Overview

Travel with Thomson Sport on our Two Test Tour of New Zealand taking in the last two-Tests in Wellington and Auckland, packed in-between with amazing sightseeing opportunities across the North Island.

 

This fully escorted 20 day tour includes everything from international and domestic flights, airport and match transfers, match tickets, a range of hotel accommodation to tour merchandise, a Thomson Sport Tour leader and pre-Test parties. So because we sort out all the details, you can relax and enjoy it even more.


Tickets

Your package comes with guaranteed match tickets to the last two of England's Test matches against New Zealand:


Wellington: 14 - 18 March 2013
Auckland: 22 - 26 March 2013


Please note that these will be charged to you as an additional cost once the ticket prices have been released to us. Tickets are sold to you at the same price for which we purchase them. Thomson Sport only ever acquires official match tickets.


Travel

You’ll fly with Singapore Airlines from London Heathrow to Auckland, via Singapore on 9rd March 2013 (economy class). Your return international flight to London Heathrow will be from Auckland on 28th March 2013, again via Singapore.


You'll fly with Air New Zealand on a domestic flight from Auckland to Wellington when you arrive in New Zealand on 11th March 2013.


We’ve arranged airport and hotel transfers for your stay as well as stadium transfers for the 3rd Test in Auckland (the 2nd Wellington Test is easily walkable from your hotel). You'll also be transported by private coach transfer from Wellington to Rotorua and Rotorua to Auckland. So you'll never have to worry about getting from A to B; you can sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery!


Accommodation

Your first 6 nights will be at the 3★ Mercure Willis Street in Wellington where you'll stay for 8 nights during the 2nd Test. This popular hotel is located in the creative heart of the Cuba Quarter an easy stroll from well-known attractions like Te Papa, the waterfront and close to cafes, bars and boutique shopping areas. The Hawkins Basin Reserve Stadium is a short 15 min walk from the hotel.


Whilst in Rotorua for 2 nights, you'll stay at the 4.5★ Novotel Lakeside. Situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua, this hotel offers tranquil surroundings with sensational views.


The remainder of the tour will be spent at the 3★ Mercure Auckland for 6 nights for the 3rd and final Test. The boutique style Mercure Auckland Windsor is located in the heart of central Queen Street, in the heart of the Auckland waterfront district, with spectacular harbour and city views. Eden Park is approx 10 mins drive away.


Extras

  • You'll be accompanied by a Thomson Sport Tour Manager during your whole stay in New Zealand, from airport to match day transfers and during your stay across all Test and sightseeing locations
  • You're invited to two pre-Test parties in Wellington on 13th March and Auckland on 21st March (dates are provisional at this point)
  • Complimentary Tour Merchandise for each person

Tickets

Your package comes with guaranteed match tickets to the last two England Test matches against New Zealand:

 

Wellington: 14 - 18 March 2013
Auckland: 22 - 26 March 2013


Please note that the price of the tickets are additional to the package price and will be charged to you as an additional cost once the ticket prices have been released to us.


Tickets are sold to you at the same price for which we purchase them. Thomson Sport only ever acquires official match tickets.

Travel

Flight Schedule

 

International:

 

Outbound
9th March 2013
Singapore Airlines SQ321
Depart LHR 22:05 - Arrive Singapore 18:45 on 4th March 2013


10th March 2013
Singapore Airlines SQ285
Depart Singapore 21:15 - Arrive Auckland 12:10 on 11th March 2013

 

Inbound
28th March 2013
Singapore Airlines SQ282
Depart Auckland 01:05 - Arrive Singapore 06:35
Singapore Airlines SQ308
Depart Singapore 09:00 - Arrive LHR 15:10


Domestic:


11th March 2013
Air New Zealand NZ457
Depart Auckland 14:30 - Arrive Wellington 15:30

Accommodation

All accommodation is on a Room Only basis.


Why is breakfast not included?
The day rate for breakfast in New Zealand was substantially more than we would pay in other hotels across the world and we feel it didn't represent value for money to our customers. All of the hotels are within walking distance to a number of cafes which provide much better value breakfast options. However, should you require breakfast at your hotel, we can of course provide this at an additional cost.


Your hotels:

Your first 6 nights will be at the 3★ Mercure Willis Street in Wellington, where you'll stay for 8 nights during the 2nd Test. This popular hotel is located in the creative heart of the Cuba Quarter an easy stroll from well-known attractions like Te Papa, the waterfront and close to cafes, bars and boutique shopping areas. The on-sight restaurant and W Lounge Bar welcomes you at any time of the day or night! The Hawkins Basin Reserve Stadium is a short 15 min walk from the hotel.


