New Zealand Grand Discovery

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  • High Mountains
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Holiday overview

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Experience some of the world’s most magnificent and dramatic scenery, full of opportunities for stunning walks, on this grand tour of New Zealand’s North and South Islands.

From the bays around Auckland, through the Maori heartlands at Rotorua and all the way down to Queenstown and shimmering Milford Sound in the south, this trip of a lifetime includes most of New Zealand’s highlights along with some smaller discoveries.

Holiday highlights

  • Comprehensive tour of the best of New Zealand
  • Wonderful mix of great walking, scenery, sightseeing and culture
  • See Maori culture and amazing geology at Rotorua
  • Accommodation in excellent locations amidst stunning scenery
  • Enjoy one of the world's great train journeys across the Southern Alps (2017)
  • Walks on New Zealand’s renowned tracks: Routeburn, Hooker Valley and more
  • Options to take either the Milford Track or the Routeburn Track

Price includes

  • 21 nights’ accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half Board from dinner on day 3 to breakfast on departure
  • A full programme of guided walks with an HF Holidays' leader 
  • All sightseeing, and entrance fees
  • Travel by air-conditioned coach
  • Tips

Accommodation

2016 Accommodation

This holiday encompasses a large area with a variety of different locations. From modern city hotels, to country lodges, the 3 and 4-star hotels are chosen for their high standards, good food, suitability for groups and excellent locations.

We begin in Auckland with a 2 night stay at the modern, centrally located Grand Rendezvous Hotel. Rooms are comfortable and you can use the pool and gym facilities if you still have energy after exploring.

Moving on to Rotorua we make use of the Distinction chain of hotels (2 nights), again with swimming pool, spa and sauna. 

The Bayview Chateau, with its old-world charm and majestic mountain location, accommodates us at the foot of Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro (2 nights). 

Crossing over to South Island, we are welcomed at the Beachcomber (or the Park Regis), Picton (2 nights).  Located right on the waterfront, each room at the Beachcomber offers fantastic views over this beautiful harbour from either the room's patio or balcony. The views are just as good from the relaxing vantage point of the hotel's outdoor swimming pool.

Our journey takes us to Greymouth - and our accommodation at the Punakaiki Resort (1 night), where we're greeted by breathtaking ocean views. Situated only 300m south of the famous Pancakes Rocks and Blowholes, the Punakaiki Resort is surrounded by the Paparoa National Park and is only a stone's throw from the beach. All rooms are modern studio units, with en-suite bathrooms, tea/coffee-making facilities, Sky TV and wireless internet access. On certain dates we may be accommodated at the Ashley Hotel.

Our next stop is the Scenic Hotel (1 night) at Franz Josef, where we enjoy comfortable cosy rooms in this stunning setting. There is a swimming pool here for use too, if you'd like to relax after your day exploring.

In Queenstown, we spend 4 nights at the Copthorne Hotel (4 nights). Set in a stunning location, the hotel provides us with the best of both worlds as it's only a short stroll from any activities, and from the town centre. All rooms have TV, tea and coffee making facilities, refrigerator and minibar, iron and ironing board, and hair dryer.

Our next accommodation is the lakefront Distinction Hotel in Te Anau (3 nights), before we continue our journey to the MacKenzie Country Inn (2 nights). All rooms here have fabulous mountain views of the Southern Alps and Mount Cook from the patio or balcony. The welcome glow of the roaring fires in the lounge areas makes an excellent place to relax after your walks too. 

Our final journey takes us to Christchurch where we are welcomed at the Elms Hotel (2 nights), before our flight home.The rooms are all en-suite and have tea/coffee making facilities, fridge, telephone, Sky TV, hair dryer, iron/ironing board etc. 

2017 Accommodation

This holiday encompasses a large area with a variety of different locations. From modern city hotels, to country lodges, the 3 and 4-star hotels are chosen for their high standards, good food, suitability for groups and excellent locations.

We begin in Auckland with a 2 night stay at the modern, centrally located Grand Rendezvous Hotel. Rooms are comfortable and you can use the pool and gym facilities if you still have energy after exploring.

Moving on to Rotorua we make use of the Distinction chain of hotels (2 nights), again with swimming pool, spa and sauna. 

The Bayview Chateau, with its old-world charm and majestic mountain location, accommodates us at the foot of Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro (2 nights). 

