England Cricket Tour to New Zealand 2018

Sightseeing Options – Pre & Post Test Tour

New Zealand, with its jaw-dropping, beautiful scenery is one of those destinations on almost everyone’s list of places they just have to visit, so whilst on the other side of the world be sure to enjoy some world-class sightseeing!

Whether it’s a relaxing few days on the Bay of Islands or seeing the breath-taking scenery of the South Island, you will leave the country with memories that will last a lifetime.

If you would like to take in the warm-up games in Hamilton, please contact us.

Sightseeing Options

For those who would like to see a little more of New Zealand

Bay of Islands

Pre-Tour Sightseeing

Believed to be the first settlement for the Europeans, the Bay of Islands is now known for its year-round Mediterranean summer, fantastic scenery and relaxed pace of life. Just a four-hour drive from Auckland, this itinerary enables you to relax into the time-zone, refreshed and ready for the test matches.

Your Itinerary

  • Thur 15th Mar

Depart on your one-stop international flight to Auckland.

  • Sat 17th Mar

Upon arrival in Auckland, you will be met by your Tour Manager and transfered to your hotel.

Remainder of day at leisure to explore downtown Auckland from your centrally-located hotel, or relax and prepare for your journey to the Bay of Islands.

Enjoy an included dinner this evening in the hotel restaurant.

  • Sun 18th Mar

After breakfast check out of your hotel and board the coach to Pahia. Travel north across Auckland Harbour Bridge and the North Shore. Pass some of the lovely beaches along the Hibiscus Coast and continue north through picturesque farmlands to Paihia in the beautiful Bay of Islands. This region is renowned as the birthplace of the nation of New Zealand as well as for its beautiful beaches and wildlife. Total travelling time around three and a half hours.

This afternoon, visit the Waitangi Treaty House for a guided tour. It was here that Maori and British settlers signed an historic agreement which gave birth to the nation of New Zealand. The Maori Meeting House in the grounds is a superb example of the skills of Maori wood carvers and flax weavers.

Evening at leisure.

  • Mon 19th Mar

This morning, join a Hole in Rock Dolphin cruise. On the way to the Cape Brett Lighthouse, the boat seeks out the playful dolphins. Bottlenose and common dolphins take great delight in racing alongside and showing off their aerobic flips! Conditions permitting, see them race alongside and play in the bow waves. Further out see beautiful Motukokako Island and the famous Hole in the Rock. Hold your breath as the skipper skilfully navigates his way through the hole and into Grand Cathedral Cave (sea conditions permitting). On the return to Paihia, pass several remote islands, fringed with golden sand beaches.

Afternoon at leisure.

  • Tue 20th Mar

Day at leisure for your own choice of activities in the Bay of Islands. Options include helicopter tours, a trip to the historic town of Russell or just relaxing on the beach. Your Tour Manager and our local partners will be able to assist with anything you might like to do.

  • Wed 21st Mar

This morning, bid farewell to the Bay of Islands and travel south to Auckland. Total travlling time around three and a half hours.

On arrival, join the main Kiwi Tour > itinerary.

Included

    • Accommodation: Auckland Grand Millennium – 1 night, Pahia Kingsgate Hotel – 3 nights
    • Meals: Daily Breakfast and a Dinner in Auckland on 17th Mar.
    • Travel: All flights and coach transfers included in the itinerary.

Not included

    • Any meals except those specified in the itinerary
    • Use of rooms before/after normal check in/out times
    • Expenses of a personal nature, such as telephone calls, laundry, table drinks, tips and gratuities
    • Individual’s travel insurance

What to Expect

Photographs from previous Tours
Kingsgate Hotel
Kingsgate Hotel

South Island

Post-Tour Sightseeing

It’s almost impossible to offer a highlight of this itinerary, as every aspect is as stunning and awe-inspiring as the next. This gives you the chance to be as daring or relaxed as you like with optional bungee jumps, luge rides or the opportunity just to stroll around the beautiful towns of the South Island.

Your Itinerary

  • Wed 4th Apr – Christchurch / Mt Cook / Twizel – 5 1/4 hours

Check out of your Christchurch hotel and board your coach to Twizel. Travel south across the alluvial Canterbury Plains, New Zealand’s chief cropping area, then turn inland through Burkes Pass to the Mackenzie Country named after a 19th Century sheep stealer. See the quaint Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo, then travel along the shores of glacial Lake Pukaki to Mt Cook Village in the Mt Cook National Park.

