14 DAY HIGHLIGHTS OF NEW ZEALAND

14 Days / 13 Nights

 

 

  1. ARRIVE AUCKLAND
    Welcome to New Zealand! You are met at the Auckland airport and are transferred to your accommodation.
  2. AUCKLAND SIGHTS
    After breakfast embark on an Auckland City Sightseeing Tour. Learn about the City's history and discover the spectacular scenery on this introductory tour of Auckland - enjoy the panoramic views from the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park near Mission Bay, see the Winter Gardens in the Auckland Domain. Journey around Auckland's waterfront to visit Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World and Antarctic Encounter for a scuba diver's view of the sharks, massive stingrays and other deep sea creatures as you travel through the Perspex Tunnel. You will also take a trip to the ‘South Pole’ to see live penguin colonies, walk through a replica of Scott’s Hut at Antarctica and learn about his ill-fated expedition. This afternoon/evening is at your leisure to further explore ‘Auckland the City of Sails’.
  3. AUCKLAND – PAIHIA (L)
    There's no place in the world like the Bay of Islands a stunning region of 144 secluded islands, abundant in natural wonders and marine life. Regarded as the birthplace of New Zealand as a bi-cultural nation, the Bay of Islands is rich in both Maori culture and early European history. Discover well-preserved Maori and European relics of the past, and learn more about the unique history that has shaped our country. Departing Auckland city we tour to the Bay of Islands taking you through spectacular scenery of native forests and sub-tropical bush to the foreshores of the National Maritime Park, arriving at your destination seaside town of Paihia. Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds before enjoying a Cape Brett Cruise, travelling through the famous 'Hole in the Rock' (weather permitting). Lunch included.
  4. PAIHIA
    Today is a day of leisure. The Bay of Islands has so many options for you to discover - perhaps a day trip to the light house at Cape Reinga the most northern tip of New Zealand, followed by a safari along 90 Mile Beach on the way home. Maybe try your luck at deep-sea fishing, or take the plunge swimming with the dolphins or just take time out to relax within Paihia or Russell - New Zealand’s first Capital.
  5. PAIHIA – AUCKLAND
    This afternoon you travel back to Auckland. The departure time today allows you to spend most of the day in the Bay before leaving for Auckland. Your journey will take you past scenic native forests and sub-tropical bush, before crossing the Auckland Harbour Bridge to arrive into the spectacular city scene of Auckland by night.
  6. AUCKLAND – WAITOMO – ROTORUA (L)
    Travel south from Auckland through the rich farmland of the Waikato on to Waitomo. Enjoy a guided tour through the long galleries and lofty chambers of the World Famous Glowworm Caves. Your tour continues with a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto, illuminated by thousands of tiny lights from the glow worms suspended from the cave ceiling. From Waitomo travel to the thermal wonderland of Rotorua, the Sulphur City. Rotorua has the most energetic thermal activity in the country with bubbling mud pools, gushing geysers, beautiful coloured hot springs and terrace formations created by mineral water. Rotorua also has a large Maori population whose cultural activities are interesting and accessible.
  7. ROTORUA MORNING SIGHTS
    This morning enjoy a half day tour of Rotorua. Included in your tour is a visit to Te Puia and the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute where you can view mighty geysers, boiling mud pools, and the traditional arts & culture of the Maori People; Rainbow Springs - a unique showcase of New Zealand's flora and fauna including New Zealand's national icon, a kiwi bird; and the Agrodome Sheep Show - a hands-on experience giving you an animated insight into New Zealand's farming history.
  8. ROTORUA – CHRISTCHURCH
    Today you are transferred from your hotel to connect with flight to Queenstown – on arrival you are collected from the Christchurch airport and transferred to your hotel. (Flight from Rotorua to Christchurch cost is not included in our package)
  9. CHRISTCHURCH – FRANZ JOSEF
