19 Day The Long White Cloud

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Be awed as you traverse New Zealand’s North and South Islands, from the hot pools of Franz Josef, an exclusive TreadRight experience in Rotorua, to the brave depths of Queenstown, the adventure capital. Explore extraordinary landscapes and ancient heritage, as you encounter exhilarating New Zealand as few have seen it before.

Tour Highlights

  • Tranz Alpine Train Journey
  • Franz Josef guided tour
  • Haast River Jet Boat
  • Milford Track walk
  • Milford Sound Cruise (overnight for departures after April 2024)
  • Emerson’s Brewery tour
  • Christchurch City Tour
  • Craggy Range Winery Dinner
  • Art Deco Vintage Car Tour
  • Waimangu Volcanic Valley walk & Cruise
  • Redwoods Treewalk
  • Caveworld Waitomo Glowworm tour

Tour Itinerary

(B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner (SD) Specialty Dinner
Tour Code: NZIJ

1
Welcome to Christchurch
Day 1
Welcome to Christchurch
On arrival at Christchurch Airport you'll be driven by private car to your hotel. Spend some time at leisure to relax or explore on your own. Perhaps visit the Christchurch Botanical Garden or take a ride on the Christchurch Tram. In the evening meet your Journey Director for a Welcome Reception.
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2
Christchurch – TranzAlpine – Franz Josef (B, D)
Day 2
Christchurch – TranzAlpine – Franz Josef (B, D)
It's all aboard the TranzAlpine train. Rated as one of the world's great scenic railway journeys, you'll travel in comfort across the Canterbury Plains through to the Southern Alps. From Arthur's Pass, visit the small town of Hokitika, the heritage and cultural centre of the West Coast, to learn about the importance of Pounamu, better known as jade or greenstone. Later we continue to Franz Josef. Your eco-friendly accommodation is set amid native bush, with an emphasis on relaxation and rejuvenation. This evening, why not enjoy Franz Josef's local geothermal hot pools or perhaps a massage.
Te Waonui Forest Retreat
A great example of sustainable accommodation in Franz Josef and near to the glacier and natural wonders of this region.
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3
Franz Josef Glacier (Relaxed Start) (B, D)
Day 3
Franz Josef Glacier (Relaxed Start) (B, D)
After a relaxed start we explore this area, where a local guide explains the history behind the mighty Franz Josef Glacier.
Te Waonui Forest Retreat
A great example of sustainable accommodation in Franz Josef and near to the glacier and natural wonders of this region.
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4
Franz Josef – Queenstown (B, D)
Day 4
Franz Josef – Queenstown (B, D)
This morning it’s time for an adventure as we journey down the Haast River in a purpose built, fully enclosed river jet boat. After a lunch stop at Makarora then travel on to Arrowtown where there is time to explore this historic gold-mining village on the Arrow River. Continue to Queenstown for an orientation tour. Tonight, dinner is included at your hotel.
Hotel St Moritz Queenstown
Idyllically situated in the heart of Queenstown with wonderful views overlooking Lake Wakatipu to The Remarkables mountain range, Hotel St Moritz embodies the spirit of its location.
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5
Queenstown at Leisure (B)
Day 5
Queenstown at Leisure (B)
Enjoy Queenstown your way! Perhaps join a wine tour and taste some of Central Otago’s world-renowned Pinot Noir or view The Lord of the Rings film locations on a scenic tour of Queenstown and Glenorchy. Tonight, you can dine at one of the local restaurants along the waterfront in town or simply relax at your hotel.
Hotel St Moritz Queenstown
Idyllically situated in the heart of Queenstown with wonderful views overlooking Lake Wakatipu to The Remarkables mountain range, Hotel St Moritz embodies the spirit of its location.
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6
Queenstown at Leisure (B, D)
Day 6
Queenstown at Leisure (B, D)
Make the most of your extended stay in Queenstown. Why not sit back and enjoy a peaceful cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard New Zealand’s oldest steamship, the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak Station, take a jet boat ride down the mighty Shotover River. Or simply relax, shop or enjoy time at one of the many cafés and restaurants while soaking up the alpine views. Tonight, enjoy a highlight dinner at one of Queenstown’s exclusive restaurants.
Hotel St Moritz Queenstown
Idyllically situated in the heart of Queenstown with wonderful views overlooking Lake Wakatipu to The Remarkables mountain range, Hotel St Moritz embodies the spirit of its location.
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7
