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New Zealand Highlights - 12 Days / 11 Nights

12 Day Seat in Coach itinerary covering the following places of interest in New Zealand including Auckland, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua, Christchurch, Tranz Alpine Express, Greymouth, Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Dunedin, Mt Cook, Christchurch. Guaranteed daily departures and choice of 3, 4, 5 star hotel accommodation.

Includes a Meet & Greet on arrival at Auckland Airport with private vehicle for arrival and departure airport transfers, seat in coach transport for all touring & sightseeing, a choice of three standards of hotel accommodation, sightseeing & entrance fees as specified, and daily buffet breakfast at hotel. Guaranteed daily departures.



New Zealand Highlights - 12 Days / 11 Nights Itinerary

DAY 01: ARRIVE AUCKLAND: view detail >
DAY 02: AUCKLAND / WAITOMO / ROTORUA: view detail >
DAY 03: ROTORUA: view detail >
DAY 04: ROTORUA / CHRISTCHURCH: view detail >
DAY 05: CHRISTCHURCH / TRANZ ALPINE EXPRESS / GREYMOUTH / FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER: view detail >
DAY 06: FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER / QUEENSTOWN: view detail >
DAY 07: QUEENSTOWN / MILFORD SOUND / QUEENSTOWN: view detail >
DAY 08: QUEENSTOWN: view detail >
DAY 09: QUEENSTOWN / DUNEDIN: view detail >
DAY 10: DUNEDIN: view detail >
DAY 11: DUNEDIN / MOUNT COOK / CHRISTCHURCH: view detail >
DAY 12: DEPART CHRISTCHURCH: view detail >

New Zealand Highlights - 12 Days / 11 Nights Itinerary Detail

DAY 01: ARRIVE AUCKLAND:


Meet & greet on arrival at Auckland International Airport.
Transfer by private vehicle to your hotel in the “City of Sails”.

DAY 02: AUCKLAND / WAITOMO / ROTORUA:


Depart Auckland this morning and travel South along the motorway to the Bombay Hills and descend into the lush, green, dairy farming region of the Waikato Province, following the Waikato River for part of the way and on to the world famous Waitomo Caves. Take a guided tour through the Waitomo Glow Worm caves and view staligtites, staligmites and thousands of tiny glow worms. Continue on to Rotorua via the prosperous town of Cambridge, well known for the many thoroughbred horse studs in the area which have produced some of the top race horses. Climb over the bushclad Mamaku Ranges to arrive at the “Thermal Spa City” of Rotorua in the late afternoon. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax or go for an Optional soak in the thermal waters of the Polynesian Spa. (Please note that Optional activities are not included in the tour costs.) Enjoy a Maori Hangi & Concert this evening.

DAY 03: ROTORUA:

Enjoy a ½ day morning sightseeing tour of some of the highlights of Rotorua including a visit to Te Puia Thermal Reserve to see boiling mudpools and geysers and learn about Maori culture. Also visit the Rainbow Springs to see New Zealand trout, birds and wildlife before continuing on to the Agrodome where you will watch a New Zealand Farm show featuring sheep dog demonstrations, cow milking and learn about the New Zealand sheep farming industry and the different breeds of sheep. Return to your hotel. This afternoon is at leisure for Optional activities such as a soak in a hot pool, a 4WD safari to Mt Tarawera, a scenic flight, visit the Museum, or perhaps wander around the city centre and do some shopping. (Please note that Optional activities mentioned above are not included in tour cost.)


DAY 04: ROTORUA / CHRISTCHURCH:


Transfer from hotel to Rotorua Airport by SIC and fly to Christchurch. On arrival at Christchurch Airport transfer by SIC to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure for Optional activities such as a ride on the Christchurch Tram, or a punt on the Avon River, or visit the Canterbury Arts Centre or the Canterbury Museum, or perhaps take a walk through some of the magnificent parks and gardens of the "Garden City", such as the Botanical Gardens, Hagley Park or Mona Vale. (Please note that Optional activities mentioned above are not included in tour costs.)

