Day 1: Auckland-Christchurch
Friday 12 (D)
Today we join our flight to the ‘garden city’ of Christchurch. On arrival we are met by our driver and coach and transferred to our hotel where we stay for 2 nights. Join our Tour Manager for dinner at the hotel.
Day 2: Akaroa (BLD)
After breakfast we join our coach for the scenic trip to Akaroa. We stop at the Port Hills to enjoy a view of the bays of Lyttelton Harbour, the Canterbury Plains and even out to the Southern Alps on a clear day. Akaroa, meaning “Long Harbour” in Maori, is an old whaling township situated on the Banks Peninsula, south-east of Christchurch. It was founded by the French in 1840 and today it still has a distinctly French flavour with its quaint architecture. We have time to enjoy a wander before we head to the Sculpture, Mosaic Garden, Contemporary Art Gallery which has been named as a Garden of National Significance. “the Giants house” was named by a small girl looking up at it from the valley below who said it was so big it must be the house of a Giant. The house was built in 1880 by the first BNZ bank Manager in Akaroa who came from Linton in England. Josie Martin is an established modern artist, painter and Sculptor, who saw the opportunity of combining contemporary art while respecting the historic. We enjoy a light café style lunch and time to look around and these whimsical and flamboyant artworks. We return to Christchurch late afternoon in time to relax before our Special dinner.
Early evening we’ll experience a unique dinner onboard the Christchurch Tramcar Restaurant. Enjoy the luxury of an air-conditioned, colonial style dining tram and be treated to fine service, beautiful cuisine and beverages as we travel through the inner city.
Day 3: Christchurch – Aoraki/Mt Cook
Dark Sky/ 3D Observatory (BD)
A day to remember for its stunning scenery. We travel to Aoraki/Mt Cook through the rich pastoral farmlands of the Canterbury Plains, the foothills of the Southern Alps through Geraldine to Fairlie where we stop for some lunch (own expense). We travel on to Lake Tekapo. Visit the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd where the turquoise-blue waters contrasted by the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps and the surrounding yellow-tussock farmland, so have your camera on overdrive! We drive past the Mt St John Observatory, then on to Lake Pukaki, where the Tasman Valley opens into the MacKenzie Basin with Mount Cook and the surrounding snow covered peaks in the background. We reach Mount Cook village, and our home for the next two nights—The Hermitage Hotel. We join our Tour Manager tonight for dinner in a dining room with the most magnificent view of Aoraki Mt Cook.
After dinner we are treated to a spectacular cinematic experience at the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre Digital Dome. As one of only six planetariums in New Zealand and the first full dome, digital planetarium we journey through the history of Aoraki/Mt Cook and the universe. See the night sky as never before –Leave earth and fly to the edge of the Galaxy.
10.30 p.m. Part of our group will be taken from the hotel to the DARK SKY experience where we join our Astronomy guide on a one hour guided journey of the night sky through high powered telescopes. Wrap up warm and enjoy a hot chocolate and some treats as we are held enthralled by this incredible experience. You can see why it was voted the worlds largest International Dark Sky Reserve.
(please note: This is obviously weather dependent.)
DAY 4: Aoraki/Mt Cook (BD)
Enjoy breakfast at your leisure this morning after your late night last night. We will go into the Village of Mt cook and visit the National Park Visitor centre run by DOC. This is packed with interested displays on a wide array of fascinating subjects. An artwork collection, mountaineering history and display. We enter underneath a beautiful Maori Carving representing Aoraki (Cloud Piercer) and his brother Mountains. Your Tour Manager will be on hand in case you would like any extra activities booked. This evening we enjoy dinner at our iconic hotel. Later tonight the remainder of our passengers join the Dark Sky presentation.
Day: 5: Mount Cook /Wanaka/Queenstown ( BD)
We say farewell to the beautiful Hermitage after breakfast and head on down through Twizel to Omarama where we enjoy a morning tea stop. (own expense). The scenery today will hold you spell bound once again and there will be ample time to take photos. We drop into Wanaka in time for a wander and some lunch (own expense) before on to the “fruit bowl” of New Zealand—Cromwell. Here we visit the Heritage Precinct. When the Clyde Dam was completed in 1990 Cromwell’s main street disappeared under Lake Dunstan. Some of the historic buildings dating back to the Gold rush of the 1860’s were saved or lovingly rebuilt on higher ground. We then travel on into Queenstown, surrounded by incredible mountains and situated on the edge of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is New Zealand’s leading visitor destination.
