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9 Escorted
7 Independent Traveler
7 North Island New Zealand
7 South Island New Zealand
7 Both Islands
Best of New Zealand

15 DAYS Auckland, Waitomo, Rotorua, Wellington, Cook Strait, Kaikoura, Christchurch, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Glacier Region, Tranz Alpine Train

DAY 1 - ARRIVE AUCKLAND

On arrival in Auckland, ‘The City of Sails’, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

DAY 2 - AUCKLAND
Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Auckland city including a visit to Kelly Tarlton’s Sealife Aquarium and Antarctic Encounter. The remainder of the day is free. (B)

DAY 3 - AUCKLAND / WAITOMO / ROTORUA
Travel south through the fertile Waikato region to arrive at Waitomo. Enjoy a guided tour of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. On completion continue over the Mamaku Ranges to reach the ‘Thermal City’ of Rotorua. (B)

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. This evening enjoy an authentic Maori Hangi (feast) and Concert. (BD)

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 (B)

DAY 6 - WELLINGTON
Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Wellington and a short guided tour of Te Papa (the ‘Museum of New Zealand’) before enjoying a free afternoon to explore New Zealand’s capital city. (B)

DAY 7 - WELLINGTON / COOK STRAIT / KAIKOURA
Journey across Cook Strait and into the Marlborough Sounds before arriving in Picton. Travel south through the town of Blenheim, before reaching Kaikoura - here you might like to take an optional whalewatch cruise or scenic flight. (B)

DAY 8 - KAIKOURA / CHRISTCHURCH
Leave Kaikoura behind as you turn inland and travel through North Canterbury to reach the ‘Garden City’ of Christchurch. (B)

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. (B)

DAY 10 - QUEENSTOWN - MILFORD SOUND
Follow the southern arm of Lake Wakatipu to Lumsden, and onward to 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. Return to Queenstown. (B)

DAY 11 - QUEENSTOWN
A free day to explore the endless optional attractions available. Queenstown offers bungy jumping, jetboating, gondola rides and much more. (B)

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. (B)

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. (B)

DAY 14 - GLACIER REGION / GREYMOUTH / TRANZ ALPINE TRAIN / CHRISTCHURCH
Travel north to Greymouth and board the world famous Tranz Alpine train. 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. (B)

DAY 15 - DEPART CHRISTCHURCH
Transfer to the airport for your departing flight. (B)

* This tour is also available on self-drive basis

         
    2017    
    Daily Arrivals Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
    Oct 1, 2016 - Apr 30, 2017 $4,550 $6,695
         
    Hotels    
    Auckland: SKYCITY Hotel Auckland, Rendezvous Grand Hotel Auckland or similar
    Rotorua: Millennium Hotel Rotorua, Novotel Rotorua Lakeside or similar
    Wellington: Copthorne Hotel Wellington Oriental or similar
    Kaikoura: The Fairways at Ocean Ridge or similar
    Christchurch: Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch, Novotel Christchurch or similar
    Queenstown: Millennium Hotel Queenstown, Novotel Hotel Lakeside or similar
    Glacier Region: Distinction Fox Glacier or similar
Inclusions:
  • Accommodation in First Class hotels
  • 14 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner
  • Meet and Greet and airport transfers by private vehicle
  • Remainder of transportation by seat in coach with English speaking driver/guide.
  • Sightseeing with entry fees as specified in the itinerary
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