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This extensive 12 day tour of New Zealand covers all you would want to see inNew Zealand, north and south islands. It is a sample only, and we can customize your private tour of New Zealand and Australia to meet your exact needs.
Day One Arrive Auckland (D) On arrival at Auckland International Airport , you will be met by a representative and transferred by private vehicle to your city accommodation. Auckland city, sprawling across the isthmus between the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean, is noted for its extensive parks and beautiful gardens. The warm, sunny climate encourages sub-tropical growth of all kinds. Unique to this city is a large number of extinct volcanic cones thrusting sharply upward out of a sea of houses. The highest, Mount Eden, is an ideal point to view this widespread metropolis, out across the WaitemataHarbour to the east and the ManukauHarbour to the west. The beautiful WaitemataHarbour gives Auckland a nautical flavour and is the largest and busiest port in the country. In contrast, the ManukauHarbour, formed during the same geological time as the Waitemata, is an area of mud flats and tidal channels, protected by a difficult bar at its mouth. Although Auckland lost to Wellington its position as seat of Government in 1865, it is still New Zealand's trade capital and centre of greatest population. Dinner is included this evening at your accommodation. Accommodation for two nights: Mollies Boutique Hotel (Villa Suite)
Day Two Auckland (B) Full Breakfast is included this morning. This morning you will be collected by your private driver for your city tour of Auckland. See the best of New Zealand's biggest city on Auckland City Highlights tour which includes: Queen Street, yacht marina, Mt. Eden with its 360 degree views, the domain and Parnell village, Paratai drive - the most exclusive homes in Auckland and the waterfront. Visit the Auckland War Museum. The collections of Maori Taonga (treasures) and South Pacific artifacts are the most important in New Zealand. Scars on the Heart, the story of New Zealanders at war, has powerful and realistic recreations of life on the front line, from the New Zealand wars through to Gallipoli, and present peace keeping activities. Sky Tower is the tallest tower in the Southern Hemisphere. Ride the glass fronted lifts to the main observation deck where you can view Auckland below you through glass floors panels or make your way to Sky Tower’s outdoor observation deck to feel the breeze. You will then travel over Auckland’s harbour bridge to the North Shore and visit Devonport. Enjoy time to wander the small village before returning to hotel. The afternoon is at leisure. Dinner by own arrangements.
Day Three Auckland – Waitomo - Rotorua(BD) Full Breakfast is included this morning. This morning, travel with your private driver/vehicle and leave the city via the southern motorway and cross the Bombay Hills, before descending into the fertile farmlands of the Waikato Plains. Pass the tall twin stacks of the coal burning electric power station at Huntly. Travel through Ngaruawahia, home of the Maori King, continuing to the large inland city of Hamilton, the principal centre for perhaps the most productive agricultural and dairying district in New Zealand. Drive through the provincial farming centres of TeAwamutu and Otorohanga, before turning off the main road at Hangatiki to drive the short distance to Waitomo. Your guided tour will take you through over 250 metres of stunning underground scenery commencing with the impressive Cathedral with its amazing acoustics. The tour then proceeds along a low narrow passage to the Tomo, a deep limestone shaft. Other magnificent cave formations are viewed including the Banquet Chamber, the Pipe Organ and the Catacombs. The highlight of the tour is an unrivalled boat trip through the spectacular Glowworm Grotto. The roof sparkles with the lights of glowworm larvae as you glide silently through the grotto with the tiny lights also reflecting off the water. This afternoon leave Waitomo and pass through the farming centre of Kihikihi. Leaving the King Country, drive to Arapuni the site of one of the numerous dams which have been constructed on the Waikato River. Travel to Putaruru which, although small, is one of the main timber milling centres in this rapidly expanding forestry region. Continuing, pass through the Fitzgerald Glade and cross the heavily forested Mamaku Range to Lake Rotorua and the thermal area.Rotorua is the centre of an extensive thermal region and geysers, bubbling mud pools and steaming, sulphurous lakes give evidence of nature's frightening yet fascinating power. Rotorua and the surrounding lakes provide some of the world's best trout fishing. The Maori culture contributes greatly to the attractions of this holiday city. Here you can enjoy the culture and entertainment of our native Maori people. Enjoy pre-dinner cocktails & Dinner this evening at your lodge. Accommodation for three nights: Treetops Lodge (Lodge Room)
