12 Day New Zealand Highlights Tour

Grey Line Tours -

Departure Days:


2012:
10NOV, 27NOV

2013:
25JAN, 09FEB, 26FEB, 13MAR, 30MAR, 14APR, 01MAY.
07SEP, 24SEP, 09OCT, 26OCT, 10NOV, 27NOV.

2014:
25JAN, 13FEB, 26FEB, 13MAR, 30MAR, 14APR, 01MAY.

Duration:

11 nights / 12 days.

Inclusions:


- Fully escorted tour
- Experienced and knowledgeagble Tour leader/Driver.
- 11 nights accommodation in hotels.
- Travel by modern air conditioned coach.

Meals:

- Breakfast on 11 mornings.
- Dinner on 10 nights.

Pickup:

Auckland International Airport.

Dropoff:

Christchurch Airport.

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Cost:

A$0 (2 Passengers)

Itinerary:


Day 1 ARRIVE AUCKLAND
Welcome to New Zealand! You are met on arrival at the Auckland International Airport before being transferred to your hotel. (International flight not included in tour package)

Meals: Dinner

Day 2 AUCKLAND WAITOMO ROTORUA
Travelling south crossing the Bombay Hills through the Dairy Rich Waikato Countryside we arrive at the famous Waitomo Caves. Here a guide will take you underground to view the amazing limestone caves featuring stalagmites and stalactites, which have taken centuries to form. Continue to walk down to an underground stream to board a small boat to view the glow-worm grotto an underground cavern featuring millions of glow-worms. From Waitomo we travel to the thermal wonderland of Rotorua, the Sulphur City. Rotorua has the most energetic thermal activity in the country with bubbling mud pools, gushing geysers, beautiful coloured hot springs and terrace formations created by mineral water. Rotorua also has a large Maori population whose cultural activities are interesting and accessible as will be witnessed tomorrow evening. On arrival we visit Rainbow Springs, specialising in New Zealand flora and fauna including Kiwi Tuatara Rainbow and Brown Trout.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 3 ROTORUA
Today is at your leisure. Your Optional Touring Booklet will give you plenty of options on how to spend your time. Tonight you will be treated to a traditional Hangi (feast) and Maori concert. We are transferred from our hotel and on arrival enjoy a Powhiri a traditional Maori welcome, followed by a special meal - a Hangi (Hung-ee - feast). After dinner we enjoy a relaxing guided walk through Rainbow Springs, a specialist garden featuring spring fed pools full of Rainbow and Brown Trout New Zealand native flora and fauna and the highlight being to experience live Kiwis running around in the special Kiwi enclosure.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 4 ROTORUA CHRISTCHURCH
Following breakfast this morning you are transferred to Rotorua Airport for your connecting flight to Christchurch. On your arrival you are then transferred to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 5 CHRISTCHURCH FRANZ JOSEF
From Christchurch we traverse the Southern Alps aboard the famous Tranz-Alpine rail journey to Arthurs Pass. From your carriage you'll see the fields of the Canterbury Plains and farmland, followed by the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River. Your train then climbs into the Southern Alps. Once we have crossed into the Southern Alps we are met at the Village of Arthurs Pass by our coach for us to continue our journey to the West Coast or the Coast as locals call it, stopping in Hokitika where a visit is made to the Greenstone and Glass Blowing factories. Further south we tour the Westland National Park, the home of Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. On arrival, time is available for optional scenic flights, before continuing onto our accommodation for the night.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 6 FRANZ JOSEF QUEENSTOWN
Driving towards the southern end of the South Island's West Coast Road, there is a strong sense of entering a primeval land, and a feeling of total isolation. Arriving at Haast, you are surrounded by a landscape of rainforest, wetlands, sand dunes and surf-pounded shingle beaches. This wilderness forms part of the South West New Zealand World Heritage Area, so designated because South Westland and Fiordland have some of the most dramatic forest and mountain scenery and natural resources in the world. From the Westland National Park we travel through the Haast River valleys and over the Haast Pass to Makaroa and onto the upper reaches of Lake Wanaka. Travelling past Lake Hawea we reach the popular Lake Wanaka, the starting point of the mighty Clutha River. This afternoon we travel via Cromwell following the Kawerau Gorge Road into Queenstown. Tonight is free for you to explore the local restaurants, cafes and bars.

Meals: Breakfast.


Day 7 QUEENSTOWN
Today is at leisure. Visit the Remarkable's or Coronet Peak. Experience the thrill of a jet-boat ride along the Shotover or Kawerau Rivers. Perhaps a scenic 4 wheel drive excursion through Skippers Canyon, it's up to you. Your Optional Touring Booklet will give you plenty of options on how to spend your time. This evening we take a cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the steamer TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak Station to dine at the Colonel's Homestead.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 8 QUEENSTOWN MILFORD SOUNDS TE ANAU
Leaving Queenstown we skirt the shores of Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand's third largest lake travelling via Te Anau we reach the beautiful Eglinton Valley climbing to Homer Tunnel before descending through the spectacular Cleddau Canyon to reach Milford Sound where we enjoy a cruise of the Sound. The Sound is dominated by the grandeur of Mitre Peak and the Bowen Falls. Returning to Te Anau we reach our overnight accommodation.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 9 TE ANAU INVERCARGILL DUNEDIN
Departing Te Anau we travel across country through some of New Zealand's most populated sheep country to Lumsden then south to New Zealand's Southern most city. On arrival we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Invercargill then time out for lunch before heading north to Gore then onto Dunedin the Edinburgh of the South. Tonight we dine with a decidedly Scottish air enjoying the Haggis presentation and dinner at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 10 DUNEDIN OMARAMA
This morning we visit Olveston House an impressive turn-of-the-century house that is still home to all the lavish furnishings and art collections that have been collected from all corners of the world. We continue to then take in the sights of this old Scottish City. Then onto Oamaru where we have time to look at the White Stone City'. The old buildings have been constructed with local limestone. It was from Oamaru that New Zealand's first frozen meat was shipped in 1882 taking over three months to reach England, and thus began New Zealand's most important export industry. Travelling inland through Benmore and Otematata, through Sailors Cutting we arrive at Omarama.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 11 OMARAMA CHRISTCHURCH
A day for spectacular sights. We head north to skirt the shore of Lake Pukaki to Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain. Time is available to enjoy an optional scenic flight over the ancient rivers of ice and the West Coast Glaciers (weather permitting a highly recommended option). Travelling to Tekapo we witness the magnificent blue waters of Lake Tekapo. Here we visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and the statue of the Collie dog, before travelling the vast Mackenzie Basin, over Burke's Pass through Fairlie, Geraldine, Ashburton and across the Canterbury Plains into Christchurch.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 12 DEPART CHRISTCHURCH
Farewell from New Zealand, today you will be transferred from the hotel to Christchurch International Airport for your flight home. (International flight not included in tour package)

Meals: Breakfast.

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