Enjoy a one night stay at the James Cook Chancellor or Novotel in Wellington before crossing over to South Island, where we are welcomed at our hotel in Christchurch for 1 night. (same as last 2 nts)

Our journey takes us to Greymouth - and our accommodation at the Punakaiki Resort (1 night), where we're greeted by breathtaking ocean views. Situated only 300m south of the famous Pancakes Rocks and Blowholes, the Punakaiki Resort is surrounded by the Paparoa National Park and is only a stone's throw from the beach. All rooms are modern studio units, with en-suite bathrooms, tea/coffee-making facilities, Sky TV and wireless internet access. On certain dates we may be accommodated at an alternative hotel in Hokitika.

Our next stop is the Scenic Hotel (1 night) at Franz Josef, where we enjoy comfortable cosy rooms in this stunning setting. There is a swimming pool here for use too, if you'd like to relax after your day exploring.

In Queenstown, we're at the Copthorne Hotel (4 nights). Set in a stunning location, the hotel provides us with the best of both worlds as it's only a short stroll from any activities, and from the town centre. All rooms have TV, tea and coffee making facilities, refrigerator and minibar, iron and ironing board, and hair dryer.

Our next accommodation is the lakefront Distinction Hotel in Te Anau (3 nights), before we continue our journey to Twizel and the MacKenzie Country Inn (2 nights). All rooms here have fabulous mountain views of the Southern Alps and Mount Cook from the patio or balcony. The welcome glow of the roaring fires in the lounge areas makes an excellent place to relax after your walks too. 

Our final journey takes us to Christchurch where we are welcomed at the Elms Hotel (2 nights), before our flight home.The rooms are all en-suite and have tea/coffee making facilities, fridge, telephone, Sky TV, hair dryer, iron/ironing board etc. 

 


Milford Track & Routeburn Track extensions

For these extension options, you will be staying in comfortable Track Lodges. These provide good, basic accommodation and food, with laundry facilities, heated drying rooms, flush toilets and hot showers. Note however that lodge rooms are multi-bedded and may be mixed sex.


On occasion we may need to change the accommodation listed above. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible, we will contact you in advance.

Itinerary

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A good balance between part and full day walks, travelling and sightseeing. Guided walks range from 3 to 6 miles (5-9.5km) with minimal ascent. On a few days there are also optional harder walks of up to 10 miles (16km) and 2,550 feet (780m) of ascent.

2016 Itinerary

Day 1-2: To Auckland - Fly from London to Auckland.

Day 3: Auckland - Morning arrival in Auckland and transfer to the hotel for 2 nights. The afternoon is free to unwind and stroll in the attractive harbourside city.

Day 4: Rangitoto Island - Take a cruise through Waitemata Harbour to the islands of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, landing at Rangitoto Island for a walk with splendid ocean views.

Day 5: Waitomo and Rotorua - Morning journey south, stopping to visit the Waitomo caves, with its enchanting glow-worm grotto. We then continue to Rotorua for 2 nights, the centre of Maori traditions and an area of thermal springs and volcanic activity. (220 miles)

Day 6: Rotorua - A full day’s exploration of the remarkable Waimangu Thermal Valley, with its amazing geological activity. See the bubbling pools of Waimangu Cauldron, Lake Rotomahana, the pink and white terraces and a cruise on Lake Tarawera to the buried village of Te Wairoa. Enjoy your evening with a traditional Maori hangi.

Day 7: To Tongariro - Morning visit to the Maori Arts & Crafts village Te Puia, followed by a leisurely and scenic drive past Lake Taupo to the Tongariro National Park for 2 nights. (110 miles)

Day 8: Tongariro National Park - A selection of walks are on offer in this spectacular park dominated by three volcanic peaks. Possibilities include Taranaki Falls or, depending on the weather, the complete Tongariro Crossing, often described as the best one day walk in New Zealand.

Day 9: To South Island - Journey to Wellington and take the ferry across the Cook Strait, with views of Queen Charlotte Sound, to Picton on the South Island where we stay for 2 nights. (208 miles)

Day 10: Queen Charlotte Walkway - Cruise to Ship Cove from where we take an unforgettable walk on the Queen Charlotte Track to Resolution Bay and Furneaux Lodge, which leads through native bush and provides regular views of Marlborough Sound.