At the heart of New Zealand’s most spectacular alpine region is Mt Cook, at 3754 metres the highest peak in Australasia. Experience the wonder of the National Park, which features 15 peaks and 5 major glaciers. Mt Cook is also known by the Maori name, Aoraki. After time at Mt Cook Village, retrace your journey along Lake Pukaki then stop in the small rural service town of Twizel for your overnight stay.

  • Thur 5th Apr – Twizel / Queenstown – 2 3/4 hours

At the southern end of the Mackenzie Country, the road climbs through bleak rugged hills to the summit of the Lindis Pass before descending into Central Otago. The road follows the mighty Clutha River into recently created Lake Dunstan, then through the spectacular Kawarau Gorge to Queenstown. Stop en-route at the Kawarau Bridge to see the dare-devils bungy jumping from the original AJ Hackett site.

Surrounded by majestic mountains and set on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, the natural beauty and the unique energy of the Queenstown region create the perfect backdrop for a holiday full of adventure, exploration or relaxation. As well as the proclaimed ‘adventure capital of NZ’, the resort town of Queenstown is sophisticated and fantastically scenic. Its lake and mountain landscape is suited to almost any kind of adventure; but Queenstown is just as well known as a place for indulgence, for wine and cuisine and for gold-mining history.

  • Fri 6th Apr – Queenstown

This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of Queenstown. Highlights include a visit to historic Arrowtown, a quaint village set on the banks of the Arrow River which was once a rip-roaring gold rush town. Enjoy some time here to sample some of the cafés, galleries and boutiques, or you may wish to take a walk to the historic Arrowtown Chinese Settlement.

Also see the Edith Cavall Bridge spanning the narrow canyon of the rugged Shotover River; and pretty Lake Hayes. Your tour concludes with a ride on the aerial gondola to Bob’s Peak to see the stunning panoramic views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable mountain range.

Afternoon at leisure.

  • Sat 7th Apr – Queenstown

Day at leisure.

Queenstown has a plethora of optional sightseeing activities available from jet-boating on the thrilling Shotover Jet; a jet-boat excursion along the scenic and remote Dart River; winery tours to the premier Central Otago wineries; 4WD tours into unforgettable Skippers Canyon; scenic flights; fly-fishing or if you dare – bungy jumping or tandem sky-diving! Extra cost for optional sightseeing excursions.

  • Sun 8th Apr – Queenstown / Milford Sound / Te Anau – 5 3/4 hours

Travel around Lake Wakatipu and through Te Anau and the Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound. Fiordland National Park, part of the UNESCO Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area is one of the great wilderness areas of the Southern Hemisphere. The scenery is spectacular with lofty mountains and deep valleys carved out by Ice Age glaciers. There are clear rushing streams and leaping waterfalls set in magnificent native rainforest.

At Milford Sound, board a comfortable vessel for a cruise down Milford Sound past towering Mitre Peak to the Tasman Sea. Seals and dolphins are often seen in the clear waters of the ford. Picnic lunch included.

At the conclusion of the cruise, re-board the coach and drive back to Te Anau travelling via the Cleddeau Gorge, Homer Tunnel and the lovely Eglinton Valley.

  • Mon 9th Apr – Te Anau / Dunedin – 3 3/4 hours

Depart Te Anau and travel across the rolling farmland of Southland and Otago. A striking feature of this area is the large number of deer farms that are easily seen from the road. The road travels through a number of small country towns before crossing the fast flowing Clutha River and heading north into Dunedin.

Sitting at the head of the magnificent Otago Harbour, Dunedin was founded in 1848 by Scottish settlers and envisaged as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’. The influence of its Scottish heritage is still strongly evident. The city is renowned for its educational facilities including Otago University, New Zealand’s first university. Upon arrival, see the distinctive Dunedin Railway Station; the University of Otago with its historic blue stone buildings on the banks of the Leith River; and the Octagon which features the historic Town Hall and St Pauls Anglican Cathedral and a statue of the Scottish poet Robbie Burns.

