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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 (for departures to Aug 2020)

47 meals: 23 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 23 dinners (for departures to Aug 2020)

21 nights in hotels and 3 in flight (for departures from Sept 2020)

38 meals: 21 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 16 dinners (for departures from Sept 2020)

Excursions and visits

  • City tour of Auckland
  • Visit to Auckland Museum
  • Cruise through the Bay of Islands
  • Visit Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Maori concert and feast
  • Wellington sightseeing tour
  • Scenic drive through the winelands and visit to a winery
  • Inter-island cruise via Marlborough Sounds
  • 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

On departures to Aug 2020, excursions also include:

  • Agrodome and Rainbow Springs
  • Scenic drive through Mount Cook region
  • Waitomo Caves walking tour and boat ride
  • Maori Arts and Crafts Institute
  • Scenic drive past Lake Taupo

On departures from Sept 2020, excursions also include:

  • Visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park and Kiwi Hatchery
  • Visit to Tamaki Maori Village
  • Guided tour of Te Pulia Thermal Reserve
  • See the Huka Falls
  • Tour of the Art Deco city of Napier
  • Whale watching in Kaikoura
  • City tour of Christchurch
  • Punting trip on the River Avon
  • Visit the city of Dunedin
  • Visit the beautiful lake town of Wanaka

2019/2020 departures - 26 nights

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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.


24 Nights from Sep 2020

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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. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in New Zealand’s largest city, situated in the topmost portion of the North Island. With its two harbours and tempting waterfront, buzzing heart with shops and eateries, and forests and hills beyond, it’s perhaps no wonder Auckland’s Maori name of Tamaki is often referred to as Tamaki makaurau (’Tamaki of a hundred lovers’)! The Rydges Auckland Hotel is situated in the city centre close to Queen Street and Viaduct Harbour and has a restaurant serving local dishes, a coffee bar, a bar and lounge, and fitness facilities. All 267 air-conditioned rooms have a television, telephone, hairdryer, minibar (extra charge) refrigerator, iron and ironing board, safety deposit box and complimentary Wi-Fi. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, relaxing in your new surroundings. D


Day 4 Auckland

Auckland

Embark on an included half-day city sightseeing tour and museum visit today. Some of the highlights you may see during your tour (dependent upon route taken) include Auckland harbour Bridge and the Viaduct Harbour, which has been host to such events as the America’s Cup and Louis Vuitton Regattas. Explore the Auckland Domain – extending to some three-quarters of a square kilometre with its tropical gardens, art, and War Memorial Museum. Pause to visit the museum for an opportunity to learn about the country’s history, its indigenous people, natural history and gallery dedicated to those who served in various conflicts. You’ll also head along the waterfront Takamki Drive via the suburb of Parnell Village – known for its chic galleries and restaurants – and on to Joseph Savage Memorial Park where you can enjoy views of the Eastern Bays, city and harbour. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, or perhaps join an optional ‘Bush and Beach Wilderness’ excursion. B


Day 5 Auckland to Bay of Islands

Maori canoes (waka) at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, New Zealand

Travel to the Bay of Islands, where you’ll visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. The 1840 Treaty of Waitangi resulted in Britain claiming sovereignty over New Zealand. It was ultimately signed by some 500 Maori chiefs with the Treaty being translated into Maori for that purpose, although differences in the meanings of the English and Maori treaties resulted in subsequent problems. During your visit, learn about this important event on a guided tour, when you’ll also visit the Treaty House, and see the elaborately-carved Maori Whare Runanga or meeting house in the grounds. Nearby is the largest Maori war canoe in the world, Ngaatokimatawhaorua, built out of two giant kauri logs.