Day 11: To Greymouth - Travel towards the rugged west coast, stopping in Nelson Lakes National Park, taking a short walk at Cape Foulwind to see the colony of fur seals, and enjoying another short walk at Paparoa National Park to see the Pancake Rocks and blowholes. Arrive at Greymouth for 1 night. (225 miles)

Day 12: To Fox Glacier - Head along the west coast to see the spectacular Franz Josef and Fox glaciers and stay for 1 night. Take walks to view the glaciers, which descend from the ice caps surrounding Mount Cook. An optional helicopter flight over the ice cap is available. (118 miles)

Day 13: To Queenstown - Morning journey past deserted beaches and tiny settlements, over the Haast Pass, in the afternoon short stops may be taken at Lake Paringa, Monroe Beach or Haast, en route to vibrant Queenstown, with its spectacular location on Lake Wakatipu, for a 4 night stay. (218 miles)

Day 14 - 16: Queenstown - Time in the  adventure capital of the world to enjoy different activites, or walks in the surrounding area. Evening meal in the Skyline restaurant high above the town.

Day 17: To Te Anau - A short journey south to the Fiordland National Park and a boat trip across Lake Te Anau to Brod Bay for a walk on the Kepler Track, one of the most popular routes in New Zealand. Stay for 3 nights in Te Anau. (116 miles)

Day 18: Te Anau - A leisurely walk to Rainbow Reach or around Lake Gunn, or a higher level walk on part of the Routeburn Track.

Day 19: Milford Sound - A full day at the beautiful Milford Sound, with a launch trip on the deep fjord waters between sheer granite cliffs, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls.

Day 20: To Twizel - We head back north again, to the gold rush village of Arrowtown, before reaching Twizel, for 2 nights in the shadow of Mount Cook. (248 miles)

Day 21: Mount Cook - Walk a glorious route along the Hooker Valley, with views to Mount Wakefield, Footstool and the south face of Mount Cook and passing near the Hooker Glacier.

Day 22: To Christchurch - Drive over Burke’s Pass, pausing at the stone church of the Good Shepherd, on the shores of Lake Tekapo, before continuing through the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch for 2 nights. (170 miles)

Day 23: Christchurch - Head to the Port Hills for walks along the Crater Rim Walkway, offering extensive views of the city, the coast and the Southern Alps.  Evening farewell dinner.

Day 24: Return flight - Morning at leisure in Christchurch before transfer to the airport for the return flight via Auckland.

Day 25: London - Arrival in London.

Please note: No flight holidays start on day 3 and finish on day 24. 


2017 Itinerary - new 

Day 1-2: To Auckland - Fly from London to Auckland.

Day 3: Auckland - Morning arrival in Auckland and transfer to the hotel for 2 nights. The afternoon is free to unwind and stroll in the attractive harbourside city.

Day 4: Rangitoto Island - Take a cruise through Waitemata Harbour to the islands of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, landing at Rangitoto Island for a walk with splendid ocean views.

Day 5: Waitomo and Rotorua - Morning journey south, stopping to visit the Waitomo caves, with its enchanting glow-worm grotto. We then continue to Rotorua for 2 nights, the centre of Maori traditions and an area of thermal springs and volcanic activity. (220 miles)

Day 6: Rotorua - A full day’s exploration of the remarkable Waimangu Thermal Valley, with its amazing geological activity. See the bubbling pools of Waimangu Cauldron, Lake Rotomahana, the pink and white terraces and a cruise on Lake Tarawera to the buried village of Te Wairoa. Enjoy your evening with a traditional Maori hangi.

Day 7: To Tongariro - Morning visit to the Maori Arts & Crafts village Te Puia, followed by a leisurely and scenic drive past Lake Taupo to the Tongariro National Park for 2 nights. (110 miles)

Day 8: Tongariro National Park - A selection of walks are on offer in this spectacular park dominated by three volcanic peaks. Possibilities include Taranaki Falls or, depending on the weather, the complete Tongariro Crossing, often described as the best one day walk in New Zealand.

Day 9: To Wellington - Drive to Wellington (1 nt) for sightseeing in the capital city, including a visit to Te Papa, New Zealand's National Museum.

Day 10: To Christchurch - Cruise the Cook Strait to Picton, and journey south along the East Coast to Christchurch (1 nt.)

