Royal New Zealand

16 Day Guided Tour from Christchurch to Auckland with Scenic

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Scenic's 16 Day Royal New Zealand. Start on the South Island in Christchurch, a city reimagining itself. Experience the amazing TranzAlpine railway and stand in awe before the Franz Josef Glacier. Soak up the adrenaline of Queenstown and savour the beauty of Milford Sound. In more

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1 Christchurch
Kia ora and welcome to Christchurch for a two night stay. The wonder of New Zealand begins here. Celebrate the start of your journey with a welcome dinner.  (D)
2 Christchurch
Freechoice: Go punting on the Avon River, take a Botanic Gardens Tour or a city tour of Christchurch. Alternatively, visit the seaside town of Akaroa or the International Antarctic Centre – the choice is yours. (B)
3 Christchurch - Franz Josef
Join the TranzAlpine this morning for your rail journey across the Southern Alps. Visit the home of New Zealand’s native greenstone, Hokitika. Stand in wonder at Franz Josef Glacier with its ever-changing face before your overnight Special Stay. Optional Helicopter Flight - Take a helicopter flight over Franz Josef or Fox Glacier and experience the wonder of a landing in this natural alpine landscape (additional expense, please book prior to departure). (B/D)
4 Franz Josef - Queenstown
Enjoy a ride on the Haast River Jet boat before you arrive in Queenstown for your two night stay. (B)
5 Queenstown
Freechoice: Wilderness and adventure beckon on the Dart River, or enjoy a guided tour of local wineries. Alternatively, feel exhilarated on the Shotover Jet or take a 4WD Safari of the Scenes tour exploring ‘The Lord of the Rings’ filming locations. Or you could opt for a guided tour through Skippers Canyon, or a guided walk around the lake edge. Freechoice Dining: Take a steamship cruise on TSS Earnslaw and enjoy dinner at Walter Peak, or ride the Skyline Gondola and dine overlooking Queenstown. Alternatively, enjoy dinner at your hotel. (B/D)
6 Queenstown - Te Anau
In the darkness of the Te Anau caves, see the shimmer of thousands of glow-worms. Enrich: Experience a special screening of ‘Ata Whenua – Shadowland’. Also known as ‘Fiordland on Film’, this short movie takes you on an unforgettable journey over the World Heritage-listed wilderness. Your base for your two night stay is Te Anau. (B/D)
7 Te Anau
Travel to Fiordland National Park to witness the spectacular beauty of Milford Sound. Stand in awe of the towering cliffs, peaks and waterfalls. (B/L)
8 Te Anau - Mt Cook
See the fertile, sheep-filled farming land of Central Otago en route before soaking up the alpine landscape of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. Enjoy a Special Stay. (B/D)
9 Mt Cook - Christchurch
Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo. Travel through the patchwork countryside of the Canterbury Plains before arriving back in Christchurch for an overnight stay. (B)
10 Christchurch - Wellington
Drive along the spectacular East Coast where rugged mountains meet the ocean. Travel in the ferry’s premium lounge across the Marlborough Sounds to start your discovery of the North Island. Discover the nation’s capital city Wellington with your two night stay. (B/D)
11 Wellington
Freechoice: Take an in-depth journey of Te Papa to discover the treasures and stories of New Zealand’s land and people, or join a walking tour all about food. Alternatively, learn the secrets behind movie magic with the team from Weta Workshop, responsible for movies like ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy and ‘King Kong’. (B)
12 Wellington - Rotorua
Visit the magnificent Lake Taupo, before experiencing the force of nature at Huka Falls. Your base for the next two nights is Rotorua. (B)
13 Rotorua
Be amazed by Rotoura’s geothermal activity during a visit to Te Puia. Freechoice: Enjoy New Zealand’s famous sheep show and meet a Kiwi of the feathered kind, or take an amphibious duck tour of Rotorua’s city and lakes. Alternatively, relax in the geothermal pools, or enjoy wine-tasting and the skyline gondola. Tonight, immerse yourself in Mãori traditions at an authentic hangi dinner. Optional Flight - Take a flight to Mt Tarawera including a volcanic landing (additional expense, please book prior to departure). (B/D)
14 Rotorua - Auckland
Enjoy the scenery of the rolling hills and farmlands of the Waikato region. Visit the Hobbiton™ Movie Set before arriving in the ‘City of Sails’ Auckland this afternoon for your two night Special Stay. (B/L/D)
15 Auckland
Freechoice: Choose from a range of Auckland’s iconic attractions – enjoy an exhilarating sail on an authentic America’s Cup yacht or explore the wine and cuisine of Waiheke Island. Alternatively, take a leisurely harbour cruise, discover the black sand beaches of the West Coast or join a small group sightseeing tour of Auckland. Later, look forward to your farewell dinner at Orbit 360 Restaurant at Sky City. (B/D)
16 Auckland
It’s time to bid a fond farewell to your new friends and the wonders of New Zealand. (B)

Scenic Inclusions

Scenic Freechoice
Scenic Freechoice
These are hand-selected activities for you to choose from and enjoy at a pace that suits you. Read more
Scenic Enrich
Scenic Enrich
Unforgettable and exclusive once-in-a-lifetime experiences from exploring ancient kauri forests to immersing yourself in the rich culture of the Maori people. Read more
Scenic nth Degree
The nth Degree
Scenic have thought about the details so you don't have to, from airport transfers, first-class transport, internal flights and local guides. All tips and gratuities are included. Read more
Scenic Special Stays
Special Stays
Stay in a range of iconic hotels, known for their location, character & heritage such as the Te Waonui Forest Retreat, surrounded by native bush and Franz Josef. Read more
Overnight Cruising
Overnight Cruising
On selected interaries take an overnight cruise on Milford Sound and wake up to the dawn of a new day in one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
Scenic Tailormade
On selected interaries journey across the spine of the South Island into the heart of pristine wilderness on the TranzAlpine, one of New Zealand's grandest rail journeys.

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Wednesday 11 Nov 2020 Thursday 26 Nov 2020 482per person 7,513per person Enquire
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Wednesday 28 Apr 2021 Thursday 13 May 2021 290solo traveller 9,385solo traveller Enquire
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