Day 1: Arrive Auckland ‘Welcome to New Zealand’
Welcome to New Zealand. Upon arrival kindly be met and greeted by our driver and be transferred to your CBD hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel
Day 2: Auckland City Tour including Kelly Tarlton Aquarium
After breakfast self drive passengers will collect their rental car from Hertz depot, while SIC passengers will be collected from your accommodation for Auckland Morning Highlights tour. Today journey over the Auckland Harbour Bridge for stunning views back to the city. Visit the Viaduct Harbour and travel through the Auckland Domain. Following this, along the stunningly scenic waterfront route of Tamaki Drive to the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park, in Mission Bay. Following the city tour we visit Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World. Kelly Tarlton's showcases over 30 live animal exhibits, from over 80 different species in spectacular habitat displays, including New Zealand's only colony of Antarctic penguins. You will see New Zealand's unique aquatic life up close, comprising an impressive collection of sharks, gigantic stingrays, and delightful seahorses. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Auckland – Waitomo Caves – Rotorua
After breakfast self drive passengers will drive whereas passengers in coach will be collected from your central city hotel to travel south from Auckland, to the famous Waitomo Caves. On arrival enjoy a comprehensive cave tour, where you will have the opportunity to view thousands of luminescent lights radiating from the unique Waitomo glowworms, as expert guides provide informative commentary on the Caves historical and geological significance. You'll see limestone shafts, the stunning Cathedral cavern and then take a unique boat ride through the glowworm grotto. We continue our tour this afternoon by driving to Rotorua, including passing through the beautiful Fitzgerald Glade where the roadside trees arch overhead to form a tunnel of natural greenery. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Rotorua Tour inc Te Puia, Agrodome Sheep Show & Rainbow Springs
Self drive passengers will drive their rental car whereas passengers in coach will be collected from your hotel for your Rotorua Sights. Your first experience of the day is Te Puia, a place of Maori culture and a thermal wonderland of impressive geysers and boiling mud pools. Also explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park, full of Rainbow Trout and showcasing native flora and fauna as well as the New Zealand Kiwi finishing the tour with Agrodome Sheep Show. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Rotorua – Queenstown (Flight not Included)
Self Drive passengers will return their vehicle at airport while coach passengers will be collected from hotel & transfer to airport for your flight to Queenstown. On arrival at Queenstown airport self drive passengers will collect their vehicle while coach passengers will be transferred to your accommodation. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Full Day Milford Sound Excursion including Scenic Cruise & Lunch
Self Drive passengers will drive through whereas coach passengers will be collected from hotel & travel from Queenstown to Milford hugging the shores of Lake Wakatipu, proceed past wind turbines, deer farms and across rural farmland, before reaching Lake Te Anau, the 'Gateway to Fiordland'. Board the waiting vessel for a one hour forty minute full length cruise of Milford Sound out to the Tasman Sea. After the cruises sit back, relax and enjoy the view from the coach on the return journey to Queenstown. Self drive passengers can upgrade today to go by coach. Please discuss with your travel professional. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Entry to Skyline Gondola with 1 Luge Ride
Today make your own way to Skyline Gondola enjoy the stunning views as you ride the Gondola - the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere. The Gondola carries you 450 metres above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu to the top of Bob's Peak. En route where you'll enjoy a spectacular 220 degree panorama, with views of Coronet Peak. The remarkables, Walter Peak, Cecil Peak and over Queenstown. On arrival, the purpose built viewing platforms and outdoor terraces provide great photo opportunities. You can jump on your specialised Luge cart, and take control as you zoom down the Luge track. Overnight at hotel.
Day 8: Queenstown – Fox Glacier / Franz Josef
Today Self drive passengers will drive their rental vehicle whereas coach passengers will be collected from hotel. Travel past Lake Wanaka and then follow the shore of Lake Hawea through to Makarora. From here you are on the Haast Road which follows the ancient Maori trail to the West Coast. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9: 20 Minutes Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing
Board the waiting helicopter for a spectacular and exciting 20 minute scenic flight and a snow landing on the glacier. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Fox / Franz Josef – Greymouth – Tranz Alpine – Christchurch
Self drive passengers will continue their journey to Christchurch whereas coach passengers will be collected by your coach for your journey to Greymouth. The coach will drop you at Greymouth Railway station from where you will be boarding the Tranz Alpine Scenic train to Christchurch. Leave Greymouth travel past Lake Brunner and the subtropical rainforests of New Zealand’s West Coast, crossing the main divide through Otira Tunnel, before arriving into Arthurs Pass. This is one of the world’s great scenic train trips, travelling through the dramatic contrast of dry beech forests and tussock land on one side of the Alps and lush green landscapes on the other. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Farewell Christchurch, New Zealand
Self drive passengers will return their rental car Hertz Christchurch airport depot whereas coach passengers will be collected from your hotel and transferred to airport for your departure flight.