13 Day Itinerary/



13 Day Itinerary

Day 1: Kia Ora – Welcome to Auckland, New Zealand

Be met inside the Auckland Airport terminal by your driver.

When you cleared New Zealand Customs & Immigration make way out to the coach.

Accommodation confirmed for 2 nights at:

SkyCity Hotel - Premium Rooms

Experience New Zealand's top entertainment destination, SKYCITY Hotel. Recently refurbished, this modern and spacious hotel allows you to relax in style while enjoying our world-class casino, over 25 restaurants, cafes and bars, a theatre, free live entertainment on selected nights and the iconic Sky Tower - all right on your doorstep!

 

Day 2: Morning SkyTower, Afternoon Auckland City Sights Tour

Total Sky Tower Experience

A truly captivating experience - Auckland's Sky Tower, at 328 metres, is the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand. It offers breath-taking views for up to 80 kilometres in every direction. You can travel up in the glass-fronted lifts to one of three spectacular viewing platforms. A Total Tower Experience Pass includes the 186 metre Main Observation Level, 182 metre Sky Lounge café and bar, and the 220 metre Sky Deck.

Auckland Afternoon sightseeing tour

Your tour will include the following highlights Auckland Harbour Bridge, Viaduct Harbour & Wynyard Quarter, Auckland Domain, Winter Gardens, Savage Memorial, Eden Park drive by (Cricket Stadium), Mission Bay, Tamaki Drive and optional walk up Mt Eden.  No coach access to the top, walk only.

Accommodation

Another night at SkyCity Hotel

 

Day 3: Auckland, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua

 

Depart Auckland bound for Rotorua via Waitomo Caves

Guided Tour of the Waitomo Glow-worm Caves

The World renowned Waitomo Glowworm Caves are a magnet for both local and overseas visitors and occupy a high placing in the New Zealand vacation wish-list. The glow worm, Arachnocampa luminosa, is unique to New Zealand. You will expereince thousands of these tiny creatures radiating their unmistakable luminescent light, as our expert guide provides an informative commentary on the Caves' historical and geological significance. A must see for any traveller, it's a chance to enjoy a world famous boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms and become a part of more than 120 years of cultural and natural history

Accommodation confirmed for 2 nights at:

Novotel Lakeside Rotorua- Superior Rooms

Situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Rotorua, the Novotel Rotorua Lakeside offers tranquil surroundings with sensational views. The central location makes it easily accessible to Rotorua's cafes, restaurants and many popular local attractions. Rotorua is famous for its stunning natural scenery, geothermal wonders and a vast array of leisure activities.

 

Day 4: Rotorua Sightseeing & Activities

Rotorua Sightseeing Tour Including

Agrodome Sheep & Farm Show

An action-packed hour of farming entertainment and education that will be unlike anything you have seen before! Our energetic presenter will take you deep into the world of New Zealand farming, you will be introduced to 19 breeds of sheep, witness a live sheep shearing demonstration and even have the chance to bid on a sheep in our lively auction. But it’s more than just sheep. You'll be amazed by the remarkable Huntaway dogs and the Strong-eye Heading dog as they demonstrate their ability to respond to commands and keep those stubborn sheep in line!

Duration: One hour

Rainbow Springs Entry includes Park, Bird Show and Big Splash

Rainbow Springs brings New Zealand nature stories to life. You'll not only see endangered native species like the Kiwi and Tuatara but with the Big Splash water ride nature stories come to life. You'll see life-size dinosaurs, moa and other extinct species as you ride the 9 minute-long fun and educational journey through the ecological evolution of New Zealand. Be prepared for an adrenalin-boosting plunge at the end!! Plus, there's a new Live Bird Show now on at 11.30 am every day, plus live encounters with exotic birds, lizards, eels and other creatures

Maori Cultural Performance

The Te Puia Cultural Show is an easy and exciting introduction to Maori culture. Gather outside the main entrance to the Marae (meeting place). A traditional karanga (welcome) marks the start of 45 minutes of song and dance inside the meeting house. Surrounded by the beautiful wooden carvings of Maori ancestors, visitors are treated to harmonies, the seductive poi dance, the ferocious haka (war challenge), and the complex tititorea (stick games). During the tititorea, 8 sticks fly from 4 different directions and the receiver must deftly catch then flick the sticks on while keeping in time with the rhythm of the song.

