Stunning New Zealand (Self – Drive) - 13 days
Day 1: Arrive 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 clients will collect your rental car at the airport and drive to your hotel.
Day 2: Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua
Breakfast. Travel south through the fertile Waikato region to arrive at Waitomo. Enjoy a guided tour of the famous Glowworm Caves including an underground boat ride followed by lunch. Continue to Rotorua and visit Agrodome Farm Show on arrival followed by a guided tour and Maori Cultural Performance at Te Puia Thermal Reserve.
Day 3: Rotorua – Napier
Breakfast. This morning is at leisure. You might like to visit Rainbow Springs to complete your Rotorua sightseeing (optional activity not included) before departing for Napier this afternoon. Travel south through the Wairakei Geothermal area to arrive at Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake. Continue over rugged mountain ranges and well cultivated farmland to arrive in the 'Art Deco' city of Napier.
Day 4: Napier
Breakfast. This morning is at your leisure to explore Napier, before joining an afternoon wine tour that will visit and include tastings at 3 local wineries.
Day 5: Napier – Wellington
Breakfast. Travel through the Manawatu Gorge and Takapau Plains to Palmerston North, famous for its agricultural university. Continue south to arrive in Wellington, New Zealand's capital city.
Day 6: Wellington
Breakfast. Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Wellington and a short guided tour of Te Papa (the 'Museum of New Zealand') before enjoying a free afternoon to explore New Zealand's capital city.
Day 7: Wellington – Christchurch
Breakfast. 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 Blenheim and Kaikoura to reach the 'Garden City' of Christchurch.
Day 8: Christchurch – Dunedin
Breakfast. Travel south across the Canterbury Plains to reach Scottish influenced Dunedin, renowned for the local wildlife and Otago University.
Day 9: Dunedin – Queenstown
Breakfast. This morning is free for optional activities, Leaving Dunedin this afternoon, travel through South Otago, the historic mining town of Clyde and now the centre for the Otago Rail Trail, into Cromwell and through the Kawarau Gorge to arrive in Queenstown.
Day 10: Queenstown
Breakfast. 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 11: Queenstown – Glacier Region
Breakfast. 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 12: Glacier Region – Greymouth – Christchurch
Breakfast. Travel north to Greymouth and board the world famous Tranz Alpine 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 13: Christchurch
Breakfast. Your arrangements conclude today with a departure transfer or the return of your rental car. We trust you enjoyed your vacation.
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