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Experience more with so much included

  • Experience the warm sub-tropical climate in the stunning Bay of Islands including a dolphin-watching cruise
  • Visit Christchurch, New Zealand’s second city
  • Enjoy an authentic, rural homestay with a home-cooked dinner
  • Visit Te Puia, Rotorua’s geothermal wonderland with local Maori guides
  • Explore Auckland, 'the City of Sails' on a sightseeing tour
  • Admire Napier’s beautiful Art Deco architecture on a guided walking tour
  • Visit the 'Sunshine City' of Nelson and cruise along Abel Tasman National Park’s stunningly scenic coastline
  • Vineyard visit and tasting in Marlborough, one of the world’s finest wine regions
  • Cross the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine train, one of the world’s great train journeys
  • Enjoy an included helicopter flight around the iconic Franz Josef glacier, with an amazing alpine landing
  • Stay two nights in Queenstown and enjoy the resort's scenic location
  • Cruise awe-inspiring Milford Sound 
  • Get close-up views of snow-capped Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak
  • Discover cosmopolitan Singapore during a two-day stopover
  • Return flights from Dublin
  • Stay in hand-picked four-star and three-star accommodation, including all local taxes
  • All breakfasts, a traditional Maori Hangi feast in Rotorua, and a private wine tasting in Marlborough
  • The services of our experienced tour manager throughout

Departing 3rd February 2019

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At a Glance
3 to 4-star accommodation
Return flights & transfers
Programme of daily tours & visits
Daily breakfast & 4 meals
Expert tour manager
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Overview

Its mountains, rivers, fiords and glaciers are breath-taking. Experience magnificent National Parks, charming towns and pristine landscapes plus wonder at its volcanic geysers and boiling mud pools. A bit of a cliché, yes, but it’s true: New Zealand is one of those holiday destinations of a lifetime – its mountains, rivers, fjords, and scenery are quite literally breath-taking! And with a population of only a few million in a land approximately the same size as the UK, you’ll quickly become attuned to the easy-going Kiwi lifestyle as you travel through the country’s magnificent national parks, charming towns and pristine landscapes.

Getting to New Zealand can be a long and tiring journey, so we have chosen to include a stopover in Singapore and fly with Singapore Airlines, renowned for their world class service and with direct onward flights to Auckland and from Christchurch. We have two days here to explore the many attractions this thrilling Asian metropolis has to offer, including its dazzling architecture, superb cuisine and vibrant mix of cultures.

We stay in Auckland for two nights to give you the best opportunity to acclimatise to the time zone. We then travel to the sub-tropical Bay of Islands for two nights – a wonderful region of small historic towns and a deeply indented coastline filled with golden sandy coves, a paradise for sailing and boating.

New Zealand is primarily a farming country, full of dairy herds and of course millions of sheep – so what better way to experience this way of life than to stay a night with a New Zealand family. In the fertile region of Cambridge, south of Auckland, our group will be split between a number of local local homesteads where you’ll be able to gain a firsthand understanding of the very basis of the country’s economy whilst getting to know your friendly hosts.

Rotorua is one of North Island’s greatest areas of geothermal activity, with its spectacular geysers, steaming hot pools and bubbling mud. It’s also a centre of Maori settlement and in the evening you attend a Maori Hangi (feast) featuring a Powhiri (formal welcome) and traditional songs and dances relaying the stories of Maori myths and legends, followed by a meal of lamb, chicken and kumara (sweet potato) cooked in the traditional way, in an underground oven.

We continue to the east coast and the renowned wine-producing region of Hawke’s Bay, facing the Pacific Ocean. Here we stay in charming Napier, famous for its unique architecture, a legacy of a 1931 earthquake when the whole town was rebuilt in just two years in the Art Deco style of the time.

Wellington, New Zealand’s diminutive capital, offers a bustling waterfront and from Mt Victoria, there are outstanding views of the city’s beautiful harbour. Te Papa, the fascinating National Museum, covers every aspect of New Zealand’s history, art, culture and geography.

Crossing the Cook Strait between the North and South Islands by InterIslander ferry we cruise through the Marlborough Sounds with their beautiful turquoise-blue waters on our way to Nelson, known as South Island’s sunniest spot and next to the beautiful coastal scenery of the Abel Tasman National Park.

