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Natures Wonders - 09 Days / 08 Nights

A 9 day self drive itinerary covering the following places of interest in New Zealand including Auckland, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua, Christchurch, Greymouth, Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Mount Cook, and Christchurch. Daily departures with a choice of five vehicle types and a choice of 3, 4, 5 star hotel accommodation.

Includes a self drive rental car with pick up on arrival at Auckland International Airport and for all touring and sightseeing with a choice of five vehicle types, a choice of three standards of accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees as specified, and daily buffet breakfast at the hotel. Daily departures year round.



Natures Wonders - 09 Days / 08 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 / GREYMOUTH / FRANZ JOSEF: view detail >
DAY 06: FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER / QUEENSTOWN: view detail >
DAY 07: QUEENSTOWN / MILFORD SOUND / QUEENSTOWN: view detail >
DAY 08: QUEENSTOWN / MOUNT COOK / CHRISTCHURCH: view detail >
DAY 09: DEPART CHRISTCHURCH: view detail >

Natures Wonders - 09 Days / 08 Nights Itinerary Detail

DAY 01: ARRIVE AUCKLAND:

Pick up your self drive rental car on arrival at Auckland International Airport. Transfer by self drive rental car to your hotel in the “City of Sails”. The rest of the day is at leisure.


DAY 02: AUCKLAND:

Today enjoy a self drive sightseeing tour of the "City of Sails" including the Westhaven Yacht Marina, Tamaki Drive along the waterfront with views across the Waitemata Harbour to Rangitoto Island, an extinct volcano which dominates the harbour. Continue on to Parnell Village with interesting boutiques in restored villas typical of an earlier era, then drive through the Auckland Domain presided over by the Auckland Museum, and on to the volcanic crater of Mt Eden from the top of which you will get panoramic views across the sprawling city in all directions. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax or explore on your own and for Optional activities.        (NB: Optional activities not included in tour costs.)


DAY 03: AUCKLAND / WAITOMO / ROTORUA:


Depart Auckland this morning and travel south along the motorway and over the Bombay Hills before descending into the Waikato Province. Follow the Waikato River for part of the way, and travel through lush green dairy farming areas to the world famous Waitomo Caves and take a guided tour through the Waitomo glow worm caves where you will come across staligtites and staligmites and thousands of tiny glow worms shing in the darkness. Continue on to Rotorua via the rich farming area around Cambridge, well known for some of the best thoroughbred horse studs in New Zealand. Continue over the bushclad Mamaku Ranges and arrive at the “Thermal Spa City”of Rotorua in the afternoon. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore on your own or for Optional activities such as a soak in the thermal waters of the Polynesian Spa. (NB: Optional activities are not included in the tour costs.)

DAY 04: ROTORUA / CHRISTCHURCH:

Check out of your hotel this morning and enjoy a self drive ½ day 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 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. Drive to Rotorua Airport and drop off your rental car before boarding your flight. Fly to Christchurch. (NB: Domestic flight not included in tour costs.) Pick up another self drive rental car on arrival at Christchurch Airport and drive to your hotel and check in. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax or explore the "Garden City" on your own.


DAY 05: CHRISTCHURCH / GREYMOUTH / FRANZ JOSEF:

Check out of your hotel this morning and depart Christchurch. Drive across the flat Canterbury Plains and climb up into the foothills of the Southern Alps passing several small skifields along the way. Drive across the Southern Alps via Arthur’s Pass to Greymouth. Continue south to Franz Josef Glacier. Pass through the small settlements of Hokitika, Ross and Hari Hari as well as several beautiful lakes surrounded by native bush en route. Arrive at Franz Josef Glacier and check into your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax or to explore on your own, or perhaps take a walk to the Westland National Park Visitors Centre.


DAY 06: FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER / QUEENSTOWN:


Check out of your hotel and drive to Queenstown this morning. There will be time to drive up the short road to the terminal face of the Franz Josef Glacier and go for a short walk for a closer look and a photo opportunity. Continue south, 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. Drive 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 and on through the scenic Kawarau Gorge to picturesque Queenstown set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Arrive in Queenstown in the late afternoon and check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax or perhaps to explore this beautiful place on your own.

DAY 07: 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, seals, dolphins, and maybe some penguins as well as the stunning scenery. Return to Queenstown in late afternoon.


DAY 08: QUEENSTOWN / MOUNT COOK / CHRISTCHURCH:

This morning check out of your hotel and depart Queenstown and travel via the Kawarau Gorge to the fruitgrowing region of Cromwell once more and across Lake Dunstan and on through Central Otago to the Lindis Pass and up into the MacKenzie High Country and on to New Zealand’s highest mountain – Mount Cook. There will be time 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 the Optional scenic flight is not included in the tour cost.) 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 the small town of Fairlie and across rolling hill country to the rural servicing centre of Geraldine and then drive across the flat straight roads of the Canterbury Plains to arrive at the “Garden City” of Christchurch in the late afternoon. Check in to your hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure to relax or explore on your own, or for some last minute shopping.


DAY 09: DEPART CHRISTCHURCH:


Your arrangements conclude today with the drop off of your rental car at Christchurch International Airport prior to boarding your departure flight. Bon Voyage! We trust that you have enjoyed your New Zealand holiday with Adventure Pacific.

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