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The Great New Zealand Adventure – 24 Days / 23 Nights

24 Day Seat in Coach itinerary covering the following places of interest in New Zealand including Auckland, Bay of Islands, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua, Wellington, Picton, Blenheim, Nelson, Abel Tasman National Park, Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown, Wanaka, Doubtful Sound, Te Anau, 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 by a representative of Adventure Pacific, with private vehicle airport transfer on arrival and SIC airport transfer on departure, guaranteed daily departures year round with seat in coach transport for all touring and sightseeing, a choice of three standards of accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees, and daily breakfast at hotel throughout the itinerary.



The Great New Zealand Adventure – 24 Days / 23 Nights Itinerary

DAY 01: ARRIVE AUCKLAND: view detail >
DAY 02: AUCKLAND / BAY OF ISLANDS: view detail >
DAY 03: BAY OF ISLANDS: view detail >
DAY 04: BAY OF ISLANDS / AUCKLAND: view detail >
DAY 05: AUCKLAND / WAITOMO / ROTORUA: view detail >
DAY 06: ROTORUA: view detail >
DAY 07: ROTORUA / TAUPO / WELLINGTON: view detail >
DAY 08: WELLINGTON / PICTON / BLENHEIM: view detail >
DAY 09: BLENHEIM / NELSON: view detail >
DAY 10: NELSON / ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK / NELSON: view detail >
DAY 11: NELSON / GREYMOUTH / FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER: view detail >
DAY 12: FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER: view detail >
DAY 13: FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER / WANAKA: view detail >
DAY 14: WANAKA / QUEENSTOWN: view detail >
DAY 15: QUEENSTOWN: view detail >
DAY 16: QUEENSTOWN: view detail >
DAY 17: QUEENSTOWN / MILFORD SOUND / TE ANAU: view detail >
DAY 18: TE ANAU / DOUBTFUL SOUND / TE ANAU: view detail >
DAY 19: TE ANAU / DUNEDIN: view detail >
DAY 20: DUNEDIN: view detail >
DAY 21: DUNEDIN / MOUNT COOK: view detail >
DAY 22: MOUNT COOK / CHRISTCHURCH: view detail >
DAY 23: CHRISTCHURCH: view detail >
DAY 24: DEPART CHRISTCHURCH: view detail >

The Great New Zealand Adventure – 24 Days / 23 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 / BAY OF ISLANDS:

Travel north over the Auckland Harbour Bridge and along the Hibiscus Coast with golden beaches and clear waters. View native Kauri trees en route. Continue north through the city of Whangarei, the capital of the Northland Province and the largest city in this area, to the small township of Kawakawa and to Paihia, the jewel in the beautiful Bay of Islands. Check in to hotel. The rest of the day at leisure to relax or explore on your own.


DAY 03: BAY OF ISLANDS:

Today we have included Fuller’s Bay of Islands “Flexi-Choice Ticket” which allows you to choose from one of the following tours: the Supercruise; Dolphin Adventures; Hole in the Rock Cruise; Cape Brett Cruise or Cape Reinga Wanderer. Also included today is a free return ferry ticket from Paihia to the historic settlement of Russell across the Bay. Today you will have an opportunity to enjoy and experience the best that the Bay of Islands has to offer.


DAY 04: BAY OF ISLANDS / AUCKLAND:

Check out of the hotel. This morning is at leisure with time to explore on your own. Perhaps an Optional visit to the Waitangi Treaty House with a tour through the Treaty Grounds where the founding document of New Zealand, the Treaty of New Zealand was signed in 1840 between the British Crown and local Maori Chiefs. Return to Auckland in the afternoon via the same route and arrive in the "City of Sails" in the early evening. (Please note that Optional activities mentioned above are not included in the tour costs.)

DAY 05: AUCKLAND / WAITOMO / ROTORUA:

Travel South through the lush green dairy farming region of the Waikato Province to the Waitomo Caves and take a guided tour through the Waitomo Glow worm caves. Continue on to Rotorua via the bushclad Mamaku Ranges and arrive late afternoon at “Thermal City” of Rotorua. Enjoy a Maori Hangi & Concert this evening.


DAY 06: 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 to learn about the Maori Culture. Also visit the Rainbow Springs to see New Zealand trout, native 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 by coach transfer at the conclusion of the morning tour and the rest of the day is at leisure.


DAY 07: ROTORUA / TAUPO / WELLINGTON:


Check out of your hotel and transfer to Wellington via Lake Taupo. Travel through part of the Kaiangaroa Pinus Radiata Forest en route to Taupo at the northen end of the largest lake in neww Zealand and follow the eastern shoreline to Turangi before climbing up and over the Central Volcanic Plateau adjacent to the Tongariro National Park, home to the two active volcanoes of Mount Ruapehu and Mount Ngauruhoe. Continue through Waiouru, Taihape, Bulls and down the West Coast of the North Island to the “Capital City” of Wellington. Transfer to hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure.

DAY 08: WELLINGTON / PICTON / BLENHEIM:

Transfer from your hotel to the Wellington Ferry Terminal and board the Inter Island ferry to Picton. Sail out of Wellington Harbour into Cook Strait and across to the Marlborough Sounds and the South Island. Cruise up the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound to Picton. From here transfer by scheduled coach service to Blenheim, the main town serving the province of Marlborough, the reknowned wine growing region famous for the Marlborough Chardonnay and Savignon Blanc grapes that grow here. Transfer to your hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure to explore on your own or to relax.


