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

12 DAYS Auckland, Waitomo, Rotorua, Hobbiton, Wellington, Cook Strait, Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown, 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 / WAITOMO / ROTORUA - HOBBITON
Travel south through the Waikato region to arrive at Waitomo for a guided tour of the glowworm caves. Continue to Rotorua this afternoon via Hobbiton Movie Set for a guided tour of this world-class attraction. (B)

DAY 3 - ROTORUA
Visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve, Agrodome Farm Show and Rainbow Springs to view trout and wildlife. This afternoon is at leisure. (B)

DAY 4 - ROTORUA / WELLINGTON
Travel from Rotorua to Lake Taupo before heading south through the Central Plateau to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. (B)

DAY 5 - 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 6 - WELLINGTON / COOK STRAIT / CHRISTCHURCH
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 Blenheim and Kaikoura to reach the ‘Garden City’ of Christchurch. (B)

DAY 7 - CHRISTCHURCH / DUNEDIN
Travel south across the Canterbury Plains to reach Scottish influenced Dunedin, renowned for the local wildlife and Otago University. (B)

DAY 8 - DUNEDIN / QUEENSTOWN
This morning is free for optional activities. Leaving Dunedin, travel through South Otago, through Balclutha and Gore and across the fertile Southland Plains to Lake Te Anau. Continue around the southern arm of Lake Wakatipu to reach Queenstown. (B)

DAY 9 - QUEENSTOWN
A free day to explore the endless optional attractions available. Queenstown offers bungy jumping, jetboating, white water rafting, gondola rides and much more. (B)

DAY 10 - 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. For Self Drive clients, entry to the Glacier Hot Pools is included. (B)

DAY 11 - 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 12 – 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 $3,450 $5,150
         
    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
    Christchurch: Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch, Novotel Christchurch or similar
    Dunedin: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross or similar
    Queenstown: Millennium Hotel Queenstown, Novotel Hotel Lakeside or similar
    Glacier Region: Distinction Fox Glacier or similar
Inclusions:
  • Accommodation in First Class hotels
  • 11 Breakfasts
  • 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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