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TravelmarvelTravelmarvel 13 Day New Zealand Discoverer

This epic journey spans both the North and South islands and gives you a complete picture of an incredibly varied country in just 2 weeks. Take the stress out of travel and let the experts plan your trip.

 New Zealand escorted tour
 Starts in Auckland, finishes in Christchurch
 13 days/ 12 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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At a glance - Travelmarvel 13 Day New Zealand Discoverer

Day 1: Arrive in Auckland. Accommodation: Rydges Hotel Auckland

Day 2: Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo. Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 3: A day to explore Rotorua. Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 4: Rotorua to Wellington via Lake Taupo. Accommodation: Travelodge Hotel Wellington

Day 5: Wellington to Blenheim including the Interislander Ferry. Accommodation: Quality Hotel Marlborough

Day 6: Blenheim to Christchurch with a stop in Kaikoura to whale watch. Accommodation: Quality Elms Hotel Christchurch

Day 7: Christchurch to Fox Glacier. Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Glacier Country

Day 8: Fox Glacier to Queenstown. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

Day 9: A day of adventure in Queenstown. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

Day 10: Queenstown to Te Anau and a cruise on the Milford Sound Fiord. Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau

Day 11: Te Anau to Dunedin. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Day 12: Dunedin to Lake Tekapo via Mt Cook lookout. Accommodation: Peppers Bluewater Resort, Lake Tekapo

Day 13: Head from Lake Tekapo to finish your tour in Christchurch.

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Travelmarvel 13 Day New Zealand Discoverer - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive in Auckland

Travelmarvel 13 Day New Zealand Discoverer - Day 1

Arrive into Auckland

Your spectacular New Zealand journey begins today upon arrival in Auckland. Here, you will be met by a Travelmarvel representative and be transferred to a premium hotel to spend the evening before your coach tour begins in the morning.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Trip Documentation

You will receive all the information about your tour when you arrive at your first New Zealand hotel.

Your Accommodation: Rydges Hotel Auckland

Nestled in the heart of Auckland's CBD, Rydges Auckland offers an ideal location. The hotel is a short stroll from business and retail districts, the Casino, the America's Cup Viaduct Village and superb waterfront restaurants.

Meals included: Dinner

Rydges Hotel Auckland

Day 2: Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo

Travelmarvel 13 Day New Zealand Discoverer - Day 2

Auckland to Rotorua including adventures in Waitomo

Depart from Auckland today and make your way to Rotorua.  A stop will be made along the way and take you to explore Waitomo.  It is here you will have the opportunity to discover the famous glow worm caves.  Continue to Rotorua with time to visit Te Puia, New Zealand's premier cultural centre, and tour the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute.  While here you'll see the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley and enjoy a Maori Hangi feast.

Your Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

The Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua enjoys a location that is second-to-none on the very shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua, adjacent to the world famous Polynesian Spa complex and just a short stroll to all the attractions in Rotorua.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 3: A day to explore Rotorua

Travelmarvel 13 Day New Zealand Discoverer - Day 3

A full day in Rotorua including a visit to the Agrodome

Rotorua captures the essence of New Zealand, with its geothermal geysers, fascinating Maori culture and rich heritage.  Enjoy some exploration time and continue your sightseeing with the group as you attend the famous Agrodome. Later on, the time is again yours perhaps you will choose to enjoy an optional helicopter flight over White Island volcano. 

Your Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

The Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua enjoys a location that is second-to-none on the very shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua, adjacent to the world famous Polynesian Spa complex and just a short stroll to all the attractions in Rotorua.

Meals included: Breakfast

Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 4: Rotorua to Wellington via Lake Taupo

Travelmarvel 13 Day New Zealand Discoverer - Day 4

Rotorua to Wellington including a stop at Lake Taupo

Today you travel all the way from Rotorua to Wellington. The drive is broken down to provide the most comfortable journey and ensure that you do not miss anything along the way.  First travel part of the Thermal Explorer highway, then stop at Lake Taupo to stretch the legs and admire this volcanic caldera.  On your way from Taupo to Wellington, there is another must see, the Huka Falls.  Finally, board your coach and head to the compact capital city of Wellington.

Your Accommodation: Travelodge Hotel Wellington

Located right in the city centre the Travelodge Wellington offers great value accommodation and facilities all within easy walking of the city attractions.

Meals included: Breakfast

Travelodge Hotel Wellington

Day 5: Wellington to Blenheim including the Interislander Ferry

Travelmarvel 13 Day New Zealand Discoverer - Day 5

Wellington to Blenheim

Board the Interislander ferry across the Cook Strait through the Marlborough and Queen Charlotte Sounds.  Admire coastlines defined by tiny coves and rocky shores on the way to Blenheim.

Your Accommodation: Quality Hotel Marlborough

The Quality Hotel Marlborough is located in sunny Blenheim and is just a five minute stroll to the town centre. This premier hotel features the laid back atmosphere of the Pacific with well appointed rooms and a quiet courtyard.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Quality Hotel Marlborough

Day 6: Blenheim to Christchurch with a stop in Kaikoura to whale watch

Travelmarvel 13 Day New Zealand Discoverer - Day 6

Blenheim to Christchurch via Kaikoura

Head to Kaikoura today and embark on an exciting whale watching cruise. Continue your journey onwards to Christchurch.

