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Walk & Discover: New Zealand

25 days from only £6,299pp

Exclusive departure | 14th November 2019

  • Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Auckland, the City of Sails.
  • Walk in the beautiful Waimangu Volcanic Valley
  • Visit Te Puia, Rotorua’s geothermal wonderland
  • Stay and dine in The Chateau, Tongariro National Park, famous for its volcanoes and one of the best walking areas in North Island
  • Visit the ‘Sunshine City’ of Nelson with a unique cruise and walk along Abel Tasman National Park’s scenic coastline
  • Vineyard visit and tasting in Marlborough, one of the world’s finest wine regions
  • Visit Christchurch, New Zealand’s second city
  • Enjoy Wanaka and a selection of walks in Mount Aspiring National Park
  • Walk a section of the breathtaking Kepler Track
  • Enjoy an included helicopter flight around the iconic Franz Josef glacier, with an alpine landing
  • Stay two nights in Queenstown and enjoy this resort’s scenic location
  • Cruise awe-inspiring Milford Sound
  • Get a close-up view of snow-capped Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak
  • Return flights with Singapore Airlines from London Heathrow and Manchester
  • Stay in hand-picked four-star and three-star hotels
  • All breakfasts, a traditional Māori hangi feast in Rotorua and dinners in Punakaiki and Tongariro
  • The services of an experienced and insightful tour manager throughout
  • A local specialist walking guide to accompany you on all walks
 
At a Glance
Hand-picked 3 to 4-star accommodation
Return flights & transfers
Programme of daily tours & walks
Daily breakfast & 3 dinners
Expert tour manager/walking guide
Inclusive of all local taxes
Checked Luggage
 

Overview

New Zealand is a country made for walkers – the wide-open spaces, cascading glaciers and spectacular mountain ranges form a natural paradise for all lovers of the great outdoors. Your tour of New Zealand will include most of the premier sightseeing attractions, combined with comfortable and leisurely walking in the magnificent national parks. Guided walks range from 3 to 6 miles (5 to 9.5 kilometres) with minimal ascent. On a few days there are also optional, more challenging walks of up to 10 miles (16 kilometres) and 2,550 feet (780 metres) of ascent.

Throughout the holiday you will be accompanied by a Riviera Travel tour manager and local guides, with the support of our New Zealand walking partners, who have more than 30 years’ experience in organising walking holidays in the country.

We fly with Singapore Airlines, renowned for their world-class service, via Singapore to Auckland and return from Christchurch.

Our first day in Auckland is at leisure to relax after the long flight. The following day we cruise to Rangitoto Island, the youngest volcano in the Hauraki Gulf. The leisurely walk to the summit reveals magnificent views of the city and the Waitakere Ranges.

Journeying south, we enjoy short walks to Wairere Falls and the Karangahake Gorge in the eastern Coromandel before arriving at Rotorua, New Zealand’s thermal springs region and site of the country’s best-known Māori settlements. In the evening, you’ll enjoy a Māori hangi (feast), featuring a pōwhiri (welcome ceremony) and traditional songs and dances relaying the stories of Māori myths and legends, followed by a meal of lamb, chicken, and ūmara (sweet potato) cooked in the traditional way in an underground oven. We’ll visit Te Puia, the Māori Arts and Crafts Centre, and the spectacular Waimangu Volcanic Valley, site of the original white and pink terraces, and enjoy a cruise on Lake Rotomahana.

A short coach drive takes us on to Tongariro National Park for two days of easy scenic walks and sightseeing. In this amazing region of volcanic peaks, our stay includes dinner at the exclusive Chateau Tongariro Hotel.

From Wellington we cruise across the Cook Strait to Picton and enjoy a visit to one of Blenheim’s boutique wineries en route to Nelson, the ‘Sunshine City’ of New Zealand. There’s time to stretch your legs on a section of the Centre of New Zealand, an iconic walk that follows the Maitai River.

Abel Tasman National Park is a paradise of golden coves and blue lagoons, sheltered by forested ranges, and our trip into the park aboard a small cruiser provides the opportunity to ‘tramp’ to beautiful Torrent Bay.

Our route is now along the West Coast through an area of semi-tropical bush, unusual rock formations, rugged coastlines and glaciers. Driving through the scenic Buller Gorge, we view the seal colony at Westport and the famous blowholes at Dolomite Point en route to Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. The best way to experience these amazing natural phenomena is from the air, so we have arranged for an included helicopter flight to see the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier.

From Fox, we travel past deserted beaches, vibrant rainforests and through tiny settlements to reach Wanaka in Mount Aspiring National Park. Here, in a beautiful setting of lakes and mountains, we offer the best half-day walk in New Zealand to Diamond Lake and Rocky Mountain. There are also options for short lakeside walks.

Two wonderful days are spent with leisurely walks around the picturesque area of Queenstown. Situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, it is described as ‘the Switzerland of the southern hemisphere’. 

The small lakeside township of Te Anau is the gateway to the World Heritage Fiordland National Park and we walk a section of the awe-inspiring Kepler Track and visit one of the most beautiful locations in New Zealand, Milford Sound. A morning cruise on the Sound is followed by a short walk with an expert nature guide.

Heading north, we drive via Arrowtown to the Mount Cook Area for a choice of easy walks in the Hooker Valley, so we can see Aoraki (the Māori name for Mount Cook) at close quarters. Then we descend to the Canterbury Plains for our final journey to Christchurch, that most English of cities, for walks in the Botanic Gardens and to see the city sights.

Your Itinerary

Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a room. Single rooms are available at the relevant supplement. The price includes: three and four-star accommodation with breakfast; 3 dinners; all tours as mentioned; airport departure taxes; return flights and hotel transfers; all coach travel as mentioned; the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager and expert local walking guides.

Useful Information

What to Pack

  • Walking boots/shoes are essential
  • Suitable clothing including waterproofs
  • Sun cream and hats are highly advisable 
  • Small backpack
  • Water bottle

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitabilty of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Fact File

  • Currencies: New Zealand Dollar
  • Deposit: £500 per person
  • Flight time: Approx.  24 hrs total.
  • Languages: English, Maori
  • Time zone: GMT+11
  • Countries: New Zealand

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Arrival airport First hotel location Transfer time Final hotel location Departure airport Transfer time
Auckland Airport Auckland 45 mins Christchurch Christchurch International Airport 15 mins


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