The Long White Cloud (Summer 2019)

Tour Type: Luxury Gold
Brochure Type: Luxury Gold Southpac 2019/20

Delve into the scenic delights of New Zealand with a small group of explorers. Combine natural beauty with creature comforts as you overnight in the rainforests of Franz Josef at the foothills of Mitre Peak in the Fiordland National Park, immerse yourself in to the era of art deco in Napier and journey into the deep south to the highland country of Dunedin. Experience the country in the best possible way - discover Milford Sound by sea kayak, explore the magical Glowworm Grotto and gain an insight in Maori culture with a unique Maori Hangi dinner and concert in Rotorua.

Exceptional Dining
  • Queenstown: Experience a first-class dining experience in one of Queenstown's most popular and exclusive restaurants.
  • Dunedin: Set in an old post office this dinner is in a private room at Parcels Restaurant.
  • Hawke's Bay: Indulge in a wine tasting followed by a 3-course dinner at Mission Estate Winery, one of the region's world famous wineries.
  • Rotorua: Gather round for a feast of succulent meats and vegetables, cooked in a Hangi and prepared using the traditional Maori method of cooking over geothermal steam coming from the earth.
  • Auckland: Celebrate in style at an elegant Celebration Dinner with wine in Auckland.
  • Dining Summary: 21 Breakfasts (B), 1 Lunch (L) and 14 Dinners with Wine (DW).
Journey Highlights
  • Christchurch: Journey on the iconic TranzAlpine Train.
  • Christchurch: Visit the coastal town of Hokitika and find out about its local history.
  • Franz Josef Glacier: Experience the impressiveness of this mighty natural wonder and meet a local jade carver.
  • Haast River: Enjoy a fully enclosed jet boat ride down the Haast River.
  • Makarora: Take part in an orientation in Makarora and hear about the beauty of this town.
  • Queenstown: Experience Queenstown Your Way with a choice of joining a wine tour, viewing The Lord of the Rings film locations and scenery of Queenstown and Glenorchy on a scenic tour, or a relaxing massage in the spa.
  • Queenstown: Take a walk in the Fiordland National Park to view the Chasm.
  • Milford Sound: Sea-kayaking is by far the best way to truly discover Milford Sound. Look out for the New Zealand fur seals, Fiordland crested penguins, famous blue penguins and even bottlenose dolphins.
  • Tasman Sea: Board a cruise vessel and set sail out to the Tasman Sea.
  • Dunedin: Take part in an exclusive tour of Larnach Castle.
  • Christchurch: Stare in awe as you see Lake Pukaki and Tekapo, two of New Zealand's most beautiful lakes.
  • Christchurch: Enjoy a day of sightseeing in the vibrant city of Christchurch.
  • Wellington: Take a cruise on Queen Charlotte Sound to cross Cook Strait.
  • Wellington: See the sights of New Zealand's capital during your orientation.
  • Wellington: Explore Wellington Your Way with a choice of visiting Weta Cave, home of the creative wizards behind The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, joining a local guide for city walking tour around Wellington or a guided visit to Te Papa, New Zealand's incredible national museum and art gallery.
  • Napier: Take part in a guided tour of the city of Napier.
  • Hawke's Bay: Take your morning of leisure to explore the beautiful area of Hawke's Bay.
  • Huka Falls: Take a visit to the beautiful Huka Falls that drains from Lake Taupo.
  • Rotorua: Learn about the city of Rotorua when you embark on a sightseeing tour.
  • Rotorua: Visit the Whakarewarewa Living Village and gain an insight into the lives of the Maori community and their special bond with this ancient land.
  • Rotorua: Visit the Rainbow Springs Nature Park to see a working kiwi nursery and hatchery and learn more about the conservation of this national creature.
  • Rotorua: During your visit to Redwoods - The TreeWalk, enjoy the unique perspective from 12 metres above the ground.
  • Waitomo Cave: Discover the native glowworms, fascinating, bright creatures of Waitomo Cave, with your Local Expert.
  • Auckland: Enjoy a sightseeing tour around the city of Auckland.
  • Waipoua Forest: Visit the Waipoua Forest which is home to the largest Kauri tree in existence.
  • Waipoua Forest: Walk with a Maori guide and learn about the history and legend behind the Kauri tree.
  • Bay of Islands: Cruise through some of the 144 islands in the Bay of Islands Maritime Park and view some very unique wildlife.
Luxury Hotels
  • Franz Josef: Surrounded by natural rainforest on New Zealand's West Coast, Te Waonui Forest Retreat is a short drive from Franz Josef Glacier. This five star retreat offers luxuriously appointed rooms which include organic cotton bed sheets, pillow menu and large private bathrooms.
  • Queenstown: Hotel St Moritz is in the perfect central location with lake view rooms and a sophisticated setting.
  • Wellington: Forming part of an exclusive collection of luxury hotels, the vintage-inspired Sofitel Wellington places you in the heart of the city near lush botanical gardens, stately parliamentary buildings and a collection of museums.
  • Hawke's Bay: Porters Boutique Hotel is a privately owned, boutique hotel that delivers a luxurious experience.