Day 6 Queenstown (B,D)
Today we’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour of Queenstown including a visit to one of the most picturesque settlements— Arrowtown. This quaint gold-mining village by the Arrow River is only 20 minutes from Queenstown. This well known settlement is full of history and a great place to try one of the famous Pies from the local pie shop!! – We will also enjoy a look at the famous Bungy Bridge and Lake Hayes and Millbrook. Enjoy dinner at the hotel tonight with your Tour Manager.
Day 7: Queenstown at Leisure (BSD)
Today is yours to enjoy as you wish. Your Tour Manager is available to offer any suggestions and sightseeing options available. You might like to do a wine tour or perhaps a scenic flight. A trip on the fabulous Gondola or just a relaxing walk along the waterfront. Queenstown has so many options to choose from.
5.15 p.m. We are transferred from the hotel to the steamer wharf to join the TSS Earnslaw. Steeped in Queenstown’s pioneering history, our experience starts with a cruise across Lake Wakatipu in the 103 year old steamship. Then disembark at Walter Peak and enjoy a gourmet BBQ dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. After dinner, an entertaining and informative demonstration gives you a glimpse of life in the high country. On the magical night-time cruise home, you breathe in the fresh night air on the moonlit decks as you watch the lights of Queenstown draw nearer. A perfect end to our tour.
Day 8: Queenstown/Home (B)
Sadly, time to say goodbye to this beautiful place. We will long remember the stunning scenery we have taken in over the last week as we are taken back to the airport for our flight home.
LOOK WHATS INCLUDED!!!
From Auckland/Wellington or Tauranga is from $3775 per person twin share – departs 12 March 2021
From Christchurch is from $3140 per person twin share – departs 14 March 2021
This tour is limited to 22 passengers
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT
A limited number of single rooms are available at a surcharge of $595.00
A non refundable deposit of $700 per person is payable to hold a seat on the tour with the balance payable no later than 21st January 2021
Previous travellers receive a $50 discount off the brochure price (not combinable with any other offers)
From 22 January 2021 — to departure date: 100% of tour cost
*Should the tour be cancelled due to Government regulations, you will be offered an alternative date of travel. If this is unsuitable, your deposit will be refunded. Where there is an airfare component, this could be in the form of a credit.
We strongly recommend that you take out Domestic Cancellation Insurance to cover for cancellation due to illness etc. Please phone us for further details.
MOBILITY ISSUES & GUEST FITNESS
Supreme Tours coach tours are designed for guests 50+, Retired & Seniors. Activity levels vary between our tours. Supreme Tours are unsuitable for guests with wheelchairs/mobility scooters/walking frames (unless specifically advertised or specifically authorized). Walking sticks are permitted. Accommodation in NZ often features bathrooms where showers are over a bath and may not include a handrail. Guests should be able to climb stairs/ steps and walk up to 400metres.
DARK SKY ACTIVITY—Aoraki/Mt Cook
Please note that this activity is subject to weather conditions on the night. We depart the hotel at 10.00p.m. and return around 11.45 p.m.
Tour is subject to normal booking conditions of Supreme Tours & Travel Limited
Terri started her career in travel after leaving school and opened up Supreme.
Tours and Travel in 1994. She is passionate about providing personal service to her clients and offering travel advise so you get the most from your holiday. Terri has travelled widely throughout Europe, Asia, USA and the Pacific and is always happy to share her experience in these areas.
Vikki has enjoyed working within the Travel Industry for many years.
She brings a wealth of experience having travelled throughout Europe, USA, Asia, Australia, the Pacific and of course our own Godzone – New Zealand.
Vikki Escorts a lot of the tours and makes sure all her passengers enjoy a memorable tour with lots of fun and surprises throughout. You are never bored when you travel with Vikki.
Maggie is an experienced tour guide having spent seven years guiding throughout Europe, Russia, Scandinavia, Egypt and Morocco when she was ‘younger’! Maggie then came back to NZ and has worked in the travel industry here for over 25 years and has escorted numerous travel agent and media trips to places such as China, Las Vegas, Bangkok, Norfolk Island, India, Ireland and the UK, USA and Asia (to name just a few ) in her roles within the travel Industry. She was the Manager of the British Tourist Authority in Auckland for nine years and then with worked with Marriott International Hotels for a further nine years. Maggie loves travel, and loves to show people wonderful places. She has a great sense of humour and likes to ensure that people not only experience all the wonderful sights, but that they have a fun time as well.
I am Benson and take my job as Head of Security very seriously. My mum was a maltese terrier and my dad a good looking toy poodle. I can be bribed with biscuits or my favourite “smackos” treats.
I love spending time in the office with my Mum and Aunty Vikki.
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