Day Four Rotorua (BD) Breakfast is included this morning This morning join your full day Cultural Eco Tour (small tour). Travel through forestry and farmland to NZ's largest boiling mudpool and see the Lady Knox geyser erupt. Visit Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland which lays claim to be New Zealand's most colourful volcanic area. Colours of every tint and hue are displayed in pools, lakes, craters, steam vents, mineral terraces and even the tracks you walk on. The self guided walk takes you through stunning geothermal activity. Features include: Primrose Terraces - over a hectare of naturally tinted, remarkably formed terraces, exquisite in their delicate lacework pattern. The largest in the Southern Hemisphere since the world famous Pink and White Terraces; Champagne Pool - unique in the world, a fifth of a hectare of bubbling, hissing water, with a beautiful ochre-coloured petrified edge; and Bridal Veil Falls - a cascade of mineral water over a deep, terraced silica formation, changing color from glistening white and lemon to emerald green. Travel onto Waimangu Volcanic Valley which was created by the eruption of Mount Tarawera. Enjoy a guided sightseeing walk through the valley of l,craters, steaming cliffs, and lakes. Spend the afternoon experiencing Rotorua’s Maori culture and thermal activity and see how they are intricately entwined. First a guided tour through TePuia, Rotorua’s premier cultural attraction. This includes a visit to the wood carving school, art and craft gallery, RotowhioMarae, weaving display, kiwi house and finally the Pohutu geyser. Next we visit the Lakefront area and Ohinemutu Point to learn more about Maori history and customs. A short visit to Kuirau Park to view a recent eruption site.Then finishing the day visiting the pristine and tranquil lakes of our amazing volcanic region, including views of Mount Tarawera with explanation of volcanic and Maori history. Enjoy pre-dinner cocktails & Dinner this evening at your lodge.
Day Five Rotorua (BD) Breakfast is included this morning Today is at leisure - activities include scenic flights including guided walks at White Island, off road monster 4WD & bush safari trips, or relax in the Polynesian spa pools. Enjoy pre-dinner cocktails & Dinner this evening at your lodge.
Day Six Rotorua – Christchurch (BD) Breakfast is included this morning. This morning you will transferred by private vehicle to Rotorua Airport, where you will connect with your scheduled domestic flight to Christchurch (flight not included). On arrival into Christchurch you will be meet and transferred to your accommodation. Christchurch, "The Garden City" has many well-tended parks, reserves and squares but the civic love of beauty is often more apparent in the fresh lawns and burgeoning gardens of the suburban streets. The pioneering folk of an earlier era took thought for the future when they planted seedlings which have grown into mighty oaks and elms, soaring poplars and graceful willows which are seen in every part of the city. Much of the charm of this city starts and finishes with the beautiful Avon River which runs through the suburbs and the city itself and provides an almost rural atmosphere in the heart of the city. The Town Hall on the banks of the river, is a striking example of the city's progressive approach to new architectural ideas, and is a nice contrast to the many earlier colonial buildings. Dinner is included this evening. Accommodation for two nights: Huntley House (Garden Suite)
Day Seven Christchurch (BD) Breakfast is included this morning. This morning you will be collected by your private driver, for your city tour where you will discover why Christchurch is known as the 'Garden City'. Enjoy the charm of the award winning gardens, the tranquillity of the historic buildings which blend gracefully with the modern. See Cathedral Square, Mona Vale and the University of Canterbury, the Avon River and Hagley Park. Travel to the Sign of the Takahe, a historic roadhouse and enjoy magnificent views of the Canterbury Plains, Southern Alps and the city of Christchurch. Dinner is included this evening.