 

Guided Tour of Te Puia

Te Puia covers 70 hectares within the historic Te Whakarewarewa Valley, on the edge of town. It is home to the world famous Pohutu geyser, to mud pools, hot springs, to silica formations to the Kiwi bird and the national schools of wood carving, weaving, stone and bone carving. Te Puia has shared these treasures with manuhiri (visitors) for 170 years and proudly continue that legacy today.

Accommodation

Another night at Novotel Lakeside Rotorua

 

Day 5: Rotorua to Wellington ‘New Zealand’s capital city’

Depart Rotorua bound for Wellington

Enroute to stop at Lake Taupo

The Huka Falls are a set of waterfalls on the Waikato River that drains New Zealand's Lake Taupo. A few hundred metres upstream from the Huka Falls, the Waikato River narrows from approximately 100 metres across into a canyon only 15 metres across. The canyon is carved into lake-floor sediments laid down before Taupo's Oruanui eruption 26,500 years ago.

The volume of water flowing through often approaches 220,000 litres per second.

This afternoon travel on the North Island’s volcanic plateau and on the Desert Road to Wellington.

Accommodation confirmed for 1 night at:

Mercure Wellington – Standard Room

A short walk to the busy business district of The Terrace the Mercure offers panoramic views over the city and harbour. The Cuba Quarter, Willis Street shopping precincts, the Cable Car and waterfront are all close by. The hotel has 111 guest rooms plus Brasserie 345 Restaurant, the Lobby Bar, an indoor heated pool, gymnasium and sauna, plus 7 conference rooms catering for up to 200 people all with natural light. Ample secure off-street car parking available.

 

Day 6: Wellington, Picton, Kaikoura Inc Interislander Ferry

Transfer to the Interislander Ferry Terminal

Interislander Ferry Wellington to Picton

Cross Cook Strait on the Interislander between New Zealand’s two beautiful islands.  Interislander is much more than a ferry service that bridges the gap between the North and South Islands. The 92 km, three-hour journey between Wellington and Picton is one of New Zealand's most iconic tourist experiences, and acknowledged as one of the most spectacular cruises in the world. And hopefully you'll see dolphins during your trip.

You will never forget Cook Strait.

Arrive at Picton and Continue South to Kaikoura

Your South Island coach driver will be here waiting to greet you.

Once luggage has been loaded onto the coach depart Picton for short drive through to Blenheim a famous wine-growing region. The scenery on this drive is truly stunning and you will likely see NZ Fur Seals lazing on the rocks along the way to Kaikoura.

Accommodation confirmed for 1 night at:

White Morph Inn – Standard Room

The White Morph Inn, Kaikoura Hotel Accommodation Waterfront accommodation offers some of the best accommodation in Kaikoura. Its central location is close the shopping centre and  has every accommodation style for you to choose from. Guests are provided with quality service and warm hospitality, all located on the Kaikoura waterfront.

 

Day 7: Morning Whale Watch Cruise, Afternoon to Christchurch

Whale Watch Cruise Kaikoura

New Zealand's marine based whale watching company offers an exciting, up-close encounter with the world’s largest toothed predator, the Giant Sperm Whale, in its natural environment at all times of the year! This is a great opportunity to encounter other migrating Whales, Dolphins, Seals and Pelagic Bird Species in their natural environment!