Your Accommodation: Quality Elms Hotel Christchurch

The Elms Hotel in Christchurch, is located 5 minutes from the city and is the closest hotel to the largest enclosed Shopping Mall in New Zealand. Renowned for its professional and friendly staff you are guaranteed a pleasant stay.

Quality Elms Hotel Christchurch

Day 7: Christchurch to Fox Glacier

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Christchurch to Fox Glacier

Travel into the Main Divide by coach or opt to take the TranzApline Train West across the island.  This spectacular journey is a great introduction to the diverse and dramatic scenes across New Zealand's South Island.  Tonight you stop at the Westland Tai Poutini National Park the home of the Fox Glacier. 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - TranzAlpine Scenic Train: Arthur's Pass to Christchurch

Arthur's Pass National Park itself is a landscape of two halves. On the eastern side you'll see wide, shingle-filled riverbeds and vast swathes of beech forest. Descend the western side and you venture through dense rainforest alongside and over deeply gorged rivers. You'll probably spot New Zealand's inquisitive and comical alpine parrot, the kea. And during winter you can join the skiers and snowboarders enjoying spectacular runs in the Temple Basin Ski Area.

Your Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Glacier Country

Heartland Hotel Glacier Country is located right in the centre of Fox township putting you in easy reach of the unique experiences available within Westland National Park.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Heartland Hotel Glacier Country

Day 8: Fox Glacier to Queenstown

Travelmarvel 13 Day New Zealand Discoverer - Day 8

Fox Glacier to Queenstown

Today travel inland from the rugged West coast to alpine Central Otago. Home to Queenstown, New Zealand's adventure capital.  Tonight you settle into a relaxing two-night stay overlooking Lake Wakatipu.

Your Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview is located on Frankton Road, the main arterial route into Queenstown - with the centre of town only a short 10 minute stroll away.

Meals included: Breakfast

Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

Day 9: A day of adventure in Queenstown

Travelmarvel 13 Day New Zealand Discoverer - Day 9

A free day in Queenstown

With a day of leisure to fill, choose an activity to suit your desires. Perhaps experience a cruise to Walter Peak Station, take the gondola from town to the top of Bob's peak and some spectacular views or even enjoy the world famous Shotover Jet Boat ride. Whatever you are into Queenstown can deliver, you will be spoilt for choice.

Your Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview is located on Frankton Road, the main arterial route into Queenstown - with the centre of town only a short 10 minute stroll away.

Meals included: Breakfast

Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

Day 10: Queenstown to Te Anau and a cruise on the Milford Sound Fiord

Travelmarvel 13 Day New Zealand Discoverer - Day 10

Queenstown to Te Anau including a Milford Sound cruise

Follow The Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu to the incredible Fiordland National Park.  Experience the fiords up close as you cruise through Milford Sound.  This world-renowned natural wonder engulfs you with towering peaks, cascading waterfalls and the chance to possibly spot seals, dolphins or even penguins that inhabit these cool waters.

Your Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau

The hotel is conveniently located only a short five-minute walk along the shore of beautiful Lake Te Anau to reach the town centre set amongst manicured gardens on the tranquil shores of Lake Te Anau.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau

Day 11: Te Anau to Dunedin

Travelmarvel 13 Day New Zealand Discoverer - Day 11

Travel Te Anau to Dunedin including castle tour

Journey away from the mountains today and toward the rolling hills of the East coast. Before arriving into Dunedin you stop off at Larnach castle and tour this lovingly restored home overlooking the Otago peninsula.  

Your Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Just two blocks from the Octagon in the heart of the city, Scenic Hotel Dunedin City is close to shops, parks and the best city attractions and services. The hotel provides excellent 4-star accommodation to Dunedin's visitors.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Day 12: Dunedin to Lake Tekapo via Mt Cook lookout

Travelmarvel 13 Day New Zealand Discoverer - Day 12

Dunedin to Lake Tekapo including a farewell dinner

Leave Dunedin today and visit one of New Zealand's natural phenomena, the Moeraki Boulders.  Continue to Oamaru and observe its 19th-century architecture before venturing to Lake Tekapo.  Lake Tekapo is situated in the Mount Cook National Park with spectacular views across the turquoise lakes of New Zealand's highest mountains.  Tonight is your last night with your touring companions and included is a farewell dinner to enjoy memories of you last 15 days together. 

Your Accommodation: Peppers Bluewater Resort, Lake Tekapo

Peppers Bluewater sits overlooking Lake Tekapo and the Southern Alps and is just a short walk to the small towns facilities. Also close by is the new Alpine Springs Spa, a great place to relax after a day exploring. Facilities include an on site restaurant and bar.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Peppers Bluewater Resort, Lake Tekapo

Day 13: Head from Lake Tekapo to finish your tour in Christchurch

Travelmarvel 13 Day New Zealand Discoverer - Day 13

Lake Tekapo to Christchurch

On the way out of Lake Tekapo, this morning take time to visit the Church of the Good Shepherd. A tiny church with incredible views of the immense lake and alpine surrounds. This is the final leg of your journey and you will arrive into Christchurch with many fantastic memories of your last two weeks.
Flights for departure today should be made to depart Christchurch in the afternoon, your booking agent can help you decide upon the appropriate time.

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