On arrival in Auckland, 'The City of Sails', seat in coach passengers will be met by our local representative and privately transferred to your hotel
Auckland, based around 2 large harbours, is a major city in the north of New Zealand’s North Island. In the centre, the iconic Sky Tower has views of Viaduct Harbour, which is full of super yachts and lined with bars and cafes. Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park, is based around an extinct volcano and home to the formal Winter gardens. Near Downtown, Mission Bay Beach has a seaside promenade.
Getting out on the water is a must-do activity in Auckland. Hop on a harbour boat cruise from downtown Auckland for a relaxing way to take in the beautiful sights of the Hauraki Gulf. Overnight in Auckland
Farewell the 'City of Sails' as you travel south to reach the market garden area of Pukekohe. Continue through Hamilton - New Zealand's fourth largest city and the fertile Waikato region to the 'Thermal City' of Rotorua. This afternoon is at leisure. This evening enjoy an authentic Maori Hangi (feast) & Concert. Overnight in Rotorua
Visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve to see boiling mudpools and roaring geysers. Following this, visit Rainbow Springs to see New Zealand’s trout, birds and wildlife before continuing to the Agrodome for a New Zealand farm show. This afternoon, visit Hobbiton Movie Set for a 2 hour guided tour of ‘Middle Earth’. Return to Rotorua for the evening at your leisure. Overnight in Rotorua
Travel over the forested Mamaku Ranges to reach Waitomo. Enjoy a guided tour of the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves including an underground boat ride viewing the millions of glow worms on the cavern roof. On completion continue through the fertile Waikato area to reach Auckland. Overnight in Auckland
After breakfast checkout from the hotel and head to Auckland airport for your flight to Christchurch. On arrival in Christchurch, the ‘Garden City’, you will be met by Our representative and assisted at the airport either meeting your driver for your private tour option. Transfer to your accommodation.
Christchurch, known for its English heritage, is located on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Flat-bottomed punts glide on the Avon River, which meanders through the city centre. On its banks are cycling paths, the green expanse of Hagley Park and Christchurch Botanic Gardens. In 2010 and 2011, earthquakes destroyed many of the historic centre's stone-built buildings. Overnight in Christchurch
Travel across the fertile Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo before continuing on to New Zealand’s highest mountain, Mt Cook. Depart Mt Cook and follow the shores of Lake Pukaki south through the historic Central Otago region to the ‘Alpine Resort’ of Queenstown.
Reputed to be the steepest lift in the Southern Hemisphere, the gondola carries you high above Queenstown to the Skyline complex located on Bob's Peak. At an easy five minute walk from central Queenstown, the gondola is an all weather tourist attraction in its own right. Sit back and relax as the views from the gondola unfold while you journey to the Skyline complex. Numerous observation decks offer breathtaking views of Coronet Peak & the Remarkables, over Queenstown and across Lake Wakatipu to Cecil and Walter Peaks. Truly magnificent and awe-inspiring. With your voucher you will also enjoy Luge rides (optional add-on) Choosing from two tracks, one scenic and gentle, the other advanced and adventurous. Situated behind the Skyline complex, the Luge tracks wind 800 metres down through the trees, with spectacular views of Queenstown & the Remarkables, to finish beside the main complex. Overnight in Queenstown
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. Overnight in Queenstown
A free day to explore the endless optional attractions available. Queenstown offers bungy jumping, jet boating, white water rafting, gondola rides and much more. Optional activities not included in tour price.
Get ready for the World's most exciting Jet Boat ride! Acknowledged as the World's most famous and successful Jet Boat operation, many imitate Shotover Jet, but for sheer excitement, no one comes close. Shotover Jet is the only company permitted to operate in the spectacular Shotover River Canyons and it's a thrilling ride. Speed in mere centimetres of water along the famous Shotover River and deep into the Canyons. As the rocky walls tower over you, your expert driver puts your "Big Red" through its paces and skilfully whips the Jet Boat past rocky outcrops, skims around crags and boulders and twists through the narrow canyons at breath taking speeds. And a major highlight - hold tight for the world famous Shotover Jet full 360 degree spins. Since 1970 over 2 million passengers have been thrilled by the unique Shotover Jet experience. Now it's your turn! Overnight in Queenstown
Depart Queenstown this morning and travel along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea to the Haast Pass. Continue up the West Coast past spectacular mountain ranges and native forests to the glacier region of Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers.
Discover up close the magnificent natural phenomenon of the stunning West Coast glaciers. Combine an awesome scenic helicopter flight over Franz Josef Glacier with a unique guided walk amongst the ice caves, pinnacles and seracs of this pristine alpine environment. You'll see the extraordinary colours of the ice-flow from above, and then up close, on an unforgettable guided hike amongst the glacial ice formations with our professional and experienced Franz Josef Glacier Guides. Overnight in Franz Josef
Travel north to Grey mouth today and board the world famous Tranz Alpine train (coach passengers only). Ascend through lush beech forests past the alpine village of Arthur’s Pass before crossing the spectacular Southern Alps onto Christchurch. (B)
Check out from the hotel after breakfast, Transfer to airport for your departure flight.