Travel Challenge: A two-week holiday in New Zealand
Saturday 05 November 2011
Each week we invite three companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a two-week trip to New Zealand. Prices are per person based on two sharing. All include Air New Zealand flights from Heathrow in early February.
£3,645: A self-drive of South Island
Includes flights to Christchurch on 14 February, with car hire and transfers. Accommodation with breakfast is included in Kaikoura; Christchurch; Lake Tekapo; Queenstown; Te Anau; Lake Wanaka; and Franz Josef, with two evening meals. Excursions include a whale-watching cruise in Kaikoura and a scenic rail journey through the Southern Alps on board the TranzAlpine train. "This flexible self-drive itinerary lets you stay in boutique properties while enjoying South Island's natural wonders," says Steve Manley of Bales Worldwide. (08456 345 120; balesworldwide.com).
Discover the World
£2,565: "New Zealand Highlights" self-drive
Includes flights to Auckland on 6 February, with car hire, transfers, room-only accommodation and an Interislander ferry crossing. Excursions include a tour of the Waitomo caves, a sightseeing pass in Rotorua and a Milford Sound nature cruise. "This concise two-week itinerary is ideal for those with limited time," says Lindi Sprenger of Discover the World. "It features scenic and cultural highlights such as Rotorua, Wellington, Kaikoura and Queenstown, with many of New Zealand's foremost attractions included in the price". (01737 214 291; discover-the-world.co.uk).
Bridge & Wickers
£2,630: An escorted tour of New Zealand
Includes flights to Auckland on 2 February, with a mixture of room-only and half-board accommodation. The tour includes visits to Auckland, The Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Napier, Greytown, Wellington, Blenheim, Kaikoura, and Christchurch.
"This escorted tour covers the highlights of North Island at the best time of year to visit," says David Wickers of Bridge & Wickers. "Highlights include a catamaran trip to Cape Brett, discovering the boiling mud pools at Rotorua, and travelling across Cook Strait and the Marlborough Sounds" (020-7483 6555; bridgeandwickers.com).
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