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Tour Operator
Luxury Gold by Insight
Offer
Offer valid through 3/31/2019
Duration
22 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1ChristchurchWelcome to Christchurch.: On arrival at Christchurch International 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 International Antarctic Centre or Orana Wildlife Park, New Zealand's only open range zoo? In the evening meet your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Reception.
Hotel Montreal, Christchurch.
Day 2Franz JosefChristchurch to Franz Josef.: It's all aboard the TranzAlpine train as you travel in comfort across the Canterbury Plains through the Southern Alps. Visit Hokitika and then continue to Franz Josef where your eco-friendly accommodation is set amid native bush. (Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef.
Day 3Franz JosefThe Mighty Franz Josef Glacier.: During a Glacier Valley Walk, explore the area with a local guide who will explain the history behind the surrounding fascinating landscape and the importance of Pounamu, better known as jade or greenstone. (Breakfast)
Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef.
Day 4QueenstownRomantic Arrowtown and on to Queenstown: This morning it's time for an adventure as you journey down the Haast River in a purpose-built, fully enclosed, river jet boat. After a lunch stop at Makarora travel to Arrowtown where there is time to stop an explore this historic gold-mining village on the Arrow River. Continue to Queenstown for an orientation tour. (Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Hotel St Moritz, Queenstown.
Day 5QueenstownQueenstown Your Way.: Experience Queenstown Your Way with an included choice of sightseeing. You could join a wine tour, view The Lord of the Rings film locations and scenery of Queenstown and Glenorchy on a scenic tour, or spend time having a relaxing massage in the spa. Tonight you can dine at one of the local restaurants along the waterfront in town or simply relax at your hotel. (Breakfast)
Hotel St Moritz, Queenstown.
Day 6QueenstownQueenstown at leisure.: Make the most of your extended stay in Queenstown. Why not take an optional jet boat ride down the mighty Shotover River or get wet white-water rafting down the Kawarau River? In the evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner at one of Queenstown's exclusive restaurants. (Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Hotel St Moritz, Queenstown.
Day 7Milford SoundQueenstown to Milford Sound.: Travel south along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, the South Island's largest lake, to reach Te Anau. Continue through the rainforest of the UNESCO-listed World Heritage Sit of Fiordland National Park, sighting glaciers and mountain ranges before driving through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to reach the amazing Mirror Lake. Walk to see the Chasm on your way into Milford Sound, considered by many as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Enjoy a two-night stay at the magical Milford Sound Lodge, with views of the Cleddau Valley. (Breakfast / Dinner with Wine / Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)
Milford Sound Lodge.
Day 8Milford SoundMilford Sound Cruise and Kayaking.: Wake up to the startling beauty of Milford Sound. Board the Southern Discoveries vessel for a half day cruise of Milford Sound. Sail out to the Tasman Sea looking for wildlife, and return to go sea-kayaking in Harrison Cove. (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)
Milford Sound Lodge.
Day 9DunedinMilford Sound to Dunedin.: (Breakfast / Dinner with Wine / Breakfast)
Distinction Dunedin Hotel.
Day 10DunedinLarnach Castle and Dunedin at Leisure.: You are treated to an exclusive tour of Larnach Castle before an afternoon at your leisure relax or continue exploring as you wish. Perhaps take a train ride or wildlife cruise? (Breakfast)
Distinction Dunedin Hotel.
Day 11ChristchurchDunedin to Christchurch.: See Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo, and stop to view the Church of the Good Shepherd. Travel along the Canterbury Plains to the Garden City of Christchurch. On a sightseeing tour see how Christchurch is being rebuilt after the earthquake of 2011. (Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Hotel Montreal, Christchurch.
Day 12WellingtonChristchurch to Wellington.: Travel along the rugged Pacific Ocean coast to Kaikoura. Travel to Picton and cruise on Queen Charlotte Sound and across Cook Strait to Wellington for a city orientation tour. (Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Sofitel Wellington.
Day 13WellingtonWellington Your Way.: Explore Wellington Your Way with an included choice of sightseeing. You can experience Weta Cave, home of the creative wizards behind The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, join a local guide for city walking tour around Wellington or learn about New Zealand's history and culture during a guided visit to Te Papa, New Zealand's incredible national museum and art gallery. (Dinner with Wine)
Sofitel Wellington.
Day 14Hawke's BayWellington to Hawke's Bay.: Travel through the dairy farming land of Manawatu to Napier in Hawke's Bay. In the evening, enjoy a wine tasting and three-course dinner at Mission Estate Winery, one of the regions world-famous wineries. (Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Porters Boutique Hotel, Havelock North, Hawke's Bay.
