Best Of New Zealand

10 Day Tour

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OVERVIEW

For those with a little more time to visit New Zealand’s main attractions this holiday includes Auckland City, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua, resort of Queenstown, Milford Sound and Mount Cook with the addition of the Tranz Alpine Train experience through the Southern Alps and the wonderful West Coast road trip including Franz Josef Glacier.

DAY 1 - ARRIVE IN AUCKLAND

Arrival in Auckland where you will be met and transfered to your hotel. Afternoon sightseeing includes the views from Mt Eden, which is the tallest of the many extinct volcanic cones around Auckland, the Domain Gardens, quaint Parnell Village and Rose Gardens, the Waterfront Drive and Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World and Antarctic Encounter where a variety of undersea life can be seen including penguins in a special sub-zero enclosure.

DAY 2 - AUCKLAND - WAITOMO - ROTORUA

This morning drive south across the Bombay Hills through the Waikato Valley, which is a major dairying and horse breeding region to Waitomo for a guided tour of the famous Waitomo Glow-worm Cave. In the afternoon travel on through picturesque farmlands and over the Mamaku Ranges to Rotorua.

DAY 3 - ROTORUA SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing in Rotorua today includes Te Puia – the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve to see the geysers and other interesting thermal activity and the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, where young Maori are learning traditional carving and weaving skills, a visit to Rainbow Springs to see trout and rare kiwi birds and the entertaining Agrodome sheep show. In the evening enjoy a Hangi dinner and concert of Maori song and dance, including the vigorous Haka, on a local Marae (Maori Village).

DAY 4 - RORORUA - CHRISTCHURCH

Morning flight to Christchurch. Afternoon free to explore “the Garden City”. Suggest a walk or take the historic tram to the Canterbury Arts Centre, the Museum, and the Botanic Gardens. A visit to the very interesting International Antarctic Centre, which is located near Christchurch International Airport is also recommended.

DAY 5 - CHRISTCHURCH - TRANZ ALPINE - FRANZ JOSEF

This morning take the Tranz Alpine train inland across the Canterbury Plains to Arthur's Pass and through the mighty Southern Alps to Greymouth. From Greymouth drive south to Franz Josef Glacier stopping en route to see the Greenstone Studios at Hokitika where local Jade is crafted into traditional and contemporary ornaments and jewellery. Time before dark to view the Franz Josef Glacier, which is a huge river of snow and ice that flows from vast snowfields high in the Alps almost to sea level. Scenic flights are also available.

DAY 6 - FRANZ JOSEF - WANAKA - QUEENSTOWN

Today drive south through magnificent rainforests and past pretty bush fringed lakes and clear rushing rivers. At Haast turn inland and cross the Haast Pass through the Southern Alps. The alpine scenery is breathtaking. Descend past glacial Lakes Wanaka and Hawea to Wanaka Township on the eastern shores of the lake. Travel on through the Central Otago farmlands and around Lake Dunstan to Cromwell which is an important fruit growing and wine making area. From here pass through the rugged Kawarau Gorge into Queenstown. (404 kms)

DAY 7 - IN QUEENSTOWN

Day at leisure for your own choice of tours and activities. We suggest a cruise on the 1912 vintage lake steamer TSS Earnslaw or the thrill of a Shotover Jetboat ride. Another option is to drive out to Glenorchy for a popular Dart River Safari or a day walk on the famous Routeburn Track. Dine this evening at the Skyline Restaurant from where there are panoramic views across the lake and surrounding mountains. Access is by aerial gondola.

DAY 8 - MILFORD SOUND DAY TOUR

Full day tour travelling around Lake Wakatipu and through Te Anau and Fiordland National Park. The scenery is stunning with high mountains and deep valleys carved out by ice age glaciers. Stop en route to view the Mirror Lakes and The Chasm. Cruise down Milford Sound past Mitre Peak to the open sea. Seals, penguins and dolphins are often seen in the clear waters of the fiord. Lunch served aboard. Afterwards return to Te Anau and Queenstown travelling via the Cleddau Gorge, Homer Tunnel and lovely Eglinton Valley. (584 kms round trip)

DAY 9 - QUEENSTOWN - MT. COOK

Drive north through Central Otago ascending the Lindis Pass to the Mackenzie Basin. Travel around glacially formed Lake Pukaki and into the village of Mt Cook in the Mt Cook National Park. There are 17 peaks above 10,000 ft in Mt Cook National Park. Time this afternoon to walk some of the shorter alpine trails near the hotel or for optional sightseeing. Suggest a scenic flight with glacier landing. (330 kms)

DAY 10 - MT. COOK - CHRISTCHURCH AND DEPART

It is a 5-hour drive down from Mt Cook to Christchurch Airport, travelling via Lake Tekapo and crossing the sheep and crop farmlands of the Canterbury Plains. On arrival at Christchurch Airport check in for your flight home. (330 kms)

PRICES ON APPLICATION

This Holiday is based on either Self Drive Rental Vehicle or Private Car & Driver/Guide (or a combination). Rates vary frequently, depending on your hotels choice, number of people in your party and period of your trip. We work with the highest quality hotels of different styles in each area – which, in some cases, may mean the 'authentic' rather than the obviously luxurious – and we do not always opt for the obvious. So it’s a matter of working out what’s right for you, based upon your tastes and the experience you want.
All these holidays have been carefully crafted by our experts. However, we understand that every travel experience should be as unique and individual as each traveller.

Our specialists are looking forward to hearing from you so that we can custom design a tour to your individual specifications.

Best of New Zealand - 10 Days
Visit New Zealand’s main attractions on this holiday. (Code TTNZ)