Stay two nights at the locally rated 3-star Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, set on the waterfront, 100 metres from Paihia wharf and the town centre. Facilities include a swimming pool and spa pool. Each of the 113 rooms has a television, direct-dial telephone, tea and coffee-making facilities, alarm clock and radio, iron and ironing board. B, D


Day 6 Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands

Step aboard a catamaran for a cruise around the beautiful Bay of Islands, dotted with some 144 islands that lie between Cape Brett and the Peninsula of Purerua. It’s an area of great beauty and as you sail the blue waters watch out for marine life that may include dolphins or even whales. You’ll head for Piercy Island, known as the ‘Hole in the Rock’ by virtue of the natural rock arch at one end and which is of important cultural significance to the Ngapuhi people. B

Bay of Islands Northland North Island New Zealand Oceania

Day 7 Bay of Islands-Rotorua

The geothermal city of Rotorua, New Zealand

Travel to Rotorua, the Maori homelands. This thermal region lies on a volcanic rift stretching from White Island to Lake Taupo, and is a place of lush forests, green pastures and lakes.

Spend the next two nights at the locally-rated 4-star Distinction Rotorua Hotel. The hotel has two restaurants, a cafe, a bar, an outdoor swimming pool, a spa pool and a gym. All 133 air-conditioned rooms have a television, telephone, mini-fridge, tea and coffee-making facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi. B, D


Day 8 Rotorua

Whakarewarewa

Look forward to a fascinating half day sightseeing tour, stopping at Rainbow Springs to see the Kiwi bird hatchery. The flightless Kiwi is a native bird of New Zealand, and with feathers resembling hair, whiskers, and nostrils at the end of its long beak, these endearing nocturnal birds are the much-loved symbol of the country. The Rainbow Springs Nature Park is home to a Kiwi hatchery at their Kiwi Encounter House, where you may be fortunate to catch sight of one of these enigmatic and charming creatures. You’ll also visit the Te Puia Thermal Reserve for a guided tour. The reserve – which is also a Maori culture centre – covers some 70 acres and is set within the Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley. Here you’ll find thermal pools, bubbling mud and geysers including the Pohutu geyser which can sometimes erupt to a height of 100 feet!

This evening look forward to memorable visit to the Tamaki Maori Village which lies within an ancient Tawa forest. Upon arrival take part in the Powhiri ceremony of welcome and take in the sights and sounds of the living history pre-European Maori village. You’ll enter the Marae – an ancestral Maori meeting house, to witness a cultural performance where customs, traditional dance and other aspects of the Maori culture will unfold. Another highlight of this fascinating evening will be a traditional Hangi buffet meal in a covered shelter known as a whakaruru. A hangi is a pit dug in the ground which is lined with hot stones and acts as an oven. Food is placed in special containers within the pit, and then covered over for several hours before being lifted out. You’ll learn from your hosts how the meal is prepared and be able to enjoy a meal followed by songs and speeches – a true Maori experience! B, D

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

Day 9 Rotorua-Napier

Huka Falls on Waikato River, New Zealand

Head for Napier today (a journey of around four to five hours), stopping en route at the Huka Falls, one of New Zealand’s most visited natural attractions. The water in the Falls starts life as part of the Maikato River. As the river narrows to 15% of its original width, the water power increases until some 250,000 litres of water each second bursts out of a gorge and tumbles some 11 metres into the river below.

Spend the next two nights at the locally rated 4-star Scenic Hotel Te Pania in Napier, situated on the edge of Hawke’s Bay. The hotel has a restaurant and bar, and offers complimentary access to the nearby Ocean Spa Gym. Each of the 109 air-conditioned rooms has a telephone, television, tea and coffee-making facilities, iron, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi. B, D


Day 10 Napier

'The Dome', Napier

The city of Napier is situated in the Hawke’s Bay region which lies on the North Island’s east coast. In 1931 the region suffered a devastating earthquake, destroying the heart of Napier city. Within two years the city had been rebuilt in Art Deco, ‘Stripped Classical’ and ‘Spanish Mission’ style, but it is the Art Deco buildings that the city is best known for. Set off on a walking tour of the city, taking in the highlights of these buildings, some of which were designed by Louis Hay who was influenced by the American architect Frank Lloyd Wright and the Arts and Crafts Movement. Watch for the Daily Telegraph Building with its distinctive facade, the National Tobacco Building with its arched decoration, the theatre and the T&G Building which combines different styles. After your walking tour perhaps explore further independently. B


