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Welcome to Auckland!
Welcome to Auckland, situated amongst a cluster of extinct volcanic cones, next to a large harbour that bustles with life, both on water and on land. The Auckland isthmus straddles a slim piece of land with coastline facing both the Pacific Ocean, and, on the wild West Coast, the Tasman Sea. Relax you are on holiday, take time to stroll around the Viaduct Harbour, sit in a cafe and enjoy your surroundings - this is a friendly easygoing city.
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 - 2 nights
Gourmet Food and Wine on Waiheke Island
Just 35 minutes by ferry from Auckland, across the beautiful Hauraki Gulf is a tranquil little paradise. Since the late 1970's Waiheke Island's benign climate has seen the growth of a flourishing wine industry. A "small is beautiful" philosophy yields low quantities of extremely high quality fruit, which is made into international award-winning wines.
On this gourmet tour, we offer a relaxed tasting experience, including fresh oysters, island grown olive oil, and other specialty products like honey from the island, accompanied by wines from some of the Island's top boutique vineyards. You can choose from various vineyards, and finish with a superb lunch at any one of the delightful vineyard restaurants. At each vineyard you will taste a selection of premium wines and enjoy an in-depth discussion with the winemaker. Included is a platter style lunch and all tasting fees.
Travel to Rotorua
Three and half hours easy drive from Auckland, sitting squarely on the Pacific Ring of Fire - Rotorua is a geothermal wonderland. Giant geysers rocket into the air and colourful sulphur terraces hiss and boil. Enjoy a day soaking up this magical place, followed by an evening meal and concert with a Maori Cultural Experience.
Approximate Distance: 225 kms | 140 miles Total Driving Time: 2 hours 50 mins
Accommodation: Rotorua - 2 nights
Thermal & Cultural Full Day Guided Tour
This morning tour visits Rotorua's most natural and popular geothermal parks Wai-O-Tapu, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Rainbow Mt and boiling mud-fields. Spend an afternoon gaining an appreciation of New Zealand’s Maori culture with visits to settlement sites and living villages. Sites visited include Te Puia Cultural Centre, Ohinemute Village and Lake Okareka, the Blue and Green lakes with your knowledgable guide on hand at all locations.
Alternative excursions in and around Rotorua are:
|See Geysers & Boiling Mud||Polynesian Hot Springs||Whirinaki Forest Walk|
|Thermally Active Golf||Biking the Mighty Forests||Flight to Volcanic Island|
|Museum of Art & History||Evening Cultural Experience||White Water Rafting|
Christchurch - The Garden City
A quick flight has you in Christchurch, New Zealand’s second-largest city and the gateway to the South Island, Christchurch sits on the very edge of the Canterbury Plains and is bordered by the Pacific Ocean. The city itself has bounced back after a series of major earthquakes, and has shown its resilience with a number of new and exciting developments popping up everywhere. *Flight not included in costing.
Some suggested activities to help you to get to know the region
|Easygoing Cycling Tour||Punting the Avon River||Lyttelton Harbour Wildlife Cruise|
|Māori Cultural Evening||French Akaroa Tour||Southern Alps Ballooning|
|Christchurch Gondola||Clearwater Golf||Arthur's Pass TranzAlpine Hike|
Accommodation: Christchurch - 2 nights
French Akaroa / Harbour Cruise and Dolphin Viewing
Leaving Christchurch and a quick drive has you seemingly in another country - France! In 1840, French settlers arrived at Akaroa, and to this day Akaroa remains uniquely French as the site is the only attempted settlement by the French in New Zealand. Most streets have French names and the architecture has a distinct French flavour. There are still many descendants of the original French families still living in Akaroa today.
Take a scenic cruise exploring the beautiful, sheltered harbour. The Akaroa Harbour Cruise gets you out to view the majestic scenery and wildlife and should feature sightings of the rare, native dolphin - the Hector's Dolphin (the worlds smallest Dolphin) as well as seals, penguins and other birdlife. Explore the historic and picturesque village of Akaroa, with its notable cottages and buildings, gardens, museum, craft shops, and galleries.