  • Tue 10th Apr – Dunedin / Christchurch – 5 hours

Departing Dunedin, the road climbs sharply over the hills that surround the city. Continuing north, there are some lovely views of the coast and the Pacific Ocean. Stop at Moeraki and see the unusually large and spherical boulders lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach, then continue on to the coastal town of Oamaru. With many of Oamaru’s old buildings having been constructed with local limestone, the southern part of Oamaru’s main business district ranks as one of New Zealand’s most impressive streetscapes.

Continue north and cross the sheep and cropping areas of the fertile Canterbury Plains. The snow-capped Southern Alps can be seen to the West for much of the journey.

Upon arrival in Christchurch, check in to your hotel for the one night stay.

  • Wed 11th Apr

Today transfer from your hotel to Christchurch airport and check in for your international flight back to the UK.

Included

  • Accommodation: Twizel Mackenzie Country Hotel – 1 night, Queenstown Mercure Resort – 3 nights, Te Anau Distinction Hotel – 1 night, Dunedin Southern Cross Hotel – 1 night, Christchurch Quality Hotel Elms – 1 night
  • Meals: Daily Breakfast and a Lunch on the Milford Sound cruise, 8th April.
  • Travel: All flights and coach transfers included in the itinerary.

Not included

  • Any meals except those specified in the itinerary
  • Expenses of a personal nature, such as telephone calls, laundry, table drinks, tips and gratuities
  • Use of rooms before/after normal check in/out times
  • Individual’s travel insurance

What to Expect

Photographs from previous Tours
Queenstown
Queenstown
Mount Cook, Lookout
Mount Cook, Lookout
Queenstown, the World Famous 'Fergburger'
Queenstown, the World Famous 'Fergburger'
Copthorne Resort, Queenstown
Copthorne Resort, Queenstown
Mount Cook, Visitors Centre
Mount Cook, Visitors Centre
Howzat Travel @ Milford Sound
Howzat Travel @ Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Koekohe Beach
Koekohe Beach

Bay of Islands Price

£800 per person
Single supplement form £330

South Island Price

£1,2509 per person
Single supplement for £550

International Flights

UK connections and Business Class upgrades may be available – please contact us to enquire

Emirates

UK connections and Business Class upgrades may be available – please contact us to enquire.

Emirates

International Outbound Flights – EK6 & EK448
Depart Heathrow: Mon 19th Mar at 2200
Arrive Dubai: Tues 20th Mar at 0845
Depart Dubai: Tues 20th Mar at 1005
Arrive Auckland: Wed 21st Mar at 1110

Emirates

International Outbound Flights – EK6 & EK448
Depart Heathrow: Mon 19th Mar at 2200
Arrive Dubai: Tues 20th Mar at 0845
Depart Dubai: Tues 20th Mar at 1005
Arrive Auckland: Wed 21st Mar at 1110

Emirates

UK connections and Business Class upgrades may be available – please contact us to enquire.

Emirates

International Outbound Flights – EK6 & EK448
Depart Heathrow: Mon 19th Mar at 2200
Arrive Dubai: Tues 20th Mar at 0845
Depart Dubai: Tues 20th Mar at 1005
Arrive Auckland: Wed 21st Mar at 1110

Emirates

International Outbound Flights – EK6 & EK448
Depart Heathrow: Mon 19th Mar at 2200
Arrive Dubai: Tues 20th Mar at 0845
Depart Dubai: Tues 20th Mar at 1005
Arrive Auckland: Wed 21st Mar at 1110

Emirates

UK connections and Business Class upgrades may be available – please contact us to enquire.

Emirates

International Outbound Flights – EK6 & EK448
Depart Heathrow: Mon 19th Mar at 2200
Arrive Dubai: Tues 20th Mar at 0845
Depart Dubai: Tues 20th Mar at 1005
Arrive Auckland: Wed 21st Mar at 1110

Emirates

International Outbound Flights – EK6 & EK448
Depart Heathrow: Mon 19th Mar at 2200
Arrive Dubai: Tues 20th Mar at 0845
Depart Dubai: Tues 20th Mar at 1005
Arrive Auckland: Wed 21st Mar at 1110

New Zealand 2018 Inspection Report

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