BEST OF NEW ZEALAND    

15 days / 14 nights

Auckland - Waitomo Glowworm Caves - Underground boat ride - Te Puia - Rainbow springs - Ruapehu - Ngauruhoe - Tongariro - Cook Strait - Marlborough Sounds,  Whalewatch cruise - Lake Tekapo - Mt Cook National Park, Lake Pukaki - Lake Wakatipu - Sport activity - Te Anau - Eglinton Valley - Homer Tunnel, Milford Sound and much more......

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Itinerary

DAY 01: ARRIVE IN AUCKLAND 

On arrival in Auckland, 'The City of Sails', seat in coach passengers will be met by our local representative and privately transferred to your hotel. Self drive passengers will collect your rental car at the airport and drive to your hotel.

 

DAY 02: AUCKLAND SIGHTSEEING (B)

Morning tour including Harbour Bridge, Auckland Viaduct and Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park for panoramic views of Auckland city and Waitemata Harbour. 

 

DAY 03: AUCKLAND - WAITOMO - ROTORUA (B)

Travel south through the fertile Waikato region to arrive at Waitomo. Enjoy a guided tour of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. On completion continue over the Mamaku Ranges to reach the 'Thermal City' of Rotorua.   

 

DAY 04: ROTORUA  (B,D)

Visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve to see boiling mudpools and roaring geysers. Following this, visit Rainbow Springs to see New Zealand's trout, birds and wildlife before continuing to the Agrodome for a New Zealand farm show featuring sheep dog demonstrations, cow milking and an introduction to the stars of our sheep industry. The afternoon is at leisure. This evening enjoy an authentic Maori Hangi (feast) and Concert.

 

DAY 05: ROTORUA - WELLINGTON (B)

Travel south to reach the popular lake resort of Taupo before continuing on the Desert Road, dominated in the background by the three peaks of Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro. Continue south through farmland before arriving in the 'Capital City' of Wellington 

 

DAY 06: WELLINGTON (B)

At leisure today to enjoy the many activities available. Highly recommended is a visit to Te Papa, New Zealand's National Museum. Optional activities not included in tour price 

 

DAY 07: ROTORUA - WELLINGTON - PICTON - KAIKOURA (B)

Journey across Cook Strait, which separates the North and South Islands of New Zealand, and into the Marlborough Sounds with its sparkling clear waters and lush forests, before arriving in Picton. Travel south through the town of Blenheim, before reaching Kaikoura - here you might like to take an optional Whalewatch cruise or scenic flight. Optional activities not included in the tour price 



DAY 08: KAIKOURA - CHRISTCHURCH (B)

Leave Kaikoura behind as you turn inland and travel through North Canterbury to reach the 'Garden City' of Christchurch. 

 

DAY 09: CHRISTCHURCH - M T COOK - QUEENSTOWN (B)

Travel across the fertile Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo and the Church of the Good Shepherd before continuing on to New Zealand's highest mountain - Mt Cook. Depart Mt Cook and follow the shores of Lake Pukaki south through the historic Central Otago region to the 'Alpine Resort' of Queenstown.  

 

DAY 10: MILFORD SOUND (B)

Follow the southern arm of Lake Wakatipu to Lumsden, and onward to Lake Te Anau. Enter the Eglinton Valley and travel through the Homer Tunnel to reach Milford Sound. Enjoy a cruise on this world famous fiord, dominated by Mitre Peak and the cascading Bowen Falls. Return to Queenstown. 

 

DAY 11: QUEENSTOWN (B)

A free day to explore the endless optional attractions available. Queenstown offers bungy jumping, jetboating, white water rafting, gondola rides and much more. Optional activities not included in the tour price.  

 

DAY 12: QUEENSTOWN - GLACIER REGION (B)

Depart Queenstown and travel via Lake Wanaka and through the historic Haast Pass, gateway to the World Heritage Westland National Park. Continue up the West Coast past spectacular mountain ranges, native forests and lakes to the glacier region of Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers

 

DAY 13: GLACIER REGION (B)

A full day at leisure to explore this magnificent glacier region. Optional activities include a scenic flight or guided walk on one of the glaciers. Optional activities not included in the tour price 

 

DAY 14: GLACIER REGION - GREYMOUTH - CHRISTCHURCH (B)

 

Travel north to Greymouth and board the world famous TranzAlpine train (seat in coach passengers only). Ascend through lush beech forests past the alpine village of Arthur's Pass before crossing the spectacular Southern Alps. Travel over Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. 

 

DAY 15: DEPARTURE (B)

 

Your arrangements conclude today with a departure transfer or the return of your rental car. We trust you enjoyed your SWV Vacation! 

 

Please note:

Accommodation is based on Run of House rooms unless otherwise stated. Seaview and lakeview rooms will incur a supplementary charge. If any of these properties are unavailable at the time of booking, similar accommodation will be provided and a surcharge may apply. SWV will endeavor to provide accommodation of a similar standard as requested, however as the choice of accommodation is limited in remote areas, we will use the best available options

 

Transport

 

Seat in Coad basis

With all seat in coach packages including a private meet and great on arrival,you will be transferred by private car to your hotel and not have to think about finding your way through the airport or driving directions after your long flight!

 

The remainder of your Seat in Coach holiday will be using a premier fleet of high quality, tourist coaches with driver/guides and commentary of most routes.  Majority coach services include hotel pickups and drop off's so you do not have to arrange any further transfers.

 

 

 

TOUR ENQUIRY

Available throughout the year

 

  • Guided tour of the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves including an underground boat ride viewing the millions of glow worms on the cavern roof

  • Visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve to see boiling mudpools and roaring geysers

  • Rainbow Springs

  • Peaks of Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro

  • Cook Strait, Marlborough Sounds, Whalewatch cruise (Optional), Scenic flight (optional)

  • Lake Tekapo

  • Mt Cook National Park, Lake Pukaki ,Lake Wakatipu 

  • bungy jumping, jetboating, white water rafting, gondola rides and much more (Optional)

  • Lake Te Anau, Eglinton Valley , Homer Tunnel, Milford Sound

  • cruise on this world famous fiord, dominated by Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls

  • 'Edinburgh of the South', Dunedin

 

Inclusions

  • Auckland City Tour (seat in coach only)

  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves

  • Te Puia Thermal Reserve

  • Agrodome Sheep Show

  • Rainbow Springs

  • Maori Hangi & Concert

  • Church of the Good Shepherd

  • Milford Sound

  • Free day in the Glacier Region

  • Tranz Alpine Train (seat in coach only)

  • Daily breakfast

  • Return Airfare with taxes.

  • Visa Fees if applicable.

  • Medical Insurance.

  • Peak season surcharges if applicable.

  • Any compulsory Room Supplements on tour.

  • Meals other than specified.

  • Items of personal nature.

  • Tipping and Portage.

  • Entrance fees if applicable.

  • G.S.T 

  • Bank charges

  • Anything not specified in the Inclusions List

 

 

Tour Dates

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