Tēnā koutou e ngā manuhiri o te ao whānui. Greetings to you, our visitors. Wherever you travel in New Zealand, you’ll find we have rich tales to share; of our history, our legends and our future.
On arrival, seat in coach guests will be met and privately transferred to hotel. Self drive guests will collect a rental car and drive to the hotel.
Travel south through the Waikato region to arrive at Waitomo. Enjoy a guided tour of the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves including an underground boat ride. On completion continue over the forested Mamaku Ranges to reach the ‘Thermal City’ of Rotorua. (B)
Visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve to see boiling mudpools and roaring geysers. Following this, visit Agrodome for a farm show featuring sheep dog demonstrations, cow milking and an introduction to the stars of our sheep industry and Rainbow Springs to see New Zealand’s trout, birds and wildlife. The afternoon is at leisure. This evening enjoy an authentic Maori Hangi (feast) and Concert. (B,D)
Travel south to reach the popular lake resort of Taupo and along the shores of Lake Taupo to Turangi, before continuing on the Desert Road – dominated in the background by the three peaks of Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro. Continue south through lush farmland before arriving in the ‘Capital City’ of Wellington. (B)
Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Wellington (seat in coach guests only) . Visit Te Papa Museum ‘Museum of New Zealand’ for a short guided tour (both seat in coach and self drive guests) before enjoying a free afternoon. (B)
Depart on your domestic flight from Wellington to Queenstown (airfare is NOT included). A morning flight is recommended to allow time to explore Queenstown at leisure in the afternoon. (B)
Follow the southern arm of Lake Wakatipu to Lumsden, and onward to Lake Te Anau. Enter the Eglinton Valley and travel through the breath taking man made Homer Tunnel to reach Milford Sound. Enjoy a cruise on this world famous fiord, dominated by Mitre Peak and the cascading Bowen Falls. Return to Queenstown. (B,L)
A free day to explore the endless optional attractions available. (Not included in the tour price.) (B)
Travel this morning to ‘Aoraki’ Mt Cook, or ‘the cloud piercer’. Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd before travelling across the Canterbury Plains to arrive in Christchurch. (B)
Enjoy a Christchurch morning sightseeing tour this morning (seat in coach guests only). This afternoon is at leisure. (B)
Your arrangements conclude today with a departure transfer or the return of your rental car. (B)