DAY 05: CHRISTCHURCH / TRANZ ALPINE EXPRESS / GREYMOUTH / FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER:

Transfer from hotel to Christchurch Railway Station and board the Tranz Alpine Express for a scenic rail journey across the Southern Alps via Arthur’s Pass to Greymouth. Board your coach for the continuation south to Franz Josef Glacier. Pass through the small settlements of Hokitika, Ross and Hari Hari, and beautiful lakes surrounded by native bush en route. Arrive at Franz Josef Glacier and the rest of the day is at leisure to relax or perhaps take a walk to the Westland National Park Visitor Centre and learn about the glaciers of this region.


DAY 06: FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER / QUEENSTOWN:

Transfer to Queenstown this morning traveling through the small settlements of Fox Glacier and Haast at the mouth of the Haast River before following the river upstream to the “Gates of Haast” and over the scenic bush clad Haast Pass, the southern most route across the main divide. Travel past the small settlement of Makarora opposite the Mount Aspiring National Park, and along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea before passing through the fruitgrowing area around Cromwell and on to the scenic Kawarau Gorge to arrive at picturesque Queenstown located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by mountains.


DAY 07: QUEENSTOWN / MILFORD SOUND / QUEENSTOWN:


Full day excursion to Milford Sound. Travel alongside the shores of Lake Wakatipu beneath the towering Remarkables mountain range and across the flat Southland Plains to Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland National Park, now proclaimed a World Heritage Park. Pass through Beech forests, glaciated valleys, the Homer Tunnel with its 1:10 gradient, and stunning scenery to reach the majestic Milford Sound. Enjoy a cruise on this world famous fiord which is dominated by Mitre Peak and the Bowen Falls. View waterfalls and dolphins, seals, and maybe a few penguins as well as spectacular scenery. Return to Queenstown in the early evening and the rest of the day is at leisure to relax or experience the bars and cafes.

DAY 08: QUEENSTOWN:

Today is a free day at leisure with an opportunity to explore on your own or to experience some of the many Optional activities available here such as Jetboating, bungy jumping, whitewater rafting, gondola ride up Bob's Peak, TSS Earnslaw cruise across Lake Wakatipu to the Walter Peak Sheep Station, 4WD safaris and many more options. (Optional activities are not included in the tour costs.) Enjoy your time in Queenstown - the Adventure Capital of New Zealand.


DAY 09: QUEENSTOWN / DUNEDIN:


Transfer from Queenstown to Dunedin via the Kawarau Gorge and fruit growing area of Cromwell. Cross Lake Dunstan and follow the Clutha River through Central Otago and on to Pukerangi where you will board the Taieri Gorge Train for your scenic rail journey through the Taieri Gorge to arrive in the student "Scarfie City” of Dunedin with its Scottish heritage and much of New Zealand's early colonial history. Check in to your hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure to relax in this lively student city.

DAY 10: DUNEDIN:


This morning you will enjoy a 1 hour city sightseeing tour including the First Church, the Octagon, Dunedin Cathedral, Botanical Gardens, Town Belt, and the University of Otago. In the afternoon you will be taken on a 1/2 day tour out along the Otago Peninsula to visit the Royal Albatross Colony, Natures' Wonders with the Yellow-Eyed Penguins, and the grounds of Larnach Castle built by William Larnach in the nineteenth century and the only castle in New Zealand. Return to your hotel later and take in the view across the harbour.

DAY 11: DUNEDIN / MOUNT COOK / CHRISTCHURCH:


Depart Dunedin and travel north via the motorway over the Kilmog Hill to the coastal settlement of Waikouiti and through the rich farming district of North Otago to Oamaru, famous for the distinctive architecture of its stone buildings made from a local sandstone during the 19th Century. Follow the Waitaki River inland to the MacKenzie High Country and on to New Zealand’s highest mountain – Mount Cook. There is time here for an Optional scenic flight over the Southern Alps with a snow landing on the Tasman Glacier subject to the weather on the day. (Please note that Optional scenic flight in not included in the tour costs.) Depart Mt Cook and follow the shores of Lake Pukaki and continue on to Lake Tekapo and the “Church of the Good Shepherd” before descending Burkes Pass and travel through rolling hill country to Geraldine and across the flat straight roads of the Canterbury Plains to the “Garden City” of Christchurch. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax.

DAY 12: DEPART CHRISTCHURCH:

Your arrangements conclude with a departure transfer by SIC to Christchurch Airport. We trust that you have enjoyed your New Zealand holiday with Adventure Pacific.


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