Queenstown – Te Anau – Milford Sound (B, D)
Day 7
Queenstown – Te Anau – Milford Sound (B, D)
Travel south along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau on the shores of the South Island’s largest lake. Later you’ll travel through the rainforest of the UNESCO-listed World Heritage site of Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges onto the amazing Mirror Lake before driving through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel. Tonight, stay at the magical Milford Sound Lodge, with views of the Cleddau Valley. For stays up to April 2024 accommodation is at Milford Sound Lodge, for stays after April 2024 accommodation is on the Milford Mariner boat overnight.
Milford Sound Lodge
Slow down, breathe deep and stay the night on the doorstep of one of New Zealand’s most iconic natural landmarks, Milford Sound.
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Milford Sound Overnight Cruise
This Milford Sound overnight cruise provides astonishing views and the ultimate Milford Sound adventure. You’ll depart from the Milford Sound wharf in the late afternoon and cruise Milford Sound accompanied by our specialist nature guide.
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8
Milford Track Walk & Milford Sound Cruise (B, D)
Day 8
Milford Track Walk & Milford Sound Cruise (B, D)
For departures up to April 2024-Wake up to the startling beauty of Milford Sound. This morning, explore a section of the famous Milford Track on an easy going half day guided walk. This place is steeped in rich history and stories, the flora and fauna are unique and special. This afternoon aboard the Southern Discoveries vessel sit back and relax as a specialist nature guide introduces you to the natural wonders of Milford Sound often called the ‘eighth natural wonder of the world’. For departures after April 2024 make your way to Invercargill today.
Milford Sound Lodge
Slow down, breathe deep and stay the night on the doorstep of one of New Zealand’s most iconic natural landmarks, Milford Sound.
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The Langlands Hotel
The Langlands Hotel is Invercargill’s newest accommodation experience. This seven-storey, 78-room, 4.5 star hotel brings contemporary style to the inner city.
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9
Milford Sound – Gore – Dunedin (B, D)
Day 9
Milford Sound – Gore – Dunedin (B, D)
For departurtes up to April 2024-We leave the majestic Fiordland National Park for the fertile sheep-dotted pastures of South Otago. Travel through Te Anau known for its beautiful lake and on to the country musical town of Gore for lunchtime, before arriving in Dunedin, New Zealand’s southernmost city. Enjoy dinner tonight at Parcels Restaurant at your hotel. For departures after April 2024 wake up in Invercargill and enjoy a visit to Transport World.
Distinction Dunedin Hotel
In the centre of the city, a 1937 building transformed into an elegant hotel.
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The Langlands Hotel
The Langlands Hotel is Invercargill’s newest accommodation experience. This seven-storey, 78-room, 4.5 star hotel brings contemporary style to the inner city.
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10
Dunedin (Relaxed Start) (B, D-for departures April 2024 onward)
Day 10
Dunedin (Relaxed Start) (B, D-for departures April 2024 onward)
For departures up to April 2024-Enjoy a relaxed start this morning, before taking a guided tour at Emerson’s Brewery, sample the tasty craft beer before an afternoon at leisure. Relax or continue exploring Dunedin as you wish. Perhaps ride the historic Tairei Gorge Railway or take a wildlife cruise of the Otago Pennisula. For departures after April 2024-travel from Invercargill to Dunedin and visit a craft distillery and a chocolate tasting exeperience - dinner is included for departures after April 2024 only.
Distinction Dunedin Hotel
In the centre of the city, a 1937 building transformed into an elegant hotel.
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11
Dunedin – Omarau – Timaru – Christchurch (B, D)
Day 11
Dunedin – Omarau – Timaru – Christchurch (B, D)
Travel up the east coast of the South Island via Oamaru and Timaru. On arrival in Christchurch embark on a sightseeing tour of the city to learn about its rebirth after the devastating 2011 earthquake.
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12
Christchurch – Kaikoura – Wellington (B, D)
Day 12
Christchurch – Kaikoura – Wellington (B, D)
Travel up the rugged Pacific Ocean coast this morning to Kaikoura, where sperm whales can often be seen not far from shore. Pass the pink tinged crystallisation ponds of the Lake Grassmere Salt Works, then travel to pretty seaside fishing village of Picton. Later cruise Queen Charlotte Sound and cross the Cook Strait to the North Island. On arrival in Wellington embark on a city orientation tour. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.