Day 11: To Hokitika/Punakaiki- Board the TranzAlpine rail service for a scenic rail journey into the heart of the mighty Southern Alps. Walks in Arthurs Pass National Park. Overnight in Hokitika or Punakaiki (1 nt)

Day 12: To Fox Glacier - Head along the west coast to see the spectacular Franz Josef and Fox glaciers and stay for 1 night. Take walks to view the glaciers, which descend from the ice caps surrounding Mount Cook. An optional helicopter flight over the ice cap is available. (118 miles)

Day 13: To Queenstown - Morning journey past deserted beaches and tiny settlements, over the Haast Pass, in the afternoon short stops may be taken at Lake Paringa, Monroe Beach or Haast, enroute to vibrant Queenstown, with its spectacular location on Lake Wakatipu, for a 4 night stay. (218 miles)

Day 14 - 16: Queenstown - Time in the  adventure capital of the world to enjoy different activities, or walks in the surrounding area. Evening meal in the Skyline restaurant high above the town.

Day 17: To Te Anau - A short journey south to the Fiordland National Park and a boat trip across Lake Te Anau to Brod Bay for a walk on the Kepler Track, one of the most popular routes in New Zealand. Stay for 3 nights in Te Anau. (116 miles)

Day 18: Te Anau - A leisurely walk to Rainbow Reach or around Lake Gunn, or a higher level walk on part of the Routeburn Track.

Day 19: Milford Sound - A full day at the beautiful Milford Sound, with a launch trip on the deep fjord waters between sheer granite cliffs, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls.

Day 20: To Twizel - We head back north again, to the gold rush village of Arrowtown, before reaching Twizel, for 2 nights in the shadow of Mount Cook. (248 miles)

Day 21: Mount Cook - Walk a glorious route along the Hooker Valley, with views to Mount Wakefield, Footstool and the south face of Mount Cook and passing near the Hooker Glacier.

Day 22: To Christchurch - Drive over Burke’s Pass, pausing at the stone church of the Good Shepherd, on the shores of Lake Tekapo, before continuing through the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch for 2 nights. (170 miles)

Day 23: Christchurch - Head to the Port Hills for walks along the Crater Rim Walkway, offering extensive views of the city, the coast and the Southern Alps.  Evening farewell dinner.

Day 24: Return flight - Morning at leisure in Christchurch before transfer to the airport for the return flight via Auckland.

Day 25: London - Arrival in London.

Please note: No flight holidays start on day 3 and finish on day 24. 

 


Milford Track option

You can choose to leave the main group on day 15 in order to traverse Fiordland National Park on the famous Milford Track. This is often described as the finest walk in the world and is a very accessible adventure. Stay in comfortable lodges en route and benefit from expert and friendly guiding on the walk as you pass through amazing untouched landscapes.

Day 15: To Te Anau - Early morning journey from Queenstown to Te Anau, and then take an afternoon cruise to Glade House, 1 night.

Day 16: To Pompolona Lodge - We cross the Clinton River and walk amidst beech forest to lunch at Hirere Falls. Continue onto the Prairie grassy plain, with spectacular views of Clinton Canyon, before the rocky climb to Marlene’s Creek and Pompolona Lodge.

Day 17: To McKinnon Pass and Quintin Hut - Today is a fairly challenging but extremely rewarding day’s walking, passing Mirror Lake before the zig-zag climb up McKinnon Pass, around Mount Balloon - passing glaciers, native forests and creeks until arriving at Quintin Hut. Finally, we make a short visit to Sutherland Falls, the highest in the Southern Hemisphere.

Day 18: To Mitre Peak - The last day’s walk on the Milford Track, with a long descent with views to the Lovely Lady of the Snows mountain and on past Mackay Falls, Giants Gate Waterfall and Sandfly Point before reaching Mitre Peak Lodge and the end of walk celebrations.

Day 19: To Te Anau - Morning boat cruise on Milford Sound, before travelling back to Te Anau to re-join the rest of the group.

Additional charge applies. Price includes:

  • 4 nights' accommodation (in multi bedded rooms on the walk)
  • Guided escort and briefing for full duration of track walk
  • Accommodation in fully catered walk lodges, in comfortable bunk rooms with duvets, fresh towels, hot showers, soap and shampoo and more
  • Hearty New Zealand-style dinners, packed lunches and large breakfasts
  • Certificate of achievement and other extras

Routeburn Track Option 

The Routeburn guided walk is a superb Alpine adventure through Fiordland and Mount Aspiring National Parks.

