Best Of New Zealand

AUCKLAND – WAITOMO – ROTORUA – WELLINGTON – PICTON – KAIKOURA – QUEENSTOWN – GREYMOUTH – CHRISTCHURCH
14 Nights/15 Days

  • Best time to visit :

    The best time to visit New Zealand is at the end of fall (May) and the beginning of spring (September). These shoulder months offer pleasant temperatures and thin tourist crowds. During peak season (November through March), you’ll contend with swells of visitors and high airfare and room rates, but you’ll also find warmer temperatures and fewer rain showers. Between May and September, both temperatures and tourism drop off. Before you pick your travel dates, you should note that the seasons are reversed here: Winter in New Zealand coincides with summer in the U.S. and vice versa.

New Zealand is a country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean consisting of 2 main islands, both marked by volcanoes and glaciation. Capital Wellington, on the North Island, is home to Te Papa Tongarewa, the expansive national museum. Wellington’s dramatic Mt. Victoria, along with the South Island’s Fiordland and Southern Lakes, stood in for mythical Middle Earth in Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” films.

Time

7 hours and 30 minutes ahead of India

Currency

New Zealand dollar

Official language

English, Māori, New Zealand Sign Language

ARRIVE AUCKLAND

Day 1

On arrival in Auckland, ‘The City of Sails’, seat in coach passengers will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel. Self drive clients will collect your rental car at the airport and drive to your hotel.

AUCKLAND

Day 2

Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Auckland city including a visit to Kelly Tarlton’s Sealife Aquarium and Antarctic Encounter. The remainder of the day is free.

AUCKLAND – WAITOMO – ROTORUA

Day 3

Travel south through the fertile Waikato region to arrive at Waitomo. Enjoy a guided tour of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. On completion continue over the Mamaku Ranges to reach the ‘Thermal City’ of Rotorua.

ROTORUA

Day 4

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 featuring sheep dog demonstrations, cow milking and an introduction to the stars of our sheep industry. The afternoon is at leisure. This evening enjoy an authentic Maori Hangi (feast) and Concert.

ROTORUA – WELLINGTON

Day 5

Travel south to reach the popular lake resort of Taupo before continuing on the Desert Road, dominated in the background by the three peaks of Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro. Continue south through farmland before arriving in the ‘Capital City’ of Wellington.

WELLINGTON

Day 6

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.

WELLINGTON – PICTON – KAIKOURA

Day 7

Journey across Cook Strait and into the Marlborough Sounds before arriving in Picton. Travel south through the town of Blenheim, before reaching Kaikoura – here you might like to take an optional whalewatch cruise or scenic flight.

KAIKOURA – CHRISTCHURCH

Day 8

Leave Kaikoura behind as you turn inland and travel through North Canterbury to reach the ‘Garden City’ of Christchurch.

CHRISTCHURCH – MT COOK – QUEENSTOWN

Day 9

Travel across the fertile Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo and the Church of the Good Shepherd 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.

MILFORD SOUND

Day 10

Follow the southern arm of Lake Wakatipu to Lumsden, and onward to Lake Te Anau. Enter the Eglinton Valley and travel through the Homer Tunnel to reach Milford Sound. Enjoy a cruise on this world famous fjord. Return to Queenstown.

QUEENSTOWN

Day 11

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

QUEENSTOWN – GLACIER REGION

Day 12

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.

GLACIER REGION

Day 13

A full day at leisure to explore this magnificent glacier region. Optional activities include a scenic flight or guided walk on one of the glaciers.

GLACIER REGION – GREYMOUTH – CHRISTCHURCH

Day 14

Travel north to Greymouth and board the world famous Tranz Alpine train (seat in coach passengers only). 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.

DEPARTURE DAY

Day 15

Your arrangements conclude today with a departure transfer or the return of your rental car. We trust you enjoyed you Vacation!

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