Kaikoura is the Whale Watching capital of New Zealand. Every Whale Watch tour is a unique experience and the sightings vary, with Giant Sperm Whales being the stars of the show and year-round residents. A typical Whale Watch tour may encounter New Zealand Fur Seals, pods of Dusky Dolphins and the endangered Wandering Albatross. Depending on the season you may also see migrating Humpback Whales, Pilot Whales, Blue Whales and Southern Right Whales. Kaikoura often hosts the world’s largest dolphin the Orca and is home to the world’s smallest and rarest marine dolphin the Hectors. Kaikoura also attracts the largest concentration and variety of seabirds on mainland New Zealand, including 13 species of Albatross, 14 varieties of Petrels and 7 types of Shearwater.

Travel from Kaikoura to Christchurch ’the garden city’

Accommodation confirmed for 1 night at:

The Chateau on the Park - Deluxe Rooms

The Chateau on the Park is resort-style hotel accommodation located in Christchurch.  Set amongst 5 tranquil acres and surrounded by gorgeous gardens the hotel offers a welcome retreat for both leisure and corporate guests. It's just minutes away from Westfield Riccarton mall, the CBS Arena and the Addington Business District, and it is the perfect hotel for your stay in Christchurch.

 

Day 8: Morning Christchurch Sights Inc the Antarctic Centre, then onto Mt Cook Village

This morning enjoy Christchurch city sights Including the International Antarctic Centre before continuing to Mt Cook Village

International Antarctic Centre Including All Additional Rides & Activity’s

Explore the indoor attraction, packed full of informative displays showcasing modern day Antarctica, including the Antarctic Treaty partners, the human impact on the continent, the wildlife and plant systems and Antarctica’s effect on the globe. The gallery area encourages ‘touching’ of most of the exhibits to ensure visitors experience Antarctica in a fun and interactive way. Visitors conclude their Antarctic journey with a 17 minute sound and light show "Beyond the Frozen Sunset". Filmed by Emmy award winning film maker, Mike Single, it follows a seasonal arc from sunset to sunrise, weaving in stunning footage shot by mounting a camera to the underside of a helicopter. This majestic and captivating audio visual show leaves visitors with a moving experience of “having been there”. Then you can climb aboard the amazing all terrain amphibious Antarctic vehicle - the Hagglund! Sit back, buckle up, hold on and experience travelling across rough terrain in this unique and exciting machine! The ride simulates the travelling conditions scientists experience riding in a Hagglund across the ice pack. The outdoor adventure course is uniquely designed to put the Hagglund through its paces in a fun but safe environment. You'll experience a highly authentic and exhilarating ride of around 10 minutes, over mounds, a crevasse, speeding across open ground and through a pond of water to display the Hagglund's amphibious capabilities.

Depart Christchurch and Travel to Mt Cook, Stops will be made at ‘The Church of the Good Shepherd' Lake Tekapo and the Lake Pukaki Mt Cook Lookout. 

Accommodation confirmed for 1 night at:

The Hermitage Mount Cook - Superior Mt Cook View

Spectacular views of Aoraki Mount Cook, New Zealand's tallest mountain, and the surrounding National Park make The Hermitage Hotel one of the world’s most stunning destinations. A haven for adventurous travellers since 1884, The Hermitage now offers the complete holiday experience with a variety of accommodation options, dining and leisure activities, plus the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre. Opened in December 2007, the centre is designed to educate and entertain and features a spectacular state-of-the-art 3D movie, New Zealand’s first full dome digital Planetarium and a Museum, which documents the pioneering heart of the region and features the impressive Hillary Gallery. The cafe and bar area provide indoor and outdoor seating and floor to ceiling mountain views.

 

Day 9: Morning to Queenstown, Skyline Gondola & Luge Rides

This morning you have the opportunity to enjoy an Optional Helicopter Flight before departure

Depart Mt Cook Village bound for Queenstown

Upon Arrival in Queenstown you will make your way to the Skyline Gondola

Skyline Gondola & 1 Luge Ride Per Person

Surrounded by stunning views you'll ride up the Skyline Queenstown Gondola - the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere. As you siit back and relax the best views in the region will unfold before your eyes as the Gondola carries you 450 metres above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu to the top of Bob's Peak. You'll enjoy a spectacular 220 degree panorama, with breath taking 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. Then you can jump on a specialised Luge cart, select your track, then take control as you zoom down the Luge. Then catch the Luge chairlift back to the start zone and do it all over again - as once is never enough! The Scenic Track is a leisurely ride with gentle gradient, easy bends, tunnels and dips. The Advanced Track has a steeper gradient - it's a more adventurous ride with the thrill of banked corners, tunnels, dippers and cuttings.

