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|50 Page Essential New Zealand Guide
Welcome to Auckland!
Haere Mai and Welcome to the 'City of Sails'
Relax, you are officially on holiday! We have arranged for you to be met and transferred to your accommodation. The remainder of the day is yours to do as you please. There is plenty to see and do in Auckland. New Zealand’s largest city is located between two large harbours and 48 extinct volcanic cones scattered over the city are evidence of it's volancic past. They also provide a perfect location for viewing the city! A diversely cultural place, Auckland is a great location for marine adventures, wine tasting, forest walks and urban sophistication.
Some Activities and sightseeing options if you have time:
|Explore Waiheke Island
|Island Kayaking Adventure
|America’s Cup Sailing
|Auckland's Sky Tower
|Relax on the Beach
|Rangitoto Island Cruise & Walk
|West Coast Wine Tour
|Whale and Dolphin Safari
|Muriwai Surf Beach
Accommodation Auckland - 1 Night
Auckland - Hobbiton - Waitomo Caves - Rotorua
Depart Auckland this morning and travel through lush farmland to Matamata. Take a guided tour of the famous Hobbiton Movie Set, located on a picturesque 1,250 acre sheep and beef farm. Here, the village of Hobbiton was carefully created in amazing detail as a film location for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie trilogies.
During your guided tour you will see sights such as Hobbit holes, the Mill and the Green Dragon Inn, and you will learn how farmland was transformed into a living, breathing piece of Middle-earth. After exploring Hobbiton, enjoy a delicious lunch at the Green Dragon Inn.
At the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, take a 45-minute guided tour through impressive underground caverns and learn how stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone structures were formed over millions of years. Your tour includes a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto – glide silently along an underground river as you gaze at the twinkling glowworms overhead.
After visiting Waitomo and Hobbiton, continue to Rotorua, arriving in the early evening.
Accommodation Rotorua - 2 Nights
Rotorua & Maori Cultural Experience
Rotorua Sightseeing Tour
Enjoy a sightseeing tour this morning in Rotorua. Experience the Maori Culture and the amazing Te Puia. You will continue on to the Rainbow Springs Nature Park where you can join the Kiwi Encounter and then head over to the Agrodome Sheep Show for a taste of 'very kiwi' farm tour.
Maori Cultural Experience
The Mitai Maori Village offers you an authentic introduction to Maori culture.This indigenous cultural experience incorporates a traditional hangi meal, cultural performance, warrior canoe and sacred freshwater spring.
See warriors in traditional attire paddling in an ancient warrior canoe, view glow worms in their natural habitat and walk around at the sacred freshwater spring. Feast on a traditionally cooked hangi meal cooked in the ground. See displays of weaponry and combat, coupled with the grace and beauty of the poi dance. You’ll learn about Maori historr, carvings and ta moko (tattoo art).
Rotorua - Christchurch
There may be time for some last minute sightseeing or shopping before making your way for your onward flight. New Zealand’s second-largest city 'Christchurch' has bounced back after a series of major earthquakes, and has shown its resiliency with a number of new and exciting developments popping up everywhere. Don’t miss the Re Start Shopping Mall, made out of shipping containers, as well as the many funky Pop Up bars dotted throughout the city. All public services and spaces are running as normal, and Christchurch continues to be a vibrant city to live, work and play.
Accommodation: Christchurch - 1 Night
Christchurch - Mt Cook National Park
Leave the city today westwards through the Canterbury plains, you will find a superb location for some great photos at Lake Tekapo. Tekapo is one of three significant, neighboring lakes that border the Mackenzie Valley in New Zealand's South Island. Golden tussock grass carpets the surrounding hillside and roll away into the distance where the Southern Alps frame the horizon. The charming 'Church of the Good Shepherd' sits alone on its shores and the views to our highest mountain, Aoraki Mt Cook are remarkable.
Accommodation: Mt Cook Village - 1 Night
Mt Cook National Park - Queenstown
This morning you will have free time to explore Mount Cook National Park. In the afternoon, head South from Mount Cook, pass through the high country towns of Twizel and Omarama before entering the beautiful Lindis Pass, the pass offers a unique mountain and tussock grassland scenery - Lindis Pass Scenic Reserve was formed in 1976 and was one of the first tussock reserves in New Zealand. Relax as you take in the spectacular scenery that changes from rugged ranges and mirror lakes to the winding Kawarau River Gorge before, emerging into the lush green farmland surrounding Queenstown. Your destination for the next four days.