Whilst in Rotorua for 2 nights, you'll stay at the 4.5★ Novotel Lakeside. Situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua, this hotel offers tranquil surroundings with sensational views. The central location makes it walkable to to Rotorua’s cafés, restaurants and many popular local attractions. And with it's heated indoor pool, Spa & Sauna, you can take some well-earned time-off between the cricket.


The remainder of the tour will be spent at the 3★ Mercure Auckland for 6 nights for the 3rd and final Test. The boutique style Mercure Auckland Windsor is located in the heart of central Queen Street, in the heart of the Auckland waterfront district, with spectacular harbour and city views. Situated within walking distance of Auckland with shopping, restaurants, the Viaduct Harbour and Vector Arena. Enjoy the fitness room and spa and sauna, whilst the top floor Vault Restaurant and Bar offers great panoramic views. Eden Park is approx 10 mins drive away.

Itinerary

16 Nights / 20 Day trip: Saturday 9th March 2013 - Thursday 28th March 2013

 

Day 1 | 9th March 2013

Depart London Heathrow at 22:05 for your overnight flight to Auckland, connecting in Singapore


Day 2 | 10th March 2013

Arrive Singapore 18:45. Meet your connecting flight to Auckland, departing 21:15.


Day 3 | 11th March 2013

Arrive in Auckland at 12:10. Meet your connecting Air New Zealand flight to Wellington 14:30.


Arrive in to Wellington at 15:30.


On arrival you will be met and transferred to the Mercure Willis Street Hotel for check-in. Rest of day at leisure or you may want to sleep!

 

Day 4 | 12th March

Day at leisure - Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city and it's also the capital of 'coo'. Arts, culture, fine dining and breathtaking natural scenery sum up Wellington in all its glory. Nestled between rolling hills and a stunning harbour, it has a vibrant and compact downtown area that's best explored on foot.


Day 5 | 13th March

Day at leisure - perhaps you'll want to explore the amazing surrounding areas of Wellington on a day trip to The Hutt Valley - one of Wellington's best-kept secrets where New Zealanders first settled and put their roots down


Or Wairarapa - one of the finest wine regions just over an hour from Wellington. Or just 20 minutes north of Wellington, Porirua offers peaceful surroundings with vibrant culture, art, shopping and outdoor activities. Go walking along tranquil waterways, sandy beaches and craggy cliff faces, and meet friendly people from diverse backgrounds


In the evening there will be a pre-Test Party (Date provisional at this stage).


Day 6 - 10 | 14th - 18th March

Each morning (time TBC) you'll meet your rep and walk to the Hawkins Basin Reserve Stadium to watch the 2st Test match between England and New Zealand.


Day 11 | 19th March

In the morning, you'll check out of the hotel and meet your private coach transfer to Rotorua. This will take about 5-hours, passing through some of the most spectacular scenery, including amazing views of the mountains of Tongariro National Park. This includes the volcano Mount Ruapehu, which erupted quite spectacularly in 1995 and 1996. You might also spot some of the scenes from the award winning ‘Lord of the Rings’ movie trilogy which were filmed among some of these mountains


On arrival in Rotorua, you'll check in to the Novotel Lakeside Hotel where you'll stay for two-nights.

Rest of your day is at leisure.


Day 12 | 20th March

Day at leisure. You'll be hard pushed to fit everything in to your short time in Rotorua, but you should give it a good go! Whether seeking to experience Maori culture, geothermal earth forces, spa rejuvenation, thrills and adventure, or any of the other natural assets around the 16 lakes, some of the world's best mountain biking trails, fantastic trout fishing and forest walking tracks – Rotorua delivers it all!


Day 13 | 21st March

In the morning, check-out of the hotel and meet your private coach transfer to Auckland which will take approximately 3 hours.


Check-in to the Mercure Auckland Hotel.


Rest of day at leisure. Auckland is New Zealand's biggest city. Wherever you stay in Auckland, you're never far from breathtaking scenery, beautiful beaches, invigorating walks, idyllic holiday islands, outstanding food and wine, great shopping and exciting nightlife.


In the evening, there will be a pre-Test party (Date provisional at this stage)


Day 14 - 18 | 22nd -26th March

 

Each morning (time TBC) you'll meet your transfer to Eden Park Stadium to watch the 3rd Test match between England and New Zealand.


Day 19 | 27th March

 

This is your last day at leisure in Auckland! You'll need to check out of hotel in morning but can leave your bags securely at the hotel.


Take the time to tick-off some of Auckland's 'must dos' which include:

- Auckland whale and dolphin safari
- Waiheke Island - vineyards, olive groves, farmland and beaches all just a 35-minute cruise from downtown Auckland
- Climb to the top of Mangere Mountain
- Play a round of golf

Later in the evening, catch your transfer to Auckland Airport for your return flight home.


Day 20 | 28th March

Depart Auckland 01:05. Arrive Singapore 06:35.

Depart Singapore 09:00. Arrive London Heathrow 15:10 to make your own way home.

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