DAY 09: BLENHEIM / NELSON:

This morning you will be taken on a ½ day tour of some of the many wineries of the Marlborough region around Blenheim which are well known for their Savignon Blanc and Chardonnay wine varieties. This afternoon transfer from Blenheim to Nelson via Pelorus Bridge and the Rai Valley. Rest of the day at leisure to relax or explore Nelson.


DAY 10: NELSON / ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK / NELSON:

This morning you will be taken on a full day excursion to the Abel Tasman National Park where you will be able to take a walk along this beautiful coastal track with golden sand beaches and pristine waters or participate in various Optional activities such as kayaking along the shores of the Abel Tasman National Park with its beautiful bays of golden sand and crystal clear water. Return to Nelson later.


DAY 11: NELSON / GREYMOUTH / FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER:

Transfer from Nelson to Franz Josef Glacier via Murchison and the scenic Buller Gorge to Greymouth and the West Coast of the South Island. Pass through the small settlements of Hokitika, Ross and Hari Hari en route before arriving at the small township of Franz Josef Glacier in the late afternoon. The rest of day is at leisure.


DAY 12: 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 or visit the Westland National Park Visitors Centre. Please note that Optional activities are not included in the tour cost.

DAY 13: FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER / WANAKA:

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. Continue south to the small settlement of Makarora opposite the boundary of the Mount Aspiring National Park. Travel along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea before arriving at the picturesque settlement of Wanaka at the southern end of the lake. Check in to your hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure to relax or explore on your own.


DAY 14: WANAKA / QUEENSTOWN:

This morning is at leisure to relax and explore Wanaka on your own. This afternoon transfer to Queenstown via Cromwell and the Kawarau Gorge. Check in to your hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure to relax.


DAY 15: QUEENSTOWN:

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 rides, luge, 4WD safaris, TSS Earnslaw cruise across Lake Wakatipu to the Walter Peak Sheep Station and many more options. (Optional activities are not included in the tour costs.) Enjoy your time in beautiful Queenstown, the Adventure Capital of New Zealand.


DAY 16: QUEENSTOWN:

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 rides, luge, 4WD safaris, TSS Earnslaw cruise across Lake Wakatipu to the Walter Peak Sheep Station and many more options. (Optional activities are not included in the tour costs.) Enjoy your time in beautiful Queenstown, the Adventure Capital of New Zealand.


DAY 17: QUEENSTOWN / MILFORD SOUND / TE ANAU:

Today you will enjoy a full day excursion to Milford Sound.

Depart Queenstown and travel alongside the shore of Lake Wakatipu and 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 a gradiant of 1:10 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. Return to Te Anau.

This evening you will enjoy a visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves.


DAY 18: TE ANAU / DOUBTFUL SOUND / TE ANAU:


Full day excursion to Doubtful Sound. Transfer from your hotel to the wharf at nearby Lake Manapouri and board your launch for the cruise across the lake to the western side where you will then board your coach for an interesting drive inside the solid granite rock to view an engineering feat within when you arrive at the main turbine room of the Manapouri Hydroelectric power station deep inside the mountain. Continue over the Wilmott Pass and descend into Deep Cove at the head of West Arm. Board another launch for a cruise through pristine Doubtful Sound to the open sea and back. View dolphins, seals and penguins along the way. Later return to Te Anau.

DAY 19: TE ANAU / DUNEDIN:

Transfer from Te Anau to Dunedin via the Southland Plains and small farming settlements of Lumsden, Gore, Balclutha and Milton before arriving at the Scottish influenced City of Dunedin with its many historic buildings such as the First Church, Dunedin Railway Station, Court House, and home to the University of Otago. Check in to your hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure to relax or perhaps take a walk around the city centre and Octagon.


DAY 20: DUNEDIN:

This morning you will enjoy a ½ day sightseeing tour of the city of Dunedin including the First Church, Octagon, Town Belt, University of Otago, Botanical Gardens, Otago Museum, and Dunedin Railway Station. This afternoon you will be taken on a ½ day tour out along the Otago Peninsula to visit the Royal Altross Colony, Natures Wonders 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 after the tour.


DAY 21: DUNEDIN / MOUNT COOK:

Depart Dunedin and travel north to Oamaru and then inland following the Waitaki River into the MacKenzie High Country and on to New Zealand’s highest mountain – Mount Cook. Check in to your hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy and explore some of the walking tracks in the Mount Cook National Park.


DAY 22: MOUNT COOK / CHRISTCHURCH:

This morning is at leisure for Optional activities such as a scenic flight by ski plane or helicopter over the Mount Cook National Park with a landing on the Tasman Glacier subject to the weather. (Optional -not included). Depart Mount Cook and follow the shores of Lake Pukaki and the canals of the Upper Waitaki Hydroelectric Power Scheme on to Lake Tekapo and the “Church of the Good Shepherd” before descending Burkes Pass to Fairlie, and across the Canterbury Plains to arrive in the “Garden City” of Christchurch in the late afternoon. Check in to hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.


DAY 23: CHRISTCHURCH:

Enjoy a ½ day morning sightseeing tour of the “Garden City” including Cathedral Square, Christchurch Cathedral, Botanical Gardens, Canterbury Arts Centre, Canterbury Museum, Hagley Park, Mona Vale, Christchurch Antarctic centre, and a panoramic view from the Port Hills across the city to the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps mountain range beyond. return to your hotel afterwards and the rest of the day is at leisure for Optional activities.


DAY 24: 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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