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New Zealand Discovery – 09 Days / 08 Nights

09 Days Self Drive itinerary covering the main places of interest in New Zealand including Christchurch, Arthur's Pass, 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.


Includes a 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 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 year.


New Zealand Discovery – 09 Days / 08 Nights Itinerary

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

New Zealand Discovery – 09 Days / 08 Nights Itinerary Detail

DAY 01: ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH:

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

DAY 02: CHRISTCHURCH / GREYMOUTH / FRANZ JOSEF:

Depart Christchurch and self drive across the Canterbury Plains to Darfield and climb over the Southern Alps via Arthur’s Pass to the West Coast. Continue south to Franz Josef Glacier. Pass through the small settlements of Hokitika, Ross and Harihari and several scenic lakes surrounded by native bush en route. Check-in to your hotel in the late afternoon. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax, or to take a walk around the village and perhaps visit the Westland National Park Visitors Centre, or drive up to the Franz Josef Glacier viewpoint.

DAY 03: FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER / QUEENSTOWN:

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. 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 fruit growing area around Cromwell and then through the Kawarau Gorge to Queenstown set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Check in to hotel and rest of the day is at leisure.


DAY 04: QUEENSTOWN / MILFORD SOUND / QUEENSTOWN:

Full day excursion to Milford Sound. 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, dolphins, seals and perhaps a penguin. Return to Queenstown in the late afternoon via the same route.


DAY 05: QUEENSTOWN:

Free day at leisure with an opportunity to explore on your own with self drive rental car 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 Walter Peak Sheep Station, 4WD safaris and many more options. Enjoy your time in Queenstown - the Adventure Capital of New Zealand. (Please note the above Options are not included in the tour costs)

DAY 06: QUEENSTOWN / ROTORUA:

Drive to Queenstown Airport by self drive rental car and drop-off rental car before boarding your aircraft and flying to Rotorua. Pick-up another rental car on arrival at Rotorua Airport and drive to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure for exploring the "Spa City" on your own or relaxing. This evening enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi & Concert.


DAY 07: 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, and to learn about Maori culture. 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 exploring on your own. (Please note that Optional activities are not included in the tour costs.)

DAY 08: ROTORUA / WAITOMO CAVES / AUCKLAND:

Drive to Auckland via the world famous Waitomo Caves. Depart Rotorua and 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 your hotel in the late afternoon and check-in to hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax or explore the “City of Sails”on your own.


DAY 09: DEPART AUCKLAND:

Your arrangements conclude today when you drop-off the rental car at Auckland Airport. We trust that you have enjoyed your New Zealand holiday with Adventure Pacific.


New Zealand Discovery – 09 Days / 08 Nights Pricing

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