20 days

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Summary

For us in the United Kingdom, visiting New Zealand is rather like entering a parallel universe. On the surface, everything appears familiar, but look more closely and you notice subtle differences – an unusual plant, an outlandish insect or a brightly coloured bird – which tell you that you are in fact a long way from home. There are parts of New Zealand that could be anywhere in the British Isles, from a Hampshire country garden to a Highland glen, an illusion which is strengthened by the abundance of familiar place names and by the plants which were imported by the early settlers to make them feel more at home. Yet where in Britain can you find bubbling mud pools and gushing geysers, majestic fjords and glittering glaciers, huge tree ferns and penguin colonies? In addition to viewing some of these natural wonders, we will be taking a close look at the flora of the country, both in its natural habitat and in a cross-section of some of the many wonderful private and public gardens with which New Zealand is blessed. The native flora evolved in isolation here, after the land split from the supercontinent of Gondwanaland some 60 million years ago, and of the country’s 2000 or so flowering plants about 75% are found only in New Zealand. Among the species we can expect to see are Raoulias (Vegetable sheep) and Celmisias, Ranunculus lyalli (Mount Cook Lily), Aciphyllas (Wild Spaniards), Bulbinellas, Chionohebes and Hebes; New Zealand Beech and Tree Ferns, as well as the many non-native plants which gardeners here like to grow alongside the native bush.

Tour highlights:

  • Stopover in Singapore including Gardens by the Bay
  • Sailing across the Cook Strait from North to South Island
  • Wine tasting in the Wither Hills
  • Cruise on Milford Sound

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£6,995

Benefit from this limited time offer:

  • Pay a low deposit of £300, was £699.50.

Single supplement: £1,675

Includes flights

Keeping you safe on your next tour

  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
  • COVID-19 insurance
  • Enhanced Health and Safety audits
  • Distanced seating on coaches
  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
  • COVID protocols at our hotels, and aboard our cruise ships
  • Flexible balance payment date and COVID-friendly refund conditions
  • COVID-testing and medical training for tour staff
  • Constant monitoring and post-tour tracing
Meet your Experts

Mike Nelhams

Tour Manager

Mike Nelhams is the Curator of Tresco’s Abbey Gardens and one of Brightwater Holidays’ most popular and well-travelled garden experts.

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Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Accommodation
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
  • Meals - as per the itinerary
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single Supp. Availability
25 October 2021 BWNEZ211025 25 October 2021 (Monday) 13 November 2021 (Saturday) Mike Nelhams £6,995
(inc. flights)
£300
£699.50
£1,675 Call for availability
9 January 2022 BWNEZ220109 9 January 2022 (Sunday) 28 January 2022 (Friday) Trevor Edwards £6,995
(inc. flights)
£699.50 £1,675 Call for availability
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