Day 11 Napier to Wellington

Wellington Cable Car, New Zealand

Drive to Wellington this morning, where you can enjoy a city tour. See the beautiful waterfront with its picturesque views, look down on the city from Mount Victoria, and take in the city’s architecture including the parliament building and the Gothic-revival Old St Paul’s Cathedral. You’ll see Wellington Botanic Gardens with their section of native forest, and global plant collections, and enjoy a coastal drive where beaches and hidden bays lie awaiting discovery. As you head to the Miramar Peninsula you’ll also see some of the city’s suburbs and enjoy views of the harbour plus – on a clear day – the Kaikoura mountains of the South Island. 

Stay overnight at the locally-rated 4-star Novotel Wellington Hotel situated within walking distance of Wellington’s main shopping precinct, the waterfront and a good selection of cafes and entertainment. Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, is also within walking distance. The hotel’s facilities include a restaurant, bar and gymnasium. Each of the 139 air-conditioned rooms has a television, tea and coffee-making facilities, safe and hairdryer. B,D


Day 12 Wellington-Blenheim

Vineyards in Blenheim, New Zealand

Today you’ll take the Interislander ferry from Wellington to Picton, travelling through the Cook Strait. This 14-mile wide stretch of water separates the two islands of New Zealand and was named after Captain Cook, who sailed through it in 1770. Once you arrive at the south island, transfer to Blenheim on a two-hour coach ride. The city of Blenheim lies within the Marlborough region, home to some of New Zealand’s finest wines. Vineyards have been planted here for over 140 years and the soil, climate and famous Sauvignon Blanc grape produce the distinctive wine of the area. Look forward to sampling the wine for yourself as you enjoy a vineyard tour and wine tasting.

Stay overnight at the Scenic Hotel, Marlborough, situated a few minutes walk from Blenheim centre. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant and bar, outdoor pool (seasonal opening hours), spa (charges apply) and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Each of the 54 air-conditioned rooms has a telephone, television, tea and coffee-making facilities, safe and hairdryer. B, D


Day 13 Blenheim-Kaikoura

Look out for Dusky Dolphins in Kaikoura, New Zealand

Depart Blenheim and head for Kaikoura where an afternoon whale watching tour awaits you. Kaikoura sits on the east coast of South Island and lies on a five kilometre long peninsula extending into the Pacific. During the 19th and 20th centuries whaling was practised from here. Fortunately, today Kaikoura is known as a centre for whale watching, not hunting. Step aboard your boat as you head into the waters beyond the town where you will be able to watch for some of the cetaceans that inhabit the waters, ranging from Giant Sperm and Humpback whales to Pilot, Blue and Southern Right whales, dependent upon the time of year. You may also catch sight of Dusky dolphins and Orcas, although please bear in mind that while we hope you will be fortunate to spot whales during your trip, sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Stay overnight at the locally-rated 4-star Sudima Kaikoura Hotel. This newly-built hotel opening is 2020 is situated close to the shoreline and facilities will include a restaurant and bar. B, D


Day 14 Kaikoura-Christchurch

Christcurch, New Zealand

Leave Kaikoura behind as you travel by coach to Christchurch which will take approximately three hours. Spend the next two nights at the locally-rated 4.5-star Distinction Christchurch Hotel. Situated in Christchurch’s Cathedral Square, the hotel has been recently refurbished and facilities include a restaurant, bar, gym, sauna (charges apply) and free Wi-Fi. There are 179 rooms. B, D


Day 15 Christchurch

Botanic Gardens, Christchurch

Christchurch has been a city in recovery since an earthquake in 2011 caused major and widespread damage. During your tour you’ll see some of the areas affected and the restoration process. You’ll also see Hagley Park which was created in 1855 as a public park, the nearby Avon River, and the Botanic Gardens. Founded just eight years after Hagley Park opened, the gardens have collections ranging from indigenous plants to a heritage rose garden, fernery, conservatory, and more.