Accommodation Queenstown - 4 Nights
Day at leisure Queenstown
Enjoy today a free day in Queenstown. The surrounding area is known for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards and the natural landscape with wild rivers, high peaks and deep canyons has allowed Queenstown to developed an exciting array of outdoor adventure activities - and there's plenty to choose from. But if you are just want to chill out then Queenstown's compact downtown area is relaxed during the day and huge fun at night. In any season, you can count on stylish designer shops and many trendy restaurants offering a kaleidoscope of dining experiences.
Recommended excursions around Queenstown:
|Routeburn Day Walk
|Highest Bungey Jump
|Biking Skippers Canyon
|Round at Millbrook Golf Resort
|Earnslaw Steamboat Cruise
|Dart River Jetboat Safari
Spectacular Milford Sound Cruise
The Road to Milford is one of New Zealand’s most scenic drives. The first part is relatively mild farmland, then you’ll ease into beech forest near the entrance to the Fiordland National Park. Look for the Avenue of the Disappearing Mountain and the Mirror Lakes. The rough hewn Homer Tunnel brings you into Milford Sound, an amazing 22km-long fiord dominated by Mitre Peak. A cruise on Milford Sound will be an essential component of your time in Fiordland, or you can get up close and personal in a sea kayak. Tall waterfalls, vertical rock faces and seals are some of the things you’ll remember.
Dart River Wilderness Safari - TSS Earnslaw Cruise
Take today a one and a half hour of Jet Boating to the upper reaches of the Dart River, deep into Mt Aspiring National Park. Stunning mountains, alpine bush, glacial lakes and icy rivers are waiting for you on this spectacular trip. After this unforgettable boat safari, take a 40 minute walk through ancient beech forests. You will learn about this interesting area and its history before continuing to the isolated hamlet of Paradise - home to many Lord of the Rings filming locations.
This evening you will board the TSS Earnslaw. Enjoy a scenic cruise from Queenstown, across stunning Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm on the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw. A delicious BBQ Dinner will be served on the sun terrace at the Colonels Homestead.
Queenstown - Franz Josef Glacier
Continue today to Franz Josef and travel along the rugged West Coast Road and over the Haast Pass. Discover the rich alpine rainforest as you journey through this historic region. Through the Gates of Haast is a lost world that’s so spectacular and remote UNESCO designated it a World Heritage area.
Once arrived at Franz Josef, you will be met and taken on a short tour to view the Glacier. View the glacier from a viewing platform or enjoy a short walk. The Glacier Valley Eco Tours shuttle will bring you back to your accommodation. * You can only do the Franz Josef Eco walk in summer as the winter timetable has the coach arriving at 4.10pm. (this will be deducted from your tour price)
In the summer months there is free time to explore Franz Josef township. Perhaps take a scenic flight over the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier or over Mt. Cook, the highest mountain in the southern hemisphere or a valley walk with a local glacier guide (all own expense). The magnificent Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gem of New Zealand’s West Coast glaciers. Take the opportunity to experience the most spectacular glacier environment anywhere in the world, offering a range of glacier hiking options.
Excursions available in and around the Franz Josef area:
|Glacier Hot Pools
|Glacier Scenic Flight
|Walk to Glacier Face
Accommodation Franz Josef - 1 Night
Franz Josef - Greymouth - Christchurch
This morning you will travel by coach to Greymouth. Then you will board the Tranzalpine to Christchurch. The TranzAlpine Train, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. Descend through spectacular gorges, river valleys and over massive viaducts before completing your journey at Christchurch.
Accommodation Christchurch - 1 Night
"Haere rā" Goodbye! and Bon Voyage! Today we say farewell. We take care of your transfer to Christchurch Airport where you will board your onward flight, taking with you the magical memories of a truly exceptional New Zealand holiday.
What is an Independent Coach Tour?
- 4 Star Accommodation
- Experienced Driver Guides
- Detailed and informative commentary
- Travel in an air-conditioned coach
- 24 Hour Assistance
- Daily Departures
- Waitomo Glowworm Caves
- Maori Cultural Experience Rotorua
- Thermal Mud Pools & Geyster
- Hobbiton Day Tour
- Milford Sound Nature Cruise
- Dart River Safari Tour
- TSS Earnslaw Cruise including BBQ Dinner
- Glacier Valley Shuttle
- TranzAlpine Rail Journey
- Return airport transfers - flight details to be provided 14 days prior to travel