ADVENTURES OF NEW ZEALAND

 

2N Auckland/ 2N Rotorua/ 2N Wellington/ 1N Kaikoura

/ 1N Christchurch/  3N Queenstown/ 2N Glacier Region/ 1N Christchurch

 

DAY 1 - ARRIVE AUCKLAND

Centred between two harbours and dotted with 48 volcanic cones plus a bordering rainforest, you will arrive in Auckland, 'The City of Sails'. The seat in coach passengers will be attended by our local representative and privately transferred to your hotel.  Self drive passengers are advised to collect your rental car at the airport and drive to your hotel.  Overnight stay in Auckland.

 

DAY 2 - AUCKLAND SIGHTSEEING

Morning tour will commence with a visit to Harbour Bridge, Auckland Viaduct and Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park where you will be treated with magnificent panoramic views of Auckland city and Waitemata Harbour. Use of a camera is highly advised.  Overnight stay in Auckland.

 

DAY 3 - AUCKLAND - WAITOMO – ROTORUA

Situated in the heart of North Island, you will travel south through New Zealand’s fourth largest city , the Hamilton and Waikato region to arrive at Waitomo.  Enjoy a guided tour of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. The glow worm, Arachnocampa luminosa, is unique to New Zealand. Thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light as you sail under them and revel in the surreal spectacle. On completion continue over the Mamaku Ranges to reach the pacific rim of fire, the 'Thermal City' of Rotorua.  Overnight at hotel in Rotorua.

 

DAY 4 – ROTORUA

Visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve to see boiling mudpools and roaring geysers. Following this, visit Rainbow Springs to see New Zealand's trout, birds and wildlife before continuing to the Agrodome for a New Zealand farm show featuring sheep dog demonstrations, cow milking and an introduction to the stars of our sheep industry. The afternoon is at leisure. In the evening enjoy an authentic Maori Hangi (feast) and performance which is a part of the life force of New Zealand’s indigenous people. Overnight stay in Rotorua.

 

DAY 5 - ROTORUA – WELLINGTON

Travel south to reach the popular lake resort of Taupo before continuing on the Desert Road, dominated in the background by the three peaks of Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro. Continue south through farmland before arriving in the 'Capital City' of Wellington.  Overnight stay in Wellington.

 

DAY 6 – WELLINGTON

The entire day is at your leisure. We recommend you to use this time to explore the beauty of Wellington. Celebrate culture at Te Papa museum or come face to face with the closet living relative of dinosaurs at Zealandia.You also have the Weta Cave movie museum where you can have a taste of Wellywood or just watch the world go by at Oriental Bay which is Wellington’s golden sand inner city beach. Optional activities not included in tour price. Overnight stay in Wellington.

 

DAY 7 - WELLINGTON - PICTON – KAIKOURA

You will journey across Cook Strait, which separates the North and South Islands of New Zealand, and into the Marlborough Sounds with its sparkling clear waters and lush forests, before arriving in Picton. Travel south through the town of Blenheim, before reaching Kaikoura - here you might like to take an optional whale watch cruise or scenic flight. Optional activities not included in tour price.  Overnight  stay in Kaikoura.

 

DAY 8 - KAIKOURA – CHRISTCHURCH

Leave Kaikoura behind as you turn inland and travel through North Canterbury to reach the 'Garden City' of Christchurch. You have tons of activities to do in New Zealand’s second largest city. You can try your hand at adventure by skiing, bungy jumping, rafting and mountain biking  or you can sit back and relax to take pleasure of world famous wineries and garderns. Overnight  stay in Christchurch.

 

DAY 9 - CHRISTCHURCH - MT COOK – QUEENSTOWN

Travel across the fertile Canterbury Plains to  Lake Tekapo and the Church of the Good Shepherd before continuing on to New Zealand's highest mountain - Mt Cook. Depart Mt Cook and follow the shores of Lake Pukaki south through the historic Central Otago region to the 'Alpine Resort' of Queenstown.  Overnight stay in Queenstown.

 

DAY 10 - MILFORD SOUND

Follow the southern arm of Lake Wakatipu to Lumsden, and onward t o Lake Te Anau. Enter the Eglinton Valley and travel through the Homer Tunnel to reach Milford Sound. Enjoy a cruise on this world famous fiord, dominated by Mitre Peak and the cascading Bowen Falls. Return to Queenstown.

Overnight stay in Queenstown.

 

DAY 11 – QUEENSTOWN

A free day to explore the endless optional attractions available. Queenstown offers bungy jumping, jetboating, white water rafting, gondola rides and much more. Optional activities not included in the tour price.  Overnight stay in Queenstown.

 

DAY 12 - QUEENSTOWN - GLACIER REGION       

Depart Queenstown and travel via Lake Wanaka and through the historic Haast Pass, gateway to the World Heritage Westland National Park. Continue  up the West Coast past spectacular mountain ranges, native forests and lakes to the glacier region of Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers.  Overnight stay in Glacier Region.

 

DAY 13 - GLACIER REGION

A full day at leisure to explore this magnificent glacier region. Optional activities include a scenic flight or guided walk on one of the glaciers. Optional activities not included in the tour price.  Overnight stay in Glacier Region.

 

DAY 14 - GLACIER REGION - GREYMOUTH – CHRISTCHURCH    

Travel north to Greymouth and board the world famous Tranz Alpine train (seat in coach passengers only). Ascend through lush beech forests past the alpine village of Arthur's Pass before crossing the spectacular Southern Alps. Travel over Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

Overnight stay in Christchurch.

 

DAY 15 - DEPARTURE DAY

Your arrangements conclude today with a departure transfer or the return of your rental car.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Te Puia Thermal Reserve

2. Agrodome Sheep Show

3. Rainbow Springs

4. Interislander Ferry from Wellington

5. Waitomo Glowworm Caves

6. Milford Sound Cruise

7. Church of Good Shepherd

8. Tranz Alpine Train

9. Te Po Maori Concert and Hangi

 

 

 

 
   
 

 

 

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