Accommodation confirmed for 4 nights at:

Millennium Hotel Queenstown - Superior Rooms

You'll stay at a world of international elegance & sophistication and experience world class accommodation in the Superior Rooms, dining & service characterised by warmth and personal attention. Millennium Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown, minutes from the central shopping and entertainment area.  You can relax in the health club with spa, sauna and gym facilities which are FREE for all guests. There is a FREE shuttle service which leaves the hotel on the hour from 9am to 9pm to take guests into the town centre.

 

Day 10: Day Tour to Fiordland & Milford Sound Inc Scenic Cruise

Milford Sound Day Trip

Depart for Milford Sound & Fiordland National Park early to get the most out of your time in Fiordland, Stops will be made at Te Anau on the way to and from Milford Sound. Scenic sightseeing stops will also be made (time allowing) for example Eglington Valley, The Mirror Lakes, Homer Tunnel and The Chasm

Milford Sound Cruise

Enjoy Milford Sound’s awe-inspiring scenery from the comfort of our modern, spacious vessels. The Scenic Cruise vessels have purpose-built observation lounges and large decks, so you can be ensured some great viewing opportunities. You’ll see the geological drama of sheer cliffs, massive waterfalls, glaciers and rainforest. Keep a watch out for wildlife like seals basking on the rocks or dolphins frollicking in the ocean. During the cruise, the friendly crew provide commentaries in several languages and point out the sights, such as Mitre Peak and the Pembroke Glacier. As Milford Sound drifts by outside your window, you can treat yourself to a delicious lunch options – from an Indian thali to a buffet, freshly prepared on board by our chefs.

After the cruise sit back and relax on the return journey to Queenstown.

Accommodation

Another night at Millennium Hotel Queenstown

 

Day 11: Visit Wanaka’s Puzzling World and Gibbston Valley Winery Tour

Enjoy today’s tour to Wanaka, including Puzzling World and Gibbston Valley Winery.  A stop will also be made Enroute to Wanaka at Mrs Jones ‘famous’ Fruit Shop at Cromwell.

Puzzling World Entrance and Maze

Puzzling World is a world unique attraction specialising in puzzling eccentricity. For over 35 years this remarkable business has amazed and entertained visitors of all ages. Puzzling World offers the world’s first "3-D" Great Maze, incredible Illusion Rooms, a Puzzle Centre/Café, large Gift Shop, eccentric architecture and the intriguing Psychic Challenge. It's possibly the most photographed attraction in NZ. Located in the heart of the breath taking Southern Lakes region of the New Zealand's South Island, Puzzling World is set amongst 7 acres of rolling lawns, trees and gardens at the entrance to Wanaka, 2kms from the lakefront

Depart Wanaka for return to Queenstown, Gibbston Valley Winery tour Enroute

Gibbston Winery Cave Tour

Informative, fascinating and legendary, the cave tour is one of the must do activities in Central Otago. Starting in the historic Gibbston Valley Vineyard the tour treks gently down to the prominent wooden cave doors, behind them lies mystery! Blasted 80 meters into solid Central Otago schist, the cave’s walls are flanked by some 400 Pinot Noir barrels, creating a unique ambience, perfect for tasting current releases and talking about the region, people and its wines.

Accommodation

Another night at Millennium Hotel Queenstown

 

Day 12: Free Day, Optional Activities

Today is free for you to relax, shop or partake in some adventure activities

Accommodation

Another night at Millennium Hotel Queenstown

 

Day 13: Depart Queenstown

This morning you will collected from your Accommodation with ample time for your departure flight

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