After your tour, head into the suburbs and visit the seaside village of Sumner, perhaps enjoying a stroll along the sandy beach with its fringe of rocks and the outcrop of Cave Rock. Subject to the weather your tour will then travel to Port Hills where you can enjoy excellent views over the city, before returning via the gardens of Mona Vale whose beautiful displays show why Christchurch is sometimes called ‘the Garden City’. You can also look forward to a punting trip on the River Avon, when you can sit back and drift along in a traditional punt, providing an ideal opportunity to see the city from a different perspective. B


Day 16 Christchurch to Franz Josef

Franz Josef

Enjoy a different mode of transport today as you drive to Springfield and step aboard the TranzAlpine Train for a trip to the township of Arthur’s Pass, situated in the heart of the Southern Alps. The train has a buffet car, comfortable carriages with panoramic windows and an observation car, ideal for photography. Afterwards, rejoin your coach and travel over the dramatic Otira Gorge, leaving the rugged mountains for the lush rainforests of the west coast. Be prepared for weather that is vastly different from that of the east coast.

Continue south to Franz Josef village at the foot of New Zealand’s most famous glacier. where you will stay overnight at the locally rated 3-star Scenic Franz Josef Glacier Hotel. Perhaps treat yourself to an optional Air Safari, flying over the Franz Josef Glacier, or a helicopter trip over the Twin Glacier. During your stay here please note that the west coast is an isolated area with a limited choice of accommodation, and consequently your hotel may be very busy (which may mean some delays). Facilities at the hotel include spa pools, bars and laundry service. All 130 bedrooms are equipped with a television, tea and coffee-making facilities, and a hairdryer. B, D


Day 17 Franz Josef to Queenstown

View of Queenstown in New Zealand

Enjoy the morning at leisure, before embarking on a scenic drive south from Franz Josef, past Fox Glacier and over the Haast Pass into the heart of the beautiful South Westland Region, one of the least populated parts of New Zealand. After leaving the tiny Haast village, skirt Mount Aspiring National Park on a long stretch of road with no settlements of any size. Then enter the Central Otago region, pausing at beautiful Lake Wanaka and passing Lake Hawea before continuing south to Queenstown, one of New Zealand’s most popular resorts.

Your hotel for the next two nights is the locally-rated 4-star Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar). This is a year-round resort on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and within walking distance of the central shopping and entertainment area. All 240 guest rooms have a television, direct-dial telephone, tea and coffee-making facilities, fridge or minibar and iron. Hairdryers and safety deposit facilities are available. B, D


Day 18 Queenstown

Cable car in Queenstown, New Zealand

Enjoy today at leisure to relax. This evening look forward to a ride on the Skyline Gondola cable car which will take you nearly 1500 feet above the city to Bob’s Peak for wonderful views of Queenstown below. You can also look forward to enjoying dinner at the Skyline Stratosfare Restaurant this evening. During your day at leisure perhaps join an optional excursion which may include a Heritage tour of the city; a jet boat ride on the Dart River; a trip aboard a vintage steam ship and bar-b-que lunch; or a safari to Glenorchy and Wakatipuor. B, D


Day 19 Queenstown to Te Anau

The Kingston Flyer a steam train runs from Kingston to Garston

A short drive from Queenstown this morning takes you to the old gold-mining settlement of Arrowtown. This delightful old town has been faithfully restored, with timber houses, shops and a picturesque weather-boarded post office sporting an octagonal Victorian pillar-box. In the small museum you can see genuine gold nuggets – prospectors still pan for gold in the nearby river.

