckland

You are met at the airport and taken to the locally rated 4-star Rydges Auckland Hotel for a two-night stay. D


Day 4 Auckland

Auckland

Included half-day city sightseeing tour and museum visit. B, D


Day 5 Auckland to Bay of Islands

Included visit to Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where the famous Treaty of Waitangi was signed. Stay three nights at the locally rated 3-star Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge. B, D

Waitangi Treaty Grounds Waitangi Northland North Island New Zealand Oceania

Day 6 - 7 Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands

Included Bay of Islands cruise on day six. B, D

Bay of Islands Northland North Island New Zealand Oceania

Day 8 Bay of Islands to Hamilton

Islands to Hamilton

Travel to Hamilton. Stay at the locally rated 3-star-plus Distinction Hotel Hamilton. B, D


Day 9 Hamilton-Waitomo-Rotorua

Waitomo Cave

Included tour of Waitomo Caves. Stay two nights at the locally rated 3-star-plus Distinction Rotorua. B, D

Waitomo Caves Waitomo Waikato North Island New Zealand Oceania

Day 10 Rotorua

Whakarewarewa

Take an included visit to Te Puia. Marvel at geothermal wonders at the site including boiling mud pools and gushing geysers and browse the Arts and Crafts Centre. Tuck into a traditional Maori feast or ‘hangi’ ‘at Tamaki Heritage Experience tonight. B, D

Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley Rotorua Bay of Plenty North Island New Zealand Oceania

Day 11 - 12 Rotorua to Wellington

Wellington

Included city tour of Wellington on day 12. Stay two nights at the locally rated 4-star Novotel Wellington. B, D


Day 13 Wellington to Picton to Nelson

Picton

Board the inter-island ferry to Picton, travelling through the Marlborough Sounds. Arrive in Picton and transfer to the locally rated 3-star Picton Yacht Club where you will stay overnight. B, D

Marlborough Sounds Marlborough South Island New Zealand Oceania


Optional excursions

Perhaps take an optional cruise around the bays and inlets of Queen Charlotte Sound.

Queen Charlotte Sound
Queen Charlotte Sounds Marlborough South Island New Zealand Oceania

Day 14 Nelson to Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Spring

Enjoy the morning at leisure in Nelson, then transfer to Hamner Springs where you will stay two nights at the locally rated 4-star Heritage Hanmer Springs. Enjoy a wine tasting en route. B,D


Day 15 Hanmer Springs

Spend the day at leisure. B, D


Day 16 Hanmer Springs to Springfield to Franz Josef

Franz Josef

Travel by coach to Springfield, where you'll board the TranzAlpine train journeying to Arthur's Pass. You'll then continue by road to Franz Josef. Stay overnight at the locally rated 3-star-plus Scenic Franz Josef Glacier Hotel. B, D

Canterbury Plains Canterbury South Island New Zealand Oceania

Day 17 Franz Josef to Queenstown

Queenstown

Spend three nights at the locally rated 3-star-plus Copthorne Lakefront Resort. B, D

Franz Josef Glacier Franz Josef West Coast South Island New Zealand Oceania

Day 18 - 19 Queenstown

Queenstown

Included ride on the Skyline Gondola and dinner on either day 18 or 19, and a day at leisure. B, D

Skyline Gondola Queenstown Otago South Island New Zealand Oceania

Day 20 Queenstown to Te Anau

Anau

Visit the gold-rush town of Arrowtown en route to Te Anau. Stay two nights at the locally rated 3-star-plus Distinction Luxmore Hotel. B, D

Arrowtown Otago South Island New Zealand Oceania

Day 21 Te Anau

Te Anau

Included full-day tour of Fiordland National Park, with a picnic lunch and a cruise on the fjord waters. B, L, D

Fiordland National Park Southland South Island New Zealand Oceania Milford Sound

Day 22 Te Anau to Dunedin

Dunedin

Journey across the farmlands of Southland and Otago to the Scottish-influenced city of Dunedin, the Gaelic name for Edinburgh. Mark Twain captured the beauty and history of the area when he said ‘the people here are Scots. They stopped here on their way to heaven, thinking they had arrived’. Discover more of the history of Dunedin on a city tour. Towers, spires, gables, turrets and elegant stone buildings from the Victorian era dominate the old town centre. It’s here that you can see the statue in honour of the famous Scottish bard, Robert Burns. Stay at the locally rated 3-star-plus Scenic Hotel, Southern Cross, Dunedin for the next three nights. B, D


Day 23 At leisure

Seals

Spend the day at leisure. Perhaps join an optional train journey. B, D



Optional excursions

Perhaps join an optional train journey or explore the beautiful Otago Peninsula.

Otago Peninsula
Otago Peninsula Dunedin Otago South Island New Zealand Oceania

Day 24 Dunedin

Dunedin

Spend the day at leisure. B, D


Day 25 Dunedin to Lake Ohau

Lake Ohau

View the Moeraki Boulders, tide permitting, and Waitaki Valley lakes en route to the locally rated 3-star Lake Ohau Lodge where you stay overnight. Enjoy a farewell dinner tonight. B, D

Moeraki Boulders Otago South Island New Zealand Oceania

Day 26 Lake Ohau to Christchurch to the UK

Christchurch

Travel to Christchurch airport for your overnight flight to the UK. B

Christchurch Canterbury South Island New Zealand Oceania

Day 27 UK

Arrive in the UK this morning for your included UK door-to-door travel service.



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