On the North Island, consider starting your New Zealand experience in the largest city, Auckland. Often referred to as the City of Sails, the city has a vibrant waterfront, popular restaurants and cafes, and picturesque harbour scenery. Your visit can be spent sailing the harbour, or exploring the downtown area which is home to the tallest building in the southern hemisphere - the Sky Tower.
New Zealand’s capital, Wellington is set amongst steep hills and a magnificent harbour. Experience a mix of history and culture, as the city is known as the entertainment, commercial and political capital of the country. When travelling to the city, don’t forget to take of the iconic Parliament Building, which is affectionately known as the Beehive.
Known as the world's adventure sports capital, Queenstown is a popular destination for adventure lovers. Experience virtually every adrenalin activity you can imagine including bungy jumping, snowboarding and white water rafting. If adventure is not your thing, holidays in Queenstown can also be spent visiting vineyards, wine tasting and shopping.
While on the South Island, be sure to take a cruise over the famous Milford Sound in the Fiordland National Park, hike through the beautiful Arthur’s Pass and investigate Christchurch. On other hand, arrange a tour to experience this extremely beautiful country.
There is perhaps nowhere in the world more enchanting, nor more naturally beautiful, than New Zealand. Here is a diverse fantasy land of dramatic mountains and forested valleys, majestic ice floes and glacial lakes, dormant volcanoes and rolling vineyards.
New Zealand has a temperate climate with moderately high rainfall and many hours of sunshine. While the far north has subtropical weather during summer, and inland alpine areas of the South Island can be as cold as -10°C (14°F) in winter, most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures.
DAY WISE ITINERARY
Day 1 - Arrive Auckland
On arrival at Auckland Airport, the ‘City of Sails’. you will be met and transferred to your hotel. (Self-drive passengers collect your rental car for your exclusive use until the end of the tour package).
Day 2 - Auckland
This morning you will meet coach driver at your hotel lobby for half day city tour which will includes Westhaven Marina, Viaduct Harbour, Waterfront, Tamaki Drive, Bastion Point, Parnell, Highly recommended a visit to the Sky Tower (admission excluded)
Day 3 - Auckland - Waitomo Caves - Rotorua (Farm Stay)
Enjoy a tour from Auckland to Rotorua with a guide tour of the fascinating Waitomo Glow Worm Caves. This experience is climaxed by drifting silently in a boat on the underground river under the milky way of millions of glow worms on the cavern roof above you. On arrival to Rotorua, meet & transfer by your Farm Stay hosts.
Day 4 - Rotorua (Farm Stay)
Today’s private half day city tour includes Te Puia and its Thermal Valley of roaring geysers, steaming rivers and boiling mud pools and to the famous Agrodome Sheep Show.
Day 5 - Rotorua - Air - Christchurch
Transfer to Rotorua Airport for your flight to Christchurch where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. (Airfare from Rotorua to Christchurch excluded). Rest of the day is free for the many optional activities available in and around Christchurch. (Self-drive passengers return your car at Rotorua Airport and collect your South Island car on arrival at Christchurch Airport).
Day 6 - Christchurch - Dunedin
Journey across the rich pastoral farmlands of the Canterbury Plains to Timaru. Continue south via the picturesque Waitaki Valley to reach historical Oamaru. Travel the old Mt Cargill route, following the harbour entrance to Dunedin. (Self-drivers have the option of taking a side trip to New Zealand’s highest peak, Mt Cook to enjoy panoramic views and absorb the alpine isolation of Mt Cook Village).
Day 7 - Dunedin
Today is free day at leisure for optional tours
Day 8 - Dunedin – Taieri Gorge Train – Queenstown
Morning free for further optional activities. In the afternoon you will be collected for the spectacular Taieri Gorge Train to Pukerangi and connecting coach ride to Alexandra, Cromwell before arriving at Queenstown. (Self-drive passengers are free to participate in more optional activities before driving to Queenstown).
Day 9 - Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown
An early start following the shores of Lake Wakatipu, and through Te Anau where you will be enthralled by the immense landscape. Travel through beech forest, passing majestic mountains, on through the Homer Tunnel in time to board your catamaran for the Milford Sound cruise. Cruise past Mitre Peak, the highest mountain in the world to rise vertically from the sea, and admire the Stirling and Bowen Waterfalls as you cruise out to sea. Return to the pier for the coach back to Queenstown
Day 10 - Queenstown
This is a free day for you to pursue your own activities.
Day 11 - Queenstown - Mount Cook - Christchurch
This morning travel over the Lindis Pass to reach Mt Cook around lunch time. A rare opportunity to take an optional scenic flight to view Mt Cook’s snow fields and glaciers. We continue through to Christchurch.
