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Kiwi Wanderer – 12 Days / 11 Nights

12 Days Self drive itinerary covering the main places of interest in New Zealand including Christchurch, Arthur's Pass to Greymouth, Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Dunedin, Rotorua, Waitomo Caves and Auckland. A choice of 5 categories of rental vehicle, daily departures and choice of 3, 4, 5 star hotel accommodation.

Includes self drive rental vehicle with pick-up on arrival at Christchurch Airport and drop-off at Picton Ferry Terminal, and pick-up at Wellington Ferry Terminal and drop-off at Auckland Airport on departure, with a choice of 5 vehicle types, and a choice of 3 standards of hotel accommodation, with sightseeing and entrance fees as specified, and daily buffet breakfast at the hotel. Daily departures throughout the year.


Kiwi Wanderer – 12 Days / 11 Nights Itinerary

DAY 01: ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH: view detail >
DAY 02: CHRISTCHURCH / GREYMOUTH / FOX GLACIER: view detail >
DAY 03: FOX GLACIER / QUEENSTOWN: view detail >
DAY 04: QUEENSTOWN / MILFORD SOUND / QUEENSTOWN: view detail >
DAY 05: QUEENSTOWN: view detail >
DAY 06: QUEENSTOWN / DUNEDIN: view detail >
DAY 07: DUNEDIN / MT COOK / CHRISTCHURCH: view detail >
DAY 08: CHRISTCHURCH / PICTON / WELLINGTON: view detail >
DAY 09: WELLINGTON / TAUPO / ROTORUA: view detail >
DAY 10: ROTORUA: view detail >
DAY 11: ROTORUA / WAITOMO CAVES / AUCKLAND: view detail >
DAY 12: DEPART AUCKLAND: view detail >

Kiwi Wanderer – 12 Days / 11 Nights Itinerary Detail

DAY 01: ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH:

Pick-up self drive rental vehicle on arrival at Christchurch International Airport. Self drive by rental vehicle to your hotel in the “Garden City”.

DAY 02: CHRISTCHURCH / GREYMOUTH / FOX GLACIER:

Check-out of your hotel and depart Christchurch. Drive across the Canterbury Plains and cross the scenic Southern Alps via Arthur’s Pass to Greymouth. At Greymouth, time for a rest and lunch stop before the continuation south to Fox Glacier. Pass through the small settlements of Hokitika, Ross and Harihari and several beautiful lakes surrounded by native bush en route. Arrive at Franz Josef Glacier and drive to the viewing point to observe the Franz Josef Glacier before continuing south over the short distance to Fox Glacier. Arrive in the late afternoon and check in to hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax or perhaps take a walk through the township and visit the Westland National Park Visitors Centre.


DAY 03: FOX GLACIER / QUEENSTOWN:

Drive to Queenstown this morning traveling south following the coastline through the small settlement of Haast at the mouth of the Haast River before following the river upstream to the “Gates of Haast” and over the scenic bushclad Haast Pass, the southern most route across the main divide. Travel through the settlement of Makaroroa opposite the Mount Aspiring National Park, and along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea before passing through the fruit growing area around Cromwell and through the scenic Kawarau Gorge to picturesque Queenstown nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu.

DAY 04: QUEENSTOWN / MILFORD SOUND / QUEENSTOWN:

Full day self drive excursion to Milford Sound with cruise. Drive 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, seals, dolphins, and maybe some penguins. Drive back to Queenstown via same scenic route.


DAY 05: QUEENSTOWN:

Free day at leisure with self drive rental vehicle and 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. Enjoy Queenstown - the Adventure Capital of New Zealand. (Please note the above Options are not included in the tour costs)


DAY 06: QUEENSTOWN / DUNEDIN:

Depart Queenstown and self drive from Queenstown to Dunedin via the Kawarau Gorge and fruit growing area around Cromwell. Cross Lake Dunstan and follow the Clutha River through Central Otago and pass through the towns of Alexandra, Roxburgh and Lawrence to arrive in the Scottish influenced city of Dunedin. This afternoon enjoy a self drive ½ day sightseeing tour along with Otago Peninsula with visits to the 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 N.Z. Check in to your hotel and relax at leisure. 


DAY 07: DUNEDIN / MT COOK / CHRISTCHURCH:

Check-out of hotel and self drive to Christchurch via 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. 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 the Optional scenic flight is not included in the 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 and across the flat straight roads of the Canterbury Plains to arrive at the “Garden City” of Christchurch in the late afternoon. At leisure.  


DAY 08: CHRISTCHURCH / PICTON / WELLINGTON:

Transfer to Wellington via Picton and the Cook Strait Ferry. Depart Christchurch and travel north through the sheep farming district of North Canterbury by self drive rental car and follow the spectacular Kaikoura Coast to the wine growing region of Marlborough, famous for the Savignon Blanc and Chardonnay wines that come from here. Pass through Blenheim and arrive at Picton in time to board the ferry to Wellington. Drop-off rental vehicle and board ferry. Enjoy the beauty of the Queen Charlotte Sound in the Marlborough Sounds before entering Cook Strait and crossing to the North Island and entering the harbour of Wellington, the Capital city. Pick-up another self drive rental car on arrival at Wellington Ferry Terminal. Self drive from the ferry terminal to your hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure to relax or explore this vibrant city with its many bars and restaurants in Courtney Place.


DAY 09: WELLINGTON / TAUPO / ROTORUA:

Depart Wellington and travel north along the west coast of the North Island by self drive rental car before heading inland and climbing up and onto the Central Volcanic Plateau and passing alongside the Tongariro National Park, home to two of New Zealand’s active volcanoes, Mounts Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu. Follow the eastern shoreline of Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand and formed in an extinct volcanic crater the size of the Republic of Singapore, to arrive at Taupo at the northern end. Continue on following the Waikato River via the spectacular Huka Falls and the Wairakei Geothermal Valley and travel through the exotic man-made pinus radiata forests of the Kaiangaroa before arriving at the “Thermal Spa Resort” of Rotorua in the late afternoon. Rest of the day is at leisure to relax. This evening enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi and Concert at your hotel.


DAY 10: ROTORUA:

Enjoy a self drive 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. Also visit the Paradise Valley 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. The afternoon is at leisure for Optional activities such as a visit to the Polynesian Pools or to explore the Rotorua and Bay of Plenty region on your own. (Please note that Optional activities are not included in the tour costs.)

DAY 11: ROTORUA / WAITOMO CAVES / AUCKLAND:

Transfer to Auckland via the world famous Waitomo Caves. Depart Rotorua and self drive over the bushclad Mamaku Ranges and through the lush green dairy farming region of the Waikato, via Cambridge and Otorohanga and arrive at Waitomo. Take a guided tour through the caves and continue on to Auckland following the Waikato River for part of the way. Rest of the day at leisure to relax or explore the “City of Sails”on your own with rental car.


DAY 12: DEPART AUCKLAND:

Check out of hotel and self drive to Auckland International Airport. Your arrangements conclude today with the drop-off of your rental car prior to boarding your departure flight. We trust that you have enjoyed your New Zealand holiday with Adventure Pacific.


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