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BEST OF NEW ZEALAND

(NORTH AND SOUTH ISLAND)

Cities Covered: Auckland | Rotorua | Napier | Wellington |
Christchurch | Dunedin | Queenstown | Glacier Region

DAY 1 Arrive Auckland

Arrive Auckland - ‘The City of Sails’ and collect your rental car at the airport and drive to your hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 02 Onto Rotorua

Travel south through the fertile Waikato region to arrive at Waitomo. Enjoy a guided tour of the famous Glowworm Caves including an underground boat ride followed by lunch. Continue to Rotorua and visit Agrodome Farm Show on arrival followed by a guided tour and Maori Cultural Performance at Te Puia Thermal Reserve. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 03 Onto Napier

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning is at leisure. You might like to visit Rainbow Springs to complete your Rotorua sightseeing (optional activity not included) before departing for Napier this afternoon. Travel south through the Wairakei Geothermal area to arrive at Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake. Continue over rugged mountain ranges and well cultivated farmland to arrive in the ‘Art Deco’ city of Napier. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 04 Napier

This morning is at your leisure to explore Napier, before joining an afternoon wine tour that will visit and include tastings at 3 local wineries. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 05 Onto Wellington

Travel through the Manawatu Gorge and Takapau Plains to Palmerston North, famous for its agricultural university. Continue south to arrive in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 06 Onto Wellington

Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Wellington and a short guided tour of Te Papa (the ‘Museum of New Zealand’) before enjoying a free afternoon to explore New Zealand’s capital city. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 07 Onto Christchurch

Breakfast at the hotel Journey across Cook Strait, which separates the North and South Islands of New Zealand and into the Marlborough Sounds with its sparkling clear waters and lush forests, before arriving in Picton. Travel south through Blenheim and Kaikoura to reach the ‘Garden City’ of Christchurch. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 08 Onto Dunedin

Breakfast at the hotel. Travel south across the Canterbury Plains to reach Scottish influenced Dunedin, renowned for the local wildlife and Otago University. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 09 Onto Queenstown

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning is free for optional activities, Leaving Dunedin this afternoon, travel through South Otago, the historic mining town of Clyde and now the centre for the Otago Rail Trail, into Cromwell and through the Kawarau Gorge to arrive in Queenstown. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 10 Onto Queenstown

A free day to explore the endless optional attractions available. Queenstown offers bungy jumping, jetboating, white water rafting, gondola rides and much more. (Optional activities not included in the tour price.


DAY 11 - Queenstown - glacier region

Depart Queenstown and travel via Lake Wanaka and through the historic Haast Pass, gateway to the World Heritage Westland National Park. Continue up the West Coast past spectacular mountain ranges, native forests and lakes to the glacier region of Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers.


DAY 12 - Glacier region christchurch

Travel north to Greymouth. Ascend through lush beech forests past the alpine village of Arthur’s Pass before crossing the spectacular Southern Alps. Travel over Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.


DAY 13 - Departure Day

Your arrangements conclude today with a departure transfer or the return of your rental car.