18 Day Discover New Zealand

Leisure Time Tours - Auckland

Departure Days:


2012:
04NOV, 21NOV

2013:
19JAN, 03FEB, 20FEB, 07MAR, 24MAR, 08APR, 25APR.
01SEP, 18SEP, 03OCT, 20OCT, 04NOV, 21NOV.

2014:
19JAN, 07FEB, 20FEB, 07MAR, 24MAR, 08APR, 25APR.

Duration:

17 nights / 18 days.

Inclusions:


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

Meals:

- Breakfast on 17 mornings.
- Dinner on 16 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.

Accommodation: Rendezvous Hotel.
Meals: Dinner.

Day 2 AUCKLAND BAY OF ISLANDS
Departing Auckland we travel north over the Auckland Harbour Bridge to first of all visit the Parry Kauri Park. Here we will view some fine examples of Giant Kauri Trees. Continuing we then visit the Matakohe Kauri Museum, at Otamatea. Here we will gain an insight to the early New Zealand Pioneer History, which helped form the New Zealand that we see today. Continuing our journey we reach Paihia in the beautiful Bay of Islands, where you'll take a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty House where New Zealand's history began.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 3 BAY OF ISLANDS
Today is a day of leisure. The Bay of Islands has so many options for you to discover - perhaps a day trip to the light house at Cape Reinga the most northern tip of New Zealand, followed by a safari along 90 Mile Beach on the way home. Maybe try your luck at deep-sea fishing, or take the plunge swimming with the dolphins or just take time out to relax within Paihia or Russell - New Zealand's first Capital.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 4 BAY OF ISLANDS AUCKLAND
This morning board a luxury catamaran to cruise the Bay of Islands to Cape Brett before making a passage through the Hole in the Rock. After your cruise we travel south via Whangarei to visit a Kauri Clock factory learning the manufacturing process of these beautiful clocks. Further south following the Hibiscus Coast to arrive in Auckland, whereon arrival we experience a highlights tour of Auckland, the City of Sails', exploring the lively waterfront area and the base of New Zealand's America's Cup Challenge. Enjoy the relaxing views along Tamaki Drive, which runs east past peaceful sheltered bays to Auckland's most expensive real estate.

Accommodation: Rendezvous Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 5 AUCKLAND WAITOMO ROTORUA
This morning we visit the Auckland Sky Tower at 328m tall is one of the tallest buildings in the Southern Hemisphere offering you outstanding views of the Auckland CBD and the surrounding region. Departing Auckland we travel 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.

Accommodation: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 6 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 Kiwi's running around in the special Kiwi enclosure.

Accommodation: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 7 ROTORUA NAPIER
This morning visit Te Puia The New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley featuring the famous Pohutu Geyser. Departing Rotorua we travel via New Zealand's largest pine tree forests to Taupo. En-route, we make a visit to the Wairakei Geothermal Steam Field. This was a world-first, generating electricity by tapping a natural steam field then channelling the steam to a nearby power generation plant. Continuing we view the mighty Huka Falls. Huka in Maori translates to snow as the water here has the appearance of snow falling as it is forced along from Lake Taupo through the falls on its journey along the Waikato River. This afternoon we continue to the Fruit Bowl' of New Zealand, Hawkes Bay Napier.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Te Pania Napier.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 8 NAPIER WELLINGTON
Before we depart Napier we take a city sights tour, featuring beautifulArt Deco buildings to give us an insight of why Napier is known as the Art Deco capital of the world. This afternoon we continue south to Wellington where we spend the rest of the day enjoying an informative sightseeing tour, including a visit to Te Papa, (Our Place) New Zealand's national museum.

Accommodation: James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 9 WELLINGTON NELSON
Today begins as we cruise the Wellington Harbour out onto the Cook Strait on the Interislander and through New Zealand's only true sounds, the picturesque Marlborough Sound into Picton. The bustling port of Picton is the terminal for inter-island ferries, and gateway to the Mainland', the South Island's self-proclaimed nickname. Reboarding our coach we continue to tour through to Pelorous Bridge. Here we can walk through the Beech and Podocarp Forest as well as view the many sculptured boulder's in the Pelorous River. Continuing on for a tour of Nelson this being our first city of New Zealand.

Accommodation: Quality Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 10 NELSON CHRISTCHURCH
Passing Brightwater, the birth place of Lord Rutherford, the New Zealand science pioneer who split the atom, we travel through the Golden Downs Forest to Murchison through the Maruia Forest over the Lewis Pass then into Hanmer Springs where there is time to soak in the mineral pools, (at own expense) before joining the upper reaches of the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch where we enjoy the sights of the Garden City' also known as the most English city outside of England, en-route to our accommodation.

Accommodation: Sudima Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 11 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.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 12 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.

Accommodation: Copthorne Lakefront Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 13 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. 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.

Accommodation: Copthorne Lakefront Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.


Day 14 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.

Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 15 TE ANAU DUNEDIN
Departing Te Anau we travel across country through some of New Zealand's most populated sheep country to Lumsden and onto Gore before arriving in Dunedin - "the Edinburgh of the South". Upon our arrival into Dunedin, you have the opportunity to board an optional train ride - the Taieri Gorge Train Excursion from the historic Dunedin Railway Station for a scenic train ride into the spectacular Taieri Gorge to Pukerangi and return. Tonight we dine with a decidedly Scottish air enjoying the Haggis presentation and dinner at the hotel.

Accoommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 16 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.

Accommodation: Heritage Gateway Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 17 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.

Accommodation: Sudima Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 18 DEPART CHRISTCHURCH
Farewell from New Zealand, today you will be transferred from the hotel to Christchurch International Airport for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast.

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