Next travel south along the east shore of Lake Wakatipu to Kingston, passing the Remarkables mountain range. The road follows the track of the Kingston Flyer, an historic steam train that once connected with the TSS Earnslaw to provide a passenger service between Queenstown and Lumsden. The train now operates summer tourist services over a short stretch of preserved line. Your coach continues past the Eyre Mountains, via Mossburn to Te Anau. This small township is the gateway to Fiordland National Park and it lies at the southern end of Lake Te Anau, the largest lake in the South Island.

You spend two nights here at the Distinction locally-rated 4-star Luxmore Hotel, in the town centre and close to the lake. The restaurant, which overlooks Lake Te Anau, features an extensive carvery buffet. Each of the hotel’s 180 rooms is equipped with a television, tea and coffee-making facilities, a fridge and hairdryer. B, D


Day 20 Te Anau

Te Anau

Enjoy a full-day tour of Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound today. Fiordland covers three million acres of wilderness, and is one of the biggest national parks in the world with waterfalls, forested valleys, and scenic fjords indenting the coast. The road to Milford Sound cuts through Fiordland and is considered to be one of the best alpine drives in the world. It follows Lake Te Anau, passing through dense forests, along small lakes and river flats, and through the one-and-a-half kilometres long Homer Tunnel.

Finally you reach Milford Sound described by Rudyard Kipling as ‘the eighth wonder of the world’. Step aboard for a cruise here watching for the mile-high Mitre Peak – a monument, on one of New Zealand’s most distinctive mountains, named because of its resemblance to a bishop’s mitre. Milford Sound was used to represent Nen Hithoel, Amon Hen and Fangorn Forest in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ film trilogy. Enjoy an included picnic lunch during your cruise and, if weather permits, you may decide to gain a fresh perspective and fly back to Te Anau, for an extra charge. B, L, D


Day 21 Te Anau to Dunedin

Dunedin town and bay

Today’s journey of nearly 300 kilometres takes you across the farmlands of Southland and Otago to the Scottish-influenced city of Dunedin, the Gaelic name for Edinburgh. This cultural university city stands at the head of a harbour, and consists of Victorian and Edwardian buildings, slate and tin-roofed houses and churches. The city centre is hilly with some very steep streets. At its heart lies the eight-sided plaza area of the Octagon where you’ll also find a statue of the Scottish poet Robert Burns. Perhaps explore the city independently, taking in the sights and architecture.

You spend two nights in Dunedin, at the locally rated 4-star Scenic Hotel Southern Cross located in Dunedin. The hotel has a restaurant which is open for breakfast only, a bar, grill and wine bar and cafe. Facilities also include a fitness centre. Each of the 178 rooms has a television, telephone, minibar (extra charge) and free Wi-fi. B, D


Day 22 Dunedin

Taieri River Gorge Railway, New Zealand

Spend a day at leisure exploring the city, or take join an optional excursion taking scenic train ride along the Taieri Gorge Railway, or a wildlife tour of the Otago Peninsula. B


Day 23 Dunedin to Lake Ohau

Lake Ohau

This morning embark on your journey of around 275 kilometres as you first head north along the coast to Oamaru. The main town of the Waitaki area, Oamaru has grand, stone Victorian buildings that reflect the wealth of the 19th-century gold rushes. You head inland and pass a string of pure, snow-fed lakes through the Waitaki valley before arriving at Lake Ohau, in the heart of the vast Mackenzie Country. Named after an outlaw from pioneering times, this is a region of lakes, tussock-covered hills and vast open spaces.

Drink in the breathtaking alpine scenery that surrounds you before continuing to your overnight accommodation at Lake Ohau Lodge on the western shore of the lake with its tranquil location and beautiful views. Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening. Please note: due to the location of the lodge the meal will be a set menu with a choice of meat or fish. The bedrooms at the lodge do not have additional hotel facilities such as telephones or televisions. B, D

Moeraki Boulders Otago South Island New Zealand Oceania

Day 24 Lake Ohau to Christchurch to the UK

Christchurch

Transfer to Christchurch – a journey of approximately 340 kilometres. Arrive at the airport for your overnight flight to the UK. B


Day 25 UK

Arrive in the UK.



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