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Mountains & Ice – 11 Days / 10 Nights

11 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, Mt Cook, Christchurch. Guaranteed daily departures and choice of 3, 4, 5 star hotel accommodation.

Includes Meet & Greet on arrival at Auckland Airport and private car for arrival and departure airport transfers, seat in coach transport for all touring and sightseeing and a choice of 3 standards of hotel accommodation, sightseeing & entrance fees and daily buffet breakfast at hotel. Guaranteed daily departures.



Mountains & Ice – 11 Days / 10 Nights Itinerary

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

Mountains & Ice – 11 Days / 10 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:

Enjoy a ½ day morning sightseeing tour of the "City of Sails" including a drive across the Auckland Harbour Bridge and view the Westhaven Yacht Marina and city centre as you return. Travel along Tamaki Drive with stunning views of the Waitemata Harbour and Rangitoto Island an extinct volcano which dominates the Hauraki Gulf. Visit the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial in recognition of a former Prime Minister, and enjoy the vista looking back towards the city and across the harbour. Drive through Parnell Village with its restored Victorian era villas which have been transformed into upmarket boutiques and cafes. Continue on to the Auckland Domain, a large inner city park, the major feature of which is the Auckland Museum built in the 1930's with large Corinthian columns at the entrance, and one of the best views in Auckland. Continue on to the extinct volcanic crater of Mt Eden from the top of which you will get panoramic views across the sprawling city in all directions. Also included is a visit to the Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World & Antarctic Encounter. Return to hotel. This afternoon is at leisure for Optional activities such as a harbour cruise on the Waitemata Harbour or a visit to a nearby island in the beautiful Hauraki Gulf or take a ferry to Devonport. (Please note that Optional activities are not included in the tour costs.)


DAY 03: 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 glow worms. Continue on to Rotorua via the prosperous town of Cambridge, well known for its many thoroughbred horse studs in the area which have produced some of the top race horses. Climb over the bushclad Mamaku Ranges and 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 pools of the Polynesian Spa. (Please note that Optional activities are not included in the tour costs.)  Enjoy a Maori Hangi & Concert this evening.


DAY 04: ROTORUA / CHRISTCHURCH:

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. Transfer to Rotorua Airport by SIC and check-in for your flight to Christchurch.(Please note that this domestic air sector is not included in the tour costs.) On arrival at Christchurch Airport transfer by SIC to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax or perhaps to explore on your own with many Optional activities such as a ride on the Christchurch Tram, or a romantic punt down the Avon River, or a visit to the Canterbury Arts Centre, or the Canterbury museum opposite, or perhaps a walk through some of the beautiful parks and gardens of the "Garden City", such as the Botanical Gardens, Hagley Park or Mona Vale. (Please note that these Optional activities are not included in the tour costs.)  

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

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 past several beautiful lakes surrounded by native bush en route to Franz Josef Glacier. Arrive in the late afternoon and check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax or perhaps take a walk to the Westland National Park Visitor Centre to learn about the glaciers of this region.


DAY 06: FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER:

This morning you will be taken on a ½ day guided glacier walk onto the ice of the Franz Josef Glacier accompanied by experienced Alpine Guides who will explain the local flora and fauna as well as the geology of the glacier. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore on your own or perhaps take an Optional scenic helicopter flight over the glacier. (Please note that Optional activities are not included in the tour cost.)


DAY 07: 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. Continue on to Queenstown via the scenic Kawarau Gorge to arrive at the picturesque resort town of Queenstown nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by high mountain peaks which provide a dramatic backdrop.


DAY 08: 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, dolphins, seals and maybe penguins, and of course the stunning scenery. Return to Queenstown and arrive in the early evening. This evening is at leisure to experience some of the local bars & restaurants.


DAY 09: 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 10: QUEENSTOWN / MOUNT COOK / CHRISTCHURCH:

Depart Queenstown this morning and travel through the Kawarau Gorge to the fruitgrowing region of Cromwell and across Lake Dunstan and on through Central Otago to the Lindis Pass and climb up into the MacKenzie High Country and on to New Zealand’s highest mountain – Mount Cook. There will be time here for an Optional scenic flight over the Southern Alps with a snow landing on the Tasman Glacier subject to the weather conditions on the day. (Please note that scenic flight is not included in tour costs.) Depart Mt Cook and follow the shores of Lake Pukaki and on to Lake Tekapo and the “Church of the Good Shepherd”, before descending Burkes Pass to Fairlie. Cross rolling hill country to the farming servicing centre of Geraldine and then follow the long straight roads across the Canterbury Plains to the “Garden City” of Christchurch. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax or perhaps time for some last minute shopping.


DAY 11: 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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