Day Eight Christchurch – Mount Cook (BD) Breakfast is included this morning. This morning, travel with your private driver/vehicle and travel across the fertile Canterbury Plains, noted for grain crops, to Ashburton - chief town of central Canterbury. In the distance, to the west, are the snow-capped Southern Alps. At the Orari River the road turns westward to Geraldine and over undulating sheep country to Fairlie and Burkes Pass, gateway to the high plains of the MacKenzie Country. Pass through scrub and tussock country past Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, following the Tasman River to the Hermitage Hotel. The hotel is nestled in beech forest at the foot of the mountains, with Mount Cook eight kilometres away in the distance. Dinner is included this evening. Accommodation for one night: Hermitage Hotel (Aoraki Wing Room)
Day Nine Mount Cook – Queenstown (B) Breakfast is included this morning. This morning rejoin your driver and leave Mount Cook. Follow the Tasman River and the shoreline of Lake Pukaki into the Mackenzie Country. Beyond the scrub and tussock of the high plains, travel over the Lindis pass and follow the Lindis River through Tarras and on to Cromwell. Many parts of the old Cromwell now lay at the bottom of the newly created Lake Dunstan, part of the Clyde Dam project. From here follow the Kawarau River through rugged mountainous country into Queenstown. Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu Queenstown is a year-round alpine resort that caters for all interests. It enjoys a magnificent setting amid steep mountain ranges and pockets of native bush with the jagged peaks of the Remarkables Range rising from the lake. The town is compact enough to travel around on foot and features over 100 restaurants. The lake was scooped out by glacial action thousands of years ago. A mysterious phenomenon causes the lake to vary several inches in depth every few minutes, giving credence to a Maori legend of an ancient Taniwha (demon) still breathing beneath the surface. Accommodation for three nights: Sofitel Hotel (Deluxe Lakeview Room)
Day Ten Milford Sound Day Trip (B) Breakfast is included this morning. This morning lift off in your personal helicopter and enjoy the spectacular flight to Milford Sound. Remote, mysterious and uniquely New Zealand, Milford Sound is a spectacular reminder of the forces of nature that shaped this land. Formed thousands of years ago during the ice ages, Milford Sound is the northernmost fiord in Fiordland National Park and is, without doubt, the most dramatic. Here in this place of unparalleled beauty, you will find cascading waterfalls, luxuriant forests and the towering pinnacle of Mitre Peak, rising one full mile to the sky. No matter what the fiord's mood, shrouded in mist or with sun glistening on deep waters, it will inspire you. On arrival at Milford, take in a relaxing cruise on the Sound. Experience the stunning mountain scenery, waterfalls and unique wildlife from the comfort of your luxury vessel. Your pilot will meet you after the cruise and fly you back to Queenstown with a remote snow landing enroute. Return to your hotel.
Day Eleven Queenstown (B) Breakfast is included this morning. Today you will be collected from your hotel by your driver where you will enjoy full day local sights. Firstly explore this vibrant township of Queenstown. See the Mall which is Queenstown's main shopping area and a popular spot for café's and restaurants. The city's historic stone library was built in 1877 and St Peter's Anglican Church in 1932. Queenstown Gardens - a pleasant walk along the beach from town - has gardens, lawns and recreation areas. Then travel to the Skyline Gondola where you will be whisked up 450 metres to Bob’s Peak. Enjoy the breathtaking views which extend almost 360 degrees from Coronet Peak around to the Remarkables and on to Cecil and Walter Peaks on the other side of Lake Wakatipu. This afternoon, travel to Gibbston Valley vineyard and enjoy a guided wine cave, giving you the unique opportunity to learn about the history of this special region, and to taste a selection of the finest New Zealand wines in the unique ambiance that the Wine Cave provides. The Gibbston Valley wine cave offers enthusiasts a chance to better appreciate the boutique wines produced by this award-winning winery and an opportunity to commemorate the revolutionary spirit of Central Otago's expert winemakers. Blasted out of the solid schist rock of the Central Otagomountains, the Gibbston Valley Wine Cave provides the perfect natural environment to mature their award-winning wines. Experience the feeling of travelling underground 76 meters into the Central Otago hillside within New Zealand's largest and most innovative wine cave. During your cave tour, you’ll taste three Gibbston Valley wines before making your way to the restaurant to enjoy a platter lunch, glass of wine followed by coffee/tea. Following lunch, travel past the Kawarau Bridge and view the bungy jumpers, then continue to Arrowtown. Stroll through this picturesque town and village that hasretailed its old world charm and shop at leisure. Return to Queenstown.
Day Twelve Depart Queenstown (B) Breakfast is included this morning. At leisure until transferring to Queenstown Airport by private vehicle