Approximate Distance: 162 kms | 102 miles Total Driving Time: 2 hours 40 mins
Christchurch to Mt Cook via Lake Tekapo
Leaving the city via the Canterbury Plains, you will reach Lake Tekapo approximately halfway between Christchurch and Queenstown (a great place to stop for lunch) Continue to Mount Cook National Park - A Fantasy Land of Ice and Rock. Mt Cook National Park, known for its exquisite alpine beauty is home to the highest mountain in New Zealand, Mt Cook. Its Maori name, ‘Aoraki’ means ‘cloud piercer’ and at 12,016ft (3,755m) it towers above the surrounding snow-covered peaks in the park. Tonight enjoy a Star Gazing Tour - this area also has World Heritage status as a SkyPark for the purity and lack of light pollution.
Approximate Distance: 359 kms | 223 miles Total Driving Time: 4 hrs 45 mins
Accommodation: Mt Cook - 1 night
Touch an Iceburg / Onwards to Queenstown
A unique guided experience to get along side an iceberg!. Transfer by bus to the beautiful Tasman Valley for a short walk before boarding a MAC boat for a Glacier Expedition to the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake. This tour is 4 hours duration with plenty of time left to travel via the Lindis Pass and Gibbston Valley to Queenstown. We've all heard the endless hype about it being the adventure capital of the world, and there are certainly enough crazy activities here to challenge the strongest, but Queenstown offers much more besides. On arrival into Queenstown return your rental car and enjoy the close proximity of your accommodation to the township.
Approximate Distance: 265 kms | 165 miles Total Driving Time: 3 hours 10 mins
Accommodation: Queenstown - 3 nights
Scenic Flight & Cruise Dramatic Milford Sound
Today, board a twin engine aircraft for your scenic 35 minute flight to Milford Sound. During your flight there are panoramic views of the spectacular alpine scenery including glaciers, rivers, lakes and rainforest. On reaching Milford Sound, enjoy a full length cruise of the fiord in modern, purpose built vessels. The vessels offer excellent viewing of waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife with large windows, spacious decks and comfortable lounges. At the completion of your cruise, return to Queenstown by plane. Transfers are provided to and from your accommodation to Queenstown airport.
Boutique Wine Tour of Central Otago
Central Otago wine is so much more than a taste experience. You’ll see the real drama in the scenery, hear the pristine silence of the high country, savour the scent of pure clean air and feel the pulse of the heart of Central Otago. Taste wines at four of the best vineyards in the Gibbston, Bannockburn and Cromwell regions whilst enjoying the Scenery of Kawarau Gorge, the Otago Goldfields, Historic Old Cromwell Town and Lake Dunstan and then enjoy a delightful gourmet platter lunch at the award winning Carrick Winery Restaurant.
Recommended excursions in and around Queenstown:
|Routeburn Day Walk||Highest Bungey Jump||Explore Arrowtown|
|Biking Skippers Canyon||Round at Millbrook Golf Resort|
|Earnslaw Steamboat Cruise||Dart River Jetboat Safari|
Enjoy a final leisurely breakfast, before an afternoon departure from Queenstown Airport, connecting with your flight home. You may have time for an activity or to just relax in one of the many waterfront cafes.
Haere rā and Bon Voyage!
We are sure you will enjoy the Wine & Scenic Highlights of New Zealand and our promise is to make your travels through New Zealand as hassle-free and hospitable as possible - ensuring that today you leave with a memory card full of photos, and huge smiles on your faces when recalling your time in New Zealand! Have a great homeward journey, farewell and hope to see you again soon in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
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What Jess says about this tour: This tour is my favourite mix of boutique wineries, scenic flights, and guided cultural experiences - I love that you traverse the country and get up close to the landscape. It's a taste of the finest offerings from our diverse land.Enquire Now