QT Wellington
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13
Wellington at Leisure (B)
Day 13
Wellington at Leisure (B)
Today see Wellington your way! Perhaps visit Weta Workshop, home to the creative wizards behind ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ trilogies or learn about New Zealand history and culture on a visit to Te Papa - Museum of New Zealand. Your Journey Director can assist in booking your optional experience.
QT Wellington
QT Wellington offers a significant fusion of expressive and luxurious art, technology and indulgence.
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14
Wellington – Hawke’s Bay (D)
Day 14
Wellington – Hawke’s Bay (D)
Continue north today, travelling through the dairy farming land of Manawatu to Napier in Hawkes Bay. Tonight, enjoy dinner with wine matching at Craggy Range Winery, one of the regions world famous wineries situated in the shadow of the spectacular Te Mata Peak.
Porters Boutique Hotel
Porters Boutique Hotel offers unique boutique accommodation near both Napier and Hastings cities in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, based in the charming Havelock North Village.
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15
Napier (Relaxed Start) (B, D)
Day 15
Napier (Relaxed Start) (B, D)
Enjoy a relaxed start before we venture out to explore the Hawkes Bay region. Relive the glamour and style of the jazz era with a luxurious vintage car tour. Your driver will provide a fascinating commentary as you are driven in style, through Art Deco Napier and surrounding areas. You’ll learn about the earthquake that destroyed the city, hear stories of the people that led the rebuild, and discover the Art Deco style. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.
Porters Boutique Hotel
Porters Boutique Hotel offers unique boutique accommodation near both Napier and Hastings cities in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, based in the charming Havelock North Village.
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16
Hawke’s Bay – Rotorua (B)
Day 16
Hawke’s Bay – Rotorua (B)
Enjoy a leisurely start before continuing the journey to Rotorua. This afternoon visit Waimangu Volcanic Valley where you will connect with the beating heart of the world’s youngest geothermal valley, it’s unique history and legacy. Along the guided walk you’ll experience geothermal activity, hot springs, volcanic craters, nature and wildlife. Followed by a relaxing 45-minute cruise around the tranquil waters of Lake Rotomahana see stunning geothermal activity only accessible by boat as well as rare native birdlife. Immerse in the stories of the Mt Tarawera volcanic eruption and the resulting dramatic landscape changes that created this amazing part of the world.
Pullman Rotorua Hotel
Pullman Rotorua is located in the city and only moments away from the lakefront.
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17
Rotorua (B, D)
Day 17
Rotorua (B, D)
Ascending to the breathtaking Redwoods Treewalk, enjoy an elevated bird’s eye view of the 115-year-old redwood giants and the beautiful surrounds of the forest from a unique perspective. Next stop is Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a behind the scenes look at the National Kiwi Hatchery. Tonight, an evening of culture, history and scrumptious food awaits you at Tamaki Maori Village. Wander through the ancient forest village and learn about Maori art forms and traditions, followed by a cultural performance. Experience an authentic Maori Hangi meal, steamed underground in the traditional way.
Pullman Rotorua Hotel
Pullman Rotorua is located in the city and only moments away from the lakefront.
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18
Rotorua – Auckland (B, D)
Day 18
Rotorua – Auckland (B, D)
Begin your day with a dazzling show during an exclusive five-star Eco Glow Worm experience at Caveworld Waitomo. Your guide sets the scene for a cave experience where you will see glow worms, cave formations and appreciate the beauty of Footwhistle Cave. Later, travel through the dairy farming district of Waikato, and onto Auckland. Tonight, Toast your trip together tonight at a Celebration Dinner.
QT Auckland
The waterfront beckons and the bar is set for self-discovery with this boutique hotel set in Auckland's Viaduct.
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19
Farewell from Auckland (B)
Day 19
Farewell from Auckland (B)
Say farewell to your fellow travellers as your Inspiring Journey comes to an end and we transfer you to Auckland Airport for your onward flight.

