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. Take your SkyTower ride at leisure today. The tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere with stunning views over Auckland city and the Waitemata Harbour. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Auckland – Bay Of Island
Self drive passengers will collect their rental car from City depot & drive to Paihia whereas coach passengers will be collected from their accommodation. The journey will take you through rolling countryside, rural towns to Paihia, situated in the beautiful Bay of Islands. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Entry to Hole in Rock Cruise
Today make your own way to Paihia Maritime Building for your cruise. Cruise the sheltered waters of the Bay of Islands on Dolphin Seeker, purpose built for dolphin and whale watching catamaran. Enjoy the large outdoor viewing decks as we cruise past the islands of the Bay. Keep a look out for common and bottlenose dolphin, whales and other marine life as we get you up close to the action. Enjoy the views as you cruise past the Cape Brett Lighthouse, before arriving at the majestic Hole in the Rock – hold your breath as the skipper navigates through the narrow space and admire the rock walls which soar above you before heading back into the sheltered waters of the Bay. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Bay of Island – Auckland
Self drive passengers will drive their rental car back to Auckland while coach passengers will be collected from their accommodation for their journey back to Auckland. Arrive Auckland, rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel
Day 5: Auckland – Waitomo Caves – Rotorua
After breakfast self drive passengers will drive whereas passengers in coach will be collected from your 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 glow worms, as expert guides provide informative commentary on the Caves historical and geological significance. Enjoy the limestone shafts, stunning Cathedral cavern and then take a unique boat ride through the glow worm 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 6: Rotorua Tour inc Te Puia, Agrodome & 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 7: 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 8: Full Day Milford Sound Excursion including Scenic Cruise & Lunch
Self Drive passengers will drive through whereas coach passengers will be collected from hotel this morning & 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 Fordland'. Board the waiting vessel for a one hour forty minute full length cruise of Milford Sound out to the Tasman Sea. After the cruise 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 9: 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. Enjoy spectacular breath-taking 220 degree panorama views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Walter Peak, and Cecil Peak. On arrival our purpose built viewing platforms and outdoor terraces provide great photo opportunities. Jump on your specialised Luge cart, then take control as you zoom down the Luge track. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Queenstown – Mt. Cook
Self drive passengers will drive their vehicle to Mt. Cook whereas coach passengers will be collected from accommodation. Travel through ruggedly beautiful landscape and over the Lindis Pass into the Mackenzie Country. Enter the amazing Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park, home to New Zealand's highest mountain. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Mt. Cook – Christchurch
Self drive passengers will driver their vehicle to Christchurch whereas coach passengers will be collected from hotel. The road to Lake Tekapo takes you back down the Tasman Valley to beautiful Lake Pukaki. The opaque turquoise colour of this lake is caused by fine, glacier-ground rock particles. Continue through golden tussock land of Mackenzie basin to Lake Tekapo. The Church of the Good Shepherd and the sheepdog statue are great photo opportunities. Leaving Tekapo, descend Burkes Pass to the Canterbury Plains and Christchurch. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Christchurch City Tour including Antarctic Centre Extreme Pass
Self drive passengers will drive their rental car whereas coach passengers will be collected from their hotel for city highlights tour including the botanical gardens, Museum and Art Centre, the Avon river, Bridge of Remembrance, the cities new pop up container mall. Head towards the International Antarctic Centre, one of Christchurch's leading attractions. The Centre recreates the atmosphere of Antarctica with a Snow and Ice Experience, the Blue Penguin Encounter and an exhilarating Hagglund ride. Overnight at hotel
Day 13: Farewell Christchurch, New Zealand
After breakfast, self drive passengers will return their rental car at Christchurch airport whereas coach passengers will be collected and transferred to airport for boarding their flight.