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Mountains & Geysers – 10 Days / 09 Nights

A 10 Day self drive itinerary covering the following places of interest in New Zealand including Christchurch, Arthur's Pass to Greymouth, Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Rotorua, Waitomo Caves, and Auckland. A choice of 5 categories of rental vehicle, with a choice of 3, 4, 5 star hotel accommodation. Daily departures throughout the year.

Includes self drive rental vehicle with pick-up on arrival at Christchurch Airport and drop off at Queenstown Airport and pick-up again at Rotorua Airport and drop off at Auckland Airport. 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.


Mountains & Geysers – 10 Days / 09 Nights Itinerary

DAY 01: ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH: view detail >
DAY 02: CHRISTCHURCH / ARTHUR'S PASS / FRANZ JOSEF: view detail >
DAY 03: FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER: view detail >
DAY 04: FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER / QUEENSTOWN: view detail >
DAY 05: QUEENSTOWN / MILFORD SOUND / QUEENSTOWN: view detail >
DAY 06: QUEENSTOWN: view detail >
DAY 07: QUEENSTOWN / ROTORUA: view detail >
DAY 08: ROTORUA: view detail >
DAY 09: ROTORUA / WAITOMO CAVES / AUCKLAND: view detail >
DAY 10: DEPART AUCKLAND: view detail >

Mountains & Geysers – 10 Days / 09 Nights Itinerary Detail

DAY 01: ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH:

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


DAY 02: CHRISTCHURCH / ARTHUR'S PASS / FRANZ JOSEF:

Check out of the hotel after breakfast and self drive from Christchurch across the Southern Alps via Arthur's Pass to Greymouth. This afternoon you can drive south to Franz Josef Glacier. Drive 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 check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax or perhaps explore the village and take a walk to visit the nearby Westland National Park Visitors Information Centre, or drive up to the end of the glacier road and view the glacier or walk closer for a better view.


DAY 03: FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER:

This morning you will be taken on a ½ day guided glacier walk up 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 the Optional scenic flight is not included in the tour costs.)


DAY 04: FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER / QUEENSTOWN:

Depart Franz Josef Glacier and self drive 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 bushclad Haast Pass, the southern most route across the main divide. Continue through the small settlement of Makarora, 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 on through the rugged Kawarau Gorge to beautiful Queenstown set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu.


DAY 05: 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, seals, dolphins and maybe a penguin. Return to Queenstown.


DAY 06: QUEENSTOWN:

Free day at leisure with self drive rental car 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 07: QUEENSTOWN / ROTORUA:

Self drive to Queenstown Airport and drop-off rental car before flying to Rotorua. Pick-up another rental car on arrival at Rotorua Airport and self drive to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore on your own. This evening enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi & Concert.


DAY 08: ROTORUA:

This morning after breakfast enjoy a ½ day self drive 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 all 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 explore on your own with rental car.

DAY 09: ROTORUA / WAITOMO CAVES / AUCKLAND:

After breakfast at your hotel, depart Rotorua and self drive to Auckland via the world famous Waitomo Caves. Drive over the bushclad Mamaku Ranges and through the lush green dairy farming region of the Waikato 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. Arrive at Auckland, the "City of Sails" in the late afternoon and check-in to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure to relax or explore the city on your own with the rental car.


DAY 10: DEPART AUCKLAND:

Enjoy a buffet breakfast at your hotel this morning. Check out of hotel and drive to airport. Your arrangements conclude today with the drop-off of your rental car at Auckland Airport. We trust that you have enjoyed your New Zealand holiday with Adventure Pacific.


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