Inclusions

Attractions Included

  • Tranz Alpine Train Journey
  • Franz Josef guided tour
  • Haast River Jet Boat
  • Milford Track walk
  • Milford Sound Cruise (overnight for departures after April 2024)
  • Emerson’s Brewery tour
  • Christchurch City Tour
  • Craggy Range Winery Dinner
  • Art Deco Vintage Car Tour
  • Waimangu Volcanic Valley walk & Cruise
  • Redwoods Treewalk
  • Caveworld Waitomo Glowworm tour

Coach Features

  • Luxury coach with a maximum of 22 people on tour
  • Restroom

Experiences Included

  • Specialist team of two highly experienced Journey Director and Driver Guide
  • Centrally located premium 4-5 star hotels

Meals Included

  • 9 Full Breakfasts
  • 2 Lunches
  • 4 Dinners with wine
  • 1 Highlight Dinner

Visited Locations

  • Auckland
    Auckland, or Tāmaki Makaurau in Maori, is New Zealand’s largest city. It is based around 2 large and picturesque harbours. 'The City of Sails' is known as such because of the many yachts often seen on those harbours.
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  • Rotorua
    Rotorua is an inland city that is famous for its geothermal activity, Maori culture experiences, 18 lakes, and three major rivers in a beautiful natural environment.
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  • Napier
    Napier is a beautiful coastal city on the East Coast of Aotearoa's North Island. It is your gateway to the renowned wine-producing region of Hawke's Bay and its array of gourmet delighting food and wine experiences.
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  • Wellington
    Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city and the location of our parliament. Located at the bottom of the North Island it sits on the Cook Straight, which divides the North and South Islands.  Strong winds through the Cook Strait give it the nickname "Windy Wellington".
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  • Christchurch
    Christchurch is an fascinating city to explore. It was once a historic garden city. Since the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes it has turned into a fascinating city of regeneration and growth.
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  • Dunedin
    Known as the 'Edinburgh of the South', Dunedin is a city that wears its Scottish heritage with pride. The small city boasts some eye-catching architecture and is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere.
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  • Queenstown
    Queenstown is a stunning resort town, renowned for its beauty and wealth of adventure activities, it sits on the shores of the South Island’s Lake Wakatipu. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Southern Alps mountains, Queenstown is also a base for exploring the region’s vineyards and historic mining towns.
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  • Milford Sound
    Famously described by Rudyard Kipling as the "eighth wonder of the world", Milford Sound is a stunning fiord in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island.
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  • Franz Josef
    Franz Josef is the name of both the glacier and the nearby village. The small but lively Franz Josef Waiau village is surrounded by lush rainforest with the high snow-capped Alps rising above it.
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Attractions

  • Franz Josef guided tour
  • Milford Track walk
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • Emerson’s Brewery tour
  • Christchurch City Tour
  • Craggy Range Winery Dinner
  • Waimangu Volcanic Valley walk & Cruise
  • Redwoods Treewalk
  • Caveworld Waitomo Glowworm tour
  • Tranzalpine Rail Journey
    Enjoy a very special view of the South Island’s striking natural landscape. Take the Tranz Alpine train between Christchurch and Greymouth. See epic vistas, travel the edges of the ice-fed Waimakariri River, traverse the Southern Alps, and see miles of native beech forest.
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  • Haast River Safari
    Haast River Safari operates river jet boat rides in the South Westland World Heritage area on NZ's West Coast. They offer jet boat tours in fully enclosed river boats. Great visibility is ensured, yet you remain warm, dry and comfortable.
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  • Art Deco Trail with Guide
    Savour the distinctive style of Napier on this guided tour. Napier was levelled by earthquake and fire in 1931 and rebuilt in the depths of the Great Depression. The rebuild was rich in optimism and vitality, though; and the new buildings were built in the distinctive style of the thirties. Spanish Mission, Stripped Classical and above all Art Deco buildings now give the city centre a very special style. 
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07 Oct 2024 - 25 Oct 2024
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02 Feb 2026 - 20 Feb 2026
$ 19495.00 - $ 24900.00
$ 18130.00 - $ 23157.00
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02 Mar 2026 - 20 Mar 2026
$ 19495.00 - $ 24900.00
$ 18130.00 - $ 23157.00
19 Day The Long White Cloud
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