Day 12 - Depart Christchurch
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight (Self-drive passengers return your car directly at the airport).
Places to Visit in New Zealand
Situated on the east coast of New Zealand's South Island lies the seaside town of Kaikoura. The town overlooks majestic mountains which are snow capped for many months of the year. Besides the beautiful landscape, the real attraction lies in the waters off the coast where an anabundant rich habitat for marine mammals and seabirds exists. In addition, you can see dolphins, seals, as well as enjoy swimming, fishing, and diving (including shark diving). In short, Kaikoura offers a large number of both land and water based activities like no other.
Kaikoura is situated in the Canterbury region.
Accessible within a two hour drive from New Zealand's biggest city, Auckland, the Coromandel is blessed with a superb climate coupled wih some of New Zealand's best beaches. A thermal beach called Hot Water Beach is one attraction worth seeing. Volcanic hills and the surrounding area are either farmland or left in their natural state which is a covering of lush temperate rain forest, making the the terrain ideal for trekking/walks. The abundance of fern species in the Coromandel gives the area a subtropical look and feel even though it has a temperate climate.
The Coromandel Peninsula is situated in the Coromandel region.
Tongariro National Park:
Tongariro National Park is a World Heritage Park and one of the oldest National Parks in the world. The park contains 3 prominent active volcanos that are situated in a desert like landscape. The area gets regular snowfalls in the winter and is home to most of the ski fields in the North Island. Mt Ruapehu the largest volcano last erupted in 1995 and 1996. This walk is a tough one day trek that comes highly recommended, as it shows off the best that this park has onoffer.
Tongariro National Park is situated in the Taupo region.
Westland National Park:
This national park is part of the South Westland World Heritage area and is famous for its mountains and two dominant glaciers, Fox and Franz Josef. If you want nature and spectacular scenery, and you don't mind the likelihood of some rain, then Westland National Park is a great place to visit.
Westland National Park is situated in the West coast region.
Mt Cook National Park:
Mt Cook and the surrounding area is an alpine park within the World Heritage listed South Westland. The biggest peaks are here including the highest mountain, Mt Cook, and neighboring peaks such as Mt Tasman, and Mt Sefton. Walks range from a two hour stroll to difficult tracks suitable for experienced mountaineers only. A helicopter or plane ride gives visitors unsurpassed views of the mountains with the option of landing at the top of Tasman Glacier. Mt Cook National Park is situated in the Canterbury region.
Bay of Islands:
The subtropical Bay of Islands is the finest maritime park in New Zealand. There are around 150 islands to explore, many with superb beaches and secluded bays. This park has an abundance of marine life, including marlin, whales, penguins, and dolphins. The Bay as it is known attracts many people the world over including fishermen, golfers, marine enthusiasts, and of course tourist can enjoy the sub-tropical climate and swim in some of the best beaches in the country. The Bay of Islands is situated in the Northland region.
Accessible from New Zealand's biggest city, (Auckland), Rotorua is famous for its volcanic activity. Rotorua is also famous for its plentiful lakes which are great for swimming and fishing. Mt Tarawera a nearby volcano offers spectacular scenery including superb views inside the rim of the volcano. Rotorua is also the best area in the country to experience and learn about Maori Culture.
Rotorua is situated in the Bay of Plenty region.
For action adventure and scenery, Queenstown has it all. Fit for a queen, this beautiful lake side town is surrounded by mountains and is one of New Zealands premier tourist destinations. Queenstown is also one of the southern hemispheres premier skiing destinations and enables skiers from around the world to ski during the northern hemisphere's summer. If you are not an adrenaline junkie then Queenstown is absolutely still the place to go, even if it is to just admire the spectacular mountain scenery while enjoying the many cafes, restaurants, and shops on offer.
Queenstown is situated in the Otago region.
Abel Tasman National Park:
Abel Tasman may be New Zealand's smallest national park, but the attractions are huge. Located in one of New Zealand's sunniest spots. Sea Taxis are also available and can drop you off at any number of beaches within the park. This gives you the complete freedom to do a full or partial trek. Kayaking here is popular and gives you access to all the beaches, including those that the walk misses out on.
Abel Tasman National Park is situated in the Nelson region.
Fiordland National Park:
Fiordland is home to Milford Sound described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ and Doubtful Sound which many say is even more spectacular. You can also dive in the fiords and see deep sea plants growing near the surface and the chance of seeing dolphins, seals, and rare bird life is high. If you are still not convinced about visiting, then there is also Mitre Peak a mountain that rises to the staggering height of 1 mile straight out of the ocean.
Fiordland is however one of the wettest places on Earth and when it rains, thousands of waterfalls put on quite a show. Fiordland is situated in the Southland region.
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