Day 15: Milford Cruise - Transfer to Te Anau and enjoy a cruise on Milford Sound. Stay the night in the Distinction Te Anau. Your evening meal has not been included tonight, to give you the flexibility to choose between the many restuarants nearby.

Day 16: To Lake Mackenzie (9 miles) - we begin our walk following the Routeburn from the Divide, walking to Key Summit for breathtaking Routeburn views. Descend to Lake Howden for lunch and then climb to Earland Falls, looking over to the glaciated Darran Mountains, before descending to our lodge in the serene setting of Lake Mackenzie for the night. All meals are included today.

Day 17: To Routeburn Valley (9½ miles) - Walk into the mountains for views across the Hollyford valley, which slices through Fiordland to the distant Tasman Sea. After lunch at Harris Saddle (1,277m / 4,200ft) you can ascend Conical Hill for outstanding high peak views. Descend to the upper basin of the Routeburn Valley and the Routeburn Falls lodge for a celebration dinner. All meals are included today.

Day 18: Routeburn Track & To Queenstown (6 miles)- Walk through the alpine pastures of the Routeburn Flats, following the river through the magnificent gorge and through columns of red beech trees to the road end. Transfer to Queenstown for the evening. You will re-join the group on Day 20, when you will be picked up by the coach in Queenstown. Breakfast and lunch are included today. Your evening meal hasn't been included as there are many options to choose from in Queenstown.

Day 19: Free day in Queenstown - explore the area. We have only included breakfast today so you are free to choose where and when you eat during the day.

Day 20: Queenstown - re join the group and follow the main holiday itinerary. You will be picked up at 11am.

Additional charge applies. Price includes:

  • 2 nights' accommodation (in multi bedded rooms on the walk)
  • Guided escort and briefing for full duration of track walk
  • Accommodation in fully catered walk lodges, in comfortable bunk rooms with duvets, fresh towels, hot showers, soap and shampoo and more
  • Hearty New Zealand-style dinners, packed lunches and large breakfasts
  • Certificate of achievement and other extras
  • Please note, your evening meal on Days 18 & 19 in Queenstown, have not been included in the price of our Routeburn extension. There are many restaurants to choose from so we have left your options open. 

 

General Information

Passport
A full passport is required and must be valid for at least three months from the date you are due to leave New Zealand.

Visas
Visas are not necessary for full British passport holders visiting for less than 6 months. Other passport holders are advised to check with their nearest New Zealand consulate or embassy.

Health advice

Before booking, you should check with your doctor to see if any health precautions are needed. The following websites provide a wealth of information on travelling and health:www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk  www.traveldoctor.co.uk

Vaccines: Tetanus vaccine is recommended.

Climate
All our holidays are planned around the New Zealand spring, summer and early autumn when all routes are open and the days are long. The warmest weather is likely to be from November to February although October and March are also excellent times to travel with fewer tourists and superb mountain flora.

Money
The local currency is New Zealand Dollars. Banks are open from 9am until 4.30pm on weekdays. Credit cards are widely accepted. There are no restrictions on taking currency in and out of the country. For most people the easiest method will be to use cash machine cards – but please consult with your bank concerning suitable machines and their availability. Traveller’s cheques are not advised.

Tipping
Tips are included on this holiday.

Other

Walking boots must be clean of mud/soil before entering New Zealand immigration.

For flight information please see the Dates and Prices tab.

Leaders

Freddie Daniel

Freddie has been leading for HF Holidays since 2001 and has helped to create some of our most popular walking programmes in our European resorts. He has also led numerous holidays within our Worldwide Journeys selection, including: Everest Base Camp, Grand Canyon, New Zealand Grand Discovery, Jordan and Yellowstone, Glacier and the Tetons.

During his career Freddie has lived and travelled extensively in the United States and in Germany, and worked throughout Europe and in North Africa. He has a great enthusiasm for travel and receives fantastic feedback from our groups.he Grand Tetons.

Freddie has led the New Zealand Grand Discovery previously in 2011,  2012 and 2014. He’s visited New Zealand many times for both business and pleasure, and will be able to share his experience and enthusiasm with you on your holiday.