    From Christchurch traverse the Southern Alps aboard the famous Tranz-Alpine rail journey to Greymouth. Board the award winning Tranz Alpine for a scenic rail journey through the heart of the mighty Southern Alps to Greymouth on the West Coast. Cross the fertile Canterbury Plains then wind through the gorge of the Waimakariri River and climb into Arthur's Pass National Park, a base for alpine sports, trekking and hunting. From the valleys of the snow-capped mountains, descend into the lush rainforests of Westland, to conclude the journey at the town of Greymouth. From here continue south by coach through forests and farmland, with views of the Alps to the east and the Tasman Sea to the west, to the village of Franz Josef.
  10. FRANZ JOSEF – QUEENSTOWN (B)
    Driving towards the southern end of the South Island’s West Coast Road, there is a strong sense of entering a primeval land, and a feeling of total isolation. Arriving at Haast, you are surrounded by a landscape of rainforest, wetlands, sand dunes and surf-pounded shingle beaches. This wilderness forms part of the South West New Zealand World Heritage Area, so designated because South Westland and Fiordland have some of the most dramatic forest and mountain scenery and natural resources in the world. From the Westland National Park travel through the Haast River valleys and over the Haast Pass to Makarora and onto the upper reaches of Lake Wanaka. Travelling past Lake Hawea pass the popular Lake Wanaka, the starting point of the mighty Clutha River. This afternoon we travel via Cromwell following the Kawarau Gorge Road into Queenstown.
  11. QUEENSTOWN
    Today is at leisure. Visit the Remarkable’s or Coronet Peak. Experience the thrill of a jet-boat ride along the Shotover or Kawarau Rivers. Perhaps a scenic 4 wheel drive excursion through Skippers Canyon, it’s up to you.
  12. QUEENSTOWN – MILFORD SOUND – QUEENSTOWN (L)
    Travel by luxury coach on an unforgettable journey from Queenstown into Milford Sound.Located within the World Heritage Fiordland National Park, this region is rich with dense rainforest, lakes and waterfalls cascading from rugged mountain peaks. Journey through the Southern Alps via the Homer Tunnel, a 1.2km tunnel drilled through a solid mountain of rock. Upon arrival at Milford Sound, board your vessel for a spectacular cruisewhere you will see the wonders of Mitre Peak, glacier scarred rock walls that rise 1,200m vertically from the sea, and waterfalls that tumble from hanging valleys and crash into the sound far below. Return by coach to Queenstown.
  13. QUEENSTOWN – CHRISTCHURCH
    Departing from Queenstown travel through diverse farmland continuing along the Tasman River before arriving at the location of New Zealand's tallest mountain Aoraki / Mount Cook. There is time to experience an optional scenic helicopter or ski plane flight (weather permitting). Next we arrive at Lake Tekapo, where you can view the solitary Church of the Good Shepherd. Continue to Christchurch where on arrival you will be dropped off at your hotel.
  14. DEPART CHRISTCHURCH
    Today you are transferred from your hotel to connect with your outbound flight.

14 Day NZ Highlights
Seat in Coach Travel

Nett Cost Twin Share (per person)
Based on 2 pax sharing twin/double room

3½ star hotel accommodation

High Season (01 October 2015 – 30 April 2016)

NZ$ 3485.00

Low Season (01 May 2016 – 30 September 2016)

NZ$ 3280.00

INCLUDES:

  • 13 nights quality hotel accommodation in rooms with en-suite bathrooms
  • 1 breakfast
  • 3 lunches
  • Touring/transport on a seat in coach/train basis as specified (non-smoking services)
  • Sightseeing activities and admission fees as specified
  • GST at 15% (government imposed tax and subject to change without notice)

DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Meals except as specified and indicated by (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner
  • Wine or other beverages with meals
  • Use of rooms before/after normal check in/out times
  • Items of a personal nature eg; laundry, phone calls, emails, internet access, excess baggage etc
  • Additional sightseeing arrangements
  • Special Event Surcharges
  • International or domestic airfares
  • Any credit card or bank fees

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