New Zealand has gained a reputation as an outstanding wine-growing nation, and Marlborough on the northeastern corner of South Island is certainly one of the key regions for producing premium quality wines.

Christchurch is the country’s second largest city and following the devastating earthquake of February 2011, a major reconstruction programme is underway in the city centre. Fortunately, access to the wonderful Botanic Gardens, Hagley Park and the Canterbury museum has not been affected and already city architects are winning awards for some very innovative projects, including the new ‘temporary’ cardboard cathedral.

The TranzAlpine crossing of the Southern Alps from Christchurch to Arthur’s Pass must rate as one of the world’s great train journeys and our tour then follows the west coast of South Island to the magnificent 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, with an alpine landing, to see the magnificent Franz Josef glacier – a breathtaking highlight of your tour!

Queenstown, situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, is described as the ‘Adventure Capital of the World’, or ‘the Scenic Gem of the South Island’. Whichever description is most apt, you can be sure you’ll not be disappointed by your stay in one of the country’s outstanding resorts. We have a full day at leisure here, so you can choose to relax or be as active as you wish.

The small lakeside township of Te Anau is the gateway to the World Heritage Fjordland National Park, and what a park it is! The grandeur and majestic beauty of this untouched landscape almost defies description, from glacier-carved valleys, through thousands of hectares of virgin forest, to glimmering lakes, waterfalls, and Alpine peaks, these are world-class sights to savour. Our cruise, on one of the world’s great fjords, Milford Sound, is the highlight of our visit before heading north to Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain and a fitting conclusion to your holiday in Aotearoa, the Land of the Long White Cloud.

Of course, New Zealand is not just about its extraordinary landscapes – the cuisine and wines are just a good reason to go: you won’t find better lamb or beef, or fresher seafood. Look out for blue cod from South island, green-lip mussels, snapper and for big appetites, grouper! The local free-range lamb is world-famous, but the cheese, manuka honey, fruit and even ice-cream are all equally superb. And you cannot leave without trying a kiwi pavlova for dessert! If you enjoy wine, then Marlborough’s Sauvignon Blancs are considered some of the best in the world – we include a wine tasting at a famous estate on our way through the region.

Our wonderful tour has been designed to make getting to New Zealand as easy as possible and covers all the awe-inspiring highlights of this remarkable country, as well as many less explored corners, such as our farm stay in Cambridge, Art Deco Napier and Nelson with the Abel Tasman National Park. Our included trips on the TranzAlpine train, the helicopter flight over the staggering Franz Josef glacier and the visit to Mt Cook will be experiences that you will treasure for many years to come.

Your Itinerary

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Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room with single rooms available at the relevant supplement. Price includes eighteen nights bed and breakfast in three and four star-star hotels in Singapore (including an early-check-in) and New Zealand (including homestead stay); two evening meals and two packed lunches; scheduled flights to Singapore and Auckland, returning from Christchurch; hotel porterage of one item of luggage per person; all transfers; all touring as mentioned; all local accommodation and airport/flight taxes included and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager

Included excursions are: sightseeing tours in Singapore, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch; Bay of Islands cruise, Milford Sound cruise, Abel Tasman coastal cruise and Interislander ferry; visits to Tamaki Maori village, Arrowtown and Mount Coot; Marlborough vineyard visit and wine tasting; guided visits to Waitangi Treaty grounds, the Te Puia geothermal area and Napier; TranzAlpine train journey; 20-minute scenic helicopter flight with alpine landing.

Things to note:

  • The homestead stay on day eight is on a shared facilities basis
  • Some activities such as boat cruises are weather-dependent;
  • Whilst there will be three opportunities to take the glacier helicopter flight during the tour, should weather conditions make flying unsafe and the sterling equivalent of the fare will be refunded on your return to Dublin. 

Useful Information

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependant 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
Singapore Changi Airport Singapore 20 mins N/A
Auckland Airport Auckland 45 mins Christchurch Christchurch International Airport 15 mins

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: Singapore Dollar, New Zealand Dollar
  • Deposit: €500 per person
  • Flight Time: Approx.  24 hours total.
  • Languages: English, Maori
  • Time Zone: GMT+11
  • Countries: New Zealand, Singapore

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Snowy peaks of Mount Cook