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New Zealand - Grand Discovery 

New Zealand combines some of the world's most magnificent and dramatic scenery with fascinating human history. This tour travels through both North and South Islands in a comprehensive exploration of this beautiful country.

2017 Dates:  Jan 6, March 6, Oct 19,  Nov 16, Dec 18

Price:   4459 GBP    
Price is per person for 21 nights based on double occupancy without airfare.     
Supplement for a single room  1045 GBP

Guided Walks: A good balance between part and full-day walks, travelling and sightseeing.  Guided walks range from 3 to 4 miles with minimal ascent and are led by a courier driver.  HF Holidays' leader and local guides.  On a few days there are also harder walks of up to 9 miles and 2,200 ft of ascent. 

Included: 
21 nights accommodation in en suite rooms
Breakfast and dinner daily
Services of a courier/driver, an HF Holidays leader and local guides.  
Walks, sightseeing, entrance fees and travel by air-conditioned coach.

Hotels:  A wide variety from modern city hotels to comfortable country lodges in beautiful locations.  All have a high standard of facilities. This holiday includes Breakfast & Dinner.
 
Itinerary:

Day 1: Auckland - Morning arrival in Auckland and transfer to the hotel for 2 nights. The afternoon is free to unwind and stroll in the attractive harbourside city.

Day 2: Rangitoto Island - Take a cruise through Waitemata Harbour to the islands of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, landing at Rangitoto Island for a walk with splendid ocean views.

Day 3: Waitomo and Rotorua - Morning journey south, stopping to visit the Waitomo caves, with its enchanting glow-worm grotto. We then continue to Rotorua for 2 nights, the centre of Maori traditions and an area of thermal springs and volcanic activity.

Day 4: Rotorua - A full dayís exploration of the remarkable Waimangu Thermal Valley, with its amazing geological activity. See the bubbling pools of Waimanhu Cauldron, Lake Rotomahana, the pink and white terraces and a cruise on Lake Tarawera to the buried village of Te Wairoa. Enjoy your evening with a traditional Maori hangi.

Day 5: To Tongariro - Morning visit to the Maori village of Ohinemutu, the historic St Faiths church, followed by a leisurely and scenic drive past Lake Taupo to the Tongariro National Park for 2 nights.

Day 7: Tongariro National Park - Choose from a selection of walks in this spectacular park dominated by three volcanic peaks. Possibilities include Taranaki Falls or, depending on the weather, the complete Tongariro Crossing, often described as the best one day walk in New Zealand.

Day 8: To South Island - Journey to Wellington and take the ferry across the Cook Strait, with views of Queen Charlotte Sound, to Picton on the South Island where we stay for 2 nights.

Day 9: Queen Charlotte Walkway - Cruise to Ship Cove from where we take an unforgettable walk on the Queen Charlotte Track to Resolution Bay and Furneaux Lodge, which leads through native bush and provides regular views of Marlborough Sound.

Day 10: To Greymouth - Travel towards the rugged west coast, stopping in Nelson Lakes National Park, taking a short walk at Cape Foulwind to see the colony of fur seals, and enjoying another short walk at Paparoa National Park to see the Pancake Rocks and blowholes. Arrive at Greymouth for 1 night.

Day 11: To Fox Glacier - Head along the west coast to see the spectacular Franz Josef and Fox glaciers and stay for 1 night. Take walks over the glacial moraine to the viewpoints of the glaciers, descending from the ice caps surrounding Mount Cook. An optional helicopter flight over the ice cap is available.

Day 12: To Queenstown - Morning journey past deserted beaches and tiny settlements, over the Haast Pass, in the afternoon short stops may be taken at Lake Paringa, Monroe Beach or Haast, en route to vibrant Queenstown, with its spectacular location on Lake Wakatipu, for a 4 night stay.

Day 13: Queenstown - A free day in Queenstown to enjoy walks in the local area or take part in one of the many activities that are available in this adventure capital of the world. Evening meal in the Skyline restaurant high above the town.

Day 14: Queenstown - Take lakeshore walks to Bobís Cove or Lake Dispute, accompanied by pristine scenery and a variety of flora and birdlife.

Day 15: Queenstown - Excellent walking again in the Queenstown area, including the Moonlight Trail over the Ben Lomond Saddle to follow the route of the early gold prospectors, or the Frankton Arm Track for excellent views towards the Remarkables range.

Day 16: To Te Anau - A short journey south to the Fiordland National Park and a boat trip across Lake Te Anau to Brod Bay for a walk on the Kepler Track, one of the most popular routes in New Zealand. Stay for 3 nights in Te Anau.

Day 17: Te Anau - A leisurely walk to Rainbow Reach or around Lake Gunn, or a higher level walk on part of the Routeburn Track.

Day 18: Milford Sound - A full day at the beautiful Milford Sound, with a launch trip on the deep fjord waters between sheer granite cliffs, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls.

Day 19: To Twizel - We head back north again, to the gold rush village of Arrowtown, before reaching Twizel, for 2 nights in the shadow of Mount Cook.

Day 20: Mount Cook - Walk a glorious route along the Hooker Valley, with views to Mount Wakefield, Footstool and the south face of Mount Cook and passing near the Hooker Glacier.

Day 21: To Christchurch - Drive over Burkeís Pass, pausing at the stone church of the Good Shepherd, on the shores of Lake Tekapo, before continuing through the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch for 2 nights.

Day 23: Christchurch - The picturesque city of Christchurch, with its graceful architecture and elegant parks, as well as plenty of things to see and do, is an ideal place to relax at the end of our tour. Evening farewell dinner.

Day 22: Return flight - Morning at leisure in Christchurch before transfer to the airport


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