Day 15Hawke's BayExploring Napier.: Enjoy a relaxed start before venturing out to explore the surrounding area. Join a local guide for a tour of the city and see the varying art deco architecture, the style in which Napier was rebuilt after a devastating Earthquake in 1931. (Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Porters Boutique Hotel, Havelock North, Hawke's Bay.
Day 16RotoruaGeothermal Rotorua.: Travel past Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand, and visit the spectacular Huka Falls. Then it's on to Rotorua where on arrival a sightseeing tour offers the chance to take in views of Lake Rotorua. Experience the local customs like the Hongi greeting and learn some customary phrases when you visit the Whakarewarewa Living Village set amongst a highly active landscape erupting with geothermal activity. Savour the unique flavours of a Maori Hangi feast, a meal cooked in the ground using geothermal steam, followed by a traditional concert, at the Tamaki Family Marae. (Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Pullman, Rotorua.
Day 17RotoruaThe Sights of Rotorua.: Your first stop is Rainbow Springs Nature Park, where you'll discover the native beauty around the crystal clear mineral water springs. Take a behind-the-scenes tour through a working kiwi nursery and hatchery dedicated to the conservation of the national icon. Continue to Redwoods - The TreeWalk which consists of 21 suspension bridges traversing between 22 Californian Coastal Redwoods. It provides a unique view of the native undergrowth below from up to 12 metres above the ground and with a 553-metre-long walk there is plenty of time to appreciate the beauty of the forest. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to continue exploring at your leisure or perhaps relax at your state-of-the-art hotel. (Breakfast)
Regent of Rotorua.
Day 18AucklandFootwhistle Cave and Auckland.: During your five-star, exclusively guided, Eco Glowworm experience, admire the magical subterranean world of Footwhistle Cave. Later in New Zealand's largest city, Auckland, embark on an afternoon sightseeing tour before having the rest of the day at your leisure to enjoy the city as you wish. (Breakfast)
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour.
Day 19Bay of IslandsAuckland to Bay of Islands.: Travel to Orewa and the scenic Hibiscus Coast. Continue to the Waipoua Forest, a sanctuary and home to many native trees including the largest Kauri tree in existence, Tane Mahuta, which is over 2,000 years old. A Maori guide will walk you through the native bush and explain the history and legend behind the mighty Kauri. Head to your waterfront resort in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. (Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
The Waterfront Suites, Bay of Islands.
Day 20Bay of IslandsBay of Islands at Your Leisure.: With a full day at your leisure, make the most of your extended stay in the Bay of Islands. Why not sail aboard a historic tall ship, enjoy wine tastings around Kerikeri, or discover Russell, the first European settlement and capital of New Zealand, on a highlights tour of this small township? Your Travelling Concierge can assist you with booking your choice of activity. (Breakfast)
The Waterfront Suites, Bay of Islands.
Day 21AucklandCruise the Bay of Islands and onto Auckland.: Cruise through the Bay of Islands Maritime Park and explore some of the 144 islands in the bay. Your journey continues through the small towns of Northland and over the Harbour Bridge as you return to Auckland. Toast your travels together at your Celebration Dinner. (Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour.
Day 22AucklandFarewell Auckland.: Bid farewell to your fellow travellers after breakfast, as your journey comes to an end with a transfer to Auckland Airport for your onward flight. (Breakfast)
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
10/07/2019$10,895.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
10/14/2019$10,895.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
11/11/2019$10,895.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
11/25/2019$10,895.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
12/09/2019$10,895.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
01/06/2020$10,895.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
01/13/2020$10,895.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
01/27/2020$10,895.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
02/03/2020$10,895.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
02/10/2020$10,895.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
02/24/2020$10,895.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
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03/09/2020$10,895.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
03/16/2020$10,895.00* (USD) / Land Price - Definite DepartureQuote
03/23/2020$10,895.00* (USD) / Land PriceQuote
Disclaimer
Notes: Twin prices are per person. This trip is operated by our sister company, Inspiring Journeys by AAT Kings. This itinerary offers Bespoke Experiences available on trip in local currency. Special Small Groups: All departures are limited to just 20 guests. Alternate Itinerary: Departures until 25 Mar 2019 operate as per our 2018/2019 itinerary and overnight differ.

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