Freddie is leading 20 October 2016

 

Pete Ellis

Since 2004 Pete has led many of our holidays in the French Alps, Tenerife, Scotland and England, and numerous HF Holidays trips to New Zealand, 5 Grand Discoveries and 1 South Island.

Outside of HF Holidays, he has completed all of the Munros of Scotland (and is halfway through a second round), has almost completed the Corbetts and has summited 850 Marilyns. To cap all his other achievements, in 2012 he completed the Seven Summits Challenge with a successful ascent of Mount Everest.

Pete is leading 17 November 2016

Di Brooksbank

Di is really excited to be sharing her love of New Zealand with HF guests. With family connections in New Zealand, Di is a regular visitor. Having travelled and trekked extensively across both north and south islands and taken time to understand the Maori culture, native flora and fauna and the geothermal nature, she will help you get under the skin of this fascinating and beguiling country.

Di is an experienced HF leader, having led many holidays in the UK, the Alps and other parts of Europe. She is also a qualified International Mountain Leader and has a wealth of personal trekking and mountaineering experience, including Himalaya, the Andes and several Alpine peaks.

Di is leading 18 December 2016

John Lees

John has been leading for HF Holidays for 10 years and has led more than 120 holidays all over Europe and the UK.

His son and family live south of Auckland and his daughter-in-law and grandchildren are Kiwis. On visits he has enjoyed exploring the culture of the country, the Maori heritage and particularly tramping in the bush and around the coast. Last year John led the New Zealand South Island holiday for HFH. He is looking forward to revisiting many of the places he has enjoyed on both islands.

John has a particular interest in the geology of the places he visits and in New Zealand is fascinated by the active processes still going on. He enjoys the unique flora and fauna of this isolated country. He is an enthusiastic mountain walker with his non-leading time spent exploring hilly regions of Norway, the Alps and Scotland (when not on remote Greek islands, Corsica or Sardinia!).

John is leading our 9 February 2017 departure.

Michael Stainer

Michael has been leading for HF Holidays since 1994 and since that time has led at many of our UK and European destinations as well as our South Africa and New Zealand holidays.

This will be Michael's sixth visit to New Zealand leading for HF Holidays. He has also travelled there independently, to both the North and South Islands. The dramatic and varied scenery, together with the friendliness of the locals, makes New Zealand his favourite overseas destination.

Michael is a keen cycle tourer and has visited many countries by bicycle, including New Zealand, Tasmania, India, Vietnam, USA, France, Spain and Switzerland. He loves to share his enthusiasm for travel and the exploration of new places with others.

Michael will be leading our 6 March 2017 departure.

Kath Townsley

 

Mountain leader Kath Townsley has been leading for HF Holidays since 1990 including in the UK, Europe and Worldwide and enjoys sharing her love of the outdoors with guests. A keen walker all her life, brought up in the Yorkshire hills, Kath has travelled extensively in many countries including Asia, Africa, America and New Zealand – with walking in the mountains being a key feature of her travels.

Kath is leading 19 October 2017.

Trevor Higgs

Trevor has been a leader for HF Holidays for some 12 years and has led widely both in the UK and in Europe. As well as in Europe, he has travelled in the United States, the Middle East and in New Zealand. On a recent visit to New Zealand he completed the Milford Track.

He is particularly interested in the geography and geology of New Zealand as well as in its unique flora and fauna. He’s looking forward to sharing his love of New Zealand with you.

Trevor is leading 16 November 2017.

Julie Cartner

Julie spent 7 months living in New Zealand after university, including working on a dairy farm for several months, and travelled across North and South Islands, enjoying many lovely walks. Julie has been a leader with HF Holidays since 2002, both in the UK and Europe. She loves to share her enthusiasm for travel, walking and cycling with others and is looking forward to this festive Grand Discovery of New Zealand.

Julie is leading our 18 December 2017 departure.

 

Reviews

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The holiday fulfilled all my expectations,a good variety of walk choices,lovely hotels,good food,interesting and enjoyable excursions, fun nights out and very good HF leader,plus our coach driver for the duration of the holiday was an excellent guide.
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HF Holidays are of an excellent standard, well planned and generally well executed.

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A small group, it was for most of us a holiday of a lifetime. We gelled well, eager to get as much out of our trip as possible and we did.
29 Dec 2015, 4:02 p.m.

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I have always had a brilliant holiday when with HF. Traveling on my own I can always be sure that I will be looked after and made welcome.

