14 day new zealand experience
TranzAlpine train Pancake Rocks and blowholes at Punakaiki Fox Glacier Queenstown Skyline Gondola ride Milford Sound Dunedin Mt. Cook Lake Tekapo Queen Charlotte Sound Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve Hangi Feast and Concert Glow-worm Grotto at Waitomo Caves
Day 1: Arrive Auckland
On arrival in Auckland you will be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm). The remainder of the day is at leisure. This evening enjoy a welcome drink.
Accommodation: Mercure Hotel, Auckland.
Day 2: Waitomo Caves/Rotorua
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Auckland, then journey south through the Waikato district to Waitomo. At the Waitomo Caves experience a guided tour and boat ride of the incredible Glow-worm Grotto. This afternoon travel to Rotorua. Enjoy an evening of fun and laughter and gain an insight into traditional Maori culture and entertainment, plus a delicious buffet dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel Ibis, Rotorua, 2 nights.
Day 3: Rotorua
Enjoy a guided tour accompanied by a local Maori guide and share the beauty and history of the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve. Wander amidst pools of boiling mud and geysers of all sizes! Opportunity to visit Paradise Valley Springs and the Sheep Show at Agrodome to enjoy an entertaining look at life on the farm. Free time this afternoon. Tonight you have the opportunity to experience a special evening of entertainment presenting The Realm of Tãne, an extraordinary journey through Maori culture, mythology and our story of creation.
Day 4: Rotorua - Wellington
This morning depart Rotorua, travelling south to Wairakei and on to Taupo, in the very heart of the North Island. Stop to view mighty Huka Falls before following the eastern shoreline of Lake Taupo. Continue through the rich dairy farming lands of Manawatu to the coast and into the capital city Wellington.
Accommodation: Mercure Willis Street, Wellington.
Day 5: Wellington - Picton
Enjoy a tour around Wellington. Free time to visit Te Papa, New Zealand's National Museum. This afternoon join the inter-island cruise across Cook Strait and into the tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound, before arriving at the pretty fishing village of Picton on the South Island.
Accommodation: Beachcomber, Picton.
Day 6: Picton - Christchurch
Travel along the rugged coast to Kaikoura, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy an optional whale watching flight. This afternoon continue to the beautiful city Christchurch.
Accommodation: The Elms Hotel, Christchurch.
Day 7: Mt. Cook
Travel over the colourful, patchwork plains of Canterbury. Visit beautiful Lake Tekapo and view the Church of the Good Shepherd. Continue past Mt. Cook National Park, home to New Zealand's highest mountain. Time to take an optional scenic flight over this mighty mountain (weather permitting).
Accommodation: Heritage Gateway Hotel, Omarama.
Day 8: Dunedin
Follow the Waitaki River, passing hydro-electric dams at Waitaki and Aviemore. Travel through Oamaru which is famous for its white stone buildings made of limestone. Continue south to Dunedin, founded by Scottish settlers.
Accommodation: Saville International Hotel, Dunedin.
Day 9: Dunedin
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Dunedin and the opportunity to visit historic Larnach Castle. Travel south through Balclutha and the farming town of Gore. Cross the rich fertile country of South Otago and continue to Te Anau.
Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel, Te Anau.
Day 10: Milford Sound
Travel south towards Fiordland, and through the Homer Tunnel. Stop briefly at the Chasm before arriving at Milford Sound. Enjoy a cruise on the waters of this natural wonder, with Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls high above you. Continue to Queenstown.
Accommodation: Rydges Lakeland Resort, Queenstown, 2 nights.
Day 11: Queenstown
Today is at leisure for you to enjoy the many scenic delights of Queenstown, New Zealand's adventure capital. Your Tour Director will happily advise on the optional activities available. Tonight ride the Skyline Gondola to the top of Bob's Peak for a delicious buffet dinner. This evening you have the opportunity to experience Kiwi Haka.
Day 12: Queenstown - Fox Glacier
Enjoy a visit to Arrowtown, a colourful township steeped in local history. Follow the course of the fast flowing Kawarau River through the Kawarau Gorge. Climb over the Haast Pass, which winds its way through Mount Aspiring National Park and dramatic mountain and forest scenery. Continue north along the coastal road to Fox Glacier.
Accommodation: Fox Glacier Hotel, Fox Glacier.
Day 13: Punakaiki - Christchurch
This morning you will have the opportunity to enjoy an optional scenic flight (weather permitting). This afternoon continue north along the rugged coast to Punakaiki and see the Pancake Rocks and blowholes.
Accommodation: The Elms Hotel, Christchurch.
Day 14: Depart Christchurch
You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport to connect with your flight (Flights to depart anytime).
Luxury coach transport 13 nights accommodation 13 Full Buffet Breakfasts 7 Hotel Dinners 1 exciting Highlight Dinners journey on TranzAlpine train see the Pancake Rocksand blowholes at Punakaiki stay at spectacular Fox Glacier full day of leisure in Queenstown Skyine Gondola ride and buffet dinner in Queenstown Cruise on Milford Sound Tour the sights of Dunedin See mighty Mt. Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo Cruise through Queen Charlotte Sound and across Cook Strait Explore the WhakarewarewaThermal Reserve Enjoy a Hangi Feast and Concert Tour the Glow-worm Grotto at the Waitomo Caves All purpose travel bag and map Airport transfers and porterage included
Tour HAAC: departs Auckland, returns Christchurch
Tour HCCA: departs Christchurch, returns Auckland
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Operated by: AAT Kings – Tour Code: HAAC/HCCA
Rates: are per person twin share, and in Australian dollars including GST.
Children: Children aged 5-15 years are charged the child rate, and must be escorted by at least one adult. Children under the ages of 5 years are ineligible to join AAT Kings Tours