The Long White Cloud

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  • duration 19 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 5+ years old
  • max group size 48
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
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  • Starts Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Ends Auckland, New Zealand
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Tour with Flexible Booking Policy
  • Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
  • Choose a different tour Select a new tour run by the same tour operator within 30 days of departure.
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Christchurch: Journey on the iconic TranzAlpine Train.
  • West Coast: Visit the coastal town of Hokitika, find out about its local history and meet a local jade carver.
  • Franz Josef Glacier: Experience the impressiveness of this mighty natural wonder.
  • Haast River: Enjoy a fully enclosed jet boat ride down the Haast River.
The Long White Cloud tour starts from Christchurch and ends in Auckland. It is a luxury tour that takes 19 days taking you through Bay Of Islands, Wellington, Hawke's Bay and 8 other destinations in New Zealand. The Long White Cloud is a guided group tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

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 Fiordland National Park, immerse yourself in the era of Art Deco in Napier, and journey south to the highland city 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.
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch.
  • Day 2: Christchurch to Franz Josef.
  • Day 3: The Mighty Franz Josef Glacier.
  • Day 4: Romantic Arrowtown and on to Queenstown.
  • Day 5: Queenstown Your Way.
  • Day 6: Queenstown at leisure.
  • Day 7: Queenstown to Milford Sound.
  • Day 8: Milford Track Walk and Milford Sound Cruise.
  • Day 9: Milford Sound to Dunedin.
  • Day 10: Brewery Tour and Dunedin at leisure.
  • Day 11: Dunedin to Christchurch.
  • Day 12: Christchurch to Wellington.
  • Day 13: Wellington at leisure.
  • Day 14: Wellington to Hawke's Bay.
  • Day 15: Exploring Napier.
  • Day 16: Geothermal Rotorua.
  • Day 17: The Sights of Rotorua.
  • Day 18: Waitomo and Auckland.
  • Day 19: Farewell Auckland.
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • Franz Josef: Surrounded by natural rainforest on New Zealand's West Coast, Te Waonui Forest Retreat is a short drive from Franz Josef Glacier. With a natural, earthy ambience and attentive service, there’s no better place to take a deep breath and simply unwind. This five-star retreat offers luxuriously appointed rooms which include organic cotton bed sheets, pillow menu and large private bathrooms.
  • 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.
Meals
  • Dunedin: Set in an old post office, this dinner is at Parcels Restaurant.
  • Hawke's Bay: Indulge in dinner with matching wines at Craggy Range Winery, one of the region's world-famous wineries.
  • Auckland: Enjoy a Celebration Dinner with a former All Black rugby player. You’ll be regaled with fascinating stories about his time spent on a champion team.
  • Dining Summary: 18 Breakfasts (B), 1 Lunch (L) and 13 Dinners with Wine (DW).
Transport
  • Luxury Gold is proud to offer various modes of transportation, from luxury coach to safari jeep and more, so that you always travel in comfort and experience your journey and destination in the best possible and most appropriate way.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • Complimentary, private airport transfers are included on start and end dates and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold. Guests will be transferred with fellow Luxury Gold Travellers that arrive on the same flight.
Guide
  • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
Others
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary, available on departures with 15 or more guests.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Queenstown: Experience a first-class dining experience in one of Queenstown’s most popular and exclusive restaurants.
  • Rotorua: Gather round for a feast of succulent meats and vegetables, cooked in a Hāngi and prepared using the traditional Māori method of cooking over geothermal steam coming from the earth.
  • Hawke's Bay: Porters Boutique Hotel is a privately owned, boutique hotel that delivers a luxurious experience.
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Any international flights to Christchurch and from Auckland are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this The Long White Cloud tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this The Long White Cloud tour. You can cancel the tour up to 93 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 92 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 29 May 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 29 May 2021, a deposit of 350 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 92 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

The Long White Cloud tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this The Long White Cloud tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • This tour will operate in smaller group sizes and uniquely configured coaches with fewer seats to protect against COVID-19.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • A multitude of COVID-19 distancing measures have been implemented on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
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