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The holiday was everything I expected. I would have liked to have spent more time in may of the places - Rotorua, Picton; and seen more of the North Island but that would have made the holiday a lot longer. I would recommend the holiday to anyone.
23 Dec 2015, 4:49 p.m.

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We saw so many places on the North and South Islands and covered a lot of miles, but it was perfectly paced and never felt hurried. A wonderful flavour of New Zealand.
21 Dec 2015, 2:58 p.m.

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We've not yet been disappointed by our holidays with HF

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There's a lot of travelling involved but that's the only way to see as many sights as we did. Good hotels all round both Islands and a very knowledgeable Kiwi coach driver made it a wonderful, memorable trip.
16 Dec 2015, 12:46 p.m.

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In general very helpful and competent, particularly regarding the Milford Track reservation

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menus from hotel to hotel a little too similar! Driver/local guide extremely competent, flexible and agreeable!
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It was a holiday of a lifetime for me
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A very successful formula, which certainly works for me.

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Great itinerary and almost flawless logistics.

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
18 Dec 2016 NZWHW - New Zealand - Grand Discovery
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

SINGAPORE AIRLINES

  • Depart: 18 Dec 2016, 10:05 p.m.
  • Arrive: 20 Dec 2016, 11:45 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Auckland International

Flight - Return

SINGAPORE AIRLINES

  • Depart: 10 Jan 2017, noon
  • Arrive: 11 Jan 2017, 5:55 a.m.
  • Depart from: Christchurch G. Adams
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
23 £6,269.00 Book Now
20 Dec 2016 NZWHW - New Zealand - Grand Discovery 21 £4,509.00 Book Now
8 Jan 2017 NZWHW - New Zealand - Grand Discovery 21 £4,459.00 Book Now
6 Mar 2017 NZWHW - New Zealand - Grand Discovery
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Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 6 Mar 2017, 9:45 p.m.
  • Arrive: 8 Mar 2017, 1:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Auckland International

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 29 Mar 2017, 9 a.m.
  • Arrive: 30 Mar 2017, 5:10 a.m.
  • Depart from: Christchurch G. Adams
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
23 £5,469.00 Book Now
8 Mar 2017 NZWHW - New Zealand - Grand Discovery 21 £4,459.00 Book Now
19 Oct 2017 NZWHW - New Zealand - Grand Discovery
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 19 Oct 2017, 9:45 p.m.
  • Arrive: 21 Oct 2017, 1:40 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Auckland International

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 11 Nov 2017, 9 a.m.
  • Arrive: 12 Nov 2017, 4:55 a.m.
  • Depart from: Christchurch G. Adams
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
23 £5,469.00 Book Now
21 Oct 2017 NZWHW - New Zealand - Grand Discovery 21 £4,459.00 Book Now
16 Nov 2017 NZWHW - New Zealand - Grand Discovery
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 16 Nov 2017, 9:45 p.m.
  • Arrive: 18 Nov 2017, 1:40 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Auckland International

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 9 Dec 2017, 9 a.m.
  • Arrive: 10 Dec 2017, 4:55 a.m.
  • Depart from: Christchurch G. Adams
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
23 £5,469.00 Book Now
16 Nov 2017 NZWHW - New Zealand - Grand Discovery
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 16 Nov 2017, 9:45 p.m.
  • Arrive: 18 Nov 2017, 1:40 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Auckland International

Flight - Return

SINGAPORE AIRLINES

  • Depart: 9 Dec 2017, noon
  • Arrive: 10 Dec 2017, 5:55 a.m.
  • Depart from: Christchurch G. Adams
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
23 £5,469.00 Book Now
18 Nov 2017 NZWHW - New Zealand - Grand Discovery 21 £4,459.00 Book Now
18 Dec 2017 NZWHW - New Zealand - Grand Discovery
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 18 Dec 2017, 9:45 p.m.
  • Arrive: 20 Dec 2017, 1:40 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Auckland International

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 10 Jan 2018, 9 a.m.
  • Arrive: 11 Jan 2018, 4:55 a.m.
  • Depart from: Christchurch G. Adams
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
23 £6,289.00 Book Now
20 Dec 2017 NZWHW - New Zealand - Grand Discovery 21 £4,609.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Single room:  £999 (2016) £1045 (2017)
  • Milford Track from £899
  • Routeburn Track from £699
  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person